‘Make Moody Marvellous’ Campaign is launched

Moody Hall Congleton is a beautiful, historic Grade II Listed Georgian building and part of that history is Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy’s girls’ school which was housed here in the 1860/70s. But today Moody Hall is in a sorry state and Elizabeth’s Group has launched a campaign to save it for the community, including a petition …

‘Our Elizabeth’ comes home at last!

‘Our Elizabeth’, the life-size sculpture of Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, was officially unveiled by The Baroness Lady Hale of Richmond on International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8th March 2022). Watch the BBC coverage here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av-embeds/60666742 The parade led by Beartown Stompers Jazz Band marched from Lawton Street through town to the Bridge Street statue. Children dressed up from …

Our Elizabeth to be unveiled

Elizabeth’s statue will be unveiled on 8th March 2022 in Bridge Street, Congleton, in an exciting event that Elizabeth’s Group is organising with the support of Congleton Town Council. The statue will be unveiled by The Baroness Lady Hale of Richmond and Sculptor Hazel Reeves, Elizabeth’s Group and Congleton Town Mayor Denis Murphy will be in attendance. …

Elizabeth’s Statue has been poured!

In a momentous week in January, Elizabeth’s Group’s Planning Permission was GRANTED for her statue to stand in the middle of Bridge Street, Congleton, AND her bronze statue was poured at the Bronze Age Foundry at Limehouse, London. Elizabeth’s Group and Sculptor Hazel Reeves attended the pour, which was very exciting. Here you can see …

Wolstenholme Elmy Way

Elizabeth is now on the map, officially! The new Congleton link road was named Wolstenholme Elmy Way on 19th April 2021. Elizabeth’s Group and some friends walked the road on the 18th, the pre-opening day, in suffragist costume, to celebrate the road name. We met lots of members of the public on bikes or walking, …

Sculptor Hazel Reeves to deliver Penny Lecture

Hazel Reeves is not only a great sculptor, she is also committed to redressing the lack of women represented in public art, one statue at a time. Before becoming a sculptor Hazel spent many years promoting women’s rights internationally. Now her passion is for telling stories in bronze of struggles for social justice, as she …

International Women’s Day 2021

27 February 2021 Elizabeth’s Group has released a new video for International Women’s Day 2021! Chair Susan Munro talks about her hero Elizabeth and explains her importance in the development of women’s rights. Without Elizabeth, women would not be able to own property in their own name, vote, hold office or keep the money we …

Author Kate Mosse describes Elizabeth as “a great woman”

28 January 2021 Author Kate Mosse has launched a #WomanInHistory campaign on Twitter asking for nominations for the woman in history who inspires you. Of course, we had to nominate Elizabeth Elmy for her outstanding work and Kate replied with “A great woman, really great to have her nominated.” Thanks Kate, we agree!

Graham Group builders donate towards our Elizabeth statue

27 January 2021 A big thank you to the builders of the link road in Congleton – Graham Group – for their generous donation of £2,000 towards our Elizabeth Elmy statue. Now we have our sculptor Hazel Reeves on board, it’s full steam ahead to reach our fundraising total and this will certainly help! If …

Sculptor announced – Hazel Reeves to sculpt our Elizabeth statue!

21 January 2021 We are so excited to announce that we have our sculptor! The fantastic Hazel Reeves – who sculpted the bronze Emmeline Pankhurst statue sited in Manchester – has agreed to sculpt our Elizabeth statue. Here is a video of Hazel talking about the process involved in creating the Emmeline Pankhurst statue: