Chairwoman: Rae Street. Calder Cottage, Hare Hill Road. Tel. 78043
Vice Chairman: Don Pickis. Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel 78849
Secretary: Bernard Harrison. "Tumblin' Croft", Paul Row. Tel 78013.
Treasurer: Steven Moss. 183 Todmorden Rd. Tel 79496
Press Officer: Keith Parry. 3, Prospect St. Tel 79883
Footpaths Secretary: John Hindle, 5, Chichester Close. Tel. 70407
Minutes Secretary: Betty Pickis. Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel. 78849.
Newsletter Editor: Roy Prince. 14,Milbury Drive. Tel. 78883
These will be on Thursdays at 8.00pm in the Oddfellows, 66, Church Street, unless otherwise advertised.
15th September - Joint meeting with Local History Society.
20th October - "An introduction to antique furniture". Lecture with slides by Peter Thornborrow from Pecket Well, Hebden Bridge. (Many people will remember the enjoyable lecture, "Pennine Domestic Architecture" given by Peter two years ago.)
17th November - To be announced.
15th December - Christmas Social.
Committee meetings take place the second Tuesday in each month unless otherwise notified.
Contributions may still be handed in for the above, either to the Yorkshire Bank, Church Street, Littleborough, or the Treasurer, Steven Moss, 183, Todmorden Road, Littleborough, or to any Committee Member.
“Don't take it away,” the old man cried,
"Don’t let THEM have their way.
"It's been there now for thousands of years,
"But could be destroyed in a day.
The cattle have grazed, and the children played
On its green and grassy floor -
But if the Developers’ plans go through
It will be green and fresh no more.
"Don't stop our plans," the Developers said.
"Progress must have its way
“Fields of green can only be seen
"Buildings are here to stay.
“Environment is a dirty word,
It doesn't provide us within
"And to leave it green, when it could provide jobs
"To us just seems a sin.
"Don't take it away,"' the young man said.
"To build there would be a shame
"Once it was spoilt, the deed would be done,
"And it’s us, our children would blame.
“Don't take it away, the people cried,
"To us it’s our way of life.
“lf they're allowed to spoil, these acres of soil
"’T’will cause a deal of strife.
"Banks, man-made, to keep out the wet,
Will not help us for sure
“For when it rains here as we know too well,
"That field is a waterlogged floor.
"Don't stop us now," the Planners cried,
"We've got our job to do.
"There are derelict sites on which they could build
"But green and pleasant ones too.
“Government Grants and a promise of jobs
"Is what will decide our vote
"And not cries of anguish from amenity groups
"And all those letters they wrote,...
"But we won't give up," the people cried,
"It's too easy to just give in,
"And let the whole bureaucratic crew
“Have their own way and win!
The cattle have grazed and the children have played
On our green and pleasant land,
But to keep it true, and for the future too
One has to make a stand.
BETTY PICKIS. May '77.
During the weekend 23/24th July, the Waterway Recovery Group will be active at Windybank Lock.
Windybank Lock, as members will know, is a particularly interesting lock having a barge dock and it was the objective for the first walk organised by Littleborough Civic Trust.
It is hoped that members of the Canal Society or the Trust who are in the vicinity of the lock while the Waterway Recovery Group are operating will make themselves known to the workers there - just to show that their efforts are appreciated.
The next newsletter will be distributed early in November. If you think that you might have some materiel for inclusion, I shall be pleased to discuss it with you or just send it to me in good time please.
Walks planned by the Footpaths Group.
Anyone, whether a member of the Civic Trust or not, is invited to join in the walks. Just turn up at the meeting place. There is no need to worry about being on your own — most people are.
July 17th.. Full day walk. Leader – Margaret Pagmanabhan. Meet The Square 9.00am.
Bolton Abbey - 4 miles; Ilkley Moor - 3 miles.
July 31st. Leader Geoffrey Sutcliffe. Meet The Square 1.45p.m. to catch bus(to White House).
Pennine Way to Warland Reservoir - Gaddins - Salter Rake Gate North Hollingworth Farm - Deanroyd - Bottomley - Lane Bottom, 6 miles.
