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. For several years he was the national president, senior instructor and examiner.  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 – TRUSTEE OF THE DSWA

 

 

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.

Sadly Katy died recently and Zak and the rest of us miss her horribly.

KATY 2008 – 2018 RIP

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL FRIENDS

We make many friends walling and few people pass us by on Larkhill Road in Dobcross without passing the time of day. In fair weather and foul Bill Leonard is one of our most regular visitors as he walks his son’s two dogs. Sadly they both died recently but he still gets out for his constitutional and stops for a chat. He is a lovely, courteous man – a gentleman and a pleasure to chat with. He is one of our special friends.

Of course ‘throughs’ have a particular significance to wallers but we placed one for an entirely different purpose at a strategic point on Bill’s route. He will be 100 years old in September and we hope he will enjoy the through for many years to come.

CONGRATULATIONS AND ALL THE BEST BILL FROM EVERYONE IN THE LANCASHIRE BRANCH DSWA

BILL LEONARD in his 100th year making best use of a big through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAF

RAF

Maggy

MAGGY

PETER

PETER

ZOE

ZOE

JACKY

JACKY

MEMBERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy – getting feedback from Lily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEOFF

JEFF

BEN

BEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VAL

VAL

PETER

PETER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard

 

 

 

NEIL

NEIL

 

BEN

BEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ED

 

MICHAEL

 

AKIDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD

YVONNE

JON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAUL

KATHY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAINING COURSES 2018

GORSE HALL, STALYBRIDGE 18th & 19th AUGUST for TAMESIDE MBC

Getting the old wall down…a lot to do yet

By early Sunday afternoon a good strong wall had replaced the old, crumbling wall.

An outstanding team! They were justifiably pleased with the results of their hard work and forgot all about the bit of rain on Sunday morning. The warden and ‘Friends of Gorse Hall’ were thrilled with their efforts so thanks from them and WELL DONE EVERYBODY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LARKHILL, DOBCROSS  28TH&29TH JULY

Another splendid group of trainees built a sound stretch of wall and ignored the persistent rain on Sunday morning…..the only real rain for weeks. Well done everybody, I think it will stand the test of time.

Big skies as we stripped out the old wall

The first lift was coming up splendidly

The first lift was soon completed

Toppers vertical, tight, square across the wall and no more than 1mm below the line……..

THE ‘A’ TEAM

Job done and the toppers spot on. Well done everybody!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TWO COURSES AT LARKHILL IN APRIL BUILT 34 METRES OF NEW WALL!

14TH &15TH APRIL

This course was arranged to accommodate those who were cancelled by bad weather in March. The 8 that could make it were a joy and produced 14 metres of excellent wall.

Getting the old wall down and out of the way…

ground prepared and stepped to take the new wall

Nigel and Josh making a good job with rough stone

Always time for a laugh…

……..and contemplation

21st&22nd April

A week later this splendid group of trainees built 20 metres of sound, stock-proof wall to replace the ruined wall that greeted them on Saturday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall built – great teamwork. Really well done everybody!! I can’t remember a course where nearly everyone was there 1 hour early on the second day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

PRACTICE MEET 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRANCH RETAINING WALL PROJECT AT WHITWORTH – JULY 2018

From this………..THE PROBLEM

The Problem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To this…….THE SOLUTION

PRACTICE MEETS 2018

March at Larkhill – warm with lapwings and the odd skylark, is this Spring.

Last week this site was covered in snow and inaccessible.

Spring at last?

…it’s not all graft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardening

FOUNDATIONS

TOPPERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUT        It can be wet…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….and muddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 – a full 13′ arc to enable the cutters to negotiate the corner in the adjacent meadow.

February/March 2017 – new wall commenced at Ridge Farm

Bitterly cold day in Saddleworth – Gill keeping warm. When the snow started and numbed everybody’s hands we adjourned to Woolyknits.

Same view a few weeks later – 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Near some stone of course in the Ogden Valley en-route to The Ram’s Head for lunch – August 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

43 The Round House (1)

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43 The Round House (9)

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!