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This year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Blind Jack Metcalf of Knaresborough. To commemorate, a proposal has been put forward to rename the Harrogate bypass after the Knaresborough legend. Find out more in the article.

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Mecca News

The Mecca News’ is the Society's award winning journal published three times a year in April, August and December. The Mecca News contains members’ news, amusing snippets, requests for or offers of help, member updates, and Metcalfe stories of interest past and present.  
Find out more about the many interesting stories past and present by reviewing the   index of past issues.


E-Mail Newsletters

On a semi-regular basis electronic email newsletters are distributed to our members who have provided The Society with an email address. These are often released between editions of the Mecca News. But don’t worry if you don’t have regular access to the Internet or email as all the news from the newsletters will be repeated in the next edition of the Mecca News.  


Announcement -   Mecca Muster 2017

The Metcalfe Society are delighted to announce that the 2017 Mecca Muster and AGM will be held on Saturday 30 September 2017. Due to the success and feedback from the members attending the 2016 event, it will once again be held in the superb location of Tennants The Garden Rooms at Leyburn, DL8 5SG, North Yorkshire, UK. So make a note of the date in your diary and why not plan an autumn   weekend or longer holiday in the Yorkshire Dales in 2017. Find out more here


March 2017 - Blind Jack Metcalf's 300th anniversary

This year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Blind Jack Metcalf of Knaresborough. To commemorate, a proposal has been put forward to rename the Harrogate bypass after the Knaresborough legend. Find out more in the article


1 August 2016 - 4 Reasons why it is an historic day

There are 4 reasons why today, 1 August 2016 is an historic day …
(1) It’s Yorkshire Day - to celebrate all things as to why Yorkshire is God’s own county!

(2) The Yorkshire Dales National Park is extended by 24% as of today so many more reasons to visit the Yorkshire Dales and find out where your Metcalfe family history originated

(3) The Metcalfe Society’s August Mecca News is in the post today, winging its way to all current members.

(4) Peter Dobson, the Society’s editor is celebrating even more so. Starting with the December 1994 edition of the Mecca News, now after 22 years and 66 editions later, Peter has completed his last Mecca News as he has stepped down from the post of editor. But we don’t lose him. Peter has taken over the responsibility of Treasurer. We also welcome Mike Pope who has recently joined the committee and will deliver the next Mecca News this coming winter. We are sure you will join us in congratulating and thanking Peter and wishing Mike and Peter all the very best in their new important roles within The Metcalfe Society.







10 September 2016 - Calf Top is now England's Last Mountain

‘Calf Top’ is the summit of Middleton Fell, and to most people a rather unassuming hill south of Sedbergh & west of Dent in the Yorkshire Dales. To the Metcalfe clan though, it is the perceived home of the first Metcalfe (William de Medecalfe) and the top of the hill was the boundary of Metcalfe lands. Calf Top has now taken it rightful place in the geography of the Yorkshire Dales as it is no longer a hill, but is now officially classified as a mountain.  

Previously measured at 609 metres (1,999 feet) Calf Top was just a few inches from being a mountain (2,000 feet). Enthusiasts have now remeasured the old hill using the latest technologies and the result of 2000.2 feet has been accepted by Ordnance Survey who have confirmed it is now England’s last mountain.

See the BBC news for the story >   & the Ordnance Survey blog for project details >


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