A Venacular Buildings - Training Day

Was held on Saturday 17 October 2009 in Long Preston Village Hall.

This was an opportunity to spend a day with Alison Armstrong from the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Studies Group looking at why and how we record our interesting local buildings.

The popular programme included details of a local building restoration project, a guided walking tour and the recording of both the internal and external features of a barn in the village.

Talk on Stained Glass

A facinating illustrated talk was given, on Saturday 7th November 2009, by stained glass conservation specialists Jonathan and Ruth Cooke, on the history of the stained glass windows in St. Mary’s Church; made by the famous artist Capronnier  in the mid-nineteenth century.

Talk on the History of Nursery Rhymes

“The dish ran away with the spoon”

An adult view of nursery rhymes and the stories behind the them.

This very enjoyable  and informative talk  was given by Alan Hemsworth to a full house in the Village Hall on Wednesday the 25th November 2009.

The Annual General Meeting of the Long Preston Heritage Group

Was held on Wednesday 21 October 2009 in Long Preston Village Hall.

The AGM was followed by a talk on the Survey of Traditional Farm Buildings by Don McLellan from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

A Coffee Morning was held on Saturday 3rd October 2009 in the Village Hall

This well attended event was to publicise the forthcoming events of the Heritage Project, and display photographs of the Railway Weekend.  Some more photographs of earlier times were also displayed, with many people taking a great interest in being able to add names and dates to the photographs, which will be added to the archive on the village website.

Railway Exhibition on Saturday & Sunday 4th & 5th July 2009

To commemorate the 160th anniversary of the railway coming to Long Preston the Heritage Group arranged an Exhibition of the History of Long Preston Station, which was opened in July 1849.

The exhibition featured a large, detailed model 'O' gauge of the station and sidings as they were in the 1920's, together with working model engines and rolling stock of the period. There were also displays of photographs and documents showing the history of the railway.

More details of the Exhibition can be seen here.

Yeomen, Monks, Drovers and Weavers - 800 years of Long Preston’s History.

 A talk was held on Friday 22nd May 2009.

Tony Stephens gave this illustrated talk to a large audience in Long Preston Village Hall.

Afterwards many of the audience were shown several buildings of interest in the village.

A short version of the paper can be read here.

A full version is available to purchase - see here.

A Heritage Film Show was held on Friday 27th & Sunday 29th March 2009.

A film of the 1977 Silver Jubilee celebrations produced by the then residents of Long Preston, and an other old film of Long Preston, were shown on the new large screen to a full house on both showings.

The sixth Heritage Project meeting was held on Thursday 26th Feb 2009.

This meeting was attended by 25 residents. Reports were given on progress on the various Heritage Project Groups and activities.

Following the meeting Dave Tayler from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust gave an illustrated talk about the Wet Grassland Project at Long Preston Deeps; details of which can be read here.