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Prestwich Camera Club

1:50pm Monday 18th June 2012

An air of trepidation prevailed when she informed us she was known to be a tough judge but we found her to be fair and constructive. The Monochrome section was first to come under her critical gaze. Michael Oates' print entitled Path to Strumble Head Lighthouse, was awarded first place. This was an impactfull print with a lovely range of tones enhanced by a dark, moody sky. Alan Flavell came second with 'Gondolas, Venice' – a classic view, including 'that lamp'. Third place went to Anthony Shackman with 'Unstrung' – a decrepit string bottom chair in an archway providing an interesting subject.

Ramsbottom and Tottington Probus Club

1:49pm Monday 18th June 2012

The President introduced Joe Walk who gave an illustrated talk on “Rwanda The Land of the Thousand Hills” Joe , a retired deputy headteacher and French speaker described how after his retirement he was sent by the Voluntary Service Organisation to work,eventually, in Rwanda in Central Africa. The country is the size of Wales but had a population of 8 million in 1994 when genocide took place of 1 million Tutsi people.

Ramsbottom Recorded Music Society

1:49pm Monday 18th June 2012

Derek Haslam from Nelson Gramophone Society chose one of the most frequently used sources of inspiration of composers for his recital; namely classical Greece, in a comprehensive and all encompassing history of the Greek pantheon.

Radcliffe Townswomen’s Guild

1:46pm Monday 18th June 2012

The May meeting of the Radcliffe Townswomen’s Guild welcomed Liz Greenwood from the RNIB who explained the importance of “Talking books” for blind and partially sighted people. The service offers over 19,000 titles and is used by 39,000 people. They ship out over 8,000 each week and help all subscribers to feel involved and independent. Liz explained how sometimes the RNIB work with the publishing industry to ensure the “Must have” books, like the Harry Potter titles, are available in audio and braille as the same time as the print book.

Bury Chess Club

10:40am Sunday 17th June 2012

An under strength Bury first team were well beaten in the end on their visit to promotion rivals Chorlton 2nd. Early draws from Sheraz Khalil and Jim Litherland were promising, but the strength of the home side soon showed through, with Sam Hedge getting overpowered on his first team debut. When mistakes from Anthony Lee, John Grindrod and Steven Press followed, it meant that the match and promotion had gone out of reach for the Bury side. This left Robin Yeung to battle on, but even he eventually lost out. The last game of the season is against Oldham, but with only pride to play for now.

Bury Ramblers

10:40am Saturday 26th May 2012

On Sunday April 22nd Ian Gorner led a 6 mile "Welcome Walk" in the Dunham Massey area. After early heavy rain the weather improved. Lunch was taken in the Lavender Tea Rooms at Dog Farm, a change from eating soggy sandwiches whilst sitting in a field!

Ramsbottom Heritage Society

10:43am Thursday 26th April 2012

The April meeting of the Ramsbottom Heritage Society included an illustrated talk entitled Non-Conformist Churches in Lancashire” presented by Kathy Fishwick. Non-conformist Churches started after the Act of Uniformity in 1662, when priests who refused to conform to use the Book of Common Prayer had to resign. Tockholes United Reformed Church was the first non-conformist Church in Lancashire and the building has the pulpit at the centre rather than the altar. The Quakers also started at this time, as they refused to pay tithes to the Church of England. The Quaker meeting hall in Crawshawbooth was built in 1736 and is still in use today. Other non-conformist denominations include Baptists, Methodists, and Unitarians. As the churches were independent, they rely on their finances from the congregation, so initially the buildings were modest, but as the congregations grew, the buildings became more ornate, and Kathy showed photos of Haslingden Road Methodist Church in Rawtenstall, which was built in a Greek style. Most of the buildings built in the 18th and 19th Centuries are now no longer used by the Church, but some have been preserved by English Heritage, including Goodshaw Baptist Church. The newly built buildings have returned to the simpler style, and Kathy showed 2 photos of Accrington New Jerusalem Church, one from the 19th Century and a recent one to illustrate this.

LANCASHIRE FAMILY HISTORY & HERALDRY SOCIETY

10:42am Thursday 26th April 2012

The last meeting of the Society on the 11th April was a talk by Harold Heys on the War Poets.

Women's Luncheon Club

10:42am Thursday 26th April 2012

Friday 20th April saw our last meeting of the current season. We started with our AGM, when, miraculously, we managed, with a bit of arm twisting, to appoint a full complement of officers and committee members. Well done ladies!

Prestwich Co op Camera Club

10:41am Thursday 26th April 2012

Tuesday 24th April Prestwich Co op Camera Club Members viewed the ICPA Colour Print Folio consisting of one hundred and four prints, covering all photographic genre, from 15 Clubs.

