Another survey Wittering

Dear Civic Pride,

Firstly…..Thank you for sending in your replies to our survey about the Weekly Witterings. We valiantly hack away at the keyboard each week, but wondered what people thought and if we could improve the information shared via our regular newsletter. It’s been great to get your feedback about our communication lines, including comments about QT, the website and social media, and we will of course be using your best ideas!

Secondly…..Talking of surveys; there’s another one. This time regarding Trickett’s Memorial Ground in Waterfoot (see below) I know, nothing for over 20 years then you get two surveys at once. But do have a look and read about the history of Trickett’s and why this memorial ground is important to Rossendale, then fill in the questionnaire to have your say in it’s further regeneration.

So, to the coming week. As we gently roll towards September there’s still lots to keep us busy in the gardens and streets of Rossendale. Gardening and litter picking jobs are never fully completed; always with ‘just one more’ task to do. With that in mind, it’s extraordinary to recall just how far we have come over recent years.

Remember the St Mary’s Way Embankment before we re-planted it? Or the group litter picks with Haslingden Civic Pride on Carrs Industrial Estate four years ago? Things look very different now, and by working hard to keep our public spaces well maintained there has been a constant trend of environmental improvement. Yes, it’s frustrating that some people still drop litter or fly tip, but all of our volunteers continue to make a valuable contribution and a very noticeable difference.

No planned gardening on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August, but very excited to announce that on Wednesday 2nd September the Crawshawbooth Team will be meeting at 6pm in Jubilee Gardens armed with secateurs and trowels to take softwood shrub cuttings.

In the name of self sufficient gardening, Elaine has also been busy creating homemade compost, take a look here to find out more and read about other gardening tips.

Peaceful Plot @ Rawtenstall Cemetery
Tuesday 1st September – 09:30 until Noon. More conservation and clearing of this lovely quiet spot. All welcome. [email protected]

Tuesday 1st September – 10am until Noon. Out-Bound Layby on Bypass (parallel to ELR Station) Plenty of weeding and pruning needed in this rather damp garden. Anne recommends wellies.
Thursday 3rd September – 10am until Noon. In-Bound Layby on Bypass (near MacDonald’s exit road) You’ve guessed it…. more weeding and pruning. Wellies are an optional extra in this garden, as it’s drier than the other side of the road.
Sunday 6th September – 10am until Noon. Out-Bound Layby on Bypass (parallel to Train Station) A return to this garden for more weeding and pruning, and maybe even a bit of planting up. Remember your wellies!!

Trickett’s Memorial Ground, Waterfoot
Monday 31st August – 9:30 until Noon. This garden is looking really special and it’s a beautiful tribute to the fallen of World War One. Proffitts – Investing in Communities (CIC) are currently looking to regenerate and improve the wider site, complementing the work already done (and continued) by Civic Pride Rossendale. Please follow this link to the survey; it’s just 4 questions and you can also view the consultations and plans.

Helen Thomas

Vice Chair

View from the Back Room
The Carrs Industrial Estate in Haslingden is probably better known to HGV drivers, white van man, reps and service engineers than it is to local residents. Built in 2000, it benefitted from sporadic road sweeping but the grassed areas had almost certainly never been cleared. That is until Haslingden & Helmshore Civic Pride (HHCP) joined forces with CPR for a long day’s litter clearance in March 2016.

In one day, the volunteers collected 220 bags (two hundred and twenty) bags of litter plus a huge amount of other detritus, too large for the bags! That is not a typo, not an exaggeration, it’s a simple fact! Not bad for a group of crazy volunteers!

Roger G