Desford & District Local History Society

The History Society are custodians of the parish archives. From time to time, we use these records to put on displays & exhibitions.

We have a meeting with a speaker on the 3rd Tuesday of alternate months. Our usual meeting place is Desford Free Church, starting at 7.45pm. The programme for the remainder of the year is below.

In addition, we organise trips. This years Summer Trip will be to Marlow & Greys Court

Officers for 2020

President: Caroline Wessel

Chairman: Bernard Grimshaw

Secretary: Angela Thomas

Treasurer: Dennis Casson

Committee Members: Gwyneth Reed, Pat Crane, John Richards, Molly Marcus, Steve Thorpe, Jane Crowson, Lynda Grimshaw, Pam Wocha

Archivists: Pat Crane, Jane Crowson, Pat Kirby, Angela Thomas, Gwyneth Reed, Lynda Grimshaw

Photographers: Steve Thorpe, Huw Thomas and Molly Marcus

For more information please contact our secretary or phone 01455 822934

Events for 2020

2020 Meetings




January 21st


March 17th

Leicester City, County & Rutland at Risk War Memorials Project

Denis Kenyon

May 19th

Where the local meets the national: Launde Abbey, Thomas Cromwell and Richard III

Katie Bridger

July 21st

The Other Monasticism

Peter Liddle

September 15th

The Churches Conservation Trust

Robert Milton

November 17th

Donald Healey Motor Company

Rob Eyre

Visits Programme 2020



March or April

All Saints Church, Highcross Street, Leicester (War Memorials project)

May or June

Launde Abbey

Wednesday 10th June (Annual Trip)

Ely Cathedral & Guided walk


Evening village history walk and pub meal (village to be decided)

Wednesday 9th September

Stoneleigh Abbey

Publications Available

Recollections £2.00

A Brief History of Desford 50p

Both publications are available from Pat Crane.