Picture: Snow and Trees, white on blue


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
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.



The Constitution of Littleborough Civic Trust.

Picture: Scroll showing constitution

For an organisation to operate efficiently and legally, it is necessary for its constitution to be updated from time to time. Our constitution has been in need of review for some time. In order to make amendments to the constitution we are required to hold a general meeting and to give members due notice of the meeting.

We are, therefore, to hold a Special General Meeting on Tuesday, 21st January, at 8.30pm. in the Littleborough Council Offices, Hare Hill Road. (This meeting will follow our normal committee meeting which will start at 7.30pm.). The purpose of the meeting is to approve and adopt the constitution. A copy of the draft constitution may be inspected at Littleborough Library or at Lincoln Jackson's shop, Hare Hill Road up to the time of the Special General Meeting.

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Volunteers Required

Picture: girl planting a whip

The Littleborough Civic Trust is planting whips supplied by G.M.C's Impact Scheme at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday 12th Januarv, at Red Lees Chemical Works, Dean Head, Summit.

All volunteers are welcome - either to plant or provide encouragement.

Project to be videoed by Impact.




The last three Committee Meetings have been very full and that 10.00pm. finish seems to fly round. Topics discussed this quarter include the Calder Civic Trust Appeal - they require funds to cover costs of an appeal to High Court on a planning matter; so the Committee donated £25 which will be refunded if they win.

Cartoon: beligerent builder

Beligerent builder

A reply from Mr. Towey on Mainchem arrived - we have again written back to say that in the interests of justice being seen to be done we believe Stop Notices should be used on unauthorised developments prior to permission being granted in contentious planning applications regardless of the Planning Departments proposed recommendations to the Planning Committee.

The Committee welcomed a planning application for three bungalows on the Site of Summit Service Station - but consent was not granted here as this site is within Green Belt - just. It does seem a lost opportunity to tidy up the site when Green Belt policy does allow certain development where it is in scale with and does not adversely affect the surroundings, possibly a smaller development may be considered appropriate.

We have also been told by Planning Officers that under DOE guidelines, provision of jobs by a proposed development is a very relevant factor in deciding planning applications. Whilst agreeing that provision of jobs is of paramount importance, this benefit (especially when very limited) must be weighed against environmental cost - a difficult sum to calculate and to argue - any suggestions?

The loss of two Weeping Wych Elms from Hare Hill Park was noted. Mr. Crookes, R.M.B.C's Arboricultural Officer informs us that these were diseased and very regrettably had to go - however the Department has requested various trees for the Park, including Weeping Elms and Weeping Ash.

Now - some whip planting has been arranged -- so, volunteers with spades, elbow grease (and probably woolly hats) will be required on Sunday 12th January, 1986, at 2.00pm. at Red Lees Chemical Works, Dean Head, Summit. This was arranged in something of a rush, as correspondence from Impact had not arrived and we had only a few days in which to find a suitable site of communal benefit and obtain permission from the owner. The co-operation from Blagden Chemicals was marvellous. This site was thought suitable as it is a conspicuous industrial site in the Green Belt and planning permission for an essential security fence has been applied for.

Well, they agreed not only to the planting but also offered to move the proposed line of the fence to accommodate the whips and also ventured a possible future offer of more trees. So please do not waste this opportunity to do something positive, please come along - and - I have just been told by Impact Field Officer, Sarah Oliver, that they are hoping to make a video of the operations, it’s your chance for fame. I'm sure we'll manage whatever the weather!!!!

If anyone wishes to suggest further sites for future schemes, please let us know.

The bushes have now been lopped at Peel St. Car Park so it is possible to see cars parked there. Cars were obscured from view by these bushes and this was felt to be a deterrent to using the car park, so the Chairman's suggestion to the R.M.B.C. resulted in this prompt response and hopefully may remove misgivings about security of cars here and encourage further use of the car park.

Environment Week will be 3 - 11th May, 1986 and we would like to hear of any ideas you may have as we will be discussing this at the next Committee Meeting.




Some weeks ago, Arthur Percival M.B.E., B,A., F.S.A., of the Civic Trust (the national body) drew our attention to the moves being made by the Department of Transport to amend the regulations on the Operators’ Licensing of Heavy Lorries, only brought in in June 1984, so as to reduce the "burden" which had been imposed on operators through the new licensing arrangements. You will remember that I wrote about the changes in the last issue of the newsletter.

Picture: Heavy Lorry

At the time, Mr. Percival was gathering comments and observations which might contribute towards a paper to be sent to the Department of Transport in an effort to try to safeguard the environment against any detrimental effects which be brought about by relaxation of the regulations.

We forwarded our comments and I was pleased to see the points that we had made incorporated in the document sent to the Department of Transport. Possibly others had covered the same points - I don't know. However, we were promptly thanked for our response.

I believe that there are very great benefits to be had, by an amenity society such as ours, through belonging to a countrywide organisation like the Civic Trust, which has a voice at national level and is in direct communication with government departments on a number of major issues.

The problems that can be caused by the siting of an operating centre for heavy lorries near to a residential area have very recently been brought home to us by the public enquiry, held on 10th December, into the renewal of a licence to operate heavy goods vehicles and trailers from the centre off Whitelees Road.

