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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 Judith Schofield, 4, Bottoms, Crag Vale. Tel. 0422 885173

OFFICIALS OF LITTLEBOROUGH CIVIC TRUST

Chairman: Don Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel. 378849

Vice Chairman: Dan Docker, 93 Church Street. 372001

Secretary: Michael Farrell, 41, Hollingworth Road. 370154

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

Membership Secretary: Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 370542

Minutes Secretary: Betty Pickis, Lightowlers. 378849.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

David Hall, 6 Nelson Street
Pauline Hopkinson, 12, Glencoe Place, Rochdale. 522447
Peter Jackson, 8, Chelburn View. 373112
Roy Prince, 14 Milbury Drive, Tel. 378883.
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.74175
Judith Schofield, 4, Bottoms, Crag Vale. 0422 885173
Rae Street, Calder Cottage. 378043
John Street, Calder Cottage. 378043
Joe Taylor, 136a Market Street, Whitworth. 344711
Alf Tortoishell, Edgemoor, Blackstone Edge Old Road. 378849

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

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FINANCE

Members are reminded that subscriptions for 1993 are now due. Please send your subscriptions as soon as possible to:-

MR. L. JACKSON, 1, MOORFIELD AVENUE, LITTLEBOROUGH.

You may also take them into Lincoln’s shop THE MINI MARKET on Harehill Road, where he will receive them and give you your receipt.

Thank you for your previous support. We the Committee are trusting in your continued support.

SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 1993

IND. MEMBERSHIP = £2.50, FAMILY MEMBERSHIP = £4.00

THE CIVIC TRUST COMMITTEE

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

This meeting, open to MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS will be held at:

LITTLEBOROUGH COACH HOUSE
ON
THURSDAY 22nd APRIL 1993
COMMENCING AT 8.00pm

Light refreshments will be provided. Thank You.

NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICIALS

ANY MEMBER of the Civic Trust is eligible for election to the Committee. Permission MUST be given by the nominee to the nominator. Nominations will be received from the floor or in writing to the Secretary up to 7 days prior to the meeting.

THE CIVIC TRUST COMMITTEE

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WANTED URGENTLY AN ENERGY POLICY FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM

Photograph: A power station's cooling towers

Taken together, proposed pit closures, rapidly changing conditions affecting nuclear power generation globally, the "non-fossil fuel obligation", (which requires the Electricity Companies to buy a proportion of their energy supplies from GREEN sources e.g. wind generated, methane generated from buried waste, wood burning generators using renewable coppice timber and hydro - electric) remind us that we were never more in need of a co-ordinated policy for energy than now.

Such policies would need to take a balanced view, weighing together money costs, raw material asset values and the price of pollution.

The apparent determination of the Government currently to keep open a variety of options for generating energy seems laudable enough; but, on closer examination the options to produce energy from a variety of "green" sources in the interest of the "Environment" may in fact prevent a thorough audit of all resources and their deployment for long-term needs from ever being carried out.

The preference for high profile short term gains from “green" sources makes it all but impossible to weigh essential factors, resolve conflicts and frame a sensible policy. Such a policy would take account, for instance, of coal, oil, and natural gas reserves, the need to conserve sufficient of these for the future needs of the chemical industry at least, plus the time costs of alternative schemes and perhaps, most important of all, the benefits of energy saving measures through insulation and the use of energy efficient systems and equipment.

Photograph: wind turbines covering the landscape

Judith Schofield's recent article on Wind-farms (January 1993 edition) raised important local and national issues and has provoked some lively responses.

These fell into two main categories : those approving clean and green virtues of the wind turbines; some waxing lyrical about "the forests of the future which never need to be cropped”, replacing coal-fired stations, which contribute greatly to the increase in acid rain and transmit their power through miles of pylons and cable, disfiguring large traits of open country. Other responses were equally scathing about the disfiguring effects of wind turbines themselves on former upland. Some criticism also picked up how short term the economic life of Windfarms might be.

The facts are, that at present, very attractive subsidies are available to generators using wind power and other non-fossil sources. The heavily subsidized prices the Electricity Companies are obliged to pay green producers may only last a further seven years, at the approximate costs listed below.

COAL GENERATED (approx.)3.50p per Kilowatt/hour
WIND GENERATED11.00p per Kilowatt/hour
WASTE INCINERATION6.55p per Kilowatt/hour
HYDRO GENERATORS6.00p
SEWAGE GAS (Methane)5.90p per Kilowatt/hour
LANDFILL GAS (Methane)5.70p per Kilowatt/hour
RENEWABLE TIMBER5. 60p per Kilowatt/hour

Initially, however producers may have been further subsidized with so-called " Thermie Grants”, given to offset construction costs of projects deemed to be innovative.

