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Swannington Heritage Trust Annual Report Summary

Mission Statement (based upon objectives in Trustís Memorandum of Association): To provide access to the heritage and environment of Swannington and district for the benefit of current and future generations, by acquiring, maintaining and enhancing heritage facilities.

Strategy and Annual Reports
Download the following:

Swannington Heritage Trust Strategy
Annual Report 2015-16
Annual Report 2013-14
Annual Report 2012-13
Annual Report 2011-12


Maintaining and developing a two hundred year old mill and 10 acres of woodland and grassland full of industrial heritage is expensive. Insurance alone costs more than a thousand pounds and the fuel bill for the mowers is in the hundreds.


The membership fee is £10 a year, payable in April. If you gift aid yoursubscription we gain an extra 25%, £2.50, from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

So what are the membership benefits?

Being honest, your biggest benefit is the satisfaction of making
a financial contribution to the running costs of the Trust.

You will receive the Trust’s annual report.

You may (and hopefully will) attend the Trust’s Annual
General Meeting.

You are eligible to stand for membership of the Trust’s
Management Committee.

You may choose to register for the monthly members email updating you with the latest news and photographs.

Members currently receive a copy of “Now and Then” the Trust’s approximately half yearly booklet.

To download a membership form Click here.


It all started with a Village Fete - 1982



Volunteers constructing a base for the boiler.

The Leicestershire Industrial History Society featured the "History of the Leicester and Swannington Railway" as its contribution to the East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference programme in 1980. This commemorated the 1830 Act of Parliament which authorised the formation of the Leicester to Swannington Railway Company.


Cheers Bill!

Members attending the conference visited the site of the former Swannington Incline, the terminal three quarter mile section of the railway, in the afternoon and found a scene of dereliction. The Incline's cutting was very overgrown with brambles and nettles and in parts blocked by mounds of mine waste. All that could be detected of the Incline engine winding house was an enormous pile of masonry covered with briars and nettles.


One of the many Carnival floats.

In 1981, sparked by the interest raised by the East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference, a Swannington Festival committee was formed. Their task was to organise the following year’s celebration of one of the world's earliest railways, the Leicester to Swannington Railway that partially opened in 1832 and reached Swannington in 1833. Arrangements were made for a week-long Festival.


Rev. Teddy Boston on the footplate of his engine "Pixie"

Heritage sites in the village were identified including:-

sites of mining operations going back about 800 years;

remains of horse-drawn tram-roads including part of the
Coleorton Railway;

remains of a tower windmill;

the site of a 17th century Tan yard;

sites of blasting-powder magazines;

the Incline.

Details of interesting social history were also researched and the findings were published in "The Swannington Village Trail", several thousand copies of which have by now been sold. Footpaths along the routes of the horse-drawn tram-roads and of the Incline were cleared of both rubbish and vegetation to allow permitted public access during the Festival week and a Victorian school house, adjoining the school, was re-equipped in appropriate style.

The formation of Swannington Heritage Trust, 1984

The Festival Group reorganised itself to form "Swannington Heritage Trust" and subsequently gained registered charity Status.
 

Join the Trust!


Tales and yarns! Members receive a free copy of our biannual newsletter “Now and Then”. The publication brings you up to date with the Trust’s activities and features articles and reminiscences by members and villagers.

Get involved! You can be as active as you wish. There are a range of opportunities to suit everyone. Your contribution, however great or small, will be welcomed and highly valued.

DIY fanatic? Join our regular volunteer teams. Contribute to the continued development and maintenance of our award winning heritage sites in and around the village.

Enjoy gardening? We have acres of land awaiting your expertise and attention! There is a continual programme of work in place, aimed at improving the ecology of our sites.

Be a miller for the day! We provide the mill, you run it! Hough Mill opens every Sunday afternoon from beginning of April to end of September. We will train you to help visitors understand the working process of a windmill.

Ramble on! Join our volunteer guides and take visitors around the Village Trail, demonstrating the fascinating history of the village its industries and community. Information packs and training are provided.

Cream of the crop! Help out at the ever popular Annual Strawberry Fayre each summer. We need pickers, preparers, servers, sellers, washers, setters out and clear awayers!

There are many other opportunities! Talk to us about your ideas and how you might help the Trust. Call: 01530 222833 or email: chairman@swannington-heritage.co.uk

 

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