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Lambley Historical Society

Charlie Peace – criminal and murderer

Our speaker at the March meeting was Michael Eaton who has spent a lifetime researching the life of a man whose exploits have been transformed into a legend.

Charlie Peace was born in Sheffield probably in May 1852. His father was a travelling showman training lions and tigers. Charlie inherited his father’s showmanship together with some musical ability. However, his violin case hid the tools of his more lucrative trade, housebreaking and robbery. In spite of spending time in and out of jail, Charlie had an attraction for women, some stayed remarkably loyal to him. The turning point of his life came one night in Manchester when he shot and killed a policeman. He was now a murderer and it was while on the run that he came to Nottingham and disappeared in the hovels of Narrow Marsh.

Our speaker had first heard the story from his grandmother who had grown up in that area. At first Michael thought she had made it up but when he was ten, reading the comic “Buster”, he realised the hero of the comic strip was the burglar and murderer of his grandmother’s nursery rhyme. Since then, his research has revealed poems, ballads, films, songs and even waxworks. Michael confessed the highlight of his professional life as a writer was Nottingham Playhouse staging his own play “Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend”.

Michael Eaton concluded the evening with a showing of an old black and white silent film of “The Legend of Charlie Peace.” He was thanked and warmly applauded.

The first of our summer visits this year will be in the afternoon of May 23rd when we have a guided tour of Holme Pierrepont Hall. There may be spare places  but prior booking is essential.

Visitors and new members are welcome.

Charlie Peace

For more information contact Kay on 0115 9313646 or John on 0115 9313066 or visit our website




The AGM of Woodborough Tennis Club was held on Wed 21 March at the Nags Head Pub. Another healthy financial year led to the decision that, yet again, there would be no increase in subscriptions for the new year which commences on 1st April 2018.

Subscriptions are now due – £20 for Juniors, £32 for Adults, £55 for a Family and £20 for Unwaged or retired. However discounts apply if paid before 30 April. We warmly welcome new members to join the current membership of 27 families and 11 adults. Please download the Annual Membership Application HERE, submit your payment by bank transfer and then email to confirm your details.

The gate code will change on 1st May but will not be released until subs have been paid.

Coaching is available for both children and adults and Vistors are welcome to play on payment of small fee ( £2 per adult/hr £1 per junior/hr).

We are planning to hold a club tournament and BBQ in the summer, probably Saturday 21 July.

For further information please contact Chairman Christine Jackson on 965 2352 or Membership Secretary Jonny Ofield on 965 2915 or


Our speaker in April was Richard Pannell, who spoke about his work in the Magistracy. He gave us a very good insight, including accounts of events which were very challenging, amusing and the responsibility of making decisions which seriously affect peoples lives.

Our speaker on May 8th at 8pm in The Institute is a member of Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes. Their work ,as volunteers, is to provide an emergency transport service to the NHS, delivering blood and other urgent medical items between hospitals around Nottinghamshire. We look forward to hearing about this valuable work.

Calverton and Woodborough Allotment Association

This year’s trip to the Gardeners World Show at the NEC is proving very popular. There are still some spaces available for the trip. This is on Sunday 17th June and costs £27 for members and £29 for non-members which includes transport and entry to the show. As a bonus this also includes entry to the “Good Food Show” which is on at the same time. If you would like to book your place please contact Malcolm on 07814879720.

In preparation for the coming year the trading shed is fully stocked with canes, compost and all the requirements you need to manage your allotment. There are also a range of power tools available for hire to make the preparation of your allotment site less demanding. The trading shed is open every Sunday and if this is not convenient for you, contact Malcolm on the number above to make an alternative arrangement.

Finally can I remind everyone that we do have a disabled allotment available for hire in part or as a whole so if you are an individual or group who would be interested in taking up allotment gardening please contact me on the number below for further details.

Mike Hope (Secretary) 0115 8458703


Monday 7th May

at 7.30pm

All welcome – Raffle & Refreshments


See the chiropodist on

Tuesday 29th from 8.30am to 11.30am,
in the Institute, Roe Lane, Woodborough.