The Society have a programme of monthly lectures, which are usually held on the first Wednesday in every month, between the months of October and June, and the start time is 7.30pm. Below is a list of talks to be held during the winter of 2019/2020.

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2019-2020 Winter Talks Programme


The Society have a programme of monthly lectures, which are usually held on the first Wednesday in every month, between the months of October and June, and the start time is 7.30pm. Below is a list of talks to be held during the winter of 2019/2020.


October 2nd 2019 'CLOCKS AND THEIR STORIES' by Keith Mellor

We all have clocks of various types in our homes. Some are decorative others purely functional but many have a story associated with them. Keith brings along 12 of his own clocks each having its own particular story.
November 6th 2019 'AGM FOLLOWED BY POTATO PIE SUPPER'

The AGM is open to members and non members alike and is an opportunity for us to review
the year's performance and what we have in mind for the future. Delicious potato pie supper
to round off the evening!
December 4th 2019 'MY LIFE AT HARRODS - INSIDER'S STORY' by Maxine Jaager

Maxine gives a sometimes humorous insight into the 'behind the scenes' workings of this famous, and expensive, Knightsbridge store without the need to take out your purse or wallet.
January 8th 2020 'FROM STREET URCHIN TO ESTABLISHMENT MAN' by Andy O'Sullivan MBE, BEM

Former policemen Andy has received over 20 commendations for his work in the force and gives us an account of his own personal journey through his impressive working career.
February 5th 2020 '120 YEARS OF ELLEN SMITH' by Paul Targett

Ellen Smith's motor coaches have been a familiar sight in the Rochdale area for 120 years now and many of us, particularly in the 1950's and 60's, enjoyed their holiday tours to various parts of Britain. The company remains strong and its history interesting.
March 4th 2020 'ON THE TREACLE TRAIL - TALES OF THE SPODDEN VALLEY' by John Meredith

Using a story originally scripted as part of the "Spodden Valley Revealed Project", John adopts the persona of "Dr Whitworth" an archaeologist. Through this fictional character he brings to life many of the tales and folklore about the Whitworth Valley with which many of us are familiar. An extremely entertaining piece of performance art.
April 1st 2020 'A STUDY OF BELLE VUE' by Frank Rhodes & Brian Selby - CANCELLED!

You may be surprised to learn that the history of Belle Vue Zoological Gardens goes back to 1836 and at its peak attracted over two million visitors each year. In more recent times many will remember its amusement park, greyhound racing, motorcycle speedway and its famous circus. Frank and Brian remind us of the popularity of this once thriving attraction which was (almost) on our doorstep.
May 6th 2020 'EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY' by David Wright - CANCELLED!

Few things give as much pleasure and stir feelings of nostalgia than the sight of a steam engine pulling a train through the British countryside. Fortunately, we have such a railway in nearby Rawtenstall.
June 3rd 2020 'PADIHAM - THEN & NOW' by Ann & Bob Clark - CANCELLED!

Like many of our towns and villages, Padiham has seen many changes over the years. Residents Ann and Bob have made a study of the changes in their town.




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