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Heanor & District Local History Society

Committee Members

The Society’s business is run by a Committee which meets every two months. The members constitute a wide cross-section of the community; they may not all have been born in Heanor, or even live here, but all would regard themselves as "local" by any definition of the word.

Thanks must be given, though, for the extensive help given to the Society by people who are not themselves part of the Committee.

Clive Booth: Clive joined the Committee in January 2008, and was elected Secretary later that year.

Clive was born in Codnor, and has spent all his life in the Heanor area, being educated at Marlpool Infants, Marlpool Boys and Aldercar Comprehensive schools. He served the Heanor community for 28 years as a police officer working from the town's police station before retiring from the force in 2007. He is interested in all aspects of local history with particular emphasis on keeping the past alive for future generations via a school-based project named 'Giving the Future a Past'.

Alan Brougham: Alan is Langley Mill born and bred - his early years were spent living on Cromford Road, and he attended Aldercar Infants School and Langley Mill Boys' School.

He spent his working life as a joiner and cabinet-maker, working for a number of local firms, including Vic Hallams, E & H Architectural (on East View Terrace), and Stag.

Now that he is retired, his main interest, other than local history, is gardening. He was elected onto the Committee of the Society in 2004

Peter Chamberlain was elected to the Committee in 2008, having been a member for several years, and helping with research for the Society's websites.

Peter lived in Langley Mill for 40 years, and went to the village schools before moving on to Heanor Grammar School. In the 1960s he moved to Waingroves.

During his working life, Peter was a miner and an engineering inspector. As well as local and family history, he is a cricket enthusiast. He is also active with the Waingroves Community Woodland Trust.

David Cox: David spent 32 years as a baker in the Heanor area.

He has been a member of the Society for over 20 years, and started serving on the Committee in the 1990s. He has a particular interest in "curiosities" and Derbyshire "street furniture."

As well as local history, he is keen on rambling (a member of two local rambling groups) and photography, giving occasional slide-presentations. He and his wife are members of the Heanor Methodist Church.

Stuart Eyre: Although born in Hucknall, Stuart's family is from Langley Mill, a village to which he returned when he was 16.

Starting work at Kimberley Brewery, he spent much of his working life at Hanson's Engineering at Heanor Gate.

As well as an interest in local history, he is keen on environmental issues, and is a member of the RSPB and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Stuart is the Minutes Secretary of the Society.

Gill Hall: Gill was born in Loscoe and has lived in the area all her life. She attended Loscoe CofE School and later Heanor Gate School.

For many years she worked in the art room at Denby Pottery. Her main interests are all aspects of local history, gardening and tending her allotment. She is particularly known for researching articles from old local newspapers.

Gill was elected onto the Committee of the Society in 2011, and in 2014 became the vice chairman.

Mick Hogg: Mick has lived in the Heanor area all his life, having gone to Loscoe Road Boys’ School and Aldercar Secondary School. He has spent all but a short time of his working life in the building trade, having started as an apprentice joiner at Arron Hartshorne’s on Ray Street, Heanor.

Mick has been married for over 40 years, and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Besides local history, he is interested in gardening, wildlife and steam railways. Mick has traced his family history back to 1604, still in the Heanor area!

Brian Key: Brian joined the Society just after its formation in 1968, and was voted onto the Committee within a few years. He was involved in the Publications Group when we launched our first book in 1977. He is currently the chairman (having done this twice before), and was the treasurer 1987 to 2004.

Brian takes care of items held by the Society, and is also the editor of the monthly newsletter; he also gives talks on a variety of local subjects. His main historical interest is in transport, especially the canals and railways. He also enjoys walking the local area, viewing & photographing sites of interest.

Robert Mee: Born at Aldercar, Robert is interested in anything to do with the area - any subject, any period!

He has written articles for the Society’s newsletter, is the editor of this web-site, and gives various talks on the area's history. Robert has written a book on the history of Heanor Grammar School, published by the Society in 2008. In 2014, he qualified with an M.A. English Local History at the University of Leicester. He was treasurer of the Society from 2004 to 2012, and again from 2014. He is chairman of our Publications Group.

Winifred Waterall: Winifred has been a member of the Society since 1976. She was the Secretary from 1996 to 2008.

Educated at Alfreton High School and the Margaret McMillan Teacher Training College, Bradford, Winifred taught at Loscoe Denby Lane Primary School, and later as a supply teacher in several local schools. In addition to her interest in local history, Winifred is a family historian, and founder member of two Derbyshire Family History Groups. She has transcribed several Derbyshire Parish Registers, including Heanor St. Lawrence back to 1558, and has helped to record memorial inscriptions in many Derbyshire churchyards.

Peter Wright: Peter was born on Mundy Street, Heanor, and has lived all his life in the same house in Langley, a village of which he has an exceptional knowledge.

Peter was in the farming industry for many years, working for the Langley Mill and Aldercar Co-op, which bought Laceyfields Farm, where he worked, from the Shipley Estate in the 1920s.

As well as his general interest in local history, Peter is also a member of St. John's Ambulance.

The committee is involved in all aspects of planning in relation to the Society, from choosing what speakers to have in the forthcoming programmers, to preparing future publications, and running the various projects we are involved in.

If you would like to know any more about the Committee’s work, please ask any of the members directly, or use the Contact Us page - if your message is for a specific Committee Member, it will reach them.