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Fri 24 Jan 2020

The Whittle-le-Woods and Clayton-le-Woods Parish Club building on Preston Rd. was demolished on Wed 22nd Jan 2020. All that remains is a pile of bricks which will soon be cleared away for the new Medical Centre. The building was opened on 12th October 1912 and the centenary celebrations took place on Fri 12th October 2012.

Digging the foundations. The man on the left by the barrow is Eric Bell's grandfather
Cllr Eric Bell unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion and after the formalities all the guests went inside for dancing and singing by the schoolchildren and infants. The celebratory cake was cut by local resident Dorothy Pickup who was born just 2 days after the club was opened. It was a happy day of celebrations.

All that's left of the club this morning.

This mornng.

The Parish Club.

12 Oct 2012

Eric Bell 12th Oct 2012

12 Oct 2012

Eric Bell 12th Oct 2012

12 Oct 2012

Eric Bell & Dorothy Pickup cutting the cakes.

Volunteers making a garden area by the Chorley Police Station

Thu 23 Jan 2020
While on a Cumbria walk I called to have a look at The Bungalow at the south end of Martindale.
'The Bungalow' was formerly a shooting lodge built in 1910 by Hugh Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale for the visiting German Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941) the eldest grandchild of Queen Victoria. He was the last German Emperor.
It is now available for rent as a holiday let. The building was locked but I was able to see in through some of the windows.

Amazing view from the veranda.

The Bungalow.

Tractor in the shed below.

Tractor in the shed below.

Bungalow interior through the window.

View through the window.

Cairn and Bungalow.
The Dave Spikey gig at Chorley Little Theatre was sold out months ago. I was amazed to see a single ticket pop up on the website so I grabbed it and was able to go and see Dave live. Like me Dave lives in Whittle-le-Woods so he didnít have far to travel. The person who originally bought my ticket couldnít go so they let the theatre know. Thanks to them the seat didnít go to waste.
Dave Spikey.
I was told that sometimes at very busy periods around Christmas some groups buy up blocks of seats and nobody turns up or lets the theatre know. That means people who want to see the show canít because of the thoughtlessness of others.
Wed 22 Jan 2020

Demolition of the Whittle-le-Woods and Clayton-le-Woods Parish Club on Preston Rd. is now almost complete.

Big machine on left is 45tonnes and right 30tonnes.

The Parish Club.

The Parish Club.

22nd Jan 2020

21st Jan 2020

Accrington Brick
Tue 21 Jan 2020

Demolition has started on the Whittle-le-Woods and Clayton-le-Woods Parish Club on Preston Rd.

Whittle-le-Woods &
Clayton-le-Woods Parish Club

The Parish Club this afternoon.

The Parish Club formerly
called the Church Club
Sat 18 Jan 2020

Heading for Warrington to start a cycle ride along the canals etc to Leeds. My first time on a  Avanti train.

Avanti train. Same as Virgin but different colour.

From Forrest Way bridge over the River Mersey.
Thu 16 Jan 2020
Cycled to Penwortham to check out the recently opened bypass. I was disappointed to see that there is no cycle track by the road. It is called John Horrocks Way and opened on Monday 2 December at 10.30am. John Horrocks was born in 1768 and was one of the leading figures in Lancashire's textile industry and owned several mills. He lived in Penwortham and represented Preston as MP. The new name was suggested by Grace Shields and Laura Gillett from Penwortham Girls High School.

John Horrocks Way
Mon 13 Jan 2020

I was treated to a colourful halo around the moon on my morning walk along Kem Mill Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.

Sat 11 Jan 2020
Early afternoon caught the bus to Chorley to visit the new Reel Cinema that opened last Dec. A pleasant interior and comfy seats. I saw the film 1917 which was just OK but had a ludicrous plot line in places and the continuity manager must have been away on a coffee beak for most of the film. I had a dark and rainy walk home.  

Reel Cinema, Chorley.

Wed 08 Jan 2020
After a walk over the fells called in the Old Parish Church of St Martin of Tours Martindale to take a few photos.
Also see my previous report on 14th June 2017.

Tue 07 Jan 2020
Digitising some glass plate negatives via re-photographing them.
T.B. Parke (centre back) and some of his workers at Withnell Fold Paper Mill

Below are Some of the Stocks Reservoir project photos near Slaidburn.
500volt DC generator in the powerhouse driven by a multi-cylinder vertical oil engine of Berdmore (Glasgow) manufacture.
Photo taken 26th Oct 1923.
Delivering milk via Kit (churn) containers to Hollins Village.
28th May 1927.
Sat 04 Jan 2020
Early evening cycled to the Chorley Mormon Temple to see their Christmas lights and take a few photos.

Mormon Temple

Fri 03 Jan 2020
Drove north on M6, M7 and off at Moffat. Then along A701 over Devilís Beef Tub pass. Stopped briefly in laybye on summit and looked down to deep valley below to see the old transit van wreckage that has been there for many years. The incident occurred in Feb 2002 and the story is that the woman driver lost control and plunged to the bottom.

Samye Ling in the rain.
Incredibly she survived with just a broken arm and was able to climb back to the road and get help. Continued driving to Tweedmuir then right and over the Talla Pass to Cappercleuch then left on A708 to the Gordon Arms then right over B709 to join the B709 and right towards Eskdalemuir. Stopped briefly to have sandwich lunch.  
Continued over the pass and slowed at the Seismological Station building but no cars there. Then to the Samye Ling Monastery for a quick look. The cafť was close but the shop open. Thankfully the scaffolding on the main building was gone. The Eskdalemuir Hub cafť was closed so continued to Langholm A7 and back to M6.  

In the shop

Wed 01 Jan 2020
After an overnight camp above the Corridor Route by Great End, Cumbria the overnight cloud cleared enough to get some photos.

My first camp of the year with Great Gable in the background.

Early mist cleared for a while and I was able to see down towards Wastwater and Lingmell ahead.

After driving home from Cumbria and calling in Chorley I drove home via Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods and was fortunate to see this view of the setting sun behind the Mormon Temple.
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