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The Greater Elland Historical Society – The Greater Elland Historical Society


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The April Meeting:                                                                                                      

On Wednesday 10th April at 7:15pm, the Society will welcome Alastair Bishop as their guest speaker. His talk, “A History of Gibson Mill,” will be eagerly anticipated by all those who are familiar with this iconic Pennine landmark.

The Society is always very pleased to welcome new members. All our meetings are open to both members and non members. There is a small charge for non members.  

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Annual Dinner 2019:

On Wednesday 20th March the Greater Elland Historical Society held its “Annual Dinner” at The Sportsman Inn, Greetland. A party of 47 members and friends were treated to a delicious three course meal and were entertained and educated by Julie Diamond with music and songs through the decades from the 60’s back to the 1900’s. The evening was concluded with a rousing rendition of “Land of Hope and Glory,” which was enhanced with vigorous flag waving. Our thanks go to Julie, a local gem, who gave a stylish and professional performance.


The Society’s History Room at the Library in Coronation Street, Elland contains the Society’s archives, including photographs, documents, artefacts and publications relating to old Elland.

The History Room is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm

 March 2019:

The Society welcomed David Allen as their guest speaker for his talk, “London, Its Livery & Its Freemen.”  As expected the evening was both lively and informative. The well attended meeting was enthralled with David’s talk on the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London. His company: “The Worshipful Company of Tylers & Bricklayers” – In God Is All Our Trustencourages excellence in the tiling and bricklaying industries. It has an active charitable, educational and social programme. The Company received its first Royal Charter in 1568, although its roots go back to the fifteenth century, and its Livery (membership) currently stands at approximately one hundred and fifty.

February 2019:

Denise Adlard’s talk. “Bedpans & False Teeth – 47 years in the NHS.” Delivered, as it had promised, a fitting insight and tribute to all those who have made the NHS such a great part of our country. Over 50 members and visitors were enthralled with Denise’s professional career as student nurse, midwife, district nurse and lecturer.

January 2019:

The first meeting of 2019 was held on the 9th January when Alan Stansfield a fascinating talk entitled “The Local Fallen of 1918.” This was a fitting tribute to our local heroes and was the final chapter of a series, diligently researched by Alan, which have been delivered on this topic.

On behalf of the society, may we take this opportunity to wish all members and friends a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy and Healthy New Year.

December 2018:

December saw the return of the ever popular Chris Helme, a local historian, who delivered a seasonal presentation entitled, “Memories of Christmas Past.” All those who attended this festive gathering had the added advantage of participating in our free raffle. Many thanks to all who kindly donated prizes.

November 2018:

The November’s talk with the Reverend Colin Sherwood entitled “There’s Nowt So Queer As Folk!” was, as expected, both lively and informative. Some new members attended this event and were made welcome by the society.

The 2018 Summer Programme is shown on the Society Syllabus page. Members, old and new, will be very welcome.