Nine Days of Heritage Activities Across Rossendale

FROM Asian comedy, to a traditional carnival procession, dialect song and dance to a comedy night – the nine-day Rossendale Heritage Festival has something for everyone.

When it was realised that a number of heritage events were happening across Rossendale at the same time, organisers got together to see how they could work in unison to promote all the attractions and boost visitor numbers.

The result will be a hectic nine day festival starting on Saturday June 29 at 11am with an interactive storytelling session at Haslingden Library all about Ramadan. Eight days later it will conclude on Sunday July 7 at 6pm when the Larks of Dean Quire will sing historic Hymns at Goodshaw Chapel at the annual sermon.

Marketing and publicity officer at The Boo, in Waterfoot, Michelle Darwin said: “We have been working in partnership with all different venues all across Rossendale. We have Smash Bengali at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall at 6pm on Saturday June 29, he is a British Bengali YouTuber Hashu who fuses his two cultures in his own unique style of comedy.

“As part of the heritage festival there will also be two parades. The first being on Sunday June 30 to mark the Centenary of Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival which started with a Peace Procession in 1919, to celebrate the signing of the Armistice. Then on the penultimate day of the festival, Waterfoot Wakes procession will be held celebrating the traditional Wakes Holidays when mills would close and the workers would enjoy a week off work.”

The Wakes celebrations will be held in venues across Waterfoot from June 4-7 and include a ceilidh and a meal and comedy night, when the audience will dine at the Old Library Café, before attending a comedy night at The Boo to watch a preview of two Edinburgh Fringe acts. Two acoustic nights will be held – at Anna’s Café Bar in Weir on Monday July 1 and at The Whitaker on Wednesday July 3.

Also on the final weekend of the heritage festival a two-day Dialect-I-Fest celebration will be held at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall with stages inside the hall and in the park hosting live acts, music, song, dance and brass bands. Rosso has been asked to switch one of its service buses for a liveried bus for the duration of the festival.

At Bacup Natural History Society Museum an exhibition to mark 100 years of the town’s carnival opens this Saturday June 15 and will be on throughout the Heritage Festival until Sunday July 7. A Heritage Lottery Grant awarded to Community Assets Standing Tall, a charity seeking to have historical assets listed to ensure their preservation, has brought the festival together and helped to fund workshops.

Programmes listing all the events for the festival have been distributed across Rossendale and for more information log on to https://www.horseandbamboo.org/ or contact The Boo on 01706 220241.

by Catherine Smyth Media

Charities Benefit as Salon Celebrates Golden Anniversary

THREE charities will benefit from a celebration to mark the golden anniversary of a Rawtenstall business.

Antony and Patricia Hair Salon first opened on Newchurch Road on October 17 1969 and Director Tony Winder is still steering the ship and overseeing developments which now include nautical-themed Bosun’s Barbers and a children’s salon Noah’s Ark to complement the ladies’ salon.

The salon relocated to Bank Street in 1972 and has been a key business on the high street ever since training hundreds of apprentices and stylists who now run their own successful salons.

Tony said: “On Saturday August 31, I will be inviting people to The Whitaker, in Rawtenstall, where there will be food and entertainment and attendees will be asked to make a donation and support fundraising that will benefit three worthy causes. I have selected Civic Pride Rossendale because of the amazing job they do to keep the Valley clean and tidy.

“Money will also be raised for the Manchester and District branch of Motor Neurone Disease Association because a former trainee of mine in the late ’70s John Edmondson was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. He ran a successful salon in Monton, Manchester. The third charity to benefit will be Tor View Specialist Learning Community because of the links the salon has had since we opened our special autism room ‘The Lifeboat’ in the children’s salon.”

Former staff and current colleagues, loyal and lapsed clients, friends and family will receive special invitations and all guests are asked to make a donation into a charity fund. The event is limited to 125 guests and the charities will be involved with organising fundraisers on the night.

