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 in the mornings of the second and fourth Tuesdays each month. On the second Tuesday, we have talks or visit local places of historical interest; if possible ending up at a local pub or tea room for lunch. On the fourth Tuesday some of the Group meet in the Hameldon Room of the Unitarian Church for “hands on research”.

So far 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 and available from the Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre, Burnley and the Mooch Café, Padiham. It is also on sale at our General Meetings, price £6.50 or contact the Website.

The research group is now looking at the history of parks, gardens and other leisure facilities in the Burnley area.

Next meetings:

Tuesday 12th November –  Pendle Stained Glass.  Talk by Barry Brown.
Tuesday 26th November – Burnley Film Makers. ‘Interview with Sir Simon Towneley’ and ‘1961, Burnley Celebrates’
We meet in the Hameldon Room, Padiham Unity Centre 10 am to 12 noon. 


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.

All this information will eventually be available on the Burnley Council Thompson Park website, with appropriate links, and will be used as the basis for various displays in the park.

At a meeting on Tuesday 11th June, Molly Haines, (pictured) leader of the Group, handed over memory sticks containing all the information and relevant images to Burnley Borough Council Officers, Simon Goff, (Head of Green Spaces and Amenities), and Victoria Woods, (Community Engagement Ranger).  Molly also gave them a bound copy of the topics included in the Research Project.

After accepting the gifts, Simon Goff thanked the Group for the time spent on this extensive project and stated that it would be invaluable in the development of the Park.  He also felt that Heritage Lottery Fund officers would be most impressed by the involvement of the U3A.

The presentations were followed by a talk, with powerpoint slides, by Peter Hughes on Thompson Park Miniature Railway – one of the topics in the archive.   






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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.

October Open Meeting

The October Open Meeting will be held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH on Thursday 24 October 2019 commencing at 2:30pm. The meeting will feature a talk on “Tudor origins of words we use today” by Lavinia Tod.

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

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Please note that all submissions for the October 2019 newsletter should have been e-mailed or telephoned to the newsletter editor by Friday 4 October
November – Wednesday 20 November
December – Wednesday 4 December
January – Wednesday – 15 January

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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).