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Branston is a delightful and vibrant village situated in a mostly rural area of the B1188 road some four miles to the south of Lincoln. In the Doomsday Book of 1086 the recorded population was 930. Today the figure is approaching 4500.
The History Group was formed in 1996 by a group of local residents who recognised the importance of preserving the details of the history of the village and the surrounding area, and of the people therein, for the benefit of present and future generations. This is being achieved by the collation of photographs, documents, news items and personal accounts relating to the history of the village from individuals and organisations.
In 2012 a decision was taken by The Group that all the material held should be catalogued and indexed to create a digitised archive for the preservation and ease of retrieval purposes, and also placed on a newly created website in order to make it available to the wider population in general. It is hoped The Group’s efforts will create a greater understanding of our history.
Periodically, 'Open Meetings' are held in the Church Hall to which the general public are invited, when visiting speakers give a presentational talk on a matter that has some historical connection with the village, or the group put on an exhibition of historical material, or some other activity. Such activities usually commence at 7.30pm and details are published under the ‘Events’ heading.
~~Three dates for the new 2015 diary and calendar:
20 January - local farmer, Bentley Nelstrop, will talk about extracts from his very recently published book appropriately titled “NOW THEN”, recalling his memories of a farm, friends and events and much about life in Branston.
17 February - Chris Adams, a Branston man, has for several years been researching the CURTOIS FAMILY who had a major influence and impact on life in Branston for over 200 years. There were 6 successive generations of Curtois who were rectors at the church. This is a fascinating story of one of the more powerful and eventually wealthy families in the area.
17 March – Peter Stevenson will return by popular demand to complete his story of WW1 aircraft and their manufacture in the Lincoln area. His collection of beautiful models, destined soon for permanent display in a new museum at Scampton, should by then be completed and we will have a preview and another entertaining presentation.
The meetings will be held as usual in the Church Hall starting at 7-30pm. Admission is free and open to all.