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					                    Waltham on the Wolds and Thorpe Arnold Local History Group
Meeting 3 7.30pm, Tuesday 05.05.10 at the Marquis of Granby,

Waltham on the Wolds

Those attending:
Mavis and Alan Luntley
Gillian Lane
David Bowles
David Burr
James Houghton
Christine Barrett

    1. Apologies for absence:
Richard Snodin, Eric Smethurst, (late arrival). David Stirling.
    2. Minutes of previous meeting – circulated
The minutes were accepted.
The actions from the last minutes:
Gillian Lane has spoken to Jenny Dancey of the Melton Carnegie Museum, about
borrowing digital voice recorders; Jenny says there will be no problem in making
sufficient machines available to the group.
Gillian also has copies of a number of release forms which will be signed by those who
make contributions to the group in the way of documents, photographs, taped
conversations etc, so as to release copyright.
David Burr has spoken to his contact in the printing trade to get estimates for the cost
to the group of printing 500 introductory leaflets, similar to the one produced by the
Bottesford group. He is expecting a price in time for the next meeting.
Eric Smethurst plans to get a price for the introductory leaflet from Lonsdale (the
people who print wotwata).
Eric also has started proceedings to open a bank account for the group, this should be
open tomorrow (05.05.10). It was agreed the signatories would be Richard Snodin, James
Houghton, Alan Luntley and David Bowles. Eric had to leave at 2030.
    3. Christine Barrett, presentation on fundraising etc.
Christine gave a very helpful and informative talk about her role as Management
Development Officer at Funds and Figures. This is a 5 year project (begun in 2008), the
aims of which include advising and supporting local community groups in the Market
Harborough and Melton Mowbray area, such as ours. Christine together with her
colleague Claire Yearby, Fundraising Development Officer, (who Christine described as a
funding agency guru) will visit us to give advice on putting together project plans,
managing and costing projects and applying for funding from various agencies, including
the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Chairman     Richard Snodin         01664 464892 
Christine left us a number of forms giving advice and guidance on how to set up and cost
projects, and how to formulate funding bids.
Her group also host regular training courses, one, a 2 hour course entitled, “Funding and
Managing Funding” will be run at Kibworth on Tuesday 15th June, this is aimed at small
groups, Christine suggested it might be useful for one of us to attend this. DBo has
application forms. There is also an all day course; this is aimed at groups looking to obtain
large grants for major projects.
Funds and Figures also distribute a monthly Funding Bulletin, the April copy of which she
left with us, this highlights various agencies that have funds available, and what criteria
applicants must satisfy in order to qualify for grants.
Christine pointed out that Funds and Figures is associated with Voluntary Action
Leicestershire, the contact for which is Alison Hodson, 07791
312946, 0116 2575050
More information about Funds and Figures and Voluntary Action Leicestershire can be
found by following the various links on line at
In summary:
Lottery bids; as the process can be lengthy, it is best to include as many items as is
practicable in one project, as opposed to seeking funding for a number of small projects
Small projects can be funded by applying to various trust funds, local charitable funding
We should try and encourage sponsors, by offering to include their logos on various
We should try to think “laterally” in order to present our case for sponsorship in a way
that fits in with commercial criteria, healthy living, education, serving the community
If we organise our own fund raising events, it is best to aim for one major event in a
We should consider “advertising” the group locally where possible at the fair, school
events etc, the Heritage Open Day in Waltham church on September 11 could be a good
opportunity for us.
James thanked Christine on the group’s behalf for coming to talk to us.
Christine left after her talk,
    4. WLHG introductory leaflet
There was a general discussion about this document, it was agreed that a small group
comprising James Houghton, Alan Luntley and Gillian Lane, should design a draft leaflet.
The format and some of the ideas could be “borrowed” from the Bottesford leaflet.
The primary aims of the leaflet should be:
To inform the villagers of our existence, contact details and what we are trying to
achieve. Contact should include telephone numbers and postal addresses.
To attract the interest and support of the villagers, perhaps by alluding to interesting
historical facts in the form of questions, e.g. “Did you know—Peppermint Billy, The
Moonlght Steeplechase” etc.
We should include stories from both Waltham and Thorpe.
We need strong pictures for the front and back.
We need at least one strong story.
We need a strong slogan.
We should include web addresses.
To ask villagers for contributions in the form of facts, photos etc.
It was agreed that the leaflet should be distributed independently by members of the
The small group will aim to distribute the leaflet in draft form before the next meeting.
    5. Member’s ‘wish lists’.
There were a number of lists, the following combines the items into one list and
eliminates duplicates, (I hope!)
Waltham and Thorpe people:-
Characters, such as Revd. Jeremiah Pledger Seabrook - the famous hunting parson, and
Richard Penny the highwayman - who lodged at the Granby Inn in the 18th. Century. And
Prominent villagers, who were often benefactors - such as the Greenfield family, who
donated the fire engine etc. etc.
Waltham and Thorpe buildings and houses - the history of properties, and who resided in
them (we could use old trade directories). Photos inside and out, paying particular
attention to the ones currently under threat, such as the Royal Horseshoes and the
house recently occupied by Kevin Morgan.
Village trades people through the ages - the butchers, bakers & candlestick makers! Not
forgetting farmers in and around the village.
The heroes and heroines of the parish who gave their lives in two world wars.
The lost village of Ringolthorp (national grid ref. SK/776235).
The Roman Road (King Street Lane) which bisects Waltham as Goadby Road / High
Waltham’s courts: Court Leet & Court Baron, and the Court of Pied Poudre (locally known
as the ‘Pie Powder’ court).
The ridge & furrow fields, a local survey.
The old field names – Richard Snodin has many of them listed.
Oral histories - it is important that we start recording these as soon as possible, in
order to capture the memories of those who lived through WW2. Including Mrs Greenall
and her hunting memories.
The Agricultural Hall.
Croxton Priory.
The pubs in Waltham.
The Charter Fair and market.
Photos of recent events, marches, fayres etc. Tomorrow, today will be history.
A village map through the ages, we could get the schoolchildren to participate in this
A history of the village school(s), Church, Chapel.
Belvoir Angels.
Catalogue all details, including provenance, of the items in the Village Hall cabinet.
Waltham station
The ironstone workings.
The connection between Saltby Heath and Waltham.
Wells and pumps.
Waltham mast.
The earthquake, its impact on the church etc.
The pedigree site.
Hunting in and around Waltham and Thorpe.
Poor laws.
History of properties no longer extant, demolished and/or fallen down!
Inventory of gravestones.
Regular newsletters.
A heritage trail and procuring funding for it, this would be needed for the document
itself and the plaques/information notices that would be located strategically around the
Pick a date, say, 1900, 1850 and try to understand what the villages were like at that
time, describe village life etc.
Keep list of contributors, to allow acknowledgements.
     6. Any other business
The details of how we store data, hard copies, dedicated pc/server, cataloguing data,
documents, should we use a database as a means of document retrieval?
It was agreed that a folder structure should be approved by the group, in the short to
medium term.
Mavis Luntley mentioned attending a talk at Langham(?) given by a database expert,
could he be persuaded to speak to us?
Potentially in the near future we could have considerable amount of data and documents
to store.
     7. Date of next meeting
The next meeting will be on Tuesday June 15 2010 at 7.30pm, venue to be advised.

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