L&B Creates a New Circular Walk for Colne
LOCAL charity, Lidgett & Beyond, is in the process of creating a new circular walk for Colne called The East Colne Way. Councillors for Horsfield and Boulsworth awarded it the lion’s share of the funding required to set the walk up.
“It’s been quite a challenge to formulate the route in the depths of winter and in this I have been ably assisted by fellow L&B supporter John Birchenough”, said Mark Chung, a member of the Charity’s management team. “I’d like to thank our councillors for supporting us and also Tom Partridge, Pendle Council’s Countryside Access Officer, and Pendle Council’s Tourism Department which has agreed to supply us with the mapping and also promote the new route for us.”
The five mile route starts and ends at The Lakeside Café, Ball Grove Park and is a scenic ramble over The Lidgett Triangle and The Upper Rough. The new walk is the first in Colne for many years. The walk will also be promoted by Colne Town Council and will be recognised in its emerging Neighbourhood Plan.
David Cockburn-Price, Chairman of the Trustees for L&B explained: “We are all going to have to muck in now whether with drills, rawl plugs and waymarkers, or by researching the area’s history for the information boards. As a charity we aim to protect and enhance our beautiful area and improve access to it too.”
MEMBERS of Lidgett and Beyond have reacted with sadness and fond memories to the death in late 2017 of Owen Oliver, its co-founder and president.
David Cockburn-Price, Chairman of the L&B Trustees, commented: “Owen had been involved in the fight to save the Lidgett Triangle and The Rough for over thirty years. This involved fighting planning applications in both the 80s and 90s, organising predecessor action groups and supporting the setting up of the Conservation Area. More recently, he was a driving force behind Lidgett & Beyond and our campaign to defend the area against encroachment from wind turbines and other unsuitable development plans.”
Lidgett and Beyond members have been posting on Facebook and sending e-mails remembering Owen.
David Cockburn-Price added: “His knowledge, record-keeping, intelligence, enthusiasm and zest for life proved invaluable to us all. No-one enjoyed going from house to house delivering our leaflets and gathering information more than Owen – I think it was all the chatting with neighbours he loved the most and he simply swept us along with him at times.”
Other groups also benefitted from Owen’s input over the years, including The West Craven Tennis Club and the Pendle Youth Orchestra, where he was also President for many years.
John Birchenough, L&B trustee, said: “Owen believed he could make a difference and, through his energy and commitment to the cause, he did.”
UPDATE - We dedicated a smart new bench at Ball Grove Country Park in memory of Owen. The bench overlooks the lake by Lakeside Café and marks the starting and finishing points for our new circular walk - The East Colne Way. His family, L&B members, MP Andrew Stephenson and local councillors gathered to admire the new bench.
Chairman of the L&B Trustees, David Cockburn-Price explained: “It was wonderful to see Owen’s family and hear their touching feedback about the bench – it’s a great way to remember his terrific contribution to this area."