Rossendale Free Press 21 Dec 1889

A right Hearty and Merry Christmas to you all! Certainly it doesn't promise to be a very reasonable one in the matter of weather - no good old-fashioned ice and snow or hoar frost - but, bless us all, what does that signify! joyous hearts laugh at murky skies and muddy streets, and one can't get measured for Christmas weather as one does for an overcoat.

But though we are within 'shouting distance' of Christmas Day, we are bound to confess that there is so far little in our general surroundings to suggest it. True, the butchers, grocers, confectioners and tradesmen generally have begun to bestir themselves, and the sops and streets re beginning to grow bright with decorations, but a lot must be done before Tuesday night if Rossendale is this year to maintain its record for Christmas-keeping.

Letters intended for delivery on Christmas morning must be posted at Rawtenstall, Haslingden and Waterfoot not later than 5-30 p.m. the previous evening and at Crawshawbooth not later than 4-45 p.m.. Parcels from either place should be posted before 3-30.

Unrequited Hospitality - At Bacup on Wednesday Agnes Cunliffe, 17, weaver, Cloughfold, was charged with stealing a purse containing 18s from the dwelling-house of George Crowden, Hemp-street, Bacup, on the 12th inst. Prisoner, who is the daughter of respectable parents, induced Mrs Crowden to allow her to sleep on the soma all night. The next morning she went away, taking a purse from the mantelpiece, containing 18s. Prisoner pleaded guilty and was remanded in order that her parents might be present. She was again brought up on Thursday when she was ordered to come up of sentence when called upon.

A FREE NEWSROOM FOR NEWCHURCH. The opening of a free newsroom, which event will take place in Newchurch to-day, proves that public enterprise does not entirely slumber in this ancient historic village. The object of which this institution will make provision was first suggested in the interests of the young men of the working-classes who seemed greatly to stand in need of some institution where their leisure hours could be spend in suitable relaxation, where current literature could be had, and where they might spend an evening in innocent recreation in the village, near their own homes. This design has been brought to a practical issue under the leadership of MR James Ruston, JP, by a committee meeting at his residence, Forest house, Newchurch, consisting of the following ministers of religion - Revs SJ Bestowe (Church of England), JV Shrewsbury (Wesleyan), WR Shanks (Unitarian), in addition to the Rev RW hEy, headmaster of the Grammar School.,Mr Joseph Lunt, who has kindly acted as secretary, and Mr Rushton, who occupied the chair at most of the meetings. Captain Patrrick also joined the committee at a later stage. Numerous letters were received from gentlemen in the neighbourhood , for the most part approving of he movement or promising help. Premises have been secured near the centre of the village, next door to the post-office. These, by the willing services of the committee, have been appropriately furnished and made ready for use. The front room which is light and convenient has been stocked with a judicious selection of newspapers and weeklies, and he room behind furnished and provided with requisites for playing chess, draughts etc. It is also hoped that in the course of time anything which may be judged further conducive to the completeness and utility of the institution may be duly provided. The rooms are now open to the public free of charge and the promoters are desirous that he inhabitants of Newchuch will take every advantage of them. It has been deemed undesirable to make the use of the room dependent upon the payment of any fixed subscription, but those who frequent the room may contribute to its support and a public appeal will also be made. The undertaking could not have developed without help, and when the time arrives for calling upon the inhabitants of Newchuch for funds, it is hoped assistance will be abundantly forthcoming.

[Rossendale's home match with Fleetwood Rangers was postponed due to mist]

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