Picture: Summer scene


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
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.
Joan Cook, 2 Calderbrook Terrace.
Ann Lawson, 81 Todmorden Road.
Jack Trickett, 9 Railway Street

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



We were saddened to hear, just after the last newsletter went to print, of the death of Mrs. M. Fletcher of Higher Newgate, a member for a considerable number of years, Mrs. Fletcher was a fairly regular attender of our monthly meetings in the 1970's, and remained a member long after they were discontinued. We extend our sympathies to her friends and relatives.

We were also alarmed to hear just recently that Mr. George Garlick, Chief Warden at Hollingworth Lake for the past ten years had been taken seriously ill and is currently in hospital. We would A11 like to wish him a full and speedy recovery.

There was only one change made in the make-up of the committee at this year's poorly attended A.G.M. namely the resignation of Janet Bell due to the pressure of other commitments. The enthusiasm Janet showed during her two years on the committee was appreciated and we hope she remains interested in our work.

This resignation leaves us with a committee vacancy and we are (genuinely) eager to fill it. If you feel you are able to give up one Tuesday evening a month, we would like to hear from you.

Finally, two of our members, Rita Kay and Nelly Jewitt have moved house recently. We hope they are settling in in their new homes.




Drawing: European Year of the Envrironment logo

I do not know how many of you recognise the "daisy - cog" logo stuck on the front of the newsletter, but it is the symbol for European Year of the Environment, (EYE) which started on the first day of Spring 21st March, 1987, and lasts for 12 months.

The Civic Trust is endeavouring to play its part and has so far planted more bushes and trees and carried out (with Oldham and Rochdale Groundwork Trust's help and guidance) some very professional fencing round land at Shop Wood with a grant of £300 from the Countryside Commission. Groundwork also gave us some wild flowers which they helped us plant there.

Our fortnightly Working Party meetings starting in the Square have resulted in various areas being tidied up, cleaned up and planted - we've even undertaken a bit of dry stone walling - but more physical help would be welcome - please see Joan's pleas elsewhere in the newsletter.

Picture: overgrown plants

Tatty verge

Last month a walk round the Littleborough Town Centre with Groundwork's Assistant Landscape Architect resulted in various sites boing earmarked for small landscaping plans, details of which Groundwork will forward in due course.

We have written to the owner of that tatty piece of grass verge in front of Lavin's on New Road and submitted a detailed proposal for its improvement as well as having written to owners of industrial and commercial premises along Todmorden Road setting out our deeds and asking them in this EYE endeavour to tidy up their plots. A good attractive environment is good for business!! Help from the Civic Trust if required has been offered.

Various Committee members have continued to submit to the Council views on planning matters and blocked footpaths and all credit must be given to Rochdale Metropolitan Borough's Footpath Inspector for his courteous and efficient replies and to the Cleansing Dept.'s instant co-operation in providing us with a free skip and black plastic bags for clean-up operations.

Much time and effort has been put into all this work and on occasions additional encouragement and aid can provide extra incentive for further action. So, especially in this European Year of the Environment, please note this is not EYEWASH... Littleborough has many EYEsores You can do something ... why not come along and help your Trust make Littleborough an EYEcatcher ?????




Have you seen the garden on the right of station approach? Have you seen the shrubs and trees planted at Shop Wood? Well we've done that - and we think it looks better!

Drawing: Boy planting a tree

How about coming to help us?

We're meeting in Littleborough Square about once a fortnight and going off to do something about our environment in and around Littleborough.

WE NEED1. You and your family and friends to work,
 2. Any tools you can loan,
 3. Any encouragement you can give.

If you do not feel you can actually help, how about looking around your garden for any plants that need thinning out and giving us any plants, shrubs or trees to use on sites.

Also we need help in finding the places you'd be pleased to see tidied up.

So come on here's your chance to do your 'bit' for European Year of the Environment.

Contact a committee member for details of the next date.




Dear Members,

You missed a good evening at the Visitors Centre at the Lake in Environment Week. If you'd have gone on the walk that Roy organised you'd also have got VERY wet but we couldn't do a thing about the weather.

We were delighted to welcome quests from:

Todmorden 2000Town Centre Action Group.
Crompton Civic Trust.Calder Civic Trust.
Rochdale Civic Society.Keep Britain Tidy.
Todmorden Conservation Group. 

Keep Britain Tidy gave a presentation and their Display as well as our 'Raspberries and Roses' were on view.

I should like to thank all those who came and all those who helped to make such a successful evening when it could 3 easily have been (quite literally) a washout.



Come and join us at the National Parks Festival at Chatsworth House on Sunday 20th September, 1987.

Silhouette: line of cyclists

On Tuesday 15th September cyclists will leave London to travel to Chatsworth, stopping to be welcomed at various towns to meet groups from the National Parks of Pembrokeshire Coast, Dartmoor and Brecon Beacons and then to make a grand entry to the Festival on the Sunday in the glorious setting of the Peak District National Park.

Picture: Sheepdog face
Drawing: Choir

The Festival will be a celebration for all that takes place in our National Parks. Displays will feature sheep dog trials, stone wall building, coracle rowing and a Welsh choir in full voice! The parks will lay out their local produce of honey, cheese, breads etc.

