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Sept 2011

posted 22 Sep 2011, 11:31 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 21 Jan 2012, 12:38 ]

September 2011

 

Dear All

 

Bridleway News

 

·         Heap Road (near old Norden Chimney)

The final notice was posted for the Heap Road upgrade, however, you may have seen an article in the Observer where someone was complaining about horses going up the ginnell.  The council have received a number of objections, all quite small and irrelevant apparently but until they are resolved the upgrade can’t be finalised.  Hopefully this won’t go to a public enquiry.

·         Path Behind the Dexine Development (Redrow)

The closure notices have been put up, however, the dates shown suggest that it is closed now and work has not yet started.  No doubt fences will just go up one day.

·         Paperhouse River Crossing

We have spent £250 on improving the river crossing near Paperhouse Bridge.  The steps on the slope down to the river have been removed and a tiger trap installed on the flat at the top.  The sides have been dug out so that motorbikes can’t go around as the landowner is fed up of motorbikes messing around down there.

·         Sillinghurst Windmills

A planning application has been resubmitted to install some windmills right on Castle Hill Road.  Objections have been raised and it was rejected previously.

·         Chicken Farm Road

Following a couple of accidents on the concrete road that leads down to the chicken farm at Birtle, we have met with the landowner and the council to try and find an alternative route but our suggestion has been turned down.  The other suggestion was to put a more horse friendly surface down but the cost for this is fairly restrictive so at the moment this doesn’t look like anything is going to change.

Reviews

·         On 27th June Chris Peat gave an interesting talk about rides in other areas and also showed some lovely pictures of what is available to us not that far from home.

·         The ride around Cowm reservoir on 3rd July was very well attended (probably too well), but it was a lovely sunny day and everyone enjoyed it, I think.

·         The treasure hunt on 24th July went very well.  The results were:

Results - 1st Lancashire Hotpots 39 points 2hrs 38 mins

2nd Trickett's Specials 38 points 2hrs 13 mins

3rd Golden Dun & 2 Bays 38 points 3hrs 27 mins

4th 4 No Blonds 36 points 2hrs 22 mins

5th Two Gillians 35 points 2hrs 37 mins

6th Clipcloppers 33 points 2hrs 48 mins

 

·         The photo show was well attended and the rosettes for the treasure hunt were presented.  Unfortunately I didn’t pay enough attention to the winners of the photo show so can’t pass that on, sorry, I know I didn’t win anything.  We would like to thank Carol & John from The Pack Horse for judging the classes for us.

·         Last month’s quiz was once again very well attended.  A team consisting of Irene Pope, Carol Pritchard, Carol Crabtree and Dot Barlow won a big tin of chocolates.  Well done.

·         Gosh there seems to have been a lot going on since my last newsletter… the last thing is the Le Trec competition which took place on 29th August, bank holiday Monday.  There were 30 teams entered some from as far afield as Blackpool.  Everyone enjoyed the day and we were really grateful for all the help we received from members, non-members and friends who were roped in.  Danielle Marshall won the individual competition and the team competition was won by Joan Snowdon and Gwen Mann.  Full results are available on the website.  Once again, Irene did a fantastic job organising this.  We would also like to thank Robinsons Equestrian Centre for hosting the event free of charge.

Dates for Your Diary

 

·         Sunday 25th September

Ride to Watergrove Reservoir, Wardle.  Meet at the top of Woodhouse Lane at 10.30 am or at about 10.45 am at Lane Head (Rooley Moor crossroads).  Bridleway vests should be worn.  Bring a picnic if you wish.  This ride will probably take between 4 and 5 hours depending on the length of stop time.

 

·         Monday, 26h September

Fashion Show 8.30 pm prompt at The Pack Horse.  Naylors have organised this event and have put a lot of effort in.  They will be showing the new season clothing, including their exclusive range. 

·         Monday, 31st October

Next year’s joint master from the Holcombe Hunt is coming to speak to us.  8.30 pm at The Pack Horse.

