The Southern Broxtowe Plaque Scheme
The scheme has been a truly collaborative venture driven by a small group of volunteers working together over six years, with representatives from the Beeston and District Civic Society, the Beeston and District Local History Society, the Stapleford and District Local History Society, and the Bramcote Conservation Society.
Our area covers Attenborough, Beeston, Bramcote, Chilwell, Stapleford, and Toton; all to the south-west of Nottingham in the southern quarter of the Broxtowe Borough Council area, where each of the participating societies are active. These plaques celebrate achievement and local identity.
Plaques are produced locally in enamelled cast aluminium by Leander Architectural of Dove Holes, Derbyshire, and become the responsibility of the property owner when fixed. Diameter varies between 30cm and 46cm, (12” and 18”), prepared to designs based on English Heritage guidance.
Costs of manufacture, delivery and fixing for each plaque have risen from £300 to nearly £400 over the life of the project. Only these costs have been passed on; while research, design, seeking permissions where appropriate, ordering and plaque fixing have been organised voluntarily by the participating societies as part of a single service. That service has also included arranging 27 formal unveilings, most involving a Broxtowe or Stapleford Mayor, other dignitaries and family members.
Each plaque has been self-financed, being supported by donations from owners and other interested parties. Material costs of more than £12,000 were covered in this way. Treasurer services and auditing are supplied by the Beeston and District Civic Society.
Additional funding in excess of £3,000 has been raised to cover the separate production costs of preparing the Plaque Guide with publication expected towards the end of 2015. As an interim measure the Nottingham Post Bygones featured all 34 plaques over four issues in September and October 2014 and January this year. The Plaque Group will wind up once the Plaque Guide is complete and available.
The Group gratefully acknowledges the help and support received from many individuals and organisations over the life of a local initiative that has brought people together in new and creative ways. It has been a remarkable example of collaborative working between participating societies and many others that we hope will leave a lasting legacy for the Borough.
Chairman Southern Broxtowe Blue Plaque Group