Silsden Local History Group

A look into times past in Cobbydale

Meetings Calendar of the Silsden Local History Group

Meetings are held at Silsden Methodist Church, located on Kirkgate in the centre of the town. Parking is available in Wesley Place car park nearby. Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:20 start. Light refreshments are usually served at the start. There is a small charge of £2 at the door.


2017/2018 meetings


Monday 23rd October

Harold Hoggarth will give an illustrated talk entitled 'Rags, Bones and Donkey stones'.


Monday 27th November

David Mason will tell the story of the rise and fall of the Ambler family business, shoe heel and toe cap manufacturers, of Canal Works, Silsden, the large building recently converted into appartments in Harwal Mews. This is in place of the advertised talk on the Silsden Local Board, which will be given at a future date.


Monday 18th December

The Wassailers will be entertaining us once again with seasonal folk songs at our 'Christmas Do'. Non-alcoholic punch and festive refreshments will be available.


Monday 22nd January

There will be a short AGM, followed by a hands-on session looking at items made and sold in Silsden in the past. If you have an item then please bring it along to the meeting to share with others.


Tuesday 26th February
Tim Neal will give an illustrated talk on Stan Boardman, a local sign writer turned artist, famous for his cartoon characters.

There will be no meeting in March.

Tuesday 23rd April
Edward Boothman of Howden Park will talk to us about his early life growing up in Silsden.

Town Hall research sessions


On the Tuesdays following the Monday meetings research facilities are available in Silsden Town Hall located directly across the road from the Methodist Church. We meet in the ground floor back meeting room. You will have access to the Town's archive materials, which are kept there. The remaining calendar for 2017 is:-


Tuesday 24th October               2:00 to 4:00pm

Tuesday 28th November           2:00 to 4:00pm

December                                 There will be no session


2018 sessions:

Tuesday 23rd January               2:00 to 4:00pm
Tuesday 27th February              2:00 to 4:00pm
March                                         There will be no session
Tuesday 24th April                     2:00 to 4:00pm


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