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WELCOME TO FRIENDS OF CLEETHORPES HERITAGE

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 Four Year Plan The Trustees of Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage have put together a four year plan of events, which ties in with the successful "Discovering Cleethorpes Heritage" Townscape Heritage funding bid. The ordering is provisional, but we want to give you an idea of what we have planned for the future because we'd like as many people as possible to contribute to our events, by sharing their stories, photographs and objects of interest that chart the history of the people and places of Cleethorpes.If you are interested in getting involved, please let us know. You can email us at friendsofcleethorpesheritage@gmail.com or via our Facebook page @CleethorpesHeritage. OUR FOUR YEAR PLAN2018• Building Bricks of Cleethorpes: The People and ...
    Posted 5 Nov 2017, 07:14 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • The Dora Winters Collection - Leslie Jolliffe There are several photographs in Dora Winters’ album from the 1929/30 period of a man who looks like he could have been a matinee idol. However, like so many other Grimsby men, his work took him to sea, as it had his father before him.Leslie Jolliffe was born in Grimsby on 21 September 1902, the son of George Henry Jolliffe, a marine engineer, and his wife Elizabeth Mabel Calvert. George and Elizabeth married in Grimsby in 1897 and were living at 263 Wellington Street when Leslie was born. He was eventually christened at St John’s, although not until March 1911, 16 months after his younger brother Alec Brumpton Jolliffe was born. Sadly, when he was six years ...
    Posted 24 Oct 2017, 12:34 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • The Dora Winters Collection - The Sams Family The Dora Winters collection, which is held by Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage, features hundreds of photographs taken in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, featuring Dora’s family and friends and recording family gatherings, social occasions and activities and holidays.Amongst these photographs are a number of the Sams family – George, his wife Jenny and their son Peter. George was born in 1892 in West Ham, the son of Edith Emily Sams, who seems to have had several children out of wedlock and spent a significant part of the early 1900s with them in Dunmow Union Workhouse in Essex. She eventually married Thomas W Archer in 1912 and remained in the Dunmow area until her death in 1940.George evidently escaped ...
    Posted 24 Oct 2017, 12:29 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Peter Brannan's Potboilers Critical evaluation, sometimes using just a single deadly word or phrase, is able to consign the work of an artist to oblivion. And once that work has been consigned to dusty oblivion it is unlikely to be seen again; unlikely, at least, to ever have the opportunity to justify its precarious existence as a bringer of visual delight.“Derivative”, “pale imitation”, “clichéd” and “second-rate” are just a few of the deadly verbal assault weapons available to the critic whose job it is to define good taste and to supposedly protect us all from cultural mediocrity.A particularly potent disapproving phrase which has sometimes been used to describe a painting, or more damningly, an artist’s entire work, is “potboiler ...
    Posted 8 Oct 2017, 14:46 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Now On YouTube - Death Takes A Holiday: When Cholera Came To Cleethorpes If you were unable to attend our Heritage Open Day event at Cleethorpes Town Hall a couple of weeks ago, we have now uploaded the first of our two new films to YouTube. Written by FOCH's Media Editor Rachel Branson, "Death Takes A Holiday: When Cholera Came To Cleethorpes" tells the story of the great tragedy which befell the resort in 1854 and features vocal performances by Class Act Theatre Company, including Compass FM presenter Richard Lyon as Piers Conservation.
    Posted 24 Sep 2017, 14:14 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • 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
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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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