NEXT EVENT

Wednesday 26th April - 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Roade

(event shared with Roade Gardening Club)


Victorian Gardens - ingenuity and hard work

 

Speaker: Christine Stones

 

From the Royal Household to allotments and the suburban plot, the ingenious inventions, the hard work of professional gardeners and enthusiastic amateurs, intrepid plant hunters and their exotic finds and the advent of women gardeners.


Entrance: Members £2, Non-members £3, Children under 16: of Members FREE and of Non-members 50p

Refreshments will be available.
Telephone enquiries 01604 864498


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about our recent events.


Our calendar of events for 2016-17 is available on the What's On page.

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News

 

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.
information@roadehistorysociety.org.uk

 






Recent Events




22nd February 2017

The Cooper Collection: Three Generations of Northamptonshire Photographers.


Another entertaining talk by Gary Shaeffer with

many photographs of Northampton town and county.

 

22nd March 2017

Charles II and the Dukes of Grafton with emphasis on their Northants connections.


A very interesting talk by Charles FitzRoy, who brought a variety of rare maps and documents.



 

28th January 2017 - Members’ New Year Lunch

 

Our New Year Lunch was again held at Roade Bowls Club with excellent food provided by popular chef Martin Brown and his team.  Many thanks to all who helped to make this such an enjoyable occasion.  The raffle was well supported by donors and punters and helped to make the event viable.  Particular thanks are due to Chris Hillyard, Marian Barber, Alastair Inglis and Sheila Fitchett for their entertaining readings and to Marian Barber, Jean Balderstone and Sylvia Mawby for the beautiful table arrangements.

 

  

 

  

 

Chris Hillyard

Martin Brown & Alastair Inglis

Chris Denton

 

 

 


Our recent talks have been well attended by both members and non-members and we hope to see even more people at our events in the coming year. If you haven’t been to one, do come along – you will be very welcome.

14th December - An evening of Christmas Cheer

Many thanks to everyone who took part in and helped at our lively Christmas event, which was very well attended and packed with displays and presentations. Excellent presentations were given by:


Stuart Shrubb re 1st Roade Scouts who have been celebrating their 60th birthday



Elizabeth Dyke re Roade Secondary Modern School (now EWS Academy), which also recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, and Jay Mainprize who gave us a student’s view of the school today. There was also a popular display of memorabilia kindly lent by the school.



Peter Mawby re the history of Pianoforte Supplies Ltd. Lack of time prevented him from completing his talk and it will be continued at a future occasion. Peter also showed a film of the PSL site from the air by drone kindly lent by a member’s son-in-law.




A display of PSL items recently donated to the Society.





Other displays included items from the recent exhibition about Claude Grahame-White, artwork sent home by Vic Johnson during World War 2 and a replica of the AA Roade road sign that was originally located in the area of Roade Secondary School.



The evening finished with some very enjoyable carol singing led by members of Roade Community Choir, joined by two members of Hartwell Heart and Soul Choir and Village Technician and Jinx singer Andy Johnson- many thanks to all.





23rd November - The NHS Then and Now

There was a very good turnout for Dr Alan Sutton’s talk - a personal reflection of over 40 years of ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ in the NHS.  He gave us an entertaining account of his training, work at Northampton General Hospital and recruitment as a Roade GP following a chance meeting with Dr Bull outside Brierleys (a fore-runner of B&M).  He reflected on the many changes in the NHS during his career and commented that if you don’t want to work at weekends and nights “don’t become a doctor”.  He was warmly applauded and thanked by many appreciative ex-patients who flocked to speak to him.



26th October - My Father's Journey Through WWII
 

Andy Tennet gave us an excellent and absorbing account of his father William's experiences during WWII.  He was unable to reach Dunkirk and had to find his own way back to England.  After witnessing the sinking of the troopship Lancastria, which he had tried to board, he returned home in a French fishing boat.  Later he travelled through France, Belgium and Germany with Montgomery's staff, ending up in Berlin.  William kept many interesting documents, such as Montgomery's strongly religious letters of encouragement to the troops.  We also heard about William's family life and were touched by this warm tribute to a likeable man who had served his country well.  No wonder his release papers recommended him as "a very useful man" who had met "in a willing spirit, all demands made upon him".


28th September - Joined at the Hippo


In September Kevin Varty gave a very entertaining talk about the lives and music of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, who first worked together at a school revue in 1939 and gave their last performance in1967.  As promised it was a gnight of gnostalgia and gnus and we all joined in the chorus of "Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud" at the end.


17th September - Visit to Hyde Farm House

Hyde Farm House originated as a 14th century hall house and is the oldest secular building in Roade. The Hyde estate then belonged to the Augustinian abbey of St James, Northampton, and had its own openfield system, water mill, fish ponds and dovecote.








 













Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Nola for a delightful visit and to Mr and Mrs Stockdale for letting us see the dovecote.


23rd July - Exhibition celebrating the World's First Night Navigation Flight
(combined with Roade Scouts 60
th Anniversary Celebrations and Family Fun Day)
at Roade Village Hall




Claude Grahame-White made history when he took off from Roade early on 28th April 1910 during an air race from London to Manchester. He had landed in a field by the railway the evening before and took off at about 2.50 am with the aid of lanterns and car headlights. Crowds flocked to Roade and it was said that the pubs remained open all night.



Grahame-White was a celebrated pioneer and entrepreneur in the early days of aviation and motor vehicles. The exhibition included a rare Grahame-White car, various classic cars, a model Sopwith Camel and a display about Roade in 1910 and 1911, including information from the 1911 Census.








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 event.

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.



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 were.


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:

www.northants-fhs.org



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.

We are very grateful to him as he had researched the subject specially for our event.



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.

 

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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.


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.

ALTHOUGH THIS PROJECT FINISHED IN MARCH 2013, FILMS ARE STILL BEING SOUGHT.
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.