News update…


We have been fortunate in obtaining grants from Staying Well and Ward Forum.  The money received has been used to improve our Audio and Visual equipment by purchasing a new screen, speaker system and microphones.  This has been well received by our members and has improved their learning experience.

Both Ward Forum and Staying Well continue to support local people of all ages to become active members of their local community by giving grants to support local voluntary organisations such as ours and is a Calderdale Council initiative.

Member’s Meeting

Our next member’s meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th September 2024.

50th Anniversary

Members are invited to share their memories of their time with the Society.   In whatever format – slides, photographs, memorabilia, stories etc. Please refer to the the Excursion/50 anniversary tab for further information.

Summer Trip

19th June.  Annual Trip to Liverpool and a visit to the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool. Coach pick up at West Vale School or Bethesda Church. Those wishing to attend should let Rose have their complete forms by the next member’s meeting on May 8th.

History Room – The History Room will be closed on Tuesday 28th May 2024.

Bethesda Church

Bethesda Church is to celebrate its 200th Anniversary.

There will be an open day on Saturday 18th May between 10.00 and 16.00 hrs.

Refreshments available all day.

Lunch available 12.00 – 13.30 pm

There will be a Celebration Service at 10.30 at Bethesda on Sunday 19th May.

Royal British Legion

Members of the Society have been invited to attend the Royal British Legion’s monthly meetings.

The meetings take place on the 3rd Wednesday in the month at the Elland WMC.

The 80th anniversary of D Day.  Thursday 6th June, 2024. Meet at the Elland Memorial at 11 am.

For further details please contact Diane Freeman at the Royal British Legion.


Can anyone help with artefacts for our History Room at Elland Library?

We are looking for items with relevance to the history of Elland, be it Industry, transport, religion, entertainment or local governance, anything that you think is of historical value.

At the moment we are limited by space, so smaller items are of most interest. However, do let us know of anything you have which may be suitable in the future.

The History Room is open for visitors on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.

Alternatively, if you would like one of our History Room volunteers to contact you to discuss your items first, then please send us a message via the “Contact Us” page on this website.



We are looking for members who are willing to join the committee and help with the running of the Society.

Can you spare a few hours a month to assist in the running of the society?

If you feel you can assist, then please have a word with a member of the committee at the next meeting or send us an e-mail via the contact us page on this website.


The Greater Elland Historical Society would like to thank Mr David Glanfield for his continued support of the Society.

The articles he puts in the Go Local magazine are not only informative but have introduced our activities to many people. A number of new members have attended our monthly talks or visited the history room this year because they have read his articles and seen the information about GEHS.