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The Ormskirk & West Lancashire

Host Society for the

 BANS 2011 Congress

held in Southport

BANS 2011 Congress Report

2020 Programme


Our Annual Programme of meetings runs from January to December. Each year, in Autumn, our tireless Committee Members burn the midnight oil in industrial quantities, working on the Programme for the coming year. The results of their labours can be seen here.


Although it happens extremely seldom, there is always the possibility that, for whatever reason, a meeting may have to be re-arranged or cancelled. If this is the case, the Meeting Status indicator will be updated to show amber or red and full details will appear here

2nd January 2020

These are trying times, and the performance of our members is being tested and evaluated this evening. Whether our performance is Extremely Fine, or merely Very Good, won’t actually make any difference as we take part in our Coin Identification and Grading Quiz organised by Society Secretary Alan Dawson. Expert Numismatists? What more Proof do we need? We get the Pyx!


6th February 2020

The end of the 18th Century and the beginning of the 19th saw enormous changes in the structure of almost everything, not least the circulating medium. The coinage of King George III goes from the almost invisible to the ubiquitous. Our Society member Eric Hodge will tell us the story of how our modern coins originated.


5th March 2020

One of the delights of membership in a Society such as ours is the opportunity to see, and examine, coins and other items which are outside our own regular collecting interests. ‘Recent Acquisitions’ is an evening where we can show and talk about that star find of our own, and enjoy those things which our friends and colleagues have found.


2nd April 2020

Due to the ambition and extravagance of a monarch, the middle of the sixteenth century saw England inflicted with some of the most debased coinage seen before the worthless plated steel rubbish of our own times. Tonight our member Chris Leather will offer an insight into the Silver Coinage of Henry VIII.


7th May 2020

Where two or more collectors are gathered together, there is an opportunity to learn something new, as nearly everyone has interests different to everyone else. This is highlighted in one of the widest ranging meetings of our Society year: Members’ Five Minute Papers. Whatever the subject, however wide or focused the scope, there is always plenty to interest the enquiring mind.


4th June 2020

This evening will see the celebration of our Society’s Fiftieth Birthday, to be attended by members, and friends from other societies whom we will welcome with much pleasure and some refreshments!


4th July 2020

Mention the name of King Offa, and most of us will immediately think of the dyke which has been named after him, which separated the English and Welsh. But Offa was responsible for more than just an earthwork, he also produced a coinage which will be explained to us this evening by our Secretary, Alan Dawson.


6th August 2020

We say this every year, and every year it proves true, that far from being a nondescript gap in the calendar, August is one of the year’s highlights. Our ‘Numismatic Discussion Evening’ is an unstructured ramble through the highways and byways of our hobby, and most of us learn quite a lot on the way. Always a great evening!


3rd September 2020

The coins of Scotland are by the measures applied to the English coinage, rare and seldom encountered. As a result they are less well understood by most of us. This applies especially to the gold coins which are indeed fascinating. This evening we will enjoy an illustrated talk on this subject by visiting speaker Ian Jones of the Lancashire and Cheshire Numismatic Society.


1st October 2020

This evening is the Society’s Annual General Meeting whereat we appoint the Officers and Committee, scrutinise the books, and set the subscription for the coming year. Then, to make up the difference, we have the annual Mini-Auction.



The Fielding Lecture is the highlight of our year of events, and is named in honour of our late Chairman Mr Ben Fielding. We are delighted to welcome this evening Laura Clancy from the Royal Mint who will enlighten us on ‘How to make lots of money.’


3rd December 2020 The Christmas Dinner

Given the date, it is almost certain that the OWLNS Christmas Dinner will be one of the first of the festive season for most of our members. That being the case, it is fortunate that it will almost certainly be one of the best. The backroom boys and girls at the Eagle and Child will, we confidently expect, work their usual magic.

The Fielding Lecture

Where to next?

Programme 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006



The April and May meetings are definitely cancelled. Please check back later for an update regarding future meetings of the Society