Sir George Beaumont and the National Gallery

Open days and exhibition at St Mary's Church, Coleorton

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May.

Our open day and exhibition at St Mary's in conjunction with the church congregation were a great success. The film "The Gift" was played maybe twenty times over the two days to groups of between two and a dozen people, the displays were studied with great interest and photos taken, the church windows and features admired, books, notelets and other items purchased and coffee, tea and delicious cakes consumed in quantity. (Thank you to the wonderful cooks - "bake-off" be very afraid!) The weather was kind and the visitors took advantage of Coleorton Hall residents' invitation to stroll around the grounds and see the magnificent views and the various monuments placed in the garden by the 7th baronet Sir George Beaumont.

Visitors came from Stoke, Burton, Ashby, Thringstone, Repton and Birmingham as well as Coleorton and many Hall residents came too.


Mike Cox

Our founder member, treasurer and good friend Mike Cox passed away over the Easter weekend. Mike was always willing to help with anything practical like repairing the gazebo, building frames for and erecting displays, repairing the Millennium Sign when it blew down in the gales of March 2021 and of course he masterminded the renovation of the Communal Bakehouse on The Moor. Thank you Mike - we will miss you, and always remember you.


Sleuthing

Coleorton-Youth-Football-TeamThese are informal get-togethers to identify places and faces in old photos. No need to book, just come along with your photos if you'd like help identifying people or places in them. If you don't have any photos or are new to the area come anyway and enjoy a chat about Coleorton past and present. We'll also be showing some Coleorton artefacts and transcripts of some Coleoto census records and 1939 register.

Next Sleuthing morning is Saturday 15 June 10.30am at The New Inn, Peggs Green.

More about Sleuthing >>


"Coleorton Past - a Village History"

Coleorton Village display at Ashby Museum

This temporary display January - March 2024 at The Louden Room, Ashby Museum, was very successful, with a lot of interest from museum visitors. More about the display and photos >>


St John's Chapel

St John's Coleorton

St John’s Chapel, next to the School on Ashby Road, has served the community since it was opened in 1857; however the chapel is now in danger of being lost to the community as it is considered surplus to Church requirements and may be declared redundant. We believe every effort should be made to retain this beautiful and historic chapel as a community building rather than let it lapse into private hands or disrepair. The cemetery will remain open to visitors and new burials.

The Heritage Group is actively engaging with the Diocese regarding options. Our preferred option is to create a community heritage hub:

  • For people to visit and learn about Coleorton history and heritage and to undertake research and use the Group's archive of material
  • A place to meet for local groups
  • More permanent displays of local history
  • A nearby facility and support for visitors to the surrounding graves

To be a viable community facility we will need to add a toilet and small kitchenette. The graves come very close to the walls of the chapel so an extension will need to be compact. We are looking at possibilities in the somewhat limited footprint available.

More about St John's Chapel and its history >>


Working Group Meetings

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 enquiries@coleortonheritage.org.uk to let us know you're coming.


The Coleorton Heritage Group

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".

Other projects have included:

Further information from enquiries@coleortonheritage.org.uk or phone Sandra Dillon (Chair) on 01530 440000

We send out a newsletter every month or so with news about our activities and events. If you would like to receive our newsletter please subscribe >>.

Membership

Become a member of Coleorton Heritage Group and help to preserve and promote the heritage and social fabric of our community.

About membership benefits & how to join >>

Blue Plaques

We have launched "the Coleorton Blue Plaque" scheme to commemmorate buildings and sites in the village which have historic significance.

Research Resources

We have brought together some sources of information about social, family and economic history of Coleorton.

Articles

We publish articles in local press inc. Community Voice, St Mary's Church monthly email magazine and on the Coleorton website.