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Our next local history talk will be on Monday 23rd February at 7.30pm in the Maypole Inn, Warley. Entry is just £2.
The talk is entitled:- ‘Enclosing the Moors: shaping the Calder Valley landscape through
parliamentary enclosure’ and the presenter is Sheila Graham, a local historian from Colden near Heptonstall.
“Behind the dry stone walls that checker our local hillsides lies a surprising story – and
some very local rivalries. Acts of Parliament regulated the division and fencing of the
commons and waste moorlands of the Calder Valley in the 19th century, and our
landscape changes forever”.
New hosts Carla & Pete are now fully ensconced in the Winterburn and the place is really buzzing once again. A new menu is being launched today (Monday 9th February) and keeping with the time-honoured tradition of freshly prepared honest pub grub, food is once again available 7 days a week with extended availability until 9pm on most days plus Sunday Roasts and Fish Friday’s
The Winterburn is open from Noon until late every day of the week. Food is available from 12-3 and 5-9 Mondays to Saturdays and 12-6 on Sundays so why not give it a go and support Carla and Pete’s efforts in keeping this traditional local pub at the heart of our village community?
As ever, walkers, cyclists, dogs, horses (and lately even donkeys!) are always welcome and the log burning stove is roaring away to stave off the current cold snap. Dogs are not allowed in the main dining area when food is being served and horses, donkeys and bicycles must reluctantly stay outside! A choice of 3 hand pulled ales are now available and for a complete change why not give Pete’s special spicy Bloody Mary a go?
We warmly welcome Carla and Pete to the village and wish them all the best in, what is for them, a new venture.
Witchcraft in Warley? There certainly was and John Billingsley, well known local historian and folklorist, came to the village to tell us more. For the first in a new series of talks organised by the Warley local history group, the intriguing subject of witchery was ideal. Held at the Maypole Inn on 26th January it attracted considerable interest with over 35 attendees including local residents and those from farther afield
John bewitched the audience with dark tales of community suspicion, magic, curses and of course gruesome punishment! He admirably restricted himself to the witchery facts (or did he?), but even so, some of the events he recounted from Pendle in Lancashire to Heptonstall and Warley were very spooky indeed
A good evening was had by all and our thanks to John for such a good talk. The next talk will be on Monday 23rd February at 7.30pm, once again at the Maypole Inn (£2 on the door). Sheila Graham will give a talk about how the local landscape – which we know and love and consider timeless – suddenly and shockingly changed overnight and not that far back in time either. To learn more you will just have to be there…
John Billingsley (centre) with Andrew Berry and David McCallam from the Warley Local History Group
The latest newsletter for February can be read by clicking here
The first committee meeting of the Warley Community Association for 2015 will be held in the Maypole Inn on Monday 19th January at 7pm. Everyone is welcome – why not come along and find out what’s happening in the new year?
We have introduced the concept of holding regular talks from visiting speakers for 2015 and the first will be on 26th January at the Maypole Inn from 7.30. This will be on the subject of Witchcraft in Warley and the Calder Valley by the well known local historian John Billingsley. Entry is just £2 and everyone is welcome. This is our first venture into holding talks on a regular basis and we are sure we have started with a good one. John is a great speaker and his knowledge of the subject is second to none. You are sure to have an enjoyable evening and to come away knowing a great deal more about local witchcraft than you ever dreamt of!
The full winter programme of meetings and talks of the History Group can be viewed by clicking Warley History Group Winter Programme