Meetings

You’ll find details of our meetings programme on this page. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings.
A typical meeting inside Brimington Community Centre.

Coronavirus: We are hoping to restart our meetings programme again in September, subject to the necessary Co-vid precautions that are in place at the time.

We very much hope to be able to present a full programme from September, but cannot be held responsible for any late cancellations or alterations.

Details on how to find our venue – Brimington Community Centre – are towards the bottom of this page.


Our meetings programme

Our programme from September 2021, when we hope to recommence meeting, will be somewhat fluid, and ‘locally grown’. We anticipate that the following subjects will be our initial offering.

Thursday 23 September 2021 – Brimington: the changing face of a Derbyshire village.

A much revised talk which was originally prepared when the book ‘Brimington: the changing face of a Derbyshire village’ was published in 1995. This talk is a trip arround Brimington mainly using old photographs. (Illustrated Power Point presentation).

Thursday 28 October 2021 – Fred Wood’s Staveley part 2 – Philip Cousins

The late Fred Wood gave his slides to Philip Cousins, who has been able to reconstruct Fred’s original talks. In the second of the three talks (we had to postpone the original date due to Coronavirus) we’ll take a closer look at the centre of Staveley. (Illustrated Power Point presentation).

Thursday 25 November – New thoughts on Tapton’s history – speaker to be announced

Derbyshire Victoria County History is currently working on a new account of Brimington’s and Tapton’s history. In this talk we will explore what the VCH research has uncovered about the history of Tapton.

Thursday 16 December 2021 – Fred Wood’s Staveley part 3 – Philip Cousins

This talk is the final part of our historical tour around Staveley. We’ll take a look at some of the out townships. (Illustrated Power Point presentation) Note: this meeting is held on the third Thursday.

Thursday 27 January 2022 – A history walk through Bradford and Lathkill dales – Paul Freeman

These two much-loved Derbyshire dales, known for their scenic beauty, are examined in this talk, which visits three monastic granges (two with connections to Brimington and Tapton) and reveals some of their fascinating industrial history. (Illustrated Power Point presentation).

Thursday 24 February 2022 – Tapton Grove and the people who lived there – Philip Cousins

This story isn’t just about the historic mansion that’s still with, but it will also cover families such as the Jebbs, Shentalls and Shorts who lived there. (Illustrated Power Point presentation).

Thursday 24 March 2022 – The history of railways in and around Chesterfield -Glynn Waite

Glynn has a life-long interest in and connection with railways in the area. He will be teasing out the fascinating history of our local lines, including the North Midland, the Great Central and the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast railways and a host of branches serving local industries and pits. (Illustrated Power Point presentation).

Thursday 28 April 2022 – New thoughts on Brimington’s history – speaker to be confirmed

Derbyshire Victoria County History is currently working on a new account of Brimington’s and Tapton’s history. In this talk we will explore what the VCH research has uncovered about the history of Brimington.

Thursday 26 May 2022 – Christ Church paupers research project

Chesterfield St Helen’s Local History Society are part of a project group researching the stories of paupers who were buried in Holy Trinity and Christ Church graveyards. Working alongside local volunteers, schools and other interested organisations the group aims to develop a book, exhibition, learning materials and educational resources. Also included will be recording the natural environment outside and how these places are a green oasis.

Thursday 23 June 2022 – outdoor meeting – venue to be arranged.
July and August – no meeting
Thursday 22 September 2020 – Missed our blog? Or some asides on Brimington’s and Tapton’s history – Paul Freeman and Philip Cousins

You may know that we publish a regular blog. But we know that not everyone reads it! In this talk we’ll recap some of the topics we’ve covered in our blog and give our audience a chance to ask questions on the subjects. (Illustrated Power Point presentation).


Download a copy of our current programme below.


Where and when we meet
Our meeting venue is Brimington Community Centre, next to the Co-Operative on High Street, right in the centre of the village. Off-street car parking is nearby and there are good bus-links from Chesterfield and Staveley.

The group normally meets monthly during the year (except July and August), on the fourth Thursday of each month, at Brimington Community Centre, High Street, Brimington, S43 1DB. Our meetings, usually with a guest speaker, start at 7.30 pm. In December the group meets on the second or third Thursday also at 7.30 pm. One outdoor visit, usually a local guided walk, is held in June. There are no meetings in July or August.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. Members are charged £1 admission, non-members £3. Tea and coffee are included (though a small donation towards this is always welcome).

Page last updated 20 June 2021.

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