Drawing: Red Admiral butterfly


Red Admiral for Summer

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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 & Membership Secretary: Beryl Jackson, 27, Howarth Street.

Press Officer: Keith Parry, 3, Prospect Street, Tel.79883.

Minutes Secretary: Betty Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel. 78849.

Footpaths Secretary: John Hindle, 5, Chichester Close. Tel. 70407

Newsletter Editor: Roy Prince, 14, Milbury Drive. Tel. 78883.



What do we have to offer?

With the Community - Heritage Centre looming up ahead, perhaps it is a prime time to look at what we have to offer the visitor.

Hollingworth Lake Country Park is obviously the main attraction with its visitor centre and circular walk, but Littleborough has a lot more to offer.

We have two hidden lakes at Turn Slack and Dry Mere which can be reached by public footpaths. These can be publicised as beauty spots to attract more people to them.

The Roman Road is, of course, another main attraction. This could be 'sold' to the visitor with the added attraction of doing a stretch of the famous Pennine Way.

There are a few small stretches in Littleborough that could be used as nature trails; these are Gorsey Bank Wood, Lydgate Clough and the Ealees Valley. There are a number of places that could, with a little imagination, be converted to picnic sites. Some that readily spring to mind are Starring Hill, Chelburn Reservoir and Deardens Pasture at Calderbrook.

The canal is an area that a lot of attention has been given to and interest in it should not be lost. A guide book for the towpath stretch from Smithybridge Road to Summit giving information on the things to be seen en route would be a great innovation.

Finally, a footpath guide in the Littleborough area would help visitors to explore Littleborough for themselves.

The Council would probably call these ideas pie-in-the-sky, but Hebden Bridge is a perfect example of what can be done to bring out the best of an ordinary place. It could easily be done here. We have enough assets.

The first step should be to produce a good guide book to Littleborough and sell it in the nearby information centres at Oldham, Hebden Bridge and Manchester. This would attract more visitors to the area. It wouldn't take much to bring out the best in Littleborough.



Diary - Autumn 1980.

Open meetings will be held in the Oddfellows' Room, 66, Church Street at 8-Op.m. unless otherwise stated.

Thursday, 18th September. “Underground Canal at Worsley" Frank Mollineux.
This is. a joint meeting with the Local History Society.

Thursday, 16th October in Littleborough High School. "Britain Beautiful"
An audio-visual presentation by Stanley Jeeves of Samlesbury Hall.
Tickets will be on sale from August. These unusual, artistic, presentations are very popular so book early.

Thursday, 20th November. Details to be announced.

Friday, 28th November. Grand Dance in the Conservative Club, Peel Street.

Thursday, 18th December. Christmas meeting.

More details of the above meetings will be given later.


A Visit to Lichfield.

About thirty committee members and friends from different groups - Playgroup, Forresters, Local History Society, Townswomen’s Guild - had a very good trip to Lichfield on Saturday, 24th May.

St Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church

They were shown St. Mary's, a redundant church, and a very similar project to the one started in Littleborough. Their building, under conversion, will eventually house an old people’s day centre, meeting room, coffee bar and heritage centre, The Chairman also gave the group a tour of a former post office converted to an arts centre - a surprising change, but obviously well used by young people for discos, folk concerts and exhibiting.

The Lancashire visitors were very impressed with what had been achieved by the enthusiasm and hard work of a handful of volunteers. It was also noted with interest that both buildings were leasehold, run by charitable trusts and used by a wide variety of organisations and providing focal points in the town.

The afternoon was rounded off by the generous provision of home-made afternoon tea in yet another pleasant old house and garden.

The trip was very much enjoyed by everyone from the toddlers to the senior citizens. The committee hope that this will be a model for the use of the Coach House itself with all age groups joining in and the building becoming a focal point for a variety of activities.



Summer Outing

Photograph: Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Together with the Local History Society, we are arranging a visit to York and Beningbrough Hall (National Trust Property) on Sunday, 20th July. We will leave the Square at 9.00am and return between 7.30pm and 8.00pm. The cost, inclusive of entrance fees, will be £3.00. No charge for babies and half-price for children.

