Drawing: Spring Flowers


Spring Flowers

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.


Chairman: Keith Parry, 3, Prospect Street. Tel.79883.

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

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

Treasurer: Bernard Harrison, 5 Paul Row, Tel. 78013

Minutes Secretary: Rita Kay, 2, Lodgeville, Rakewood Road. Tel. 79573

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


Richard Evans, 8 Charles St.
Roy Prince, 14 Milbury Drive, Tel. 78883.
Geoff Sutcliffe, 14 Buckley Terrace, Wardle, Tel. 40369.
Mike Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, Tel. 70154.
Don Pickis (see Vice Chairman).
Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore, Tel. 70542.
Rae Street, Calder Cottage, Tel. 76043.
Pauline Hopkinson, Far Hey Head Farm, Calderbrook.
Beryl Heywood, 27 Howarth Street. Tel. 73476.
Tom Walker, 70 West View, Ealees. Tel. 79573

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



Drawing: Coat of Arms of the Greater Manchester County Council

Coat of Arms of GMCC

As you will know this Government intends to put forward legislation abolishing the six metropolitan counties including the Greater Manchester Council. The Civic Trust Committee has been considering the implications for the last year and in March held a special meeting to discuss them. A general opinion prevailed but the Committee feels it cannot become official Littleborough Civic Tryst policy until there has been more consultation with the membership. Until that time this newsletter cannot be used as a propaganda organ and the Editor apologies to those who submitted articles on the subject for their non-inclusion.

So the Chairman and other Committee Members would like to hear from you if you have any views on the subject, or think a public meeting would be worthwhile, or simply want to know the facts.



Railway litter poster

Buy a rail ticket and explore Britain. Have you recently travelled to Manchester by train? To pass the time have a good look through the window on your journey from Littleborough (historic station with a plaque to commemorate the opening of Summit tunnel by George Stephenson in 1841 - in a Conservation Area)to Manchester Victoria (historic station at present undergoing a cleaning and face lift, full of interesting architectural and historic features: the canopy. the tiled network map).

Well the route between the two stations is full of scenic wonder – an overlooked tourist attraction. Rubbish near Rochdale, garbage at Castleton, mess at Moston, litter at Collyhurst. The railway embankments are rubbish dumps.

In recent improvement schemes carried out by voluntary bodies, ard local authorities, large areas of the north west have been improved - even transformed. Stretches of river valley have been tackled, canals have been cleaned, roadside verges landscaped, small areas of wasteland tidied, by local authorities, and joint groups of volunteers and official bodies such as Operation Eyesore mounted by the Civic Trust a few years ago, the G. M. C. Impact, and, just started, Groundwork Trust. But NOBODY has tackled the railways.

Could not a project be started, a combined effort between British Rail, the local authorities, amenity groups such as the Civic Trust and volunteer groups, such as the Residents' Associa¬tions, to clean up one stretch of railway line and its embankments?

Littleborough - Rochdale - Manchester is an historic route - couldn't it also become a scenic route?




The Society membership is continuing to grow, we have had some very good lectures this year and our Society collection is growing.


We are having a joint trip with the Civic Trust to Grassington Museum and Bolton Abbey on Sunday 13th May, at 10.00am. Names to R. Evans or L. Jackson. Tel. 70542.

Thursday 12th April. Mr. J. Tweedale on Watergrove.

10th May. Annual General Meeting.

Sunday 22nd April. Plastic Duck Race, Hollingworth Lake Country Park. 2.00pm.

Sunday 20th May. Spring Fair, 1.30pm. Community Centre.


Walks from Hollingworth Lake Visitors Centre led by Richard Evans.

Photograph: Hollingworth Lake

April 29th. 11.00am Blackstone Edge Reservoir. 11 miles.

May 27th. 2.00pm Transport Trail. 6 miles.

June 10th. 2.00pm. Robin Hoods Bed, Letter Stone. 6 miles.

July 22nd. 11.00am. Old Halls of Littleborough. 11 miles,

August 12th. 2.00pm. Reddyshore Scout Gate. 6 miles.

September 9th. 2.00pm. Lydgate Valley. 6 miles.


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Please pay promptly.

Note. In the last issue, an article appeared about the threat to our railway line. Thankfully this has disappeared for the time being.



Priorities on the Project.

Having successfully opened the first part of the building, the directors and Committee are now turning their attention as to how to bring into use other parts of the project, in particular the downstairs meeting room. Cash of course is the most pressing problem and so all fund-raising events are important. As we now occupy part of the building, organisation of work has to be done more carefully and it is possible that the building workers will need somewhere for a "mess room" eventually. For both these reasons, the Coach House Trust has decided to apply for planning permission for the temporary use of a portakabin on the site.

The Oldham and Rochdale Groundwork Trust.

The Groundwork trusts were set up to tackle environmental problems around towns. They aim to improve the urban fringe by a co-ordinated programme, undertaken by representatives of the public, private and voluntary sectors. The Chairman of the local Groundwork Trust is the Rt. Hon. Charles Morris. Keith Parry was recently elected Vice-chairman and the Executive Director is Robin Henshaw. We are very pleased to announce that Groundwork have made a grant of £2000 as a contribution to the Coach House project.


Impact, the body established by the Greater Manchester County Council to carry out local improvement schemes with volunteer and amenity groups, have undertaken to landscape the area around the outside of the building. Their landscape gardener has drawn up a planting scheme and work has already started on the site. The Committee would like to record their appreciation for this contribution - worth approximately £300 - to the project.

Greater Manchester Council.

In October last year, the Recreation and Amenities Committee of G.M.C. granted us £5000. The bulk of the money was used to equip the H & I Centre, but the balance of the grant received recently is most welcome as an injection to funds. The Coach House Trust is grateful for the County's continued strong support for the project.


