December 2020, Oldham Branch Monthly talk
... our first to be given on zoom
In September 1914 the Failsworth sub-division of the Red Cross was formed.
Their remit was to:
(i) provide extra 'Comforts' for East Lancashire soldiers in time of war.
(ii) provide equipment for hospitals at home and field hospitals overseas.
Women all over the country, would gather together, in War Comfort Groups to provide the 'Comforts' which, to 21st century eyes, appear to be the bare essentials.
This is the story of one such group.
Given by Sheila Goodyear
In 1913, 8 women, representing Oldham Women's Suffrage Society, joined the NUWSS Plgrimage to a nationwide Rally in London. The Oldham contingent travelled in two horse-drawn caravans.
An Illustrated talk given by John Fidler, on the 80th anniversary.
In 1941, on the evening of 12th October, and the early hours of the following morning, Oldham suffered a direct attack by enemy planes, when abut 20 high explosive bombs (and 5 unexploded bombs) were dropped on the town. Many lives were lost and damage was caused across an area including Chapel Road, Incline Road, Green Lane, Manley Road, Mirfield Avenue, Cranbrook Street and Breeze Hill Road. 27 people were killed, including 4 children, and 47 people injured. A total of 122 homes were damaged or destroyed completely.
This was a terrible night for the local Home Defence services as they dealt with digging out trapped victims; a 40 foot crater, in the Hollins district, with a smashed sewer and a damaged gas main spouting flames; and looking after those made homeless and helpless.
Extracted from Hartley Bateson's, 'A History of Oldham'
Student, Pioneer, Wife and Mother; Undercover Tramp and Social Reformer.
Mary came to Oldham on her marriage, living and working here for the rest of her life.
An illustrated talk given by Carol Talbot, author of the book of that name.
A Brief History of the Peak Forest Canal, stretching from Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne To Bugsworth Basin' in Derbyshire.
The canal was originally constructed in order to facilitate transportation of limestone from the Derbyshire quarries into Manchester, via Marple and Ashton under Lyne.
'HAIL SMILING MORN ... Whit Friday in Saddleworth.
The Whit Walks in the morning and the annual Saddleworth Band Contest, from late afternoon and into the evening ... as long as it takes!
Saddleworth Morris Men and the Annual Rushcart celebration held each August.
The annual commemoration in August, in Manchester,
of the Peterloo Massacre which took place on Monday the 16th of August, 1819,
at the Reform Meeting on St. Peter's Field.
Women's Suffrage and Parliamentary Reform .... a brief introduction :
Visual bullet points covering over 800 years of its history and crammed into 8 minutes!