Batley History Group

NEXT MEETING @ BATLEY TOWN HALL - ALL MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD

ADMISSION: £2 members, £4 non-members


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LATEST BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILED: The latest blue plaque, bearing the History Group name, was unveiled at the Town Hall prior to the commencement of September’s meeting. The unveiling was undertaken by our chair, Wendy Storey, who is pictured centre with Malcolm Haigh and Peter Connor. It is hoped the next one will be at Batley Library in the very near future…

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.

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…

PETER CONNOR STEPS DOWN FROM COMMITTEE: After spending many years on the committee of Batley History Group, Peter Connor has decided to step down. This decision was taken to coincide with his 80th Birthday. Over the years Peter has been responsible for carving the memorial to Robert Edwards, which is situated by Bagshaw Museum and recently, Peter has overseen the design and development of the blue plaques.

The committee gave Peter a birthday meal to thank him for his service and here he is pictured with our chair Wendy, blowing out his birthday cake! Thank you for everything you have done for the group Peter…

BATLEY HISTORY GROUP VISIT TO THE REVAMPED ST GEORGE’S HALL, BRADFORD

The History group enjoyed another successful visit to the fabulous St George’s Hall in Bradford. The group was given an insightful, guided tour into the fantastic history behind this splendid building. The afternoon was topped off with a cream tea. Head to the Photo Gallery page to see some more pictures taken on the visit…

ADENDA LIST ON BATLEY WAR MEMORIAL

Thanks to painstaking research undertaken by members of BHG and Martin James at the Roll of Honour page, names of fallen personnel from Batley were discovered that did not appear on the town’s war memorial. This has now been rectified and added to the monument.

Although the plaque is now there for all to see, it is hoped that an official unveiling ceremony will take place sometime in the coming Spring…

The area’s local Neighbourhood Watch AGM was scheduled to take place on March 25th with a 7pm start. The venue is Dewsbury Police Station. This has now been postponed until a later date.

For further information then please contact Pat Crisp, the chair of Neighbourhood Watch via the following email address:

patcrisp@ntlworld.com

Please ensure you check your local press for any changes to this event…THIS HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

As things stand at the end of April 2020, the country is still under lockdown status. Sadly, this affects everyone and not just the Batley History Group. This means that all scheduled meetings will have to be postponed and rearranged at a later date when it is completely safe to hold our meetings.

All of the committee would like to send all our members their very best wishes in the meantime and please, stay safe everyone and continue to follow the guidelines being provided.

We hope to see you all in the very near future…