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

2 Replies to “Charities Benefit as Salon Celebrates Golden Anniversary”

  1. Dear Tony,
    How wonderful & huge congratulations to you, your wife & the team at Antony & Patricia on the reaching the salons Golden Anniversary. I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I enjoy attending the salon as I am always made to feel so very welcome & that makes all the difference,. it’s not just the excellent Hairdressing services that bring me back time after time, it is because over the years I feel Charlotte & the team have become much more than fantastic hairstylists, they have become friends. On every visit it is apparent that the whole team work very hard to uphold the attentive, efficient & professional, standards which are synonymous with Antony & Patricia. With every visit the girls make me feel I am so much more than just another client & that is priceless. You must feel immensely proud of the girls, of the solid team which you have developed & of the fantastic business which you have grown in our lovely valley. It’s always a pleasure to visit the salon Tony. & thank you so very much for your kind invitation to your salons celebrations.
    Yours sincerely,
    Tracy Keir

    1. Tracy, thanks for your kind words, knowing you have an in-depth knowledge of the hairdressing industry over many years means a lot to me and the team, it is nice to know that our team who are the heartbeat of the salon are not only working as a team but see customer service as a priority which complements traditional technical ability; as I was told by my mentor Gentleman’s hairdresser Mr Les Howarth of Haslingden the customer pays the wages and without satisfied customers a salon will struggle to survive….now in our 50th year I value those wise words from Mr Howarth, I will share your valued comments with Charlotte and the team…Tony

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