The Society was formed in 1973. Its specific aim was to foster an interest in Lenton Priory but this soon developed into a general interest in the history of the locality. Old and New Lenton, Lenton Sands and Dunkirk, the Lenton and Dunkirk Industrial Estates, plus the Lenton Abbey and Wollaton Park housing estates are all considered now to fall within the Society's area of interest.
Over the years we have built up a substantial archive of material relating to Lenton. This includes books and articles, newspaper reports, and a wide range other printed material. Photographs loaned to the Society have been copied and we now have a collection of several thousand historic photographs plus a number of taped recollections made by former residents most of which focus on life in Lenton during the first half of the twentieth century. Those wishing to gain access to this archive should contact Cliff Voisey. The archive is presently kept at Cliff's house although, in due course, the Society would prefer to see it housed in a building which would offer easier access to the general public.
The Society mounts a regular programme of talks and outings. The talks are now held in the church hall attached to St. Mary's Church, Wollaton Hall Drive, off Derby Road and will take place on the second Wednesday in the month.
The forthcoming programme is as follows:-
Wednesday 9th April
'A West Bridgford Man and Hitler' by David Turner
Wednesday 14th May
'They Drew, They Painted, They Sculpted: Four 18th – 20th Century Artists' by Anne Henstock
Wednesday 11th June
'Duchess of Curiosities' by Lilly Ann Dawes
Wednesday 9th July
'Notable Men & Women with Nottinghamshire Connections' by Barbara Bradley
Wednesday 13th August
'War Memorials' by Rachel Farrand
Wednesday 10th September
'The Comedians' by David Darby
Wednesday 8th October
'The Great War in Nottinghamshire' by Chris Weir
Wednesday 12th November
'The Old Curiosity Box' by Stephen Flinders
Wednesday 10th December
The Society's Christmas Party
Our meetings take place in the church hall attached to St Mary's Church, Wollaton Hall Drive, Wollaton Park and start at 7.30 p.m. Admission is now £3 per person which includes light refreshments taken during the interval. All are most welcome to attend.
The Society produces a periodic newsletter which is distributed to its all members who also receive the current edition of Lenton Times, the Society's magazine.
Individual membership of the Society is currently £5.00 and anyone living in the British Isles who would like to become a member is asked to send a cheque made out to 'Lenton Local History Society' to our Membership Secretary. The rate for those living overseas is £7.00.
Any general enquiries about the Society should be directed to Cliff Voisey.
Cliff Voisey, Hon. Secretary, 53 Arnesby Road, Lenton Gardens, Nottingham NG7 2EA. Tel. 0115 9703891.
Sylvia Taylor, Membership Secretary, 18 Hawton Crescent, Wollaton Park, Nottingham NG8 1BZ. Tel. 0115 9700380.