- 7.30pm at St
Mary’s Church Hall, Roade
at the Hippo
(the lives and music of Flanders and Swann)
actor and singer Michael Flanders and the composer, pianist and
linguist Donald Swann wrote and performed many well loved comic songs
such as “The Gasman Cometh” and “Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud”.
They first collaborated at a school revue in 1939 and stopped working
together in 1967. This illustrated talk about their lives and music
promises to be a lively gnight of gnostalgia and gnus.
Members £2, Non-members £3
under 16: of Members FREE and of Non-members 50p
will be available
enquiries 01604 864498
Please note, we have now fixed a new date for our visit to Hyde Farm. See What's On for more details.
Our AGM on 25th May saw some
changes to our committee line up. Two members, who have both served on
the committee since the Society started in 2005, have decided to reduce
the amount of time they can devote to RLHS.
Sheila Fitchett has stood down from the committee.Sheila has played an important part in all our activities,
including writing parts of Roade Through
the Camera, research, preparing exhibitions, recording peoples’
part in several radio interviews and entertaining us at New Year
lunches. She continues to be an active member of RLHS, providing welcome
help and support.
Alastair Inglis has stood down as
Secretary, but has agreed to remain on the committee.
Alastair has been an excellent Secretary and remains a key committee member.
Many thanks are due to both for all their hard work, guidance
We are delighted to welcome a new committee member, Chris Hillyard.
We are always seeking volunteers. If you can assist in any way, no matter how
small, please let us know.
recent talks have been well attended by both members and non-members and we
hope to see more people at our events in the rest of 2016.If you haven’t been to one, do come along – you will be very welcome.
Our New Year Lunch in January was held at the Bowls Club
with food provided by highly regarded chef Martin Brown. It was a great success, which we hope to
repeat next year.
Sheila reading a poem
by Pam Ayres at the New Year Lunch
In February we were given a
very erudite talk on ‘The Recorders of Northampton’ by His Honour Judge
Rupert Mayo. A packed hall listened to
the ups and downs of the various Recorders since 1478, and were fascinated to
learn of the development of the role, and the ‘dangers’ faced by the
post-holders if they fell out of favour with the monarch of the day. He also
explained the roles of the different courts, and gave an insight on how
important our county town had been in days gone by.
are very grateful to him as he had researched the subject specially
for our event.
Our March speaker, Angela Malin, is known to many, as she lives in Hartwell and is
a supporter of our Society.
She is Vice-Chair of
Northamptonshire Family History Society and gave a very informative, helpful talk
on researching family history and the surprising variety of resources
available. Many of the sources
mentioned are also useful for local history.
Information about the Northamptonshire
Family History Society can be found on their website:
In April Dr Cathy Smith gave an excellent talk on ‘Lunacy
and the Victorian Asylum’ including details of the often surprisingly
enlightened treatment patients received at Northampton General Lunatic Asylum
(now St Andrew’s Hospital) which
opened in 1838.
The talk drew a large audience, including18 non-members, and
the number and variety of questions they asked showed how interested they
Our May speaker, Roy Smart, gave
a very lively and entertaining account of the life of David, 1st Earl Beatty
and his central controversial part in the battle of Jutland. This was well-timed as the centenary of the
battle was on 31st May and Roy’s
talk gave us a good background for the many articles and debates about the
Beatty had great charm,
courage and panache and was constantly promoted over men of senior rank and
much wider experience. He became a great
celebrity but we know now that he was less than honest about his conduct of the
battle, which might have gone better if he had been more experienced.
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.
Royal Canadian Air Force
Roade Local History Society has installed a small memorial to
commemorate six Canadian airmen who lost their lives when their Wellington
bomber was struck by lightning over Roade 70 years ago.
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