Cartoon: Flowers, bee, sun, butterfly, singing bird


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.


Chairwoman: Betty Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel. 78849

Vice Chairman: Roy Prince, 14 Milbury Drive, Tel. 78883.

Secretary: Judith Schofield, 3 Green Clough, Todmorden Road, Littleborough. Tel. 76015

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

Membership Secretary: Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 70542

Minutes Secretary: Rita Kay, 2, Lodgeville, Rakewood Road. Tel. 79573


Richard Evans, 8 Charles St.
Mike Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, Tel. 70154.
Rae Street, Calder Cottage, Tel. 76043.
Pauline Hopkinson, Far Hey Head Farm, Calderbrook.
Alf Tortoiseshell, Sedgmoor, Blackstone Edge Old Road. 79507
Tom Walker, 70 West View. 76666.
Keith Parry, 3 Prospect Street. 79885.
Janet Bell, 9 Salley Street, Calderbrook. 76551
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.

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



When the Editor asked me to do something for the Newsletter my mind went blank, but upon reflection I decided to use this opportunity to recall a few of the Littleborough Civic Trust's past actions and achievements and our hopes for the future. This will not be a particularly onerous task as since September 1971 I have kept a local Littleborough scrapbook which today makes very interesting reading.

In 1972 we changed our name from the Littleborough Civic Society to the Civic Trust - it was felt that the name should be changed because "trust sounds more trustworthy and less belligerent", and also in that year Mr. Joel Barnett, Member of Parliament for our Constituency agreed to become our Patron. I would like to think it is to our credit that Lord Barnett holds this position today.

From that time we were very involved with the initial work which led to the creation of the Hollingworth Lake Country Park, and about the same time we set up our own canal clean-up with the help of Messrs Fothergill & Harvey. Needless to say, this particular job is now being done again and we hope more permanently, by the present official canal cleaning and restoration/improvement scheme.

The Rochdale Canal Society itself started life at our own Civic Trust Committee meetings as did the Littleborough Historical Society and also the Steanor Bottom Society which was a group formed by members of the Civic Trust and groups in West Yorkshire to restore the old Steanor Bottom Toll House.

In 1974 we organised a competition among all the local schools for a design to be used as our logo and the winning effort, designed by a then-pupil at the Littleborough High School, Denise Gardiner aged 14, presented us with a design still in use today on our letter headings and posters.

All this time the Trust had continued to press for a local community meeting place and finally the Coach House restoration became the solution, (or eventually will be), to this long standing search.

Still in 1985 we are concerned with all local amenity issues and particularly problematic planning applications. In 1973 we were involved in a Public Enquiry in Littleborough concerning an unsympathetic and unhealthy planning application in Todmorden Road: in 1985 we are still kept on our toes concerning other industrial building in the same area. As has been said many times before the Civic Trust is not against the introduction of new industry which hopefully creates new jobs - but not all Planning Applications are suitable for the areas they cover. We shall continue to fight the desecration of green field sites and unnecessary industrial development.

We continue to battle against the continuance of derelict unsightly areas and plan, with the blessing of British Rail a scheme in Little-borough to clear and improve a small area to complement the little garden we created in the Station approach in 1973.

The stalwart members of the Trust's Footpath Group continue their efforts to keep the footpaths open at the same time enjoying the fresh air and companionship.

All these activities take time (and energy!) but as one of the founder members of the Littleborough Civic Trust I can say that the ideals we set out with in 1971 are very much in evidence still, and in the unsettled conditions of today, even more important to uphold.

Thank you, Editor, for giving me the opportunity to say all this!



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We held our Annual General Meeting on the 9th May. Officers elected were as follows:

Mr. A. LukeChairman and Librarian
Mr .R.EvansSecretary
Mr. D. GraysonTreasurer
Mr. J.Trickett

We are having a trip to Grassington on Sunday 21st July, seats available from L. Jackson or A. Luke, 79949, or at the Coach House, if you want to go.

There will be a Sponsored Walk for Funds on Sunday 29th September. 9 miles.

Meetings 8 p.m. at the Community Centre:

September 19th. Mr. R. Manders. Greater Manchester Museum, Science & Industry.

October 10th. P. O' Neill. Todmorden Transport.

