The following research projects and activities are being developed by members of the Society. These should eventually result in a publication or talks at Members’ evenings.
Ongoing project : Family History
Bill Buchanan has created a full and detailed computerised archive of records of families in East Leake and district. This archive includes parish records, census records and such graveyard memorials as are still available. He answers personal enquiries from people within the village and those now living elsewhere, and is pleased to help anyone interested in finding out more about their family history.
We are very sorry to announce that Bill Buchanan recently died so we have lost his expertise in researching family history however we will still be able to access all the records he transcribed and will be happy to help where possible.
Contact Maureen Hurst on firstname.lastname@example.org
Note : a donation was usually offered to help offset time and costs in answering such enquiries.
Current projects (2014)
- War memorials Keith Hodgkinson has now assumed responsibility for editing the work of Margaret Meadowcroft on our war memorials.
- Kathy Wray, who lives in Rempstone, is reearching the fascinating life of our 18th century Rector, Granville Wheler. Although often absent from the rectory in West Leake this gentleman was very much involved in the scientific world of the Enlightenment. It was he who created the world’s first electric current along a wire. He was a member of the Royal Society and wrote several important papers on his interest. Kathy has been helped by committee member Margaret Meadowcroft. A publication is expected soon.
- The life of Captain Alexander Roulstone MC has long been of interest to us, for after his heroics as a First World War fighter pilot he settled in the village and became a managing drector of British Gypsum. To coincide with the commemoration of that war, we hope to continue our research and produce a publication of some kind. At the same time, we are accumulating material on the lives of two other local air aces from this war, Captain Oliver Redgate, DFC who came to live in The Nook after the war, and “Stan” Roadley “The Flying Teacher”who was born in Attenborough, taught in Nottingham but came to live at the Stanford Hills Farm in 1910. From here he enlisted in 1915 and eventually flew with the RFC in France. He was killed in February 1918. Because they were not born or living in the village during the war, neither Roulstone nor Redgate were included on our war memorials. We hope that a publication on these three brave pilots will bring their exploits to greater public attention.
Do you have any information to add to any of these projects ? Local tales, anecdotes, memories or pictures ? Please contact Keith Hodgkinson at email@example.com, and I will pass them on.
Ideas for new projects are keenly sought from all members. We are developing a full archive at the Parish Office (accessible most Monday mornings – please contact our chairman Mike Saunders or secretary Mary Hodgkinson).