Pattern: Tree in flower

The newsletter editor is always pleased to receive contributions to be considered for inclusion.

Not all views expressed in the newsletter 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.

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


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: Duncan McLennan, 8 Wellington Terrace.

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

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

Footpaths Secretary: Brian Clarke, 6, Oak Hill, Bents Farm. Tel. 73410.

Membership Secretary:Beryl Jackson, 27, Howarth Street.



Here follow a few notes summarising the Chairman's report, as many points have been covered in earlier newsletters.

Littleborough Conservation Area

The designation of the Central Conservation Area was welcomed.

Neighbourhood Facilities Fund

We received a grant of £515 for the purchase of a projector and screen and display screens.

The G.M.C. Structure Plan

This was welcomed and the Trust commented upon it to the Authority.

Open Space

The Trust strongly supported the County policy and was disappointed that the Borough Council did not see fit to support the establishment of "green belts" in its section of the County. With the encroachments we have seen during the year, notably the expansion of Portakabin with its change of land-use - agricultural to industrial - we feel that every single opportunity should be seized to preserve our open spaces. Where is this more important than in the North West of Britain?

Footpaths Group

This continues to flourish. Three footpaths walks leaflets have been published during the year. There has been frustration amongst the voluntary organisers brought about by little response from the statutory authorities to reports on blockages.


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Future Events

Meetings begin at 8.00pm. in the Oddfellows' Room, 66, Church St.

Thursday, 29th March - Mr.E.Hilton, R.M.B.C., "Rochdale Canal and the Rochdale M.B.C."

Thursday, 19th April - Mr.Stuart Smith, Deputy Director Ironbridge Museum Trust.

Last Week-end in May - Exhibition "Transport Museum".

Offers of assistance welcomed.



New Plant for Plastic Bottle Factory on Hollingworth Road. D 8131.

Once more this would be an expansion on to a "greenfield" site adjoining the Country Park. Although the land is designated for industrial use, this is not (yet) an industrial estate. Indeed, in the centre of Littleborough a large industrial estate is being built, which now has empty units.

The Trust will be writing to object to the proposed development and in addition querying the safety of the total site and the traffic problems, bearing in mind the access roads.

It seems unlikely that many, if any, new jobs would be created by this development.

Individual members who wish to see the plans can do so at the Planning Office, Church Lane, Rochdale. If you feel strongly, we would ask you to send letters to the Planning Officer quoting the above reference number.




Meetings to be held at the Oddfellows' Room, Church Street, Littleborough at 8.00pm.

April 12th - Mrs.J.Bowers "Family Trees".

May 10th - Annual General Meeting.

We shall be having another History Trail in August and possibly an evening walk and evening trips to Helmshore Museum and other places of interest. For further information please contact Richard Evans, 8, Charles Street, Littleborough, or Lincoln Jackson, Hare Hill Road, or Alan Luke, Tel. 79949.




We now have a new Membership Secretary, Beryl Jackson, who was elected at the A.G.M.

The membership lists are currently being revised and we are taking the opportunity of giving members a gentle reminder that subscriptions for 1979 are now due: 50p for junior or senior citizens; £1 for individual adults or £2 for a family and a minimum of £2 for organisations and industrial concerns.

If anyone has not paid their 1978 subscription by 1st June, we shall take it that they no longer wish to be members and no longer wish to receive this newsletter.

If anyone knows of someone who would like to join, please let us have their name and address.

Subscriptions please to Lincoln Jackson at the shop, Hare Hill Road, or to Beryl Jackson, 27, Howarth Street, or to the Treasurer, Duncan McLennan, 8, Wellington Terrace, or to any member of the committee.



Summer Trip to Ravenglass

Littleborough Local History Society and Civic Trust Summer Trip
to Ravenglass, Cumbria. Sunday, 29th July 1979.


Coach fare - Children £1 Adults £3-50.

Railway - Party-rate fares - Children 60p ret. 40p single Adults £1 return, 70p single.

These reduced fares must be paid in advance.

Names are now being taken along with deposits (Adult £1, Child 50p)

Photograph: Old charabanc

Things to see:

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway originally opened 1875 to carry iron ore; it is now run as a tourist attraction along a 7 mile track to Dalegarth. There is also a museum situated alongside the station showing the history of the line. Admissions to the museum - Adult 20p, Child l0p.

