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OFFICERS OF LITTLEBOROUGH CIVIC TRUST

Chairman: Keith Parry, 3, Prospect Street. Tel.79883.

Vice Chairwoman: Betty Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel. 78849

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

Treasurer & Membership Secretary: Beryl Heywood, 27, Howarth Street. Tel. 73476

Minutes Secretary: Rita Kay, 2, Lodgeville, Rakewood Road. Tel. 79573

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

Please pass on any suggestions that you have about the Trust and its work to any of the above.

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LITTLEBOROUGH NOT LITTERBOROUGH

This is a further reminder about the Public Meeting we are arranging on the 28th October, at 8.00pm at the United Reformed Church Hall, Victoria Street.

Drawing: Pile of smelly rubbish

We do not guarantee that the Civic Trust has the answers to the litter and pollution problems, but we are just hoping to arouse sufficient local interest in a self-help scheme to improve the unkempt and litter- ridden areas in the locality. We feel also that once an area has been cleaned and improved it is even more important to be able to encourage sufficient interest and enthusiasm to see that improvements are maintained.

We trust that by coming to this meeting Civic Trust members and others will give the support which is so badly needed to tackle the problems of litter, pollution and environmental decay which we have unhappily now come to take for granted.

BETTY PICKIS

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OPEN MEETINGS.

After a very pronounced lack of support for the monthly open meetings the Committee decided over a year ago not to arrange any further meetings for the time being. The poor attendance could have been put down to changing tastes, lack of a convenient room and so on, but what seemed obvious, at that time, was that few people would miss the monthly meetings if they were suspended. Now it appears that quite a number of people really are missing the opportunity of getting together, so we are going to try again.

Besides the 'Improving Our Environment' meeting which is to be held on October 28th, the Chairman has arranged the following open meetings to be held In each case in the United Reformed Church Room beginning at 8.00pm.

November 18th. - An informal evening during which there will be the opportunity to see and talk about the collection of memorabilia of Gordon Harvey recently presented to the Trust.

December 9th. - A social evening.

January 20th. - The Annual General Meeting. 1983.

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Our Hon. Treasurer is concerned that there are quite a few 1982 subscriptions outstanding. If yours is one of them, please pay Mrs. Beryl Heywood, 27 Howarth Street, as soon as possible.

Current subs. are: £2.00 individual. £3.00 family. £1.00 junior or O.A.P.

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JUST PASSING THROUGH

He was a bright lad, tall with blue eyes. His father had secured a position for him with Mr. Hampson, a land surveyor in Rochdale. This was to have been the start of his career in civil engineering, but when the lad was told he would be expected to perform certain domestic chores which included rocking the Hampson’s baby he decided to go home. He had been in Rochdale just two weeks.

Home was 30 miles away in Barnsley and with no food or money he had perforce to walk. Whilst ascending Blackstone Edge he was accosted by a passing labourer who greeted him with: "Eh, but thou'st a swaggerin’ face"; what the lad's response was is not recorded.

Unable to obtain a similar situation in Barnsley he had to undertake the most menial type of casual work which severely dented his pride; for had he not boasted to his sisters that one day he would become a great man ......?

In the summer of 1823, his father had a distinguished visitor in the person of George Stephenson, the two men had worked together some years before. Stephenson was impressed with the blue eyed youth but was surprised at his inactivity. "Send him to me he might be employed to better purpose", he said. The youth was dispatched to Newcastle-on-Tyne forthwith and with Stephenson as his guide and mentor he was destined to become one of the great Victorian railway engineers.

Drawings: Stephenson and his Rocket

The Rocket

The early part of his career was to be marred by tragedy. At the grand opening ceremony of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 the young engineer was at the controls of the locomotive Rocket when it struck and killed William Huskisson M.P., the world's first railway accident.

In 1835 his close association with George Stephenson came to an end with considerable acrimony on both sides. He had served his master well but the fledgling needed to spread his wings and in the next 25 years he carried out some of the most prestigious railway work in the Kingdom. It was while he was driving the 3 miles long tunnel through the Pennines at Woodhead that he recalled his first encounter with the high Pennine uplands all those years before when he had walked on Blackstone Edge.

When he died in I860 aged 55 years he left a fortune of £350,000. He was indeed a great man.

