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Welcome to the Kibworth village website – your gateway to our history and information on the 6 part BBC series ‘The Story of England’ which tells our history through the last 1600 years.

The Kibworth Improvement Team was formed as a community partnership to promote “Kibworth” (Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby).

Since its inception the Team has worked with The Parish Councils of: Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby, the Kibwort History Society, Kibworth Primary School and Robert Smyth School, Market Harborough, other interested parties and volunteers to produce:

  • The Kibworth Village website. (updated edition 2017)
  • Organised a competition to design the Kibworth village logo.
  • The Kibworth Guide Booklets
    • The booklets contain three walks, illustrating the history of the villages, around Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby (revised version published 2013).
    • An additional booklet (Betty's Trails) was published providing a trail for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs, push chairs and for people with limited mobility.
  • Interpretation Panels
    • Erected nine panels displaying the history of the area where they are positioned and situated at:
      • Kibworth Harcourt
        • Jubilee Green
        • Alongside A6 Leicester Road at footpath to The Munt.
      • Kibworth Beauchamp
        • Outside the Coach and Horses Inn
        • Outside the library at the Bank Island
        • At the junction of Weir Road and High Street
        • Outside the Co-op Supermarket
        • Smeeton Road near to the footpath leading to Weir Road
      • Smeeton Westerby
        • Outside the Village Hall
        • Pit Hill adjacent to the allotments
  • Blue Plaques
    • Three plaques commemorating the lives of;
      • Philip Doddridge DD
      • Sir Nicholas Harold Ridley
      • Anna Letitia Barbauld and John Aikin
  • Education – funded two projects
    • Kibworth Primary School mini films about the lives of local people through history.
    • Paid for coach trips for A level history students at Robert Smyth Academy to visit Merton College for 3 years.
  • On line museum
    • Somewhere to save and display some of the historical documents, maps and photographs of the history of Kibworth
  • Street Parties
    • Friday 29th April 2011 wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton
    • Sunday 3 June 2012 The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

The acclaimed television historian Michael Wood embarked on a fascinating history of England for the BBC charting the roots and the rise of the English from the last days of the Roman Empire up to the Second World War in 2010. However this is not the story of Kings and Queens or Lords and Ladies but a history of the ordinary people of England! The series was based around the old parish of Kibworth in the hundred of Gartree, which today comprises our villages of Kibworth Harcourt, Kibworth Beauchamp and Smeeton Westerby.

 

 

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