Picture: Seeding dandelions

 

The newsletter editor is always pleased to receive contributions to be considered for inclusion. The views expressed in the newsletter do not necessarily reflect official LCT policy or opinion.

It is expected that anyone who wishes to make use of any material from the newsletter will seek the approval of the editor Michael Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, Littleborough. Tel. 70154.

OFFICIALS OF LITTLEBOROUGH CIVIC TRUST

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

Vice Chairman: Roy Prince, 14 Milbury Drive, Tel. 78883.

Secretary: Judith Schofield, 3 Green Clough, Todmorden Road, Littleborough. Tel. 76015

Treasurer: Geoff Sutcliffe, 14 Buckley Terrace, Wardle, Tel. 40369.

Membership Secretary: Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 70542

Minutes Secretary: Margery Hopkins, 1 Rock Nook.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Richard Evans, 8 Charles St.
Mike Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, Tel. 70154.
Rae Street, Calder Cottage, Tel. 76043.
Pauline Hopkinson, Far Hey Head Farm, Calderbrook.
Alf Tortoiseshell, Edgemoor, Blackstone Edge Old Road. 79507
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.
Jack Trickett, 9 Railway Street
Harry Law, 7 Railway Street
David Hall, 6 Nelson Street

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

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PERSONNEL

Congratulations are in order first of all to our Secretary, Judith Schofield who has recently gained a First in her B.Sc. (Hons) Course in Environmental Management at Manchester Polytechnic.

We are also pleased to welcome two new co-opted committee members, Miss Margery Hopkins who has taken over as Minutes Secretary and Mr. David Hall.

The Editor

A WORD...

We would like to thank all those members who made contributions to our bottle stall at the Coach House Fete this year which raised around £80. Unfortunately if we leave out Committee Members, that does not apply to very many of you. This year's response was the poorest we have ever had in eight years of fund raising.

Now I know that a good many of our members a) are elderly b) live well outside Littleborough c) are heavily involved with other organisations or a mixture of all three. However we have long been concerned about the lack of feedback from our members. Perhaps you no longer wish the Civic Trust to support the Coach House? We need to know what our members think to function properly. R.S.V.P.

The Editor

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ENVIRONMENTAL QUIZ EVENING

Handwritten title: Environmental Quiz Evening

Come and join us in the Coach House on Tuesday, 4th October at 8.00pm. Admission 50p including light refreshments.

This will be the first of, what we hope, will be a new series of events aimed at bringing together the Trust's members and others who are interested.

Please give it a try and bring friends.

Handwritten reminder of the date

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COMMITTEE NEWS

This edition of the Newsletter following the Chairman's Report on the last year's events seems an opportune moment to report again on the more recent Committee activities.

Any comments or views are always most welcome.

Friday evening on the 15th July found a mixed group of present and past Trust members - young and not so young, on Calderbrook Road outside St. James’ Church clearing the vegetation around the site of the old well - Hilda Stott, born in the cottages opposite some 91 years since tells me that as a toddler she often had her head put in-the well water by her dad ... it seems she wouldn’t heed the warnings about its dangers!!

Anyway, a few bulbs in the area probably would not now come amiss - which brings me to a contribution of £25.00 made by the Trust to Oldham and Rochdale Groundwork towards their Spring Bulb Campaign and partly as a token of appreciation for their help and work. They are asking for suggestions for sites for planting a mixture of spring bulbs - any offers?

The Woodland Officer at Pennine Heritage is undertaking a survey of woodlands in the area and assessing responses to planting and management of woodlands. I know views on trees are very varied in Littleborough, however, the Trust has been a member of the Woodland Trust for some years and the Committee welcomed management and planting of mixed, mainly deciduous, multi-purpose woodlands in non-obstructive situations.

The Trust has written requesting that urgent action is taken by the Council on Lydgate Cottage - this is a listed building now deteriorating very rapidly - we'll keep you updated on any future action. The Co-op Property in the Square is still causing concern despite the recent assurance from the Norwest Co-op that the matter is being expedited - we have written again requesting that immediate action is taken - this is far too important a position for the building to be left derelict for such a length of time - and what a comparison to the new building across the road - a definite bonus to the Conservation Area - Ebor Engineering are to be warmly congratulated on such a splendid new office block.

