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 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.

MEMBERS

RAF

RAF

PETER

PETER

Tracy – getting feedback from Lily

GEOFF

JEFF

VAL

VAL

PETER

PETER

RICHARD

Howard

NEIL

NEIL

BEN

BEN

ED

MICHAEL

AKIDA

RICHARD

YVONNE

JON

PAUL

KATHY

LEE & BEV

JACQUI

TRAINING COURSES 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

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…

……..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.

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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 :-

For the record:-

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 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.

Job done

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.

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 – our old friend Ken helps to produces a wall from the heap – 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

 

SADDLEWORTH SHOW 2019

The wall to be rebuilt

Val telling a whopper.

Concentrating

….while Paul was shocked by the quality of the stone.

GREAT TEAM

All done……….

…….new wall

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.

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

magnificent retaining wall built by our president Carl Watson adjacent to Delph Chapel

Gallorus Oratory - Dingle Penninsula S W Ireland

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