Echoes of the past: Community club enjoys annual trip

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This week’s featured photograph was taken in September 1987, just before the members of the Sandholme Community Association at Hipperholme set off on their annual trip.

Sandholme Crescent is a street comprising of 43 bungalows and flats and is managed by Pennine Housing 2000. It was built in 1965, which was back in the days of the Brighouse Borough Council.

From the outset these and other similar properties, each with a community room, were encouraged to form residents’ associations. With many of the new residents moving in from the four corners of the borough, new neighbourhoods had to be established.

I remember visiting many of these clubs 40 years ago both to give crime prevention advice and to present local history slide presentations.

But gradually over the years the original format for these clubs changed and the estate warden, who wasoften leading these clubs, gradually faded more into the background, encouraging the clubs to run themselves. At Sandholme these days there are still regular social activities which are organised by support staff and a social committee.

Returning to our photograph, which was taken by David Green – I don’t know where this trip was going but I am sure a good time would have been had by all.