World War I Commemoration Events at Hoby

Screenshot 2015-09-21 at 21.09.15A series of events are being held in Hoby this May to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Hoby’s Great War – A Theatrical Review (All Saints Church, Hoby, Saturday 16th May, 7.30pm)

See how the Hoby community was affected during the First World War, performed in the Church, with scenes set in the Church, pubs, chapel, institute, farms, school, houses, river and fields. This is a multi media event with music, video, and drama. It will make you laugh; it will make you cry; above all it will entertain you. A pay bar will be available. Seats are limited so please apply for free tickets to: or phone Diane:01664 434422

Evensong and the First Half Muffled Peal (All Saints Church, Hoby,Tuesday 19th May, 6pm)

On 19th May 1915, George H Sharpe 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment lost his life aged 38. George was the first Hoby soldier to die as a result of the war and we will commemorate the centenary of his death with Evensong, followed by a half muffled quarter peal rung in his honour. Half muffled quarter peals will be rung over the next three years to commemorate the centenary of the deaths of all eighteen men associated with Hoby. Everyone is welcome.

Forget Me Not … An Exhibition (All Saints Church, Hoby, Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May, 11am-5pm)

This exhibition honours the role that the ancestors of current Hoby residents played in the First World War. Come along and see over 50 stories and photographs of our ancestors as told by their sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews. Their stories paint a vivid and fascinating picture of life at home, at the front and of lives changed forever. Tea & cake will be available in the Methodist Chapel.

In addition to these events:

A History of Kirby Bellars by Dr Alan Fox (Hoby & District Village Hall, Wednesday 13th May, 7.30pm)

Despite an influx of new housing in the 1960s and more recently, Kirby Bellars is a small village. It no longer has a shop and it never had a state-run school. Yet in the Middle Ages it had many inhabitants and it still has one of the largest parish churches in the area. One of the most important people was Sir Roger Beler, who founded the forerunner of a priory in 1316. He met an untimely end when he was murdered in 1326. Another significant person was Sir Erasmus de la Fontaine, who was responsible for a major population loss in c1630. He built the stone-built mansion called Park Farm (now The Manor) and created the surrounding park enclosed by a stone wall. In doing so he destroyed a large part of the village. Other important past inhabitants include John of Kirby, who was both lord of the manor and rector, and went on to be Bishop of Ely in the late 13th century. Another lord of the manor was Lord John Grey of Pirgo, uncle of Lady Jane Grey, the nine-day queen of England. In the late 18th century the lordship was acquired by Captain Edward Manners, the illegitimate son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland, and it stayed with his descendants down to 1918, when the manor was split into lots and sold.

Location: Hoby Village Hall, Main Street, Hoby, Melton Mowbray LE14 3DT All are welcome; the price for non members is £2.00 (pay on door). For further information contact: Diane 01664 434422 /

For more information on all of these events please visit the Hoby website


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