Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage is a registered charity (number 1148859) which aims to raise the profile of this Victorian town by showcasing the history of its great past. We aim to encourage and promote community involvement in the protection, preservation, enhancement and development of the cultural heritage of Cleethorpes and North East Lincolnshire in general.

"It's fabulous that so many people have come here on a perfectly good Saturday afternoon to sit and hear about the heritage of the area. "I am just bowled over." David Start (January 2017)

"I do a lot of talks about the Suffragettes all up and down the country, but I've never seen a meeting room as beautiful as this. Such a lovely event, with the cakes and the songs and the colours and all the information; it's a real privilege to be here"   Katherine Connelly (April 2015)

"I think this group is remarkable in what it does to protect and preserve heritage; there's a real community spirit and it's that sort of approach to history that I'm trying to promote"  Dr Nick Barratt (June 2014) 

Latest News

  • Our Next Event - Heritage Open Day
    Posted 30 Aug 2017, 14:39 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • THE LOST PRINCES PROJECT We had the pleasure of attending the excellent evening with Philippa Langley at Bradley F.D.C. on Friday 11th August. As well as talking about the fascinating Looking for Richard project, Philippa introduced the current Missing Princes project which aims to find the truth about the disappearance of the two sons of Edward IV, by applying cold case history investigation methodology.Much of the "evidence" that implicates Richard III in the alleged murder of the young princes was actually written decades after it was supposed to have happened as the Tudors sought to blacken his name. As they say, history is written by the victors, but with so much of that history already debunked by the Looking for ...
    Posted 12 Aug 2017, 04:56 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • “BY, IT WERE WORTH A BRING-AND-BUY SALE TO ‘AVE ‘ER!”- NORMA PROCTER – IN HER OWN WORDS Introduction by Rachel Branson I must admit that, until a few days ago, I knew nothing about Norma Procter. I vaguely remembered an article appearing in the Grimsby Telegraph when she passed away earlier this year, but I’m afraid I really didn’t read it properly. Things changed when Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage were handed a carrier bag of Norma’s photos and documents by friend of the group Mike Stewart, although initially I wasn’t sure quite what to do with them. Then I found Norma’s mini-autobiography, written in the late 1990s for a book called “Lincolnshire Women” by the late Dr John R Ketteringham. This is a typed draft copy with scribbles on it, but ...
    Posted 31 Jul 2017, 07:45 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Door closes on FOCH bid for The Knoll Despite a great deal of time and effort on our part, Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage are sorry to report that we have unfortunately been unsuccessful in our bid to take on The Knoll as a community heritage hub. Although North East Lincolnshire Council praised the work we have done so far to promote and showcase the heritage of Cleethorpes and acknowledged that “this should continue to reach out to as many of the current and future generations of the Borough as possible”, they felt that there was too high a risk attached to our proposal in terms of guaranteeing funding and long-term income generation to make the project sustainable. Whilst we were confident that we could have brought in ...
    Posted 28 Jun 2017, 11:25 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Oxfam - helping the poor and preserving Lincolnshire's heritage The internet is a marvellous thing. Recently, whilst searching for something entirely different, I came across "Contemporary Biographies: Lincolnshire at Opening of XX Century", a wonderful old book, published in 1907, for sale on the Oxfam website. Writing inside the book shows that in 1952 it belonged to J.J. Way of Lincoln, but its 110 year journey had eventually taken it to one of Oxfam's shops, in Cambray Place, Cheltenham. Now, it has been repatriated to Lincolnshire and we are able to share with you some of the biographies of the great and good of Grimsby and Cleethorpes in the early 1900s, including our old friends Henry Kelly Sr. and George Moody.The biographies cover the nobility and ...
    Posted 25 Jun 2017, 08:11 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • The Swearing J.P.s of Lincolnshire Although Sir George Moody was for many years a Justice of the Peace, in 1909 he found himself on the wrong side of the law at Lincoln Assizes as the defendant in a rather bizarre case.: “THE BETTER MAN!” WHO IS THE SWEARING CHAMPION? FISH DOCK LANGUAGE AMUSING LIBEL ACTION (By our own reporter) A query as to who of two Grimsby J.P.s is the champion swearer of Lincolnshire was generally credited at Lincoln on Thursday in resulting in a dead heat. It arose out of the action brought by Mr Fred Lister, secretary of the Grimsby Co-operative Engineering and Ship Repairing Co. Ltd, against Mr G.E.J. Moody, J.P., of Messrs Moodys and Kelly ...
    Posted 13 May 2017, 15:48 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Freddie Frinton: New Portrait Discovered We're very grateful to Ted and Mavis Cullum, the lovely neighbours of the late local artist Bob Verney, for giving Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage this brilliant painting of Freddie Frinton. We had no idea it existed until today, so it's a really exciting find and yet more evidence of Bob Verney's considerable talent as an artist. We were speaking to Ted and Mavis today because we're trying to put together a biography of Bob Verney. If you have memories of Bob or have any of his paintings that you can share with us, please email us at friendsofcleethorpesheritage@gmail.com or post them on our Facebook page @CleethorpesHeritage.
    Posted 4 Apr 2017, 13:53 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Comic Antics in Peter Brannan’s Paintings As far as I am aware, nobody has ever suggested that Peter Brannan (pictured, left, at Chapel St Leonards in the 1980s) was a comic artist. Probably because he wasn’t - most of the time he was an intensely sober and serious artist with an insistent awareness of the seriousness of his vocation as a painter. Occasionally, however, just occasionally, he seems to have relaxed into levity, indulging his ironic wit, familiar to both friends and family alike, in his paintings. The comedy, like the man, is gentle, sometimes self-mocking, sometimes mildly satiric, but never malicious or unpleasant. Some of the comic elements in his paintings are discovered in unobtrusive details. In Newark Town Hall and Market Place, for ...
    Posted 6 Mar 2017, 15:05 by FOCH Cleethorpes
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Event Reviews

