Posts by: Richard Hooper

Volunteers Needed!

Stanhill Residents and Fete Committee work hard to support the activities that make this historic village such a fantastic community to live in: the annual fete, pensioners party, Sing Around The Tree, heritage project plus all the campaigning work to deal with speeding and litter issues, bus stops and much more.

We always welcome residents to join the committee but where we really need help is with people who are prepared to help out occasionally with the Fete or helping with a clean up campaign, planting flowers, painting the benches in the  Memorial Gardens or delivering leaflets. Just a few hours here and there can make all the difference!

All we ask is that as a resident you offer yourself as a village volunteer and give us your contact details so that we can ley you know when we might call on your help.

If you can offer a small amount of your time please use the Contacts section of this website and let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Village In A Spin


The Stanhill Village Heritage Project is presently running traditional spinning workshops. We have hired a professional instructor, Cathy Wright, who shows local residents how to spin on traditional spinning wheels called ‘Lazycates’. The first workshop was run in January and the next will take place on 17 March at the Stanhill Village Methodist Chapel. The workshop numbers are limited to five at a time and we have been oversubscribed. At the end of the six hour session you will have learned to spin and produced some wool product as well. the spinning wheels are provided and you only have to bring yourself and a packed lunch!

This is a great way to reconnect with the past in the village which has such an important link with spinning and its technology. The workshop takes place in the same room which houses the Spinning Jenny rebuilt by our project to celebrate James Hargreaves.

Future courses will cost £65 per head and if you are interested please contact Richard Hooper on 07933773845.

Bury Meadows

Bury Meadows [or Brookside as it is usually referred to], is a large wooded area with 60,000 trees, lodges and walkways. It has tremendous potential as a recreation area for the community. Ideas include horse riding, kayaking, fishing, orienteering, woodcraft as well as continuing to provide a pleasant place to walk and jog and enjoy nature. However, the woodland and its facilities needs to be managed and as a first step we are working with a consultancy, the local council and the Environment Agency to bid for funds to carry out a feasibility study. This will look at the potential for the area and examine the interest from local groups as well as any health and safety issues that might remain from its previous industrial history. Once we have the results from this we can then look at ways in which the local community in partnership with the landowner, local authorities and interest groups might manage the site.

This will not be a quick process but we will update you as we go along.




In the recent past the village has experienced the theft of stone slabs – from the walls of the Memorial Gardens and from private houses as well. Following discussions with council officers and with the support of local councillors it was agreed to replace the stone slabs with concrete paving slabs. The theft of stone slabs is a widespread problem across the borough and although we will miss the beautiful stone slabs that have graced the Gardens for over 60 years we will at least have retrieved something. There have also been a few cases of car theft and break-ins.

We have successfully applied for a grant to fund mobile cctv system that can be moved around the village and even loaned to households for short periods where they are experiencing problems or have had to be away for an extended period. The award of £500 was made from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Action Fund. Hopefully this will help to make Stanhill Village a safer place.

The system has been in almost continuous demand and the residents who have used it have been very pleased. If you would like us to install the cctv system for a week or two to either deter thieves or enable you to review and identity suspicious activity please contact us through the website or 07933773845. It is a simple, discrete two-camera system and will cost you nothing. You don’t have to be a technical expert to run it either. All you need is wi-fi.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens

Before the demolition of the ‘Pickle Factory’ and the creation of the new housing estate, there were two cherry trees in front of the factory that gave many residents a lot of pleasure.When these were chopped down we campaigned for them to be replaced in the Memorial Gardens.  The new cherry trees were planted shortly after at which time a group of volunteers repainted the four benches and planted 130 bulbs ready for a very colourful Spring this year.

Funds for the cherry trees were provided by Morris Homes and the benches refurbishment and bulbs by the Village Committee and the Stanhill Heritage Project.

Recently, the Memorial Gardens have become the site of the first two of six information panels for the Stanhill Village Heritage Trail which extends around the village and takes in Knuzden [ former PoW camp and Peel Fold Farm] and Brookside [former Calico Print Factory]. The two panels tell the story of James Hargreave’s cottage where the Spinning Jenny was developed and Stanhill Hall [home of the Victorian novelist, William Bury Westall]. In addition even more bulbs have been planted by volunteers and large flower pots installed either side of the memorial stone.

Other initiatives under consideration at the Gardens are memorial vases for flowers of remembrance and a memorial to soldiers from Stanhill who fell in WW1.

If you have further ideas or would like to help with the development of the Gardens please contact us.

In the meantime it would be really nice if dog walkers could remember the Gardens are not a dog toilet!

