The Methley Community Archive are pleased to offer for sale our 2021 wall calendar with the theme ‘Village Life’.
Methleyites, ex-pats and local history buffs of all ages will love this fascinating glimpse at Methley through the ages. With the current Covid pandemic continuing, the Archive, like many other not-for profit groups, are having to tighten our belts. By purchasing this calendar you will be helping to support us in our work to preserve the history of our village in these difficult times.
Excerpts From The 2021 Calendar
February – Methodist Chapel
“In 1988 the Methodist Chapel celebrated 100 years of worship and work in Methley. During the first part of the 20th century, low numbers of people at the chapel caused the Castleford Cicuit to decide to close the chapel permanently. Harry Wright refused to hand over the chapel keys. If he hadn’t been so stubborn, Methley Methodist Chapel would not have survived”. NB: Unfortunately the Chapel announced in 2020 that it has closed.
May 2021 – Methley Tennis Club
“The photo above, c1929, shows members and supporters of Methley Tennis Club. Ethel Cater remembers that when they lived at Oaksfield the tennis court was near their garden, in the field next to the school field and behind Summerhill houses.”
June 2021 – The Old Rectory
“The Old Rectory was built, probably on the site of an earlier building, by the Rev. Gilbert Atkinson, Rector of Methley from 1685 – 1709. He was killed accidentally by a shot from his own gun.”
If you wish to purchase this calendar but would rather collect in person, you can do so from the Methley Post Office on Main Street and from the shop in the RiversMEET Craft Cafe on Leeds Road (the former Royal Oak pub).