Posts by: Richard Hooper

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.



Theft and Vandalism

Recently 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 before Christmas. The slabs were laid in time for our Sing Around The Tree event  before Christmas. 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.

In addition 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. 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.

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 will cost you nothing and you don’t have to be a technical expert to run it.

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.

Mornings 10 – 12 and afternoons 1.30 – 3.00 p.m. All Welcome. If you are interested please contact Helen Plummer on 01254235306

Forthcoming events in 2017 include:

19 April Action For Dementia with Jan Cotton

17 May Local Magistracy Part 2 with Dave Allen

21 June Bees and Habitat with Ben Hargreaves from The Lancashire Wildlife trust

19 July The Bed and Breakfast Experience with Rose Donkin

16 August Guide Dogs

20 September Derian House Children’s Hospice

18 October Old Oswaldtwistle Part 2 with Albert Wilkinson

15 November TBC

20 December Carols


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.

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.