Picture: Shady pathway

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.


Chairman: Don Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel. 78849

Vice Chairman: Dan Docker, 93 Church Street. 72001

Secretary: Judith Schofield, 4 Bottoms, Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd. (0472) 885173

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.
Roy Prince, 14 Milbury Drive, Tel. 78883.
Betty Pickis, Lightowlers. 78849.
Alf Tortoiseshell, Edgemoor, Blackstone Edge Old Road. 79507
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.74175
Rae Street, Calder Cottage, 76043.
David Hall, 6 Nelson Street
Anne Lawson, 81 Todmorden Road. 79604
Joe Taylor, 136a Market Street, Whitworth. 344711

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



The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of LITTLEBOROUGH CIVIC TRUST will be held this year on Thursday 30th April at 8.00 pm in the Coach House Lodge Street.

Any member of the Civic Trust is entitled to stand for election to the Committee. This meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Harehill Park Council Offices, to discuss planning applications, future events, foot paths, 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 AGM and have your say.


1. Apologies

2. Minutes of last Annual General Meeting

3. Matters arising

4. Chairman's Report

5. Officers' Reports

6. Footpath Group Report

7. Election of Officers

8. Any other business




R. I. P.

We were very saddened to learn of the death in February of Bill Gilbody, a longstanding member of the Civic Trust and a well-known local walker. Although we knew that Bill had not been well recently it still comes as something of a shock to those of us who saw him out walking as he always appeared a model of good health. Members may recal1 a few years ago, Bi11 and his wife featuring on the cover of the Metro Express newssheet marking the fact that they were still climbing Scafell Pike annually in their eighties.

Bill regular1y walked with the Footpaths Group in the 1970s before switching to Rochdale groups where he was a very popular leader.

Our sympathies go out to his widow Phyllis and other members of his family.

We were also saddened to learn of the death of Mrs K. Jackson a long serving member although resident in Todmorden for many years. She and her late husband used to run the confectioners on Sale Street.





We propose holding a reception in the Coach House on October 10th, 8pm-10pm for all present and past Civic Trust members and those who have been connected with our work over the past 21 years. Lord Barnett, our Patron, has already accepted our invitation to attend.

The committee has agreed that if this very special occasion is to be held it should be self-supporting, as it is unfair that our present meagre funds and membership subscriptions should be used other than for the continuation of our work and various projects. We look forward, therefore, to receiving your support for the following:-



A warm invitation is extended to you to attend a Tupperware Party on Tuesday 28th April 1992 at 6.00pm. Due to the shortage of space in my own home and enthusiasm to raise money, this occasion will be held at the Coach House. Tupperware management have promised a good display so I do hope many Civic Trust members, along with their friends and relations, will be able to be present. I shall look forward to welcoming you.



Betty Pickis has worked on and had framed a William Morris design tapestry and is selling raffle tickets for £l. This tapestry will be raffled on the night of 10th October. She has 200 tickets to sell and says she intends to sell them ail! Please help!



We are arranging a CAR BOOT SALE on Sunday 31st May at Courtauld's Car Park, Todmorden Rd., Summit. So, come along, bring your own car (ail entry fees to the Civic Trust) and sell your own goods:-


If you have any spare items you would like to donate for sale at the Civic Trust "Car Boot", please leave them with Lincoln Jackson at the Bargain Corner or ‘phone any Committee member to arrange collection.

In addition any volunteers on the day are welcome.

Watch the local press for further details.




There was a slight factual error in the last newsletter when we stated that Rochdale MBC had appointed a new footpaths officer called David Lloyd. We now understand that the post is unfilled at present due to the Council's financial difficulties and that Mr Lloyd is a more senior officer covering certain duties of the footpaths officer post. Apologies for any confusion caused.

Also in the last newsletter we mentioned that a report would be appearing in this issue on the Starring Pipework’s Footpath public enquiry. At the time of going to press the Inspector from the Department of the Environment had not published his decision, so this will be held over until we know the final outcome.

You may notice a new name appearing among the walk leaders this summer, namely Tom Dawson. Although Tom has been walking regularly with us for over ten years now, hitherto he has been content to marshal the back line for us. However a sharp-eyed fellow walker noted that he had recently led a walk for another group in the area so he was prompt1y conscripted to do the same job for us.

The summer programme was drawn up at a meeting in February. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The Autumn programme will be drawn up at a meeting at Harehill Park Council Offices on Tuesday 16th June at 8pm. Please come along; refreshments are available.

Sunday, March 22nd. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Square 1.25pm for 1.34pm bus to Ramsden Wood.
Cranberry Dam - Long Causeway - Turn Slack.

5 miles.

Sunday, April 5th. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Square 1.45pm.
Gorpley Clough Circular.

6 miles.

Sunday, April 19th. Leader - ROY PRINCE. Meet Square 2.00pm.
Clegg Hall Circular.

4-5 miles

Sunday, May 3rd. Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Square 1.30 pm.
Water Village roundabout.

5 miles.

Sunday, May 17th. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Square 9.00 am.
Yorkshire Dales Circular.

10 miles.

Sunday, May 31st. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Littleborough Square 1.20 pm for 1.34 pm bus to Summit
Light Hazzles - Stone House - Lower Allerscholes - Reddyshore - Gorsey Hill Wood.

