Monthly Archives: October 2016

Civic Pride Are Bloomin’ Marvellous

Published on October 31, 2016 at 1:33 pm

On Friday 28th October at the Britain in Bloom Award Ceremony , Civic Pride were finally made aware of how much the Royal Horticultural Society were prepared to recognise the dedication, inspiration and sheer hard graft shown by all their hardworking volunteers and supporters.

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Eight members of Civic Pride travelled to Southport to learn their fate and this is how their day went…

After coffee we took our places at the lunch table whilst winners of specific competitions were announced – including Best Newcomer, Civic Pride Rawtenstall!

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Rossendale Leisure Trust celebrates sport with Paralympian Tom Hamer

Published on October 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Double Paralympic silver medallist Tom Hamer was the special guest at Rossendale Leisure Trust’s ‘Celebration of sport’ event at the Riverside, Whitworth.

The event, which took place on Friday 21st October, was part of the Trusts annual acknowledgement of sport in the Valley.

The evening played host to a variety of achievers including teachers and children from Thorn primary school, Ski Rossendale, fundraisers for Rossendale Hospice Vikki Hardwick and Richard Watts, promising badminton player Akshay Narayan and Whitworth Water Ski Academy.

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Three Rossendale Projects Up for Aviva Community Fund Prize

Published on October 24, 2016 at 10:50 am

Three Rossendale projects are in with a chance of getting the finals of the Aviva Community Fund.

The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance for local community projects to win funding for their community project. It will finance over 800 projects across four different fund levels and six categories, spreading the awards to communities throughout the UK.

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Kelly’s Hero Crowned on Rawtenstall Market

Published on October 21, 2016 at 10:49 am

Thursday’s usual trading day on Rawtenstall Market was like no other…a hero was named live on ITV!

Jack Buckley was surprised by ITV’s Jake Quickenden at Rawtenstall Market has he was named a Kelly’s Hero live on the Lorraine Kelly Show.

Just over a year ago, Jack, a plumber from Rossendale, took the brave and risky decision to and be a live donor for close family friend Pat Foden-Purser who needed the life-saving liver surgery after being diagnosed with polycystic liver disease 14 years ago.

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Six New Fuel Efficient Buses Join the Rosso Fleet

Published on October 21, 2016 at 10:15 am

Rossendale Transport (Rosso) has taken delivery of six new 10.8m StreetLite buses, with improved fuel efficiency for their busy routes.

 The StreetLites have recently entered service and are working on the busy 467 & 468 routes; Bury to Rochdale which also serve the important Fairfield Hospital site. This is the first time Rosso has ordered this type of single deck vehicle from Wrightbus and will be an improved asset to the fleet.  

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Remembrance Events Taking Place Across the Borough Alongside Special Concert

Published on October 20, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Rossendale will be playing host to various Remembrance services up and down the Valley.

The series of Remembrance events start with an uplifting concert organised by Rossendale Council at St Peter’s Church, Haslingden at 2pm on Sunday November 6th.

Everyone is welcome to this free concert will feature music from The Haslingden Concert Ban and The Veterans in Communities Singing Group and aims not only to Remember fallen heroes but to also raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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Lancashire Constabulary to recruit 160 new police officers

Published on October 20, 2016 at 11:38 am

Lancashire Constabulary is looking for 160 new police officers to tackle crime, support the vulnerable and keep communities safe.

The roles are not for extra officers, but are needed to replace those that leave the constabulary, mainly through retirement, to ensure the force remains operationally resilient.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “This is an important investment in Lancashire Constabulary and a chance to recruit officers from under-represented communities.

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Modern slavery: look closer, it could be right in front of you

Published on October 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Look closer and modern slavery could be happening right in front of you – that’s the message from Lancashire Constabulary as part of their week of action.

From Monday 17 to Friday 21 October 2016, officers will be out in force carrying out checks on premises such as nail bars, car washes, massage parlours and properties suspected of being used as brothels, in a bid to find any potential victims and to ensure that our communities have a better understanding of what modern slavery is.

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Community Column: Queen’s Award Nomination for Civic Pride

Published on October 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Civic Pride have again been nominated for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service after missing out last year.

Civic Pride were nominated for this prestigious award last year in recognition of our achievements in helping to transform our valley for all to enjoy, residents and visitors alike. It was proposed by Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council and supported by Jake Berry MP.

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“Be prepared” Flood Campaign Launched in Lancashire

Published on October 14, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Lancashire County Council has launched a campaign to help people be better prepared for possible flooding.

