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We are trying to trace blood relatives of Fred born in 1920 of Hannah Eccles and George Bury. Any information will be most welcome and will be passed on to the solicitor.
Mrs. M.C. Turnbull, Isle of Wight, May 2013
Jason, thanks for posting the pics. In the 11 yrs I lived in the village I dont recall seeing it that bad! Just putting the patio furniture out in mid Cheshire! Regards to all.
Keith Spencer, Cheshire, March 2013
This is the best village site that I have seen on the net. I have been to Belthorn several times and seeing this site brought a smile to my face. Hope my English cousins enjoy it too. I would love to have a copy of the book on Belthorn. Is it possible that someone could mail one to me if I can find a way to transfer the money to them. Thanks.
Richard Hirst, Ontario, Canada, February 2013
Please let me know at the website if you have a copy of the Belthorn book you'd be willing to give or sell to Richard and I will put you in touch with him - Gwen
I used to live in Belthorn when I was younger and have been told of a dvd that has been made of cine film Mr Nicholson made at the primary school. Do you know where I can get one from please?
Paul Murphy, February 2013
If anyone can help, please let me know and I'll pass the message on to Paul - Gwen
A very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all our friends in Belthorn from Ian and Dorothy Howarth
Dorothy Howarth, Shetland, Scotland - December 2012
I just want to say a big thank you to whoever found my husband's wallet on Belthorn Road this weekend and handed it in at the police station. It is so refreshing to know that there are good people around who are willing to do the right thing for others. Thank you again whoever you are - we are very grateful especially during these difficult financial times.
Petra Thorpe, Belthorn Road, Belthorn - November 2012
Dear all, today I have reported to Lancashire police two incidents which occurred outside Belthorn school. The first was a double decker bus driving down the pavement whilst 7 children and two adults were walking towards it on the pavement and a second incident which involved a council van driving down the pavement in similar circumstances. I have also given them a good history of other near misses which have occurred recently.
I would like to urge everyone who witnesses any incidents outside the school involving the traffic to contact the police on 101 . I feel that if we report as many incidents which occur as possible action will be taken. The police have a duty of care towards our children and their safety and we have a duty to do all we can to prevent one of our children being killed. Kind regards.
Kathryn Sharpe, October 2012
Hello - I have started a petition for a lollipop lady/man for outside Belthorn school. The traffic is causing chaos once again and cars are continuing to drive down the pavements. My own daughter was involved in an incident which involved a car driving on the pavement and forcing her over to a wall. The driver did not even notice. It is only a matter of time before a child is hurt. If anybody wishes to sign the petition it is available by following this link
Kathryn Sharpe, September 2012
Please could you post this on the Belthorn web site and it will hopefully encourage more resistance to the continued destruction of our beautiful landscape around our village.
Regards Tony Booth
Thank you for your e-mail concerning the development of the wind farm near Belthorn. Given the issues (scale and significance of the development on Hyndburn) surrounding this development the decision on this planning application was taken by the Council's Full Council following a lengthy debate that weighed up the competing arguments. Officers recommended granting planning permission because it was considered that the development was in line with the relevant prevailing planning policy.
I do not have any powers that would reasonably enable me to stop the development provided it is being implemented in accordance with the planning permission.
I am aware that the correct planning has been sought for the erection of the wind generators on Haslingden road, and people in the local area were aware of the impending construction of these generators, however it would have been impossible for a local person to understand the full impact on the local area of Belthorn. Even though only 2 of the 12 have been erected the impact on the east view of Belthorn is enormous and of great detriment to this view from the village. The size of these new wind generators are huge compared to any others erected in Lancashire which makes the whole impact that much more of a shock. Please tell me that you will halt further erecting and come and view this monstrous site from our village. I live at the top of the village at Tower View and can see these from my living room and bed rooms which I find unacceptable. PLEASE HELP.