In the morning we hope to visit the Viking site in Coppergate, York. We shall spend the whole afternoon at Beningbrough, where there is not only extensive parkland, but the house, its contents and a film s how to be seen. Names as soon as possible, please, to Rae Street, Calder Cottage, Hare Hill Road, (Tel. 78043) or David Grayson, 23, Clough Road, (Tel. 76262).




Footpath Group Walks

June 15th. Leader - Richard Evans. 5 miles. Meet in the Square at l.50pm for the 2.00pm bus to The Huntsman, Summit.
Reddyshore Scout Gate - Moor Bank Clough - Ferny Hill - Owler Clough - Allenden Hill - Stubley Cross Hill - Crook Hill - Clay Pots Hill -Higher Stone Pits - Moor Lane Farm.

July 13th. Leader - Joe Taylor. 6 miles. Meet in the Square at 1.30pm or Lawflat at 1.45pm.
Clough House Lane - Flower Hill Lane - Ciss Hill - Rydings Lane - Fafflety Brow - Man Stone Edge - Brown Wardle - Middle Hill - Sheep Cote - Higher Hades - Hades - Dry Bank -Wall Nook - Long Causeway ~ Ramsden Road.

Silhouette of hikers

July 27th. Leader - John Hindle. Meet in the Square at 9.15am for the 9.30am bus to Todmorden.
Centre Vale Park - Gate Bottom - West End - Lower Hill - Flower Scar Hill - Slate Pit Hill - Holden Gate – Limers Gate - Hades - Crook Hill - Turn Slack – Shore.

August 10th. Leader - John Hindle. 6 miles. Meet in the Square at 1.15pm for 1.30pm bus to Todmorden.
Calderdale Way. Todmorden – Great Rock.

August 24th. Leader - John Hindle. Meet in the Square at 9.15am for 9.30am bus to Hebden Bridge.
Canal Towpath - Broad Bottom - Clough Hole - High Road - (Calderdale Way to Pecket Well) Delf Edge - Aberdeen Flat -Spinks Hill Farm - Lumb Bridge - Walshaw - Blake Dean -Hardcastle Crags.

September 7th. Leader - Lincoln Jackson. 5 miles. Meet in the Square at 1.50pm for 2.00pm bus to Sladen Wood.
Sladen Fold - Leach - Solomon Cutting - Chelburn-- Long Lees - Warland - Salley Street - Higher Calderbrook - Hill Top Farm - Whitfield Farm - Gorsey Wood - Riverside. 18 miles.

September 21st. Leader – Richard Evans. Meet in Union Road at 9.00am.
Littleborough Boundary Walk.


Footpath News.

At the time of writing (4th May) we have had nine walks in our 1980 programme, consisting of seven local walks, one in Wardle and one full-day walk to complete our walking of the Calderdale Way. So far we are averaging 23 people per walk. The largest number we had was 28 on the 27th January and the smallest turnout was 12 for our full day walk on 20th April along the Calderdale Way.

You will see no walk in the new list on 29th June, because this date is during the Rochdale holidays.

Sections of the Calderdale Way will be walked later in this year. There is a half-day walk on 10th August and, a fortnight later, on 24th August, the section between Mount Skin and Pecket Well will be incorporated into the full-day walk.

The annual boundary walk will be on 21st September. I wonder if more people will do it this year. We usually only have about six. I think the most we have ever had was seven the first year we did it in 1975 - or was it 1976?

Finally, on our seven local walks we have found a total of nine blocked footpaths, two locked gates and a misleading notice.



Coach House Community and Heritage Centre.

The project is now going well and the Committee continue fund raising. One event will be held on Saturday, 26th July, from 10.30am – 4.30pm when organisations and individuals will have stalls in the Falcon Yard, the site of the former Littleborough market.

