Sat July 8th
Millom Discovery Centre
Station Building, Station Rd, Millom, LA18 5AA
'There's no poetry in railways'
The Millom Discovery Centre, which started life as the Millom Folk Museum, is now housed in Millom Railway Station. As the Folk Museum it was officially opened in 1973 by our very own Norman Nicholson. Come and find out about Nicholson’s interest in railways and be inspired by the railway-marked post-industrial landscape of Millom and its surrounding area.
Register from 1030 for 11am start; time to look around the Centre.
11.00-12.30 Guided walk along the old railway to the former Ironworks site, led by Karen Pugh .There will be alternative activities for those who would prefer not to walk this distance.
13.30-14.00 Millom Discovery Centre will talk about their
successful Heritage Lottery bid
14.00-15.15 Discussion Groups
15.15-16.00 Refreshments/feedback + discussion
Coast: £5.00. Bring your own packed lunch or you can buy lunch in the Trackside Café, Millom Railway Station (advisable to book a table if you wish this option).
Please let us know via the Contact form if you wish to attend. Payment can be made on the day, but please do inform us if you intend to attend or need to cancel your booking.
Health and Safety Information: If you are taking part in the Walk, please ensure that you wear suitable strong footwear and good outdoor clothing. You are also advised to bring cameras and notebooks. All activities are at your own risk.
Sat Oct 7th: Autumn Event
Sat Dec 2nd: Christmas Lunch
St George's Church, Millom. Sat June 3rd
We marked the 30th anniversary of the death of Norman Nicholson with a commemorative event at St George’s Church, Millom (2pm-4pm).
AGM and presentation by Dr Antoinette Fawcett: Nicholson and Italy, April 1 2017
Network Centre, Salthouse Road, Millom LA18 5AB
The AGM proper was preceded by a presentation by Charlie Lambert, the Society's chair, on the progress of the Norman Nicholson House Project. Charlie recounted the main developments over the last 12 months and concluded by stating that the working group was now in a position to submit a formal application to the Lottery for a 'Resilient Heritage' grant to pay for John Coward Architects, of Cartmel, to undertake a detailed survey of Nicholson's former home, to prepare estimates for the cost of renovating and extending, and to work with us in developing our concept for the long-term future. Full details of the NN House project can be found here.
Detailed minutes of the AGM will be sent to members in due course. The main points were: Brian Charnley kindly offered to take over from Dot Richardson as treasurer and his appointment as such was duly approved. The Society's updated constitution was approved. Reports were presented by Glenn Lang (secretary), Dot Richardson (retiring treasurer), Antoinette Fawcett (membership secretary) and Sue Dawson (schools & communities). Under 'Any Other Business' Charlie Lambert reported that our Heritage Lottery Fund officer had recommended that we join the Heritage Trust Network, an organisation which offers advice and support to groups like ours who are interested in acquiring a property of significance. Members agreed that we should go ahead with this.
The current rate of membership fees was discussed and it was decided to make a modest increase in the subscription from March 2018. The cost of adult membership will rise from £12 to £15, and the cost of a couple's membership from £18 to £20. Youth membership will remain at £6.
Antoinette's fascinating talk revealed that Nicholson's poetry (from the Pot Geranium collection) had been translated into Italian by Roberto Sanesi (1930-2001). It was a sign of the esteem in which Nicholson was held that Sanesi should take on the task. He was a highly-respected literary translator who had been commissioned by TS Eliot personally to translate his own poems. In the course of her research at the John Rylands Library, Antoinette came across a previously undiscovered letter from Sanesi to Nicholson, written in 1958, the letter now being an important contributor to our understanding of the links between Nicholson and Italy.
Antoinette also stated that Nicholson possessed works in the original Italian and learned the language himself, encouraged and tutored by Enrica Garnier.
She concluded by quoting another of Norman's Italian admirers, Spartaco Gamberini, who, after reading the Pot Geranium collection, wrote to Norman: "You are a European poet, free at last from the cosmopolitan provincialism of London".
Christmas Lunch, December 3rd 2016
Around two dozen members gathered at the Netherwood Hotel in Grange-over-Sands for a very enjoyable social event. This was our second such occasion and, as in 2015, the staff at the Netherwood looked after us superbly. Following an excellent meal our membership secretary Antoinette Fawcett announced the creation of Honorary Life Vice-Presidencies for three members who have, over the years, contributed in a truly outstanding way to the study of Nicholson's work: Neil Curry, Kathleen Jones, and David Boyd.
Pictures by JOHN TROLL
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