Regards Tony Booth
I have made Simon Prideaux Planning officer leader aware of my shock at the impact of the wind farm being erected at the Gray Mare. I wounder if we as a village could employ any legal services to check the legalities of the planning permission granted and wether the village has the ability to stop further construction as these wind towers are much larger than any others in Lancashire. I have viewed many of these wind farms all over Lancashire which are there for good reason and I have started to get used to their presence, but these are massive and offensive. The impact on our village is massive, negative, unacceptable and I am appalled at the sight of them. We must try and put a stop to this wind farm !!!
Tony Booth, Tower View, Belthorn - September 2012
Hi - does anyone have a pony who needs some exercise? My animal loving 8 year old daughter would love to learn to ride and would be willing to muck-out, etc, in return. Please let me know. Thanks.
Petra Thorpe, Belthorn - September 2012 (To respond to Petra please phone 54665)
Hi - please tell me who(m) erected the union flag at the bottom of the village next to the war memorial? The flag is UPSIDE DOWN which is adistress signal!!!!!
Nigel Holmes, Lower Fold, Belthorn - June 2012
(I don't know who erected it Nigel but I imagine it was probably a mistake.... Gwen)
Does anyone have a window cleaner who is reliable? They only ever seem to come and clean the windows in summer, as soon as winter sets in they give up. Thanks.
Wendy Edwards, 3rd December 2011
Can anyone tell me anything about the 'dog' that is on the wall at the dog inn, I never realised it was there, is there a story?
Davina Barry - November 2011
(Please contact the website if anyone knows the answer - Gwen)
Hi - I just wanted to say, I used to live in Belthorn in the early 60s I was only a child, but I recall my time at Belthorn very clearly. My sister Carol and I went to the 'Chapel School' in the village, the teacher was Mrs Ratcliffe. We only lived there around 4-5 yrs. The names I recall at the time, where my parents friends the Renshaws who also lived on Tower View (we were at No 1) Eddy Smalley the farmer, Mr Jackson (did he have a son called Colin?) who kept hens, I used to watch him pluck them.The children were ...Paul and Jerry cant remember their surname, always remember they had a shooting brake...they lived along from us. Paul once pedalled down Bank Fold lost control and ended up with a broken nose...Anna that lived at the house at the end of the lane (became the kennels). The Teague family who lived down Bank Fold, their father had a motorbike,There was a boy called Jake, I think he stayed lower in the village, also the Astley family, Melody, Shaun, and Eamonn. If anyone else can prompt my mind who lived up there at that time I would love to hear from them.We were there during the bad winter of 62/63 I recall the water bowser wagon coming around and going out to fill the kettles as everything was frozen up...and the sledging in the front field and field 'well' was great!! I recall nights playing around the mines, and seeing the deaf and dumb brothers at Waterside, as a child I was very frightened of them, as I could not understand why they made noises instead of talking.....At that time my parents had a vintage Bentley , so someone might remember that, it was kept in a car behind Tower view, and we paid an old lady called Edie for its use. My parents were called Roy and Winifred Ashworth, we were Carol and Davina, before them my mum's father lived at No 1 Tower View, Herbert Kenyon? Hope someone else recalls any of these people and maybe know where they are etc.
Regards Davina Bary (nee Ashworth) - November 2011
I like this village.
Vefa Vasılıyevıc, Istanbul, Turkey - November 2011
(It's great to know that we have fans from so far away! Gwen)
Although it is many years since my husband lived at Guide and myself in Blackburn, my brother sent me a copy of a school photograph of my class at the Convent of Notre Dame in 1949, This had been sent to the Lancashire Telegraph ' Looking Back' by a resident of Belthorn, Josie Feldwick. It was absolutely amazing to see all my former classmates. I have since tried to contact Josie through the Lancashire Telegraph but they are unable to supply any information. Would it be possible to give Josie my email address to contact me if she wishes to?
Incidently, my father-in-law was the manager of Belthorn Co-op for many years both during the war and after and knew all the villagers. Before he passed away he often talked about the old days. Of the heavy winter snow and of being unable to get food delivered by horse and cart beyond the bottom of the hill.
My husband and I had occasion to visit the former Queens Park Hospital recently and decided to continue to Guide and Belthorn. We hardly recognised either village. However, someone kindly gave us your website and it was good to reminisce. I look forward to maybe hearing from Josie and thank you for your time.
