North Leicestershire Association of National Trust Members and Volunteers, Lynda Hall “Just a brief note to formally thank you for the wonderful introduction to Saltaire. I know from all the comments I received through the day how much the others in the group enjoyed the banter and the light hearted approach. Your tour certainly brought Saltaire to life for us.”
Southport U3A, Ruth Lawless “A big thank you for a very interesting and entertaining tour. Everyone said they had a wonderful time. We will pass the word round to other U3A groups.”
The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, James FH Macbeth ” The way of presenting the information on Saltaire to our group was most entertaining and certainly not dry and boring. Please accept our thanks for providing a most enjoyable visit to Saltaire.”
The Rotary Club of Oadby Leicester, Jim Matthews ” I have to say the guided tour of Saltaire was definitely the most entertaining we have been on. To be honest we always try to avoid guided tours of places of interest like the plague, having been subjected to some pretty horrendous experiences. We thought the guides were brilliant striking just the right note between entertainment and imparting knowledge. Salts Walks would certainly have put some of my old History lecturers to shame!”
The Elland-Riorges Association, Les Piggin Secretary “Our sincere thanks to you and your colleagues for an extremely interesting, informative, and enjoyable tour of Saltaire. The French and English alike found the visit truly absorbing. You and your colleagues have obviously done a huge amount of research to be able to relate the story of Saltaire with such authority and make it so interesting. Our day at Saltaire contributed significantly to making our twinning week a great success.”
Cracoe Local History Group, Lesley Walker “Thank you for a wonderful evening walk last Monday. Can we book you again?”
Friends of Wentworth Castle Gardens, Rita & Richard Harrison “Thanks to the Saltaire tour guides whose knowledge of Saltaire and its history is to be admired, and their ability to control unruly visitors to be envied.”
High Leigh WI, Marilyn Ridler “A very big thank you for making our visit to Saltaire such a wonderful experience. Your characters inside the church truly came to life. Everyone on the trip thought it was a truly excellent day.”
Shipley Hamm Twin Towns, Dorothy Fear I just want to say what a wonderful time we had last Wednesday. I have had lots of feedback from people and they all enjoyed it, even my two grandsons and they were not looking forward to it. ..but found it was really enjoyable.”
Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, Pearl Wheatley “What an excellent start to our northern tour. Our members were still talking about it on the way home. We were most impressed with the way you both wove in the history, social history, industrial history and economic history of Saltaire in such a lively manner. Your method went down so well with us oldies.”
Harrogate Spa Ladies, Brenda I would like to thank you for a most enjoyable visit to Saltaire today, our ladies have never stopped talking about it. We look forward to seeing you again in August.”
Knaresborough N.W.R., Norma Mummey Just a note to thank you for a very informative & entertaining day. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Cleveland National TrustAssociation, Jill Bates “Just to let you know we enjoyed the tea in the church and the informative amusing walk.”
Friends of Blackheath Halls, Kathy Murrell “Thank you so much for giving us such an amusing yet educational tour last Thursday in Saltaire. We enjoyed it all greatly. I must say I was a little surprised at the little drama but it is a most effective way to introduce the subject. I imagine the children too are highly amused. We also liked the walk around the village and the information about the people who had lived there. Such bygone times! But the houses were very well built and are clearly still in use. You must have done a lot of research to discover so much about everyone and the history of the mill. Its most commendable. Good luck for the future”.
Carlton WI, Margaret Everatt “We would like to thank you for making our visit to Saltaire so very enjoyable, all our members said your guided walk had made the tour !!! I have passed your details to our programme secretary, to do a talk for us next year”.
Kenilworth U3A, Pam Cartwright “We would like to thank you and your colleague for the really informative, but great fun, talk and tour you both gave us yesterday. It certainly started our day off in the right way and we continued in high spirits and all thoroughly enjoyed our day at Saltaire.”
Crosscrake WI, Liz Woods “Would you please pass on our thanks to Mrs Dooley, Mrs ‘ill, sorry Hill, and the Minister for an excellent afternoon last Thursday? The tour really made our day, everyone enjoyed it and we certainly learnt a lot more about Saltaire in an entertaining way. The dry weather helped of course and you even laid that on for us! I know some of us will be back to Saltaire at some time.”
Up Holland U3A, Marjorie Brown “What a treat we had on our visit to Saltaire on Friday! We had such a good time, it was a very successful day all round, due in many ways to your efforts that made it all so interesting and such fun! Thank you so much for all your help with the organisation of the day and for everything that you did for us when we arrived. You made us feel so welcome and everyone really enjoyed the tour. You made it both interesting and amusing and it gave us food for thought about Titus Salt himself. You made the history so enjoyable, accessible and fun. Everyone, in both groups enjoyed both the presentation and the tour, so thanks also to your co presenter.
How lucky were we with the weather too, it just started to rain just after we set off back on the coach!
So on behalf of Upholland U3A, thanks again and good luck with all your future projects to support the church and the village. You are doing a great job.”
Extract from the Oxford Mail by Helen Werin. “The character walks offer very varied views of the lifestyles of Saltaire’s previous inhabitants and the rather egotistical business brain of Titus Salt, the man who appeared to offer people a better way of life with his idealistic village never let them forget who built it either. The Italianate palace-style mill- the biggest building in the world in its time – forms a T shape. Everywhere you turn, you can see the initials TS entwined in stone, wood, glass and railings even the plaster work, and original T shaped door handles.
“There are quirky shops and cafes and visitors are free to wander around cobbled village streets. But the character walks offer such an enlightening view of the lifestyles of Saltaire’s previous inhabitants and the rather egotistical business brain of Titus that not to go with Mrs Dooley and co’s company would be like……, well going to Bradford and not having a curry.”
Testimonials from Conference Organises
FRC Conference Bradford, Kate Nisbet “We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and I personally would have no hesitation in recommending the walk to others. Wishing you every success in the future!”