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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: Michael Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, Littleborough. Tel. 79573

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

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CHAIRMAN'S NOTES.

The problem of traffic and parking in central Littleborough is becoming increasingly difficult and we are desperately in need of action from the council. The document which outlined the Conservation Area some years ago stated quite categorically that Littleborough needed more off-street car parking and since that date we have actually lost parking space - on street as well as off-street.

Picture: Traffic Sign saying Frustration Ahead

The reasons for the lack of action are wearing increasingly thin and a meeting of the local shopkeepers reported that the attitude of the Councillor present on that occasion was "negative".

We are, after all, talking about a Conservation Area - where the Council would be justified in making special provisions. This is possible in other places and, apparently, in other parts of the Metropolitan Borough. So why not here?

We have written to Councillors Angus, Dearnley, Holden and Moffatt asking precisely this.

KEITH PARRY

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Bombs

It is important to understand that whatever the sympathies and activities of individual members, the Civic Trust is in no way connected with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament nor has any official opinion to give on the matter.

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THE COACH HOUSE PROJECT

Work continues at Lodge Street but at a slower pace at the moment than during spring and summer last year. The small community enterprise team is concentrating its efforts on internal works, in particular the complete rewiring of the first floor.

When the essential part of this phase is finished the Heritage Area which is receiving financial support from the English Tourist Board will be open to the public. Other areas of the ground floor will be opened as funding becomes available and in the expectation that a Manpower Services Scheme will continue to be available to the project.

If you would like to help the project there are four ways in which you can assist.

First of all by supporting fund-raising functions; as you can see we hope to have a range of different activities across a year, catering for a diversity of tastes.

Secondly, if you have any ideas for new fund-raising ventures or suggestions for improving existing ones please get in touch with any of the committee members.

Thirdly, be a regular supporter of the Project by becoming ‘A Friend of the Coach House’. In this way we gain a regular and especially valuable source of income. The rates are £5.00 for an individual subscription and £20 for an organisation: Companies who are Friends of the Coach House may use the building for meetings and functions at a negotiated fee.

Finally you can give the Project immediate help by sponsoring individually or with others, materials, equipment, or space. In this way the work will be receiving an injection of cash to keep progress moving and a permanent record will be displayed in the building of the names of all who have made a donation.

The Upstairs Floor

We estimate that this will cost, £6,000, a price per square foot of £3.00. Sponsorships have raised over £700 so far.

DONALD PICKIS. Feb. 1983

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LOCAL HISTORY ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY.

We held our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 14th May, at which the following officials were elected:

L. Jackson.  Chairman.
R.Evans.   Secretary.
D. Grayson.  Treasurer.
A. Luke.  Librarian.

Also elected were - K. Cook, A. France, J. Butterworth, B. Heywcod, J. Trickett, M. Reid. C. Williamson.

We are having a trip to Helmshore Museum on 9th June, 7.45pm. Meet Littleborough Square. £1.90. Anyone interested should contact L. Jackson.

There will be an Antique Roadshow in August.

Future Meetings; Mr. K. Parry - The Fylde Coast, Thurs. 15th Sept..

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GOTTA LOTTA BOTTLE!!

Photograph: bottle bank

It's not very often that one is able to report good news resulting from our efforts but I am particularly pleased to give a small mention here of our very own Bottle Bank in Littleborough. It has taken over seven years in all, (after repeated pushes from Rosemary Giffin when she was connected with the Environmental Health Dept. and a few rather half-hearted requests on our behalf) to get a Bottle Bank finally established in Littleborough.

For those who have not yet seen or used it, three large 'Landmine type’ containers are set up in Railway Street near the old Electricity office. I have requested the Cleansing Dept. to also place a litter bin alongside as some folk, keen to get rid of their empties, are also not too keen on taking home the boxes and bags they were carried in! However..... As a matter of interest Rochdale's contribution to the re-cycling glass industry since the Bottle Banks were introduced into the Borough is now in the tons of glass category and what is more they are also earning money for the Council too.

Please do use the Bank. All you need to do is remove corks or caps and place the bottles in the appropriate containers - green, brown or white. (There is also no need to remove the labels).

Have a smashing time.

BETTY PICKIS

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FOOTPATH WALKS.

The Footpath Group was pleased to see 17 people turn out for the evening walk on May 11th. This was the second highest attendance of the year so far. Unfortunately both full-day walks drew only seven people and atrocious weather so we'll be hoping for better luck for the ones to come. On a brighter note, you will notice on November 6th that Mr. Alf Wood will be making his debut as a walks leader (our first new one for three years). Please support it well.

