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Tue 14 Jun 2022
John Ball - Astley Hall - Its Park and Its People.
John, who is member of the Friends of Astley Hall, took us back as far as the Bronze Age, the site of Astley Hall Farmhouse, where evidence of a burial ground was excavated back in 1974
More recent in time, just 800 years ago, Richard de Charnock gifted land, which included what is now Astley Park, to the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

John Ball.
The family tree of the numerous owners of Astley Hall was explored from the 17th century to when the hall was given to the town as a war memorial following world war 1. Film footage, from the North West Film Archive, was shown of the ceremony, which took place on 31st May 1924.
No less attention was taken of the fabric of the hall. Both its exterior and a room by room look at its paintings, panelling, furniture and historic connections.
It was a timely talk as it brought us up to date with the extensive work that is now complete, that has revealed the beauty of the original brickwork.
John's talk, which also looked at the land the park includes, was well supported by many images, both old and new.
So, no matter what you thought you knew about a subject there is always something new to learn.
John's talk, given with an obvious warmth and knowledge of the subject, was no exception.
Peter Robinson

Astley Village Community Centre.
Its good to have brewing facilities in our new venue

Fri 10 Jun 2022
Sir Lindsay Hoyle - A presentation to the West Pennine Villages U3A group
Brindle Community Hall was filled to capacity this afternoon (Fri 10th June 2022) to hear Sir Lindsay Hoyle give a presentation to the West Pennine Villages U3A group. Sir Lindsay is Chorley’s Member of Parliament and also Speaker of the House of Commons. His presentation was non-political and about his very demanding roll and responsibilities. With around 3,000 employees involved with the House of Commons he is responsible for many things from Security to Catering. He managed to bring the G7 Summit to Chorley last year which was traditionally held in London. Amongst many events he got the Red Arrows to fly over Astley Hall and also a WW2 Spitfire. He is the 158th Speaker, a post that goes back 646years to 1376, and the first Lancastrian to hold the job. A brilliant afternoon was enjoyed by all but as soon as the question session finished he rushed off to Chorley to conduct his MP Surgery duties.
It is also Sir Lindsays 65th Birthday.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle

Sir Lindsay Hoyle - 65 today.

Brindle Community Hall.

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