Izzit possible to have a BRIEF Witterings??

Good Evening Dear Reader

A brief Witter? Is that possble? Probably would be – if you lot stopped goin’ out there and doing so much stuff (I can’t keep up …) …
So, to the week in view :
Tues 8th Oct 9am Crawshawbooth Jubilee Gardens (next to the Black Dog) then Hill St playground ; and a litterpick. Can’t get there for 9am? Ring Elaine to see where everyone’s got to (07484 664466).
Tues 8th Oct 10am (slightly more civilised time ….) Balsam Crew, top end of R’stall Cemetery. Not actually uprooting balsam now, just clearing the ground for non-balsam native plants for next year. Good on yer, folks! (PS Thanks Jacqueline!)
Weds 10th Oct 10am Gyro – Annie’s tlc session, needs help (Gyro, big roundabout opposite R’stall library).
Thurs 11th 10am Thursday Crew – back on the Hassy Rd Gardens (opposite St Mary’s Chambers). Just to repeat – you DO NOT need to have any gardening skills wot-so-ever to join us lot. No excuses, then – come ‘n’ join this lovely gang!
Fri 12th 10am Hassy & Helmshore Civic Pride meet at Hassy Market, and go on from there.
Fri 12th 8pm onwards gather ye upstairs in Hop, Bank St. ‘Twas on the news last week that 8.5billion pints of ale were consumed last year. Not all of it by us, y’understand tho’ we made a small but noble contribution to the effort.
Sat 13th Lone Rangers are out with their litterpickers – at all sorts of times.
Sun 14th Wow! We’re Weeding Waterfoot! Meet 9.30am at the arcade, Burnley Rd East. You have zero gardening skills? Not a problem! – basically, we’re clearing pavements of MESS! Love your neighbourhood an’ all that, eh?
Mon 15th Hassy & Helmshore as per Fri 12th.
Mon 15th 10am Monday Crew on the Town Square R’stall
Mon 15th 10am C’booth, Jubilee Gardens
Tues 16th 9am ” ” ” (see Tues 8th for details). But don’t just turn up : spread the word and bring someone with you!
Advanced notice : Sun Nov 3rd 10am we’re clearing ALL the barrier baskets and hanging baskets from R’stall centre, help (plus vehicles) needed please!

Ending this week on a musical note (tra-la) : Abbey Road is back at No. 1 There’s hope for the world yet, then!


PS I’ve tried to be brief – honest!
PPS Thank you Newchurch Methodist Church who had a special collection after their harvest festival service – and gave it all to yer owd Civic Pride Rossendale. Bless ’em!
PSPS It’s cost us £22,000 to keep going so far this year. All donations gratefully received!

T’Witterings say “Help Me Rhonda….”

Dear Puzzled of Rossendale,

So to untangle the puzzle of that weird heading …..”Help me Rhonda” – a Beach Boys classic from 1965. You won’t remember it, being so youthful an’ all. But – – never mind Rhonda – just help us perleeeze! Take a look what’s going on and you’ll get the picture …..

Btw, to join in any of these gardening sessions, you DO NOT have to be an expert gardener. The Job Spec. is “Just turn Up” and the Person Spec. is “I wanna help somehow” !!

Weds 2nd Oct 10am Annie’s tlc session, this week on the gyratory (that’s where the CPR train is!!). Ring 01706 551 123 if you’re not sure about the weather allowing this to go ahead (it’ll need to be bad to stop it!) and bring hand tools for gardening please. PS – weather forecast sez chilly but sunshine!
Thurs 3rd 10am The Thursday Crew meet at Hassy Rd Gardens (near St Mary’s Chambers) – we go whatever the Rossie weather’s doing, 52 weeks a year. Crazy? Yup!
Fri 4th 10am The Hassy Crew (= Haslingden. Obvious, innit??) meet at Hassy Market. Love your town and be there!
Fri 4th 8pm onwards …….. well, after all this week’s goings-on you deserve a glass of something and a pat on the back – meet upstairs in Hop, Bank St. (PS Peg, where are you??)
Sun 6th 10am It’s CPR’s First-Sunday-Of-The-Month Crew are at Hassy Rd Gardens, as per Thurs 3rd. Aunty Lynn’s leading this one so please give your support
Sun 6th Hassy & Helmshore Litterpick – for details of meeting venue, email ’em, haslingdencp@outlook.com These guys have cleared countless tons of litter from those streets over the years so do help ’em to pick another kilo or three, clear up another few hundred yards.
Mon 7th 9.30am Trickett’s Memorial Ground Waterfoot. The saga continues.
Mon 7th 10am Bacup Crew meet at the cabin on Bacup Market.
Mon 7th 10am Hassy Crew – as per Fri 4th.
Tues 8th 10am R’stall Cemetery – meet in the woods at the top end of the cemetery, where the Balsam Bashing’s been happening all summer. Clearing the ground and planting native species where the balsam’s been cleared.

I’m exhausted just lookin’ at that list ….. and the Lone Ranger litterpicker-squads and Secret Gardener gangs are – well – additional to all that.

Say it again – what’d the place look like without us? Without you??

More next week!



Heat-Wave Witterings

Hi Troops

The heading? Gotta admit it’s a bit warm! Too warm for CPR’s volunteers?? No chance! So, this week :

Tues 27th Aug 7pm Rawtenstall Cricket Club Our excellent Vice-Witterer gave the info last week but here’s a quick repeat : your CPR has organised a party-cum-social-cum-get-together to celebrate our achievements in getting the town up to scratch for RHS. We did pretty well so come and natter, meet your fellow volunteers, find out what’s going on – with a free buffet and before-and-after slide show. C’mon down!
Weds 28th Aug 10am Mytholme play area, Waterfoot to continue one of this summer’s projects. Come oooonn Waterfoot!
Weds 28th 6.30pm Help the Weds evening crew on the Gyro (Fire Station roundabout) with Our Annie in charge.
Thurs 29th 10am Town Square for the Thursday crew. You’ve only got to look at the place to see what’s needed ……
Fri 30th 8pm onwards, hop into Hop. Yours Truly ain’t there for the 3rd Fri in a row but someone interesting will be!
Sun 1st Sept Watering Team – no prob if you’ve never done this before – please just contact Keith to offer help. It’s unlikely we’ll have enough rain between now and Sunday for our planters and baskets. keith3655@btinternet.com
Mon 2nd Sept 9.30am Trickett’s Gang. Burnley Rd East Waterfoot.

D’you know where August went to? Or July? A classic CPR summer so far though!

I’m off to watch the Test match highlights. Again. Oh boy!!


A ‘By ‘eck but it’s Just Amazing’ Witter!

Not so long ago, Civic Pride Rossendale had a Thursday morning session and a few Lone Ranger litter pickers out doing their own thing when they had the time. Oh and a session on the first Sunday of the month.

Now we have Balsam Bashing, Tricketts Memorial Ground and Crawshawbooth Jubliee Gardens on a Monday morning*, Hill Street playground, Crawshawbooth on Monday and Tuesday evenings*, Mytholme Play Area, Waterfoot on a Wednesday morning and the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning sessions in various locations across Rawtenstall. Not forgetting the first Sunday morning of the month. Add to that the Secret Gardeners and Lone Rangers out there in all weathers and the strangest of times. It’s even rumoured that someone goes out balsam bashing before I raise my sleepy head from the pillow. I get up at 7am for goodness sake!
*Crawshawbooth from 2nd September

Phew! No wonder that we’re adopting ‘Volunteers Transforming Rossendale’ as a new slogan. For rugby fans you’ll see it on the pitch above Marl Pits when the new season starts.

Thank you to those regular contributors to QT who’ve agreed to us combining the old Litter and Gardeners into one new Volunteers site. If you’ve been using the Gardeners site you need do nothing, if you’re a ltter picker please save this link. If you’re asked for a password use RBC. If you’ve not used QT before, please tell us what you’ve been up to!

Talking of litter (and fly tipping), have you seen this on the BBC News? Now that’s what I call a result!

Before we get into forthcoming events, an erratum from last weeks Wittering, it was Roger R who bravely manned the Fire station stall not Roger G! Well done Mr Roundell.

Over the last few weeks and months we’ve been fortunate in having several new recruits and so I want to stress that no matter how long you’ve been involved or what you do for CP you are cordially invited to join in any of our events, particularly Tuesday 27th.

Wednesday 14th August
10.00am Mytholme Play Area to return the gardens to what they were 12 months ago when they were first created.

The evening session in Rawtenstall is cancelled this week due to holidays

Thursday 15th August
10.00am Haslingden Road Gardens (outside St Mary’s Chambers). Auntie Lynn is leading this while Anne has a well deserved break. Don’t forget your mug for a drink of Lynn’s excellent tea or coffee.

Friday 16th August
8.00 pm. Upstairs at Hop, Bank Street, Rawtenstall for beer, banter and badinage.

Monday 19th August
10.00am Balsam Bashing in Rawtenstall cemetery. If you’re not sure exactly where we are call me on 07798 582225

10.00am Trickett’s Memorial Gardens, Burnley Road East for more tlc to this stunning project

Tuesday 27th August
7.00pm Rawtenstall Cricket Club (Kay Street car park entrance). Free buffet and pay as you go bar. A chance to meet old friends, make new ones and help us celebrate the incredible gardens that were spruced up for the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood competition. We’ll be running a slideshow (hopefully!) of before and after photos to remind us just what Rawtenstall used to look like before our wonderful volunteers transformed it. We won’t have the IYN results until the September Award ceremony in Southport (details later) but the comments from the judges were truly heartwarming!

That would have been the end but this afternoon I received a text from Blom who is touring Eastern England. They’d just passed the English village of Wittering! No comment.

Me again next week I’m afraid.


All fired up ‘n’ ready to Witter

Let’s please say a big Thank You to Grimmers for saving the day last week. My laptop was in non-co-operation mode. He, dear lad, took over at zero notice, when it was way past his bedtime ….
Ok, me laptop’s stoked up on best Welsh steam coal and ready to – um – do this stuff.

If you think we’ve all gone on Summer Holidays, oh no we haven’t!

Weds 7th Aug 10am ’til 12.00 Mytholme Play Area, adjacent to the bus turning circle in Waterfoot. The play area’s a fairly recent build but sadly, with no aftercare plans. Result? Weeds, litter, bloomin’ balsam, abandoned flower beds is the result. So CPR steps forward. Please spread the word round Waterfoot – and join in the rescue job!
Weds 7th Evening Crew 6.30-8pm Haslingden Rd Gardens (by St Mary’s Chambers)
Thurs 8th 10am – midday The Thursday Morning Crew gird up their loins once again. Hassy Rd gardens (as per last night). Please note – you don’t have to be an expert gardener to join in with this lovely bunch of people. Can you hold a brush?? Ok that’ll do for starters! Sithee theer!
Fri 9th 8pm onwards we once again investigate the Hop premises, upstairs area, for a gossip (not me this week – I’m camping wi’ grandkids. Whoopee!)
Sun 11th all morning, possibly, The Watering Team. Keith will check the weather and let us know.
Mon 12th 9.30 -12.00 TMG Waterfoot. At this, one of many RHS-inspected gardens, the work resumes.

Essential Other …
(1) Thanks! To the Fire Station Lads for a grand Open Day yesterday and to Pam Janet Kate and Roger R for manning the CPR stall there all day.
(2) 26th Aug 9.30am Crawshawbooth crew resume. It’s the Jubilee Gardens and mebbe the Hill St playground. Lots of £££ to build the playground but – erm – no aftercare plan. CPR are on the case. NB this is the 1st after-the-holiday organised session but we know individual residents are active there throughout August.
(3) Probable 26th Aug, evening event, a CPR celebration of last Tuesday’s RHS Judges’ Visit which went extremely well. Details to follow but it’s at Rawtenstall Cricket Club. Open to EVERYONE who loves CPR!
(4) Sat 31st Aug evening : 50th anniversary bash of Anthony & Patricia at The Whitaker. We’ve mentioned this before. They’re donating all the proceeds to 3 local charities. CPR’s one of them. Tony’s asked for CPR folk to help on the night and so far we’ve only got one. If you can help, please email info@civic-pride.org.uk urgently. Also, tickets for the event are available from their premises on Bank St (opposite Do-Dahs). Please support.

Look out for a sensible and coherent Witterings next week. Why? ‘Cos Roger takes over again as author, poet and muse. Can you wait ’til then??



PS Lone Rangers and Secret Gardeners (we know what they do ain’t really a secret!) will be at it every day, all week. Thank you to ’em all!

Yo’ Witterings this week’s about THE FINAL STRAIGHT!!

C’mon Folks – your CPR* needs you this week like no other week!

(*CPR = Civic Pride Rossendale – don’t let on to anyone y’didn’t know that!)

The final week before RHS Judgement Day ……mass gardening, sprucing up, sweeping, weeding – well, obviously!
Tues 23rd 9.30-12.30 Inbound Layby 1.30-4.30 Inbound Layby
Weds 24th 9.30-12.30 Embankment 6.30-8pm Metal Tree Bed (especially the surrounding paved area, full of weeds)
Thurs 25th 10am – midday Thursday Crew meet at the Riverside Walk (opposite the railway station). Hope to get enough of the gang out to clear the R’side Walk & The Gyro. This is the last Thurs Crew before RHS Day (ok I said that already …)
Fri 26th 9.30-12.30 Gyro 1.30-4.30 Gyro
Fri 26th 8pm onwards Hop, Bank St. We’ll have deserved a glass of summat after this week! Oh, and it’s someone’s birthday – so drinks are FREE before 8.30!!
Sat 27th No gardening sessions organised but litter-picking crews are asked to get out and Serve The Cause! (polish the pavements, mayhap??)
Sun 28th 7am onwards Watering Teams Stand Ready!
Sun 28th 9.30-12.30 Inbound Layby
Sun 28th meet 1pm on outbound layby (on the bypass, alongside the railway station) BIG WHOLE-BYPASS LITTERPICK PLEASE! The mowers go in tomorrow.
Inbound layby gardening as well. Just in case you’ve any energy left …
Mon 29th – this really is the last chance for a final spruce, sweep and tidy-up. 9.30-12.30 Inbound Layby 1.30-4.00 Gyro 6.30-8pm Embankment
Tues 30th Assessment Day, commences 8am. Timetable already gone out to gardeners.
Weds 31st Collapse in sunshine if fine, in bed if not ….. beer ‘n’ ice cream day! (or cake ‘n’ Prosecco or …. well, wotever!).
And now – 2 more favours please ….. can you volunteer?
Sun 4th Aug 10am Fire Station Open Day. We’ve been asked to provide an information stall. Can you man it? Please let me know – email chris@civic-pride.org.uk Thanx!
Sat 31st Aug 7pm Celebration of Anthony & Patricia’s 50th Year in business, fun and entertainment at St Mary’s Chambers for 3 local charities, of which CPR is one. We must support this. More details next week.

That’s it, lovely people!
Just how much grovellin’ do we have to do to getcha out there this week, of ALL weeks??


Weekly Witterings sez – It’s The Final Countdown!

Dear Toiling Volunteers

The “Final Countdown” heading – rather apposite? Because? It’s the 50th Anniversary of the 1st moon landing (3-2-1-lift-off type of countdown – gettit??) and the countdown to RHS Judgement Day. 30th July. C’mon, just be impressed by the inept link …. Ok then don’t ….

The Week In View – oh boy, do we need YOU!

Aunty Annie’s got the whip out, really getting us going. Please give her a hand (no luv, not with the whip …) Help us to achieve!

Weds 17th 9.30-12.00 Inbound layby (near McD’s)
Weds 17th 6.30-8pm Weds Evening Working Gang, Inbound Layby.
Thurs 18th 10am The Thursday Crew, Inbound Layby
Fri 19th 9.30-12.00 AND 1.30-4.30 on The Gyro (that’s where the Civic Pride railway train is – hope u’v got that one by now! XX)
Fri 19th 8pm onwards – a rather fine and convivial gathering at Hop last week so let’s do it again! See you upstairs in their Bank St premises.
Sat 20th Nowt organised – go out and litterpick or – well – anything you fancy!
Sun 21st Morning Watering Teams – please! We simply ain’t getting enough support on this. Some of our plants are dying – eg the big planters on the Bank St front of the Town Square. Go see! Contact Keith on keith3655@btinternet.com and give us an hour. It’s an easy job but takes ages, too much for just a few people.
Sun 21st 1.30-4.30pm Embankment opposite Asda.
Mon 22nd 9.30am The new Crawshawbooth crew in action – Jubilee Gardens.
” ” ” The Trickett’s gang are back in town. Burnley Rd East.
” ” ” One more time – the Balsam Bashing Boys (‘n’ Gals) meet 10am, Rawtenstall cemetery gates Burnley Rd. (get “And finally!”, below)

Dates for the owd diary – well, preferably this year’s diary in fact :
Sun 28th July 11am Weir Pride Summer Fair, Weir Park.
Sun 28th July time to be arranged mass litterpick on the bypass – the mowers go in tomorrow, 29th.
Tues 30th RHS JUDGEMENT DAY! Probably an 8.30am start. We’ll pass exact times onto individual gardeners as soon as we get confirmation from the RHS.
Sun 4th Aug Fire Station Open Day – Civic Pride Rossendale’s been invited to have an information booth there. If you can help with this for part or all of the day please get in touch (info@civic-pride.org.uk)

And finally! Just 2 things, so go on – can you actually get to the end of a Witterings … without falling asleep??
(1)Roger G has put together an excellent article on the Himalayan Balsam curse. It’s on the CPR website, www.civic-pride.org.uk DO pop over to the website and read it!
(2)You’ve heard this sort of stuff before – here’s another! One of the very latest unsolicited comments : “Absolutely stunning and what transformations” – part of an email thanking everyone for fab gardens and clear streets. That’s yo’ Civic Pride Rossendale!



Itsa We Want Watering Wittering …..

Your Weekly Witterings Writer Wishes Y’all Well …….
Why? Cos we want (urgently need) waterers! Please contact Watering Team Guru Keith, email keith3655@btinternet.com for the what how when where. It’s easy. Please do! Thanks!

Was today some Monday? It sure was! To recite some of the doings :-
• A crew in Trickett’s Memorial Ground for their weekly session
• A Balsam Bashing Body, over 100,000 ghastly balsam uprooted in the last 3 weeks
• First-ever session of Civic Pride Crawshawbooth (we think that’s what we’ll call ’em??) in the Jubilee Gardens
• The Old Fold Garden’s regulars rendering horticultural tlc
• Individual gardeners and litterpickers recorded on QT and elsewhere.
• Literally, scores of Civic Pride Rossendale people out today – come and join the mayhem!!
We understand Bacup, Haslingden and Weir all had nurturing teams out as well today. Just how many locals does that add up to? No idea! But it’s clear, more ‘n’ more Rossie folk are getting the message, getting the sleeves rolled up, getting out there. Getting good, innit?!
This week :
Tues 9th July The CPR greenhouse is going up! (this is just for info, it’s all organised [really?] – just go and watch if you want!)
Weds 10th July 6.30pm meet at The Embankment (opposite Asda on St Mary’s Way) with the traditional Weds evening crew. Planting, bark-chipping and strong discipline for a few incorrigible weeds. Probable retreat to a nearby watering hole afterwards. Grimmers is buying. Owzat for temptation?
Thurs 11th 10am The Gyro (fire station roundabout) – probably the last session there before The Judges come to town. Help! (for new readers : RHS judges are a-coming, 30th July) PS please park in the fire station car park, not on the entry slip road (afterwards, all off to watch England-Australia Cricket World Cup Semi-final …. just sayin’ )
Fri 12th July 2pm-4pm We’ve got an info desk at the Pensioners’ Information Fair, venue Kay St Baptist Church. The idea is to grab recruits from the newly and not-so-newly retired. Please contact Suzy (suzyzak@gmail.com) if you can stand behind the desk and give out our details for an hour. Meet friends new and old, mayhap??
Fri 12th July : Revolution comes to CPR !! No Buffer Stops Gathering tonight – we’re trialling Hop on Bank St as our new assembly point. I’m reliably (??) informed the upstairs has enough space for us. Meet there for a glass of whatever and a natter. New guys particularly welcome.
Sun 14th Watering Teams – not much rain forecast so we’ve thousands of plants to moisten. Please contact Keith (details above).
Mon 15th Lots going on :- 9.30am Trickett’s crew ; 9.30am Crawshawbooth’s new gang ; 10am Balsam Bashers, top end of R’stall cemetery. Email us for more info on any of these (info@civic-pride.org.uk)

LAST WORD (oh we’ve heard that before ….) our wonderful Gardens Officer Anne is running extra sessions 10am-midday and 2pm-4pm on most days until Judgement Day [30th July] to get our gardens into Best Possible Shape. For venue details on any day please ring Anne 01706 55 11 23. If you’ve got your own trowel/kneeling mat/spade, that’ll help. Please support her in this remarkable bid!

Was it the last word? Apart from Watering Watering, yes, ’twas!



A Rapido Witter

Should the salutation be “Evenin’ All” or “Mornin’ All” …..??

Special thanks to everyone who put in extra planting shifts this last week. Over 1,000 new plants gone into our various gardens. Do we getta move on or – what?? Good to see Alder Grange youngsters as well, getting wet and muddy on the layby garden this morning.

Oh – and by the way – just how DID you celebrate last week’s Summer Solstice?? You danced just how? And where?? Wearing what?? – oh let’s not go there …..

This week :
Weds 26th June Meet 6.30pm The Weds Evening session on The Embankment (opposite Asda) – yo-ho, more planting! Loads to do.
Thurs 27th June Meet 10am on The Gyro (opposite the library) planting and weed-killing. We’ve still got a long way to go before this is ready for the RHS judges so c’mon down, meet the crew and join in!
Fri 27th 8pm onwards anyone for Buffer Stops banter ‘n’ badinage??
Sat 28th 9am ’til 1pm Crawshawbooth Centre with our Outreach Team, Scouts and (we hope) some locals, tackling what’s become a village centre eyesore. We’re gonna make it something for the village to be proud of so – if you know of folk who live in the area, get ’em to come on down and contribute to the effort.
Sun 30th June early – Keith may be putting out a shout for the watering team volunteers, depending on weather between now and then. Stand ready!
Mon 1st July 9.30 Trickett’s Memorial Ground the crew are back on it. Do you know anyone in Waterfoot willing to help with this huge hard-work task? Please come along. No special talent needed. None at all. Zilch, in fact. Is that you??
Mon 1st July 10am meet at R’stall cemetery gates for another session in Bashing The Balsam : another multiple thousand of this invasive foreigner pulled up yesterday (24th June). All support welcome for our 1/7/19 effort!
It’s entirely true that one of our senior volunteers arrived at yesterday’s bash, saying he’d booked his spot in the cemetery. His name will be revealed next week unless the bribe price of a gallon of best bitter is paid b4 then….

Btw, you do not, repeat do not, have to be an expert gardener or litter[picker (or, indeed an expert anything) to help out with us ….. so doooo join in with a session. Or email us at info@civic-pride.org.uk for more – well – info!



PS THANK YOU to Round Table’s final fling, They’ve now ceased “trading” but at last week’s end-game hurrah they gave Civic Pride Rossendale a very welcome £600.00 Thank you everyone for this and for several decades of public-spirited work in our R’stall community.

The Witter Of A Thousand Plantings (really …)

A  Plea To Pride’s Perspicacious Planting People

Yes really.  Approx 1,000 plants have just arrived. We must, as they say, gerrimin**, and right quickly too. (** this translates as “get them planted into the good earth.” As you’ll have realised.). See dates highlighted with **!! below for details.

The week in view :-
**!! Weds 19th June 6.30pm Major planting task commences. Venue : The Embankment (opposite Asda). Please help.
Weds 19th Hassy & Helmshore Civic Pride crew please check haslingdencp@outlook.com to investigate the probability, timing and venue of a LITTERPICK!
**!! Thurs 20th 10am It’s the Thursday Crew 10am on The Gyro (big roundabout with the train on it!). Mass hoeing of weeds, scattering of pongy-wongy 6X fertiliser and planting hundreds of bedding plants.
Thurs evening our marvellous Finance and Litter Officers are attending the Round Table’s last hurrah. R Table are closing down but distributing the balance of their finances to worthy local causes. That’s us! Thank you thank you RT for all you’ve done.
Fri 21st June a choice  of activities ……:

  •  Hassy & Helmshore gardeners, gather ye at Hassy Market Stall 10am for a spot of – well, um – H&HCP gardening!
  • Buffers 8pm onwards. Again, the evening will benefit from my absence.
  • Celebrate the summer solstice by climbing Cowpe Lowe, divest yourself of clothing and dance around the trig point which is Rossie’s nearest approximation to a replica of Stonehenge ….

Weekend : please feel free to carry on planting. Contact me (chris@civic-pride.org.uk or 07877 211314 or 07955 110199) for info of how to get plants but please do that before Friday as I’m in a Wet Welsh Field Fri Sat Sun (some guys have all the luck …). Thank you!
Sat 22nd 10am Friends of Stubbylee Park meet in the Rose Garden there every Saturday, weather permitting – and this weekend, weather will permit. Obviously.
Sun 23rd Hassy & Helmshore – as per Weds 19th.
Mon 24th 9.30 TMG Waterfoot. Details as given every Monday these past 3 years!!
Mon 24th 10am Were you planning on joining the latest Balsam Bash today? If so, please turn up but the new plan is to Carry On Planting (film title there somewhere??). Meet on inbound layby of the bypass (near McDonald’s).
Mon 24th Hassy & Helmshore guys – details as per Fri 21st. Go-go-go H&HCP!
Mon 24th evening. The Triumvirate reconvene. Be afraid. (What IS he on about??)