Mary Mallinson (nee Rostron) - October 2011
Can anyone help with Josie's contact details so we can pass these on to Mary? - Gwen
Characters in Belthorn? Of course there were many, I remember one man who was one of the first to have a pacemaker fitted. He still chewed tobacco, even at work in the carpet felt mill at the bottom of the village. My Father had an allotment just up the road from the old school. For those who do not remember, it was opposite the farmhouse up from the new, as was then, school. Developers moved in and the rest is history...now there are bungalows. Opposite Chapel Street, there was a plot of land where a house is now. The owner of that plot kept pigs, and when he went on a holiday we looked after them for him. Would that happen now? We had chickens, of course, as many did, and at the end of their shelf life, so to speak, our neighbour would wring their necks and we as children, would be assigned to plucking out the feathers. Then we all sat around the table watching my mother take out the innards. Gross, maybe, but it was how we lived and we accepted life and death. Do you want any more accounts of life in the 50's and 60's or more information on how the village ran? Just ask, I have many more memories.
Kevin Dinsdale, Liverpool - October 2011
Once again, I will tell you about my experiences growing up in Belthorn. I did not know until I read the website that it was a coal mining and weaving village. The coal mine was down the lanes near to Waterside... There used to be an entrance which my friend and I walked, with trepidation, into for about 200 yards before we gave up. Sadly it is blocked up now..if anyone walks down the lanes, there is a small concrete bridge over the stream from the reservoir. On the left you will see where the entrance used to be. Also, if you traverse the lanes down towards there, about half a mile from where Albert Hope used to live, on the left in a field, there is, or was, a large (about 12ft circle) metal cover for the air vent. I once was allowed to look into it, it must be hundreds of feet deep.
Kevin Dinsdale, Liverpool -October 2011
Please keep emailing me with your support for a 20mph zone.
I forward them all to County Hall where I can assure you they are being noticed.
Councillor Peter Britcliffe, Conservative Leader
Hyndburn Borough Council
I am looking for someone who travels from Belthorn to Blackburn at approximately 7.30 a.m. Monday to Friday and from Blackburn to Belthorn at approximately 4.30 pm Monday to Friday for car sharing. I can offer domestic cleaning, dog walking or basic gardening in return! Please call Carla on 07871 335796.
Carla Mitchell, Rydal Mount, Belthorn - September 2011
My family are shortly due to be moving into Belthorn and I have found your website to be so reassuring that we will be entering a close knit community. I am on it almost every day!! I particularly loved the scarecrows. Could we ask a question in terms of who we would contact if we wanted to rent one of the garages near to the playground area? Thanks very much!
Emma Naylor, Irwell Vale - August 2011
I lived and grew up in Belthorn in the 50s and 60s. So much has changed....I remember the fishmonger with his horse and cart selling his wares every Thursday, until food hygiene stopped it...but we were never ill eating the food! I remember the spaces where houses are now.. I remember the fun on the swings (always locked on Sunday), and the long slide that now could never be built now due to health and safety issues. The stunning views, the three shops that used to be there - Post Office, Co-op (now the drum shop), and and quaint olde world one that was half way up near to where the working mens club used to be.. I could go on, if you want more of my memories, just ask.
Kevin Dinsdale, Liverpool - August 2011
A very nice animal solar light has gone missing from my front garden, it is not the value of the item but the act of someone walking up the path and taking it, that has upset me. I really wouldn't expect this to happen in Belthorn and on such a quiet cul de sac as Rydal Mount! And I would appreciate if anyone knows of its whereabouts to return it.
Carla Mitchell, Rydal Mount, Belthorn - July 2011
What a marvellous website! Very informative and interesting.
Carla Mitchell, Rydal Mount, Belthorn - June 2011
Hello, I was using the web and suddenly came across your web page. What wonderful memories it gave me I was born in Belthorn 1943.
Elizabeth Clayton, address unknown - June 2011
If you can help Sue with the query detailed below, please let me know and I'll pass details to Sue.
