Holbeach and South Holland history is Bill’s big interest

Local historian Bill Belsham. Photo: SG270814-101TW
Local historian Bill Belsham. Photo: SG270814-101TW
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Bill Belsham (83) has always had an interest in the history of his home town, Holbeach, and the wider district.

As well as building up a large library of local history books, Bill belongs to various societies.

He is a founder member of and president since about 1990 of Holbeach & District Civic Society. He took over from Mrs Lane.

Bill joined Spalding Gentlemen’s Society in the early 1970s. After holding various offices, he is now a life-long member. He was assistant curator, curator and president for five years.

Bill admits he doesn’t like change, and particularly one aspect of the Gentlemen’s Society.

He said: “I objected most strongly to the election of ladies. They used to go to talks, and they could visit and bring friends, but they just weren’t members.

“It was 300 years nearly and that’s quite a bit of tradition to fall back on.”

Bill also belongs to the Lincoln Records Society, Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, and was a founder member of the Joseph Banks Society.

He and his late wife Vera were married for 50 years. Bill has two step children and a son.