Local artistes will be providing entertainment. This includes, the Lomax Brothers, singer Charlotte May Tomlinson and friend Joe Teoli.

Chairman of the Friends of Tor View Vanessa Prater has been a client of the salon since before the specialist Noah’s Ark Children’s Salon opened. She said: “I have four children and one has complex special needs and since Noah’s Ark opened I have been a real advocate. Staff are all well trained and it is a relaxed, child-friendly and welcoming place making it a much nicer experience for the whole family.

“We are bidding to get a sports hall at the school, as we are the only secondary school in the Valley without one.”

Tony used to be president of Rossendale Valley Motorbike Show and when the organisation disbanded Civic Pride Rossendale was one of the beneficiaries from the left over funds. Chairman Chris Blomerley said: “Tony has always been a great supporter of us and we are delighted that Civic Pride Rossendale has been invited to be a part of the celebration of Antony and Patricia’s 50 very successful years in business.”

The organisation is always busy and has just taken delivery of a grant-funded commercial greenhouse to offer opportunities to volunteers of all abilities to be able to help the organisation. For further information contact Charlotte or Haidee on 01706 217129 or visit the Antony and Patricia Facebook page.

by Catherine Smyth Media

Dance Academy’s triple success

THREE teenage dancers who have honed their skills at Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts in Bacup are now going on to prestigious dance schools.

Emily Biel is the latest dancer to be selected from more than 100 hopefuls from all over the world for a place at the prestigious Northern Ballet School in Manchester. The 16-year-old from Rawtenstall will be joining Jaydan Hanson-Beech, 15, from Bacup, who has also secured a place at the same school from September. Also heading to Manchester – to Shockout Arts Academy is Jasmine Somerwill, 15, from Bacup.

Principal of Dansworks Karen Roe said: “To have three dancers achieve this level of success at the same time is testimony to the hard work they have put in over the many years they have been with Dansworks. We are thrilled about their achievements and we are all looking forward to seeing them achieve their goals and land the places on the stage they all aspire to.”

Emily first took up dancing aged six at an afterschool club run by Karen. She said: “Karen suggested that I come along to Dansworks and I have been attending ever since. I love dancing and I love how everyone here has helped me to improve. It is like a big family and everyone is so supportive.

“Dancing makes me happy and I when I am watching others it is aesthetically pleasing; I hope I am aesthetically pleasing when I am dancing too.”

Like Jaydan, Emily is hoping to get a DADA – a Dance And Drama Award that will help her to pay for her tuition. Her dream is a place on the stage and hopefully in the West End, but dancers from Northern Ballet are also scouted by dance companies and shows from all over the world. Later in her career, Emily hopes to become a choreographer.

Jaydan said: “At the audition the principal asked what my ultimate goal was and I said that I didn’t have one, I just knew that I want to be a dancer. When I opened the letter and found out I had a place, I was so overwhelmed and emotional. I was just over the moon. My dad was at home and he gave me a big hug, when my mum found out she was also delighted.

 “When I dance I take myself away from the world and am able to find head space and just forget everything else. When I dance I am in a good place.”

Jasmine, who hopes to secure a scholarship, has been dancing since she was three and for the last two years has been having at Dansworks. She said: “When I started at Dansworks I had done a lot of street dance and disco but was not good at ballet or jazz.

“Karen has really worked me hard for two years to get me to a good enough standard to be able to take Grade 5 ballet, which I passed with distinction, and to be successful in my audition for ShockOut Arts. I realise how important it is to have good technique training.

“My course will begin in September and I will be doing different dance styles, tap, ballet, jazz, street and contemporary. My plan is to dance around the world and I would love to perform on cruise ships because it would be really fun and I am not seasick.”

To find out more about Dansworks visit www.dansworks.co.uk or call 01706 559671.

by Catherine Smyth Media

Valley packed with events for first Rossendale Heritage Festival

2018 Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival – photo: Liz Henson Photography

A HUGE summer heritage festival will see 10 days of activities and events held across Rossendale for all cultures and ages.

