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13 January 2019

Winter Newsletter

One of an occasional series of Newsletters to Members to keep you informed on the Society’s activities.

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15 January 2019

Lancashire Local History Federation day school

The next Federation day school will be on 16 February 2019 with the theme of pageants and processions. The North West has a long tradition of communities coming together to perform such events for special occasions, be it annual celebrations or, as with the Preston Guild, once every twenty years.
The speakers will cover a range of such events to illustrate their variety. Dr Jack Southern will begin the day with the very Lancashire tradition of Cotton Queens. Jack is a lecturer in Public History at UCLAN whose main research examines communities linked to the Lancashire cotton industry. Next will be Dr Michael Winstanley who will look at the passion for pageants in the area. Mike is no stranger to the Federation and has spoken at several of our day schools. He is a retired Senior Lecturer in Social and Regional History at Lancaster University. Garry Stringfellow will start the afternoon with a talk on rushbearing processions. Garry is a retired teacher with a long-standing interest in folk traditions. He has recently published a book entitled Rushbearing and Rush Strewing in Churches Across the Northern Counties. The day will end with Dr Keith Vernon who will speak about the pageants of Preston Guild. Keith is a Principal Lecturer in History at UCLAN whose research interests are on the history of higher and technical education. He has published a paper on the 1922 Preston Guild in the Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire in 2013.
The day will include a very short AGM, at which officers and committee members will be elected - we welcome your attendance. We would encourage anyone who would like to consider becoming a member of the committee to put their name forward via the nomination paper. If you would like to ask what is involved, please contact Marianne Howell. We meet only four times a year, and business is conducted in a very friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile, do attend the day school for what promises to be a very enjoyable and informative day.
The venue for the day school will be Preston Masonic Hall which has proved very popular in previous years. For further details consult the booking form below.



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14 January 2019

Poems celebrating some of Clitheroe’s historic buildings have been brought together in a new anthology published by the Ribble Valley Stanza, a group of local poets.

13 November 2018

This additional event is in association with The Grand, Clitheroe.

10 November 2018

An event to remember all those who served from the Hodder Valley in WW1, and a Book Launch All are welcome to 'drop-in' at the Village Hall to view an exhibition, and to attend lectures by three speakers. Also on that day, Margaret Brenchley's new book 'In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance' will be launched at 10:30.  Entry is free.

29 October 2018

Clitheroe Town Council

Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018 Timetable


Members of the Society are  invited by Town Mayor of Clitheroe, Pam Dowson, to attend a Civic Remembrance Sunday Service. This takes place at the parish Church of St Mary Magdalene on Sunday 11th November 2018.



24 October 2018

Historic England's October newsletter has a list of war memorials listed during a four year commemoration project.

Given the proximity of Armistice Day, Remembrance  Sunday and the Centenary of the end of WW1 this may be of interest to visitors to this site.

memorials listed during four year commemoration project

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