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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 Michael Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, Littleborough. Tel. 70154.


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

Vice Chairman: Roy Prince, 14 Milbury Drive, Tel. 78883.

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

Treasurer: Geoff Sutcliffe, 14 Buckley Terrace, Wardle, Tel. 40369.

Membership Secretary: Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 70542

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


Richard Evans, 8 Charles St.
Mike Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, Tel. 70154.
Rae Street, Calder Cottage, Tel. 76043.
Pauline Hopkinson, Far Hey Head Farm, Calderbrook.
Alf Tortoiseshell, Sedgmoor, Blackstone Edge Old Road. 79507
Janet Bell, 9 Salley Street, Calderbrook. 76551
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.
Joan Cook, 2 Calderbrook Terrace.
Ann Lawson, 81 Todmorden Road.
Jack Trickett, 9 Railway Street

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



The most important date is of course the Annual General Meeting of Littleborough Civic Trust which will be held this year on Thursday April 23rd at 8 p.m. in .the Coach House Heritage Centre, Lodge Street.

All members of Littleborough Civic Trust are invited to stand for the Committee. The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Harehill Park Council Offices to discuss planning applications, future events, footpaths, correspondence, 'environmental issues and any other relevant issues and to hear reports from the various bodies on which we are represented.

If you would like to serve on the Committee the Secretary would be delighted to hear from you. Nominations from the floor will be accepted. If you do not wish to stand, please try to attend the A.G.M. and have your say.


1. Apologies.6. Footpaths Group Report
2. Minutes of last A.G.M.7. Election of Officers.
3. Matters Arising8. Environment week
4. Chairman's Report.9. Any other business.
5. Officers' Reports. 



This year the Annual General Meeting is being held on Thursday, 23rd April at the Coach House, Littleborough at 8.00pm.

We do hope that as many members as possible will be there.

Time has gone by very quickly since our A.G.M. in 1986, but it has been an interesting year overall. We've achieved some successes but have also collected our usual quota of irritations and disappointments. All the members of the Committee come up for re-election at the A.G.M. but I would stress that in order to be able to vote it is essential that your current subscription is paid before the Annual General Meeting

I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd.





Silhouette: Logo of Keep Britain Tidy

Keep Britain Tidy

This year the Civic Trust will be holding an exhibition in conjunction with Keep Britain Tidy at Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre during Environment Week. The Trust*s contribution will be a "Raspberries and Roses" display highlighting by means of photographs the most and least attractive Littleborough features. If anyone has any suggestions or would like to get involved, please get in touch.

An Environmental Evening.

Hollingworth Lake from the air

Hollingworth Lake from the air

On Wednesday 29th April the Civic Trust will be holding an open meeting to which representatives of other environmental groups have been invited for a general discussion on a range of environmental issues. It should give us an opportunity to meet others working towards the same ends as ourselves and establish new and useful contacts. There will be cheese and wine served and all members of the Civic Trust are welcome to come along. The evening will be staged at Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre and the doors will be open from 7.30 p.m. onwards.

For those wishing to take a stroll before their supper, the Footpaths Group will be having a walk that evening starting from the Visitor Centre at 7.00pm. The walk will be led by Roy Prince and will be of around 5 miles returning to the Centre to join the throng.

Either way it should be a good and useful evening out and the more the merrier, so please come along.



The Conservation Officer from Rochdale Planning Department approached the Trust with a view to finding suitable locations for "Blue Plaques" in Littleborough. The Council has a small allocation for these plaques which are fixed on buildings and structures notable for their history, architecture or associations. We have now drawn up a short list of possible sites but if any member should have any particular site in mind for a plaque, please contact a Committee member.

A small group of Trust members was shown round Stubley Old Hall in February by the joint owner, Mr. Peter Tootill. We were impressed by his enthusiasm and sympathy for the Hall and he showed great concern that this site and Grade II listed Building should be developed as a Hotel and Restaurant of the highest quality.

The latest planning application for tipping on a new site at Birchinley Hall Farm, to which the Trust objected, has been refused with two of the reasons for refusal holding special interest. One was that "there is considered to be sufficient tipping capacity....... to meet the needs for the disposal of excavation and demolition waste within Rochdale Metropolitan Borough" and the other is that "the tipping operation would adversely affect the use and potential of the area for recreational and tourist development". The area's potential as a valuable resource in its own right, something in which we in Littleborough have believed for years; is now being recognised.

In October 1986, a Hollingworth Lake Management Sub-Committee was established and the Civic Trust has been invited to attend future meetings as an observer able to put forward the Trust's views. Should any member wish the Trust to put forward any specific views, please pass them on to a Committee Member.

