Veteran Aids Recovery by Carving Walking Sticks

VETERAN Dave Almond had devised his own therapy to cope with the after effects of a brain haemorrhage – he creates stunning bespoke walking sticks.

The snake sticks, called My-Stic, are all individually hand-crafted by recycling walking sticks he picks up at car boot sales and charity shops; no two are the same.

Dave, 49, has recently joined Haslingden-based charity Veterans In Communities where he is making use of their arts and crafts room and, once a workshop is built in the rear yard, he will be teaching others how to carve the sticks. Continue reading “Veteran Aids Recovery by Carving Walking Sticks”

Join the Firewalk Challenge!

Firewalk  Challenge – The shortest, hottest sponsored walk is coming to Rossendale – 10th October!! 

Rossendale Hospice is looking for Rossendale’s most fearless to take on this nerve-shredding challenge which they hope will help raise much-needed funds enabling the Hospice to reach even more of the local people who need its services. This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted, in fact nerves of steel are essential! Continue reading “Join the Firewalk Challenge!”

Dementia Friends

Within Rossendale the ‘Developing a Dementia Friendly Rossendale’ Team are keen to increase the number of Dementia Friends in the area.

They would like to hear from individuals or groups who would like to undertake the training to become a Dementia Friend. The trainng takes just over an hour and gives a practical insight into what living with Dementia is like and how having Dementia Friends is so important.

A training session could be arranged to take place at your workplace or at a convenient location in Rossendale.

If you’re interested in becoming a Dementia Friend in Rossendale please contact Andy Laverty on 01282 644919 or

R-Awards Nominations 4th September

​The following businesses have been nominated for the Valley at Work Award this week:

  • Taylor Made Social Media (Waterfoot)
  • Freddie’s Hair Salon (Rawtenstall)
  • M Harrison Butcher (Rawtenstall)
  • Anglo Recycling (Whitworth)
  • Rossendale Responsible Pets (Bacup)
  • Wonderful Things (Rawtenstall)
  • Peers Clough Farm Pack Horses (Lumb)
  • Ruby & Daisy (Haslingden)
  • Hazelwood Home Care (Rawtenstall)
  • Metis HR (Bacup)
  • The Lindens Rest Home (Haslingden)
  • Choices 4 Children (Bacup)
  • Love Umbrellas (Rawtenstall)
  • Alan Rhodes Dry Stone Walling (Whitworth)
  • Oven Detox (Haslingden)
  • Flightdeck Experience (Stacksteads)
  • Mario’s Restaurant (Bacup)
  • Rossendale Memory Choir (Haslingden)
  • JGM Agency (Rawtenstall)

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