Picture: Background of floorboards covered with autumnal leaves

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 Judith Schofield, 4, Bottoms, Crag Vale. Tel. 0422 885173

OFFICIALS OF LITTLEBOROUGH CIVIC TRUST

Chairman: Don Pickis, Lightowlers, Littleborough. Tel. 378849

Vice Chairman: Dan Docker, 93 Church Street, Littleborough. Tel. 372001

Secretary: Michael Farrell, 41, Hollingworth Road, Littleborough. Tel. 370154

Treasurer: Peter Jackson, 8 Chelburn View, Littleborough. Tel. 373112

Membership Secretary: Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 370542

Minutes Secretary: Betty Pickis, Lightowlers. 378849.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

David Hall, 6 Nelson Street
Pauline Hopkinson, 12, Glencoe Place, Rochdale. 522447
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.74175
Judith Schofield, 4, Bottoms, Crag Vale. 0422 885173
Rae Street, Calder Cottage. 378043
John Street, Calder Cottage. 378043
Joe Taylor, 136a Market Street, Whitworth. 344711
Chris Wilkinson, 3, Fair View, Littleborough. 374020

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

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APOLOGY

AUTUMN EDITION OCTOBER 1993

I would, from the onset, apologise for the omissions of the summer newsletter. Unfortunately since the end of May I have been ill. I'll not bore you with the details, BUT, what I will do is thank everyone for their concern over the last 5 months. It has been a trying time not only for myself but also for Barbara and the children. It is they that feel the stress and strain too.

However, THANK YOU one and all for your support. From Barbara, the children and myself.

During this period we did, however, put together the TRI-QUIZ, which turned out to be a success. The winners have all been notified and sent their winnings, with the results and answer sheets posted in the Coach House and Lincoln's shop.

Over the last 18 months or so since retiring and taking up the Deputy Editors post with the L. C. T., I have learnt a considerable amount as to the workings of the Trust and the associated National bodies. Having sat with interest through several major discussions on issues concerning the environment etc. realising in many aspects, how easy because of mis-information or misrepresentation of facts etc., many people became misguided and perhaps confused as to what is actually going on in the World around us, not only on a local and national but international basis too.

I am proud to be associated with the L.C.T. and feel honoured to serve as an official.

PETER JACKSON

 

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FROM CHRISTIAN CRACKERS

The Vicar announced:
“On Saturday if you have nothing on please come and help at the jumble sale”

 

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AFTER THE BALL WAS OVER

THE TERPSICHOREAN TRIO

will hold a

SELECT DANCE
in the Co-operative Hall
Bare Hill Street
Littleborough

on Tuesday October 23rd 1923 7-11
Music by Haigh's Orchestra
Efficient M.C. in attendance
Admission . . . . 2/6d

Or to be more precise, 70 years after this particular mid-week local hop took place, the chances of finding anyone who attended the “Select Dance" are a bit slim. But, just in case — is there a nonagenarian out there who remembers The Terpsichorean Trio? Named, somewhat grandiosely, after Terpsichore the Greek Muse of choral music and dance.

Photograph: Girl dancing

Compared with today’s so-called dancing, the programme was an impressive one. How many present-day Jivers/Be-boppers/Rockers, and others of that ilk, could accomplish ALL FIFTEEN dances listed, possibly with as many different partners? And, who now remembers the squeals of delight as the ladies became airborne during The Lancers? Unless that is, the “Efficient M.C." forbade such high jinks on the dance floor, as many of them did. Nevertheless, it’s nice to know that Littleborough did things in such fine style all those years ago. With balloons, spot prizes, refreshments, ices plus FOUR HOURS good wholesome entertainment all for the price of 2/6d (12.5p).

The dance programme upon which this article is based, was discovered amongst the possessions of my late Aunt, Mrs Phyllis Fletcher (nee Holt). Her husband Harry H. Fletcher, who died in 1978, was the very last Secretary/Manager of the old "Littleborough Co-operative Society of Industry Limited". Where, as a girl, Aunt Phyllis served her time as a seamstress in the Drapery Dept., met her future husband and, no doubt learned the rudiments of ballroom dancing at the Co-op Hall.

ALLEN HOLT 1993.

