Wigan Borough Environment & Heritage Network

Meeting minutes

10.30 a.m. May 22nd 2017 at Museum of Wigan Life.


Neil Forshaw (George Formby Society), Richard Sivill (Atherton Heritage), Ken Barston (Stubshaw Cross Residents Group), Bob Bruce (Astley Green Colliery) Glenys McClellan (Leigh Family History Society), Peter Goodwin (Tradition Films), Mary Pennington (Wigan Archaeology Society), Avis Freeman (Leigh Soroptimists), Tom Price (Civic Trust), Joe Taylor (Billinge History Society), John O’Neill (Greenheart), Martin Purcell (Corporate Land Management).


Derek Wilde (Wigan Family History Society),Allan Roberts (RSPCB) Peter Fleetwood (Save Wigan), Peter Taylor (Civic Trust), Lynda Jackson (Wigan MBC), David Shallcross (Leigh Ornithological Society), Alex Miller (Wigan MBC), Eileen Walsh & Eileen Bithel (BETA),

Minutes of the last meeting (10th April): Accepted as a true record.

Matters Arising: None..

Martin Purcell, Greenheart Officer for the Corporate Land Management Team, explained the framework and responsibilities of the CLMT and his role within it, then answered questions and responded to comments. His written notes concerning matters of environment and heritage interest will be attached to the minutes, when circulated.

Martin recommend we invite Anna Hetterley, Carbon Landscape Programme Manager for the Wildlife Trust, to our meeting 25 September. Anna has been in touch and agreed.

Members Reports:

Joe Taylor: A bore hole sank at Greenslate Farm means there will be water for all requirements into the foreseeable future. Farmers Markets are held 10.00 onwards third Sunday of the month.

John O’Neil: The Waterloo Memorial will be unveiled 25th August. The plans for refurbishment of Market Square have been dropped.

Mary Pennington: Handed out latest newsletter. The GM Federation Festival of Archaeology to be held 22-25 June,

Glenys McClellan: All going well.

Tom Price: The Civic Trust meetings continuing as scheduled

Ken Barston: The lack of young recruits to the group is becoming a problem as existing member are and are unable to perform strenuous work,

Neil Forshaw: George’s grave is undergowing refurbished at Warrington cemetery. The GF memorial race at Haydock Park is the 4.05 on the 26th of May.

Richard Sivill: There have been so many housing developments approved that there will soon be no green space left in Atherton.

Peter Goodwin: Engaged in finishing the John Lennon film.

Bob Bruce: Going through a re-branding process - will be know as ‘Lancashire Mining Museum’.

Avis Freeman: Busy as usual.

Next meeting Meeting 3 July Mesnes Park.