About Us

The Chaddesden Historical Group.

Started by Tony Bowler in 2006 our group’s aim is to collect the history of Chaddesden, and its surrounding area, together for the benefit of future generations as well as for today’s budding historians.  This information will also be available, through this Website and printed matter, to other history groups, local authority and museum archives as well as schools and any other interested parties.


The group hold monthly meetings at The Jubilee Club in Chaddesden Lane which has excellent facilities for disabled as well as our more able members.  These meetings are held on the first Thursday morning of every month starting at 10-00 and this has become a much anticipated social event with attendance figures of over 60 members seen on a regular basis.  With a guest speaker, refreshments and lively company available a good time is assured.  Our current active list contains 90 members and one lifetime honorary member.


As well as these meetings an active and varied program of visits to places of local interest is organised throughout the year.  These visits are arranged for during the working day and are for members only.  A payment per head is levied but where possible transport is covered by participants offering a lift to those without wheels.


The objective of the group is to reach out to the 99% of the people of Chaddesden who through work, travel, family and educational commitments are not able to get to our regular meetings.  One of the first ways to tackle this situation has been the building of a comprehensive Website.  This will not only benefit our core membership but a much wider audience would also be able to tap into an interesting and varied pool of historical information now being collected in one place.  We aim to establish a site that will benefit all of the local schools, local authority study centres, historians as well as any resident of Chaddesden sitting in front of his or her PC wishing to learn more about where they live.


Whilst the website forms a vital point of entry to our archive it is not our sole outlet.  We market ourselves by being mobile and taking our hardcopy documents and memorabilia out to anyone who wants to hear our story.  We also intend to produce a book of personal reminiscences relating to growing, living and working in the area.  Chaddesden has developed from being an agricultural based economy into a dormitory area for Derby’s industrial heritage and such a vast untapped mine of experiences is waiting to be gathered.  We intend to record it.  The history of Chaddesden can be told through its churches, cottage industries and families and it’s these stories that we intend to record and publish by whatever means we can.


Even coal mining left its mark on Chaddesden in the form of a railway system cutting its way overhead from Stanley to its terminus at the top of Walpole Street where it joins Cumberland Avenue.  This Tramway sliced a straight line through what is now the Oakwood estate and at its height was the longest continuous chain driven railway system in Europe.  Lost now but should it not be forgotten.


Funding became an issue once we had decided to concentrate our efforts into building a comprehensive archive for Chaddesden which led to an approach being made to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  After 10 months of research, form filling and meetings we were awarded a grant of £32,100 to set up our archives.  This was in August 2010 and work is now moving at a rapid pace on a 3 year project to fulfil our aims.  This website is a great step forward for our group, and I hope you enjoy reading and listening to its contents.


Andrew J Bailey,

Chairman and Archivist.

The Chaddesden Historical Group

!st September 2010.

Heritage Lottery Fund helps Chaddesden to record and celebrate its history.

On Thursday 19th August the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of £32,100 to the Chaddesden Historical Group to establish an archive dedicated to the history of Chaddesden. This grant will enable the group to collect oral histories by interviewing local people about their memories, and collect other materials of historical interest about Chaddesden and its inhabitants.


The group will create a website and run a series of learning activities for all age groups within the community covering not only the early establishment of the settlement but also its transition from an agricultural base to a dormitory town supplying skill and expertise to many Derby based industries.


Andrew Bailey, group archivist and project leader said, ‘We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled us to carry out this project.  Chaddesden, like many other small villages, found itself moved within the Derby City boundaries in 1968 and since then its identity has become a little clouded.  We will collect and record the village’s rich and varied past by interview and recording the memories of many of our older residents.  We will then pass that information on to younger members of our community who are already showing a keen interest in local history.’


Emma Sayer, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands said ‘Within the space of a generation Chaddesden has changed beyond recognition. Recording people’s memories of the changes that have happened is vital to make sure this important part of Chaddesden’s history is preserved for the future. We were delighted to support Chaddesden Historical Group’s plans for this exciting community project that will empower local people to record and celebrate their heritage.’.


If you are interested in taking part in the project as a volunteer or have photographs or memories of Chaddesden to share please contact Andrew on 01332 665333, by email on or call in and see us on the first Thursday morning of every month at the Jubilee Club, Chaddesden Lane, Chaddesden at 11 o’clock.




Adopted. 1st February 2007 (Amended. 15th February 2010, 4th April 2013 and Oct 24th 2013)


Aims and Purposes.


  1. The group shall be known as the ‘Chaddesden Historical Group’ and shall be concerned, in the widest sense, with the history and development of Chaddesden and the surrounding area.


  1. The group shall pursue the above stated aim in all possible ways, including organising regular meetings with talks and discussions (usually on the 1st Thursday of each month), visits, exhibitions, publications and any other activity relevant to the purpose.


The results of its activities shall be made available in various ways to the wider community.


Arrangements may be made to work with any other group or individuals as necessary, and to affiliate with any relevant group at local, regional or national level, at the discretion of the members.


