“Without the canal we wouldn’t be here– it’s the soul of our village”

Burscough Heritage Group committee members, from left, Sue Bradshaw, Sandra Nolan and Kath Webster
Burscough Heritage Group committee members, from left, Sue Bradshaw, Sandra Nolan and Kath Webster
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Burscough Heritage Group was formed in 2010 and has been promoting the history of the village across the county. The group discusses memories, collects old pictures and regularly hosts guest speakers. The last talk was on researching family history but topics range from industrial to social history

One group in Lancashire is starting a social revolution.

Burscough Heritage Group aims to document the social history of the village.

Members have interviewed long-standing people from the community but are also speaking to the younger generation to make sure they compile their own memories for future reflection.

Chairman Mike Allen said: “The group aims to collect and collate history about Burscough and the canal and bring it back to the community through displays and talks.

“I’m not a local person; I have been living in the village for about five years and the first year I was involved was in 2011.

“I was asked to help out and I thought what they did was wonderful.

“It blew me away and it is nice to be in a position when you live in an area to give back to the community and I have enjoyed every minute since.”

The group was formed in 2010 as an offshoot of a Parish Council scheme.

They meet every third Monday at The Royal British Legion Club on Lord Street, Burscough and host a yearly heritage week in the village.

This year the group wants the week to be a village-wide event, it is scheduled from Monday-Sunday, June 16-22.

Allen said: “Last year we spoke to 300 children from 10 schools about the history of Burscough, but this year we want to involve more people and more businesses.

“The village is unique as it sprung up where the canal crosses A59, whereas villages used to form on crossroads.

“The canal is a key point of village life and it is important for people to learn about it, a lot of our members are 
ancestors of the boatmen so it really is the heart of the 

“In the next three or four years we aim to create a floating museum and education centre on a canal boat.”

The society has recorded many of the older population of Burscough’s memories and are keen to record more of the younger generation.

Allen said: “When we get older we forget, so it is 
important to record history in the moment and that is what we are trying to do.

“We don’t want to lose knowledge of this area.”

Colin Wareing owns a boat on the Wharf and is the groups Communications Officer.

He said: “This year we want to make the heritage week bigger than ever.

“We want more of the village to get involved and expand from the canal.

“We usually have Morris Men, music and displays it would be nice to see them in the village pubs this year.”

If you would like to take part in Burscough Heritage week or join the society email Mike Allen at: mallenpost@live.co.uk.