Rambling – 2011/2012
May 24th, Clougha Pike
Twelve members of the Group enjoyed (?) a dry but blustery ascent of Clougha Pike on the edge of the Forest of Bowland. Starting from the car park on Rigg Lane at around 10 o’clock, we arrived at the summit at 11:40 & after a brief stop to admire the views across Lancaster & Morecambe Bay, continued to our lunch stop arriving there at 12:05. We descended via Skelbow Barn and Baines Crag, arriving back at the cars at 14:45. Total mileage, 6.75, with 1395 ft. ascent.
Back at the Delph, several of us enjoyed a small libation - essential for replacing fluid & carbohydrates!
June 28th, Giggleswick Scar
Today’s walk started from the main car park in Settle, and took us to Stainforth Force via Giggleswick Scar and Feizor, before returning to the start along the banks of the River Ribble. Twelve members enjoyed perfect weather with breaks at Feizor and Stainforth Force, arriving back at the Delph at 4:30 for well-earned refreshment.
Total mileage 8.5, ascent 1240 ft.
July 26th, Holcombe Moor
Today’s walk from Helmshore to the Peel Tower on Holcombe Moor, took us via Hollin Bank, the base of Musbury Tor, the Rossendale Way & Pilgrims’ Cross. After lunch, we returned to the start via the lower level route past Robin Hood’s Well (no connection).
Total mileage 8, ascent 1120 ft.
August 23rd, Nicky Nook.
Thirteen of us started from Scorton in perfect weather for the short ascent of Nicky Nook. Unfortunately, during the ascent, Dilys felt unwell and after being ministered to by paramedics from the North West Air Ambulance Service, was eventually airlifted to hospital. Thankfully, she recovered completely and we were able to collect her from Preston Hospital later. We gratefully acknowledge the attendance of the Air Ambulance and the members of the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team who stretchered Dilys to the helicopter. The two good looking paramedics made up for the slight disappointment of the ladies that the helicopter wasn’t piloted by Prince William!
The rest of the party continued on a shortened version of the walk - 4 miles & 810 ft ascent.
More details of the incident can be found on the website of the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
September 27th, Singing Tree Panopticon.
In perfect unseasonal weather, we parked at Towneley Hall for the walk to the Singing Ringing Tree Panopticon on moorland south of Burnley. After a suitable break for a photo shoot we returned by way of Cliviger Mill, Hurstwood and Cliviger Laithe.
Total mileage 8, 1450 ft ascent.
October 25th, Billinge Hill.
In a departure from normal practice, we undertook a local sponsored walk in aid of North West Air Ambulance and the Pennine Bowland Mountain Rescue Team. We left the Delph at around one o’clock & walked to Billinge Hill by way of the Water Park and Longshaw. After a suitable break to admire the views on a remarkably clear sunny day, we returned via Crank Road and Smethurst Road. Total mileage 5.37, 390 ft ascent.
Thank you to all those people who supported us by joining us on the walk or by sponsoring those who did. We hope to collect all sponsorship monies at the November Coffee Morning & will publish the final totals shortly afterwards.
November 22nd, Anderton Lift.
Against a forecast of overcast, misty weather we decided on a low level, relatively local walk to the Anderton Lift from Acton Bridge. We followed the Weaver Navigation via Saltersford Locks to Anderton, and after lunch returned on the Trent & Mersey towpath.
A predominantly flat walk of 8 miles & just 455 ft. of ascent.
January 24th, White Coppice.
In continuous drizzle / light rain, nine of us left the Visitor Centre at Rivington and walked on an anti-clockwise route round Upper Rivington & Anglezarke Reservoirs, pausing at White Coppice Cricket Club for our lunch break.
Total mileage, 8.74, 870 ft. of ascent.
February 28th, Abbey Village
Again, in continuous ‘mizzle’, eleven of us walked from Abbey Village to White Coppice by way of Solomon’s Temple & Withnell Moor, returning via Brinscall. Total mileage, 7.36 with 925 ft. of ascent.
After the walk we returned to the Delph to meet Joanne Fowler of the North West Air Ambulance and Tim Cox of the Pennine Bowland Mountain Rescue Team, and present them with the proceeds of the Sponsored Walk (£1253). Our sincere thanks to both organisations for their assistance on Nicky Nook back in August.
Nicky Nook Incident
March 27th, Darwen Tower
In glorious unseasonal weather, twelve members walked from Abbey Village to Darwen Tower via Tockholes plantations and Stepback Brook, returning by way of Sunnyhurst Wood.
Total mileage, 8.33 with 1365 ft of ascent.
April 24th, Warton Crag
Starting from the disused quarry in Warton, we walked over Warton Crag to Jenny Brown’s Point and Silverdale Green, returning via Leighton Moss Nature Reserve and Leighton Hall.
Total mileage, 9 with 1120 ft of ascent.
May 22nd, White Scars & Chapel-le-Dale from Ingleton.
In glorious weather, we left the main car park in Ingleton & headed up Fell Lane towards Ingleborough. After branching left to cross White Scars and Green Ridge, we eventually descended to Chapel-le-Dale by way of the traditional ‘Three Peaks’ route up Ingleborough.
We returned to Ingleton via the Roman Road to Beezleys, and the Falls having walked 9.66 miles with 1240 ft. of ascent.
June 26th, Dinkling Green & Greystoneley from Chipping.
Eleven walkers endured humid conditions to walk 7.11 miles with 840 ft. of ascent in the area around Chipping. Along the way, we bumped into local poet William Michael Neary digging a drainage ditch. He recited one of his poems written as a Christmas present for his mother about his beloved Bowland. It has subsequently been set to music & recorded by local duo Tom & Evie. Watch it here - www.youtube.com/watch
July 24th, The Cloud from Timbersbrook.
