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Discover Pontefract’s Hidden Heritage

On Fri 1 Sept, we launched this year’s guide to Heritage Open Days 4-day festival with host partners, civic society members and the Town Crier courtesy of Pontefract Heritage Group. 12 venues will be throwing their doors open wide in and around Pontefract, between 8thand 16thSeptember, starting with Nostel Priory on 8thSept. Our events in […]

Talk: “Transports of Delight – the Orient Express and other stories about trains”

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 11th September, 7:00pm in the Small Ballroom at The Grange, Carleton Community Centre. Entitled “Transports of Delight – the Orient Express and other stories about trains”, this illustrated talk is presented by Kevin Trickett. I have been fascinated by trains since I was a child and I know I’m not […]

Pontefract Youngsters’ Shield Designs

Over the summer, we have attended numerous community events in Pontefract with our stall, including the Liquorice Festival, Yorkshire Day, Picnic in the Park and others. In addition to promoting an awareness of the society and our projects in the town, we also asked children to design a knight’s shield to decorate our very own […]

Talk: “Jesse Hartley of Pontefract”

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 12th June, 7:00pm in the Nelson Room at Pontefract Town Hall. Entitled “Jesse Hartley of Pontefract”, this illustrated talk is presented by David Jones. Despite having no experience of dock building, Hartley was the first full-time professional dock engineer in the world. He had previously worked for his […]

Entente Cordiale as civic society welcomes French visitors

On Sat 12 May, Pontefract Civic Society gave an official welcome at Pontefract Town Hall to 80 visitors from France, accompanied by their hosts from Selby. This was the culmination of months of planning between the group’s coordinator, Lizzie Cooper, and civic society Chair, Paul Cartwright. The Selby-Carentan Twinning Association was founded in 1974, chaired […]

Talk: Kings, Lords & Hermits

Our next talk will be held on Tuesday 10th april, 7:00pm at Central Methodist Church, Newgate, Pontefract . Entitled “Kings, Lords and Hermits”, this illustrated talk is presented by David Wilcox and will appeal to anyone with an interest in Pontefract’s local history. Admission: £2 for members, £4 for non members – payable on the […]