Contact Us

The officers of the society are also Trustees (see list of names below) and can be contacted via the following form. For general enquiries and correspondence, please choose “General Enquiries” in the Recipients list.

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    Our Trustees are:

    Patricia Smedley (Chairman)

    History graduate and former teacher and nurse. Pat was a former trustee and guide at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London and trustee of the Florence Nightingale Derbyshire Association. Leader of the Collingham U3A Local History Research Group. Chairman of  the Collingham and District Local History Society since February 2015.

    Pat’s key mission as Chairman is to develop local history research and to disseminate the results to the wider community to raise awareness and understanding of our rich heritage.

    Nigel Priestley (Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Social Media)

    Born and bred in Collingham. Attended Boys School, John Blow and Woodhill. Retired Physicist. Tower Captain of both medieval church towers and Church Warden of Holme Church.

    Pat Morgan (Secretary, Archive Team)

    I was a teacher in comprehensive schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire but took a career break when both our daughters were little. Following early retirement I became a Magistrate in adult and youth courts but finished shortly after our move back to Nottinghamshire. Wherever we have lived or taken holidays I have taken an interest in the social history of the area and getting to know Collingham over the last few years has been a real pleasure.

    Charlie Stothard (Membership Secretary, Archive Manager)

    U3A Family History Leader. Graveyard Project Leader. 

    Christine Hasman (Web Manager)

    Creator of East Trent Genealogy, freelance Genealogist and Ancestral Tour Guide. Former telecoms software engineer. Administrator for the East Trent Group of Churches (including the parish of Collingham). Contributor to the Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project. Member of the baroque trio Sixteen Eighty Five, playing music from the time of John Blow.

    Jeremy Lodge (Journal Editor)

    One of my roles in the Society is to encourage and support research; one result of which is the creation of our Journal ‘The Irregular’ through which we hope to encourage new researchers and writers and to link our area and people with wider historical events. Sales of ‘The Irregular’ will also help to keep our membership fees down and hopefully enable us to develop skills courses for members and contributors.

    I have an Advanced Diploma in English Local History (Oxon). I Volunteered for the Nottingham University/Southwell Diocese Church History Project, I also volunteer for the International Bomber Command Centre, primarily as an interviewer. Some people join just to attend our presentations, other people get more involved, there is a place for us all.  And, we are all learning together.

    David Barker (Senior Research Officer)

    David served 20 years as an engineer in the Royal Air Force followed by 25 years in industry. He has always been interested in history and archaeology and on one posting met and was taught by Mick Aston in evening classes on Landscape Archaeology, as it was then called. Having thoroughly caught the bug he went on to study Landscape History through the part time certificate courses run from Madingley Hall near Cambridge. This culminated in the award of a Diploma in Landscape studies. On retirement he was accepted by Cambridge University to study for a Masters Degree in Local and Regional History, graduating in 2009. David moved north to Collingham in 2014 and joined the Collingham & District Local History Society, taking a particular interest in its archives. Eventually this led to his current role as senior archivist for the society with day to day responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the archive.

    Anne Speed (School Liaison, Journal Editor)

    Longstanding primary school Headteacher, now retired. 

    Phil Docherty (Archaeology Lead)

    Role is to lead a Community Test Pit Day to discover what is beneath Collingham and to begin to understand the earlier development of the village.

    Ann Akrill (Archive Team)

    My family moved to Collingham in 1930 and I was born at Potter Hill farm some years later. We then moved to South Clifton but Collingham was always a big part of my life as my grand parents still lived there. I moved away to work but returned 15 years ago. I am very interested in family history research, and I also volunteer at International Bomber Command Centre near Lincoln.

    Martin Anderson MBE (Events Co-ordinator)

    Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. A founder member of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Member of Collingham Parochial Church Council.

    Please send any communication or enquiries via the contact form above, or by post c/o Collingham and District Archives, The Jubilee Room, 11 Swinderby Road, Collingham, Newark, NG23 7PH.