Other vital info :- 

  1. Explorer Scouts we love y’all! Crazy kids helped us out last Tuesday in pouring rain, covered in mud ‘n’ muck. Thanks guys. See you again soon!
  2.  “There’s not much litter on my rounds these days” – quote from one of our Lone Ranger litterpickers last weekend. Good news, d’we think??
  3. Thank you to Jan Shutt and her crew – doing several weeks work tidying Daisy Hill car park. It’s getting back to how it used to be!
  4. Last Thursday’s Rawtenstall Community Partnership was told that building work will commence this September on Spinning Point 2 ; and that no final decision has been made as to what’s being built. Rapid decisions are on the way, then.
  5. More thanks – this time to Keith & Simon for their initiative in getting the summer hanging baskets out.
  6.  Bypass layby gardens – we now have compost bins for good ol’ green recycling!

A concluding apology to Witterings fans (both of ’em). Sorry we’re late this week. 10.30pm last night, internet connection decided my place was a bad place to be. So it disappeared. Back on this morning. Don’t we just love technology ….??
DEFINITE LAST BIT : you’ll gather the next few weeks are CPR’s absolute max busy time. PLEASE help out whenever you can. It just doesn’t happen without willing volunteers. Thanx!


This Week’s Witter ain’t busy it’s crazy busy ….. 😯

Soggy Evening’s Greetings CP Folk!

Straight down to business with no daft intro? Must be bad this week, then ….

Mon 10th June Ok we know that was today but just gotta say thanks to a great CPR team for this morning’s session : approx 56,000 ghastly Himalayan Balsam plants uprooted assisted by two RBC lads plus RBC Councillors Serridge and Marriot. Lots still to do, so a repeat on 24th June 10am at the cemetery. Gettit in t’ diary please!
Tues 11th June 7pm big session on the inbound layby with the Explorer Scouts ; fence painting, balsam bashing, bug hotel building – just too much! (NB there’s also an afternoon session at a mystery venue. No help needed but will you spot the results??)
Weds 12th 9.30am meet at The Whitaker depot (next to the museum) for putting the summer flower baskets in place round town. This is a big job so cars, vehicles and (just possibly??) waterproof gear if the weather forecast’s got it right!
Weds 12th 6.30pm another of our Weds evening summer sessions, this time based on The Embankment opposite Asda.
Thurs 13th 10am The Embankment opposite Asda. Dead-heading, trimming, removing weedproof membrane, lots of planting, adding a bark chip mulch – something, in fact, for everyone we reckon. Will Colin The Dog get fed as well? (what IS he on about?? Be there and discover …)
Thurs 13th 6.30pm Rawtenstall Community Partnership at Crawshawbooth Community Centre. This is open to any of our volunteers.
Fri 14th Buffer Stops 8pm onwards. I’m away on grandad duty so it’s a good time to go along wouldn’t you think?
Saturday or Sunday – if the Weds morning session (eh? what? – oh right, that thing I’ve just read ….) doesn’t complete the task there’ll be a Supplementary Witter (sorry, yes, again!) to arrange to finish the job. Stand by your laptops. Or phones. Or other weird device. Because more info could be on its way on Thurs morning.
Mon 17th June 9.30am Trickett’s Memorial Ground – renovations continue.

No mention of all the countless hours which CPR’s Secret Gardeners and Lone Rangers put in – but SG’s and LR’s, do please let us know what you’re up to (see below – as usual!).



Confessionarate Witter

Dear Confessionarates (eh??)

Ok, just confess. That’s what the opening salutation’s all about.
• Last week you were dearly requested to pop into Jack’s (ex-Tesco) supermarket and VOTE VOTE VOTE! For Civic Pride Rossendale.
• Have you – um – done that yet?
• It’s easy. Go to the voting machine near the checkouts. Press the blue Civic Pride Rossendale button. It gets ££££ for us!
• You don’t need to buy anything. If you do buy summat, vote on your way in. And again on your way out. Please. Why not?? JDI! We cannot operate without £££. £18,000 last year. It takes some raising. Thank you!
Weds 6th June 6.30pm meet at layby on bypass, near McDonalds. Weeding, clearing, preparing the site for mass volunteering by Explorer Scouts next week. Really need to get this done!
Thurs 7th June 10am same as 6,30pm yesterday ; this time fuelled by Aunty Lynn’s elevenses! (see * below as well)
Fri 8th June 8pm onwards Buffer Stops. Conviviality. R U new to CPR? Try us!
Mon 11th June 9.30 TMG crew need your help. Trickett’s Memorial Ground, Burnley Rd East.

(1) * THANK YOU to last week’s Thurs Crew and First-Sunday-Of-The-Month crew (details were in last week’s Witter) – brilliant work in lousy weather!
(2) RHS JUDGES DATE in R’stall confirmed as 30th July. So little time!! 2017 was 4 “Outstanding” Awards. 2019 will be …..??
(3) MARVELLOUS PIKS of the Gyro Train on Facebook – thank you Annie and Jackie. It got hundreds of “Likes” and comments. My favourite is “You have TOTALLY transformed Rawtenstall and made it a town to be proud of. Thank you” . Dead right. But continuing that process into the future takes effort and commitment. R U there with us??



A rather late Wittering to thi’ inbox

Good Evening CP Folks,

Rather late? After a Civic Pride day which started at 07.30 this morn, it just-a-bit feels like that!

Anyhow, Noticeboard stuff – – awfully dull but which y’need to know :-

N’board (1) : Banners!! Pardon the repetition of this but – we’re getting a bad name. 3 phone calls this week from different folk demanding to know what Civic Pride has done with “my expensive advertising banners” We all know said banners constitute illegal fly-posting but please leave them alone. If you have a problem with them please let us know. We’ll get the proper authority to sort it. We’ve had good success on this front already. Thank you thank you!
N’board (2) : Jack’s supermarket Yeah-yeah we’re all fed up with the voting thing but – ex-Tesco, now Jack’s, have a voting machine adjacent to their checkouts for customers to vote for the best recipient of a big £££ donation. Just go into Jack’s and press a button on the machine. The Civic Pride button, o’ course. No purchase needed. Persuade friends and neighbours to do likewise. Go on!
N’board (3) : Free Courses at St Nicholas’s Church. Drystone walling, 1st Aid, Woodland Management, Willow Weaving. All free. For info, email revpennyking@outlook.com or rachael.gildert@valleyheritage.co.uk
N’board (4) : Sponsors. Publicity Grimmers has created a brief but brilliant newsletter to our wonderful sponsors so they know what we’ve been up to. Well, some of what we’re up to. If y’see what I mean. We’ll try to email it out to y’all later.
N’board (5) : School Kids! Barry ‘n’ Sue, our Outreach Team, have been at it big time lately … including sessions at St Anne’s Edgeside and Cribden House. The kids were just lovely, wonderful to work with. Good to hear, eh?

What’s happening??
Tues 28th May Bypass ; THANK YOU to 8 lovely people who totally litterpicked the whole bypass today (Monday) so the grass-mowing can go ahead Tuesday without creating masses of litter confetti
Weds 29th May 6.30pm The Weds Evening Session is on the inbound layby of the bypass (near McD’s). We have a particular weed problem which Aunty Anne wants us to tackle. C U there!
Thurs 30th May 10am Same venue as last night please! (PS Aunty Anne is CPR’s marvellous Gardens Officer – y’knew that, of course??).
Fri 31st June 8pm onwards, Buffer Stops. Discussions may well include a where-the-thump has May gone to? It was April 30th last time we looked ….
Sat 1st June. The longest day approacheth. Summer’s here …
Sun 2nd June First-Sunday-Of-The-Month session. Meet 10am at the Civic Pride store (behind R’stall market) to organise the bringing-in of all the winter planters from around R’stall. Please bring your car cos planters won’t all fit in the CP van!
Sun 2nd June Weir Pride 1.30pm Doals Centre, Flowerpot Sculpture Workshop
Mon 3rd 9.30 TMG The crew continue this vast project. Good news? Charlotte’s got ’em a big Lottery Grant. But …. The National Lottery wrote to Civic Pride’s Chairman to ask if he’s a fit ‘n’ proper person. Really. So that’s that down the plughole, then!
Tues 4th June Weir Pride 7pm Monthly Meet at Doals Centre

C U out there lovely people, keeping Rawtenstall what it’s now become. Which, like our volunteers, is lovely. Agreed??


A Mighty Busy Witter 😯

Dear Devoted Volunteers,

Busy? Watering, planting, weeding, erecting greenhouse, sorting summer baskets (rather a lot of ’em), RHS comp arrangements, buying plants, arranging sessions, answering multiple calls for help, adding Gyro train carriages – ok not much really.

This week’s happenings :-

Weds 22nd 6.30pm No.(2) in our series of Summer Evening sessions. This time, Haslingden Rd Gardens to finish off May’s tasks there. Only 3 of us at last week’s dig ….. just sayin’ …. ’twas a lovely midge-free summer evening as well!
Thurs 23rd 10am our wonderful Thursday Crew, always looking for new recruits and talent (is that you??) are engaged on the inbound layby garden – that’s the one near McD’s.
Fri 24th 10am onwards Anne (wonderful Gardens Officer) is going round all the gardens entered for the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood comp. NB Secret Gardeners – if your garden is in this, Anne will have emailed you about it. A reply’d be helpful if poss, please.
Fri 24th 8pm onwards we congregate at Buffer Stops for gossip, a catch-up, and a warm welcome to any new folk who’ve not been before.
Sun 26th 8am onwards Watering Team stand ready – very little rain currently forecast BUT as we’re removing all the hanging and barrier baskets on Sun 2nd June we might only need an abbreviated session this morning. NB (another one!) – Keith is very short of volunteers for this, despite the Witter appeal a couple of weeks ago. Can you help, even if only occasionally? keith3655@btinternet.com Thanx!
Mon 27th 9.30am Waterfoot inhabitants, help the Tricketts Memorial Ground crew continue the work of restoring TMG., Burnley Rd East.
Mon 27th 10am Inhabitants from anywhere, this time! The bypass verges and central reservation will be mowed Tues 28th. Mass litterpick session of the whole thing before mowers go in. Meet at Hardman’s Mill (look for the Civic Pride van). Details from rogerlitter@civic-pride.org.uk
Mon 27th time uncertain Yo! The Civic Pride greenhouse is being delivered to the ready-prepared base behind R’stall market. The driver’ll need showing where to leave it. Can you make yourself available for at least part of the day to meet him when it arrives? Please let me know! chris@civic-pride.org.uk or 07955 110199 Ta!
Mon 27th ALL DAY! It’s a Bank Holiday – so you’re probably free today! Come out, join in, help us! Please! (you’ll feel soooo virtuous afterwards won’tcha?)

Get the diary out ! Advanced notice herein below of oh-so-crucial stuff ……

Weds 29th 10am Waterfoot’s Horse and Bamboo Theatre tidying-up their garden prior to Wakes Week and need help! You’re being lured there by a free pie ‘n’ peas lunch. Good, eh? Please email Jenn, so she can have some idea of numbers for feeding. jenn@horseandbamboo.org
Sun 2nd June 10am The first-Sunday-of-the-month event is collecting all the winter/spring-flowering hanging baskets/barrier baskets, rescuing some of the perennials then emptying them. More details next week. There’re – um – rather a lot of them! We can’t get them all in the van so extra vehicles will be a huge help.
Mon 10th June 10am Anne’s organising a Mass Balsam Bashing event with RBC support, including, hopefully, some local councillors. Meet at R’stall cemetery gates ‘n’ help us shift some of this invasive foreign balsam weed from our area.
Weds 10th July Royal Horticultural Society’s judges in town to assess the Civic Pride gardens entered in the It’s Your Neighbourhood comp. This date’s provisional at the moment but we’re having a minor panic already …

Yup, sorry, rather a lot for us to do ….. so I’ll leave the Palm Oil thing ’til next week (what IS he on about …??)



Your Witterer needs YOU (pointy finger) 👈 👈   (please ….)

Salutations, Slightly Sunburnt Souls

Well, I am anyway. Slightly sunburnt. And you aren’t? Obviously got more sense …. OK, on with the positives and the thank yous ….

Thank You (1) : to Stacey McCann and Woodcock’s Solicitors Rawtenstall – Stacey turned up in the rain to see the Thurs crew last week and to give £500 to Civic Pride Rossendale (aka CPR). She did decline the offer, though, of CPR wellies ‘n’ big gloves ‘n’ a spade – left the doing of the wet & muddy stuff to us! Thank you Woodcock’s.
Thank You (2) : to Rawtenstall Cricket Club bar staff, generously copying Mike & Amanda at Casked, giving all their tips to CPR. We went along last Friday to say thank you. Very very kind generous folk. We had a glass of ale whilst there – it’d’ve been rude not to, don’tcha think? The things we endure for The Cause ……..
Thank You (3) : to Rawtenstall’s almost newest supermarket, Jack’s, (aka Tesco, in the former Tesco building). They’ve put us forward into their first-ever vote, winner gets ££££ – so will you – PLEASE – go along, vote by pushing the blue button – no purchase necessary – on the voting machine adjacent to the checkouts.
Thank You (4) : to last week’s Thursday Crew. The rain started 5 mins before they started. Precipitation ceased 5 mins after they’d finished. Did it stop ’em? Put ’em off? Nah! Determined Dedication to The Cause, that’s what!

This week’s happenings :

Weds 15th May : 6.30pm Oyez oyez, the famous Wednesday Evening sessions are here again for the summer. Meet on the bypass layby which is near McDonald’s : weeding, Balsam Bashing, Knotweed Knocking, CompostBin Composing – oh, and a litterpick! (and probable drinky-poos afterwards). Don’t worry if you can’t get there at 6.30 – we won’t ask for a late-note from your mum – we’d just love to see your smiley face, soon as. Ok??
Thurs 16th May : 10am The renowned Thursday Crew are back on the Haslingden Rd Garden, to finish off a crackin’ lot of stuff done last week.
Thurs 16th May : 7.30pm Casked Quiz Night. £1 per person to enter, any size of team up to max of 5 ; and once again, Mike & Amanda are giving the evening’s profits to CPR. Please support this event – bring yo’ friends!
Sometime 6.30am onwards : we’re certain to need the Watering Team. Please stand ready for the call. Keith will get us organised.
Friday 8pm onwards : Buffer Stops gathering ; come on down and join in the chat.
Monday 20th 9.30am : Trickett’s Memorial Ground Crew, as ever. Burnley Rd East, Waterfoot.

Future Happenings :

28th May bypass mowing – we’ll have a litterpicking mass session just before RBC’s mowers go in.
6th June midday onwards – Burnley Pendale and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS) : their first ever conference, with free lunch! Jackie T is going as a trustee but we need one more CPR rep to attend the event. Details from www.bprcvs.co.uk or from Jackie, who can be reached via the general CPR email address, info@civic-pride.org.uk
And lastly – in contrast to the usual Please Do, this is a Please Don’t! It’s about unofficial advertising banners. No we don’t like ’em. But we have to leave ’em in place and let RBC deal with them. If you spot one please send the details for us to pass on.

See you out there.


Chris PS in the few minutes you’ve been reading this, an area the size of 6 football pitches of previously untouched rain-forest have been destroyed in Indonesia. Details, including what you can do about it, by googling Greenpeace Palm Oil. More info next week.

Wondrous (??) Weekly Witterings from CPR

Dear Valiant Volunteers

Let’s get the apologetic correction out of the way. Last week you were asked to contact Keith if you could be an extra recruit for the Watering Team. The wrong email address was laid before you. Gasps of surprise from the readers. Please contact him at keith3655@btinternet.com Please remember, having your name on the list doesn’t commit you to going out there every week – fear not!

This is true …….
• someone has contacted us in dire distress due to absence of regular fix of Weekly Witterings. Their withdrawal symptoms were awful to behold, it seems.
• two days ago, one of our ladies posted an interesting illustration depicting International Naked Gardening Day. All I can say is I look nowt like that illustration………….
• another “two days ago” item. You can mention this one in polite circles : the wonderful David Attenborough posted International Dawn Chorus Day. Get out there early with your litterpicker (or trowel) – a few days late but the chorus remains spectacular.
The Witterer’s Week :
Thurs 9th May 10am join the Thursday Crew at Haslingden Road Gardens (adjacent to St Mary’s Chambers). New diggers will be incredibly welcome! Oh – and a good attendance particularly needed as some of our regulars are away (disgraceful!!) and there’s a presentation by Woodcock’s (local solicitors) of lovely £££ to Civic Pride Rossendale. Thank you Woodcock’s!
Fri 10th May 8pm onwards Buffer Stops chat. As ever, new guys very welcome to meet us and share gossip.
Sat 11th Weir Pride 10am meet at Doals Centre Burnley Rd. Big plans afoot there!
Mon 13th May 9.30am Tricketts Memorial Ground crew – again, depleted by absence this week so your help will be most welcome.

Essential Footnotes :
1. We’ve been informed there’s an allotment available in Rawtenstall – a rare opportunity, we think. Ring 01706 222868 for info
2. Greenhouse update : base installed ; greenhouse delivery on Mon 27th May. If you can meet the delivery chappie at our store behind the market, please email me (chris@civic-pride.org.uk). Delivery time tbc
3. The HOG (aka Hassy Old Rd Garden) was enhanced last Thurs by Sue C-R. Valuable aid from Janet Rebecca & Alex with support from Made In Haslingden and Help The Aged. Linking up with other groups?? Great! This wasn’t planting – go along to see it for thi’self! Sue says she’s got bunting available for any of our SG’s who’d like to enhance their patch for a while (susanjcahill@hotmail.com)
You’ve managed to plough through your Fix of Weekly Wittering? All of it? Just goes to show CPR volunteers are a tough ol’ bunch….


What Weather Witterin’ !!

Hiya Suntanned Troops

We won’t say Rossendale’s Easter Weather’s been better than Spain or – well – almost everywhere. We’re remembering those who’ve paid a fortune for an Easter foreign jaunt. And fought the airport throngs and plane delays. We won’t mention it at all. Wouldn’t be fair, eh? Anyhow, to CPR business : –
• (1)We’ve just got to say thank you to Owd Grimmers for his Deputy-Witterings these past 3 weeks. Well down to standard. Might just forgive the customary string of insults ….
• (2)THANK YOU to Keith & Si for starting off the Watering Team season on Good Friday. By coincidence, Bacup Pride started their watering season on the same day. Their watering truck’s a bit bigger than ours though. Serious bit – if it doesn’t rain this week (unlikely) we’ll put out a shout for Watering Team Support. Please help if at all possible, should we need it. Ta!
• (3)Greenhouse News – it’s ordered and slightly paid-for ; the contractor-fellah’s shovelling the final ton of concrete in tomorrow (Tues) to make the base for it. Serious bit (2) – one of the main reasons for getting this greenhouse is include folk into C. Pride who aren’t able to do outdoor all-weather gardening any more. If that’s you or you know someone it’d suit please tell Anne, our wonderful Gardens Officer – anne@civic-pride.org.uk Thank you!
• (4)We’re out! The shop, that is. Casked are aiming to move in as an extension of their excellent micro-pub premises. You knew that already? Sorry! Serious bit (3) – we have 2 beautiful tables and lots of office chairs to dispose of. Nobody wants ’em. We’ve tried Ebay and all that. Have you or someone you know gotta use for ’em? Free of charge! Email Roger at roger@civic-pride.org.uk And, genuinely, thank you Roger for organising so much of our graceful exit from the premises.
• (5)Willow-weaving – yes really. If this is a thought for you, your own garden, your Civic Pride garden, please contact one of our Sue Brigade. Email suec-r@hotmail.com Huge potential there for fun and something outre*, methinks. (*outre = outside the usual. A word taken from French, innit?)
• (6)THURSDAY CREW! 10am. You’re on the Town Square again. Masses of dead-heading ‘n’ trimming there and elsewhere in the immediate area ; and finalising our removal from the Civic Pride shop. We go rain or shine, as per. Is this a new concept for you? You’d be hugely welcome as a new guy/gal. Really – really!
• (7)FRIDAY CREW! That’s Buffers, n’est-ce pas, mention of which now appears for the first time for a while….. 8pm onwards. Excellent gathering last Friday, ’twas lovely to see folk. See you there?
Big hugs to y’all – well, to thoise who gerrout there and do a bit!


PS Secret Gardeners – if you want a bit of help with the Civic Pride garden you’ve taken on please let us know. Could be extra volunteer help or finance. Please email Anne (address in item (3) above).

An ‘I’ll try and get it right first time’ Witter!

Q. What do you call a man who keeps blowing up his laptop?
A. Blomerley!

Yes it’s true. Our beloved Chair blew up his computer, had it repaired, went on holiday for a week and then blew it up again! Hence the reason that you’ve got me for a third week running! Well, I may get the dates wrong but at least I don’t mistreat my poor little laptop!

Last week’s talk to Probus elicited a £50 cheque and a new volunteer to help out with the greenhouse. It also helped get our name out there so if you know of any other groups who’d like to know more about us, please let me know. Thanks to Anne and Roger R for their help in answering the questions!

Talking of the greenhouse, it’s now on order with an unbelievable discount. Well done Blom! More on that as we get closer to having it erected.

Does anyone want to start a road sign cleaning team? I’m intending having a go shortly but it’ll be easier with two of us so……….

This evenings EGM went smoothly so a big thank you to all those who attended. Both motions were carried unanimously so we can now move Civic Pride forward to build on its already sound foundations.

And so to the coming week.
No date for the first item but it appears that the baskets (hanging and barrier) are starting to dry out and so the watering season may need to start early. More on that if it becomes necessary.

Wednesday 17th April. 10am. Spring Clean Up, Bacup in conjunction with RBC. Meet at the lock up behind the market.
Thursday 18th April. 10am Town Square. Anne’s gone for off for a rest so Mr Christopher Blomerley will be running it.
Good Friday 19th April. 10am. Bacup. Getting the town ready for the Coconutters on Easter Saturday. Plus working with Bacup Nats to work on the Wall of History Garden. Meet at the lock up behind the market. I was in Bacup a few days ago and was amazed at what they’ve achieved. Well done all!

…and that I think is that. Hopefully things will be back to normal next week and you’ll have a ps; pps; ppps; pppps as normal!

Best wishes


A Great British Spring Clean Witter

Spring has sprung, we’ve had some glorious weather and the Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) is underway! That’s good news for us all but it may also have some surprising consequences, one of which is that Blom is unable to write this weeks drivel and has asked me to stand in. But why is this a result of the GBSC I hear you ask? Well, it’s only a rumour but it’s been suggested that he put his laptop in the dishwasher to give it a good clean! I’ll say no more!

Last Saturday saw David Parkin manning a stall on Rawtenstall Market to show people what we do, to recruit new volunteers and even raise some money! A lot of interest was shown and a group from Garstang were asking for advice on how to start. Well done David, sounds like a great day.

Meanwhile 7 CP volunteers and 3 local residents (soon to become regular volunteers we hope), ably led by our new Litter Manager Roger Roundell, started to clear the banking below Taylor Avenue at Edgeside. Two back breaking hours and 52 bags later about one third of the area was cleared. The prize for the most unusual find of the day went to Keith who retrieved two 2 metre high illuminated Christmas decorations which went rather well with the Christmas tree found nearby! If you missed that one, don’t despair there are two more events this week!

So this weeks events are:
• Tuesday 2nd April 10am to noon. Meet McDonalds Rawtenstall to help their staff clear litter as a part of the GBSC.
• Thursday 4th April 10am to noon. The Thursday gardening crew are meeting on t’ Gyro where t’ toy train is! I’m sure Auntie Lynn will be there with canapes, Prosecco and other delights. On the other hand it may be hot drinks and biscuits so bring your own mug (no, not them, a mug to drink out of)!
• Saturday 6th April 1pm to 3pm. Another GBSC event being run by Kirsty Stoddard a Cowpe resident. Meet Cowpe Sunday School BB4 7DQ.
• Sunday 6th April 10am to noon. Meet on St Mary’s Way embankment. Anne and Chris are away but Helen (remember her?) is coming out of retirement to lend a hand. Lots to be done on one of our most talked about gardens so be there if you can.
• Monday 8th April. 9.30am to noon. Trickett’s Memorial Ground, Burnley Road East, Waterfoot. Loads of planting, weeding and general maintenance. Meet Liz and the team on site.
• Monday 8th April. 10am to noon. Bacup Pride. Meet at the lock up behind Bacup Market.
• Wednesday 10th April 10am. Masonic Hall Rawtenstall. A talk for the local Probus group. ‘Work in Progress – a tour of the area with a Civic Pride volunteer’. Yours truly is doing the talk but if you’d like to come along, more details next week.
• Monday 15th April. 7pm. An Extraordinary General Meeting for all our volunteers to vote on the new Rules of the Charity. If you’d like to see any amendments to them please email info@civic-pride.org uk before next Monday.
That’s it folks but the bad news is, it’s me again next week so better tighten up the spam filter!


It’s A Push-Yer-Clocks-Forward Wittering!