This programme was drawn up at two meetings by members of the Footpath Group. We would be delighted to have other members contribute walks and ideas. There will be a meeting at the Council offices on October 25th 8.00pm. to decide the programme for 1984. Please come along.

Silhouette of line of hikers

JUNE 5th Leader - RICHARD EVANS. Meet Square 2.00pm.
Canal Towpath - Owl Hill - Peanock - Turnough - Ealees.

Distance 5 miles.

JUNE 12th. Leader - JOE TAYLOR. Meet Square 9.30am.
Wycoller Circular.

JULY 3rd. Leader LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet at the King William IV Inn, Shore.
Middlewood - East Hill - Long Causeway - Turn Slack - Ratcliffe Hill - Shore.

Distance 5 miles.

JULY 17th. Leader - JOE TAYLOR. Meet Square 1.45pm.
Denshaw Circular

JULY 31st. Leader - RICHARD EVANS. Meet Square 10.00am
Pendle Circular.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10th. Meet Littleborough Square 7.00pm.
Ogden Reservoir Circular.

AUGUST 14th. Leader - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet 1.45pm. Littleborough Square.
Townhouse - Reddyshore - Cranberry Dam - Crook Hill - Shore.

AUGUST 28th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Littleborough Square 10.40am for bus to Baitings.
South Pennine Reservoir Way.

SEPTEMBER 11th. Leader - HELEN BRAY. Meet Littleborough Square 10.00am.
Holmfirth Circular.

Distance 12 miles.

SEPTEMBER 23th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm.
Canal Towpath - Lightowlers Lane - High Peak - Owlet Hall - Hollingworth Fold - Wildhouse - Little Clegg.

Distance 8 miles.

OCTOBER 9th. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square 9.30am.

Full day walk, either:

A. Marsden Cuckoo Walk (Good conditions). 17 miles.

B. Ryburn Circular (Poor conditions). 12 miles.

OCTOBER 23rd. Leader - GEOFF. SUTCLIFFE. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm. Lawflat 1.45pm.
Rydings - Healey Dell.

NOVEMBER 6th. Leader - ALF WOOD. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm. Cars to Ogden.
Bethany lane - Top o’th Hill - Brushes Clough Reservoir - The Moorcock - Higher Ogden.

6 miles.

NOVEMBER 20th. Leader - ROY PRINCE. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm.
Canal Towpath - Sungate - Tunshill - Ealees.

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BOTTLES

Photograph: Wine bottles

Betty has already told you what to do with your empties but the Civic Trust has designs on your full bottles as well.

Following the Trust's success at last year's Coach House Fete, where we raised the second highest amount of the day, on a bottle stall, the Coach House Trust has requested a repeat performance. Therefore, expect Committee members at your door begging for bottles sometime in the near future.

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BARGES

A canal ride between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge is now possible and available. As the Civic Trust fathered Rochdale Canal Society, the Committee is booking a ride for a summer’s evening. The cost will be around £3.00.

Refreshments, including a bar, will be available. Further details from Keith Parry.

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WORD SEARCH (No Prizes)

Pictograph: word search
 
1. Blackstone Edge13. Harehill
2. Calderbrook14. Hollingworth
3. Caldermoor15. Lightowlers
4. Chelburn16. Pikehouse
5. Clough17. Rakewood
6. Deanhead18. Shore
7. Dearnley19. Shore Moor
8. Durn20. Smithybridge
9. Ealees21. Stansfield
10. Featherstall22. Stubley
11. Gale23. Summit
12. Gatehouse24. Townhouse

Compiled by J. and A. Harrison

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GOLDEN WORDS WORDS

A month or two ago, you may have read (possibly with dismay) of the pop group TALK TALK'S visit to Lower Chelburn Reservoir in order to film a video. The group came from Southend and noted that the fans who caMe to watch them at Chelburn were very friendly and stayed behind to help TIDY UP. What a pity these unexpected visitors seem to have more respect for Littleborough than some of our residents.

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BULLSEYE.

On a recent radio programme "Groundswell" both farmers and walkers were represented. The N.F.U. representative stated that the total network of footpaths in the U.K. was equal to walking eight times round the equator. A walker replied "Yes but you'd meet about seven thousand blockages".

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The Editor would finally like to make a plea "more articles please".


Thanks to:
Keith Parry for the cover design.
Roy Prince for printing the newsletter
Mrs. Farrell for typing the stencils.
All contributors


Editor: Roy Prince