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Sat 25 Jun 2022
It was great to be back on the Manor Road School fields for the 4th annual Clayton-le-Woods Summer Fair on Sat 25th June 2022. There was something for everyone with many stalls and events throughout the day. Unfortunately I couldn't stay for all of them. It was good to see the Police encouraging the children on an early recruitment drive.
Some budding drivers were able to sit in the driving seat of a Tac Ops BMW interceptor pursuit car. An engine from the Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service was also on site for close inspection. Thanks to Clayton-le-Woods Parish Council and everyone who put in the massive amount of work it takes to stage such a large event.  

Wigan Ukulele Club.

An evening walk along Hill Top Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.

Further on the walk I reached the bridge over the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Town Lane and took this photo on infared to bring out the clouds.
Fri 24 Jun 2022

A nice sunny morning view of St John's Church then some rain at mid-day asa I went for a walk by the River Losctock.
Thu 23 Jun 2022
Out on an evening bike ride and stopped on Marsh Lane Brindle to take this photo of the old route of Catherine's Lane that used to link to Sandy Lane before the M65 Motorway obliterated most of it.
Tue 21 Jun 2022
I started today's Summer Solstice and longest day with an early morning bike ride to Denham Hill, Brindle where I was fortunate to see the sunrise on the longest day. At the Denham Hill Ordnance Survey Trig Post the sun rises from behind Pendle Hill 28km (17.3miles) away.
I cycled back to Denham Hill to watch the sun setting into the Irish Sea around 20:45. The masts in the photo are the Inskip Transmitter Station 17 miles away. Inskip is a high frequency transmitter station operated by the Ministry of Defence Communications Service. Before 2003 it was operated by the Royal Navy. The tallest 4 masts are 180m (590ft) high.
Mon 20 Jun 2022

This evening I was cycling home from a Brindle Historical Society meeting and stopped at Denham Hill to watch the sunset. It was rather nice!
Sun 19 Jun 2022
It's fathers day today and I cycled to Pleasington Crematorium late morning to remember Dad at plot H. Some rain in Pleasington. On my way home stopped in Pleasington to photograph the old Fordson tractor.

Plot 'H' Pleasington Crematorium.

Fordson tractor.

Fordson tractor.

Fordson tractor.
Sat 18 Jun 2022

A visit to the Town Barber in Chorley to see Rachel for a haircut.

As Kate Bush is Runnin’ up the Charts to number one I thought I’d dig out my original CD of Hounds of Love that I bought 34 years ago. I even have the original paper ‘Access’ receipt. How sad is that?

Kate Bush

Kate Bush 
Bike ride via Gregson Ln., Brindle. A visit to Arrowsmith House then the Blue Plaque fixed to a wooden fence post that commemorates the WW2, V1 self propelled [Doodlebug] German bomb that dropped nearby on Christmas Eve 24th Dec 1944. No-one was injured except some Chickens and a window blown in at nearby St Joseph's Church.
Arrowsmith House 
Fri 17 Jun 2022

Rain overnight and sat in car first thing for the rain to ease before setting off along the Schiehallion Road to head up towards the Schiehallion North Observatory site. I followed a route I've used before and the first part has the occasional sheep track to follow. Higher up I had to negotiate the best route I could find through the heather until I reached the site where, Nevil Maskelyn, the Astronomer Royal, made his pendulum observations over 7 weeks in 1774. I descended to the north and across a wide valley and a low summit at 400m and a direct route back to my car.

Site of the North Observatory looking east.
Site of the North Observatory looking west.

Schiehallion from a low 400m summit on the descent.
Thu 16 Jun 2022

An early start for my walk up the Boar of Badenoch above the A9 at Pass of Drummochter.

Haircap Moss on the climb.

Bunchberry on the climb.

Mist and drizzle on the summit of Boar of Badenoch 739m

Still cloudy on the descent.

Common Milkwort on the descent.

After the walk a drive to the Schiehallion Road for the night in readiness for tomorrows walk.
Wed 15 Jun 2022

Back in Scotland to do some walking. The first was abovce Dalnaspidal Lodge off the A9.

Penstocks on the Loch Garry outlet.

Heading up the Sow of Atholl.

Shooting butt on the climb.

Summit of the Sow of Atholl, 803m
Tue 14 Jun 2022

Good to ahve brewing facilities at Chorley Historical Society new venue in Astley Village Community Centre.
Mon 13 Jun 2022

Morning visit to Chorley Hospital to give blood sample.

Bike ride via White Coppice and Heapey. This coping is the old school datestone 1826
Sun 12 Jun 2022
Evening walk to Lower Copthurst to see Anne Bould and leave some prints of old views around the area.

Anne Bould's house and covered in ivy is her late fathers workshop.

The same viw around 1965

Anne's living room where Eric's refurbished fireplace used to be.

