TOLL HOUSE BALL
FRIDAY, 15th OCTOBER 1976
TODMORDEN TOWN HALL

Gourmet Buffet Supper
Spot Prizes
Tombola

Still time to buy tickets or contribute to the "Antiques" Stall. Get in touch with Don Pickis - Telephone 78849 or Lincoln Jackson, 'Jackson's', 3 Hare Hill Road.

EXHIBITION 24th and 25th SEPTEMBER

Our exhibition opened; the autumn rain came.

Despite that we had a very good attendance. Visitors, particularly children, seemed to enjoy the "cottage" corner for which our thanks go to the many members who loaned their old-world treasures - shawls, copper kettles, peg rugs, clogs, not forgetting the many historic photographs.

Once more we were asked why we could not keep the exhibition open and we had to explain about the cost of hiring rooms, having members on duty and other 'head¬aches' - or foot aches.! The Committee are, however, continuing to search for a way of housing a small permanent exhibition which could be opened at weekends and holidays but without the necessity of setting up and completely dismantling in four days.

We are of course joined in this by the other three local amenity societies: The Rochdale Canal Society, Littleborough Historical Society and the Littleborough Archaeological Society, We feel that Littleborough is a "community” in its own right, a village with a strong sense of its past and that there should be a centre where people could visit to see displays of this kind. And it wouldn't only be our own residents ~ increasingly visitors come to the region for holidays.

Numbers will surely increase especially when the Hollingworth Lake Country Park is officially opened next year and in the not too distant future we can expect the establishment of the Pennine Park (Regional Recreational Area) and the opening of the Rochdale Canal for leisure purposes.

Please let us have your ideas on a Local Interest Centre, what it might include and where it might be housed.

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MEMORIES OF LITTLEBOROUGH

The Editor would welcome accounts for the Newsletter of members’ memories of Littleborough - for example, 'going to school 20 years, 30 or even 60 years ago, or 'working in the mills' or the 'first coach firm' or 'life in a grocer's shop'.

Send or deliver to Mrs. Street, Calder Cottage, Hare Hill Road, or Lincoln Jackson at his shop, or we can pick up if you can send a message.

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HOW CRAFTY ARE WE?

The Industrial Revolution brought about many changes in this country - many of them all too evident to us. The effects were not only felt in places where factories appeared, but also in rural communities where previously many of the items which they needed in their homes and in their work had been provided by local craftsmen.

It became more economical to use factory-made goods which were also in many ways more suited to their purpose than the handmade ones. The drift of craftsmen from the countryside had begun.

Some crafts survived because there was no other way of meeting certain needs; no machine could shoe a horse or thatch a roof or lay a hedge. Some survived because their product could not be adequately replaced by anything produced in a factory ~ the Sussex trugs* for example.

When we visit places of interest we often see craft studios where traditional crafts are carried on, some of them having an historical connection with the locality, others probably not, but perhaps this does not really matter.

What does matter is that traditional crafts appear to be enjoying a happy revival in many areas. It is not difficult to understand why some crafts can be successfully revived while others cannot. It all hinge's upon the attractiveness and usefulness of the product.

Ph>otograph: A trug or garden basket

*trug: a hand-made wooden garden basket

Which crafts were carried on in Littleborough in the past?

Have any survived, still to be seen?

The people who now visit Littleborough (not just the Lake) in the future will be interested to know. If anyone has any information, the Civic Trust Committee would like to know.

I am sure that you will agree that it would be very interesting to have a craft revival here. It might also be quite profitable.

Roy Prince.

 

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POSTCARD COMPETITION

Photograph: Some old photgraphs

Have you any photographs which you think would make attractive postcards to sell in Littleborough? Views, buildings or people ~ remember early postcards had no limitation of subject : the first lorry, the last tramcar or Granny at the garden gate. How about a contemporary comic postcard? We are holding a competition with prizes for the best entries - black and white or colour photographs.

Everyone is eligible. Closing date - January 1st 1977.