·         Monday, 28th November

Cheese & Wine shopping evening at Naylors, from 8.00 pm.

·         Saturday, 3rd December

We are having a Christmas Party this year, Carol at the Pack Horse is letting us have the £15.95 menu for £10.00 per head, shown below.  There is a maximum of 40 places available so if you want to come please confirm as soon as possible by completing the form below and enclosing full payment with your booking.

 

 

 

Starters

 

Chef’s Homemade Soup (v)

Prawn Cocktail

Stilton Mushrooms

Chicken Tikka Skewers

 

Main Course

 

Roast Turkey & Ham

Chicken Papa Noel
(Chicken fillet coated in a chunky tomato & chorizo sauce)

Dill & White Wine Salmon

Spinach, Brie & Pine Nut Wellington (v)

 

Desserts

 

Christmas Pudding

Homemade Apple Crumble

Palette of Ice Cream

(Honeycomb, Baileys and Vanilla)

Peanut & Chocolate Tart (g)

 

(v = vegetarian)

(g = gluten free)

 

__________________________________________________________(NAME)

would like to attend the Christmas Party on 3rd December at the Pack Horse

 

Number of places _______________

 

Starters: _________________________________________________

 

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Main Courses: _____________________________________________

 

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Desserts: _________________________________________________

 

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£10.00 PER PERSON                            TOTAL PAYMENT INCLUDED:_£___________________

 

A bit of fun

 

Here are some amusing quotes about horses.

 

·         A Dog looks up to a man,
A cat looks down on a man,
But a patient horse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal.

·         A woman needs two animals: The horse of her dreams and a jackass to pay for it

·         Poverty is another word for owning a horse...

·         When riding my horse I no longer have my heart in my chest, but between my knees.

·         When in doubt, ask a horse.

·         A good rider can hear his horse speak to him.
A great rider can hear his horse whisper.
But a bad rider won't hear his horse even if it screams at him!

·         Grooming: the process by which the dirt on the horse is transferred to the groom.


Well I think that’s probably enough of that.

 

We are starting to think about the social calendar for next year so if there is anything in particular you are interested in or would like to get a speaker on a particular subject please let one of the committee know.  We are always open to new ideas as it’s really hard to keep thinking of things.  Janet O’Connor has done a cracking job over the last two years getting interesting and different speakers (most of them for free) so any help we can give her I’m sure would be most welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara

June 2011

posted 22 Jun 2011, 13:01 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 21 Jan 2012, 12:36 ]

June 2011

 

Dear All

 

Bridleway News

 

·         Lea Holme

The gate behind Lea Holme has now been moved.  As far as I know it is now a little bit better than it was before although still not perfect..

·         Heap Road (near old Norden Chimney)

Follow problems with a resident about riders using Heap Road I have been chasing up the Council on when the upgrade will be finalised.  Julie Simpson is trying to find out what progress has been made and hopefully this will be done soon.  It’s only been with the Council’s Legal Department for 2.5 years!!

·         Castle Hill Road

At the last meeting some new members raised concern about speeding traffic and motorbikes on Castle Hill Road and asked if some Horse Warning signs could be installed.  I have raised this with Julie Simpson and she has said that Bury Rights of Way are passing it to the Environment Department and as the road is adopted they may well put some signs up. 

·         Path Behind the Dexine Development (Redrow)

The developers are going to be doing some work on the Chimney on the old Dexine Path.  The path is going to be closed for approximately 6 months.  We will ask if it can be left open at weekends when there is no-one working on it..

·         Woodtop

Councillor Metcalfe has recently awarded us some money from her Township Fund which had to be spent in the Norden Area.  We have used this to widen Woodtop by cutting away a lot of the new saplings and also shoring up the edge where it was being worn away by water.  I haven’t seen the work done but apparently it is a big improvement.

Reviews

·         Towing and The Law – This meeting was really well attended and I think everyone learnt something about towing.  I certainly did and don’t intend to start now!

