Heritage Group to close as bid to find new members fails

Heritage Group to close as bid to find new members fails

by Henry James (November 2021)

BURSCOUGH Heritage Group, which was formed to promote the history of the town and the canal that runs through it has closed.

The community group started life as the Burscough Village Canal Heritage group and has continued for more than ten years, with the shortened name.

The group organised an annual heritage weekend until the Covid pandemic and also ran history meetings on winter’s evenings.

Members installed information boards around the village; introduced a “much appreciated” bench on the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool canal outside the wharf and did work visiting schools and with other groups informing people of the history of the town.

Former publicity officer of the Burscough Heritage group, Colin Wareing, said: “The main group of people organising the events, meetings and school visits had remained fairly constant, though with dwindling numbers, throughout the years and they felt it was time for a rest.

“Despite appealing for new people to step up no one came forward, so the group is now being wound up and the artefacts and assets will be disposed of.”

One of the last public acts of the group was the unveiling of two new benches for public use on the canal towpath alongside Burscough Wharf.

The members of the group want to thank all the other organisations and businesses that have supported them over the years.

At the last public event of the Burscough Heritage group, Burscough Town Council chairman, Brian Kennedy and the BHG chairman Tom Spencer took the first sit on one of two new canal side benches.

The benches have been installed alongside Burscough Wharf to complement the one installed by the BHG back in 2016 to celebrate the bicentenary of the opening of the Leeds and Liverpool canal that runs through the town.

Councillor Kennedy has dedicated the benches for the use of the community of Burscough and in memory of former deceased members of the group: Kath Webster, Mike Allen and Shelia Petherbridge.

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