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 Wheatley Local History Group

Meetings 2018

22nd January 2018

This is our annual meeting when members give a short talk about something they have discovered and found interesting. This gives a wide variety of topics and makes for a fascinating morning. Please note that this is a change of date – this meeting has been put back a week from the previously scheduled date of 15th January.

19th March 2018

This meeting starts with our AGM, which is kept short. This AGM will then be followed by a talk “Life in the Fire Service” with Mike Hodgkins. Mike is a retired fire officer and has written two books regarding his experiences as a fire fighter.

21st May 2018

“Inn Signs and their Stories” with Robert Mee.

Robert Mee is a qualified trainer who has an M.A. in English Local History from the University of Leicester. He has conducted several research projects around Heanor, writes for local magazines and newsletters, and manages the website for the Heanor & District Local History Society, but is a volunteer research assistant at Leicester University. This talk is about inn signs and has a Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire bias.

16th July 2018

“Nottinhamshire’s Dark Side” with Chris Weir. Learn about the darker side of life in Nottinghamshire including grim murders, ghosts and mysterious deaths.

Chris Weir worked in Nottingham Archives for over 40 years and is now retired. He has been active with the Nottinghamshire Local History Association since the 1980s and joined the committee on his retirement. He has been a local history tutor for the University Adult Education Department and WEA. Chris has also written a number of books about Nottinghamshire and it’s history.

17th September 2018

“A Family Tangle” with Lynda Hotchkiss.

19th November

“How the Black Diamonds Book was Made” with Martyn Johnson.

Martyn Johnson is a former Sheffield policeman who is now an author, metal detectorist and historian. His talk last year about his time in the police force was very interesting and amusing so we are very pleased to welcome him back to North Wheatley.

Martyn’s talk this time is about the help and assistance he gave to Catherine Bailey when she was researching her bestselling book, Black Diamonds. This book tells the true story of the Rise and Fall of an English dynasty who lived at Wentworth Woodhouse, in Wentworth, South Yorkshire.  It is the finest and largest Georgian house in Britain and belonged to the Fitzwilliam family.  It is England’s forgotten palace which belonged to Britain’s richest aristocrats.  “Black Diamonds” tells the story of its demise: family feuds, forbidden love, class war, and a tragic and violent death played their part.
But coal, one of the most emotive issues in twentieth century British politics, lies at its heart.  This is the extraordinary story of how the fabric of English society shifted beyond recognition in fifty turbulent years in the twentieth century.

All these meetings will take place at the village hall in South Wheatley, starting at 10:00 am. Non members are always welcome to come along to enjoy the talk – and the “cuppa”.

For more information contact Alan on 01427 884147 or Dave on 01427 880934 or email

Wheatley Family Research Group

The “Family Research” part of the group meets in the Village Hall in South Wheatley on the second Wednesday afternoon of each month from 2.00 to 4.00pm. The format of the meeting is that we start with a short presentation about an aspect of family history research followed by some interesting discussion.

The rest of the time is used for people to do their own research using the connection to the internet which is available at the Village Hall. During this time, more experienced members are on hand to help out wherever they can.

The village hall has full internet access with WiFi connections that we use to help people advance their family tree research projects.

The cost for each meeting is only £2.50.  [Members of the Society pay £1.50]

The meeting dates in 2018 are:

There is no meeting in January

February 14th

March 14th

April 11th

May 9th

June 13th

July 11th

August 8th

September 12th

October 10th

November 14th

December 12th

Everyone is welcome at these meetings, so please come along and see how we can help you with your family research.

For more information contact Alan on 01427 884147 or Dave on 01427 880934 or email

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