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Page last updated 08.08.2016
Welcome to the website of the Nelson ILPLS Clarion House
The Registered Office of the Nelson Independent Labour Party Land Society
| Our website
On this site we have combined information about the history of the Nelson Independent Labour Party and the Land Society with the present day use of the Clarion House.
We are proud of our history and look forward to a world based on co-operation and fellowship, not conflict and material greed.
Our brochure can be downloaded here (PDF 520KB) or view here if you have Flash Player enabled (SWF 85KB)
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We have received £44,000 from donations, fund raising and grants.
We have replaced the roof (June 2014) with a grant from "The Big Lottery Fund" and refurbished the wall nearest to the road (August 2014) with a gift from Philip Mason and Christine Sutton, in memory of their mother Audrey Mason.
|Our thanks to Clarion Cyclists
Members from the National Clarion Cycling Club gathered at the Clarion House on Sunday 7th August 2016 to present a cheque for £250 to help with the upkeep of the house.
Cyclists came from clubs as far apart as the Yorkshire Coast Clarion, Bolton, Bury, Blackpool, Saddleworth and London to enjoy tea, cake and fellowship.
Susan Nike, chairman of Nelson ILP Land Society accepted the cheque from Chris Goode (right) who hails from Scarborough, and thanked everyone not just for their generous financial support but for their continued use of the Clarion House.
Visits from groups like this, the Clarion Choirs and many regular callers inspire the volunteers who run the house in their endeavour to ensure that the last remaining Clarion House continues to thrive.
Brilliant day at Clarion House
New visitors and regulars, young and older, hailed a huge success when melody was added to a Clarion fun day with a difference.
Around 40 singers from four Clarion choirs – based in Birmingham, Bolton, Nottingham and East Lancashire – held a camp-and-sing weekend at Clarion House culminating in performing their songs to all-comers at a Sunday of family games plus barbecue (July 2016).
The event brought people together in vitalising yet again the Clarion tradition – resulting in comments such as ‘full of humour and generosity and of course some great singing’ and ‘heart-warming and very moving’.
All enjoyed the food, games playing and wildlife wandering. Among the singers from the Clarion choirs – who are rooted in a history of over 100 years of co-operative and socialist good fellowship – the event prompted hopes of building on a refreshed style of regional gatherings with shared songs, discussion and meeting new friends.
Send the Clarion House to a friend!
We now have Clarion House postcards available for sale at the Clarion House. They have been produced for us by Leeds Postcards.
Writing on the wall re-written
Following the roof work mentioned above we were concerned about the deteriorating condition of the wall facing the road.
We are delighted to have had this wall insulated, damp-proofed and re-clad with a generous donation from Philip Mason and Christine Sutton, in memory of their mother Audrey Mason. There is a bob or two left over for future work.
Philip has said that he does not want a fuss making – therefore we won’t – just a huge thank you! (August 2014)
Clarion House Centenary
We wish to thank everyone for turning up to help us celebrate our Centenary.
The walk that took place on Saturday 11 August 2012 was well supported and followed by addresses from the Mayor of Pendle, Asjad Mahmood - Ann Cryer, former MP for Keighley - Barry Winter, National ILP - Paul Salveson, Author and campaigner - Denis Pye, Author of Fellowship Is Life.
On Sunday 12 August 2012 we welcomed several cyclists on vintage bicycles and a further gathering of friends who were entertained by the combined Burnley and Bolton Clarion Choirs.
Part of the grounds have been set aside for wildlife and a pond as been dug to develop this potential.
A survey of the flora was carried out in 2004 and the results are published on this website.
The Nelson Clarion House is open every Sunday and some public holidays and for special events (please check by email). We are usually open by 10.30 a.m. and close by 5.00 p.m. (times can vary a little depending on weather conditions).
Our parking facilities are limited but there is good parking close by at Barley.