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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: WILLIS TOYS ELSENHAM - Willis Toys used to have a factory and warehouse just off of Stansted Road Elsenham on what is now part of Saunders Close. Does anyone have any of these toys that could be photographed or any existing photographs of the toys or the factory we would like to produce a feature on this subject. You can contact us by going to "Our Society/Committee and Contacts" and choosing one of the underlined Committee Members names and an email proforma will appear. Thank You if you are able to help. Do not show this item again
NEWS: A New Item - The Railway Through Elsenham - A history of the railway through Elsenham from its inception construction and operation up to 1999. Written by railway historian Peter Paye and reproduced here by courtesy of Elsenham Parish Council from their publication "A History of Elsenham The First 1,000 Years" Go to Menu/Miscellaneous Do not show this item again
NEWS: Newly Added The Minutes of The Elsenham Old Village Hall Committee 1909 to 1959. These minutes have been transcribed from the original handwritten minute books of the Old Village Hall Committee. They record the routine day to day running of the club, and perhaps more interestingly the names of the people who formed the committees over the years. Many prominent members of the community appear in the running of the club. The Gilbey Family provided the Village Hall for the Village appropriately therefore the first Chairperson of the committee was Maud Hine, Sir Walter Gilbey's daughter. Go to Menu/Miscellaneous to read. Do not show this item again
NEWS: PLEASE NOTE - The planned "World War 1 Study Day - A Sequal" due to have been held at St Mary's, Henham, on Friday 17th April, has had to be postponed due to the current health crisis. It is hoped that this can be re-arranged at a later date. Do not show this item again
Hint: Want to catch up on all the things your history society has been doing since it was formed? Go to Documents - Newsletters or Reports

Forthcoming events

1. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Anthea Hawdon from Raking Light - Church Graffiti
June 10, 2020 20:00:00 at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45 pm
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
2. Newport - A Great and Poor Town - Prof. Anthony Tuck
September 09, 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.
3. Newport Local History Group - Poland's SOE, A British Perspective - Jeff Bines
September 17, 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
4. Newport Local History Group - Egypt in Lavenham - Mike Sutherill
October 15, 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
5. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Talk - Ken McDonald 100 Parishes Society
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)
6. Newport Local History Group - Christmas in Medieval Essex - Kate Cole
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
7. 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.