Berni Inn Function Room and Restaurant: Whitworth’s Hidden Gem

Berni Inn function room and wedding venue Whitworth

In 2012, Berni and her team opened the doors to a family-run steakhouse restaurant on Market Street in Whitworth. However, Berni quickly came to the realisation that the restaurant had far more potential. The spacious venue (which is located above a Fudge Factory, yum!) is in a great central location in Whitworth and has a large car park.

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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

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

Promenade Bar Grill

Promenade Bar and Grill Whitworth

Our restaurant is located just 5 minutes either way from both Rossendale and Rochdale, nestled close to the Healey Dell nature reserve.

We are a specialist grill and steakhouse that caters for couples, families, group bookings and private parties.

Enjoy our delicious locally sourced meat from own butcher based in Whitworth.

Website:

http://www.promenadebargrill.co.uk/

Address:

142 Market Street, Whitworth OL12 8SZ

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Thursday: 5pm – 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8:30pm

Lords The Caterers

Lords The Caterer

We provide a personalised service with high-quality catering for all occasions and budgets, catering for group sizes from ten to five-hundred people, all freshly prepared on our own premises! Our corporate catering clients are as diverse as local authorities, industrialists, high street banks and sports clubs. At Lords we can offer you waiter service by uniformed staff, Collection or Delivery – just ask and we can provide what you need. We have new purpose-built kitchens to prepare your food in a clean modern environment.

Website:

http://lordscaterers.co.uk/

Address:

Unit 2, Spring Bank Mill Street, Whitworth OL12 8QP

Opening Hours:

Contact for details

Berni Inn

Function Room in Whitworth

The Berni Inn is an ideal function room and venue and can accommodate up to 150 people over 2 floors. We can decorate the room to your requirements, from balloons to bouquets or you can come in and put your personal touch to our venue – making sure your party or event has precisely the look and feel you require. Most types of event or party can be held here. Perfect for business, flexible and friendly with a range of speciality buffets, including our famous ‘Around The World’ buffet.

Website:

http://www.berniinn.co.uk/

Address:

Millfold, Facit, Whitworth OL12 8DN

Opening Hours:

7 days a week by prior agreement

Basil’s Restaurant

Basils Restaurant in Whitworth

 

Steve and Jane Butterworth have over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and realised there was an opportunity to open a quality steakhouse within the Whitworth area.

Our food is naturally full of flavour, full of goodness, and from people, we know and like.

We often cook with seasonal ingredients, olive oil and fresh herbs Where possible all our products are sourced locally so that we can provide an excellent dining experience. We visit our suppliers regularly.

Website:

http://www.basils-restaurant.co.uk/

Address:

264 Market Street, Whitworth OL12 8PW

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm

Sunday: 12:30pm – 10pm

Trip Advisor Rating

Whitworth Food and Drink Guide

Whitworth MapWhitworth stretches three-a-half miles along the valley bottom from Shawforth to Healey corner and it is home to some 7,500 residents.

Along the main road, there is a stream of shops, everything from butchers to a petfood business; hardware to groceries; several pubs; cafes and takeaways.

It is the only area in Rossendale to have a town council, paid for by an additional precept on the council tax.

Cowm Leisure offers outdoor sports including waterskiing. In the former quarry on the hill, there is motocross and the town’s sports and leisure complex is run by the Community Leisure Association of Whitworth.

As you head towards Rochdale stop off and admire the picturesque Healey DellNature Reserve.

In the Whitworth Guide:

  1. Ashoka Restaurant
  2. Ashton’s Fish & Chip Shop
  3. Basil’s Restaurant
  4. Berni Inn
  5. Nibble’s Cafe
  6. Promenade Bar Grill
  7. Thai Cuisine at Birches Pub

Also visit in Whitworth

    • Cock & Magpie Tong End, Whitworth OL12 8BJ
    • Lords The Caterers, Unit 2 Spring Bank Mill, OL12 8QP
    • Cakes by Kelly Marie, Whitworth, OL12 8PP