  1. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PLANT WHEN THE GOOD TIMES RUN OUT?
  2. WHO FOOTS THE BILL FOR DISMANTLING EQUIPMENT AND SITE CLEAN-UP?
  3. MORE IMPORTANTLY, - WHAT OTHER "GREEN" PROCESSES MIGHT HAVE BENEFITED INSTEAD FROM THESE GENEROUS SUBSIDIES

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THE PARISH PATHS PARTNERSHIP CAMPAIGN

This is an initiative of the Countryside Commission, stemming from their well published statement to get all rights of way open and in good condition by the year 2000. The partnership envisaged is between Highway Authorities, Local Councils (particularly Parish Councils - hence the name) and voluntary groups like ourselves. It aims to enable local people to acquire the skills and resources to keep their footpaths open and well maintained. For this purpose the government has made £3.75M available in three stages over the next three years.

This will be made available to local groups/councils in the form of grants, in return for an undertaking to carry out work on paths in their areas. The grants will be administered by the Highway Authorities, who will oversee any schemes for a minimum period of three years. Eligible work would include:-

  • a survey and inspection of the condition of footpaths in the area.
  • developing and improving paths e.g. clearing vegetation, repairing stiles, waymarking.
  • publicising and promoting local paths e.g. leaflets and other promotional material.
  • events such as guided walks.

Members will note, that over the years, the Footpath Group and other Civic Trust members have done all the above on a voluntary basis.

The Local Authority draws up an agreement with the local groups about the work to be done. This is overseen by a Parish Paths Liaison Officer who is appointed by the authority but funded by the Countryside Commission.

Photograph: Way sign in field

It almost goes without saying that Littleborough Civic Trust wants to be involved in the scheme. To this end we have been in touch with Mr. Tom Wood, the newly appointed Footpaths Officer at Rochdale M.B.C. The local authority is not hostile to the idea of registering with the campaign but needs a clear show of commitment by the local groups.

In particular the Countryside Commission requires the development of at least twelve groups in the Highway Authority's area i.e. Rochdale M.B.C. They would, obviously have to be spread fairly evenly across the Borough.

The onus has fallen on Littleborough Civic Trust to get the interested groups together, so if anybody reading this is interested in getting involved, either as an individual or as a group, PLEASE CONTACT ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

MICHAEL FARRELL Tel. (0706) 370154

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FOOTPATH WALKS

A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all member of the Footpaths Group. It has been an interesting time since the last newsletter. The Parish Paths Partnership opportunity is covered in the previous article of the newsletter.

It looks like the Humber Farm situation is going to be resolved amicably with the new owners, which is very encouraging.

With regard to the long running saga of Footpath 121, we have submitted an objection to the proposed diversion.

The summer programme was drawn up at a meeting in February. The Footpaths group would be delighted to receive more walks and ideas from any member who wishes to contribute them. The autumn programme will be drawn up at the meeting being held on TUESDAY MAY 25th at 8.00pm in Harehill Park Council Offices. Please come along: refreshments are available.

FOOTPATH WALKS

SUNDAY April 4th: Meet Littleborough Square at 9.30am.
Leader: JOHN HINDLE
Route: Newsome Dean Circular

Distance 9 Miles.

SUNDAY April 18th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm or Todmorden Market 2.00pm.
Leader: GEOFF SUTCLIFFE.
Route: Todmorden Circular.

Distance 6 Miles.

SUNDAY May 2nd Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm.
Leader: MICHAEL FARRELL
Route: Whitfield - Allenden Hill - Turn Slack.
(visits the proposed wind-farm site ).

Distance 5/6 Miles.

SUNDAY May 16th Meet Littleborough Square at 9.00am.
Leader: GEOFF SUTCLIFFE
Route: Dales Circular.

Distance 10 Miles.

SUNDAY May 30th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm.
Leader: ROY PRINCE.
Route: Roman road - Dry Mere Circular.

Distance 5/6 Miles.

SUNDAY June 13th Meet Littleborough Square at 9.00am.
Leader: JOHN HINDLE.
Route: Malham Circular.

Distance 8/9 Miles.

SUNDAY June 27th Meet Littleborough Square at 2.00pm.
Leader: GEOFF WAKELING
Route: Local Walk.

Distance 5 Miles.

