Saturday 27th June MORECAMBE MIDNIGHT MIDSUMMER MADNESS. Start 12.00 midnight Saturday.130 miles Standard Ride. START The Oddfellows’ Rooms, Coleridge Street, Halifax. ENTRY FEE £10. Organiser Dave Dodwell: contact 01274 815936 for details and entry forms. The popular midnight ride to Morecambe. Breakfast and a snack included in the entry fee. Saturday 27th June Calderdale CTC Autumn Tints meet at Godley Bridge at 9.30am to cycle to Baguettes, Wyke for coffee, then on to Tong Garden Centre for lunch. Leader Leslie Baker: contact 07580 835265 for details.
The way a mother’s vow that if her family’s business prospered the poor would also benefit, was kept by her sons, was described to members of Elland Men’s Probus Club by speaker David Glover. Mr Glover, whose theme was Sir Francis Crossley and his legacy, said that Martha Crossley, whose work was vital in the success of the carpet manufacturing business her husband John founded, made the vow one day on her way to work at 4am. The firm, John Crossley and Sons, was developed rapidly under the later management of their sons, John the second, Robert and Francis, and at one stage employed almost 6,000 people. Now, although Crossley Carpets was no more, one only had to look around Halifax to see the buildings they had paid for. Sir Francis’ contributions included almshouses, churches, People’s Park inspired by a business trip to Canada, and an orphanage school which is now the home of CrossleyHeath School, a leading grammar school. Sir Francis, born in 1817, also served the area as Member of Parliament for many years, said Mr Glover. When he died in 1872, Halifax came to a virtual standstill for his funeral. President Derek Hagreen chaired the meeting and Mr Glover was thanked by Keith Iredale. Last Saturday morning Muriel Ambler organised the All Saints’ Church monthly coffee morning, assisted by Win Theaker, Pam Adams and Hilary Leigh in the Canon Winter Centre. Bacon butties were served, there was a bring and buy and cake stall and the raffle prize winners were Alan Blackburn and Chris Clegg. The proceeds are for the