A peek at village’s past

Peter Venables, Edward Royle, Mandy Coop and Margaret Horsley (
Peter Venables, Edward Royle, Mandy Coop and Margaret Horsley (

A history exhibition was held in Newton-on-Derwent last weekend, giving people a chance to take a peek at the village’s past.

The exhibition, which launched last Friday, was held in the marquee behind The Half Moon Inn and included pictures of the village from the early 20th century, and maps dating back to 1755. Cheese and wine were served at the launch.

Also that evening, Peter Venables gave a talk about the history of the village.

The exhibition ran on Saturday and Sunday, and there was also a craft fair on both days in the marquee, featuring charity stalls and local produce. The Saturday session ended with a cookery demonstration of Spanish dishes by Andy Greenwood. The Sunday session concluded with a talk by Phil Gilbank about Harry Blanchard Wood VC, who was born in Newton-on-Derwent and was awarded the Victoria Cross in World War One.

One of the organisers of the exhibition and craft fair, Margaret Horsley, said: “It went very well. It was definitely a success,”

Newton-on-Derwent Local History Group is seeking volunteers who can help update the group’s archive.

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