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Extended Access to GP Services Across East Lancashire

Published on March 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

NHS East Lancashire CCG is pleased to announce that following the 12 week consultation and feedback from patients received in summer 2016, a consortium of GP Provider Organisations, which are made up of local GP practices, are collaborating together to develop and deliver new models of extended GP services.

The models, being developed by GP Provider Organisations and the CCG, involving patients from the beginning, will offer extended access to GP services across East Lancashire.

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Grants Secure the Future of VIC

Published on March 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Three grants have been awarded to Veterans In Communities to secure projects over the  coming years.

Their long-term funder the East Lancashire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has
approved a further grant for two years – a total of £160,000 – while £8,000 has been agreed by ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity and £21,710 from Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Social
Investment Fund.

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Could you be a Befriender?

Published on March 13, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Are you a good listener who is approachable and loves spending time with others?

The Rossendale Befriending Service aims to reduce social isolation for people and, if applicable, their partners or carers by arranging for a Volunteer Befriender to visit their home and provide some company.

Volunteer Befrienders are carefully selected and care is taken to match the needs and interests of the Befriendee.

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Neighbourhood Forum Grants 2016/17 – Deadline Approaching

Published on March 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

A further round of Neighbourhood Forum Grants applications will be considered before the end of March.   

There are funds remaining in the Neighbourhood Forum Grants budget for 2016/17 so a further round of applications will be considered.

Neighbourhood Forums can give grants of up to £500 to external organisations that can provide added value to the residents of the Borough.  

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Public invited to health decision-making meeting

Published on March 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm

The health programme responsible for putting together the Lancashire and South Cumbria STP is set to hold its next formal meeting in public.

The decision-making committee of Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria is inviting members of the public to Venue 53 at the University of Central Lancashire this Thursday, March 2 at 1pm.

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Council Grant Supports Community Website

Published on February 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

The REAL Directory community website is going from strength to strength and thanks to a grant from Rossendale Council the website is funded for the next 12 months.

The website, www.realtd.co.uk provides community information to people living or working in Rossendale and is now a significant source of information on community organisations and events in Rossendale. 

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Team Effort Keeps VIC Soldiering On to Final

Published on February 16, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Members of VIC were given five star treatment at the House of Lords as finalists in the  national Soldiering On Awards.

The champagne reception, in a marquee on the embankment of the River Thames, was an opportunity to share the work of VIC with the five other finalists in the category Working Together and to meet some of the judges.

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The Big Scoop

Published on February 14, 2017 at 8:30 am

It is said that ‘love changes everything’ and with this sentiment, we would like your help in changing the mind-set of the small minority of irresponsible owners who fail to Bag it and Bin it, with the release of the Dogs Trust’s new video…

Along with the Dogs Trust, we are urging dog owners to make the ultimate declaration of love this Valentines by pledging to pick up after their dog, and sharing the video using #DogsTrustBigScoop.

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ORCHA App Could Benefit You

Published on February 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Nearly 2 million people in Lancashire and South Cumbria will for the first time be able to get easy access to the best-rated health apps available online.

Thousands of people in the area use apps every day to help manage health issues and medical conditions as well as to generally improve their health and wellbeing.

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Volunteers Wanted!

Published on January 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Proffitts are working on a project in Lumb with Peers Clough Farm which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project has 2 aims:

  • To hold 3 weeks’ worth of training with a Master Dry Stone Waller to repair a section of stone wall alongside a right of way.

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Two Rossendale Schools Scoop Big Lottery Funding

Published on January 23, 2017 at 10:39 am

The two schools are amongst more than 500 projects that are sharing over £18m in funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Almost twenty thousand pounds is set to be invested in Rossendale as two local schools are successful in their Big Lottery Fund bids.

Bacup St Saviour’s Community Primary School have been awarded £9,697 for their Forest Adventurers project.

