The Parish of Averham, Kelham & Staythorpe
Averham, Kelham and Staythorpe are three attractive, rural villages situated along the River Trent in the county of Nottinghamshire, lying approximately three miles to the northwest of Newark. There are a number of facilities within the parish boundary including the Robin Hood Theatre which houses a lively and very active theatre group, the Kelham Fox pub and restaurant, Kelham House Country Manor hotel and Kelham Hall.
The Parish has a long and interesting history. It was also the subject of a project looking into what lies beneath the village of Kelham and archaeologists uncovered some interesting archaeological finds along the river and under our gardens which can be seen on their website using the links below. Off the back of the results of the Kelham Revealed project the team have plans to undertake a “follow on” phase to conduct further fieldwork into the Roman sites and Medieval watermills identified by the previous works.
About the project: https://kelhamrevealed.wordpress.com/about/
Report pages: https://kelhamrevealed.wordpress.com/project-legacy/
There is rich history within the parish and it is a fascinating place to live. It contains numerous listed buildings including the Grade I Listed Kelham Hall, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic Revival style for the Manners-Sutton family, the churches of St Wilfred and St Michael, both Grade I listed located in Kelham and Averham respectively. In addition there is Kelham Bridge (Grade II 1857), the Causeway Arches (Grade II 1770) designed by John Smeaton, Kelham House (Grade II late C18) again built for the Manners-Sutton family, a number of other listed buildings and houses dating from C17 plus Averham Moat and Enclosure which is a listed as a Scheduled Monument by Historic England.
There are a number of active groups which includes a walking club, the W.I., bell ringing group, the gardening club and the Robin Hood Theatre. All residents are encouraged and welcome to get involved in community groups and projects. There is also a local magazine, The Plough, which contains local news and information about the parishes and their churches which is accessible online and will provide the most up to date information on these and other groups.
The Parish Council meets regularly throughout the year and welcomes all parishioners to our meetings which are held in the Robin Hood Theatre . Your councillors are all local people who live in one of the villages and so we have every parishioner’s interest at the heart of what we do. Please contact us through the Contact page on this website our the Parish Clerk if you have any questions or suggestions for us.