Friday, 23 March 2018

Photos, Postcards, Snippets, Occasional Notices etc (archived after one week...... ish!)






Now that it has been confirmed that Helmshore Textile Museum is to re-open next month we would like your help. Haslingden Roots and Haslingden Old and New have agreed to help the Museum to try and find people who worked there who could share stories and pictures about life in the Mill when it was in production. We have already supplied lots of details we hold and we are now looking for the more personal stories of the workers. If you can help please let us know and let's get this bit of our history documented before it's too late. This picture shows workers from Middle Mill a long time ago. Don't you just wish we could interview them today !!


Top of Pleasant Street
Thanks to Chris Kirby for sharing with us

Bottom of Pleasant Street
Thanks to Chris Kirby for sharing with us

Station Hotel by Jon Hassell (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared to us by Mark Lyons



Currently being offered on Ebay - taken outside of Public Hall (Click over to enlarge)


Currently being offered for sale on Ebay.  I can recognize a couple of these gentlemen from photos we have in the archive from Mr. Worsleys, Carter Place Hall. 


Peel Tower, Holcombe by Liz Taylor
(liz.taylor157@gmail.com)


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Notes on Haslingden Swimming Baths - thanks to Marie Ives for kindly sharing with us  (29th March 2018) I will shortly add these notes to the new Swimming Blog:

When the baths were opened in 1936 my dad was unemployed and had time on his hands, so he attended the baths over the following months and taught himself to swim.  In later years when my brother, myself and cousin Bryan were old enough he took us along to the baths, we got used to the water but we couldn't swim, so we were made members of the swimming club.  We also went with school groups once a week, in the last year or two at St. James.  Our teacher at these sessions was Mrs. Doris Redmond and she was as I remember very strict with us.  When you had swum a length you were given a small black and white piece of tape for Mum to sew on your costume so that everyone knew you could swim.  I preferred going to the Swimming Club on Thursday evening where there was a more relaxed feeling.  Dad always went with us and had a swim later on, he wore a proper swimming costume with muscle back spaces at the back, it was navy blue.  When the club was doing well in the league a year or two later, he bought a pair of the teams green and white cotton trunks.

There was always a lot of children there from Rawtenstall, as there was no swimming pool there.  The pool was open until 8 o'clock on some nights and was always full of lots of children.  Most of my friends could swim and we always enjoyed going to the baths.  If I remember rightly at that time the entrance fee was 2d for a child and 4d for an adult, and it costs 1d to borrow a towel.  If you won a race at the annual gala you maybe the luck winner of a 6 month contract that enabled you to get in free.

We played teams from other towns on a regular basis, as well as going to these towns to play a return match.  We went to Burnley, Blackburn, Preston, Lancaster as well as others.  We went to Blackpool Cocker Street baths and I always remember this as the water was saltwater.  When we had done our swim we didn't stay to cheer our men on in the polo match, we always went off to find the nearest chip shop.  The coaches we went on were nearly always George Hoyle's and we always had a sing song on the way home.

The schoolboys medley race was always the first event, one boy swimming 50 yards breaststroke, crawl, backcrawl and then the last one 100 yards crawl.  Next came the ladies 50 yards breaststroke, then 50 yards crawl, 50 yards backcrawl and 100 yards front crawl.  The men followed with the same races.  Then the ladies and men's squadron races, Then came a short interval before the polo match.
Some of the people I remember from the boys races are Eric and Steven Moden, Sean White, Colin Wallwork, Peter Jenkins, Alec Fearfull, Harry Moore, Gordon Barnes, Bryan Gudgeon (cousin), Ralph Clark (brother).  The men I remember are - Norbert Honey, Tom and Jim McIntyre, Tony O'Connor, Robin Touhey, Jack Warburton, Jimmy Dunne, Richard Barlow, Jack Ashton, Albert Holden and Gerard Conboy and other ones I have forgotton - sorry!  My memories of the ladies and girls - the Hayman sisters, Gladys Dunne (later Touhey), Florence Green, Gillian Bowman, Angela Honey, Moya White,  N.McIntyre, Pat Lythe, Audrey Byers, Winifred Nelson, Molly McGarrigan and many names I cannot remember - sorry.

