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Quarter 3 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available now. Read about St John’s Church in Ingrow and find out details of upcoming meetings and events. Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings. Come along and find out more about the Society and how you can support us.

KDLHS Newsletter (Jul-Sep 2019)

Thank You Charlie!

Charlie Bhowmick, MBE, delivered an entertaining talk to History Society members on Wednesday evening. He regaled those present with tales of the culture shock of moving to Keighley from Calcutta in the 1950s; of his meeting the Queen to receive his MBE; of running in the London marathon to raise funds for a Keighley disability charity; and of the pride he feels for the town that has been his home for over 60 years. The History Society would like to say an enormous thanks to Charlie for coming along to talk to us.

Details of the next guest speaker meetings have just been added to the event calendar.

Charlie Bhowmick addresses the History Society at the Local Studies Library in Keighley on 12th June 2019.

Upcoming Guestspeaker

A reminder that the guest speaker this upcoming Wednesday (12th June) will be local celebrity Charlie Bhowmick. It’s also your chance to pick up the latest newsletter with details of the monthly meetings for July through to September.

Charlie Bhowmick came to Keighley from Calcutta in 1954 to study mechanical engineering at Keighley College. In 1963 he became the first Asian to work in local government in Keighley Town Hall as a planning officer. In 2005 he was awarded an MBE for his services to race and inter-faith relations in Keighley. Since his retirement he has tirelessly fundraised for charities like Yorkshire Cancer Research. Charlie will be recounting his memories of Keighley over the last 65 years.

Guest speaker events happen upstairs at Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and talks start at 7.30pm, usually lasting around one hour. A lift is available for anyone with access concerns. Tea and coffee is served. Everyone is welcome and admission costs £3 (£1 for History Society members). Image courtesy of Keighley News.

Charlie Bhowmick MBE with a copy of his autobiography, ‘From Calcutta to Keighley’. Photograph (c) Keighley News and used with permission.

Guest Speaker Talk This Wednesday

A reminder that this month’s guest speaker is Colin Holt talking about his experiences of National Service in the 1950s. The talk is this Wednesday (8th May), upstairs at Keighley Library, doors open 7pm. Admission costs £3 (£1 for History Society members). Tea and coffee served. All welcome.

Tony Somma, writing home while undertaking his National Service in the mid 1950s. Photograph from the personal collection of History Society chairperson Joyce Newton.

Wyedean Weaving Visit

We had a terrific visit to Wyedean Weaving on Wednesday evening. Eighteen History Society members were given a guided tour around the firm that has operated out of Bridgehouse Mill in Haworth since the 1960s. We were given a history of the company and saw demonstrations of several of the machines. Our sincere thanks to Robin Wright and his team for hosting us. More photographs and video from the visit will be posted on the Flickr site soon.

Steven Wood: Old Haworth in Photographs Talk

Respected Haworth historian Steven Wood gave a talk to the History Society last evening. He took us on a pictorial journey from the old Police Station on Mill Hey, up Bridgehouse Lane and Main Street, then out along West Lane, with over 50 images. Around 40 members and guests attended.

The programme for the next quarter’s series of talks is out now on our newsletter and will shortly appear in the diary on this website.

Historian Steven Wood gives his talk ‘Haworth in Old Photographs’ to the History Society on 13 March 2019. Photograph by Tim Neal.

Steven Wood Talk

A reminder that this month’s guest speaker talk is Haworth historian Steven Wood giving the talk “Old Haworth in Photographs (1870-1970)”. The date for the talk is Wednesday 13th March 2019.

The History Society’s monthly guest speaker talks take place upstairs in Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and the talks start at 7.30pm (and usually last around one hour). Tea and coffee is available. Admission costs £3 (£1 for History Society members). If you are interested in becoming a member and supporting what we do it costs £10 a year and membership can be purchased at any guest speaker meeting.

Haworth historian and author Steven Wood (right) visits the Old School House in Haworth in 2007. Photograph taken on behalf of the Keighley and District Local History Society by Barbara Klempka.
Detail from a J. Valentine & Sons Ltd. postcard from 1939, part of the History Society’s digital archive.
Haworth from the War Memorial. A Lilywhite Ltd. postcard, circa 1925. Part of the History Society digital archive.

Peaceful Women

‘Peaceful Women’ is an event happening in Keighley Local Studies Library this Wednesday (6th March) at 1.15pm. Local author, playwright, actor and historian Irene Lofthouse wil bring to life the stories of local women who campaigned for peace during WW1 and for social justice following the end of the war. The event lasts for 90 minutes and there will be the opportunity to view local archive materials from the time. It is free to attend.

Postcard of Keighley Library, circa 1904. Donated by Norma Galvin.