Dear Environmental Enthusiasts Everywhere,

Yes, totally true – it’s clocks forward weekend! Spring’s really on its way – light nights, perfect for a spot of eventide picking ‘n’ gardening, think ye not?? (“Yup!”). And to demonstrate that Dear Ol’ Civic Pride Rossendale’s really hitting its 2019 stride, just wrap your eyes round this lot – :

  1. Thursday 28th March 10am meet on bypass layby (same place as last week). If (or more likely that’ll be “when”) enough volunteers turn up we’ll have two areas to go at. Getcha self there to find out more ….
  2. Friday 29th 8pm onwards Buffer Stops NB the station’s being rebuilt so the Family Room’s closed – find us in the bar or Booking Hall. A fascinating session last Friday – really!
  3. All-Action Saturday, 30th March Item (1) : 9am onwards Rawtenstall Market Hall we’ve an all-day stall for vital publicity, recruitment, fund-raising et al. David Parkin’s organising it and needs help to man the stall, especially the setting-up part around 8.30am. Please ring 01706 601409 or email gdparkin@icloud.com  
  4. All Action Saturday, 30th March Item (2) : 10am Grand Litterpick ’til midday. Meet  junction of Taylor Ave & Wales Rd (Edgeside area). ALSO – we’re letting Edgeside locals know about this litterpick by leafletting 200 houses. We need help posting these in their letterboxes. Please contact Roger Roundell with offers of help 079767 13962 or rogerlitter@civic-pride.org.uk
  5. Sat 30th again …. put thi clocks forrard!
  6. Mon 1st April 9.30am Trickett’s Memorial Ground crew and no, this ain’t an April Fool (as if we would ….)
  7. Tues 2nd April Grand Litterpick Mk (2) meet 10am at McDonald’s ’til midday ; followed, mayhap, by well-deserved McD comestibles. Please make sure you wear your C Pride hiviz for this one.
  8. Litterpickers and Gardeners – For those occasions when Joe Public chats to say “Thank you” please carry a supply of CP cards and “Just Donate” cards. Email info@civic-pride.org.uk  for details of your nearest stockist!
  9. Facebook – wow! We’ve just hit the 2,000 follower-mark Thank you Jackie for drawing the online world to us with marvellously creative postings.
  10. Dog-fouling byelaws : go to Rossendale Council News section for details of proposed new Orders on the Doggy-doo menace. Consultation closes this weekend so please have a look pronto. Have your say!
  11. Weekend 6th and 7th April – advanced warning so noooo excuses! 6th Mass Litterpick, Cowpe.   7th is First-Sunday-Of-The-Month session on the Embankment opposite Asda (former CP action-gal Helen makes a glorious return for this one!). Details next week.
  12. Environmental Shocker – Greenpeace & World Wildlife Fund (WWF) get involved with occasional autopsies of sealife washed up on UK’s shores. Of the last 50 of these, every single one had fatal amounts of plastic litter in their stomachs. Truly awful.

Just the 12 items then? We really could’ve kept going all night, there’s soooo much going on. However, we’ll be merciful and terminate this week’s ol’ tosh. More next week. Lots of it.



Spring-is-Sprung Witter!

Dear Crew

We’re startin’ with LITTER!! Issit our favourite subject?? Ummmm ….. well, it’s like this :-
• a couple of weeks of gales (now, fortunately, ceased) have scattered litter to the 4 corners – thank you to the lovely lot who’ve responded to the appeal and put in an extra picking shift. Still quite a bit to go, though – can-u-spare half an hour??
• mass litterpicks – they’re one of the items on our 2019 Plan. More details nearer the time but get dates in t’diary :
1. 30th March 10am ’til midday Waterfoot, Taylor Ave/Wales Rd area
2. 2nd April 10am ’til midday meet at McDonald’s, helping a crew from there (with, no doubt, free brews/chokky biks at the end of it??)
3. 6th April Cowpe
• thank you to Roger-Litter aka Roger Roundell, our Litter Officer, for getting mass-picks lined up (bit-of-trivia – his car strolled through its MOT last week!) And – we may get leaflets printed to shove through neighbours’ letterboxes just before litterpicks (1) & (3) above – – let locals know what’s happening, encourage participation and all that. If we do, help please with the leaflet-shoving. Ta!
• thank you Hoopers on Bury Rd. Heroic Keith, on a one-man mass litterpick, was spotted by Hoopers folk. They made him a brew by way of sustenance and encouragement.
This week for y’all :
Weds 20th March : ‘Tis official! Winter ceases! Vernal Equinox! If you pop up to the North Pole, you’re about to get 6 months of uninterrupted daylight. Meanwhile, back here in Rossendale …..
Thurs 21st meet 10am : the Thursday Crew are on the bypass, the inbound layby gardens (near McDonalds). Amongst other labours, we’ll be chucking bee-bombs. You’ve GOT to bee (sorry) there to discover what that’s about ..(PS bring a mug..)
Fri 22nd meet 8pm onwards : Buffers time is it not?! Free beer for over-80’s if accompanied by both parents and friendly chatter for everyone, accompanied or otherwise.
Mon 25th Bacup Pride meet 10am at the lockup behind Bacup market.

And – just in case you thought that was it – well it ain’t….. so please read on!
1. 30th March – in addition to the mass litterpick, Civic Pride’s got a stall on the Makers’ Market on the Town Square. David Parkin is the chieftain for this event – can you spare an hour to help set up and/or man the stall during the day? It’s for recruiting, for publicising what we do, and for raking in donations. Please contact him on gdparkin@icloud.com or 01706 601409.
2. Save the taddies! An unusual request from member of the public Laura. She’s concerned about 2019’s frogspawn/tadpoles on Marl Pits. They never seem to survive. Email laurawotsit@rocketmail.com or ring 07562 775295 to find out more
3. Have you got (and read??) the 2019 AGM minutes? Thank you to Lynn, our oooh-so organised lovely Admin Officer, for sending them out a couple of weeks ago.
4. Secret Gardeners : the deadline approacheth! Enter your Civic Pride garden for RHS appraisal ; bask in the acclaim of knowledgeable judges! Details from Anne Dixon, our Gardens Officer. Entries close soon.
Happily, that’s it ’til next week’s grammatical perfection hits your inbox!


Civic Pride’s Witterin’ On (again ….)

Yo-Ho to our Civic Pride Audience (just who confesses to being in that*??)

Starter Stuff :-
1. Secret Gardeners! Anne Dixon, Gardens Supremo, has been in touch with y’all so this is repeat info about entering the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) “It’s Your Neighbourhood” Award scheme. How about RHS acclamation and their knowledgeable appreciation of the fab work you do? Please complete the entry form which Anne sent you a few days ago. If you can’t find said form please contact her at 47annelotusdixon@gmail.com and/or at anne@civic-pride.org.uk. NB the deadline for entries is right on us so, if you haven’t yet, perleeze let her know where you’re up to. Ta!
2. Work towards our change of charitable status doth continue : we’re now at the stage of checking info to send to the Charity Commissioners, after which, it’ll go for their scrutiny. That takes several weeks. Special thanks to Roger for plodding through all the work that’s involved. Their systems aren’t user-friendly!
3. U like local history?? A “Story of Coal” exhibition at Bacup Natural History Museum next Saturday morning. Whilst there, admire Bacup Pride’s brilliant “Wall of History” garden just a few yards up the road.
4. The soon-to-be-opened Jack’s supermarket (on the former Tesco Rawtenstall site) have been in touch with us even before they’ve opened, wanting to give us money. Our fame (notoriety??) spreads ….
5. Spring Cleans – McDonald’s have let us know they’re organising a Big Spring Clean LitterPick on 2nd April, 10am ’til midday. We hope to join them (bound to be free coffee ‘n’ comestibles afterwards??).This is additional to their regular road and pavement clear-ups around their premises.
6. Trickett’s Memorial Ground (TMG). The crew there have a grant to resurface TMG’s crumbling tarmac paths. Do you know of someone who could do the work? Please contact Liz Hoskins at lizhoskin1@hotmail.com with info. Thanks!
Coming Up ….

Thursday 14th 10am Civic Pride Rossendale’s Thursday Crew on the inbound layby of the bypass, next to McD’s. Too wet for gardening last week so LOADS to catch up on. Last week’s crew did a wonderful litterpick instead – vast amounts of stuff collected, shifted and then – – hugely admired on Facebook! [P.S. Dave L, where are you??]
Friday 15th 8pm onwards Buffer Stops (then possibly on to Casked??). Elegant discourse on all manner of – um – friendly nonsense!
Monday 18th 9.30am TMG gang (see (6) above) are out ….. out gardening, that is. Join this remarkable group for fun ‘n’ exercise.
Wednesday are now Mondays – for Bacup Pride’s gardening sessions. Meet at their Market Lockup, 10am, for what’s currently a fortnightly bash, next one 25th March.

You think that’s all? Sorry, it ain’t. First – re * above – would you confess to being a Witterings fan?? Second – this is the perfect time of year for litter-clearing : new spring growth’s not really got going, so all the old rubbish is starkly revealed in all its ghastliness. People – please go and pick, even if just for a half hour. Support from Roger R at rogerlitter@civic-pride.org.uk if need be.



March Witter

Good Afternoon Volunteers All

What’s goin’ on?? A lot! Read on ……
• Did you hear Stephen Lowe’s gardening prog on Radio Lancs yesterday?? Singing our praises he was. Luvly!
• Money money money (not, on this occasion, an Abba song…) …. 3 lots of it to tell you about :-
1. a nice big fat donation from PayPal – that is, from the Paypal organisation. It’s in addition to the worthwhile flow of donations from the general public via our website’s Donate button. Paypal had heard of us big-time and consider us to be a very worthy cause. Bless ’em!
2. Asda Foundation – Laura Saxton is Rawtenstall Asda’s Community Champion. She’s a big fan of Civic Pride Rossendale. So she entered us into the tokens scheme (you’ve seen the green tokens given to shoppers there, to vote for the most worthwhile local cause??). Anyhow she rang last week to say we’d come out top of the poll and would we go to collect the cheque? Would we and did we?? Thank you Laura, thank you Asda! You may have seen a pik of it on our F’book page (tho’ the pik’s not recommended viewing, let me tell you …)
3. Casked – again! Mike and Amanda rang to say their tips box was full and would we collect?! Would we and did we?? Over #80.00 from them – lovely people! We made sure all their clients were aware of M & A’s generosity, as well – and just happened to stay a while to sample some of their wares …. (we paid for ’em, before you ask!)
• Huge river clearance yesterday from the Irwell and Limey Water. Thank you to the Rivers Team for a great session, a vast pile of rubbish shifted from both banks and the stream-bed. Thank you to RBC’s Town Caretaker Eddie who loaded the lot into his wagon today for disposal. And a positive post from Keith on QT, tackling one of his occasional grotspot areas today, commenting that there was a lot less on the site than last year. Marvellous!
• More help coming in ….. we’ve let y’all know previously that yer owd Civic Pride’s getting a bit big for one or two people to manage, so two more of you stepped up in the last few days. Mike Concannon is taking on the Stores Manager’s role. Elaine Field is tackling the Diversity issue which is one of our big Development Plan items. Thank you, both! Other vacancies are as listed in last week’s Witterings.
This week : (I’ll keep this minimalist!)
Tues 5th – it’s Pancake Day! Enjoy, with Pancake and Prosecco. Why not??
Weds 6th March 10am Bacup Pride meet at their lock-up at the market
Thurs 7th March 10am Civic Pride Rossendale’s Thursday Crew meet at the layby, inbound side of the bypass (near McDonald’s). Lotsa gardening, tidying, plus litterpicking both verges and central res of the bypass. Please support new Gardens Officer Anne Dixon. Thank you!
Friday 8th March Buffering at 8pm onwards for some elegant souls.
Monday 11th March 9.30am – we told you last week – the TMG crew are back on the march (ghastly pun – sorry!).

I’ll update you with C.I.O progress next week. Oh – and by the way – Secret Gardeners and Lone Rangers, DO please enter the results of your labourings on our QT sites (see below).



It-Feels-Like-Spring Witterings!

Good Evening Sunstroke Folks!

What glorious weather! Sadly, there’s a downside – Civic Pride’s Watering Team looking anxiously at the rapidly drying-out hanging baskets …. but for the rest of us, marvellous weather for litterpickin’ and pulling on the gardening gloves. Hey!

So we’ll start with the week’s doings and follow that with the Other Vital Bits Of Info. Don’t miss a word …..
Thurs 28th Feb 10am …. same as last week! Aunty Sue’s got us organised, so meet at the Hurst Lane end of the footpath which runs along the top of Rawtenstall cemetery, between yon cemetery and Alder Grange School.
Fri 1st March 10am a mass waving of daffodils (it’s St David’s Day….) – choose your own venue. Get the neighbours to join in ….
Fri 1st March 8pm onwards Buffer Stops for – umm – well, ask any one of the dozen who turned up last week! We’re usually in the Family Room.
Sun 3rd March 10am It’s our First-Sunday-Of-The-Month bash! Meet on the old packhorse bridge which crosses the R Irwell next to B & M on Bocholt Way. We’re doing a river clearance whilst the water levels in the rivers are well down. Bring wellies – and waders if you’ve got ’em (we’ve got one pair of Civic Pride waders – errmmmm – where did we put them ..??). Followed by coffee at Fitzpatricks, mayhap.
Sun 3rd Mar 3pm Weir Pride Defib/CPR training by the wonderful First Responder volunteers. Venue – Doals Centre, Weir.
Mon 4th March 9.30 start The Tricketts Memorial Ground crew commence their 2019 campaign : a 3rd wonderful year of transforming the once-neglected gardens. Find them at the Burnley Rd East/Turnpike/Booth Rd crossroads.
Mon 4th March 10am Weir Pride Arts Club (yet another string to WP’s well-sprung bow!) meet Doals Centre.

Other Vital Bits Of Info …
OVBI, The First : thank you to Sue ‘n’ Roger for hosting an utterly delightful pre-tour event at their house yesterday afternoon for Civic Pride’s volunteers. There’s more to CP than litter ‘n’ gardens, n’est-ce pas??
OVBI, The Second : Vital bit – yup, really! Last Thursday, CP’s trustees met to vote unanimously to implement the directive from the AGM to change our charitable status. Our new constitution will be forwarded to the Charity Commissioners asap.
OVBI, The Third : Another Vital Bit – really really! Overall strategy for keeping CP on track lies with our trustees ; the day-to-day organising is tasked to CP’s Officers (as listed in 12th Feb 2019 AGM minutes, sent out earlier today). Officers are supported by a number of managers. We have manager vacancies which urgently need filling. Can you help?? The full list is :
• Greenhouse – Mags
• Watering Team – Keith
• Stores – Vacancy! Please can you help?? Urgent!
• Sponsors and Just Giving – Vacancy! Please can you help??
• Engineering – Duncan
• Outreach Team – Sue & Barry BUT always in need of extra support (Outreach go out to the young generation, schools, youth clubs, cubs/scouts/guides/etc)
• Dog Signs – Keith
• Social Media – Jackie
• Rivers – Josie & Eddie
If you want more info before saying yes to the above vacancies/extra support wanted sections please get in touch – info@civic-pride.org.uk Likewise if you want to get more directly involved with something that ain’t on our list at the moment.

Are you all asleep now?? More somniferous** ol’ tosh next week! (that ** bit – just look it up, ok??)


Chris PS thank you Grimmers for penning last week’s Witterings – well up to standard, we thought …..(be nice to him for a change!)

The AGM Witter

Evenin’ All Lovely Volunteers

A couple of bitsa stuff details first :
1. the old Civic Pride gmail account is now closed (civic.pride.rossendale@gmail.com) as we either use personal accounts or, better, derivatives of info@civic-pride.org.uk We’ve had problems with it and closing it’s the best option as we’ve got very viable alternatives
2. as Civic Pride continues to grow and progress, we’re again looking at ways of spreading the backroom workload (ie all the stuff we do which isn’t directly picking litter and gardening) across more of our volunteers. These are what we call managers’ posts (we’ve got Trustees, and elected Exec officers who are supported by managers). Two current vacancies are Stores and Sponsorship ; and two new posts are Watering Team Leader and Engineering. After the AGM we’ll be looking for folk to fill these posts so if you think you can help, please approach the newly-elected officer team after the AGM.
3. Officer vacancy – there will be at least one post to fill, that of Litter Officer. Ben Parkin has given us a generous amount of notice (thanks Ben – that is really really appreciated!) he won’t be doing it after the AGM due to young family and demands of a new job. All other posts are up for nominations as well, of course (Chair, Vice Chair, Finance, Admin and Gardens).
4. did you hear Radio Lancs, week yesterday ((3rd Feb)? – oh what a treat. Not!
This week :

Tues 12th Feb 6.30 prompt – – is there anyone who doesn’t know it’s the AGM?? Venue Rawtenstall Cricket Club. Please read and print off all the documentation which has been emailed out this past couple of weeks. Won’t bore you by listing it all again! See you there.
Thurs 14th Feb 10am – – (that date has a familiar ring ….) come and join the Thursday Crew Love-In! We’re being organised by Sue Shutt who’s asking us to meet at the Hurst Lane end of the footpath which runs between Alder Grange school and the cemetery. If you don’t know the area, directions as follows : from R’stall Market go UP Newchurch Rd ; 3rd left into Union St ; at the top turn right into Hurst Lane.
Fri 15th – Lord knows ….. tho Peg & I had a very jolly time at Buffers last week!



PS more van-fixing tomorrow ……

An Imbolc Wittering – – read on!

G’day Volunteers

The snow’s gone, so we’re straining at the leash to get out there, catch up on the pickin’ of the litter ‘n’ the pickin’ of the weeds. Definitely. Go on!

That heading? Imbolc? A pagan festival, 2nd Feb, marking the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. So, be of good cheer, we’re getting there (btw, by next Sunday, 2 whole hours more daylight …)!

To Do List :-
1. Thurs 7th Feb 10am the Thursday Crew : Haslingden Rd Gardens – this, the 3rd attempt to get there and it ain’t goin’ to snow on us this week. Aunty Pam’s done her sunshine dance.
2. Fri 8th, 8pm onwards Buffer Stops for a nip and a natter. I was the sole Civic Pride rep there last week : just because the joint was under 6″ of snow – what’s happening to CP tough guys??
3. Sun 10th (no time given) Rossendale Leisure Trust have invited us to clear up the Ski Slope. Free cuppas. It won’t be an official Civic Pride session but if you go, please don your CP hi-viz. Ta!
4. Tues 12th it’s t’AGM. See ** below.
5. Downloading & printing …. – see ** below (again!).
6. Sun 24th Delightful Social Gathering – 2pm ’til 6pm at Sue & Rog Shuttleworth’s, 16 Pendleton Ave BB4 8UX (near Alder Grange School). Cheese, nibbles, gin, beer, chat on a Sunday afternoon? Marvellous! (PS if you’re a new volunteer DO come along – we’ll look after you!).
It’s that ** bit ….

AGM Tuesday week, 12th Feb, 6.30pm prompt start at Rawtenstall Cricket Club. Free buffet ; and bar will be open. But – – before the AGM, a spot of reading/printing for you please! Lynn has emailed the following to everyone :-
• the agenda
• minutes of the 2018 AGM
• 2018 constitution. There’s one proposed addition for the 2019 version in section 5.2, to add “Administrative Officer” to the list of officers.
• new (for us) Incorporated status constitution, Foundation model : if approved at the AGM it’ll be sent to the Charity Commissioners for their approval. Once that happens, it’ll become our constitution.
• finance report (going out to you early this week)
Please print and read these emails – they’ll help to keep you informed on the night.

Last bit …. thank you to the guys who helped with the clearing of the shop yesterday ; and who’ve kept going with the litter-picking in the snow! Stars, the lot of you!


Chris PS there’ll be up-to-date info about the shop at the AGM.

T’Witter goes (slightly) serious – please read!

Good Evening All

Let’s get the serious AGM stuff done with :
• Lynn will email out the agenda and last year’s minutes during this week
• please read them, print off a copy of each and bring them with you
• there are two other documents to be sent out :
1. our current constitution
2. the draft of the proposed new constitution.
These will be emailed to you within a week from today. Again, please read them, print off a copy of each and bring them with you.

The AGM date is as previously given : Tuesday 12th February 2019, start 6.30pm prompt, venue Rawtenstall Cricket Club (access from the Bacup Rd end of Kay St – there will be a Civic Pride At Work sign at the gate.)

Ok, to this week’s doings : (thought we’d never get to ’em ….)
Weds 30th Bacup Pride are back at it (did they ever stop??) meet 10am at their market cabin, accessed round the back of Forget-Me-Not premises.
Thurs 31st CPR’s Thursday Crew meet 10am at Haslingden Rd Gardens. We got ever-so-slightly (but not completely!) snowed off last week and there’s more snow forecast in the next 48 hours. If we have to cancel, a Supplementary Witter will go out on Weds evening. NO sarky comments about Supp Witters, thank YOU …..
Fri 1st Feb we’re celebrating the end of everyone’s least favourite month (January’s all good resolutions ‘n’ diets, n’est-ce pas?) so it’s 8pm Buffers for a spot of celebrating.
Sun 3rd 10am it’s 1st-Sunday-of-the-month – probably be a mass litterpick. There will be a Supplementary Witter about this one (groan) but we promise not to send out more than one of ’em this week : it’d be more than a body could stand ….

Other stuff – all LUVERLY!
• Jackie’s Facebook item abut Casked : after 140 combined likes and marvellous comments, we stopped counting. Everyone loves ’em – and us too, apparently!
• We’ve had a few more van problems : are Killelea’s helping us out again? O’ course they are!
• I had a session with some BRGS youngsters on Sunday : what a well mannered, rational, sensible, delightful bunch they were. Restores one’s faith in humanity (tho’ to be honest, most folk are ok so not THAT much restoring needed). Huge thanks to Sue ‘n’ Barry for supporting the session – totally invaluable pair!
• Civic Pride “shop” – it’s been sold and we may have to shift out quickly BUT we’ve been talking to the new owners and they seem happy for us to stay for now. Will keep you updated on that.
That’s it – well, ’til the Supplementary Witter comes to clog up your inbox!




Your Weekly Essential Wittering

Hiya Volunteers All

It’s exactly a month. One entire month since the shortest day. 52 minutes more daylight today compared with then. R U getting bored with this? Well don’t cos it means spring’s round the corner!

Important bit :-
You actually read these Witterings? Oooh well done! Then you’ll know already that we’ve got to change our charitable status. The changes will be for you to vote on at the next AGM. Just dontcha dare say you don’t know the AGM’s on 12th Feb. With a free buffet. Ok?? (the free buffet bit woke you up, mayhap??)

So – whilst you’re slurping a glass or waving your knife and fork at your tea (or are you posh and call it “dinner”??) some of us are labouring through all the legal gumpf to bring you a brand new Charity Commission-approved constitution adapted to Civic Pride’s needs. It’ll be emailed to you as soon as it’s done, well in advance of the AGM.

The next 7 days ….

Thursday 24th January meet 10am at Haslingden Rd Garden (next to St Mary’s Chambers). It’s hoeing, tidying, litterpicking, weeding and – if we get enough of you out, some particularly perfect pavement-polishing on the Riverside Walk. Ey-oop we dooo have fun. Probably be some chatting going on as well. Btw, it’s Ian’s last attendance with t’Thursday Crew for a while.
Friday 25th Jan 8pm onwards Buffer Stops. Thank you to Mr Parkin Snr who demonstrated his fire-lighting skills in our Buffers room last week. It melted the snow off our coats quite marvellously. Thinks : Friday, it’s Man Utd -v- Arsenal in t’FA Cup 7.55pm on the telly so we might move on. Maybe. Ring the Civic Pride phone 07955 110199 if you get lost/can’t find us.)
Sat 26th/Sun 27th anytime …every weekend many a volunteer’s out doing wonderful stuff round our area at whatever times suit them. Will you be out?? Hope so!
Mon 28th 7.30pm Weir Pride at the Doals Centre, Burnley Rd, Weir village. Monthly meet. (litter-pickin’ by torchlight …. thi mek ’em tough in Weir!)

Keep a lookout for that constitution. It’s coming ….

Big hugs t’you all


PS 15th Jan was a big day – we finally finally and at last got Civic Pride shop reglazed. Thank you Suzy for starting the redecoration!
PPS Yours Truly was grilled by the C.I.D. last week. It was all Civic Pride’s fault. Well, Keith’s, actually. Now there’s a story …..

Witterin’ on about being halfway through (almost…)

G’day Volunteers Everywhere (have you been out there diggin’ & litterpickin’ recently???)

First – the title : what’s almost halfway through?? January. Most people’s least favourite month. The month where most folk want to hibernate.

Second – if you’re not hibernating, you’ll be smiling. Because?? Today had 32 minutes more daylight than the winter solstice. Spring’s on its way! Days getting longer!

Third – thank you to the small select crazy gang who joined the mass litterpick yesterday (Sunday 13th). The whole of the bypass, both sides and central res, totally cleared. 18 bags of it – just over 100kgs of litter. Result! Were you there??

Fourth – another thank you! This time to Jan Shutt & David Gould for giving most of the Town Team’s remaining funds to Civic Pride (Town Team no longer functioning, we understand).

Fifth – this week – two more eager folk added to your own, your very own Weekly Witterings readership. Brave souls. Question – will they be asleep before getting to the end of this lot??

Three dates for you ….
Thurs 17th January – the Thursday Crew meet 10am on The Gyro. Are you an uncertain new guy? The Gyro = the big traffic island with Rawtenstall’s Fire Station on it and you’ll be HUGELY welcome to join this friendly bunch! Gardening, litterpicking, coffee-glugging, chatting, cake-chonking … all good stuff!
Fri 18th January – 8pm onwards, social gathering at Buffer Stops. The beer is amazingly cut-price at the moment, cheap beer melding delightfully with elevated chitchat. We’re generally in Buffers Family Room, accessed via the platform. PS it’s Ian’s last Friday for a while so he’s buying the beer. Really (??).
Tues 12th February – 6.30pm Civic Pride Rossendale AGM @ R’stall Cricket Club. High-powered decision-making and – oooh – free buffet!

Bacup? Hassy & Helmshore? Any news for next week’s Witter? We’d just lurv to hear from you. You know where we are, ducks.

More ol’ tosh next week!


It’s 2019 – and those Witterings are back. Again.

Happy New Year CP Volunteers!

