The Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was held in January. A Chairman's Report was circulated at the meeting; copies are still available and if any member would like one, would they please contact one of the Officers.

The Committee for 1976/77 is as follows:

(We are listing below their addresses and special interests ~ do let any one of them know if you have some specific problem or query, or any concern about your own area.)

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

Interest : All aspects of the environment.

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

Interest : Planning applications & Parks sub-committee.

Secretary & Editor Newsletter : Gill Joiner, 18 Ealees Road, Littleborough. Tel. 78022

Interest : Newsletter

Publicity Officer : Keith Parry, Middle House, Prospect Street, Littleborough. Tel. 79383.

Interest : Industrial archæology & history of transport

Minutes Secretary : Betty Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge, Littleborough. Tel. 78349

Footpath Group Secretary : John Hindle, 5 Chichester Close, Smithy Bridge. Tel. 70407

Interest : Footpaths & Trips organiser

Treasurer : Steven Moss, 183 Todmorden Road, Littleborough. Tel. 79496

Interest : Finance


Alan Ashworth, 157 Peatherstall Rd. Littleborough

Interest The Rochdale Canal and walking.

Brian Clarke, 6 Oak Hill, Bents Farm, Littleborough.

Interest : WaIking

Philip Darnbrough, 143 Wardle Rd. Rochdale. Tel, 46089

Interest : The Rochdale Canal and Wardle

Harry Giffin, 'Windy Ridge' Blackstone Edge Old Road, Littleborough. Tel. 78897

Interest : Pennine Park

Alma Harper, 2 Gatehouse, Blackstone Edge Old Road, Littleborough. Tel. 79914

Interest : Local History

Bernard Harrison, 8 Paul Row, Calderbrook. Tel. 78013

Interest : Countryside and Calderbrook

Lincoln Jackson, Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 77487

Interest : Local history and walking

Roy Prince, 14 Milbury Drive, Hollingworth Lake. Tel. 78883

Interest : Walking

John Stanley, 22 Old Road, Smithy Bridge. Tel. 77426

Interest : Publications and the history of transport

Mariel Sugden, 5 Moorside, Blackstone Edge, Littleborough Tel. 70106

Interest : Natural history and countryside.

Ann Sykes, Clough Head Farm, Calderbrook. Tel. 79651

Interest : Orienteering and the countryside.

Geoff Wilson, Bib Knowl, Hollingworth Lake. Tel. 79633

Interest : The Lake, local history and the history of transport

Richard Evans, 8 Charles Street, Littleborough.

Interest : Local history



Paving the Way - People v Vehicles

At least 130 schemes giving the pedestrian exclusive, or nearly exclusive use of streets have been established in Britain. Pioneered in such places as Kings Lynn, Leeds and Norwich in the mid 60s, one can now walk safely in parts of towns as far away as Glasgow and Canterbury.

The number of shopping precincts and traffic free areas shows the planners desire to encourage walking in towns. Until the 60s the movement of traffic was considered more important than the safety and ease of commuting of the walker. How many large curving junctions do you know whore there are great areas of road to cross, and masses of fast traffic to negotiate?

A Government booklet on Pedestrian Safety in 1973 made the point that "in the past traffic management was designed to Improve the flow of vehicles and to reduce accidents. Now emphasis is placed on the movement of people, their safety and amenity." Wherever our safety has been regarded there is often lack of "amenity" on the part of planners; I can think of several subways and overhead footpaths which take you to perilous heights and deafening depths with ¼ mile extra to walk. On Preston's Ringway 6,000 pedestrians a day choose a 60yd. dash through a gap in the central reservation rather than a 260yd. walk through a subway. How many people have you seen dash across Church Street between Crossleys and Metravision, rather than walk up to the zebra crossing? Perhaps you do it yourself. There's no doubting that with the amount of traffic flying through these days it makes it a perilous occupation. It's an interesting fact that at Pelican crossings pedestrians must wait while traffic can flow on a green light for 30secs. or more and yet pedestrians can cross for only 4-7seconds. Someone seems to have their priorities wrong there.

So what could we do in Littleborough to make walking about the village a safe and pleasant thing to do? For a start more crossings could be put across Church St. to give the pedestrian more opportunity to cross safely with only a slight loss of "traffic flow". What else could be done? Ideas please to Gill Joiner, Secretary, Littleborough Civic Trust, 18, Ealees, Littleborough.



Transport 2OOO has recently published two booklets. The "Nottingham Transport Policy": Nottingham was the first urban area in Britain to implement an overall strategy favouring public transport instead of the car. "Why we need railways - more than ever before": has been produced in reaction to proposals to prune the railways. Both booklets 15p. from Transport 2000, 9 Catherine Place, London SW1.



In January this year we offered each church or chapel in Littleborough a tree or shrub as a gift from the Trust for National Tree Week. I've had a most gratifying response and sent out eight trees all of which were planted by young people. One tree which especially gladdens us is the mountain ash planted by the Victoria St. Methodist Church on the corner of the car park. May it flourish - we might eventually have a park for cars and not simply a 'car park'.

We would also like to record our thanks to the Recreation & Amenities Dept. for the help of their tree specialist, Melvyn Crookes, who arranged for delivery of the trees.


Local History Group

Did you know that Blackstone Edge was held by the Roundheads under Col. Roswarme in the Civil War? Well we are forming a group to find out more about our village by having speakers, doing research, and outings to places of historical interest. We hope to learn how different things affected the village e.g. The old families and their houses, law and order, the industrial revolution, the textile industry, the roads, the canal and the railways.

