What's on

As the second lockdown comes to an end, we are continuing to follow the Government Guidelines. Since March 8th 2021 our ‘Lone Rangers’ (litter pickers) and ‘Secret Gardeners’ have been back out working hard throughout the valley, working on their own or with one other ‘buddy’.

From 29th March 2021 we are now able to organise our regular Community Garden work parties once again, with up to six volunteers working together. We’re starting to reclaim our gardens from the ravages of lost time, weeds are being removed, plants and bulbs planted and Himalayan Balsam will once again start to be bashed in the very near future!

Following the lockdown restrictions our long term volunteers are being joined by a steady stream of new and willing recruits, and we all look forward to seeing the results of their hard work later on this Spring and Summer.

However, Mother Nature (and collecting litter) never stops and so we’re always looking for more help.

Our bee and butterfly friendly plants across our gardens and the first of our rewilding area in Rawtenstall Cemetery are helping the populations of both to thrive. Rewilding is a key part of our strategy which benefits the environment and ultimately the community.

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A British Summer Time Witter

Dear Civic Pride, Welcome to the slightly different Weekly Witterings. And as we move forwards into British Summer Time the turmoil of the past week is beginning to settle into a new state of normality. Learning to live at a different pace, restricting our activities and refocusing priorities. While Civic Pride has temporarily stopped outdoor […]

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A Sad Supplementary Witter

Having listened to the PM’s speech last evening, it is apparent that CPR volunteers need to stay at home, leave the litter as it is and let nature temporarily take over the gardens. We’ve played a huge part in transforming Rawtenstall but the shops, cafes and bars which have also been integral to its regeneration […]

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An Almost Surreal Wittering!

Hello fellow volunteers The situation is changing daily, which makes it extremely difficult to plan more that a few hours ahead! However, please rest assured that the CPR Trustees and Exec Team are working hard behind the scenes with three fundamental goals: 1. To keep our volunteers safe 2. To ensure that our volunteers feel […]

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A Blooming Busy Wittering

Dear Civic Pride, It’s official! We are full steam ahead for this year’s North West Britain in Bloom competition. Last Friday we were visited by Mr Roy Strong from the Royal Horticultural Society, who very kindly gave up his time to come and share his thoughts on our Rawtenstall bid for Gold. Our Project Leader, […]

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The All New Singing and Dancing Weekly Witterings

Dear Civic Pride, Wherever you are in Rossendale Valley, you’ll no doubt be aware that after a decade of stoical commitment, Chris Blomerley (finally) retired as our beloved Chair at the AGM* last Tuesday. Stepping into his welly boots is Roger Grimshaw, who immediately delegated the task of Weekly Witterings to yours truly. I really […]

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