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The Normanby Local History Group

  The Normanby Local History Group is a non-profit making collection of people who are interested in keeping the rich history of this small area in the North East of England alive for future generations to enjoy.

What We Do

  We research and uncover: archive records, photographs, artefacts and living memories of everything that has created the community of Normanby that we live or have lived in.

  We produce publications  including calendars, postcards, prints and booklets on some fascinating subjects about Normanby including Spencer Hardwick's brilliant booklets on life growing up in Normanby gained from his 90 years of living here along with Eric Armstrong's booklet on The Poverina Pub, the Old Mill and Richardson's Brewery.

  We hold monthly meetings  as well as other events   including exhibitions of our work and collections usually at the Normanby Methodist Church.  Coach trips for our members are organised to visit museums, etc within a 90 minute drive from Normanby.
  Unfortunately (due to the coronavirus epidemic) we had to cancel all meetings and events until now.
  Now these have restarted you are very welcome to come along and see what we do.

Our Website

  This website is to act as an online magazine where new and interesting articles  on Normanby can be published and new material discovered with your help.

  You can add your memories of Normanby to our moderated Message Board  and we welcome any photographs that you may have and are willing to share with us.

  You can view other parts of our website by ’clicking’ on any underlined italics text which provide links to other pages.   These links turn pale-yellow when you move the cursor over them - then you can ’click’.   Start your exploration via the links in the main Menu bar at the top of each page.

Where We Are

  Normanby began as a small village in the North Riding of the county of Yorkshire. This county was succeeded (for Normanby) in 1968 by the county borough of Teesside which only lasted six years until 1974 when absorbed into the new county of Cleveland - itself abolished in 1996.
  So Normanby is now in the borough of Redcar & Cleveland     (within the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire).
  Nevertheless traditionalists consider Normanby still lies within the North Riding of Yorkshire.

Area We Cover

  The Normanby Local History Group covers the geographical area from the top of the Eston hills northwards to the river Tees foreshore at South Bank.   Spencer Beck forms the Western boundary, with Crossbeck forming the ancient Eastern boundary.   However we have extended our area of research eastwards to include Woodgarth and Old Eston.

Pic 04 Methodist chapel from turn of 20th Century

Last Update of Message Board: 19 May 2021

Most Recent Page Updates: - -

25 October 2021 - Articles
New Article - Memories of Normanby Methodist Boy Scouts
- with Photos from our archives.

24 September 2021 - Events 
Important Announcement:
Our Group’s Monthly meetings restarted on
- Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 1:30 pm.

11 May 2021 - Publications
New booklet:
"History of St.Helen’s Church Registers & Cemetery"
- comprehensive work telling the story of a local church
that was an integral part of local life for many centuries.

29 March 2021 - Appeals for Help
Snowdon family of Ormesby -
- Does anyone have any more information?
- Is there a link to the Snowdon family of Old Eston?

2 March 2021 - Articles
Updated Article - Tom Towers 1941 - 2021
- A Tribute from Our Group, Personal Memories & Tributes
- and a video of his funeral service.

17 February 2021 - Latest News
Sad News: Normanby LH Group Honorary President
& former Chairman Tom Towers has passed away.

See all the Previous Page Updates.

  Map of GB showing North East of England       Map of NE England showing Normanby location Pic 05 Buxtons Store

Planned Events for 2021

Important Announcement!!
Normanby Local History Group is pleased to announce that its monthly meetings and some other events have now recommenced following their suspension due to Coronavirus.

Regular meetings will be held on 4th Wednesday of each month.
Other planned events will be announced as they are organised.

11th Hour of 11th Day of 11th Month
    Thursday 11th November 2021
      - Remembrance Day Service

  Our Normanby Local History Group has organised a short Remembrance Day Service on Thursday the 11th November 2021 at the Normanby Great War Memorial (corner of High Street & Cleveland Street).
  Those wishing to participate should assemble at the Normanby War Memorial at 10:50am.
  Our local chapel minister Reverend Christopher Wood-Archer will lead the service.
        (Click on poster opposite for larger image.)

For more information see our Events  page.

  For details of all previous events - see Past Events  page.

Latest News and Articles

"Memories of Normanby Methodist Boy Scouts"
- 25 Oct 2021   

     Colin Stewart sent a Message to our website with his memories of his time in the Normanby Methodist Scouts group.
   Many lads growing up in Normanby will have joined the local scouts.
   So this new Article  was created to record, show and publicise memories of those who were boy scouts in the Normanby Group.
   Initially it contains Colin Stewart’s memory plus some photos from our archives.
   It is a work-in-progress - dependent on contributions from our members and from readers of this website - so please help.

  It would be wonderful to be able to share
any stories and photos you have -
- so please Contact  us
(with Subject as Normanby Boy Scouts Memories )
with your stories and offers of photos.

Normanby Boy Scouts Anniversary

Latest booklet!!
"History of St.Helen’s Church
        Registers & Cemetery" - 11 May 2021  

  This is the third book by Sylvia Fairbrass to be published by our group based on her many years of research whilst a keen and active member of our history group.
  This comprehensive work includes a history of the church as well as details of the parish registers and cemetery illustrated with many photographs, maps, transcripts and newspaper articles.
  This is the eleventh booklet to be published by our group & is in colour with 76 pages.

