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Our first decade

Barwicker No. 36
December 1994

Ten years ago, in September 1984, Barwick-in-Elmet Historical society held its first meeting at the home of Jane Deacon and its beginnings are told in 'The Barwicker' No.l. The original group was small but very active and its lofty aims were, in brief, to research, record, preserve and publish the history of Barwick-in- Elmet, in its widest geographical sense.

Since that time, the society has grown to a membership of over 40 and its activities in pursuance of these aims have been considerable and varied. The Society meets twice a month in the winter and arranges outings to places of historical interest during the summer months. Members and guest speakers give talks on aspects of Barwick history and related topics and other meetings are given over to discussion, displays and information gathering.

In March 1986, the first edition of our journal 'The Barwicker' was published and this has come out quarterly ever since. About 50 past and present inhabitants of Barwick and others have contributed articles and we thank them all for their help. The journal is read widely at home and abroad. We have been aided by the gift by Raymond Franks of audio equipment that we use for recording the recollections of some of our contributors.

In addition to 'The Barwicker' we have published:
  • 'Bygone Barwick', a book of historical photographs.
  • 'Pen Sketches of Barwick-in-Elmet', drawn and hand-lettered by Bart Hammond.
  • 'The Maypole stayed up', a history of Barwick in World War II compiled by Harold Smith.
  • 'A Greater Wonder', a history of Methodism in Barwick by Arthur Bantoft.

  • We have in our archives an impressive collection of documents, photographs and audio tapes of past and present Barwick. We have contributed to the programmes of many societies in Barwick and elsewhere and have played host to them when they have visited the area.

    Our tenth anniversary meeting described elsewhere was the best attended of any of our gatherings and, we hope, presages a continued active life for the Society.
    Arthur Bantoft

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