We regret to say that we omitted to include among the list of committee members the name of Rita Kay. Rita is one of the longest serving committee members and for three years acted as a most conscientious Treasurer for the Trust. She says she is interested in so many aspects of the Trust's work she would not know which to put first. We would perhaps count as most important her interest in Hollingworth Lake and its surroundings; certainly she gave invaluable help when we were preparing the 1972 Report. So much so that one particular feature was nicknamed "Rita's Bridge".
Gill Joiner has resigned from the position of Secretary and Editor as she has moved to Hebden Bridge. We wish her every happiness in her new life 'across the border'.
The new Secretary is Mr. Bernard Harrison,
5 Paul Row,
Telephone - 78013
For the time being the Editor of the newsletter is
Hare Hill Road,
Telephone - 78043
To whom all correspondence should be addressed.
We are very pleased to announce the successful fruition of two of our projects.
STEANOR BOTTOM TOLL HOUSE
As many members will have seen, this is now rebuilt and re-roofed - a task which seemed years away when we launched the original appeal in September 1974.
The Trustees representing the three amenity societies, Todmorden Antiquarian Society, Todmorden Conservation Society and Littleborough Civic Trust, are now embarking on the second stage of the restoration : to convert the original building, with a sympathetically designed extension, into a small modern dwelling house so that the building serves a useful purpose while being preserved for its historic interest.
Although further generous grants have been received from the local authorities, the Trustees still need to raise money to keep the building work ongoing. They are therefore going to hold a GRAND DANCE in TODMORDEN TOWN HALL on FRIDAY 15th OCTOBER. In addition to dancing and a buffet supper there will be an "antique boutique", spot prizes, tombola etc..
Anyone who can help in any way or sell tickets please contact Don Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Telephone: Littleborough 78849.
In particular we would be most grateful for gifts for the “antique" stall. Please get in touch with Don Pickis or Rae Street. If necessary we can arrange to collect bulky items. Rash claim that if you offer Granny's Victorian wardrobe; Granny’s gusunder would be easier - but we’ll do our best.
HOLLINGWORTH LAKE COUNTRY PARK
In 1975 we published a report recommending a Country Park at Hollingworth Park, in 1976 the building for the Information Centre and the car park on the former rubbish tip at Ealees are well on their way to completion.
We are also very pleased to welcome the new Warden, Mr. Geoff Garlick. Mr. Garlick came to our last Committee meeting and outlined how he hoped to see the Park develop.
We shall be again organising a Design Competition for Littleborough young people.
Details will be circulated to the schools in September.
In the last issue of our Newsletter, the particular interests of the members of the Civic Trust Committee were printed with their names. Inadvertently, my name was listed minus any interests! Having read the title of this article I do not want anyone to get the impression that I have hidden desires to take sex discrimination a stage further and join the Cleansing Department (even though I do have the highest regard for our local dustmen).
No, one of my particular hobbyhorses is "rubbish" - litter, waste, call it what you will and the way in which certain people leave it where they will, with no consideration for the convenience of others or the appearance of the places which seem to attract the mess we humans leave behind us.
The following story is true and I recall it here not only for your amusement but to show we are all guilty in some way or another ~ and it's time something was really done about this problem.
Four years ago I went on behalf of the Civic Trust as a representative to a Conference in London on "Litter". An extremely interesting conference and one which brought forth many ideas and schemes for solving this problem.
On the train down to London a businessman sat opposite to me and worked on his correspondence. Nearing London and having presumably completed his work, he proceeded to tear his paper into small pieces and put them all out of the carriage window. I was too amazed to do, or say anything.
On the journey home later that evening another gentleman sitting opposite to me was reading. He had a cup of coffee before him on the table which was swaying in time to the motion of the train. Suddenly the train braked, and the coffee flowed liberally all over the table and me! Another passenger produced a box of man-sized tissues which he kindly used to dry the table and my clothes. Then he threw all the wet tissues out of the train window!!!