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Grant Funding Available to Support Local Groups

Published on January 23, 2017 at 10:21 am

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund is now open for applications and local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the Fund before the deadline of 21 February.

The Rossendale Community Fund has been created by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire to offer grants to support projects that help families and children & young people engage in community activities and learning.

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Balladen Winners for Fallbarn Park Signs

Published on December 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Fantastic new signs for Fallbarn Park!

The new junior play area at Fallbarn which was launched in October this year has just been made more welcoming by new signage designed by pupils at Balladen Community Primary School.

Pupils from years 2, 3, 5 and 6 all provided designs for the signs and the winners were chosen by members of the Friends of Fallbarn Park and staff from Proffitts – Investing in Communities.

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Rossendale Council Grants 2017/18 and 2018/19 Application Process Opens

Published on December 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Following Cabinet approval in November, Rossendale Borough Council has opened the application process for Rossendale Council Grants.  

Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council said;

“We recognise that these are difficult times for many people and there are some key challenges for Rossendale residents.  Although the Council still has to make savings, we have made £62,000 available each year for the next 2 years for the provision of targeted grants for services to support financial inclusion in Rossendale, and for small community grants through the Neighbourhood Forums.”

Financial exclusion refers to the difficulty that many people have in accessing welfare benefits or using mainstream financial services such as bank accounts, savings, loans, insurance and other products. 

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Interpreting Acre Village Exhibition

Published on December 6, 2016 at 3:27 pm

The Friends of Acre Village have been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery for their Interpreting Acre Project.   The group is working with Proffitts, Lancashire County Council and Rossendale Borough Council with the aim of obtaining funding to preserve, restore and interpret the history of this interesting Victorian Village.

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Rossendale’s Tom is a Nominee for Young Sports Personality of the Year

Published on December 2, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Double Silver Winning Tom is hoping to make it into the final three of the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Everyone in Rossendale will be aware that Tom Hamer, from Rawtenstall, won two silver medals in two separate events at the Rio Paralympics and set two British records in the process.

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Rossendale Council Supports White Ribbon Campaign

Published on November 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm

The national awareness day will be supported by Rossendale Council with 5th December being Rossendale Council’s internal day of awareness.

White Ribbon is an international campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence. The United Nations has designated 25 November as International Day for the elimination of violence against women and girls.

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Community Column: Where Has All the Litter Gone?

Published on November 16, 2016 at 9:17 am

Civic Pride rally Rossendale into becmoing litter free.

Walk down Bacup Road in Rawtenstall early on Sunday morning and you’ll doubtless see plenty of fast food litter, cans, bottles and cigarette ends strewn across the pavements. Take Away corner is a reminder of what most of Rossendale used to look like before Civic Pride and other volunteers got to grips with the problem.

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Mayor Supports Rossendale Hospice Youth Enterprise Challenge

Published on November 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm

The Mayor of Rossendale is taking part in the Youth Enterprise Challenge and attended the opening event recently.

Six Rossendale schools will take part in the challenge, using their entrepreneurial skills to raise money for Rossendale Hospice. Each year 10 school team will be joined by a business mentor from various local businesses to help them with their project.

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Community Column: Water Band’s 150th Birthday

Published on November 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm

2016 is Water Band’s 150th year. To celebrate we’re having ‘A Bit Of A Do’ at the bandroom on Saturday 12th November between 3pm and 7.30pm and we would like to invite you along to help us mark this momentous occasion.

We are inviting past players and social members of the band, relatives of current and past players, friends and neighbours of the band, organisers who have booked the band this year, and anyone with an interest in Water Band and its aims.

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Get Involved in Shaping the Future of Local Health and Social Care

Published on November 1, 2016 at 10:07 am

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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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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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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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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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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Nest Lancashire Launched

Published on September 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Nest Lancashire, the support service for young victims of crime, bullying and harassment in Lancashire has launched its website on Friday 30 September. The website, which can be found at www.nestlancashire.org offers information and guidance to young people aged 10 to 18 who have been left hurt or upset following a crime or incident.

