SWEET supremo James Averdieck served up the secrets of his
success to business owners keen to learn from his experience.
The second Invest in Rossendale evening, a joint event between Rossendale Borough Council and Valley at Work, which connects local businesses, was held at The Riverside in Whitworth. With food and drink becoming a booming area in Rossendale, the founder of Gü Desserts, who now runs healthy vegan venture The Coconut Collaborative, explained his recipe to riches was to first have ‘a good idea’.
AN ADVICE charity
that has helped thousands of people across Rossendale and Hyndburn celebrated
its 80th birthday with an open house.
Memories came flooding back for the scores of visitors to the Citizens’ Advice Rossendale and Hyndburn offices at Stubbylee Hall, Bacup. Not least Rossendale’s Mayor Councillor Barbara Ashworth who used to be the manager of Bacup.
She said: “I first
started as a volunteer in 1978 and then I got a paid job at Heywood. I returned
to Rossendale as manager in Bacup when the Citizens’ Advice Bureau was based in
Coun Ashworth was
manager for six years and recalled how in those days the bulk of the agency’s
funding was from the local authority.
Present manager of
Rossendale and Hyndburn Rachel Whippy said: “Now we seek grants and funding
from trusts and foundations and we only receive around 25 per cent from local
The Citizens’ Advice
Bureau was founded nationally on September 4 1939. On April 4 1940 the Bacup
office opened in the town’s library and on September 3 1940 the Accrington and District CAB opened.
A time line was created by supervisor at Hyndburn CA Julia Hannaford and files of newspaper cuttings told the stories of both offices. A ledger from 1944
caused great interest and included in the inquiries were lots of claims for
missing laundry, a request for a permit for wellies, pensions for soldiers
missing in action and mothers trying to trace American soldiers for child
Linda Allen, 74, from Whitworth, began volunteering with the bureau 30 years ago. She said: “I started
when my youngest son had got married and my oldest was already married and I
thought I would like to do some volunteering.
“I was initially an adviser in Whitworth, and I was there when Princess Anne came to open the new office. When Whitworth closed I then began volunteering in Bacup, first at Pioneer Buildings, then King Street and now at Stubblylee Hall and this is the best place. I now do just one or two days a week, reception and filing. Today has brought back lots of memories and I have made many good friends here over the years.”
The agency is
constantly evolving and has just launched a new project across Rossendale and
Hyndburn funded by a grant from the Henry Smith Foundation.
Rachel explained: “We identified that there was a need in a certain group of clients – mainly single adults who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We were giving advice and help, but then when they left the service it wasn’t always being implemented. They would find themselves in the same circumstances and return to us for assistance.
“This funding enables
us to have two new posts to cover both offices to help them get a tenancy,
assist in learning how to budget and manage their money and hopefully break the
For more information on the Citizens’ Advice contact 0300 456 2552 or visit www.carh.org.uk
LISTENERS, readers, volunteers and dignitaries packed a
steam train to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rossendale Talking Newspaper.
It was 1979 when the first Chairman Barry Lonsdale
launched the audible version of the Rossendale Free Press and present Chairman
Rodney Poucher, who has been involved since 1986, took over the chairmanship 10
He said: “When the Talking Newspaper started we recorded the Rossendale Free Press onto 90 minute tapes and it would be distributed to 160 people. The tapes would then be returned and recorded over each week. Nine years ago in 2010 we went digital and started recording on to a memory stick which the Royal Mail distributes for free. At the moment we have 40-45 listeners.”
Jane King, 83, from Bacup, said: “My right eye went about 12 years ago and then about two years ago my left one went and now it is very hazy. I could not see the steam engine because it merged in with the background. I have always had the newspaper ever since I lived in Bacup and thanks to the Talking Newspaper I can now ‘read’ it again.”
There was a lovely atmosphere on the train as readers and
listeners mingled and shared stories.
Sheila Brierley, 71, from Helmshore, said: “I can’t read the newspaper anymore because I have macular degeneration and so have had the Talking Newspaper for four to five months. Malcolm, my husband, used to read the news to me off the internet, but now I have a machine and I get a USB and can listen to it myself. I can also use it for audio books. I now know what is going on and what is coming up in Rossendale.”
