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Mon 31  Jul 2017

Cycled to Pleasington Crematorium to look at the Memorial Book which is open at the 31st Aug. Mum's name is there as she died 7 years ago today

Pleasington Crematoruim

Evening walked to Mum's Memorial Bench at Withnell Fold
Sun 30  Jul 2017

Evening view from Denham Hill looking west to the Ribble Estuary

Evening cycle ride to Denahm Hill then a steep push up though the undergrowth.

Denham Hill trig post and my bike

The Memorial Arch at Astley Park

The Memorial Arch in 1924
Sat 29  Jul 2017
This year is the 3rd Chorley Flower Show in Astley Park and Hall and is the biggest and best so far. Iíve never seen so many display, lecture and events tents. The floating green bridge across the pond is back and gives a very interesting walk to the Hall entrance as it sways from side to side. I think the entrance charge of £9/adult is worth it because there is a full dayís entertainment.

Astley Hall

The temporary floating bridge across the lake

Toffee Vodka. Not sure about that!

In Astley Hall

Chorleyís M.P. Lindsay Hoyle has just had some chain saw training. He may have a Parliamentary reorganisation in mind.

Dani Boyd gets 2nd & 3rd in her arrangement category



Software dirivative from the image on the left
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Thanks to the organisers who arranged for the mobile 6m climbing wall to be erected on the Polo Park by the Millstone Monument, Whittle-le-Woods. It was great for the young and not so young to test their climbing skills and strength. The youngsters really enjoyed themselves and some showed excellent climbing techniques. Congratulations to Wendy for trying several times then completing an epic climb and summiting the south face of the wall.
Wendy McDonnald
Kennet this evening

Kennet 16th July 2016
On my evening walk I saw the Kennet Barge moored on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Whittle Springs. The last times I saw her she was moored at the Top Lock one year ago in July 2016. Kennet is owned by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society who acquired ownership in March 2011. She is a river class, cargo carrying Leeds & Liverpool Canal Short Boat built for Canal Transport Limited in 1947 by Yarwoods of Northwich. She is now 70 years old. Her engine is a Lister 3JPM water cooled diesel engine. She carried cargo on the canal until 1960 and then used for canal maintenance. The Society's aim is to conserve, restore and maintain KENNET enabling her to continue as an Interactive Museum travelling the 127 miles of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal taking heritage and learning to local communities.
Thu 27  Jul 2017
Out for a cycle ride via Wigan & Ashurst's Beacon. The beacon tower was built in 1798 by Sir William Ashurst. It was built as a watch tower to warn of a French invasion in the lead up to the Napoleonic War.
Ashurst Hill takes its name from a 17th century family who owned the site, one of whom became High Sheriff of Lancashire. It was the site of an ancient beacon.

Ashurst's Beacon
The land including the beacon was acquired by Thomas Meadows, editor of the Wigan Observer, during the 1920s. He restored the structure twice at his own expense. The beacon and the surrounding 17 acres were donated to Wigan Corporation in December 1962 by his widow Florence. Mr Meadows had, she said, always intended to hand over the land on condition that it remained a public park and was not built upon. At the time of the donation the Corporation promised not to use the site for slum clearance or as part of the proposed new town of Skelmersdale. A plaque commemorating the donation was added in 1966, shortly after the death of Mrs Meadows.

Plaque: Presented to the Corporation of Wigan on 12 December, 1962, by Mrs. Sophia Florence Meadows, in memory of her husband, Thomas Meadows, journalist (1877-1956), whose desire it was that this land should remain for ever a beauty spot for the enjoyment of the people of Wigan.

The plaque
Wed 26  Jul 2017
Son Steve came round for his tea. This is what we  had.

