The Society was formed following a series of lectures on local history organised in Bridge of Weir by the Workers’ Education Association. The popularity of these lectures was such that various participants felt there had been sufficient interest to create a steering group to investigate the formation of a society. The committee members of the Renfrewshire Local History Forum were encouraging and supportive, and generously provided speakers “free of charge” until a membership framework was established.The Society holds monthly meetings in September, October, November, January, February, March and April, generally on the last Monday of the month. The meetings start at 8 pm and are held in Freeland Church Hall (Main Street, Bridge of Weir). The annual programme is concluded by an evening visit or trip in May.
The first meeting was held on Monday 25th September 1989, the topic was “The Story of Bridge of Weir”, the lecturer was Dr. Sylvia Clark and the hall was full. We were on our way! The Society’s object is to encourage an interest in history, particularly that of Bridge of Weir and the surrounding area.
The annual subscription is £4.50 per person, with any necessary extra charges being made for outings. Visitors, who are always welcome, are asked for a donation of £1.50 per evening.
The annual programme is on the notice board in Bridge of Weir Library.Posters in local shops advertise each monthly meeting a week in advance, and notices appear in local papers too.
The Society has maintained its affiliation to the Renfrewshire Local History Forum, and our members are provided with details of Forum activities and are entitled, indeed encouraged to attend the monthly archaeology lectures and take part in fieldwork and fieldtrips – all free of charge.Members can also participate in Forum Conferences and excursions, all available at very modest costs.
The Society meets on Mondays in Freeland Church Hall, Main Street, Bridge of Weir at 8pm.
Sept 30th “The Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow” by Graeme Smith.
Oct 28th “The Historyof Glasgow Royal Infirmary” by Roy Scott.
Nov 25th “The Stories Behind Glasgow’s Street Names” by Prof. Bruce Durie.
Were there candles in Candleriggs?
Was Rottenrow rotten?
Jan 27th “Renfrewshire Aviation” by John Pressly. The History of Powered Flight in Renfrewshire.
Feb 24th “The Crown Jewels of Maryhill” byGordon Barr.
The Story of Maryhill Burgh Halls.
Mar 31st 25th A.G.M.