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Elsenham Village History Society
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About Us

We were formed in February 2010
We know that there is a need to collect and record as much as we can about the village, about our predecessors who laid the foundations of the village; about the people who spent all their lives here and are no longer with us; about those who were born and bred here and can still tell us fascinating stories about their lives here; and about later generations who all have a role to play and have contributed to the way we live here today.
The Society has over 50 active and enthusiastic members and a committee of 7 who are all village residents who share the objective of not just finding out more about our history but also of pulling together in one place and recording as much as we can for the benefit of a wider audience today and for future generations whom we hope will share this interest.
We meet four times per year and aim to provide interesting speakers on a range of local history related subjects. Every so often we hold a members evening where the material is presented by members themselves, reporting on projects or work in hand.
Speakers have included: the former Managing Director of the Elsenham Jam Factory; a talk by a local author on his life as a locomotive driver; a local historian on the architecture of Thaxted; the history of the Elsenham to Thaxted branch line; notable architecture and history of Saffron Walden; the history of Easton Lodge and the five parishes; notable cases from the history of Essex Police; the Audley End to Saffron Walden Branch line; Researching Your Family Tree by a local practitioner.
In addition to our regular meetings we aim to organise visits which give our members the opportunity to visit places of interest together and enable informal discussions. Examples of our outings include a conducted tour of Thaxted; a visit to Pledgdon Hall Farm with a tour by the owner; a conducted tour of Dunmow Maltings and Town Museum; a hosted visit to the Essex Records Office.
We meet in the Memorial Hall in Elsenham always on a Wednesday evening starting at 8:00 p.m. The latest dates can be found on our home page together with the details of forthcoming speakers and their subjects. We are committed to trying to engage all age groups in the village to find out about what interests them and to encourage them to become part of a fact finding and recording enterprise and to have some fun along the way too.
Our regular meetings are free for members and visitors are always welcome for a small charge of £2 per meeting.
NEWS: Timeline File Updated Do not show this item again
NEWS: Note:We are happy to report that Anthea Hawden of Raking Light has agreed to re-book her talk on Church Graffiti with us on June 9th 2021. This will include many examples from St Mary's Elsenham Do not show this item again
NEWS: More Work during lockdown - Our President Gordon Barker and his wife Heather have been studying a 1951 photograph of a gathering of Elsenham Women's Institute and have been able to put names to the vast majority of those present. You can view this work by going to the main Menu/Miscellaneous/Elsenham Womens Institute. The photograph is of quite good resolution so the image can be enlarged either by using the + symbol at the top of the photograph or in the usual way with touch screens. If anyone can fill in the few missing names we would be pleased to hear from you. Do not show this item again
NEWS: The Elsenham Baptism, Marriage and Burial Records have all been rolled forward one year in accordance with the protocol agreed with our Church Wardens. Go To Menu/Population and the relevant record you wish to view. Do not show this item again
NEWS: PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED BY NEWPORT HISTORY SOCIETY THAT ALL THEIR MEETINGS FOR THIS YEAR HAVE HAD TO BE POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID CRISIS Do not show this item again
NEWS: PLEASE NOTE BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING HEALTH CRISIS OUR NOVEMBER MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. CIRCUMSTANCES PERMITTING WE HOPE TO RE-ARRANGE THE TALK ABOUT THE HUNDRED PARISHES IN NOVEMBER 2021 Do not show this item again
Hint: Relatives Baptised, Married or Deceased in Elsenham? Go to Population - Elsenham Baptisms, Marriages or Burials

Forthcoming events

1. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Talk - Ken McDonald 100 Parishes Society THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE TO BE ADVISED
November 11, 2020 8:00 p.m. at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
2. Newport Local History Group - Christmas in Medieval Essex - Kate Cole WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED BY NEWPORT HISTORY SOCIETY THAT THIS MEETING HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED
December 03, 2020 8:00 p.m. at Church House Newport
£1:00 if in Full time education - Free to members Coffee served from 7:30 to 7:45
Tickets: £3
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
3. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Essex Evacuation Plans World War 1 - Nina Gaubert
March 10, 2021 8.00 p.m. at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
4. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Talk Anthea Hawden of Raking Light - Church Graffiti - Including examples at Elsenham St Marys THIS MEETING WAS POSTPONED FROM JUNE 2020
June 09, 2021 8:00 pm at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only two pounds
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
5. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Talk - Ken McDonald 100 Parishes Society THIS MEETING WAS POSTPONED FROM NOVEMBER 2020 -- EXACT DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
November 10, 2021 8:00 PM at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only two pounds
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)