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Rossendale Branch Newsletter  April 2001

April 4. Annual General Meeting (see below)

The AGM will be followed by: Photographs from your family albums.

Our Programme for 2001

LAST MONTH: David Fitzpatrick was again, unable to give us his talk on the History of Calderstones Hospital and Graveyard.

We would like to give our sincere thanks to Mary Davison, who stepped in at an hour’s notice, to show us her slides of Antarctica. She even managed to find a local connection. It would appear that, Lieutenant Royds, one of the men who accompanied Shackleton, on his expedition, was a Rochdale man.-

May 2nd - Violet’s story, part 2. by Denise North.

Denise purchased a box of old postcards at a car boot sale. Using only the messages on the back of the cards, she put together the fascinating story of Violet, her friends and relatives. In this second instalment she will expand the story, by giving details of her researches.

June 6th - Who was my uncle Bilsborrow? by Tony Foster (Society Chairman)

July 4th - Our Out Visit. A visit to St. James Church and (weather permitting) a walk round Haslingden

Coming Events ....

Sunday 8th April Family History Fair, Stockport Town Hall. 10am - 5pm Admission £2.00

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd April The Spring Conference of the Federation of FHS will be held at Leicester University.

5th - 6th May London, SOG FH Fair. 12th May at Preston, University of Central Lancs .LFHHS Conference and AGM

25th June York FH Fair

27th October FFHS Fair, Preston Guild Hall

Rossendale Ancestry:

Recent enquiries have included:

(1) HAWORTH/HEYWORTH Ann Stocker is seeking a birth certificate for Ann Haworth born c1860. In 1881 she was living with her uncle Thomas Haworth aged 37 at Rose Vale Terrace, Higher Booth. Her parents were William & Alice Haworth. She was born at Newchurch.

Mrs Stoker had purchased 2 incorrect certificates which she will give to any interested party. These are for Ann born 9th October 1860, parents Dennis & Mary Jane, and Ann born 17 February 1858, parents William and Mary. Both are "of Bacup." email stocker@crowham.freeserve.co.uk

(2) HAWORTH/MADEN/DOBSON Alison Grimshaw was born at Waterfoot. Both her parents were Madens. She says she has a quantity of family papers which she is now busy sorting out. She has a handwritten account book which belonged to Robert Haworth of Holt Mill. This book gives detailed accounts of John Haworth with Robert and James Haworth including a work breakdown for the cost of "two double houses erected at Scout belonging to the Society of Independent Oddfellows, Newchurch." It gives the names of all their workmen, their labour contribution and costs. There is an entry for John Haworth, a blacksmith who was paid £4 1s 9d 3/4 Further on, there is a reference to the death of John Haworth "1846, April 7th, died at Shawclough, very suddenly, at 1 1/2 o’clock, very suddenly in the Fire Hole."

James Haworth was married 27/7/1845 to Martha Dobson, their eldest daughter Margaret Jane married Walter Bradley Maden, Mrs Grimshaws ancestor on her father’s side. She does not know how James was related to John and Robert Haworth. Email alison@grimshaw22.freeserve.co.uk

The Rossendale Branch meets at Longholme Chapel, Bacup Road, Rawtenstall, on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome or why not visit our web site : www.rossendale-fhhs.org.uk

April 4. Annual General Meeting Agenda

1. Apologies

2. Notices

3. Minutes of the AGM held 6 April 2000.

4. Matters Arising.

5. Reports: a) Chairman, b) Secretary/ Newsletter Editor, c) Treasurer/ Book Sales, d) Programme Organiser, e) Project Organisers, f) Librarian

6. Adoption of Reports.

7. Election of Officers: Nominations

Chairman: John Dalton Vice Chairman: Ken Simpson Secretary: Rita Hirst  Treasurer/Book Sales: Maureen Hodgkinson  Minute Secretary: Jean Harrison  Programme Organiser: Kathleen Ashburner  Project Organisers: Michael Hiluta  Web Manager: Wilfred Day  Librarian: Winifred Belcher Member Pauline: Holt  Executive Rep. Kathleen Ashburner

8. Any other Nominations

9. Any other business.

SECRETARY’S REPORT April 2001 Branch meetings continue to be well attended. New members and visitors are always made welcome. The Programme continues to be varied, interesting, and even educational. The web site has been a welcome addition to the services we are able to offer to members. We have been able to put Rossendale on the world map and I know this has been much appreciated. Wilf must be congratulated for all his hard work in this respect.

One result of this advertising, has been an increase in inquiries from outside Rossendale. I feel that this interest will continue to grow and I am grateful to those of you who have helped to answer some of these queries.

The "Rossendale Ancestry" column in the newsletter has proved very popular. I would however, appreciate more input with articles. If you come across an item of interest, whilst doing your local research, don’t hesitate to pass it on. The newsletter is now published on our web site, so it is not just for the benefit of those attending Rossendale Branch meetings.

Once again, my thanks to Kathleen Ashburner for photocopying the newsletter.

PROJECTS REPORT- Michael Hiluta and Wilf Day. Work has now been completed on the Newchurch MIs. These have been sent to the Publications Committee for binding and microfiching.

Wilf says....

All Saints’ Goodshaw, Baptisms, 1900 - 1999. Completed. This is currently being bound in hard back at Rawtenstall Library. Unfortunately we have been refused permission to microfiche this work.

All Saints’ Goodshaw, Baptisms 1684 - 1899. is being transcribed.

All Saints’ Goodshaw, Monumental Inscriptions. Work will continue on this project later in the year.

The 1891 census index for the Rossendale area is ready for binding.

The web site is still taking up quite a bit of time. I am trying to put a short history with each church photo. I have done 16 out of 70 so far. Is anyone willing to help? I have made a transcript of the names on the WW1 memorial in Rawtenstall cemetery and I am hoping to put this on the web site in the near future.

Michael Says....

I have taken advantage of coffee mornings to look through the marriage registers of several churches.

On Wednesday 10 -12 noon I have visited St. Mary’s Rawtenstall. Entries start 1878. Thanks to the Rev. David Parkin.

I have also started to transcribe the marriages at St. Anne’s, Edgeside (Waterfoot) on Tuesdays 9 - 11am. Entries commence 1887. My thanks to the Verger John Greenwood. I now need someone to put this information on to computer.

My thanks also to Ralph Ward, Minister of Newchurch Methodist Church. He has allowed me to look through marriages between 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings, whilst he holds a children’s class. Marriages start in 1873.

A burial index for Rawtenstall cemetery is being compiled. The first burial (of 21,000) commenced 9th January 1877. Anyone interested in doing the cemetery MIs?