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 (Chair)

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 Chair)

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.

Martin Anderson MBE (Treasurer)

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

Marion Collins (Secretary)

Secretary of Collingham Parochial Church Council. Governor of John Blow Primary School. Collingham U3A – Minutes Secretary for Executive Committee.

Anita Maunsell (Publicity Manager)

After early work experience in publicity and advertising for the retail sector and newspaper publishing, I moved into marketing communications for voluntary and not-for-profit organisations including charities, NGOs, NHS Trusts and academic bodies.

I later started a marketing and publicity consultancy, but ensured that I left sufficient time to pursue other interests. I joined Nottingham University’s Continuing Education Open Studies courses on the history of western art and architecture and also contributed to the Church History Project – a joint venture between the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham and Nottingham University. I now lead Collingham & District U3A’s History Interest Group.

David Barker (Senior Archivist)

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.

Charlie Stothard (Deputy Archivist & Membership Secretary)

U3A Family History Leader. Graveyard Project Leader. 

Jeremy Lodge (Journal Editor & Research Lead)

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.

Anne Speed (Schools 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.

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.

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.