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Who are we?

Aycliffe Village Local History Society had its inaugural meeting 30 November, 2004. It is for anyone interested in local history, especially that of the Great Aycliffe area.

Where and when?

Meeting are held on Wednesdays at 7.oo p.m. at Aycliffe Village Hall.

If you wish to seek, or offer, information relating to the Great Aycliffe area, please contact us using the link below.

Contact us

Centenary of WW1

We have received a grant from the Lottery Heritage Fund. We want to commemorate the relatives of people now living in the Great Aycliffe area who served in WW1. We will then produce a book in memory of those men and women who served.

Do you live in the Great Aycliffe area? Do you have relatives who served in WW1 in any capacity anywhere? If so, we would love to hear from you. We intend to commemorate the start of WW1 in September 2014 and wish to display photographs, memorabilia and information of people involved in the war.

To find those we have researched so far for our book, click on the War Memorial tab and then scroll down for the list of men and women who served.

We are always looking for historical memorabilia, especially material to copy and to put onto the website. If you have anything you would like us to access, please contact using the email contact above, or telephone our chairman, Harry Moses, on 01325 321773, or bring them along to any member of the Society.

Aycliffe Village Green

New: War Memorial - Nicholas Lewis, Frederick Everson, William Robinson, William Robinson, Alexander George Dunn, William Anthony Boddy, Joseph Boddy

Program of Events 2014

15 January Angela Jobson: Filming of Archaeology and the Mystery of the Picklehaulbe

12 February Chris Lloyd: Attacking the Devil and Sinking the Unsinkable - W T Stead and the Titanic

12 March Dr Ian Taylor: The Bishops of Durham

9 April Dr Robert McManners: Zurbarans at Aucklnad Castle

7 May Gordon Morris: The Later Edens at Windlestone

4 June Special Guided Tour of Auckland Castle 7 pm. Cost: £8, concessions £6

2 July Winn Colman: The Life and Times of Peter Lee

10 September Gary Bankhead: 800 Years in the River Wear - Durham

13 & 14 September World War 1 Exhibition, Aycliffe Village Hall

8 October Kevin Defty: John Morris - from Telegraph Boy to RAF Radio Operator

5 November Harry Moses: Bede College Students' Company, 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

3 December AGM and Social Evening

Non-Members £3, Members £1 per meeting

DVD Launch

Ken Fox's film 'Aycliffe Village', produced for the Society with help from 'Awards for All', was launched on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. Click on the link to see photographs of the evening. DVD photographs