Drawing: Birch leaves in autumn


Birch leaves in autumn


Chairwoman: Rae Street, Calder Cottage, Hare Hill Road. Tel. 78043.

Vice Chairman: Don Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel. 78849.

Secretary: Bernard Harrison, Tumblin’ Croft, Paul Row. Tel. 78013.

Treasurer & Membership Secretary: Beryl Jackson, 27, Howarth Street.

Press Officer: Keith Parry, 3, Prospect Street, Tel.79883.

Minutes Secretary: Betty Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel. 78849.

Footpaths Secretary: John Hindle, 5, Chichester Close. Tel. 70407

Newsletter Editor: Roy Prince, 14, Milbury Drive. Tel. 78883.

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If you have any ideas for activities or meetings or views on the working of the Trust, please contact one of the Oficers or a Committee Member.


Autumn Programme

The open meetings are to be held at the Oddfellows' Room, 66, Church Street, Littleborough, beginning at 8.00pm.

Thursday, 16th October - Mr. Malcolm Kimber will show slides of the Pennine Way.
Mr. Kimber kindly offered to step in to fill this vacant date after the sad death of Mr. Stanley Jeeves.

Thursday, 20th November - Mr. F. Earnshaw will show slides and give a talk on Birds.

Thursday, 18th December - Details will be published later.

Friday, 28th November - GRAND DANCE — GRAND DANCE.
At the Conservative Club, Peel Street.
This will simply be a dance and social get-together with the usual high standard buffet. Tickets available from Lincoln Jackson at £2.



Do something for a change.

The Committee is still open to ideas in connection with the Greater Manchester/ Civic Trust for the North West scheme for environmental improvements. The emphasis in the campaign is on doing. The need is for people to lead groups into action having identified an area of need.


Stanley Jeeves

It is with great regret that we report the death of Stanley Jeeves. Stanley died on the evening of 15th September having just completed the first showing at Samlesbury Hall of his latest audio - visual presentation "Where the highest mountains touch the sky" based on his visit earlier in the year to the Everest region of the Himalayas.

While Stanley's sane and forthright personality will be sadly missed in Lancashire and the North West generally, there is a special sense of regret locally for those of us who were due to meet him at the High School on October I6th for the presentation of "Britain Beautiful".

Perhaps, in time, someone will come forward to show Stanley's various programmes. Though he has gone, his work is too good to be allowed to die with him and it is certainly true that much else that Stanley initiated as Secretary of the Lancashire branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England and Director of Samlesbury Hall will be followed through.

Samlesbury Hall has been well restored during the last ten years and its physical state assured for the foreseeable future. Its function as an environmental centre helping to point to a healthier way forward in greedy and uncertain times. Is well established and widely supported. The work continues.



Coach House Trust Limited

Photograph: Coach House as it is

Soon to be renovated?

The above is the correct name. There is now formed a limited company with charitable status to look after the conversion of the Coach House into a Community and Heritage Centre.

A free booklet describing most aspects of this is available from G. Kelsall, Bookseller, The Square, or from Lincoln Jackson.

The Village Fete, organised on Saturday, 26th July, was a great success and made over £500 profit. Not only was this a very good start for local fund-raising, but the day, despite the drizzle, was thoroughly enjoyed by stall-holders and visitors alike. Over a dozen groups took part, plus many hard-working individuals.

The next joint venture will be a PLOUGHMAN'S LUNCH on Sunday, 12th October at the Cricket Club.

Tickets, priced £1.50, may be obtained from Nan Dearden, 5, Wellington Lodge.




The Balloon Race on 26th July.

Drawing: two balloons

This was the Civic Trust’s contribution towards the fund raising for the Coach House project.

Despite the lack of wind, one balloon did reach another country - Scotland! The winner was Jimmy Brodie, Horsly Hill Farm, Hawick, Roxburghshire. The sender was Kathryn Green, 18, Starring Lane, Littleborough. Both will receive book tokens.

Many labels were returned from Cumbria, the Howgills and the Yorkshire Doles. Thanks and postage have been sent to all who responded.



