Programme of Events


The new year programme of Prestwich and Whitefield Heritage Society …


Happy New Year to you all we hope that 2019 will be a year full of health and happiness.

There are many items for the events letter particularly in February, so please get out you diaries and make some notes it will be busy.


Our first event will be the Grand Opening of the new exhibition in our museum upstairs in Prestwich Library. Susan Long from Bury Art Gallery has spent a great deal of her time organising this, for which we are very grateful. The Mayor of Bury, Councillor Jane Black has agreed to open this event on Tuesday 5th February at 11.30 am.

Do please come for a sandwich and a cup of tea, bring a friend and view the exhibits you are most welcome .


Our first meeting at the Church Inn will be a 7.30 on Tuesday February 12th, when Peter Corbally will speak to us about Whitefield Past and Present.

Do come and enjoy some memories.


Many of you attended the Memorial service at St Mary’s for Ian Pringle, many contributions were made for a memorial to Ian and finally this has been made and will be erected then unveiled at 2.00pm on February 26th which would have been Ians’ 69th birthday. The plaque will be at the beginning of the narrow alleyway between the church and the rectory, opposite the Church Inn on Church Lane. The plaque says it all and we do hope it meets with the approval of members and Ians’ friends who will be invited to participate in this event, along with Jane Black the Mayor of Bury who has kindly agreed to unveil it. We think it a fitting memorial for a man who gave much thought and love to Prestwich .


Our March meeting will be on Tuesday 26th at the usual time and place and is a talk by Mandi Davies who perhaps some of you may know through her work at Stand Church. Mandi will visit us to speak about the Reverend Corser. His life and work at Stand. Mandi will take us on a visit to the church later in the year.


In April we have a long awaited visit by our President Mike Neville. Mike has found time to visit and inform us about the Spatial Framework for the Manchester area with particular reference to the area around us here in Prestwich and the archaeological  aspects of the house building which is scheduled to take place in the future. His talk will take place on Tuesday  April 2nd usual time and place

Do please come and let your friends know about this meeting it will be of special interest to anyone living in and around Simister and we hope it will be well attended.


In May we are invited to Stand Church in Whitefield where Mandi Davies will conduct a tour of the church, giving us an historical view of its origins. It will take place in the afternoon at 2.00 on Thursday May 9th.


We mustn’t forget Clough Day which this year will happen on Sunday 19th we will need helpers on the day to erect our gazebo and man our stall do help if you can the event starts of 12 noon but we will need helpers from 11.00am.


The June event will be another visit from Mark Llewellin who you may remember spoke to us last year about Granada Studios and Coronation Street. Marks talk this time is more historical and will be an expose of Victorian and Edwardian fraud and criminal tales, His humour and knowledge will make this an entertaining evening do come along and enjoy the fun. We will be joined by The Friends of Heaton Hall for this event. Tuesday 11th June. Usual time 7.30 and place, The Church Inn.


I do hope that there is something here that you can enjoy and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.


Cheers Amanda.






  1. I have read your article on rectory lane my grandparents lived on Bent lane

  2. Joy Moran says:

    My great grandfather, Peter Booth, set up a printing business and shop called the Prestwich Bazaar on Bury New Road of which I have a photograph. His son James Booth took over the business but died in 1899 of an appendicitis, four months before my father was born on Jan. 1st 1900. Margaret Booth, his wife carried on with the business. I think they did the printing in Warwick street then


    Hello. Im thinking my family has quite a lot of history in Prestwich, most are buried in the church down Church Lane, St Marys I think. My Great Grandad, William, started a cycle shop then a garage called Grimshaws on the corner of Fairfax Road, I have some photos. In 1909 he gave record recycles around Manchester and most famously in Heaton Park where 40,000 people came to listen, he also did the same at Winter Gardens, Blackpool..he had a Hat business and a Greengrocers, married a lady named Ellen, I have quite a lot of details if anybody is interested.

    • Susan Cahal says:

      Hi David

      Just scrolling through and wondered whether anyone had got back to you?


    • David Blackledge says:

      I used to go to Heys Boys in the 60s I used to know a David Grimshaw and I certainly new Grimshaws garage are you one and the same.

  4. Are there any dates for 2015 meetings at The Church Inn ? I would like to come across and visit, but I also have commitments in France, so need to organise my diary.



  5. Sharon reynolds says:

    I love prestwich lived in Harold Street age 9-15 my grandparents home his name was Sidney Austin does anyone remember him and my nana was Martha Hallyday austin

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