People and Places of the Wolds

The WHO’s third book, People and Places of the Wolds, will be published on Tuesday 15th September.

Copies will be available to purchase from G.G. Granville’s in Wymeswold and Marcol garage in Burton on the Wolds from 15th. If you would like a copy posting to you then please email bobtrubs@indigogroup.co.uk – we can accept payment by cheque or PayPal.

As with the previous WHO publication, Discovering the Wolds, there are a variety of articles in roughly chronological order. However, in People and Places of the Wolds a great many of the contributions are about the people who were born or lived in this part of north Leicestershire.

Herein are the ‘great and the good’ and all types in between. They include a locally- famous schoolmaster-cum-antiquarian; two men who both collected plants and climbed mountains; a soldier involved in the Charge of the Light Brigade; a man transported to Australia; the ‘gentry’ who built Burton Hall; all the owners and occupiers of one of the manor farms; a Second World War airman who miraculously survived; a once-famous speedway rider; and a girl with a passion for riding horses.

Paperback, 245 x 175 mm, 113 + iv pages, 19 colour photos, 84 b&w photos; 2 maps,

£9.95 (plus £2.00 postage to UK addresses if applicable).

Wymeswold Washdyke Community Orchard

Richard Ellison has compiled a short history of the development of the Washdyke field into a village amenity. No less than 63 committee meetings, mostly between between 2007 and 2015, involved a wide-range of villagers and funding organisations.

This is available as a free PDF: http://www.hoap.co.uk/who/washdyke.pdf

The minutes of AGMs, copies of questionnaires, spreadsheets about the trees, and a copy of a tree certificate will soon be added to the WHO archive.

Thanks to Richard for his time and effort putting this record together.

RAF Wymeswold after WWII

The Wolds Historical Organisation web site is hosting a remarkable new free PDF.

This is a detailed history of activities at Wymeswold airfield in the 1950s and 1960s which has been prepared by Richard Knight, who grew up at the western end of the runways.

Most of the information is about the activities of the RAF and Fields Aircraft Services, although there are also lots of previously-unseen photographs taken in the winter of 1944 and during the build up to D-Day, and photographs taken during public open days.

This is available as a free PDF: www.hoap.co.uk/who/raf_wymeswold.pdf.