We were mindful that the character and life of the area
had not been recorded, except in a transient fashion by newspaper
reports of events, and we would be instrumental in retaining these
valuable aspects of our community.
Towards the end of 1984, early 1985, we were supported by
Sheila & Norman Pollard, John Boocock, Mavis & Andrew Farrar and
librarian Joan Lancaster in encouraging a response for information
and photographs made available by 'Barwickers'. An increase in
This developing situation dictated a move on 15th May 1985,
to larger premises, the John Rylie Centre, itself a link with the
past. Thanks are due to Jane Deacon for accommodating us in
increasing numbers, with such consideration during this formative
The first publication "Barwick-in-Elmet Historical Map",
the work of founder member B. R. Hammond, was very well received,
being of interest and use to local schools, in particular during
their commitment to the Domesday Project last year.
Further work is in hand on a photographic record of
Barwick, this under the leadership of Jane Deacon. Meetings have
featured the work of a number of our members whose work will be
recorded in articles in the Journal. I acknowledge the help of Mary Morgan who joined us in
the early days, and as treasurer and researcher contributed much
to our development, and is missed since her recent family move
to South Wales. We wish them well!
The acceptance by Arthur Bantoft of the Editorship of
the Journal is another landmark in our history. The utmost support
is requested for his efforts to further the aims of the society.
To those who may wish to join the society, or can help
with our endeavours in any way, I extend a warm invitation to
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