Bacup Times 23 March 1889

I, Thomas Burke, of Leemill, Bacup, will NOT BE RESPONSIBLE for any DEBT or DEBTS that my wife MARY BURKE may contract after this date. Saturday, March 23rd, 1889.

Tonight, Saturday March 23rd, at the Co-Operative Hall, Bacup, MR COLLINGE'S BENEFIT the Bacup Part Song Union will perform 'The Rossendale Martyr, or A Pioneer Quaker of Chapel Hill, with all incidental music, scenery &c. Doors open at 6.30, to commence at 7.30. Admission Front Seats 1s, Second Seats and Gallery 6d, Reserved seats 1/6.

Higher House, Old St, Newchurch. Monday April 1st 1889. Mr Crowther will Sell, for the Trustees of the late John Hargreaves Law, Esq, as above, the whole of the First Class Household Furniture, carpets, pictures, ornaments, mirrors, piano, books and numerous high-class articles, appointments, and effects which will be fully set forth in next week's newspaper.

[Advocating the incorporation of Rawtenstall Local Board]
'Our persistent advocacy of incorporation for Bacup was one of the main factors in its accomplishment; and, believing that what has proved advantageous to Bacup would be equally beneficial for Rawtenstall, we strongly urge upon the ratepayers of that district to give their support to the present movement for securing local self-government for this important portion of Rossendale. It does seem strange that in a constituency believed to be thoroughly impregnated with the principles of 'Home Rule', there should be even a shadow of opposition to a change which would give the ratepayers a direct and practical control over the expenditure of the money they contribute to the local exchequer.'

If the Bacup Tradesmen's Association can bring the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company to reason, so as to induce them to run a later train out of Bacup than 9-30 pm, they will confer a benefit on the town. The absence of a later train, especially on market nights, is a great inconvenience to people living down the valley, and on other occasions prevents many people from attending concerts, lectures and other public gatherings within the borough.

The sanitary and lighting committee met on March 11th. The clerk read a letter from Captain Patrick complaining of the deposit of night-soil near his premises at Cloughfold, and it was recommended that Mr John Spencer, Mr John Ashworth (Cloughfold), Mr John Ashworth (Waterfoot) with the chairman of the board, be appointed a sub-committee to take into consideration the best means for the collection and disposal of the night-soil within the district, and report then. The clerk was requested to inform Captain Patrick of the action the committee propose to take in the matter.

Ramsbottom beat Rossendale by three goals to two.

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