Updated September 2017
Wollaton Village Dovecote Museum now has its own web page http://www.Spanglefish.com/WollatonVillageDovecoteMuseum
Photograph album of Weddings at St Leonard's Church.
If you were married at St Leonard's Church and could let us borrow a photograph, this can be scanned, returned and a copy featured in the album. These photographs are very popular indeed with visitors to the Dovecote Museum. Please contact the Secretary via the Feedback page or see Marilyn Nurse at one of our meetings.
So if you, any of your family or friends and neighbours were married at St Leonard's please let us include the event in our album. Every wedding is part of history so our album is an important record of Wollaton history.
Russel School photo album. Did you attend The Russel School? Can you remember the names of your classmates and teachers? If so, please contact the Secretary via the Feedback page. Sue Smith is updating the albums and is constantly receiving extra information. There will be extra information included in 2017 at the Dovecote Museum
Researching Wollaton's Cottages. It was originally thought that there was only one remaining stone-built cottage in Wollaton (opposite St Leonard's Church), but research reveals that stone was used in the construction of other cottages too. Also, similar style doors and window frames were used. The project continues.
Wollaton Remembers its Fallen 1914-18. Valuable information is still being researched. Are any of these names familiar? We still need information on these men: JOHN BARKER who was killed in action, G. FORMAN, G. HARWOOD, W. HOLMES, G. KNIGHT, J. LYNES and CHARLES PENNOCK.
Restoring Wollaton Park walled garden. This project is being managed by Nottingham City Council and it is hoped that some progress will be made in 2017. The Society suggests that as a simple, short-term measure which is achievable at minimal cost, the garden is turned into allotments with a difference, with plotholders storing equipment securely in the original potting sheds. In view of the demise of the Radford Bridge Road allotments for a new housing development and the one-year+ waiting list for an allotment in Nottingham, this would be a good use of the once-productive soil.
Derelict Canal Lock off Lambourne Drive. In much need of regular maintenance to ensure this unique site is not lost to overgrown weeds. This land is owned by Nottingham City Council. Clearing will be hard work, needing a team of fit and healthy volunteers, and maintaining the upkeep means this will be an ongoing project. However, it has not yet started and it is hoped that a local residents group will take this on.
Family History Group. Based on information in census records and other local historical records, there are names of families living in Wollaton in the 1800s whose families still live in the area. It is hoped that the Family History Group team can connect those families, their homes, and family history to form an important record of village life.
If you are interested in becoming involved in any of these exciting projects or have others you would like to start yourself and need help with, please contact Angela Gilbert via the feedback link.
Improvements under way to improve road safety on Bramcote Lane and to improve The Square. This project by Nottingham City Council was completed on schedule in December 2014.
Digging up the road outside Wollaton Library and St Leonard's Community Centre.
More destruction but work is progressing to schedule.
Job done! Effective, on time, creating a great improvement to the appearance of The Square. The pub looks good, too.
THE DOVECOTE MUSEUM
The 2016 exhibition featured Wollaton local Nature Reserves such as Martins Pond and Harrisons Plantation. During the winter months work will be carried out to conserve and repair exhibits, especially in the scullery and parlour, a display regularly refreshed to reflect a typical cottage in The Square during the early 1900s.
Thanks to Sue Smith who is updating the school photo album and Marilyn Nurse who continues to work on updating the St Leonard's Wedding photo album. Using Parish Records, Marilyn is hoping to ascertain more information about the brides and grooms in the photo album.
OPENING TIMES: 2.00-4.30PM ON THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH MAY-SEPTEMBER including guided walks, also for special events, Member's Evenings and Heritage Open Days.
NB: During May to early September the Dovecote can be opened at any time by special request for group visits by prior arrangement. If you are a member of a society or social group and would like to condier a visit, please contact Angela Gilbert the Society's Secretary, for further details using the feedback page.