WHO ARE WE?
Meanwood is a suburb of the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire, UK.
The Meanwood Village Association was formed in 1972 in response to the wave of demolition which had already claimed a large number of cottages in this stone built village in the Meanwood Valley. (see our history page for more details)
From the outset the aims of the MVA are:-
i) to record, in all possible ways, the history of Meanwood
ii) to preserve, where possible, the village atmosphere and environment
The Association is non-political and non-sectarian, with any profits from events being used for the benefit of the local community.
The MVA Committee meets on a regular basis to review the management of the Association. We consider our finances, local planning applications, membership etc. The Committee also arranges a programme of event for our members. These have included talks, slide shows, treasure hunts, an annual Quiz, an annual Pate & Plonk Lunch and guided walks in the park and the Meanwood Valley as well as exploring other areas of Meanwood and other Leeds suburbs.
In recent years the MVA, either singly or with others including Leeds City Council, has embarked on a number of large projects within our village.
The following were MVA projects- planting daffodil bulbs in grass verges, restoring the drystone wall at the top of Meanwood Cricket Club ground on Parkside Road (two books were published as part of this scheme one on the history of the Meanwood quarries, the other covered 100 years of cricket on the Parkside Road club).
The refurbishment of the War Memorial off Green Road - this project included placing a new plaque on the Memorial inscribed with the names of 48 Meanwood men who died in WW1. In addition, a double line of oak saplings was planted in the park, one sapling for each soldier. At the end of the avenue of trees is an information board which gives details of that particular programme. A book about these men was published as part of this scheme; a full day of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Somme in 2016.
Funding was secured for some of these projects from organisations such as the Lottery Heritage Fund.
The MVA archive has grown steadily over the years and now contains thousands of photographs, slides and films as well as original documents, Minute Books etc. The Association has also published 4 books of 'Meanwood in Pictures' covering the period 1852-2012. Details on the Publications page.
Within the last 40 years or so Meanwood has grown from a small village to a much larger suburb of Leeds. However, it still retains many of the features that could be seen here more than 150 years ago, such as the Meanwood Institute (early 1800's), the Church of England Primary
School (1840) and Meanwood Parish Church (1849)
Our subscription currently stands at £2 per person per membership year.
If you would like to join our Association please contact Bryn Evans (Treasurer) 0113 2755978; Anne Burgess (Secretary) 0113 2758421 or
Chris Needham (Chairman) 0113 2305218
Meanwood C of E Primary School
Meanwood Parish Church
2018 Committee personnel-
Peter Bewell (President)*; Chris Needham (Chairman); Doreen Wood (Vice-Chairman)*; Anne Burgess (Secretary); Bryn Evans (Treasurer); Kathy Bevons: Jackie Brewer; Mick Flavell; Cynthia Ruston: Corinna Sheard: Peter Smithson.
* indicates Founder Members