There has been an appeal against the refusal by "Metro Rochdale” to grant planning permission for residential development at Summit Service Station. In view of the derelict condition of the site and lack of commercial value as a Petrol Station, even though it is in Green Belt, the Trust has written to support a limited residential development of this small site if it is of a style and materials sympathetic to the character of the Pennine area.

'Groundwork’ is now drawing up a Reclamation Scheme for the rough land between the railway and Todmorden Road facing Fothergill & Harvey's Rock Nook (Tygadure) Mill. We will be meeting soon to discuss this proposal so again, if any member has any views, please do tell a Committee Member.

Finally please do not forget ENVIRONMENT WEEK, 24th April - 4th May!

Please see separate articles.




We have been pleased recently to observe an increase in attendances and in the number of new faces on recent walks.

One or two footpath matters have concerned us since the last news-letter. In January I attended the public enquiry about Footpath 337 at Lightowlers Cottage and put forward the Trust's viewpoint that the proposed diversion was the best solution to an old problem. In February, Lincoln led the walk along the footpath over Whittaker Golf Course and once again met with opposition and strong language. If you should be walking that way do not be put off, the path is a definitive right of way and as such considerably pre-dates the establishment of the Golf Club. Know your rights!

Earlier this month, the Saddleworth Hunt met at Hollingworth Lake and while providing a fine spectacle, did considerable damage to footpaths around Owlet Hall. Roy Prince wrote a letter of complaint to the organiser and we are hopeful that this will persuade them to take more care next year.

Finally, congratulations are in order to our former Footpaths’ Secretary, John Hindle. Not only has he been appointed Footpaths Inspector for Rochdale by the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society but earlier this year he and his wife Jean had another child, a son Kenneth.

The summer 1987 programme was drawn up at a meeting of the Footpaths Group in February. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The Autumn 1987 programme will be discussed at a meeting at Harehill Park Council offices on 16th June at 8 p.m. Please come along, refreshments are available.


SUNDAY April 12th. LEADER - ALF WARD. Meet Littleborough Square 1.45pm. (Cars to Ashworth).
Ashworth Valley

5 to 6 miles

SUNDAY April 26th. LEADER - JOE TAYLOR. Meet Littleborough Square 1.45pm. (Cars to Jumbles Reservoir, Holcombe, Bo1ton Road).
Jumbles circular.

6 miles.

WEDNESDAY April 29th. Meet Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre. 7.00pm.
(See Environment week feature for details).

SUNDAY MAY 10th. LEADER - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet Littleborough Square 2.00pm.
Windy Bank - Sladen Mill - Chelburn - Summit

6 miles.

SUNDAY MAY 24th. LEADER - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Littleborough Square 9.00am.
Dales circular.

SUNDAY JUNE 7th. LEADER - MIKE FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square 1.45pm.
Blackstone Edge (Clegg Moor Urban Common)

6 miles.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 10th. LEADER - ALF WARD. Meet Ogden 7.00pm.
Ogden Circular.

4-5 miles.

SUNDAY JUNE 21st. LEADER - ROY PRINCE. Meet Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre. 2.00pm.
Hollingworth Lake Circular.

5 miles

SUNDAY JULY 5th. LEADER - ALAN ASHWORTH. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm. Cars to Turton Bottom.

9 miles. Bring Tea.

WEDNESDAY JULY 8th. LEADER - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square 6.45pm.
Stoodley Pike

4 miles.

SUNDAY JULY 19th. LEADER - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square 9.30am.
Todmorden - Trough Edge - Limer's Gate.

12 miles.

SUNDAY AUGUST 2nd. LEADER - ALF WARD. Meet Ogden 2.00pm.
Bishop Park circular.

6 miles.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5th. LEADER - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Littleborough Square 6.45pm.
Dobroyd circular.

4 miles.

SUNDAY AUGUST 16th. LEADER - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Littleborough Square 10.00am.
Ripponden circular.

SUNDAY AUGUST 30th. LEADER - LEN SUTCLIFFE. Meet Littleborough Square 2.00pm.
Todmorden circular.

(We would also particularly recommend a walk organised by Whitworth Footpaths Group led by local historian John B. Taylor. Meet Whitworth Square May 31st at 2.00pm.)



Would members please note that subscriptions for 1987 are NOW due. The membership Secretary was very pleased to receive a substantial reduction in those members outstanding with their payments last year and we hope this trend will continue.

The rates are once again:

Ordinary membership£1.50.
Junior/O. A. P.£1.00
Family£2 00.