Entries - clearly labelled with the competitor's name and address ~ to be sent to the Secretary: Bernard Harrison, 6-8 Paul Row, Calderbrook, Llttleborough or handed to Lincoln Jackson, 'Jackson's', 3 Hare Hill Road, Llttleborough.

 

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THE CIVIC TRUST WASTE LAND PROJECT

Some waste land

In towns and villages there are plots of waste land which seem to stay derelict for years while good farmland and pleasant countryside are lost through Industrial develop-ment etc.

The Civic Trust for England, and Wales has launched the Waste Land Project to examine the problem. Every registered local amenity society in the country has been asked to complete a questionnaire and societies are encouraged to carry out their own surveys, to put forward ideas and proposals and to undertake practical projects to redeem waste sites.

The Trust will produce a report in 1977 based on material gathered from societies and other sources.

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ROCHDALE FIELD NATURALISTS SOCIETY

With the kind permission of the above society we list below the Winter Series of winter lectures and Field Excursions. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. The lectures are held in the Lecture Theatre of the Rochdale College at 7.30 p.m.

Lectures

October 14th: Rochdale Spectacular by Allan Marshall P.D.S.

November 11th: Colour in Animalsby Dr. M. E. G. Evans

December 9th: Trees and Shrubs by Miss D. Carbis

January 13th: Members Miscellany

February 10th: Bird Miscellany by Charles Linford

March 10th: Bolivian Adventure by Mrs. N. Dent

Field Excursions

October 16th (Sat): Lytham St. Annes - Coach, Town Hall. 9am.

November 14th (Sun): Hardcastle Craggs - Cars, Town Hall 10am.

December 4th (Sat): Wirral Country Park - Coach, Town Hall 9am.

Janueary 23rd (Sun): Bolton Reservoirs - Coach, Town Hall 10am.

February 26th (Sat) - Ashworth Valley - Meet Norden Bus Terminus 10.30 am.

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INDUSTRIAL ARCHÆOLOGY

Fulwell Windmill

Photograph: Fullwell windmill

Situated on a high point in Sunderland, Fulwell is the most complete windmill on the coast between the Firth of Forth and Beverley, built in 1821 it is of the "Tower" type and ceased working in 1949.

Estimated capital costs for complete restoration are £8,000 and a grant of half of 'this has been promised by the Tyne and Wear County Council.

Heron Corn Mill

A Trust has been set up to preserve Heron Mill which stands on the River Bela in South Lakeland, one mile south of Milnthorpe. It is claimed to be one of the best surviving examples still possessing its original machinery.

Photograph: Heron cornmill

The present building dates from about 1750 and has a 14'0" diameter by 5'9” wide overshot waterwheel driving four pairs of millstones.

About £30,000 is needed to put the mill into full operating condition.

 

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THE FOOTPATH GROUP

The Committee has decided to change the format of the Walks. Having them at least fortnightly, not only were we finding it difficult to cover fresh ground, but the people who attended the walks were becoming bored with walking the same areas. Therefore, as from the 10th October when the next set of walks begins, the programme of walks will be more varied.

We will continue to walk the Littleborough area as before, but this will be done in fewer walks. Walks will be organised to cover Wardle, Milnr ow, Rochdale, Whitworth, Todmorden including Walsden, Hebden Bridge and Crag Vale.

Full day walks such as the ones we had in 1976 will once again be a feature and more sections of the Pennine Way will probably be walked.

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ALONG THE PENNINE WAY

This is the first in a series of articles about the footpath group's walks along The Pennine Way.

The first took place on October llth 1975 and the intention was to walk from Cowling, which is on the Colne to Keighley road, to Gargrave a distance of 12 miles. The rain however was sweeping across the valley and we decided to shorten the walk and do it in the reverse direction from Thornton-in-Craven to Cowling which would be 7 miles.

We left Thornton via the old road and followed the farm road under the now disused railway to Brown House Farm. Once through the farm yard we climbed the hill and crossed some moorland which was very boggy in places. After a couple of miles we came to a minor road which links Colne and Carleton; crossing this, we followed the Old Quarry Road over Pinhow Moor Passing Kirk Sykes Farm, we crossed another minor road.

