Wednesday, 11 July 2018

PHOTOS, POSTCARDS, SNIPPETS OF INFORMATION, OCCASIONAL NOTICES ETC (for 7 days headlining before archived)


Helmshore CP School c1965 (Click over to enlarge)

Photo: Kindly shared by Dorothy Flynn and uploaded here on 14th March 2017
also filed under Helmshore CP School photo blog

The following information is kindly supplied by Stephen Haines (Pupil) - 9th July 2018
This is the first school photograph I ever had taken.  It was taken outside the school gate, on Gregory Fold in 1961, when we were five or six years old.  I remember us being lined up on benches, though the taller boys, in the middle row, had to stand.  In those days, Gregory Fold had cobbles from what was then the Big Tree, on its junction with Helmshore Road, to the end of the school when it became a rough track that went down to Holcombe Road, at the bottom.  This picture was taken where the rough track began.  It is housing now, but then behind the school was open fields sloping down to the river in the valley below.
The teacher’s name was Mrs Pickup.  I remember her with great fondness, as she was a kindly lady who really looked after us – or so it seemed to me.  She was the one who taught us how to read and write properly and I remember her classroom had posters around the walls of all the letters we had to make, with pictures showing something that began with that letter – A/a for apple etc.  She taught us numbers as well and I remember she had a saying about the number 5, which she described as a “big fat policeman with a hat on top”.  We had to do our writing in books in which each row had three lines.  We made the lower case letters from the bottom line to that in the middle and the upper case ones to the line at the top.  This way we learned to make our letters different sizes.
In the spring and summer, when the weather was nice, she’d take us on nature walks up Musbury Valley and show us the different trees, flowers and birds and tell us something about them.  I particularly remember her kindness when we had to go for our inoculations and jabs.  This was something that held us young ones in trepidation and she used to bring in a tin full of what she called toast, but I guess was some sort of homemade crisp bread.  She’d tell us that, if we didn’t cry, we could have some toast as a treat and she was good as her word.  Even then, it seemed rare for a teacher to bring in things to give the pupils, which is why it sticks out in my memory.  I remember resolutely trying to fight back the tears so that I could get my hands on the toast, which always seemed to taste so nice.
Next to Mrs Pickup, on the left of back row, is Stefan Koman.  Next to him is Noel Pilling, then me, and I don’t remember the name of the next boy.  The fifth boy on the row is Johnny Smithson, then comes Kevin Kerr, Richard West, Norman Constantine, Philip Abbott and, finally, Peter Edmundson.
On the left of the middle row is Martin Nuttall.  Next is Tony Barnes, Philip Cheatham, Alan Carr, Billy Hanson, Robert Oldfield, Paul Mellor, James Walker and Eric Grey.
Of the girls, on the left is Stephanie Knight.  I can’t remember the name of the next girl, but the third girl in is Anne Priddle.  Next is Carole Beardsworth, Sheila Skupsky, Dorothy Ratcliffe, Brenda Holden, Susan Haygarth, Stephanie Watson and, finally, Susan Burke.


Helmshore Primary School, Helmshore c1960 (Please click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Dorothy Flynn on 13th March 2017

The following information is kindly given by Stephen Haines (pupil) and submitted here on 9th July 2018.
This is a photo of my class at the primary school, but before I joined it.  I joined the school at Easter in 1961, when I was four years old.  I was the youngest in my year group throughout my school career, both at primary and secondary schools.   The people in this picture were in the class when I arrived and must have started in September of 1959.  It is probably what would be today known as the reception class.
I don’t remember the teacher.  She certainly didn’t teach me when I arrived.  I also don’t remember the girl next to her, but the second girl in from the left is Carole Bond.  Then comes Dorothy Ratcliffe.  I can’t remember the fourth girl in the row, but next to her is Carole Beardsworth.  Next to her is Brenda Holden and I can’t recall the last girl in the row.
The first boy, on the left, is Norman Constantine.  I don’t know the boy second in the row, but third sits Alan Carr.  Then is Billy Hanson, Martin Nuttall, Philip Cheatham, but I can’t remember the name of the last boy in the row.

