Bacup Times 16 Mar 1889

The Rev D Walmsley BA of Bury will deliver a lecture, subject 'Earthquakes and Volcanoes A.D. 79 and 1887' at The Unitarian School, Newchurch, on Wednesday March 20th.

A meeting of Members and Friends interested in the Bacup Natural History Society will be held in the Mechanics Institution on Thursday evening, March 21st. Business: Reconstruction of the society and advisability of getting new premises.

Waterbarn Baptist Sunday School committee beg to announce that they are arranging to hold an Old Scholars' Tea Party on Saturday April 20th 1889. All friends who at any time have been connected with the school are respectfully requested to send in their names and addresses, not later than March 20th, 1889, to James W Ashworth, 288 Newchurch Road, Stacksteads.

Wanted, a manager for 50,000 spindles and 1200 looms. Applications to be sent in, under cover, not later than Wednesday next, the 20th inst, addressed to the Chairman, Newchurch Spinning co, Cloughfold Nr Manchester.

We hear that an attempt has been made to exclude the [Manchester] Examiner from the co-operative reading room at Britannia. However, there was a 'four line whip' of the Unionists of the district, with the result that the voting was equal: a deliverance hailed by the Unionists with a recital of the anthem associated with the name of their village.

The death rate for the borough continues remarkably low, being amongst the very lowest in the country. If we can only get rid of the dangers of lead poisoning, we may expect to find the vitality of our inhabitants once more above par.

The colliers and laymen employed at Meadows and Oldclough collieries sat down to an excellent knife and fork tea, provided by Mr Gooding, on Saturday. After tea a meeting was held, presided over by Mr James Maden, who spoke of the unanimity which existed between servants and employers. Speeches were also made by Messers Richard Lord, James Buckley and Abel Buckley. Votes of thanks were given to Messers H.H Bolton and Charles Patrick for their liberal donations. The rest of the evening was spent in singing, reciting and dancing, and all were well pleased with the excellent entertainment.

Rossendale Football Association drew Haslingden FA in the semi-final of the Charity Cup, the match to be played at Rossendale's Dark Lane ground. The match between Brierfield and Rossendale was marred by the poor state of the Brierfield ground with snow and water, and only six of Rossendale's regular players turning up. Brierfield won by seven goals to two, with the Rossendale goalkeeper 'kept goal in a wretched manner'.

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