2019 Programme

We meet every two months in St. Laurence’s Church on Union Street in Chorley PR7 1AL, starting at 2.00pm.

As we meet on a Sunday, car parking in the town is free and our venue is located close to the main bus and railway stations.

Sunday, 6th January

“Chorley in The Great War”

Our Chairman, WW1 historian & author Steve Williams presents an illustrated talk about what life was like in the town and villages during the war, taken from written accounts, local newspapers and photographs.

Sunday, 3rd March

“The Territorial Force in the First World War”

Thankfully the creation of the ‘Territorial Force’ in 1908 helped swell the Army’s ranks as Britain went to war in 1914. Serving Army Officer Paul Knight presents a talk about the history of the “Terriers”.

Sunday, 5th May

“God in the Front Line”

Martin Purdy presents a view of how the spiritual needs of those in the trenches was catered in his talk about Army Chaplains – some, more than others, were never too far from the action.

Sunday, 7th July

“The daily life of a Nurse in WW1 France”

Lancashire born historian & author Sue Robinson looks at what nurses did and encountered in Casualty Clearing Stations and static hospitals in France during then war.

Sunday, 1st September

“India’s Great War”

Dr. Adam Prime presents his talk about the contribution India and its soldiers made during the war – from The Western Front, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia and in the Middle East, to the defence of the North West Frontier in Afghanistan.

Sunday, 3rd November

“How Chorley remembered”

Who better to show how Chorley remembered the fallen than the man involved in finally placing their names on the town’s war memorial in 2012? Local historian and Secretary of the Chorley Pals Memorial, Steve Williams, shows video of the WW1 Memorial Arch unveiling in 1924 and the iconic Pals statue being unveiled in 2010, and talks about village and church memorials across the Borough.