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 no longer available.

John Close was from a very humble background but rose to be Lord Mayor of York. He lived the latter part of his life in Dringhouses, in what is now the Marriott Hotel.

The talk, which takes place at Clements Hall in Nunthorpe Road at 7.30pm, will be preceded by a brief AGM of the History Group at 7pm. All are welcome.

You can become a member of the History Group for a small sum of £5 for 2017, which gives you reduced entry (£1) to talks. Non members are also welcome, at a cost of £3 on the door.

There are a small number of free parking spaces near Clements Hall. It is also easily accessible by buses stopping in Blossom Street (walk along Moss Street opposite the Reel Cinema). If you have any queries please contact us via Clements Hall on 01904 466086 or email


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