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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 and August, which are outdoor events, 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 February  15th

Artisan Naturalists of Prestwich : Rob Trueblood, local historian presents illustrated talk on the amateur naturalists who worked around Manchester from the early 1800′s through much of that century. Focussing on Richard Buxton, John Horsefield, and James Percival.  

Wednesday March  15th

Annual Photograph Competition results and presentation

The 30th anniversary of this popular competition. Expect an interesting evening and entertaining presentations of the locality. Judged by Barry Aldous who will also provide an entertaining presentation afterwards.  

Wednesday April  19th

 Introducing Jane Austen. 2017 is the bi-centenary of the death of Jane Austen. Marilyn Joyce from the Jane Austen Society will an illustrated talk on the author’s life and her talented family, setting her in her historical context.  

Wednesday May 17th

Annual General Meeting & Members’ Night

Wednesday June 21th

Murder in the Victorian Lancashire Family :   Martin Baggoley talks about cases from around Greater Manchester within a historical context. The impact of changing social attitudes for example towards single mothers, the  New Poor Law Reforms of the 1830s and the introduction of Burial Clubs and insurance is explored.  

Wednesday July 19th  2 p.m.        

Visit to the Greater Manchester Police Museum,

57a Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ET.

2 p.m - private guided tour (1.5 - 2 hours)

Admission free -  donation welcome.

The history of policing from Robert Peel up to modern day, see exhibits in Uniform Gallery, Crime Room and Transport Gallery. The museum is in a former Police Station, built in 1879 with the original Charge Office and Cells and  Denton Magistrates court dating from 1895.

Allow time to travel - please contact us if possible, for co-ordination and advice.

Nearest tram Market Street or Piccadilly gardens, or bus 135 (from Bury), or car share. Plenty of places in Northern Quarter for lunch or drink after.

Wednesday 16 August 2 p.m.

Visit to  Smithills Hall, Smithills Dean Rd, Bolton BL1 7NP

Guided tour starting at 2 pm (& takes 1½ to 2 hours) cost £2

Meet at Carr Street (library car park 1.15 pm for map and car share)

Please no high heels.

One of Bolton's original family homes, Smithills Hall is a Grade 1 listed building, full of history and drama drama.

Containing fine examples of architecture through the ages, from Medieval and Tudor right through to Victorian times, the hall is set in formal gardens next to the West Pennine Moors.

Tea room available.

Wednesday September 20th

Steven Halliwell - "Moses Holden 1777 - 1864: Self-educated Genius "  

Wednesday October 18th

Kate Slingsby - Ramsbottom Market Place : Illustrated talk .   Since Rev Hume Elliot’s description of 1893, Ramsbottom Market Place has changed its road layout and the purpose of the Grants home, local newspaper and water board offices, boarding school and many other buildings.  

Wednesday November 15th

 David Joy : 'Liverpool Cow keepers - A Family History', tells the story of the Pennine Dales farmers who, in the mid-1800s, rode the wave of the Industrial Revolution and relocated to Liverpool to keep cows in their backyards to sell fresh milk to the city's growing population until 1960s.

Wednesday December 13th

Christmas  Meeting  (Quizzes, raffle,  seasonal food and general get together) – ticket only  

Monthly Meetings