The campaign highlights the fact that flooding can happen almost anywhere, often without warning, during and after heavy rainfall – and that being prepared can significantly reduce its impact on people and property.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “Over the last few years, we have seen the devastating impact of heavy rainfall in Lancashire where people have had to leave their homes and seen valuables destroyed by flood water.

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Community Column: ‘Interpreting Acre’ Project Events

Published on October 14, 2016 at 12:50 pm

The Friends of Acre Village are hosting two events in autumn to celebrate their ‘Interpreting Acre’ project. This project was funded by a Sharing Heritage grant of £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The first event is a ‘Beating the Bounds’ guided walk around the rediscovered historic boundary of Acre Village.

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Rossendale Secures New Community Specialist Paramedic

Published on October 13, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Following the work of Rossendale Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Task and Finish Group on the North West Ambulance service the Council is delighted to announce a new Community Specialist Paramedic role for Rossendale.

Richard Peters assumes the role as the new Community Specialist Paramedic (CSP) for the Rossendale area.

Richard joined the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust as a trainee technician in 1991 and qualified as a Paramedic in 1993. 

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Smoke Control Reminder

Published on October 11, 2016 at 4:54 pm

As the weather gets colder Residents in Rossendale are being reminded about the borough’s smoke control measures which have been in place since the 1970s to protect and maintain good air quality.

The recent rise in the use of smoky fuels such as wood burning stoves is believed to be as a result of higher gas and electricity prices.

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The Flying Scotsman Returns to Rawtenstall

Published on October 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Rossendale residents are in for a locomotive treat this week as the famous Flying Scotsman returns to the East Lancashire Railway as part of the Scotsman In Steam event. 

The Flying Scotsman visited Rawtenstall in January this year, following its £4.2m restoration at Riley and Sons Ltd in Bury, to huge crowds.

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Council Reaction to Ski Slope Olympic Training Centre Plans

Published on October 7, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Exciting times are ahead for Ski Rossendale as the work towards becoming a new national centre for the British Ski and Snowboard Park and Pipe Freestyle squad.

Park and Pipe is a form of freestyling skiing and snowboarding which involves the use of halfpipes for aerial tricks and terrain parks for jump obstacles.

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Community Column: News From Ski Rossendale

Published on October 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Ski Rossendale is working towards becoming a centre for the new and totally unique reduced risk training centre for our British Park and Pipe freestyle squads. 

Should this further development reach final approval funding for the project will come from Sport England.

A Planning application has been submitted to Rossendale Borough Council for the specific requirements.

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Valley’s Tourism Success

Published on October 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Latest tourism data from Visit Lancashire shows Rossendale’s tourism offer is appealing to even more people and continuing its upward trend.

The latest data, for 2015, shows that Rossendale saw over 1.3million tourism visits to the area, increasing 2% on last year, outpacing average growth of 1.7% (64.38m visits) across Lancashire as a whole.

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Get involved in shaping the future of local health and social care

Published on October 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Residents are invited to get involved, debate and help shape the future of health and social care in East Lancashire at an upcoming engagement event.

NHS and local councils in Pennine Lancashire, which is made of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, are working together to change the way health and social care is delivered in the area. 

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Rossendale Paralympic Medallist Opens New Climbing Area

Published on October 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Double Paralympic silver medallist Tom Hamer has officially opened a new £30,000 climbing area in Rossendale.

After cutting the ribbon, the 18 year-old, who took home silver medals in the S14 200m freestyle and SM14 200m individual medley in Swimming at Rio, was the first visitor to scale the wall at Grip & Go in Haslingden on Saturday.

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Hundreds gather to celebrate best of local health innovation

Published on October 6, 2016 at 11:38 am

Hundreds of visitors descended on Blackburn Cathedral last week to celebrate the best of local health and social care.

The celebration of innovation event gathered together health and social care professionals, third sector organisations, service users and members of the public to highlight the work that has taken place over recent years, as well as offering a chance to hear about some exciting new developments.

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Rossendale Council Wants to Hear Your Views!

Published on October 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

Rossendale Council has today launched their resident survey to help set the council’s objectives and priorities for the next three years. We want to know what matters to you and your family where you live and how we can work together to shape public services in challenging times.

We want to hear from our residents and partners on what is important in making Rossendale a great place to live, what they think needs improving where they live, how the council and communities can work together to improve issues in areas as well as an service transformation ideas our residents might have.

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