SUNDAY July 11th  OPTION 1: Meet Littleborough Square at 9.30am.
Leader: MICHAEL FARRELL.
Route: The Worth Way. (in full)

Distance 11 Miles.

 OPTION 2: Meet Oxenhope Railway Station at 1.30pm.
          Leader: MICHAEL FARRELL.
Route: The Worth Way. (in part)

Distance 5.5 Miles. We will be returning by The Worth Valley Railway.

SUNDAY July 25th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm, or Watergrove car park at 1.45pm.
Leader: JOE TAYLOR.
Route: Long Causeway - Ragby Bridge - Watergrove.

Distance 6+ Miles.

SUNDAY August 8th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.15pm.
Leader: GEOFF SUTCLIFFE.
Route: J. Keighley's "The Lost Valley of the Treacle Mines"

Distance 5.5 Miles.

SUNDAY August 22nd Meet Littleborough Square at 1.15pm.
Leader: JOHN HINDLE.
Route: Lane Head - Mt. Etra - Hunger Hill.

Distance 6/7 Miles.

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LARGE OAKS FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW

Photograph: Oak nuts

OAK nuts

A well-known saying, but not quite true - for me. You see I've never had much success before from planting this type of seed. As in the World today we hear so much concerning the depredation of forestry and its related effects, with so little being done to redress the balance.

When I joined the Civic Trust 12 months ago, I had little or no idea (apart from the media's scant reports) as to the more truthful concepts of land desecration and destruction. Twelve months on, having listened to the committee discussing the different aspect of the Littleborough area including a TREE NURSERY, I now know a little more. I felt it was time to perhaps see how I could further the efforts of others.

In September, last year, I started to attend Hopwood Hall College for Art. Walking round the grounds one day last September I noticed many beech seeds lying on the path. I collected some and after asking Dan Docker what to do with them, I put them in sand and kept them damp throughout the winter.

Three weeks ago I went into the garage to give the pots some water and EUREKA! – poking its head out of the sand was a seedling. There are now SEVEN seedlings poking their heads up and I am elated, feeling a very deep sense of achievement. If I attempt to assist nature, THEN SO CAN ANYONE.

The essence of this article is to try to show you that it’s worthwhile. We need YOUNG TREES TO CULTIVATE, SEEDS TO CULTIVATE, BODIES to assist with soil preparation and planting etc. Dan would be delighted to hear from ANYONE who could assist in ANY WAY, the nursery is, for us, an ongoing project for the benefit of all.

CONTACT DAN DOCKER FOR INFORMATION NOW.
'PHONE: (0706) 372001

PETER JACKSON

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NOT EVERBODY HAS ONE

The chances are, that if you ask anyone if they have a copy of Littleborough Civic Trust's book entitled "Walks Around Littleborough", they will say no. So what about selling one? Walkers will find the book invaluable. Those who don't or can't walk will find it interesting.

At £3.95, "Walks Around Littleborough" Makes a very acceptable, reasonably priced gift.

It is a good way of giving that little something extra for birthdays etc., or for thanking someone for a favour. (Far better than flowers and certainly longer lasting).

Any member of the committee will be pleased to deliver a copy. Their addresses and phone numbers on inside of front cover.

JUST RING!!!

INCIDENTALLY, HAVE YOU GOT ONE!

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Due to the overwhelming response to the Numbers Quiz last year, the Committee has decided to hold another quiz for this year’s summer fair; full details will be issued later. A brief outline of the idea is:-

  • a. To produce a 3 sheet quiz comprising,
  • b. Different types of quiz per sheet.
  • c. 3 separate prizes, 1 per quiz sheet with highest correct answers.
  • d. 1 overall prize for 3 highest correct answer sheets.
  • e. In the event of ties on either single or multiple entries, the winning sheet will be drawn out of the hat as with last year’s quiz.
  • f. Arrangement’s will be made for the return of completed sheets.
  • g. We May decide to issue the quiz sheets PRIOR to the summer fair, to enable people to purchase them in advance and return then on the day as well as purchasing then on the day then returning then later.
  • h. The returning period is to be decided but possibly 1 month.
  • i. The quiz and the result will be advertised.

Any ideas will be looked at with the view to using them or filing then for future ventures or for use in the newsletters. Contact any committee member. Their ‘phone numbers are on the inside of front cover. Thank you.

EDITOR

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THE EDITOR AND STAFF WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR THANKS.

1 To all those people who have contributed to this edition of the newsletter.

2 A special thanks to those who assembled and distributed the newsletter.

3. To Mr. K. Parry for the original cover design which we have now commenced reusing.

Editor: Judith Schofield

 

 

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