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Monday 16th March 2020

1309th   Luncheon



The 97th  Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held at 11-45am on Monday 16th  March at The Holiday Inn, Aytoun St, Manchester, prior to the talk and lunch arranged for that date. The Agenda for the meeting is set out below.                                                                

 GWEN M CROSSLEY    Honorary Secretary




Sid Calderbank



"The Lancashire Cotton Famine - How we survived the American Civil War (1861-65)




The story of what happens when an industry employing some 500,000 people and concentrated mostly in just one county, suddenly finds its supply of raw material has stopped and there is nothing anyone in England can do about it. The story of the deprivation, starvation and eventual recovery is told in the songs, poems and newspaper reports of the time.

    About our Speaker :-

I have been collecting and researching the songs, stories and poems of old Lancashire for over 40 years, interpreting them for modern day audiences and performing them at folk, arts and literary festivals anywhere from Aberdeen to Dartmoor! Along the way I have developed a range of talks for our local social and historical societies as these songs are our history - our heritage. They are the words of cotton workers, of coal miners and quarrymen, of housewives and mothers – and they represent their story, written in their own language and they were as real to them as were the looms and shovels that they worked with. Over the years I have become active in every dialect society in the County – I am Vice President of the Edwin Waugh Dialect Society, Chairman of The Lancashire Society and President of the Lancashire Authors’ Association. Since 2008 I have appeared regularly on BBC TV and radio, speaking on the Lancashire Dialect. Flog It!; Countryfile; Michael Portillo’s Railway Journeys; Radio 4’s “Tongue and the Talk”, the Antiques Road Trip, and I once went all the way to London to say 12 words to Shirley Bassey on The One Show!

Closing date for applications for this luncheon is Friday 6th March 2020





Supreme of Chicken,

.Fondant Potato, Petit Pois ala Francaise.


Pan Fried Seabream,

.Fennel,Kale and Shallot with a Fresh Tomato Sauce.


Vegetarian   .Potato Gnocchi Chunky Tomato Sauce, Sautéed Wild Mushroom and Rocket.  Vegetarian



.Sticky Toffee Pudding, Toffee Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream


.Lemon Tart, Meringue Chantilly.

or Fresh Fruit Salad

or Ice Cream


Coffee or Tea