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Due to the current coronavirus state, with the imposition of severe restrictions on movement, we have had to cancel all FD activities up to and including the members garden party on June 6th. At the moment the second Cemetery Walk on June 20th is still on, but not guaranteed – we will let you know nearer the time.  The committee is aware that those of us who signed up and paid for this year’s FD membership are going to be short changed by this loss of events. A significant reduction for renewal from January next year is the favoured approach, being the easiest administratively.  Whilst awaiting your next fix of FD organised activity, why not start by exploring Mike Neighbour’s website http://www.stalbansowneastend.org.uk , and consider what you can contribute. More thoughts and ideas to follow.

Meanwhile, you might like to view our new page, Fleetville, Home from Home which features transcribed interviews by local people who have settled here from overseas.  They are most inspiring; a testimony to human resilience, strong family values and hard work.  The most recent, by Mumtaz Begum, is very heart-warming.

Can you contribute to our archive?  Our current projects are:

BALLITO – As one of the foremost large businesses in Fleetville, Ballito Hosiery Mill made silk and then nylon stockings. 2020 is the second and final year in our exploration of this hugely successful firm.  If you can help us in this research, please write to us using the Contact page.
FLEETVILLE INFANTS SCHOOL – We are now in our second year working with the Year 1 and Year 2 classes in their local history activities.
WIKIPEDIA ENTRY – After a delay we are finally creating an entry for Fleetville to be included in the online encyclopaedia. Currently there is no reference to the district and we would like to put that right.
FLEETVILLE STREETSCAPES – An exploration of planning, architecture, aspiration, accident and expediency in the making of Fleetville’s neighbourhood.

Fleetville Diaries is an organisation dedicated to recording the past life of this eastern suburb of the beautiful city of St Albans, Hertfordshire. Fleetville came into existence at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with the arrival of a number of manufacturing concerns.