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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.


·         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 or  Anyone who responds will have the chance to win British Horse Society Gold membership free for a year.”



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.