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Thu 30 May 2024
They are currently doing a lot of ground and verge clearance at Rye Bank on Whins Lane, Wheelton. It was good to see the old milepost cleared of brambles but unfortunately some scrote stole the iron plate over 20 years ago. The old photo was taken in Nov 2002.

Thu 30 May 2024

Nov 2002
Sun 26 May 2024
Today Withnell Fold Sporta & Social Club held a special event on the cricket field to celebrate 120 years of sports in the village. There were events for everyone and it was reassuring to see many children enjoying cricket, tennis and playing with toys made of wood. Not a computer game in sight! The first official cricket match was held in June 1904 on the brand new cricket field that had been provided by Herbert Thomas Parke (1859 - 1917). Herbert Parke was the owner of Withnell Fold Paper Mill which was built by his late father Thomas B. Parke in 1843. Cricket had been played long before 1904 but with no decent ground to play on Mr Parke decided to provide better facilities. Soon after a bowling green was laid and then opened officially in 1912. Around the same time the grass tennis courts were constructed. They were converted to En-Tout-Cas "in all conditions" in 1948. Florence Scott was a Withnell Fold resident born in 1912. She said “In the early days of the tennis courts the ladies of the village used to get through their housework quickly so that they could spend the afternoons playing tennis and it was very amusing to see them trying to play in their long white dresses and hear them shout "Service" at the top of their voices.”

Traditional tennis.

Bryan and the Bowling Green.

Bryan renovated the Bowling Green.

Some original bowles

Withnell Fold Cricket Team 1921.

Ukulele Band

Sat 25 May 2024
Congratulations to Ann-Marie and Edd on your wedding reception, Waterhouse Green, Whittle-le-Woods. A great afternoon of cellebrations with dancing from Stone the Crows and audience participation outside the Roebuck. Plus beer and burgers on the car park.

Stone the Crows.

Tue 21 May 2024

Morning visit to Pleasington Crematorium.

Walking in Scotland, this is the bothy at Badnambiast.
Mon 20 May 2024

Leeds & Liverpool canal.
Wed 08 May 2024
Bob is 12 and needs new shoes about every 6 weeks. Today (Wed 08th May 2024) the blacksmith/farrier fitted him with a new set on Waterhouse Green, Whittle-le-Woods.


Mon 06 May 2024
Today’s May Bank Holiday (Mon 6th May 2024) Whittle le-Woods Duck Race has probably exceeded all previous turn outs and certainly the number of ducks. Our 23rd Duck race was blessed with good weather for the food stalls including burgers, ice cream van, cake stall, face painting and a long queue for the bar at the Roebuck. There was plenty of water in the River Lostock to keep the duck going. The first race at 13:30 was of 100 ducks and the second race at 14:00 was a record 1,200 ducks.

Peter sorting the ducks.

Thanks for saving me the last burger.

Starting the 2nd race.

Thu 02 May 2024
Morning view of sunrise and Mt Everest above the Magar Hotel, Nepal.

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