Muncaster Castle, the home of the Pennington family since 13th C., contains some superb antique furniture. The Castle gardens are the finest Rhododendron gardens in Europe. Inclusive party rates - Adult 70p, Child 40p.

Muncaster Water-Mill has now been renovated to grind wholemeal flour. Admission - Adult 20p, Child l0p.




In addition to our fortnightly, Sunday walks we shall have short walks on some Wednesday evenings.

Wednesday Walks

May 16th. Leader Roy Prince. Meet in Littleborough Square at 7.00pm. Cars to Todmorden.
Fielden Square — Honey Hole — Lumbutts - Causeway Wood – Kiln Hurst - Canal Towpath. Distance 3+ miles.

June 13th. Leader Jean Prince. Meet in Littleborough Square at 7.00pm. Cars to Todmorden.
Dobroyd - Ewood Lane - Todmorden. 3 miles.

July 4th. Leader Richard Evans. Meet in Littleborough Square at 7.00pm.
Town House - Higher Gale - Gale Flat - Bent House - Windy Bank - Ealees - Moorcock Inn. 3 miles.

August 1st. Leader Lincoln Jackson. Meet in Littleborough Square at 7.00pm Cars to Hollingworth Lake (7.15pm)
Lake circular - Beach Hotel.

Sunday Walks

April 1st. Leader Margaret Padmanabhan. Meet in Littleborough Square at 2.00pm.
Ealees – Lanefoot Farm - Fielden Farm - Umber Farm - Lydgate - Moorcock - Hollow Field - Canal Towpath. 4 miles.

April 15th. (Easter Day) Leader Lincoln Jackson. Meet in Littleborough Square at 2.00pm.
Denehurst - Clough - Far Hey Head - Ringing Pots -Top O’ Clough - Green Wells - Heights Farm. 4+ miles.

Drawing: Hiker

April 29th. Leader Lincoln Jackson. Meet in Littleborough Square at 2.00pm
Woodbottom - Heights Farm - Ratcliffe Hill - Moorgate - Watergrove - Wardle Fold - Pedlar Brow Lane - Shore. 4+ miles

May 13th. Leader Geoffrey Sutcliffe. Meet in Littleborough Square at 9.00am.
Dales Circular (All day). 10 miles.

May 27th. Leader Richard Evans. Meet in Littleborough Square at 2.00pm
Higher Windybank - Fielden Farm - High Peak - Roman Road - Aiggin Stone - Letter Stones - Robin Hood's Bed - Brood Head Drain - Blackstone Edge Road. 6 miles.

June 10th. Leader Roy Jackson. Meet in the Square at 2.00pm. or King William, Shore at 2.30pm.
Middlewood Lane - Wardle Fold - Lower House - Alderbank - Watergrove - Dobbin Hill - Higher Pemmin. 4+ miles.

June 17th. Leader John Hindle. Meet in Littleborough Square at 9.00am. Cars.
The Calderdale Way (All day) 12 miles.

June 24th. Leader Richard Evans. Meet in Littleborough Square at 2.00pm.
Town House - Higher Gale - Gale Flat - Bent House - To be extended as necessary.

July 8th. Leader Joe Taylor. Meet in Littleborough Square at 2.00pm, Cars to Hebden Bridge.
Hebden Bridge - Craggs Widden Road - Midge Hole - Grimswood Dean - Walshaw - Gibson Mill. 5 miles.

July 15th. Leader Brian Clarke. Meet in Littleborough Square at 9.00am. Cars to Settle.
Settle circular (All day). 10 miles.

July 22nd. Leader Roy Jackson. Meet at the Lake Information Centre at 2.00pm
Bear Hill - Syke - Owlet Hall - Lydgate Clough - Sladen - Summit - Bus or towpath to Littleborough. 4+ miles

August 5th. Leader John Hindle. Meet in Littleborough Square at 9.00am. Cars to Malham.
Malham circular. 8 miles.



Photograph: A pile of litter on the moors

Plenty of space for it!

An observant local resident phoned the Secretary of the Steanor Bottom Society to say that rubbish had been dumped on the Toll Bar site. Yes, he knew. Ah, but did he know she had found such rubbish in her garden nd discovered the culprit and returned his unlovely rubbish?

