A historic Leicestershire community dating back to 1107

WW1 Event Tuesday 24th July 2018


Community Centre at Freemen’s Holt - 10.00 am – 4.00pm & 7.00pm – 9.00pm

There will be the opportunity to come and view the WW1 display boards from the event four years ago as well as see information on newly researched men.  I have found a further 85 + men (Freemen or sons of Freemen etc.) who served during WW1.

If you enjoy history, whether it’s social, military or family there’s something for everyone. Learn about Freemen ancestors, as well meeting up with old friends or making new ones. The men are Leicester Freemen, those that didn’t take their freedom and sons that died before coming of age to take their freedom.

During the morning and afternoon there will be guest speakers, one of whom will give a 2nd different talk in the evening. I hope to give several vignettes of men that I have found before each talk. There will be a small display including folders with the information found on each of the men; some include military records, medal cards, census details, photos from the local press. This is available throughout the day and evening. One of our speakers, Denis Kenyon, is the Project Director of the Leicester City, County & Rutland At Risk War Memorials Project. This is a pioneering project in Leicestershire which recovers, restores, preserves, and protects war memorials as well as providing those interested in family, local or military history given access to this as a resource of information. Many have lain neglected and forgotten; some were stolen, some damaged and luckily recovered. Local scouts, guides working and schools towards their Heritage Badges have benefited from this project. Denis’s talk will provide an overview of the At Risk War Memorials Project and some of memorials that have been rescued.

Our other speaker is David Humberston, Chairman of the Leicestershire and Rutland Branch of the Western Front Association. David is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about many aspects of WW1. David’s first talk will be:-
Sidney’s War – Recollections of a schoolboy in Leicester during the Great War years. This unique verbatim record offers a fascinating insight into life on the home front during 1914-1918.

His second talk which is to be held during the evening is on:-
Women in the Great War. This talk explores the vital role played by women on the home front during the Great War period before telling the mostly forgotten stories of many individual ladies across all theatres of conflict, including nursing, espionage and armed service on foreign soils. Throughout the day there will be a display of Leicestershire Regiment & Leicestershire Yeomanry artefacts by John Taylor, who is a collector and WW1 enthusiast. John has personally found a number of artefacts himself whilst visiting battlefields over a long period of time; many of which have come from the fields where Freemen served.

Also during the day, Joan Rowbottom will have a display on the research she has undertaken of the men on St Andrews Church War Memorial, and is happy to discuss Aylestone History which covers either side of the WW1. Joan is an experienced family researcher and passionate about Old Aylestone and the area. To reserve a seat for any talk, please contact Sandra Stocks on 0116 283 4017. Seating is limited because of Health and Safety requirements.

Each talk + vignette will last about 50 – 60 minutes in total and will start at 11.00am, 2.00pm and 7.15pm. If you would like to help in any way (meet and greet, make tea & coffee etc.), for a couple of hours on the day it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the Office if you would like to help or have any queries about the day. Tea and coffee will be available. (If you want to stay all day you will be made most welcome, but you will need to bring a packed lunch).




We have been invited to visit the above temple, but before final arrangements can be made, it is important that we establishment how many people would like to go.  The visit will be during the week, on a morning or afternoon, and will ideally be for a party of 6 – 12 people.  Maurice Hill will be co-ordinating the visit, so if you are interested to attend, please contact Maurice Hill on 0116 289 5394.

Any queries please contact the office >

The Little Theatre to see Mother Goose 14th December 2018

Artboard-2.jpgVenue: Little Theatre, Dover Street, Leicester

Date: Friday 14th December 2018 at 7.00pm

Cost: Adults £15.00, Children (under 16) £12.00 per person

Book early for this traditional family pantomime, open to freemen, family and friends. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that any unsold tickets must be retruned to the Little Theatre by the end of October, so don't delay in booking your seats.

Booking Form Mother Goose.docx

Booking Form Mother Goose pdf