"Coronavirus" Update: Despite not having been able to meet for a year and missing many interesting talks at our monthly meetings, there is light at the end of the tunnel! We hope to start our meetings again later this year when restrictions allow. However, as there is still uncertainty about the time when we shall be able to meet again, a formal programme of talks for 2021 is not yet available. However, as soon as we get the green light to restart, a programme will quickly materialise. All last year’s speakers are lined up and ready to go!
To keep the interest going during this period when we are unable to meet, 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, then please let us know. 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 the number at the bottom of the page. We continue to view the ongoing restrictions not as a problem but as an opportunity, so let's all make the most of it!
Our page has recently been updated with several new articles for your enjoyment, including the final episode (Part 8) of the story of South Ella Hall. Thanks also to Margaret McGlashan for posting her histories of Willerby Hall (in three parts) and Willerby Manor (in two parts). We hope both members and non-members, alike, have enjoyed reading the many interesting articles we have published over the past year. Suggestions for future publications on places and people from our local area will be most welcome!
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.