Recently the subject matter of talks has been expanded beyond purely local topics and there is some evidence to suggest that the latter has been effective in attracting new members.

Rev. Graham Firth
Founder Member

Harry James
Founder Member and first Chairman (1987-2003)



The Future

In 2006 the decision was taken to apply for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a number of projects over the next two years which would celebrate Elston’s past and to record its more recent history. The project involved a huge amount of work, fostered a greater interest in the village’s heritage, and increased membership so that the Society not only flourished but also acted as a beacon for other villages and historical societies in the area to do likewise. The Society takes conducted tours of the village for other groups and gives talks about the project.This  simultaneously raises the Society’s profile and enables it to meet the rising costs of good speakers.
For information about the Elston Heritage Project go to

Eric Ellis
Eric Ellis
Secretary, and then Chairman (2003 -2005)