Local History Society
The Drayton St Leonard Local History Society was formed in 1998 with the
initial intention of publishing a book about the history of the village. The intention
was to publish the book in the summer of 2000 to celebrate the new millennium.
The group is comprised mostly of residents of the village, with much appreciated
help from a couple of others who live elsewhere.
We were all delighted that we met this objective, and the book was launched as
part of the Millennium celibrations in the village, centred around the village fete in
June 2000. The book ended up surpassing all our expectations in terms of both
quality and quantity. Some copies of this book are still available. See
here for details.
We are now considering how to take this project further. In the process of compiling
the book, we have amassed a vast archive of historic material, photographs and old maps.
One of the tasks is to better organise this archive, much of which was not actually used in the book.
There is also the possibility of using some of this material for future publications.
Ideas discussed might include a follow on book, possibly a more pictorial history, and also
the possibility of printing a village callendar, based on some of the old photographs.
The group will also, as part of its meetings, consider inviting guest speakers to give short
talks relating to local history. These talks will be open to all to attend and further details will posted on the Forthcoming events page when known.
One way to get involved is to help Ken Wise, who asked for the following to be included:-
Any items which refer to Drayton St Leonard's past. No matter how small or trivial, the History Society are very interested in photos,
agendas, minutes, letters, tickets, programmes, reports, adverts, maps, bills, receipts, drawings or any other memorabilia from or about the
village from any period.
We are interested in individuals and events, sport, business, holidays, war time, or anything else. If anyone has a memory of being in the
village or has heard someone else speak about theirs and is willing to drop us a few lines to tell us about it, we would be very grateful.
We would also like to hear about any references to the village in publications other than our own.
If in doubt, get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
original page by Dave Hewitt, updated Steve Cox (Webmasters)
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