Tue 25  Jul 2017

Crummock Water, Cumbria
Sun 23  Jul 2017
I love meeting interesting people when out on my walks and this eveningís walk through Whittle-le-Woods was a special treat. Walking along the canal at Johnsonís Hillock locks I stopped to talk to two walkers who had camped on their way to Leeds. They asked me if they were on the right track as the old Lancaster canal was nearby and they wanted to check if they were walking the right way. I told them they were and they told me they had been walking for many weeks though Wales and into Lancashire on the way to Yorkshire & Leeds. Thanks to Karen and Tom for a lovely chat.
Karen & Tom
Afternoon out for bike ride via Hoghton to Potter Lane where I wanted to check on the footbridge over the River Darwen AS I havenít been for years. Cycled down Potter Lane OK then to where footpath starts.
Construction works ahead and found the footbridge had been replaced but not finished and path closed. Managed to lift bike over the barriers and continue up Carver brow and Coupe Green.

New bridge over the River Darwen
Sat 22  Jul 2017
Nearly gone but not forgotten.
The former St Jamesís Church Institute, Eaves Ln., Chorley is being demolished but I thought some of its history may be of interest. A trawl through the newspaper archives has revealed the following information.
Lancashire Evening Post 11 Dec 1901.
A Church Bazaar was held to raise funds towards the cost of building an institute for the young men and women of St James's parish Chorley. It was held in St James's Old School Eaves Lane. Arrangements were being made to secure a 999 year lease of land at an annual rent of £14 from the owner who was Miss Crosse.
The building went ahead and was completed in 1904.
The Preston Herald reported on 20th Aug 1904.
St James's Church Institute. On Saturday afternoon two memorial stones were laid in connection with the erection of the new Institute of St James's parish.
A procession of scholars, with the vicar, the Rev F.J. Owen, and curate, the Boys' brigade, led by the Artillery band, paraded the parish, afterwards assembling at the site in Eaves Lane.
The ceremony was preceded by a religious service conducted by the vicar.
Miss Crosse of Shaw Hill, was presented with a silver trowel by Miss Meakin, on behalf of the Young Women's Friendly Society, and she duly laid the stone.
Mr J.H. Gillett, J.P., was then presented with a silver trowel and mallet by Mr J.W. Pollard, with which he laid the stone of the young men's section. A vote of thanks was also accorded him.
Afterwards tea was provided in a tent, and a pleasant evening was spent in dancing.
The bowling green followed.
Lancashire Evening Post Mon 10 July 1905
St James's Church Institute, Chorley.
Tenders are invited for the Formation and Laying of Bowling Green at the above Institute - Plan may be seen and specification of work obtained on application to Mr W M Sandham 210, Eaves lane, Chorley.

St James's Club today

St James's Club Mar 2015

St James's Club today

St James's Club Mar 2015

One year ago this was over the front door. Now its gone.

On the floor and broken this afternoon

Memorial stone laid by J.H.Gillett August 13th 1904, a local millowner

Memorial stone laid by Miss Crosse of Shaw Hill August 13th 1904

Very heavy rain storm in Whittle-le-Woods early evening.

Chorley Old Rd., Whittle-le-Woods
Fri 21  Jul 2017
At 11am met 18 members of the Formby U3A Local History group on the Withnell Fold square to take them on a guided history walk around Withnell Fold Village and the site of the Paper Mill that closed in 1967.

Thu 20  Jul 2017
The completed retaining wall by the tennis courts was re-built in May 2016
The far end of the wall in May 2016
Withnell Fold
Withnell Fold tennis court being re-surfaced today
The tennis court in May 2016

This afternoons view of St
St James's Church Institute, Eaves Ln., Chorley being demolished

St James's Church Institute one year ago in July 2016

One year ago this was over the front door. Now its gone.
Tue 18  Jul 2017
With plenty of midges around I had to use my hat and net while setting off to walk around and over Schiehallion, Scotland.

Mon 17  Jul 2017
I visited Dunalastair House, Perth & Kinross. It was built in 1852 and has a date stone of 1858. It was vacated in 1952 after being used to house Polish refugees. The house in now roofless and ruinous but the external stonework is in excellent condition. I spoke to a local man who was tending beehives nearby and he told me of playing inside when as a young boy.
One of the front rooms had the remains of a grand piano crumbling away on the floor.
It must have been amazing when the roof was on.

