The Magazine of Lenton Local History Society

Lenton Local History Society

The Society was formed in 1973. Its specific aim was to foster an interest in Lenton Priory but this soon developed into a general As part of the activities put on for the Lenton Festival in May 2003 the Society mounted an exhibition held in Holy Trinity Church, Lenton. Behind the display boards on the left of the photograph Cliff Voisey can be seen showing some the Society's slides to interested participants.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 Dunkirk and Old Lenton Community Centre on Montpelier Road, Dunkirk (see below on the best way to get there) and take place on the second Wednesday in the month.

The forthcoming programme is as follows:-

Photograph taken by Paul Bexon at the Society's exhibition held as part of the Lenton Festival 13 June 2009.  Society member, Derrick Norris, poses with his model of the bridge over the Nottingham canal which once provided pedestrian access between Leengate and Spring Close. Wednesday 8th January
Nottingham Then & Now by Graham Hayes

Wednesday 12th February
On The Buses: Remembering Trolleybuses, Back-Enders and Clippies Around Nottingham by Peter Hammond

Wednesday 11th March
The Society’s Annual General Meeting followed by a display and discussion of artefacts from the Society’s archive

Wednesday 8th April
Musical Entertainment: A Quiz & Sing-along led by Ian and Barbara Morton

Wednesday 13th May
An Entertaining Look at Life called - A Busy Day: by Voice Versa

Wednesday 10th June
My Extra Life: A look at life as a T.V. Extra by Mike Newbold

Wednesday 8th July
My Farcical Career as a Liaison Officer on a Cruise Ship by Colin Blower

Wednesday 12th August
The Love That Grew an Army – William and Catherine Booth, A Dynamic Duo and the Story of the Salvation Army by Julie Obermeyer

Wednesday 9th September
Early Healthcare in Nottingham and the Birth of the General Hospital by Paul Swift

Wednesday 7th October
Adverts You Have Known and Loved – A Look at Printed Advertisements and How Popular Products Began by Maureen Rushton

Wednesday 11th November
Once Upon a time at Christmas – Ancient customs of the Festive Season by Tracey Akehurst

Wednesday 9th December
Christmas Party Time! plus a talk full of Festive Cheer by Peter Hammond

How to get to our Current Venue

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 current 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.

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