Lots going on for Luddenden Heritage Day

Geoffrey and Joyce Hirst at a previous Heritage Day
Geoffrey and Joyce Hirst at a previous Heritage Day

The Luddenden Conservation Society will be holding their fourth annual Luddenden Heritage Day on Saturday, and this year it will be the biggest so far.

All the events are held in, or starting from, St. Mary’s Church in the centre of Luddenden.

The overall theme of this year’s event will be leisure activities in the Luddenden Valley in the past.

There will be two talks in the church, the first starting at 10.15am by Peggy Horsfield from Midgley on sports and pastimes of the Luddenden Valley, 1850-1950.

Mrs Horsfield is a noted local historian, and was joint author of a chapter on sports and pastimes in the book Pennine Perspectives: Aspects of the History of Midgley.

The second talk, starting at 2pm, will be given by Ian Dewhirst MBE and will focus on Victorian and Edwardian church and chapel life.

After each talk, at 11.15am in the morning and 3pm in the afternoon, there will be a choice of two different activities - a talk on the history of St Mary’s Church, which is 200 years old this year, and an exhibition of sticks from the sport of billets, with visitors able to have a go at the game.

The society will put out 24 large photographs of old Luddenden throughout the village, on the site from which they were taken, so this can be compared with the present. Inside the church, there will be an exhibition of Luddenden memorabilia collected by the society.

Copies of booklets produced by the society in the past entitled Down Memory Lane and Down Memory Lane Again have been reprinted and will be on sale throughout the day, as will refreshments and lunch.

Tickets for the whole event are £6 or £2 for each event, and proceeds are for the Luddenden Conservation Society.