NEW FILM – Rockingham: Reflections on a new Millennium

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Rockingham: Reflections on a new Millennium

A brand new film made with old footage by the Rockingham History Group was test screened on Tuesday 27th October 2015 at the village hall.

The film has been produced using archive footage filmed in 1999/2000. It features interviews with residents past and present alongside James Saunders Watson, current owner of Rockingham Castle and includes many old photos and faces from the village.

The test screening evening included an introduction from the History Group about the project, a screening of the film and an opportunity to comment on it before the final version is made available to all villagers and friends of the Rockingham heritage projects for free* in time for Christmas.

If you are interested in watching the film or receiving a copy, please email

With thanks to History Group members, Rockingham Castle Estate, Creative IO, *the Heritage Lottery Fund and village residents past and present.

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Here is a selection of photographs taken from the village walk that Rockingham History Group organised for Corby Walking Festival on Sunday May 31st.

Thanks again to Ann Redshaw, Georgina Healy and Trevor Burbidge who led sections of the walk and to everyone that attended.

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NEW History Visits for Schools in Rockingham

Bringing Rockingham’s Victorian School and WWII History to Life

Exciting and informative Key Stage 1 & 2 education visits in Rockingham village are now available for local Schools in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. Centred around the former Victorian school hall, “Rockingham’s Victorian School” and “WWII in Rockingham” visits bring key National Curriculum History subjects to life for children and include:

  • An interactive session at the village hall led by a friendly and experienced heritage educator in character
  • Dressing up, games to play and ‘living history’ experiences aiming to give children a sense of everyday life in the past
  • Activities bringing to life the local history of Rockingham village
  • A village tour with children’s activity sheet and trail for Teachers
  • A space for eating packed lunches
  • An outdoor play area

Visits last 1 hour 30 minutes, including time for a lunch break and two classes can book during one day if undertaking the village tour. The education programme links closely with the National Curriculum and Key Stage 1 & 2 learning targets and to subjects and topics being studied in the classroom. National Curriculum History topics for the programme include:

  • Local study – using Rockingham as an example of a location with contrasting features to those in the school’s own local area (geography) and/or as a focus for a local history study (Key Stage 2 history).
  • Life for Victorian children – homes, school, work and play (link to Victorian Britain KS2 history topic).
  • Wartime Rockingham – how life was different for people in different historical periods (link to Britain since 1930 KS3 history topic).

Topics will link with those already available through visits to Rockingham Castle, with whom we are partnering to offer a complementary education offer.

This academic year we are offering 6 FREE VISITS in return for some honest feedback from Teachers to improve the programme (usual price £4 per child). If you are interested in a complimentary session, or would like to receive a Teachers pack please contact Laura Elliott:

T: 01536 770 894 / 07905 600 810

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Lyddington Manor History Society Talks Programme 2015

All talks are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7.30 pm in Lyddington Village Hall unless otherwise stated. All are welcome at meetings, non-members £2, members £1, children free.

Diary 2015

Wednesday, 4th March – Anthony Goode of Slawston, a practicing builder, on The use of Lime in Building. Anthony is a well known enthusiast and expert in the conservation of ancient buildings.

Wednesday, 1st April – Dr Stephen Parry of the University of Leicester and the British Geological Survey on Historical usage of building stones in England

Wednesday, 6th May – AGM followed by Dr Craig Muldrew on Credit in the Rural Economy. Craig will discuss the market economy in England and how it changed between 1500-1700.

Wednesday, 3rd June – Dr Richard Jones of the university of Leicester on Manure Matters. Richard will explain what medieval farmers thought they were doing when they spread manure on their fields.

Wednesday 1st July – Scott Mulheron of Harringworth on The Thatcher’s Trade. Scott is currently working on Pageant House, Lyddington, replacing worn thatch on the apex of the roof.

Wednesday, 5th August – TBA

Wednesday 2nd September – TBA

Wednesday, 7th October – Robert Ovens of Lyddington on The Lost Buildings of Rutland

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First History Group Gathering of 2015 – Tues 24th Feb, 7pm

We are delighted to extend a very warm welcome to our first history group meeting of 2015, which will take place next Tuesday 24th February at 7pm at Rockingham village hall.

There will be updates from history group members about their current research interests and projects, a discussion about a new display for the village hall meeting room and planning for the Corby Walking Festival event on May 31st. We’ll also be taking recommendations for future talks and events so do join us if you’d like to get involved or find out more.

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Gretton Local History Society Meetings for 2015

Gretton Local History Society run talks, produce publications and connect people to local heritage resources. They are planning the following talks this year, for more information visit their website

Gretton Local History Society Meetings for 2015

All meetings are held on Thursdays at 7.30pm in Gretton Village Hall.

19 March

“Conservation” by Natasha Trenwith

A talk on the conservation of the Northamptonshire wills collection, with an overview of what conservation is and how she goes about it.

21 May

“Wood-turners and Carvers of King’s Cliffe Past” by Sue Trow-Smith

As well as slides to illustrate this talk Mrs Trow-Smith will bring some samples of the wood-turners’ craft.

23 July

“Growing Up in Kettering” by Malcolm Deacon

One of our favourite speakers returns with stories of Kettering in the 1940s and 1950s. It will be a serio-comic personal reflection of then life in Britain.

17 September

“Food, Glorious Food” by Jon-Paul Carr

A history of food, feasting and food production in Northamptonshire from 1837 to the present. This meeting will be followed by the Society’s AGM

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Richard III Talk with Lyddington Manor History Society

Lyddington Manor History Society will welcome Professor Sarah Hainsworth to Lyddington on December 3rd.  Professor Hainsworth will be sharing her research on the skeleton of Richard III. All the details are on the poster which can be downloaded below. This Lyddington’s last society talk in 2014 and there will be some seasonal refreshments in addition to the usual tea and coffee.

For more information contact:

Dr Rosemary Canadine
The Manor House
22 Main Street
LE15 9LT

01572 823328

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