Researching the impact World War One had on Longridge will be one of the first major jobs newly-appointed heritage officer Helen Wallbank undertakes.
Together with the volunteer team at Longridge Heritage Centre, she is aiming to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of war with local stories and anecdotes, tales of the part the railway played and any photos or maps relevant to those times.
She is asking for anyone who has memorabilia to speak to her or any of the volunteers at the centre so they can build up a picture of Longridge in the war years.
Helen takes up the post formerly held by Emma Hewitt and will be at the centre one day per week. Her appointment is initially for six months by which time it is hoped more funding will be available for her to continue.
She is already familiar with researching and archiving, having helped to set up the Saidburn Village Archive in 2005 in the area of Dalehead where she lives with her family. The Slaidburn archive was set up to conserve the history of the Hodder Valley and is open two days a week for people to carry out private research.
In Longridge, Helen will work to a rota, being in on different days from 10am to 4pm, for which there will be notification at the centre.
She says: “I am really looking forward to working with the volunteers here.
“They have struck me as being so committed and enthusiastic in running this building and the heritage centre, keeping it moving forward to bring Longridge history to a wider audience.
“If anyone else would like to join the team – whatever skills they have – they just need to come in and have a chat.”
Helen lived in Chipping in her teens, attended Bowland High School at Grindleton and, a keen horsewoman, was a freelance riding instructor and chief instructor for Chipping Pony Club, of which she was a founder member, and also chief instructor for Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt Pony Club.