Bury Jazz Society

10:41am Thursday 26th April 2012

At Monday evening’s meeting Jim Fairbrother introduced us to his recent acquisitions.

Unsworth cricket club

9:23am Wednesday 18th April 2012

Unsworth Cricket Club's pool team gained promotion from 5th Division of Radcliffe & District Pool League on Wednesday night with a 5-2 home victory. They finished the season 2nd in the table. Bill Sudbury won 13 of his 17 games over the course of the season, and picked up a Silver award. On the social scene the club had a Robbie Williams tribute night on Saturday 24th, which was well received by all in attendance. The next social function is the pre season dinner on Friday 13th, ahead of the first league game of season on Sunday 15th. The club are also busy planning Jubilee Celebrations which will be held on Monday June 4th aimed at all age groups. Als on the cricket front the new nets are now erected and ready for use, and the professional, Jonathan Fowler, arrives in country in 2 weeks time.

Prestwich and Whitefield Probus

9:22am Wednesday 18th April 2012

When Roy Gibbins decided that an old rifle would look good placed above the fireplace he was building, he embarked on a history trail that was to prove both interesting and unexpected. After research, a visit to bespoke shotgun makers Westley Richards enabled the purchase of a P52 rifle musket. It was part of a batch that had arrived from India, dirty and in need of refurbishment. Manufactured in Enfield, Middlesex, it was the first rifle used by the British Army where the individual parts were interchangeable. It was the last muzzle loader; that is using powder and shot. One and a half million were to be made, and to speed up production Birmingham Small Arms shared the workload. Both establishments were custom built to turn out about 1,700 rifles a week. Journeymen craftsmen would be employed to work on batches to specific measurements and standards. Weighing nine pounds with a 39-inch barrel, rifled to increase accuracy, with three spirals, the musket had a 1.577-inch bore. It was the first to have a flip-up sight; it was capable of firing three rounds a minute, and had an accuracy of three and a half feet at 800 yards.

Prestwich Camera Club

9:22am Wednesday 18th April 2012

Tuesday 3rd April saw the club members gather for the Annual General Meeting. After the new committee and various positions of office were appointed, some of the more memorable events of the year were reviewed.

Ramsbottom and Tottington Probus Club

9:21am Wednesday 18th April 2012

RAMSBOTTOM AND TOTTINGTON PROBUS CLUB The President George Vaughan welcomed fellow Probus member Alan Hayhurst as our speaker.

Bury Recorded Music

9:20am Wednesday 18th April 2012

Betty Seddon of the Swinton Music Society paid her annual visit presenting 1879-1961, Pianist,Conductor or Pianist?. This transpired to be Sir Thomas Beecham who at various stages of his life was unsure of which path to take. He was mainly known as a conductor with a very sharp wit of which Betty quoted several examples. Concentrating on the conducting we heard the following items,the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Handel's Soloman, the second movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, the third movement Sunset-Near the Plantation from the Florida Suite by Delius (who was a close friend of Beecham), the first movement of Scubert's Symphony no3, the finale of Symphony no 2 by Sibelius, part of the last act of Puccini's La Boheme starting at Ah Mimi Tu piu non torni then the finale from Sono andante to the end, then Pantomime from Gretry's Zemire et Azer Suite.To bring the programme to a close Betty opted for part of Handel's Messiah ending with a rousing rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus.As per usual a splendid programme enhanced with quotations throughout,a typical Betty programme for which she recieved a generous round of applause from a delighted audience. Our next meeting on the 20thApril Barbara Walker will make her debut with Fascinating Ladies.

Radcliffe Townswomen’s Guild

9:20am Wednesday 18th April 2012

The March meeting of the Radcliffe Townswomen’s Guild was their Annual General Meeting. The meeting started with the presentation of a cheque for £1,050 to Stanley Gilbert who represented Bury Cancer Support Unit which is based in Tottington. This was the chosen charity of the guild in 2011 and the money was raised by holding a strawberry cream tea, sundry sales, and the sales of a quiz sheet. Mr Gilbert thanked the guild for such a generous cheque and the hard work involved in raising the money.

Bury Ramblers

9:19am Wednesday 18th April 2012

On Sunday April 29th Dave Capell (07989656731) leads a 9 mile walk through the River Brock valley and over Beacon Fell. Meet Bury Interchange car park at 9.00AM. Our summer walk programme starts on May 6th. for details visit buryramblers.com.

Bury Chess Club

9:19am Wednesday 18th April 2012

The Club Championship final proved a fascinating match, as former champion John Altham, returning after a long lay-off, convincingly beat last years winner, Bernard Sharples, in the two-game match, winning both games.

