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Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society is celebrating its
Both anniversary. If you want to find out more about local
history or have an interest in history then this group is
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One society is celebrating its Diamond anniversary and cementing
its own place in the history books.
Chorley History and Archaeology Society has been running for 60
years and despite the emergence of claims it may have been
founded 30 years earlier the group is still celebrating its
heritage in style.
Chairman Joan Dickinson has been a member of the club for more
than 15 years.
She revealed that the group is investigating its own heritage
after a chance discovery that could date the group's roots back
to nearly 100 years ago.
She said: "We are celebrating our 60th year; this group was
founded in 1953 but we found something in an old clipping from
the Chorley Guardian mentioning Chorley Historical society back
in 1924, 30 years before we were formed.
"That would make this year our 90th anniversary celebrations, we
are doing some digging and hopefully we can find out more about
"But we officially formed in 1953 and so we have been
celebrating our 60th year since September 2013.
"We've had a lot of events and the year long celebrations will
end in September 2014.
"It has been eventful but we are still looking forward to more."
The historical club's topics range from local to national
history throughout the ages.
CHAS has 50 members who go on regular trips across the country
and invite top historical speakers into their monthly meetings.
The society has even written its own historical book “Romans to
Roundabouts” which features lots of local historical walks and
is available to loan from Chorley Library.
Joan said: "We've been really busy.
"At the start of our Diamond celebrations in September we had a
two-day visit to Blenheim Palace.
"We stayed in London overnight, and then went to the Pompeii and
Herculenium Exhibition at the British Museum.
"We had a stand at Chorley Heritage Centre week at the Town
Hall, Chorley, displaying our records, photographs and we
supplied three speakers during the week at the event."
The group also supported a campaign to save the underground
Victorian reservoir that was discovered in Clay-ton-le-Woods,
Joan said: "In October and November 2013, we took part in the
event at the Leyland Reservoir in Clayton-le-Woods.
"Prior to its infill for housing - we fully supported Rosemary
Boyd in trying to save the old Victorian reservoir.
"During the 16 days of opening - granted by Kingswood Builder s
- the public was treated to talks, photographs and various photo
shoots by some of our members.
"That took place in the old reservoir, and most were witnessed
and enjoyed by the 20,000 visitors to the site."
The group is arranging trips to Beamish and Chillingham Castle
and a historical trail is planned for its next meeting.
Joan said: "We are a really friendly bunch, everyone loves
history and it is a great way to learn more.
"When I retired I wanted to find something extra to do and so I
joined the group and I haven't looked back since.
"Each month we have a speaker at our meetings we also have field
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month - except
July - at Chorley Library, Union Street, Chorley.
The groups next outing is on Tuesday, July 8, and they will be
meeting at Rivington 7-30pm for a historical walk.
For more information or to find out how you can become a member