We have a programme of talks running from September to April
Venue: St Chads Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley. PR6 8AJ.
Speaker: Richard Trevitt, Trustee for Lancaster Canal Trust and ex-Chairman
Richard and Canal and River Trust have been working together on a project to restore the milestones on the Lancaster Canal. The talk will outline the work done to restore the milestones in the bicentenary year.
Speaker: Bob Cannel and Les Green. The Daniel Adamson is a 1903 Steam Ship boasting a unique Art Deco interior which was saved from being scrapped by volunteers who bought the ship for £1. They have secured funding for £3.8 million from the Heritage Lottery to save this ship which is fifteenth on the Register of National Historic Ships. Click here to see the event poster.
Speaker: Mike Clarke. Mike is the President of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society and has extensive knowledge of canals and canal history. This talk will look at northern canals including the Lancaster Canal.
Speaker: Paul Hindle, Chair of the Manchester Bolton Bury Canal Society, will talk about what is happening at the Society and what the enthusiastic team of volunteers have been up to.
Speaker: Harvey Hamilton, Ribble Life Together Programme Manager. After the AGM, there's a talk from Harvey at the Ribble Rivers Trust - the Trust was formed in 1997 to restore the River Ribble and its surrounding flora and wildlife to its former glory.
Speaker: Carrie House. Carrie is the Project Officer for the Stainton, Hincaster and Sedgewick Project and will talk about her role and the project and how it is developing.
Speaker: Bill Froggatt. Bill, Heritage Advisor for the Canal and River Trust, will share his extensive knowledge of the canals and has lots of interesting archive material to present.
Getting to venue by road:
From M61 Junction 8: Take the A674 towards Blackburn. Continue to a stretch of dual carriageway, go straight through the traffic lights and continue up the hill. At the first of the junctions for Wheelton, shortly after passing the Red Cat, turn left [Blackburn Road]. Almost immediately turn left [Town Lane] and follow the road as it curves to the right passing St Chad's Church on the right. The Parish Centre car park is accessed by taking the first right turn after the church.
From M65 Junction 3 [Blackburn West]: Follow A674 towards Chorley. Continue through Upper Wheelton and Wheelton villages. Look out for Victoria Street on your right and take the next right [Blackburn Road]. Almost immediately turn left [Town Lane] and follow the road as it curves to the right passing St Chad's Church on the right. The Parish Centre car park is accessed by taking the first right turn after the church.
From the A6: In Whittle-le-Woods turn onto School Brow or Shaw Brow and follow them to the junction with Chorley Old Road. A few yards along Chorley Old Road, turn right into Town Lane. Follow Town Lane towards Wheelton for about a mile. St Chad's Parish Centre is on the left before the primary school. Turn left into the carpark for the Centre.
Alternative route from the A6: Follow the B6229 to the junction with the A674. Turn left and head towards Blackburn. Turn left shortly after passing the Red Cat [Blackburn Road]. Almost immediately turn left [Town Lane] and follow the road as it curves to the right passing St Chad's Church on the right. The Parish Centre car park is accessed by taking the first right turn after the church.
Non-members are welcome and entry is free to all.
All meetings are on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm start.
Refreshments are available before the start and during the interval.