Picture: Green Withins reservoir lost in the mist

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 Judith Schofield, 4, Bottoms, Crag Vale. Tel. 0422 885173

OFFICIALS OF LITTLEBOROUGH CIVIC TRUST

Chairman: Don Pickis, Lightowlers, Littleborough. Tel. 378849

Vice Chairman: Dan Docker, 93 Church Street, Littleborough. Tel. 372001

Secretary: Michael Farrell, 41, Hollingworth Road, Littleborough. Tel. 370154

Treasurer: Peter Jackson, 8 Chelburn View, Littleborough. Tel. 373112

Membership Secretary: Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 370542

Minutes Secretary: Betty Pickis, Lightowlers. 378849.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

David Hall, 6 Nelson Street
Pauline Hopkinson, 12, Glencoe Place, Rochdale. 522447
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.74175
Judith Schofield, 4, Bottoms, Crag Vale. 0422 885173
Rae Street, Calder Cottage. 378043
John Street, Calder Cottage. 378043
Joe Taylor, 136a Market Street, Whitworth. 344711
Chris Wilkinson, 3, Fair View, Littleborough. 374020

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

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SEASONAL GREETINGS

WINTER EDITION DECEMBER 1993

Members and Friends of the Littleborough Civic Trust, may you and your families enjoy all the joy of Christmas. It is a time of great merriment, a time of happiness for most people as families meet (maybe since last year) to eat, drink and generally have a wonderful time.

The Committee wishes to express their seasonal greetings to you all and your families with rich blessings for Christmas and hope for prosperity in the New Year of 1994.

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CIVIC TRUST EXTENDS THE HAND OF FRIENDSHIP

The Civic Trust has launched a new initiative - The Friends of the Civic Trust - aimed at individuals who share the Trust's concern for the built environment nationally.

For just £15 per year Friends receive a copy of the Trust's quarterly journal ‘Urban Focus’ with news of campaigns and projects throughout the UK, have access to the Trust's two libraries in London and Manchester and be eligible to join other Friends of the Civic Trust's exclusive tours and visits to places of interest.

Chairwoman of the National Council of Civic Trust Societies and a Trustee of the Civic Trust, Francesca Upton is enthusiastic about the Friends scheme. "The Civic Trust has the ear of both Local and Central Government and is a very influential organisation. The more individuals the Trust represents the more effective it will be. I'd urge anyone who supports their local Civic Trust to extend that support to the Civic Trust."

Application forms available from:

MARY HIDALGO, FRIENDS DEPARTMENT,
THE CIVIC TRUST, 17 CARLTON HOUSE TERRACE,
LONDON, SW1Y 5AW
TEL. 071 930 0914

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FROM CHRISTIAN CRACKERS

The Vicar announced:
“On Saturday if you have nothing on please come and help at the jumble sale”

 

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ROYAL COMMISSION ON "INCINERATION OF WASTES"

Extract from report May 1993

"Incineration is an efficient way of recovering the energy present in household waste in order to generate electricity or provide steam or hot water — it can also help significantly in countering the greenhouse effect. Compared with untreated household waste, the residue takes up much less space and is more stable.

We have concluded that incineration plants operating to the new standards are a necessary part of the national waste management strategy."

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FOSSIL FUELS

News Report 9th September 1993

“A three year study involving more than 100 countries has concluded that world supplies of oil and natural gas will be exhausted by the middle of the next century. Coal resources wi11 be substantially used up by the end of the 21st century.

The rapid depletion of fossil fuel resources will result directly from the increased demands of developing countries whose populations are expected to double by the middle of the next century. Even allowing for energy saving programmes and the increased use of alternative sources of power, a reduction in global warming cannot be expected until after 2070".

Don Pickis

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"GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST"

These words, written in large letters outside a high street church, were spoilt when vandals knocked out the "E".

When considering replacement one person said: “Why not leave it as it is: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGH ST.?"

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YES, VIRGINIA. THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS

Silhouette of santa in sleigh

Just prior to Christmas in 1897, the then editor of the New York Sun received a letter from eight-year old Virginia O'Hanlon with a strange request. Her letter simply read: "Papa says, 'If you see it in the SUN, it is so.' Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?”

HERE IS THE IMMORTAL REPLY. It was first published in the New York Sun in December 1897. The editor was Frank Church.

"Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the scepticism of a sceptical age. THEY DO NOT BELIEVE EXCEPT WHAT THEY SEE. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man’s a mere insect in intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the Intelligence capable of grasping the whole truth.

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as LOVE and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were not Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry and no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

“Not to believe in Santa Claus! You Might as well not believe in fairies.

“You get your Papa to hire men to watch all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.

"You tear apart a baby's rattle to see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest men, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view the supernatural beauty beyond. Is it all real? Ah! Virginia, in all the world there is nothing else real and abiding.

"No Santa Claus? Thank God! He lives, and lives for ever. A thousand years from now Virginia; nay, ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. Taken from "The Origins of Christmas"

Nearly 100 years have passed. Think about it.

