Friday 8 May is the 75th anniversary of VE Day commemorates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces in 1945, ending World War II in Europe. WWII was a pretty awful time for the active military but also for those at home.
Some of our members have written about their experiences as small children during the war:
And Terry Ward tells the story of a bizarre accident when two spitfires collided and crashed in the woods at Lount. Robert Mehuys pictured above was lucky to survive.
It's unlikely that we will be able to hold live commemorative celebrations this year, but there will be plenty of on-line events. St Mary's are holding regular services with the Ashby Churches via Facebook see https://www.facebook.com/St-Marys-and-St-Johns-Coleorton-435668643304969/
The "Lockdown" is having a big effect on everyone especially our youngsters who are missing their friends and teachers at school. Some of them have written about their thoughts and experiences for St Mary's parish magazine. This is being sent out by email because printers are closed. Read the April and May editions >> and sign up to receive future editions by email.
Our active members 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. If you're interested in local history and would like to be involved with our group please come along. This is an informal working group meeting and we'd love to welcome new people, hear their stories and together build our knowledge of Coleorton heritage. Call Sandra on 01530 440000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 and on the Coleorton website.