Steve steps in as Longridge history chief

New chairman of Longridge History Society, Steve Ashcroft.
New chairman of Longridge History Society, Steve Ashcroft.

The new chairman for Longridge and District History Society is one of Longridge’s town councillors, Steve Ashcroft.

Mr Ashcroft succeeds Moya Every who has handed over the reins after four years in office.

Moya did an excellent job when she stepped into the role of chairman at short notice, and I hope we can continue to see the Society grow

Steve Ashcroft

Steve lived in Chaigley for nearly 20 years before moving into Longridge itself in 2010.

He was appointed as a Longridge town councillor in January 2015, and was re elected this year.

Of his membership of the History Society, he said “I joined it as soon as we moved to the town and really enjoyed the variety of monthly talks.

“They have covered not only aspects of local history but also those which are of national interest as well.”

Paying tribute to his predecessor, he added “Moya did an excellent job when she stepped into the role of chairman at short notice, and I hope we can continue to see the Society grow.

“We have very good links to the trust which runs the Heritage Centre and share a common interest in preserving and recording Longridge’s history.”

The Society has around 45 members and meets every month in the Centenary Room at St Paul’s Church off Berry Lane. at 7.30pm.

The first meeting of the 2015/16 programme is on Thursday September 17, when Dr Brenda Fox will give a talk titled “A Glimpse into the Social History of Garstang.”

Other talks planned for the season include the Graveyard Detective, the history of Whalley Village and Abbey and the Packhorse Trade in the north west.

Membership of the society is £12 a year and new members will be given a warm welcome.