The energetic Secretary went straight away to the Toll House site, found the rubbish and an envelope identifying the previous owner and decided to take prompt action. He phoned the police, asked what the fine was for dumping - answer: up to £200. The Secretary explained he was going to return this litter. Agreed. He then drove to the Toll House, put the rubbish in the boot of his car and went to the owner1s house.

When he knocked on the door, he was greeted amiably by the owner's wife. Does Mr. X live here? Yes. Ah well, I have something for him. The Secretary went to his car - and brought back the bags of rubbish and dumped them on the doorstep. With a cheery wave he left. "Yours, I believe."

Moral: Beware; your rubbish comes home to roost.




The wide choice of food available when one visits a market or supermarket is accepted by most shoppers as their right and little thought is given to the effort which has been made to grow, harvest, process, transport and market it for their convenience.

It is only when climatic conditions destroy a crop or a strike disrupts supplies and we cannot get our essential foods or favourite brands that we spare a thought for how dependent we are upon others. However, this thought is likely to be fleeting, for man is more fortunate than other creatures in that he can change from one food to another should supplies of one food become scarce.

The pyramid shown, in the diagram below, illustrates how one form of life is dependent on another:

Diagram: Triangle of life










A break in the pyramid, at whatever level, can be very damaging, particularly for a species at the top of the pyramid which depends for its survival upon increasingly large numbers of organisms at each of the lower levels. It is therefore particularly interesting that some creatures who are at the top of the pyramid, namely the owl, may be found close to the centre of Littleborough.

Owls eat their prey whole and regurgitate the fur and skeleton in the form of a compact pellet which may be found near their roosting place. If the pellets are collected and soaked in water, they may be teased out, using forceps and a mounted needle, to reveal the remains of their prey which, once identified, acts as a useful guide to the owl's diet.

In days gone by openings in the shape of a cross were built into the ends of barns to allow barn owls to fly in and out. The barns provided a place where food could be caught - a help to the farmer to keep down vermin - a shelter and a nesting site. Farmers were aware of the value of the owl.

Drawing: An owl

Today architects of modern structures show little consideration for the needs of wild life and indeed many offend the eye of fellow beings either by the design, siting or choice of material for their buildings.

The richness of wild life which still remains - and is ours to enjoy if only we use our senses and indeed our common sense — deserves our protection. When next there is talk of pulling down this old building or cutting down that clump of trees or building on another piece of land I hope that some thought will be given to what will happen to creatures, other than ourselves for whom life is already difficult and who, unlike man, cannot easily change their diet even during a temporary shortage. Without such creatures as the owl the pattern of wild life would be less rich and eventually man will pay the price.



The Next Newsletter

The next edition of the newsletter will be printed in time for distribution early in July. In order to avoid any delay which might be caused through people being away on holiday, the editor would be pleased to receive any contributions before Rochdale Holidays - the earlier, the better.

We hope that our next issue will appear inside a new cover. Keith Parry has the design in hand and we look forward to another attractive cover to replace the one that we have been using for the past ten issues.



Travelling in the North West

Since I wrote about this subject in an earlier newsletter I hnve had requests to write more, so I have done. We are still on the look-out for more young people to accompany us, Raymond Dowdall having left. Now there are only three of us - Stephen Meehan (now a member of the Trust), Patrick Brennan and myself.

Anyway, here are a few more of the places we have visited:


This is a lovely little village overlooking Hebden Bridge. To get to it from the latter you need to go up a steep path, the Buttress, but it is well worth the climb, if you survive it. A history trail runs through the village which has two churches in one yard, the oldest Methodist chapel, a dungeon and an old grammar school which is now a museum.

Boggart Hole Clough

The 17 bus from Rochdale stops right outside the gates of this lovely little park in Blackley, near Manchester. Paths follow the course of a brook and there is a boating lake, a children's playground and a small cafe. The name comes from a ghost that was supposed to haunt a farm that once stood in the park.

Causeway Foot

This is a tiny village on the main road between Halifax and Denholme. Near it is the beautiful Ogden Reservoir surrounded by a pine wood and moors.

Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge is a fine little town that has shown what a few improvements can do to a place. All around it is beautiful countryside with well-maintained footpaths, a park, an excellent Tourist Information Centre, good craft shops and even its own newspaper.



Thanks to
Keith Parry for the cover design.
All contributors.
Those who distribute the newsletter.

Editor: Roy Prince