Position – Chairman.
Hi I’m Ian Walker and I’m proud to be BDHS chairman and a co-founder of the society
Ken Lindsay and I decided to form the historical society in 2006 after the loss of two close elderly friends in the village. They both had a wealth of local information and many local artefacts; these were all lost when they sadly passed away. We realised that we shared a common interest in local history and thought we’d attempt to try and preserve this as far as we could.
We aimed to preserve the character of the village and the immediate surrounding area and to protect its historic foundations for generations to follow. In addition to this we also wanted to try and put some funding towards suitable local good causes and village clubs.
Whilst born in Scotland, I have spent almost twenty years in Belton, having previously lived in Upton, Martham and Gorleston. I am a vice-president of Lowestoft and Yarmouth Rugby club and have previously assisted in the organisation of many local events (rugby club festivals, Gorleston Cliff-top gala, Belton Millennium celebrations and several “Tavern fun day” events).
The society continues to make regular donations to local groups and aims to put on an historically themed event once a month to preserve and educate on local history. The society is very much a team effort and I’m grateful for all the time and expertise donated over the years. We also have an enthusiastic membership without which the society would not exist.
If you have any local artefacts, pictures or stories that you would like to share with the society, or have any ideas for future events, we would be most grateful for your input. We welcome new members and all attendees at our events so please get in touch if you are interested.
Position – Treasurer
I moved to Gorleston from Ashford in Kent in 1967, and then to Belton in 1968, and I still live in the same house. I worked at William Clowes (printers) in Great Yarmouth until the factory closed in 1980, and then I worked freelance until I retired in 2007. I played football for the Saturday village team from 1969, and was Secretary / treasurer etc. for a good few years until we thought we would have to move due to being made redundant in 1980 when William Clowes closed. I also played for the Sunday team for a few seasons. Playing football was a great way of finding our way around Norfolk. I was invited to join the Belton & District Historical Society Committee in 2012, and asked to take over the role of Treasurer when Peter Morden asked to resign on ill health.
Position – Secretary
I have been a committee member of BDHS since 2008 and officially took on the position of secretary in 2012, born in Southtown I moved to Belton from Gorleston in 1982 when I owned what is now Belton Pet and Hardware for about 2 years, I currently live in Burgh Castle
I have been retired since 2012 having had a varied working life, 18 years with the Trustee Savings Bank (long before Lloyds became involved), this was followed by the shop in Belton, various short term jobs, about five years owning Magdalen Hardware at Gorleston and finishing up debt collecting for several years.
I have always been interested in local history having spent may happy hours exploring what Yarmouth had to offer and now ruing the restrictions on access to the harbour in general, I can remember walking from the Haven Bridge to Gorleston Pier when it was possible to stay on the riverside the whole way!.
In Belton and Burgh Castle I am interested in the villages in general, as well as the History Society I am a Parish councillor – after 34 years almost continuously on Belton with Browston Council I changed allegiance to Burgh Castle Council in 2017, I have been a ‘Management Board,’ member of Village Voice since it separated from the Parish Council in about 2007 ( four years as editor, although hat! and a past an of the Produce and Crafts show committee to name just a few interests!.
Position- Booking Secretary
I have lived in Belton for 43 years. I am a founder member of the Society along with Ian Walker and the late Brian Cubitt.
I moved to Belton in 1970 along with my wife Kathy and two children.
On leaving school I worked at Riseboroughs on what is now Gapton Hall . In 1956 I did my National Service with the RAF, most of the three years were spent in Sylt an island off the coast of Germany. my trade was safety eguipment. After compleating National Service I moved on to work at the “Birds Eye” factory in Great Yarmouth working in tge factory and cold store until 1972., leaving for health reasons.
In 1972 I moved onto Norfolk Line the roll – on – roll – off ferry service based in Great Yarmouth where I stayed until they moved out of the town in 1992. I then went to Longe Dairy as a roundsman suppling the cafes, shops and businesses in the area until I retired in 2002.
Having always been interested in local history Ian Walker, Brian Cubitt and myself set up the Belton and District Historical Society in 2006. The idea originally came from my good friend John Botwright who sadly passed away in 2005. This is in memory of him.
Position – Webmaster
I have lived in Belton all my life, and went to the village School in the mid 60’s then I went to Lothingland secondary Modern in Lound, Suffolk, I am now semi-retired, and doing voluntary work for the local NHS patient transport service. My interests are Photography and Music.
I was asked to join the Society in 2006 by Mr. Kenny Lindsay to look after their website which I have been doing eversince. Recently our server was attacked so we have had to rebuild the entire site, we have over 2000 old photographs in our gallery.