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They were the land girls who fought the Nazis from fields of Leicestershire – growing and farming food for an Allied army which marched on its stomach. And now, those members of the Women’s Land Army and the Women’s Timber Corps have received official recognition for helping preserve our freedom during both World Wars. Kibworth Harcourt residents, Betty Ward, 86, and Rose Holyoak, 88, were among more than 2,000 local Leicestershire and Rutland women who were awarded a veteran’s badge of honour by the Government in respect of their services in the summer of 2008. Rose Holyoak and Betty Ward…

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  • Year 2008

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  • Date Wednesday, 26 July 2017
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
Many local people still remember Canon Edward Fletcher (1902-1933). The antics of his dozen-ish children will also be remembered as they ‘terrorised’ the village for a generation (including air-gun attacks on people as they walked past the church!); several of them achieved distinction in their own right including Anthony, who himself was ordained, spent time in North Africa with the Army during the second world war and finally emigrated to become a fruit farmer in Canada. He recently returned to Kibworth for a visit in 1995 at the age of 85, and he had not been in Kibworth since a…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
Saturday, 29 April 2017 07:58

Sir Nicholas Harold Lloyd Ridley

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Sir Nicholas Harold Lloyd Ridley (1906 – 2001) Nicholas Harold Lloyd Ridley was born on 10 July 1906 at Little Lebanon, 70 Leicester Road, Kibworth Beauchamp (formerly known as The Gables). Nicholas was the son of Nicholas Charles Ridley and his wife Margaret, née Parker. As a child he met and sat on the lap of Florence Nightingale, a close friend of his mother. He was educated at Charterhouse School before studying at Pembroke College, Cambridge from 1924–1927 and completed his medical training in 1930 at St Thomas' Hospital, London. Subsequently he worked as a surgeon at both St Thomas'…
Sunday, 01 January 2017 16:08

Nellie Taylor

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Mary Ellen ‘Nellie’ Taylor (Suffragette) 1863 - 1937 For 10 years the Taylors (Thomas, Nellie and their three children) lived at Westerby House, Smeeton Westerby. On March 5th 1910 Nellie Taylor organised a WSPU (The Women's Social and Political Union) meeting in the Kibworth Village Hall when an audience consisting mainly of women listened to speeches by two famous suffragettes, Alice Pemberton-Peake and Dorothy Pethwick. From 1910 to 1912 Dorothy Pethwick was the WSPU organiser in Leicester.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:04

From Smeeton Westerby to Hollywood

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This brief note is about Smeeton Westerby resident Captain Thomas Smithies Taylor (born 5 July 1863), who founded a company that was to dominate lens manufacturing in the inter-war period. Through his camera lenses, the world quite literally saw the twentieth century. Sometime after 1901 Captain (Army Service Corps) Thomas Smithies Taylor and his wife Mary Ellen (née Bennett) moved first to Kibworth Harcourt, and subsequently to Westerby House in Smeeton Westerby. They remained at Westerby House for a decade until sometime after the Great War. Thomas, originally from Willesden, London, where he spent part of his apprenticeship at 'R…
Friday, 16 December 2016 13:49

Kibworth Rivalries

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The two Kibworth villages developed distinct identities throughout the nineteenth century, based in large part on their different economic character. Kibworth Harcourt remained largely agricultural with a vibrant service sector based on provisioning the A6 traffic. Kibworth Beauchamp always had a more industrial character, from when the weavers predominated and this continued with industrialisation in the nineteenth century as factory production took hold in the village. The differing economic chracteristics was also subtley reflected in the more "advanced" politics that developed in Beauchamp in contrast to the Tory dominance in Harcourt. This is evident in the choice of street names…

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  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
Sunday, 11 December 2016 19:09

Kibworth Relay for Life 2012

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Kibworth Relay for Life 2012
In early July the Kibworth Relay for Life was held in the grounds of the Kibworth Football club over the weekend of 7th July 2012. The goal of the Relay was to raise money for Cancer Relief and each team had to walk for 24 hours. In keeping with a very wet summer of 2012, rain was a constant feature of the weekend, with the result that the relay course became very muddy and challenging over the course of the weekend.

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  • Year 2012
  • Date Saturday, 07 July 2012
Sunday, 11 December 2016 16:54

Jubilee 2012

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 The Kibworth villages staged a number of events to celebrate the the Queen's Diamond jubilee.    

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  • Year 2012
  • Date Sunday, 03 June 2012
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