The paper does not
just help people with sight problems keep up to date, it is also useful for
people who have dementia or who for whatever reason struggle to hold a
newspaper and turn the pages.
Members of 38th
Rossendale Scout Group from Beavers to Explorer Scouts were guest readers this
year and have selected the Talking Newspaper as its charity of the year and
representatives were on the train.
The Mayor of Rossendale Councillor Barbara Ashworth said: “It has been a lovely journey and I have learnt about something I didn’t know that much about. The paper is not just for people who have eyesight problems but lots of other issues too; including dementia.”
Also on the train was
Rossendale Council Leader Councillor Alyson Barnes who was one of the readers
for the first nine years when she moved to Rossendale.
Rodney added: “We have 57 people involved as volunteers, both readers, those who arrange distribution and the committee. Since 1979 we have had about 300 volunteers involved who have read 1,962 editions of the Rossendale Free Press.”
Anyone wanting to have an audio copy of the paper can contact Rodney on 01706 213962.
A SPARKLING Sixties-style celebration to mark a business’s 50th anniversary raised more than £4,000 for three good causes.
It was in 1969 when Tony Winder and his then wife Patricia opened Antony and Patricia’s Hair Salon in Rawtenstall (A&P), initially in premises on Newchurch Road. Many visitors attending the celebration at The Whitaker, in Rawtenstall, entered into the spirit by dressing in ’60s style clothing.
A&P moved to a former laundrette premises in Bank Street in 1972 and the business has never stopped evolving, opening Bosun’s Barbers on the upper deck in 2016 and the hugely successful Noah’s Ark Children’s Salon in 2018. However one thing that hasn’t changed is its director Tony Winder – who is still steering the ship.
Tony, 72, said: “I am very grateful to everyone who has come
along tonight to make this celebration so special. I started my career in 1962
at Les Howarth’s barber’s in Haslingden and then was a camp barber in Butlins
and on one day in Filey I did 65 haircuts in one 9-6 day and still had an hour
“A lot has changed over the years with the business but one
of our outstanding success stories has been Noah’s Ark
that attracts children from all over the North West
one that travelled from London.”
More than 150 guests attended the evening including actor Jane Horrocks, originally from Rossendale, who was guest celebrity. The star, best known for ‘Little Voice’ and her character
Bubbles in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’, recounted her days modelling in one of Tony’s
hair shows as a punk.
Describing the salon as like a ‘home from home’, she said:
“I have very fond memories. My mum also modelled in the shows and Tony would
always do a demonstration of every generation of hair. To have a punk hairstyle
in the show was fantastic for the Valley.”
Guest Julie Kszych, a long time skiing friend of Tony and his wife Karina, who is also a director of A&P, heard about the party when the friends met in Switzerland in January and made a 5,000 journey from her home in Florida for the celebrations. Julie, who used the trip to catch up with several friends in
said: “My motto has always been savour the moment. This is the first time I
have been to Rossendale. Tony and Karina are a lovely couple.”
The event included charity fundraisers, food and entertainment from Sarah Davis and singer Charlotte May and Thomas and was raising money for Civic Pride Rossendale, Tor View Specialist Learning Community and the Manchester and District Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND). John Edmondson, who went on to run his own salon in Monton, has MND. He said: “I was 17 when I joined A&P as an apprentice, my sister Christine was already there. Tony was very strict but in a professional way and he wanted to get the best out of you. There were lots of practical jokes – like when an apprentice was sent out to get a bucket of steam – but he taught me well and for 26 years I had my own salon.”
On behalf of Tor View, Clare Mulderrig explained how the
school had grown from 40 pupils to more than 200 from nursery to further education
and this year was offering 20 independent college places.
A&P has long been a supporter of Civic Pride Rossendale
and trustee Lynn Smith said: “We thank Tony from the bottom of our hearts for
everything he has done.”
The current team at A&P joined former colleagues, many
of whom had been apprentices under Tony’s tutelage, to recount and reflect
their time at the salon.
Tony used his speech to announce that he was now going to be
taking Tuesday’s off, would be coming into work at 9am instead of 8am and was
going to begin planning for his retirement.
Towards the end of the evening, former Tony Blair spin-doctor and fellow Claret supporter Alastair Campbell also called in to wish Tony well.
