Linda Cook; 01706 817254; firstname.lastname@example.org (Available to All Members). Various locations, phone Convenor for details.
We organise outings every 4 to 6 weeks, with a break over holiday periods. Our group is open to the whole membership and we try to select diverse places of interest so as to appeal to as many people as possible. We usually travel by coach, leaving Todmorden around 9.00/9.30a.m, arriving back approx. 6.00/7.00pm, depending on traffic, but occasionally travel by train. Our trips are announced at the monthly meetings where booking forms are available, and also sent by email around the members group. Bookings are taken on a first come basis.
Thursday 22 March 2018: Cheshire Falconry
Robert, the expert, who “flew” the birds of prey for us, explained about each in detail; their origins, hunting techniques, and the care needed to keep them in condition. These birds fly for the public for only 6 months in the year, needing to rest and replenish the oils on their feathers. The cutest, and noisiest, was the Barn or Screech Owl: and it did !
After lunch members moved on to the Lion Salt Museum , just a few miles away. This efficiently run establishment had our guides waiting for us, as we arrived. The guides explained in detail about Romans finding salt, the geology of the area and how the industry grew. At its height, there were some 17 salt manufacturers in the area. The industry became so important railway branch lines were laid to carry the finished product away. This Museum has won various awards. The enthusiasm and expertise of the staff was evident.