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The Pendle Hill Landscape Project
A talk by Cathy Hopley
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership has secured £1.8million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its ambitious and exciting four year programme of heritage activity based on and around the iconic hill. The scheme aims to reconnect people with their heritage and the landscape of this special place.
The partnership is led by the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the National Lottery grant award is the result of three years of consultation and development. Also on board with the scheme are local councils, farmers and landowners, arts and environment organisations, and community groups.
Plans for year one of the scheme include
- An archaeological excavation looking for evidence of the real Malkin Tower
- Upgrading of footpaths and creation of a walkers' seat and panorama on the summit of Pendle Hill
- Three artists in residence working alongside projects to explore the subjects and engage with more people
- Volunteers helping with conservation projects including tree planting and woodland management
- 20 day visits to the area for the innovative People Enjoying Nature (PEN) project
- Volunteers researching and celebrating a number of Pendle Radical stories
- Launch of a new website and visitor information
Chris Hudson is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 20 years industry experience.
Chris has operated as Client, Consultant and Contractor within a range of industry sectors and has fulfilled roles as a Highways Designer, Bridge Inspector & Bridge Maintenance Designer. Chris spent some time working for York City Council where he gained experience in respect to Historic Conservation aspects of Civil Engineering and now works in the Rivers, Coastal Protection and Marine Sector of the industry for a Contractor called VolkerStevin based in Preston.
Francis (Frannie) Howarth first started keeping pigeons when he was 7 years old. This at a time when in the 1950’s when there many more lofts in and around Clitheroe. Family members and friends lit his interest in this ancient sport and sixty years on, and more, this passion burns as brightly as ever which will be apparent when Frannie addresses the Society at our next Public Meeting and Talk on 5th November.
Frannie is currently the Secretary of the Clitheroe Homing Society, the President of the North East Lancashire Nantes Two Day Championship Club, The North West Region Delegate (Clitheroe) of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA) and the Management Team Member for the Three Central Lancashire Clubs (CLC) and Central County Clubs (CCC).
His knowledge of this ancient sport, which played a strategic part in securing the safety of our nation during both World Wars in the last century and, prior to the coming of the Telegraph, was the fastest means of communication known to man, will be ably displayed in his presentation of ‘The Art, Science and History of Homing Pigeons’ - an insight into another world and not to be missed!
Talk by Rev. Andy Froud, Vicar of Clitheroe St Mary Magdalene’s Church on Dr Webster
Talk presented by Kevin Illingworth
The talk is preceded by the 2018 AGM
A talk by Cathy Hopley