Subscriptions can be given in/sent to Lincoln Jackson at the Bargain Corner Harehill Road, Littleborough or to any Committee Member.



We held our Sponsored walk of 9 miles on 29th September, 1985. Ten members took part and we raised above £90.

Future Events:

January 9th. Open Meeting - Society Collection on show.

February 13th. Mr. P. Stonehouse. Archæology in Saddleworth.

March 13th. Mrs. M. Curry. Windmills and Watermills.

April 10th. Mr. M. Farrell. Local Politics 1900-30.

May 8th. Annual General Meeting.

We contribute to a guided walks programme at Hollingworth Lake and Piethorne.

Here are our walks:

Sunday 2nd March. Mrs. D. Steeles. Piethorne. 11.00am. Geology.

10 miles.

Sunday 6th April. Mrs. D. Steeles and Mr. A. Luke. Hollingworth Lake. 11.00am. Archeology.

10 miles.

New Year Walks.

1st January Richard Evans. 11.15am.

11 miles.

Sunday January 12th. Piethorne Past 2.00pm.

5 miles.

Silhouettes: two walkers

Sunday February 9th. High Peak Trail. 2.00pm.

5 miles.

Sunday February 23rd. Mrs. D. Steeles. Cleggswood Hill 2.00pm.

4 miles.

Sunday March 9th. Wardle Square. 2.00pm. Brown Wardle.

5 miles.

Sunday March 31st. Reddyshore Scout Gate. 11.15am.

10 miles.




I have in my possession a bill of fare dated January 30th 1907. The occasion was an evening party for 50 guests which was held at the Co-op Hall, Littleborough. It makes very interesting reading:

Dr. to Littleborough Co-operative Society of Industry Ltd.

10 loaves at 3d 26
3 lbs. Tongue 49
10 dozen Teacakes 10½d. per dozen. 89
1 dozen pies 20
1 lb. Coffee 110
8 lbs. Sugar 19
4 Quarts Milk 10
1/4 lb.  8
2 lbs. Butter 26
Mustard 1d.  1
4lbs. box Assorted Chocolates 48
50 oranges 13
5lbs. Apples 12
Allowance 411

Received February 1st, 1907. signed Roland Diggle.




You will probably have noticed that our cover design has remained unchanged for about four years. Besides the present one, we have had other very attractive covers - all designed by Keith Parry.

We are now coming to the point where we shall have to purchase a fresh supply of paper for our newsletter covers and to decide upon the design of the covers. We have, in fact, enough printed covers for only one more issue. In order to help us decide, your views would be welcomed. Shall we keep the same design, resurrect one of the designs we have had before, or have a new cover? Let us know. If you think that a new cover is called for, can you suggest a design.



Silhouette: Sign for men and womens' toilets

Having been inconvenienced for some time, Littleborough once more has its public toilets open and working. Unfortunately, they have already suffered the attentions of the graffiti vandals.

It is thought that a good deal of the vandalism has taken place in the past, late at night and that making the toilets secure at 10.00pm. could help to prevent their abuse.

Whilst they will be opened and cleaned by someone in the pay of the local authority, there is no-one paid to lock them at night. Anyone who would volunteer to join a rota for this very worthwhile task should contact Mrs. Mary Jackson telephone 79535.



The Ecology Building Society

Do you fancy investing your money in our environmental future? If so, you don’t have far to go; just take the bus over the top to Cross Hills, Keighley where a different type of building society has officially laid claim to be the "fastest growing".

We are not talking about the Halifax here. - The Ecology Building Society is sited in a former flower shop.

Last year the E.B.S. grew by 33½% and assets mounted to £1,700,000 and this forced a rival to abandon its claim to be Britain's "fastest growing" society. It serves those home buyers seeking to protect their environment. On Saturday 28th March, the E.B.S. held its A.G.M. as part of a day's green activities at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge. One activity was a demonstration of circle dancing organised by a director of the society. Another director took his folk band along. Displays included alternative education, acid rain, countryside crafts and the results of a schools competition to paint an "ecological house."

The directors are not cranks. In many cases their borrowing conditions are more stringent than their competitors. The society was formed when 10 investors staked £500 each to raise the minimum capital required by law. It now has 1,300 members including the managing director of another building society. They currently have 78 outstanding mortgages on which the interest is generally 1¼% higher than other societies. Interested?



Thanks to:
Keith Parry for the cover design.
K. Farrell for typing the stencils
Roy Prince for the printing
Pauline Hipkinson for overseeing the distribution
All contributors and distributors

Editor: Michael Farrell