When it was the Annual Gala usually September or October there was always a fun session when the men dressed in silly clothes and jumped off the high boards and made big splashes, and there was a Mills and Workshops race as well.

I have a battered programme for the 10th Annual Gala - 1951, price threepence, I can try to copy it if you want one Bryan, let me know.  I also have the original committee picture that I lent to the RFP some years ago, that is on facebook, as well as my Dad holding his prize that he won for the verans race (this is in one of Chris Aspin's books)  I also have a photo of my sister Jeanne and her swimming team with trophy, I think this must be an early one as she only looks about 10 or so, they must have gone to the pool as soon as it was opened, as she was born in 1927, she would be about 9 or so when it opened and I wasn't even born - shshsh!  This picture is a bit blurred, but if you wana copy I will do my best.  The people on it are also named on the back.  I have just found four of dad's membership cards and with committee details if you are interested let me know and I'll pass them on.

Signed: Marie Ives

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Haslingden Sport - SWIMMING















Haslingden Swimming Club Committee 1949 (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly: shared by Chris Kirby


 Haslingden Swimming Club 1940s (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared by Chris Kirby


Mrs. Ellen Barker who worked at the Baths for 31 years
Kindly shared by Chris Kirby





The above is a Swimming Club 1938 Spring Gala Programme kindly shared to us by Chris Kirby. Please click over individual page to enlarge
Also Chris notes:
I see a few Arts Club people were also involved in the Swimming Club! 
My grandmother, Mrs E M White was on the committee which explains why my mother, Alice, was a good swimmer. 
Also my cousin Tim's grandfather, the photographer Arthur Constantine - which explains why Tim mother, Edna, was also a first class swimmer. 

Also note the guest appearance of Miss Sunny Lowrie who swam the English channel in 1933. She took over 15 hours - with 5 of those hours being taken up for the last mile to St Margaret's Bay, South Foreland, Kent.

I've just noticed, the handwriting on the front page of the Swimming Gala programme is Miss Sunny Lowrie's autograph! "Swimmingly yours, Sunny Lowrie", it says. She was later awarded an MBE. Here's an article about the swim, as reported in Australian newspaper - 
The Townsville Daily Bulletin on August 31 1933. I can imagine that the guest appearance of Sunny Lowrie was quite a coup for Haslingden Swimming Club in 1938.







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Notes on Haslingden Swimming Baths - thanks to Marie Ives for kindly sharing with us  (29th March 2018) I will shortly add these notes to the new Swimming Blog:

When the baths were opened in 1936 my dad was unemployed and had time on his hands, so he attended the baths over the following months and taught himself to swim.  In later years when my brother, myself and cousin Bryan were old enough he took us along to the baths, we got used to the water but we couldn't swim, so we were made members of the swimming club.  We also went with school groups once a week, in the last year or two at St. James.  Our teacher at these sessions was Mrs. Doris Redmond and she was as I remember very strict with us.  When you had swum a length you were given a small black and white piece of tape for Mum to sew on your costume so that everyone knew you could swim.  I preferred going to the Swimming Club on Thursday evening where there was a more relaxed feeling.  Dad always went with us and had a swim later on, he wore a proper swimming costume with muscle back spaces at the back, it was navy blue.  When the club was doing well in the league a year or two later, he bought a pair of the teams green and white cotton trunks.

There was always a lot of children there from Rawtenstall, as there was no swimming pool there.  The pool was open until 8 o'clock on some nights and was always full of lots of children.  Most of my friends could swim and we always enjoyed going to the baths.  If I remember rightly at that time the entrance fee was 2d for a child and 4d for an adult, and it costs 1d to borrow a towel.  If you won a race at the annual gala you maybe the luck winner of a 6 month contract that enabled you to get in free.

