of the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society held its
fifth annual “Celebration of Family History” at Astley Hall,
Chorley. This year the celebration was bigger and better as it
was held in Astley Hall and in the recently refurbished Astley
Hall Coach House. Thanks to Peter Robinson for setting up our
display panels and those who turned up to man our stall in
shifts through the day. Since last year there have been so many
improvements to Astley that there was always something to look
at. As well as the many groups represented and their informative
displays we had various lectures in the Astley main entrance
hall, the magnificent gardens at the rear of the hall opening up
new views and the wonderful Café Ambio which did a roaring trade
all through the day. BH.
Chorley Historical and
Archaeological Society stand
The following message came in from
Ron Chapman and I think it is worth reproducing here.
This is a nice comment that Bob
Dobson has made in the Society Forum.
I attended the family history day at Astley Hall, Chorley today.
It was run by the Chorley branch (Lancashire Family History and
Heraldry Society), and their committee is to be congratulated
upon the success of the day. The public came from far and wide
to see stalls, listen to several lectures and witness the
working of the branch & society in the Research Room. Few other
branches have Chorley's facilities and few have a committee
which works as hard in bringing family history to the public's
On a personal note, I was approached by a lady who believes we
may be related. Certainly we used to live a few hundred yards
apart. It was worth me going just for this. I await her email
May also thank all those who helped in any way in organizing and
running the event in any way. We have no final figures as yet
but I feel that we had more people trough than last year (400).
I must especially thank Jean Ashcroft, without who this event
would not take place. Jean’s efforts are not just over a few
days like myself but over many months. Indeed she has already
started for next year. Many others worked very hard to ensure
the success. I would like to mention these people but fear
missing somebody out. You know who you are and I thank you all.
I must also thank the exhibitors. Without them the show could
not go on. Astley Hall management and staff, and Chorley council
must also be thanked plus the CVS for their encouragement.
I must say that the new facilities at the Coach House complex
And what a good enjoyable, happy day it was. The rain kept off,
our customers went home happy, Café Ambio did well, the Hall did
well, the stall holders did well, the LFHHS Chorley Research
Centre – Family History did well, and we all had a very
satisfying day. You cannot ask for more.