·         Baileys Horse Feeds – This was an excellent evening.  Very well attended and very informative.  A big thank you to Caroline for sharing her knowledge and expertise and helping lots of people to review their feeding regime.

·         Table Top Sale – Wasn’t so well attended and we definitely had more sellers than buyers but I did manage to get what I wanted to that was ok.

 

Dates for Your Diary

 

·         Monday, 27h June

Chris Peat (our BHS rep) is going to talk about rides in other areas.  8.30 pm at The Pack Horse.

·         Sunday 3rd July

Ride around Cowm Resevoir in Whitworth.  Meet at the top of Lane Head at 11.00 am.  Bring a packed lunch.  Let me know if you are coming, or if the weather is dodgy ring to see if It’s still on.  For those who joined the ride last year I have checked that there is no triathalon on this year!!  Hi viz must be worn.

 

·         Sunday 24th July

Treasure Hunt – starting and finishing at The Pack Horse.  Maximum 4 per team, £8 for a team consisting all member, £10 per team non-members.  Rosettes to 4th place.  Download a form from the website or ring Irene Pope on 0161 797 9688.  All conditions of entry are also shown on the website.

Monday, 25th July

Presentation of rosettes for the Treasure Hunt and Photo Show.

Class 1:      Cutest
Class 2       Handsomest
Class 3       Horse Most Like its Owner
Class 4       Funniest
Class 5       Action

So get your cameras out and get taking some pictures.  50p per picture.  Rosettes presented to the winner of each class.  8.30 pm at the Pack Horse

·         Monday, 22nd August

Back by popular request, Quiz Night.  Teams of 4.  8.30 pm at the Pack Horse.

·         Monday, 29th August – LE TREC

We are holding a Le Trec taster competition on 29th August at Robinsons at Birtle.  More details can be found on the website.

·         Working Parties

The working party on Nabs Wife on 8th June was cancelled due to bad weather (surprise surprise)

13th July is Broadoak in Bury.  Irene Pope is point of contact for this.  0161 797 9688.  Meeting place to be confirmed.

Treasure Hunt

We are holding a treasure hunt on Sunday, 24th July, starting and finishing at The Pack Horse.  Teams of 4 and if all are members the entry fee will be £8, non member teams will be £10.  There will be rosettes to 4th place and they will be presented at the meeting on 26th July.  More information will be available shortly.

50/50 Draw

 

The draw was won by Zoe Williamson and she won a grand total of £62.50.  That means we also put £62.50 into our funds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Viz – BHS Message

The BHS are currently doing a survey on the wearing of Hi Viz – this is the message recently sent out from them.

 

“Hi-viz is one of those things - ask any rider if they wear it and they will more than likely tell you that they most certainly do. However, pass them hacking out half an hour later and the likelihood is 'they forgot' or 'it's a bit hot' etc. There are numerous reasons why people don't always wear it (we're all guilty from time to time) but the fact is that it can save lives. Through our current survey (see below) we hope to discover the reasons why it might not be worn and set out to address them.

 

“Wearing hi-viz equipment when riding on the road can give vehicle drivers a valuable THREE seconds extra ‘reaction time’ that could save the life of both horse and rider! To put it into context, those three seconds are equivalent to a car, driven at 30 mph, travelling the length of a dressage arena! Yet still a worryingly high proportion of riders choose not to make use of this lifesaving equipment.
 

“This is a great concern to us at the BHS, where the safety of horse and rider is paramount.  To discover why more riders and carriage drivers don’t wear hi-viz clothing we have launched a national survey. We want to know what hi-viz items you use on yourself and your horse – and if you don't, why not. The aim is to establish what can be done to encourage more riders to put their safety first.

 

“The survey can be completed online from www.bhs.org.uk or www.horseaccidents.org.uk  Anyone who responds will have the chance to win British Horse Society Gold membership free for a year.”


Website

 

Make the most of our website, if you have something to sell email an advert via the website and put it on the classifieds page.  Its free and that is where we are getting a lot of hits.