I said at the beginning we were all guilty. These two 'gentlemen' for their apparent thoughtless disposal of their rubbish and me for failing on both occasions to say anything about their actions. I've said a great deal since but too late for the message to get home to the people concerned.
After this experience I was determined that I would have courage in future to speak out if the occasion arose again. The mouthful of abuse I received recently from two local school children when I commented on their use of the pavement for the disposal of ice cream wrappers was enlightening, but perhaps the message I tried to express went home. I'm sure it all stems back to educating people on what they should do with their rubbish, but I do feel a few more positive things could be done to help. How about fitting rubbish containers in our trains, our buses and coaches, even private cars; shops and telephone kiosks could also be included in the list and I feel all bus stops should have containers fitted. All these should be frequently emptied.
It's no good putting up posters telling us to "Keep Britain Tidy" or "Take our litter home" if some of us haven't the ability to transport it safely ourselves.
If anyone is bothered by a persistent nasty smell in their area, would they please contact the Environmental Health Department - Tel. 341321 - If possible the same day.
Since the last issue of the newsletter there have been two successful meetings and a trip organised to Townley Hall.
The next meeting will be on THURSDAY 29th JULY when a visit to Rochdale Museum has been arranged for 7.30 pm.
The autumn meetings will be as follows:
SEPTEMBER (exact date to be announced)
Visit to Rochdale Reference Library.
OCTOBER 14th - 8pm. Miss D. Winterbottom "Oddfellows" 66 Church St.
NOVEMBER 10th - 8pm. Mrs. J. Bowers
DECEMBER 9th - 8pm. Mr. B. Holden
The Officials are:
Chairman - Mr. E. Williams, 31 Brown Lodge Street, Smithy Bridge
Secretary ~ Mr. R. Evans, 8 Charles Street, Littleborough.
Treasurer - Mr. A. Luke, 34 Cecil Street, Littleborough. Tel. 79949
Librarian - Mrs. S. Hildrew, 11 Shore Mount
The Librarian would be pleased to know of any old photos, postcards, leaflets etc. which may be of interest to the society.
Mr. L. Jackson 1 Moorfield Avenue, Shore
Miss A. Harper 9 Gatehouse, Blackstone Edge.
Mr. G. Wilson Bib Knowl, Milnrow.
Mrs. V. Dania 16 Abbey Drive, Smithy Bridge.
Mr. D. Grayson 23 Clough Road, Littleborough
Miss J. Morris 10 back Commercial Street, Todmorden.
New members will be most welcome, please contact any of the above.
HAWES, HARDRAW FORCE, AYSGARTH, RICHMOND
This excursion will leave Littleborough 9am, prompt and will go via Todmorden, Burnley and Gisburn to Settle for a coffee stop. Then via B 6479, B 6255 (Ribblesdale) to Hawes where lunch will be taken.
After a slight detour to the village of Hardraw to view Hardraw Force, a waterfall of 60ft in a beautiful natural setting, the coach will continue along the A 684 to Aysgarth where there will be an opportunity to view the fails then via A 684 A 6108 to Richmond.
Richmond is an attractive town with many fine buildings, including the Castle of Norman origin. After tea, we travel via the B 6271 to Catterick where the Al is followed as far as Ferrybridge, then the M 62 back to Littleborough arriving back around 8 pm.
Fare - £1.50p. Adults
£1. 00p. Children.
Names to J. Hindle or any committee member
Guide across Manchester by Philip Arkiss. (A walking tour of the City).
Copies from Manchester Bookshops at 90p. or the Civic Trust for the North West, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6EU at £1.00p. (incl. 10p. p & p).
Ten walks in Melthan and District by The Footpaths and Countryside Group of Meltham Civic Society. Price 30p, plus postage from - The Secretary, Mrs. J.S, Robinson, 4 Green Lane, Meltham, W. Yorkshire.
