Consultancy services for community, neighbourhood, parish and town councils.  

Support services for charitable trusts and neighbourhood planning groups. 

Design and delivery of local history, research and heritage projects.

Celebrating towns and cities

A new book in the making

Amberley Publishing has launched a new series of books celebrating towns and cities in the United Kingdom.   The books will focus on achievements, success stories and heritage.

I have been asked to write about Leicester, including the industries providing employment and prosperity, and the people, past and present, who have contributed to society locally and worldwide.

96 pages; 100 black & white and colour images
£15.99 softcover
Provisional publication date - April 2021

Original artwork from Wolsey Knitwear of Leicester
Original artwork from Wolsey Knitwear of Leicester

Telling the story of a village cemetery

© Billesdon Parish Council
© Billesdon Parish Council

Working with The Art Studio, Nottingham and the Billesdon Local History Group,  I provided the research, images and basic design for a heritage panel, installed in the lychgate at Billesdon and Rolleston cemetery in Leicestershire. 

The history group had previously compiled a survey of the memorials which is available on line. 

Big city heritage

I recently completed a Leicester City Council project to provide research for ten heritage interpretation panels to add to the nineteen panels I researched in 2016.

Over one hundred panels are already in place across the city and neighbouring historic villages covering key eras in the city's history from Roman times to the twentieth century.

They provide a network of themed walks connected by eras or individuals, with further information available on Leicester City Council's Story of Leicester website.

Link to the Story of Leicester website

Jubilee Square, Leicester
Jubilee Square, Leicester


For and from local communities

Local councils need the media. Radio and regional newspapers are a free, ever-ready and available means of keeping in touch with your community; but how do parish and town councils - who cannot afford to employ media or press officers - deal with journalists? Here are some suggestions from a former journalist.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published a list of land owned by local councils which is not registered with the Land Registry. This includes village halls, recreation areas and even academy schools. All parish, town, district and borough councils are urged to check the list.

Independent shops in more than seventy towns across the UK will be taking part in the National Totally Locally Fiver Fest Campaign which runs for a fortnight from Saturday 15th February 2020. The aim is to support local independent shops and businesses and make local High Streets and shopping areas more viable and vibrant.

New regulations came into force for public sector bodies in 2018. They say local councils make their websites or mobile apps 'perceivable, operable, understandable and robust'. Many parish and town councils will need to ensure their websites meet the new standards by 23rd September 2020.

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