The first Rossendale Heritage Festival will run from Friday June 28 to Sunday July 7 beginning with an event at The Boo Theatre in Waterfoot and concluding with the annual festival service at historic Goodshaw Chapel.

Activities will begin in earnest on Saturday June 29 when South Asian heritage and arts group Apna Rossendale will be holding an event in Haslingden. That first weekend will round off with the traditional Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival, which this year is celebrating the centenary of the Peace Procession of 1919, the forerunner of the present day event.

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant has been obtained by Bacup Natural History Society to help youth groups and schools recreate parade entries from 100 years ago. Artist in residence at The Boo Alastair Price is the parade and outreach co-ordinator for Waterfoot Wakes, a two-day festival that will be held on July 6 and 7 at the end of the festival.

He said: “When we held the first Waterfoot Wakes last year we realised that there seemed to be a lot of events happening in Rossendale over a short period of time in the early summer. We thought a heritage festival would be a great way of bringing all kinds of different events together under one umbrella. It will mean all of the activities will be better promoted and we will make sure people get to know more about what is going on.”

Cacophony Arkestra lead the Waterfoot Wakes 2018

Rossendale Heritage Festival is being backed by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant secured by CAST – Community Assets Standing Tall – a charity set up to identify and preserve assets that the community values.

A small group has been formed of representatives from the different events and information for a programme is currently being compiled. Alastair will be running a series of workshops to help participants make parade entries for the carnival and also the Waterfoot Wakes procession and these visual representations will be based around assets that CAST has identified. At the same time as Waterfoot Wakes, Rawtenstall Annual Fair will be happening with events all weekend at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall.

Fair organiser Sid Calderbank is Chairman of The Lancashire Society and is co-ordinating a large group of performers who will be taking to the stage to keep traditional Lancashire dialect songs and poetry alive for present generations.

Alastair is also a member of Cacophony Arkestra – a musical carnival procession entry that will be appearing in both parades. He said: “The festival will be a cultural celebration and will be an opportunity to bring together people of all ages and communities. We have a living heritage and it is about making that accessible to a modern day audience.”

Organisers are keen to hear of heritage related events and meetings that are happening over duration of the festival so they can be publicised in the programme. For more information contact Esther Ferry-Kennington at the Horse and Bamboo Theatre on 01706 220241 or email esther@horseandbamboo.org

Award Winning Business Opens Shop in Rawtenstall

Nicola Bailey outside the new premises of Bright & Beautiful Rossendale – based in Barlow Street, just off Bank Street, Rawtenstall.

BUSINESS owner Nicola Bailey has come a long way in seven years from working out of her garage to opening her own town centre shop.

She runs Bright & Beautiful Rossendale and last November picked up the Service Business trophy at Rossendale Business Awards. Nicola took on the franchise in October 2011 after researching different cleaning companies to find one whose ethos fitted her own.

Her home in Rawtenstall became the business base and for the first month she worked on her own with her first task being to clean a tricky stone kitchen floor with a scrubbing brush and toothbrush.

Nicola, 53, said: “It wasn’t easy. After about a month I took on my first team of cleaners and the franchise company helped with recruitment. I wanted to run my own company, and not just be self-employed, because I wanted to have the back up and support of an established business model.”

Her new premises, in Barlow Street, just off Bank Street, is well known to all as the former ‘photo shop’ but the striking new pink livery makes it impossible to miss. Moving into the shop has meant she can widen the scope of the service the company provides.

Franchisee Nicola Bailey with her R-Award trophy.

She said: “We have always offered a laundry and ironing service as part of our housekeeping package when a team goes into someone’s house, now we can have customers bringing laundry into the shop. These premises were ideal because I have space for a shop and also a separate room for the operational part of the business.”

Nicola originally trained as an electrical and electronic engineer and was one of only three girls out of 100 students at Loughborough.

