Apr 2018 Some notes
from the archives. Thanks to Joan and Doreen.
Thanks to James of St Laurence's
Church Chorley for the amazing 100th birthday cake.
THE FORMATION OF CHORLEY AND DISTRICT
HISTORICAL SOCIETY A meeting of persons interested in
historical matters was held in the W.E.A. college building in
Hollinshead Street Chorley, on Saturday afternoon 14th April
1918, when the Reverend C.T. Porteus was elected to preside. Copy of objectives of Chorley &
District Historical Society: Folk lore, deeds, documents etc. It is not intended to hold numerous
meetings, perhaps two or three a year. The present intention is
to receive the stamp of each of the Townships around Chorley and
Mr. Sharples has committed to lead the way
Interest in forming Chorley and District Historical Society
It was resolved that a Chorley &
District Historical Society be formed. The inaugural meeting to be held on
Saturday 27th April 1918 in the W.E.A. College. Reverend C.T.
Porteous B.A. B.D. presided. Mr. Henry Brierley M.A. President of
the Lancashire Authors Association and President of Lancashire
Parish Registers Society, gave the address. There was a large attendance. A
discussion followed in which the President Cllr. R.T. Ditchfield
and Mr. John Gregson and others took part. Members in 1926: 17 current members -
9 didn’t renew their membership for unknown reasons, and a
further 6 had died in the period since 1918. All listed First year 1918 ANNUAL REPORT of Hon.
Sec and members present at meeting and committee and committee
Apr 27th 1918, the first meeting
ASHTON DIED IN 1936. NO FURTHER RECORDS FOUND (as yet) REGARDING
THE SOCIETY, BUT NO NOTICES THAT THE SOCIETY HAD BEEN DISBANDED
EITHER. October 11th 1946. Chorley Guardian -
Lecture in St. Georges Church Institute by Cannon T.C. Porteus
MA/BD, on ‘Old Chorley’. Chairman Rev. F. Singleton. October 25th 1946 Chorley Guardian.
Chorley & Dist. Historical Socy. Purpose of the reconstituting
of the said society which has not been active for a number of
years. November 13th 1946. Chorley Guardian.
Meeting Town Hall. Speaker – Mr. R. Sharpe France – of the
County Record Office. February 21st 1948 Canon Porteus now
retiring details of all his past involvements - including
Chorley & Dist. Hist. Socy. Gap now to 1953/54 when Chorley
Archaeological Society was formed.