About this cause
The Apedale Heritage Centre was founded in 2001 on the site of Apedale Colliery, which had closed a few years earlier in 1998, with the aim to preserve and record the history and industries of the Apedale Valley and the surrounding communities such as Chesterton, Knutton and Silverdale. We are entirely run by volunteers and our main funding comes from our café, mine tours and donations. As well as being open to the public, we offer schools an excellent educational package linked to the National Curriculum. School visits include a mine tour, a tour of the museum and optionally a history based walk in the country park. We also offer group visits to many other organisations such as U3A, Scouts and history societies.
How this cause brings people in the community together
We last ran a mining gala in 2014 and it was a great success, we are in the process of planning an event for 2017 over 2 days. The gala's consist of live music (modern and traditional), mining and history organisations, fairground rides, and all of the usual attractions at Apedale, as well as other entertainment as diverse as Morris dancers and fire breathers. The aim is to celebrate our mining history, as well as providing exposure for other history groups, local bands and providing a great family day out. Any funds raised from the event help to support our other activities. The previous events have been free entry, and we are looking for funding towards covering our costs and hopefully keep it free or at least a nominal cost.