August Newsletter

All aboard the Shuttletrain!
What’s he on about now?!?!?!

Well, you must have seen the train on the main roundabout. Yes? Well this was the brainchild of globetrotter Sue Shuttleworth who got the idea whilst cycling in Croatia. Some old beer barrels off Ebay, very skilled volunteers, plants to fill it and some extremely hard work clearing the undergrowth and there we are!

Whilst we’re on the subject of names, the main roundabout is referred to officially as the ‘gyratory’ but in Civic Pride jargon it’s the Gyro. If you remember “He’s on’t giro” you’re showing your age!

Very Villing Vonderful Volunteers!

Since the photo above was taken we’ve had a little warm, dry weather (if you can remember that far back) so how come it and the other community gardens have done so well without rain?

A year ago we fitted out the van kindly supplied by Killeleas, with removable water tanks – 50 gallons worth! We’ve been filling it from the mains supply but as a hosepipe ban loomed we investigated drawing water directly from a river. Next, we set about specifying, purchasing and testing the equipment and then training our amazing watering team!

However, don’t assume that just because we’ve seen a bit of rain that their work is done. It’s still been necessary to top the reservoirs on the planters and spray some of the other plants.

One of the team claims that whilst they were watering in the rain, two men in white coats walked towards them in a determined manner but when they saw the Civic Pride van, one turned to other and said ‘Ah, that explains it’ and drove off! Nice one Keith.

St Mary’s Way

There’s so much good work done by our Secret Gardeners that it’s perhaps unfair to pick one out one but each year there seems to be one that stands out as something even more stunning that the other stunning gardens! This year it’s the central reservation on St Mary’s Way. Well done Ian!




Trickett’s Memorial Ground

Have you seen the incredible results that our three lady volunteers are achieving in Trickett’s Memorial Ground in Waterfoot? If you’ve not been recently it would make a lovely short excursion on a sunny day. It’s on Burnley Road East next to Turnpike. Watering plants here has been the usual challenge but thanks to B&E Boys help with opening up the toilets behind the bus stop (they’ve been closed for 40 years) we hoped to solve the problem but alas, the pipes had been removed! Guess what the next project is!

Fly Tipping



In March we had a meeting with the Communities Director at RBC and she promised to remove the backlog of fly tipping and improve collection times in future. Credit where it’s due, the feedback from our Lone Rangers and the general public is that the promises have been met. Since then we had another meeting last week and were told that the 25 new incidents they knew of would be cleared that week. Well done RBC.



News from Around the Valley

Haslingden Civic Pride

Haslingden Civic Pride continues to have a strong presence in Haslingen town centre and the surrounding areas, notable by the number of flowers that can be seen and commented on by residents, businesses and visitors.

Rossendale Council have kindly provided a market stall at Haslingden Market, an excellent base which also gives access to much needed water. We now have plants in Upper and Lower Deardengate, the railings at the crossroads, the library car park, John Street car park and the flower bed at the Green Squirrel pub, as well as Station Road Helmshore. Brownies and nursery children have planted up tubs placed in Helmshore and both Brownies and Scouts have been involved in litter picking.

The major project this year and next is regenerating Regent Street park which has proved somewhat difficult for many reasons not only the weather, however it has been entered into the “It’s My Neighbourhood” RHS competition.

The group started with litter picking and continues to do this both on a group and a lone ranger basis. It is an ever present problem and thankfully volunteers are willing to go out and remove it. We now litter pick and garden.

If you are interested in volunteering we are meeting on a regular basis at the market in Haslingden at 10 am on a Monday morning, at least until October. Messages can be left on our Facebook page, Haslingden Civic Pride.

Bacup Pride

After hearing concerns about the overgrown paths around the reservoir on New Line, and having checked it out for ourselves, we appealed for local residents to join us in what we hoped would be the first activity of a new group, Friends of New Line Reservoir. Some of the paths were indeed overgrown, as was the area around the picnic area, and the dreaded Himalayan Balsam was everywhere almost ready to start popping its seeds, which would undoubtedly end up in the water with its associated problems. As we are a relatively small group we knew that Bacup Pride didn’t have the capacity to take on this additional area, but thought we could get enough interest to start a new group, that could work as part of Bacup Pride.