Littleborough Band will be there. Anyone who wishes to help, please get in touch with the organiser, Nan Dearden, 5, Wellington Lodge.

The Civic Trust will be having a refreshment stall. All contributions will be gratefully received.

Please go along and give your support.



Littleborough Coach House Trust Organising Committee.

Below is the brief which has been given by the Committee to the R.M.B. Planning Department and the architects, the Community Architecture Group.


  1. A Meeting Hall.
    The meeting hall (most probably in the upstairs space) for about 200 people with moveable seating. Floor suitable for dances. Small stage with backstage facilities. Space for eventual installation of loud-speaker equipment and equipment for showing cine films.
  2. A Meeting Room for about 50 - 60 people.
  3. A Meeting Room for about 20 people.
  4. Four or more small, say 6' x 8’, lockable places for storage, probably downstairs for such things as display screens, projectors, books, etc. for each society. Possibly one larger storage area for stage furniture.
  5. Catering Facilities (small kitchens) upstairs and down.
  6. Toilets upstairs and down. Downstairs toilets to satisfy any regulations for playgroups, also toilet for disabled.
  7. Foyer / exhibition space / heritage centre including an information counter and selling point. Provision for coffee bar.
  8. Small office.


  1. Play area for the toddlers, preferably with some play items - small slide, rocks for climbing (miniature) etc. - which could be used by other young children in the day. Probably have to be locked at night.
  2. Small garden where people can sit on west side.
  3. Car parking spaces to satisfy L.A. requirements.


The Committee would be glad to look at any ideas for economical methods of heating and energy conservation.




Do something for a change.

Many members will have read in the press or on the many posters which have been displayed of this Greater Manchester/ Civic Trust for the North West scheme for cleaning up eyesores and generally improving our environment. Individuals, schools, community and industrial groups are invited to DO whatever they can.

If anyone has any suggestions, please let any committee member know.


On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Generally speaking, the wooded areas of this country are confined to the fair-to-poor land, the good land having been cleared of trees for farming by our forebears. Unfortunately, as we know too well, much of the farmland has since been claimed for industry or for domestic building, but that is another story.

Now we have four main categories of land: that which is considered too good for trees; that on which trees grow; that on which trees do not at present grow, but will grow given the chance and some help and, finally, that on which trees will not grow.

In Littleborough we have much land that falls in the last two categories. Over the past few years there has been a considerable increase in our tree population (at the sapling stage at any rate) and this is probably owing to the publicity that has been given during the last decade to the necessity to plant trees. Remember "Plant a tree in '73", "Plant one more in '74"? Now we have a National Tree Week every year.

The Civic Trust has in the past donated trees to be planted by churches and schools and the Local Authority has planted hundreds of trees in and around the Country Park etc.

Photograph: Lonesome pine tree

It is likely that, in the past, many of Littleborough's trees that were not cut down for their timber, fell victim to atmospheric pollution. Being on the eastern side of a large industrial belt, the prevailing westerly winds would carry soot and other grime over Littleborough. Because trees breathe and feed through their leaves and need the direct action of the sun on them to do this, they would suffer from air-borne pollution. The effect on the broad-leaved, deciduous trees would be gradual and short-lived as their leaves do not appear until April or May and fall five or six months later, but the effect on the evergreens would be very pronounced, because they normally keep their leaves for about three years. During this time the build-up of clogging grime would have been considerable.

Some small evergreens are quite tolerant of a certain amount of pollution, but most evergreen conifers are not.

How many large, evergreen trees have you seen in Littleborough?




Of Interest to Walkers

The Bury Metropolitan Sports Council has pioneered a 35 mile walking route around the Borough. Perhaps Rochdale could do the same. John Hindle is considering the possibility of doing a route himself, time allowing.

Talking of boundary walks, a copy of the Bolton Boundary Walk (a 50 mile circular route) is available price 50p, postage 8p, from the P.R.O., Town Hall, Bolton. John has a copy and it seems not a bad walk. He hopes that members of the Footpaths group might consider joining him in tackling it. Any comments?

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