Prestwich Co-op Camera Club

2:49pm Friday 23rd March 2012

An Audio Visual (AV) feast welcomed guest judge John Smith APAGB CPAGB of Rochdale Camera Club, on Tuesday 20th March, to judge our annual AV competition.

Women's Luncheon Club

2:49pm Friday 23rd March 2012

WOMEN’S LUNCHEON CLUB Lunch on 9th March was followed by a fascinating account of the history and current life of Rochdale’s Curtain Theatre given by one of its trustees and actors Mike Law.

Bury Chess Club

2:48pm Friday 23rd March 2012

The last few weeks seem to have been a continued battle against Chorlton teams, and the Bury second team already had a difficult task when they turned up one player short to meet Chorlton fifth. Roger Nuttall and Steven Press gave Bury some hope with solid draws, followed by an endgame win by Jim Litherland on top board. But Syd Forrester lost to a strong opponent, and Lee Baron went wrong to put the home side in a winning lead. Team captain Jeremy Peach, with his opponent in time trouble, was too anxious to force a win on the clock, blundered himself, and lost. A disappointing scoreline failed once again to reflect the closeness of the contest, and Bury hit the bottom of the League table.

Bury Rotary

2:48pm Friday 23rd March 2012

On Tuesday 6th March, Lynn Whitehead was invited by Rotary to give a talk about Jigsaw which is a befriending service in the local area for older people with disabilities. The charity started twenty years ago as a telephone helpline, giving advice to people with disabilities on a range of subjects. The volunteers then started to visit people in their own homes with information and seeing how lonely and isolated some of the disabled people felt, a befriending service started. Lynn informed us that research suggests that feelings of loneliness and isolation can affect a person’s health and well being. This can be alleviated by contact with others, hence the creation of a befriending service in Bury.

Bury Ramblers

2:48pm Friday 23rd March 2012

A pleasant Spring day on Mothering Sunday provided ideal conditions for joining either of two walks led by Bury Ramblers.

Hawkshaw and District Flower Club

2:47pm Friday 23rd March 2012

Hawkshaw and District Flower Club The March meeting commenced with the presentation of a cheque for £600 by the Chairman, Mr Gerry Reid, to the Chairman of the Bury Hurdles Charity, Mrs Geraldine Green. This was money raised by various events during 2011.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust

2:47pm Friday 23rd March 2012

During her talk on woodland ecology Dr. Irene Ridge described how the fungi in the soil enabled the roots of growing trees to take in water and vital nutrients from the soil.

Bury Reprographics Quiz League

2:47pm Friday 23rd March 2012

Bury Reprographics Quiz League Week 23 12th Mar 2012 The Bury Reprographics quiz league moved into the Handicap cup phase of the season designed hopefully to give every team a chance of silverware. The first of three matches in this weeks preliminary round, was the SunDial Walmersly Rd hosting Ramsbottom Cricket Club, the handicap meant the SunDial started with a six point advantage and it took an excellent round six along with a nervous final round finish for the SunDial to emerge as one point victors with a score of 45-44. The second match of three saw the Hare and Hounds Holcombe brook visit the Rose and Crown Ramsbottom who were early cup favourites but the visitors took charge of the match in the first half overcoming the five point handicap start and forcing the Rose and crown to chase the match, however the visitors prevailed with a 42-48 point victory. The Hare and Hounds next opponents are the winners of the final match in this round and the contest between Shoulder of Mutton Holcombe Village who hosted Heap Bridge Social Club and again this match went down to final round shootout with the hosts giving away a four point start to the visitors who had finished the season strongly, the Heap Bridge Social Club managed to win by a single point with a 51-52 point victory. The Bury Reprographics Quiz league Full match reports and tables on the league website of www.buryquizleague.co.uk . Some teams are looking for new players, and new teams for next season are welcome, anyone interested contact the league secretary contacts on the web site.

Bury Cine Society

2:46pm Friday 23rd March 2012

In another of his 'how to do it' evenings our Chairman Roy Turner told members how he goes about selecting music for his films and videos. The first requisite is that normally we don't want wall-to-wall music. The music should complement the film, not take it over.

Bury Jazz Society

5:00pm Friday 16th March 2012

Drummers Shelly Manne and Louie Bellson could drive a big band or spark a small group into life and yet, as Peter Hardman illustrated both were very different stylists.

Bury Chess Club

4:00pm Friday 16th March 2012

In the Bury & Rochdale League, at Oldham their second team proved a little too strong for Bury.

Radcliffe Townswomen Guild

1:00pm Friday 16th March 2012

The meeting in February of the Radcliffe Townswomen’s Guild welcomed speaker Margaret Curry who continued her fascinating tale of the life of Beatrix Potter.

