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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.
~~The next open meeting will take place in the church hall on Tuesday 17 June 2014 commencing at 7.30 pm. The guest speaker will be Mike Credland who will give an illustrated talk on ‘FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS OF LINCOLNSHIRE’. This is also the title of his book which has only recently been published in April this year.
His book, which will be available for sale during the evening, covers his research into all of the 295 public memorials in the county, including Branston, and will also refer to the stories of fund raising, the designs and related ceremonies.
Mike is a local man and very well known for his knowledge of the battlefields of WW1 and for his engaging and entertaining talks. All are welcome.