Footpath Group Walks

October 5th.. Meet in the Square at 1.15pm or the Country Park Information Centre at 1.45pm.
Brearley Farm - Higher Fold Farm - Schofield Hall - Ben Heyes - Tunshill Lane - Schofield Hall Form - Higher Abbots - Hollingworth Fold.

October 19th. Meet in the Square at 1.15pm or the Beach Hotel at 1.45pm.
Peanock - Shaw Lane - Cottages - Wildhouse Farm — Plumb House - Belfield Bridge - Dobfield - Cronshaw - Owl Hill.
(This walk is in the Milnrow area south of Smithy Bridge and the Lake.)

Photograph: Hiker in silhouette

November 2nd. Meet in the Square at 1.30pm
Town House - Lower Calderbrook - Lake View - High Lea - Ratcliffe Hill - Heights Farm - Clough - Lower Newgate - Middle Newgate — New Platt Farm - Riverside.

November 16th. Meet in the Square at 1.30pm.
Canal Towpath - Pikehouse Cottages - Lydgate - Stormer Bar - Cloise Farm - Gate House - Higher Windybank.

November 30th. Meet in the Square at l.30pm.
Smithy Bridge Road - Starring Hill - Higher Shore - High Lee Slack - Stansfield Hill - Long Clough - Heyhead Lane –Handle Hall.

December 14th. Meet at the Country Park Information Centre at l.30pm.
Rakewood - Roadfield Farm - Tunshill Lane - Rough Bank - Newfield Head Lane - Carr Farm - Tunshill Lane — Flash House - Annis Hill - Dickey Steps - Rakewood Road.
(This walk is mainly in the Milnrow area.)

December 28th. Meet in the Square at 1.15pm or the Country Park Information Centre at l.45pm.
Whittaker - Whittaker Wood - Sheep Bank - Rough Road - Fielden Farm - Lanefoot Farm.

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Since I last wrote on 4th May we have continued with our fortnightly walks. The last one we undertook was on 24th August. So far we have had the following:

  No. of walks Attendance
Local walks (Littleboro, Wardle) 10 227
Calderdale Way 3 36
Todmorden walks 2 25
Bolton Abbey - full day 1 11
Total 16 299

This gives an average attendance of just under 19 per walk. Looking at the figures in greater detail, one sees that the best attendances were in the winter months of January to March, which I interprete as signifying that people tend to have more things to do during the summer. This is logical.

So far this year I have reported 17 blockages, 2 misleading notices and we have had 2 disputes. Some of the blockages I have reported twice, having been back to re-inspect them. Only a few have been unblocked and I have asked the Committe of the Civic Trust to discuss this continuing problem.


1981 Programme of Walks

I have drawn up a syllabus of walks for next year and I shall be presenting this to the Civic Trust Committee for their approval, I give a brief outline below:

The programme consists of 27 walks and is made up as follows:
Littleborough area - 13 (One less than 1980.)
Milnrow area - 3 (One more than 1980)
Wardle area - 3 (One more than 1980)
Todmorden area - 3 (One full-day, two afternoon.)

I have suggested one full-day walk in the Hebden Bridge area, different from 1980; one walk where we shall have to use cars has been included, but no particular route has been suggested and as we now have completed the Calderdale Way, I have suggested two walks, one full-day and one afternoon walk, along the boundary of the Rochdale M.B., which I mentioned in the last newsletter.

The Littleborough boundary walk is included again, but it has been mentioned that this might be a walk to be undertaken only once every two years, a suggestion I tend to agree with. It could be that we might walk the Littleborough boundary one year and the Wardle boundary the next, but that is a matter that needs to be discussed.



Assistance Available.

Photograph: Fingerpost

During discussions with representatives of the Countryside Commission regarding the Coach House Project a number of possible areas of collaboration have emerged. They can, for instance, assist with financing publications, the way-marking and signposting of 'recommended’ routes (Heritage Trails and the like) and with Interpretation at the Centre itself.

