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Postman's Half Holiday 1925 (July 3rd) - Supplied By: Dennis Harker
A letter from the Post Office authorities to Cowling Parish Council recommended that, for the Cowling postman to have a half day off each week, it was necessary that the time of the second delivery on Saturday's to be brought forward by about three hours, and the collections from the wall boxes at Middleton, Ickornshaw and Lane Ends three hours earlier. The final dispatch from Cowling Post Office would be brought forward from 5-50 p.m. to 2-50 p.m.. The council passed a resolution to this proposal.

Temperance Society's Demonstration 1925 (July 17th) - Supplied By: Dennis Harker
The Temperance Society's procession and gala takes place annually on Feast Monday. A large procession gathered at Winkholme Top, and walked round the village by the way of Nan Scar, Ickornshaw, Middleton and New Road Side (Keighley Road). The Cowling Temperance Brass Band leading the Parish Church, United Methodist, Wesleyan and Baptist Sunday Schools. Temperance Society banners were carried at the front of the procession. A large number of adults were also in the
gathering. Prizes were given to the winners of a competition to write an essay, with the subject being "An imaginary conversation between a non-member and a member of the Band of Hope". Winners in the under 11 years of age were: 1) Walter Winstanley, 2) Elsie Maude Thompson. Under 15 years were: 1) Jonas Laycock, 2) Stanley Redman, were presented with their prizes by a Mr. Bannister (Rev. Fred Bannister).

A gala and field day were held in the new cricket field where children's sports were enjoyed and they were given buns and coffee. Sports for the adults were also held and the winners received prizes which were awarded by the Temperance Society. The Temperance Brass Band played a selection of music in the evening.

Karl Ramsbottom's Diary for April 1947
1st April 1947 - Though snow has gone fast, just past the bend below Garden Terrace is still a drift, 8 yards long and several feet wide.
8th April 1947 - Down at Lane Ends Box Shop people are calling regularly for any wood that will burn.
12th April 1947 - Bus ride to Nan Scar Top from Lane Ends price one penny.
13th April 1947 - Double summertime began, clocks put forward another hour.

New Tennis Courts 1925 (July 17th) - Supplied By: Dennis Harker
Local tennis players have to use improvised tennis courts for the last three years in the corner of the
recreation ground. This was not conducive for accurate play. Two hard court all weather courts are to be
laid on the same site. The Recreation Ground and War Memorial were opened in October 1924.

Mr. Watson Hartley performed the opening ceremony of the new all weather tennis courts in the
new recreation ground. Mr. Stephen Emmott vice-chairman of the Recreation Ground Committee
presided. The opening games were played by Misses L. Newrnan, I. Swales, D. Smith, M. Swales, and
Messrs. F.W. Bailey, F.W. Heaton, H.W. Forte, and J.R. Emmott.

Cowling Cricket Club 1925 (April 24th) - Supplied By: Dennis Harker
The month of April sees the start of the cricket season, and the popularity of the game in Cowling
comes partly from the cricket field being in the centre of the village for the past 33yrs.. The Royd
Ground has been bought for the new Public Recreation Ground. This season sees the transfer of the
cricket ground to a large and comparatively level ground at Woodside. Harry Dracup, a regular player for
over 20 yrs, will play again, as will Harvey Watson. Sydney Bradley will be captain, with batsmen being
Jim Metcalfe, Harry Whitaker, Clifford Benson and Fred Birch. Albert Metcalfe will also be playing for
Cowling this time in spite of offers from other clubs in Yorkshire. Left-hand bowler will be joined in
action by Albert Dale, who is a right-arm bowler of some repute.

Everett Kitson will be captain of the second team again, and batsmen will be J.C.Pickup, Edgar
Smith, Donald Snowden and Raymond Benson. Bowlers in the team again will be Alfred Whitaker and
Smith Whitaker.

'Field Sports' in Cowling - Supplied By: Dennis Harker
In the late 18th century, and up to the first world war, pigeon shooting was a 'sport' followed by many. The field where the shoot took place is now known as Collinge Road, and there used to be betting on the outcome of the shoot. Pigeons were bred specially for this, and one of the breeders was William Hill, who was the owner of the Bay Horse at that time. He used to breed them in the loft over the stables which were opposite the Bay Horse.

Whilst there was pigeon shooting from the Bay Horse, the Black Bull used to put on hare coursing. Men came from as far as Colne and Nelson, bringing their whippets with them, so that they could chase the hares. This pastime was carried on in the Knowl fields , which are part of the Know] Hill Farm. The hare coursing was also accompanied by betting on the dogs.

Knur (Nur) and Spel was played in the field at the back of Wood House. This sport was revived after the second world war, but soon fizzled out.

Woodhouse a history in sight by: Mrs Myra Warne - Date: Unknown

Wood House, Cowling

In 1770 there was a small farm called The Wood, which was owned by a branch of the Garforth family of Steeton, who lived at Gamesgill.
The barn was where it is today. In 1792 the old house was pulled down and the present house built adjoining the barn.
The first tenant after the house was rebuilt and known as Woodhouse, was one Henry Laycock. According to an account it cost 100 - 18 - 5d.
The road from the Church to Woodhouse was part of a copse road, for it was along this road that they carried coffins for burial at Kildwick Church.

MARCH 1947:  From Karl Ramsbottom's diary
3rd March 1947 - Sunday School Social for all scholars (Bar Chapel) between 9 and 16 years of age. Lasted 4 hours, games and film show, Jacob's join supper. During the following week Bentley's Wholesale Grocers tried to get a fleet of lorries into Lincolnshire for potatoes, but could not manage it. Potatoes are now rationed at shops. Peace conference in Moscow. Foreign secretaries are anxious to build foundations for a better world!
15th March 1947 - Road up to Court House Farm has been blocked 12 times.
16th March 1947 - Several loads of straw and potatoes have gone up the road today.
18th March 1947 -  A choir of 50 persons, assisted by 2 soloists under the leadership of Mr. Ronald Duckworth gave Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise. Choir had practised for 9 weeks, not much more than average congregation came, most disappointing for choir.
Thaw - rivers of water! British summertime began this morning. All clocks being put forward by one hour. GREEN PATCHES SHOW THROUGH THE SNOW! Road just wide enough to allow two vehicles to pass with care.

The Big Snow of 1947 from Karl Ramsbottom's diary
31st Jan 1947 - Workers at John Binns Mills sign on for benefit,due to fuel shortage.
2nd Feb 1947 - Blizzards over countryside
3rd Feb 1947 - Fuel shortage and unemployment, government gets the blame. Prefabricated houses which should be coming through the village are blocked on road. Buses could not get through until after 10 o'clock this morning. A steady stream of laid off workers called at Bannisters box shop at Lane Ends (now The Old Sawmills Estate) for bags of firewood, anything that would burn.
5th Feb 1947 - Cowling isolated. One single decker bus keeps communications open. Many buses off road with broken springs.
8th Feb 1947 - More blizzards. Milk kits from Cowlaughton and Lumb Farms brought down on horse drawn sledge to Winter House. Many German POWs employed on snow clearing.
9th Feb 1947 - Service in Bar Chapel Primary Room (now Pinnacle View) to save coke. 50 persons present, including scholars.
11th Feb 1947 - Croft Mill re-opened yesterday, but closed again.
12th Feb 1947 - Sheep eat wreaths in burial grounds. Green St. Snow cleared for funeral hearse.
13th Feb 1947 - No transport over Moss from Colne, too risky to travel. Snow still solid for approx 6 inches over road.

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