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Grant Funding Available to Support to Local Groups

Published on September 20, 2016 at 4:13 pm

The latest round of the Rossendale Community Fund has been launched and local organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the Fund before the deadline of 14 October.  

The Rossendale Community Fund was created by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Community Foundation for Lancashire to offer grants to support projects that help families, children and young people in Rossendale engage in community activities and learning.

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Samba Band Beats the Drum for Health Innovation Event

Published on September 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Blackburn Cathedral will swing to the sounds of samba at an upcoming event celebrating the best of health and social care in East Lancashire.

Suco Suco Samba – a drum and dance troupe for people in recovering from addiction formed by East Lancashire support group ‘Juice’ – will headline the celebration of good practice and innovation taking place on Thursday September 29, from 10-3pm.

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Tom Takes Silver!

Published on September 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

Rawtenstall swimmer Tom Hamer has won silver in the Mens 200M Freestyle (S14) at the Rio Paralympics.

All of Rossendale is cheering Tom on and wishes him all the best for his next event, the 200M Individual Medley (SM14). Heats take place on Saturday 17th September at 15:10 with the final at midnight.

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Good Luck Tom!

Published on September 7, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Tom Hamer, from Rawtenstall, will be Rossendale’s representative in the Rio Paralympics as he competes in the swimming pool.

Tom impressed the Para-Swimming world when he stormed to silver at the Commonwealth Games which was his international debut and he has since built on this performance to win medals at the European and World Championships

On his World Championship debut at Glasgow 2015 Hamer made an instant impact in the S14 classification securing himself a bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle and just missed out on the chance of another medal in the SM14 200m Individual Medley finishing fourth overall.

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Community Roadwatch at Schools in Rossendale

Published on September 6, 2016 at 2:44 pm

From the start of the new school year, the Rossendale Police Community Roadwatch team are going to continue operations outside several local schools where there have been problems over the last twelve months with motorists parking on the Zig Zag lines outside.

This action is causing a serious risk to children being dropped off and picked up by limiting visibility as they are crossing the road. 

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Darren Needs You!

Published on September 6, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Earlier in the summer we asked for your help to support one of Veternas In Communities’ (VIC) members, Darren Horsnell, in his nomination as a North West finalist for the Britain Has Spirit awards.

We’re delighted that Darren won the individual North West final and is now in the national final.

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Mayor Opens the New Outdoor Gym in Victoria Park

Published on August 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

The Mayor of Rossendale, Cllr Granville Morris, officially opened the new outdoor gym which has been installed in Victoria Park in Haslingden.

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The gym features 6 pieces of state of the art equipment, designed to exercise different parts of the body to provide a full workout.   It is located at the end of the path by the main entrance, overlooking the lower part of the park with fantastic  views of the surrounding hills.

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Rossendale Ranks High in Top Schools and Afforable Property List

Published on August 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Rossendale’s Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School ranked 9th in the country following new research.

Online estate agent eMoov analysed house prices and the average GCSE scores in the top 50 state secondary schools in England.

The top performing state school with the best value property nearby is the Heckmondwike Grammar School in Kirklees, West Yorkshire.

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Community Column: Light Up Your Lanterns

Published on August 17, 2016 at 10:28 am

The first workshop at Bacup Cricket was very vibrant and successful, there being a good mixture of 38 creative people, young, and not as young, creating some beautiful lanterns for the Parade on the 29th October.

The next workshops will be as follows;

Fearns School Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th August – this has to be booked in advance and as it’s during Theatre Week it’s already booked up!

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Do You Have the Missing Type?

Published on August 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Global call from NHS Blood and Transplant for blood donors of the future

  • Blood services around the world join Missing Type campaign to reverse decline in new donors.
  • Survey reveals 30% drop in new donors across 21 countries last year compared to decade ago
  • NHS Blood and Transplant says younger and more diverse blood donor community needed in England
  • Campaign launches 16th August 2016

Every second three people across the world receive a life changing blood transfusion.

