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Welcome To The Rodbourne Community History Group

We are committed to recording the rich history of this special community of Rodbourne and making it available to everyone.  We are not just about the bricks and mortar, but the people who lived in and made Rodbourne the flourishing community it is today.

We’ve collected photographs, plans and memories and hope to make them all available through this site.  This is a slow and complicated process which relies heavily on the work of volunteer members so we hope you will bear with us while we try to get it right.

Want to comment, ask a question or find an old friend?  Please do!  Use our Contact Us page. Better still why not post one of your memories of Rodbourne on the site.  Funny, tragic or just a bit of information it doesn’t matter.  Just go to the Memories page and send your contribution.  Remember ladies, if you can let us know your Maiden name as well this will help old Rodbournites to remember you.

Our programme of talks for 2018 is on the Events page

We still have spaces on our GWR History Tours available on 2nd December.

See our Events page for further details.

 PERCY STREET PARTY

To celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex the Even Swindon Working Men’s Club better known as the Percy Street Club organized a street party for the locals. The weather was brilliant and the people attending agreed for me to post photos of the families attending. A big thank your for allowing me to post them on our website and Facebook page. Please feel free to comment, criticise or give me information on your names. We are desperate for new and old families to donate family photos into our Archive so if you are happy to do that please contact me at secretary@rodbournehistory.org and I’ll take you through the process that would be great. If you live in Rodbourne(between the bridges) and you are willing to let us scan your deeds that would be brilliant as this gives a complete history of your house through the ages. Please follow the link below too our Facebook page to see the photos.

RODBOURNE REMEMBERS

We’ve opened a new Facebook Group called Rodbourne Remembers which is commemorating Rodbourne residents who died serving in the armed forces during the 1st World War. Search on Facebook for Rodbourne Remembers to become a member.

ERNIE HUNT

The sad news of Ernie Hunt’s death has been published in the Swindon Advertiser earlier this year.

Ernie had his troubles in later life but as a footballer he was exceptional. I’m sure many of you can remember him opening one of our exhibitions in the Even Swindon Community Centre where Rodbournites crowded round to exchange old tales, get his autograph and show their fondness for the man.

Our condolences go out to his wife and family. Why not post your personal memories of Ernie on our Memories page?

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