This event was originally planned for August but has been brought forward to
23rd July.

Saturday 23rd July 2016 – Roade Village Hall, 12 noon onwards


Exhibition celebrating Claude Grahame-White’s night navigation flight from Roade in 1910.
This included the world's first take off at night.


This will be part of a Family Fun Day also celebrating 1st Roade Scout Group’s 60th birthday.

There will be:

  • Exhibitions
  • Vintage vehicles (including a Grahame-White car)
  • Stationary engines
  • Royal Roade Bake Off
  • Fun & Games
  • Craft Stall
  • Food & drinks
A fun day for all the family!!


Our calendar of events for 2016-17 is now available on the What's On page.
Here is some of our news and a mention of some of our recent events.


RCAF Memorial Update

 We 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.


Eleanor 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.


We are continuing to gather information about the six Canadian airmen commemorated on the Memorial and now have photographs of all of them.


     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.



Recent Events

Our 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 another talk.





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.


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.


  - 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


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.