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Meetings are held at Ramsbottom Civic Hall on the third Wednesday of each month starting at 7.30 pm apart from July, which is an outdoor event, and December’s Social evening held on the 2nd Wednesday.

There is a guest speaker and non-members are very welcome. 
There is a charge of £2 for visitors and £1.50 for members, which includes refreshments.

The normal format is the Chair welcomes the meeting with any news and outstanding business. There is then a refreshment break, followed by the main speaker. The meeting usually finishes between 9 p.m. and 9.30 pm.

Note that we now meet in the Holcombe Room, and there may be dancing in the main room. Entry is through the main room by the stage


Wednesday March 21st

31st Annual Photographic competition

Results of the competition follwed by a presentation by Andrew Todd

Wednesday April 18th

Due to the previous speaker being unable to attend, Kathy Fishwick will now give a talk on Henry Hargreaves - Local lad grows up

Wednesday May 16th

AGM and Member’s night

Includes presentations by the various groups highlighting the activities within the Society in the last 12 months

Wednesday June 20th 

 The Conscientious would not go

Dr. Clive Barrett, presents an illustrated talk on Conscientious objectors in WWI. He is Chair of Trustees,  at the Peace Museum, Bradford which is the only museum dedicated to the history and stories of peace, peacemakers and peace movements, in the UK.

Tuesday July 17th  - outdoor visit

Visit to Hall i'th' Wood (Green way off Crompton Way, Bolton) - spinning history housed in a Tudor Hall.

A private guided tour (1.5 hours), meet 1pm Carr Street near library for car sharing, or 1.30 at the Hall cost - £2. (It is requested No High Heels to be worn)  

August  - no meeting

Wednesday September 19th

'The Pankhurst's, the Suffragettes and the campaign for Votes for Women'

Janet Pickering from the Pankhurst centre will present an illustrated talk  to celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which was the start of female suffrage in Great Britain.  

Wednesday October 17th

Coalmining In Lancashire, the photographic record.

Alan Davies will present the photographic record of the Lancashire coal industry from the arrival of photography to the latest explorations and opencast sites. He worked in mining at five collieries. Alan was Curator of the Lancashire Mining Museum, Salford and also worked as a qualified as an archivist. He has written several books about mining and mining communities in Lancashire.  

Wednesday November 21st

‘Folk Magic’

Peter Watson, local historian, investigates the fascinating and unusual topic of 'Folk Magic' with the aid of some interesting artefacts.  

Wednesday December 12th  (note 2nd Wednesday of the month)

Christmas Social

(Quiz, raffle and general get together - seasonal food – pre-booked ticket required for the latter.   

Monthly Meetings