Until she took redundancy in 2001, she worked for a major electronics company latterly a commercial accounts manager.

From there she retrained in accountancy and ran her own bookkeeping service in 2007 before looking for a franchise to take on.

She said: “I knew that there was flexibility in cleaning services and it allows members of my teams to be able to work around their other commitments. We now have 65 clients and work throughout Rossendale, Ramsbottom, Bury and parts of Bolton. I have three teams with three members in each and when they go out to do a job they always go as a team, this ensures efficiency, the quality of work and safety of the team.

“There are cornerstones to the franchise: the trusted team – who are all ethically employed on a salary with benefit entitlements so not self-employed and all our products are eco-friendly. Our service is holistic so not just cleaning but we will sort bedding if required and wash and iron to a hotel standard. We say it is like the fairies have been in and all our team wears smart pink uniforms.

“Our clients come from a range of different backgrounds, many work long hours and they appreciate knowing that when they get back to their house it is a bright and beautiful home and they can have family time instead of cleaning time.”

To find out more call into she shop, round the corner from Reeds Rains, email nicola@brightandbeautifulhome.com or call 01706 396668.

by Catherine Smyth Media

The Thai Shack

Thai and Asain Cuisine Rawtenstall

Our wonderful food brings together the authentic tastes of Thailand and Asia. We offer a selection of foods from numerous regions, cooked in an authentic and traditional Thai manner. Each dish we prepare offers a unique combination of flavours and ingredients.Whatever your tastes, there’s a dish for you – from subtle and gentle, to an uninhibited explosion of flavours. We want to make food exciting and bring a glimpse of Thai & Asian cuisine to your home. We believe food should be enjoyed, not endured. At Thai Shack, our food is your pleasure.

Website:

http://thaishack.com/

Address:

Rawtenstall Market, 78 Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall BB4 7QX

Opening Hours:

Thursday: 12pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 5pm – 9pm

Wood n Chocolates

Wood n Chocolates

We create handmade chocolate truffles in a range of flavours, offered in a bag or a handcrafted wooden gift box. We also make salted caramels by hand. Wooden gifts are handcrafted using reclaimed and new wood including gift boxes and crates for the chocolate truffles, wine/beer racks, wine holders, candle holders and signs. We also supply wedding favours where our delicious chocolate truffles are paired with a personalised wooden keepsake for your guests.

Website:

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Address:

Rawtenstall Market, Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall BB4 7QX

Opening Hours:

Thursday & Saturday: 8am – 4pm

The Veg Shop

We are an independent Greengrocer (est. 1998). We hand select the freshest produce each morning to offer to both our wholesale and retail customers. We always try & sourced locally produced salads, vegetables & berries when in season. We also stock a large selection of dairy produce, locally produced handmade curry & pasta sauces and farm fresh milk from herds on the Holcombe slopes, to Lancashire free range eggs, and an extensive range jams, chutneys, curds & condiments.

Website:

http://thevegshop.co/

Address:

47 Bank Street, Rawtenstall BB4 7QN

Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturaday: 8am – 5pm

Northern Whisper Brewing Company

Northern Whisper Brewery

Sameyness is stupid. That’s why at Northern Whisper Brewing Co, we take traditional techniques and add in a few modern twists of our own. Keeps things interesting. We love our heritage but we’re also proud of our new ideas, so by combining these two things we’ve created a truly unique range of beers. Try them. You’ll see what we mean. We have a spacious and adequately sized tap room situated adjacent to Rawtenstall market. Serving an astonishing range of traditional cask and keg ales, along with the best selection of gins, wines and spirits.

Website:

http://www.northernwhisperbrewingco.co.uk/

Address:

Brewery Tap, 18 Newchurch Road, Rawtenstall BB4 7QX

Opening Hours:

Wednesday: 12pm – 10pm
Thursday: 12pm – 11pm
Friday: 12pm – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 11pm