Picture: Flower meadow

Flower Meadow in Spring

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: Pauline Hopkinson, 12 Glencoe Place, Rochdale. 522447


Richard Evans, 8 Charles St.
Mike Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, 70154.
Rae Street, Calder Cottage, 76043.
Alf Tortoiseshell, Edgemoor, Blackstone Edge Old Road. 79507
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.74175
Harry Law, 7 Railway Street
David Hall, 6 Nelson Street

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



This is an early notice but as this will probably be the last Newsletter before then we are announcing our Annual General Meeting now. It will be held this year on Tuesday May 8th at 8 p.m. at the Council Offices, Harehill Park, Littleborough.

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. It would be helpful if members who wish to stand or re-stand for the Committee and are not able to attend the A.G.M. could let the Secretary have a written confirmation (including proposer and seconder) beforehand. 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. Footpath Group Report.
2. Minutes of last A.G.M.7. Election of Officers.
3. Matters arising.8. Future events.
4. Chairman's Report.9. Any other business.
5. Officers' Reports.


American Landscapes

Frame around item

(This meeting was originally cancelled due to bad weather in January)



R. I. P.

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death just before Christmas of Mr. Fred Harte of the Old Vicarage, Calderbrook. Although not a member at the time of his death, Fred's involvement with the Trust goes back to the very beginning. He was a founder member of the Footpaths Group. He was also heavily involved in the Geoff Wilson Memorial Fund beginning work on an intricate relief map as a commemoration and must have been disappointed when this scheme eventually proved impracticable.

We did'nt see so much of him in the Eighties, the main reason being that we had to share him with so many other interests and indeed his beloved dogs. As an example of his energy on the day of Fred Graham's Sponsored Walk for the Coach House in June 1982, Fred manned three checkpoints for us in the afternoon and then apologised for missing the evening's barbecue as he would be supervising the putting up of the decorations for the next day's Fete at Honresfeld. (He was 71 at the time). In later years poor health curtailed his activities.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to his widow and the rest of his family and friends.

More recently, we were saddened to hear of the death in March of Mr. Reg. Philpott of Sladen Fold. He was not an active member but was very diligent in keeping his subscription up to date. He was a well known figure locally, being very active in the Allotments and Horticultural Societies. Recently he was largely responsible for the landscaping of the Bradley Terrace site for the Action Group.

Again, our sympathies go to his relatives and friends.




I am writing this 10 days after a hastily organised meeting was held at the Planning Department for selected representatives of Local Groups where they were informed during the meeting that they had three days to vote on the Local Authority's current plans for the Town Centre Conservation area. The speed with which decisions had to be made was because money was available but the work had to start immediately.

The Trust expressed our concern and dissatisfaction at the manner in which this meeting was called, particularly when we had agreed in Committee to hold a Public Meeting about what was proposed for this area. The Civic Trust had not had time to fully discuss or comment publicly on the proposals for the Square. Among ourselves the general opinion was that we were not in agreement with parking bays and tree planting outside the Wheatsheaf Hotel. By the time this Newsletter is printed circumstances will probably have altered and also the Local Elections will be soon upon us.

As the Civic Trust, by the directives of our Constitution is non-political, we shall continue to uphold our aims of non-alliance to any political party and continue our increasingly difficult work towards a better environment for Littleborough, as an independent non-aligned environmental group.




A major item of news is, hopefully, very apparent - i. e. the vast improvement in the quality of our newsletter. The Trust's deepest thanks go to the Countryside Commission, who grant aided, and the Yorkshire Bank, who sponsored the purchase of a photocopier. In view of this funding we are offering a photocopying service to all voluntary groups and Civic Trust members at reduced rates, 4p for single copies and lower rates for bulk orders. Please contact myself or a Committee member if you require details. This service is not designed to compete with commercial photocopying services; it will probably only be available in the evenings (pickups can be arranged) and it is provided to encourage voluntary activities to help your local amenities.

So, thanks again to our sponsors and please do come along and use the service ... and in the meantime enjoy the easier rea!!!!

On the planning front the Trust has expressed concern at the applications for the shops on the A.T.S. site due to problems of access and congestions and to the siting of the toilet block at Pennine Fisheries, while it has welcomed the proposed renovation work to Lydgate Cottage and the proposed use of Seedhill House as a Guest House.

We are also pursuing the condition of the old Co-op on Halifax Rd. with our caring Co-op.

Peter Bell our Conservation Officer has now left R.M.B.C. we have expressed our appreciation for work he has carried out and have urged the Council to appoint a replacement as soon as possible.




