John Plumb, an Honorary Life Member of the Melton Mowbray and District Historical Society and a notable local historian, died on 18th February after a long illness courageously borne. A family funeral was held on Monday, 17th March and a memorial meeting was held in his honour at 2.00 pm on Tuesday, 25th March at Trinity Methodist Church, Barn Hill, Stamford.
John was born and raised in Melton Mowbray. Following graduation at Durham University John taught for several years, before he embarked on a career in public service with Nottingham County Council where he eventually became Assistant Director of Education and finally Director of Leisure Services. After retirement, he became a leading light with Melton Mowbray U3A and a proactive member of the Melton Mowbray Heritage Forum. He remained active with these organizations despite moving to Stamford at the beginning of this millennium. At Stamford he didn’t let the grass grow under his feet. He became a member of Stamford U3A, Chairman of the Stamford Civic Society from 2006 to 2007 and Chairman of the Stamford and District Local History Society. The latter organization held its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, 26th June last year when John was not enjoying the best of health which lends testimony to a Melton man who was a legend in his own time.
John was the nephew of the renowned historian Sir John Plumb, a Fellow of Christ College, Cambridge. Clearly, the history gene ran in the family. John had an encyclopaedic knowledge on historical and music matters and was widely acknowledged as the authority on the history of Melton. Erudite, single-minded and possessing an impish sense of humour, he was good company and an entertaining and accomplished lecturer. He will be sorely missed.