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It was taken on the climbing frame which can be seen in the general photo you have used for the title page of the blog (I think I can spot myself).  It's the same era.  I think it was probably summer 1958 or thereabouts.  I was at the nursery for two years whilst my mum went to train as a teacher in Manchester.  My Grandad used to take me to nursery and collect me afterwards.  We often called in at the Liberal Club on the way home where I 'helped' him stoking the boiler with coke and generally getting in the way of the men playing billiards and dominoes!  I remember bits about the nursery - the camp beds for naps of course and the teacher (seems she was probably the headteacher) who I always thought was called Mrs Kayli (or cayli?  the sherbet dust!) now I find she was called Miss Kaylor!
 I look forward to seeing this blog develop. 
Thanks again for your efforts, they're much appreciated. 

Alison 

Hello again, 
Attached is another picture of Hillside Nursery which I believe was
taken at the same time as the one I sent a few days ago (see photo below), around 1957.
This one shows a number of pupils and staff although they are not easily
identifiable.
My Dad was the caretaker at the Nursery, a job he took up after retiring
from the police. The only names I can remember among the staff are Mrs.
Lord, who was one of the teachers, and Miss Kaylor who I think was the
Head.
In this picture, you can see the Toll House, which I think was still
occupied at the time, and the farm, (Pilling's?), on the Old Road.
Hopefully, this might bring back memories from former pupils. 
Regards, 
David Bates

Hello, 
I have some photo's taken at Hillside Nursery, I think around 1957. I am
attaching one of them to see if any of your members can identify the
children in the picture. I'm the one second from left, but I can't
recall any of the others.
If they are of interest to your members, I could dig out the other
pictures and send them on to you for inclusion on the site. 
Regards, 
David Bates

(Check out the Hillside Nursery Blog by clicking here)


St. Peters Church - fancy dress 1961 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Yvonne Moorhouse
also archived under St. Peters




Shows area from Irwell Vale looking towards Tor (Click over to enlarge)
Artist: Unknown - thanks to Dave Armstrong for sharing with us.
Now included in the "Haslingden In Art" Blog

This is the lovely painting by our local artist Liz Taylor
which is called "The Glass Tower"
(now archived in the Haslingden In Art Blog)



or if you still want to check out

After one week the above photographs or text will be moved over to their appropriate blogs and will also be transferred over to  PHOTO ALBUM and SNIPPETS NO.6 (Year 2018) which can be accessed by clicking here


PHOTO ALBUM AND SNIPPETS NO.5 (Year 2017) which can be accessed by clicking here


PHOTO ALBUM AND SNIPPETS NO.4 (year 2016) which can be accessed by clicking here


 PHOTO ALBUM and SNIPPETS NO.3 (year 2015) which you can access by clicking here


or if you still want to check out

PHOTO ALBUM NO. 2 (YEAR 2014) WHICH 



PHOTO ALBUM No.1 (year 2013 and earlier) which you can access by clicking here (in preparation) 


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Hillside Nursery - Longshoot



(Click over photo to enlarge)
With thanks to Alison May for kindly sharing this photo with us

It was taken on the climbing frame which can be seen in the general photo you have used for the title page of the blog (I think I can spot myself).  It's the same era.  I think it was probably summer 1958 or thereabouts.  I was at the nursery for two years whilst my mum went to train as a teacher in Manchester.  My Grandad used to take me to nursery and collect me afterwards.  We often called in at the Liberal Club on the way home where I 'helped' him stoking the boiler with coke and generally getting in the way of the men playing billiards and dominoes!  I remember bits about the nursery - the camp beds for naps of course and the teacher (seems she was probably the headteacher) who I always thought was called Mrs Kayli (or cayli?  the sherbet dust!) now I find she was called Miss Kaylor!

I look forward to seeing this blog develop. 
Thanks again for your efforts, they're much appreciated. 

Alison 



(Click over photo to enlarge)
Thanks to David Bates for sharing this photograph

Hello again, 
Attached is another picture of Hillside Nursery which I believe was
taken at the same time as the one I sent a few days ago (see photo below), around 1957.
This one shows a number of pupils and staff although they are not easily
identifiable.
My Dad was the caretaker at the Nursery, a job he took up after retiring
from the police. The only names I can remember among the staff are Mrs.
Lord, who was one of the teachers, and Miss Kaylor who I think was the
Head.
In this picture, you can see the Toll House, which I think was still
occupied at the time, and the farm, (Pilling's?), on the Old Road.
Hopefully, this might bring back memories from former pupils. 
Regards, 
David Bates

(Click over photo to enlarge)
Thanks to David Bates for sharing this photograph

Hello, 
I have some photo's taken at Hillside Nursery, I think around 1957. I am
attaching one of them to see if any of your members can identify the
children in the picture. I'm the one second from left, but I can't
recall any of the others.
If they are of interest to your members, I could dig out the other
pictures and send them on to you for inclusion on the site. 
Regards, 
David Bates

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Flash Mill - Haslingden


This is a pencil sketch of "Flash Mill" which was off Grane Road, Haslingden
Kindly shared with us by Robert Warburton
This is more or less just has I remembered the old "Flash Mill" down just at the bottom of Grane Road in the dip as you turn right to enter the Industrial Units we have today.

