A Visit to the Movies

Peter Copestake of Pendle Heritage Moviemakers started our Wednesday afternoon movie meeting with a fascinating film describing the history and restoration of the wonderful 18th century garden at our Heritage Centre. Interestingly, there will be an Open Day on 20th June with free admission to the garden, strawberry and cream teas, an archaeological dig and…

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Searching for Cockshutts – from Australia

Ted (Edmund) Flack lives in Brisbane Australia and is searching for information about the Cockshutt family (his grandmother’s family on his father’s side), who lived in the Pendle area from the 17th Century.The family oral tradition is that the Cockshutts were influential in the establishment of the Cotton industry in NE Lancashire. There is also…

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Eclipse over Blackburn

The event of the week was the eclipse. Here is a set of eighteen photos viewed from Blackburn. The weather was cloudy with the eclipse just appearing now and then, when the cloud got a little thinner. It actually made the photos easier to take and more interesting. Click or tap on the montage to…

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Blackburn hosts the World’s Oldest Conductor

There wasn’t a lot of time after Friday’s Gardening Group to get back home, have tea and find our way to Blackburn for the evening Hallé concert. I like King George’s Hall. It’s is big classical edifice and a much friendlier place than the Hallé’s own Bridgewater Hall. For those into architecture, it was designed by…

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Second Pensioner’s Day

St John’s Church in Nelson was this week’s venue and this time there was even a sign outside announcing the event!  For whatever reason there was a bit of a buzz about the event this time and certainly more people coming through the doors.  …

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Buckden Bill – a True and Remarkable Story

Last Wednesday the barn was packed to hear Richard Matthews and Brian Jeffery tell a story that in turn was both humorous and sad but ultimately enthralling.  Richard’s gift for telling a story, together with painstaking research kept the audience riveted to the subject as he unraveled how a mystery that puzzled many for over half a century…

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Manchester: Alchemical City – Episodes 4 and 5: Music and Vision of the Future – presented by Jeanette Winterson

The cotton had gone, the ship canal had gone, the money had gone. In episode 4 Jeannette takes an unexpected turn by delving into the last 50 years of Manchester pop music. From Herman’s Hermits to Joy Division and The Smiths, making music that moved beyond the stereotype of the northern practical man…

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