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.
Wednesday 12th April
'A Soldier's Story' by Christine Mitcham
Wednesday 10th May
'Brooches for All Occasions' by Gill Webster
Wednesday 14th June
'Derbyshire Castles' by Robert Mee
Wednesday 12th July
'Terror from the Skies' by Stephen Flinders
Wednesday 9th August
'The History of Pens” by Graham Hayes
Wednesday 13th September
'An Interactive Evening with Charles Dickens' by Barry Davies
Wednesday 11th October
'Nottingham Suffragettes' by Rowena Edlin-White
Wednesday 8th November
'A Trading Voyage on the River Trent' by Michael Harrison
Wednesday 13th December
The Lenton Local History Society Christmas Party
Each of these talks will get underway at 7.30 p.m. The cost of entry is £3 per person and anyone is welcome to attend. Our new venue is the Dunkirk & Old Lenton Community Centre, housed in the old Dunkirk School building on Montpelier Road. Those coming by bus are advised to travel on Trent Barton's Indigo Service and get off at the Lace Street bus stop. For anyone coming by car there is plenty of free parking at the Community Centre itself and motorists are advised that on accessing Beeston Road from the Dunkirk Flyover end they should turn left into Lace Street and then left again into Brailsford Road which brings them on to Montpelier Road. The entrance to the car park is next to the Community Centre.
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.
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.