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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: A New Album Has Been Added to the Photo Archive - The M11 Comes To Elsenham - Go to Menu/Photo Archive To View. Many Thanks to Roger Taylor for donating some of these M11 images to us, we are always delighted to receive photographs and information relevant to the village Do not show this item again
Hint: Did you know that Elsenham Station was in Henham and Stansted but not in Elsenham? Go to Miscellaneous - Elsenham Parish Boundaries

Forthcoming events

1. 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)
2. Newport Local History Group - Henry Winstanley, 1644 - 1703: Last Renaissance Engineer Martin Rose
September 15, 2022 8:00 p.m. at Church House Newport
(One Pound if in full-time education, free to members) Coffee will be served from 7.30 to 7.50 COVID PERMITTING
Tickets: £3.00
3. Newport Local History Group - When The Magic Circle Came To Saffron Walden - David Walsh
October 20, 2022 8:00 p.m at Church House Newport
(One Pound if in full-time education, free to members) Coffee will be served from 7.30 to 7.50 COVID PERMITTING
Tickets: £3.00
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)
5. Newport Local History Group - Newport's Blue Plaques - David Evans
November 17, 2022 8:00 p.m. at Church House Newport
(One Pound if in full-time education, free to members) Coffee will be served from 7.30 to 7.50 COVID PERMITTING
Tickets: £3.00
6. Newport Local History Group - AGM
December 15, 2022 8:00 p.m. at Church House Newport

Contact Coffee will be served from 7.30 to 7.50 COVID PERMITTING