We are continuing our survey of Watergrove Area and an interim report has been prepared.

SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOW DUE £1.50 adults. £1.00 Senior Citizens.





Picture: Garlands of coloured flags

The Village Fete in aid of the Coach House Project will be held in the Coach House Grounds on Saturday 13th July, opening at 10.00am. This year it is intended that the activities will carry on into the afternoon.

For the past few years the Civic Trust's contribution has been a bottle stall and members have been asked to donate bottles for the stall. For a change this year, the Trust is to have a "Teddy Bears' Picnic Stall and a Coconut Shy. Obviously we shall not be calling on members to contribute bottles, but, if you would like to make a small donation to help towards meeting the costs of our stalls, it would be appreciated.

In the past, the amount of money raised by the Trust's effort has been substantial. Please help to keep up this good record. Do come along on 13th July.


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If you wish to join/renew your membership of Littleborough Civic Trust for 1985/6 please send your name and address to the Treasurer, Mr. G. Sutcliffe, 14 Buckley Terrace, Rochdale, or Membership Secretary Mr. L. Jackson, 5 Harehill Road, Littleborough.


Full member£1.50
Joint member married couple£2.00
Junior members (under 18)£1.00
Senior Citizens£1.00



Silhouettes: Hikers

The autumn 1985 walks programme was compiled by members of the Footpaths Group at meetings earlier this year. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The winter/spring programme for 1986 will be discussed at a meeting at Harehill Park Council Offices on Tuesday 19th February, at 8 p.m. Please come along.

SUNDAY JULY 21st. Leader - MIKE FARRELL. Meet Square at 9.30am for bus to Todmorden.
Hole Bottom - Whirlaw- Hameldon -Heptonstall - Hebden Bridge.

13 miles.

WEDNESDAY JULY 31st. Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Square 6.50pm. prompt.
Ogden Reservoir circular.

SUNDAY AUGUST 4th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Beach Hotel 1.30pm.
Hollingworth Lake/Milnrow.

Note 9 miles.

SUNDAY AUGUST 18th. Leader - RICHARD EVANS. Meet Square 10.15am.
Littleborough to Todmorden (High Gates Way).

10 miles.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1st. Leader - ROY PRINCE. Meet Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre 2.00pm.
Lake circular.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Ox and Plough, Dearnley at 9.00am
for Littleborough Boundary Walk.

18 miles.

Or Square 2.00pm. for a gentler stroll. Leader - ROY PRINCE.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29th. Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Norden bus terminus at 2.00pm.
Norden circular 7 miles.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 6th. Leader - RICHARD EVANS. Meet Square at 2.00pm.
A 3 mile walk around Windy Bank and Ealees.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 13th. Leader - JOE TAYLOR. Meet Square at 1.30pm.
Barrowford/Roughlee circular.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 27th. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Lawflat at 1.45 p.m.
Healey Dell circular.



Photograph: footpath in woodland


The wilful obstruction of a public path is a criminal offence under the Highways Act 1980 and those responsible can be prosecuted not only by Local Authorities but also by individual members of the public. Such prosecutions are now being sponsored by the Ramblers Association in cases where all other reasonable methods of having the obstruction removed have been tried and failed.

A number of disturbing cases regarding people either being deterred from using paths during the spraying season or suffered pain or injury as a result of coming into contact with chemicals sprayed over paths. The Ramblers’ Association have urged the Government to introduce restrictions on crop spraying over land to which the public has a right of access. This is through lobbying for changes to the Food and Environment Protection Bill which is currently before Parliament.

There is no clear consensus among both users and providers of rural bus services that the provisions of the Transport Bill, which is currently before Parliament will have a devastating effect. These include the withdrawal of public transport subsidy through the transport supplementary grant. Much can be learnt both from countries such as Switzerland and Austria where the provision of public transport if regarded as essential for the well-being of rural communities, and from Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire County Councils whose recent transport experiments funded by the Countryside Commission demonstrate how services can be enormously improved at relatively low cost.

On the 1st June the Ribble Way Recreational Footpath was officially opened.

