Edgworth - the village looking to the future
PUBLISHED: 22:20 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:13 20 February 2013
Gordon Wilkinson paints the village of Edgworth where children are encouraged to take responsibility for their future, as Amanda Griffiths discovers
Surrounded by hills and three reservoirs, its no wonder the rural village of Edgworth is popular with walkers. Its even more popular with its residents, passionate supporters of the local community and clubs as well as its local primary school. Stewart Plowes is head teacher at Turton and Edgworth Primary School. He says: Were in a an area with some beautiful countryside but people here also really want to be involved.
They are passionate about their village and, in particular, about having a village school.
There are 224 children and 40 staff and the school is used every night by clubs and organisations such as Rainbows and Brownie We do have a lot of support from the local community, especially parents, added Stewart.
One of the things Im keen on is teaching the children they are making their own society. They are our future and creating their world for the future.
The school, which has nurtured international links in the last few years as well as working with a number of local businesses, is just one of the important community buildings in this village, north east of Turton.
Theres the Barlow Memorial Institute, built in 1909, which plays ukhome to a number of the village groups. With the support of locals this building, which included an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts and was once a holiday hotspot, is very much a part of village life today. The building is named after the Barlow family who were great benefactors during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
James Barlow was the proprietor of textile manufacturers Barlow and Jones Limited and was also Mayor of Bolton between 1867 and 1869. He funded the new Methodist Church which opened in 1863 as well as the first National Childrens Home at Crowthorn. The Barlows family home, Greenthorne, was also used as a conference venue during Gandhis visit to Lancashire in September of 1931.
Today, there are few reminders of its mill heritage. Industry has been replaced by housing estates for the increasing number of people wanting to call this their home. No matter what changes Edgworth has seen over the years one thing has remained the same: that people look out for each other.
As the Easter holidays approach Stewart is due to leave his post at the primary school. I love Edgworth, he says. More than anything, its the people, in particular the staff, parents and pupils at the school and their love of life, their excitement and passion to do things.
The most special thing about the village is no-one believes there is anything we cant do. We all believe we can do it if we try.
I might be the outgoing headteacher, but I have no doubt the school will go on to even greater things under the new head. In fact, Im sure of it.
Where is it? Edgworth is located within the Blackburn with Darwen borough but is north of Bolton. Type in BL7 0AR in your Satnav to get you there
Where to park? There are no official car parks in the centre of Edgworth, however, there is ample on street parking
What to do? Edgworth attracts mainly walkers because of the beautiful countryside that surrounds the village. There are also a handful of local pubs offering home cooked food and there are always plenty of activities to get involved with at the Barlow Institute