In 1995 the Parish Councils of Willington and Repton recognised that they
were approaching the centenary of the freeing of the toll, in 1998, from
the bridge across the River Trent, which separates the two villages. In
1898 this was an occasion of great importance to both villages and parades,
bands and a huge feast were organised on August 1st of that year. In order
to ensure this important event was properly celebrated again a joint committee
was formed to organise some form of marking of the event. This cumulated
in a the opening of a bridge viewing platform, a parade of bands and cars
etc from Repton to Willington, a fete on the fields between the two villages
and then an evening feast in Repton School grounds night plus many other
events, again on August 1st, exactly 100 years later.
In order to ensure maximum knowledge as to what had happened 100 years
ago it became necessary to research the events of that day and a booklet
- 'The Bridge' - was published telling the story of indeed, the bridge.
(A full record of the day's proceedings has been deposited in Derbyshire
Record Office, Matlock, such that the bi-centenary, in 2098, can be properly
Regular meetings are held at 7-30pm in
the Old School on 2nd Thursday of each month, October to April.
For more information contact: -
Roy Booth (Secretary)