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. 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.
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
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.
Tracy – getting feedback from Lily
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
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.
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.
Wall finished – well done everybody
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.
Everything has to come out……
Checking the new foundations which are much wider to take a bigger wall.
The first lift was soon completed.
TOPPERS Just below the line – not touching it!
We had superb toppers to work with though.
Of course distractions are important…..
…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.
FINAL COURSE OF 2016 at LARKHILL in OCTOBER
Check those foundations
Second lift well under way
“Mustn’t touch the line”, he said
9 metres of fine new wall completed
……and not a drop of rain – but look behind you! Not a drop – can’t believe we didn’t get soaked.
At BURNEDGE BENT :-
Bryan drops by to keep an eye on us
Raf realises that he has built his car keys into the wall.
Ridge Farm, Diggle – November 2016
THE FINAL STRETCH Jeff getting on with it.
JOB FINISHED – December 2016
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
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
……… sometimes we do no walling at all and go for a stroll
2012 A Pile of stone – Carl and Adam getting things sorted out – the wall is in there somewhere!
2012 A wall – 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
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.
…….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
Galarus Oratory – Dingle Peninsula S W Ireland -How did they do that!