HAVING reflexology before her fifth round of IVF treatment not only led to a successful pregnancy, it also gave Catherine Hunter a new career path. Grace is now 16 years old and waiting for her GCSE results; her mum Catherine retrained from being a medical receptionist and has just opened Hunter’s Foot Health Clinic in her own shop at 29 St James Street, Bacup.
She said: “I found out I could not have children naturally at 24 and began on IVF. On our last attempt I had reflexology at a critical time before the fifth round of IVF and it worked. I call her my ‘saving’ Grace.
said I should do something for myself and so I started to research reflexology
and I completed an intensive course.”
Catherine, 45, got bitten by the study bug and went on to complete a course in anatomy and physiology. She started
volunteering at a Sure Start children’s centre in Todmorden helping to support
families by using her skills.
“I came to live in Sharneyford just over seven years ago when I was studying a
foot health practitioners’ course. I knew I was going to have to go into the
private sector because the NHS was cutting back.
“I qualified in September 2015 and opened a room at Pioneer Health Studio, initially when they were based at Riverside, Bacup. That first week I had just three clients. I moved with the gym to Park Road and the business grew, but it was always my aim to open my own premises.”
seen Bacup town centre transformed with the Townscape Heritage Initiative money
that was awarded to Rossendale Council.
In May as a finalist in the Health Therapist of the Year category of the Lifestyle Awards, she passed a vacant shop premises on St James Street. She said:
“I was delighted to be a finalist and then when I passed the premises again on
my way back home, I knew I was going to move there.
“I now have 350 clients, but with one room I did not have the space to expand at Pioneer. Natalie and Gavin Smith were the best landlords I could have had and they both have wished me all the best. I am grateful for the support I have had from everyone, including my family, local businesses that refurbished of the premises and traders and old and new clients who have called in since I have opened.
something I have been working towards over the past three years, but the time
wasn’t right – now it is.”
Councillor Barbara Ashworth performed the opening ceremony and said: “I am so
pleased to see the changes in the town centre and I think this is really going
take off and I know there is a market both for younger people and older
is also hoping to take on a second practitioner and to extend the clinic to
create a serenity room for relaxing reflexology and Warm Wax Therapy.
His mum Helen said: “His friend was going to a dance class and Sam asked if he could go along with her and he was hooked. From the age of five to seven he would choreograph and write out dance routines, which he would then perform.”
He was initially just
doing Tap and Ballet and then decided to join a different dance school and
tried cheerleading before at nine he returned to Dansworks, and the studios in
Bacup have now become his second home.
Sam, a student at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, now has dance lessons in Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Dance Modern Jazz and Drama and loves taking part in the shows and competitions. He first auditioned
two years ago for Tap Attack, which is based in Halifax, but he didn’t get through.
Sam said: “Tap has always been the style I like best. At the audition this time I was quite nervous when I went into the room, but as soon as the teacher started talking I thought, ‘I could do this’. I liked the atmosphere and as I settled into the audition I could tell that my ability was on a higher level that the other students in my age group.”
Sam, who has
previously performed in Halifax in the professional
pantomime Aladdin, is looking forward to joining Tap Attack at a two-day Workshop
in Swindon and hopes to get picked for the
team that will compete in the Tap Dancing World Championships.
He added: “I will be learning American style Street Tap which is less traditional and is very rhythmical. I would love to perform in bigger theatres and with large companies. Gemma Nuttall has recently been my tap dancing teacher at Dansworks. She has been amazing, she has inspired me she understands what I want to do and she has helped me to get where I have today.”
Danworks Principal Karen Roe said: “We are so proud of Sam, he has always had a passion for dance but the last two years he has worked so hard and has been so determined to get to the level he needed to be at. His improvement in all his dance styles this year has been phenomenal – attaining 96 per cent in his most recent Dance Exam – and he thoroughly deserves his place on the Tap Attack Associate Programme.”
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.
Nestled in the village of Weir, Twos and Threes Hideaway is a pop-up restaurant offering incredible gastronomic events. Twice a month, Trevor, Tracey and Sebastian (who is the mastermind behind the whole concept) put on a magical themed evening of divine food and quality entertainment.
opened the doors to his butcher shop 24 years ago and hasn’t looked back since.
DT Laws Butchers and Deli shop in Haslingden has come a long
way in those 24 years, winning multiple awards and employing 14 members of