RIERCLIFEE NEWS: Take a walking tour of Briercliffe

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PARISH COUNCIL – The Briercliffe Parish Council will hold its next meeting at 7-30 p.m. on Monday, at Briercliffe Community Centre in Jubilee Street. The meeting is open to the public.

BRIERCLIFFE SOCIETY – The Briercliffe Society held its monthly meeting at the community centre on Monday. There was a good audience for Cliff Astin’s talk about the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. He told stories and showed some splendid slides, starting at Liverpool and ending in Leeds. Chairman Mrs Carol Bentley thanked Mr Astin.

IRENE BIRCHENOUGH – Members of the Briercliffe Society observed a minute’s silence in memory of Miss Irene Birchenough who was a member for many years. Miss Birchenough attended meetings and many of the society’s other events. Miss Birchenough, a retired teacher, had been about to enjoy a short holiday with friends when she died.

QUEEN STREET MILL – An exhibition of photographs, “That was Then: This is Now”, is being held at the mill until June 25th. The exhibition recalls the mill at the time when it closed in 1982 as well as more recent pictures. The museum is open to the public and entry is free for Burnley residents.

ROAD CLOSURE – The road through Thursden to Widdop and Hebden Bridge has been closed for several weeks for repairs but has just re-opened. In a few weeks’ time, the culvert at Ridehalgh Lane is to be repaired by Lancashire County Council. This means that the road is to be closed with a diversion along Halifax Road.

WALKING FESTIVAL – Burnley’s Walking Festival runs from April 30th until May 8th and one of the walks has been organised by the Briercliffe Society. The Harle Syke Heritage walk will be led by Roger Frost and it is scheduled to start at the parking spaces near Queen Street Mill at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3rd. The walk will take in the old part of the village, a visit to the parish church and will finish at the mill at 8 p.m. for a tour and refreshments.