John Plumb, who left £1.3m towards the Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
Our generous benefactor
John Plumb was an Honorary Life Member of the Melton Mowbray and District Historical Society and a notable local historian who died in 2014 aged 74.
He was also a prominent member of Melton’s Heritage Group, a collective of local organisations interested in the town’s history and traditions.
He was born and raised in the town and following his graduation at Durham University taught for several years, before he embarked on a career in public service with Nottingham County Council, where he eventually became Assistant Director of Education and finally Director of Leisure Services.
After retirement, he became a leading light with Melton Mowbray U3A and a proactive member of the Melton Mowbray Heritage Forum. He remained active with these organisations despite moving to Stamford at the beginning of the millennium.
At Stamford he became a member of Stamford U3A, Chairman of the Stamford Civic Society from 2006 to 2007 and Chairman of the Stamford and District Local History Society.
John was the nephew of the renowned historian Sir John Plumb, a Fellow of Christ College, Cambridge. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge on historical and music matters and was widely acknowledged as the authority on the history of Melton.
He was a former Browne’s Hospital trustee in Stamford and left a legacy of £1.3m to the almshouses, as well as £1.3m to the Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, when he died.