REAL ale lovers snapped up the chance to join a bus-led Hop and Grain Ale Trail, which toured Rossendale, Todmorden and Burnley. The initiative, which was a first for Lancashire, saw more than 350 people buying tickets for £12, which entitled them to hop on and off a succession of buses that toured a circular route from noon to 11pm. One of the departure points was Northern Whisper, next to Rawtenstall Market on Newchurch Road.
Events manager Michael Ormerod said: “I was approached by Hop and Grain Events Ltd and asked whether we were interested in taking part in as they have held these in different parts of the country. At Northern Whisper we sold 84 tickets with people hopping on the buses are different times of the day.
“We are delighted to have played a part in bringing 350 to Rossendale to see what a beautiful area the Valley is. Recently we welcomed people from Morecambe, Leeds and eight people from Bolton. This trail has been so successful we will also be holding another organised by the same company in September.”
Every person on the trail was given a pink wristband so they could hop on the buses and celebrating his 40th birthday was James Wright of Newchurch.
James and his wife Rebecca, along with his brother Chris and his wife Charlie from Somerset, hopped on the bus at Northern Whisper. He said: “It is my 40th birthday on Wednesday and we decided to start the celebrations early.
What appealed about this was we are not restricted to train times and we will get to see some new places that we have never been to before.”
Rebecca said: “I like the idea of being able to get on and off at different locations and stay as long as we want and then be able to get on a bus to take us back to our departure point.”
Friends Marcus and Suzanne Edwards, from North Wales, and Dave and Jenny Toner, from Runcorn, founded Hop and Grain Events Ltd a year ago.
Marcus said: “We don’t include chains as we want to promote locally based pubs. Real ale is a massive market and we see this as a way of boosting trade in the industry. It is about having a fun experience and we encourage people to drink responsibly.”
As well as Northern Whisper the trail went to The Crown in Bacup, the Golden Lion and the Hare and Hounds in Todmorden, The Kettledrum Inn, Cliviger, The Talbot in Burnley and The White Bull and The Masons’ Arms in Crawshawbooth.
Story by Catherine Smyth
A SERIES of special reminiscence events to mark Dementia Awareness Week will also embrace the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup Final. Dementia Friendly Rossendale had already planned to host an event at Kay Street Baptist Church, Rawtenstall, on Saturday May 19 from 10am to noon when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their plan to marry on the same day.
As the FA Cup is also on May 19, organisers Paula Bond and Sue Hemsley, co-vice-chair of Dementia Friendly Rossendale, decided to combine both celebrations into a theme.
Paula said: “The event is open for everyone, carers and those living with dementia and their families. We are asking people to bring along an item that relates to their wedding or a sporting occasion that will spark a memory. We have a local artist Andrew Holland who is coming along for free to make card prints which will be an outline on a wedding or a sporting theme. Our visitors will get the chance to pick one and decorate it if they wish with confetti or glitter. We also have a poet Tony Curry giving his time for free who will get basic background information on the person and then make a personalised poem which will be put inside the card. Everyone who comes along will then have a very personal keepsake to take away with them along with a wedding favour or a chocolate football.”
Sue will decorate a wedding cake with fresh flowers, wedding dresses will be on display along with a bouquet and corsages as well as sporting equipment and football scarves. Whitworth Museum has provided a box of Royal memorabilia to prompt conversation. Wedding and sporting music will be played while the activities take place and Sixth Form students from Alder Grange School will be assisting.
For the third year there will also three steam special trains on the East Lancashire Railway when more than 250 passengers both care homes residents and individuals who live along the length of the line will enjoy a subsidised trip.
Sue said: “They will be travelling from Bury through to Rawtenstall and back again and be served with a lunch for just £3.50. We have been fundraising all year and have also been given generous donations to help with all of the events. The trains on May 16 and 17 are already full but there are some places available on Friday May 18 when the Mayors of Bury and Rossendale will also be attending.”
Paula added: “It is all about raising awareness and about bringing back memories. People living with dementia have long-term memories and events like this can help to bring those memories back.”
On October 13 Dementia Friendly Rossendale will also be holding a concert involving local bands and groups at St Mary’s Church, Rawtenstall
Story by Catherine Smyth
The Valley at Work Award was introduced in 2012. The winner of this category is a local business that is, in the opinion of the judging panel and the Valley at Work committee, the best nominated for any R-Award category in the year. We’re looking to recognise a business that is a beacon of inspiration for us all. Continue reading “Rossendale Business Awards: The Valley at Work Award”
Words by Catherine Smyth Media Photographs by Liz Henson Photography
IT WAS standing room only as more than 200 packed Whitworth’s The Riverside for the long awaited final of Rossendale Business Awards.
This year’s competition – the seventh – was the most keenly contested with more than 200 nominations and nearly 100 completed entries. Continue reading “Business Beacons Shine on Awards Night”
The Raft Foundation volunteers and supporters had a day to remember on Saturday 30th April at Gung-Ho, Heaton Park in Manchester. Continue reading “The Raft Foundation Gung-Ho”
The Raft Foundation is pleased to confirm its fourth AGM this year at The Dearden Tea Rooms, Haslingden on 9th April between 11.30 and 13.30. Continue reading “The Raft Foundation AGM 2016 April 9th”
Photo by Liz Henson Photography
Words by Catherine Smyth Media
NEARLY 40 businesses have been named as finalists for Rossendale Business Awards .
An amazing 152 businesses were nominated this year giving judges a very difficult decision to whittle those down to just a handful for each category.
The awards are organised by Valley at Work, which connects local businesses, and chair Rob Carder said: “The feedback from every judge was how difficult it was to decide finalists this year, because the quality of all of the entries was so high. Continue reading “Top 40 Named as Finalists in Rossendale Business Awards”
Do you feel anxious about standing up in front of a group of people talking about your business? Do you stress about it for days beforehand, losing sleep and not knowing how much to say or not to say? Continue reading “NEW BUSINESS AIMS TO HELP NETWORKING Workshops 22nd October and 12th November”
This is a list of all the businesses that have been nominated for the Valley at Work Award up to Wednesday September 9th 2015. If your business is on the list, and you haven’t received your entry form, please email us. Continue reading “Nominations 2015”
Photo courtesy of Liz Henson Photography
Happy Birthday to us!!!
Our Facebook page was born 4 years ago, where I was making umbrellas for friends and family from my living room, with our 6 month old baby playing on his play mat… and things went from there!
The last 4 years have brought much craziness… So I thought I’d have a little reflection time, and share some highlights with you.
Continue reading “Love Umbrellas Celebrate 4th Birthday”