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A Short History of The Briercliffe Society

The Briercliffe Society was founded after the publication of Roger Frost's "A Lancashire Township: The History of Briercliffe-with-Extwistle".

Originally it was intended that the Society should be a Local History Group continuing the work started by the book, but it soon became clear that the Society would have a wider appeal. The three founder members, the late Mr. Donald Taylor, the late Mr. Kenneth Bythell and Mr. Roger Frost decided to hold a public meeting at the Tennyson Street Baptist Chapel in Harle Syke to assess interest in the proposal.

Large numbers attended and were prepared to join. A committee was appointed with Donald Taylor in the chair, Kenneth Bythell as Hon. Secretary and Roger Frost as Hon. Treasurer though these last two soon swapped jobs.

A programme of evening talks was organised and advertised and, out of these, other events quickly followed. These included the June Trail, which was (initially) a walk around part of the Parish finishing at a local house for supper, and the July Trip, something more adventurous involving the booking of a coach - in other words a day excursion.

The Society, in partnership with the Briercliffe Allotments & Gardens Society, has revived the Briercliffe Flower Show which is now a great success. Another success has been the Society's role in building the present Community Centre which is now the base from which it operates. The Society is involved in numerous other Briercliffe activities and organisations and is has been claimed (and rightly) that the Society has done much to bring the people of Briercliffe together and preserve that sense of community which is so important to so many people who live in the Briercliffe area.

Today, the Society is continuing to undertake work it has done since its foundation but it is looking to the future and adapting to present day needs.


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