Sun 16  Jul 2017
This weekend the ĎBare Bonesí exhibition started in the Astley Hall Art Gallery, Chorley. It has been developed by natural history exhibition specialists Blue Tokay and Bare Bones features a variety of skeletons ranging from animals like meerkats, dogs and lizards. It was nice to see so many children visiting and all were fascinated by the exhibits and various activities associated with them. It is on until Sep 2017 and definitely worth a visit especially for children.
Astley Hall

Astley Hall


Preston Rd A6 & St John's Church

Lion Skull

Gorilla Skull

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The Ironman UK triathlon returns and the athletes have already completed a 2.4mile swim. Shortly after 7am they started their 112mile bike ride which covers a 2 lap circuit which passes through Whittle-le-Woods twice. After that they will run a marathon of 26.2 miles.

The first rider through on Birchin Ln
 just after 8am

Birchin Lane, Whittle-le-Woods

The first lady cyclist throgh was Diana Riesler she finished 2nd.

Preston Rd A6 & St John's Church

Preston Rd A6 and The Bay Horse
Sat 15  Jul 2017
Drove to Goodshaw Chapel, Rossendale to meet Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society members for tour of chapel. CHAS member John organised it and local guide Harry told us about the history of the Chapel.
After lunch we had a walk around the old settlement of Gambleside.

Goodshaw Chapel, Rossendale

Goodshaw Chapel interior

Goodshaw Chapel interior

Goodshaw Chapel pews

Goodshaw Chapel1880

Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society members
at the open air Baptistry

From the ruins of Gambeside to Clowbridge Reservoir
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Thomas Hawksley (1807 - 1897) was the Clowbridge Reservoir Engineer. He also worked on the Rivington / Anglezarke Reservoirs for Liverpool Corporation.
Fri 14  Jul 2017
Family and friends gathered at Withnell Fold Chapel to say goodbye to Margery Searby (1st May 1926 Ė 23 Jun 2017). Margery lived in Withnell Fold village and remained in the village when her husband Jack died. Jackís funeral was also at the chapel on 17 Nov 2008. Daughter Pamela read from Corinthians and son John presented the Eulogy. We then went to Pleasington for the cremation.
Margery Searby c1950

Margery leaves Withnell Fold for the last time

Withnell Fold Chapel

Pleasington Crematorium

Family and friends gather at Withnell Fold Chapel
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Morning visit to Slaidburn.
The Hark to Bounty Inn

The Hark to Bounty c1910 from a glass lanternslide 
Thu 13  Jul 2017
Remembering Tom Simpson (1937 - 13 July 1967)
Who died 50 years ago today. Britainís first World Champion Cyclist died in the Tour de France while climbing Mont Ventoux, the thirteenth stage on 13 July 1967.
On Fri 15 Feb 2013 I cycled through Tom Simpson's home town of Harworth. I called at the cemetery to visit his grave and pay my respects.

Tom Simpson
(1937 - 13 July 1967)

The grave of Tom Simpson
Tue 11  Jul 2017
A day trip the Community Archives & Heritage Group Annual Conference at UCL (University College London) in London. On-line check before I left to drive to Manchester Piccadilly Rail Station showed parts of M60 & M602 closed due to Police incident. Good job it was early as I had to drive through Manchester centre to reach the car park.
From the train
The 7am train left on time but there was a hold up at Milton Keynes area due to another incident which turned out to be a suicide.
Although arriving in London 20mins late I was in plenty of time for the conference. The morning sessions were excellent but the afternoon less so. The 16:00 train home was on time but the traffic out of Manchester took almost one and a half hours to get home. It should have taken 30mins.

Euston Railway Station

UCL Lecture theatre
Sun 09  Jul 2017

Enjoyed an afternoon walk to Withnell Fold to watch the Withnell Fold Cricket Club International XI - vs - North West Allstars, T-20 Challenge Cricket Match.
As a young lad I used to watch the cricket on a Saturday afternoon but never understood the game. However, I was given pocket money to buy a bottle of pop and packet of crisps so that was my incentive. I still donít understand the game but everyone else seemed to. The facilities have moved on considerably with a barbeque, ice cream van, teas, sandwiches and an excellent bar. I didnít understand the need for a loud sound system blasting clips of music out whenever the play stopped. I suppose thatís me being a grumpy old sod.




