Dedication of the Wellington Memorial
it was an honour to be at the Dedication of the Wellington Memorial, to remember those who died when Wellington Bomber HF570 crashed on this site (Green Crescent) on the 5th September 1944 and also to the memory of those who died in training at RAF Desborough.
Latest News from Desborough Family History Group
November has been another busy month for the Family History Group. Our Thursday afternoon meetings continue as we try and get back to normal after restrictions. We meet every Thursday afternoon 1.00 – 3.00 pm in Desborough Heritage Centre. The group remains busy with new projects as well as our family history research. Our November zoom meeting was a success with two very interesting talks. Liz Harris started the meeting, presenting "1952 – The Blissett family in Nichols Street". We hope other members will also tell us about their family's life in 1952, contributing to our next project celebrating the Queens Jubilee. Stuart Irons presented the second talk, "Desborough Carnivals up to 1939". He started with two films of past carnivals from 1950 and 1960; there were lots of old familiar faces and all members were reminded how big the carnivals were and how well supported. There will be a part two to this talk which will take us up to 1970.
Many congratulations to Bronwen, of our group, who during the zoom showed us her B.E.M. which was awarded recently.
Our next zoom meeting will take place on Thursday 9th December at 10.00 am, please We are still gathering information for our "1952 project". If you have any memories of the Queen ascending the throne we still have questionnaires in the Heritage Centre for you to complete.
1952 INFORMATION WANTED
We would also like to invite anyone wishing to record what life was like for their family in 1952 – where they lived, worked, their interests etc to contact us.
Visit Desborough Family History Group
A recent introduction within the Heritage Centre is the Family History Group, largely concerned with helping individuals work out or add to their family trees. This runs from 1pm to 3pm on Thursdays and Saturdays 10am - 12pm for (for people who are unable to attend the Thursday meetings) £1 per session including tea/coffee and cake.
Anyone can come in and start within the Group; indeed newcomers have been welcomed each week so far.
Join the Heritage Centre at their popular coffee morning
Join Desborough Heritage Centre for coffee morning every first Saturday of every month from 10am to 12pm.
Blank Handmade Cards on Sale. Inserts can be added or cards can be personalised.
Wacoal Europe Miniature Lingerie Exhibition
There is a new exhibition of miniature lingerie which has come from Wacoal Europe in imitation of the early 20th century miniature corsets provided on wedding days for brides by their Desborough work colleagues.
Desborough Aerial Photographs Exhibition
By popular demand, our display of large aerial photographs of Desborough in 1952 has been returned. For new and old residents these photographs provide interest and horror, such have been the expansion & changes in Desborough over the last seventy years.
The stained glass windows of the Co-operative Society's 1903 shop
With the help of the Heritage lottery fund, the stained glass windows were restored by Phil Chappel of 'Art in glass' and are now on display in the Desborough Heritage Centre.
The development of Rigid Containers
While the Heritage Centre is being re-arranged, after its reduction of its superb WWI exhibition, Men at War and Families at Home, new exhibitions are being planned!
At present recent volunteers, the granddaughters of the amazing Colonel Howard Burditt have set up a display on his founding and development of Rigid Containers from 1906 – which firm continues successfully today.
The Desborough Mirror
Splendid among one of these archaelogical finds is the famous bronze Desborough Mirror...
The Desborough Necklace
Seven centuries later, another important lady must have worn the gold Desborough Necklace...
Desborough Boot & Shoe Room
From 1868 Desborough has had 29 boot and shoe factories of which Cheaney's, founded in 1886...
Also seizing visitors' attention among the 'things' of all sizes and kinds in the Centre is a magnificent...