We had paused at Pinhow Beacon, which in fine weather gives a good view, especially over the Aire Valley towards Malham.

After crossing the road we turned right and keeping a belt of trees to our left we followed the path down to Lothersdale which was just over 4 miles from Thornton. The village is very attractive and well worth a visit and after a short rest we began to regain the height we had just lost. We left Lothersdale by a steep farm track which from the top gave a view of the village in the bottom and the Pennine Way climbing the hill towards Pinhow Beacon. Passing Wood Head Farm we lost height again to cross Surgill Beck and, after climbing the opposite side, climbed a stile and dropped into the road. This we followed taking advantage of the wild black¬berries which grow on both sides. At the junction of this lane with the road over Cowling Hill we went through a gate opposite and, following the field paths through a number of stiles, we reached the lane which led over Gill Beck and up Gill Lane past Cowling Parish Church to where we had left our transport.

To be continued —

Thornton-in-Craven to Airton - April 11th 1976.

John Hindle.

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WINTER WALKS

October 10th - Leader: Richard Evans. Meet Square 12.45pm to catch 12.55pm to White House.

STOODLEY PIKE - ERRINGDON DEER PARK - CHARLESTOWN - PENNINE WAY WALK. 8 miles

October 24th - Leader: John Hindle. Meet Square 1.30pm. to catch 1.40pm bus to Todmorden.

GARR HOUSE FOLD - HIGHER ASHES - SWALLOWSHAW - GREAT HOUSE - EAST LEIGH. 4½ miles

November 7th - Leader: Roy Prince. Meet Square 1.30 pm.

EALEES - CLEGG'S WOOD - FISHERMANS INN - BROWN BANK LANE - BROWN LODGE STREET - CANAL TOWPATH - A.B.C. STEPS - STUBLEY MILL ROAD. 4 miles

November 2lst - Leader: John Hindle. Meet Square 1.30pm. or King William, Shore 1.45pm

MIDDLEWOOD LANE - TOP O'TH EAST - DOBBIN HILL - LITTLE TOWN - NEWGATE - WARDLE BROOK - WILLOW STYLE - MOORGATE. 4 miles

December 5th - Leader: Margaret Padmanabhan. Meet Square l.3Opm.

EALEES ~ LANEFOOT FARM - FIELDEN FARM - HUMBER FARM - LYDGATE - MOORCOCK - HOLLOW FIELD - CANAL TOWPATH. 4 Miles

December 19th - Leader: Richard Evans. Meet Square 1.30pm

TOWN HOUSE - HIGHER GALE - GALE FLAT - BENT HOUSE - WINDY BANK - EALEES. 5 miles

January 3rd - Leader: Roy Prince Meet Square 1.30pm. to catch 1.40pm bus to Todmorden

FIELDEN SQUARE - HONEY HOLE - LUMBUTTS - CAUSEWAY WOOD - KILN HURST - CANAL TOWPATH. 3½ miles

If you have any suggestions about future walks or wish further information please contact - John Hindle - Telephone 70407 or Lincoln Jackson - Telephone 77487 or 70542

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AUTUMN DIARY

All meetings commence at 8pm, and are held on Thursdays at the " Oddfellows" 66 Church Street, Littleborough.

21st October ~ Open evening on 'Footpaths '. Slide show including The Pennine Way. Guest speakers.

18th November - Mrs. Betty Savage - "Old Todmorden" Talk illustrated with slides.

16th December ~ Social evening.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Thursday 20th January 1977 - 8pm at the "Oddfellows".

CANAL CLEAN UP

The Trust's contribution to this year's work on the Rochdale Canal - cleaning the tow path and wharf behind Fould's Garage, Hollingworth Road. Report for work 1.30pm. on Sunday 14th November in old clothes and Wellington boots.

Editor ~ Rae Street

Front cover designed by Keith Parry

Publication by Carol Darnbrough

Printing assistance by Mariel Sugden

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