CEN­TRAL METHODIST LADIES FEL­LOW­SHIP

Rossendale Free Press - - Club News -

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.

ROSSENDALE RAM­BLERS

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 glynbr45@gmail.com.

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.

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