Langley Mill, Aldercar and the surrounding areas have a long and interesting past, steeped in the great traditions of industry and mining, not to mention the reknown Langley Mill Pottery, who's pieces are still collected worldwide!
But like may small villages and towns up and down the country, the landscape has changed dramatically, industry has declined and the demographics of the whole area have changed almost beyond recognition.
However there is a group who are working really hard to at least preserve the memory of how great Langley Mill used to be. They're slowly and quietly gathering photographs, mementoes, artifacts and even memories themselves, in an attempt to preserve the heritage of what they call their little village.
The work that the Langley Mill and Aldercar Heritage Group are doing is amazing, and vital! But they face real difficulties right now as funding is more difficult to come by and their membership has decreased significantly. The talk of preserving our history for generations to come has fallen to a small group of just 9 local people, most of whom are past retirement age.
The friendly group is now calling for new, younger members to help them carry on the work, to take an interest in the place in which we live and to continue to document and discuss the history of Langley Mill.
The Group meets on most Monday mornings at 10:a.m. at St Andrews Church hall, Station Road, and visitors are always welcome!
If you have time to spare and an interest in Heritage and History, why not pop along to one of their meetings to find out more about the group, or call Chairman Brian Gration on 01773 710659.
The group's website can be seen at www.langleymillheritage.org.uk/
Member since: 10th July 2012
Hi, I'm Sarah. I've lived in Heanor with my family for over 10 years and I'm passionate about our beautiful little corner of this historical county. If you know of something that's great about our area,...