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Get Involved in Shaping the Future of Health and Social Care in the Area

Published on August 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

Residents are being urged to get involved, debate and help shape the future of health and social care in East Lancashire.

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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Happi Announce Community Party Plans Following Award Success

Published on August 8, 2016 at 10:12 am

Rossendale won in both the group and individual North West rounds of the Britain Has Spirit Competition with Happi claiming the group winner’s prize and VIC’s Darren Horsnell claiming the individual winners prize.

With their prize from Britain Has Spirit, HAPPI are holding a Community Street Party to celebrate the 80th Birthday of the opening of Haslingden Baths from 2-4pm on Sunday 21st August 2016 in the playground of Haslingden Primary School.

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Community Column: Talented Rossendale Children Have Stories Published for Rossendale Hospice

Published on August 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm

3 Children from Rossendale have won a national literacy competition and their stories have been published into the Little Book of Imagination to raise money for Rossendale Hospice.

The 3 winners from Rossendale Sanah Mahmood, Isabelle Cunningham and Molly Murray

There were two winners from Rossendale in the Schools category; Sanah Mahmood (2nd winner) entered from Haslingden Primary School and Molly Murray (3rd winner) from Waterfoot Primary School .

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Community Column: Britain in Bloom Judging

Published on July 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm

If you were in Rawtenstall last Thursday morning (July 21st) you may have seen a group of individuals in Civic Pride hi-vis jackets walking around admiring the gardens. Judgement Day 21.7.'16-7-EditWhat was remarkable was that they weren’t weeding, planting, digging, pruning, sweeping up or picking litter which is what they’ve been doing day after day, in all weathers for many weeks during the lead up to Britain in Bloom!

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School’s Out For Summer Fun

Published on July 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm

With the school holidays in full swing, Rossendale Borough Coucil would like to remind parents, guardians and carers of the exciting Summer Fun activities that are taking place up and down the Valley over the summer holiday period.

Each year, Rossendale Council, as part of its role in the Children’s Trust, compiles a list of summer events for the Summer Fun brochure.

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Rossendale Council and Tor View School Success in Roundabout Refurbishment

Published on July 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Rossendale Council has supported Tor View School to refurbish the artwork on one of the main gateway sites to Rossendale.

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The ‘Workers’ Statues on the roundabout near Tesco Haslingden were placed there ten years ago after Tor View School won a competition to design a piece of artwork for the roundabout.

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Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Delight Crowds in Haslingden

Published on July 22, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Thousands of people lined the streets of Haslingden on Thursday July 21st to welcome the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment as they took part in a Freedom Parade to mark their Freedom of the Borough.

The Regiment were first granted the Freedom of Haslingden in 1964, this was then extended to Rossendale when we last had a parade in the Borough in June 2002, in Rawtenstall.

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Spinning Point Gets Funding Seal

Published on July 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Plans for Rawtenstall’s new £5.4million Spinning Point masterplan have gone into top gear as funding was approved.

The Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Board and Lancashire County Council (LCC) have now both formally approved the Rossendale Together Barnfield Partnership’s £1.9million bid to the Local Growth Fund and the £3.5million Lancashire County Council funding.

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Shush and Listen – Pendle, Burnley, Craven and Rossendale Samaritans Would Like a Word

Published on July 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Suicide prevention charity challenges people to become better listeners.

This July, Samaritans across Pendle, Burnley, Craven & Rossendale are telling people to SHUSH! and listen.

As part of their month-long annual awareness-raising campaign, Talk to Us, Samaritans are on a mission to improve the UK’s listening skills with SHUSH! listening tips that it claims are ‘relationship transforming’.