You optimistically thought the old year’s gone so those Witterings’ll have gone as well …….. sorry to announce they’re trundling right into your bright new year!! BUT – Civic Pride’s full of new faces, new ideas, onwards-‘n’-upwards spirit – and Spring’s on its way!

This week :

Thursday 10th Jan meet 10am on Town Square – we’ve a Christmas tree to remove, the pit we dug for the tree to make safe and a whole square to give a winter tidy-up. Bring a mug for Aunty Lynn’s catering – oh, and thanks to Sue Shutt for posting a pik of Colin’s new CP hi-viz jacket : and if that makes no sense at all, DO come to join our merry crew. First-timers & new volunteers especially warmly welcome!
Friday 11th 8pm onwards New Year convivialty ‘n’ gossip at Buffer Stops (the beer was really cheap last week ….)
Sunday 13th MASS LITTERPICK!! Meet 10am bypass layby, outbound side of the bypass : that’s the layby round the back of the train station, opposite side of the bypass to McDonald’s. We’re aiming to do the whole length of the bypass, both verges and the central reservation so help needed! (at the recent Ketso consultation, litterpicks in general and mass litterpicks in particular came out as the most frequently mentioned item for us to be doing so ….. let’s go!)
Monday 14th, evening : another Witterings’ll be on its way. If you’ve an event for inclusion please let me know! (chris@civic-pride.org.uk)

The Bits ‘n’ Pieces Section
BNPS (1) Our 28th December Mass Litterpick was sooo good, it inspired one of our mad volunteers to “Go home and muck me house out …” (this is true – identity of the relevant party will be revealed on Friday. Maybe.)
BNPS (2) Facebook – hundreds, literally multiple hundreds, of the most warm and genuine thank-you comments and likes posted on the Civic Pride Rossendale page during the festive period. Just one of ’em for you here : “Never underestimate how much your work is valued and appreciated ….” Sez it all, we thought.
BNPS (3) Litterpickers – thank you so much to all the new guys who’ve started posting their pickings on Civic Pride’s QT site. They’re a real stimulus to your fellow-pickers – and often very humorous!. If you can’t find the site, there’s a link below. If you haven’t yet, go on have a go – it’s easy. Let us know if you’ve a problem with it. We’ll help.

See you out there – go on, give that New Year Resolution some mojo!


PS thank you Grimmers for the NY’s Eve Witter – a minor classic ….
PPS 16 more minutes of daylight today compared with the solstice. Woo-hoo!

Is today some sort of special Witterings date?

Well there we are, another year older and no wiser! If these witterings appear lucid, interesting and sensible, please don’t panic, it’s just that Blom has decided to start the New Year with man flu! I suggest you stay on the left if you walk up Union Street, I’ll ask Environmental Health to paint a large red cross on his door. Actually I’m not sure it’s fair to joke about it because at his age……………..

Hopefully you all had a great Christmas including those dedicated souls who went out picking litter on Christmas Day! I was in Sheffield but picked up a few cans to keep my hand in and make me feel self righteous!

2019 is now here which is another milestone for CPR – it’s 10 years since Herr Blomerley took over as Chair. Unfortunately there are not many pictures available of what Rawtenstall was like but try and remember if you can (I genuinely struggle to picture it). Suffice it to say that all the gardens were derelict, the litter was ankle deep, the Valley Centre was full of ne’er do wells, the Sun Inn was still closed after the landlord was imprisoned for drug dealing and frankly it was not the most attractive place to live.

Look at it now. Colourful, vibrant and clean with successful retailers filling the local shops together with bars and restaurants. Property prices shooting up as people from the South move in (Manchester that is)!

However,down to business. This week I have no details from the other groups so I suggest you look at the relevant Facebook pages.

In Rawtenstall 10am Thursday 3rd January, Phipps car park (opposite La Turka) for a general tidy up. Buffers 8pm Friday night for fine ales and convivial company.

Here’s to a successful New Year for your favourite charity and a rapid return to good health for Chris!

Roger G

A Festive Wittering

Yo-ho-ho ….

Get the answer to the question out of the way first : last week’s Witterings’ title? It was yer actual Latin. About The Solstice. ‘Twas the winter solstice last Friday, y’see. More daylight every day now. A full five minutes more by New Year’s Eve, compared to last Friday. Really. Spring’s on its way. Get the spades dusted off!

25th December …. some of our wonderful Lone Rangers start their Christmas Day with a litterpick round their area. Honestly. that really happens. A bit of individual productive wandering before the mayhem starts. Gets the blood flowing and increases one’s sense of immutable virtue!
27th December …. shock, there will be no Thursday crew out today. Worry not, we’re back next week!
28th December …(Friday) – Mass Litterpick organised by Our Ben. Meet on the Town Square at 10am. We hope to find some lovely caff to reward us all with a free coffee afterwards so come on out! You’ll meet folk you may not’ve seen for ages (or ever, in fact!). The wearing of Santa hats is permitted. PS current weather forecast – – light cloud, light winds, no rain ….good pickin’ weather.
28th Dec ….. Exec & Trustees 3pm. Sure, they’ve go it in their diaries ….
28th Dec (again) – 8pm Buffers – go on, y’know you can do it ….

THAT’S IT – except for :-
1. Marvellous Civic Pride Rossendale social Christmas dinner last Friday. Thank you to Aunty Lynn for getting us organised (“I’ve had easier times herdin’ cats” she said …). Listen guys, just get yourself to the next social bash. Don’t miss it. They’re such good fun and really help to add to the lovely sense of teamwork. (to be honest, I didn’t recognise some of ’em – clean, scrubbed up, not a hi-viz in sight ….)
2. Civic Pride AGM. We need you there perleeze! Tuesday 12th Feb, 6.30 prompt start, venue R’stall Cricket Club. Some big changes on the way.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

PS more ol’ drivel next week … on New Year’s Eve, f’r heaven’s sake ….

Solstitium Witterings

To All Ye Volunteers of the Christmas Appreciation Society, Rossendale Branch

This week’s WILL be a brief Wittering (ok, ok, you’ve heard that before ….)
• Item The First : Banners and Fly-Posting.Lone Rangers – please, this is for you lovely lot – a re-statement of what we do. Commercial banners/posters are illegal fly-posting and may be removed but you’re carefully advised to ring/email the owner of such and ask ’em (ever-so-nicely!) to remove them as they’re illegal postings without RBC permission. Banners/posters which are clearly for charitable or community events are left in place. (strictly, they’re illegal as well but we use a bit of common sense with ’em). We expect the owners to remove them as soon as the event they’re advertising is finished. If you’ve any doubts please ring me (07877 211314) or email roger@civic-pride.org.uk for advice.
• Item The Second : The Big Poppies. Rossendale Lamp-post Poppy Appeal placed hundreds of these in the run-up to 11th November 2018. Some are starting to disintegrate. HOWEVER we’re assured they’ll be removed at the end of this month so please leave them for now. The organisers did incredibly well getting this campaign together, raising over £14,000 for Royal British Legion. Result, d’we reckon??
• Item The Third : CP on Facebook. Thanks again to Jackie for some excellent litter-related postings this week. They’ve attracted hundreds of appreciative “Likes” and scores of especially appreciative comments. Lone Rangers, you’re much-loved out there! But – please put your doings (so to speak) on the QT site (link below).
• Item The Fourth : Hassy & Helmshore Civic Pride 931 bags of litter filled this year. Go on, get to 1,000!!
Thursday 20th Dec CP’s Thursday Crew meet on Phipps Car Park 10am Finish last week’s task-ettes and go on to the Embankment. Owzat sound?
Friday 21st Dec CP’s Christmas Nosh at The Whitaker 7.30pm. Polish up the tiara, don the best bib ‘n’ tucker! Sorry, if you’ve not booked, you’re – um – a bit late …. we did start advertising it in September so don’t gimme that “I didn’t know about it” stuff perleeze! Any queries, email Aunty Lynn (lynnmsmith70@gmail.com).

Epilogue (1) : there will, unbelievably, be a Christmas Eve Wittering. Lord knows what state it’ll be in.
Epilogue (2) : mark the morning of 28th Dec cos Ben’s organising a Grand End Of Year Litter Pick. Your town needs YOU (pointy finger straight at you …). Young, old and ancient (that’s me) DO c’mon out with us for a grand communal litter-bash!

Luv you all!


PS the title of this week’s Wittering will receive greater comment next week. Don’tcha just love a mystery?

Let’s Witter On About Pancake Day ….

Dear Santa, Elves and Volunteers

We’ve been assaulted by Christmas ads since July : well here’s another shocker for you. Pancake Day doesn’t happen for another thirteen weeks and already the supermarkets are flogging flour eggs and milk …….. But, back to the current season – THANK YOU to
• all the little elves ‘n’ fairies who’ve been magicking litter off our streets
• gardeners still at it during some ghastly weather
• Sue ‘n’ Pete for a bazzin’ Gluhwein n Mince Pies party yesterday. Was it good? The Gluhwein supply disappeared very early on and reinforcements had to be rushed in – so judge for y’self! Big hugs to our hosts!
• The Woolpack – (Haslingden) : they’re giving a free seasonal lunch to a wonderful local voluntary organisation and they’ve nominated – – – – Hassy & Helmshore Civic Pride! Just saying. No, sorry, no places left – but just had to tell y’all!
• The gang who turned up for yesterday’s site clearance job (it was in last week’s Witterings!). Still much to do but a great start made.
1. Hassy/Helmshore and the Bacup crews are doing their regular thing – see last week’s Witterings for details.
2. Weds 12th 7.30pm Casked Quiz Night – bless ’em they’re organising it in aid of Civic Pride, so please go along if you possibly can and support Casked’s effort. Anything up to 6 people per team, £1 per person entry fee. Half the entry fees go to the winning team and t’other half to us. How luvly is that?? Unfortunately it clashes with the kids’ school carol service so I’m not quizzing – but cos I know nowt and remember even less, no-one’d have me on their team so not much harm done, really…… Will be there in spirit!
3. Thurs 13th 10am Civic Pride Thursday Team on Phipps Car Park (access Phipps from the north [Do-dahs] end of Bank St …. does that makes sense?? [unlikely …]). Bring your coffee mug!
4. Fri 14th 8pm Buffers – join the social crew!
5. Brief? Ey-oop ‘e weren’t kiddin’ …………..
Winter Interregnum …. Please note that the Amazing Trickett’s Memorial Ground crew are taking a break from their regular Monday morning sessions. What a year they’ve had ; and watch out 2019!

Happy Shopping. And Picking. And Card-writing …

Chris PS Gettit in thi diary! Mass End-Of Year Litterpick 28th December, probably 10am, details to follow.

Yo-ho-ho Season starts here – good evening CP Santas everywhere!

Congrats ….. to the Weir Pride crew for excellent Lights Switch-On last Sunday. You guys are goin’ great guns in that delightful village!
Marvellous …. support from our new young Lone Ranger volunteers, pickin’ up masses of litter every week AND putting the results of their efforts on QT (hint-hint to all you mother LR’s!)
Hint-hint Pt 2 …. We hear the occasional “I don’t know what’s going on …..” so please help us out by recording your doings plus general comments/queries on QT Litter and/or QT Gardeners. ‘Tis dead easy – link via the box below! It really helps to keep us all informed. Thanx!
Fly-tipping ….. ordinarily, our fly-tipping hotline to RBC works extremely well. It ain’t perfect though so if you see fly-tipping please keep reporting it to us ’til it’s dealt with ….. details as previous weeks : roger@civic-pride.org.uk
Litter Officer ….. our excellent young Litter Officer is relinquishing his duties after the AGM ; young family, work, (he actually has a job as well as all this CP stuff!), business ….. all a bit much when being harangued with daily CP stuff. Thank you Ben for some fine enterprises!
Mass Litterpick …. young Ben ain’t got away yet – he’s organising a mass litterpick over the Christmas/New Year period. Wotta way to start 2019!!
Another social or two…. they’re comin’ thick ‘n’ fast atm ; Buffers Friday; Sue & Pete’s Gluhwein ‘n’ Mince Pies this Sunday. Details below! Christmas Bash on 21st – how does a body cope with all this??

Your Civic Pride Week
Weds 5th Bacup Crew meet 10am at the lockup behind Bacup Market – or look for BP hi-viz around the town centre after that
Thurs 6th CPR Thursday Crew meet 10am at Hassy Rd Gardens . Last week, 2″ of rain wafted along by a howlin’ gale put an early end to proceedings. So we’re back there this week possibly replenished with McD’s victuals again. They were splendidly hospitable last week so …. umm, let’s see. Bring the mug just in case. ALL new volunteers get a lovely welcome from our amazingly friendly and seriously over-worked (they say …) gang – do please try us!
Fri 7th Hassy and Helmshore Civic Pride 10am at the market – look for their hi-viz, they’d love to see you!
Fri 7th 8pm onwards Buffers – undaunted by the ongoing downpours, a happy quartet assembled last week, enhanced this week by absence of Yours Truly.
Sun 9th CPR meet 10.30am (NB slightly later-than-usual start) at the CP store behind Rawtenstall Market. We’re clearing the site of our soon-to-be-erected greenhouse. Another new enterprise for yo’ CP crew!
Sun 9th 1.30pm onwards Sue ‘n’ Pete’s Gluhwein ‘n’ Home-made Mincers! Feel free to bring along your own gin/ale/other tipple. Address 26 Hurst Platt, Waingate Rd BB4 7RG. Easy directions – from R’stall Mkt go UP Newchurch Rd, Waingate’s the 5th on the left, goes off at an obtuse angle (“Obtuse? Who’s he callin’ obtuse??”) immediately after the Spiritualist Church.
Mon 10th 9.30am CPR’s TMG crew, Burnley Rd East Waterfoot
Mon 10th 10am H&HCP details as Fri 7th
Mon 10th all day & all week PANIC cos you’ve not even started the card-writing, pressy purchasing, cake-making ……

Not much goin’ on, then …. really really hope you’ll get out there! One large much-deserved hug to us all ….

Chris PS any questions? any of the above a bit confusing?? info@civic-pride.org.uk has all the answers…. well, some of ’em anyway

To see what other volunteers are up to please select the relevant link to take you through to the QT pages.

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Lone Rangers (Litter Pickers)
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Wonderful (??) Weekly Witterin’s

Good Morning Campers

It’s been a crazy week. But – hey, how d’you like the Civic Pride Christmas Tree on Rawtenstall Town Square?? Apart from that we’ve got just one or three messages for you …..
1. To volunteers who took part in the Ketso event, please stand by your beds …. further opinions will be sought from you THIS WEEK
2. Our excellent Litter Officer Ben Parkin won’t be available for re-election at the next AGM. Replacement needed …. if you fancy the Litter Officer post, really want to continue CP making a serious difference, please get someone to propose you and another to second you at the AGM. Discuss details with me or Roger G if you so desire.
3. More details on next year’s management structure for CP will be sent to you next month for discussion at the AGM. Now then, izzit in your diary?? The AGM, that is. And if it ain’t, just why not? The top item in Rossendale’s social calendar, the CP AGM, is Tuesday 12th Feb 2019, 6.30pm start at Rawtenstall Cricket Club.
4. Please remember that CP is an apolitical organisation. Our info details never offer support to any one political group. Why? Because we want to, have to, work with all of ’em to make CP as all-inclusive as we possibly can.
5. Did you read last week’s piece about palm oil? Have you followed it up? Just google palm oil deforestation. Do nothing, say nothing, and …….
6. Huge huge thank you to those wonderful folk at Waterfoot Co-op for the final donation to us for the year. Last Saturday (24th), a cheque for over £3000. Thanks due to our TMG team (Liz, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Ian, the main guys) for making it happen.
YOUR CIVIC PRIDE WEEK …. get them sleeves rolled up …. because …..
Weds 28th 10am Bacup Pride meet at the lockup
Thurs 29th 10am Civic Pride’s Thursday Crew meet at Haslingden Rd Garden (same place as last week!). Bring thi’ mug – oh, and come along for Aunty Lynn’s social coffee at 11am even if you’re not working with us at the time (SOME people do, n’est-ce pas,Grimmers??!)
Fri 30th 10am H&HCP* meet at Haslingden Market (* = Haslingden and Helmshore Civic Pride, innit??)
Fri 30th 8pm onwards Buffer Stops, mellowing in social chit-chat and a glass of your favourite in front of a nice log fire!
Sat 1st Dec Bacup Pride meet 9am for a tidy-up before the Bacup Christmas market kicks off (complete wi’ Brittannia Coconutters!!)
Sun 2nd Dec it’s what’s not happening! – the usual CP First-Sunday-Of-The-Month will happen NEXT Sunday, 9th (ummm – just don’t ask!) ; and Bacup Pride did their Sunday thing yesterday (oh DO keep up!!)
Mon 3rd Dec 9.30 Trickett’s Memorial Ground Waterfoot – the excellent TMG crew would love your help!
Mon 3rd 10am H&HCP details as per Friday 30th

All sent to you by your ever-loving correspondent

Chris PS there’s a price to pay : all them theer who say they don’t know about this ‘n’ that cos they’ve not read the carefully crafted (?) Witterings, will have to pay the price, to wit, a glass of seasonal ale to yours truly. Izzat fair??

Sooo much goin’ on in this week’s Witterin’s ….

Good Evening Volunteers All (especially the new guys, yet to experience the weekly dose of ol’ tripe ….)

Sorry – starting with a lecture … diatribe … bangin’ on about stuff. Just google Greenpeace palm oil. The palm oil industry is destroying huge swathes of untouched rainforest. Greenpeace’s campaign centres on the cuddly orangutan but – this utterly ruthless industry is wiping out entire ecosystems on a gargantuan scale. Orangutans are just one tiny part of it. Please look at it and add your voice.
I’d like to say “And now onto more local matters ….” but palm oil is an unnecessary additive in vast amounts of stuff on your supermarket shelves here in Rossendale – – and everywhere else, in fact ……

Weds 21st Bacup Pride meet 10am at the lockup behind Bacup Market
Thurs 22nd Civic Pride’s Thursday Crew meet 10am at Haslingden Rd Gardens (in front of St Mary’s Chambers) – start there but Aunty Pam sez there’s lots to do across that end of Rawtenstall. Bring yer mug!
Friday 23rd 10am Haslingden and Helmshore Civic Pride (H&HCP) meet at Hassy Market regular litter and gardening session. Check H&HCP’s Facebook page for any last minute changes
Friday 23rd 8pm onwards Buffer Stops. I believe last week’s gathering was – um – entertaining! (did Buffers light the fire for you??). Lashings of banter and beer … ‘n’ gin ‘n’ merlot ‘n’ – all sorts!
Saturday 24th November it’s a BIG day – loads goin’ on across the Civic Pride Nation!
• Sat 24th 10am Weir Pride’s Monthly at The Doal’s Centre (how did the Christmas Fair go on, folks??)
• Sat 24th 1pm onwards Waterfoot Co-op Those LOVELY people at t’Co-op have been hugely supportive of CP this year and today will be the Community Payout. Please go and voice your appreciation of them and of our super TMG team.
• ***Sat 24th all day ; Christmas Market on the Town Square – including the Christmas Lights Switch-On at approx 4pm. Civic Pride have provided the Christmas Tree – the preliminary groundwork went in today (19th), tree delivered tomorrow (20th), electrics connected Weds (21st), the latter thanks to Lee at RBC.
Sunday 25th H&HCP occasional-but-fairly-frequent litterpicking session – no details to hand atm – please check their Facebook page beforehand
Mon 26th 9.30 Civic Pride’s Trickett’s Memorial Ground team are back again – please help if you can spare a half hour or two.
Mon 26th H&HCP – see Weds 23rd for details. It’s wonderful to see those guys really goin’ at it!!

And that’s it – well, almost :

11th Dec 7pm Weir and Bacup Pride teams joint Christmas Bash , venue, Rose and Bowl Stacksteads – contact our Julie to book and for info. Email oldcloughstables@sky.com
21st Dec Civic Pride Christmas Bash at The Whitaker – contact Aunty Lynn to book – but be quick!! Email lynnmsmith70@gmail.com

That’s deffo “it” – see y’all out there during the week!

Chris PS LOADS of youngsters currently helping us for the volunteering part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – thanx Sue & Barry for co-ordinating. Lovely to see!

Civic Pride’s Witterings Are Remembering Remembrance …..

Good Evening Volunteers,

To start on an unusually restrained note …… if (?) you read last week’s Witterings you’ll know Civic Pride Rossendale attended three of the local Remembrance Sunday/Armistice Day events yesterday, 11/11/2018. Wonderful occasions attended by big crowds of local folk. The ambience was appreciably enhanced by beautifully-tended gardens and clean litter-free streets, the direct result of real hard work from CP’s volunteers right up to the start of each event. We received a lot of appreciation from many many members of the community for this, which I’m now most gladly passing on to you all. You did it, not me. Thank you.

After that, we’re keeping the organised sessions to a minimum this week :
Weds 14 Nov 10am Bacup Pride meet at the cabin, behind Forget-Me-Not florists
Thurs 15th Civic Pride Thursday Crew 10am on the Embankment opposite Asda – sweeping, trimming, weeding, a big litterpick amongst the trees above the embankment ; and if we’ve time, back to the Town Square for a final leaf-sweep.
Fri 16th 8pm onwards Buffer Stops Your correspondent was Billy No Mates there last week. Lashing rain coming horizontally along Bury Rd kept all but the daftest at home. A pity, really – there was a cosy fire, flowers, decorations, cushions – yup, really! This week? – I’m elsewhere but some folk’ll turn up!
Sun 18th 2pm – 4pm Weir Pride Christmas Craft Fair, Doals Centre, Weir.

Other dates f’r thi diary :

Sun 9th December 1.30 onwards : Sue ‘n’ Pete are having a Civic Pride Christmas Gluhwein ‘n’ Mince Pies “Do” at their house, 26 Hurst Platt, Waingate Rd Rawtenstall. suereah@yahoo.co.uk
Fri 21st December 7.30pm Civic Pride Christmas Dinner at The Whitaker. Email lynnmsmith70@gmail.com
Tues 12th Feb (yeah, really!) 6.30pm Civic Pride AGM Venue Rawtenstall Cricket Club. We really need your participation!

Other Vital Bitz …. (c’mon. isn’t ALL of this vital??)
OVB (1) Asda/Tesco Tokens – PLEASE NOTE, it’s ASDA currently running a token voting scheme. Please collect green tokens whenever you shop there and pop ’em into our slot at the voting station. Details as last week. It’s worth vital £££ to us!!
N.B. THERE ISN’T any current voting involving Civic Pride at Tesco Rawtenstall OR Tesco Haslingden.
OVB (2) Did you watch the TV prog celebrating HRH’s 70th birthday last week? I didn’t see it but it had lots of attention for his litterpicking mania and concern for plastic waste YEARS before the latter hit the headlines. Good on ‘im!
OVB (3) Fly-tipping?? You CAN report it to Rossie Council yourself but – we’ve a hotline to them which is definitely working at the moment, so report fly-tipping to us. Email ben@civic-pride.org.uk with a copy to info@civic-pride.org.uk
OVB(4) A rather splendid Civic Pride newsletter from Publicity Grimshaw last week. If it’s not crashed into your inbox, please let him know. Email roger@civic-pride.org.uk It’s got some really good stuff in it (and that bit of flattery’ll cost him beer later this week ….)
OVB (5) Oooh you lucky lucky reader – just go to our website’s homepage www.civic-pride.org.uk Why? They’re on there – the newsletter AND these amazing Weekly Witterings. Getcha literary fix every morning before breakfast – it’ll set you up for the day!!

That, lovely people, is it.

Until next week …….. keeeep gardening and keeeep picking!


An “Ooops” Wittering!

Dear Subscribers to Ol’ Tosh (delivered weekly, at no charge, to your inbox or possibly your spam box….)

The heading of “Ooops” is due, possibly overdue ; not, we trust, on account of this week’s missive but because of last week’s which had a Silly Boy Error : to wit, that next Sunday’s Remembrance event at Trickett’s is the first for a generation. It ain’t. TMG hosts one every year. Multiple and humble apologies to everyone. More on this later. There was a positive on this, though : two people got in touch to point out the error which suggests that Your Witterings is in fact read by someone. Not many, but someone.

Before we rabbit on about dates, a pair of notices :

Notice Uno : HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Weir Pride and Bacup Pride for their multi-award-winning success at last week’s RHS Award Bash ; including an “Outstanding” for one of Bacup’s entries. Richly-deserved results, we say. Their 2019 efforts have already started in production. Marvellous!
Notice Duo : ASDA TOKENS! Thanks to Laura Saxton, we’ve been entered into the current round of Asda customer voting. Whenever you shop in Rawtenstall Asda please pick up a green token from the checkout point and pop it into the the Civic Pride slot of the voting station which is located against the wall facing the exit from the middle portion of the checkout line. It’s worth £££ to us so do please vote.

This week in brief (“Brief? Makes a change ….”) :
Weds 7th Nov 10am Bacup Pride meet at Market Cabin – not resting on their laurels, then, but right out there and at it!
Thurs 8th Nov 10am the Civic Pride Thursday Crew are on the Town Square for a final spit ‘n’ polish before next Sunday. Three excellent recent sessions, including a fine turnout yesterday (Sunday) have brought the place back to standard!
Friday 9th 8pm onwards Buffer Stops, to include badinage and viticultural hurlings (eh???). Thank you to Casked for being bold enough to host us last week. Reet good “do” !
Sunday 11th Bacup Pride 10am final cleanup before Remembrance Sunday events. Market Cabin, the meeting point?? Sorry, I’m not sure! Just go into the town centre if not sure, look for the BP hi-viz jackets.
Sunday 11th Civic Pride Rossendale are attending 3 separate Remembrance Day/Armistice Day events. 12.30pm at Trickett’s Memorial Ground ; 3pm in Rawtenstall Memorial Gardens (next to the library) ; 7pm at the Rawtenstall Cemetery Memorial (it’s 100 yards inside the cemetery gates). The 7pm one will include lighting of one of Rossendale’s beacons as our part in a national chain of them. Please note that
• these are start times for the Remembrance events so please arrive beforehand ;
• there are many more Remembrance/Armistice Day events happening across Rossendale. For a full list please see RBC’s website.
Everyone’s aware it’ll be precisely 100 years since the WW1 Armistice ; and that by wonderful co-incidence, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday occur on the same day this year Very fitting.

