Long Clawson residents – war medals

GRIFFINsidney whittakerMike Adams is a war medal collector who has recently by chance acquired 2 groups of medals to ex Long Clawson residents, the first was a WW2 Distinguished Flying Cross group to a Pilot Officer H.T.Griffin, he resided at the Police House and was a Leics Police Inspector, Also Captain of Melton Rugby XV as well as the Leics Police Rugby team.

The second was to the Whittaker family, who resided at the Post Office. Sidney served in WW1, he had a son Dennis born in 1924 who married Edith Lounds in 1948 (she apparently served in WW2) Dennis was a member of the Buffs at Belvoir Lodge

 Any help would be much appreciated.

Please email webmaster@long-clawson.com with any information, thank you.


Local vicars

Can you help with photographs of local vicars and rectors. On the Harby website www.harbyvillage co.uk we aim to provide a picture of all previous of these but we are searching for Mark Turner and  Simon Bailey. They were in Long Clawson as well as here. We want to use a photo also in the  history of Harby book we are assembling. For our holdings so far see http://www.harbyvillage.co.uk/photographsocieties.htm

Leslie Cram

Harby History Group secretary

Hart family

This is an email received a while ago – can anyone help? If so please email the webmaster@long-clawson.com

Hello Wayne ……. Some time you sent an email to Lisa who has been searching my family tree. I am the son of John Hart who was the son of Thomas Hart as you will see from the attached Timeline ……. Now, I am assuming the Anne Hart who married your 5th great grandfather was indeed the daughter of Thomas Hart senior who also lived in Long Clawson ……. we think they lived in a house/farm known as Long Clawson Lodge from some time in the eighteen hundreds …… Does any of this fit within your family tree searches …… If so I would be happy to share our Family Tree findings and be interested in what you have managed to discover. I am sorry if all this does not fit and would be interested in your association with Long Clawson and the Hart’s anyway.  I feel sure there is connection somewhere!!

I am now 79 years old, very severely sight impaired (Blind) so please reply in bold making it easier for me to read ….. Sincere regards, Peter (Hughes)

Click here for the attached timeline TimelineReport Richard Hart Snr inc family events

Local talent – well done Heather Birley!

Heather Birley

This is a photo of Heather along with Akram (and her black eye) taken after the show.

Heather Birley (now 17) has for several years been determined to pursue a career as a contemporary dancer, after years of commitment, hard work and endless evenings, weekends and school holidays training she is just starting to reap the rewards.

Last year she applied to be part of the 2014 NYDC (National Youth Dance Company) tour, after auditioning she was selected as 1 of only 10 girls from the whole of the UK.

After several residential training camps in London (school holidays) April 16 saw the debut performance of the 2014 NYDC tour at Sadler’s wells in London !

As you can imagine Aidan & Susanne were extremely proud parents to be there and watch Heather perform a major part in the NYDC production in front of a full house at London’s premier dance theatre.

Here is the press release before the show


The production received good reviews in a several publications and Heather managed to get specifically mentioned by name in the Guardian and London dance.com



Press Photos, sadly Heather is not on these as they were taken two days before the show while she was at A & E !! She got a kick to the face during rehearsal but fortunately no serious only a very black eye. With a bit of makeup she was fine for the show.


Here is a link to offical (sample) photos taken during a performance, for those who don’t know, Heather is the one with red hair, lots of photo’s and can move back and forward from this one


Heather has also just been offered (and accepted) a place at the London School of contemporary dance, she will start a 3 year degree course in contemporary dance in September this year.

Well done Heather!

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