Places Still Available for Talk on 19.11.16

Hi everyone.

Just a quick note to that we still have places available for our next Heritage Talk at St Marie’s.

It’s taking place on Saturday 19th November 2016 (running from 2pm till 4pm).

For full details of Mike McNicholas talk on the First World War, please read the post below this one.

As always, it’ll be a fascinating talk inside our historic and inspiring venue. There will also be the chance to see old faces and have a catch over a cup of tea and a biscuit.

To book your free place at this event, please contact Matthew Roberts via (01928) 592 405 or

Please note that places are limited and your entrance may be denied if you haven’t booked a place.

Many thanks.

Matthew Roberts

Heritage Talk at St Marie’s – World War One Remembrance

Tony Miller 3Saturday 19th November 2016. 2pm till 4pm

The St Marie’s Heritage Group are delighted to invite you to attend the next of our Heritage Events at St Marie’s on Lugsdale Road, Widnes.

We’ll be joining in with the rest of the nation in November when we stop to remember the local men who died in the First World War.

Mike McNicholas will take attendees on a tour – from a personal perspective – of World War 1 War graves and the battles that led to so many deaths. He will intersperse his talk with mentions of particular Widnes men who perished at these particular battles. He will reference his book which catalogues every Widnes man who died in service 1914 -1922. (1922 was considered the “cut-off” point for deaths following injuries received in the conflicts).

Mike uses a PowerPoint presentation with photographs and engages with his audience via Q & A throughout his presentation.

To book your free place at this event, please contact Matthew Roberts via (01928) 592 405 or

Please note that places are limited and your entrance may be denied if you haven’t booked a place.

Event Review: St Marie’s – Your Story

re-1The St Marie’s Heritage Group were delighted to host 40 former parishioners on Saturday for a special reminiscence event.

Attendees discussed topics such as their favourite school trips, their happiest memories of the Church or school and shared unusual recollections too.

We had two occasions when the attendees sang songs and we got to hear one (slightly naughty) poem about a former teacher. It was great to walk around the room and hear so much laughter.

Many thanks to Margaret, Jane, Christine, Peter & Roger for helping on the day.

We hope you all enjoyed it.

Here’s the feedback we collected on the day:

Was there anything you particularly liked?

– Enjoyed the event and learned lots of things from the stories that were shared. Enjoyable and interesting and humorous stories.
– Great! Simple concept! Loved the informality and the humour!
– Really enjoyed meeting old school friends again.
– Just general memories of the people here.
– Wonderful memories.
– Loved the memories and interaction.
– Very pleasant afternoon.
– A most enjoyable event. Nice to be with your own to reminisce.
– Really enjoyed the chat and memories of lovely St Marie’s.
– Enjoyed everything. Good to talk and remember old times.
– Lovely memories.
– Meeting old friends.
– Lovely memories!
– Loved “Reminiscence Event” talking about St Marie’s Church and school. Great idea.
– Meeting old friends.
– Very enjoyable.
– Enjoyed other people’s memories, things that I had forgotten.
– Really enjoyable afternoon. Really glad we came.

Was there anything you particularly disliked?

Any ideas for future Heritage Events at St Marie’s?

– Musical event and more reminiscence events.
– To have more of them.
– Keep doing them.
– One relating to Widnes RLFC and former pupils.
– Pass Redmond family photos.