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History group seeks new home

A local history group is urging residents to visit its archives before it’s too late –  as precious artefacts could be disposed of if members don’t find a new home. 

Filwood Chase History Group (FCHG) has been at The Park Centre in Daventry Road since March 2010. But with the charity moving to a new building this December, there will be no room for the group. 

The club was originally set up in 1985 by Ivor Grimsted, who passed away last year – and has had a variety of different bases over the decades, including the vicarage at Inns Court and Filwood Community Centre.

During that time members have accumulated a wealth of valuable material about the Knowle West area – which residents are encouraged to come and have a look at. The group has also had public displays at events – including Knowle West Fest.

Although they have downsized, they still have a large collection which needs to be stored in the area – and are hoping someone will be able to offer them a space.

FCHG Chair Jim Smith writes: “If you are interested in preserving/learning about local history we have a room full of old maps, models of buildings, books, archaeological finds from digs, published accounts of events, with photographs, coins, fossils, and guides – all of local interest….  

“Please be quick! We have to find a space to store these archives by 12 December. We welcome any suggestions you might have, as well as sharing your interest in all things local.” 

FCHG member Roy Radstock showing one of his models of the area in Medieval times at Knowle West Fest 2019.

Director of The Park, Emma Hinton says: “Whilst we are excited that The Park will be moving into new and improved premises, it does unfortunately mean that we are unable to take all tenants with us as the building is smaller.   

“We are sad that the History Group will be unable to move across and will do all we can to help them find alternative accommodation.” 

FCHG is open for visits on Tuesdays at The Park Centre from 1-4pm. If you can help find the group a new home email jimsmith012@yahoo.co.uk, call 0792 688 9379 or pop a letter into The Park.