The Whitaker

Often it is the journey not the destination for MG devotees but this Sunday run proved an exception. After a sociable breakfast at Hamish’s, a well-run café on the Blacko/Gisburn road thirteen of us in seven cars gathered for the monthly Sunday run.  Our run was to take the scenic route through the Thursden Valley to the small but memorable Whitaker museum in Rawtenstall.

Passing the local beauty spots of Widdup reservoir, Hardcastle Crags and the Bridestones we dropped into Todmorden and through to Bacup, then on to Rawtenstall. Not our usual direction but an interesting journey with its industrial heritage.

We arrived at the Museum where we were served an excellent lunch in their restaurant. This re-imaged museum, transformed by three friends with a vision and a willingness for hard work is a gem. Enabled by fundraising and grants this previous mill owner’s home now houses a small but eclectic mix of Social History and Natural Heritage from the Cabinet of Curiosities to frequently changing Art exhibitions. On this occasion it was Gallery two that caught the imagination with the Ruth Murray ‘Everything is Green’ exhibition. A figurative painter working in a realist style. Even those who prefer the traditional ‘Old Masters ‘type of paintings were fascinated by her creativity and attention to detail.

The Whitaker is free to visit, with donations welcome, set in pleasant surroundings with plenty of parking it certainly deserves support. Checkout their excellent webpage.

It was good to start our Sunday runs with sunshine and look forward to many more of our sociable get- togethers.

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