Welcome to our first newsletter

Welcome to our first newsletter.  We’re conscious that we don’t always communicate terribly well with our volunteers and others who are so key to our success. Yes, we have the infamous Weekly Witterings but those are mainly to tell you what’s going to happen but CPITV (catchy huh?) will give you a monthly (possibly!) news digest.

We’ve just gained ‘Best Newcomer’ and a silver gilt award in the RHS NW Britain in Bloom in recognition of the incredible efforts of our wonderful team of volunteers.   We now have 13 gardens in Rawtenstall which require a huge amount of hard graft and money to maintain (what a great link to the next subject Ed.)
Grants for new projects are available but not easy to obtain (TESCO gave us £10k for the Haslingden Road gardens) but they’re rarely available for maintenance.  This is why so many prestigious and expensive projects launched with a great fanfare disappear into oblivion a few years later, there simply wasn’t a practical plan for keeping them going.

Civic Pride is determined not to fall into that trap which is why we’ve now embarked on a campaign to attract more Patrons, Sponsors and Supporters to help us with regular donations.  Did you notice the Mr Fitzpatrick’s logo at the top of the page?  We’re pleased to announce that Ashleigh Morley, Proprietor, is now supporting us as our Main Sponsor.  We think it’s a perfect fit(z!) and hope that you’ll support them and join us in wishing them every success in the future.  Other businesses are signing up as well but we’ll keep you posted on those in our next newsletter.

The last Thursday in October was our second assessment for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) which went very well, indeed our assessors were extremely kind with their comments.  This award is an MBE for charities and so if you know a deserving charity in Lancashire (or elsewhere) why not nominate them?

At the Rossendale Awards early in November we picked up a Highly Commended certificate in the Community Business category.  The worthy winners were The Whitaker, the venue of our Christmas party, so congratulations from us all.

On that subject, a few places are still available, so if you’ve been active in working with or supporting Civic Pride this year, get your cheque book out and get organised.  After all it is THE social event of the year!  Get the date in your diary now – Thursday 15th December.  7.00pm for 7.45pm.

We’ve had another successful meeting with the CEO and Leader of RBC followed by a presentation to the senior management team.  Their support in acting quickly and positively to our requests for help are greatly appreciated by us all, I’m sure.  As a result of the latter discussions we’ve been given the opportunity to have a poster in every Rosso bus (100+) so many thanks to their MD, Phil Smith, for that.

Finally, our beloved (Special) Operations Officer Helen, has introduced a new scheme for all you ardent horticulturalists to make an even greater contribution to our community gardens than you already do!  She’s looking for volunteers to take ‘ownership’ of a particular garden(s) and look after it/them at a time to suit you.  Full support will be given (please remember to wear it!) in terms of advice, plants and equipment.  Once you identify the times that suit you best we’ll cajole others into helping you!

Sounds like a plan to me, so give Helen a call on 07595 985309 and remember that there are free drinks at Mr Fitzpatrick’s whilst you’re doing your bit for CP so make sure you’ve got your Hi Viz on!  The lovely Ashleigh and Annie will make you most welcome.
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