Hoby Village HallAll Hoby and District Local History Society events will take place in Hoby & District Village Hall and start at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated.

Previous years events can be viewed here: 20142015, 2016  and 2017.

2018

17th January Hoby & District Village Hall “Leicester Cathedral Revealed – yesterday, today & tomorrow” by The Very Reverend David Monteith, Dean of Leicester.

There has been a St Martins church on the site since at least Norman times, and quite possibly considerably longer. Whilst excavating for foundations for a new spire in the 1860s, builders found clear evidence of a significant Roman building on the site, possibly a temple. Two pillar bases excavated at the time are currently held in safe storage by the city council. David will chart some of the major developments and look ahead to the plans which are currently being developed to complete the re-ordering work by 2020 through a £11.3 million project called ‘Leicester Cathedral Revealed’.

David Monteith has been Dean of Leicester since 2013.  He led the process which resulted in the completion of the first stage of major reordering in the cathedral building since 1927.  This included everything associated with the reinterment of King Richard III.

21st March Hoby & District Village Hall “Reading Houses: what to look for to date a house or consider its history.” by Mrs Janet Spavold

Janet Spavold has studied buildings for most of her life, and this talk illustrates the range of domestic architecture from the late middle ages to modern times.  It considers how and why changes came about, and how to identify buildings from different periods. The illustrations are drawn on local examples and examples from other parts of the country.

Janet Spavold‘s  working life was spent in higher education, first teaching Medieval Literature, then running a Local History degree course.  For 20 years she ran a WEA/Nottingham University evening class research group in local history and the group published three books. Her own research covers a wide range of historical material, in recent years centred on Ticknall, South Derbyshire.

16th May Hoby & District Village Hall “Burrough on the Hill & Iron Age Leicestershire” by Peter Liddle.

18th July “Visit to Welford Road Cemetery”

August/September TBC Field walking in the Parish.

21st September Hoby & District Village Hall “Leicester & the DNA Connection” by David Farrer QC.

21st November Hoby & District Village Hall “Arming Richard III” by Richard Knox & Dominic Smee

5th December Hoby & District Village Hall Members evening

Other Events:

4th April All Saints Church Hoby Half Muffled Quarter Peal to commemorate the centenary of the death of Private Victor Coleman.

5th May All Saints Church Hoby Half Muffled Quarter Peal to commemorate the centenary of the death of Rifleman Charles Gamble.

1st September All Saints Church Hoby Half Muffled Quarter Peal to commemorate the centenary of the death of Private Sydney Graham.

14th September All Saints Church Hoby Half Muffled Quarter Peal to commemorate the centenary of the death of Major Arthur Beresford.

3rd October All Saints Church Hoby Half Muffled Quarter Peal to commemorate the centenary of the death of second Lieutenant J0hn Wheatley.

19th October All Saints Church Hoby Half Muffled Quarter Peal to commemorate the centenary of the death of Private William Crane.

11th November All Saints Church Hoby Remembrance Day Service.

11th November Hoby & District Village Hall A “meat tea” to mark the end of the First World War Centenary Commemorations.