Our back up plan, should the residents not get involved, was to ask members of Weir Pride and Stacksteads Countryside Park Group to support the event… but we needn’t have worried as the residents and regular users of the reservoir did us and themselves, proud! Altogether some thirty plus people turned up and did battle with brambles, bashed the balsam and pruned back bushes. We had a thoroughly great time, and really appreciate the fact that members of the other groups, SCPG and Weir Pride, along with some of our own members, gave up part of their weekend to help this new organisation get off to a good start. We collected a good sized list of people interested in taking this forward.

The second session of this new group is planned for Saturday Sept 1st from 2 pm – 4pm, we will provide high-vis jackets, gloves and tools, although if people want to bring their own this is encouraged. Anyone can join in with this activity, no need to have skills or experience as there will be a number of people on hand to help and advise you. We are always pleased to see children at these activities, although they must be with an adult.

Weir Pride

A HILLTOP village held a fantastic community fete to round off a hectic month of activities in Weir. In July community group Weir Pride transformed the village with brightly coloured knitted bunting, animals and insects and a huge pompom rainbow in the playground.

Literally on every street corner a feast of flowers now grows, including several flowering jeans that got passersby stopping to snap photos. Several other displays were all in bloom in time for an inspection by the Royal Horticultural Society judges who spent an afternoon assessing the village for six ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ awards.

Events culminated in the fete when Weir Park was packed with stalls and attractions and the Mayor of Rossendale Councillor Ann Kenyon and her Mayoress Susan Kapler were led into the park by Rossendale Drum Majorettes. The fete was held for the first time last year by Leanne Hudson, whose daughter Jennifer, nearly two, was born with a serious kidney condition that required operations.

This year she was assisted in the organisation by volunteers from community group Weir Pride. Leanne said: “It was a big success and more people came, there were more attractions and we had big prizes in the raffle. “Thank you to all the sponsors, to the council, to County Councillor Jimmy Eaton for being in the stocks and to Weir Pride for all their help.

“Thank to the local businesses that supported the event and to the Majorettes and Fusion Dance and Fitness for the displays. “It was also nice that a lot of people came up to talk to me and share their own personal stories of kidney problems. It makes you realise how important research is.” Nearly £1,700 was raised on the day with funds benefiting Kidney Research UK and Weir Pride.

The knitting project was co-ordinated by Glynis Page through sessions at the Doals Centre and at Northern Primary School. She said: “The knitting project has been a wonderful community effort and we have had all ages involved. People that have worked on this didn’t know each other before the project started – they met as strangers and left as friends.”

Jade Pilling, who used to live in the village and is now in Bacup brought her son Harley, four, to play in the park. She said: “I think the village looks nice and colourful and when Harley saw it he said it is a really fun park and we needed to stop. “I loved growing up here and loved playing out for hours.”

Weir Pride will find out how it got on with the horticultural judges at an awards’ ceremony in November.

Turn Village Residents Association

Since Turn Village Residents’ Association has regrouped we have been very active in our community. Our new flower tubs are blooming superbly and are a welcome sight to many along the road. The displays will be changed seasonally to inject a splash of colour and cheer.

Our monthly Litter Pick and Weed Clear has seen a turnout of 20 residents all ready and willing to lend a helping hand. Our first litter pick resulted in a mountain of waste that required disposing of correctly. However, each month now we happily report less litter to collect.

The Weed Clear has resulted in much smarter pavements, cobbles and surrounding areas and a large area of Himalyan Balsam has been cleared from the village playing fields. We anticipate tackling as much of this invasive weed along the lanes as we can before it self seeds. (A job for this Sundays Litter Pick and Weed Clear)!

Although we no longer have an operational bus service to the village, the dreary bus shelter is in the process of being brightened up by painting the interior, then we will add framed photos of the village (old and new) and the village children are invited to submit a piece of their own artwork to be framed and displayed. Thus creating a unique feature of village life.

That’s about it but now I’ve found out how to use the software (or about 1% of it) it should be quicker next time! If you would like relevant news put in the next issue or to be added to our e-mailing list, please email and we’ll do our best to include it. In the meantime, a huge thanks to you all for making our valley a so much more attractive place to live. Well done you!
RG 23.8.2018