AMATEUR historian Dave Weaver has started a voluntary history group in Flockton at a coffee morning in the local Flockton Green WMC on Wednesday mornings between 9.30 and 12am.
“I am hoping to revive interest in the village history and would appreciate any old photographs and stories,” he said.
“I am also hoping to help folk with their research into their own family history.
“I have an email for any history-based enquiry – firstname.lastname@example.org”
Dave is at 8 Rutland Rd, Flockton, Wakefield, WF4 4TF and his phone number is 01924 840926.
Karen Crane is embarking on a hunt for Renshaws who lived in the Honley/Brockholes area.
“My great great grandfather was Fenton Renshaw, who was involved with the Honley Brass Band along with his brother Wright,” she tells us.
“Their brother Allen was the post master/grocer in the village.
“I am looking to see if I can find out more about the family or anyone who may remember the family.
“ I am particularly interested to know anything about Fenton's son John Renshaw, about whom we know little.
“He died in Huddersfield in 1954 while he was lodging with a family in South Street.
“I would really be grateful of any information that can help me create a picture of my family.
Karen Crane (nee Renshaw) is at email@example.com
Thanks to Norman Mellor, Richard Hirst and Robert Bamforth, all of whom identified the leafy lane in last week’s ‘Ancient Woodheads’ as Varley Road, Slaithwaite.
The row of houses on the right is School Terrace. On the right is the start of Elms Hill.
Inspired by our recent ‘John Battye of Scholes’ updates, Richard Appleyard of Saxilby, near Lincoln, added an interesting footnote.
“I last spoke to John at Scholes Schoolfeastone Saturday afternoon in 1987,” he recalls.
“I went to Scholes Methodist Sunday School from 1967 to 1969, aged eight to 10.
“How many people remember Sunshine Corner for children, on Thursday evenings, in the 1960s?
“I used to go to it and we used to sing:
Sunshine Corner, all is jolly fine/ It’s for children under 99/ All are welcome, seats are given free/Scholes Sunshine Corner is the place for me.
“It was introduced by Colin and Kathleen Stringer.”
Richard will not be able to attend the chapel’s 150th anniversary in June because he can’t drive and has no transport.
But he would be delighted if Scholes Methodist Church veterans would get in touch.
His address is 2 Lingfield Close, Saxilby, Lincoln, LN1 2FR.