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Day – Grimsthorpe Castle August 2014

Grimsthorpe Castle August 14.

The visit to this little known house and parkland in Lincolnshire proved to be a great day out. A number of members consider this to have been the most enjoyable trip in recent years. Currently a member of the Historic Houses Association, part of the property was built was built in the 13th century but the majority was added by Baron Willoughby de Eresby on the occasion of his marriage to Maria de Salinas, lady–in–waiting to Katherine of Aragon, in 1516. It has remained in the family ever since. Sir John Vanburgh added the front of the house in the eighteenth century and it contains important collections of tapestries, portraits and furniture including several thrones from the Palace of Westminster. After coffee on arrival, an hour long coach tour of the 3000 acres park was led by Mr Ray Biggs, the property administrator, who gave an extremely knowledgeable and fascinating talk on the grounds and house. This included the history of the whole site, areas of special scientific interest within the park and potential problems and diseases relating to the many hundreds of different variety of trees some of which were re–planted in the 17th century. We had a good lunch of quiche, salad and potatoes followed by an afternoon touring the house in guided groups. This left time to explore the gardens and have an ice cream and cup of tea before departing for home. A truly enjoyable and memorable visit.

Church – Leek Wootton (2010–2012).

Leek Wootton (2010–2012)

Leek  Wootton

At a well attended service, Angela Watkins presented the bound Church Record of All Saints, Leek Wootton to Revd Jim Perryman. Elizabeth Hunter, past Chairman of the Society who was Chairman when the recording began, was present along with several of the recorders.

The Record was well received and the PCC had kindly agreed to pay for the binding.

Vols – Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum


Our team of 4 volunteers are now entering their eighth year at the gallery.

During this time they have condition checked, recorded, photographed and repacked the Textile Collection and the Ethnographic Collection.

They are coming to the end of the Social History Collection, a large collection including many items of local interest. When this is complete they will return to the Textile Collection which, after 5 years, will need to be revisited.

Hundreds of artifacts have been checked and the two and a half hours spent every Monday morning are still much enjoyed by the team.

Vols – Historic Motoring Trophies

Historic Motoring Trophies

Vols-2015-Herbert-Museum_motoring-trophyVolunteers worked on a large collection of Historic Motoring/Transport Trophies, the earliest was 1797 a Coach not a Car! The entire collection was to be exhibited at The Coventry Transport Museum unfortunately it appears that funding has placed a stop for the moment on this project, but as you can see we did as always bring these exhibits back to life.

Vols – Alfred Herbert

Alfred Herbert Art Gallery Coventry


The Herbert group has finished off a series of projects including making exhibit covers/curtains for the Natural History store, improved padded coat hangers for the dress store and making cushions to support books when they are accessed from the collection.

The museum displayed an exhibition about Children’s Television from the 50s onwards. We helped out with the ‘Hands on’ artefacts for pre school visitors based on the ‘Rainbow’ theme – lots of tactile clouds, rainbow banners  and filling huge floor cushions with polystyrene beads -which is a whole story in itself !

Future activities may include making further calico bags for parasols and swords and checking and amending computer records of the collection.

Vols – Royal Regiment of Warwickshire Fusiliers Museum St. John’s Warwick

Royal Regiment of Warwickshire Fusiliers Museum St. John’s Warwick


The group examined over 100 uniforms for damage, vacuumed them carefully and replaced them in custom made covers. As these uniforms are mainly red they are particularly prone to insect infestation so regular cleaning and careful storage are very important. The group also checked and updated all records related to the uniforms.

Vols – Weapons

Weapons collection

vols_WeaponsOur weapons Group, having previously worked both at the Lord Leycester Hospital and at the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum at St Johns, Warwick, have also recently completed a project for The Herbert Gallery at the Guildhall in Coventry. The group received further training from Gallery staff in order to complete this project.

Church – St Leonard, Charlecote

St Leonard, Charlecote

Church Record presentation

On Sunday 12th February 2017, the completed Church Record of St Leonard, Charlecote was presented to Revd David Jessett at a more than usually full church.

Kerrith Carr, one of the recorders, had embroidered a NADFAS kneeler (the former name of The Arts Society) which was also presented.

The seventeen members of The Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa group of church recorders started work in Autumn 2015 and enjoyed working in this lovely building.

Probably the outstanding features were the Fairfax Lucy memorials in the Lucy chapel. The other item of interest was a 1633 Bible which was hidden away in a drawer. This was subsequently lightly conserved and put into a custom made dropback box. This work was funded by The Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa.

At the presentation Chris Pickford, the reviser of Pevsner’s Warwickshire, was in the congregation. He had been a useful source of information allowing the recorders to access his working notes.

The recorders were made most welcome at the service and refreshments were served afterwards whilst everyone had a chance to look at the Record.

27 February 2017
Angela Watkins


Church – St Mary Magdalene, Lillington (2013-2015)

St Mary Magdalene, Lillington (2013-2015)

The St Mary Magdalene record was presented to the church on 19 July at their patronal festival service. The record was dedicated to two late recorders – Veronica Clarke and Dorothy Hicks, both stalwarts of the group.

A kneeler was also presented. This had been worked by one of the recorders.  It was a lovely occasion with many recorders and members of the committee present.