Eric with the fireplace that used to be in Anne's living room.
Sat 11 Jun 2022
Our Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War memorial is 101 years old today (Sat 11th June 2022). It was unveiled on Sat 11th June 1921. The old photo on the left is from a postcard and shows only one tree in the area. Now it's surrounded by trees, bushes and the memorial garden.

Fri 10 Jun 2022
Brindle Community Hall was filled to capacity this afternoon (Fri 10th June 2022) to hear Sir Lindsay Hoyle give a presentation to the West Pennine Villages U3A group. Sir Lindsay is Chorley’s Member of Parliament and also Speaker of the House of Commons. His presentation was non-political and about his very demanding roll and responsibilities. With around 3,000 employees involved with the House of Commons he is responsible for many things from Security to Catering. He managed to bring the G7 Summit to Chorley last year which was traditionally held in London. Amongst many events he got the Red Arrows to fly over Astley Hall and also a WW2 Spitfire. He is the 158th Speaker, a post that goes back 646years to 1376, and the first Lancastrian to hold the job. A brilliant afternoon was enjoyed by all but as soon as the question session finished he rushed off to Chorley to conduct his MP Surgery duties.
It is also Sir Lindsays 65th Birthday.

Brindle Community Hall

Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, 65 today.
Thu 09 Jun 2022
The old Whittle Surgery on Preston Road is now up for sale.

Whittle Surgery.

Wed 08 Jun 2022

Old gas retort at Summerseat.

Halfway House Cafe.

Halfway House Cafe.
Sun 05 Jun 2022
This afternoon was the Senior Citizens' Jubilee Afternoon Tea in the Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall. The event started at 2:30pm shortly after our guest of honour arrived, The Mayor of Chorley is Councillor Julia Berry. A huge thanks to the organisers for organising this amazing event and we had individually decorated Jubilee cakes thanks to Sally at Whittle Vintage Tearooms and Cafe.

Chorley Mayor Councillor Julia Berry & Whittle’s own Cllr Eric Bell

Lovely cakes 

Current Mayor of Chorley Councillor Julia Berry, Whittle’s own Cllr Eric Bell who was Mayor 20 years ago and Cllr Wendy Mcdonald.

Street Parties on Langdale Grove.

Street Parties on Langdale Grove.
Sat 04 Jun 2022
Events on the Canal Basin play area.


Street Party at Paradise Close.

Called at the War Memorial Garden to photograph
the gate Joe Breen made.


Detail by Joe Breen.

Detail by Joe Breen.

Detail by Joe Breen.
Fri 03 Jun 2022
As part of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations the bells of St John’s, Whittle-le-Woods rang out this morning to join other churches all across the country. A huge thanks to our dedicated team of bellringers.

St John's Band of Ringers.

St John's Band of Ringers 2022.

Our Queen’s 70years Platinum Jubilee celebrations continued at the Roebuck, Whittle-le-Woods.

Waterhouse Green

Roebuck and Flags.

Village Hall.

War Memorial Garden.

Called at Eric's to photograph him with the fireplace that his friend refubished after Eric got it from Anne Bould's father, Harry Nightingale, the undertaker at Lower Copthurst.
Thu 02 Jun 2022
One of the countywide Platinum Jubilee Beacons was lit on Denham Hill, Brindle, Lancs at precisely 21:45. We could see other beacons on the horizon which had also been lit. Some we could see were Hoghton Tower, Rivington Pike and Great Hill.  
Just below the beacon is the Brindle Royal Observer Corps Post bunker which is being restored by the Brindle ROC Post Restoration Group. The team put on a barbeque while the local Brindle St James Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts groups set up and lit the beacon.
Richard de Hamel. 

Barbeque at the R.O.C. Post.

Brindle St James Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts.

Beacon by the trig post on Denham Hill.
Queen Elizabeth II was crowned 69 years ago today in Westminster Abbey on Tue 2nd June 1953. Of all the Coronation photos this is my favourite and was taken by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980).

Queen Elizabeth II
Wed 01 Jun 2022
Late morning cycled to Pleasington Crematorium to the Remembrance Book which was open at Dad’s page. The room has been locked for the last 2 years. Then cycled to Withnell Fold to Mum’s bench and sat down with a picnic lunch I’d made. Cycled home along the canal and Lower Copthurst.  

The Remembrance Room is open at last.

Pleasington Crematorium.

Residents & visitors to Withnell Fold village may have noticed the Women's Institute Notice Board on the gable end of the first terrace. I mention it because it is a lasting legacy to my father who made it & carved the inscription himself. He made it to help my Mother who was the Secretary for the Withnell Fold Women's Institute & needed somewhere to put the notices. Dad died 43 years ago today & he made the noticeboard of oak over 55years ago.

The Notice Board that Dad carved.

Women's Institute Notice Board.
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