Peter Jackson

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FOOTPATH WALKS AND PROGRAMME

Starting with that old chestnut, footpath 123 at Hodder Avenue, it looks as though the matter may come to be settled in court. Understandably we cannot go into great detail but rest assured the Civic Trust will act in what it believes to be the public’s best interests.

We have also had word from the Footpaths Officer that the long postponed Definitive Map Review by Rochdale M. B. C. may finally commence in the New Year. Parish Paths Partnership monies may follow on from that.

The winter/spring programme was drawn up at a meeting in October. The Footpaths Group would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The summer programme will be drawn up at a meeting on Tuesday 22nd February 1994 at 8.00pm in Harehill Park Council Offices. Please come along; refreshments are available.

Sunday DECEMBER 12th Meet Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre at 1.45pm
Leader: JOHN HINDLE
Route: Schofield Hall - Doldrum - Tunshi11

Distance 5/6 Miles

Sunday DECEMBER 26th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm
Route: Post Christmas Local Walk

Distance 4/5 Miles

Sunday JANUARY 9th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm
Leader: ROY PRINCE
Route: Stubley Mill Lane - Wuerdle - Ashbrook Hey

Distance 4 Miles

Sunday JANUARY 23rd Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm or Wardle Fold at. 1.45pm
Leader: JOHN HINDLE
Route: Pottery House Lane - Rydings Dam - Clay Clough

Distance 5/6 Miles

Sunday FEBRUARY 6th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm
Leader: Helen Bray
Route: Mytholmroyd Circular

Distance 4/4.5 Miles

Sunday FEBRUARY 20th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm
Leader: JOE TAYLOR
Route: Calderbrook Circular

Distance: 5 Miles

Sunday MARCH 6th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm
Leader: MICHAEL FARRELL
Route: Ealees - Schofield Hall - Humber Farm

Distance 5 Miles

Sunday MARCH 20th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm
Leader: JOHN HINDLE
Route: Lobb Mill - Great House - Rodwell End

Distance 5/6 Miles

Sunday APRIL 3rd Meet Littleborough Square at 2.00pm
Route: Local Walk to be Decided

Sunday APRIL 17th Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm
Leader: MICHAEL FARRELL
Route: Stoodley Pike and Withins Clough

Distance 5 Miles

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COCKCROW AT CHRISTMAS

Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated.
The bird of dawning singeth all night long;

And then, they say, no spirit can walk abroad:
The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike.
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm.
So hallowed and so gracious is the time.

William Shakespeare

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WINDFARMS or MONEY MACHINES?

Picture: wind turbine shredding money

There are 2 proposals which hit the headlines "over the Pennine border” in the last 3 weeks. 1st is a planning application for 1 windfarm of 44 Wind Turbines by Haworth Moor overlooking Hebden Bridge (It wi11 cover an area of more than 600 acres). The 2nd is Lancashire County Council's designation of a 10 MILE stretch of hillside as suitable for wind turbines along the Todmorden border.

National Windpower (owned partly by Taylor Woodrow Construction) have made the planning application and have offered £5,000 a year for community projects - an offer described by Sir Bernard Ingham as "utter bribery".

The Evening Courier states "Anyone fundamentally opposed to the construction of swathes of 100 ft. wind turbines across our dramatically beautiful Pennine landscape will not have their minds changed by ... slick PR and a backhander". But then . . . . it was National Windpower who announced that it would make £ 100,000 available if the scheme for 22 masts at Bryn Titli in Wales went ahead - this was when the planning officer strongly recommended refusal.

The article in the Independent Newspaper states that the landowners receive £2,000 per year rent for each mast - and the Hebden Bridge landowner is reported to possibly gain a rent of £88,000 per annum. FREE CLEAN ENERGY?!

Ovenden Moor Windfarm is now operational and has a capacity of under 10MW. Fiddlers Ferry Power Station, one of approximately 80 power stations has a capacity of 2,OOQMW. We would need over 200 Windfarms the size of Ovenden Moor to generate the power of 1 Fiddlers Ferry.

Wind power is at present costing the British taxpayer 11p per unit - look at your Gas bill - that costs less than 1.5p per unit.

--- STILL FREE, CLEAN ENERGY?? ---

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“To Mr and Mrs Mackay, a son, a bother for Sarah”

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SOMETHING FOR THE CHILDREN TO COLOUR

Drawing: Outline of Santa's face

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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WHY NOT?

Introduce :- A friend, a relation, a neighbour whom you know has an interest in Littleborough, its development within the locality and the surrounding environment, or the area in general; to the Civic Trust. One way you could assist them may be to pass on your copy of the newsletter to them or contact me on 373112 as there are sometimes several copies spare. If not I would be pleased to obtain a copy for you.

Peter Jackson

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We wish to thank the COUNTRYSIDE COMMISSION and the YORKSHIRE BANK PLC for their generous financial assistance which has enabled the Littleborough Civic Trust to obtain reprographic equipment for the production of this newsletter and other printed items.

THE EDITOR AND STAFF WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR THANKS.

1 To all those people who have contributed to this edition of the newsletter.

2 A special thanks to those who assembled and distributed the newsletter.

3. To Mr. K. Parry for the original cover design which we have now commenced reusing.

Editor: Judith Schofield

 

 

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