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Rochdale Ramblers September 2017 Newsletter.

Jean Norman from the

Jean Norman from the Dunwood Park Nordic Walkers invites members to an ARCHAEOLOGICAL NORDIC WALK on 10th September when Archaeologist Mike Nevell will be talking about the industrial archaeology of Crompton Moor ( booking for this event is essential : cost £3 per person ) Further information on these walks can be found on and Richard and David Butterworth have some walk booklets. Manchester City Centre Walk : 11am Saturday 7th October. Following a quest to offer more diversity and social opportunities Richard has arranged for a professional tour guide to lead a 2 hour walk in the city tracing our industrial past with the theme "POLITICS and POVERTY". John Alker will lead the walk and it promises to be an interesting diversion from our usual programme and following the walk we will be able to partake in some refreshments (to be arranged). The finer details have yet to be arranged but John can deliver the walk up to approx 30 people and the more members we get the less cost to the individual. Richard anticipates that the cost per individual will be about £4. Please contact Richard on his usual numbers to confirm your participation. If successful and there is enough interest we can arrange further walks in our walks programme. Rochdale Ramblers Theatre Group. Following members interest in setting up a Ramblers theatre group to sample some local productions this autumn, Richard is asking if any like minded member would help him to organise and promote this social activity. In the first instance it would be useful to establish numbers who are interested in being part of the theatre group so please confirm with Richard if you are interested. Group Committee Meeting and Postal Night. Our next Group Committee meeting is at 7.30pm, Wednesday 20th September at the Unitarian Church, Clover Street, Rochdale. 7pm for the mail out team. Bollington Walking Festival. The Festival takes place between 23rd September and the 1st October with 46 free guided walks in the Cheshire Peak District over 9 days. For more information see 2. Out in the Countryside.

Success with Off Road Bikers. On Sunday 13th August Police seized two uninsured vehicles used to transport off-road motor bikes up to the moor from Rooley Moor Road. On the same day in a separate incident the Police seized an off-road motor bike leaking petrol into a feeder stream to Naden reservoirs and the rider was reported for summons. Scout Moor Wind Farm Expansion Plan. Peel Energy have not appealed against the Secretary of States decision to refuse the 14 turbines in the Rossendale area and time has now run out. We don’t know at this stage whether the 2 planned for Scout Moor in Rochdale will still go ahead. 3. I Didn’t Know That. The Coiners of Cragg Vale. Bell House, former residence of “King” David Hartley. The Cragg Vale Coiners were a band of counterfeiters based in Cragg Vale. They produced fake gold coins in the late 18th century to supplement small incomes from weaving. Led by "King" David Hartley, the Coiners obtained real coins from investors sometimes on the promise that they could "grow" the investment by smelting the original metals with base ores. They removed the coins genuine edges and milled them again, collecting the shavings. The coins were only slightly smaller. They then melted down the shavings to produce counterfeits. Designs were punched into the blanks with a hammer and coining kit and the fake coins circulated. The Cragg Coiners were so successful because Yorkshire was quite isolated from central England.

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