Past Events

A list of our most recent past events is given below.

An archived list of our past events from 2005 to 2021 can be downloaded as a PDF here

Music & Memories from a 1960's Adolescence Title: Music & Memories from a 1960's Adolescence
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 22/05/2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Polly Feeley

Polly takes us back to the music of 1960’s and her memories of that time.

Virginia Bradford Title: Virginia Bradford
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 24/04/2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Andrew Tennet

Virginia Bradford was a silent movie actress who led a very colourful life. Once her film career ended she moved to England where her many adventures and brushes with the law began in London, Cornwall and Tiffield!

Richard Dunkley Title: Richard Dunkley
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 27/03/2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Dick Hennessey & Hilary Spurrier

Richard Dunkley, a former builder and railway contractor, well known in connection with the earlier phases of the London and North-Western Railway.

RAF TO F1 - SILVERSTONE Title: RAF TO F1 - SILVERSTONE
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 21/02/2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Gerald Lovell

From a WWII Wellington Bomber Training Station and post-war becoming “The Birthplace of Formula One” and “Home of British Motor Racing”.

ANNUAL GET TOGETHER Title: ANNUAL GET TOGETHER
Location: Roade Bowls Club, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 13/01/2024
Time: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Speaker: None

Come along and join us for our annual social “get together” for members and guests.

Catch Me If You Can Title: Catch Me If You Can
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 13/12/2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Ron Johnson & Roade Community Choir

Join us for our Christmas meeting where Ron Johnson will talk about his notorious relative. We will also be joined by Roade Community Choir for a few Christmas carols to get us into the festive spirit.

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Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 22/11/2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Graham McKechnie

We welcome back Graham McKechnie, BBC Radio Northampton’s Sports Editor, to talk to us about Walter Tull who played for Northampton FC and Frank Anderson, who played for Northampton Saints. Graham is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic speaker who brings the characters to life.

VOLUNTEERING AT NORTHAMPTONSHIRE RECORDS OFFICE Title: VOLUNTEERING AT NORTHAMPTONSHIRE RECORDS OFFICE
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 25/10/2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Lesley Armstrong

Lesley’s role as a volunteer and projects undertaken. Examples of amazing, interesting, enlightening, unusual and peculiar items she has catalogued and seen.

Queen Eleanor of Castile Title: Queen Eleanor of Castile
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 27/09/2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Andrew Tennet

Andrew Tennet gives us a presentation regarding the life and influence of Queen Eleanor of Castile, her links to Northampton and her impact on many of the things that we take for granted in our everyday lives.

VISIT TO WEEDON DEPOT Title: VISIT TO WEEDON DEPOT
Date: 08/07/2023
Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Speaker: Tour Guide

Join us for a historic tour of the Weedon Depot. The Old Depot, Weedon Bec, Northampton NN7 4PS

100 Year Anniversary Pianoforte Supplies Ltd Title: 100 Year Anniversary Pianoforte Supplies Ltd
Location: Roade Village Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 25/06/2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Speaker: Committee

Join us at Roade Village Hall in celebrating the 100 Year anniversary of Pianoforte Supplies Limited.

That's Unusual! Title: That's Unusual!
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 24/05/2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Derek Blunt

Derek Blunt will take us on a tour of the quirky and unusual sights of Northamptonshire.

A REGAL AWAY DAY Title: A REGAL AWAY DAY
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 26/04/2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Chris Hillyard

Former Royal Train Manager, Chris Hillyard, takes us on a journey discovering the Royal Train.

The Story of Blair Swannell Title: The Story of Blair Swannell
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 29/03/2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Graham McKechnie

Graham McKechnie from BBC’s Radio Northampton will be telling us the story of Blair Swannell who was an international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Northampton.

Roade to Ukraine Title: Roade to Ukraine
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 22/02/2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Phil Hayes

Phil Hayes gives a talk of his first aid journey to Ukraine

Annual Get Together Title: Annual Get Together
Location: Roade Bowls Club, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 21/01/2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Speaker: Various

RLHS Annual January Get Together

An Evening of Discovery Title: An Evening of Discovery
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 14/12/2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Various

Come along for tips on researching your local Family History and more.
Roade (or Rode) goes back to the Domesday Book and there are still numerous surnames in Roade which go back centuries.
We might be able to find an ancestor of yours via the varied photographs and documents. You will be able to
view photographs of the rich local history of the village of Roade.

Roade At War Title: Roade At War
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 23/11/2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Colin Haddon

Come along and see living history – the Northamptonshire Home Guard

50 Years of Northamptonshire Archaeology Title: 50 Years of Northamptonshire Archaeology
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 26/10/2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Andy Chapman

Fifty Years of Northamptonshire Archaeology – A Personal Journey

Hartwell and its links with Roade Title: Hartwell and its links with Roade
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 28/09/2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Angela Malin

This talk will cover the historical links between Roade and Hartwell

Outing to Alderton Title: Outing to Alderton
Location: St. Margarets Church, Alderton, Northamptonshire
Date: 23/07/2022
Time: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: Charles Reece & Margaret Hall-Towney

A tour round Alderton

Reigns & Coronations Exhibition Title: Reigns & Coronations Exhibition
Location: Roade Village Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 05/06/2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: None

As part of a community event celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, RLHS will stage a Reigns & Coronations Exhibition displaying memorabilia from the reigns of monarchs from Queen Victoria to the present day. This will feature commemoratives, ceramics, stamps, ephemera and unique items from the private collections of local residents. It will also highlight residents, past and present, who have been recognised by the award of a UK Honour.

2022 AGM and Diamond Jubilee Talk Title: 2022 AGM and Diamond Jubilee Talk
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 25/05/2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Peter Mawby

Relive the Diamond Celebration – was it really 10 years ago!
A warm up for the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Edgar Mobbs Title: Edgar Mobbs
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 27/04/2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: None

Edgar Mobbs – the life and death of a Northampton sporting icon. Speaker: Graham McKechnie

Northampton Saints’ Club Historian and BBC Radio Northampton Sports Editor.

Dark Days Title: Dark Days
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 23/03/2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Steve Giles, Clive Thorneycroft, Martin Weaver, Ron Johnson

Learn the story from the band’s founder Steve Giles, Drummer Clive Thorneycroft, Guitarist Martin Weaver
and Bass Player Ron.

Preston Deanery Hall Title: Preston Deanery Hall
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 23/02/2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: None

Join us for a talk on Preston Deanery Hall

Christmas Event Title: Christmas Event
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 08/12/2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: None

Including old films of Northampton and Roade

The Every Brothers Title: The Every Brothers
Date: 14/11/2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Speaker: None

A play by Ron Johnson

The Best Burglar in the County Title: The Best Burglar in the County
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 27/10/2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Neil Lyon

The best burglar in the county

Horton Hall Title: Horton Hall
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 22/09/2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: Maureen Williams

One of Northamptonshire’s lost Country Houses

Down Memory Roade Title: Down Memory Roade
Location: St. Mary's Church Hall, Roade, Northamptonshire
Date: 28/07/2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Speaker: None

Recollections of Roade Residents past and present