Memories will be shared in abundance again at another Hollinshead School reunion on Saturday, February 16.
Derek Haslam, a past elder of Hollinshead Street Church, Chorley, wrote a book on the history of the church, incorporating the school, and has kindly supplied us with information about the school.
Derek, of Duxbury Hall Road, Chorley, said: “A Sunday School was run by Hollinshead Church prior to 1800 but the Hollinshead School was officially opened in 1836 as the Independent Sabbath School.
“The school hall was largely a gift from Robert Wallwork and cost £190. In the school, there were 17 teachers and 178 scholars on the books.
“This seems an enormous number of pupils and teachers in a Sunday school but they were extremely important because for many children and adults this was their main opportunity to learn the three “Rs” as Sundays were the only day they were not working and could go to school.
“In 1885, extra classrooms were added and it became a day school.
“By 1886 there were 71 pupils attending but by 1922 there were 500 scholars and by this time, evening class were also running and the school had a very good reputation for its academic teaching levels.
“Eventually the school closed its doors in July 1980.”
Derek, 77, added: “We have previously run a reunion and it was so well attended that we thought it was time to run another.
We have been fortunate to find one of the teachers – Miss Standidge, who is now Mrs Lucas as she married another of the teachers from the school, who was at the school from 1953 to 1959 and she is really looking forward to meeting past pupils at the reunion.”
Derek has been collecting school photographs over a number of years and blown them up to A4 size.
More than 70 of them will be on display dating from 1912-1980.
They will also be shown as a slide show on the large screen.
The original school registers, now held in the records library at Preston are being released for the day and will be on display.
Entrance is from either the car park off Hollinshead Street or from Byron Street next to the council offices.
The reunion – between 10am and noon – is free and refreshments will be available.
“We look forward to seeing you all,” said Derek.
Meanwhile Hollinshead Church has a free coffee and scones drop in every Saturday morning from 10am to noon.