His name was Joseph Locke and when he was a lad he 'walked it' through Littleborough.

ALLEN HOLT, Sept. 82

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THE FOOTPATH GROUP

The Littleborough Civic Trust Footpath Group has been in existence for about 10 years. During most of this time John Hindle has been the Footpaths Secretary responsible for the organisation of walks, the arrangement of programmes and the reporting to the Local Authority of difficulties encountered by walkers on public footpaths. Although John claims that he has not achieved anything like the rate of success that he would have liked in his efforts to persuade the Local Authority to maintain unrestricted public rights of way, we know that he has had a good deal of success and that without John's efforts walkers in the area would not be enjoying the freedom of movements that they have.

Logo: Two walkers

All those of us who have joined in the activities of the Footpath Group are very grateful to John for his work and enthusiasm.

John has now resigned, but life (and walking) must go on and it has been decided that, for the moment, there will be no Footpaths Group Secretary. We already have a programme of walks up to the end of 1982 and the programme for the beginning of 1983 has been arranged by group members.

Any cases of interference with public rights of way found on walks will be reported to the Local Authority by the Civic Trust Committee and it is hoped that the procedure will operate smoothly and effectively.

The mention of a footpaths group can conjure up a picture a clique of hardy ramblers, but in the case of Littleborough Footpath Group this is not an accurate description. The Group is loosely formed and varies in size from walk to walk. Its aim is to accommodate as many tastes as possible and anyone who has an idea to express is welcome.

The programme from Easter onwards will be discussed at a meeting in Littleborough Council Offices on 1st February at 8.00pm so, if you would like to make suggestions about walks in Littleborough, outside Littleborough, on summer evenings during the week etc. please come along.

ROY PRINCE

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Footpath Walks

October 17th. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square 9.00am.
Canal Towpath - Hollow Field - Lydgate - Roman Road - Robin Hoods Bed - Slippery Moss - Windy Hill - White Hill -
Readycon Dean Reservoir - The Ram's Head - Hanging Lees - Piethorne Wood – Rakewood -
Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre.

Distance 12 miles

October 31st. Leader - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet Information Centre, Ealees 1.45pm.
Brearley Farm - Higher Fold Farm - Schofield Hall - Ben Keys - Tunshill Lane - Rakewood Rugby Ground - Higher
Abbotts - Hollingworth Fold.

Distance 6 miles.

NOVEMBER 14th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Information Centre. 1.30pm.
Rakewood - Longden End - Doldrum - Town Hill - Cold Greave - Rag Hole Clough - Tunshill Lane - Rakewood Road.

Distance 7½ miles.

NOVEMBER 28th. Leader - RICHARD EVANS. Meet the Square I.30pm.
Canal Towpath - Pike House Bridge - Lightowlers Farm - Lydgate - Stormer Bar - Leach - Longley Hey - The Moorcock
- Hollow Field - Gate House - Windy Bank.

Distance 6 miles.

DECEMBER 12th. Leader - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet the Square 1.30 p.m.
Stubley Hill Road - Smithybridge Road - Starring Hill - Higher Shore Road - High Lee Slack - Stansfield Hill -
Long Clough - Hey Head Lane - Handle Hall.

Distance 6 miles.

DECEMBER 26th. Leader - RICHARD EVANS. Meet Information Centre, Hollingworth Lake 1.45pm.
Whittaker - Whittaker Wood - Sheep Bank - Rough Road - Fielden Farm - Lane Foot Farm.

Distance 4½ miles.

Silhouette of walker

JANUARY 2nd. Leader - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet in Littleborough Square at
1.45pm.
Stubley Mill Road - Arm Road - Higher Starring - Middlewood – Higher Shore
Farm - High Lea - Heights Farm.

Distance 4 miles

JANUARY 16th. Leader - RICHARD EVANS. Meet in Littleborough Square at 1.45pm.
Lanefoot - Lydgate - Lydgate Clough - Lightowlers.

Distance 5 miles.

JANUARY 30th. Leader - ROY PRINCE. Meet at Hollingworth Lake Information Centre
at 1.45pm.
A walk to Ogden Reservoir by way of Waterhouse and returning via Tunshill.

Distance 5 miles.