Ha'pennies make pennies, pennies make shillings and shillings make pounds, thrifty Yorkshire grandmother used to say. We'd like to make pounds - we've got a large jar at the Coach House so help us to reach our target.


We were very sorry to learn of the death of Tom Holroyd. Tom had made a very generous donation to the Coach House conversion and had taken a lively interest in all the developments. We are sure he will be very sadly missed by all his friends, to whom we send our sympathy.


Good Friday,20th April Pace Egg Play. Coach House.
Monday, 7th May. Maypole. Coach House.
Thursday, 10th May. Honeysuckle Party. Coach House 8.00pm.
Sunday, 20th. May Luncheon. Bateman Centre.
Saturday, 9th June. Coffee Morning. Coach House 10.00 - 12.00pm.
Saturday, 21st July. Village Fete. Coach House.

Further information and tickets for any of the above can be obtained from your group representative or from the Information Centre at the Coach House, which is open every afternoon, including Sunday.




High Gates Walk.

As you may remember, in June 1982 I was due to walk my High Gates Way, being sponsored on behalf of the Coach House Trust, I was taken ill with food poisoning on the morning of the walk, and was unable to do it. Luckily, Fred Graham who was to accompany me did it on his own. This year to celebrate my 40th birthday I intend to walk the High Gates Way non-stop. I intend to do this on the Saturday nearest my birthday (August 1st) and this will be August 4th. If any member of the Civic Trust, particularly the Footpath Group, would be willing to provide a couple of check points I would be most grateful.

Blockages Removed.

Last October, I had a meeting with Mr. Wadsworth and Mr. Haslam of the County Engineers Dept. at County Hall. As a result, I had a visit from the G.M.C. Footpaths Inspector on the 10th of that month; I showed him some of the numerous blockages that I have reported over the years. He took notes and photographs and promised action. We are now seeing some results. A number of footpaths have been reopened in the Moorcock area. Incidentally these were first reported in November 1977. A number of other landowners have been approached regarding blockages and have been asked to remove them.




We have now completed eight walks this year. Weather-wise, there can hardly have been a more atrocious start to the year, with heavy rain, snow on the ground and high winds, all combining to make walking difficult. Only Alf Ward's walk on February 12th was free from bad conditions. Significantly, this drew the highest attendance of the year so far. - 19. - which equals last year’s best.

The summer 1984 walks programme was drawn up at a meeting by members of the Footpath Group, we would, be delighted to have other members contribute walks and ideas. There will be a meeting to discuss the Autumn/Winter programme on 19th June, 198 in the Hare Hill Park Council Offices at 8.00pm. Please come along.

22nd April. Leaders - THE TAYLORS. Meet Square 1.30pm. Cars to Lanehead.
Waughs Well walk.

8 miles.

6th May. Leader - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet Square 2.00pm
Townhouse - Hey Bottom - Green Wells - Turn Slack - Watergrove - Shore.

6 miles.

20th. May. Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Square 2.00pm.
Hollingworth Lake - Ogden.

3rd June. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Square 10.40am for 11.00am bus to Ripponden.
Ripponden/ Rishworth circular.

17th June. Leader - RICHARD EVANS. Meet Square 1.45pm for bus to White House.
Pennine Way - Walsden - Todmorden.

1st July Leader JOHN HINDLE. Meet Square 9.25am.
Hebden Bridge - Saltonstall - Bog Eggs - Hebden Bridge.

13 miles.

15th July. Leader - RICHARD EVANS. Meet Square 9.25am.
Thievely Pike circular.

29th July. Leader - MIKE FARRELL. Meet Square 1.50pm for bus to Summit.
Chelburn Moor circular.

12th August Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Square 1.30pm.
New Hey circular.

26th August. Leader - MIKE FARRELL. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Cragg Vale circular.

Please do not bring a dog along or you may be asked to turn back.



1. The Councillor.

In Britain, a person is qualified to be a Councillor if he/she is over 21, is of British or Irish nationality and has close connections with the area he/she intends to represent. You cannot stand if you are employed by the Council, are bankrupt or have recently been involved in criminal activities. If a councillor does not attend meetings for six consecutive months he will cease to hold office.

County Councillors (a threatened species) represent divisions and District Councillors represent wards. A councillor serves for four years being elected in May. District Councillors in Metropolitan Boroughs such as Rochdale are elected by the "Thirds" method where a third of the Council resign each year save for the County Election Year. Most Councillors are elected as members of a political party. Candidates are chosen through internal selection procedures of the local Parties. Councillors often have the opportunity of specialised training in counselling, but do not have a statutory obligation to take it.

A Councillor has the right to inspect relevant accounts and records and publically disclose them but these rights are often controlled by Standing Orders. If a Councillor has any financial interest in a matter raised before the Council, he/she must declare the interest and he/she is then excluded from the vote. Some Councillors may require him/her to leave the Chamber. The Environment Secretary can remove this disability in certain cases but failure to disclose an interest is an offence.

Councillors are not salaried but they may receive allowances of the following nature - attendance, travelling, subsistence, wage loss, special responsibility and mayoral - if an when they are carrying out Council business. A claim must be verified before payment is made. The attendance allowance is taxable.

If you wish to lobby a Councillor, it is as well to bear in mind his/her political circumstances, particularly when faced with a choice between two or more Councillors.


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Stop Press: Re the Historical Society article the price of the Bolton Abbey Trip will be approx. £2.00. The Plastic Duck Race has been cancelled due to lack of support.

Memo:. Please respond with your thoughts on the Metropolitan Counties abolition. If there is enough response we will seek to hold a Public Meeting with such bodies as the Community Association, Historical Society, and the Traders Association, as well as Local Councillors.


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