Wortley Local History Group
This local community group, which started life in the early 1980s, has
recently celebrated its 33rd anniversary, writes Colin Broadbent.
After a few lean years when there were only seven members, about five years ago the group had a renaissance and increased membership to approximately 40.
The group first held their meetings in Tong Road Community Centre, when a few like-minded people came together to discuss anything “Wortley”.
They moved into Green Lane School, then made their home for a few years in Whingate School Buildings.
In 2006, due to changes in the West Leeds Family Learning Centre based at Whingate School, the Local History Group moved once more and is now happily based at Whingate Church, Whingate.
The members meet to discuss and plan their annual calendar and various books, which feature old Wortley photographs and personalities/shops/pubs of a bygone era.
It is the intention of the group to build up within their archives, items that future generations can also look back on to their childhood and teenage years.
We invite speakers to some meetings and at other meetings we display the vast collection of archives for members to delve into.
The present chairman, Colin Broadbent, himself an old Oldfield Lane resident, would like to hear from anyone interested in local history who perhaps would like to join this group, which is completely informal.
Perhaps you may have items or photographs etc, which could be viewed and discussed at future meetings.
All meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 1pm to 3.30pm. Please feel free to visit the group and you will find the latest calendar and books on view.
For further details ring 0113 253 4839 and leave a message and Colin will return your call within days.
A programme of speakers and archive days is now available.