Batley History Group

NEXT MEETING @ BATLEY TOWN HALL - MONDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 7.30pm START       (FREE REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE FROM 7PM)


ADMISSION: £2 members, £4 non-members PLEASE NOTE THAT MEMBERSHIP IS NOW DUE

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Our very own Jane Roberts and her husband Chris have had their book ‘The Greatest Sacrifice’ published to great acclaim and with the endorsement of the Rugby Football League itself. The book accounts for the casualties from WWI who had, prior to conflict starting, made their names in what was then known as the Northern Union. Other major sports have had books on the subject written but never had Rugby League been paid such an honour.

Copies of the book can be ordered via Jane, the cost, including postage is £14.50. Payment can be made either by Bank transfer or by cheque. If you are local you can collect direct at a cost of £13.50 per copy. Go to Jane’s link on the CONTACTS page to order your copy (pasttopresentgenealogy). The book is also available to order from Scratching Shed Publishing and through all the usual book sellers. It is stocked by Philip Howard Books at Roundhay.

On 10th June the Batley History Group went to visit the historic Pontefract Castle where members got to see the dungeons close up. Go to the photo gallery to see more pictures from the visit and thanks to our committee member Godfrey Sutcliffe for making the visit a great success.

June’s meeting saw one of our very own members, Peter Webster give a talk on the history of the South Leeds Railway network and how it incorporated our own local stations. It was a most fascinating talk and members were all too happy to engage in the meeting after Peter had finished giving his talk.

BLUE PLAQUE UPDATE: We now finally have permission to go ahead and have the next blue plaque bearing the History Group name inserted at the Town Hall. The unveiling is hoped to be taking place in September…

WELCOME TO BATLEY SIGNS: Tentative steps are now being taken to ensure that the remainder of the signs get their much-needed makeover. More details as and when we have them…