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

Past Events -2011


Saturday 8th January 2011 - Annual Supper and entertainment

Church Hall, 7.30pm. Punch, pie and homemade puddings; quizzes and a beetle drive. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Sandra Newton, price £7.50


Monday 31st January - Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting followed by Barry Wilson, retired local pharmacist, who will bring along a collection of interesting articles from an old pharmacy to make an impromptu quiz.


Wednesday 1st March - Monasteries, Monks and Kings in the 8th Century

Christopher North, a member of our Committee, will tell us how Repton, Breedon and Offa inter-related in early English Christianity.


Monday 28th March - Owd Illson

Stephen Flinders tells the history of our neighbouring town of Ilkeston - with a few tall tales thrown in - prior to his taking us on a guided walk there in May.


Monday 25th April (Easter Monday) - Hopwell Hall, Past and Present

John Shaw, a member of Sandiacre LHS, tells the chequered history of this sometime hall, boys' school and private house.


Monday 23rd May - Ilkeston Town Trail

Stephen Flinders takes us on a guided tour of the flat area around the Market Place at the centre of this ancient Derbyshire Market Town. Meet at Ilkeston Church Gates, 7pm.


Monday 27th June - St Matthews Church, Morley and its Sacheverell Mausoleum

A Church Warden will show us stained glass windows from Dale Abbey, brasses and other treasures. Meet at Morley Church, 7pm.


Monday 25th July - History Tour of Shipley Country Park

Billy Braithwaite (aka Patrick Ashcroft) gives us a gamekeeper's view of some historical aspects of this Derbyshire park. Meet Visitor Centre, Heanor, 7pm.


Saturday 21st August - Belper and the Derwent Valley Mills Heritage Site

Dudley Fowkes takes us on a morning walk round the town; optional visits to the Mills in the afternoon. Meet at North Mill car park, 10.30am.


Saturday 27th to Tuesday 30th August - Society's Exhibition

Exhibition to be held in the Parish Hall over the August Bank Holiday, in conjunction with Sawley All Saints Church Annual Flower Festival. Open 10am to 6pm. Refreshments and Stalls.


Monday 31st October - Hallaton Treasure

A curator from Market Harborough Museum is coming to describe this collection of 5000+ Iron Age and Roman coins, buried by the Corieltavi c AD43, excavated in 2000.


Monday 28th November - The Life of a 19th Century Lady's Maid

Jo Carter dresses up to portray this particular historical character who witnessed life both above and below the stairs.

Past Events