Their various advisory handbooks stress the value of the volunteer in the areas of conservation, public path maintenance and - significantly - tree planting. This, as they point out, “May be carried out by volunteers without previous experience but needs to be supervised by experienced voluntary leaders..... The value of tree planting as a means of conservation education cannot be overstated and school-children have proved particularly good at this work".

A particularly interesting area of discussion was the use of public transport for recreational purposes; here, again, our own plans tie in neatly with their recommendations. The base-line here is the need to provide a more practical bus-link from Littleborough Centre (the station and inter-urban buses) to Hollingworth Lake. The clear alternative to the present route is along Hollingworth Road (and, incidentally, the reason why buses do not use this route is not the Canal Street/ Halifax Road junction but the one-time double right-angle bend over the canal bridge - an obstruction removed in 1964).

Prompted by the Commission's interest in a link of this sort, we revealed the long-cherished plan for the re-shaping of all our local bus services to provide not only a recreational service but a rational and more-nearly-viable Community service.

The overall idea is to run two circular services - Littleborough -Calderbrook-Summit-Littleborough and Littleborough-Smithy Bridge-Hollingworth Lake-Littleborough (perhaps even run them as a figure of eight service), to run them as frequently as possible and to run them as cheaply as possible. As the routes are short, a flat-fare structure is the obvious answer.

The Countryside Commission is at present investigating the possibility of better liaison through G.M.T. and W. Yorkshire Metro in recreational areas. We - not unnaturally - suggested that since we have both services (and the complications that arise from the different systems) the G.M.T. and W.Y.M. could do no better than to use the Littleborough area as a test bed. In the long-term it could lead to a 'South Pennine’ approach to transport which could solve a lot of the problems we have through the division of control over our local bus and train services.



Just Once More

Looking through past newsletters it may be seen that there are certain popular subjects for articles.

Our environment consists of buildings, modes of transport, water, cultivated land, natural land and, sadly, spoilt land. Practically nothing has been written about roads, a moderate amount about railways and a little more than this about canals. Strange, when you think what an important part roads play in our lives and how they intrude upon the environment.

As for buildings, a considerable amount has been written about old buildings - especially their restoration or preservation - and little about new buildings. Perhaps we accept that, once planning permission for a building has been granted and it is erected, that's it and we have to live with it.

Of our natural resources water is the most important. The fact that so little reference has been made to it in our newsletters might mean that we are quite happy to see it handled as it is by the Water Board and satisfied that the public generally treats it with respect.

Land is a subject which has occupied a good deal of space in past issues. Most emphasis has been given to the protection of green belt and preservation of farm land coupled with the re-use of derelict land.

Cleaning up of unsightly areas also claims some space. Among other miscellaneous subjects we have had covered have been local history, natural history and amenities, especially a community centre.

Drawing: Birch tree

Perhaps by now you are wondering when I am to mention the subject which has come into more newsletters than any other subject. Yes, trees.

I bring up this subject yet again.

No-one will dispute the need to plant trees. Our reason is not the one given in Nelson's day — to ensure a stock of trees for future shipbuilding (thankful as we are to those landowners who responded to the call at that time), but is to compensate for the huge losses during the first few decades.

50,000,000 trees, or one tree for each person in Briton, would go some way towards this. Changes in our landscape and in farming practices will lead to many more losses in the years to come. We know that the Forestry Commission plants trees but also cuts many of them down as a crop to be harvested. There are organisations such as the Woodland Trust and the Tree Council whose aim is to plant trees for their beauty and for their value as a habitat for many forms of wild life.

We ought to do something. What if you have no garden or your garden, as is likely, is too small to accommodate a tree, you have a spade and you can buy a tree; where do you plant it? This surely is the problem for most of use We need areas of land with sympathetic owners who might consider allowing trees to be planted on their land. Then we can establish some wooded areas. Help is available to us, if we can find the land. Do you know of any such areas in Littleborough? If you do, please tell one of the Officers or Committee Members. We need trees.




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