We played teams from other towns on a regular basis, as well as going to these towns to play a return match.  We went to Burnley, Blackburn, Preston, Lancaster as well as others.  We went to Blackpool Cocker Street baths and I always remember this as the water was saltwater.  When we had done our swim we didn't stay to cheer our men on in the polo match, we always went off to find the nearest chip shop.  The coaches we went on were nearly always George Hoyle's and we always had a sing song on the way home.

The schoolboys medley race was always the first event, one boy swimming 50 yards breaststroke, crawl, backcrawl and then the last one 100 yards crawl.  Next came the ladies 50 yards breaststroke, then 50 yards crawl, 50 yards backcrawl and 100 yards front crawl.  The men followed with the same races.  Then the ladies and men's squadron races, Then came a short interval before the polo match.
Some of the people I remember from the boys races are Eric and Steven Moden, Sean White, Colin Wallwork, Peter Jenkins, Alec Fearfull, Harry Moore, Gordon Barnes, Bryan Gudgeon (cousin), Ralph Clark (brother).  The men I remember are - Norbert Honey, Tom and Jim McIntyre, Tony O'Connor, Robin Touhey, Jack Warburton, Jimmy Dunne, Richard Barlow, Jack Ashton, Albert Holden and Gerard Conboy and other ones I have forgotton - sorry!  My memories of the ladies and girls - the Hayman sisters, Gladys Dunne (later Touhey), Florence Green, Gillian Bowman, Angela Honey, Moya White,  N.McIntyre, Pat Lythe, Audrey Byers, Winifred Nelson, Molly McGarrigan and many names I cannot remember - sorry.

When it was the Annual Gala usually September or October there was always a fun session when the men dressed in silly clothes and jumped off the high boards and made big splashes, and there was a Mills and Workshops race as well.

I have a battered programme for the 10th Annual Gala - 1951, price threepence, I can try to copy it if you want one Bryan, let me know.  I also have the original committee picture that I lent to the RFP some years ago, that is on facebook, as well as my Dad holding his prize that he won for the verans race (this is in one of Chris Aspin's books)  I also have a photo of my sister Jeanne and her swimming team with trophy, I think this must be an early one as she only looks about 10 or so, they must have gone to the pool as soon as it was opened, as she was born in 1927, she would be about 9 or so when it opened and I wasn't even born - shshsh!  This picture is a bit blurred, but if you wana copy I will do my best.  The people on it are also named on the back.  I have just found four of dad's membership cards and with committee details if you are interested let me know and I'll pass them on.

Signed: Marie Ives

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CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING SHORT FILM: (MAKE SURE YOU TAKE THE RED SCROLL BAR BACK TO THE FAR LEFT FOR START) Because if you don't you will miss "Streety"




Friday, 16 February 2018

Haslingden Labour Party



Haslingden Labour Party Members - possibly the nomination party for Donald Valentine to become the Mayor of Haslingden.

Names offered: Donald Valentine, Joyce Valentine and Jeffrey Valentine, Steven Barnes, Mary Harrison, Doris Barnes, Steven Barnes, Mrs. Hamilton, Jack Farrelly, Mr and Mrs. Keefe, Denis Keefe, Margaret Clegg, Sam Ogden, Mrs. Waddington, John Quinlan, John Mullaney, Margaret Lloyd, Eric Lamb, Margaret Lamb, David Coupe, Gerrard Hatton, Mr. McGuire.

Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

Rossendale Young Socialists Dance

Names offered: Dane Swindells, Marilyn Zebrowski (nee Heys), Teresa Carr (neck band), Patricia Swindels (looking left),  Pam Stevenson, Pat Durkin, Ingrid Bentley
Photo: Thanks to Peter Fisher



Monday, 12 February 2018

Haslingden Soroptomist




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Kindly contributed to us by Clifford Hargreaves and will also be filed under Soroptomist. 