Subscriptions for 1990 have been due from 1st January.

The rates are unchanged at:

1.50 Ordinary Membership.

2.50 Family Membership.

Subscriptions can be given in/sent to Lincoln Jackson at the Bargain Corner, Hare Hill Road, Littleborough, or to any Committee member. The response so far has been encouraging.



A happy new year to all members of the Footpaths Group. Attendances have been good lately; here particular mention should go to Joe Taylor for introducing a number of welcome new faces to the walks. We are currently monitoring closely the situation regarding the proposed closure of the Starring Way passage. The Civic Trust opposes this as a loss of public amenity and view the Council's handling of the matter with reservations.

The summer 1990 programme was drawn up at a meeting in February. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The autumn 1990 programme will be discussed at a meeting at Harehill Park Council Office on Tuesday 19th June, at 8.00pm. Please come along, refreshments are available.

Sunday, APRIL 8th. Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Littleborough Square. 1.30pm.
Shibden Valley Circular.

4 miles.

Sunday, APRIL 22nd. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square 1.45pm.
Calderbrook - Reddyshore - Summit.

6 miles.

Sunday, MAY 6th. Leader GEOFF - SUTCL1FFE. Meet Littleborough Square 9.00am.
Dales Circular.

10 miles approx.

Sunday, MAY 20th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm or Lawflat 1.45pm.
Howarth - Knowl - Brown Wardle - Stid Fold.

7 miles.

Sunday, JUNE 3rd. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square. 10.00am.
Gorple and Widdop Circular.

12 miles.

Sunday, JUNE 17th. Leader - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet Littleborough Square. 2.00pm.
Shore - Turn Slack - Grimes.

5 miles.

Sunday, JULY 1st. Leader - JOE TAYLOR. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm.
Rawtenstall Circular.

5-6 miles.

Sunday, JULY 15th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Littleborough Square 9.00am.
Malham Circular.

10 miles.

Sunday, JULY 29th. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30 p.m.
Todmorden Circular.

5-6 miles.

Sunday, AUGUST 12th. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square for 1.40 p.m. bus to Summit.
Chelburn and Warland Circular.

6 miles.

Sunday, AUGUST 26th. Leader JOHN HINDLE. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm. or 1.45pm Ogden Car Park.
Higher Ogden - Wicken Hall - Bentgate.

Silhouette: group walking



Dear Editor,

I was intrigued to read your query about the C.C.Yea Bridge in the summer issue of the newsletter and somewhat puzzled by the lack of response in ensuing editions.

We have a tenuous family connection with the bridge improvement scheme. During 1931 my paternal grandfather was converting a derelict cottage at the rear of his house in Smallbridge into a splendid high walled sunken garden, the alluvial topsoil for which he obtained by the lorry load from excavations during the widening of Yea Bridge. An uncle of mine who remembers the old bridge commented on how narrow and inconvenient it was.

Well I did say it was tenuous!





WALKS IN CALDERDALE - Paul Harmon. (Hillside Publications 2.45).

This is the second in the prolific Mr. Hannon's series of South Pennine Walks but it is also his sixteenth walking guide since "The Westmorland Way" appeared in 1983. If you haven't come across one of Hannon's books before they are all presented (as he always admits), in the style of Wainwright i.e. line drawings, handwritten text, detailed and annotated sketch maps and erudite comments where appropriate.

In all these respects Hannon (as he again admits) falls some way short of the master's standard. The line drawings in particular are very average - our own Keith Parry's are better. The maps are generally OK but become untidy where a lot of detail has to be fitted into a small area - Wainwright is particularly skilled at avoiding this. And Hannon simply doesn't have the natural wit of his mentor - people who find walking to their garage a bit of a strain can enjoy "Pennine Way Companion" but there'd be little to divert them here.

Of course Calderdale is hardly uncatered for in terms of printed walks. The same ground is covered in such books as Boswell's "On the Tops" and Calder Civic Trust's "Pennine Walks Around Hebden Bridge" - indeed it would be difficult to find a footpath in Calderdale that does not form part of a published route.

Having said all that, for the uninitiated, it is a good purchase. I am familiar with all the routes described and it is a judicious selection - they are all worth doing. The maps are accurate as far as I can judge and the route descriptions straightforward. It is also a very handy size for use outdoors, fitting nicely into a jacket pocket, and has a waterproof cover. For 2.45 you can't ask for more.



Thanks to:
K. Farrell for typing the master copy.
Judith Schofield for the photocopying.
All contributors and distributors.

Editor: Michael Farrell