Next month we have two events coming up. On Friday 17th November we’re welcoming writer and historian Jill Liddington, who will be talking about local suffragettes, in advance of the Vote 100 celebrations next year. Please note this is a change from previous publicity, and will start at the earlier time of 7pm. The following […]

We struggled to find a replacement speaker at short notice when our publicised speaker on the wonderful new York Historic Towns Atlas had to pull out. Elizabeth Smith from Dringhouses Local History Group very kindly offered to come along instead, to talk about John Close. But at the last minute Dr Stefania Merlo Perring from […]

Our next meeting is on Friday 22 September 2017, when our speaker will be Elizabeth Smith, from Dringhouses Local History Group, with a talk entitled From Gillamoor to Dringhouses: The Life of John Close, Gentleman. Please note this is a change to our advertised talk on the Historic Towns Atlas, as that speaker is unfortunately […]

Sadly we say goodbye this month to Caroline Lewis, who has run the independent delicatessen, The Good Food Shop, on Bishy Road for thirteen years, with many locally sourced, tasty food products. Over the last 120 years the shop has housed a number of trades. It was a drapers for a long time, Thorolds, in […]

One of our group members, Peter Nolan, is particularly interested in exploring local evidence about mental health nursing during World War 1, especially in relation to conscription and conscientious objectors: The outbreak of World War I seriously affected the emerging professions of psychiatry and mental nursing, which at the time were seeking to gain parity […]

          We’re pleased to see that the decorative carvings on the Angel on the Green have now been embellished with gold paint. But their origin is still a mystery to us, because at some stage many years ago, what was originally a plain corner frontage changed into the more elaborate arrangement […]

We still have a few places for our next event, which is on Friday evening 7 July 2017: A Walk in Rowntree Park, with Alison Sinclair. Booking is essential for this walk because of limited numbers. To book a place please contact Clements Hall on 01904 466086 or email  You can become a member […]

Pauline Alden has been looking at local pawnbrokers, after finding a local man appealing against conscription in 1916. Bertie Vowles, who lived in Colenso St, Clementhorpe, succeeded in his appeal, because of his job. Pawnbrokers played an important role in helping poor families to keep their heads above water, and were a common feature in […]

Friends of Scarcroft School invite you to an evening talk by Edward Waterson about Walter Brierley, the man who designed Scarcroft School. Come and find out why English Heritage describes the school as his masterpiece. Wednesday 28th June from 7pm to 8:15pm in the Upper Hall. The talk will be followed by questions and finish […]

Pauline Alden and Anne Houson have been exploring how local women at Southlands Methodist Church supported soldiers during the war. The Knavesmire was a tented village and men were billeted all over the area, stationed far away from home. Two ladies, Martha Daykin and Emily Elders played a significant role. Emily ran the confectioner’s shop […]