Haslingden Soroptomist handing cheque over to Rossendale Hospice
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher

Front: Seated Jim Watts (Hospice Representative),Joan Lords (handing over cheque)
Rear: Lucy Haworth, Mary Nuttall, Edna Egerton, Doris Lewer, Caroline Wolstenholme,Vera Schofield, Pat Fisher, Jean Hamer, Mary Ashman

(NOW ARCHIVED UNDER HASLINGDEN SOROPTOMIST)

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Haslingden Sport - BOWLS




Untitled Bowls Competition - Worsley Park and Con Club photo:
probably held at the Memorial Gardens bowling greens

Colin Fletcher, Raymond Clegg,?,?, Mr. Fisher, Leslie Wroe,?,?,Leonard Riley, Arthur Cunliffe, Mr. Wilkinson, George Heys, ?, Jack Haworth and his son Stephen in front of him, ?,?.
Front Bowling: Jack Yates
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Haslingden Sport - BOXING, WRESTLING, JUDO AND MARTIAL ARTS ETC



Haslingden "Kung Fu" Class




 Ken Halstead and boxing friends
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher
(Archived under Haslingden Sport - BOXING)

Ken Halstead with his trophies for Boxing
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher
(Archived under Haslingden Sport - BOXING)

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Haslingden Sport - Pigeon Fanciers and Pigeon Racing etc






Haslingden Borough Flying Club (Pigeon racing) Cup presentation Event

from L to R: Danny and Mary Weston, June and Jack Duckworth (RIP), Joe Haworth, Frank Ashworth, Joe Atherton, Bill Hodgkinson, Gordon Lyth with the young chaps at the front Ian Duckworth and Leon Harris
The Club were based at the Regent Hotel, Regent Street
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher

Haslingden and Helmshore British Legion






Haslingden Royal British Legion Officials with old and new standards
Contributed names include: Albert Woods, Joe Manning, Jimmy Barker, Donald Butterworth and George Rawcliffe.
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher.

British Legion Flag Bearers
includes 2nd and 3rd from left Mr. Norman Knight and Mr. Healey
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

  Haslingden Royal British Legion contingent on Armistice
passing Greenfield Street on way to Memorial Gardens
Includes: Tommy Caine, George Rawcliffe, Jack Hilton, George Gillam, Frank Jackson, Tom Jopson, Frank ?, Billy McGee, David Parr,Geoff Kershaw.
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher

Helmshore Royal British Legion Committee (Click over to enlarge)
Back row from l t r: Alan Woods, Mick Burrell, John Bedford
Middle row from l to r: Brian Kirk, John Pyrah, Steve Nuttall, Benny Thorpe.
Front Row l to r: Jack Davies, Jean Haslam (RIP), John Gray, Caroline Harrowell, Sue Anderson.

Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher

Haslingden Sport - Darts and Dominoes



Darts Event - Could be Forresters!
Arthur Sedgewick (RIP), Colin Nuttall, Roy ?, Bob Warburton (front), Mick Machell (RIP) in front of board, Franny Doody, Dave McGinty, ?


Haslingden and Helmshore Darts Presentation
L to R: Ernie Walton, Norman Thompson, ?, ?, Peter Gavin, ?,?,Colin Fletcher, Eddie Duckworth, Richard Holden, Taffy Jones, Colin Nuttall, ?, Aiden Kenyon
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher


Helmshore Royal British Legion "A" Darts Team Champions (Click over to enlarge)
Back L to R: Billy Bentley, Charlie Robinson, Richard Holden, John Bill Horrocks, John Molineaux (steward)
Front L to R: Dave Malvern, Arthur Taffy Jones (with cup) and Mick Berry
Photo: thanks to Peter Fisher for sharing


