Mayor’s Charity Fund Donates to The Raft Foundation

On 20th May one of the final acts of our past Mayor Mr Tom Aldred and Mayoress Mrs Valerie Sanderson was to award cheques to good causes as part of their Mayor of Rossendale’s Charity Fund.

In a moving speech which took place within the normally controlled environment of the Council Chamber  Mayor Tom reflected on the hard work and dedication undertaken by all recipients of the fund in 2015. Continue reading “Mayor’s Charity Fund Donates to The Raft Foundation”

Photoshoot Starts Host of Events to Aid Nepal

Photograph by Matt Gulliver and Phil Wareing – Gulliver Photography

by Catherine Smyth Media

A PERSONAL trainer and actress have joined forces to raise money for victims of the Nepalese earthquake before making a trip to the country.

Cara Stevens, from Manchester, and Stacey Clegg, from Bacup, met through social media after Cara began planning a fundraising photoshoot. Continue reading “Photoshoot Starts Host of Events to Aid Nepal”

Five Generations Share Dance Passion

by Catherine Smyth Media

FIVE generations of the same family are all dancing at a Bacup dance academy.

Principal of Dansworks Dance Academy Karen Roe, 48, has been joined by her daughter and granddaughter, her mother and grandmother.

The newest family member Scarlett Scott is only two but is already following in her grandmother Karen’s footsteps as she joins her mum Becki, 22, in Dance Tots.

She also takes part in three classes on a Saturday – tap and ballet, street dance and musical theatre.

Karen’s grandmother Elsie Smith, 87, is the matriarch and keeps fit at mature movers where she is joined by her daughter Yvonne Price, 66.

Yvonne said: “I also do tap and was in the zumba class until work prevented me from attending. I like being taught by my daughter because she is a good teacher.

“I used to dance when I was very small and but I wanted to be on the stage and was not too keen on the lessons.

“I fell down the stairs about 10 years ago and hurt my legs. We bought a bungalow because I couldn’t even get up the stairs anymore.

“I was gradually getting worse and worse and couldn’t walk properly then I started dancing and look at me now.”

Yvonne will be chaperoning Dansworks dancers on a trip to Malta next year when they will join in the annual show with the academy’s twin Dance College Studios.

Great-great-grandmother Elsie joined the dance school in 2011 but from the age of 40 was a ballroom dancer.

“Coming to the classes means I get to meet people and I always feel better afterwards; it is good to exercise,” said Elsie.

Dansworks opened in January 2008 and has been based in Pioneer Buildings since 2010.

Karen said: “It is lovely to have the five generations dancing here together and I already have great aspirations for my granddaughter.”

For more information about Dansworks classes contact 01706 559671 or visit

Hectic CAB Appeals For More Volunteers

by Catherine Smyth Media

A FREE advice agency with an increasing demand for services is seeking additional volunteers to help spread the load.

The Citizens’ Advice Bureau has been helping the public in Rossendale for 74 years and the number of inquiries has increased by a third in the last year with 40 per cent of calls about changes in welfare benefits.

Ahead of National Volunteering Week in June, the bureau is seeking 12 additional volunteers to train for a variety of roles. Continue reading “Hectic CAB Appeals For More Volunteers”