Hope to see you.


Your own, your very own, Weekly Wittering

Good Evening Oh-So-Lovely Volunteers

To take your mind away from Brexit Barminess, to soothe your soul, just read on ……
• one of our Rogers (we’ve got several ; this is an attempt to retain partial anonymity) went to Turkey on a classic holiday recently ; ended up taking photos of …. noble historic ruins? Nope, ‘fraid not. The piks featured – Turkish litter bins. Really. Clear demonstration, once again, that sanity and volunteering for Civic Pride do not make good bedfellows …..
• Aunty Lynn has contacted YOU (should the Kitchener pointy finger be included here?) on the subject of the Civic Pride Christmas Nosh, 21st December. Have you responded promptly? (“Oh there’s loads of time I’ll do it tomorrow ….”). No, lovely reader, now please. Thank you.
• we’ll never see Grimmers get his hands dirty again. Because? He’s in – ooooh! – Lancashire Life this month and wearing a posh jacket (note to self – pop into the dentists – usually a copy in the waiting room!) Actually, it’s a fine article. Well done, sirrah!
• thank you lovely Sharon, duty manager at McD’s, for willingly supplying the Thursday crew with tea, coffee and huge chokky biks last week. The crew were slaving away (that’s how it is with Pam in charge …) on the bypass. Good session!
• brilliantly creative Facebook postings on the subject of Trickett’s Memorial Ground, by CP’s media giant aka Jackie T. – it’s worth logging into F’b just to see and read it!
Tues 23rd Oct 7.30pm Bacup Pride AGM at the Natural History Museum, bottom of Todmorden Rd, Bacup. Hope it’s a good ‘un, BP.
Weds 24th 10am BP weekly session, meet at their store behind the market
Thurs 25th Civic Pride Rossendale’s Thursday Crew 10am on the Town Square. It’s the assembling point for the 11/11/18 Remembrance Parade so we want to get it looking its best. ALSO please meet at the store 9.20am if you give Pam a hand getting the gear together and loading the van . Thank you!
Fri 26th Could it be Buffer Stops 8pm onwards? For the 2nd consecutive week it’ll be a civilised session. Why? Go, find out ….
Sat 27th Weir Pride monthly meet 10am at the Doals Centre.
Sun 28th 02.00 hours – the clocks go back – what will you do with your 25 hour day?? (Farmers/Artisan Mkt on Town Square, mayhap? Get out the litterpicker, even better …..)
Mon 29th 9.30am Tricketts Memorial Ground – further work on revitalising a once-neglected, now utterly-delightful piece of Waterfoot history. It has particular relevance with the centenary of the end of WW1 being so very near. TMG will feature in one of the commemoration events so please help here this and next Monday if you can.
Tues 30th 6.30pm Civic Pride Ketso event at Rawtenstall Cricket Club. Please remember to contact Jackie if you’ve not yet done that! (jackie@civic-pride.org.uk)

You read all of this? Without falling asleep? A unique feat ……



Wittering on about who loves us baby

Your scribe Witters that this’d better work ………

Evenin’ All (typed in my best Dixon of Dock Green* voice)

It’d better work? Weird title?? Ok agreed – but the medium for broadcasting this Witter nonsense, to wit, MailChimp, changes its modus operandus (ie its layout) every week. So once again I’m battling tekky incomprehension. Will it be worth it ???

Weds 10th Oct Bacup crew meet at their cabin 10am – to do what? Go there, find out, help out! Brew ‘n’ biscuits involved!
Weds 17th Oct meet 10am Waterfoot Co-op – their lovely staff are helping us with a Grand Litter Pick. Show your love of W’foot by giving ’em a hand for a while – ’tis amazing just how much a larger group can do in an hour.
Thurs 18th Oct 10am start – Civic Pride Rossendale’s excellent and vibrant Thursday crew are gathering together on the inbound layby of the bypass. That’s the one near McD’s – (McD’s, who might just be providing the coffee this week!) We’ve got a serious amount to do, including collecting and emptying ALL the barrier baskets – have we any big strong folks out there to assist with this particular labour?
Fri 19th Oct 8pm onwards Buffer Stops – the absence of your current correspondent therefrom may assure you of a civilised evening …
Mon 22nd 9.30am TMG – our small but perfectly formed Trickett’s Crew are on the last lap of getting the place into optimum condition for the “Battle’s Over” events of 11.11.2018 but – as ever – would lurv to have some extra assistance – preferably your wonderful assistance (Blom’s Casual Flattery will propel you to Trickett’s – n’est-ce pas??)

1. One of Jackie T’s brill Civic Pride F’book postings last week featured The HOG (Civic Pride acronym for the garden at the bottom of Hassy Old Rd). The posting’s got multiple hundreds of likes and so-appreciative comments thus far – might just possibly’ve made Sue C-R blush. Nice work, Sue, richly deserved!
2. Bacup Pride AGM Tues 23rd Oct 7pm at the Nats (= Natural History Museum, bottom of Todmorden Rd)
3. Casked – bless ’em – another wad of money given to us ; go in there for one and thank ’em if you possibly can!
Have you got this far without falling asleep? Really? More of this antidote to sleeplessness next week …..

Chris PS re * above : don’t, just don’t, tell me you’ve never heard of him.

Sort of Fortieth Witter ….

Dearest Adherents

40th? Sort of 40th? What’s that about? Well – it’s me little lad’s 40th birthday today. Thus, one is feeling one’s age isn’t one? So having parked up me zimmer frame, I’ll begin …..
Weds 10th Oct Bacup Pride meet 10am at the lockup – should that read “at the market cabin”?? – sounds better than lockup, when you think where Freddie Pargetter is (who??). Anyhow, it’s behind Forget Me Not florists
Thurs 11th Civic Pride Rossie Thursday Crew meet 10am on the Town Square – a really good start on getting it back into shape last Sunday. More of the same today, mayhap??
Thurs 11th Rawtenstall Community Partnership 6.30pm at St Anne’s Church Edgeside (excellent coffee and biscuits!)
Fri 12th 8pm onwards meet Buffer Stops for delightful nattering – guaranteed a warm welcome cos we were even allowed to light the fire last week. True! Thanks to Chris The Bar Manager for a touch of hospitable liberalism …. But we intend to head to Casked afterwards this week (because why? – read on for more info …)
Sun 14th Bacup Pride 10am meet as per Weds 10th ; and on round town digging out bedding plants (we only planted ’em last month, we reckon ….. what’s goin’ on??). This is from intelligence given to us last week, herewith faithfully reproduced. Possibly.
Mon 15th Trickett’s Team 9.30am, TMG Waterfoot. All help gratefully received with this huge project!

More Witterings (MW) now follow …..
MW (1) – Glory Hallelujah – we have, finally and at last, the permission of Rossie Council to build our greenhouse. Grimmers tells me that verbal restraint is needed on this issue so ….
MW(2) – Trees! Free trees! You want to plant trees? Do you have somewhere to pop in 50 of ’em – or know someone who has? The Conservation Volunteers are offering us batches of 50. You don’t need to go thru Civic Pride – go direct to TCV website and head for the My Community Digs Trees section. (PS have you got the landowner’s permission before sticking trees there?? – oh, and get the neighbours at it as well!)
MW(3) – Riverside Walk – have you seen the glorious new paintwork on the Riverside Walk railings and archway? Thank you Civic Pride, thank you Steve for such an excellent job!
MW(4) – Hassy Pride – wow – during the creation of yet another Hassy Pride garden on Regent St, a historically fascinating flooring mural was unearthed. Historical/Archeological Genii are involved (genii = plural of genius – oh do keep up ….) – more revelations will follow, I’m sure.
MW(5) – Casked – probably the smallest bar in Rawtenstall are also our biggest supporters from this particular business sector. Owners Mike & Amanda have sent yet more of their profits in our direction. Please call in and support them.

Can you wait another 7 days for more revelations (“Yes” ?? Oh, ok then ….)



PS last week’s Thursday Crew – 16 of us. Sixteen. A record. Lynn’s running out of flasks …..DO come and join in this merry bunch! – bring your own coffee mug …

An Equinoctal Witter

Equinoctal Witterings
Dear Fellow Eccentrics
Oh the joys of being a part of the Civic Pride Eccentrics …. well, don’t you just have to be slightly odd to do what we do??
Oh – and Equinoctal? Regretfully, this is to remind you that yesterday, 23rd Sept (at 02.54hrs, to be punctiliously exact) was the Autumn Equinox. So – Autumn’s officially here. Enjoy!

The week’s oddities ….
***Tues 25th, probably 9.30am onwards, the bypass mowing begins. Now, dear reader, if you’d like to clear the bypass of whatever’s been chucked down between Monday’s crew finishing (see below) and Tuesday’s mowing starting, then – we’d love you forever. XXX
***Weds 26th join the Bacup Crew – 10am at the lockup behind Bacup market. Or email bacuppride@gmail.com for info which, unlike T’Witters, makes a bit of sense!
***Thurs 27th 10am Hassy Rd Gardens – oh please support your Thursday gang! Numbers of our regulars have given their excuses for this week, complete with absence notes from their mums and dads, so we’ll be few in number. New recruits are given the warmest of welcomes – just ask Elaine.
***Fri 28th 8pm Oh it’s Buffers, beer ‘n’ badinage. The “beer” thing’s not compulsory, by the way. We hope to go on to Casked afterwards. Just to emphasise the Autumnal thing, Buffers had the fire lit for us last week – and we had waiter service. Will it happen this week?
***Mon 1st Oct 9.30am Trickett’s Memorial Ground. On-on-on!
***Tues 2nd Oct, time to be announced, RBC’s Development Control Committee decide the fate of our wannabe greenhouse. Venue Futures Park. And – all the RHS gardens are open all day, free of charge. Not to be missed, gardening fans.
Miscellany …..
(1) Sue and Barry, our Outreach Team, need help! They get youngsters involved in things Civic Pridian by working with Schools, uniformed organisations etc etc. Requests for their services exceed their available time, particularly on Monday nights. They’ve got a number of excellent programmes all ready to roll so no need to wonder what to do. Email sueflint57@gmail.com if you could possibly help.
(2) Farewell Ian for a few months – bon voyage an’ all that. The big Q now is – in his absence, who’s going to volunteer to look after the gorgeous planting on St Mary’s Way central reservation? Email Gardening Guru Pam with offers pam@civic-pride.org.uk
(3) Save your onion skins (this ain’t a wind-up!). Anne’s doing eco printing and dying using many strange media, of which these are one such. It’s the dry outer skin from any colour of onion. Deliver to her at the Thurs morning crew (see above). Ta!
(4) Trust for Conservation Volunteers – a national organisation, to which we’re affiliated, of groups doing what we do. Not quite as well as we do, naturally but … Anyhow, CP is featured in their latest newsletter. Ask Roger for the link – really interesting stuff! roger@civic-pride.org.uk
(5) Thank you!! – to the crew who not only actually read last week’s Supplementary Witterings (how’s that for weird?) but did it … Roger G, Keith, Sue Shutt, Roger R – a massive bypass clear-up job before the mowers go in tmz. Marvellous (an’ thanks, McD’s, for supplying the coffee!).

That’s the lot for this week ….. oh, no it ain’t – just to continue the Autumnal theme, I had to scrape the ice from my car windscreen this morning. Yup, actual frost last night – it made a proper mess of me begonias ….



The Weekly Witterings from Civic Pride Rossendale (CPR) are back – as bad as they’ve ever bin …..

Good Evening Campers

Thank you to the stand-in team for the last couple of weeks’  Witter production. They came complete with nice colour piks. I can’t compete with that so this [as ever] relies on grammatical genius (eh??) – oh – and brevity (thank the lord ….)

Thurs 6th Sept meet 10.00am Haslingden Rd Gardens   (adjacent to St Mary’s Chambers) – more CPR tlc on this renovated and reclaimed entry-point to Rawtenstall. Bring your mug for 11am coffee-time. Really.
Fri 7th meet 5.30pm (or whenever Aunty Lynn’s told you to appear) for the CPR jaunt to Holmes Mill. Delish nosh and oooohh beer. If you missed previous weeks’ notices about this and haven’t booked then sadly you’ve missed out this time. Watch out for future jaunts which are always great fun and the epitome of conviviality. (who’s he?)
Sun 9th any time – we may need the watering team out again feeding the glorious floral baskets. Pam’s in charge. Await her command, people!
Mon 10th Trickett’s Memorial Ground Waterfoot 9.30am  the reclamation goes on.  Can u spare an hour? Equipment provided.

AND …..
This weekend ….. google Rossendale 60’s weekend for info about this delightful well-established series of events in our area.
And don’t miss The Flying Scotsman on East Lancs Railway 5th to 8th Sept. – yup, THAT Flying Scotsman. Nowhere else in the UK. It’s here.
And – thanks, as ever, to the solo litterpickers ‘n’ gardeners who go out in their own time to do their own bit. It all helps. It really does. It’s why the lovely events (see above!) now happen here. www.civic-pride.org.uk  –  the how-to-do-it-guide on doing your  patch!).



Croeso i Witterings

Why I hear you ask, is the title in Welsh?
Whether it’s the correct grammar I have no idea but that doesn’t seem to worry the regular editor of this load of old tosh so why should it worry me? Yes, but why is it in Welsh? Because dear reader, our revered chair is currently in Welsh Wales (maybe he’s being reupholstered – chair – get it?

Accolades this week in no particular order:
• T’ oardings have gone from below Hollymount House on St Mary’s Way. Thank you RBC for reacting to a H&S issue raised by a member of the public
• At a meeting last week with senior RBC managers we were told that there are currently 25 outstanding fly tipping incidents which will have been cleared by last Friday. They really seem to be getting on top of this menace so please report incidents to flytipping@civic-pride.org.uk
• Fantastic support from McD in providing the troops with elevenses during Auntie Lynn’s absence last Thursday. Thanks guys but we may be calling on you again this week please!
Now for this week:
Monday 20th 9.30 am Trickett’s Memorial Ground . Liz, Charlotte and Elisabeth (with an ‘s’!) need help in their ongoing quest to return the gardens to their former glory.
Wednesday 22nd 9.30am to 11.30am Doal Centre Weir Pride. Knit & Natter
Thursday 23rd 10.00am Haslingden Road Gardens. I understand Pamela will be running it but Auntie Lynn may not be there (see above)
Friday 24th 8.00pm Buffers for some pleasant relaxing chat over a pint of foaming ale
Saturday 25th 10am Doal Centre, Weir Pride monthly meeting
Sunday 26th 10am to 12noon Stacksteads Country Park Group. Meet main car park for ‘a tidy up’.
Sunday 26th 2pm to 9pm Fun, frolics and free music for the whole family at the Firepit, Rawtenstall. What’s more it’s in aid of CPR! We’ve got our own table but we need volunteers to come down and support it (the event, not the table!). Bring the family even if it’s only for half an hour but do come and be part of it. Find us in the cocktail bar (posh huh, good job Blom’s away!). Come ta think of it, why not visit the restaurant fo’ yus tea?
Haslingden CP aren’t sure what or when as yet but they’ll be doing something! Visit Facebook for details.

Having just listed the ‘goings on’ in the different groups in just one week, it brings it home just why the valley is looking so much better. It’s marvellous that so many people are prepared to help but let’s not forget the organisers! Well done everyone!

Roger G
ps it seems to be obligatory to have at least one ps so here it is!
pps I’ll be doing it again next week so prime your spam filters!

Weekly Witterings just soooo make me 😏

Witters Arrive Again ……… (now where’s that delete button gone, then?)

Dear Wittering Fan

Will the Wittering program behave this week? Or will it disappear in a puff of tekky weirdness like it did last week? We know what you’re hoping for …….

Unfortunately you’ve got two weeks-worth of stuff to wade through first ….some of it of direct interest for you ….???
1. St Mary’s Way : if you’ve not done it recently, go there, stop, admire. Embankment and central res look utterly wunderbar thanks to some graftin’ hard work by Secret Gardeners and Watering Teams. Thanx to Jackie for posting on Facebook where it’s attracted huge numbers of compliments from locals. Could one or two of you take some piks of the embankment and send ’em to jackie@civic-pride.org.uk and to Mr Publicity himself – roger@civic-pride.org.uk
2. There wasn’t a specific “first Sunday of the Month” event last Sunday cos every Sunday for many weeks has been large-scale plant-watering. As it’s holiday season we’re short of teams on this so if you can help please email Pam on pam@civic-pride.org.uk Ta!
3. Free drinks (1) – if you’ve been out wi’ your Civic Pride hi-viz doing a litterpick or gardening, there’re 3 places which’ll offer free drinks : Fitzpatrick’s, Buffer Stop (soft drinks!) and The Hut. Thanks to these lovely supportive businesses!
4. Free drinks (2) – you should’ve been at our regular Friday nite at Buffers on 28th July – free drinks – yup, anything you wanted – cos it was their 5th birthday and they lurv Civic Pride folk! You missed it? Some of us didn’t ….
5. THANK YOU B & E Boys for their work opening up the abandoned toilet block in Trickett’s Memorial Ground (TMG). Our TMG crew now have a secure place to store all their gear ….. no, we’ve not actually got the loos working yet but we’ll work towards that!
This week (as brief as poss ….)
WEDS 8TH AUG Bacup Pride 10am meet at their lockup. They’re having a fantastic year ; but could sooo do with some extra volunteers!
THURS 9TH AUG meet 10am on The Gyro (opposite the library) – weeding strimming sweeping and possibly moving over to Hassy Rd Gardens after, if we finish Gyro quickly
FRIDAY 10TH – the usual!!
MON 13TH meet 9.30am at TMG to brighten up Waterfoot

That’s the lot f’r this week, folks (well, it ain’t, actually, but you’re probably asleep now if you’ve read all that lot)


PS happy ***th birthday, Mr Smith – not telling you what *** stands for!

Hot-hot-hot Witterin’s !

Good Evening Swelterin’ Troops

Hottest day of the year today, sez the weatherman. And forecast is for …… hotter. And swelterier (Wot?). So :
• First, thank you again to the Watering Teams who totalled an 8 hour shift yesterday (Sun 22nd) taking turns on a rota with our van-based watering system. Yup, eight hours.
• Second – please sign up to help this huge effort to keep at least some of our many plantings from desiccation. Contact Gardening Boss Pam on pam@civic-pride.org.uk More details below. Thank you!
This week in brief :

THURSDAY 26TH JULY MEET 10AM ON BYPASS, INBOUND LAYBY – it’ll be watering generally and further tlc to the layby gardens, which’ll possibly include renewing the woodchip mulch. The venue’s on the bypass adjacent to McDonalds, for any not sure …. Please bring a pair of scissors as well as the usual stuff – has that gotcha intrigued? Wotsit about? Guess you’ll just HAVE to turn up! Oh – and don’t forget the coffee mug …
FRIDAY 27TH 8PM ONWARDS BUFFER STOPS for jollities ‘n’ libations with C Pride comrades
SAT 28TH 10AM WEIR PRIDE meet Doals Centre for the monthly meet and action session thru’out the village (how did the fete go, anyone? Sorree I missed it.)
SUN 29TH WATERING – it’s just bound to happen unless the forecasters’ve got it utterly wrong (no laughing, perleeeze). Kindly contact Pam (see above) and offer a time-slot, letting her know when you can help. “Anytime” is a great answer to that one!!
MON 30TH TRICKETTS MEMORIAL GROUND 9.30AM Some of it will inevitably be watering, thanks to a public-spirited neighbour (sorry, I don’t have a name here) for giving us access to an outdoor tap.

Other Stuff :
1. Huge thanks to Bob Killelea and his fellahs at the Killelea garage for service MOT new clutch new radiator on the van, all free of charge. …… very generous and totally appreciated extra support from them, on top of Bob’s ongoing commitment to us.
2. Royal Horticultural Society’s judges – in Weir, Bacup and Hassy last week. Hope it went well and RHS’s It’s Your Neighbourhood ceremony heaps due awards upon y’all!
3. Free Drinks – if you’re out doing your Civic Pride thing, there are now 3 premises offering a free brew : Fitzpatricks, The Hut and Buffer Stops. The latter has been arranged with Buffers chapee in charge Chris (another one, not me!) but – well – it’s for soft drinks, not gallons of gin!! Make sure you’re wearing your CP hi-viz and look suitably work-stained ….
4. Bacup Pride are asking for any help on their latest project : The View, Bankside Lane. Offers to bacuppride@gmail.com or ring Pat on 07751 380392. Thanks – and bestest from us guys to BP for yet another grand Bacupian effort.
5. Saturday night – some disappointing vandalism to one of Simon’s triangular beds near The Queens and to newly-installed watering systems on the Town square planters. All quickly cleared up. Two thoughts : we never ever ever give up/give in ; and thankfully, vandalism to our work is pretty rare these days. Smile, chin up and get on with it. That’s yer Civic Pride. You lovely people.
And that, as thi’ say is it. No more ’til next week …..

Chris PS and now, yet someone else (no names here!) has found T’Witterings going straight into his Junk Mail. Oh how wounding to Your Correspondent …..



Hello Lovelies

Our Social Media Guru Jackie posted a Civic Pride Facebook item last week. ‘Twas all about our ingenious watering methodology (getcha self into F’b, even if it’s just to see this one thing!). The public response was wonderful – an avalanche, nay a paean, of fulsome thanks and praise for our volunteers (that’s you, innit?) and for the clean and blossoming town we’ve created. WOW!

Anyhow, this’ll be a fairly brief Witter. Only one topic, really. Watering. We know how the Ancient Mariner felt …… Watering teams were out on 3 days last week but – lots and lots of our plants are desiccating, hanging on by their drying roots. We’ve not got enough waterers! Please get in touch with Pam if you can help (pam@civic-pride.org.uk).

THURS 19TH JULY meet 10am on the Town Square. It’ll be a massive watering effort – big containers, watering trollies, watering cans – The van’s watering system will be employed putting a few hundred gallons on Haslingden Rd Gardens so everyone else, please, to t’Square. There may be the odd weed pulled as well but mostly – well, it’s THAT job, initt??

FRI 20TH We’re watering ourselves at Civic Pride’s traditional watering hole Buffer Stops 8pm onwards

SUN 22ND Once again we suspect we’ll get no significant rain this week, so there may well be a call for watering teams. Please contact Pam if you can help – only 6 of us last Sunday …. hmmmm!

MON 23RD 9.30AM Trickett’s Memorial Ground Gang need help from YOU (picture the pointy finger??). They’d love to see you.

OH, IT’S NOT QUITE A ONE TOPIC WITTER BECAUSE ….. – our brothers ‘n’ sisters in Haslingden Bacup and Weir groups are in the RHS comp again this year. Judgement Day is this Thurs (19th). There’s a huge amount of work gone in and we wish ’em all success, a lovely day and – a bit of FUN as well! (PS yer owd Civic Pride’ll be back in it next year!)

Happy Gardening, Picking – and (oh – – nearly forgot) Watering!

Chris PS ok, that watering word’s almost written itself this week. And the result is – – it’s started raining. But be ye not deceived …. it won’t be enough to Save Our Plants!
PPS please note the van’s not available today/tomorrow (Mon and Tuesday).

Will It, Won’t It Witterings

Welcome, Weather Watchers

Well? Will it? Won’t It? Rain, that is. Monday 5pm, some lovely black clouds showed promise but – not a drop! Add that to ten previous rain-free weeks. Result : soil moisture levels very low (that’s official) and plants parched. You’ll pardon us if this week’s ramblings go on a bit about WATERIN’ PLANTS!
Mon 9th July – you’ve probably missed it : we’re out watering, 4pm ’til it goes dark!
Tues 10th – Pam is organising watering teams throughout today, either using the van or carting containers or wielding watering cans. However you can do it will do! If you can help at all, please ring her on 07811 735926 or pam@civic-pride.org.uk
Weds 11th – another watering session, especially for those who want to avoid a certain football match. Start 6pm, keep going ’til you’re fed up or ’til you’re sure you’ve missed the footy. It’ll all be over for sure by 9.30pm. Ring me, I’ll confirm where needs doing (give Pam a break from it – I’m on 07877211314). NB I will be watching the footy so phone’ll be switched off after 7pm!
Thurs 12th – our lovely Thursday Crew are on the bypass inbound layby (near McD’s) meet 10am. Never mind the drought, the weeds are thriving. We need to give Mother Nature a hand, d’you think? That includes getting at a handful of Himalayan Balsam which are sneakily trying a comeback.
Fri 13th – we’ll brave the ominous date and have another Buffers meet, 8pm onwards. Not forgetting a call-in at Casked to say thank you.
Sat 14th – who’s for a litterpick? Hv U been out recently? No? Please do your Lone Ranger thing!
Sun 15th – if we’ve not been blessed with mighty amounts of rain, we’re organising a team. No no, not footy (World Cup Final today – oooh!) – a Watering Team. NB we’ve no van 16th and 17th so today’s the last chance to distribute water for a while.
Mon 16th – the TMG crew are out, 9.30am onwards. Trickett’s Memorial Ground. It’s on the Burnley Rd East/Turnpike/Booth Rd crossroads.