The group may receive for safe keeping any documents, maps, photographs, artefacts etc. relevant to the purpose of the Group, and may present or loan, for a period to be decided, any such items to the appropriate museum, record office or similar.




There shall be three categories of membership.


Ordinary Membership.


Ordinary Membership shall be open to all persons who have paid the annual membership fee and agree to abide by the constitution of the Chaddesden Historical Group.


Honourary Membership.


It shall be within the remit of the committee to confer  Honorary Membership on any person they consider to be worthy of it, and they will  be exempt from the annual membership fee and the monthly entrance fee for any meetings they wish to attend, they will, however, pay for any visits or external events that they wish to  attend. They will have the same voting rights as ordinary members. Honourary Membership shall be limited to 4 members.


Lifetime Membership.


It shall be within the remit of the committee to confer Lifetime Membership on any  existing member who has contributed to the success and well being of the group by means of their contribution to the same.  Lifetime Membership shall involve the member not having to pay the annual membership fee but will still be liable to the entrance fee for any meetings they wish to attend, as well as any charges for visits and external events. As with other categories of membership they will still hold full voting rights.  Lifetime Membership shall be limited to 6 members at any one time.


The committee shall retain the right to amend the Constitution so long as due and accepted process is followed.





  1. The day to day organisation of the Group, in accordance with its stated aims and having regard to the wishes of its members, shall be in the hands of a Committee.


This Committee shall comprise of:-


v  A Chairperson

v  A Vice Chairperson

v  Secretary

v  Treasurer

v  Up to 10 additional members


These members having been nominated and seconded will be elected at the AGM, held in April each year, and serve for two years.  Retiring members, if they so wish, shall be eligible for re-election, the names of committee members due for retirement and or possible re election will be published prior to the AGM.  Each year approximately 50% of the committee positions will be elected by fully paid up members. The election of the Chairperson is to be by ballot of the full membership.  Ballot papers are to be issued after the members have been addressed by the candidates and not before.  Should the position of Chairperson become vacant during the course of the year, the Vice Chairperson, or appropriate person as selected by the Committee if the Vice Chairperson is not available, will take the role until the AGM.  The election is to be supervised by a committee member and scrutinised by any two members.


  1. Co-option – the committee may at its discretion co-opt other members with specific knowledge or for particular purposes, as it sees fit.
  2. Vacancies – should a vacancy occur during the course of the year, or insufficient members nominated in advance of the AGM, the Committee may at its discretion invite another member of the Group to fill the vacancy until the next AGM.
  3. Meetings – the Committee shall meet at least twice during the year between AGMs.
  4. Quorum – a quorum for the Committee shall be six, which shall include a minimum of two Officers.
  5. Day to day decisions – the Officers shall be empowered to make reasonable day to day decisions regarding running of the Group.
  6. All decisions are to be discussed at the appropriate committee meeting.
  7. If a vote is required, the Chairperson is to have the casting vote if required.
  8. General meetings


v  AGM – the AGM shall be held in April each year.  The Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer shall report on the work of the Group and its finances during the previous year.  An auditor shall be nominated to examine the accounts by the committee prior to the AGM.


v  Special General Meetings – should it be necessary a Special General Meeting may be called by the Officers and Committee, or at the request of any ten members of the Group.


  1. Quorum at General Meetings – the quorum at any General Meeting shall be 10 members.
  2. Notice of Meetings – For all General Meetings and for Meetings of the Committee at least 2 weeks notice shall be given to members, although in an emergency 3 days notice will suffice.  However, it shall be the general rule to give notice as far in advance as possible.
    1. Business at Meetings – Members wishing to have items included in the business of Meetings shall give good notice to the Secretary, in advance of the two weeks stated above, so that information may be included in the circulated agenda.  In the case of formal motions, these must be proposed and seconded by two members of the Group.  At a Special General Meeting only business published in the agenda may be transacted.
    2. Conduct of the Meetings – the conduct of the meeting shall be in the hands of the person responsible for that meeting.
    3. Subscription – As a matter of course the amount of the subscription, having regard to the commitments of the Group, shall be approved at the AGM.
      1. A register of all items of equipment held by the group is to be opened and maintained by the Committee Members.
      2. A register of all items on long term loan to the group is to be opened and maintained by the Committee Members.




Members shall at all time feel free to offer suggestions as to the conduct, programmes etc. of the Group and any such participation shall be welcomed.


Winding Up Of The Group.


  1. 1. Should this become necessary, such a decision must be taken at a General Meeting called for this purpose after due notice has been given.  The same AGM shall authorise the disposal of any remaining assets of the Group, bearing in mind that they should go to further, in whole or part, the purpose for which the Group was established.
  2. If the Group is wound up or dissolved, its assets will be given to another charitable or not-for-profit organisation and not to the group members.
  3. Prior to, or subsequent to, either paragraph 1 or 2 taking effect, no item of income or property belonging to the Group shall be given to its members during its lifetime.
  4. Any items on loan to the Group shall be returned to their owners or their representatives in the event of winding up or dissolution of the Group.




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