Clegg Hall now at last has its security fencing and architect's estimates are being drawn up and listed Building Consent will soon be required in order to hopefully start stabilising work in the not too distant future.

After many suggestions by the Trust we have now been informed by G.M.P.T.E. that after representations to our Councillors on the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority consultations into the possibility of integrating public car parking, a bus turning circle and a development on the site of the former Goods Yard have been undertaken by the Rochdale Council Planners, G.M.P.T.E. planners and B.R. — the outcome is in no way certain at present and will depend on the results of the planning application on the Goods Yard site. Thanks have been given for the consideration of our proposals.

Once again any comments are most welcome.

JUDITH SCHOFIELD

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FOOTPATH WALKS.

We have experienced the usual summer drop in attendances though we have been able to welcome a couple of new faces, both down to Lincoln once again. We have sent in our report on the definitive map revision and are awaiting Rochdale's response. Comment has also been passed on a couple of footpath diversion orders.

The autumn 1988 programme was drawn up at a meeting of the Footpaths Group in June. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The winter 1989 programme will be discussed at a meeting at Hare Hill Park Council Offices on 15th November, at 8.00pm. Please come along; refreshments are available.

Sunday, September 11th. LEADER - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Clough Rd. - Heights Farm - Moorgate - Watergrove.

6 miles.

Sunday, September 25th. LEADER - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Square 9.30am.
Hayfield Circular.

7 miles.

Sunday, October 9th. Note: No organised walk (Contact M. Farrell 70154 nearer the time for possible info: walk).

Sunday, October 23rd. LEADER - ROY PRINCE. Meet Square 1.45pm.
Stormer Hill - Higher Chelburn.

5 miles.

Sunday, November 6th. LEADER - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Norland Moor.

5 miles.

Sunday, November 20th. LEADER - ROY PRINCE. Meet Square 1.45pm.
Ealees - Tunshill - Hollingworth Lake.

5 miles.

Sunday, December 4th. LEADER - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Watergrove Car Park 1.30pm.
Middle Hill - Man Stone Edge.

5 miles.

Sunday, December 18th. LEADER - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Square 1.45pm.
Canal Towpath – Swainrod Lane - Roman Road - Gatehouse

4½ miles.

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THE CUMBERLAND WAY

The Rivers Irt, Mite and Esk join together at Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast and flow out to sea as the River Esk. It was from Ravenglass - a somewhat isolated spot fortunately still accessible by rail - that I started walking the Cumberland Way, an 80 mile walk from Ravenglass to Appleby devised by Paul Hannon.*

It was for me the last of his three long distance walks. The others The Westmorland Way - Appleby to Arnside - I walked in 1986 and the Furness Way - Arnside to Ravenglass I completed in 1987.

Although probably the easiest of the three walks The Cumberland Way has some beautiful stretches along the route made even more so when the weather is good as it was during the first week of Rochdale Wakes this year.

Photograph: Engine on Ravenglass railway

Ravenglass railway

Ravenglass is a small place consisting of one street, the back of the houses on one side having walls built directly on to the beach. There are two inns, a discreetly positioned caravan park and of course 'Little Ratty’ the small gauge steam railway which plies up Eskdale and is a great tourist attraction. Muncaster Castle is within 20 minutes’ walk of the village and the restored and working Muncaster Corn Mill is about 50 minutes’ walk. Both are well worth a visit. The latter was on my route to Nether Wasdale on the first day. I was interested to note the relationship of nature with the activities of man with swallows nesting in the building and more unusually a dipper nesting chose to the water wheel.

The village of Strands or Nether Wasdale, with its two inns The Screes and The Strand Hotel standing opposite each other, was all too soon reached on the short, easy first day. It poured down soon after my arrival but once out of the way it was a lovely evening followed by days of glorious sunshine.

