EVERY cloud has a silver lining.

So when Sheila Hey was confined to her Flockton house last winter following an operation, she decided to make good use of the time.

She spent months researching new material and going over old photos and reports left over from a book she had published in 2000.

The result of all her hard work is two new books to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Photographic History of Emley and Emley Through the Ages.

Once costs have been covered, all proceeds from the first book will be divided between St Michael’s Church and the Methodist Church, Emley, and Emley Village Millennium Green will benefit from the second book.

In keeping with the local nature of the publications, both were printed in the village by River Digital.

Sheila said: “The books are good reading with a really good mixture of photographs.

“There are old rhymes from Emley and photos of old boundary walks and ploughing matches which have been gathered together over the years.

“It’s an ideal way of getting hold of a piece of local history and nice to put the money back into the village. We are hoping to sell 500 of each.”

The books, both priced at £9.50, can be bought at the Emley Village Open Gardens weekend, Emley Show on August 4 or from trustees of the Millennium Green.