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JAN­UARY 2019 Walk­ing Pro­gramme:

The coach Ram­ble to More­cambe is on Jan­uary 6 which will be a choice of var­i­ous walks, book­ing es­sen­tial.

Start­ing at 9am on Jan­uary 13, is a walk to Down­ham, grade B, 12 miles.

On Jan­uary 20, stat­ing at 9am there will be a walk Round Pen­dle for the Clar­ion House which is grade C, eight miles.

The walk to Dar­wen Tower starts at 10am on Jan­uary 27, is grade C and seven miles.

All walks ex­cept the coach ram­bles start at Plan­ta­tion Street car park Ac­cring­ton at times stated above.

Wed­nes­day walks take place through­out the year leav­ing Plan­ta­tion Street car park Ac­cring­ton at 9.30am.

They are a choice of two walks grade A or B and the des­ti­na­tion is de­cided the week be­fore.

Wed­nes­day walk en­quires to Brian Wohlters on 01254 871 851, all other en­quires to Nigel Brooke 01254 887750. Find us on Face­book.


TONY wel­comed three new prospec­tive mem­bers to our last reg­u­lar meet­ing of 2018.

Next Thurs­day will be the Christ­mas Lunch, so last chance to grab a place.

This week we met Mick Neary, poet ex­traor­di­naire.

He has rhymed since pri­mary school but, some 10 years ago, de­cided to ‘ed­u­cate’ him­self.

Cre­ative writ­ing groups filled that bill and we were treated to a rivet­ing and to­tally un­scripted hour of Mick’s ta­lent.

The sub­jects ranged from cheese to Sir Tom Fin­ney, by way of Her­bert Dan­son’s grand­son’s wife, the For­est of Bow­land and the be­hav­iour of Capis­trano’s swal­lows.

Ev­ery piece a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of how im­por­tant it is to hear po­etry, when­ever pos­si­ble, from the poet.

Then Mick gave us ex­tracts from what he had writ­ten on the Great War in Lan­cashire.

Based around the story of Tom and Nell from Chip­ping and fol­low­ing them to Buf­falo, New York.

No­body in the room to­day will ever for­get the Somme, where the whis­tles send­ing men over the top be­came the an­guished whis­tles of mills when the whole county screamed its loss.

“I re­mem­ber when you walked right here with me.”

We were also told of In­spi­ra­tions, Mid­dles­brough’s blood, sweat and ban­ter and The Bi­cy­cle.

Mick is some­one we must try to get back.

In thank­ing Mick, Chris of­fered his ap­pre­ci­a­tion with, An­tic­i­pat­ing Christ­mas, though weather is quite murky, thoughts of Christ­mas pud­ding Will al­ways keep me perky.

I re­ally do love Christ­mas, but then – I’m not a turkey.

Carolyn closed, in rhyme, ex­press­ing the puz­zle of all the lit­tle pills know­ing just where in the body to do their par­tic­u­lar thing.

There are still lim­ited va­can­cies for new mem­bers.

Any­one who would like to join the fun should con­tact Tony Joy, on 01254 264 359 or, come to the next meet­ing, in the Sup­per Room of Ac­cring­ton Town Hall on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, from 10am.

If you are re­tired or re­tir­ing soon, give it a try, for free, with cof­fee and a bis­cuit.


MEM­BERS met for their Novem­ber meet­ing at Bank Street.

Les­ley Jack­son wel­comed guests and mem­bers and read the min­utes of the last meet­ing and we heard about other meet­ings at­tended.

Les­ley re­ported that she had at­tended a talk on ‘Ac­tion on Hear­ing Loss’ and re­ported that Spec­savers of­fer a free hear­ing test if the GP re­quests the same.

Sue Sin­clair from Home­wise an­swered ques­tions put to her and is al­ways avail­able to help the Fo­rum.

CVS were also thanked for sup­port they give to the Fo­rum.

Every­one agreed that the lunch at Mill House in Oc­to­ber was a huge suc­cess, es­pe­cially the spe­cial cake made by Molly Rob­bins and the film TV crew.

Mem­bers were told that this will be shown on Chan­nel 4 in the next se­ries of Ex­treme Cake Mak­ers.

Linda in­formed the group about ar­range­ments for the Christ­mas party on De­cem­ber 5 at New Church in Oswaldtwistle.

The guest speaker was Cath Duck­worth and her sub­ject was Kinloch Cas­tle and the Ac­cring­ton Bul­lough fam­ily who even­tu­ally owned it.

Cath had worked at Ac­cring­ton li­brary in the spe­cial stud­ies depart­ment and had vis­ited the cas­tle many times.

James Bul­lough was born in 1799 and the fam­ily had moved to Bax­en­den in 1853 and had three sons and two daugh­ters.

James was in­volved with the im­prove­ments of weav­ing looms at The Globe Works.

The group found Cath’s knowl­edge very in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive about the births and mar­riages in the fam­ily and how the boys had gone into the tex­tile trade in Scot­land and bought the cas­tle and the is­land of Rum.

Son Ge­orge was also Knighted and made a Baron.

Cath was cer­tainly an ex­pert on the his­tory of the Bul­lough fam­ily and every­one en­joyed it.

She was thanked by Les­ley and a light lunch was served.

The next meet­ing will be on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 9.

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