The Gardening Groups

We are an enthusiastic, friendly group who help look after the tower gardens maintaining, renewing and revamping

The gardens are quite extensive, but unfortunately, in the past have been neglected due to underfunding.

The Walking Group

The Walking Group has been up and running (walking) for many years now, and happily, so far, we have managed to avoid getting soaked through. 

Collections Care Group

The Collections Care Group is a friendly group of ladies (men are welcome) whose aim is to maintain and enhance the numerous items throughout Turton Tower. 

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Turton Tower needs volunteers to assist as Room Stewards and to work in the reception and shop.

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We have groups, events and activities for all age groups, we are sure we have something for everyone.  Have a look at our What’s On page.  You can be assured of a very warm response. 

The Tower Gardening Group

We are an enthusiastic, friendly group who help look after the tower gardens maintaining, renewing and revamping

The gardens are quite extensive, but unfortunately, in the past have been neglected due to underfunding.  We work hard to help provide a garden where everyone can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of such beautiful surroundings.

We meet on Wednesday’s 10am-3pm in spring and summer and 11am-2pm in winter, if the weather is fine

If you feel you would like to join us and enjoy fresh air and good company, please contact us via the communications form below.

The Walking Group

The Walking Group has been up and running (walking) for many years now, and happily, so far, we have managed to avoid getting soaked through. We meet every couple of months in the Tower car park on a Sunday afternoon, and either set off on foot or drive in convoy to more exotic locations (other parts of the West Pennine Moors). Numbers vary, but we average out at about a dozen or so. 

Initially, we ventured out over Turton Moor and around the reservoirs.  Last winter the January walk was more like an Olympic ice-skating event, a few slips and tumbles, but no bones were broken.

As the daylight hours lengthened and the sun shone, we strode a bit further afield. Firstly to Quarlton, where we got a bit lost, but nothing serious, and were able to enjoy refreshments atop the tumulus, where we pondered the theory that it could be a stone age burial mound.

After all that exercise, we gratefully slaked our thirsts in the Chetham Arms. Our next outings were two separate hikes up Holcombe Moor, to the Pilgrims’ Cross,  Ellen Strange’s memorial stone and Robin Hood’s well. We even managed to climb up Peel Tower, as it is open to the public certain Sundays in summer.

The most recent walk, in September, was the most adventurous so far.  Bill Upton led us a lovely route from Barrow Bridge, up the miners’ steps to the mast.  We were rewarded with spectacular views as far as Jodrell Bank, the Peak District, Snowdonia and Anglesey.  Thanks to Bill for organising this for us, and planning the walk as well.

Our winter walks will not be as ambitious as this, and we hope to do a couple of easier local routes early in the new year, before stepping out to discover new places in the spring and summer.

If you feel like a bit of exercise on any of the published dates, please come and join us. Bring your own refreshments and comfortable, stout shoes/boots.  Any suggestions for places to go and new routes to take will be most welcome! 

Cilla  Duncalf

For more information on the walking group please feel free to contact the group organisers Bill and Cilla Duncalf ~ 01204 882 671

The walks are not official FoTT events and are undertaken at your own risk, but are very pleasant social occasions and with good company, in beautiful countryside taking in places of interest along the way.

For information on the next walk please contact Cilla Duncalf using the form below.

All walks are undertaken entirely at your own risk. The Friends of Turton Tower take no responsibility for any injuries which may occur on the day.

More information on other walks can be obtained from the following links: 

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure/walks/

www.westpennineway.org

The Collections Care Group

The Collections Care Group is a friendly group of ladies (men are welcome) whose aim is to maintain and enhance the numerous items throughout Turton Tower. We have had training from Museum Development Officers on how to repair and clean the furnishings and artefacts, and to make dust covers to keep the antique furniture dust-free during the time the Tower is closed. Curators of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London were very impressed when they visited in winter 2012. Printed instructions are available to newcomers. Occasionally items are put back into storage or returned to the museum that loaned them, causing a search of the numerous rooms and maybe a reworking of dust sheets to fit others.

There are advantages of being with the CCG as other local museums invite us to join them. Members have been invited to an introduction to Crewel Embroidery by a Royal School of Needlework Tutor, and recently to embroider a pillowcase to be hung from the ceiling at York St Mary’s in an exhibition about Sleep. In addition to maintaining historical items, there will be opportunities in future to make our own additions to the present day Turton Tower, as has always been the case.