Wymondham & Edmondthorpe Civic Society
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Wymondham and Edmondthorpe Civic Society (WECS) is a voluntary organisation, formed in 2004, which seeks to promote high standards of planning, conservation and regeneration for the benefit of our communities near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire in the East Midlands of England.

This includes:

  • Lobbying to protect and enhance the conservation area and reviewing planning applications
  • Acting as watchdogs for local heritage, including archaeology and historic and listed buildings
  • Increasing the capacity of the community for local action, helped by forging close links with other local organisations and individuals
  • Affiliation to the Civic Voice, a national organisation concerned with enhancing the quality of life while safeguarding the heritage and character of our towns and villages

Our objectives:

  • To promote high standards of planning and architecture in, or affecting, Wymondham or Edmondthorpe
  • To promote interest in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of Wymondham and Edmondthorpe
  • To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Wymondham and Edmondthorpe

WECS maintains a close working relationship with the Parish Council, Wymondham Village Hall Committee, St Peter's Church and St Peter's C of E (aided) Primary School and liaises with them on matters affecting the communities of Wymondham and Edmondthorpe.  Plans within Wymondham and Edmondthorpe submitted to Melton Borough Council are reviewed by WECS, but it must be stressed that it is up to individuals to make representations (comments) for or against applications affecting them personally.  Wymondham and Edmondthorpe Neighbourhood Plan Group (WENGA) was formed in 2015 to respond to the threats, challenges and opportunities from planning issues affecting our villages.

WECS members have campaigned for the retention of trees and open spaces and the parapets of the Butt Lane bridge, which features in the Wymondham Heritage Trail's route from the Windmill, past the Navvies' Cottage at Station House near the Old Station and former Goods Yard, towards the village centre.  We hoped to have the parapets Listed by English Heritage, for their Group Value with the other Listed Buildings in the near vicinity.  The same applies to Miss Gill's Shop, off Chapel Lane at the centre of Wymondham, where WECS is concerned over the potential redevelopment of the Golling's site and Chapel, with the possible loss of both Miss Gill's Shop and the Chapel.

Open meetings take place monthly on Wednesday evenings, commencing at 7:30pm, usually in the Snug at the Berkeley Arms, Wymondham.  Details are published in the Wymondham-Edmondthorpe Journal, along with notification of our other events.  Meetings may take place more frequently, when required.  At the time of writing, the next meeting is scheduled for 14th September, in the Snug.  WECS welcomes new members and opportunities to liaise with other local organisations.

The 2016 AGM was held at Wymondham Village Hall on Tuesday 8th March, with a review of the past year's activities; a look forward to the year ahead; and the election of officers and representatives.

WECS' projects and activities include a Village Plan; recording oral history from people who have lived in the area for many years; forming a collection of items, books and photographs of local interest; walks and talks; competitions and treasure hunts; and bringing performers and speakers to our villages.  We have already been successful in obtaining grants but seek to build on the local support given so far.

The Wymondham Heritage Trail leaflet, produced by WECS members with grant assistance, was first published in May 2009, and is available from St. Peter's church and elsewhere in the local area.  Updated for 2015, the leaflet is also available as PDFs (totalling 1.42MB) for you to view and print: Wymondham Heritage Trail, part 1 and Wymondham Heritage Trail, part 2.  Although designed for printing in colour at A3, they are still readable when shrunk to fit A4 and printed with a B&W laser printer.  When you've printed the double-sided sheet, it may be folded in half across the width, and then vertically twice, to the right of the Introduction panel and to the left of Wymondham Heritage Trail.

Painting: Red Rum, 81kB Red Rum was one of Wymondham's famous residents.  Bought as a yearling for 400 guineas in 1966 by Tim Molony for owner Maurice Kingsley, he was stabled at Wymondham Manor and trained in a paddock along Wrights Lane and on The Gallops at the top of Butt Lane, across the road from Wymondham Windmill.  Tim Molony was National Hunt Champion Jockey between 1949 and 1955, his reign being interrupted by none other than Dick Francis.  Despite a bone disease, Red Rum was to go on to win the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977.  He also came second in 1975 and 1976.  We are indebted to Mrs Jackie Semmens for the donation of this fine portrait of Red Rum by Neil Cawthorne.

Wymondham's ancient Market Charter was presented to WECS, its new owner, by local history author Trevor Hickman in January 2010.  Framed copies may be viewed in Wymondham Village Hall and the Berkeley Arms, Wymondham.

Forthcoming events

Walks: to neighbouring villages and car-assisted to destinations further afield, usually for a pub lunch.  Please get in touch via the Contact Page for further details.

Past events include –

Photo: WECS litterpick 2016, 115kB The annual litterpick: Saturday 12th March was the date for this year's tidy-up, meeting at the bus shelter on the Green to continue Malcolm and Mary Owen's example of "don't just sit there" and "many hands make light work".  This year, it was also "Clean for the Queen", in celebration of Her Majesty's 90th birthday.  Many thanks to all who helped, including those who don't contribute to the problem in the first place!

Cribb vs. Molyneux 200th Anniversary Walk:

Photo: WECS members and guests at Cribb's Meadow, 136kB On Sunday 25th September 2011, Wymondham & Edmondthorpe Civic Society celebrated the First International Prize Fight, which was a bare knuckle boxing match between Tom Cribb (England) and Tom Molyneux (United States) which took place on 28th September 1811 in front of 20,000 spectators.
The Society organised a walk to the location of the contest, at what is now known as Cribb's Meadow, a few miles east of Wymondham.  A picnic was enjoyed and WECS Chairman Barry Watkins recited a poem about the fight and gave out a light hearted quiz.  A collection of memorabilia was also displayed in the Berkeley Arms, Wymondham.

Centre Screen and Centre Stage: regular screenings for major films at our very own "flicks in the sticks", and visits from an eclectic range of musical and theatrical performers are welcome highlights of the local events' calendar.  These continue, still with Tracky's hard work and enthusiastic promotion, but now under the wing of Wymondham Village Hall.

Welcome to readers of the New York Times!  You'll find some photos of St. Michael & All Angels' Church in Edmondthorpe, Leicestershire and photos of Edmondthorpe events.

Photo: interior of St Michael and All Angels Church, Edmondthorpe
Guided walk around Edmondthorpe
visits St Michael & All Angels' Church
Photo: prize-giving 2005
Prizes for art competition awarded at
Wymondham Summer Fête, 2005
Photo: local knowledge quiz
Local knowledge photo quiz at
Wymondham Summer Fête
Photo: Trevor Hickman
Trevor Hickman giving a talk about
Stilton Cheese at St Peter's Church,
Wymondham, January 2006
Photo: walk at Wymondham Rough
Guided walk at Wymondham Rough,
July 2006
Photo: damaged lychgate
Damage to the Lychgate (listed by
English Heritage) at St Peter's Church,
Wymondham, October 2006
Photo: litter-pickers
Litter-pickers at Wymondham
village green, March 2009
Photo: Spring walk
Spring walk to Sewstern, about to
leave The Berkeley Arms, April 2009
Photo: Spring Lane, Wymondham
Part of the Spring Lane Cleanup
Task Force, June 2009

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