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.


For the latest on the Lord Granby project visit our Facebook page


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.

Lord Granby and the 100 Club

EHG Lord Granby locomotive

The pleasures and rewards of Beekeeping - Wed 18th March 7.30pm, Eastwell Village Hall

A presentation on the pleasures and rewards of beekeeping by Leicestershire and Rutland Beekeepers Association.

LRBKA aims to preserve the honeybee, by promoting the craft of beekeeping and educating the community of the benefit of bees to the environment.  The Association has three teaching apiaries and is one of the best equipped associations in the UK offering training and support to all its members.  The LRBKA also has a public role in educating and informing local communities about the importance of honey-bees and providing opportunities for them to experience these magical insects up close in various environments.

Entrance is free to Eastwell History Group paid-up members and £4 to non-members.  Students in full-time education no charge.


The Romans – A presentation by Jed Jaggard - Wed 6th May 7:30pm, Eastwell Village Hall

Our popular historian Jed Jaggard will be giving a presentation on the Romans and the impact they had locally and nationally.  Regular attendees know how informative and entertaining Jed’s presentations are and there will be a high demand for seats so we suggest you arrive early.

Entrance is free to Eastwell History Group paid-up members and £4 to non-members.  Students in full-time education no charge.


May Day Bank Holiday Afternoon Tea - Fri 8th May 2:30 to 4:00pm - Eastwell Village Hall

May Day bank holiday this year has been moved to Friday 8th May to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We are holding an afternoon tea to join the commemoration with memorabilia and images from the period of WWII.  In addition we shall welcome ‘Mamas of Swing’ an Andrews Sisters style swing trio who will entertain us with songs of the era.

Entrance is free to all to include the afternoon tea and entertainment.


Dove Cottage Garden Party and ‘Lord Granby’ Open Day - Sun 28th June - Dove Cottage Day Hospice

We will be working with Dove Cottage at their open day to provide a broader afternoon experience including the opportunity to see the progress on the conservation of ‘Lord Granby’.  Much has been achieved since ‘Lord Granby’ was last on show.  


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!