7 miles.

Sunday, June 14th. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Square 9.30pm.
The Standegde Trail

11+ miles.

Sunday, June 28th. Leader - TOM DAWSON. Meet Square 2.00pm.
Starring - Higher Shore - Whitfield - Gale.

5 - 6 miles.

Sunday, July 12th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Square 9.00 am.
Malham Circular.

10 miles.

Sunday, July 26th. Leader - HELEN BRAY. Meet Square 1.30 pm.
Hebden Bridge Circular

5 miles.

Sunday, August 9th. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Square 10.00 am.
Mytholmroyd - Luddenden Circular.

8 miles.

Sunday, August 23rd. Leader - JOE TAYLOR. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Higer Ford Circular.

7 miles



Two grants made by outside bodies to Littleborough Civic Trust in I991 highlight the importance of Trust status. Recognition of charitable status confers a number of advantages, not least that of being able to approach national and regional fund-giving bodies for their support of different aspects of a Trust's objectives.

The Standing Conference of South Pennine Authorities gave a grant of £500 towards the publishing costs of the ‘Walks around Littleborough’ book. In doing this, S.C.O.S.P.A. also gave substantial recognition of the Trust's concern for the open-air enjoyment of this area of the Pennines and of its ability to interest and influence existing and potential walkers.

Later in 1991, the Gas Council's grant of £600 towards setting up a Tree Nursery and Courtauld's contribution of a plot of land is a measure of the quality of the scheme proposed and of confidence in the Trust's ability to manaqe it. Only recently the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers have given practical helps for the scheme so that the plot could be fenced off.

The conclusion to be drawn is that grants from one source attract grants from another source and partnership schemes involving voluntary community groups, business and industry are especial1y effective in generating confidence and money.




Don't Commit Treeson!

Help Littleborough to Branch out by Rooting among your unwanted tree seedlings and saplings for YOUR local Tree Nursery.

For further information please contact:

Dan Docker 372001 OR

Pauline Hopkinson 522447

The Tree Nursery which is supported by British Gas and the Countryside Commission is situated off the right hand side of Todmorden Road going towards Todmorden, just past the Gale Inn. It has been fenced off with the aid of B.T.C.V. and it exhibits a superb sign painted by Tony Clift, a local (Well, Wardle - nearly local!) sign writer.

Silhouette of a tree

We shall welcome any seedlings you can provide. Once the young trees start to mature, we shall be looking for sites to transplant them in Littleborough - after all, Leaves mean Life in ecological terms


A Tree — A High Sentinel

A rugged, stubborn, splendid Tree

Well suited to the land

The roots hold firm among the stones

A feeling in their very bones

All can understand.




The Civic Trust's promotion natlonai1y of Urban Regeneration, in partnership with Business in the Community, is an initiative which owes much to the influence of the Prince of Wales. Pilot schemes like that in Calderdale have given the areas supported an opportunity to develop leisure and art amenities, regenerate run down shopping centres, start new businesses and encourage new industries, often using buildings vacated by former users or left derelict by traditional industries now in decline.

Valuable open space and the recreational activities currently carried on them or capable of being developed also qualify for inclusion in the Urban Regeneration Scheme. The playing fields of the former Littleborough Community High School, Harehi11 Park, the recreation ground and variety of public buildings bordering them represent just such an asset.

Litt1eborouqh Civic Trust has obtained the support of the Urban Regeneration Scheme for a professional business survey, given free of charge through the Business in the CoMMunity organisation. To receive and put into effect the recommendations of a business survey would require the co-operation of the Local Authority, community groups and business interests in the form of a partnership trust.

The Feasibility Study "Listening to Littleborough" 1990/91 moved thinking considerably in that direction.

The time is now right for confidence and the right kind of trust to move the recommendation of that study forward.




The whole history of the Littleborough area could be appreciated through studying its roads i.e. the old, probably Celtic tracks along the tops, the line of the Roman road, the packhorse roads, the turnpike roads...

Many roads are well preserved and provide interesting and pleasing landscape features, built as they were of locally quarried stone. One of these was a most attractive grassy paved road which led down from Higher Calderbrook to join Calderbrook Road on the Todmorden side of Denehurst Farm.

Snuff. It's gone; tarmacadamed over by a development of North West Water to build a new reservoir at Higher Calderbrook. No public consultation. No warning.

People who care for the ‘built’ landscape do understand the need for change for new roads and reservoirs, but they also care that new developments are only carried out where absolutely necessary, where the local heritage is treated carefully and where the development is designed to fit in sympathetically with our Pennine Landscape. Our history and green spaces are precious; too much has been covered by concrete and tarmac.

Why were the issues not put forward for public discussion? Why was a full report not given to the RMBC Planning Committee? Was an “environmental impact” assessment carried out ? The officers of the Trust are following these issues up – let them know if you want t0 help in any way.



Tameside MBC for providing word processor facilities
Alf Tortoishell for overseeing the distribution
All contributors and distributors.

We wish to thank the Countryside Commission and the Yorkshire Bank PLC for their generous financial assistance which has enabled Littleborough Civic Trust to obtain reprographic equipment for the production of this newsletter and other printed items.


Editor: Michael Farrell