OUR FOUNDER MEMBER
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.
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 anywhere.
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
PAUL IS ALSO THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE DSWA
THE TREASURER – GILL BOLSHAW
OUR BRANCH MASCOT – LILY No qualifications but really cute
QUALITY CONTROL – Lily checking toppers…
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 was 100 years old in September (2018) 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.
Tracy – getting feedback from Lily
IAN & DOROTHY
LEE & BEV
LINDA & JESSICA
ROBIN & SUE
JESSICA & HOWARD our youngest and oldest active members (nearly 2 and nearly 80)
BEFORE & AFTER
WE INTEND TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Complete rebuild of ruined wall at Ridge Farm on our August Training Course
RUINED WALL REBUILT AT WELL-I-HOLE FARM
NEW CORNER AT OLD BARN
It was all on the ground yesterday
CHEEK END OF COMPLETE REBUILD AT OLD BARN
WORK IN PROGRESS AT ROUNDHILL
New wall in the making
Retaining Field Wall along Ridge Lane, Diggle
Major Retaining Wall Repair at St John the Evangelist Church, Facit, Whitworth
Boundary wall at Denshaw Church
Ascending Field Wall above Diggle Old Road
Complete Rebuild of Field Wall at Ridge Farm, Diggle
The main 7′ Shelter Wall at Burnedge Bent was rebuilt in a blizzard.
Complete rebuild of Field Opening on Long Lane, Dobcross
Realigning and rebuilding of derelict wall at New Paddock overlooking Delph
Flagging repair at St Chad’s Church after thieves removed flags from churchyard
Derelict Field Wall rebuilt at Old Barn
Part of more than 250m of new wall built along Larkhill Road, Dobcross
Ruined wall at Ridge Farm rebuilt on one of our two-day training courses
RUINED WALL EXTENDED AND REALIGNED AT ROUNDHILL FARM
TOTAL REBUILD OF UPPER SECTION ALONG LARKHILL NEEDED A LOT OF PREPARATION
CURVED, ASCENDING RETAINING WALL AT FARM ENTRANCE OFF DIGGLE OLD ROAD
GAPPING ALONG RUNNING HILL LANE
REETH in SWALEDALE – September 2019
In response to an appeal from our patron HRH The Prince of Wales, three of our members travelled up to Reeth to help rebuild walls washed away by recent floods.
Welcome to Reeth
Paul, Lee and Richard by their 8m stint of new wall – at the end of a long day with a 100 mile drive home to come…..no toppers left anyhow. You did us proud – well done!!
REETH WALLATHON October 19th&20th 2019
In order to help the local communities in Swaledale whose homes and walls had been wrecked by the floods in July, the DSWA organised a wallathon. Over 100 wallers from all over the country made their way to Reeth to help with the work, nine of them from the Lancashire Branch. The hospitality and welcome from the local community was massive and the camaraderie among the wallers was palpable.
Over the weekend 230m of wall was rebuilt…warm glow isn’t in it. And here’s the thing…we had a great time with a lot of laughs, great conversations and fine dining!
But the job isn’t finished and we will be back.
The branch at Reeth
The long straight which was on the ground on Saturday morning was all rebuilt by Sunday afternoon thanks to wallers from Yorkshire, Northumberland, Cheshire, Caithness and LANCASHIRE.
Chris working with Ray Stockall, our national chairman
Not much stone left after the wall had been rebuilt – Paul Brown, the farmer, kept stone coming throughout the weekend.
Branch members worked in different locations as required to get the work done……some of it was awkward. Lee and Bev set about an obtuse corner.
Richard and Akida thoroughly enjoyed working with new walling companions from other branches.
It was good to see Akida – he doesn’t get down to Saddleworth that often.
At 9 o’clock on Saturday morning this wall didn’t exist.
THE BRANCH AT THE ROYAL LANCASHIRE SHOW 2019
THE ‘WALL’ ARRIVED IN BAGS
CARL SOON HAD HELP TO GET IT INTO SHAPE
THERE WAS A WALL IN THOSE BAGS
GREAT TEAMS FOR ALL THREE DAYS – THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO COULD MAKE IT TO RIBCHESTER AND ESPECIALLY TO PAUL WHO PULLED IT ALL TOGETHER
IT WAS PAUL’S SUGGESTION TO ADJOURN TO THE HUGE BEER TENT
NEIL WALLING HIMSELF IN
ROYAL LANCASHIRE SHOW
TRAINING COURSES 2022
GORSE HALL May 7th&8th
The old wall
Out with the old
Everything ready for the new wall
Excellent foundations = a strong wall
Final courses and lots of jokes.
Ready for topping
Absolute joy to work with this group of trainees who built 20m of strong wall and enjoyed themselves doing it. Well done everybody!!
Larkhill Lane March 26&27
Stripping out the old wall
New foundation in place
Build going well on the second day
Job finished in time for a cake break
Well done everybody
TRAINING COURSES 2021
RIDGE FARM OCTOBER 2021
First lift going well.
They took a lot of care with those toppers.
JOB DONE – a significant improvement over what was there on Saturday morning.
A wonderfully determined and willing band of trainees built 23m of sound stockproof wall over the two days. Well done everybody!
