Society news update

Updates Summer 2020

The society is currently in limbo due to the Covid 19 crisis.}~

A programme will be hastily drawn up and members informed as soon as government restirctions are lifted.
"We'll meet again"

When we do meet one of our first items of business (briefly) will be our a g m. Peter Burrell is standing down as chairman after many years.

We have a strong committee in place, stronger and bigger than at any time for several years.

Nancy and John Cowell

Summer 2017. Tributes have been paid to the society's former treasurer, Mr John Cowell of Sandbriggs Court, Garstang.
Mr Cowell, who died on June 27, 2017, had served as treasurer and a committee member for several years. His wife, Nancy, had also been a committee member. The two of them stepped down from the committee about two years ago.
Mr Cowell, a quiet but hard working and thoughtful man, was a retired farmer from the Chipping area.
A minute's silence in memory of Mr Cowell will be held at the September 2017 meeting of the society.
The funeral service will be held at
All Saints Church, Barnacre on Wednesday July 12th 2017 at 12.00 noon. All Saints Church, Barnacre on Wednesday July 12th 2017 at noon.

January 2017 - Condolences to the Stott family of Garstang on the death of Mr Joe Stott, one of our society members, who was regularly accompanied to our meetings by his son, Peter. Joe had been a leading local bowler and a popular member of a local music group.

January 2017 - A charity helping people in Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) has been given a boost with a donation of £50 from Nev Joseph of Garstang, the money being his fee for his lecture to the society in January. Tax-gifting the fee has made the £50 gift worth £65. Thanks to Nev for his generosity.

November 2016

Garstang's poppy appeal has been given a pre-Remembrancetide boost from the sale of a book commemorating the town's First World War heroes.

Last year local historian Paul G Smith and journalist Anthony Coppin published "Garstang's Great War Heroes" a paperback about the life and times of men from Garstang, Bonds and Bowgreave who served in the global conflict, many of them giving their lives for their country.

The proceeds from the sale of the book over the past 12months, along with a donation from Garstang Historical Society, have now been presented to Garstang's poppy appeal organiser Dave Brewin.

At a cheque presentation ceremony at Garstang Arts Centre Mr Smith handed over the cheque for £1,400 to Mr Brewin.

Mr Smith said: "The book has proved popular with both members of the public who have bought it, and with pupils of the Garstang area primary schools who have been given copies as a gift to mark the current centenary of the war years.

"We are delighted with the sales figures and equally pleased to hand over all the money raised so far to the local poppy appeal."

Mr Brewin said: "We are grateful to Mr Smith, Mr Coppin and Garstang Historical Society for their donation to Garstang poppy appeal funds."

Also attending the presentation were Garstang town mayor Coun Alan Cornthwaite, representing the town council which was one of the early financial sponsors of the "Garstang's Great War Heroes" project, and Garstang Historical Society chairman, Peter Burrell.

A spokesman for Garstang Historical Society, whose treasurer Mrs Maureen Spiers has managed the finances of the book project, said sales of the books and the offer of free copies to pupils and students from Garstang, Bonds and Bowgreave, would continue until autumn 2018 or until the supply of the print run of books runs out - whichever is the sooner.

November 2016
Pupils at Garstang's primary schools have been learning about the part played by local servicemen during the First World War.
Copies of the book 'Garstang's Great War Heroes' have been given free to this year's autumn intake of pupils at Garstang Community Primary School, St Thomas's CE Primary and SS Mary and Michaels Catholic Primary, Bonds.
A spokesman for Garstang Historical Society, which has over seen the financing and publishing of the Garstang's Great War Heroes book
said: "Although the book has been written with adults in mind we have given copies to children with the idea is that it will be a 'long term' gift for both them and their families, with the youngsters' appreciation of the biographies in the book growing over the years."
* The book is on sale price £8 at Market Place News, Garstang Arts Centre, KwikKutz Barbers and Garstang Tourist office. For more info about the book, as well as offers of free copies to students from Garstang, Bonds and Bowgreave who attend schools/VIth forms/colleges outside Garstang, or are at university, please ring 01995 605824.
Caption: four pupils from Garstang Community Primary School with their history books


December 2015

Committee members Bob Denmark, Maureen Spiers,
Peter Burrell, Margaret Marsden and Wendy Pain
with the 50th anniversary cake

Garstang Historical Society members commemorated their own historical milestone recently when the group held its 50th anniversary gathering.

The society was founded circa 1965. The current uncertainty regarding the group's exact founding date led to a decision to organise the cake-cutting celebration at the December 2015 meeting.

Chairman Peter Burrell told members and supporters at the 70-strong meeting the celebration was to mark the 50th year rather than the specific anniversary.

The society, which meets monthly at Garstang United Reformed Church, regularly sees attendances of up to 80 people - though the November 2015 meeting set a record with 120 in attendance for a lecture on the 1715 Battle of Preston by Dr Bill Shannon of Fulwood.

At the recent half-century celebration the guest speaker was Mr Andy Lowe, a former Lake District National Park planning officer, who gave a talk on the traditional architecture of Lakeland villlages.

He was introduced by chairman Peter Burrell and thanked by committee member Wendy Pain.

The society has recently adopted a logo of a drawing of the remains of one of Garstang's oldest buildings, Greenhalgh Castle. The logo, drawn by Fleetwood historian, author and archaeologist Brian Hughes, also featured on the 50th birthday cake, which was made and iced by Iced of High Street, Garstang.


Lest we forget
November 2015
Pictured below, pupils at Garstang's CP School were presented with some of the first copies of the new book
'Garstang's Great War Heroes.'Copies were also given out free of charge to pupils at Garstang Community Primary School, St Thomas's CE Primary and SS Mary and Michaels Catholic Primary, Bonds. It is the intention to present free copies of the book to all local school children entering primary schools in Garstang and Bonds until the end of the current commemorations re the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

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