A Survey Free Witter

Dear Civic Pride,

Welcome to your newsletter. This week it’s safe to read without being invited to fill in any more questionnaires, although it’s fair to point out that suggestions from responses to our WW’s survey are already being implemented. Thank you for your feedback!

As usual, Civic Pride has been busy throughout the Valley during the past week and there are lots of new photos and information on Facebook and our website. There is also additional information below about our friends at Haslingden and Helmshore Civic Pride who are looking to recruit more volunteers for gardening and litter picking duties. If you live or work in this area then you’ll appreciate just how hard HHCP have been working over the last few years. Any extra help would be most welcome.

It’s a really busy time for gardeners, with much composting and mulching, and especially taking cuttings and dividing plants. If you have extra plants to share from your own or one of our community gardens, then please let our other gardeners know via Quick Topic (QT). Free plants are always useful and gratefully received for Civic Prides’ ever increasing garden portfolio!
With post lockdown tidying/weeding still in full swing, litter picking continues with an extra plea to report fly tipping via the Rossendale Borough Council website. We are determined to keep our valley clean.

If you’ve considered volunteering but still feel a little unsure, you may find these two stories of interest.

And so to the coming week:

Haslingden and Helmshore
If you wish to volunteer with Haslingden and Helmshore Civic Pride, they will be meeting at Haslingden Market at 10am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, tending gardens around Haslingden town centre. Kathy, Renate and all the volunteers will make you very welcome.

E-mail – [email protected]
Telephone – 07725 687888 (ansaphone)
Facebook – Haslingden and Helmshore Civic Pride
Website – www.haslingdenandhelmshorecivicpride.org – information page

Please check the Facebook page prior to each session in case of cancellation e.g. due to bad weather conditions.

Monday 7th September – 9am. Gardening at Jubilee Gardens and Hill Street Playground
Wednesday 9th September – 6pm. Trimming bushes in Jubilee Gardens and then moving on to litter picking.
Everyone welcome [email protected]
Excellent work with the cuttings last Wednesday!

Trickett’s Memorial Ground, Waterfoot
Monday 7th September – 9:30 until Noon. General gardening activities. Come and see how this lovely garden is developing. [email protected]

Peaceful Plot @ Rawtenstall Cemetery
Tuesday 8th September – 9:30 until Noon. The dreaded Himalayan Balsam has been largely cleared, but there’s still general tidying to be done at this quiet site. Wildflowers and birdsong all around. [email protected]

Back to the Spur Road this week!
Tuesday 8th September – 10am until Noon. Meet at the Out-Bound Layby for weeding and pruning
Thursday 10th September – 10am until Noon. In-Bound Layby, more weeding and pruning
Sunday 13th September – 10am until Noon. Out-Bound Layby. Yes…. more weeding and pruning
[email protected]

Thank you to everyone who has supported Civic Pride throughout this difficult year. As you may be aware, Rossendale Connected has published new advice regarding Covid-19 due to an increase in Rossendale infection rates over the past rossendaleconnected.org

Please continue to volunteer safely, observing social distancing and extra hand washing recommendations.

Helen Thomas
Vice Chair, Civic Pride Rossendale

View From the Back Room
Few of us probably remember the garden outside St Mary’s Chambers as it used to be but following the intensive weeding and pruning from our willing gardening crew over the last few weeks, now seems to be an appropriate time to tell its story.

This a very large garden. The clearance and replanting was far too big a job for volunteers but with a £10,000 grant from Tesco Bags of help, a dream became a reality.

A local team of professional gardeners was appointed to undertake the reclamation, including the planting. A few weeks later we had something to be proud of as visitors and residents were channelled off the bypass and round the Gyro to enter the town.

That was 4 years ago. Today, with even more planting, it has matured into a beautiful, established garden although maintaining it is still a major operation enjoyed by many.

Roger G