Saturday July 7th 2018
Summer Event: The Closing of Millom Ironworks.
Millom Baptist Church
Crown Street LA18 4AG
This summer is the 50th anniversary of the ironworks closure, an event which features significantly in Nichoson's poetry. Local writer Bill Myers will give a talk and lead a walk to the Ironworks site. We will discuss some of Nicholson's writings on this theme.
Sat Sept 15th 2018
Creative Writing Workshop at Cockley Moor, led by Kathleen Jones.
Details to follow
Sat Oct 20th 2018
details to follow
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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