News & Events


2 May 2019

Members Annual Trip 2019: Lancaster & Morecambe

Following the success of last year’s trip to Hebden Bridge and the positive response from Members at the March Public Meeting we are going to visit the City of Lancaster and Lancaster Civic Society (LCS) has agreed to host this visit from our Society. A provisional date has been proposed for Wednesday 21st August though as yet to be finally confirmed.

Lancaster townscape

A preliminary itinerary for the visit, suggested by Lancaster Civic Society, includes:

Depart Clitheroe: 9.00am

Morning in Lancaster:Tours of the Castle, The Priory and Lancaster’s historic City Centre with Lancaster Civic Society Guides.

Lancaster ChurchLancaster market

We are currently looking at short and long tours which may include some or all of the attractions.

 Noon: A ‘self-organised’ lunch break with time to visit the Wednesday Open Market.Lancaster carving

 Depart Lancaster: Coach to leave by 1.45pm

 Afternoon in Morecambe: Visit to the Roman graves, The Winter Gardens, The 1930’s Midland Hotel, Eric Morecambe’s statue

Midland HotelEric Morecambe

 Late afternoon: Review of the day and refreshments at Bruchiani’s café .

 Depart Morecambe: Coach to leave by 3.30pm

Return to Clitheroe for 5.30pm approx.

Members and guests wishing to take part in this visit to the County Town will be invited to sign up at the last Public Meeting to be held in this year’s Cycle of talks on 13th May. It will also be possible to confirm an interest via any of the Committee Members but those interested in taking part are advised to sign up as soon as practically possible as numbers will be limited. Once costs are known a final confirmation and deposit will be requested by not later than the end of July.

 Steve Burke, Chairman, Clitheroe Civic Society 2nd May 2019

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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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