A Pictorial Wittering

Dear Civic Pride,
Welcome to the First Official Sunday edition of the WW. With so many Civic Pride activities happening all over the Valley, this regular early shout will give everyone a chance to plan ahead.

Some lovely, positive comments from local residents and businesses for the great work our volunteers have done since restrictions were reduced, so well done and thank you! There’s a great deal to be proud of:- Haslingden and Bacup teams have been busy clearing the litter and also planting up their barrier baskets/planters and gardens. Work continues in Edenfield at the Finger Post beds, Crawshawbooth has transformed Jubilee Gardens, Waterfoot, with continuous improvements on and around Burnley Road East, and in Rawtenstall a large rainbow has appeared on the Fire Station roundabout in honour of Key Workers.

A big ‘Thank you’ to Rossendale Council Operations Team for helping us out with bedding plants again this summer. Lots more to read on the CPR website, social media and QT, where you can discover more about what the Secret Gardeners and Lone Rangers have been up to.

Here we go…

Monday 29th June – Meet at 9am Jubilee Gardens then on to Hill Street Playground, finishing with a litter pick.
Wednesday 1st July – Meet at 6pm at Jubilee Gardens for litter picking
Thursday 2nd July – 10am-12 noon. Inbound layby A682 Rawtenstall.
With Jubilee Gardens cut back, weeded & planted up, the Crawshawbooth team are dropping their gardening session and meeting up with the Rawtenstall Thursday crew. As ever, contact [email protected] for more details.

Monday 29th June. 9:30 – Trickett’s Memorial Ground for more weeding and planting.
Volunteers are out and about all week, especially around Burnley Road East, maintaining planters, picking up litter and clearing weeds from the paved areas of town. Contact [email protected] for information.

The Peaceful Plot, Rawtenstall Cemetery
Tuesday 30th June 10am – 12 noon – Balsam bashing. Getting rid of the invasive Himalayan Balsam and encouraging native plants. Apparently it’s the most therapeutic way of gardening! Contact Moira if you’d like to join in [email protected].

Tuesday 30th June – 10am to 12 noon – Riverside Walk opposite Tesco. Removing weeds from paving stones and cobbles to get the area ready for cementing. Also, weeding flower beds and planting up.
Wednesday 1st July – 10am to 12 noon – Same as Tuesday.
Thursday 2nd July – 10 am to 12 noon – Inbound layby A682 (near McDonalds) Weeding, pruning and tidying. The Thursday Crew will be welcoming volunteers from Crawshawbooth. If there’s enough people, or more than 6, the opposite Outbound layby is always glad of attention too.
Sunday 5th July 10am onwards – 1st Sunday of Month – Gyratory Train Garden on the Fire Station roundabout. Planting up the remaining bedding plants and weeding. Anne, as always, has the knowledge [email protected]

To return to the feedback from the community, the View From the Back Room this week says it all.

Helen Thomas
Vice Chair CPR

View from the Back Room
That Civic Pride Rossendale (CPR) is an amazing organisation few would disagree, but why? Where did it come from? What makes it tick? We’ll try to answer these questions and more, revealing things you may not have known about CPR!

Now you may realise that CPR has Casked Ale House as its registered office but do you know why? It’s a nice story. In 2015 we were offered the free use of a shop on the row to improve the image of what was a totally empty block. Other premises soon filled up and Casked, now a successful business needed to expand. We moved out but Mike and Amanda kindly let us continue to use the address. Not only that but they contributed all their tips to CPR from the day they first opened and continued right through to lockdown! As they prepare to reopen, we asked Mike and Amanda their views of CPR:

‘We have been proud to be associated with Civic Pride since day one of our journey at 16 Bury Road in 2017. We love the passion and commitment of all the volunteers, and naturally we are incredibly impressed and delighted at the physical impact their works have on our town. It is our genuine belief that the success of our own business and those of many others in Rawtenstall has been positively enhanced by the existence and efforts of Civic Pride. We are very happy to contribute what we can to the cause and hope to continue this in the years ahead.

Covid-19 has thrown a few spanners in the works, and there’ll be additional challenges ahead for us all, but we will keep banging on about CPR to anyone who’ll listen! Keep up the good work, you’re all amazing!’

So now you know!

Roger Grimshaw