Ton up for 1008!

5 Apr 2019 12:33
Published by: Kian

THERE was a great start to Horwich Heritage Society’s 2019 Open Day/Exhibition programme with around 100 people coming along to celebrate the 130th birthday of Horwich’s first steam locomotive, No.1008

They aim to follow that success with a Family History Open Day on Saturday 13th April (10am – 1pm) when experts from the local history societies in Bolton, Halliwell, Westhoughton, Chorley and of course Horwich will be there to assist with your family history research.   

They Society also begun researching its first major project of the year ‘The Changing Face of Shopping in Horwich’ and would welcome any contributions of photographs, items or memories in time for the Open Day/Exhibition on 11th May.

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the Loco Works Training School (now Alliance Learning) and in April they are planning a re-union of former apprentices/trainees. If you are interested in coming along please ring 847797.

The second major research project this year involves the commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the start of WWII in September and they would love to hear from anyone who was a child in the war or had relatives who served or fought (or maybe served/fought themselves!).  We are currently compiling a Roll of Honour for those who died.

The meal & re-enactment of the infamous ‘Murder on the Moor’ (180th Anniversary) at the Blundell Arms on Wednesday 17th April (the anniversary of the trial) is now fully booked but you are welcome to join the waiting list in case anyone drops out.    

As part of its service to the public of Horwich, they are looking to expand our rota of volunteers who look after the Horwich Heritage Centre. So if you can spare just a couple of hours a month and are interested in local history, please contact Stuart Whittle on 847797.  



9th April – Lavinia Todd ‘The Tudor Origins of Today’s Words’

14th May – Keith Warrender ‘Hidden Gems of Manchester’

11th June – AM & The ‘Worktown’ Project (Bolton in 1930s)



‘Happy 130th Birthday 1008’ – continuing to May

13th April – Family History Day

11th May – ‘The Changing Face of Shopping in Horwich’

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