See our Publications  page for more details & availability.

Picture Of Sylvia Fairbrass's 3rd Booklet

Tom Towers:
Sad News from Normanby Local History Group - 2 March 2021  

  It is with great sadness that we announce that Tom Towers, our group’s Honorary President and former Chairman, passed away suddenly on 29th January at his home in Normanby.
  Tom’s funeral took place at 1:15 pm on Wednesday 24th February at Normanby Methodist Church followed by cremation at Kirkleatham Crematorium.
  Due to Covid restrictions the service in the Church was for family only.
  A good few friends (and group members) paid their respects outside the Church, keeping social distancing in mind.
               Rest in Peace Tom.

  Tom’s family were happy to allow his funeral service to be streamed via Zoom. This virtual "Meeting" was opened a few mins before the service was due to start and enabled some 20 people to attend the service "virtually".
  The minister has kindly provided a recording of the service that is now available on this website via our video  page.

   A Tribute from our group has been added on Tom’s tremendous contribution to our group and community.
   See this new Article - Tom Towers
   There is also a section for any Personal Memories & Tributes that you may wish to submit.

"The Folk & Places in Normanby, Middlesbrough"
         - a Poem by Kenny Surtees
- 27 July 2020  

  Kenny Surtees from Jubilees Card Shop writes poetry and copious letters to the Gazette. This is one of his poems which was published in the Gazette minus a few verses. This is the full version which was written during lockdown. He has kindly given us permission to put it on our website.

  Do read Kenny’s Poem - you may be mentioned!

Ken Surtees outside Jubilees

"Memories of VE-Day -
         - Victory in Europe 8 May 1945"
- 1 May 2020  

     8th May 2020 marked the 75th Anniversary of the ending of the war in Europe and was to be marked nationally in many ways.
  Regretably the pandemic situation meant that most of these events (including our local one) could not be held.
  Many families will have members who endured the war and this is an occasion to appreciate what their efforts have meant to this current generation.
  It is also an opportunity for those who have memories of VE-Day to share their joys (and sorrows) with others.

  So this new Article  is an attempt to record, show and publicise memories of that time from those who have or had associations with Normanby - wherever you were at that time.

  It is a work-in-progress - dependent on contributions from our members and from readers of this website - so please help.

  It would be wonderful to be able to share
any stories and photos you have -
- so please Contact  us (with Subject as VE-Day Memories )
with your stories and offers of photos.

   Cancellation of Meetings & Events
     for the foreseeable Future - 18 March 2020  

It is with great regret that (due to the Coronavirus Epidemic)
for the foreseeable future we have had to cancel all future
meetings of our group as well as our Annual Exhibition and
our Annual Group Outing.

Normanby Methodist Church where we normally meet has been closed till further Notice.  The Easter Fair has been cancelled along with church services and all activities in the Church.
[However our Church is now (15 October 2020) open for some services - see our Events  page.]

We will announce details of the resumption of our group’s activities as soon as this has been agreed
    - hopefully later in the year.

        Meanwhile this could be an opportunity for our members and website visitors (who may have more spare time than originally envisaged!) to start writing up those stories they have been meaning to write for years.
  Or dust down your photo albums, etc and write up or finish your research for future use.
  Our group’s transcription team are already working from home, so will not be attending the Archives as usual.

  Now is the time to have a good read of all the information we have put on our website - there is much more than you think!
  So - enjoy it and perhaps add to it by answering the many questions posed.

You can communicate with us via this contact page

VE-Day Victory in Europe Celebrations
   on Friday 8th May 2020 - 27 February 2020  

  But it is intended to hold the celebrations later in the year or whenever it becomes possible.

  Organiser Christopher Gallacher had sent us the following:-
  "8th May 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the ending of the war in Europe and will be marked nationally in many ways.
  We have planned an event centred on the Woodland Centre Woodland Centre, Flatts Lane, Normanby as the venue for our celebrations and remembrance of that day, the cessation of hostilities in Europe.
  Many families will have members who endured the war and this is an occasion to appreciate what their efforts have meant to this current generation.
  Sign-posted car parking will be available in the NHS Office facility across the road from the Woodland Centre.
  It is free to come along and the organisers would appreciate your attendance in costumes of the period individually or collectively to recall those days.
  We will have games and entertainment for all so come and have a day out in the fresh air.
  I hope many of you come along and have some fun.
  As with all these events, there is a need for volunteers to support the day - so if you can help please get in touch via
    this contact page (with Subject as VE Day Volunteers)."

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2020 VE-Day Celebrations Poster

Meeting at 6pm on Tuesday 18th February 2020
  to form "Friends of Eston Cemetery" Group - 7 February 2020  

  A meeting to gauge support to start a new group called
"Friends of Eston Cemetery" has been arranged for 6pm Tuesday 18th February at St Andrew’s Church Hall on Fabian Road.
  The preservation and promotion of the local history and heritage that is in the cemetery is a very important part of what a Friends group should strive to do.  [notification from Vince Smith]

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For information on the Cemetery
see our Normanby History Group’s article:
St Helen’s Churchyard and
Eston & Normanby Cemetery

Previous News & Articles

  All those prior to 2020 have been moved to separate pages so as to keep this home page more timely.

See Previous News & Articles from 2011 to 2019.

St.Helen's Vestry rebuild at Beamish