This is an important day for our National Parks. The Festival opens at 12 noon to 5.30pm. Admission is £1.00 (50p. for OAPs and children).

The Civic Trust will be having a coach so anyone interested in attending this special occasion please contact Jill Roberts, Littleborough 74175, who will be pleased to give you further information and cost of coach, once numbers are known.

Do come and join us for a great day out in our nearest National Park.



The Footpaths Group, now itself fifteen years old, continues to tread the local paths as enthusiastically as ever. As Judith has already said, we are currently drawing a very good response from the Highways Department to our reports of Footpath problems. However, we are concerned that individuals reporting footpath blockages make sure that their complaints are justified according to the law and their information is accurate. Otherwise, they are putting a good relationship in jeopardy and not doing themselves any favours either.

The Summer/Autumn 1987 programme was drawn up at two meetings of the Footbath Group this year. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The first walks of the 1988 programme will be discussed at a Meeting at Hare Hill Park Council Offices on the 18th November at 8.00pm. Please come along, refreshments are available.

Sunday, August 2nd. Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Ogden 2.00pm.
Bishop Park Circular.

6 miles.

Wednesday, August 5th. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Littleborough Square 6.45pm.
Dobroyd circular.

4 miles.

Sunday, August 16th. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Littleborough Square 10.00am.
Ripponden circular.

Sunday, August 30th. Leader - LEN SUTCLIFFE. Meet Littleborough Square 2.00pm.
Todmorden circular.

Sunday. September 13th. Leader - JOE TAYLOR. Meet Littleborough Square 2.00pm.
Ealees - Turnough - Owl Hill - Canal Towpath.

Sunday, September 27th. Leader - GEOFF. SUTCLIFFE. Meet Littleborough Square 9.30am.
Cragg Vale.

Sunday, October 11th. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square 1.45pm.
Fie1den Farm - Whittaker - Water House.

5 miles.

Sunday, October 25th.Leader - JOE TAYLOR. Meet Watergrove 1.45pm.
Long Causeway - Rugby Bridge - Middle Hill.

Sunday, November 8th. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Syke (Rochdale) 1.45pm.
Healey Dell Circular.

Sunday November 22nd. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm.
Norland Moor Circular.

5 miles.

Sunday, December 6th. Leader - ROY PRINCE. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm.
To be decided.

Sunday, December 20th. Leader - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm.
Sladen Fold - Swanrod Lane - Lydgate.



Would members please note that subscriptions for 1987 are NOW due. The membership Secretary was very pleased to receive a substantial reduction in those members outstanding with their payments last year and we hope this trend will continue.

The rates are once again:

Ordinary membership£1.50.
Junior/O. A. P.£1.00
Family£2 00.

Subscriptions can be given in/sent to Lincoln Jackson at the Bargain Corner Harehill Road, Littleborough or to any Committee Member.

For those of you that have bought this newsletter and would like to join the Civic Trust but would not find it convenient to see Lincoln Jackson during opening hours, we have included a slip to send to him at the back of the newsletter. It is not necessary for anyone else to use it.



Picture: A rose

To continue the theme of our Environment Week Exhibition when rose and raspberry awards were given to various sections of our local environment, a large rose award should go to Mr.Foysey and his staff of the Cleansing Department for all their efforts in tidying up the bottle bank site situated near the bottom of the station approach on Railway Street.

This is a tremendous improvement and calls for all our support.

Please ask your friends and relations to take all glass throw-away (except milk bottles) to help with glass recycling and thereby reducing the number of torn black dustbin bags and subseauent cut hands and littered streets.



There was a, shall we say, underwhelming response to Roy's appeal in the last newsletter for comments and suggestions regarding the newsletter cover. Can I put the question once more - shall we keep the same design, resurrect one of the designs we had before, or have a new cover? If you favour the latter option could you suggest a design?

On the other hand you will notice that we have two new names appearing among the contributors this issue - there is room for more.




Thursday, August 13th. Railways - Mr. P. Rigg.

Sunday, August 30th. Sponsored Walk.

Thursday, September 17th. St. Giles Street, Padiham - Mrs. G. Glenn.

Thursday, October 8th. Chetham’s Library - Mr. M. Powell.

Thursday, November 12th. Healey Dell - Miss S. Wilson.



. . . . aims to raise awareness, Europe-wide, of the importance of the environmental protection so that better progress can be made in conserving and improving the environment.

The UK EYE Committee has decided to focus on three areas:

•the conservation of the natural environment.
•The control of pollution and waste.
•The improvement of the urban environment including the treatment of eyesores and dereliction.

EYE needs organisations - public, private and voluntary - to undertake events, activities and projects at all levels - national, regional and local. If you are thinking about organising something for EYE and would like to discuss your proposals for practical action, or if you would like help with publicity, please write to EYE, 20 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ. Tel. 01-211 6006.

(EYE News July, 1987.)

I/We would like to join Littleborough Civic Trust and enclose a cheque/P.0. for £2.00/1.50/1.00.


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Thanks to:
Keith Parry for the cover design.
K. Farrell for typing the stencils
Roy Prince for the printing
Pauline Hipkinson for overseeing the distribution
All contributors and distributors

Editor: Michael Farrell