This weekend (the first one in March) was to have seen The Great Brrr-itish Spring Clean and we had working parties organised for Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Unfortunately, the snow intervened but it will happen, keep reading the Weekly Witterings for details!
I walked into Rawtenstall on Thursday (market day) to post some parcels. It was like something off a John Wayne movie although it was large pieces of litter rather than tumbleweed blowing down Bank Street! Few shops were open and customers were a rare commodity – all that was missing was a lone rider dressed in black to ride into town and burst through the doors of one of the bars!
January 20th saw 35 people assemble in Rawtenstall Cricket Club for our AGM. Was it the free food, the warm room or the congenial company that attracted them? Of course, it could have simply been eager anticipation of hearing the Chair’s speech…………………………..
Regardless, officers were elected for the coming year as follows: Chair – Chris Blomerley, Vice Chair/Publicity Officer – Roger Grimshaw, Finance Officer – Charlotte Hocking, Gardens Officer – Pam Ormerod and Litter Officer – Ben Parkin.
We have big plans for 2018 including continuing the regeneration of Trickett’s Memorial Garden, clearing and replanting the Riverside Walk opposite the ELR station and erecting a greenhouse behind the market to grow our own plants.
Trickett’s has a fascinating history and a leaflet describing it is available in Waterfoot Library café and several other outlets or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy. We’ve been fortunate in obtaining grants from The Peoples Post Code Lottery, RBC, LCC, the Co-op and donations from local residents to support this project. Co-op members who buy Co-op branded goods in Waterfoot or Haslingden will find 5p for every £1 they spend donated to us for another 9 months so please help!
The Riverside Walk is the first thing visitors arriving by train see when they arrive in Rawtenstall and at the moment it’s rather overgrown, drab and the paintwork is chipped, flaking and rusting! We want to brighten the area with colourful planting, repaint the rusting metal work and make it look cared for. Tesco Bags of Help are supporting us by making us one of three charities in their Bags of Help campaign during March, April and May so please make sure you ask for a token every time you shop at Tesco Rawtenstall or Haslingden and drop it into the Civic Pride box near the checkout. With your help we can win the £4000 grant and transform yet another entrance to the town.
Erecting a greenhouse was an idea from a long-term supporter who pointed out that there are many people who may like to join in and help but need less strenuous activities than gardening or litter picking. We’ve started fund raising, applying for planning permission and organising ourselves for this totally new venture. Watch this space!
Whilst we’re on the subject of finance, not all our sponsors have continued to support us but thank you to Northern Whisper which is the micro-brewery and bar next to the market. They’re donating 10p for every pint of cask beer they serve on a Thursday.
Secondly, thanks to Mike and Amanda of Casked, that’s the new micro-bar next to the Civic Pride shop on Bury Road, opposite the Fire Station. They run the bar entirely by themselves and every tip goes into the Civic Pride box – cheers to you both! Please support all our supporters, it makes the world go round (or is that the effect of the beer?)
We have it on good authority that Spring is only weeks away (honest)! All the hard work of the preceding years will again prove to have been worthwhile as our town becomes a mass of colour, justly deserving the title bestowed by a visitor last year ‘The Floral Town’!
There’s lots to be done so whether you’re a potential gardener (with or without experience), a litter picker or would like to support us financially, please get in touch email@example.com or call 07955 110199.