LOCAL HISTORY SECTION
History Group Report -
During the year, work has continued on researching and planning the Ravenmeols Heritage Trails, as part of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership, (Heritage Lottery funded), programme. This has included organising and conducting some guided walks and producing prototype trail guides. The proposed trails have now been extended as far as (but not including) Altcar Rifle Range, thus taking in Cabin Hill NNR. A video-
During the spring several weeks were spent assisting with the preparation of a well-
Highlights of the History group summer programme 2011 included participation in the Festival of British Archaeology, once again, with the organisation of a very wet and windy ‘Crosby Beacon walk’, followed a week later by a Formby Lifeboat Station event, designed to show how the Formby Lifeboat was launched, in the 19th/early 20thC, using horses. This was done with on-
During the last year our Society website was re-
Royalties from ‘Formby and Freshfield through Time’ have at last been received and a new publication, ‘Formby, Then and Now’, prepared, written and submitted . This should appear, published by The History Press , later this year. Tony Bonney's welcome assistance with photography is gratefully acknowledged.
Following the termination of our use of Swift’s shop in Formby Street, our historical archives have been transferred, as the Treasurer has reported, to ‘Medlar Lodge’, but because of space considerations, the framed Sibley watercolours are kindly being looked after by David and Ginny Willis. This followed a discussion with Sefton Library services re the future storage of the Sibley Watercolours. A final decision on this must await the two year on-
A working group has started under the leadership of Mark Adams to organise the photography and subsequent transcription of old Formby and Ravenmeols-
In relation to the Formby Parish Boundary study and forthcoming publication, the transcription of important 16thC. documents relating to the boundary from photographic copies held by the Society is now almost complete, thanks to the palaeographic skills of member Dilys Firn. We now need to look at Halsall records. Research on the Formby Parish Boundary will then be complete. I apologise once again for the delay in this but historical research takes time, and the end results are now in sight.
During the last year many e-
Finally, planning of next year’s programme of History Group meetings is now beginning. If members have any special ideas for subjects or speakers – please let me know. Further volunteers to try the Ravenmeols Heritage Trails and complete a short report will also be more than welcome.