August l4th. Leader - John Hindle. Meet The Square 1.45pm.
Ealees - Owlet Hall — Lydgate — Storm Hill -, Swainrod Lane - Leach Hill — 5 niles.
September 11th. Full day walk. Leader – Richard Evans. Meet Union Road 9.00am.
Littleborough Boundary, 18 miles.
October 9th. Leader - Roy Prince. Meet Fisherman’s Inn 3-00pm.
Bib Knowl - Annis Hill — Tunshill - Rakewood Schofield Hall - Syke — Hollingworth Fold, 4˝ miles.
October 23rd. Leader - Brian Clarke. Meet The Square 1.30pm or King WilliamIV 1.45pm.
Higher Shore - Turn Slack - Crook Hill - Long Causeway - Ramsden Wood Road - Wardle Fold -Bank Barn Lane, 5 miles.
November 6th. Leader - Roy Prince. Meet The Square 1.30pm.
Cars to Ogden. Reservoirs circular. 3 miles.
Along the Pennine Way with the Littleborough Footpath Group.
I do not intend to describe the walk the group undertook on October 10th from the White House to the main road at Callis Bridge in any great detail as it will be quite familiar to a great many people.
It was a fine, sunny day, as was usual last year and apart from good views over the Summit Gorge northwards to Pendle and south to Manchester, the walk is rather boring as far as Warland Reservoir, From here the drain is followed for about a mile until the drain turns sharp right and the track turns left across Langfield Common. To the right a good view is had of Cragg Vale and notice may be made of the Boundary Stones.
Lumbutts and Mankinholes come into sight and the old packhorse track is crossed as it wends its way over the moor to Cragg Vale and Halifax. This is the same packhorse road that leaves Littleborough via Lodge Street and Townhouse Road. The well-defined path passes through a quarry and carries on to Stoodley Pike from where the view is magnificent.
The Pennine Way leaves Stoodley Pike in an easterly direction, passes through a wall stile and then follows alongside the ditch of the former Erringdon Deer Park ( unenclosed in 1471 ) to the cart track known as London Road. This is crossed and the path taken which runs alongside the wall at right-angles to London Road. Turning right, the path crosses a muddy patch then, after passing through a stile, runs by the wallside to Lower Rough Head Farm. The Pennine Way follows the farm road, enters Callis Wood and gradually drops down to the A646 where the walk ended.
The next section was walked on 10th March 1977 from the main road to the Pack Horse on the Widdop Road. This was a bad day with visibility down to a few yards. The only pleasure of the day WAS the time spent in the pub.
The 'Jubilee' Exhibition held on 4th June was, without doubt, a great success.
Only a small part of our collection was on view but we were able to give a number of very interesting and varied displays. After the exhibition we were able to increase our stock of photographs to over 600 and we have been able to copy four magazines relating to Littleborough - the earliest booklet being dated 1910.
We would like to thank all those who loaned us material both for the exhibition and for copying. Remember to look in those cupboards again. You may find something else that will interest us.
By the time you receive this newsletter the canal trip will have been taken and we will be looking forward to the start of this year1s winter programme of speakers. The first few meetings are as follows:-
September 15th - Miss A. Linkman - Archive Recovery. (Snowed off last year).
October 13th — Harvey Kershaw – What’s in a name?
November 10th - Mr.J.Boresby - Fothergill and Harvey.
The History Trail will be sometime in August.
Full details of these and the rest of the winter programme are available in our membership cards. If you have not renewed your subscription, then please contact one of the committee or simply leave your subscription at Lincoln Jackson's on Hare Hill Road.
This summer we are going to introduce a small newsletter of our own which will give details of talks that we have had. This will give those who miss the speakers a chance to find out what went on. It may also be possible to use this as a forum for discussing items of historical interest. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to have given to me several of the Co-operative Society metallic checks which date back some 75 years. In my efforts to find out as much as I could about them and their use, it became obvious that they aroused much interest. This gave me the idea that perhaps readers of the Littleborough Civic Trust Newsletter might be interested to know something about them.
