Ann Ayre Hely, a Crimean War Nurse from Ravenstone, Leicestershire

Ann Ayre Hely

Ann Ayre Hely was born Ann Ayre Bradshaw in Ravenstone, Leicestershire. After the death of her husband she volunteered in 1855 to go out to the East to nurse the sick and injured soldiers of the Crimean War.
In 1897, at the age of 78, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross medal for nursing military personnel.
Ann has now been awarded a Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque. Many thanks to everyone who voted for her.

Ann's Green Plaque

More photographs of the unveiling here.

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The Lyric Rooms, Ashby de la Zouch
Thursday 12th September
Doors and Bar 7pm Films 7.30pm
also at Packington Memorial Hall
Friday 25th October
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Thomas Pestell, a 17th-century vicar of Packington
Set in the English Civil Wars and Commonwelath period, this drama film is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. One of the biggest projects we have undertaken to date, involving a cast of 16 plus extras, to be shot at 5 different locations and involving various local community groups, two churches and a school. It will be screened at Quick Flicks 2019 on 12th September. MORE HERE.
The Ferrers Murder

Earl Ferrers shot and killed his steward in 1760. This film is now complete. Still shots from the film can be seen on our Facebook Page. If you would like the film to be shown to your local group in Leicestershire, contact us on


Other project news can be seen HERE.

A Step on the Ladder

Our final project in 2018 was a drama about the 1918 General Election, the first in which some women could vote. A preview of the film can be seen here.

Success at the Heritage Awards 2018

Plaque .........Certificate

Read more about our success at the Heritage Awards here.





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