Formed in 1983 to record and promote interest in the history of the Derbyshire village of Sawley

Sat 4th January

Annual Supper and Social Evening: Church Hall 7pm

Punch, pie and homemade puddings, quizzes and a beetle drive. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Sandra Newton. Price £9 Tel. 0115 8490 198

Mon 27th January

Annual General Meeting: Followed by our treasurer Rod Young who will give an illustrated talk about the history of  Darley Abbey. A sequel to his interesting walk last summer.

Mon 24th February

The Great War, shattered illusions:  Danny Wells gives us the romanticised image of war on the run up to 1914 and the shattered illusions thereafter.

Mon 31st March

St. Pancras: The fascinating story of how an elegant, mid-Victorian, gothic, cathedral type building came to be built. Told by Nigel Lowey who spent ten years researching its history.

Mon 28th April

The Parish Constable:  Dudley Fowkes visits to deliver the talk he was unable to give last year about the stories he uncovered when researching the county archives.

Mon 19th May

The Wise Men of Gotham: Nottinghamshire historian and folklorist Frank Earp recounts the tales of the men of Gotham and although they appeared foolish, had an ulterior motive. Please note: this is an extra meeting and is not on the last Monday as that is a bank holiday.

Mon 30th June

Walk around Castle Donington:  finishing at the museum.  Details of time and meeting place to follow later in the summer sheet.


Melbourne Hall: Proposed group visit. More details to be given in the summer sheet.

Sat 23rd to Tues 26th August

Society's Exhibition: to be displayed in the Church Hall over the August Bank Holiday, in conjunction with All Saints Flower Festival. Open 10am to 6pm.      

Mon 29th September

Bass Railway Trips:  Rod Pearson returns to tell us the entertaining story of the Bass Company’s popular seaside excursions which lasted from 1865 to 1914.

Mon 27th October

The King under the car park, the search for King Richard lll

Mathew Morris from the University of Leicester describes how the remains of Richard lll were found and identified.

Mon 24th November

Life in the Workhouse: We welcome the return of Dr. Wendy Freer who speaks about what life was like for so many of the poor in the past. She includes sound and video clips and some documentary evidence from the East Midlands.

2014 Programme