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 – 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.