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Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque Awards
Frances (Fanny) Elizabeth Deacon née Potter
17th September 1837- 15th January 1930

Fleckney Parish Council have nominated Fanny Deacon nee Potter for a Green Plaque Award for 1 Wolsey Lane and are pleased to say that she has been short listed as one of the final twelve in the final Public Vote.

Fanny Potter aged 37 was the first woman in England to pass the qualifying examination to become a Pharmacist when the Pharmacist Act 1868 made registration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain compulsory in order to work as a Pharmacist.

She was the second wife of Abraham Deacon the founder of the Carmel Chapel and worked at 1 Wolsey Lane as a Chemist until her death in 1930.

The public vote is open from Monday 13th September until Sunday 24th October.

Voting is either on line: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/greenplaques

Or postal vote forms are available from Fleckney Library, the Sports Centre on Leicester Road or Fleckney Pharmacy.

Born in Kibworth in 1837, Frances Deacon was the first woman to pass the qualifying examination to become a pharmacist. Frances registered as a Chemist and Druggist on 5th February 1869 having taken the Pharmaceutical Society’s examination. Despite paying her subscription and complying with all the Society’s rules and regulations, as a woman she was not allowed to become a member of the Pharmaceutical Society until 1879. She worked alongside her father who was also a chemist, later opening her own pharmacy in Fleckney. When she died at the age of 92, she was the oldest registered chemist in England at that time.

St. Nicholas Church, Fleckney, c1960

The Fleckney History Group hold meetings at the Fleckney Village Hall on the second Thursday in the month at 7.45 – 9.30pm.

Membership Subscription is currently £10 to join for the year, or £2.50 on the door. All visitors are welcome and refreshments are available.

Fleckney History Group has a display entitled “Life in Fleckney During World War II” which can be seen in Fleckney library during normal opening hours which currently are Monday & Thursday 2pm-5pm, Friday 10am-12pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm.

The dedicated computer in the library which holds the Fleckney History Group archive is available to use again now that Covid-19 restrictions are easing. A member of Fleckney History Group will also be in the library on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm to help with any enquiries.

Programme 2021

Unless stated otherwise all meetings are held at the Fleckney Village Hall at 7.45pm

Next talk: Child Soldiers in WW1

Sidney Lewis: The youngest authenticated British soldier in WW1

The Restored Co-op Bread Van

Here are some of the pictures held by the Fleckney History Goup

Premises of Fanny and Gus Deacon, Wolsey Lane
Premises of Fanny and Gus Deacon, Wolsey Lane
Carmel Chapel Choir, 1910
Carmel Chapel Choir, 1910
Garner's Shop in The Parade, 1916
Garner's Shop in The Parade, 1916
Main Street, 1986
Main Street, 1986
The Ancient Order of Oddfellows outside The Old Crown
The Ancient Order of Oddfellows outside The Old Crown

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