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Darley Heritage Group

New book  Darley Memorial Hall to be launched at Exhibition on 11th November
144 page book chronicles the history of the Hall from its start as a canteen at Scar House Reservoir, through its years as Darley Dance Hall right up to the present day.
Book will be launched by Julian Smith M.P. at 11.30a.m.

Darley Heritage Group was formed in 2008. It originally worked within Darley in Bloom to research a Heritage Trail and then, following a short Age Concern project in the village, the Group widened its scope. Its projects so far have included Darley Heritage Trail and two books - Darley Remembered and Darley Celebrations.

In October 2009, the Darley Heritage Trail Leaflet was published, with 3500 copies having been distributed since then. The book 'Darley Remembered' was also published at that time, including many old photos of the village and its people from early 1900s to around 1960.  Older residents also contributed their memories of that time, which were woven into the book.  In November 2013, the book is almost out of print, having sold 1000 copies.

A DVD based on the old photos, together with some other modern photographs, was launched in November 2011. This has a musical backing of music played by the Dacre and Summerbridge Silver Prize Band (Conductor Arthur Layfield (now deceased)).

The Group continued to meet each month, and others brought forward more photos during 2011 and 2012, so that another book was compiled and published in November 2012. 'Darley Celebrations'  shows how the village, its people and its organisations have celebrated special public and private events during the twentieth century and beyond.  Photos of events from the 1920s right up to October 2012 are included.

The Leader of the Group is Sue Welch, from whom copies of the Trail, the books and the DVD may be purchased.  There are currently no regular meetings as the Group is taking a break, but it may well become active again, so do get in touch if you are interested in local history or have old photos or memories of Darley. Old photos and newspaper cuttings are still being scanned and saved into the Darley Archive.

Sue can be contacted on 780970 or via clerk@darleyparishcouncil.org.uk