The Littleborough Co-operative Society started to use the Metallic Check system for the payment of dividend to its members in 1902. Members having purchased their goods were given metallic checks equal in value to the amount spent. These were taken home and saved until the "Quarter End” when the member would take them to the office and receive a voucher stating the amount handed in. At the same time the quarterly audit took place and, after the trading results were known along with the total of metallic checks handed in, a dividend was declared — at that time it was usually 3/- in the pound.
The metallic checks ranged in value from a halfpenny to a pound, being finely struck in brass end copper and in a variety of shapes. They must now be very collectable items. The metallic check system finished in 1915 with the adoption of the Fielden - Wood paper check system.
An amusing anecdote about the old checks was related to me by my uncle, Mr.H.H.Fletcher, who until his retirement in 1968 was General Manager and Secretary of Littleborough Co-op.
Apparently, certain publicans in Littleborough would accept the checks in payment for beer. In those hard times, if a man had a great thirst but no money, he would steal his wife's metallic checks and quench his thirst.
The publican, however, would not accept the checks at true value and would charge a much higher price for beer bought by this method of payment; consequently the publican handed in very large quantities of checks and received by far a much larger dividend than the average member, which, I suspect, was not what the Co-op had in mind when they adopted the system.
At the time of writing the latest situation is this (5/7/77) : The Greater Manchester County Planning Committee has recommended to the County Council that the Departure from the Town Plan to allow outline permission for industrial development at Gale, should not be refused.
The Civic Trust is of the opinion that the Departure was not correctly advertised as a Public Notice in March and is seeking to restrain the authorities from proceeding further with the application until this natter has been put right. We have taken legal advice on this matter and have received some encouragement.
We would also challenge the wide-ranging powers that appear to be given to Planning Authorities in Planning Direction 96/75 which seems to oblige the County to refer departures to the Secretary of State only when both District and County authorities do not propose to refuse a departure from the Development Plan, yet admit that it would prejudice or conflict with the Development Plan, if allowed. This would seem to be a matter of Practical Contradiction; at least it seems unlikely that either District or County authorities would seek to change the Development Plan and at the same tine weaken their own case for doing so by admitting that the departure would prejudice or conflict with the Development Plan.
If the departure is advertised again publicly, as we feel it should be, we hope that many more individual members of the public will write to the Planning Department expressing their disapproval oi a scheme to release further land for industrial use when there are many acres of land allocated for industrial use but unused or derelict throughout the Borough.
This is really what PLANNING is about.
The Coach Excursion To Bowes Museum On May 22nd.
The weather could not have been better for the first excursion of the year, sunny and very warm, We had a slight problem with the coach which developed a leak so we had to transfer to a 45 seater which gave people lots of room as there were only 18 of us.
We had a short stop at Settle, then carried on through Ingleton to Kirkby Lonsdale where we took the A603 through Sedbergh. The original plan was to go to Barnard Castle for lunch, but we went to Appleby instead, arriving at about 12.00pm. One gets a good view of the highest point of the Pennine Way from here as the route climbs Cross Fell, the highest point at 2930ft. still with a lot of snow on the top.
Leaving Appleby at a little after 2.00p.m., we took the A66 through Brough and Bowes, then the A67 to Barnard Castle and the Bowes Museum arriving about 3.00pm.
I found the museum very interesting and well worth the journey and, at 30p, quite cheap.
We left at 5.00pm. taking the B6277 and A66 to Scotch Corner where we joined the A1. We arrived beck in Littleborough at 7-30p.m. Everyone said they had enjoyed the day and would be looking forward to the next one which is on 24th July. This will be another full day to Beverley Minster and Burton Constable. Names are now being received.
Coach Excursion to Beverley and Burton Constable.
Depart Littleborough Square at 9.00am. Coffee stop at Harrogate and arrive in Beverley for lunch.
On to Burton Constable.
Depart Burton Constable at 5.30p.m. to arrive back home at 8.30pm.
Book now for 24th July.
Editor: Roy Prince
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