We do some voluntary work for a couple of local based history and heritage related groups.

We have been members of The Burscough Heritage Group for about 7 years, holding various positions and this is a selection of what we get up to.

page up dated 10.9.2018 


            The Burscough Heritage Group  

                      The Aims and objectives of the Group are

      • To Keep alive and promote and preserve the history and heritage of

                                     Burscough and its waterways.

                            Objectives of group

      • To improve the knowledge and understanding of Burscough social history,

            including buildings and architecture, waterways, industry and agriculture,

            transport, sport, traditional crafts, entertainment and traditions.

           • To promote a permanent exhibition of local historical interest.

           • To hold an annual history/heritage event.

• To liase with local school and communities to engage interest

            and support developmental activities.

      The group has a web page,  here    


2018 - 19 Winter history meetings about to start 

       BHG September 2018 History meeting poster

"Burscough Heritage Group's September meeting, Meet the author Writing West Lancashire.

Earlier this year a novel called "Mere" hit the bookshops. It's a dark novel about the (mis)fortunes of those who struggle to live on the bed of the lost lake of Martin Mere around Burscough in Lancashire. The book is a great read especially to play guess the locations that the author Carol Fenlon has used in the story.

A keen local historian Carol researched and published the first part of a history of her home town, titled, 'Skelmersdale, the Making of a New Town" in 2014

For the Burscough Heritage Group's first winter meeting, they are welcoming Carol along to give an illustrated talk about her research and writing of "Mere" and further books that she has penned over the years, since her debut novel "Consider The Lilies" won the Impress Novel Prize 2007 and was published in the following June.

Everyone is welcome to come along to Burscough Heritage Group's monthly history meeting at The Blue Mallard on Burscough Wharf on Monday the 17th of September 2018 for a 7.30pm start. Entrance is by £2 voluntary donation to the Heritage Group.

For more information please ring Colin on 07931 356204."



 Heritage weekend 2018 poster

       1940's theme for this years Heritage Weekend.

       Any one who has any 1940's items they could display please get in touch.

     The event is again being hosted by Burscough Wharf and whilst the Heritage group are not organizing a event on the canal other than the raft race there is plenty of 14 day mooring in the village for visiting boaters.  

 Winter history meetings now underway 

Next meeting is on the 9th of April 2018....Lancashire's Medieval Monasteries.

On the 9th of October 2017  Phil Benzine has arranged for Martin Jones to come along to the Blue Mallard for what looks like a good un.

Please feel free to share with any one you think may be interested, and of course come along.


The story of a blacksmith from Newburgh who died for king and country.

Martin Jones will be recounting the story of John Westhead who was the village blacksmith in Newburgh.

Martin has put together an illustrated talk from letters and documents that are over 100 years old of how John Westhead came to sign up for service in WW1 and how the Westhead family coped with the death of a husband and father during and after the war.

Everyone is welcome to come along to The Blue Mallard on Burscough Wharf on Monday the 9th of October 2017 for a 7.30pm start. Entrance is by £2 voluntary donation to the Heritage Group.

For more information please ring Colin on 07931 356204."


     Burscough Heritage weekend 2017 has been and gone.


Burscough Heritage weekend this weekend...

Lots going on at various times at the Wharf over the weekend.....

And it looks like the weather is going to continue nice and summery..

Which will be great for all the displays of old vehicles, old engines, photo displays, military history, the local allotment society and bee keepers.

There'll be Ukulele music, Morris dancers, folk music.

Fancy a heritage walk along the canal? they are available from the Wharf on both days.

Come along and have a fun relaxing time, delve into the history and heritage of the village and all topped off with the raft race along the canal from The Slipway at Crabtree Lane to the Wharf at 2pm on Sunday.


Exhibitors wanted for Burscough Heritage weekend 2017.

Over the weekend of the 24th and 25th of June the Burscough Heritage group are holding Their annual Burscough Heritage weekend with the loose theme of transport.

For the 7th year in a row this free event is kindly being hosted by Burscough Wharf.

The Burscough Heritage Group has organized activities

with a fun tombola stall on the Wharf, a Sunday Raft Race

while wharf will be full of colourful stalls and stands, and vintage vehicles, with the canal full of colourful boats and barges.

There is still time for any one or club or organization with old forms of transport to get involved and come along and display their pride and joy, or to get a team together to build a raft.

There is a entry fee for rafts to cover insurance with any profits being donated to charity.

For more information on exhibiting or bringing a vehicle to display please ring Janet on 01704 89399 or to enter the raft race ring Ray on 01695 576844 or e-mail burscoughvch@yahoo.co.uk


Heritage weekend poster 2017




Railway history meeting poster


Hi all

The History and Heritage of Burscough's railways.

The February Burscough Heritage groups next meeting.

In 1849 the Liverpool to Preston railway started running through Burscough, followed six years later by the Wigan to Southport line.

Februarys Burscough Heritage group's history will be a "Show and Tell" of our village's trains.

Come and share your memories of the tracks and trains, the staff, the trips you've taken, the Flying Scotsman, the Merrymaker trips of the 1970's and 80's, your daily commute, photo's, artefacts, time tables, bit's of stations, posters, models....

Mike Dawson will be there with his scanner to copy pictures, or if you like you can bring a disc or memory stick, or you are quite welcome to e-mail them to burscoughvch@yahoo.co.uk and then we can have a few images to start the presentation off.

What would be great would to put together a chronologic list of the station masters that have been in charge of the three stations in the parish?

Every one is welcome to come along to The Blue Mallard on Burscough Wharf on Monday the 13th of February for a 7.30pm start. Entrance is by £2 donation to the Heritage Group.

For more information please ring Colin on 07931 356204."  



