Programme of Events

Meetings & Events

Our meetings are normally held on 3rd Tuesday of the month in:

Sandel Centre, 6 Knocklynn Road, Coleraine,  BT52 1WT 

@ 7.30 pm  unless otherwise stated. There are no meetings in July, August nor December.

Visitors are very welcome at all our meetings.

Admission for non-member is £3.00. This includes tea/coffee and biscuits after the meeting.

Event Information

20 October 2015 – Stanley Bate – Life on the River Bush and Showband Days

A very well attended meeting heard Stanley’s first talk –  an illustrated journey from the source of the River Bush to its entrance at the sea at Portballintrae. Many bridges were crossed – Magherahoney, Langford, Stranocum, Conagher, Stroan, Bellisle, Victoria (built in 1874 by Robert Montgomery), Benvardin, Seneril, New Bridge (built by the MacNaghtens) and

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15 September 2015 – Dr. Olwen Purdue – Big Houses

Over 50 members and visitors heard this talk on large estates in the C19th and how they flourished and then declined. Landlords had wealth and position in society – political influence in Parliament and Court. It was a deferential society with regard to tenant and landlord. From 1880 agrarian unrest prompted Land Reform with fair

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19 May 2015 – Jim Wilkinson – Dunseverick Memories

Jim gave an interesting talk on the history of Dunseverick, once a busy fishing village which had 2 mills and a kiln. Fishermen had a hard life. The staple diet of the villagers was dried cod. There was no electricity, mains water nor telephones – the nearest being over 2 miles away. Electricity and water

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20 January 2015 – Hugh Wade – History of Hugh Wade and Son

Hugh gave an illustrated talk on the 180 year old history of the business which commenced in Garvagh in 1835. As was the custom of the time, undertaking was combined with other trades e.g. grocery and public house. In 1937 Wades moved, as undertakers,  to the Waterside in Coleraine. By 1956 they had moved to

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17 February 2015 – Dr. Brendan Scott – The Ulster Port Books

These are based on research done by R.J. Hunter into Customs Books for Derry, Coleraine, Carrickfergus & Lecale Ports which are held by West Yorkshire Archives. The records are unreliable e.g. cargoes leaving Coleraine diminished on arrival at their destination possibly due to corruption or inaccurate clerical work. Imports in 1612 – 15 included house

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