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The Common Room / "Descendants" radio series connections to slavery
« on: Friday 28 May 21 21:23 BST (UK)  »
First of 7 programmes on Radio 4 today, Friday 11 a.m. and on BBC Sounds.
Presenter Yrsa Daley-Ward "introduces us to an international network of lives connected through the history of slavery".

The Lighter Side / The Archers 2021 Now We Are Seventy!
« on: Friday 01 January 21 17:35 GMT (UK)  »
Many Happy Returns to TA.
Radio 4 has a day-long celebration, starting with "David Archer" on "Farming Today" this morning.  "Ruth Archer took over as presenter of "Woman's Hour"; (Jane Garvey lost yesterday). "With Great Pleasure at Christmas", shortened repeat from Christmas Day, "The Archers Anniversary Quiz".

St. Mary the Virgin, Blackburn.
Excommunications 1744-1758 (44 records)
Penance 1743-1755 (28 records)
Both lists indexed by surname.
New on Lancashire Online Parish Clerks website this week.
The vast majority of people on the penance list were guilty of "ffornication". A few had committed "adultrey". The penance list began on 1st Jan. 1743/4 with Henry WHITTACRE (clandestine marriage). Next entry was November 1744 Martha WHITTAKER , wife of Henry WHITTAKER (clandestine marriage).
No reason recorded for excommunications.
These are the first excommunication and penance registers I've seen on LANOPC.
Also new on LANOPC are baptism, marriage and burial registers (1700's) of Darwen and Tockholes parishes which were then in Blackburn parish.

The Stay Safe Board / Fake news
« on: Monday 27 July 20 10:48 BST (UK)  »
A new series of documentary programme "My Name Is" begins 11 a.m. today, Radio 4. Each episode focuses on a person with an experience of an issue in the news. Today it's a doctor investigating fake news about Covid-19  and impact on NHS.
Another new series is "How They Made Us Doubt Everything", Mon.-Fri. for 2 weeks, examines tactics used by companies to "change the narrative" on big stories. Oil and tobacco this week.

The Stay Safe Board / General discussion on current situation 3
« on: Tuesday 02 June 20 18:03 BST (UK)  »
2 pieces of news about statistics today.
Higher death rates among ethnic minorities.
Published statistics on tests obscure.

The Stay Safe Board / State of Emergency Covid-19 (Part 5)
« on: Saturday 21 March 20 20:12 GMT (UK)  »
Useful stuff here.
Ready Scotland
"Preparing for and dealing with emergencies"
"Helping in your community"
"Community resilience groups"
Also links to mental health charity Mind + other links.
There should be similar sites for your area.

The Common Room / Baptisms stillborn babies Oldham workhouse 1849
« on: Wednesday 21 August 19 23:10 BST (UK)  »
Registers of baptisms and burials at Oldham workhouse have been added to Lancashire Online Parish Clerks website this month.
There were 6 baptisms recorded for 26th November 1849. Two were for stillborn babies, according to the transcription.

Baptism 26th Nov. 1849 still-born Taylor - son of Alice Taylor; born 13th April 1849;
To what parish chargeable: Oldham

Baptism 26th Nov. 1849  still-born Casey  - son of Rosanah Casey; born 2nd Nov. 1849;
To what parish chargeable: Com. charge
Also, what does "Com. charge" mean?

Next library open afternoon is Sunday 20th January 2019.
Meade Hil Schul, Meade Hill Road, Prestwich M8 4LP
Free to members; non-members 3; Refreshments.
Anyone wishing to attend please email

Useful Links / Jewish communities in Britain World War 1 database
« on: Wednesday 02 January 19 16:57 GMT (UK)  »
We Were There project
A project created to capture, record and preserve the impact, experience and contribution of Britain's Jewish communities during the First World War.

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