Church Hall, Roade (please note, this month we are starting earlier than our usual time of 7.30pm)
The Last Naval Hero: David,1st Earl Beatty
Speaker: Roy Smart
The tale of this local man’s rise to fame and fortune, his central controversial part in the Battle of Jutland (centenary 31st May) and his ‘Downton Abbey’ life-style of immense riches, marital strife and scandal!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This month's event will include the society's AGM. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Members £2, Non-members £3
under 16: of Members FREE and of Non-members 50p
Here is some of our news and a mention of some of our recent events.
RCAF Memorial Update
were glad that WO Dipen Mistry and his family were able to return to Roade
for the Remembrance Day Service.It
was lovely to see them again.
Pye, one of the Canadian relatives who attended the Dedication in 2014, has given
us a beautiful album about the Memorial and her visit to Roade.It arrived just in time to be displayed at
our December event.We were also able
to put her in touch with an unknown distant cousin who had contacted us.Both ladies were delighted and are now
learning more about their family.
are continuing to gather information about the six Canadian airmen
commemorated on the Memorial and now have photographs of all of them.
recent talks have been well attended by both members and non-members and we
hope to see more people at our events in 2016.If you haven’t been to one, do come along – you will be very welcome.
In October Malcolm Deacon returned
to give us a new insight into the Gunpowder Plot - from a Midland
perspective.Among other things we
were interested to learn how the Plot centred on a plan to abduct James I’s
daughter Elizabeth and make her a titular queen.
Our November speaker,
self-styled ‘Yank’ Gary Shaeffer, gave us a very entertaining account of his
experiences of living in England and qualifying as a Blue Badge Guide (no
mean feat – the course defeated several Brits.)We hope he too will return to give us
Our December event was
particularly well attended and included films of Roade and a display of
photographs and other items from our archives.
Many thanks to Jinx, whose lively performance added
to the Christmas cheer, and to all those who helped to identify people in
some of our photographs.
Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at 7.30 pm at St. Mary’s Church
Hall, where refreshments are available.Admission charges for talks and visits are £2 for members (annual subscription £5), £3
for adult non-members, 50p for children (up to 16) of non-members.Members’ children up to 16 are admitted free.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Projects - help needed!
"Projects" are an important part of our activities and we welcome help with these.
Please see our current list of ongoing and future projects for more information.
were very pleased to see so
many people enjoying the Roade
in 1911 exhibition. Many
thanks for all the positive
comments written in the
If anyone would like to
comment further, please
people with the screen
heritage of the Midlands.
away in boxes in attics and sheds,
cupboards and garages are the filmed
records of families and communities
which are a uniquely important
window into our local and community
The Media Archives for Central
England (MACE), the regional moving
image archive for the East and West
Midlands, is seeking 60 partner
organisations to look for this
valuable material in their own
communities as part of a project to
find and uncover the hidden filmed
heritage of the midlands.
The project will provide new copies
of film for depositors and for
community use in local schools,
community archives and local
It will ensure the long term
preservation of the materials found
so that it can go on being used by
future generations. Roade Local
History Society has received several
films that qualify for free copying
for the owners. We will be holding a
film show in the New Year, but
meantime would welcome talking to
anyone who has potentially suitable
films that they may no longer be
able to view and would like
converted to DVD. This covers
films of such things as public
events, shows, gatherings, scenes,
etc in Northamptonshire, but does
not include films of holidays or
THIS PROJECT FINISHED IN MARCH
2013, FILMS ARE STILL BEING
has film that should be
preserved or you would like
copying to DVD, please contact
our Secretary (see the Contacts
launch, in September 2009, of our publication
‘Roade Through the Camera’ was very successful
and currently over 900 books have been sold.
Copies can be purchased in the village at T
& H Newsagents in the High Street or by
post – please see our Publications
page for further details.
We are building a comprehensive
archive of photographs and documents about
Roade for research and publication. To date we
have produced 'Roade Roll of Honour’, ‘Roade Through The Camera’ and 'Roade Village Scrapbook 1953'.
We also have a library of
back issues of various local history magazines
and publications available on loan to members.
have been organising events related to local
history since May 2005. These normally cover
Roade and its environs and sometimes the
wider county. A feature of events has been
'Sons and Daughters of the Village":
presentations by residents, past and
present, who have created history in
their lifetime or have interesting
reminiscences about their life in Roade.
Events take place
every month (except August) and start at
7.30pm in St Mary"s Church Hall, unless
otherwise stated. Non-members are very
welcome. Entry is £3.00 per person for
non-members or £2.00 for members and
refreshments are available.
For details of our next event, please see What's On or Roade News or the Notice Boards around