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Freedom Parade Comes to Haslingden

Published on July 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Rossendale Borough Council is delighted to officially announce that the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will be parading through Haslingden next week for the Freedom of Rossendale celebrations.

The Freedom Parade will be taking place in Haslingden on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 to mark the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Freedom of the Borough of Rossendale.

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Free Central Heating for Lancashire Residents

Published on July 11, 2016 at 10:41 am

Lancashire residents are being encouraged to winter-proof their homes before the cold kicks in.

Homeowners and tenants across the county are now able to apply into a new fund to provide first time central heating systems to properties across the county.

The £2.25m pot is expected to supply and fit 900 new central heating systems before the start of the autumn, with “fuel poor” residents living in all areas of the red rose county eligible to apply.

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Rossendale is Awarded a Double Dose of Spirit

Published on July 7, 2016 at 2:08 pm

After a month of voting, it has now been confirmed that HAPPI and Darren Horsnell are winners of the regional award for Britain Has Spirit! 

HAPPI have been awarded up to £1,000 pounds worth of food and party goods towards a fantastic street party to celebrate with our community. 

Darren Horsnell from Veterans In Communities won in the individuals category and wins an experience day.

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Rossendale Residents and Businesses Benefit from Flood Grant Funds

Published on July 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Since the terrible flooding that hit Rossendale on Boxing Day 2015 residents and businesses have benefited from thousands of pounds worth of grant funding, council tax or business rate relief.

The Council has given 356 £500 grants to those affected, totalling £178k.

13 Rossendale businesses have benefited from a total of £52,200 Business Rate (NNDR) relief.

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Rossendale Ranked as a Social Mobility Hotspot

Published on July 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Rossendale has been ranked in the national top 20% of socially mobile places to grow up and live, coming 57th out of all 324 local authority areas.

Rossendale was one of only five North West Council in the top 20%, with four of the five North West Council’s coming from Lancashire (Trafford, Fylde, Ribble Valley, Rossendale and Wyre).

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Armed Forces Flag Raised as St Mary’s Gardens

Published on June 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Civic Dignitaries and members of the public all came together on Monday June 20th for the flag raising ceremony at St Mary’s Garden’s, Rawtenstall.

The Mayor, Cllr Granville Morris, led the respects in this event to mark armed forces day.

The event aimed to raise awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in her majesty’s armed forces and it gives people an opportunity to show our support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community: from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets.

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Community Column: Civic Pride Waterfoot Work

Published on June 24, 2016 at 1:50 pm

The area around Turnpike/Burnley Road East/Booth Road crossroads in Waterfoot has had a facelift thanks to Civic Pride volunteers Liz and Ian Hoskins.

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Before Liz applied a bit of tlc!

Over the last few months whilst Ian has been busy picking litter, Liz has been out clearing the footpaths and steps of accumulations of leaves, weeds and soil. 

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VIC Plan Special Somme Event

Published on June 24, 2016 at 1:17 pm

This year marks one hundred years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

As part of the nationwide commemoration in partnership with The Royal British Legion, Veterans in Communities will be opening their centre on Bury Road, Haslingden for an all night vigil. From 7.30pm on Thursday 30th June, until 7.30am on Friday 1st July, the community is invited to join us for all or any part of the night.

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Improving Access to GP Services in East Lancashire

Published on June 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group are currently consulting on a proposed new model for Primary Care developed by GPs to improve access to GP services in East Lancashire.

After initial feedback from patients, the vision is for same day access, 8am-8pm 7 days a week to a GP wherever you are in East Lancashire.

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Police and Council to Host Live Question and Answer Session

Published on June 2, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Residents in Rossendale are being given an opportunity to put questions to the police and local council next week in a live online question and answer session.

Officers are joining forces with Rossendale Borough Council for the session which will take place between 11.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday 7th June.

Inspector Steve Rides from Rossendale Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We know that issues such as drugs, parking, littering, dog fouling, speeding and noise nuisance are a cause of concern for people living in Rossendale, which is why we have decided to host this event.