Radcliffe Probus Club

1:00pm Friday 16th March 2012

Members welcomed Alan Stuttard for his talk 'I never knew Constantine.' This was cricket- Alan, a Yorkshireman, and keen protagonist in the Lancs/Yorks 'battle' played for Walsden in the Central Lancs. league for a record 60 years over seven decades.

Tottington and District Townswomen's Guild

1:00pm Wednesday 14th March 2012

Our AGM was held on March 13th, we had yearly reports form Treasurer and secretary, the Chairman thanked committee members for all their hard work over the past year and the Chairman was thanked for all her efforts during the year..

Bury Recorded Music

5:00pm Monday 12th March 2012

Our Treasurer Linda Taylor gave an insight into a recent holiday with her programme "A American Dream".

Bury Ramblers

5:00pm Monday 12th March 2012

On Sunday March 25th Harry Waddington (07551646471) leads a 12 mile "Castercliffe and the Three Ways Walk" in the Colne area. Meet Bury Interchange car park at 9.00AM.

Women's Luncheon Club

4:00pm Monday 12th March 2012

I REFER to the letters of Mr Pearson and anon (LET, October 2).

Bury Reprographics Quiz League

4:00pm Monday 12th March 2012

The Bury Reprographics quiz league final week of the league season had everything to play for with all 4 positions at the top still possibly available

Prestwich Co op Camera Club

4:00pm Friday 9th March 2012

The members of Prestwich Camera Club came together on Tuesday 6th March for the third internal competition of 2012. This week judge Harry Emmett of Accrington Camera Club was given the unenviable task of reviewing the pictorial and portrait digital submissions, expertly projected by Graeme and Bobby..

Edenfield Local History Society

4:00pm Thursday 8th March 2012

At their February meeting, members were introduced to the history of Clogs by Ron Bolton in his talk entitled ‘The Clatter of Clogs’.

Bury Ramblers

4:00pm Wednesday 7th March 2012

On Sunday March 4th Barbara McCormack led a 9 mile walk from Pennington Flash, a large lake, the result of mining subsidence, and now popular with anglers, sailors and walkers.

Radcliffe Brass Band

3:00pm Tuesday 6th March 2012

Radcliffe Band had a cold start to 2012, playing at the Hit The North cycle race in Phillips park on the 4th February. Sub-zero temperatures and snow didn't hinder the cyclists or the band, who played a selection of rousing tunes to competitors and spectators at what proved to be a very popular event.

Prestwich and Whitefield Rotary

1:00pm Monday 5th March 2012

On Tuesday 14th February at 7.30pm the guest speaker was Geoffrey Williams who gave a very interesting talk and slide show about ‘Send a Cow’ which, he says, is not so much a frontline agency responding to drought or warfare, but a charity set up in the 1980’s to save those who can be saved from malnutrition by giving them the means to have a fruitful and active life.

Prestwich and Whitefield Probus Club

10:00am Monday 5th March 2012

When Allan Stuttard spoke to Prestwich and Whitefield Probus Clubs nearly three years ago it was mainly about his life in cricket.

Bury HF Walking Club

10:00am Monday 5th March 2012

This Club provides walks weekly throughout the year.

Bury Local History Society

10:00am Monday 5th March 2012

An interesting talk was presented to members of the Bury Local History Society by Dr. Paul Hindle telling members of the history of map drawing and the types of maps produced which could be useful in Local History research.

Prestwich Co op Camera Club

11:07am Thursday 1st March 2012

Tuesday 28th February Prestwich Co op Camera Club Members gathered to hear Judge Adrian Lines ARPS DPAGB BPE4 of Wigan Photographic Society comment on the Annual Exhibition Digital Images.

Bury Chess Club

11:07am Thursday 1st March 2012

Bury's second team put up a spirited performance against a Chorlton side with no shortage of strong players.

Bury Older People's Forum

11:06am Thursday 1st March 2012

Our February meeting welcomed, Deb Jefferson, who is part of the NHS, and advises on how to improve your health and wellbeing. Literature and information on how to access the different services were distributed. the talk covered many aspects of health issues and how to keep fit.

Ramsbottom Recorded Music Society

11:05am Thursday 1st March 2012

Music ‘by two’, vocalists or instrumentalists, or ‘for two’, or ‘about two’, is a novel idea for a recital, and Ken and Gwyneth Adshead presenting “T for Two” at Ramsbottom together, continued that theme. The results were remarkable.

Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

11:05am Thursday 1st March 2012

The last meeting of the Society on the 8th February was a talk on Parish Registers by John Dalton.




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