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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.
 
Activities
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.

Eastwell Histoy Group

Forthcoming Events

Lord Granby and The 100 Club

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
Lord Granby

Sun 12th May 11:00am-3:00pm An open day for the display of Lord Granby in its new surroundings -  at ‘The Engine Shed’ Crossroads Farm, Scalford Road, Eastwell, LE14 4EF. All members and supporters will be welcome to see the progress.

Wed 15th May 7:30pm Eastwell Village Hall,

Mawming and Mooning: the minds of mediaeval masons’. Leicestershire’s churches contain a wealth of ignored medieval sculpture depicting a wide variety of subjects including grotesque beasties, so-called 'Green Men’ and even rather rude exhibitionists. We may not know the names of the skilled carvers but this fully illustrated talk tries to deduce what was going on in their minds. Entry to members and under 16s is free, non-members £3.

 

Annual Pub Quiz - Sat 8th Jan 2025 7:00pm Eastwell Village Hall.  There will be a light supper and entrance will be £7:50.  Teams of six maximum please.  If previous years are a guide there will be a high demand for tickets.

Don’t forget, a £10 annual subscription entitles you to free entry to most events.  If you are not a member, just set up a standing order for £10 to CAF Bank, sort code 40-52-40, account number 00027120, account name Eastwell History Group.  Then just contact John Wood - john@lordgranbyrail.org.uk or 07970 987810 to confirm you have set things up – thank you.

 

Aspects of Eastwell 

This is an illustrated 92-page history of the village from Roman times up to 2000.  If you would like a copy price £9, contact john@lordgranbyrail.org.uk or call 07970 987810.  We are currently working on a supplement covering the 21st century years which will be available in the foreseeable future. 

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