Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Chairman's piece

This article is from Signpost 45, Winter 2014

Does the name Thomas Boulger mean anything to anyone? We would very much like to contact any of his relatives.

Thomas Boulger join PNFS in 1921 as a Footpath Inspector and after one year became the Society's Secretary holding the position for 25 years. In 1946 he became Vice Chairman and later Chairman until the time of his death in 1963. He served 42 years as an Officer of PNFS. An amazing achievement.

In 1963 a stone memorial was erected at Carr Meadow, near Little Hayfield in recognition of Thomas's magnificent contribution, but over the years the harsh Pennine weather took its toll.

A couple of months ago our signpost officer David Morton, noticed that the memorial was starting to crumble and fall apart. Your Trustees unanimously agreed that the memorial should be renovated and Nick Outteridge our Hayfield Footpath Inspector agreed to organise this major task. See Nick’s report.

We do not forget our past volunteers who made such enormous contribution to the success of PNFS and we would very much like to establish contact with any relatives of Thomas Boulger who may not even know of the memorial.

If you do have any information please email us at :-

80 PNFS members attended our Half Year Meeting at the Britannia Hotel Stockport on November 23rd. This excellent turnout heard presentations on our plans for 2014, Society finances, volunteering for the future, Silverdale 14 and SK91 the Benfield path. The overall view was that we are having some excellent footpath results and that we are in a good position to move forward. It was felt that our investment in new IT equipment will prove a sound investment in this respect.

John Broadbent

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