There is no doubt that, in our present day society, lorries and people have got to mix, but we have to take all possible steps to ensure that there is continuing legislation to make the mix a happy one.




We held our Sponsored walk of 9 miles on 29th September, 1985. Ten members took part and we raised above £90.

Future Events:

January 9th. Open Meeting - Society Collection on show.

February 13th. Mr. P. Stonehouse. Archæology in Saddleworth.

March 13th. Mrs. M. Curry. Windmills and Watermills.

April 10th. Mr. M. Farrell. Local Politics 1900-30.

May 8th. Annual General Meeting.

We contribute to a guided walks programme at Hollingworth Lake and Piethorne.

Here are our walks:

Sunday 2nd March. Mrs. D. Steeles. Piethorne. 11.00am. Geology.

10 miles.

Sunday 6th April. Mrs. D. Steeles and Mr. A. Luke. Hollingworth Lake. 11.00am. Archeology.

10 miles.

New Year Walks.

1st January Richard Evans. 11.15am.

11 miles.

Sunday January 12th. Piethorne Past 2.00pm.

5 miles.

Sunday February 9th. High Peak Trail. 2.00pm.

5 miles.

Silhouettes: two walkers

Sunday February 23rd. Mrs. D. Steeles. Cleggswood Hill 2.00pm.

4 miles.

Sunday March 9th. Wardle Square. 2.00pm. Brown Wardle.

5 miles.

Sunday March 31st. Reddyshore Scout Gate. 11.15am.

10 miles.




A happy new year to all members of the Footpaths Group. The walks this autumn have been varied and well attended, save for the special short walk to introduce the less hardy to walking on October 6th. Both this and the earlier one in September failed to attract anyone new so the experiment has proved rather disappointing in its results. Two points should be made concerning the walks below. The walk John leads on 16th February will steer a route through the area around Kingsway scheduled for a large industrial (mainly warehousing apparently) estate and is intended to stimulate thought on the project. On a happier note you will see that the walk on 16th March is to be led by Len Sutcliffe. This is not a misprint. Len (no relation to Geoff) has been walking with us for over a year now and this will be the first walk he has led for us. Please come along and give him your support. The Winter/Spring 1986 programme was drawn up at a meeting of the Footpaths Group in November. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The summer 1986 programme will be discussed at a meeting at Harehill Park Council Offices on 18th February 8pm. Please come along.

JANUARY 5th. Leader - ROY PRINCE. Meet Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre 1.30pm.
Hollingworth Lake area.

JANUARY 19th. Leader - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Shore/Calderbrook circular.

FEBRUARY 2nd. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Square 1.30pm. or Lawflat 1.45 p.m.
Rydings - Healey - Wardle.

FEBRUARY 16th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Square 1.30pm.
See above.

MARCH 2nd. Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Ney Hey area.

MARCH 16th. Leader - LEN SUTCLIFFE. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Todmorden area.

MARCH 30th. Leader MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Square 1.4pm.
Calderbrook/Summit area.




I have in my possession a bill of fare dated January 30th 1907. The occasion was an evening party for 50 guests which was held at the Co-op Hall, Littleborough. It makes very interesting reading:

Dr. to Littleborough Co-operative Society of Industry Ltd.

10 loaves at 3d 26
3 lbs. Tongue 49
10 dozen Teacakes 10½d. per dozen. 89
1 dozen pies 20
1 lb. Coffee 110
8 lbs. Sugar 19
4 Quarts Milk 10
1/4 lb.  8
2 lbs. Butter 26
Mustard 1d.  1
4lbs. box Assorted Chocolates 48
50 oranges 13
5lbs. Apples 12
Allowance 411

Received February 1st, 1907. signed Roland Diggle.



Ten Years Ago

An article from the Newsletter 1975/6.

Picture: Front of Watkins book


In the early years of this century a certain Alfred Watkins came up with a very interesting theory concerning th« standing stones and tumuli of the ancient Britons.

His theory, published in a book entitled "The Old Straight Road", which he wrote in the 1920's was as follows.

He deducted that these standing stones, etc., acted as guide posts for the ancient Britons. The total population of Britain at this time was only forty thousand, so the countryside was sparsely populated and desolate and these monoliths indicated the way from one settlement to another. To substantiate his theory he stated that if one took any map that indicated ancient monuments, etc., a straight line could be traced through them, thus connecting them by the shortest possible route, and this was more than just coincidence.

Although he published his book fifty years ago, a great deal of work is still going on to-day, carried out by people all over the country. If anyone wishes to know more about this fascinating subject I can give them an address to which they may write.



A Committee Loss

The Committee regrets the loss of Keith Parry after fourteen years’ service including three as chairman and five as our representative on the Coach House Committee. Keith has resigned due to the pressure of other commitments. He remains a member of the Trust.

This leaves at least two Committee places vacant (following the sad death of Tommy Walker) and we are hoping to get back to full strength at the A.G.M. provisionally set for April.


Keith Parry for the cover design.
The Reverend Father Sutton for printing the Newsletter
K. Farrell for typing the stencils
All contributors and distributors

Editor: Michael Farrell