Eastwell Village Hall

Eastwell Village Hall on opening day

Eastwell History Group

Come along and enjoy a fascinating series of presentations covering the history of Eastwell and surrounding area, the people who lived there and the events that shaped its story.



The Group carries out a wide range of activities, the most high-profile of which is the conservation of the ex-Eastwell Ironstone Co. locomotive ‘Lord Granby’ (see below). In addition, we research local history throughout the ages, undertake historical walks of the village and of the routes of the ironstone mining, and hold a variety of social and fund-raising events. For more information and to book your place on any activity please contact:

John Wood - john@lordgranbyrail.org.uk or 01949 861836.

See below on how to become a member.

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Did you know we have a 100 Club for the conservation of ‘Lord Granby’ our

ex-Eastwell Ironstone Co. locomotive; in service from 1902 to 1959?  


Just £5 per month gives you entry into the monthly draw for cash prizes.  Your support for this project is extremely important to us.


For more information contact John Wood - john@lordgranbyrail.org.uk or 01949 861836 or visit www.lordgranbyrail.org.uk for full details.


Lord Granby Newsletters

Winter 2016/17

Spring 2016


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Lord Granby and the 100 Club

EHG Lord Granby locomotive

Apple Pressing Day

Saturday 21st October, 11.00am-4.00pm at Crossroads Farm

Have a sociable couple of hours in the countryside air pressing your own fruit with something really tasty and nutritious to take away with you. Enjoy beef sandwiches and pork hot dogs from Eastwell farmers.

Bring your washed fruit with containers to take away the juice.  Bottles will be available to buy.  Softer apples and pears are especially productive. Keep them in a dark cool place until the event.

Tea and Coffee available

Whilst there is no charge for pressing, contributions to Eastwell History Group are welcome

If you know of fruit going to waste that needs collecting, please let us know and we will arrange things – call John on 01949 861836 or 07970 987810


Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 25th October 7:30pm at Eastwell Village Hall.  

Non-members and supporters are welcome to the meeting although they will not be able to vote on motions.  There will be the opportunity to sign up as a member before the meeting starts. Any paid-up member willing to offer himself or herself for office or to serve on the committee will be welcomed.  A nominee form for this purpose is available from John.

Following the meeting there will a very interesting illustrated presentation by Geoff Goodson and Mike Shearstone about the inheritance tax sale by Belvoir Estate in the 1920s which significantly altered the social and agricultural structure of the area.  Examples of the sales documentation will be on view at the meeting.


Autumn Speaker – The Field Detectives

Wed 15th November 7:30pm

The Field Detectives, a detectorist group, will be visiting us at Eastwell Village Hall.  The talk will focus on:


·         The lost church of St Ethelburga – lead presentation by David Bate

·         Why the Vale of Belvoir? – The Field Detectives


The Field Detectives will be conducting further research in Eastwell during the summer and hope to present some of their findings to the meeting.  Everyone is welcome.  There is no charge for Paid-up members and a £4 charge for non-members to cover expenses


Fundraising Tea Towel – Get Yours Now - £4

The ‘Countryman’s Weather Sayings’ tea towel is now available and it is already selling well. At just £4 to members and supporters it is great value and makes an ideal present or even a wall-hanging display.  All proceeds go to Eastwell History Group funds.To reflect Eastwell’s rural community, it is based on the weather sayings of typical local countrymen and is a good quality cotton towel.  It makes an ideal present; get one for each of your friends.Contact John on 01949 861836 or see Alan at Crossroads Farm when you call for your farm-fresh milk from the vending machine – just £1 per litre.


We rely on the subscriptions received from members and the more members we have the more we are able to do.  If you are not already a member you can easily become one by making a payment of £10 to:

CAF Bank, sort code 40-52-40, account number 00027119, Eastwell History Group.  

If you can set up a standing order for this with your bank you will be even more welcome!

Jan 2017 Newsletter

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