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March 27 2019:  The NEWBURGH BLACKSMITH,  John Westhead who was killed in action in the 1stWW

                                  Mr Martin Jones

7:30pm (for 8:00pm), Guides' Hut (Guide HQ, Moorgate, Ormskirk L39 4RU)



Following requests from members; on the fourth Wednesday’s meetings, from now on we will open the Guides' Hut earlier, at 19.30 (7.30 p.m.) to allow members to meet and chat. We will also stay open a little longer after the talk has concluded, again to allow members to exchange information.

FREE ENTRY for MEMBERS, Visitors are requested to make £1.00 donation.

Our 2018 Meetings

At the AGM, there were some changes to the committee of the ODFHS.   After 13 years in post, Bill Huyton resigned as Chairman and the position was accepted by Kate Hurst.  Bill is now termed "Chairman Emeritus"

Also thanked for their work were Don Holt and Jean Gidman who have stepped down after devoting their time to the Society for many years.



We started our series with Mr Roger Blaxall who's talk in January was well received.  Despite temperatures of minus 1, members & visitors came from as far away as Speke, south Liverpool to hear a very wide-ranging talk.

FEBRUARY 27TH 2019           “FROM the SOIL” – The growth of Ormskirk  (Ormskirk’s Agricultural Heritage) Mr Peter Gateley


Mr Gateley showed his great knowledge of the area and the native plants; also those that were grown for agricultural use.  He expertly linked the land and people in the area from the Ice Age to the present day.  Members were very impressed with the whole session with very complimentary comments being offerred.

MARCH 27TH                          The NEWBURGH BLACKSMITH,  John Westhead who was killed in action in the 1stWW  Mr Martin Jones.  Martin gave an riviting talk which included the geneaology of John Westhead and his moves around the area.  It was well recieved by a large audience.


Members have expressed a wish that we also mention meetings (& events) further in the future.  Below we have listed the April, May & June meetings but please do check nearer the time in case the details change.



APRIL 24th                            The VIKINGS of the WEST LANCASHIRE COAST

                                               Mr Paul Sherman from the NW Heritage Group


MAY 22nd                              AGM    and A TALE of a TEACHER

                                              Miss Kate Hurst


JUNE 26th                            WARBURTONS - THE STAFF of LIFE

                                             Mr David Tomlinson.  David hopes to be able to actually bake bread at the meeting!







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