Just one thing : who’s pulled up me sunflowers? Eight of ’em, either end of the famous Gyro Train. C’mon then, who thought they were weeds?? More will be planted. Please leave ’em to – well – flower!

Big hugs to you all

Your Witterings at the start of Flaming June (well, it is at the moment!)

Good evening Fellow Volunteer Nuts
Thanks ………. ​

To the Daisy Group for working so hard for us last Weds (30th). Your guys have been a wonderful help
To the waterers keeping our planters and baskets moist ‘n’ growing throughout this dry (ish) spell! It’s a lot of work right now.
To our SG’s and LR’s (whaaat??) for ploughing steadily onwards keeping gardens gardened and streets clear (can anyone do the bypass again please??)
This week …..
Thurs 7th June meet 10am Town Square – we aim to complete CP tlc labourings started last Sunday. Watering big planters will be a part of it
Fri 8th 8pm onwards : Buffering
Mon 11th 9.30am onwards join the Tricketts Memorial Ground (TMG) crew plus Co-op Waterfoot staff (bless ’em!) at TMG

Last but not least …..
Any gardeners out there who are splitting plants which have grown too big for your garden, let us know please : we could probably use them.

I’ve been away for a few days, just got back, so ain’t caught up yet – hence, the briefest Weekly Witterings on record. You lucky people!!



Mid-May Witter

Evenin’ All

We’ve sooo many reports comin’ in from CP troops, out in ones and twos making the town look marvellous, so – diary dates this week are minimalist whilst everyone’s doing their own thing

THURS 17TH MEET 10AM Haslingden Rd Garden (adjacent to St Mary’s Chambers) a vast weeding job needed to follow on from last week’s excellent start by some of the Thursday crew.
FRI 18TH BUFFERS 8PM ONWARDS the PB is back (which’ll mean summat to the diehards!)
MON 21ST BYPASS LITTERPICK – whole length of the R’stall section before the mowers go in on 22nd. Mowers shred litter and scatter it everywhere, hence the picking beforehand. Meet 10.30am outside Hardman’s Mill. It’s a loooong stretch of road so all possible help very very welcome even if it’s only for a half hour. Latecomers can ring 07877211314 to find us.
MON 21ST TRICKETT’S MEMORIAL GROUND – not sure if this’ll happen this week as our two leaders mayn’t be available. Send queries to info@civic-pride.org.uk and we’ll pass ’em on to our resident geniuses (or is the plural “genii”??)

The PLEASE NOTE section …..
1. Workshops/Courses at Trafford Hall, Ince Lane, Chester, 22nd May. C.Pride-relevant workshops are Beginners Gardening and Grants/Fundraising. Bike Restoration workshop as well – you’re given a bike, shown how to restore it and can keep it afterwards!! Details h.kaira@traffordhall.com
2. Social “Do”?? The topic of Holmes Mill Clitheroe raised its head at last Friday’s Buffers. Aunty Lynn has volunteered to organise a social trip there (does she remember that??). 80 (eighty!) different beers for sale. Not sure what else!!
3. Grotspot clearance – sorry missed last week that Taylor St/Greenfield St have been cleared of the worst of it but there’s always more to do in that area so ….. how’re u feeling??
4. Just Giving – again, a lot of backroom admin to set up for this potentially vital source of funds. Please check out C.P’s latest newsletter for the link OR look at our website (www.civic-pride.org.uk) : the purple box “Donate With Just Giving” is near the top of the Home page. I’ve tried (and failed!) to include the link here but access is dead easy via newsletter or website.
5. One of many grants Charlotte secured is from Living Well Living Better (LWLB). There’s a LWLB Awards evening at The Riverside 20th June 6pm-9pm. We’ve been asked to send nominations for (1)group/organisation of the year (2)most innovative project (3)volunteer of the year (4)project making the most lasting contribution. Nominations don’t have to be CP-related but we can self-nominate. LWLB’s criteria are about promoting social cohesion & reducing isolation/loneliness. Ideas for nominations and/or wishing to attend the Awards event to charlotte@civic-pride.org.uk asap please.
6. Siphon (new coffee shop on Bank St) have lots of used coffee grounds (o’course!) which they think make good compost and/or slug repellent. Can someone pop in there twice weekly to collect them? Email info@civic-pride.org.uk if that’s you.
That, as they say, might be too much information – but hey c’mon, some of it’s useful!
More Witters next week. Whoopee, eh??


Slightly belated MAY-TIME Witter

Beautiful Good Morning Civic Pride Troops everywhere
A Tuesday Weekly Wittering : my poor little laptop got heatstroke yesterday, curled up in a corner, died. This morning it’s deliciously cooler so your weekly dose of ol’ cobblers is now winging its way to you.
After last week’s rather full programme, it’s a bit quieter on the organisational front. To wit :-
Weds 9th May meet 10am Bacup Pride lockup. 2 good BP sessions last week but, like us, always need more volunteers. Email bacuppride@gmail.com for details
Thurs 10th meet 10am on The Gyro : some diggin/plantin to finish, with multiple jobs in the shop and on the Haslingden Rd gardens to add to the list. Bring a mug for Aunty Lynn’s coffee break.
Fri 11th meet 9.30am outbound layby on the bypass (back of the railway station) to join super Daisy Group crew. Main task is fence painting plus bramble blastin’ (nearly finished) and balsam bashin’ . We’re winning on the himalayan balsam front, turning the tide back (quote from some bloke called Canute). Litterpickin’ as well. ALL CP folks are very welcome for some or all of today’s session, finishing 3pm-ish. Can we lure you with free morning coffee AND lunch? Good eh! And huge thanks to McD’s for willingly supplying same.
Fri 11th Oh Lordy it’s Buffer Stops again. 8pm onwards.
Mon 14th 9.30am, Trickett’s Memorial Ground (TMG) for the next stage of CP guys’ inspired regeneration marathon.
Mon 14th 9.30am Whitewell Bottom Community Centre, Burnley Rd East : Stormin’ Norman’s gathering locals together to make progress in that part of Rossie. Bring your ideas along!! Possibly on to TMG after??


  • TO ALL LONE RANGERS!! – we ask our brilliant lone litterpicker volunteers to post their latest “pick” onto our QT site (we all then know where has/hasn’t been picked). The QT site’s being invaded by hackers so we’ve now inserted a password which you need to use prior to posting your info. The password is RBC. Don’t worry mother, hackers haven’t got access to these Witterings so popping’ password on here is pretty risk-free. (tho’ actually, if these barmy Witters got into a hacker’s system it’d probably scramble its brains). NB this doesn’t apply to the Secret Gardeners QT.
  • Bypass mowing 22nd/23rd May so, as per, we’ll be doing a big litterpick along the whole length of it 24hrs beforehand. Gettit in thi’ diary please!
  • Waterfoot Co-op Supermarket – two things here : (1) t’Co-op in W’foot donate a big lump of money from their own-brand sales to Civic Pride. Please get in there ‘n’ shop & encourage neighbours likewise. (2)Charlotte’s organised C. Pride money-raising and info sessions 10.30am onwards on 29th & 30th JUNE and would like help (charlotte@civic-pride.org.uk) and also donations of plants, cakes, jewelry to sell. Stellar work!
  • Grotspot – no update on last week’s entry, so no info to pass on 2 U. Wotch this space. And my spelling.

Glorious glorious May – is it everyone’s favourite time of year?? The town’s lookin’ fab – largely thanks to Civic Pride dedicated volunteers. Yes, really.



It’s May-time (almost…)

Good Afternoon Environmental Enthusiasts Everywhere

Daffs in full bloom, bluebells peekin’ through, tulips looking marvellous – who cares what the weather’s like?? Everywhere’s gorgeous, thank you Civic Priders.  …

First – something new – get this …. We get lots of ideas for areas in dire need of Civic Pride’s tlc so we’re starting a GrotSpot Of The Week!! Litter Master Ben’s been out doing a reccy and identified … (wait f’r it ….)

  1. if you’ve a spare few minutes nip over there with picker and bags, get litter from those 2 streets, steps, embankment and – if you’ve a brush p’raps give it a sweep
  2. leave full bags at the bottom of the steps
  3. leave the mattress for RBC to collect (some deadhead’s dumped one there)
  4. let us know what you’ve done, either on the Lone Rangers QT site or email ben@civic-pride.org.uk
  5. let the local residents know what’s happening – make sure they see you, and how about recruiting them?
  6. target completion date : 7th May. Can we do it?

MON 30TH APRIL 9.30AM START – TMG team would  love some help (=Trickett’s Memorial Ground, Burnley Rd East, Waterfoot))
TUES 1ST MAY – ooohh it’s May Day. Hey-nonny-noh! Where shall I stick the maypole? (no fruity suggestions, thank you)
WEDS 2ND MAY – 9.30AM all day effort with the Daisy Group – various pieces of bypass beautification with free lunch at McD’s thrown in! Any help appreciated – don’t have to do the whole day ; ring me if you’re lost! 07877 211314
WEDS 2ND MAY 10AM BACUP PRIDE meet at their market cabin, backs onto Market St – or find Forget Me Nots which is at the side of t’cabin (or at least, that’s what Aunty Pat sez an’ she’s never wrong….).
THURS 3RD MAY – 10AM on The Gyro (opposite R’stall Library). Sue Shutt knows what needs doing – dontcha, Sue?? – so we’re taking orders from herself this week. Bring your own mug to sample Aunty Lynn’s coffee.
FRI 4TH MAY – having a Bank Hol Weekend Staycation? Start off your avoiding-the-bank-hol-traffic with 8pm meet at Buffers. Excellent gatherings these past many Fridays. A further delightful dose of Pride Conviviality for Priders from anywhere ‘n’ everywhere
SUNDAY 6TH MAY 10AM the joint gets crowded with ….(3 sessions happenin’) ….

  1. Bacup Pride’s 1st-Sunday-of-the-month bash – meeting place as per Weds 2nd (above). If you can’t find ’em ring Pat Smith 07751 380392
  2. Civic Pride Rossendale’s ditto – meet on the Town Square Rawtenstall which is in need of your magical touch – and if you didn’t know you’d got one of those, acquire one via our amazing on-site tutelage ‘n’ tips!
  3. Civic Pride Haslingden – you’ll find details of their weekly wonder-litter-pick on their Facebook page, no doubt (how was the AGM, Hassy crew??)

MON 7TH MAY go ooon – spare a bit of your May Bank Holiday – help the team beautify TMG (as per 30 April – see above). Charlotte/Liz please let me know if there’s any Bank Hol change of plan ; everyone, check via our Civic Pride phone on 07955 110199. Ta!

All the above supplemented by the wonderful Secret Gardeners and Lone Rangers doing solo taskings all over the place. Ay-maze-ing!

Last thing – has anyone seen 3 banners for a pre-school/nursery which’ve mysteriously disappeared from outside Sykeside and Bankside? Let me know if you have! (chris@civic-pride.org.uk).

Cheers! – and have a luverly Bank Hol Weekend


That was the summer Witter

Evenin’ All,

We had two days almost perfect sunshine : put it in thi diary cos the doomsayers are saying that’s it for 2018!

But we’re perenially optimistic, out there regardless, so c’mon boys an’ girls, this is where we are : –

Weds 25th 10am Bacup Pride group – no details to hand but go to bacuppride@gmail.com for info
Thurs 26th 10am junction of Hollin Lane/Hollin Way/Calder Rd – for out-of-towners joining us, Hollin Lane is off Burnley Rd, about half a mile north of R’stall. Still confused? (well, yeah…) follow signposts for Alder Grange High School and look out for multiple C. Pride hi-viz. We’re on Sue’s Round-The-Bend project (just who gave it that name??) and this week there’s the odd ton of topsoil to play with. Don’t forget your mug for Aunty Lynn’s coffee. Rain or shine, ok??
Friday 27th 8pm Buffer Stops for a jar (in Pam’s case, a very big Hendrick’s ….) and a jaw. Buffers is being rebuilt but we still had a jolly time last week amidst the brickbats and plaster.
Saturday 28th Weir Pride’s monthly bash 10am approx at the Doals Centre go to weirpride@gmail.com or to their Facebook page (thank you Mr Zuckerberg) for info.
Monday 30th 9.30 Trickett’s Memorial Ground Burnley Rd East Waterfoot for the next stage of reclamation. That project’s been awarded shedloads of £££ (well done Charlotte!) so go an’ help them spend it – and help ’em dig a bit as well!
Early notice : Sun 6th May – a vital first-Sunday-of-the-month “Do” ……… details next week

And finally …..
• TESCO TOKENS PERLEEEZE!! Just to repeat, for new readers (there are some, apparently) when you Tesco shop (R’stall or Hassy Tesco) make sure you get a blue token at the checkout and pop it in the Civic Pride slot in the voting box on the way to the exit. There’s serious money riding on this which we need for the Riverside Walk project. Get your friends neighbours family doin’ it and spreading the word. Vote Civic Pride!! Only one week to go!!
• Daisy Group, a wonderful firm with a Burnley base, are spending 3 days with us on 2nd, 11th and 30th May, getting their hands in the soil. 2nd May session is on the bypass, meeting at the outbound layby. All support welcome, 10am onwards. Free lunch!!
• A lovely message into our website yesterday from a Grange Cres resident who saw a Civic Pride Lone Ranger doing a Sunday evening litterpick … we think we know who that LR was but you attracted fulsome praise which went on to include the transformational work of all our CP volunteers. (why doesn’t Spellcheck know “transformational”??). Good eh? – but dead right!
• Sue Shutt’s taken a day off today …. we think that’s the first for a couple of months ….!!
With a sigh of relief, you’ve reached the end of This Week’s Witterings but – more next week. Sorry.



Back to the Real Wittering

Hello Campers

Delete now. Y’can’t seriously want to read this stuff?? But – DO read the “and also” stuff at the end.
S’pose we’d best broadcast grovelling thanx to our Vice Chair for his individualistic style of Witterings (mis-spellings an’ all ..) which kept you on the edge of yo’ seats for the past fortnight. More on that subject later.

For now, the back-down-to-the-usual standard of inane Witterings beg to inform you that :-

Weds 18th April 9.30am The Weir Pride crew do their thing at the Doals Centre – a remarkably successful knitting circle, we hear, attracting regional media attention. Yup, really! Nice one folks!

Weds 18th April 10am Bacup Pride go-go-go with more town beautifying. Meet at the lockup behind the market. More info on bacuppride@gmail.com

Thurs 19th 10am Civic Pride Rossendale meet on The Gyro (see * below) opposite R’stall Library. Yet another amazin’ project to beautify our town is in process. DO come and help. No gardening expertise needed. Friendliest of welcomes and Aunty Lynn’s coffee guaranteed. PS bring your own mug!!

Fri 20th 8pm gather at Buffer Stops for the hottest nite out in Rawtenstall. New to Civic Pride or, indeed, to any of the “Pride” gangs? Come meet the crew! (well, the naughty ones anyway)

Sun 22rd 10am The Hassy crew are bound to be out with another mass litterpick. No info about where they are next Sunday but – go to Facebook page Haslingden Civic Pride for info. BUT BUT BUT massive congrats to HCP for a startling result at Rising Bridge last Sunday. 35 bags of litter shifted from that appalling roundabout.

Mon 23rd 9.30am Trickett’s Memorial Ground (Burnley Rd East, Waterfoot) for the ongoing renovation. The small team there’d love your support ‘n’ help.

1. The Sunday 8th April performance of Rossendale Players’ week-long run was for C.P and raised £650 for us. I was genuinely amazed by the news, a marvellous result. Huge thanks to Anne Dixon for organising.
2. Get this bit everyone!! Yvonne’s donated 2000 pots of bulbs for distribution to Pride crews and associates. Weir? Bacup? Hassy? Edenfield? Edgeside? ANY of our Secret Gardeners? Your school/church/anyone with a spot of interest??They’ve mostly finished flowering but need popping into soil NOW to give them regeneration time for next Spring’s displays. All totally f.o.c., no £££ involved, as many as you want. Email us (info@civic-pride.org.uk). They’re in our plant store – just email us to collect. Go on, get popping.
3. Mr Grimshaw has turned. It’s official. Yup, really. Our let’s-tarmac-over-the-whole-town bloke spent today tenderly transporting PLANTS and waxing lyrical about ’em. AND then bought me lunch. The Lord moves in mysterious ways.
4. This is the * item, ok? The Gyro? As first conceived, that vast roundabout in R’stall was labelled The Gyratory. It was the traffic which was going to gyrate, luvvies, so calm down. So, rather than type “the big roundabout with the fire station on it” we simply put “The Gyro”. Hey, brevity is us. Yes we KNOW the traffic no longer gyrates. It does a very slow excuse-me-slow-waltz. But – Gyro it is.
Luv y’all, ‘n’ see you out there during the week.


A Waterfoot Benefit Witter

Amazing, incredible, outstanding were just some of the words used to describe Sunday night’s performance of Breaking the Code, performed at The Millennium Theatre in Waterfoot by Rossendale Players. It’s the story of Alan Turin who was instrumental in breaking the code of the German Enigma machine in WW2 (World War not Weekly Witterings!) If there are any tickets left for the other performances, buy them, you will not be disappointed. Thanks go not only to the Players but also to our very own Anne Dixon for arranging this benefit night, those who gave raffle prizes and sold the tickets (this alone raised £119) and everybody who helped make it a complete sell out! We’ll let you know how much was raised for us soon.
On the subject of money, we have signed up with Just Giving to make it easy for our vast number of supporters to donate either a single amount of money or regular payments. More on this over the coming weeks but in the meantime just login to www.justgiving.com and search for Civic Pride Rossendale or go to www.civic-pride.org.uk and follow the link.
Last week I shared the sad news that one of our Lone Rangers had been admitted for rehab to overcome his litter picking addiction. We’ve had an email from him and it makes ‘interesting’ reading but sadly it’s only available to subscribers to the QT litter app! Nice one Keith.
Welcome to our new recruits (it’s too late to go back now!) and to all our ‘old’ regulars. Over the last week I’ve driven down may different roads in the town and with the exception of Take Away Corner aka Bacup Road and the bypass, I am staggered by the absence of litter. Thank you one and all.
Thursday 12th April meet on the gyratory (the big roundabout mother) to continue the excellent work that Sue Shutt and PamO started last Sunday. The plan is to clear the Northern end and make it low maintenace and attractive ( I can feel a tarmac moment coming on)! All will be revealed once we actually know what we’re going to do with it! On a serious note, please always use the pelican crossing outside the art gallery to access the roundabout!
Friday 13th (Honest!) 10am meet Kathy and the Haslingden group at Regents Street to start on regenerating the small park
Saturday 14th 10am continue what was started on Friday in Haslingden
Monday 16th 10am at Trickett’s Memorial Garden, Burnley Road East, Waterfoot. The bushes have been cut back, the steps repaired and the planting started. Be part of this amazing project.
Our revered Chair will be back to write next weeks drivel witterings unless he’s suffering from jet lag…but how will we know?


An Easter Monday Witter

The venerable Blom is doing his bit for Anglo-Sino relations this week (help!) so it’s left to me to fill your inbox with inane blathering, a task which he performs so much better than I (well he has to be good at something, doesn’t he)!

Much mention was made last week of the sterling work done by our willing volunteers in clearing Rossendale of that modern curse, litter. Congratulations to all concerned but since then our incredible Lone Rangers have collected another 68 bags (yes, SIXTY EIGHT bags)! Amazing. Sadly, one LR has since booked himself into rehab to try to control his litter picking addiction! I really hope it doesn’t work Keith!

A couple of weeks ago we met with the Communities Director of RBC, predominantly to discuss fly tipping. We were assured that they would clear all 19 outstanding incidents that we had reported with a deadline of Tuesday 27th March. Did they achieve it? You bet and shedloads more. Out of a known 120 locations they cleared 93 on Monday 24th! A remarkable result. Well done to all RBC staff who were employed in this mammoth task.

…and now for the week ahead. There’ll be rain, rain and more rain. However, this is Rossendale and it doesn’t normally stop us, so Carry on Volunteering (Ooh, Matron!) and console yourself with another piece of chocolate egg (that’ll stop you feeling so virtuous)!

Thursday 5th April. Meet PamO at 10am at the Metal Tree Bed (corner of Bocholt Way and Bury Road) and work off some of the aforementioned chocolate. Everything supplied (including a brew) so just turn up!

Friday 5th April. 8pm for light hearted banter and beer but ring me on 07798 582225 if you can’t find us, we may be hiding in a corner somewhere.

Sunday 8th April. 7.30pm. ‘Breaking the Code’. A play about Alan Turin and the team who broke the code of the German Enigma machine at Bletchley Park. Profits will be donated to Civic Pride. Tickets £9.00 each from Anne Dixon 01706 551123 or 47annelotusdixon@gmail.com. Millennium Theatre, Burnley Road East, Waterfoot. More raffle prizes will be welcome but most of all we need YOU there in the audience. Never been to one of their performances? Well now’s ya chance so get ’em tickets bought (the theatre has a roof so it’ll be warm and dry)…and there’s a bar! We need more bums on seats!

See you Sunday if not before. Drinks are on Chris (well they would be if he was there)!

One final word. Fitzpatricks are now sponsoring us again on a monthly basis (thank you Shaun) and I promised to remind all our lovely volunteers that there’s a free drink (remember they’re a Temperance Bar!) for any CP volunteer when they’re working. Served no doubt by the lovely Ashleigh.

Roger G

Whatta difference a week makes Witter

Dearest Lovers of all things Clean ‘n’ Beeootiful

This time last week, mini beast from the east’s snowdrifts were all. Today, ’tis beautiful spring sunshine. Aaaah. Doesn’t it make the sap rise, filling you with desire to clear litter and plant things??

Before listing this week’s activities : heartfelt thanks to everyone who joined the Great Spring Clean. Civic Pride groups across the valley participated with vim and enthusiasm. Our mob were responsible for 60 bags-ful on Saturday (followed by a free nosh at McD’s!) and supported the Hassy crew collecting another 30 on Sunday. Total from all groups exceeds 130 filled litterbags (that’s over 2/3 of a TONNE!!) of litter which’d otherwise still be desecrating our community. Job done! (for now ….)

Where it’s at this week :
Weds 28th 9.30am Weir Pride at the Doals Centre. Did u hear ’em on Radio Lancs this morning?? The Knit ‘n’ Natter Nutters (see last week’s Weir Pride stuff if that’s incomprehensible …..)
Weds 28th 10am Bacup Pride’s midweek work crew meet at the lockup behind the market
Thurs 29th Civic Pride Rossendale meet 10am on the outbound-from-R’stall layby of the bypass. We’ll complete last week’s transformation there.
Thurs 29th Weir Pride monthly meet at Doals centre : details on their F’b page
Fri 30th 8pm til – um – late : conviviality at Buffer Stops, friendly welcome guaranteed to ALL Priders
Sunday 1st April 10am meet at the fire station roundabout (aka the gyratory) opposite R’stall library. We’re having another bash at that area after Lancs County Council utterly wrecked it a couple of years ago. We’ve done all the April Fools jokes for 1st April but you can invent a new one….. Possibly go to Fitzpatrick’s after for free coffees??
Monday 2nd April meet 9.30am on Trickett’s Memorial Ground for Part 15 of Civic Pride’s major renovation (Liz – will u be there??)

Essential Info
E.I (1) Sunday 8th Rossendale Players’ superb production at the Millennium Theatre on Burnley Rd E, Waterfoot. We’ve been allocated 30 tickets to sell and retain the proceeds for our funds. It’s a top-notch local night out. Tickets from Our Annie : email her on 47annelotusdixon@gmail.com  Please support this and bring some mates with you. We’re allowed to run a raffle as well during the interval but only have 3 prizes thus far – contact Anne with an offer of a donated prize. Thanx!
E.I (2) Sue Shuttleworth – what does she do on her birthday morning last Sunday? Breakfast in bed? Luxuriating in glam hotel? Nah, bless ‘er, out with the litter-picking troops getting mucky. What a treasure!
E.I (3) We have leaflets to distribute asking locals to support Civic Pride’s bid for Tesco cash : £4K on offer if we win. See previous Witters for details but can u help distribute leaflets? Contact us via info@civic-pride.org.uk

Thank you for your patience at having slogged your way through another week’s ol’ Rhubarb!


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First Day Of Spring (almost) Wittering


It’s a figment. Just a figment. Six foot of snow outside thi’ front door? Can’t be …. it’s Springtime tomorrow. The 2018 Equinox, in fact, occurs at exactly 16.15 hours on 20th March. So leap out of your clothes, dance around the garden (Secret Gardeners have a choice of garden) glass in hand, celebrate the fact. Winter’s done. Wheeee!

