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Residents take part in celebrating Local and Community History Month


Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities

Throughout the month of May, residents across Lancashire took part in celebrating Local and Community History Month, through a selection of exciting and interactive, free events.

The national campaign aims to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate.

Sian Coulton, Community Involvement Manager at Progress Housing Group, said: “Local History Month is a good way for communities to come together and share stories and experiences from the past. It is also good for young people to learn more about their local community.

Progress Housing Group kicked off its Local and Community History Month events with a talk from tenant and local history expert Ron Christopher, on the history of the local area, followed by slides on how Penwortham and Leyland have changed over the years. Residents who attended the talk were also asked to contribute their ideas on what items they would like to be included in the Housing Group's time capsule, which will be buried later on this year, to mark the Group’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

Harold Tilling a resident of Tuson House Sheltered Scheme in Penwortham, really enjoyed the talk saying “I have really enjoyed learning about the local area and how it has changed. I attend a lot of Ron’s talks and enjoy learning about all the different areas he covers.”

Ron Christopher, who gave the talk and is also a resident of Tuson House, said: “I give a number of nostalgic local history talks to people at the scheme and in the local community. I belong to the Preston Historical Society and have a keen interest in family tree history; I have helped people from all over the world explore their family trees.”

Progress Housing Group tenants were also invited to take part in free trips to Lytham Hall, were they were given a guided tour of the historical building and its grounds, and The People’s History museum in Manchester.


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