Walks in Wensleydale by Geoffrey White. Fifteen two- to nine- mile walks. Price 40p. from Dalesman Publishing Company Ltd.
Lytham Civic Society are holding an exhibition on 17th July to 15th August in 'Lytham Windmill about the town's connection with the sea.
Ryburn Civic Trust have published an Historical Guide to Ripponden and its conservation area. Copies £!. plus postage from Hazel Whiteley, 192 Halifax Rd., Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge, W. Yorkshire.
Padiham, Delton, Chapel-en-le~Frith, Little Moss.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is repeating it 'Dales Rail' weekend train services again this summer with Saturday and Sunday trains on seven weekends from West Yorkshire to the National Park and Cumbria.
For details of the 'Dales Rail' please send a stamped addressed envelope to - National Park Office,
Yorebridge House, Askrigg, Leyburn, N. Yorks., DL8 3BP.
J. Hindle (Hon. Sec.) Littleborough Footpath Group.
18th JULY - Meet, The Square at 2pm
EALEES - WINDYBANK - GATEHOUSE - BENT HOUSE - WHITFIELD - NEWGATE ~ CLOUGH. Length - 3 Miles
15th AUGUST - Meet, The Square at 2pm
NEW MILL - STUBBLEY MILL - FEATHERS TALL - SHORE GARDENS ~ STARRING - HUNGER HILL - PEDDER BROW LAKE ~ SHORE. Length - 3 ½ Miles
Sadly we have to report that this horrifying blight has now reached Littieborough: a tree has had to be felled at Shore. If the disease - recognizable by patches of yellowing and withering leaves high up on the tree - is caught at a very early stage it might be possible to save the tree. If the disease is widespread the tree must be felled. We appeal to all members to help keep watch if you see any signs of the disease please contact MeIvyn Crookes, Department of Recreation and Amenities, Denehurst Park - Telephone 341226 Ext. 28/29 or any member of the Civic Trust committee.
In May 1976 the first suggestion was made that restoration could be considered under the Job Creation programme. A pilot scheme was surveyed, costed and submitted within 14 days. Manpower Services Commission agreed to fund the project and work started on July 5th 1976.
The pilot scheme covers a short length of canal into central Rochdale and involves dredging out the channel to 4ft., rebuilding two locks, upgrading the towpath and some general landscape improvements. The £40,000 scheme employes 60 people and is jointly sponsored by the Rochdale Canal Society, Rochdale Canal Company and Rochdale Metropolitan Borough. Local industry assisted ~ in this case by arranging loan of equipment at discount rates, arranging for the free casting of metalwork and so on.
The pilot scheme is seen as a try~out for further sections of the canal. In each case Manpower Services Commission would fund the restoration but with - hopefully - financial sponsorship from private industry or the local authority involved. Early indications are that industry and commerce is eager to help on a substantial scale.
Within a few days of the pilot scheme being announced:
A local industrialist indicated that he intended to use a barge to carry materials from one canalside works to another, getting a lorry off the congested streets in the area.
A boat sales and chandlery firm asked for a canal side site "immediately".
Oldham Met. Borough approved a second scheme in its area.
EXHIBITION 24th & 25th SEPTEMBER
VICTORIA STREET METHODIST SCHOOL, LITTLEBOROUGH
"LITTLEBOROUGH NOW AND THEN"
For this exhibition we would be grateful for the loan of old photos, postcards or leaflets, particularly of Hollingworth Lake for which we are going to devise a special display.
All material will be carefully looked after and returned promptly. Please get in touch with Lincoln Jackson, 3 Hare Hill Road. Telephone 77487.
Other attractions at the exhibition will include:
21st October 8pm. 'Oddfellows' 66 Church St. Speakers to be arranged.
18th November 8pm. 'Oddfellows' 66 Church St. Speakers to be arranged.
16th December ~ Social Evening.
Front cover designed by Mr. Keith Parry.
Publication by Carol Darnbrough.
Printing assistance by Mariel Sugden.
Editor: Rae Street