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 £12 to join for the year, or £3 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 2022

14th AprilThese Boots Are Made For WalkingBrian Johnson
12th MayThe story of the Titanic (TBC)John Sutton
9th JuneStarting your family history researchPeter Cousins
8th SeptemberHonest men but destitute (the plight of the framework knitters)Jess Jenkins
13th OctoberFood and feasting in medieval and Tudor EnglandNick Marshall
10th NovemberA Victorian ChristmasJo Carter
8th DecemberAGMVenue and speaker TBA

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

Our next talks

“These Boots Are Made For Walking”
with Brian Johnson

Image: University of Leicester

Thursday May 12th

“Starting your Family History Research”
with Peter Cousins

Family Tree image
Image: Unlock your Family Tree

Thursday June 9th

Calendar 2022

We are pleased to announce that the History Group Calendar for 2022 is now on sale at the
Library and Mirage Hairdressers, price £4. All proceeds to Fleckney History Group.

Fanny Gets Her Green Plaque

Harborough district trailblazer Frances Elizabeth Deacon – the first woman in the country to qualify as a pharmacist – is to be honoured with a coveted Green Plaque award

The first woman in the country to qualify as a pharmacist is to be honoured with a coveted Green Plaque award.

Brilliant 19th century Harborough district female trailblazer Frances Elizabeth Deacon is to be saluted by Leicestershire County Council after the public voted for her to be recognised.


Born on September 17, 1837 in Kibworth Beauchamp, Frances Deacon dramatically broke new ground when she became the first woman to pass tough qualifying tests to become a pharmacist.

Popularly known as Fanny, she registered as a Chemist and Druggist on February 5, 1869 after passing the Pharmaceutical Society’s exam with flying colours.

Despite paying her subscription and complying with all the Society’s rules and regulations, as a woman Frances was not allowed to become a member of the Pharmaceutical Society until a decade later in 1879.

The mother-of-one worked alongside her father William at his chemist’s on Leicester Road, Kibworth, before going on to open her own highly-successful pharmacy in Fleckney.

When Frances, who also had three stepdaughters, died on January 15, 1930 at the age of 92, she was the oldest-registered chemist in England at that time.

Frances was put forward for the honour by Fleckney Parish Council. Thanks to everyone who voted.

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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