During 2018 and 2019, the Foundation ran a successful programme of Local History Cafés, through the support of Crafting Relationships, MDEM, Tesco Bags of Help and our team of volunteers.
Local History Cafés are community based heritage and wellbeing get-togethers, aimed at tackling social isolation and loneliness through stimulating events, shared interests & stories.
This was a great success and helped form our Local History Café Extended group, who meet once a month. Through this group we have created an Appleby Magna Heritage Map, learned new skills and received an award from the Sandford Cascade Project for Informal Learning. In September 2020 we built on this work to create heritage boards in 8 locations in Appleby to coincide with what would have been our heritage open days.
In April 2021 we received a Highly Commended award under the Volunteer Team of the Year category at the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum Awards ceremony.
One of the ways we have been keeping touch, while we are unable to meet in person, has been via monthly newsletters. These can be downloaded below. If you would like to be put on the mailing list for these newsletters, or you have a memory to share please contact SJMFHeritage@post.com .
Featuring summer holidays - memories and further back.
Featuring those servants and the work they did.
Featuring mining history.
May's newsletter features sayings, rituals and celebrations and the supplement includes Anne Silins' complete Spring diary with contemporary photographs.
Featuring Spring memories.
Featuring school related stories - including school dinner memories.
Featuring transport related stories from Appleby and further afield.
Featuring St Michael and all Angels Church in Appleby and other church related memories.
Bumper Xmas edition with memories of festive food, activities and happy family occasions. Also some photos of Appleby in the snow.
More Autumn memories, including bonfire night. Memories of village shops from the history website. Heritage Centre Facebook page confessions of apple scrumping.
This includes memories of Autumn from LHC members and the Appleby History website as well as the Appleby Heritage Boards project.
** Covid-19 Update**
Due to coronavirus restrictions, Local History Café Extended meetings have been suspended in their physical format.
We are however continuing to support group members by phone and online.
If you are interested in participating in local history activities we are contributing to the Local History Café Online project. This is a closed Facebook group but welcomes new members.
Twitter - @LocalHistoryCaf
Website - https://localhistorycafe.tumblr.com
E-Newsletter (with all Crafting Relationships project information) - sign up at https://www.craftingrelationships.co.uk/e-newsletter/