Rossendale Free Press 25 May 1889

A PUBLIC APOLOGy.- I hereby publicly apologise and express my deep regret to the Spiritualists for having, on Sunday last,May19th disturbed and otherwise annoyed them whilst engaged in their public service, and promise to never repeat the same. Signed, J.R. Ingham Rawtenstall, May 23rd 1889.

ROSSENDALE LIBERAL UNIONIST ASSOCIATION - A PUBLIC MEETING will be held in the Co-operative Hall, Bacup, on Tuesday, May 28th 1889 when addresses will be delivered by THE RIGHT HON. JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN, MP, Sir Joseph C. Lee, Professor Hopkinson and others.

TO LET, THE ASHLANDS Newchurch, a most desirable and complete family residence, with entrance lodge, pleasure grounds, kitchen garden, greenhouses, vinery &c, large stabling accommodation, loose box, carriage house, shipping &c, an abundant supply of excellent spring water to house and stables &c…

Red Lion, Cloughfold,
Mr A Law will Sell on Monday, May 27th as above, 2 capital draught horses, 2 brood mares, 4 head of cattle, 7 sows in pig, 12 young pigs. Sale at One o'clock.

The dispute which has arisen between the Rawtenstall Local Board and the Rossendale Gas Company about the quantity of gas supplied to street lamps does not promise to be easily settled…

The final of the Rossendale charity Cup [football] was played at Haslingden between Rawtenstall and Rossendale, with Rawtenstall winning 2-0.

THE WEATHER - The splendid weather of the present month has brought out the crops wonderfully in this district. The meadows have already begun to present quite a summer-like appearance, and look as though they will soon be ready for the reapers' scythe. Some of the farmers say that the crops re a full month earlier and of better quality than last year.

FOX SEEN AT LENCH - On Monday morning about five o'clock a farmer named Ward, living at Lench Farm, saw a fox inn of his meadows. On being alarmed it made towards Cowpe Low, and has not been seen since. Mr Ward has missed poultry of late, but has now solved the mystery as to the offender.

RAWTENSTALL CHRUCH CLOCK.To the Editor of the Rossendale Free Press.Sir:- Will you kindly allow me to ask your readers to aid me isn liquidating the small debt (£61) on the above. I am encouraged to ask this by the receipt of £5 from Mr T.H.Townsend. Donations may be paid through you, or to yours truly, J Norris, Vicar.

Rossendale Free Press 18 May 1889

Rawtenstall Brass Band. A Great Brass Band Contest and Gala will take place on the Football Field, Rawtenstall, on Saturday, May 18th, 1889. £25 will be awarded in Prizes, and 21 Bands will compete.

Mr Henry Harwood, of Cloughfold, whilst thanking his friends and patrons for past support, begs to remind them that he still continues the Agency for the Clitheroe and Buxton Lime, and he can supply any quantity at a few day's notice.

Wanted, by two sisters, bedroom and sitting room (without board) within easy reaching distance of Cloughfold station. Apply "C", Free Press Office.

If the condition of local trade and of the wage-earning classes may be gauged by the extent to which they support local religious institutions, things are in a perceptibly better condition than they were a year ago. the amounts realised at the annual sermons at most churches and chapels in the district are considerably in excess of last year.
Candidate for the Ministry. Mr Joseph Stott, of Cloughfold, passed the preliminary examination for admission to the Methodist Free Church Training college which was recently held at Rochdale.

Cloughfold Baptist Chapel. Sion Baptists Chapel, Cloughfold, will be closed for public worship during the next few weeks, whilst the work of cleaning, re-painting and decorating the chapel will be proceeded with. It was placed in the hands of Mr Joseph Whitehead, painter, Newchurch, on Monday last and the work will probably occupy seven or eight weeks. In the meantime worship will be conducted in the schoolroom.

On Saturday the first rounds of six-a-side football contest were played on the Rossendale football group, Dark Lane. Prizes to the value of £14 10s were offered for competition.

Wm Litton, factory operative, Helmshore, was charged with travelling on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co. without ticket.

John Brennan, farmer, was summoned by PC Ditchfield for having a milk cart in use without the owner's name upon it. Defendant said his name was written on child in the cart, so that a blind man could almost read it. He was ordered to pay the costs, and get a proper name-plate put on his cart.

Rossendale Free Press 11 May 1889

The reluctance of local capitalists to invest in Rossendale Valley Tramway shares may be gathered from the fact that up to within the last three months only about £200 had been taken up. The success, however, which might appear to attend their working - the traffic returns have undoubtedly increased - has so strengthened public confidence in these shares that £7,000 worth is now said to have been locally subscribed. It is stated positively that the construction of the new section, from Waterfoot to Bacup, will be commenced on Monday morning next.

For many years the increasing number of mills in this and other parts of the country, and the quantity of soul smoke which their ever-busy chimneys are constantly loading the air, has attracted the attention of all thoughtful men - men who have regard to the public health. Local governing authorities have struggled with the difficulty, but so far with small success… If the cottager's chimney catches fire he is promptly fined, but much greater leniency has been shown to the factory master…

Sion Baptist Chapel - Last Sunday morning and afternoon, special sermons in aid of the choir of Sion Baptist Chapel, Cloughfold, were preached in that place of worship by the resident minister, the Rev W. Collins Davies's.A. At each service, anthems were sung by the choir, and in the morning Mr J.W. Tattersall sang a solo from "The Pentecost". There were good congregations. The total collection amounted to over £8.

Fraudulent Sanding of Wool - A meeting of the Northern Wool Buyers' Association was held at the queen's Hotel, Manchester, yesterday week, in reference to the continuance and possible increase of the practice of fraudulently " sanding'" East India wools. The Mayor of Dewsbury presided, and representatives were present from Messers Mitchell Bros, Whitewall-bottom, and Mr Richard Ashworth, Waterfoot. Several resolutions condemnatory of the practice were unanimously passed, a strong opinion being expressed in favour of dealing effectually with the difficulty.

On Tuesday afternoon last the Rossendale Bicycle and Tricycle Club held a two miles' handicap on a secluded piece of road in the neighbourhood of Bury.

MAY SUNDAY - According to established custom, all the graves in the [Haslingden] parish church-yard were last Sunday decorated with flowers. It was a pretty and yet touching sight to see so many floral tributes t the memory of departed friends and relatives brought by loving hands, and as usual there were many visitors.

The football charity cup final between Rawtenstall and Rossendale ended as a draw - one each. When the next match will take place is not yet known, but a meeting of the Association will be held - Tuesday night. From what I learn, Mr Duxbury, who officiated as referee, has been somewhat inclined to waive his decision re the Rawtenstall goal and until an answer is received from him the affair, I presume, must remain as it is.

Bury 208 all out, Rawtenstall 86 for 7 at stumps.

Yesterday afternoon at the Royal Hotel, Waterfoot, Mr H.J. Robinson, coroner, held an inquest touching the death of Edward Fountain, a filter, employed at Hugh Mill, Waterfoot, who died on Wednesday night from lockjaw…he had met with an accident at his work, and had got three fingers of this right hand taken off…he was oiling the fan when he met with the accident. It was not the deceased's duty to oil it.

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