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Next History Society Meeting - 29th February 2008

Through the autumn and winter months society meetings are held on the last Friday of each month.
There will be no meeting in January 08, the usual meeting will be taken up by "Dinner at the Lymehurst Hotel" in Grange over Sands on 25th January 08.
A letter will be coming round from Richard about the dinner so contact him to book you place, the number will be limited to 24.
Three course meal including coffee is 19.00 per head.
The event as usual is open to non-members.
The Lymehusrt has an excellent reputation and Kevin Wiper the Managing Director and Executive Chef is a Master Chef of Great Britain.
The next normal meting at St Anne's Church Hall will be as usual on the last Friday of the month which will be Friday 29th February at 7:00 pm.
All are welcome!

Newsletter - Autumn 2007

Our first meeting of the new season was a very successful A.G.M. The following are some of the points and information from the meeting:

Treasurer's Report

The treasurer gave a report which indicated that we were still in the black and membership had increased again. There was a recommendation that as last year the subscription be maintained at 5.00. We gave an appreciative vote of thanks to Peter as he was finishing this year after handling our accounts so efficiently.

Chairman's Report

The chairman summarised the success of the year. We had a variety of very good evenings and some excellent talks. A special highlight was the emotional account by Raymond Williams of his imprisonment and forced march through Europe. The year was also especially significant for the society as we established our archives (with special thanks to Ron Mein) and the purchase of the society digital camera thanks to a Cumbria County Council grant. Both these mean that we can contribute effectively to the preservation of history. The chairman expanded on the concept of hidden histories in Britain particularly in private houses, in furniture, art, artefact's and the buildings themselves. Anything we can do to unlock this as a society is very important.
Questions were also posed regarding a full summer visit and a "A Bit Of A Do" or a replacement, see below. Members were reminded that it is their society and ideas for evenings and activities were invited and received.

Secretary's Report

The secretary spoke further about the importance of the archives and thanks to all those who have contributed. He also spoke about the DVD digital camera and its use, reminding members it could be borrowed and involvement in filming etc. would be welcome. The Chairman then stood down and the Secretary took the chair for the nomination and election of officers for the coming year.
The following officials of the society were appointed for 2007-2008
Richard Sanderson
Ron Middlehurst
Ron Mein
Ron Edmondson
Once again members were reminded that they would be welcome to join the committee.
After the discussion on ideas and suggestions re events and activities, a number of members were looking into venues and ideas for a meal [and possibly a speaker] as a replacement of a ‘Bit of a Do'.
Members were reminded that suggestions were always welcome and needed at any time. The evening finished with sharing news, ideas, research and activities members had pursued including milestones, tides and an update on the Backbarrow developments including Blue Works and iron furnace.
A further Newsletter will be sent when "A Bit of a Do" replacement is decided.

October's Meeting

Friday 26th October 7:00 pm
The newly recorded DVDs of local history including

  • Cedric's farmhouse,  
  • Black Beck Fell chimney and  
  • Swarthmoor Hall 

November's Meeting

Friday 30th November 7:00 pm
Reflections on the First and Second World War - Geoffrey Martin

Can I remind you that subscriptions are now due - 5.00 to be paid to
Mr Ron Middlehurst,
Brow Edge,
See you soon
Richard Sanderson

Richard Sanderson (Chairman)
Water Close
LA12 8QZ
Tel: 015395 31125
Email: Rickandsue@alistairsanderson.com

Negotiations under way to create Monument Status for Low Wood Gunpowder Works

The site at Low Wood could soon be given ancient monumnet status - work is on going to establish a trust to take care of the old workings and to find funding to restore and clear the area for tours and lectures.

photo of Lowwood Gunpowder Works by D Birchall copyright Artemis Media 2007

Millerbeck Open Days


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