I mentioned in the last newsletter that we’d have more to say about sponsors this time, so here’s a list which isn’t quite complete because not everybody wants the publicity. Please support them when possible, for our part we offer our sincere thanks for their help.
Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar, NJH Wealth Management, Yvonne Malley, John Malley, ThomsonFM, Beta Group, Killelea Structural Steelwork, LJ&R Footwear, Orbital Design, Studio 51, HallmarkFIX …the list is growing rapidly so if you’d like to be included please email email@example.com to arrange a meeting.
Sponsorship is essential to our future but so are our volunteers so thank you one and all.
Due to the sheer scale of our activities, eight volunteer managers and heads of department positions have been created to help reduce the workload on the four officers. At our AGM, Chris Blomerley was elected as Chair, Roger Grimshaw – Vice Chair, Helen Thomas-Laight – Operations Officer and Catherine Wilkinson – Finance Officer. Joyce Livesey, our secretary has finally hung up her pen and paper but Lynn Smith has ‘volunteered’ to take over! Thank you Lynn.
The other positions are Head of the Secret Gardeners – Pam Ormerod, Outreach – Sue & Barry Flint, Rivers Team Mangers – Eddie Grimshaw and Josie Malloy, Head of Sponsorship Development – Hazel Cridford, Head of Social Media – Jackie Taylor, Litter Manager – Ben Parkin and Stores Manager – Sue Reah-Davies.
Before we finish with the AGM, one of our volunteers wrote to give her apologies for not attending. She’d read through the report we’re filing with the Charity Commission and commented ‘I’m so proud to be a part of this organisation…’. I think that sums up it up nicely, thank you.
The Secret Gardeners are really taking off, so thanks to those of you who have already offered to look after a garden or part of a garden. If you’d like to join in, please remember that you don’t need masses of experience but you do need to be willing to get out there and get your hands dirty (literally)! Horticultural advice is available from out gardening gnu guru Helen whilst Pam is proving how effective she is in her role as Head of Secret Gardeners. We’ve produced a Secret Gardeners Handbook, if you’d like a copy please contact Pam firstname.lastname@example.org
As previously mentioned we have a new store but it doesn’t have as much space as we need so RBC have kindly offered us the old mortuary on the understanding that Chris and I don’t emulate Burke and Hare! For those of you who don’t know where it’s located, it’s in the dead centre of town. Think about it! However, quote of the month goes to Paul McHenry their Ops Manager. Paul and I were discussing various subjects when he suddenly asked me ‘How soon do you want to be in the mortuary Roger?’
We’re in the midst of real change, the pioneering work is complete; the challenge now is to build on the foundations that you, our wonderful volunteers have laid. To do this we constantly need more help. In addition to Secret Gardeners and litter pickers, is there anybody out there who would like to help with the website (full-ish training will be given) or even IT support? (we’re in the midst of installing Microsoft Office 365)!
If you’d like to help in any way please call 07955 110199 or email email@example.com
The following press release was sent to the Free Press last week:
‘Civic Pride (Rossendale) will be supporting the Great British Spring Clean over the weekend of Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March. This national event is being promoted by Keep Britain Tidy and we will be organising litter picks as follows:
Friday 3rd March 10am to 12 noon in Newchurch.
Meet outside The Boars Head.
Saturday 4th March 10am to 1.00pm. Waterfoot. Meet in the main car park Waterfoot
(behind the bus turnaround).
Sunday 5th March. 10am to 1.00pm. Carrs Industrial Estate.
Meet junction of St Crispin Way, Bentwood Road, Flip Lane
All equipment will be supplied so please come along and join us. Everybody welcome but children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The amount of visible litter has decreased considerably over the last few years thanks to the efforts of the fabulous volunteers in various Pride groups across our valley. We’re therefore pleased to hear that Rossendale Borough Council continue to prosecute fly tippers – at least four cases in the last year with fines and costs totalling around £1000 in each case.’
This is a part of what was collected off Carrs IE last March!
Finally, a gentle reminder from last month’s Newsletter. Monday 20th March our very own Robert MacDonald will be entertaining an audience at Edenfield Community Centre with a talk about the Munros. A Munro is a Scottish mountain over 3000 feet in height – all 282 of them. It’s the ambition of many walkers to ‘bag’ everyone but Robert has climbed them more than once! Come to the talk and find out for yourself what he’s achieved!