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Who made this site?
I've always been interested in the area's history, whether it was listening to Johnnie Clapham and Geordie Jones talk, reading Arthur Evans' articles in the Evening Mail or just seeing old photos of the place on pub walls and in relatives' albums. Publishing the short history was my way of trying to express this interest and find out if there were other people out there who could answer any of the questions that kept cropping up the more I learned about the village.
At the same time as I was publishing the book, here in NSW, a group of people were getting together in Askam. These people eventually became the Askam & Ireleth History Society.
Askam & Ireleth History Society
Sadly, Bob Sloane (far right in the picture above) died in 2003. The group continues to meet, however, in the afternoon on the first Wednesday of each month at the Methodist Chapel, Duddon Road. Brian Hadwick (e-mail Brian) is the contact point for people wishing to join the group or donate photos. Brian is also conducting a number of projects, recording the area's pubs and publicans, and Askam's pigeon lofts and fanciers. Visit the Askam Pigeon Association page now.