GALLERY

THE OFFICE

THE OFFICE

WALLING FOLK

 

OUR FOUNDER MEMBER

Bryan Hough -The President

BRYAN HOUGH -The first President (deceased 30th September 2017)          There wasn’t much about walling that Bryan didn’t know and he was respected nationally and locally for his expertise. He taught many of us all we know!…..and then a bit more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICERS

THE PRESIDENT – CARL WATSON – DSWA QUALIFIED EXAMINER and INSTRUCTOR
LANTRA/DSWA CERTIFIED  MASTER CRAFTSMAN                                                                             Carl was taught by Bryan at Burnedge Bent Farm 30 years ago – no finer training.

 

THE CHAIRMAN – CHRIS BOLSHAW- DSWA QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR  LANTRA/DSWA CERTIFIED ADVANCED CRAFTSMAN……also taught by Bryan at Burnedge Bent Farm.

 

 

THE SECRETARY – PAUL CLAYTON –  LANTRA/DSWA QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR

 

THE TREASURER – GILL BOLSHAW

 

 

OUR BRANCH MASCOT - LILY No qualifications but really cute

OUR BRANCH MASCOT –  LILY  No qualifications but really cute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUALITY CONTROL – Lily checking toppers…

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT   Katy and Zak – in charge of counselling and stress management…..still waiting for their first job but always available for strokes and pats.

 

MEMBERS

RAF

RAF

Maggy

MAGGY

PETER

PETER

ZOE

ZOE

JACKY

JACKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy – getting feedback from Lily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEOFF

JEFF

BEN

BEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VAL

VAL

PETER

PETER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOWARD

HOWARD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEIL

NEIL

 

BEN

BEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ED

 

MICHAEL

 

AKIDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD

YVONNE

JOHN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAINING COURSES 2017

LARKHILL, DOBCROSS  OCTOBER 2017

With storm Brian about to arrive we wasted no time in getting the foundations in.

 

A superb group of 14 trainees managed to build 20m of sound wall in less than perfect conditions …….AND NOT A WORD OF COMPLAINT FROM ANYONE. Well done everybody!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MORNING AFTER!

 

LARKHILL, DOBCROSS  AUGUST 2017

Lovely day for the course in August – Chris, the instructor, outlines the plan for the two day course.

Jacqui chose some powerful foundation stones

Akida managed to keep his foundations level

DECISIONS!

All Hail the Lancaster which came to have a look at us three times over the weekend

Chris came all the way from Vancouver…and enjoyed every minute.

Zoe and her dad get the top courses secure ready for the toppers

Final touches for Clare and Howard

Everyone was meticulous with their toppers

Happy wallers in front of their newly built wall

GORSE HALL  MAY 2017

Another fine section of wall was built by an excellent group of trainees.

The Tameside team found us some excellent foundation stones

With the sun on our backs beneath the blossom there was a happy buzz.

Quite rightly everyone was well pleased with the results of their two days’ effort.

TRAINING COURSES 2016

GORSE HALL  MAY 2016

………….our first course of 2016 took place at Gorse Hall for Tameside MBC. Originally belonging to Beatrix Potter’s family before they moved to the Lake District, the park was given to the local community.

 

finishing touches

An outstanding group of trainees worked extremely well to produce 18metres of new wall to replace the ruined wall that they dismantled at the start of the course.

 

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Wall finished – well done everybody

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A carved gritstone ‘plaque’ showing a ‘dark satanic’ mill scene, which was found when the original wall was dismantled, was built into the new wall by Howard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LARKHILL LANE AUGUST 2016

The course involved the rebuilding of a ruined wall.

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Everything has to come out……

 

Checking the foundations

Checking the new foundations which are much wider to take a bigger wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The first lift was soon completed.

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TOPPERS  Just below the line – not touching it!

We had superb toppers to work with.

We had superb toppers to work with though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course distractions are important…..

...there is always time for a laugh.

…there is always time for a laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…….and we arranged for the Battle of Britain flight to come and check us out. All cheered the locally built Lancaster and her fighter escort as they roared over – twice.102 Battle of Britain over Larkhill 6-8-16 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

102 Battle of Britain over Larkhill 6-8-16 (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL COURSE OF 2016 at LARKHILL in OCTOBER

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Check those foundations

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Second lift well under way

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“Mustn’t touch the line”, he said

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9 metres of fine new wall completed

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……and not a drop of rain – but look behind you! Not a drop – can’t believe we didn’t get soaked.

 

PRACTICE MEETS

At BURNEDGE BENT :-

Bryan drops by to keep an eye on us

Bryan drops by to keep an eye on us

Raf realises that he has built his car keys into the wall.

Raf realises that he has built his car keys into the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ridge Farm, Diggle – November 2016

THE FINAL STRETCH

THE FINAL STRETCH   Jeff getting on with it.

 

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JOB FINISHED – December 2016

PRACTICE MEETS 2017

First meet of 2017 at Larkhill Road, Dobcross

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Lousy day but everyone wanted to be there

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spot the umbrella

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the big curve

February/March 2017 – new wall commenced at Ridge Farm

Bitterly cold day in Saddleworth – Gill keeping warm.

Spring at last – Line of the new wall

….early stages with Ben’s bee bole

August – The new wall starts to take shape.

With Herbert to keep us company we got on well.

Job Finished – November 2017

 

 

BUT……

and sometimes we do no walling at all and go for a stroll

……… sometimes we do no walling at all and go for a stroll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SADDLEWORTH SHOW

2012

2012 A Pile of stone

2012 A Pile of stone – Carl and Adam getting things sorted out – the wall is in there somewhere!

2012 Foundations

2012 Foundations

2012 A wall - MAGIC!

2012 A wall – MAGIC!

2013

2013 Another pile of stone

2013 Another pile of stone – Chris and Adam embarking on the art of the possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Adam 'running hot'.

2013  Adam ‘running hot’.

all hands on deck

all hands on deck

2013 curve is taking shape

2013 curve is taking shape

2013 Home straight

2013 Home straight – running out of stone

2013 visitors

2013 visitors

2013 visitors to help even

2013 visitors to help even

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PINNACLE AWARD 2015 – ‘THE HIVE’

Our professional member Adam Clarke and Lydia Noble were given the award for their sensational piece of work which they also designed – many congratulations to both.

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43 The Round House (2) 43 The Round House (3)

 

 

43 The Round House (10) 43 The Round House (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MISCELLANEOUS
…….to whet the appetite………

Hermit Cells on Skellig Michael of the coast of Kerry

Hermit Cells on Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry, Southern Ireland

.......if you have the time and a lot of round stones

…….if you have the time and a lot of round stones

Adam with Tess and his niche - clever!

Adam with Tess and his niche – clever!

River boulders and slate used to maximum effect in Great Langdale

River boulders and slate used to maximum effect in Great Langdale

Eden Valley Sandstone

Eden Valley Sandstone

Scottish Highlands - Granite Dyke

Scottish Highlands – Granite Dyke

Bee Boles in Skiddaw Slate

Bee Boles in Skiddaw Slate

South Wales

South Wales

River Cobbles and Slate

River Cobbles and Slate

Adam, our walling ambassador, with our patron and future king

Adam, our walling ambassador, with our patron and future king

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallorus Oratory - Dingle Penninsula S W Ireland

Galarus Oratory – Dingle Peninsula S W Ireland -How did they do that!