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October 2012

posted 11 Oct 2012, 11:42 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association

October 2012

 

Dear All

 

Bridleway News

 

·         Heap Road (near old Norden Chimney)

Unfortunately this is still not finalised.  Someone has sent an objection about the width of the ginnell and the objection has been passed to the Secretary of State and is being considered.

·         Dunham

Work on this path is now complete and a celebration ride will be arranged soon, including disabled riders, cyclists and rambers.  Local press will be present.

·         Red Lumb

.  If it’s a problem for you please ring.
Some grids have been installed across Overtown Lane in Red Lumb (at the bottom of Joan’s hill) which are causing some horses a problem.  If you do have an issue can you please report it to the council by ringing 0845 2261800.  The more people who ring the better.  At the moment you can get around them but this is going to be fenced off in the near future so you will have to go over them.  This is an ongoing issue

·         Golf Links

The tree blocking the path at Broadhalgh has now been removed and Roger has cleared the brambles so it is now passable..

·         Church Inn, Birtle

The path below the Church Inn has now been repaired..

·         Tree Trimming, etc.

We are finding that the Councils no longer have the funds to cut back the foliage which takes over our bridleways in the summer so it looks like its down to us users.  If you go for a walk take a pair of shears or clippers with you and just cut a few branches back.

·         Splash Lane/Ashworth

The path down to Nabbs Wife from Splash Lane has been badly damaged by water.  This has been reported to the Council who have promised to look at it.  Also for information Ashworth Road is currently closed and is impassable between Dairyhouse Farm and Splash Lane so if you come across from Birtle to get to Norden you need to go via Black Dads Farm.





·         Ashworth Concessionary

United Utilities have a quote for putting a bridge in on the Ashworth Concessionary.  The quote is for just over £5,000 and want us to pay half.  We have agreed to donate £2,500 towards this as it benefits members both in Birtle/Bury and Norden/Rochdale.  If anyone has any strong objections to this money being spent they should contact someone on the Committee

·         Harwood Fields

We are getting a survey done on the bridleway across Harwood Fields to try to improve the surface which is extremely wet and muddy.

·         Elbut Lane

Birtle Trust have asked for our support in getting Elbut Lane resurfaced as cars are swerving to avoid pot holes and could quite easily cause horse riders a problem.  We have written to our ward councillors on behalf of the group but if there are any individuals who wish to write it would be greatly appreciated

·         Roods Lane

Evidence has been submitted to the Council in an effort to stop them blocking Roods Lane to horse riders (this is the path down the side of the bird sanctuary).  They have agreed to hold off blocking the path until the evidence is considered.  However, they did come and install a kissing gate which was removed by someone within an hour of it being installed so we do need to keep an eye on this one.  All the landowners along the route which links up with Woodtop (Mile Canter) have agreed to the route being upgraded to a bridleway which should make it a bit easier.  Anyone who wishes to complete an evidence form should come to the next meeting.

Treasure Hunt

The treasure hunt is about the only social ride which has taken place this year due to bad weather and we were extremely lucky on the day and only got wet after the treasure had finished.  The hunt took 7 teams on a ride around Whitworth and Lobden Golf Course.  Team GE won which consisted of Joan and Gwen.

 

Dates for Your Diary

·         29th October            -           Open Forum

·         26th November                     Xmas Shopping at Naylors

·         1st December                       Xmas Dinner at the Pack Horse (see below for further information)

·         28th January             Annual General Meeting


The next meeting starts at 8.00 pm at the Pack Horse.

Keep an eye on the website for further information on forthcoming events.


 

Christmas Dinner

The Pack Horse are letting us have their £22.00 menu for £20.00 per head.  The choices are:

Starters:

Smoked Trout Salad with Sweet Cucumber Pickle
Chicken Liver Pate with Kumquat Chilli Marmalade
Deep Fried Brie with Red Onion Relish


Main Course:
Roast Turkey Garnio
Peppered Venison Steak with Port and Redcurrant Sauce
Braised Lamb Shank with Red Wine & Rosemary Sauce served on a bed of Braised Puy Lentils
Grilled Rib Eye Stak with Bearnaise Sauce
Pan Fried Sea Bass Fillets with Ginger & Chilli Salsa
Mushroom Stroganoff with Rice & Garlic Bread

Desserts:

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream
Mixed Fruit Pavlova
Cheese & Biscuits

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Please complete your food choice below and return with full payment or bring to next meeting.  (Printed forms will be available at the meeting.)

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TOTAL PAYABLE: @ £20 PER HEAD   ……………………………………………

Helpful Hints to Get You Through Winter

 

·         Keep a dustbin full of water in a shed or barn area with a ball floating in it… that way you will always have water when your supply has frozen.

·         Keep a spare pair of gloves in your pocket>

·         Wear a pair of thin latex gloves under your outside gloves then if your gloves get wet your hands are still dry.

·         Put a thin outdoor rug over the top of a heavyweight one, they are easier to get dry.

·         Don’t touch metal gates with wet hands!

·         An old duvet under your rugs are just as good as an under-rug.  Secure with surcingles.

·         Keep a kettle full so that you have water to boil at any time.

·         Hot chocolate/coffee and pot noodles for emergencies if you are at the yard for a long time.

·         A pair of tights under your jodphurs will keep your legs cosy.

·         Invest in some thermal long johns and vest to keep you warm.

·         Ski wear is just as good as riding wear and not as expensive if you visit TK Maxx.

·         Mittens are better than gloves as your fingers keep each other warm.

·         Stand your wet willies/boots in a deep oven tray, that will collect the water and stop it running all over your floor.

·         Fleece neck warmers are better than scarves as there are no trailing bits to fall into water buckets.

·         Cover your padlocks with a plastic bag, stops them from freezing (apparently).

·         Finally, if you don’t like winter put your horse on full livery and let someone else do the work!!!!

 

Carry out any of the above at your own risk, I will not accept responsibility if they don’t work!!!!

 

We hope to see you at the next meeting which is the Open Forum, a chance for you to bring your ideas, share your tips, put your views forward.

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara

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