In 1986 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Domesday book the BBC asked people to contribute to a BBC Domesday project. The country was divided into blocks and people wrote about their daily lives and photographed their local area. Over one million people sent in their entries to the BBC - however technology took over (the data was saved onto video discs and the CD rom quickly superseded it) and people never saw their entries. 25 years on the BBC are relaunching Domesday via a website available to the public in May.
During our research we came across an entry concerning Bank Fold Farm in Belthorn. I've attached the entry - I was hoping that you could shed some light on what happened to the farm and in particular whether the family of Albert Hope still live in the village. The Domesday Reloaded project will be featured on Radio 4, Radio Lancashire, North West Tonight and the One Show the week beginning May 16th. I really hope you can help me in any way as it would be great to talk to people who remember the farm. Thank you in anticipation - if you need any further information please give me a ring.
Sue Leuty, Broadcast Co-ordinator North West,
BBC Manchester - April 2011
Excerpt from the 1985 BBC Domesday project:
On Tuesday the 2nd of July, 1985 we visited Bank FoldFarm. The man who lives there is called Albert Hope.He has no electricity, gas, telephone or mains water supply. For water he uses a tank and an old bath to collect rainwater from the roof. He moved in on 1st November 1941. He uses paraffin lampsand a pressure lamp and stove. He cooks over a wood fire.He doesn't use coal. The farm was built in 1765. He has no flushing toilet, he uses an earth midden.Once he tried making a windmill for power supplies out of an aeroplane propeller but it broke and tore half the barn down. He goes to the general store for supplies. The farm isn't in use now but Albert, who is over 80 years old still keeps a horse in the tumbledown barn.
Are we having a village celebration for the Royal wedding?
Joanne Gallagher, Belthorn Road, Belthorn - April 2011
Hi Guys. just to let you know the life and time website has gone without being told anything so now we are with doing another the site is live right now but things will be on going. This is the new Address http://oswaldtwistle.shutterfly.com/
Mike Greenall Baron, Oswaldtwistle - March 2011
G'Day to every one in Belthorn, I stayed in your village for about three weeks in'98, I stayed in one of the old weavers cottages near The Dog Inn. Talk about four seasons in one day, I remember doing a convoluted bus trip out to Pendle Hill one day, (beautiful spot), got a great view for about ten minutes before the weather closed in. I loved the quiet at night and the locals made me very welcome. I have fond memories of Belthorn.
Gerard O'Carroll, Brisbane, Australia - March 2011
Hi everyone. No doubt you are all aware we have travellers camping at the bottom of Belthorn Road. As they are parked on the Highway it is both a Council and a Police issue. Here are contact details for the relevant personnel: Housing Standards team are not able to ensure that the travellers are moved on. However please find telephone details of contacts who can assist with the removal of the travellers from the highway - Mr Simon Littler - Highways and Transportation 01254 273511 Mr Mark Williams - Highways and Transportation - 01254 273538, PC Lang - Ethnic and Minorities Officer - Lancashire Constabulary, 01254 51212.
Jean Bain, Rydal Mount, Belthorn - March 2011
I am sorry to inform you all of Ethel's death on 4th February 2011. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday 16th February, leaving the house at 1.30 p.m. to Immanuel Church, Ossy for 2pm. Thanx.
Jean & Family, Spring Hill Farm, Belthorn - February 2011
Does everyone who has access to the internet have problems with being booted off the internet constantly due to poor signal? If so, if every individual this affects contacts their internet provider to contact BT Openreach and push a cabling upgrade as the cabling which is the main cause of the problem as it is of a poor quality (e.g. aluminium which is seriously affected in poor weather conditions, and let's face it, we suffer this weather interruption more than the surrounding area due to our geographical situation) hopefully something could be done to improve the situation. But unless everyone does this it will go nowhere. I would really appreciate it if this could be done. Last summer BT replaced cabling on Belthorn Road, but to my knowledge this did not extend to the side and back roads. Only the internet providers can contact BT on our behalf, but the providers have to be contacted by you themselves in order that this request for upgrading all the BT cabling can be put in to effect. Thanking you all in anticipation of your co-operation. Many thanks.
