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World War 1 medal
  • Jean Savage has resigned as Secretary because of poor health. Jean has been a stalwart of the Society for many years and the Society appreciates all the hard work she has done. Geoff Brown is the new Secretary replacing Betty Bell who also had to resign because of ill health.
  • A new Newsletter for December 2014 is available. Now also online the Bumper 10th Anniversary Newsletter, full of interesting articles.
  • There are now 27 newsletters available on this website which provide a valuable resource on the history of Coalburn and its people. To aid finding articles, a search facility has been added to this website (at top right of this page). This will search the website and all of the newsletters and provide links to articles.
  • A display of photographs and information commemorating the people of Coalburn who served in the First World War can be seen in the One Stop Shop until further notice. Artefacts from that period (Preview photos) can also be viewed in the Heritage Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 3 pm every week. There is no charge for admission.

Pictures of the meeting on the 4th February 2015. To commemorate Betty Bell's long service with the Society as its Secretary, she was presented with a framed lifetime membership certificate by Gilbert Dobbie and with flowers by President Peter McLeish.(pics 1 and 2).

The guest speaker was Gavin Forrest, a photographer from Lesmahagow with an international reputation, who presented some of his stunning photographs of his travels in the USA, Hawai, Tuscany and Scotland at the meeting. He is seen here (pic 3) on the right with the Society's new Secretary, Geoff Brown, on the left.

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The Jim Hamilton Heritage Society of Coalburn was established in 2004.

Meetings are held normally on the FIRST and THIRD Wednesdays each month; from SEPTEMBER until APRIL, 7.30pm - 9pm, in Coalburn Bowling Club, next to the Coalburn Miners Welfare's One Stop Shop.

There is an invited guest speaker at each meeting and non-members are welcome to attend. (See Syllabus)

The Society runs the Heritage Centre in the One Stop Shop which contains an archive of photographs, documents and artifacts relating to Coalburn's social history and mining heritage. The majority of these were collected by the late Jim Hamilton.

Coalburn's One Stop Shop

Coalburn Miners Welfare Institute circa 1930

Officials 2014/15

Chairman: Mr Peter McLeish

Vice-Chairman: Mr John Zawadzki

Secretary: Mr Geoff Brown

Treasurer: Vacant

Archivist/Newsletter: Mr John Zawadzki


An informative 12-page newsletter, designed and produced to a high standard by our Heritage Worker and Vice-Chairman, John Zawadzki, is published quarterly and distributed FREE to members. (Non-members 2)

It also features a record of village events and articles of local interest submitted by members.

Cover of Winter 2014 Newsletter