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Terry Ward's article published in the July issue of the Community Voice described a tragic accident during the Second World War on October 3rd 1943 in which two spitfires collided in mid-air over Lount. William Spare, his wife and other villagers, rescued one pilot, Flight Sgt. Robert Mehuys a Belgian national, from his crashed aircraft but the pilot of the other plane was killed.
Following publication we were contacted by a number of local people who had witnessed the event or whose family had told them about it. We now know identity of the pilot who was killed and other details. Read Spitfire Tragedy at Lount - The Sequel >>
We receive many enquiries from people researching their family history and sometimes accompanied by photos and stories. We'll try to include more on the Families section of this website as time goes on. Following publication of the article about Orlit posts a member of the Bradford family got in touch to tell us that her father had been a member of the Royal Observer Corps and sent us a newspaper clip. Subsequently further Bradford family members have been in touch so we hope to share their stories too.
The plaque by Fishpond Bridge had started to look a bit drunk! the problem was that the ground was very rocky there and the post would not stay firm. We didn't want to screw it to the stonework of the bridge (it's Grade II listed) but Mike Cox thought up a clever scheme to attach the plaque to the bridge without screws or damage. Hopefully it will stay put for a long while.
This also gave us the opportunity of erecting the plaque for Bell Cottage whose land adjoins the bridge. Links to more information about all Coleorton Blue Plaque sites >>
Our active members usually meet every month or so to organise activities and coordinate research. Meetings have been put on hold for the while but will resume as soon as we are able.
In the meantime we'd love to hear your stories and together build our knowledge of Coleorton heritage. Call Sandra on 01530 440000 or email email@example.com to let us know you're coming.
The Coleorton 2000 Committee was initiated in 1998 to devise a way of commemorating the new millennium. We developed the Millennium Garden in a plot of land kindly donated by Joan Cull, erected a commemorative sign and organised various associated celebrations and events.
More recently the group has been concerned with researching, recording and making publicly available local heritage, social, industrial and family history. We also support various restoration projects, for example the Bakehouse. So the name was changed to "The Coleorton Heritage Group".
Further information from firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Sandra Dillon (Chair) on 01530 440000
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We have launched "the Coleorton Blue Plaque" scheme to commemmorate buildings and sites in the village which have historic significance.
We have brought together some sources of information about social, family and economic history of Coleorton.
We publish articles in St Mary's monthly parish magazine, Community Voice and on the Coleorton website.