Eleven of us took advantage of the recent change in the weather to tackle the modest climb to the view point on The Cloud near Congleton. After pausing to admire the magnificent views, we descended via the Staffordshire Way, Rushton Bank and Woodhouse Green; a total of 7.2 miles with 1272 ft. of ascent.
August 28th, White Nancy from Higher Hurdsfield.
A record turnout of 13 members went to the Macclesfield area for a superb ridge walk along the Saddle of Kerridge to White Nancy, a 19th century folly / summerhouse. Normally plain white, it has been repainted on one side with the Olympic Rings and a reference to the number of Gold medals won by Team GB, and on the other with a crown to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. We returned to the car park via Bollington, the Middlewood Way and the Macclesfield Canal.
Total mileage - 7.98, ascent - 945 ft.
September 25th, Haigh Hall from Red Rock
Five brave souls turned out for a short(ish) local walk in persistent rain. Starting from Red Rock, we walked to Haigh Hall via the track bed to Aberdeen Farm and Little Scotland, returning by way of Pendlebury Lane and Winstanleys.
Total mileage - 6.46, ascent - 455 ft.
October 13rd, Two Lads & Winter Hill from Rivington
Fourteen members left the visitor centre at Rivington in mild, overcast conditions to climb to the cairns known as Two Lads on Wilders Moor. There are differing opinions on why they were erected being variously described as the graves of two children of a Saxon king, and the site where two boys lost their way in snow and died from exposure. After a break for refreshment, we climbed to the transmitter at the top of Winter Hill, then negotiated the tricky descent to Hordern Stoops before returning to the start via Belmont Road, the Pigeon Tower and Terraced Gardens.
Total mileage - 6.67, ascent - 1280 ft.
November 27th, Arnside Knott
A welcome change in the weather tempted 15 members to travel to Arnside for today's walk - though the prospect of hot pot & apple pie afterwards may have been a factor!
We parked on the promenade and ascended the Knott via the shoreline path and Far Arnside. After breaking for lunch at the viewpoint, we returned by way of Arnside Knott Wood & Black Dyke.
Total mileage - 5.85, ascent - 830 ft.
Meetings / rehearsals are usually held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month (except June) at 10.00am - 12noon at St Teresa's Social Club. We aim to put on two shows per year in spring and autumn. All welcome - not just singers and entertainers, but backstage support and front of house needed too. If you’ve never been involved in such activities you don’t know what you’re missing! Why don’t you come along and give us a try? You’ve nothing to lose and it really is a lot of fun. Hope to see you soon.
Variety Showtime pictures.
Group leader: Rita McAleavey, Janine Rawlinson.
Item published August 2017 in newsletter.
The Variety Theatre Group took off in late 2013 as the brainchild of Dennis Lee, a former president of the George Formby Society and U3A member. Dennis wanted us to be an all singing, all (tap) dancing entertainment group and we put on our first show in 2014. The show coincided with the anniversary of the start of the First World War and so we decided to use this as our theme; Wigan at War was born.
In May of that year, ably supported by writers, backstage and front of house crew, with sketches, songs and dance, twenty-three members of the group hit the boards and were given a tremendous reception by sell-out audiences. Fearing for the safety of the stage, and to Dennis's chagrin, there was no tap dancing.
Since then the group has staged four shows, including one for the 10th anniversary celebration, plus entertainment at the Christmas meeting and a cabaret show. Earlier this year we also took part in acting workshops to improve our stage skills. Our next show is in October of this year. Why not come along and be entertained.
New members are welcome, particularly instrumentalists.
Group Leader:- Don Harcombe
Article published in our newsletter in November 2018
We formed our group in January 2014, we had 16 members at that time. Since then we have grown to a membership of 50 and we have a waiting list of two.
Our meetings are held at the Winstanley Tennis Club lounge on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 2.00pm and we finish at 4.00pm. Our song repertoire consists of 9 books each containing 60 songs (540), they cover a whole range of music from early 20th century to modern day.
On our meeting days some 20 odd songs are picked from one particular book.
We then play for an hour after which we stop for refreshments, tea/coffee and biscuits. At the start of the the 2nd half we have volunteers who will perform solo, a song of their choice from a particular book, or if they wish, any other song that they have found. Sometimes there will be duets, trios, or even foursomes. Generally there will be 4 or 5 of these spots and then we will go back to our original book for the last ½ hour or so.
It’s great fun, so we can laugh at any mistakes we make.
We don’t actually teach how to play the ‘uke’, but we can recommend some books on the subject. It is a very easy instrument to play; the fact that it has only four strings helps. I would say 15 minutes a day over a period of a couple of weeks could get you started.
Another part of our playing is to visit pensioners clubs and various nursing homes to play and sing for them. They all usually sing along with us, as we pick out some old songs for them. Any donations that we receive go to Wigan and Leigh Hospice. Don Harcombe ( Group Leader)
Meets the 1st and 3rd Friday per month October to March inclusive at St Luke's Church Hall Orrell (near Orrell Water Park).
The sessions are from 1300 hrs to 1530 hrs with a £2 charge inc tea and biscuits.
We have around 20 members typically; we play on 2 mats and use a token system to prioritise player order. The games comprise 4 players per mat,
ie, in pairs, and play 5 ends as a rule so waiting time between games is kept at at an acceptable level ( perhaps 15 mins)
Group Leader: Howard Marshall (01257 463387).
This group is for anyone who is interested and enthusiastic about heritage railways and locomotives. Group members visit heritage and preserved railways lines across Britain and also travel on steam hauled trips around the UK and Europe. The group does not have formal meetings or lectures. The emphasis will be on learning by experience (and enjoying ourselves in the process). Trips are arranged, on an ad hoc basis, by any member of the group. Communication of events is by email.