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Sun 21  May 2017

Out on my bike this evening to call at Withnell Fold to visit Mum's memorial Bench. She was born 101 years ago today and died in 2010
Fri 19  May 2017
Drove to Slaidburn for around 09:30am for the School celebrations for their 300th anniversary.
Slaidburn Primary School, the Brennands Endowed School, was built in 1717 and today they celebrated 300 years of education with an open day. It was opened to the public and a memorial stone seat was unveiled by the youngest pupil and oldest ‘old boy’. It was nice to see the Maypole dancing with no mistakes. It is the same Maypole that has been used for generations of children and some older ex-pupil visitor remembered mistakes being made in the distant past.
The School founder was John Brennand. He was described as 'pious and charitably inclined and minded', leaving £200 in his will for the building of 'a good, firm and substantial new schoolhouse' within one year of his death.

Slaidburn School built 1717

300 year birthday cake

Collage of photos done by the students

Photo of the school

A pupils version

Pupils and staff c1860

Youngest pupil and oldest 'old boy'

Millie and Andrew with the cake

About to unveil the memorial seat

Don't open for 100 years

Burying the Time Capsule

Dancing round the Maypole

St Andrew exterior

St Andrew's interior
Next to the School is the Parish Church of St Andrew Slaidburn. The tower dates from around 1200 and the Norman Font is 1230. The brass Chandelier was hung in 1831
Thu 18  May 2017
The new Chorley Community Edible Garden,
Preston Rd/Preston St, Chorley.

 Wed 17  May 2017

Todays walk was over the Northern Fells of Cumbria near Caldbeck

Lingy Hut

Graffiti on the Lingy Hut wall
Sun 14  May 2017
Went to see the film ‘The Salt of the Earth’ about the work of Sebastião Salgado at the Rheged Imax at Penrith. To see his unbelievable work on the huge screen for 101 minutes was very moving. Every Politician should be required to watch it.

The Imax cinema


The Salt of the Earth

Evening walk along Town Lane

Continued the walk along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Sat 13  May 2017
Enjoyed an afternoon visit to Astley Hall, Chorley to see the Chorley Photographic Society Annual exhibition. The Society is now ranked as one of the best in International Competitions. The exhibition is on to the end of May 2017 but I’ve been told it has been extended, but I don’t know till when.
Astley Hall

War Memorial Galley

War Memorial Galley

An evening walk through

An evening walk through
Fri 12  May 2017

A morning walk via Tairneach, Foss Baryte Mine, Farragon Hill, Scotland

Monument to the 1774 experiment

Bringing out the Barium Sulphate
Thu 11  May 2017

A morning walk over Schiehallion to locate the two observatory locations for Maskellyn's 1774 experiment.

Monument to the 1774 experiment

Morning view from Schiehallion
Wed 10  May 2017
Heading for the Scottish Highlands to do some walking.
Passing through Aberfeldy the photo shows the Black Watch Memorial & General Wade's Bridge over the River Tay in the background. The Black Watch were set up in 1667 by King Charles II. Wade's bridge was started in 1733. Both were needed to maintain peace & control. Scotland - a place of turmoil! Who'd a thewt it?

Bridge over the Tay

Black Watch Memorial & General Wade's Bridge over the River Tay in the background
After earlier cloud the afternoon was no fine. Heading up the hillside of Schiehallion I found the best route I could as there was no footpath to follow. I continued up until I reach the site of Maskellyn’s observatory at an altitude of 642 meters. It was a levelled area about 15 metres long and the remains of a bothy wall and a flat area adjacent. This is where the instruments were set up with a plum line to measure the magnetic deflection caused by the mountains gravitational effect. Instead of returning the same way I decided to follow the stream straight down the hillside until I reach the road. It was then a very pleasant walk back along the road to the car.
Mon 08  May 2017

This evening was the first photographic outing of the year for Chorley Photographic Society. We met at the Rivington Terraced Garden area and I thought I’d photograph the Pigeon Tower with something different in mind. As I’d photographed it so many times I thought I’d use Topaz software to alter things a bit.

The Pigeon Tower before

The Pigeon Tower after Topaz
Sat 06  May 2017
Walked to Chorley then caught bus from Hospital to Bus Station. Then caught the 07:33am train direct to Stockport. I walked to the War Memorial Gallery for the Lancashire Local History Federation Annual General Meeting and several presentations. The history of the nearby Strawberry Studios was the best.
War Memorial Gallery, Stockport 

War Memorial Galley

War Memorial Galley

After the meeting I walked to the site of the Strawberry Studios.
Strawberry Recording Studios 1967 to 1993.
Home to the band 10cc and used by many local bands such as Joy Division, The Stone Roses, The Smiths and also Neil Sedaka and Paul McCartney. Then to visit the underground WW2 Air Raid Shelters where I managed some photos as I’d taken my tripod. Then back to the station to catch 15:47 train back to Chorley then bus home.

Strawberry Recording Studios

Strawberry Studios

WW2 Air Raid Shelters

Air Raid Shelter bult in 1939

Ladies communal loo in the shelter
Tue 02  May 2017
After driving to Tindale, Cumbria I caught the bus to Slaggyford to walk back over the fells. I was the only one on the bus

Empty 680 bus

Empty bus

Slaggyford before closure

Slaggyford being re-built
Mon 01  May 2017
This afternoon was the 18th annual Whittle-le-Woods Duck Race held on Waterhouse Green. There was a fantastic turnout of people and lots of children to enjoy the events, food and games. The two duck races were held along the River Lostock at 2:30pm and the main race at 3:00pm.
River Lostock start line

Finish Line

Waterhouse Green

School Brow Bridge

Waterhouse Green
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