Pick up your copy of ‘Nobbut Norland’

Norland History Group launching a 48 page booklet, Nobbut Norland, about history of the village.'Pictured are Susan Crowther, Nick Avery, Andy Garbett, Robert Crowther, Aileen Barnard, Dick Spendlove, Jenny Spendlove and Jenny Longbottom

Norland History Group launching a 48 page booklet, Nobbut Norland, about history of the village.'Pictured are Susan Crowther, Nick Avery, Andy Garbett, Robert Crowther, Aileen Barnard, Dick Spendlove, Jenny Spendlove and Jenny Longbottom

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RESIDENTS have compiled a history book chronicling their village’s past, which will go on sale this weekend.

The Norland Local History Group have been working on their 48-page booklet called ‘Nobbut Norland’.

It will be sold at the Norland Scarecrow festival this weekend.

Dick Spendlove, from the group, said: “It’s very good value. People in the group have taken their own interests and it’s a compilation of articles from the history of the village.”

They have coined the phrase “Norlandia” for the terms specific to the village.

Topics include Memories of Shops and Pubs, the first years of the school from 1871 to 1900, Norland Brass band and places of worship.

There are also articles about the Working Men’s Club, Sowerby Croft, the history of “The house with three names” - The Vicarage, and Norland Moor.

There are 30 members of the group, and 10 have written articles.

Dick Spendlove from the group said: “There’s interesting stories and anybody with an interest in the village should have a copy.”

The book also includes tales of “Naughty Norlanders” with tales of 19th century crime taken from newspapers.

The booklet, costing £5, will be on sale at this weekend’s Scarecrow Festival.

It will be on sale at the refreshment points including the car parking field, church and Rough Hey farm.

This weekend’s event runs from September 2 to 5 and will raise funds for the village and charities.

The annual scarecrow festival will this year take on a musical theme with “Popstars and Pop groups” as the theme.

More than 60 residents and local groups have been hard at work creating their masterpieces to show off in their gardens.

As final preparations take place for the festival, a second giant scarecrow has been built.

A teddy bear shaped giant scarecrow has been put up off Moor Bottom Lane, Norland, near the Moorcock pub.

Funded by Far Barsey farm shop at Barkisland, it has joined the giant scarecrow at the Spring Rock pub.