Clarence Hotel Darts Team (Click over to enlarge)
L to R: David Hollindrake, Trevor Bowes, Sam Blakeley, George Peel, Bruce Johnson, Bob Torrance, ?,?, Harry Gorton, ?.
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher
ARCHIVED UNDER HASLINGDEN SPORT - DARTS


Bridge Inn, Ewood Bridge Darts Team (Click over to enlarge)
from L to R: Jim Pilling (with pipe), Tommy Rowe, Michael Murnagh, Colin Bottoms, Fred Barker, John Castley, David Murnagh, ?, ?, Colin Slack.
Photo: Thanks to Peter Fisher for sharing with us


Haslingden Darts Presentation photo
L to R: Syd (wrestler - Griffin), ?, Mick Machell (RIP), Dave Harrison, Joe Armer and Malcolm Durham.
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher


Haslingden and Helmshore Darts League Individual and pairs KO
Back: Walter Lythegoe, Derek Elsen (RIP), Colin Slack, Jeff King, Colin Fletcher, Sid (glasses on - wrestler - Griffin), Tommy O'Reilly, Dave Cronshaw, Bob Lewis, Chris Doody.
Front: ?, Terry Cole, Keith Entwistle, Eddie Duckworth
Photo: Shared by Peter Fisher.
ARCHIVED UNDER BOTH DARTS AND PHOTOS


Haslingden Darts Competition Finals held at the Haslingden W.M.C.
L to R: Peter Heyworth, Bob Lewis, Ray (from Accrington), Arthur Sedgewick, John Castley, Alan Collinson, Mick Machell (RIP), Billy Whitcombe, Digger, Tony Morley, 

Jim Pilling at back, John Pritchard, Steve Gordon, John Bedford
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher




Untitled "Darts" photo
Thought to be Griffin - Hud Rake
shows: back: Ernie Walton, Frank Steele, and Colin Holden (Landlord)
Front: Francis Holden (Landlady), Squadron Leader Dew-Parry, ?, Sid (wrestler), Miss Patton

Now ARCHIVED UNDER DARTS



Haslingden Sport - Snooker, Billiards and Pool





A Haslingden Pool Event (Click over to enlarge)
from L to R: Sean Moden, John Farrer (RIP), ?, Noel Hughes (Landlord of Thorn), ?, John Flynn, Lee Janusz, John Castley, Mick McKenna.


Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher. 







Commercial Pool Team around the 1980 - photo taken in Pool room at Foresters
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher
L to R: Raymond Halstead, Martin Morley, Paul Lee, Paul Jackson (centre front), Paul Bottoms, Kenny Halstead, Steve Parkinson (RIP)

Rossendale Rosebowl Snooker Event organised by Tony Dyson who is shown holding the trophy. Steven Gerrard on the left with beard (beaten semi finalist), Nigel Higson (beaten finalist), Tony Dyson, Taylor on the right was the winner
Photo: Thanks to Peter Fisher for sharing with us 


Black Bull Pool Team who won league in 1979 (Click over to enlarge)
Names contributed are from L to R:  Melvyn Riley, Sean McKenna, Frank Cooper, Mick Kenny, ?, Fred Uttley, ?,?,Phillip Haworth (fritz), Stephen Duckworth, Steven Almond, ?
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

Haslingden and District Snooker League "Pairs Finals"
held at the Sunnybank Social Club, Helmshore.
Finalist L to R: James Machell, Richard Holden, George Heys and Bryan Webster
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

Jim Machell of Haslingden B.L. wins the Individuals
Cutting kindly shared to us by Jackie Ramsbottom

Haslingden Snooker or Pool Event
L to R: Roy Butterworth, Brian Jopson, Tony Couch, David Woodburn and Brian Gavin
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Fisher


 Haslingden Pool Team players
from l t r: Jim Mead (RIP), Brian Gavin, David Woodburn (RIP), Joe Dowd, Alan Cliffe, Brian Jopson,?,?, Tommy Almond.  John Flynn with cue
Photo: Thanks to Peter Fisher for sharing with us