Coleorton Parish

Coleorton Parish in Leicestershire includes the villages of Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Church Town
and Farm Town as well as parts of Peggs Green, Griffydam and Lount

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Heritage Wardens

Heritage Report for November 2017

Full report in the monthly listings on the right.

Volunteer Group

Coleorton Wood

The group has spent most of the work sessions coppicing and thinning the shrub areas required in the management plan and are making good progress. We have also removed a very large tree that had blown down and was blocking the path along by Mr Anderson's property. This tree had apparently been down for over two weeks without being reported, which is unusual. We have also checked the inflow and outflow to the pond. About Coleorton Wood >>

New Lount Reserve

The two work sessions have been used to clear an area where a new roadway is to be installed on the site; this will allow future work on an extended circular walk to be completed. A recent survey from the Leicestershire Fungi Work Group praised the work being done at New Lount.

About New Lount Nature Reserve >>

The Workshop

The Workshop Group has completed the six rest benches required by LCC for the development of Snibston Country Park, and is well underway to construct six bench seats for the park as well. This group is looking at the options for making a bench seat to replace the one near the war memorial and will give some proposals to the Council as soon as possible.

More about the Volunteer Group >>

War Memorial Cleaning/Restoration

After a delay, in which an email was not received, we have now been asked to submit a full application to the WMT for the proposed work on the war memorial. Due to the high demand on applications to the WMT they are focusing on supporting the larger, more complex applications, which means we may not receive any support from them. I have made the application, but the Parish Council may wish to proceed without their support as it could have to wait a further two to three months before a reply is received. We will complete the project in two phases:-

Phase 1 will be to have the war memorial cleaned and the lettering inspected to assess what recutting is required - Cost 800 + VAT

Phase 2 would be to get the necessary letters re-cut - The maximum Cost for this is 1,520 + VAT

Replanting the Post Office Field at Coleorton Wood

I assume this topic will be left until the review of the management plan early in 2018.

Viscount Beaumont School

I have not had any contact with Louise Drummond since the children returned to school this term.

Ashby Museum

The Coleorton display cabinet has now been changed to a WW1 theme and features very brief details of all of the 26 fallen from Coleorton during the First World War.

(John Macdonald November 2017)

Coleorton Parish have two Heritage Wardens -
John MacDonald and Rob Oldham.

John Macdonald has recently retired from running his own consultancy business, where he was involved in the food manufacturing industry. John and his family have lived in Coleorton for nearly 20 years. John is involved with various projects with the Swannington Heritage Trust and is working with the Council on the management plans for Coleorton Wood. A keen genealogist, John likes to research into the history and heritage of family members to understand “what life was like when they were alive”. John is a member of the RSPB and has always had a keen interest in natural history and the countryside. email John MacDonald

Rob Oldham is a retired academic, previously based at De Montfort University in Leicester, where he worked in ecology, especially in respect of amphibians. He continues to study amphibians in Coleorton, especially the common toad and the crested newt. He served as secretary of the Coleorton Millennium Committee and was involved with the development of the Coleorton Heritage Trail. email Rob Oldham.

The Heritage Wardens work closely with The Coleorton Heritage Group and The Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group.


Heritage Warden reports

See also reports from the Volunteer Group and Heritage Group

(These reports are in pdf format)

November 2017
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July 2017
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October 2009
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Coleorton Heritage Group

Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group

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