The old Bowling Green is now a car park.
Sat 08  Jul 2017
When King James Ist of England visited Hoghton Tower in 1617 it was a hot and sunny weekend. This weekend 8/9th July 2017 he returned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his first visit and brought the sunshine back with him. The King and his attendants were welcomed by many in period costumes making the whole event feel like time travel back 400 years.
The actual 1617 visit dates were:
Fri 15 Aug 1617 to Preston & Civic Banquet then "and soe away to Houghton: there a speche made."
Sat 16 Aug 1617 at Hoghton doing a lot of hunting.
Sun 17 Aug 1617 at Hoghton with a lot of dining, noblemen, knights, speeches & dancing.
This was also the day of the huge banquet. The details of the menu survive.
Mon 18 Aug 1617 around 12 noon the King left for Lathome.
So Hoghton is celebrating a month early.
James was the only son of Mary Queen of Scots and came to the English throne in 1603 after the death of Elizabeth I. He was also James VI of Scotland.
He survived the gunpowder plot of Nov 1605 and ruled until his death in 1625.

The King returns to Hoghton Tower after 400 years

The reception

The King returns to Hoghton Tower with attendants

Painting of the visit of King James I to Hoghton Tower
in 1617 by George Cattermole

After visiting Hoghton Tower I called at the Hoghton Book Fair in the Village Hall
I was blessed with sunshine for the Stones and Roses open garden day at White Coppice. Thanks to Raymond and Linda for opening their garden and organising the event.

Raymond Smith,
owner of Stones & Roses Garden Design 

White Coppice

Linda's vegetable garden was built using the last remaining cobbles from the White Coppice Cotton Mill. Raymondís Grandmother would have walked on them as she worked there. 3000 were used to build the garden.
Thu 06  Jul 2017

A morning visit to Haworth for a look at the Parsonage which was built between 1778 and 1779 and home of the Bronte family. It is now the BrontŽ Parsonage Museum.

The Haworth Parsonage

Parish Church of St Michael
Then a look in the Parish Church of St Michael which was re-built between 1879 and 1881. Below the floor are buried Emily Jane Bronte who died 19 Dec 1848 and Charlotte Bronte who died 1855.

Parish Church of St Michael, Haworth.
Wed 05  Jul 2017
This evening at Wigan Archaeological Society for a fascinating talk by Caroline Heaven about pewter made in Wigan.

Tue 04  Jul 2017

Seen in Asda.
Beatles for Sale in vinyl

The gatehouse to Astley off Southport Rd

Chorley Market has moved to the streets while the Flat Iron is being developed

The Chorley Preston Road edible garden is coming on nicely
Mon 03  Jul 2017
Morning caught 09:36 bus to Chorley then train to Manchester (£6.10 return) to have a look round Piccadilly area for parking options.
Rochdale Canal in Manchester City centre 

Artist finishing off her painting near Manchester Piccadilly Rail Station 

An  evening walk to Astley Park  for the Chorley Photographic Society model shoot.
Two others models were supposed to come but didn't turn up.

Many thanks to our lovely model Janette Cheng.

Janette Cheng
Sun 02  Jul 2017
A lovely sunny Sunday evening walk along the old canal by the car park off Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.

Sat 01  Jul 2017
Had a short morning walk to the Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial to spend a few minutes at 07:30am remembering those who fought and died at the WW1 Battle of the Somme which started at 07:30am 1916, 101 years ago.  

Fantastic stage 1 of the Tour de France.
The fastest time in the individual time trail was Geraint Thomas.
The first Welshman to wear the Yellow Jersey.

The official opening of the Masons Arms Chorley was 4pm this afternoon. I walked there for 7pm and enjoyed a few pints of good beer at the right price. My drinks were £3.90/pint. Nick is the new Landlord & Dean was serving behind the bar. It was good to see so many people there for the first night.

Masons Arms
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