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Rossendale Residents Urged Not to Forget Resillience Grant

Published on May 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Government support is available to Local Authorities to provide grants of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses that have been flooded as a result of Storm Desmond and Storm Eva to help fund additional flood resilience or resistance measures for their properties.

No deadline for applications closing has yet been set by Central Government so residents are encouraged to get applications in as soon as possible.

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Vote for Rossendale in Britain Has Spirit Competition

Published on May 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

Rossendale has 3 representatives in the North West Regional Finals of the Britain Has Spirit Competition.

The Britain Has Spirit competition is a national award scheme to recognise the Community Hero of the Year and Local Initiative of the Year.

The campaign was launched in response to research by Together Mutual Insurance, which highlighted the lack of community spirit across the nation.

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Bacup THI Phase 1 Works Nearing Completion

Published on May 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

The Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative Project Phase 1 work is now moving towards being completed with over £400k of work on the Pioneer Building and Clock Tower on Rochdale Road and the RSPCA Building at 33 St James Street being successfully carried out.

Investment into the Pioneer Building has new shop fronts installed and new sash windows fitted.

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Flood Advisory Service Roadshow in Rawtenstall

Published on May 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm

The Flood Advisory Service offers ‘on the spot’ support for homes in Lancashire with a roadshow on Rawtenstall Town Square on Friday 6th May

Following the devastating storms that hit Lancashire over the winter, when hundreds of properties were flooded, Rossendale Borough Council has been working closely with The Flood Advisory Service to ensure homeowners and businesses can easily access the advice and information they need at this difficult time.

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Community Column: Civic Pride Clear Carrs Industrial Estate

Published on April 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Another Community Column piece from Civic Pride Rossendale

Surely one of the premier industrial estates in the valley it is often the first, last and indeed lasting impression of Rossendale for its many visitors whether they come by car, van or HGV.

Early in March 2016 the Haslingden branch of Civic Pride supported by a few Rawtenstall members, realising what a despicable state the area was in, decided to do something about it. 

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Haslingden Deep Clean About to Start

Published on March 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Work to undertake a deep clean of streets in Haslingden is due to start on Tuesday 22nd March and last for 12 days; it will be undertaken by Rossendale firm Gumblasters.

The work has come out of the £100k Rossendale Council allocated to the Haslingden Task Force, who have set out their key priorities and regeneration plans for Haslingden Town Centre.

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Improvements to Waterfoot Centre

Published on March 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Rossendale Council unveils proposed plans for improvements to Waterfoot Centre.

Following the building of the new residential development, Whitwell Court, Rossendale Council has made funding available to improve the adjacent public space and car park area.

A public consultation exercise was undertaken in 2015 to find out how local residents would like the area to be improved and what features they would like incorporating into the plans.  

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Bacup Easter Festival Being Held on Saturday 26th March

Published on March 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Bacup will be in festive mood on Easter Saturday when the famous Britannia Coconut Dancers perform their annual Boundary to Boundary Dance but there’s lots more going on besides.

There will be extra stalls on Bacup Market selling local products and gifts, plus retro vintage stalls.  There will be face painting and balloon modelling from Trinity Baptist Church and Lancashire Wildlife Trust will be there with their nature table, quiz and colouring activity.

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Council Wins Brownfield Register Funding

Published on March 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

Rossendale Borough Council has successfully bid for £10,000 to pilot a Brownfield Register under the Brownfield Register Pilots Fund.

The Council was one of the 36 successful bids (also including Pendle and Hyndburn Council’s) covering 58 authorities. The pilot has 4 key stages which aims to see Local Authorities share best practice.

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Residents Get Cleaning for Queen

Published on March 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Volunteers across the Valley came out on Saturday to help clean up the town centres and nearby streets as part of the national Clean for The Queen campaign.

