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29 October 2018

Remembrance Sunday

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.




8.45 am        The Town Mayor will receive Officials and Residents outside the Town Hall, 9 Church Street, Clitheroe.

9.10 am         Procession marshalled by Roland Hailwood, will form in Church Street

9.15 am         Clitheroe Town band will lead a procession to the Parish Church to arrive in time for the commencement of the church service

9.30 am        Church Service commences conducted by Revd Andy Froud

10.30 am       Church Service ends

10.35 am       Procession from the Parish Church led by Roland Hailwood and the Town Band and process to the Cenotaph in the Castle Park via Church Street, Market

Place, Castle Street and Castle Gate.

10.45 am       The Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph conducted my Revd Andy Froud

11.00 am       Two minute silence.

11.10 am        Procession will reform and proceed to Trinity Methodist Church Hall where all are welcome to join the Mayor and Councilors for refreshments.

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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'

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.

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 January 2019

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

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