Bus stop

Bus stop


After a long campaign a permanent bus stop has been re-located in front of the Stanhill Working Mens Club. The costs were met by Morris Homes following pressure from the Residents and Fete Committee and local councillors.

Brew days

Brew days


 These take place at the Chapel on every third Wednesday in the month. They provide a great opportunity for villagers of all ages to meet up informally, have a coffee and cake and hear a talk or performance by experts and artists. There will be a Bring and Buy Stall and a Fair Trade Stall on some occasions.

Every 3rd Wednesday in the month

@ The Stanhill Methodist Church, Nab Lane.


Morning Coffee:   10am – 12 noon   Tea & Cake:   1.30pm – 3pm

Planned Programme starts at 2pm.     No Charge unless stated.


January    17th ‘Pictures of People’ in Stanhill

February  21st   Traidcraft BIG BREW.

                               2pm ‘Presentation of The Fairtrade Premium’.

March        21st   ‘Benefits to Wild Life’ with Barbara Sharples,

                                     from The Prospects Foundation.

April         18th   ‘Improving Patient Experience across East Lancashire’

             with Denise Gee of the East Lancashire Hospital Trust Charity

May           16th   ‘James Hargreaves–Spin Doctor’ with Richard Hooper.

June         20th   ‘Archery’ with Barbara Fielding – Field Archery World Champion.

July           18th     ‘Digital Art’ –   with Richard Hooper.          

August       15th   ‘ The Staff of Life’ with David Tomlinson from Warburtons.

                                             £3 charge with a free raffle ticket !

Sept.           19th     ‘Benefits to Wild Life’ Part 2 with Barbara Sharples

                                         from The Prospects Foundation.

 Oct.           17th     ‘UK Fire & Rescue’ with Andy Barnes.          

 Nov.           21st   ‘Amusing Lancashire Songs & More’

                                   with Peter & Barbara Snape.     £4 Charge on the day.        

 Dec.           19th     Lunch in the Pub 12md – CAROLS in the Chapel 2pm.

                             (Limited numbers – book with Helen)


For further details contact Helen Plummer: 07 999 55 8 604




Village Fete

Village Fete

feteSaturday 2.00 p.m. 25 June 2016

This year’s fete was again a successful event despite a slightly cooler and breezier day than the previous year! Opened by Councillor Glen Harrison the fete attracted large numbers, who enjoyed a great day of fun and entertainment with traditional games and stalls. The money raised will provide the village ‘s donation to worthy local causes.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time; to the patrons and sponsors who donated money, prizes and equipment. The biggest thank you of course goes to all the local people who year after year help to make this a landmark event.

Heritage Project

Stanhill is an historic village. A bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015 was successful and helped us to to find £36,000 to be spent between Autumn 2015 and Autumn 2017!

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The project launch with the Mayor of Hyndburn, Ivan Wadeson from HLF and Graham Jones MP

This project celebrates many significant points in Stanhill’s history including James Hargreaves’ invention of the Spinning Jenny here in the village; Robert Peel, the grandfather of the Prime


Children from West End Primary School learn about their famous village

Minister who formed the first official police force and William Westall, the popular Victorian novelist who lived at Stanhill Hall.


John Hargreaves, a descendant of James, cuts the ribbon with the Lord Mayor at the project launch

We have now begun a programme of education projects for schools and the general public including how to research your family history, Stanhill histories and demonstrations of the Spinning Jenny, a working model of which has been built from original patent drawings.

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One of six Heritage Trail presentation boards with QR code that enables smartphone audio commentary

A physical 3.5 mile heritage trail has been established starting at the Memorial Gardens, around Stanhill and then up to Knuzden where it embraces the former PoW camp and Peel Fold Farm before heading down to the site of the old calico mills at Brookside. In addition we have constructed a dedicated web-site which is linked to the presentation panels on the trail via smart phone and which tells in more detail the history of this incredible village. The web-site will also include audio recordings of villagers past and present.

John Hargreaves, a local resident and descendant of the inventor officially opened the Heritage Trail with the Mayor and Mayoress of Hyndburn at Stanhill Methodist Chapel on 9 July. Over 150 people attended including Graham Jones MP and VIPs from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We have been invited to exhibit the Spinning Jenny this summer at the Great Northern Exhibition in Newcastle which will give us a national and international audience. A video of the Jenny in operation is also in production in partnership with Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire and the Weaver’s Cottage Heritage Centre in Rawtenstall.

There will be updates as we go along. Our latest project is the publication of Stanhill Times, an anthology of life in the village from the middle of the 19th century based on local press coverage. Anyone who is interested in contributing to or being involved in the project can contact Richard Hooper  on 07933773845.