  • Heritage Open Day a Great Success Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Heritage Open Day event at the beautiful Cleethorpes Town Hall today. We had a steady stream of people through the doors all day and excellent audiences at each of our film screenings. We really appreciate all the positive feedback we received about our new films. It's a new venture for us, but one which seems to have worked and we will be looking to do more in the future. It may take a while though. The research into the Moodys and Kellys first began about 13 months ago when we were looking to take over The Knoll and even though our attempts were ultimately unsuccessful, it's great that something ...
    Posted 9 Sep 2017, 14:24 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Remembering The Great War - Event Review Just under 300 people (and several dogs) attended our Great War exhibition on Saturday 18th March, enjoying an impressive display of memorabilia and sharing stories about their family members who were involved in the First World War. On display were uniforms, weapons, medals, postcards, photographs, scale model tanks and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life's "Lincolnshire Voices from the Great War" collection of pull-up banners.FOCH would like to thank all of our exhibitors, St Peter's School, Cleethorpes for their excellent venue, our volunteers without whom none of our events would be possible and everyone who supported the exhibition.Click here to view photographs from the event.
    Posted 19 Mar 2017, 10:18 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Our Next Event - A Commemoration of Battles of the Great War Join us at St Peter's School Hall on Saturday 18th March for our next event, which commemorates the battles of Arras, Messines, Passchendaele and Cambrai.As well as displays kindly loaned to us by the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Mike Credland and his friends will be exhibiting a model Zeppelin, a working scale model of a WW1 tank and displays on many aspects of the Great War. The exhibition will be open from 11am to 4pm and admission is free. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
    Posted 19 Feb 2017, 14:04 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Our Next Event - Lost Abbeys Around Grimsby & Cleethorpes Book your tickets at the Tourist Information Centre at Cleethorpes Library for our next event.  David Start's illustrated talk on the Lost Abbeys Around Grimsby and Cleethorpes will be taking place at St Peter's School Hall in Cambridge Street on Saturday 28th January, at 2pm.Tickets are priced at £4, which includes tea/coffee and homemade cake and booking is essential as places are limited.
    Posted 10 Jan 2017, 14:49 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Trawlermen - Their Triumphs and Tragedies Our latest event, "Trawlermen - Their Triumphs and Tragedies", brought hundreds of people to the Memorial Hall on Saturday 17th September, and only a few of them had arrived a day early for the Mind, Body and Spirit event!There were three talks for people to enjoy; Kevin Smith on Grimsby's lost ships of WW1, Susan Watkin on the history of the local fishing industry and David Ormsby from the National Fishing Heritage Centre, who showed his great passion for and knowledge of the local fishing industry. We would like to apologise for the microphone problems which made it difficult for some people to hear Kevin's talk. Although the problem was rectified for the other talks, we're sorry ...
    Posted 18 Sep 2016, 07:28 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Our Next Event - Saturday 17th September Join us at the Memorial Hall, Cleethorpes, on Saturday 17th September for "Trawlermen - Their Triumphs and Tragedies", which will be focusing on the heroic Grimsby trawlermen who swept mines during the First World War. There will be three talks, sea shanties, model trawlers, memorabilia and a net full of research, as well as our usual tea/coffee and cakes. Doors open at 12pm and seating is limited, so please get there early if you don't want to take your refreshment standing up!We will also be making an exciting announcement about our plans for a permanent home for FOCH in Cleethorpes, which would enable us to make our local heritage and research available to the public all year round ...
    Posted 7 Sep 2016, 14:49 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • The History Bus Is On The Road Again
    Posted 16 Jul 2016, 11:43 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Our next event - Grimsby Heritage Walk As part of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage is organising a Grimsby heritage walk in partnership with Engie. The walk will take place on Thursday 2nd June, starting from Grimsby Town Hall at 1pm.If you are interested in joining us for what promises to be an entertaining and informative stroll around Grimsby, please call 01472 324489.
    Posted 1 May 2016, 09:52 by FOCH Cleethorpes
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