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Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage was a registered charity (number 1148859), originally established in 2010 to raise the profile of this Victorian town by showcasing the history of its great past, through encouraging and promoting community involvement in the protection, preservation, enhancement and development of the cultural heritage of Cleethorpes and North East Lincolnshire in general. The group closed on 31st October 2018, but you can continue to access our archive material, both on this website and our Facebook archive page.


"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

  • Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage are History After 8 years raising the profile of Cleethorpes heritage and promoting community education (and serving a lot of tea and cake to our wonderful supporters) we brought the  charity to a close on  the 31st October 2018. By request some of the donated heritage items were returned to their original owners with the rest donated to the Grimsby Time Trap and Cleethorpes Town Hall Trust. Of the assets we had built up during the charity’s lifetime some were purchased by  The Armed Forces Team (Cleethorpes) and Sidney Sussex Community Group CIO to continue their work and some were donated to the following organisations:- ·         Class Act Community Trust·         The Care Shop·         Cleethorpes Baptist Church·         Cleethorpes Town Hall Trust ...
    Posted 13 Nov 2018, 13:01 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Dr Alan Dowling Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage is very saddened to announce that our dear friend and colleague, Dr Alan Dowling Phd, has passed away.Dr. Dowling was due to give a talk on life in Ruhleben, the First World War internment camp, this Saturday, 8th September, at the Heritage Open Day event at Cleethorpes Town Hall and had been working continuously for the past months researching this subject.As Alan’s family and FOCH wish to honour him by continuing with his talk, we are both very grateful to Cllr. Margaret Cracknell, who has kindly offered to read Alan's talk on his behalf.Alan's family have passed all his files on this subject to FOCH and Cllr. Cracknell, in order ...
    Posted 4 Sep 2018, 13:40 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • DONATION OF ITEMS, PICTURES AND PAPERS to F.O.C.H. Hello everyone,As you are now aware Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage are closing after the event on the 8th September. We have already contacted many of you but, in some cases, we have no contact details.This request is being made to the people, or families of people,who have donated items to us.If there are donated items that we may have, but we haven't already contacted you personally, would you please be kind enough to get in touch with regard to us returning them to you.Many thanks,Friends of Cleethorpes HeritageCharity No.1148859
    Posted 8 Aug 2018, 14:53 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Heritage Open Day - Our Final Event Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage' and the 'Cleethorpes Charter Trustees' would like to invite you to our event for Heritage Open Day, on Saturday, 8th September,2018. Doors will be open from 10am until 4pm, at Cleethorpes Town Hall..As you will see on the attached poster, we have a very interesting day planned for you all to enjoy, whist partaking of a cup of tea/coffee and perusing our research and enjoying our talks and films.  Everyone is very welcome and entrance is FREE.We do hope to welcome you all, as this will be the LAST event from 'Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage' charity, as we are closing after this event.May we take this opportunity to thank you all ...
    Posted 7 Aug 2018, 11:10 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Grave Stories - John Constantine, Skipper of the Perseus JOHN CONSTANTINE, of 35 Freeston Street, Cleethorpes, was the skipper of the steam trawler Perseus when it was lost with all hands on 24th July 1915, after hitting a German mine. His body was recovered soon after his trawler was blown to pieces and he was buried at Cleethorpes Cemetery on 28th July 1915. Probate was granted on 5th October 1915 to Elizabeth Jenkins (wife of Richard Jenkins), with effects £113 8s 11d. This was the death of John Constantine, but what of his life? Born in Liverpool in 1872, John Constantine was the youngest of three children – his siblings were Henry and Elizabeth (who later became Mrs Jenkins) – born to Elizabeth Constantine. In 1881, she is ...
    Posted 10 Apr 2018, 14:53 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • The Theatrical Family Chapman One of the scenes featured at the Time Trap Museum is the Theatre Royal in Grimsby, which is very strongly linked to one of the people we are currently researching, Joseph Chapman, who occupied Yarra House on Alexandra Road for nearly forty years. It was his father Nathan Chapman, or Nat to his friends, who was instrumental in the construction (and temporarily the destruction) of the Theatre Royal in 1864. In his book, the Rise of Grimsby Vol 1, Bob Lincoln writes, “When Billy Wynn’s theatre was burnt down a syndicate consisting of Nat Chapman, “Big” Ellis, &c, decided to build one to be known as the Theatre Royal, where the Palace is. “Nicnacks” Chapman was the architect; “Neddy ...
    Posted 12 Mar 2018, 07:17 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • Grimsby's Time Trap Museum - A Hidden Gem As someone with a passion for local history, I'm ashamed to say that until last week I had never visited the Time Trap Museum at Grimsby Town Hall. Well, having now rectified that oversight on my part, I can proclaim it to be a cracker of a museum that really brings our local history to life and I would definitely go to jail again to see it!There's loads to see and something to interest people of all ages. My only criticism would be that it should publicise itself better because until you actually get into the Town Hall, there are no signs to indicate it's there and it's open, so people visiting for the ...
    Posted 12 Mar 2018, 04:03 by FOCH Cleethorpes
  • EVENTS UPDATE We had hoped by now to be able to confirm the date for our proposed first event of the year, "The Building Bricks of Cleethorpes". However we are at present unable to do so because we're still awaiting confirmation of when the Townscape Heritage project will be starting as this would be one of their funded events,In the meantime, we are continuing our research into Sea View Street and Alexandra Road, focusing initially on the Empire Theatre, The Knoll, Queens Hotel, the antiques shops on Alexandra Road and Sea View Street and the sadly no more Cliff Hotel and Yarra House.We are also planning for our Heritage Open Day event at Cleethorpes Town Hall in September, which ...
    Posted 10 Feb 2018, 12:25 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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