"Coronavirus" Update: Our meetings and talks for the foreseeable future have been cancelled and we are hoping to reschedule postponed talks for later in the year or early 2021. However, the meeting on 16th July will be going ahead, albeit online (for details, please see below).
To keep the interest going during these months, we are posting an occasional local history 'blog' on this page. So, if you have any local history queries you would like answered or suggested subjects that you would like to see included in our ‘blog’ section during this period, then please let us know. If any member would like to write a short piece on local history for inclusion, then please feel free to do so! You can contact the leader of the group with your questions, suggestions, contributions and comments by clicking on the bird logo at the top right hand corner of this page or you can call on the number at the bottom of the page. We must not consider the current restrictions as a problem but as an opportunity, so let's all make the most of it!
As stated above, our monthly meeting will be going ahead in July! However, instead of meeting in St. Luke’s Hall, this meeting will be taking place online. Paul Schofield has kindly agreed to give his talk on the 'History of Beverley', as planned, by Zoom, on Thursday, 16th July at 2 p.m. Attendance at this meeting will be free of charge! Some of you will already be using Zoom but, if not, it can be downloaded by typing Zoom into your browser and following the various links. Some of our other groups are already successfully using Zoom and finding it's a great way of keeping in touch! Details on how to log into our July meeting can be obtained from the group leader by email using the 'Bird' link at the top right of this page or by calling the number at the bottom of this page. Please state your AWAKE U3A membership number.
Our latest articles include one by Margaret McGlashan about the history of The Beeches on Main Street in Willerby. Our thanks go to Margaret for the time she has spent researching and, then, writing this piece, which comes in two parts. It all makes fascinating reading. Part 2 of the series about South Ella Hall is also now available for you to read. It can be accessed by clicking on the link on the right-hand side of this page, where you can read the story of John Broadley and how it came to a sad end.
The Local History Group is one of AWAKE U3A’s most popular groups and, in normal times, meets on a monthly basis. The talks in our programme cover an interesting variety of subjects of local historical interest. Anyone interested in the history of Anlaby, Willerby and Kirk Ella or the wider area of Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire is welcome to join this popular group. Our meetings are usually held at St. Luke’s Church Hall, Chestnut Avenue, Willerby, HU10 6PA at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Everyone is welcome!
There is usually an admission charge of £2 per person to offset the cost of hall hire, speaker and refreshments.
We also arrange occasional outings to places of local historical interest. Recent visits have included Trinity House in Hull and the Arctic Corsair. Members are also encouraged to carry out research into aspects of local history and to promote wider interest amongst local people in the heritage of our area. In addition, we mount occasional exhibitions focusing on a particular aspect of local history. A recently created exhibition about Willerby’s Past is on display at the Willerby & Kirk Ella Institute on Main St., Willerby. It is available to view during the normal opening hours of Willerby Library.
Anlaby and Kirk Ella Exhibitions
Both our Anlaby and Kirk Ella exhibitions are now on permanent display at Haltemprice Leisure Centre. They can be found in the corridors adjacent to the main sports hall and in the Anlaby Room (when vacant). We also have ‘travelling’ versions of these two displays which are available to other interested groups in our area. Please contact us for more details.
Members of the group have also completed a research project on the history of Tranby and have mounted an exhibition of their findings at various venues in the area.
For more information on the AWAKE U3A Local History Group and our current exhibition, please contact the group leader, Francis Davies, by 'phone on 650449 or by email using the 'Bird' link at the top right on this page.