Glendale Local History Society (GLHS) opens its new season and celebrates its ruby anniversary.
It held its inaugural meeting on September 9, 1977, with the late Bart Stanton in the chair. This followed a meeting of a steering group to draw up a constitution and make plans for the year. Glendale was considered to be an area steeped in history, as the society’s philosophy ‘Keeping the Past Alive’ illustrates.
GLHS has, over the years, published several books – Wooler at War 1939-1945, Wooler and Glendale – A Brief History Vol 1 and 11, Bondagers by Dinah Iredale – and is working on others.
GLHS has initiated or supported projects including the restoration of Wooler War Memorial and the commemoration of Wooler Youth Hostel by recalling its origins as a Women’s Land Army hostel, with researched historical interpretation boards showing memories of individuals who once served there as Land Girls in the Second World War.
The society has also been represented with information stands at history exhibitions at Woodhorn, Berwick and Glendale Festival, Wooler.
The spirit of GLHS continues to provides an opportunity for anyone interested in local history to partake as a member. It costs £8 for a season of eight talks and outings, September to April inclusive, or £3 per talk as a visitor.
A series of celebrity speakers and talks will mark the society’s ruby anniversary year.