News & Events


2 May 2019

Clitheroer Civic Society Sound Archive

Invitation to carry out interviews and/or being interviewed


The Society is now actively seeking a small group of interested volunteers to conduct interviews. Taking advantage of Andrew Schofield’s experience in this field (Andrew was the last Curator of the North West Sound Archive), he will provide all the necessary information on oral history recording techniques, methodology and the use of the hand held recording machines. It is surprising how relatively easy it is to make these recordings - and how enjoyable undertaking interviews can be.

 We are aiming to have a ‘panel’ of four - six interviewers in total. Once we have received sufficient expressions of interest a short introduction, to be held at a time and place to suit all, will be given by Andrew Schofield .

This will enable recordings to be made ‘in the field’ at a place to suit the interviewee.


At this point in time there are no specific categories or priorities for stories and reminiscences that we would like to record, though these may well develop in the future. Simply anyone who would like to share - and record for posterity - stories of their life or particular experiences will be able and encouraged to do so.

Additionally, Members and Interviewers are invited to make suggestions for people who they consider would be worth contacting - and who they consider may have an interesting story to tell and be recorded for future information. Andrew, and any of the Society Officers listed below, look forward to hearing from you with your suggestions

 Those interested in becoming an interviewer or sharing their stories should contact Andrew - or any one of the Society’s Officers listed below - in order to register their interest in this latest initiative of the Society.

 In addition to this Statement there will also be a Press Release promoting participation in - and support for – this latest initiative of the Society.

Chairman: Steve Burke 6 Claremont Avenue, Clitheroe, BB7 1JN. 01200 425528

Treasurer: Barbara Alty Shaw Cottage Shawbridge St Clitheroe BB7 1LZ 01200 429359

Secretary: Michael Parkinson Beechcroft, Back Commons, Clitheroe, 01200 422660 rmparky@gmail.comSound Archivist:

Andrew Schofield Tel 01200 427768 or 0776 2522 051

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5 April 2019


Dr Fiona Edmunds of Lancaster University, who spoke to us last year about the Celts & Scandinavians  in Bowland, is running a course at Whalley Abbey  on 5th April.

4 February 2019

'Remembering Whalley is the first book written by local historian, Paddy Brown. Coinciding with the 100 year anniversary since the signing of the Armistice that marked end of WW1 - this limited edition publication features several never-seen-before images of the village. 
Offering readers an insight into the history of well-known village locations, several pages are devoted to the history of Queen Mary's Military Hospital (now Calderstones).
Priced at £25 - with each of the 200 copies individually numbered - all proceeds from the book will be donated to the Royal British Legion. 
For more information and to purchase a copy, please contact Paddy directly at: or 07794 611 102'

4 February 2019

The Society has been able to scan some 800 old postcards of Clitheroe.

These scans are available for purchase. See email addresses below.


24 January 2019

The Civic Society made representations to RVBC  policy and finance committee with regards to proposals for the market development.

At the policy and finance committee meeting on Tuesday 22nd January it was agreed to terminate the contract with Barnfield Construction to redevelop the market opting instead to apply for government funding under the Future High Street funds.

The letter from the Civic Society to the committee

15 January 2019

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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