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FOOTPATH WALKS AND PROGRAMME

It has been a busy time for the Footpaths Group recently. We have been looking closely at Footpath 121 at Turf House Close and Footpath 123 Shore Mount Avenue, where complications have arisen due to a planning application for private gardens on the land across which the unofficial division runs. We have also been making contact, with the other groups to pursue the Parish Paths Partner Scheme.

The Winter/Spring programme for 1994 will be decided at a meeting to be held on the 26th OCTOBER 1993 in the HAREHILL PARK COUNCIL OFFICES commencing at 8.00pm PROMPT. Please come along as we would be delighted to welcome NEW members with your contributions and ideas concerning walks.

PLEASE COME ALONG: REFRESHMENTS ARE AVAILABLE.

SUNDAY October 31st: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm or 1.45pm at Todmorden Market
Leader: GEOFF SUTCLIFFE
Route: Todmorden Circuit

Distance 4.5 Miles.

SUNDAY November 14th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.15pm or 1.30pm at the King William IV.
Leader: GEORGE LEE.
Route: Rydings Dam Circular.

Distance 5 Miles.

Sunday NOVEMBER 28th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm or 2.00pm at Waterfoot.
Leader: JOE TAYLOR
Route: Seat Noze Stroll

Distance 4.5 Miles

Sunday DECEMBER 12th: Meet Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre at 1.45pm.
Leader JOHN HINDLE
Route: Schofield Hall - Doldrum - Tunshill

Distance 5/6 Miles

Sunday DECEMBER 26th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm.
Route: Post Christmas Local Walk

Distance 4/5 Miles

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SAVING ENERGY

“If in doubt about using energy - sit down. If in serious doubt about using energy - lie down"

Stick figure lying downStick figure asleep

While we couldn't subscribe to the cynic's charter for avoiding exertion, we could urge policy makers to sit down and think.

What was more or less promised at the time of the pit closure programme for the coal industry was a review of all energy needs for the U K and the means of meeting those needs in the future. The stage of sitting down and thinking and making informed decisions would of course take place after a period of consultation, advice and research. Sadly there was no overall review so the U K still lacks a clearly stated energy policy based on the resources available and the various costs of using them.

Next Spring the Civic Trust hopes to hold a forum on energy sources and resources so that some of the most important issues can be presented publicly to anyone interested in spending a little time to consider them.

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PROMISED V A T ON DOMESTIC FUEL

At the time of the Christchurch by election the Financial Times was considering the likely effect of the promised V A T on domestic fuel, on the result. Its conclusion was that whatever the outcome, the Chancellor was unlikely to change this policy as V A T charges on domestic fuel provide the most effective means of achieving EEC targets for the reduction of emissions by the mid-1990s.

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THE YEAR IN THE TREE NURSERY

Drawing: oak tree

oak tree

I finished our last report on the tree nursery a year ago by saying that the busiest time of the year was then upon us, stating that "More seed beds must be dug, more saplings introduced and more seeds collected ... but above all, over the next year we must remind ourselves of the ORIGINAL OBJECTIVE - to increase the number of native trees in the area. Hopefully with the help of local landowners, industry, community groups and individuals, we will begin to achieve our aim ". In this report I hope to show how we have achieved those aims.

Drawing: Beech tree

beech tree

OCTOBER

Photograph: Rowan tree

rowan tree

Tree seeds were collected. These were Oak, Beech, Rowan, Silver Birch and Dog Rose from the local area. A supply of Hazel Nuts, supplemented the above being collected at Silverdale.

NOVEMBER

Time was spent on the preparation of seeds. Flesh was removed from the Rowan and Rose seeds then placed in pots of sand. Acorns and Hazel Nuts were stored in plant pots where they could be kept slightly damp and turned occasionally. The Silver Birch seeds were stored dry in a large envelope.

Tree Week took place this month. The appeal in the Rochdale Observer aroused around 16 volunteers, who turned up at intervals during the day, being successful in preparing 4 new beds and in commencing to plant Silver Birch saplings.

DECEMBER - FEBRUARY

During this period the transplanting of saplings was completed using our own stock held elsewhere. Various saplings which people had donated to us, for which we are grateful, were introduced.

