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Mon 31 Jul 2023
Rainy cycle ride this morning to see Mum’s entry in the Pleasington Crematorium memorial book. When I got there it was closed and barriered off due to work being done after the fire a few weeks ago. I saw someone inside and asked if I could see the book. A man let me in and turned the pages to 31 July so I could get a photo. Then to plot ‘H’ where Mum and Dad’s ashes are. Then cycled to Withnell Fold and Mum’s memorial bench. I’d planned to have a butty lunch there but it was raining too hard so cycled home and had butties there.

Pleasington Crematorium barriered off.

Mum in 1947.

Plot 'H'

Mum's memorial bench at Withnell Fold.
Sun 30 Jul 2023

The Beano is 85 years old today.
Sat 29 Jul 2023

Started to assemble my new (ish) greenhouse.

Croston's Farm Drive from Lucas Lane.
An evening wander around Lucas Green, Whittle-le-Woods to check on the new housing development by Croston’s Farm.
Fri 28 Jul 2023

Called at Burnley Home Brew to collect ingredients.

Customer Service Award.
Thu 27 Jul 2023

Nuttall Park monument.

Colonel Austin Townsend Porritt (1875 - 1956)

Replica Plaque 2008 (below)
Lt. Col. Porritt (1875-1956) of The Cliffe and Stubbins Vale Mill was a leading public figure and local benefactor. He believed people had a right to enjoy recreational facilities and open spaces.

Tilted Vase bronze 1998, Ramsbottom.
by Edward Allington (1951-2017).

Sun 23 Jul 2023

Lots of rain over the previous days so the River Lostock is rather high.
Fri 21 Jul 2023

It was good to visit the cinema and see a serious film for a change. Just after the 78th anniversary of the first atomic bomb test on Mon 16th July 1945 in New Mexico the film ‘Oppenheimer’ was released. The film covers the development of the bomb test by Robert Oppenheimer, the American physicist and director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II.

He is often credited as the "father of the atomic bomb". Less than a month later on 6th Aug 1945 an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan and 3 days later another detonated over Nagasaki on 9th Aug 1945. The human tragedies of these bombs affected Oppenheimer and he later opposed the development of the much more powerful H-bomb. During the McCarthy persecutions the government stripped him of his job citing his opposition to the hydrogen bomb and purported Communist links. The film covers the 1954 “extraordinary American inquisition” under the name of a security hearing. Despite having served his country during the atomic bomb project at Los Alamos, he was publicly humiliated, condemned as a security risk & stripped of his security clearance. Some of the excellent actors in the film are:
Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Emily Blunt as "Kitty" Oppenheimer.
Tom Conti as Albert Einstein
Matt Damon as General Leslie Groves.
Kenneth Branagh as Niels Bohr.
Gary Oldman as Harry S. Truman.
Rami Malek as David Hill.
and many more.
Mon 17 Jul 2023

New Houses on Factory Lane,Whittle-le-Woods.

Two years ago when the Cheeky Monkeys building was being dismantled.
Sat 08 Jul 2023
Thanks to Derek for pointing out the ruins of Lister Mill now exposed by the low water level of Anglezarke Reservoir, Rivington. The 1849 edition of the Ordnance Survey map shows the buildings before the reservoir flooded the valley. With the old map loaded onto my phone and GPS enabled I was able to confirm the location with the green arrow (see screen print). The foundations of the two rectangular buildings can be seen along with the eastern boundary wall.

Aerial view.

Ground level.


Walking on the map.
Fri 07 Jul 2023

There was a great turnout this morning (Fri 7th July 2023) to formally unveil the new plaque in memory of Thomas Hawksley, Civil Engineer & Architect, who designed and supervised the construction of the Rivington System of Reservoirs and Treatment Plant between 1850 - 1857. It is ideally located on Horrobin Lane, Rivington at the west end of the Rivington Reservoir embankment.

Thomas Hawksley (1807 – 1893). 
 Local Heritage groups were involved along with lots of support from United Utilities. The stone for the plaque is local and was reclaimed from a spillway damaged in the floods of Dec 2015.

Thomas Hawksley (1807 – 1893).

Derek & Paul.

Cutting the tape.

Horrobin Lane, Rivington.

Evening bike ride via The Roundabout.
Wed 05 Jul 2023
Morning drove to Withnell Fold and the Sports Club, Withnell Fold, Chorley PR6 8BA. U3A West Pennine Villages - Withnell Fold Sports Club to give first showing of digitally remastered version of ‘Fine Papermaking at Withnell Fold’ by Kenneth Whitehead.

Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club.

Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club. Showing the film.

Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club.
Mon 03 Jul 2023

Anglezarke reservoir is rather low.
Sat 01 Jul 2023
I spent a few moments at 07:30am this morning (Sat 01st July 2023) at the Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial to remember the 107th anniversary of the first day of the Great War battle of the Somme which commenced at 07:30 on 1st July 1916. The day was the worst in the history of the British Army which suffered 19,240 killed in action on the first day. The battle continued for another 141 days. More than three million men fought on all sides and one million were either wounded or killed, making it one of the deadliest battles in all of human history.

Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial.

Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial.

Evening bike ride to Withnell Fold to take photos of old mill site and also visit the new path constructed on the back fields.

New path on the back fields.

Withnell Fold old Paper Mill
building from
Kenneth Whitehead film in 1963.

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