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.
UCLAN Environmental section within the Forensic & Applied Sciences department return to the site to carry out further investigations on the earthworms on the site.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Friends of Bank Hall are now selling a selection of their mechandise online via Mail Order only. Check out our new Merchandise Page.
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.
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.