Harold Hoggarth

Location: Barnoldswick, Lancashire
About me...

I was born in Nelson during the Second World War, and brought up in the midst of local politics.
I am a Bible Believing Christian and have for many years been in Christian ministry.  I preach regularly in churches over a wide area of Northern England as well as in Eastern Europe.  I am a regional representative and speaker for Bible Society (formally British and Foreign Bible Society).
I have a wide range of interests from local history to music, theatre to radio, from ornithology to geology, and over the past years genealogy has become an increasing interest.
I am an honorary director of Skipton bi-annual International Puppet Festival. A young persons STEM Ambassador and an associate with Flashbang Science, working in schools helping children with science and environmental projects I am a volunteer at the Rainhall, Centre in Barnoldswick, helping to run live performance events. I am chair of West Craven Family History Society. A committee member of Barnoldswick Local History Society.
I am a member of Equity, British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild, International Brotherhood of Magicians,  The Institute of Physics and The Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Although retired I am leading  a busy and active life.I have an enhanced DBS (CRB) Certificate and public liability insurance.


About my talks...

My talks are available for community groups such as Rotary and Probus Clubs, Women’s Institute, Mothers Unions,  Church Fellowship and Friendship Groups.  Family History and Local History Groups, U3A’s, Men’s and Ladies  Fellowships.  Over 50’s Groups, Etc.

All my talks are fully illustrated with a mixture of  PowerPoint presentations, charts, artefacts, objects  or models,  depending on the subject.
I can bring everything necessary to deliver these talks including video projector, projector stand, screen, laptop and sound   system. A 13 amp power socket is all that I require. If any of this equipment is available at the venue please let me know.

I am willing  to stand in at short notice if you have been let down by your booked speaker,  providing that I am available, I will then deliver my most appropriate talk.


Although I don’t charge a set fee for my talks, I do need to cover the cost of travel, and equipment plus some cost towards my research. So I  ask for a fee of 75p to £1.00 for each person attending with a minimum fee of £25.00 including travel up to 15 miles, extra miles add 25 pence per mile.

I am happy to negotiate fees for small local groups.

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1. Snuff, Spinning and Spiritual Houses

A talk by Public Speaker Harold Hoggarth

This 45-50 minute fully illustrated talk is about some of the things I have discovered and some of the experiences I have had while researching my family history.     Some things that make you laugh, some things that make  you cry and some things that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.

2. Carnforth to Clitheroe, A Journey in Time

Public Speaker Harold Hoggarth talks about  From Carnforth to Clitheroe

An illustrated look at the journey that brought my ancestors from Carnforth to Clitheroe  and the towns and villages they stayed at on the way. Although called  Carnforth to Clitheroe, it doesn’t start at Carnforth nor finish at Clitheroe but  covers the general geographical area.

3. ‘Lost Villages, Bridges and Tramways’

A talk by Public Speaker Harold Hoggarth - ‘Lost Villages, Bridges and Tramways’

Places and things that over the years have disappeared and have often been forgotten.   This talk starts in Yorkshire then moves to Lancashire and further afield.

4. ‘A Touch of Notoriety’

Harold Hoggarth Public Speaker

Famous and infamous family links. From rich nobles to high treason plotters. Who may be lurking in your family tree?

5. Rags, Bones and Donkey Stones or A week in the life of Grandma.

Public Speaker Harold Hoggarth

Imagine what our grandchildren will tell their grandchildren when they relate the things their Grandma (or Granddad) did.


6. The History of Punch and Judy - "That’s the way to do it"

A talk by Public Speaker Harold Hoggarth -  The History of Punch and Judy - "That’s the way to do it"

This talk includes a short non-violent Punch and Judy performance.

7. The way things use to be

A talk by Public Speaker Harold Hoggarth The Way things used to be

A nostalgic trip back to the 1940’s, 50’s & 60’s.

A light hearted look at how we used to fill our time. The games we played, the music  we listened to, the radio programmes we enjoyed and how things changed with the end of rationing and the advent of Television. This is a fully illustrated  audio visual presentation.

8. The History of Puppets and Puppetry

A talk by Public Speaker Harold Hoggarth History of Puppets and Puppetry

This illustrated talk, is suitable for all ages This talk includes demonstrations of puppets from the earliest forms of shadow puppets to the latest puppetry techniques.


9. ‘In Search for the Northwest Passage’

In Search of the Northwest Passage

May 1845, Sir John Franklin with a crew of 127 men, plus 2 ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, set sail from London to find a way over the top of Canada into the Pacific Ocean. All perished in the frozen lands and seas of Northern Arctic Canada. Interest in this ill-fated expedition has never lessened and in 2014 the sunken remains of The HMS Erebus were found.

Latest news: HMS Error found 3rd September 2016, raising more questions than answers.

10. There’s a famous seaside place called........

There's a famous seaside place called ...

A brief history of Britain’s most famous seaside resort, where many of us spent childhood holidays….. that’s noted for fresh air and fun.

11. Remember, remember the 5th of November....

A talk by Public Speaker Harold Hoggarth - Remember, remember the 5th November

We all know about Guy Fawkes’s plot to blow up the King and Parliament, or do we?



12. Respectable Rebels

A talk by Public Speaker Harold Hoggarth - Repectable Rebels

The life and times of three local females who fought to bring about big changes in the lives of many of us. – Katherine Glasier – Selina Cooper – Ethel Snowden

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