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Farndale History Group

Farndale has a rich history, and generates a lot of interest in people locally, and many further afield.

The dale sees many visitors each year, people walking or having a drive out – many of whom come back regularly and have a story to tell about Farndale, or remember coming as a child and visiting relatives in the dale.
Over recent years, there had been a few meetings in the Village Hall, for people interested in local history, most recently in the autumn of 2019.  We had plenty of discussions about ‘the olden days’, a talk from someone at another history society, and plenty of photographs and old maps to look at.
There’s a lot of things that the History Group could delve into – the estate and different ownership; wartime and how it impacted on Farndale and its people; all the different houses and their histories; long-standing family histories; plans for a reservoir; the daffodils and tourism; mining and iron, jet etc; farming and traditional lifestyles; different houses/farms; folklore and things like the Hob of Farndale; brass bands, choirs and singing groups; the list goes on and on!!
On 22nd April 2022, Phil Collier gave a talk in the Village Hall on Friday 22nd April about his early family life and farming in Bransdale and Farndale.  The Hall was fit to burst! It was a really good evening, with lots of chatter and of course tea and cake!  It raised over £500 for St Mary’s Church – many thanks Phil.

We are hopeful to get the History Group started up again soon.

Janet Campling will be showing her ‘A Year in Farndale’ film at the Hall – rescheduled date of Friday 27th May.

Following that, we will be hosting a talk by Gordon Clitheroe, who will show a series of photographs from his collection, mainly rural photographs, landscapes of the villages of Ryedale and surrounding area. This will be on Friday 17th June at 7.30pm.

Both events should be really interesting, and hopefully lead onto others.

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