We are a small group of like-minded local residents sharing a common interest in the history and heritage of the villages of Skelton, New Skelton, North Skelton and Skelton Green, in the East Cleveland area of the ancient county of Yorkshire.
We also share an interest in researching our, and other people’s, family history. Indeed researching ones family history can be the gateway to investigating the wider history of the community.
Aims & Objectives
The aims of the Group are:
- to research and promote the history of the villages of Skelton (including Skelton, Skelton Green, New Skelton and North Skelton) and the surrounding area
- to research and promote the family history of group members and others
The objectives of the Group are to organise a range of educational and cultural activities to the benefit of members and the wider community.
All meetings take place in Skelton Library, Coniston Road, Skelton on the second Friday of each month, starting at 1:30pm.
Membership is open to anyone aged 18 or over who has an interest in the local history of the area or has an interest in family history.
We charge a nominal membership fee of £1 per annum, payable at any of our meetings or other events.
The group’s formation
The group was the brainchild of the librarian at Skelton Library, Judy Hunton, and was nurtured through its first few months by her and the local council’s Neighbourhood Officer, Jo Fearey. The group formally came into being in July 2012 when the draft Constitution was signed by seven members. Since then, membership has continued to climb to just over twenty, most of whom are doing active research.
The group’s first website was created in the summer of 2013. You might say it was our present to ourselves on our first birthday. Since then it has gone on to attract over 6000 visits per year, from all over the world.