Jean Bain, Rydal Mount - February 2011
On behalf of Ian and myself I would like to wish our friends in Belthorn a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous and Happy New Year.
Dorothy Howarth, Shetland, Scotland - December 2010
I wonder whatever happened to community spirit and helping one another. My reason for saying this is over the latest spell of inclement weather Lancashire County Council have supplied grit to all of the grit bins in Belthorn. I myself have spent a great deal of time spreading this grit on most of Rydal Mount, along with one or two other willing helpers too, and I contact the council to advise when we need more. Yet there are plenty of able bodied villagers who sit back and watch, but reap the benefits of this very hard work. I would happily help anyone if these folk would show willing too, shame on all of you who have said thank you for my hard work, yet are not prepared to help. If this grit is spread during the day whilst the sun is out then it has a chance to do its job and melt the snow and ice. Every able bodied person should be prepared to give a little help, especially on behalf of the villagers who are less able bodied, as every one benefits. Lets face it if we all clear a bit and spread the grit too, then our vehicles could stay on our drives (those of who have drives). There would be no need for inconsiderate parking in order that certain individuals can use their cars to access/egress the village. And less likelihood of cars being damaged due to sliding on snow and ice. I appreciate most people are at work during the day, but could still spare a little time surely. Wishing everyone all the best during the festive period. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who have offered and given their help to both myself and my husband Andy over the last few months since his road accident.
Jean Bain, Rydal Mount, Belthorn - December 2010
I was just browsing the Internet in my lunch break and came across the village website, and since I have been working in Blackburn since early August, I have actually passed through Belthorn on several occasions but haven’t yet had the opportunity to call in to either of the two pubs for a drink or have a general look around, but it seems a nice, well kept village. It’s a nice area but in the Winter it must be challenging. Hopefully I will get the chance to have a bite to eat at the pub and meet some of the locals. Well, good luck with the Winter conditions and hope all of the Belthornians are battling on and winning.
Darren Niman, Prestwich, Manchester - December 2010
I wonder if anyone has had items stolen recently by opportunist thieves. Last weekend while I was working on my garage, a blue cantilever toolbox, twin barrel footpump & a crowbar were taken while I was out of sight of the garage. Maybe there are other examples around the village that we should be aware of. It might be worth keeping details.
Sam Blurton, James Street, Belthorn - August 2010
I wondered if anyone has an electric keyboard I can borrow for about 12 months. Andy, my husband was involved in a road traffic accident on the M6 motorway on the 20.6.10 and will be returning home from hospital on Tuesday 3rd August. He will be housebound for quite some time due to his injuries, and wishes to learn the keyboard to while away the time and alleviate the boredom too. So if anyone can help with this it would be greatly appreciated, and we would return it once he is up and about again, also some instruction books too if possible.
Jean Bain, Rydal Mount, Belthorn - August 2010 (Jean has now got her keyboard so there is no need to respond to this message...)
We have a family of wild ducks back on the pond. Parents & 7 (there were 10 yesterday) little fluffy ducklings. Please tell people so they can bring food.
Barbara Heffernan, Belthorn Road - July 2010
In response to the enquiry about George and Marjorie Griffiths, unfortunately my dad George passed away on the 3rd of February this year from a heart attack and my mother Marjorie is now living at Baxenden.
Gail Ellwood, Belthorn - April 2010
Hi Belthorn, I have only just thought of looking you up. A long time ago (I was probably about 9 or 10), I spent a holiday in Belthorn and I believe my Mum and I spent some of the war years there. It seems my Dad who was in the Navy had a friend whos name could have been Kelly, who lived there, and to escape the bombing on Liverpool he somehow got us up there. When we went there when I was 9 or 10 we stayed in a house in a dead end lane next to a Church or Chapel. There was a stile at the end leading to a playing field. I remember fishing in a pond or canal just off a main road. If we did stay there during the War, I thank Belthorn because I have no memory of the horrors of the Blitz and hardships. Regards.