 

A bit for Fun

 

·         Will I ever be able to race my horse again" the owner asked the vet.The vet replied, "You certainly will, and youll probably beat her too!

·         What do you call a horse that plays the violin?Fiddler on the hoof!

·         Did you find my horse well behaved?Indeed, whenever we came to a fence he let me over first.

·         What is the difference between a horse and a duck?One goes quick and the other goes quack!...

·         Why is horse racing so romantic?  Because the horse hugs the rails, the jockey puts his arms around the horse and you can kiss your money goodbye!

·         Did you hear about the overweight man who took up horse riding as exercise?The horse lost 15 pounds in a week!...

 

Do I need to apologise for these?

 

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our website for more up-to-date information.

 

 

Barbara

March 2011

posted 23 Mar 2011, 13:05 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 21 Jan 2012, 12:37 ]

March 2011

 

Dear All

 

Just a reminder that if you haven’t paid your subs for this year they are now due.  £10 for single membership and £15 for family membership.  You cannot ride in the concessionaries if you are not a member and if you have an accident your insurance will be invalid.  There’s a membership form attached to this letter.

 

Bridleway News

 

·         Lea Holme

The council have agreed to move the gate at the back of Lea Holme Farm and this should hopefully be done soon.  The Landowner has also agreed that the gate which comes out on Edenfield Road can be moved back slightly so that we are not struggling right by the road to open and close it.  This should make it a lot safer.

·         Scotland Lane (Dunham’s)

We have had a quote to do some work on Scotland Lane on the Bury side as it’s always extremely muddy during wet weather.  It looks like it’s going to cost quite a lot of money but we have £1,150 which was donated specifically for this area a few years’ ago to put towards it.  Concerns have been raised that if we do this work and don’t put some kind of drainage in that it will be a waste of money so the original quote has now rocketed to just over £5,500.  We aim to do some fund raising events and also try to obtain some funding from other groups, eg ramblers, cyclists,etc.  We will keep you informed of any progress on this.

·         Heap Road (near old Norden Chimney)

Some riders have been experiencing problems from an aggressive man who lives at the end of the Ginnell on Durnford Close.  Don’t take any notice of him and keep riding it.  The upgrade to bridleway has been approved by the Council and it is with their Legal Department (for two years) for finalisation.  We have advised the Rights of Way Officer about the problems being experienced and she has spoken with the people involved to try to resolve the problem but he is still moaning!!

·         Castle Hill Road

The planning application for the wind turbines on Castle Hill Road was rejected last week, however, he is going to appeal the decision so we’re keeping our eye on this one.

·         Path Behind the Dexine Development (Redrow)

The developers are going to be doing some work on the Chimney on the old Dexine Path.  We don’t know exactly when but the path will be temporarily closed.



Reviews

·         AGM

A lot of people turned up for the AGM and we have got quite a few new members this year.  Roger Mee is now Chairman, a vote of thanks was given to Gill Ridings for the work she has done during the last three years.

·         Map Reading

We held a night to give some insight into map reading and getting proper map references, etc.  There was a good turnout to this and again we got quite a few new members turning up.  I can’t really say too much more as I didn’t attend due to the speaker being my husband and the lack of a babysitter.

Dates for Your Diary

 

·         Monday, 28h March

Towing and the Law.  We have a lady who teaches towing coming to speak to us so if you want to learn about pulling a trailer then come along.  8.30 pm at The Pack Horse.

·         Monday 18th April (EARLY BECAUSE OF BANK HOLIDAYS)

Baileys Horse Feeds will be enlightening us about their range of products and hopefully will bring along some freebies.  8.30 pm at The Pack Horse

 

·         Monday, 23rd May (EARLY BECAUSE OF BANK HOLIDAY)

We are hoping to hold a table top sale, £5 for a normal sized table, eg 4ft x 2.5 ft,  You are then responsible for selling your own gear.  Venue to be confirmed.

·         Working Parties

We are planning to hold working parties on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  The first one will be on Wednesday, 11th May on Mile Canter.  The path is being washed away so we want to try to do something to help that but also cut overhanging branches and saplings which are taking up a lot of the inside edge of the path.  7.00 pm start.