MARCH

Acorns sown in seed beds. Beech, Rose, Hazel, Horse Chestnut and Rowen sown in rootrainers and pots.

Silhouette of silver birch

silver birch

APRIL

Silver Birch sown in beds.

MAY - SEPTEMBER

This period brings us up to date, when general ground maintenance was carried out. We meet on the 1st Saturday of each month with individuals going at other various times too.

Whilst all the preparatory work was being done, we were also busy working with Rochdale Council and the South Pennines Woodland Project, on the planting of trees on land to the rear of Bents Farm Estate donated by Mrs. Barker of Middle Starring. We have had several meetings with the two organisations (who also visited our Tree Nursery Site) plus a meeting with St. Andrew's Primary School.

The resultant plan for “Barker’s Wood " should probably commence on the 1st Thursday of National Tree Week the 25th November, with further planting on the Saturday 27th November. The 3.86 acres of land will house some 1,200 trees, with as many of them as possible (over 200) being supplied from the Civic Trust Nursery.

It is envisaged that as many individuals and organisations as possible are to be asked to assist in this venture. SO COME ON FOLKS - search out your shovels and spades and attend on either or both occasions, as this will be the FIRST planting of trees from our own nursery, making it a special occasion for us.

Photograph: Dog rose flowers

dog rose

Once this area is planted, the tree group has agreed to play a large part in the maintenance and aftercare of the site, with training provided by the Council's Countryside Wardens.

Malcolm Giles, the Countryside Officer for the Council has kindly offered us some concrete cold frames (minus the glass lights) which will be most useful for growing seeds in at the Tree Nursery.

Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in gaining a grant from the S C 0 S P A (Standing Conference of South Pennine Authorities) award scheme for which we had been entered by Rochdale Council. The high ranking members of SCOSPA who visited our Nursery site were suitably impressed and whilst they could not give us a grant on this occasion, they offered us every encouragement to enter again next year.

“Large Oaks from little acorns grow ", so it seems that our "little acorn" the Tree Nursery, has put down its roots and is beginning to establish itself and from which we hope the "mighty Oak" will flourish.

Photograph: Hazel nut tree

Hazel

Finally we have met the objectives we set out during the past 12 months and look forward to the challenges of the next year, which must be - MORE OF THE SAME!!.

We thank everyone concerned with this year's achievements and would stress that anyone is welcome to help us in any way they possibly can and we would dearly love to see more people turn up to help.

We would, on the occasion of the TREE WEEK PLANTING be pleased to see as many people in attendance as possible to make the event a huge success.

REMEMBER WE ARE ON SITE DURING THE MORNINGS OF THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH.

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TREE NURSERY STOCK (approximately)

SPECIES YEAR1 YEAR2 YEAR3 YEAR 4TOTAL
ASH 33013334
OAK30050120470
ROWAN1503023185
BIRCH300+102008518
HORSE CHESTNUT16244585
HORNBEAM8080
BEECH20059214
HAWTHORN52310
HAZEL1616
HOLLY325
TOTALS987532379191927

On this table, the year number represents the age of the trees, e.g. year 1 = seedlings in their 1st year .... and so on.

From this it can be seen how the number of young trees produced by the nursery increases yearly.

DAN DOCKER
SEPTEMBER 1993

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QUOTE: "Today's mighty Oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground "

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LUMBUTTS TALK

by
DENNIS O'NEILL

on
THURSDAY 28th OCTOBER 1993

Dennis O'Neill will give a talk on the Lumbutts area of Todmorden at the Littleborough Coach House on the above date. The talk will commence at 8.00pm.

A warm invitation and welcome is given to members of the public as well as Civic Trust members.

A retiring collection will be taken as admission is free.

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THANK YOU

We wish to thank the COUNTRYSIDE COMMISSION and the YORKSHIRE BANK PLC for their generous financial assistance which has enabled the Littleborough Civic Trust to obtain reprographic equipment for the production of this newsletter and other printed items.

THE EDITOR AND STAFF WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR THANKS.

1 To all those people who have contributed to this edition of the newsletter.

2 A special thanks to those who assembled and distributed the newsletter.

3. To Mr. K. Parry for the original cover design which we have now commenced reusing.

Editor: Judith Schofield

 

 

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