Arthur Cartin - Australia - April 2010 - (If anyone remembers Arthur why not write in via our Contact form and we can put you in touch with him?)
Anyone remember George Griffiths and Marjorie of Rydal Mount?
Unknown contributor April 2010
Does anyone in Belthorn have a campervan they hire out, just for a weekend please? We take excellent care and give back spotless. Thankyou. P.S. It's for 5 people.
Linda Jackson - Belthorn Road, Belthorn - April 2010 (If anyone can help Linda, get in touch via the website!)
I have visitors from New York staying at my home for a week from Monday 29th of March 2010. In the family there is an 11 year old boy who is mad about football, and is going to see Manchester United play while he is here! He would love to meet some local boys and maybe have a few games of football while he is here! Can anyone help? Please get in touch with me using the Contact Us page of the website. Thanks very much!
Gwen Crawford, Belthorn Road - March 2010
Just to remind people my surgery will be held on the 9th of January one week later than normal, due to the christmas holidays, and will be at the Carus Centre Hoddlesden from 9.30 am till 10.30 am.
Councillor Julie Slater, Elswick Street, Darwen - January 2010
Hello to everyone in Belthorn; what a great website - came across it by chance. I used to live in Belthorn in the 60's & early 70's. Knew lots of people in the village - The Murphys, the Haworths, Wilson & Lynne Smyth, the Caseys and loads more too numerous to mention! Been living down South now for many years but still have fond memories of my teens & early 20's in the village. We gave that Dog Inn a hammering many weekends, wonder what happened to Dennis Munroe who used to run it for a good few years?? Anyway, nice to see another generation carrying on the community spirit. Best wishes.
Pete Davies, Epsom, Surrey - December 2009
I've been trying to sort out broadband for home, but all services seem very slow. Anyone know a reliable supplier? Thanks.
Dave Taylor, Belthorn Road - December 2009
We were delighted with your website and will be visiting Belthorn as part of our relocation project from Essex.
Ian & Alex Berry, Essex - November 2009
I've just been looking through the site and would like more information about the proposed reading group. By the way I think the site is excellent!
Lesley Billingham, Chapel Street, Belthorn - October 2009
The Dog Inn recently had a Rag Wort pulling day in the field at the back of the pub and put on a lovely hog roast for all the helpers. It was a lovely day, and fun and hard work was had by all. It was really great to see how people pulled together to help Brian and Christine with this event, and I wondered if the same spirit could be offered in assisting at keeping the old chapel graveyard clear of overgrown grass etc, weather permitting of course.
Jean Bain, Rydal Mount, Belthorn - July 2009
I am thrilled to have come accross your site. My mother died early March and her parents, my Grandparents, used to live at Tower View. They were called Harry & Sally Jackson. My Grandad kept hens on some land opposite the house. Not sure which number but was midway along Tower View. I am going back to the early 1960's so don't know if anyone would remember them now!? Anyway, what a trip down memory lane, just printed picture of Tower View on the computer and feels comforting somehow to have a connection with my old roots, as I have many happy memories of spending time with my Grandparents there and going off for a walk off to the right of the house and over moors. Well done you for web site and thanks.
Elaine Crawshaw, Granada, Spain - June 2009
Anyone interested in a book swap club? If so email me at email@example.com and if there is enough interest I'll set something up whereby we can swap books for free.
Tony Edwards, Belthorn - June 2009
The light on top of Darwen Tower, it is the sun setting directly behind the glass dome at the top. It gives the illusion that the tower is lit up. We used to see it when we lived at Belthorn. Dorothy Howarth, Shetland - May 2009
It's 9.15 pm on the 26th May 2009, and I've just seen a beacon or light of some kind burning at the top of Darwen Tower. Does anyone know anything about it?
Gwen Crawford, Belthorn - May 2009
I've just taken a break to take a quick look at the website. Great to see it's still up to date - very informative and interesting. Beautiful photos, fantastic comments. Just to update on the news article about the post office robber escaping to Belthorn - it was reported in the Lancashire Telegraph a couple of days later that someone had been arrested on Roman Road Council estate and charged with the attempted robbery.