Factoids currently relevant to Civic Pride Rossendale – please note, folks :
1. Sunday 8th April : please support the excellent Rossendale Players AND Civic Pride with your attendance at The Millennium Theatre. Details as given last week. Give the telly a miss!! Email Anne Dixon for tickets on 47annelotusdixon@gmail.com We also need raffle prizes : please email Anne with your promise!
2. Civic Pride Haslingden – amazing quantity of well-filled green litter-bags noted round town. Well done guys!
3. Litter Blossom Time …. yup, that time of year when last year’s plant growth is dead, this year’s hasn’t started (apart from daffs ‘n’ things) thus revealing long-hidden litter breaking out in all its ghastliness. NOW is absolutely the time to get hold of the problem. Together and in ones and twos we can break the back of what’s been a pretty grim few weeks litter-wise. (or we can just leave it all there…???)
Events this week
• Tues 20th 4.15pm communal dancing naked (see above) – go on, surprise the neighbours
• Weds 21st 9.30am Weir Pride Knit ‘n’ Knatter, Doals Centre, Weir.
• Weds 21st 10am Bacup Pride’s coffee-drinkin’ crew, out to clear another grotspot. Meet behind Bacup Market. Hi-viz and all the gear provided.
• Thurs 22nd 10am meet on outbound layby of the bypass (adjacent to the railway station), clearing part of the area, plus, possibly, re-siting plants from a willing donor. Duncan, just make sure you save me a brew this week, ok?? (last week? …. not a drop …. zilch …. thought he was a mate …..)
• Friday 23rd Buffers 8pm. Whilst you lot indulge there, Your Chair will be representing Civic Pride at The Mayor’s Charity Ball (if I can find some clean socks ….and if they’ll let me in ..) Ok, see you at Buffers.
• RESCHEDULED!! Now on Saturday 24th, postponed from the icy depths of 3rd March, ’tis The Great Spring Clean Litter Pick Pt (1) : meet 10am at McDonalds (free drinks ‘n’ nosh) before totalling Haslingden Rd of ALL its litter. Special appeal to volunteers who’ve not been out wi’ us for a while!!
• RESCHEDULED!! (f’r the same reason) postponed from 4th March to Sunday 25th March The Great Spring Clean Litter Pick Part (2). Meet 10am at junction of St Crispin’s Way/Flip Rd/Bentwood Rd, Carrs Industrial Estate Haslingden. Come on Rawtenstall folk, join the Hassy Crew, big communal effort, let’s get LOADS of us out there!
• Monday 26th 9.30 Tricketts Memorial Ground Waterfoot, next stage of the renovation.
And that, poor suffering reader, is all you’ve got to wade through this week.

Chris PS if you need to get in touch with us, want to join in but don’t know how :-
• info@civic-pride.org.uk website www.civic-pride.org.uk
• weirpride@gmail.com
• bacuppride@gmail.com
• haslingdencp@outlook.com
• or Facebook pages for any of the above …….we’d LURV to receive a word or ten from you!

A Quick Witter for The Weather Gods

Dear Adherent (possibly, Adherents – ummmm – how’s the Membership List doin’?)

Last week, as ever, our Thursday crew had their wellies ‘n’ mufflers on ready for the starting gun and – snow was dumped on us. Have you tried gardening under snow? The session was cancelled at verrrry short notice. That’s the 3rd time in 3 weeks. Even worse, a quick thaw melted the lot a couple of hours later but un-cancelling a cancelled session gets confusing. Weather Gods, we ain’t no friend of yours atm. Just put it right this week. Please??

Weds 14th Weir Pride Knit ‘n’ Knatter, Doals Centre, 9.30 – 11.30. ‘Twas every Tues, now every Weds.
Weds 14th Bacup Pride 10am meet at the lockup, back o’ t’market i’ Bacup. Will they head straight for the coffee shop? Just one way to find out ……
Thurs 15th Civic Pride Rossendale doin’ what we’d planned for last week : meet 10am, bypass layby, inbound to R’stall side (adjacent to McD’s) for garden, plant ‘n’ litterpick.
Thurs 15th all day! Call in for a jar of cask ale at Northern Whisper. Bless ’em, they donate 10p to us from every pinta cask ale they sell, every Thurs in 2018. It’s now possible to sup ale AND feel virtuous. On a Thursday, anyway.
Fri 16th 8pm onwards Buffer Stops …. not been for ages so could be a good nite! – followed by compulsory visits to Casked and N. Whisper……Will we feel virtuous afterwards (see previous item ….)??
Mon 19th our magnificent Trickett’s crew are out again, T’s Memorial Ground – it’s on the Burnley Rd East/Booth Rd junction, 9.30am start. It’s one big project. (do I feel an RHS entry comin’ on there??)

1. The dateline is 8th April 2018. Civic Pride’s at the theatre, all scrubbed ‘n’ posh (possibly). Rossendale Players are at The New Millennium Theatre, Burnley Rd East, Waterfoot with a classy production of “Breaking The Code.” It’s on all week BUT Rossie Players will donate most of Sun 8th’s ticket money to CPride. Tickets, £9, from several sources : Watts News on Burnley Rd East ; Tickets Source (google it) ; Rossie Players’ own ticket line 0792 202 1505 ; and – and – from Civic Pride’s very own thespian, Anne Dixon (47annelotusdixon@gmail.com and 01706 551123). This local company is truly excellent, deserve our support, and you’ll have a crackin’ night out. And they’re supporting us.
2. Rescheduled Great Spring Clean – the weekend of 24th and 25th March, same venues. More details next week – but DO PLEASE COME OUT and help this major attack on our local grot ‘n’ litter. Izzit in thi diary yet?
3. We’ve been Facebook Messaged by a Bacup lady, Tracey Carne. She’s asked us to brighten up the non-too-attractive rear yard of a Nursing Home in the area. We’ve passed this on to Bacup Pride but please let us know if you, dear gardening volunteer, can add to your workload for a while – pass your details onto our Facebook Guru Jackie Taylor (jackie@civic-pride.org.uk). We’ll provide equipment and materials f.o.c. Thanks!
Ok, a quick prayer t’ Weather Gods for this week ….. Civic Pride go out in all sorts of crazy weather but – c’mon, there’s a limit, even for us



T’Witters – Oh not another …..

Dear Long-Suffering Civic Pride Adherents

How many Witterings landed last week? Not sure, but my ol’ laptop needed a good stiff drink afterwards…. all due, sadly, to sending-out of postponements of our multifarious wonderfully organised Big Spring Clean Litter events.

Your current Witter’s just a few notes and quick info re this week’s sessions :

  1. Hope you got the newsletter ; let us know if you didn’t. Thank you Roger for the immaculate illustrated prose.
  2. Jackie T has a connection for all you wildflower enthusiasts : go to https://www.growwilduk.com/content/seed-kit-applications-2018-now-open for free packet(s) of seeds
  3. AGM outcomes – main details are in last week’s newsletter but I’m adding big thanks to the many volunteers who manage parts of Civic Pride’s organisation ….. make sure we don’t descend into chaos!  : Sue and Barry (outreach) Sue R/D (stores) Hazel (sponsors) Jackie (social media) Josie and Eddie (rivers team) Keith (d-d czar) Lynn (secretarial) plus all the guys ‘n’ gals who lead specific projects and our fellow Pride groups across the borough. Thank you.
  4. Northern Whisper are supporting us financially with donations of 10p for every pint of cask ale sold on Thursdays thro’out 2018. We just need a catchphrase for it : “Thirsty is Civic Pride day” is the best we’ve come up with thus far. Further ideas from CP’s literary whizzes will be appreciated – send ’em in!

This week in a nutshell …….
Weds 7th March 10am Bacup Pride meet at the lockup behind Bacup market
Thurs 8th Civic Pride Rossendale Thursday Crew meet 10am on the bypass layby, inbound-to-Rawtenstall side. Early Spring (ok, optimistic title…) tidy-up and a LOT of litter to clear.
Friday 8pm Buffer Stops (no Chair in attendance this week, so that’s a social bonus)
Monday 13th 9.30am Trickett’s Memorial Ground, Burnley Rd East, Waterfoot – please bring your own gardening tools ’til we get a store sorted there.

Footnotes ….

  • The Big Spring Clean Litter Pick is postponed, not cancelled : we’re going to re-schedule later this month.
  • Go-go-go Lone Rangers and Secret Gardeners! Please keep us in touch with your activities via QT.


Chris    PS please, Lord, let there be no Supplementary Witters this week. We’ve had enuff of ’em ……


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Yet Another Supplementary Witter

Good Morning Troops

Herewith, a somewhat predictable message. Friday’s and Saturday’s Grand Litterpicks are postponed – that is, rescheduled to another time/date which as yet haven’t been organised.

Sunday’s session is on hold at the moment – the weather forecast, which says it’ll be below freezing ’til at least Saturday night, may be wrong, so if (if) we get an earlier thaw than currently predicted, we’ll be out there.

Litterpicker in one hand, snow shovel in the other, litterbag clenched between the teeth – that’s our Civic Pride.

Another Witter Supplementary re Sunday’s session will be slither into your inbox on Saturday morning. Betcha can’t wait, eh?

Chris A few minutes ago, the record on Radio 2 was “Mr Blue Sky”. Altogether now …….

Worra Wittering! (there’s LOADS going on – doooo come out and lend a hand!)

Dearest Troops

Thank you to Grimmers for eloquently taking over the Witterings last week, keeping ’em firmly wedged in the basement of literary efficacy. Crikey, even Max Bygraves got a mention.

Annual General Meeting – this was last Tuesday, and ’twas a rollickin’ good “Do.” Will relate the details and happenings in next week’s Witterings cos there’s just so much other detail to cram in this week.

TUES 27TH – Weir Pride, Doal Centre 9.30am continuing with their remarkable textile-based decor. Go see!
WEDS 28TH – It’s the end of February Fill-dyke! Spring bulbs comin’ on through! NB Bacup Pride’s Weds routine has been switched to Friday. Read on.
WEDS 28TH 4pm – 7pm Longholme Meths Church : a further consultation on R’stall Town Centre building proposals. Civic Pride has now quit this debate but that won’t prevent you adding your comments as individuals.
THURS 1ST MARCH 10am meet on bypass, inbound-to-R’stall side of the carriageway. It’ll be a fairly large litterpick unless a Lone Ranger or three tackle it beforehand. That’ll be in addition to tlc in the layby gardens.

FRIDAY 2ND MARCH – The Rossendale action of The Great British Spring Clean commences!!
• Bacup Pride 1pm to 3pm, meeting at the back of the market cabin on Market St, OL139NH (how sophisticated are they? even their store’s gotta post-code..) to clear up Market St area.
• Civic Pride meet 10am at the Boar’s Head Newchurch (nooo comments about mid-morning snifters, perleeze!). Civic Pride’s newly-elected Litter Officer, Ben Parkin, will be in charge. So jump to it, you lot! (there might be luncheon snifters afterwards …..)
• Buffer Stops, as per, 8pm onwards. A right ol’ jolly last week! This week? Could be even worse! New recruits are urged to join in this dee-lite-ful friendly get-together.
• Bacup Troops meet 10 am at the lock-up ; clearing back of Mario’s (ooh, could be a joke there…) and Bacup Centre
• Civic Pride meet outside McDonald’s, joint effort with Hassy crew and staff from McD’s. Picking Haslingden Rd and adjacent roads. I think Roger’s i/c this one so there’ll be free food ‘n’ drink at McD’s afterwards for workers!
• 10am onwards, Bacup’s Shock Litter Troops are clearing Rochdale Rd, South St and as much of the Coconutters’ Easter route as poss – the amount depends on numbers of volunteers so c’mon Bacup, get the neighbours out there!
• Civic Pride and CP Haslingden meet 10am at the St Crispin’s Way/Flip Rd/Bentwood Rd cross-roads to do as much of the Carrs Industrial estate as possible – our combined efforts were fantastic in 2016 and 2017 but please don’t rest on previous years’ laurels : you are needed! Some firms on Carrs make a real effort to keep their premises clear thro’out the year. Others couldn’t give a monkeys. Give me details of the latter please! Names will be shamed – no, sorry, cajoled. Gently cajoled.
MONDAY 5TH MARCH – the small but amazing gang regenerating Trickett’s Memorial Ground (TMG) on Burnley Rd East, Waterfoot, have a weekly work-crew there every Monday 9.30am start. Small numerically, that is, but that’ll change as more Waterfootians join ’em, we very much hope. It’s been a very long time since TMG was something to be proud of but these guys are on a pride-restoration mission. Go support! Please bring your own gardening tools for the first few weeks.

FINAL BUT VITAL BIT!! We’re getting dire warnings of grim weather coming our way. We’ll post last-minute cancellations in these columns if things look really bad and we have to abort one or more sessions. Current predictions, though, are that we’ll miss the worst of it. Ring the Civic Pride phone 07955 110199 for last-minute stuff, or me on 07877211314. Bacup Crew please keep me posted if you wish.



An AGM (Awful Grimshaw Mutterings) Witter

It appears that Blom has gone back to the 1950’s for a few days (those of you know Arnside and Silverdale will know exactly what I mean)! Unfortunately for his faithful readers it means that I can write this weeks garbage which could be a point better or worse, you must judge for yourselves.

Before I get to this weeks events I wanna tell you story, as Max Bygraves used to say. In our attic were four old dining chairs which are now for sale at Emmaus in Burnley. Other charities only wanted them if they had a table, Emmaus took them anyway. They raise money for homeless but seem to be little known but they really impressed me with their can do attitude. One to consider for future donations mayhaps?

Our Grants gnu guru Charlotte has just landed grants from Neighbourhood Forum, Live Well Live Better and Tesco Bags of Help! We now need you to shop at Tesco during March and April and put your little green tokens into the box marked Civic Pride! Everytime you shop there please! If they don’t offer the token, please ask for it! We’re after the £4000 grant rather than the £2000 or £1000 to regenerate the gardens opposite the ELR station.

Come and enjoy tha’ tea wi’ us tomorra (Tuesday 20th) for free, nowt, gratis. Rawtenstall Cricket Club, Bacup Road, Rawtenstall. While you’re there you can also join in the AGM!

Thursday 10am at Phipps Car Park (that’s the one behind Althams). I think that’s the best way of describing because the amount holidays we take I assume everybody knows where it is! Any road up, there’ll be plenty to do so bring waterproofs, warm clothing, sun tan lotion and shorts. You’ll probably need them all in the two hours you’ll be there!


ps please don’t eat all the pork pies at the AGM before I get to them!

Have you got it/did you get it Witter??

Hi Followers
The support papers for Civic Pride Rossendale’s AGM have now been circulated : Agenda, Constitution and Proposed Changes to Constitution. If you’ve NOT received them please let us know via roger@civic-pride.org.uk quickly. Thanx! And if you have received them, do us a favour and read ’em before the meet ….. essential bedtime reading!
Just in case you’ve not popped t’other details into your diary, they’re
• Venue : Rawtenstall Cricket Club (access via the gate which leads off the Kay St car park, opposite Butterworth Jones)
• Date, Tuesday next week : 20th February
• Doors open 6pm, prompt start 6.30pm
• Important bit : the AGM is pretty brisk but it’s a vital part of our working for the year. But there’s plenty of drinking, chatting, catching up, eating …. after the formal meeting finishes.
Perleeze support it!

This week
Tues 13th 9.30-11.30 Weir Pride Knit/Natter Doals Centre Weir
Thurs 15th Civic Pride’s Thursday Crew meet 10am on Phipp’s Car Park for work and tidy-up in the area. Phipps can accessed by car and on foot from the north (ie market) end of Bank St ; and on foot via the footpath which cuts through from St Mary’s Way into the car park. Big boots very useful if you’ve got ’em!
Fri 16th 8pm Buffer Stops – oh how lucky they are to have our patronage ….. we may go on elsewhere later.

A fairly serious (for us!) and non-jokey Wittering this week ……. normal service will resume soon-ish.



Quick(ish) Wittering from Your Very Own Civic Pride Rossendale

Dear Rossendalians and Equally Dear Out-of-Towners
Thank you Sue, Sue, Keith, Kath, Pam for being the Sunday team yesterday. Tbh, could’ve done with lots more volunteers (izzat making you feel guilty??)  – but the Noble Few did some great work. Thanks guys!This week we’ve got ……

  • Tues 6th Weir Pride Knit/Natter – some enterprising plans hatching there. 9.30am Doal Centre. Weirsiders and non-Weirsiders all very welcome.
  • Weds 7th 10am Bacup Pride’s gang will meet at the lockup for more remarkable renovating round town.
  • Weds 7th 6.30pm start Rawtenstall Neighbourhood Forum. Venue : meeting room at Rossie Ski Slope. We’re up for a grant ; and the main item on the agenda will be Waterfoot. Be good t’see you there.
  • Thurs 8th 10am at The Embankment opposite Asda ; more on The Embankment, plus central res and Phipps car park area. LOADS to do so come on out with our Truly Fab Thurs Crew (12 of us last week!)
  • Friday 9th 8pm onwards Buffer Stops – bring a few bits of wood so we can light a fire (that’ll make sense when you turn up!)
  • Saturday 10th Weir Pride. Soup Social, Doal Centre : sorry I’ve not got a time for that. Message them via F’book for details.

Vital Other Bitsa Info

  1. AGM is just 2 weeks away – 20th Feb – prep for onslaught of agenda, reports and support papers!
  2. Big Spring Clean dates on 2nd 3rd 4th March. We’ll be out somewhere every day, together with the other Pride clans. Please be prep to support this big improvement effort of your area!
  3. Tricketts – well done Charlotte, we now have a big grant to support the work which our small Waterfoot group are doing to massively renovate Tricketts Memorial Ground. It’s attracted a lot of grateful attention from locals. I really hope that’ll translate into them getting their hands dirty!
  4. The new sport  (it’s official!) is Plogging. It involves jogging, combined with picking up Plastic Litter as you go! No specialist kit needed altho’ we could lend you a litterpicker and a few bags ….

That’s the lot f’r this week (brief, as promised!)



Dontcha just LURV technology Witter??

Hi Guys
The Tekky Gods were being obstructive today. Non-co-operative. So there’s bin a reet battle with ’em to make sure you get your weekly dose of Wittering. Should we have bothered? (don’t answer that ….)

• Tuesday 30th 9.30am Weir Pride Doals Centre
• Thursday 1st Feb Civic Pride crew back to the Riverside Walk. Meet 10am.
• Friday 8pm onwards. Buffer Stop. A stimulating bunch there last week. Don’t count on THAT happening again.
• Sunday 4th Feb – Civic Pride WILL be out for our first-Sunday-of-the-month session, 9.30am at the store, 10am somewhere else. We’re assessing priorities – will let you know the location of “somewhere else” asap!
Other stuff :
• Rossendale Heritage Listing Project : if there’s a Rossendale architectural gem you feel deserves special treatment/merit please email info@communityasset.org The website is www.communityasset.org
• Northern Whisper – bless ’em! They’re donating a proportion of their cask ale sales, each and every Thursday throughout 2018 to Civic Pride. Wonderful people. Get in there on Thursdays folks – excellent beer AND doing yer CP some good! Thanks Hazel, our Sponsorship Queen!
• Haslingden & Bacup guys ….. not heard owt from them …. but they will be out this week so check their F’book pages for info.
Last bit ….. Lone Rangers : we’re getting some good postings on our QT site letting us all know where you’ve litterpicked. Could you all remember to do that please? Go on, share the virtuous community spirit ….

Cheers, folks!

Chris PS Supplementary Witterings re next Sunday (4th Feb) will be with you shortly …. oooh the anticipation ……
Weekly Witterings by CivicPride

It’s Monday so you’re getting the Civic Pride Witterings. You poor souls …….

Hi Chilly Troops

Not merely chilly but soaked ‘n’ chilly – that’s the Thursday crew who braved the bypass mud sleet ‘n’ hail last week. Crazy people. Bless ’em. Slightly warmer but mind-numbed was Charlotte. She filled in endless grant applications for funds for us. Ever tried completing one of those?? Thanks chuck!

Btw, ’twas a very interesting Friday night : exposure to freezing R’stall sleet negated by dashing from one excellent new R’stall bar to the next. Pub crawl? No, we ran.

Tues 23rd Jan 9.30-11.30am, The Weir Pride crew’ve got the right idea – they’re inside at the moment! A Knit Natter Crochet ‘n’ Chatter group at the Doal Centre, Burnley Rd Weir. All welcome, be you Weir person or foreigner.
Weds 24th Jan Bacup Pride. Meet 10am, the lock-up behind the market, take it from there. A brew is inevitable.
Thurs 25th Jan Civic Pride Thursday crew, 10am based at the Riverside Walk (Bury Rd, opposite the railway station). A range of goings-on (oooh!) around that area. Intrigued, or what? Friendly welcome guaranteed.
Fri 26th Jan 8pm onwards we’re at Buffer Stops. We might drift off to an adjacent venue 9pm-ish so if you turn up & can’t find us, ring. (07877211314)

One entire month plus one day since the shortest day …. we have 57 mins more daylight (Civic Pride version of Spring Watch!)



Mid-Jan Witter

Evenin’ All

Great turnouts to organised sessions last week – 12 volunteers on Thursday, 15 on Sunday. That’s not counting all those stars out on their own in their own time. We’re so grateful to y’all.

Special well-done to Leanne (one of the Hassy crew). I’m told she single-handedly cleared that appalling layby on the A56, just before the Rising Bridge roundabout.


Weds 17th 10am Bacup Pride meet at the lockup behind Bacup market.
Thurs 18th Civic Pride Thursday Morning crew – attracting more volunteers every week, really making a difference so come ‘n’ join the fun! Meet 9.30am at the store or 10am on the bypass layby, inbound-to-R’stall side. Perennial weeds need yanking out, several areas requiring our tlc. Could be up for two brews – one from lovely Lynn (our volunteer catering manager!) then a McD’s freebie after we’ve finished. Tempted, eh??
Friday 19th – change of venue!! 8pm in Casked (next to the Civic Pride shop, opposite the fire station) then aiming for Buffers at 9pm.

OTHER STUFF (will try to be brief – honest!)
1. Friday 23rd March Mayor’s Charity Ball : 4 course dinner plus entertainment and chance to chat. Venue is The Riverside Whitworth 7pm for 7.30pm tickets £35. This year the mayor is Colin Crawforth who’s been a big long-term supporter of all things Civic Pride so it’d be good to return the compliment. Email me if you want to attend : chris@civic-pride.org.uk or ring on 07877211314
2. Burnley Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Services would like a Civic Pride representative as a Trustee. Let me know if you can help ’em out – the time commitment is minimal and it could help us to recruit volunteers which is vital to us.
3. East Lancs Railway – if you’re ever at R’stall station you may have seen a beautiful locomotive called City of Wells. ELR are trying to buy it and need donations (whether large, small or tiny) towards the £300K purchase price. Get in touch via their website.
That’s it – other than to say it’s now 35 minutes longer (gettit?) – oh, and ‘orrid January’s half-done!



It’s gone an’ it’s on its way ….. is this a weird Wittering??

Hi Civic Pride Boddies

Yup, shortest day’s gone and Springtime’s on its way. You’ll be oh-wow’d to know that compared to the shortest day, today 8th Jan had 20 mins more daylight than the shortest day. Dig out the suntan lotion!

Have you seen any daffs and bulbs starting to poke through?? We’ve planted thousands of ’em round the borough so – – Jackie, our social media guru, Facebooked a pik of some a couple of weeks ago. Marvellous.

Oh – and we’re in the Free Press twice this week. Thanks guys – but well, to be honest, it’s richly deserved by our luvly volunteers. The Scribbler seems to like us.

This week ……
• Weds 10th 10am Bacup Pride meet at the lockup behind the market. How’s it going, guys??
• Thurs 11th Civic Pride Rossendale meet 9.30am at the store or 10am at the Haslingden Rd gardens (in front of St Mary’s Chambers) for a tidy-up. Good weather forecast.
• Fri 12th 8pm onwards – join the notorious gathering at Buffer Stops (rollickin’ good chatty/social “do” last week…)
• Sunday 14th – c’mon luvvies, it’s the – um – first Sunday of the month – well, ’tis so on our calendar. We always have a session on – um – first Sunday of the month! Meet 10am on the inbound layby of “our” bypass for some restorative digging and planting (really!), some tidying and a good ol’-fashioned litterpick! Something for everyone to do then, and someone’s bound to blag some free coffee out of the nearby McDonald’s. What’s not to like?
Two last things (just the two …. really …)
(1) we’ll be in touch with really sensible stuff about equipment audits and access to the store …. we do sensible sometimes.
(2) oh – – – just say NO! The latest development proposal for the Town Square, aka Spinning Point Two, is awful. Every scrap of green, of planting, of thousands of hours of C.P. volunteer-time, is going under concrete. Nothing will be left. It looks like buildings right up to the edge of the Bank St pavement. Don’t take our word for it. Look at the planning submission via the Free Press or via Rossie Council Planning or go to Futures Park to see the plans for yourself. Do nowt, it’ll happen. Is that what you want the centre of your town to look like?


Chris PS Huge thanks to all the Lone Rangers who’ve tackled the litter this week – especially those who’ve posted it on our QT site. If you don’t know how to get on there, email ben@civic-pride.org.uk for easy-to-follow details. Like, really easy!

Thank-the-Lord-that’s-over Witterings

Happy New Year Civic Priders everywhere!! ‘Tis 2018 (you knew that?). Your new year resolution (c’mon, you’ve got one!) ….. make an impact on where you live!!

First, thanks to ……
• Pam – organiser of our newly replanted barrier baskets/hanging baskets … have you seen them all, lovely reader??
• Simon & Matt for putting up the hanging baskets
• Ben for last week’s mass end-of-year litterpick and to all the guys ‘n’ gals who supported it
• ALL the Lone Rangers who’ve already started their 2018 anti-litter patrols. Lots of postings on our QT reporting site. Have you started yet? Go on, give it half an hour! Today??
• Suzy & Co for the creatively-artistic seasonal decs in the Civic Pride shop window.
• Mike and Amanda Jones, owners of Casked (R’stall’s newest bar – it’s next to our shop!) for diverting ALL their tips towards CP … £40 in the first week. A truly lovely gesture!
• Peter Connolly’s family for the wonderful donation to us, collected around the time of Peter’s funeral. Peter was a real community man and we’re delighted and honoured to be a part of his remembrance.
This week …. lots of individual efforts going on, but just the one needing a gang :

Thursday 4th Jan 2018, meet 9.30 at the store or 10am on the Town Square. We’re giving it the first tidy-up of 2018 …. weather forecast is ok. New year, new start, new volunteers – is that you??
Friday 5th 8pm onwards we’re at Buffer Stops. Relate your festive period goings-on (are brave enough to confess ’em?)
Our regular First-Sunday-Of-The-Month Session is NEXT week – ie Sunday 14th Jan, 10am. It’s put back a week to give us chance to recuperate from the festive excesses …..

