Charnwood celebrates its golden anniversary

Published: Tue 2nd April, 2024

The borough of Charnwood is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024. 

The borough was created on April 1, 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 when three former districts – Barrow upon Soar Rural District, Loughborough Municipal Borough and Shepshed Urban District – were all abolished. 

Charnwood was formed, and Charnwood Borough Council followed soon after. 

To celebrate its golden anniversary, the Council will be highlighting everything that is great about the borough, including its landmarks, open spaces, businesses and its people, on social media and its other online channels. 

The Council will also be looking back on the past 50 years and is asking people from Charnwood and beyond to take part in the celebrations by sharing their favourite memories, moments or places about Charnwood on social media. 

You can also send us your photographs and videos here.  Please consider including details about what the picture/video shows and when it was taken. 

Memories shared will be posted on our social media channels and will also feature on a designated webpage.  

The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Margaret Smidowicz, said: “The 50th anniversary of the formation of Charnwood is the perfect opportunity for the Council to reach out to the fantastic people of the borough and join together in celebrating everything that makes this such a wonderful place. 

“We want to involve our residents in the celebration of Charnwood and hope that you will share your memories and photographs and stories with us. 

“I am looking forward to seeing your contributions and enjoying a nostalgic insight into what makes Charnwood such an amazing place.” 

Alongside the Council’s celebrations, Loughborough Library will be hosting their ‘50th Anniversary Exhibition 1974-2024’ from May 9 until July 27, 2024.

The exhibition will be hosted in the Local and Family History Centre section of the library and will feature photos and monuments from the past half century. 

The exhibition has been collated by the Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteer Group. 

The Council will also be looking at other opportunities to mark the milestone year.