February marks the beginning of the new year for Moonrakers. As we began in February 2003, this month is the commencement of our eighth year.
Fistly the meeting was advised of all the requests and communications we’d had since the December meeting (January meeting cancelled due to snow/ice and insufficient heating in the village hall):
1. A request for David Hoyle sketches, following “The Dalesman” article “Raking in the Moon” January 2010
2. The above “Dalesman” magazine received to thank us for our assistance, with picture and information.
3. Website material received from a member and some added to site.
4. News of Carr Head postcard on EBay auction.
5. News that Gale Mill Hawes have on view the David Hoyle painting (copy) – section view of a textile mill, that we donated.
6. 1924 Philip Snowden visit to Cowling – letter re visit arrangements received.
7. Richard Bradshaw (ex Methodist minister) communication re Alice Smith aural recording on website.
8. A request for a David Hoyle CD.
After discussions about the above the proposed spring Nostalgia Afternoon was aired. It was decided that at this stage a date could not be fixed due to some members not being available, due to work or family commitments. This will be looked at again next month.
Summer short History Routes planning, another objective for 2010, was then examined. After discussion it was proposed that the following five routes could be planned (not neccessarily all for this year).
1. Cowling Hill to Middleton
2. Ickornshaw, Cock Hall and Winkholme.
3. Keighley Road – Winkholme top to Collinge Road and return via allotments to St Andrew’s church.
4. Lane Ends area and Dick Lane.
5. The Corpse Route – All Saints church to Wainman’s Bottoms (at present, until new bridge built, via Berry Bottoms)
Next month’s meeting will look at starting to plan the historic interest to be noted on these routes.
In our other items section member Dennis Harker brought some very interesting items.
To link in with the proposed picture book objective for the year Dennis brought two picture books he had compiled of village history. These books had involved many hours of preparation and could possibly form the basis for the picture book idea. Members at the meeting perused them with admiration and interest.
Dennis also donated for storage receipts from the old Cowling Co-operative store. These comprised of a reciept book from 1946 and a set of reciepts from 1928/9. Again members delighted in examining these and finding family members or Cowling characters mentioned in these records. They have been added to our store of Cowling Archives.
Finally a request was made for aural recording ,available on the website, to be made available to Lancashire Local History archives. The meeting agreed and enquiries decided upon to do the same in Yorkshire.