EVERYTHING from celebrations to end a world war to a half-century of rescuing those in danger at sea will feature in the new season of Furness history talks.

The Askam and Ireleth History Group starts its lecture programme next month and all its meetings are on Thursdays, from 7.30pm, in the Duddon Road Methodist Church, Askam. All are welcome.

To celebrate the talk series we have a selection of pictures from The Mail's archive showing aspects of  work and play in the village.

On March 19 Michael McPherson will present the first talk on a  history of Dunnerholme Golf Club.

The links course, with its stunning views across the Duddon Estuary, has been part of village life since 1905.

April 16 sees a presentation called 50 Glorious Years of Duddon Inshore Rescue.

This Askam organisation evolved from local tragedies and was funded by public donation.

It is now a dynamic part of north west coastal safety, manned by volunteers.

A spokesperson for the history group said: "Members of the team will show us just what we have on our doorstep to be proud of."

On May 21 The Mail's nostalgia writer Bill Myers will delve into the archives to gauge the impact VE Day had in Furness in May 1945.

The talk in June 18 is by Jean Scott Smith  on Lakeland Dialect .

She is the winner of a trophy for the best performance in any English dialect at a national festival – the first woman to do so.  You’ll all “ga yam, knowin’ a lar’l bit’m’are”.

There will be a Memories and Memorabilia Night on July 16 which provides a chance for personal research or just enjoy delving into the group's archives.

On August 20 the topic is  Stained Glass Windows in the South Lakes  by Sarah Lace.

September 17 will see the visit of Judith Shingler and Allison Park from Ambleside Oral History Group on the Lake District's Sunderland flying boat factory.

This talk will  also look at the transformations of  the factory site on the Calgarth Estate to post-war accommodation for children brought from Nazi concentration camps and then to a modern high school.

History group member Alan Mason will be the speaker on October 15 on Methodism in Askam and Ireleth.

Expect plenty of happy memories of tea parties, trips, Sunday school and singing.