Local History Group

Meets: 2nd & 4th Tuesday AM

Location: Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB128JH

Group Leader: Molly Haines

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The Local History Group was one of the very first Groups to be formed back in July 2007.

It meets on the mornings of the second and fourth Tuesdays each month when we have talks and discussions on various aspects of local history, with the occasional visit to a local place of interest – often followed by lunch.

In the past some members have been involved in hands-on research and the group has produced three books – “A History of Mill Street, Padiham” in 2009 and “The Heyday of Palatine Square, Burnley” in 2011. The latest, published in 2017, is “Some Prominent Padiham People of the Past” edited by Margaret Jones. In January 2019 we gave a talk ‘Parks for People’ to the U3A General meeting. This was based on our research into the history of Burnley’s parks.

 Over the last twelve months members of the Local History Group have been occupied in researching nineteen topics in connection with ‘Bank Hall and All That’.  Topics include past and present buildings in the Bank Hall area as well as various facilities in Thompson Park, which has recently received a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

No meetings in December.    Next Meetings Tuesday 14th January 2020 – ‘Money from old bones’  talk by Sheila Sturrock.  Tuesday 28th January. ‘A history of the Jewish communities in Manchester and Lancashire.  Talk by Christine Potter.

We meet in the Hameldon Room, Padiham Unity Centre 10 am to 12 noon. 

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First Aid Training Session

The First Aid Training Session will take place at the  Unitarian Chapel, Padiham on Wednesday January !5th 2020. It commences at 10 a.m. and runs until 12 noon.

Please note this is a one off session only and not the extended course advertised earlier.

U3A Calendar for 2020

The 2020 U3A Calendar produced by our photography  group is now available and can be picked up at the monthly meeting. The price is at cost this year and represents great value at only £4.00. If you would like one and cannot get to the meetings call Stuart Thorn and we will get one to you or tell you where you can pick one up.

December Open Meeting

The December  Open Meeting will be held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH on Thursday 12 December 2019 commencing at 2:30 pm. The meeting will feature the Pendle Jazz Men.

A full list of our Open Meetings for 2019/2020 is available on our Schedule of Open Meetings Page.

Fancy Becoming A Member?

If you fancy joining Burnley and District U3A and attending one or more of our Special Interest Groups please visit our How To Join Burnley and District U3A page. Guests are welcome to attend up to two monthly meetings at a fee of £2.00 per meeting or to attend one Special Interest Group meeting as a taster session. If you have questions or just want to know more about the local U3A you will be welcome to chat with one of our Greeters at the monthly meeting from 2:00pm. The monthly meetings are held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham Lancs BB12 8JH (see our location) and commence at 2:30pm on the fourth Thursday of each month. Download our Introductory Brochure (PDF).