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Wednesday 12 January 2022  Admission Charge We are sure you are aware the cost of utility bills has sky-rocketed over the last few months. Domestic customers are protected by the energy price cap. Unfortunately, businesses and charities such as ourselves are not protected and as a consequence, we have seen our gas bill rise by almost half of what it was in the summer. As a consequence, for the first time in our history, we have had to take the difficult decision to introduce an admission charge to the museum and exhibits for non-members. The downstairs meeting rooms will still be free and visitors will still be welcome to pop in any Thursday evening for a brew and a chat but non-members will need to pay an admission charge to visit the museum, Fern Hill 1914-1919 hospital and Mrs Ibbitts’ 1917 shop & parlour. In addition, non-members will have limited access to our archives The bulk of our Bacup Times newspapers are away being scanned at the moment, we do however still have some duplicates and a full collection of the Bacup & Stacksteads Chronicle, and Bacup Echo along with a large collection of local history photographs.  Non-members will still be able to view these collections free of charge but full access to the digital photograph archive, maps, documents, and ledgers will only be available to fully paid up members. By becoming a member, you will enjoy free entry to the museum, exhibits and archives in the knowledge that you are making a personal contribution to the preservation and development of the Bacup Natural History Society and  Museum, a treasure unique to Bacup.  Visitors are more than welcome to pop in any Thursday evening throughout January to one of our TASTER sessions and see what we have to offer for a membership subscription. Visit our Support Us page for more information on becoming a member. LECTURES A few months before our closure due to Covid19 in March 2020 the Nat Committee had taken the difficult decision to no longer hold our usual 10 monthly lectures at the Nat as it was felt these were no longer cost-effective. We have however decided that rather than write off never having a lecture again we will hold some lectures on special occasions and to fundraise. On these occasions, we have been invited to use  St John’s or the ABD centre which under the current circumstances with regards to Covid19 etc we would be able to house members and visitors in much more socially distanced surroundings. Please check back here for news of any future lectures that we may hold.

Annual General Meeting

7 pm Thursday 19th May ABD Centre Burnley Road Bacup
AGM 19th May 2022 beginning at 7.00 pm at The A B & D Centre, Burnley Road, Bacup Dear Member You are cordially invited to the above meeting which this year will be held in The A B & D Centre, Burnley Road, Bacup.  The agenda is as follows and papers will be available at the meeting:-   1. Apologies for absence 2. Minutes of last AGM held in  2019 3. Matters arising 4. Proposed changes to constitution 5. Secretary’s Report 6. Treasurer’s Report 7. Any Other Business 8. Date of next AGM – Thursday 18th May 2023