This is Hyde Daily Photo Volume 1 (2006-2011) which is now in archive mode. For recent photographs please visit Hyde Daily Photo Volume 2. Additional material and links to blogger friends can be found at Hyde DP Xtra.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Etherow Riding Arena

The riding arena at the Etherow Centre in Broadbottom.

The Etherow Centre is a charitable trust that looks after a converted railway warehouse.

The property and surrounding land were purchased from British Rail Property Board in 1985. Renovation work began in 1986 and the initial phase was the restoration and adaptation of the lower floor to create an indoor riding centre.

The second phase of the renovation work in 1987 involved the adaptation and restoration of the upper floor to create a permanent indoor gymnastics facility.

In 1989 funding from Children In Need, small charitable trusts and individual donations enabled the building of this outdoor riding area for the Kingfisher Riding for the Disabled Group.

In 1997 a stable block was added.

In 2009 the Tameside School of Gymnastics moved to Pinfold in Hattersley and the upper floor of the centre was modified to provide a home for indoor bowling and other community activities. The Etherow Bowling and Activity Centre, run by Tameside Sports Trust features an indoor bowling green built to national league standard.

See Hyde DP Xtra for a view of the centre from Broadbottom station car park and The Etherow Centre's website for more about their work.


Lizzy said...

The indoor bowling arena is much frequented by my dad in the winter months, they had to move from the gym at Hattersley this year. What I want to know though is where do the horses graze?

Fred Miller said...

I'm starting to notice how many of your pictures are taken under sunny skies. So many pictures we see from England are in overcast conditions. I like that, but it gives the impression that the sun never shines. Yet your pictures present an England as sunny as the Great Plains of the U.S.


Jim said...

I am involved in helping run Kingfisher Riding for the Disabled that is based at the Etherow Centre.
Our horses have various off site locations where they graze and a couple of those are in Broadbottom itself. One of them is a wee field that you can get to by going down the path between the Harewood pub and the stable block. The other is Mike and Janets land at the top of the road down to Lymefield.
If anyone wants to help us at the Centre please visit our site and get in touch.

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