Town’s vibrant past is brought to life by brand new book

South Elmsall history group publish 4th book in series, 'Leisure, Pleasure and Past Times''L to R) Bob Hayhurst, Irene Parkinson, Margaret Shooter, John Heyes, Pat Wilkinson, Bob Brown.'h7371a152
South Elmsall history group publish 4th book in series, 'Leisure, Pleasure and Past Times''L to R) Bob Hayhurst, Irene Parkinson, Margaret Shooter, John Heyes, Pat Wilkinson, Bob Brown.'h7371a152

THE history of South Elmsall has been brought to life by enthusiastic writers who wanted to capture the town’s vibrant past.

The book, Leisure, Pleasure and Past Times was written by the town’s local history club after two years of compiling information from residents in the area.

Leader of the club, Coun Bob Hayhurst, said he was very excited about the book.

He said: “My little motto is if you don’t log it, you lose it. And that is why we wanted to write it.”

The £5 book delves into the activities people in the town used to enjoy doing from the 1930s onwards.

Mr Hayhurst said: “You have got to do it while people are still around to tell us stories about the past.

“It is so important to write down our history and preserve it for future generations.”

Books have been distributed to schools to help children learn about their town’s past.

The books have also been sent to families all over the world including Australia, America, and New Zealand.

Mr Hayhurst said: “It is great knowing history from our town is being read all over the world.”

This is the fourth book in the collection, following South Elmsall in the Making, A Family Village and Pictorial Memories.

The group formed in 1991 and meets weekly to discuss history and ideas for books.

And even after 20 years researching the past, they are still hoping to keep going and write several more.

Sadly one of the book’s writers – and founder member of the club - George Carpenter, 86, of Moorthorpe, passed away this month.

Mr Hayhurst said it was a pleasure to work with him for so many years.

He said: “He was the real leader of the club and he will be sadly missed.”

All four books can be purchased from South Elmsall Town Council Social Centre, on Westfield Lane, or by contacting Mr Hayhurst, on 01977 644062.