Long Preston Heritage Group News


On Sunday 20th October 2019 we invite you to an exhibition about the project to record the information on the gravestones in St Mary’s Churchyard and to explore the family histories associated with them. . It will be in Long Preston Village Hall from 11am until 4pm and refreshments will be available, free of charge.

There will be examples of amazingly enhanced photographs of some of the deteriorating gravestones and an opportunity to find out more about the history of local families. Because it is such an old churchyard there are many gravestones needing to be recorded so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in different parts of this project.

We would also value any information that can be provided on local families.

LPHG’s AGM will be on Monday 21st October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

This will be followed by a talk by Sarah Lister about the Settle project to safeguard the gravestones and develop the history of families buried in the graveyard of Settle Parish Church.

LPHG are looking for new volunteers.

We depend on volunteers to keep the Group active. We need people to get involved and this can be as much or as little as you like. You may want to just help but we also need people confident about leading projects as well as committee members. Are you interested? The amount of time or work you can give would be up to you. If you are interested, please contact me at  secretary@longprestonheritage.org.uk to discuss how you can become involved without any commitment on your part.

The Village has a number of regular activities which are listed on the Village part of this website.

The Heritage Group has 2 ongoing projects  -  an archiving project and the St Mary’s project. Full details of these can be found under ‘Current projects’.

The Heritage Group has had several intensive years since its start in 2007 researching the history of the village, improving amenities and areas of the village and hosting social events.   Over this time it has become an established village community group.

We do not charge for membership.

We are always open to new ideas and suggestions.
If you want to join the Heritage Group, please contact the secretary.  You can just be a member or you can give as much of your time or expertise as you wish. We are an entirely voluntary group.

LPHG has recently become a member of the ‘Friends of the Dales’.  This is the new (2017) name of the Yorkshire Dales Society - a registered charity set up in 1981 to campaign for the protection and enhancement of the Dales and to encourage everyone to value and enjoy this special area.  This organisation can be accessed here: https://www.friendsofthedales.org.uk.

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