CENTRAL METHODIST LADIES FELLOWSHIP
A WELL-KNOWN Lancashire artist, Walter Kershaw, was the guest speaker at Central Methodist Ladies Fellowship on Tuesday evening.
Walter was born in Rochdale in 1940, and studied art in Salford, and later at King’s College in Durham, graduating with a BA Honours in fine art.
Currently he has a studio business in Littleborough which is open to the public on a Sunday and can be visited privately for viewing or purchasing at any time by phoning to make an appointment.
Earlier in his career he was known for large external murals painted on properties and attracted media attention from the 1960s to 80s, being interviewed for Granada TV, London Weekend TV, BBC Radio 2 and 4.
Walter was known as ‘The First Graffiti Artist’ and well known for street art, sculpture, and murals.
His work is displayed in various art galleries and museums such as Bury, Salford, and the Victoria and Albert in London.
He has travelled extensively, and never turns down offers to instruct, exhibit, or paint anywhere in the world.
He brought along several examples of murals he has done, ‘The Inside Out House’ and ‘Trafford Park’ being two of them, but as well as this kind of work he is also a prolific artist in oils and watercolours.
Walter veered off course a little with his own interest in limericks, and ended with his version of the Bacup alphabet!
The ladies end their season with an evening meal and the annual meeting, both in June, and their next series of meetings begin in mid-September.
ON Wednesday, May 30, 17 walkers enjoyed a wonderful walk in the dramatic limestone country around Austwick, Ribblesdale.
As an experiment, the walk was followed by an optional meal in the local Game Cock Inn, which eight diners thoroughly enjoyed, the others returning home after taking refreshments elsewhere.
By the time you read this, we will have had our third ‘Summer stroll’, this time from the Rose and Crown in Haslingden.
On Sunday, June 10, we have a local 10-mile walk, which will take in the historic Martholme Viaduct, which carried the railway line between Great Harwood and Read.
The viaduct was reopened for public access in late 2017, and has lovely views of the surrounding area. Then on Wednesday, June 13, we have a toughish 10-mile walk from Dovestone Reservoir. If you feel like a challenge, then please join us.
Contact us via secretary Glyn on 01706 561042, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAMSBOTTOM HERITAGE SOCIETY
THE monthly meeting was the AGM.
After the formality of the meeting, members of the society gave their annual report on the activities in the last 12 months.
John Leyland spoke about the restoration of the Porritt and Spencer War Memorial, the News Magazine and the Annual Photographic Competition.
The summer walks on the third Sunday of the month are mainly attended by nonmembers.
Karen Kay gave an update on the opening of the Heritage Gallery on the second Sunday of each month from noon until 3pm. This is not well attended, even though it coincides with the farmers’ market.
Kathleen Husband reported that the Archiving Group now has limited access to the online system at Bury Archives after being unavailable for quite a while.
Finally, Kate Slingsby reported that several pieces of artwork had been donated, and she also encouraged the members to visit the new exhibition on Ramsbottom pubs in the 1880s, which opens on Friday, July 13.
The next meeting is on Wednesday, June 20 at 7.30pm at Ramsbottom Civic Hall, when the topic is ‘The conscientious would not go’.
Dr Clive Barrett presents an illustrated talk on conscientious objectors in the First World War. Non-members are welcome – admission is £2, to include refreshments.
RAMSBOTTOM RECORDED MUSIC SOCIETY
RAMSBOTTOM Recorded Music Society welcomed member Barry Rothwell as presenter at the meeting held on May 31, with a programme entitled Some lesser known Victorians.
Three of the six composers featured hailed from the British Isles, the first two being born in London. Cipriani Potter (1792-1871) was probably the first British composer to produce a series of numbered symphonies, and was principal of the Royal Academy of Music for over 25 years.
We heard the Finale from his 8th Symphony and the first three movements of his 10th.
Sir Granville Bantock (1868-1946) was a notable teacher as well as a composer.
Barry played three Scottish-inspired examples of Bantock’s music, the third movement of his Hebridean Symphony and orchestral pieces The Sea Reivers and Kishmul’s Galley.
Hillsborough, County Down, was the birthplace of Sir Hamilton Harty (1879-1941), best known today as the conductor of the Halle Orchestra from 1920 to 1932. His compositions often featured tunes from his native Ireland, none more so than his Irish Symphony, from which the lively second movement was heard.
Barry turned to the continent for the other three composers in his programme.
The next meeting of the society will be held on Thursday, June 14, when member Roger Heywood will present a programme entitled DSCH. New members are most welcome.
ROSSENDALE PROBUS CLUB
PETER Drew and Andy Sieroslawski spoke to the club about the Astronomy Centre located in the hills, on the A681, between Bacup and Todmorden.
In 1982 Peter, a professional telescope maker, bought the site of a demolished old clay pipe factory and began building a centre for astronomical excellence with the intention of stimulating interest in amateur astronomy. Today there is a large dome 30ft (9.1m) in diameter and numerous other buildings housing telescopes of various sizes and types.
The centre now has over 400 members and attracts amateur astronomers from all over the country.
It is open to the public each Saturday evening from 7.30pm (juniors 6pm to 7.30pm).
Peter and Andy described in some detail the various types of telescopes used and the specific advantages and disadvantages of each piece of equipment.
The next meeting of the club is on Wednesday, June 13 when the Rev Chris Casey will be giving a talk on The Conflict in the Falklands, at Ashday Lea, the Masonic Hall in Raw tens tall ,10.30 am. Visitors will be most welcome.