Wednesday 25th November, 2015 at 7.30pm in St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade.

An American Eye View

of Northamptonshire


 Speaker: Gary Shaeffer


One 'Yank's' adventures in becoming a Blue

 Badge Guide in Northamptonshire plus an

armchair tour of a dozen of

his favourite County sites and sights.

Entrance: Members £2, Non-members £3

Children under 16: of Members FREE and of Non-members 50p


Refreshments will be available

Advance notice of our
December event
which will take place earlier in the month than usual

Wednesday 9th Dec - 7.30pm

St Mary’s Church Hall, Roade

An Evening of Archives

& Christmas Cheer with music

by Jinx


An evening with a difference!

A display of:

Selected items from our Archives
Photos, old and new – some that need your input

Films, including the PSL factory under


Accompanied by music and refreshments

with a seasonal flavour

Entrance: Members £2, Non-members £3

Children under 16: of Members FREE and of Non-members 50p

Telephone enquiries 01604 863389


Our Calendar of Events for 2014/2015 is now completed. We are currently preparing the calendar for 2015/16.
Meanwhile, here is some of our news and a mention of some of our recent events.



     Benches and Memorials

RLHS is compiling a database of memorials

such as benches etc in the village, and details

of people so remembered. If you know of one,

or have details (especially photos) of these villagers, please contact us.



At our AGM in May we were delighted to welcome Peter Mawby to the committee.  Peter has already done a great deal of work on our photo archive and also takes many of the photographs of our events. 


Recent Events




Kevin Varty gave a typically lively talk -

on Victorian Churchyards and Cemeteries!




Steve Blyth’s entertaining talk about 1960s Kathmandu included a raffle which raised £110

for victims of the recent earthquake there.






In June we enjoyed a fascinating visit to The Monastery (a medieval manor house) and

stained glass workshop at Shutlanger.




Future Events

 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.


Wednesday 23rd September - Peter Barratt JP. A Suffragette in the family.

A talk on suffragette Alice Hawkins by her great-grandson.


Wednesday 28th October - Malcolm Deacon. The Gunpowder Plot: a Midland Conspiracy.

Malcolm will look at the plot from a Midland perspective, bringing in Northamptonshire aspects.


Wednesday 25th November - Gary Shaeffer. An American Eye View of Northamptonshire.

One 'Yank's' adventures in becoming a Blue Badge Guide in Northamptonshire plus an armchair tour

of a dozen of his favourite County sites & sights.


Wednesday 9th December – An evening of Archives and Christmas Cheer.


  - 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.


We were very pleased to see so many people enjoying the Roade in 1911 exhibition. Many thanks for all the positive comments written in the visitors' book.
If anyone would like to comment further, please email


Roade in 1911 details.

Full Circle - connecting people with the screen heritage of the Midlands.

Tucked 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 history.
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 collections.
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 family.

If anyone has film that should be preserved or you would like copying to DVD, please contact our Secretary (see the Contacts page).

The 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.

We 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 Roade.