The second day took me along by the River Irt to Wast Water with its screes dominating one side of the lake and descending steeply to the water's edge. Wast Water, England's deepest lake, was at its most placid and lovely and the three mile walk along its length was sheer delight. However, a cup of tea at 60p at the Wasdale Hotel, before the stiff climb over Black Sail Pass, certainly was not. The descent to Lakeland's most isolated Youth Hostel - Black Sail Hut - was followed by another sharp climb over Scarth Gap between Haystacks and Seat before descending to Buttermere and a walk along its shores to finally reach the village which was my destination for the night.

The third day the weather was again glorious and I decided to take an alternative high level route climbing to Whitelees Pike and walking over Wandope, Cragg Hill, Sail, Causey Pike and Rowling End. I should however, have examined my o. s. map more closely so that I could have avoided the very steep descent off Rowling End – I won't make that mistake again. The views of the Lakeland Fells wore superb and it was a pity to have to leave the tops for the valleys. The Newlands Valley and the walk to Portinscale and the Crosthwaite before reaching the old railway station at Keswick was, however, well worthwhile. Keswick station is now being used as a cafe opening onto what was the platform. A new swimming pool has been built on the site of the goods yard and the large Station Hotel is still in use. The whole area appears to be thriving.

Day four took me to Castle Head with its views of Derwentwater and Borrowdale, to the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle with views of Skiddaw and Blencathra and on to St. John's in the Vale a lovely little Lakeland church where John Richardson, a local poet is buried. There followed, in the afternoon a fairly hard slog up and along at 1400 ft. an old Coach Road before descent into Dockray to end the day’s walk.

Picture: Front of book
Photograph: Aira Force waterfall

Aira Force

From Dockray the walk took me to the magnificent Aira Force and then on along the slopes of Cowbarrow with excellent views of Ullswater. Amongst the manmade sights of the day were the Norman church and the 14th century Castle at Dacre the splendid country house of Dalemain and Yanwath Hall with its battlemented pele tower built over 650 years ago. Finally the old village of Eamont Bridge one mile from Penrith was reached to end another interesting day.

The sixth day was the 18 miles to Appleby. This was probably the least memorable, possibly because at some time during a long walk there has to be a certain amount of road walking and this final day was such a day. There were, of course, things to see and some interesting villages such as Morland to visit before journeys end at Appleby, the lovely little town situated in a loop of the River Eden.

Verdict. A splendid, and on the whole, low-level six day walk along good paths free from blockages and with much of interest to see on the way.

G. G. SUTCLIFFE

*The Cumberland Way by Paul Hannon - Hillside Publications, cost £3.00.

LITTLEBOROUGH HISTORICAL AND ARCHÆOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Events to be held at the Coach House at 8.00pm:

September 8th. Mr. Newman. - On Tap. North West Water.

October 13th. Dr. J. Hudson - British Stamps.

November 10th. Mr. David Hollows - Watergrove.

December 8th. Mr. D. Parsons - Rochdale Canal.

Alan Luke (Tel. 79949) would be pleased to give further details of any of the above meetings.

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REVIEW

Picture: Front of book

WALKS IN BRONTË COUNTRY - Paul Hannon (Hillside Publications £2.25).

From the master to his most enthusiastic disciple. This is Hannon’s 11th book in five years and it certainly won't be the last. It is the first in his South Pennine Walks series so it will not be too long before Mr. Hannon’s treading our ways. It contains 18 circular walks in the countryside between Skipton and Oxenhope ranging from five to eight miles.

Those of you already familiar with Hannon1s books will already know what to expect - a pocket sized volume of diluted Wainwright. I have not tried any of the walks out yet so I can't really comment on its accuracy.

Borrowed Quality.

MICHAEL FARRELL

 

 

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Thanks to:
K. Farrell for typing the stencils.
Roy Prince for the printing and cover design.
Pauline Hopkinson for overseeing the distribution.
All contributors and distributors.


Editor: Michael Farrell