The Haslingden clean up was jointly organised by local community group Love Haslingden, and Rossendale Borough Council. 25 bags of litter and rubbish were collected on Saturday and local Girl Guides group 1st Haslingden collected a further 8 bags on Sunday around Snig Hole Park in Helmshore.

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Flood Resilience Grants Reminder

Published on March 3, 2016 at 5:17 pm

People affected by December’s floods are being urged to take advantage of a Government scheme to help householders and businesses make their properties more resistant to future floods.

Under the scheme, householders and businesses affected by Storms Desmond and Eva can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help make their homes more resilient to flooding in the future.

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Council backs #regafriend Campaign

Published on March 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Rossendale Council is backing the Electoral Commission and National Union of Students’ joint campaign to get more students and young people registered to vote ahead of the local and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May.

Called #RegAFriend (‘Register a Friend’), the campaign urges students and young people who have already registered to vote to encourage their non-registered friends and family to now do the same, by sharing messages and photos on social media.

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Valley Jobs Fair

Published on March 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

The ever popular Jobs Fair is back in Bacup this Thursday, 3rd March, at Central Methodist and Christ Church 10am till 2pm.

Some of the Valley’s employers will be there with opportunities.

The Council will be there detailing roles they offer and Officers from the Bacup THI Project will be there detailing training opportunities available to local people.

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Pioneering New Dog Technique Trialled by Council

Published on February 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Rossendale Borough Council has recently trialled dog training and behaviour specialist Scamp’s in order to resolve a neighbour dispute in Whitworth over dog barking.

The dog had separation issues when its owner left the house and would bark which would cause noise nuisance to the neighbour.

Scamp’s worked with the very co-operative owner and trained the dog with techniques to counteract its separation issues.

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Partnership Pleased Rawtenstall Town Centre Plans Given Green Light

Published on February 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

Members of the Rossendale Together Barnfield Joint Venture Partnership Board have welcomed news that plans to redevelop Rawtenstall town centre have been approved.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Chair of the RTB Partnership and Leader of the Council, said: “I am pleased the scheme has been given planning permission. We listened to people and now I believe these plans are the right mix of preserving the area’s heritage as well as creating a vibrant town centre.

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We Don’t Just Hear You, We Listen Say Samaritans

Published on February 23, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Pendle, Burnley, Craven & Rossendale Samaritans back new awareness raising campaign

Samaritans volunteers in Pendle, Burnley, Craven & Rossendale are helping to promote the charity’s brand new ‘We Listen’ campaign, which lets people know that anyone can call Samaritans, whatever they’re going through.

Striking posters in railway stations across England, Scotland and Wales contain hidden messages where people claiming to be fine are not OK at all.

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Stubbylee Masterplan Launched with Successful Walk

Published on February 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm

The Stubbylee Masterplan was officially launched with a 1 mile walk round the Park’s grounds on 19 February. Local residents braved the cold weather to walk round the new way-marked route lead by walk leader James Kenyon from Newground.

The permanent way-marked route is part of the Council’s successful Up & Active Project. 

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Overview and Scrutiny Review of North West Ambulance Service

Published on February 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm

During 2015, Overview and Scrutiny established a task group to look at reasons for below target response times for Rossendale, which in November 2014 were 60.7% against a target of 75%.

The task group visited the 999 Control Centre in Broughton and the 111 service in Bolton, as well as spoke to Paramedics at both Rawtenstall and Stacksteads Ambulance Stations.

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Environment Agency Warns of Wet Weather Leading to Flood Risk this Weekend

Published on February 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Persistent rainfall is expected across north-west England over the weekend. The heaviest rain will fall across parts of Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the western parts of Yorkshire. There is a risk that some communities in these areas will experience river and surface water flooding of roads and properties later on Saturday and on Sunday.

