Imaging Everest: The Serpa's
On Sat 9th June 2007 the
"Imaging Everest: The Serpa's Tale" exhibition opened at the South
Ribble Museum, Leyland. On Sat 29th Sep it ended. David Hunt, the museum
curator, wanted to mark the end of the exhibition with an event and many
people were invited along to hear and share memories of the Himalayan
region of Nepal. Radio Lancashire came along and did a live broadcast as
part of their Joe Wilson breakfast radio programme. As I had visited the
Everest region in 1985 David asked me to come along to contribute to the
morning’s discussions. Just after 8am Sarah Walby, Radio Lancashire’s
roving reporter, arrived with her vehicle and telescopic aerial. The
surrounding trees caused a bit of a problem for the aerial and the
vehicle had to be moved around to avoid the branches. Two live
broadcasts were made from the museum; the first at 8:25am when I was
interviewed, then another at 8:50am when David was interviewed. This was
good publicity as it meant that even more people could be invited ‘on
air’ to the official closing at 11am.
The radio aerial goes up!
Sarah Walby and David Hunt after the
Listen to the interview by
clicking here (7min 14s).
I returned at 11 to hear
the wonderful news that George Band, the youngest member of the
successful 1953 Everest expedition, would be able to do a live phone in
discussion at 12 noon. George was busy doing lectures in the Cumbria
region but was able to spare a few minutes to talk over the phone. We
were also pleased to see that South Ribble’s mayor, Councillor Kath
Beattie, was able to attend. After a short presentation by David and me,
David set up a conferencing phone so when he telephoned George Band
somewhere in Cumbria we were all able to speak directly to George and
hear the replies.
For over 30 minutes we
were able to ask George questions and hear full and fascinating replies
to all of them. The audience were mesmerised by the complex tale of how
the news of the successful ascent by Ed Hillary and Tensing Norgay was
transmitted back to London just in time for the coronation of Queen
Elizabeth II on 2nd June 1953. An intricate coding system had to be used
so that only London knew the correct message, and it worked. A great
morning was had by all.
George Band in 1953.
A talk by Tony Foster on James
Greenway, Darwen's first industrialist.
A crowded meeting room.
Members of CHAS visited
the meeting of Darwen Historical Society at the ICI Club, Bridge Street
to see a presentation by Tony Foster on James Greenway, Darwen’s First
Industrialist. We were treated to a journey through the history of the
family starting with James Greenaway (c1742 – 1822). Many Darwen streets
and landmarks carry the names of family members. An interesting fact
that he warned us about is the inaccuracy of many old documents and he
frequently pointed out incorrect birth dates etc. The room was filled to
capacity and over 30 people and many visitors turned up.
50th anniversary - Bolton
Archaeological and Egyptology Society
Several members of
Chorley Society joined Bolton Archaeological and Egyptology Society in
Bolton on Wednesday evening to celebrate their 50th anniversary. We were
treated to a very informative presentation by Colin Harding about the
history of the society from the earliest days right up to the present
Colin Harding and Sylvia Worthington cut
Some of the slides we saw
were by Mary Mitchell who died in 1997 but her photos of their
excavations live on. They certainly did plenty of digging and did
several excavations to try and find the Roman Road passing near Bolton
and on to Blackburn. When it came time to cut the cake Colin was joined
by Sylvia Worthington another member of many years.
Society Annual General Meeting.
Here is a gentle reminder
from our Treasurer:
2007-8 subscriptions are now due. The rate is unchanged at £7.50 for
individual and £10 for a couple. If they are not going to see me at the
October meeting, they can post it to John at:
John Harrison, 12, Epsom Close, Great Knowley, Chorley. PR6 8TS
The only matter arising
from the previous meeting was the strange ruling that the schedule of
Listed Buildings in the area is only available for perusal in paper form
at the Library or Chorley Council Planning Department. The Planning
Department have access to an on-line version which is not available to
the public or Historical Societies. The main item on the agenda was the
adoption of the revised Constitution. Over the years the old one had
been amended and become unwieldy. A radical ‘start from scratch’
approach was taken and the committee Drafted a more up to date and
shorter version. It was submitted to all Society members at the previous
meeting and voted as accepted at this A.G.M.
Chorley Town Centre Heritage
trail - the official launch (at last)
Midday on Sunday 9th Sept 07 saw the
official launch of the Chorley Town Centre Heritage trail.
Announcements before the walk.
This is the picture used in the Chorley
Thanks to Chorley Council for the use of the picture.
The Sealed Knott setting things off with
on the Flat iron.
Pre-release copies of the guide and map were
obtained by the Society last month and some were issued to members. The
first guided walk was lead by Jack Smith and a second followed closely
Heritage Open Days: Chorley
Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary.
afternoon of Saturday 8th September over 90 people gathered outside the
Lodge at Chorley Cemetery on Southport Road. They were taking advantage
of Heritage Open Days 2007, which aimed to open the doors to England’s
rich cultural heritage and bring local history to life.
The event was organised by Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society
in cooperation with Chorley Council, and marked the 150th anniversary of
the opening of the cemetery. Visitors learned about the overcrowding of
church burial grounds and the need to create the cemetery.
The beautiful cemetery with its carefully landscaped grounds, drives,
paths and trees, the chapel and lodge are all largely as planned and
created 150 years ago. The leader of walk, John Harrison from the
Historical and Archaeological Society, highlighted the important role of
one of Chorley’s unsung heroes, Robert Rawlinson, who designed the three
original chapels, having previously been largely responsible for putting
the town on the road to better Public Health in the 19th century.
John delivers his "sermon" in the
John continues to educate the crowd.
The second part of the walk took the visitors around the sunken area
which houses the graves and vaults of many of Chorley’s Victorian Elite,
as well as one or two less reputable citizens! It was exciting to find
that two of the visitors were descendants of the Smethurst family who
were once the town’s biggest mill owners and whose vault is a main
feature in the sunken area of the cemetery.
The Historical and Archaeological Society was delighted with the large
turnout and hope to see many of the visitors at their monthly meetings
at Chorley Blind Centre, Crown St. Chorley.