On the 22nd June, 1935 the Daily Herald published Tom Stephenson's famous article in which he first suggested the idea of a 'long green trail’ along the Pennine chain at Malham Lings. On the 22nd June the 50th anniversary of this was celebrated.

I relate the following true story without any comment from me:

On New Year's Day two walkers were on holiday in North Wales. They were using a 1-25000 map which showed this path to be a right of way. The farmer barred their way and threatened them saying he would throw off his land anyone who tried to walk across it.

When they pointed out that it was a public right of way he said he would strangle anyone who defied him. The Ramblers’ Association is investigating and the Highway Authority has been asked to take action against this farmer.

The Department of the Environment is almost certain to extend legal protection to all 200 surviving examples of the original 1920s-design telephone boxes and a cross section of its 1936 replacement.

The 16th century bridge cottages near Flatford, Suffolk which inspired many of Constables paintings is amongst new entries in the National Trust Booklet for Disabled visitors to its properties. There are a total of 90 properties and gardens listed. Normal entry charges apply to disabled visitors but admission is free to anyone who necessarily accompanies a registered disabled person. A Stamped/Addressed Envelope to Disabled Visitors Officer, National Trust, 36 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9AS with a 13p stamp.

Photograph: The Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift

A nationwide petition was launched in May to try and save the 110 year old Anderton Boat Lift at Northwich Cheshire.

The South West Water Authority has launched its biggest survey into the decline in the salmon population in the River Torridge in North Devon one of Brit3ins most famous fishing stretches. Pollution is thought not to be the only cause of the decline from 900 salmon caught 30 years ago to only a dozen so far this season.

Hold ups on British Roads cost £3 per car per hour which relates to £4 billion a year. There are 16 million cars on the road which accounts for 60%, of all vehicles. Latest estimates are that this will become 20 million or 22 million by the year 2000. Heavy goods traffic in the Dover area has grown 1000 times since 1970.

At present 80 miles of motorway is blocked off for one reason or another and those built 25 years ago cannot cope with the weight or volume. This year alone the Government will spend £140 million on motorway maintenance although only 11% of the traffic uses them. Half the time travelling is spent in congestion and that means between 50,000 and 100,000 vehicles are waiting in queues at traffic lights at any one time wasting up to 220,000 gallons of petrol; the average speed is 12½ m.p.h. during the rush hour. In economic terms waiting in queues is costing the nation £1 billion a year.

What this country needs is an integrated transport system using not only roads but railways, aircraft and the inland water system (the latter the most economic) but that will never come about because, of the all-powerful road lobby.

Plans for Britain’s first private new town for almost 100 years in green belt land at Thurrock in Essex were unveiled on Wednesday 8th May.

The town provisionally named Tillingham Hill, will house up to 15000 people and would include 5000 homes set around an artificial lake and surrounded by parkland. However Essex's principal planning officer is quoted as saying "I cannot see this scheme being accepted by my Council; we have made it clear that we are opposed to developments on the green belt". This will be the first test of the Governments new policy on protecting green belt land which were outlined by the D.O.E. last year.

Patrick Jenkin is quoted as saying "We want to keep the green belt but a balance must be struck between conservation and development, I have no sympathy for those people who believe that we can stop the clock and say no to further development, that would be an extreme example of the I'm all right Jack attitude".

If this is Mr. Jenkins attitude I do not hold out much hope for the future of our green belts.

An enquiry would determine this Government's response to consortium development’s long term strategy, unveiled in 1983, to build 12 such new towns in the south west (notice the south west again); this town will be built over 10 years. Critics maintain that it will become a high income dormitory town using precious farmland (again) and extending the urban sprawl around London. With planning permission for housing, land near London is worth up to £200,000 an acre putting a potential £150 million price tag on land for this scheme.


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Thanks are due to Bernard Harrison and Beryl Heywood who resigned from the Committee this year after many years’ service. Beryl has moved to Cragg Vale and Bernard to Norden. Both remain members of the Trust and wish to be informed of our activities. Bernard was secretary from 1975 to 1983, Beryl was Treasurer from 1979 to 1983, when Bernard took over for a year. We wish them well for the future.


Keith Parry for the cover design.
Roy Prince for printing the Newsletter
K. Farrell for typing the stencils
All contributors and distributors

Editor: Michael Farrell