On Friday 10th and Saturday 11th September we held a mini-exhibition and open day with the title "This is Coleorton!"at The Beaumont Centre in Peggs Green.
There was a really good turnout. People from Coleorton, Peggs Green and all around came and some from further afield, revisiting their childhood haunts. We heard memories of dances held in the Beaumont Centre, and one gentleman told us he was playing in the band at the Beaumont Centre and met his future wife there! (They are still happily married!)
Displays included coal mining, spar-working, Coleorton Pottery (Lount), school photos, newspaper cuttings, "The Beaumonts at Coleorton", Coleorton Blue Plaque sites, The Coleorton and New Lount Volunteer Group and more. We also had "Things we found in the Garden" with a number of bricks, tiles, clay pipes and a military badge. Local people brought more items during the day.
We also held two Coleorton History Walks in early September and another at the beginning of October
The walk included a visit to The Communal Bakehouse on the Moor.
Ever wondered how the Beaumont family came to be Lords of the Manor at Coleorton or why since 1702 the Coleorton Beaumonts have been Baronets of Stoughton Grange - not Coleorton?
This photo taken outside Coleorton Hall was kindly provided by local resident Vikki McGill. It shows some of the servants and staff of Coleorton Hall dressed in their best, probably around the end of the 1800s. Maybe for Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1897 or some other occasion. Do you recognise any of the sitters?
Our active members usually meet every month or so to organise activities and coordinate research.
If you're interested in local history and would like to be involved with our group please contact Sandra - details below - and I'll let you know about the next meeting. These are informal working group meetings.
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.