Vanessa Allen

May 2022

Like many other community groups who have used the Trinity Church Centre, we are sad to hear the news that the building is going to close. We have held our meetings there for many years and enjoyed all the benefits that the building offered. We are very grateful to everyone who has worked tirelessly to keep the Trinity Centre open for members of the community. Our April meeting was sadly the last time we will meet there. From September, our meetings will be held at Beacon Hill Methodist Church Hall. Details of dates and speakers will be posted on our …

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March 2022

Our monthly meeting at the end of March was held in the Barrow Archive Centre in Ramsden Square. The archivist, Susan Benson traced 140 years of the Public Library Service in Barrow from the opening of the first Free Library in 1882 to the current day. The Ramsden Square Library that we are familiar with is actually the third site of the town’s library. In 1882 Barrow Free Library opened in a metal building where the Holiday Inn now stands on the corner of Duke Street and Market Street. When the Town Hall was opened in 1887 the Library was …

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February 2022

The guest speakers at our February meeting were Mike and Lynda Garforth, who gave an illustrated talk about the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. It was Commander David Childs who had the idea of establishing a living and lasting memorial to commemorate members of the military and civilians, who gave their lives in service of their country. The transformation of the site from its previous use as gravel workings into what can be seen today is remarkable. Planting began in 1997 and the first memorial to be placed at the Arboretum was the Polar Bear Memorial dedicated in June 1998 …

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News: January 2022

Monthly meetings of Barrow Civic and Local History Society have started up again after a break of almost two years.  The 2020 programme was cancelled after only two meetings because of the Covid 19 restrictions. Members and visitors came along to the AGM on Friday 21st January at the Trinity Centre, Abbey Road. After a short business meeting, our guest speaker Geoff Holme gave his illustrated talk, “Railway Heritage and Me.” Photographs and anecdotes gave everyone a personal insight into how Geoff’s interest in railways began and developed throughout his life.  He has a vast collection of photographs showing local …

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Looking ahead to 2022

The society will celebrate its 37th anniversary this year and we are hoping that meetings will go ahead as planned, especially as it is almost two years since our last meeting was held in February 2020. Everyone who is interested in local history is most welcome to come along to our meetings. We start the year with our AGM on Friday 21st January at 2pm at the Trinity Centre, Abbey Road. After the short business meeting, our guest speaker, Geoff Holme, will give his illustrated talk “Railway Heritage and Me.” We are very pleased that Geoff has agreed to speak …

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Programme of Meetings january – april 2022

Programme of Meetings January- April 2022 The meetings will continue to be held at 2pm at Trinity Church Centre in Abbey Road. Please note that the meetings are NOT always the last Friday of the month. Please also note the change of venue and time for the meeting in March. Friday 21st January: AGM followed by a talk from Geoff Holme “Railway Heritage and Me.” Friday 25th February: Mike Garforth “The National Memorial Arboretum.” Friday 25th March:  Meet at 5pm at the Archives Office for a talk from Susan Benson about “The History of the Library Service in Barrow.” Friday …

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Look Back At 2020

2020 was the 35th anniversary year of the society. The year started well with the AGM and Neil Honeyman gave a fascinating talk about the lives of the Bronte family. Everyone enjoyed the talk and his photographs gave the audience an understanding of how the landscape around Haworth inspired the writing of the Bronte sisters. The guest speaker in February was Geoff Holme, whose illustrated talk traced the history of the trams and buses in Barrow. His unique collection of photographs showed the earliest steam trams right through to the familiar blue and white buses of Barrow Corporation, giving an …

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