Help celebrate Rossendale volunteers

Published September 29, 2017 at 18:46

Help Civic Pride celebrate the community on October 21st at Kay Street Baptist Church, Rawtenstall.

Meet some of their army of volunteers who give up their time 365 days a year to keep Rossendale looking its best.  Last year they collected over 18 tonnes of litter, as well as creating 14 eye catching community gardens to welcome residents and visitors alike as they enter, travel through and leave the town.

The event, which will run from 11am until 3pm, is in recognition of the group’s hard work and in particular the recent Queens Award for Voluntary Service for which they were nominated by Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council. 

Representatives of the group attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace earlier in the year and last week were presented with their award by Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire at a special ceremony in County Hall, Preston.  Known as the MBE for voluntary groups, this is the highest award given to volunteer groups in the UK.

 Also present will be Bacup Pride, Weir Pride, Haslingden Civic Pride and the Friends of Bocholt, Jake Berry MP, the Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale, Councillor Barnes, and  County Councillor David Foxcroft

 Roger Grimshaw, publicity officer, said: “The volunteers do a wonderful job and have worked so hard to transform the area. This is a chance for everyone to celebrate their achievements and in particular the Queens Award which is a huge milestone for the group.”

Everyone is welcome and refreshments are available.

 For more information about Civic Pride visit

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