Big Clean Up-38-Edit mediumThirty six people attended the Civic Pride AGM in the upstairs room last evening at Hop, the new bar on Bank Street, Rawtenstall. Chris Blomerley (Chair) spoke of a record year for the charity including the collection of an estimated 18 tons of litter across the borough which was achieved by the various Pride groups including Haslingden, Edenfield, Waterfoot, Bacup, Weir and the main group based in Rawtenstall. 4 derelict public gardens were reclaimed, 3000 bulbs and plants were obtained and planted by the gardening group as they maintained a further ten gardens, winning two awards from Britain in Bloom in the process!low-res
Several new business sponsors were found as the charity moves away from being reliant on grants, to enlisting the assistance of local companies who recognise the benefits of supporting organisations working for the benefit of the whole community. An up to date list of sponsors can be found at /donate . Recognition of the invaluable support from RBC was also given as well as the help from young people via local organisations, uniformed and not.
Due to the sheer scale of their activities, seven volunteer managers and heads of department have been appointed to help reduce the workload on the four officers. For 2017 Chris Blomerley was elected as Chair, Roger Grimshaw – Vice Chair, Helen Thomas-Laight – Operations Officer and Catherine Wilkinson – Finance Officer.
‘Civic Pride is in the midst of real change’ said Roger Grimshaw ‘the pioneering work is complete; the challenge now is to build on what the efforts of our wonderful volunteers have achieved. To do this we constantly need new people. As one volunteer wrote ‘I’m so proud to be a part of this organisation.’ A feeling, I’m sure, shared by us all.’ If you’d like to help please contact them on 07955 110199 or

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