A Triumphalist, and slightly late, Witter (God Bless ‘Er Majesty)

I won’t weary you again with the news that Civic Pride Rossendale has just gained the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Won’t mention it at all. But the reaction from the people of Rossendale towards us has been lovely : hundreds of congratulations and thanks for the work which our active volunteers do. Just sometimes, doin’ this CP thing is positively heart-warming. And indisputably effective – tho’ we still desperately need more volunteers to help us – can you join in one of the following?? Please?
WEDS 7TH JUNE 10AM MEET AT SIDE OF TH’OWD CON CLUB, BACUP for the next stage of Bacup Pride’s renovation of the area. Get more details from bacuppride@gmail.com
WEDS 7TH JUNE 11AM-ISH ONWARDS – we’ve been invited to go on BBC Radio Lancs morning programme to brag about that Queen’s Award thing. Lord, they must be desperate for folk to interview …. do tune in and listen to the chaos.
WEDS 7TH JUNE MEET 5PM OUTSIDE GREEN SQUIRREL (junction of M/cr Rd & Bury Rd in Haslingden). The Hassy Crew have bravely entered what was a run-down flower bed in the RHS “It’s Your Neighbourhood” comp. Judging on 12th July so not much time to get it blooming. More work on that bed this morning.
THURS 8TH JUNE MEET 9.40AM C. PRIDE STORE (rear of R’stall Market) OR 10.00AM ON TOWN SQUARE. Very successful event last Sunday which now needs finishing off with weeding & planting. The forecast ain’t great but we go whatever the weather gods chuck at us!
FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 9.30AM MEET AT NEARY’S, HELMSHORE RD for group litter-pick. The Hassy Mob are at it again!
FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 8PM ONWARDS AT BUFFER STOPS – a goodly and slightly raucous celebration last week so Lord knows what’ll happen and who’ll be there this week. Just be assured of a friendly welcome.
NOT SURE ON THIS ONE! – the next stage of the Whitewell Bottom Balsam Bashing is Sat 10th or Sun 11th – email Norman on clownhall@sky.com for confirmation. Thanks!
SUNDAY 11TH JUNE – no Haslingden litter clearance event this Sunday but please go out, whether Hassy-based or not, to do your thing in the anti-litter war.
SATURDAY 17TH JUNE (that’s a week on Saturday!) the final act of the W’well Bottom Balsam Bash, 10am ’til midday. They’re on the embankment on Burnley Rd East, right-hand side when heading away from Waterfoot. Bacon butties and coffee afterwards!

Just one (promise, it’s just the one ..) last bit – we mentioned Hassy CP’s gardening entry earlier. Additionally, our brave Secret Gardeners have entered five of the many gardens we now maintain in R’stall for the RHS’s “It’s Your Neighbourhood” comp. We have the same date for The Judges comin’ to town – 12th July. As all gardeners know, there ain’t much time between now and then to get a garden in order. Please help out, either with our organised gardening sessions and/or email pam@civic-pride.org.uk to get involved as an individual.

Inevitably there’ll be loads of other stuff which should’ve been mentioned in this week’s Witter, but I’ve missed out. Just get in touch and tell me off.

Big hugz 2 U all