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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: A new photograph album has been added - "The Railway at Elsenham" some early photographs are included. Go to Menu/Photo Archive and view the help panel for information on how to use the albums Do not show this item again
NEWS: The Latest Society Newsletter has been uploaded - go to Main Menu/Our Society/Newsletters to read and here you can search for every newsletter published by the Society since 2010 Do not show this item again
NEWS: The Minutes of our First face to face meeting since March 2019 are now available. Go to Main Menu/Our Society/Minutes. Here you will also find all of our minutes since the Society was formed. Do not show this item again
NEWS: A new Photograph album has been added - Elsenham and Thaxted Light Railway. Go to Menu/Photo Archive Then go to the Help button for hints on how to use the albums Do not show this item again
NEWS: A new photograph album has been added - "The Railway at Elsenham" Go to Menu/Photo Archive There is a help panel with information on how to use the albums Do not show this item again
Hint: Who was Sir Walter Gilbey Bart., or The Honourable Dorothy Paget ? Go to Miscellaneous

Forthcoming events

1. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Talk Anthea Hawden of Raking Light - Church Graffiti - Including examples at Elsenham St Marys
March 09, 2022 8.00 p.m. at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only two pounds
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
2. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting- Newport - A Great and Poor Town - Prof. Anthony Tuck.
June 08, 2022 8.00 p.m. at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only two pounds
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
3. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Ken Macdonald - 100 Parishes Society
September 14, 2022 8:00 p.m. at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only two pounds
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
4. Elsenham Village History Society Quarterly Meeting - Speaker to be Advised
November 09, 2022 8:00 p.m. at Elsenham Memorial Hall
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only two pounds
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)