The next meeting of the Greater Elland Historical Society will be on Wednesday 14 February: Percy Shaw – The Man who put Cat’s Eyes in the Road- Chris Helme.
Winter meetings take place in a pleasant room at Elland Working Men’s Club, South Lane, Elland HX5 0HT. Meetings begin at 7.15pm and usually end by 9pm.
The Greater Elland Historical Society was founded in 1974 by a group of like-minded local people.
The aims of the Society are:
- To inspire an awareness of our heritage both locally and nationally and to encourage a knowledge of history, especially local to the Greater Elland area
- To compile, preserve and maintain a written and pictorial record of the area and to be involved with historical research and preservation by individuals or groups, publishing to members and others as appropriate
- To provide an annual programme to include talks, discussions, walks and visits both locally and afield
- To liaise with similarly interested organisations.
Currently the Society has about 80 members and the cost of membership for the 2016/17 season was just £8.00 per person.
The Society is open to all with a genuine interest in local history. Just come along to any meeting, taken from the syllabus and make yourself known to the Secretary on the door. The business of the Society is managed by an elected committee of officers which meets approximately quarterly.
The Society membership meets on the second Wednesday of every month, throughout the year. Meetings consist of a winter and summer syllabus, with the winter programme being made up a series of invited guest speakers, and summer programme a series of visits and walks to places of local historical interest.
Winter meeting attendances average in excess of 50 members per meeting and summer visits, approximately 25 members per visit. The Annual General Meeting takes place as part of the October meeting. In addition, there is an annual day trip by coach to a place of interest further afield, and an annual dinner in March. Both of these events are charged at cost and are very popular with members.