What made this particular mill stand out from any other was during the dark hours, especially when the mass bright lit illumination shone out from that vast amount of open window space.  You get a idea from this sketch just how it could have looked.  It was striking and will always be a strong memory in my mind.

Sadly that's all it can be these days "a memory" because like most of our old mills once the cotton industry collapsed in our area  it was shortly after demolished and made way for modern Industrial units, which we have built on that ground today.

This is a photo of Flash Mill (Click over to enlarge)
This photo was kindly shared to us by Miriam Keen

A short history to FLASH MILL and thanks to Mike Rothwell

Flash Mill

Water-powered, woollen fulling mill of 1787 built by Thomas Wallwork.
About 1792 William Rae the elder and William Rae the younger, leased the buildings for use as a cotton mill. At the time of their bankruptcy four years later their machinery included a devil, three carding engines and 13 mules (1838 spindles)
In 1798 when Thomas Wallwork was again occupying the site, it consisted of an “engine house” and cotton mill.
The factory reverted to its original purpose during the first years of the 19th century, and in the 1820’s was worked by a flannel manufacturer John Entwistle.
 By 1848 John Warburton and his son Thomas, had leased the mill for hard waste spinning and weaving. In 1851 they employed a workforce of 89. For a time the firm also ran Hutch Bank Mill and possibly the “Little Mill” at Spring Vale.
 Extensions to Flash Mill included the installation of a beam engine to aid the water wheel.
Thomas Warburton became sole proprietor in 1863 when his Father retired. He was later joined by his sons John, Thomas and Albert.
During the early 1880’s the mill housed 5000 condenser mule spindles and 230 looms, weaving waste plains, twills and crepes. Motive power consisted of a breast wheel, 10’ diameter by 7’ wide, a beam engine with 25” cylinder and a horizontal high pressure washer.
 By this period Albert Warburton was running the mill alone. His sons, Thomas, Harold, George Victor and Albert junior later joined the business which was registered as Thomas Warburton & Sons Ltd in 1910. Major rebuilding and extension took place at the start of the 20th Century and included new sheds in 1901 and 1906. A horizontal tandem engine was commissioned in 1903.  In 1915 8908 mule spindles and 370 looms were running. Products included bag cloth, bandages, blankets, condenser plains and twills, domestics for the African markets and sheeting.
After World War Two the company became associated with A. Cover & Company Manchester converters and Exporters. When Albert Warburton (junior) died in 1950 he was succeeded by Arthur Cover as chairman and managing director, although members of the family remained on the board.
Flash Mill closed in April 1962 and it’s machinery was sold off later that year.
The mill was demolished in the mid 1980’s and replaced with modern buildings.
(Kindly shared to us by Mike Rothwell)



Extract below taken from "Town and Country Life", London (Kindly shared to us by Harry Warburton)

BRITISH TEXTILES - Warburton's quality goods for 150 years








Just as apathy is the greatest bar to achievement so is the matter of quality its most potent asset.  Industrially speaking, any manufacturing firm who produce merely to meet demand may be said to be apathetic; such concerns never reach the top run in the ladder to leadership, and rightly so, for "service" has no real meaning to them. For the qualities that combine

more to come shortly.........

Flash Mill - Christmas 1936 (Click over to enlarge)



Flash Mill Workers (Click over to enlarge)



Flash Mill Workers (Click over to enlarge)


Flash Mill Grane Road
National Saving Club winners.




Flash Mill F.C Cup Winners (Click over to enlarge)


Haslingden Sport - BOWLING




Worsley Park Bowling Club early 1970s
L to R: John White, Mr. Fisher, Jack Davison, ?, Fred Ratcliffe Snr, Mr. Cunliffe, Ernie Taylor
Photo: Thanks to Derek Ratcliffe for sharing this photo




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




We are not even sure whether this is Haslingden or NOT?


Worsley Park Bowling Club members


Friday, 23 March 2018

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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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)

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)