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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.

Mar­garet Ri­ley

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

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