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Lambley Historical Society

At our last meeting  Annette Willoughby, who has recently completed studies in Heritage Management, spoke to us about the development of the Conservation Movement from the early days in the nineteenth century to to-days Planning Acts.

Enthusiasts William Morris and John Ruskin used their influence to save buildings at risk. In 1877 Morris founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the still existing SPAB.  In 1958 John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner created the Victorian Society, horrified at the apathy towards the destruction of Victorian Buildings. They had their successes, the saving of St.Pancras  Station, and their losses, the removal of the Euston Arch.

With the passing of various Planning Acts, emphasis has changed from saving imposing buildings to keeping representative buildings. It was in this spirit that Southwell Workhouse was bought and saved by the National Trust in spite of initial criticism.

Today, in spite of a general lack of resources, interest in the past has never been greater. The criterion for preservation has changed with the change in public attitude. Now, not just one building but possibly a whole townscape.

The audience had many questions and plenty of opinions to offer our enthusiastic speaker who was warmly thanked.

May 17th sees the start of our summer visits programme. We have arranged to have a guided tour of Kelham Hall in the afternoon.  There may be spare places available but pre booking is essential. For information, phone Joyce on 0115 9653314 or Kay on 0115 9313646.




Ann Kight is Trent District Oddfellows Provincial Grand Master since taking over the position from her husband Terry. Our late Chairman Keith Bentley was also a member of the Oddfellows. They kindly chose to donate the funds raised during Terry's year to O t R in Keith's memory.  It was arranged that Terry, Ann and their grandaughter Rachael would come to the April meeting to hand over the cheque. We were astounded to find it was for £1100. It will fund coach travel etc for a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, in June and other trips.
We helped to raise the funds when we attended an Afternoon Tea held in the Kights's garden in September. The total was boosted by the raffle at their Annual Dinner Dance and a sizable donation granted by the Committee of Trent District Oddfellows. Chairman Bernard presented Ann & Terry with an orchid in a glass vase, wrapped in gold paper, as Ann & Terry had recently celebrated their Golden Wedding.
Ann had made a large batch of cupcakes for us to sell. Several members had also bought cup cakes for the buffet lunch so the spare cakes were either sold or donated to Reach Learning Disability.
If you want information about this friendly independent group please phone Sandra & Michael on 01636 812399 or email

New play equipment for Governor’s Field is no longer a dream!

The Woodborough GREAT team has reached its fundraising target this month and is ordering a whole new range of exciting and challenging play equipment to be installed on the Field this summer.

Thanks to grants from WREN, the Samuel Eden Trust, Nottinghamshire County Council, profits from last year’s Street Market stall and the GREAT quiz night, several donations from residents, and a substantial contribution from our Parish Council, the GREAT team has accumulated close to £100,000 since it reinvented itself in September 2015.

When there is so much competition for grants, our volunteer parents Ian, Ant, Emma, Scott, Daniel, Jonathan and Nabeil, aided and abetted by Margaret and Colin of our Parish Council, have done well to achieve this so quickly. They are a truly GREAT team. Would you believe that Ian is already asking what to do next so that the team can stick together?!!!

Click on the image below to see the proposed equipment in a larger picture.