Marianne Davies, Belthorn - May 2009
What an excellent website, very impressive - how can anyone fail to be proud to be part of such a community!
Sue Hopkinson, Tower View, Belthorn - May 2009
It was great to see people turn out to support the May Day event, despite the awful weather! Many thanks to the Village Committee and everyone who helped to organise the event.
Gwen Crawford, Belthorn - May 2009
I read the article by Mr. Binns about the goings-on in Belthorn. I seem to be missing out - must get my doorbell fixed! Well done with the site - very informative and professional.
Dave Taylor, Belthorn Road, Belthorn - April 2009
Hello to Dorothy from Susan, who used to have Jamie the labrador! It's lovely to hear from you - I can't believe it was 1995 when you left. Danielle is now 19 and Dominique is 15. Best wishes.
Susan Smith, Holden Street, Belthorn - April 2009
Congratulations on your website. Now I can know what is going on in Belthorn now. Myself and Ian left in 1995, we are still in Shetland but on a different island. We often wonder about the friends we left behind in Belthorn. Love and blessings to you all.
Dorothy Howarth, Shetland - April 2009
Brilliant website! The photos are particularly good! Well done!
Andrew Ledger, Warrington - April 2009
Thanks for the Belthorn website, very interesting and a regular check for me every few days. Keep up the good work.
Lee Fallon, Belthorn - April 2009
Great website - keep up the good work. Especially like the banner photo of Pendle Hill! Pity about the sign. So strangers driving into the village will be even more confused - Hyndburn, Oswaldtwistle or Belthorn. Unfortunately like most compromises it's a bit of a mess, especially as half of us are in Blackburn. Flowers and that sound nice but I think we should not accept this lunacy.
Tony Edwards - March 2009
Enjoyed scanning the pages of this newly formed website :) Just a thought but wouldn't it be nice to do a 'Where are they now?' about past residents of the village i.e. Ann Potts, George Griffiths etc.. Also mentioning the names or residents unfortunately no longer with us i.e. Brenda Carroll, Mrs Boardman etc. Keep up the good work x
Kim Keogh, Rydal Mount, Belthorn - March 2009
Thanks for clarifying the position on the sign. I just hope that Blackburn with Darwen and LCC don't feel the need to compete with Hyndburn and erect their signs. There's never been a need in the past for local authorities to be so territorial, and in doing so just creates a mishmash of notices and signs which, in my opinion, affects the natural, rural character of the village. Let's hope Hyndburn see sense and take down the sign.
Marianne Davies, Belthorn - March 2009
Those of us who live on the Blackburn side of the boundary probably feel pretty fed up. We don't even live in Oswaldtwistle or Hyndburn! Whilst I fear the proposed compromise over the sign may be the best solution we can achieve, I do wonder why Hyndburn could not have spoken to Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire County Councils and the Belthorn village committee in advance to have come up with a sensible solution. If this is joined-up local government, heaven help us.
Gwen Crawford, Belthorn - March 2009
What a great little web site. You have all worked really hard. It's lovely to see your community spirit and your pride in your little village. I hope the site goes from strength to strength and gets plenty of hits. If there is anything I can do to help please ask. Kindest Regards.
Councillor Julie Slater, Darwen - March 2009
What a good little site, well done.
Ron McCombe, Coldstream - March 2009
Well done, website looks excellent, thank you for setting it up.
Jean and Andy - March 2009
Excellent site, does the village proud. Will certainly use it for future updates.
Councillor Doug Hayes, Oswaldtwistle - March 2009
What a FANTASTIC WEB SITE - well done. Jean and I like it.
John & Jean, Tower View - March 2009
The website looks great - well done!
Yvonne Brown, Higher Bank Fold Farm - March 2009
Excellent idea. Keep up the good work. :) x -
Susan Smith, Holden Street, Belthorn - March 2009
Julie Slater made me look at your website, it's very good!
Nick Leadley, Hoddlesden Village Store - March 2009
I think this site is really well put together :) well done :D x
Dominique Smith, Holden Street, Belthorn - March 2009