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Nov. 2017  -  Co-op Funding  -  We are pleased to advise that we have been awarded £1,242.35 from the Co-op Local Good Causes Scheme. This money is to go towards our Tower Fund.  A big thank you to the Co-op and all those Co-op Members who have supported our Application for funding.

July 2017 – Work Commences

We are pleased to announce that on the 10th July preliminary work commenced to enable the restoration of the Hall to take place. Unfortunately we could not announce this sooner until the formal Press Release had been made. Work has now moved into the first phase of work on the Hall itself with the internal clearance and stabilisation work on the East side.  Please see the formal press release by following this link:  Press Release

April 2017- Funding

We have been nominated for funding for the educational
resource in the Tower by Co-op Local Causes:  If you are a
Co-op Member please nominate us and make us your cause. Go Online to: coop.co.uk/membership.

This funding arrangement runs through to the end of October this year.  Our thanks to the Co-op for choosing us and also to all Co-op Members who support us.

June 2016- A new book from the Friends of Bank Hall

The Friends of Bank Hall have just published a new book titled 'Bank Hall, Bretherton.

The book follows on from the very popular 'red' Bank Hall book, first published in 1997, which has sold many hundreds of copies. The new book has much more research material, photographs and illustrations. It has a section with highlights of the campaign to save the Hall from 1995 to 2014. At 48 pages, size 210 x 200mm with full colour covers it is is a much more comprehensive publication than the previous book and is priced at £4.50 or £6.20 by post.

 

 

 

 

 

It is on sale at Bank Hall on open days, the next one will be on Sunday 3rd July, it's also available from Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford or by mail order via the Friends of Bank Hall website www.bankhall.org.

January 2016
UCLAN Environmental section within the Forensic & Applied Sciences department return to the site to carry out further investigations on the earthworms on the site.

February 2015
David Fox of “Flying Fox Photography” visited the site and took aerial shots of Bank Hall & the site. He kindly did this free of charge to use as promotional material for his business but the group will be supplied with a copy and we are hoping to show this at our AGM. This material will also be very useful for us within the future interpretation material in the Hall. The film on Utube can be seen following this link: Flying Fox

November 2014
We wish to thank the friends and family of Charmian Wardle-Robinson who recently passed away. Charmian was a frequent visitor to Bank Hall and enjoyed sitting in the Walled Garden. We have received a donation of £150 in her memory and we will use this in the Walled Garden in the future as it is restored and developed.

September 2014

Following a decision earlier in the year, three sub-Committees now operate to attend to elements of the work we are doing. These are:  “Events”,  “Grounds”,  “Research & Archives”.  The Sub Committees currently comprise Committee and non-Committee Members but if you are interested in helping in any of these three areas, do contact us. (See Contacts page).

Our Chair, Secretary & Membership Secretary met up with representatives from Ledston Hall, Near Castleford, West Yorkshire.  This was at the request of English Heritage. Their project is similar to ours although the Hall is in a better state and is larger. The primary purpose of the meeting was for us to furnish information on our project to assist them in structuring their project.

June 2014

The Committee have reversed the decision concerning allowing Dogs into the site on our Open Days. Some Open Days will be excluded. The new arrangements will only apply from our September Open Day and will be subject to a Code of Conduct for Dog Owners. Details of this will be posted shortly.

November 2013

Several hundred “finds” retrieved by Students from the University of Central Lancashire when they have been conducting digs on site were returned to the Friends Group in September. These are now being indexed into our own records by a new Volunteer, Tom Mallinson by arrangement with our Archivist, Lionel Taylor. The majority of these are small fragments of a variety of material but there are also some interesting items which include an almost complete Clay Pipe (early 19th Century) and a small ceramic Lion.

October 2013

The Friends of Bank Hall are now selling a selection of their mechandise online via Mail Order only. Check out our new Merchandise Page.

September 2013

Bank Hall is awarded £50,000 from WREN which is to go towards restoration of the main tower. This comes as great news for the Friends of Bank Hall Group and is yet another step closer to the restoration of the Hall.

Bank Hall’s John Miller, chief executive of Heritage Trust for the North West, said: “The grant from WREN is vital in bridging the funding gap to enable us to finish the £4m repair work that Bank Hall urgently requires.

July 2013 

We have been awarded a Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All Grant of £10,000.  This is to enable us to train Volunteers, enhance our Visitor experience with additional activities in the Grounds and also for some new equipment for work in the Grounds.