Talks & Meetings


Monday 3 December, 2018

The Medieval Bridges of Ribble Valley

Chris is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and currently sits as Chairperson of Lancashire Branch.  He also sits on the ICE North West Historic Engineering Group committee representing  Lancashire & Cumbria.  During 2018, the Institution of Civil Engineers bicentenary, Chris has been delivering talks public groups about Civil Engineering on a diverse range of topics such as Cumbrian Mine Sea Defences, Fleetwood Lighthouses, Preston Dock & Straightening of the Ribble.

Chris is also a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Ambassador and during 2018 Chris has spoken to over 700 school children about the role of the Civil Engineer in Society.

On the back of all Chris’ hard work during 2018, he won the accolade of ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the Institution of Civil Engineers North West’s Awards Dinner in February 2018.  He also recently attended a reception at the House of Lords on the invitation of Professor Lord Robert Mair, the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers for his substantial commitment to raising the profile of Civil Engineering in the public realm during the ICE’s bicentennial year.

  Statement regards interest in historic bridge building and the care and maintenance challenges

I am passionate about historic engineering, civil and mechanical, primarily driven by a fascination with the Victorian legacy. Engineering heritage of Britain however extends back to medieval times, and who doesn’t get excited by the history of Castles, Abbeys & Churches, where the questions we all ask are “how did they build this?” and “how is it still standing!?”. Nothing gets built without infrastructure though, and we are fortunate that Roman Roads, Pack Horse trails and medieval bridges still remain today for our generation to witness, appreciate and in some instances still use. Conservation and maintenance of existing historic structures falls within the remit of the Civil Engineering industry today.

Many Civil Engineers operate as specialists such as bridge designers; however I am a multi-discipline Civil Engineer. Whilst bridge design and maintenance is one string to my bow, I hold diverse industry experience. I use my personal desire to research, learn and knowledge share of vital importance alongside my day to day job as a Designer/Civil Engineer. Working in a sector that includes River Engineering, I often find myself working with bridge structures of many forms including medieval arch structures. My role may entail design focused on maintenance, improvement or protection to extend the life of the structure. Contrary, understanding the mechanics of how a bridge works is of utmost importance be it a stone arch, iron truss, steel beam or a concrete structure.

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Talk presented by Peter Doyle - Antique book restoration & refurbishment, Leyland

7 January 2019

Talk presented by John Lambert, CCS Member & Local Historian

3 December 2018

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.

5 November 2018

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!


8 October 2018

Talk by Rev. Andy Froud, Vicar of Clitheroe St Mary Magdalene’s Church on Dr Webster

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