History Research Project

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The Blackburn and District Blind Society was founded in 1881by local people for the welfare of local people. Over the years the society has changed its name and changed how it supports people experiencing sight loss.

During the society’s move to new offices at the Independent Living Service, two old books were found dating back to the early 1900’s containing records of meetings and some accounts. The books were very sketchy but extremely interesting. This discovery started us wondering how the society progressed since 1881.

At the beginning or 2015 the society started a project to record the society’s history since its foundation. The research is now in the hands of Anne Cort one of the societies long standing and valued volunteers.

You can help with this research, if you or a member of your family has any recollection of the society in any way please contact us. We need anything that will help us piece together a long and successful history that could if not recorded be lost forever.

We will return any original photos, documents or letters you have after copying them. We can take notes of your experiences or recollections.

As the project develops we will publish items of interest on this website or in our quarterly newsletter.

Society Coffee Mornings


Coffee Morning Dates and Guest Speakers.

July 25th – Tax, Care & Toy Boys – Coop.

August – No Coffee Morning Due to Holidays.

September 26th – Blind Veterans – Audrey Gardiner.

October 24th – British Red Cross – Eric Lee.

November 28 – Natwest Bank – Nicola Henshall.

Usually On the Fourth Thursday of the Month.

Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and Raffles are planned for all our meetings starting at 10.am and usually ending at 11.45.am. We also enjoy meeting our Macular Support group who share the morning.

We ask for a donation of £1 per person to cover the costs but refills are available for those who would like a second fine brew.

All proceeds of the raffle going to the Society’s upkeep.

Everyone is welcome, if you have an eye condition or if you care for someone who has, then please feel free to come along and find out how we can assist you.

The meetings are held at the Mill Hill Community Centre, New Chapel Street, Mill Hill, Blackburn, BB2 4DT. Should you want advice or assistance regarding any eye condition, contact the Society on 01254 698683 or email bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com .

Macular Support Group

The Macular Support Group joins the coffee morning group and meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Mill Hill Community Centre.

The Macular Support Group is co-ordinated by Margaret Yates who can be contacted via this website or on the society’s telephone number (01254) 698683 or by email bdbs.vi.support@btconnect.com

The group was set up to address needs of people who have recently been diagnosed with the Macular condition or people who want support with developing alternative skills that may include IT and audio devices.

The group also benefits from regular updates from the Macular Society where on-going research into the condition is funded.