Visit to Cumbria Archive Centre and Carlisle Cathedral.
11AM. Meet at Carlisle/Cumbria Archive Centre to meet Christine Boyce and view her archive. Christine is the designer of the Nicholson memorial window in St George's Church, Millom.
1PM (approx). Lunch break. Lunch is not provided. The Catheral cafe is currently closed but there are plenty of options nearby including Tullie House.
2PM. Meet at Carlisle Cathedral for a guided tour, followed by access to the Prior's Room, a medieval room not normally open to the public. We will discuss a number of Nicholson's poems. This session will be hosted by Martyn Halsall, former Poet in Residence at the Cathedral, the Cathedral Poetry Group, and David and Helen Weston.
Numbers are limited and places mst be booked in advance. Full details will be published in the September 2019 edition of Comet and in an e-bulletin to members.
Saturday December 14th
Christmas Lunch 2019
12.30 for 1PM
Our annual festive celebration for members of the Society. Please join us for lunch in the well-appointed Netherwood Hotel who have looked after us so well in the past. Cost is £22.90. Booking details to follow.
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Sat/Sun June 29th/30th 2019
Norman Nicholson Festival
Click HERE for report and pictures
Sat April 13th 2019
'Cumberland and Westmorland' and our AGM, Millom
The Society's AGM took place at the Baptist Church meeting room, Crown Street, Millom. Minutes will be available to members in due course. The meeting was followed by a session open to all, featuring a talk by the poet Phil Houghton to mark the 70th anniversary of Nicholson's prose work Cumberland and Westmorland, and a presentation by Max Long, Cambridge University PhD student, who has studied Nicholson's topographical notebooks.
Sat December 8th, Christmas Lunch 2018.
Netherwood Hotel, Grange over Sands
We enjoyed a lovely get-together to celebrate Christmas and the endof another busy year for the Society. The staff at the Netherwood Hotel looked after us impeccably, as usual.
Sat Oct 20th 2018
Autumn Event: Josefina de Vasconcellos (1904-2005)
Venue: Haverigg School, Atkinson Street, Haverigg LA18 4HA
An opportunity to find out about the sculptor and her friendship with Norman Nicholson. Josefina's work included a bust of Nicholson and the striking 'Escape to Light' work which is located at Haverigg.
Programme comprised talk and Q&A by Shawn Williamson, sculptor and former pupil of Josefina. Talk by Chris Powell, former Warden of the Harriet Boat. Walk to Haverigg beach to see 'Escape to Light,' Josefina's last sculpture. Reading and discussion of four of Nicholson's poems reflecting his interest in rock, geology and sculpture, led by Antoinette Fawcett.
Friday Sept 28th, Saturday Sept 29th 2018
When Percy met Norman
The Settlement at Castle Hill
Maryport CA15 6BQ
A two-day festival celebrating the meeting 59 years ago of Norman Nicholson and the Maryport artist Percy Kelly. Talks, readings, workshops and exhibitions inspired by the art and poetry of the 'Cumbrian Brothers'.
Organised by the Maryporters Town Team and the Settlement at Castle Hill.
Sat Sept 15th 2018
Creative Writing Workshop at Cockley Moor, led by poet and biographer Kathleen Jones.
Friday July 27th
'Why is a football reporter from Liverpool nuts about Nicholson?'
A talk by Charlie Lambert, chair of the Norman Nicholson Society and former BBC NW Sports Correspondent.
Organised by Millom Library.
The Closing of Millom Ironworks
Saturday July 7th 2018
Summer Event: The Closing of Millom Ironworks
Millom Methodist Church
We marked the 50th anniversary of the ironworks closure, an event which features significantly in Nicholson's poetry. Local writer Bill Myers gave a fascinating and informative talk which traced the reasons for the closure of the works. Bill also went back through the decades to describe the original establishing of the works and the way thousands of families moved to Millom for the new jobs from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Midlands, Devon and Cornwall. After lunch Bill led a walk to the Ironworks site while Antoinette Fawcett facilitated a creative writing exercise for those who preferred not to walk. The event ended with the reading and discussion of three of Nicholson's poems inspired by the closure of 1968: 'Glen Orchy', 'On the Closing of Millom Ironworks', and 'On the Dismantling of Millom Ironworks'. Our thanks to Bill, to the Methodist Church, and to all who attended.
Saturday April 14th 2018
Millom Cricket Club
The Society's AGM was held at Millom Cricket Club. The chair, Charlie Lambert, welcomed members and described the past 12 months as a year of interest, expansion and no little excitement, recalling among other highlights the Society's appearance on 'Songs of Praise,' the commemoration of Nicholson's death 30 years ago, our Lottery grant of £9,900, our visit to Blencathra Field Studies Centre and a second visit to Millom by students from Nottingham University. Charlie paid tribute to Peggy Troll and Janice Savage who passed away over the year, and also to Alan Thomson who, while not a member, was a keen supporter of our events. In the case of Peggy, whose loss is still deeply felt by all of us, Charlie expressed his personal gratitude for Peggy's inspirational support and encouragement.
Dr Chris Donaldson, in absentia, was confirmed as a member of the committee, having been co-opted earlier in the year. Full minutes of the AGM will be circulated to members in due course.
The event included lunch, a boundary walk of the cricket field led by local historian Marshall Mossop, and a talk by Charlie Lambert, inspired by Nicholson's enthusiasm for the sport, entitled Nostalgia is the besetting sin of many who write about cricket.
Wed April 4th 2018
Dalton Local History Society's annual Phillipson Lecture.
Dr Antoinette Fawcett spoke about Norman Nicholson at
St.Mary`s Church Centre, Market Place, Dalton-in-Furness.
The enthusiastically-received lecture, named in honour of the Society's former Chair, John Phillipson, was entitled: 'Norman Nicholson - A Regional Poet?' and presented some of the research Antoinette carried out at the John Rylands Library and the Whitehaven Archive in 2016. The talk showed that Nicholson's work was not only important at a local and regional level, but that it had national and international significance. She explored Nicholson's many links with Scandinavia and Italy and discussed some of the reasons why his work was interesting to readers, writers and translators from these cultures, particularly in the post-war world of the late 1940s and 50s.
Christmas Tree Festival
Saturday Dec 9th 2017 (continuing until Jan 3rd)
Millom Christmas Tree Festival, St George's Church, Millom
Christmas lunch 2017
Sat Dec 2nd
The Netherwood Hotel, Grange over Sands.
Our third annual Christmas lunch was another thoroughly enjoyable occasion, as members gathered at the Netherwood Hotel in Grange-over Sands. Once again the hotel looked after us splendidly, reserving a lounge for our exclusive use before and after the meal, while the lunch itself was served with a wonderful view of Morecambe Bay among the trimmings.
Norman Nicholson's Vision