Barbara Ashworth

New awards scheme to recognise local heroes

Published on August 20, 2019 at 10:05 am

It’s time to show local heroes some love as Rossendale Council’s Community Awards open for nominations.

The new awards scheme aims to recognise those individuals and groups whose efforts have made a big impact in their local community.

Whether it’s a sports coach who gives up their evenings and weekends, someone special who lends a hand at a local charity, or a group that makes a real difference to where people live – they can all be nominated now.

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Rossendale mum helping to fight ‘period poverty’ given top Council honour

Published on August 1, 2019 at 9:40 am

Samara Barnes has been added to the Council’s Roll of Honour for her work in setting up the Red Box Project in Rossendale Schools.

Mum-of-two Samara, from Haslingden, leads the campaign to help schoolgirls who may not be able to afford or access sanitary products – known as Period Poverty.

She is the digital communities manager of the Rossendale branch of the Red Box Project, which takes donations of sanitary products to distribute in schools and community centres for girls who need them.

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Spring into Easter with a family fun festival in Bacup

Published on March 22, 2019 at 9:15 am

The Bacup Now Easter Festival is on its way with a massive line-up for kids big and small.

Taking place on Saturday, April 20th, from 10am to 4pm at Bacup Market and on Irwell Terrace, there will be the traditional Britannia Coconut Dancers Easter Boundary Dance, a chance to meet ‘Star Wars’ characters and performances by Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts and The Rossendale Drum Majorettes.

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Boxing clubs join the fight to end violence against women

Published on December 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

Men and women boxers joined up to support the White Ribbon Campaign.

A partnership between Rossendale Leisure Trust and Rossendale Borough Council promoted the campaign at local boxing clubs –  Community Boxing Club in Rawtenstall, Pioneer Gym in Bacup and Boxing Bootcamp in Haslingden.

The core of the national White Ribbon campaign is ending violence against women and those signing up take the pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women and girls.

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Community groups invited to apply for grants

Published on December 10, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Applications for community grants are now open at Rossendale Council.

There is a closing date of Monday, 7th January 2019. Grants will be available to cover the 3 financial years  –  2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

The allocation of up to £62,000 funding for Rossendale Council Grants and Community Partnership Grants was approved by the Council’s Cabinet on 28th November.

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Council urges owners on empty properties

Published on October 16, 2018 at 10:23 am

Rossendale Council officer, Heather Mullins, is tasked with bringing empty properties back into use in the borough.

Her work is part of the Council’s vision to ensure that the people of Rossendale have access to decent affordable housing that enables a good quality of life.

And as the national Empty Homes Week 2018 continues, Heather is urging more landlords and property owners to use the Council’s services to help bring empty properties back into use.

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Crackdown on landlords who fail tenants with poor quality housing

Published on September 8, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has announced a crackdown on landlords who fail to maintain their rental properties to a decent standard.

It follows the prosecution of a landlord who was then ordered to pay over £4,000 for failing to provide habitable living conditions for his tenants.

Bernard McKay, 65, of  Ashworth Road, Rochdale, was convicted in his absence of failing to comply with improvement notices served by the Council.

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