The first meeting of this group will be on the 8th April, at 8pm. in the "Oddfellows", Church St. Littleborough, and the speaker will be the Rev. R. Carmillia.

Next meeting: 13th May at the "Oddfellows" Church Street.

Mr. M. Lilley. Sec. Archaeological Society.

For any further information please contact: Richard Evans, 8 Charles Street, Little borough.


Spring Cleaning - Derelict Sites

At the Annual General Meeting the question was raised of the Orron Street site, bordering Halifax Road, for which residents had been pressing for tidying for ten years. V/e can now report success. The site has been cleared by the Town Improvement Team and the residents have promised to keep an eye on it from now on.

Volunteers from the Trust including children have also cleared a small site at Rock Nook. Together with the residents at Calderbrook we have also made a start on Shott (Shop) Wood below Barnes Meadows, (incidentally if anyone knows the correct name for the wood - or its history ~ we should be very pleased to know.



Did you know that nationally we have a "Commons, open spaces and footpath preservation society"? From January this year the secretary has been Paul Clayden, a solicitor in his 30s; he succeeded Ian Campbell.

On May 14/15th a course on The Basic Technique of Canoeing for Complete Beginners will be held at Malton Youth Hostel. A course on May 28/29th is called "Improve your Canoeing" for those with some experience. Bookings are now being taken by The Warden.

John Keavey is editor of an informative little magazine called "Industrial Past", the enterprise is voluntary and it is hoped in due course to raise funds for industrial archaeology projects. For details write to:

John Keavey,
17 Uplands, Skipton, North Yorkshire.

At the time of writing this the Footpath Group have held six walks with a total attendance of 90 people taking part. A number of blocked footpaths have been found and reported. A footpath between Higher Swainrod and High Peak which had been blocked has now got a stile over the wall and a number of other footpaths which were blocked the last time we inspected them are now open.



Coach Excursions

Sunday, May 2nd. 1976

Coxwold, Byland Abbey, Castle Howard.

Leave Littleborough 9am. via M62 to Ferrybridge then we take the A1 to Borough Bridge from where we follow minor roads until we reach Coxwold where it is hoped a visit can be arranged to look around Shandy Hall, Coxwold.

Shandy Hall is an unusual mediæval house altered in the 17th and 18th century. Once the home of Lawrence Starn. One can see the White Horse of Kilburn from here and just a couple of miles away is the firm of Thompson, Furniture Makers who make furniture in the old tradition, who's trademark is The Mouse.

Byland Abbey

A Cistercian order an offshoot of Furness Abbey a small party of monks settled in 1143 on the right bank of The Rye in Ryedale but because Rievaulx Abbey was already established on the left bank they moved to a site 5 miles to the south-west.

The Building was paved with green and yellow tiles. The Church is 330 ft. long and 140 ft. across and its transepts was larger than Rievaulx and Fountains, the cloister is 145ft. square.

We should arrive back in Littleborough approximately 7.30pm.


Bring 'Picnic lunch, Afternoon Tea available at Castle Howard.
Cost of Excursion: Adults £1. 50p. Children £1.

Sunday, July 11th 1976

Half-day excursion to Nether Alderley Old Mill and Gawsworth Hall. Leave Littleborough 1pm. prompt via M62, M56 and A538 to Wilmslow then A34 to Nether Alderley for a conducted tour around the 15th century water-powered corn mill. We leave via the A34 to Monks Heath then the A537 to Macclesfield then the A536 to Gawsworth Hall.

Gawsworth Hall

Tudor half-timbered Manor House with a tilting ground. Former home of Mary Pitton, maid of honour at the court of Queen Elizabeth I and the supposed "Dark Lady" of Shakespeares sonnets.

We leavee Gawsworth Hall via the A536 to Congleton, and then Holmes Chapel. We arrive home around 8pm.

NOTE Afternoon, tea available at the Hall
Cost of excursion Adults £1.25p. Children 75p.



Public Path Orders

There were 740 diversion orders and 213 extinguishment orders made under The Highways Act 1959 in 1975.

The number of diversions was the highest recorded. West Sussex accounted for two fifths of the diversiors and a third of the extinguishments.

They'd never get away with that in Llttleborough!


The Advisory Council resisted pressure from the NFU to recommend that all Bull bye-laws should contain the "cow clause" i.e. that bulls should be allowed to graze in path fields when accompanied by cows or heifers.

The Ramblers Association has called for national legislation to ban bulls from all fields containing public paths in all circumstances throughout England and Wales. They also said that farmers should be able to apply for temporary diversion orders to allow them to graze bulls in such fields if they could show a necessity to do so.

Until it is passed, don't wear red!

Horses and Footpaths

The Ramblers Association has asked the Department of Environment to issue advice to Local Authorities on the use of the Criminal Damage Act 1971, under which it may be possible for Local Authorities to prosecute horseriders who damage the surface of footpaths. The point here is that the surface of a Highway (and a footpath is a highway) is vested In the Highway Authority, consequently damage to the surface of a footpath by horseriders may be an offence under the 1971 Act.

The R.A. has also backed the case for the creation of more bridleways to provide for the growing number of horseriders. This fallows the resolution approved at last year's National Council.

If anyone finds any public footpaths churned up by horseriders or if you meet a party of riders who refuse to go back on being told that the path is not a bridleway, please write to:

Mr. Mattingly,
The Ramblers Association,
1/4 Crawford Mews,
York Street, London, W1

Footpath 247

Footpath 247 which is being diverted around Stubley Mill has now been completed and a very good job has been made of it. Providing there are no objections this will be the right of way from the 12th March.


Editor: Gill Joiner