Pop up Heritage centre at The Grove for Heritage weekend.

As part of the Burscough Heritage weekend the BHG have organized a "Pop up" Heritage Centre at the Grove.

There will be displays from the group's artefacts collection, along with other heritage organizations that can help you research your family history. There will be chance to find out backgrounds' of local churches and Lathom and Burscough military history.

There will be opportunities to buy vintage inspired item's and performances of folk and traditional songs, readings from books and poetry. There's not any sort of programme of times just the ringing of a bell to announce what's going on.

All welcome to this free event with the Grove being open from 10-4 on both days

heritage centre poster


Stall holders at The Grove for Heritage Weekend updated 18.5.16

Group and what displaying

1 Burscough Heritage Group Artefacts

2 Colin and Carole's Creations/The Wool Boat Ganseys

3 Mark Dowding Music

4 Maggi, Marks OH Rag rug demo's

5 Lydia Walker Glitz and Gifts Jewellery

6 St Andrews mission church/St Johns on Saturday only Church history and Heritage

7 Ormskirk and district family history Family history and Heritage

8 West Lancashire Heritage Association Heritage

9 The Grove Heritage

10 Burscough Parish Council Heritage

11-13 in the Art room Lathom and Burscough Military Heritage Society Military Heritage

14 Michael Nye Author of novels about canal life, Reading's Music and Books.

15 North Meols Family history society Family History

16 Burscough Bridge Methodist Church Church history and Heritage

17 Janet Carlson vintage lace work

18 "Home spun" on Sunday only Mawsdley village life booklets and tales

19 Jude Dalton vintage tiles

20 Sarah Jamson Sunday morning Authoress





up date 23.3.16

This is on behalf of the Burscough Heritage Group, and the H & R Ainscough Barge Restoration Project for which Colin is press officer.

Burscough is making plans to bring the village alive with History and Heritage, 18th and 19th June 2016.

200 years ago in 1816 the Leeds and Liverpool canal, that had reached Burscough in 1774, was finally completed throughout its 127and ¼ miles.

With substantial financial support from the Burscough Parish council the heritage weekend, established by Burscough Heritage Group in 2011 has now evolved into a joint venture with H&R Ainscough Barge Restoration Project, The Wharf and other local organisations. More groups are welcome to participate to make the event even bigger and better.

Based around the Leeds and Liverpool canal and Burscough Wharf for the weekend of the 18th and 19th of June the air in the centre of the village will be filled with the sounds sights and smells of old canal boats, fairground rides, lorries, horses and carts, crafts and music.

The H & R Ainscough Barge Restoration Project is organising a Historic Boat Festival to attract as many traditional "working boats" as possible to line the canal, alongside the star attractions: the two ex H & R Ainscough's boats Ambush and Viktoria. Their base in the Heritage Room at The Old Stables will be open to the public for information on the 200th Anniversary of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, local families, Ainscoughs Mill and its history.

The H and R Ainscough Barge Restoration Project are also hosting a celebration evening on Saturday 18th June with live music from the group "Beer for Breakfast", real ale and Hot Pot Supper at Burscough Cricket club where on Sunday 19th there will be a summer fayre.

The Leeds and Liverpool canal society are once again returning to the village for the weekend with their floating exhibition boat "Kennet"

Plans are well in hand for guided history walk's from the wharf along the canal towing path, a raft race along the canal, ride's in a horse drawn carriage and a vintage bus service from Ormskirk into the village to view even more vintage vehicles on display around the wharf, along with photographs of old Burscough in the arts centre at The Wharf.

The Burscough Heritage group are establishing a "pop up" Heritage centre in The Grove inviting local groups with any heritage connections to come and display their artefacts, photographs etc and meet the public to increase interest in their activates.

Events around the village will run from 10 am on both days, with more information becoming available on the internet and the press as plans are firmed up with the best places to start being the Facebook pages of the Burscough Heritage group and the H&R Ainscough Barge Restoration Project.

There is the possibility of a printed programme being produced for the weekend, contact for this if your group is interested in being included, please contact Ray Eckersley on the Wharf no below.

Colin Wareing BHG and H and R Press officer.

For the Burscough Heritage group, the H and R barge restoration project and Burscough Wharf,

Contact details, Burscough Heritage Group, Chairman Tom Spencer 07966436238, for the pop up heritage centre Colin Wareing 07931 356204, H and R Ainscough's Barge Restoration Project Secretary Sandra Nolan 07966439701 or Burscough Wharf, 01695 576844.


   At the moment, the end of January 2016 We both organize the monthly history meetings for the group that are held in The Blue Mallard at Burscough Wharf, here


          Our Next meeing is on Monday the 8th of February, come and join us to learn

                                        about Burscoughs airfeild.

HMS Ringtail Burscough's Airfield.

For three years from 1943 until 1946 the Royal Navy operated an airfield in Burscough.

The building and operation of "HMS Ringtail" as it was called had and still does have a great effect on Burscough.

On Monday the 8th February 2016 the Burscough Heritage Group are hosting an illustrated talk by local historian Lawrence.

The talk will tell the history of Burscough Airfield, its role in the 2nd world war and will be brought up to date with details of the new building Booths supermarket and the Airman's memorial erected at the entrance to the industrial estate on Pippin Street.

Lawrence and Michael Dawson are the team behind the images of Burscough website and will also be showing a HMS Ringtail themed display of photos and memorabilia. If you have any Burscough related photos, please bring them along if you are happy to share them for the Burscough Heritage Group and Images of Burscough archives.

The talk is open to everyone, with a £2 donation, at The Blue Mallard restaurant on Burscough Wharf, from7 pm. for a 7.30 start.

For more information please ring Colin or Carole the BHG History group organizer's on 07931 356204.