8th June is Nabs Wife and 13th July is Broadoak in Bury.  Further details to follow.  Any help you can give would be really appreciated.


Treasure Hunt

We are holding a treasure hunt on Sunday, 24th July, starting and finishing at The Pack Horse.  Teams of 4 and if all are members the entry fee will be £8, non member teams will be £10.  There will be rosettes to 4th place and they will be presented at the meeting on 26th July.  More information will be available shortly.

Le Trec


Another event being looked at is the possibility of holding a Le Trec competition but this is in the very early stages of planning and a suitable venue needs to be found.  A sub-committee has been formed to look at this.



Norden Carnival

 

The theme for this year’s carnival is “Around the World in 80 Days”.  We are hoping to have a walking group in this year so if anyone wants to join please let us know.  The last time we entered we won the Best Walking Group prize.  The date is 18th June so put it in your diary.

Website

 

We are getting a good number of hits on the website some from as far away as Japan.  Most hits come In the days before and after our meetings.  We are thinking of having a members’ forum area on there which is in the early stages of development.  When its up and running we’ll let you know.  Also, don’t forget there is a classified page where you can advertise anything you want to sell.  Send your ads via the “contact us” button.

 

50/50 Draw

 

Don’t forget to enter the 50/50 draw.  The prize currently stands at £50 so its well worth winning. 

 

British Horse Society

 

As part of the conditions of our affiliation with the BHS this year they have asked me to send them details of all our members.  I didn’t just want to pass this on without you knowing so can you please let me know if you DON’T want your details forwarding to them.  They are offering a 30% discount to bridleway members who want to join.

 

One for the Road…

 

A city dweller came to a farm and saw a beautiful horse. He decided he had to have the animal. He bargained with the farmer and the farmer finally sold him the horse. The city man jumped on the horse and said, "Giddyup!" The horse didn't budge. The farmer explained, "This is a special kind of horse. He'll only move if you say, 'Praise the Lord.' To stop him, you have to say, 'Amen.'" Keeping this in mind, the new owner yelled, "Praise the Lord!" whereupon the horse took off with great speed. Soon horse and rider were headed for a cliff. Just in time the rider remembered to say "Amen!" The horse came to a screeching halt right at the edge of the cliff. Relieved, the rider raised his eyes to heaven and exclaimed, "Praise the Lord!"

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara


ROCHDALE, BURY BRIDLEWAYS ASSOCIATION

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP FORM

 

 

Name: ………………………………………Tel No. …………………………………

 

Address…………………………………………………………………………………

 

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E- Mail Address: ……………………………………………………………………….

 

I WISH TO JOIN THE 50/50 DRAW  £5 PER ENTRY                            YES/NO

 

Single £10                    *Family £15                 TOTAL AMOUNT PAID ___________

 

* Family members must live at the same address and be named below:

 

…………………………………………………………………………….**Age……..

 

…………………………………………………………………………….**Age……..

 

…………………………………………………………………………….**Age……..

 

…………………………………………………………………………….**Age……..

 

** If under 16

 

Cheques Payable to: Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association

 

Please return to:            Barbara Brown

81 Harewood Close

Norden

Rochdale

Lancs.

OL11 5TJ

 

 

January 2011

posted 24 Jan 2011, 13:00 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 21 Jan 2012, 12:36 ]

January 2011

 

Dear All

 

Happy New Year... let’s hope its a good one for everybody.

 

Subscriptions

Subscriptions are now due and a renewal form is attached to this letter.  Can you please complete all details on the form and either bring it along to the AGM or post it to me.  Subscriptions should be paid before the end of February, anyone who hasn’t renewed by then will be contacted to return their Greenbooth key.  We would like everyone to complete a form this year to make sure we have up-to-date information.  Please note that as advised last year Family Membership has been increased to £15.

