Meetings are held at Ramsbottom Civic Hall on the third Wednesday of each month starting at 7.30 pm apart from December’s Social evening which is held on the 2nd Wednesday. We also have a break in July and August, but during those 2 months, we have an outside visit
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 leader 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 meet in the Holcombe Room, and there may be dancing in the main room. Entry is through the main room by the stage
Programme for 2020
Wednesday January 15
HORDES AND HOARDS
PAUL ATHERTON will tell us about the Viking invasions of the North West, referencing his talk to the CUERDALE HOARD found in 1840 near Preston. Can we still hear Viking Voices?
Wednesday February 19th
Bury Football Club, its history and heritage
PETER HOLMES, Curator at the National Football Museuem will talk about how Association Football spread to the north of England in the 1870s, how northern teams, including Bury, dominated the FA Cup from the 1880s onwards, how professional football led to the introduction of the Football League in 1888 and Bury's early league exploits. How the football club became part of the town's identity and how the financing of football became its Achilles heel.
Wednesday April 15th
FLORENCE..... and the NHS?
It's 200 years since the birth of FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE. How far did her life, career and values influence the future of medicine? FRANCES RAFTERY'S illustrated presentation will tell us more about Florence and her legacy.
Wednesday June 17th
DISASTROUS DEMOLITIONS/FANTASTIC FUTURES
DR MIKE NEVELL of SALFORD UNIVERSITY will review what has happened to the many hundreds of textile mills which have disappeared from our region's towns and cities, and show us how the remaining buildings are being used or re-used.
Wednesday July 15th
OUTSIDE VISIT to QUEEN ST MILL BURNLEY
Wednesday August 19th
OUTSIDE VISIT to STOCKPORT HAT MUSEUM, housed in former mill.
Wednesday September 16th
VOTES FOR WOMEN
It's a mere 100 years since the first women voted in a British Parliamentary election. Why did it take them so long to achieve this basic right, and why was the campaign so bitterly contested? ELIZABETH SIBBERLING in a welcome return visit will investigate the struggle and its consequences.
Wednesday October 21st
THE LANCASHIRE WITCH TRIALS
Were these women unjustly accused in the 17th Century? Who were they, what were their lives like, and how do we see them now? JULIE ASPIN'S presentation will help us to decide.
Wednesday November 18th
THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
RON FLOWERS, of the FUSILIERS' MUSEUM, will describe the long and distinguished history of the Regiment and tell us about the Museum and its events and activities in the course of his illustrated talk.
Wednesday December 9th