Denshaw Church September 2021
Here’s what we do
An absolutely superb group of trainees completely rebuilt the perimeter wall at the back of the church over the two days. The triangular toppers were replaced beautifully and they even put a hedgehog escape route into the base.
Well done everybody, it will be there for a while. Thanks for your efforts.
RIDGE FARM AUGUST 2021
Stripping out the old wall
Setting the wall
Nearly there now – Topping
JOB DONE – A fabulous group of novice trainees took down and rebuilt over 20m of wall – STAND PROUD!
Well-i-Hole Farm, July 2021
DUE TO THE PANDEMIC IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO RUN ANY COURSES SINCE 2019.
WE WERE VERY HAPPY TO RUN OUR COURSE AT WELL-I-HOLE FARM, GREENFIELD ON THE WEEKEND OF AUGUST 17th&18th
A superb team of novices took down and rebuilt a challenging stretch of wall with triangular toppers on the hottest weekend of the year by far……STAND PROUD!
TRAINING COURES 2019
GORSE HALL, STALYBRIDGE – 4th & 5th May
Removing the old wall
Second lift nearly completed.
Just toppers now…
Job done – 15m of sound wall.
Superb group of trainees and helpers were a pleasure to work with.
OLD BARN DOBCROSS – 23rd & 24th MARCH 2019
GETTING THE OLD RUINED WALL DOWN
SUPERB GROUP OF TRAINEES BUILT 26m OF SOUND STOCK-PROOF WALL
JUST WAITING FOR ITS TOPPERS NOW
EVERYTHING HAS TO COME OUT
JOB DONE – 26 metres of stock proof wall
RIDGE FARM, DIGGLE 17th& 18th August
The old wall was not stockproof and needed attention.
A great team soon got down to it……with the odd photo opportunity.
The toppers were spot on and tight …….great stuff!
By mid afternoon on Sunday a new wall stood in the place of the old wall….happy hens and happy wallers. Well done everybody!
TRAINING COURSES 2018
OLD BARN, DOBCROSS – OCTOBER 20TH & 21ST
Great way to end the training year; a super group of trainees removed all of the old wall and built 22m of substantial new wall. Great everybody….wave!!
GORSE HALL, STALYBRIDGE – AUGUST 18th & 19th 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 – JULY 28th & 29th
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…
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
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
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 :-
For the record:-
Bryan drops by to keep an eye on us
Raf realises that he has built his car keys into the wall.
BRANCH RETAINING WALL PROJECT AT WHITWORTH – JULY 2018
From this………..THE PROBLEM
To this…….THE SOLUTION
PRACTICE MEETS 20I9
RIDGE FARM – JANUARY
CURVED ASCENDING ENTRANCE OFF DIGGLE OLD ROAD
STUCK! IT WAS VERY MUDDY
ROUNDHILL FARM – FEBRUARY
NEW WALL WITH OPENING TO GIVE EASIER ACCESS TO FIELD
Paul getting to grips with cheek ends.
Neil attending to the cheek end while Bev tries not to get too bogged down.
BURNEDGE BENT FARM – MARCH
BIG GAPPING IN ALL SEASONS
A bit of ‘moor grime’ when we got to the site.
They said it would clear up later….
The branch conduct a finger tip search to find the old foundation.
Shaping slimy stone and clearing weather
Linda’s cleaning bill?……she was like that when she got here!!
NO SHE WASN’T!
RIDGE FARM, DIGGLE – APRIL
The opening begins to take shape
Work commences on the retaining wall along Ridge Lane
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.
BUT It can be wet…
PRACTICE MEETS 2017
First meet of 2017 at Larkhill Road, Dobcross
Lousy day but everyone wanted to be there
spot the umbrella
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
……… 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
2019 – stroll over Broadstone Hill to ‘The Cotton Famine Road’
2019 – Sippers at The Church Inn
2012 A Pile of stone – Carl and Adam getting things sorted out – the wall is in there somewhere!
2012 – our old friend Ken helps to produces a wall from the heap – MAGIC!
2013 Another pile of stone – Chris and Adam embarking on the art of the possible.
2013 Adam ‘running hot’.
all hands on deck
2013 curve is taking shape
2013 Home straight – running out of stone
2013 visitors to help even
The wall to be rebuilt
Val telling a whopper.
….while Paul was shocked by the quality of the stone.
LESSON:- get the awkward ones in the bottom.
PINNACLE AWARD 2015 – ‘THE HIVE’
Our professional member Adam Clarke and Lydia Noble from Yorkshire were given the award for their sensational piece of work which they also designed – many congratulations to both.
…….to whet the appetite………
Hermit Cells on Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry, Southern Ireland
…….if you have the time and a lot of round stones
Adam with Tess and his niche – clever!
River boulders and slate used to maximum effect in Great Langdale
Eden Valley Sandstone
Scottish Highlands – Granite Dyke
Bee Boles in Skiddaw Slate
River Cobbles and Slate
Adam, our walling ambassador, with our patron and future king
magnificent retaining wall built by our president Carl Watson adjacent to Delph Chapel
Galarus Oratory – Dingle Peninsula S W Ireland -How did they do that!