Mill Bank Book Reprint 2020

The book ‘Mill Bank. The Story of a West Yorkshire Village’ has been reprinted and is available £10 by contacting Ruth Beazley on 0775 3748 482 or rhbeazley@gmail.com

‘Mill Bank’ is based on Hazel Whiteley’s memories from childhood, her family connections with Mill Bank and her research into the history of the village. She gives humorous anecdotes about village life in the early twentieth century when Mill Bank was a thriving, self-sufficient community with double the present population.

Hazel’s father was the youngest son of Annie Cartwright’s seventeen children and Annie ran one of the many village shops during the 1940s.

Hazel describes how villagers worked together in times of crisis, for example when bankruptcy hit Kebroyd Mills in 1902 and almost all working people were made redundant overnight; during two World Wars, and later in the 1960s, when the Council was determined to demolish the village. Determined action taken by villagers, including Hazel saved the village and it achieved Conservation Area status in the 1970s.

Hazel’s research traces the history of the village from pre-historic times to the end of the 20th century. It includes information about the nine mills that used to be within walking distance, the seven village pubs and over forty shops and services that were also available locally. Today there are no mills, no shops and only one pub.

Ruth Beazley has edited the book and included other stories told to her by others over the past thirty years.

Mill Bank Calendar 2019

The new Mill Bank calendar 2019 is now available! Please support us by buying at least one calendar – they make great Christmas and birthday presents.

Price: £7 each or 2 for £12

Available from:

  • Ruth Beazley, 66 Lower Mill Bank Road, Mill Bank, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3EQ Tel: 01422 823 110
  • Linda Kemp, 54 Victoria Terrace, Mill Bank, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3EQ Tel: 01422 823 687
  • Triangle Post Office
  • Toll House Jewellery, Ripponden

New Book Available to Buy Now

The new book Mill Bank: The Story of a West Yorkshire Village is available to buy now for only £7.

Update August 2018 – Change of ISBN number
If you bought a Mill Bank book before the end of July 2018 please change the ISBN number to 978-0-9932204-4-9. The ISBN number can found on the first page.

Copies can be purchased now from Triangle Post Office and will available for sale from Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden libraries in September 2018. 

The book can also be ordered from Ruth by email ruth.beazley@btopenworld.com or by phone 01422 823110. £7 or £10 for postal delivery.

Mill Bank Book Launch

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new book this month! 

All welcome to the launch event on 14th July at St. Mary’s School, Mill Bank, HX6 3EJ 14:30 – 16:30. Copies of the book can be purchased at the event for £7.

Update August 2018 – Change of ISBN number
If you bought a Mill Bank book before the end of July 2018 please change the ISBN number to 978-0-9932204-4-9. The ISBN number can found on the first page.

Mill Bank. The Story of the village told by Hazel Whiteley and edited by Ruth Beazley describes her childhood experiences in Mill Bank. With humorous anecdotes about village life in the early twentieth century; a thriving, self-sufficient community with double the present population; threats of village demolition in the 1960’s and the determined action taken by villagers to save the village and achieve Conservation Area status in the 1970’s.

Hazel Whiteley approached Ruth Beazley in 2017 donating her writing to the Mill Bank archives. These described her childhood experience in the village and her family connections with Mill Bank. She had also researched the history of the village when Mill Bank was threatened with demolition in the 1960’s. Ruth then worked with Hazel to compile a book, including some of her own research, over the following eighteen months.

The book can also be ordered from Ruth by e mail ruth.beazley@btopenworld.com or by phone 01422 823110. £7 or £10 for postal delivery.

 

Drawing Workshop at Café Mill Bank

Café Mill Bank is proud to host Claire Murray’s drawing workshop on Saturday 14 July 2018. The workshop will cost £55 which includes tuition, materials, refreshments and a 2-course lunch.

The workshop is open to all abilities, whether you are an experienced artist or novice beginner, and teaching will be differentiated to accommodate all levels. 

There will also be a raffle on the day with an opportunity to win a signed print of one of Claire’s paintings!

For more information and to book please visit http://clairemurraydesigns.co.uk/events