 

We would also like to remind you that it is a condition of membership that you have third party insurance to ride on the concessionary routes.  You get third party insurance included with Gold Membership of the BHS for however many horses you have and that costs £59 per year.

Bridleway News

 

·         Lea Holme

The council have still not done anything about the gate behind Lea Holme but we have raised the issue again.

·         Scotland Lane (Dunham’s)

We have got two more quotes for this work but the council have now said that they work has to be carried out by a contractor who is approved by them so we are now contacted one of them.  No objections have been received about this money being spent on this project.

·         Castle Hill Road – Windmills

A planning application has been submitted to put two windmills on land adjacent to Castle Hill Road (near the chicken farms) in Birtle.  We have submitted an objection to this as the proposed site is only 15 meters from the bridleway and could cause problems for some horses.

Dates for your Diary

·         31st January 2011 – AGM

Bring your subscription form and payment along to get your new membership card for 2011.  Re-election of Officers and a chance for anyone else who wants to join the committee to put their names forward.  The 2011 social calendar will be available at the meeting.

The meeting starts at 8.30 pm at The Pack Horse in Birtle.  Refreshments will be served.

·         All other meetings are on the last Monday of the month unless its a bank holiday when its a week early.  All meetings will be at The Pack Horse unless otherwise stated.

Reviews

·         Cheese & Wine at Naylors

Once again we had a good turnout for this and everyone enjoyed having a bit of a spend, and a bit of a chat and some good cheese and wine.  We would like to thank Ben for opening specially for us and giving us the extra discount.

·         Christmas Meal at The Waggon at Birtle

There were 16 people who attended this year’s Christmas Meal and everyone had a really nice time.  The food was excellent.

·         Boxing Day Ride on New Year’s Day

9 people turned up for the New Year’s Day ride which was a good turnout considering what the weather was like.  I didn’t go as I had a bit of a hangover!

50/50 Draw

We will be doing another 50/50 draw this year in April so if you want to join please add £5 to your subscription.  You can have as many entries as you like.  Last year’s winner was Lynne Larcombe who won £67.50.

 

Mary Townley Loop

 

An update for those of you who sponsored Gill, Rosie and Jessica Morrell to do the Mary Townley Loop for MacMillan Nurses and Rossendale Hospice, the group raised £1,060 to be split between the two.  Well done.

First Fall of the Year Award

The award for the first fall of the year goes to Alison Palmer who fell off in spectacular fashion in front of most of the congregation of St Vincents Church, full hi viz was worn at the time so absolutely no-one could miss it... this happened at about 11.30 am on 2nd January so if anyone can beat this let me know.  Alison was unhurt as she had a nice soft landing!

 

 

And just to finish off....

 

A white horse walks into a pub and asks for a whisky.   The landlord says: "Hey, we've got a whisky named after you." The horse replies: "What, George?"

A poorly-looking horse limps into a bar with a bandage round his head. He orders a glass of champagne, a vintage brandy and two pints of Guinness.
He downs the lot and says to the barman: “I shouldn’t really be drinking this with what I’ve got?”
“Why, what have you got?”
“About two quid and a carrot.”


 

 

Barbara


ROCHDALE, BURY BRIDLEWAYS ASSOCIATION

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP FORM

 

 

Name: ………………………………………Tel No. …………………………………

 

Address…………………………………………………………………………………

 

………………………………………….………………………………………………

 

………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

E- Mail Address: ……………………………………………………………………….

 

I WISH TO JOIN THE 50/50 DRAW  £5 PER ENTRY                            YES/NO

 

Single £10                    *Family £15                 TOTAL AMOUNT PAID ___________

 

* Family members must live at the same address and be named below:

 

…………………………………………………………………………….**Age……..

 

…………………………………………………………………………….**Age……..

 

…………………………………………………………………………….**Age……..

 

…………………………………………………………………………….**Age……..

 

** If under 16

 

Cheques Payable to: Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association

 

Please return to:            Barbara Brown

81 Harewood Close

Norden

Rochdale

Lancs.

OL11 5TJ

 

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