Great Bowden Historical Society

Great Bowden Historical Society

Welcome to the website of the Great Bowden Historical Society.

The “Great Bowden Society” had been looking after the interests of the village since 1968. When Parish Council status was given back to the village in 1996 it was a natural progression for those members of the society interested in village history to form a new group.

At its first AGM on the 14th April 1997, the aims of the new society were clearly stated as:

  •        To hold monthly meetings to inform and, it was hoped entertain
  •        To carry out research into village history
We have now built up a large collection of village photographs and memorabilia and have published a number of booklets. ( Please see publications page)

There is also an annual summer outing, which in 2012 was a guided tour of Uppingham School.

We hope you find our site interesting. Please do come along to our meetings if you can. We usually meet in Great Bowden Village Hall (unless otherwise stated) on the first Monday of every month except July and August.

A year’s membership costs just £7 for adults and £5 for under 18’s. Guests are always welcome, entry £2.

Please click on “Meetings” for further information.

If you would like to join or have any queries please send a message by using the "Contact us" link, or alternatively contact the Chairman or Secretary by phone.

Chairman's Report April 2014

Again we have had another successful year with attendances averaging 60 and a record breaking 100 at the first meeting of the 2013-14 season. We now have an established rota for coffee and I am pleased to say that a good crowd stay on after the meetings for a chat and the temptation is resisted to start clearing the chairs.


We expected a good attendance for the September meeting but were staggered at the numbers coming through the doors. There were 30 visitors which is a record itself. The hall was filled to capacity and every available chair used. Dr Richard Buckley gave a splendid talk with a very sophisticated power point display.

The Harborough Moviemakers cheered us up in January with a film of the 2012 Village Festival and a an interesting piece about the Naseby Civil War Memorial made by our very own Alf Herbert.

The February meeting could have been a disaster as 4days before we discovered that Len Holden had mixed up his dates and was unavailable. Fortunately Mike Stroud stepped. His revelations about the Desborough Co-operative Movement surprised everyone. I missed the March meeting but understand that Gareth King was excellent and one person said what a nice change it was to have a talk without the use of slides.


The Summer Outing last year was at Lamport Hall. A group of around 20 had a private tour of the House. Many of us hadn't been for years and we were surprised at the large number of improvements that have been carried out.

Xmas Quiz

The tickets for the quiz  were soon sold out as usual and there was a waiting list. At our Committee meeting later it was felt  that the questions were probably too difficult and at times even confusing. We will arrange for new quiz masters forthe next event.


On the 23rd March a small group of Committee members were at the History Festival at Beaumanor. The theme was the 1st WW & we presented a display focused on the Martin family who lost 2 brothers, a cousin and an uncle in the conflict.
I have been told that we had a lot of interest from the visitors and that we had sold a number of our booklets. Our exhibition compared well with the other stands.

New equipment

A projector has been purchased for approx £600.

Web Site

This is now working well and we are taking enquiries at the rate of 2 a month usually people ancestor tracing, and coming from the USA, Australia and the UK.

Finally thanks to all the Committee members for their hard work. A special thank-you to Bruce who is retiring as Treasurer  and as a Committee member.
 He took over the job 
in May 2005. As many of you know he is involved with a number of other village organisations and is finding it increasingly difficult to find the time for the work involved. 


Next Meeting
  • Future meetings see programme

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