WW1 Commemorations

As you will have read and indeed heard, plans are underway for the village to commemorate World War 1. In conjunction with these plans Catherine Snape is researching those Addingham men who served in WW1. It is perhaps difficult to believe but almost 400 men with Addingham connections served in the Great War! Whilst details of those who lost their lives is readily available, those who served and came home to get on with their lives are largely forgotten. We have a list of names which we think is complete but very little else about these men and nothing at all about any women in uniform. Do you have any family information tucked away or any detailed stories about who served and where they served? Catherine would greatly appreciate any factual information so that it can be recorded as part of this Civic Society project.
Please e-mail her with brief details at haroldmagus@aol.com

Village ‘plan/sign’ boards

We are pleased to report that the Village board located at the end of Bark Lane (near the path leading down to the suspension bridge) was repaired and replaced at the end of March after having been blown down. In addition the identical board near the ‘Hen Pen’ has been strengthened to avoid it suffering a similar fate! The Parish Council agreed to share the cost with the Society. Thanks go to Don Barrett for organising the work.

Blue Plaques

The village’s first plaque will be unveiled on the 24th of this month ( May ) at Mount Hermon Chapel.
The ceremony will start at 12-00. The plaque is dedicated to William Kendall Gale who was a former pastor at the Chapel and very well known in the area. He travelled as a missionary to Madagascar where he served from 1908 until his death in 1935. He established over 250 churches and many schools. A truly remarkable man. The unveiling will be undertaken by 3 of his granddaughters with Pastor Neil Bedford organising the ceremony. Refreshments will be served afterwards. The Parish Council and the Civic Society contributed towards the cost of the plaque and will both be represented on the day.