Local History Talk – Peter Shakeshaft
This year we began our varied programme with a fascinating talk by Peter Shakeshaft, local historian, speaking about his recent research into manorial courts and the Clifton family of Lytham Hall during the 16th century.

Civic Voice Speaker –  Joan Humble
Joan Humble, Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust and a Trustee of Civic Voice, is known locally as the former Member of Parliament for Blackpool North and Fleetwood. She gave a clear overview of Civic Voice, the national body for over 400 Civic Societies and Trusts, including the impact of various campaigns on issues of conservation, heritage and the environment,

New year Lunch & A Mussel Tank Project Update by Sue Cornah
Seasonal events included a Christmas Celebration with a light-hearted talk about local ghostly tales; a warm welcome was given to all at our New Year Lunch held at the Dalmeny Hotel, St Annes.  A short update on progress with the current Mussel Tank project at Lytham was given by our Secretary, Sue Cornah.

Art and Design of the Pleasure Beach Talk – Ted Lightbown
Historian and Pleasure Beach archivist Ted Lightbown gave a talk entitled the Art and Design of the Pleasure Beach. It  captured some of the stunning and little  known art and architecture of the Art Deco period, still to be seen today.

Antiques Event – Yvonne Woolley
Following Teds Pleasure Beach talk above, an Antiques event was held, presented by Yvonne Woolley and friends, dressed in period costume.

The Beauty of Galaxies Talk – Professor Donald Wayne Kurtz
In April, Donald Wayne Kurtz, Professor of Astrophysics at UCLAN gave us an enthralling evening with a talk entitled ‘The Beauty of Galaxies’, a special fundraising event in aid of our Mussel Tank project.

Having been welcomed with canapes and a glass of wine, we sat spellbound at the magic of images shown and at the lively expertise of our guest speaker.

Following his talk, Don took us outside across the Green, enthusiastically explaining the vast night sky to be seen across the estuary.  Despite the cold, the clouds opened and we excitedly identified many of the stars and planets within our view. A memorable event!

We are most appreciative of the amount of £550 raised by those present and generous donations given by members who were not able to join us.

 

War Memorial Appeal – Mike Coyle
The last talk of the Winter season was held on May 4th.  Mike Coyle a regional Volunteer with the War Memorials Trust and a Fieldworker, with the Imperial War Museum’s War Memorials Register is asking for volunteers to record details of  all our  local  war  memorials .

Please get in touch if you can help.