Free training programme in traditional building skills available to Rossendale residents

Published June 1, 2022 at 8:26

The Haslingden Big Lamp National Lottery Heritage Fund project and Rossendale Council in partnership with Sympathetic Works are offering a free three-day training programme on traditional building skills at Burnley College. 

woman pointing a wall

The course which runs from the 8 –10 June is made possible thanks to money raised by lottery players and the National Heritage Lottery Fund. 

The training programme will be delivered by Sympathetic Works, a consultancy who provide training in heritage and traditional buildings. The three-day programme will provide training on traditional building skills such as decorative plastering, plus lime pointing and plastering and will allow participants to gain real hands-on practical experience. 

lime plaster being mixed       part of damaged wall that needs plastering

Councillor Adrian Lythgoe Chair of the Haslingden Strategic Board said: “We have some fantastic heritage buildings in Haslingden and it’s important that the skills needed to keep then looking good are passed on. This short course is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to learn new skills – from those wanting to have a go before embarking on their own project to young people and retirees looking for something a bit different and fun.”  

David Rothwell, a third generation Haslingden resident added: “Historic buildings are all around us, especially in Rossendale, and this a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about historic buildings and to appreciate the unique value they add to our townscape.” 

Anyone interested in the programme should contact or for further information. 



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