Recently, a lady stepped outside her door and gave two Civic Pride volunteers a most welcome cup of tea. A small (and not unusual) act of kindness repaid with big smiles and heartfelt thanks.
At the other end of the spectrum, you, our generous benefactors give regular monthly donations to provide us with vital cash flow. Without your help, we simply couldn’t do what we do. So, here’s a massive thank you (hope you can see all the huge smiles)!
A bit of news that may interest you. In order to better secure the future of Civic Pride Rossendale, we have changed into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). With a Board of Trustees (unpaid) but still retaining our Executive Committee, we are feeling more confident about succession planning and our long-term future.
We now look after around seventeen gardens in Rawtenstall alone and help keep our streets virtually litter free. As a result, our regular shopping list includes compost, shrubs, bulbs, plants, litter pickers, gloves, trowels, spades, nuts and bolts, hose pipes, hanging baskets, watering cans, petrol, plant food and paint. Last year it also included two whiskey barrels (sadly empty but still with a wonderful aroma) which are now on the gyratory cunningly disguised as the Civic Pride Railway!
Highlights for 2019 include:
- A further two carriages for the train (completed)
- A greenhouse to encourage the less able to join us in growing our own plants
- The laying of new paths in Trickett’s Memorial Ground
- Encouraging bees, bats, birds and other flying creatures (watch out at Halloween) to visit and make their homes here
- Enter six gardens into the RHS ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ competition (last time we had 5 ‘Outstanding’ and a ‘Thriving’ award)
- Joint Balsam Bashing exercises with RBC staff behind the cemetery
What our amazing volunteers have done is self-evident but do you recall last summer and its ‘back to back’ sunny days? To save our plants, we had watering teams out – for several hours at a time – every couple of days! As the hose pipe ban loomed, we even started pumping water directly out of the rivers!
Everybody in Civic Pride is a volunteer but other groups do help. It would be unfair to name them as we’d be sure to miss somebody but retail staff, uniformed children’s groups, employees of national companies, local government workers, staff and pupils from local schools have all been active in Civic Pride initiatives.
Our outreach team continue to work with youngsters to hopefully generate awareness of what we do and get them on board. During a recent conversation with a locally born university student it became apparent that she thought Rawtenstall had always looked like this. Oh, the innocence of youth!
There’s so much more we could tell you; we just hope you now realise how much your support is appreciated.
On behalf of us all, thank you, thank you, thank you.