Childhood in Coleorton Open Day

Saturday afternoon 5 October 2019 at Viscount Beaumont School


When regular Heritage Group members get together the conversation often turns to what Coleorton used to be like and what we did as children - memories of houses, shops, walking through woods, fishing in streams etc. So we all had a bright idea - lets have an Open Day when everyone in Coleorton can get together and talk about their childhood around a cup of tea and cake.

It was on Saturday 5 October at Viscount Beaumont School. We had a good crowd. The toy display was particularly popular with dolls and teddy-bears of various vintages, hobbies, games and a good collection of star-wars toys. The household and kitchen display was intriguing and gave a glimpse into the pre-electronic / robotic age of cooking, laundry and housework.

display of dolls and toys

Display of toys, dolls and hobbies from our childhood.

The many school photos were studied to find friends and family. We had photos from Viscount Beaumont School and Griffydam History Group brought along photos of the Peggs Green and Griffydam schools which many children from Coleorton attended.

display of hisehold items and toys

Display of household items and toys.

Coalville Heritage Society brought a small display of the toys that were made at the Palitoy (Cascelloids) factory in Coalville. Action Man, Pippa, Tiny Tears, Care Bears, Star Wars toys were made there. The Many Faces of Palitoy exhibition which celebrates 100 years of Cascelloid and Palitoy opens on the 12 October for 4 weeks at the old Palitoy factory on Jackson Street. More about Many faces of Palitoy >>

As we had hoped, the exhibits got people talking about their childhood and several people brough old photos of their childhood and families for which we thank them. We will scan them and add them to our photo archives and some will be included on this website in due course.

Please do hang onto your old photos, keep them safe and write on the back the date and names of the people in the photo and where it was taken. (See See "Holding on to memories" article) And if you would like to share them with the Coleorton Community we will be pleased to hear from you.

Group members write about growing up in Coleorton

Some of the articles we write for St Mary's magazine feature stories about childhood and families:

childhood memories

Childhood memories.

and you can find out more about Coleorton families on our Families section >>

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Blue Plaques

We have launched "the Coleorton Blue Plaque" scheme to commemmorate buildings and sites in the village which have historic significance.

Coleorton history links

The Coleorton Parish website has a large history section.


We publish articles in St Mary's monthly parish magazine and on the Coleorton website.