FEBRUARY 13th. Leader - GEOFFREY SUTCLIFFE. Meet in Littleborough Square at
1.45pm or Lowflat at 2.00pm.
Rydings - Brown House - Wharn Dam - Ending - Healey Stones - Syke – Ring Lows Road.

Distance 4 miles.

FEBRUARY 27th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet at Hollingworth Lake Information Centre at 1.45pm.
Roodfield Farm - Horse Barn - Newfield - Head Lane - Tunshill Lane - Flash House - Annis Hill - Turnough -
Rakewood Road.

Distance 5 miles.

MARCH 13th. Leader - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet in Littleborough Square at 1.45pm.
Canal Towpath - Green Vale - Shop Wood - Higher Calderbrook - Pasture House - Allenden Hill - Turnslack -
Green Wells.

Distance 5 miles.

MARCH 2?th. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet in Littleborough Square for 1.45pm bus to Gauxholme.
Stones Wood Mill - Dean Farm - Foulclough Road - Rough Mill -Claypots Hill - Heights Farm - Clough Road.

Distance 6 miles.

APRIL 10th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet in Littleborough Square at 9.00am.
Mytholm - Mytholm Church - Jock Bridge - Moorcock Hill - Egypt - Walshaw Reservoir - Walshaw -
Higher Mansfield House - Horse Bridge - Hebden Bridge

Distance: 13 miles.

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LITTLEBOROUGH LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY.

The winter season has got off to an excellent start, with Keith Parry, replacing the arranged speaker, giving us a different insight into the Civil War. The basic message being that a lot of interest can be read into a minor episode provided we take the time to consider the events from all angles.

The first meeting was attended by 16 people, which included a fair proportion of "strangers". One of the reasons for this low attendance seems to be the reluctance of the more senior members of our society to venture out on the dark winter’s nights. For future meetings we will arrange to meet people who come by bus at the stops at Lea House (Todmorden Road), and will escort them back to the centre of Littleborough after the meeting. (Please phone Alan Luke on 79949 to arrange).

The meetings are now held in the Littleborough Community Centre on Townhouse Road, and start at 8.00pm, the following dates being the most relevant:

Oct. 14. Mr. J. Hodgson - East Lancs. Railway.

Nov. 11. Mr. G. Kelsall - Littleborough Books.

Dec. 9. Mr. J. Heywood - Working of the Police Force.

Jan I3. Mr. L. Boardman - Antique Guns.

Now that the Society's Local History Collection has a permanent home, we invite interested people to use the facilities for research purposes. We also invite you to donate to the collection any material that will add to the intrinsic value of the collection, this includes practically anything.

ALAN LUKE

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Civic Trust logo

This year the North West Civic Trust celebrates its twenty-first year of campaigning for a better environment in the region, and looking back we are encouraged to see how much has been achieved. One of the most significant developments has been the growth of public awareness about our surroundings, and the widespread understanding and concern for the 'environment’ - no longer is this a new term, but rather a well-accepted one. This interest at the grass roots level has been matched by a commitment to physical improvement from local government.

During its life so far the North West Civic Trust has been involved in many projects which have collectively led to a significant enhancement of the region’s appearance - these have included pioneering street improvement schemes, the rehabilitation of existing housing stock, community-based improvement campaigns such as ‘Operation Springclean’ and Impact, the Tame Valley improvement scheme, the upgrading of poor industrial areas, and a number of studies on conservation and interpretation.

The Trust has thus been effective on a regional level but a great deal has also been achieved at the local level by the large number of amenity or civic societies which have grown up over the last two decades — there are now over 200 such organisations in the north west. Their role has been the very important one of stimulating local interest and action as well as acting as environmental 'Watchdogs'.

Yet perhaps we have now reached a crossroads in the civic society movements, and there is a need to assess what should be the way ahead in the future. Many societies are struggling to attract new members or even to retain existing ones, enthusiasm is at a low ebb and the contribution which a society can make seems to have been nullified by the expertise and professionalism developed within many local authority planning departments.

The challenge is there for us to learn how to make an effective Contribution over the next two decades, to take us into the 21st century.

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Our thanks to:
Keith Parry for the cover design.
Mrs. Farrell for typing the stencils.
All contributors and distributors.


Editor: Roy Prince