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Northern Joinery awarded an LBGF grant of £46K

Published on February 18, 2016 at 11:15 am

Northern Joinery, based in Whitworth, Lancashire have been awarded an LBGF grant of £46,614. Northern Joinery is one of the country’s leading quality staircase manufacturers with considerable experience in the design and manufacture of timber staircases.

It boasts one of the best staircase-manufacturing plants in the UK with a capacity well in excess of 200 staircases per week.

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The Stubbylee Park Masterplan

Published on February 17, 2016 at 10:51 am

Rossendale Borough Council is working with local community groups and Newground to revitalise Stubbylee and the Moorlands Park, Bacup.

The Council has been formulating the masterplan for Stubbylee with the Park’s Friends Group, Bacup Pride, Newground, Stubbylee Community Greenhouses and local ward Councillors, to come up with a prosperous plan for this wonderful community asset.

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“Be a Lover not a Fighter” Domestic Abuse Campaign

Published on February 11, 2016 at 5:01 pm

This is a North West partnership campaign across Cheshire, Merseyside, Blackburn, Blackpool and Lancashire.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have suffered domestic abuse.  It’s not just physical violence. Domestic abuse can be emotional too – like threats and controlling behaviour.  It’s behind closed doors. It’s known, but not talked about.

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Patriotic Litter Pickers Required

Published on February 8, 2016 at 3:22 pm

As part of its support for the country’s biggest-ever community clear up Rossendale Borough Council is organising a mass litter-pick and is looking for patriotic community groups to join in the litter pick. .

The national Clean for The Queen campaign aims to give the country a tidy-up ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday in April.

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Rossendale Together Barnfield (RTB) Partnership: Together Housing Focus

Published on February 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm

The Rossendale Together Barnfield Joint Venture Partnership (also known as the RTB Partnership) aims to build a more prosperous borough by delivering regeneration projects.

Together Housing Group is one of the partners of the RTB Partnership. Here Together Housing Group director and RTB Partnership Board member Ian Clark talks about the Group’s role on the board and looks at some of the housing developments that have been delivered.

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Girls are the Pride of Rossendale

Published on February 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

Lancashire’s Finest Year 7 Girls 5-aside Football Team is right here in the Valley, from Haslingden High School.

The squad consists of Abby Clarke (Everton), Lucy Valentine (Blackburn Rovers), Beth MacDonald (Bury), Chloe Leftly (Haslingden Juniors), Lucy Spence (Bridge) and Beth Hartwell (GK).

They won the Rossendale Schools 5-aside beating Alder Grange, All Saints, BRGS and Fearns to qualify for the Lancashire finals.

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New Green Vale Homes Community Van is Launched

Published on February 5, 2016 at 9:38 am

Green Vale Homes has this week launched their Community Van.

The van will have two members of staff on board from either the Income Team, the Neighbourhood Team or the Supported Housing Team.

They will be able to provide information and assistance on how to rent an affordable home with Green Vale and the great services they offer.

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Rossendale Residents to Benefit from Cosy Homes in Lancashire Fund

Published on February 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Households in Rossendale who want to reduce their gas and electricity bills can get help to make their homes more ‘energy efficient’.

£6m will be up for grabs to enable Lancashire residents to get energy saving technology and measures in their homes to keep them warm and their bills down.

Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) provide free or subsidised boilers and insulation measures as part of a partnership between every Council in Lancashire and a number of energy industry companies.

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Recent Floods in Rossendale: An Open Letter

Published on February 1, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Rossendale Borough Council would like to thank all residents, business owners, local groups and volunteers for their help, support and assistance during the Boxing Day floods and in the aftermath.

We would also like to thank our local partners for the help and assistance they have provided during these events; Lancashire County Council, the Environment Agency, Lancashire Police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue and United Utilities.

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#NVRD – Join the Drive and Register to Vote Today

Published on February 1, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Rossendale Borough Council wants to encourage anyone not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive this week and go online now to register.

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Rossendale will go to the polls to elect local government councillors in Rossendale and a Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire. 

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