Fly-tipping …… Rossendale Borough Council prioritise reports we send in & act on ’em asap. Here’s the reminder, folks : please send details of any you spot to us at our dedicated email address. That’s flytipping@civic-pride.org.uk
Just 2 descriptions needed : (1) what’s been tipped ; (2) (especially important!) careful accurate details of location. Thank you!

See you out there!


Your Wonderful Weekly Wittering : The last, the final, the never again.

Hi Elves, Santas an’ all of our happy band

Is this week’s a doom-laden title? Did you read it? Well y’see it is the last one of 2017. I know there’s TWO weeks to go but one suspects the audience might be a bit sparse next Monday. So this week’s WITTER is a bogof (I know you’ll work that out …. well, some will ..)

Weds 20th 10am by the Bacup Pride lockup …. join local citizenry for another Bacup facelift.
Weds 20th late afternoon Weir Pride are off to The Sycamore Tree for festive nosh. Check out their F’b page for details … late bookings still being taken.
Thurs 21st The revolution is at hand brothers ‘n’ sisters!! There is no Civic Pride Rossendale session this week. None. The first we’ve missed in 8 years but – last Thurs our noble band of regulars were frozed to their extremities (saved only by Aunty Lynn’s coffee flasks) so we thought we’d do Pressy Shopping this week instead.
Thurs 21st midday. Join a certain gent doing pilates in the company of young virile ladies. Cross my palm with ale an’ I’ll name names …….This is true …..and if that certain gent doesn’t cross my palm with ale, the who and the where will be shockingly revealed. I was a News Of The World Reporter.
Friday 22nd 8pm a final pre-Chrimbo Buffers. Further comments would be superfluous, d’you think??
Monday 25th It is actually true that some of our utterly wonderful Lone Rangers start Christmas Day with a litterpick, eliminating the town of Chrimbo Eve celebrants’ litter. Do get out there. Start the day feeling virtuous …… even if the halo does slip a bit later on!
Thurs 28th THE BIG ONE!! Ordinarily we do a New Year’s Day Grand Litter-Pick. This year, just to vary things a bit, it’s a Grand End-Of-Year Litter Pick – meet 9.30am at the Civic Pride store (behind R’stall market). Good ol’ Ben’s organising it so expect the thing to work immaculately. Bring the kids as well (kid-sized kit is available …. noisy ones fit beautifully into the littersacks ….).

(1) Next to the C. Pride shop – the latest in the line of R’stall’s excellent new bars. That’s the fourth this year, all lovely. This one’s called Casked and it opens this week. We’re reliably told.
(2) Whitaker – we love you! They gave us a truly marvellous Civic Pride Bash last Thurs, and have just publicly congratulated us. Details at the end, but they provided a lovely ambience & lovely food all with a dee-lie-ful bunch of Pride People!
(3) oooh Annie! She’s one of our Thurs regulars and appeared on stage, as in, one of the cast, for a week’s run at The Palace, Oxford St M/cr. Really. Typical of the amazin’ talent within our ranks!

That’s it. 2017 done. Marvellous year for your Civic Pride – Roger’s recent newsletter gave a flavour of it but – didn’t we do well?? As the guys from The Whitaker proclaimed a couple of days ago …..

Wow – what a brilliant year for Civic Pride. Please pass on our congratulations and thanks from ALL at The Whitaker. It’s richly deserved.

Can’t say more than that, really. To all our volunteers, supporters and sponsors – thank you. It’s been a privilege to be a part of it all.

Happy Christmas!


Bitter Witter

Hi Shivering Team

Ok that’s quite enough. The snow-n-ice stuff looks very pretty but enough is enough. It looks so jolly on those weird Christmas card piks but – well – really. …… BUT …. will it put Your Crazy Civic Pride doing stuff this week?? Answer below :

Weds 13th Dec – Bacup Pride’s usual morning session but – you’ll need to go to their F’b page to find out what’s happening ; or bacuppride@gmail.com
Weds 13th – just to let you know : our unsung Outreach Team are out again – this time at Alder Grange. No fuss, no fanfares, Barry & Sue JDI bless ’em. Thanks guys!

Thurs 14th Dec Your ever-lovely Civic Pride Rossendale crew are out. Foul weather? No prob! Meet 9.30 (that’s half past nine ….now why is that timing repeated this week?? Hmm!) at the store or 10am at the inbound layby on the bypass. 400 daff bulbs to plant and we need some inspired idea for what to do with a coupla hundred crocus….. so bring thi brain cell as well as thi trowel please!
Thurs 14th Dec It’s THE social event of the year : the Civic Pride Christmas Nosh, 7pm at The Whitaker. Sorry if you’ve not booked in – applications now closed! Attendees : posh frocks, crisp shirts and polished wellies please. Mike’s buying the beer.

Friday 15th Dec An inquest of last night’s serial goings-on. If y’missed said goings-on, we’ll let you in on the secrets. And possibly the photos. 8pm onwards, Buffer Stops.

Addenda :

A1 – did y’see Blue Planet 2 last night (Sunday 10th) then? A small part of it was David Attenborough’s gentle description of how we’re choking our seas and oceans. With litter. Watch it if you can.
A2 – thanks as ever to our glorious Twitter gal (Jackie) – this, from B & E Boys : We’d like to thank @CivicPrideRoss for the work they do for the local community in Rossendale. As one review says “they’re a hard-working team who give up their spare time to create magic around the valley. We need to be more grateful to them”
Lovely comments, fellahs : thank you.
A3 – have you seen our oh-wow winter-planted barrier baskets which’ve gone in this week? Go look if you haven’t – we’ve installed a record number. Rather justifies R’stall’s new description as The Floral Town dontcha think??. On this occasion, thanks to the fellahs from Zenon for doing them for us at cost. They’ll still cost us over £4,000 in 2018 though. Ooops! Anyone got a rich relative??

Talking of rich relatives ….. ok back to the Christmas shopping.


Wittering not mentioning the fact of it being 3 weeks to go to the season of Bah Humbug

Good evening Civic Priders Everywhere

First – great session last Sunday morn : grand crew started the revamp on the bed near Do-Dah’s – thanks to all the guys who supported and to Lynn for the coffee. Go check it out luvly people! Could YOU have helped for a while??
That, followed up later on Sunday by the **th birthday celebs of Mrs Neville (hiya Jean!), she, a C.P. stalwart. She’s bein’ very mysterious about actual age ….. (25 with a few years’ experience, we hear…)
Second – thank you Lone Rangers who post their litterpickin’ activities on the QT site. It really is valuable as we know who’s done what, which stops other guys visiting the same areas unnecessarily. Thanx! (can’t access QT site? Let us know via info@civic-pride.org.uk)

To business folks! (promise to keep it uber-brief)

WEDS 6TH DEC meet 10am at the lockup, back of Bacup market – am reliably informed the next stage of the Dale St project’s in hand.
THURS 7TH DEC meet 9.30am at the store (behind R’stall market) or 10am in the in the area between the Railway station and the bypass. Confused? Gi’e us a ring if you’re lost (07877211314) The weather forecast ain’t the best but we’ll be there. Btw, we’ll be joined by an academic researcher. Intrigued? Come find out!
FRIDAY 8TH DEC 8pm onwards at Buffer Stops for beer and badinage (R’stall was just buzzing last Friday nite ….
Other than that, it’s all down to individuals going out solo which is HUGELY appreciated. And crucial.

To finish with touches of immodesty we have genuine quotes from this week’s communications which are Witterings-related :
Immodesty (1) “Fabled Gems of Wisdom”
Immodesty (2) “Enjoyed reading The Witterings”
Immodesty (3) “Please keep sending me the Witterings even tho’ I’m in Wales ….”
So someone loves this ol’ garbage even if you delete it …… that “fabled gems” bit was from an intelligent rational lady, not from me mum


Chris PS thanx to Charlotte, putting in hours of work chasing grants : unsung-but-vital work. Luv ya!

PPS Sorry – as in, really sorry – to bang on about this again.

We hear that next Sunday we’ve got Blue Planet 2, BBC TV, David Attenborough illustrating how we humans are destroying our oceans with pollution. Litter. Plastic. Garbage.

Please watch it. Then go out there and, at least, help to clear up our own back yard. Where you live. Please pass on the message.

When we’ve poisoned the last river, polluted the last ocean, made desert of the last field, we’ll find that we can’t eat money.

What price will our kids, our grandkids, pay for what we’re doing?

Weekly Witterings – 48 down 4 to go

Hi to Y’All
Where’s 2017 gone? Just 4 more Witters after this ‘un. Thank the Lord for that. Will the 2018 versions be any better? Unlikely. Sorry.

Anyhow, congrats to the last week’s Thurs morning crew who braved the sleet and carried on regardless. Have you seen those big planter boxes (the ones by the X43 bus stops on Bank St – and near Fitzpatricks?) Quelle transformation – well done guys!


Weds 29th Nov Bacup Pride 10am meet at the store – not sure what’s happening but likely, there’ll be a brew involved.
Thurs 30th Nov (St Andrew’s Day, the noo – so wee drams in the half-time coffee, mayhap?) meet 9.30am at the CP Store behind R’stall market or 10am Riverside Walk – tidying up, some trimming, creative stuff with the adjacent planters and primula bed (if it’s still there!) and – lots of chatter. It’s what we do. Some more than others ……
Fri 1st December – so the “C” word can now be used …..that, and other deep philosophies will be debated at Buffer Stops 8pm onwards. Oh what a treat you missed last week – the wonderful ol’-fashioned coal fire was roaring up t’chimley – remember those??
Saturday 2nd Dec Weir Pride meet 10am at the Doals Centre : removing the remnants of the summer planting (that’s the stuff which won you an RHS Award, Weir – remember that??) then a litterpick.
Sunday 3rd December – it’s the first-Sunday-of-the-month effort – the last of 2017! Some of our Secret Gardeners need a bit of support so we’re back at the Do-Dah’s/Reeds-Rains beds tidying up but – particularly – digging out some of the overgrown shrubs : heavy work so big fellahs very much needed to join the rest of us please! Meet 10am. Thanx! Hassy crew – I’m sure you’re out as well!

(1) Have you got any good recent piks/photos of Civic Pride activities/scenes? Please send ’em to Jackie (our Social Media Guru). Email to jackie@civic-pride.org.uk Thank you (I wonder where they’ll be used??). Or take your camera/phone out with you next time you’re out?
(2) All over social media yesterday was a bloke called Eddie Kirkwood. He’s got bad cerebral palsy problems but he and his wheelchair go out litterpicking every day, rain or shine. An amazingly positive can-do fellah.
(3) On the subject of (2) above – we’ve given out lots of litterpicking gear over the past year and we know some of it’s hardly ever being used. Is that you?? C’mon, join our communal effort please – just the odd half-hour??
(4) Early notice – please put it in thi diary : Civic Pride Rossendale AGM Tues 20th Feb 6.30pm at R’stall Cricket Club. It’s so important that volunteers contribute to decisions which’ll take us through the next 12 months. Oh – and have you got your name down for the CP Christmas Nosh? Details in previous Witters.

That’s the lot for this week – come an’ get involved, lovely reader!

Chris PS this lot written to the accompaniment of Jimi Hendrix on Radio 2 : he would’ve been 75 today … just telling you that cos CP isn’t only about litter ‘n’ plants!

A somewhat minimalist Witter

What-ho, Pride People

That’s What-ho. It’s an old-fashioned familiar greeting. Not ho-ho-ho, the greeting pertaining to that “C” word we don’t mention ’til December.

Just one thing, though, whilst we’re on the “C” word – it’s last chance saloon to book in for the C.P. Christmas Posh Nosh at The Whitaker. I believe Aunty Lynn’s just emailed a final reminder. It looks like a pretty good attendance this year but sad to say not everyone’s sent the payment ….. shockin’, eh? If you haven’t, gerrit in speedily please! (I’m writing that in a position of supreme virtue, having nipped round to pay – oooh – at least 5 minutes ago ..,..this is true!)


It’s a bit brief, to be honest ………

Hassy and Bacup Pride groups will be doing their thang this week but no specific details to hand

THURS 23RD NOV 9.30AM MEET AT CP STORE (behind R’stall market) or 10.00am on the Town Square. First job will be refreshing the big boxes on the Bank St side of t’Square plus the two in front of t’Sandwich Shop : weeding, refreshing the compost, winter planting. We’ve a luvly Thurs morning crew and new volunteers will be very welcome, confident of lotsa friendly chat, Aunty Lynn’s coffee an’ getting thi hands mucky.
FRIDAY 24TH 8PM ONWARDS at Buffer Stops. Grand local ales and setting the world to rights – well, Rawtenstall, anyway.

O.S.(1) We got some response to last week’s plea to return borrowed equipment but some trowels, shears and long-handled loppers are still missing. Yes I know someone’ll have borrowed ’em to do a CP task somewhere – but they’ve been gone for weeks now and they’re needed for other CP work – oh, and they’re expensive items. So look into thy soul, guilty party/ies – and into thy garden shed, an’ all – and get ’em back to us. Ta!
O.S.(2) The edge of the M66 verges have been mown, revealing a mass of mucky litter. I s’pose it’s still there. Thank heaven for our Lone Rangers keeping OUR dual carriageways pristine. And roads. And streets. And Paths ……. Can you do a half hour? I know we’ve given out scores – literally scores – of the famous litterpicker devices : does yours need some fresh air and exercise – not been out for a week or six? Go on, fit it into your schedule. ….. and it’d help if you put your efforts on the CP Quick Topic (QT) site so we know where’s been done & where hasn’t. Lovely!


Chris PS Sunday NEXT week will be the final last-Sunday-of-the-month of the year job. Make a note in thi diary and sithee there, 10 ’til 12, Sunday 4th Dec. Details in next week’s Witterin’s.

Your Weekly Wittering Descends On Thi’ Inbox (time for a nap, then?)

Hi Publicity Baskers

The Mighty Media Machines have been lavishing attention on yer Civic Pride ……
• Lancs Telegraph 12 days ago (did you get a copy?)
• BBC Radio Lancs 6 days ago (did u hear us??)
• Free Press this week – go buy a copy! It’s mostly to do with our SG’s (= Secret Gardeners … sorry yes you know that!). Pages and pages in the press plus a hilarious half hour on t’radio.
• All that, followed by Jackie our Social Media Whizz, popping a pik on F’book, with a few words of explanation, showing Our Van stuffed full of bags of litter we’d cleared. It got literally hundreds of “likes” and appreciative comments from the good people of R’stall.
Ok that’s quite enough of that – get the boots and hi-viz on, you lot, because …….
This Week’s Happenings ……..
TUESDAY 14TH Weird stuff goin’ on in Weir. Doals Centre 10am to find out …..
WEDS 15TH 10am Bacup Pride starting on Dale St. Go help ’em, even if it’s just for a half hour, Bacupians.
THURS 16TH 9.30am at the C.P. Store (behind R’stall Market) or 10am on T’ Town Square.
FRIDAY 17TH 20.00 hrs onwards it’s Buffer Stops again. We may move on elsewhere after a while – ring me if we ain’t there (07877211314)

1. Several pairs of shears (good uns with black handles) and big loppers are missing from the store. Plus weeders, trowels, hoes, a “Civic Pride At Work” sign …… They’ll have been borrowed with the best of intention but PLEASE can we have ’em back : they’re expensive and much-needed kit. Thank you!
2. Civic Pride Christmas Nosh 14th December – a goodly crew booked in thus far : please don’t read this without Just DOIN’ It! Contact our Lovely Lynn. Now. (see Lynn’s email to you sent 8th Nov for details)
3. Jake, we forgive you.
4. VITAL BIT! You’ll have noticed all the many extra barrier baskets we’ve installed on St Mary’s Way and Bury Rd (Duncan & Keith did the donkey work, to be fair). Just in case you wonder why we need lotsa ££££, the filling of them all twice annually now costs us over £4,000. You read that correctly. Sharp intake of breath, eh?
5. Also in this week’s Free Press – details of a litterpick on 1.4 miles of part of the National Cycle network in Ashton. 368 bags of litter. That’s one bag filled for every 6 yards. And we thought we had it bad!! Ve are vinning ze Litter Var!! Get out there and be part of it, for your town’s sake!


A Wittering of triumph. What, another??

Hi Lovely Volunteers

Worra day! 15 crazy volunteers from Weir, Bacup, Haslingden and Civic Pride Rossendale at the RHS Awards in Southport last Weds. Awards for Weir Bacup and Hassy, which we’re all delighted about, it being their first year in the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme. I’ll let them tell their own stories!
Yer owd CP Rossendale got four (yup, 4) top level “Outstanding” awards and one next-to-top “Thriving” award. Massive thanks and congratulations to our Secret Gardeners who’ve been grafting away on their respective gardens to make R’stall look fab. No other voluntary organisation in the NW matched this fantastic standard. Really! Good, eh??

Back to the ol’ routine now :
WEDS 8th 10am Bacup Pride’s weekly group meet at their lockup behind Bacup Market for more Bacup beautification
WEDS 8th 10am – if you’ve nowt better to do, tune in to BBC Radio Lancs – the above-mentioned Weir Bacup Hassy and us will be packed into the Radio Lancs studio to chat about the awards and all things related to the amazin’ work we all do…… sounds like a recipe for Broadcasting Chaos methinks. Listen in and see…
THURS 9TH Civic Pride Rossendale meet 9.30 at the store or 10am on the bypass inbound layby (near McDonald’s) to give it the last of its Autumnal Tidying
FRIDAY 10th 8pm onwards Buffer Stops (I’m engaged elsewhere so the proceedings should be rather more civilised this week)

That’s it! Other than to say we had a full page article in Saturday’s Lancs Telegraph about the awards, which was lovely. And thank you to all the wonder-volunteers who planted bulbs on Sunday in the Town Square and then cleared R. Irwell and Limey Water near B & M of tons of rubbish, including FIVE B & M shopping trollies and THREE Tesco trollies. Why??? Tesco very grateful, B & M slightly less so …

Definitely last thing : if you see notices for an event called Rawtenstall Winter Wonderland (17th Dec) please leave ’em in situe : it’s a charitable event, not a bit of commercial fly-posting. HOWEVER, do let me know if you reckon any of them are badly-sited. I’ve a contact number for the organisers so can do something about it. Thanks!

Cheers, y’all! – an’ keep on pickin’ !


Your Weekly Witterings : Back-To-The-Usual-Rubbish standard

Hi Witter Sufferers

Thanks to Roger, CP’s substitute Witterer, for last week’s erudition. Normal drivel resumes herewith, but first a note or three :
1. Last word on C. Pride Rossendale’s 21st Oct Celebrating Community event : thanks to Tesco’s donation of two £25 gift vouchers for our entirely unique competitions (would anyone else have a rubbish-estimation comp??) Gill won both prizes. Huh. Send your begging letters to her. To everyone involved, my thanks to y’all for making it such a Grand Do. (btw, the competition answers briefly went missing, were found in a box with the pork pies. Surreal, eh??). Thanks again, Tesco!
2. Sacks of daffodil bulbs from RBC (thanx guys!) We got 4 sacks of 500, all now claimed (Whitewell Bottom, Waterfoot and some random geezer) BUT let me know if you’d like some for your enterprise – we’ll try to nick some more!
3. Apologies to CP Hassy cos their planning was omitted from last week’s Witter. They had an amazing so-much-done week. This week? Check their F’b page. They’re heading for 1,000+ bags of litter cleared in 2017 and are sure to add to it!
WEDS 1st NOV ALL DAY – Pride crews from all over Rossendale going to the RHS Awards Bash in Southport. How’ll we do? Fingers crossed for us pleeze!
WEDS 1ST BACUP PRIDE meet 10am at lockup behind Bacup market. Serious Bacup-based tlc going on.
THURS 2ND MEET 9.30AM at Civic Pride store (behind R’stall market – where else??) then to bypass inbound layby by 10am. Very Long To Do List for us this morning so please abandon whatever you’d planned and help. New guys hugely welcome to join a brill Thurs Morning Crew. “Brill” defined as one amazingly effective and friendly gang (fuelled by Aunty Lynn’s brews & biks)
FRIDAY 3RD WEIR PRIDE 10am Weir Park to litterpick Remembrance Day route and memorial. Little uns welcome and treats provided : edible-type treats, possibly, but ya never know in Weir!
FRIDAY 3RD 8PM ONWARDS – we’re back to Buffer Stops. I’ve not been for weeks and really lookin’ forward to seeing folk including the Hassy, W’well, Weir, Bacup, W’foot, E’field & Helmshore teams. Everyone welcome : it’s not just the CP Rossendale crew, ok??
SAT 4TH BACUP crew doing their 1st-Saturday-of-the-month session on the Wall of History Garden, bottom of Yorkshire St.
SUNDAY 5TH Civic Pride 1st-Sunday-of-the-month session meet 9.30am at the store or 10am Town Square. Planting 500 bulbs. Yup, five hundred. If the river stays low [ie it doesn’t chuck it down this week!] a river-clearance as well. River crew are you available please? Volunteers bring waders and/or wellies. Safety gear provided. An additional litterpick will be running IF we get the right volunteers (izzat you??).

With sympathy : to Janina, one of our highly dedicated volunteers, following the death of husband Don. Funeral Burnley Crematorium midday 7th Nov. Your CP friends thinking of you.


his is your Queen’s Award slightly-panicking-in-spite-of-being-totally-(??)-organised-for-Saturday Witter

Hiya Troops and Supporters

Roll up, roll up, getcha lovely bodies down t’Do on Saturday!! Have a look at what your Civic Pride’s been up to and join the celebration, even if it’s just for half an hour. We’d look right Charlies if no-one turned up!! It’s the biggest informing-the-public and celebration event we’ve ever organised so you, dear reader, are asked to take note, come along, help out …..

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY – The Queen’s Award, Civic Pride Rossendale, with sooo many other wonderful voluntary groups showcased!! Saturday 21st Oct 11am to 3pm, Kay St Baptist Church Hall, Kay St Rawtenstall.
1. We’ll be setting up the event on Friday between 1pm and 4pm. All hands on deck please as there’s a lot to get ready.
2. On Saturday we’ll be opening up at 10am to fine-tune the details inside the venue and to put up lots of display items outside. Help needed again, please!
3. Will ALL CP folk with display or other responsibilities please wear CP hi-viz so you’re readily identifiable – it doesn’t matter if it clashes with your best twin set an’ pearls ….
4. Ted Robbins, bless ‘im, is opening the event at 11am. Jake Berry, Alyson Barnes and a number of our councillors will be coming to look at us and The Mayor and Mayoress will be there at 1pm to present us with the Queen’s Award….. that’ll be the highlight of the event, really.
5. We’re making a big effort to inform/persuade the general public to come along, be informed, amazed, fed, contribute ….. and, possibly, volunteer!
6. There’s a buffet lunch, details of our sponsors, presentations and static displays covering most aspects of what we’re about, in-house expert advice for your gardening queries, displays from Limey Valley, Rossendale Responsible Animal Rescue and a host of others, 2 competitions with big fat prizes donated by Rawtenstall Tesco (we luv ’em!) AND your chance to have a look at the 2018 CP Development Plan. And a book stall, plus the all-new Dun-Ro (that’s gotcha wondering….), Friends of Bocholt, loads of chat plus one or two surprises.
7. Afterwards – we’ve only got an hour, 3pm to 4pm, to completely clear the hall and have it ready for Sunday morning service. Bodies (able and partially able!) and vehicles will be in huge demand. Please help out!
OTHER STUFF (in brief – well, sort of brief….)
WEDS 3PM (matinee!) 7PM (evening performance) venue CP shop : a super graphics presentation about Civic Pride’s first 18 years. It’s being shown to other events and interested bodies across the N-W. We need you to be in the audience, either to correct any wrong bits OR to learn about us in case the public ask you a CP-related question on Saturday! Ice cream and albatross on sale in the interval.
THURS 19TH meet 9.30am CP Store or 10am at Haslingden Rd Gardens (same place as last week, finish the job there). Lynn’s leading this one cos neither Pam nor I are available so please support her!
FRIDAY 20TH 8PM it’s Buffer Stops but not for long – early nite for us (now why mite that be??)
SATURDAY 21ST – well, haven’t u read ANY of this ??

Big hugz to all you lovely volunteers – double hug to y’all who get down on Saturday!

Chris PS after tonight’s (Monday’s) gales there’ll be upended bins and litter everywhere. Please make a special litter-clearance effort. Ta!

One-Week-To-Go Witter (help!!)

Dear Ol’ Volunteers

You’ve looked at the title of this week’s Witter? Wonder what it’s all about? (to be honest, most folk wonder what any of these Weekly Witterings are ever about ….). Then read on. The solution cometh.

Before that, a bucket of thank you’s …….
(1) to Newchurch Meths Guides, 38th Scouts and Beavers, St James the Less Brownies : marvellous litter-picking and involvement with things environmental ; and to all their unsung leaders (brave souls!)
(2) to Barry & Sue for the (naturally) excellently organised and stimulating Outreach sessions with the uniformed organisations ….. not forgetting the schools, youth clubs and everyone else they’re involved with, names of which have escaped from the brain cell just at the moment
(3) to the crew who responded to last Friday’s Witter Supplementary, spending Sunday dishing out 1,000 leaflets for 21st Oct “do” (see below!)

This week : (sorry, not much info come in!)

THURS 12TH OCT MEET 9.30AM AT THE STORE OR 10.00AM AT HASLINGDEN RD GARDENS (in front of St Mary’s Chambers) We’re struggling to recruit enough Secret Gardeners so we’re having to take at least a part of this area back under the Thursday Crew’s wing…… can you help??
FRI 13TH Buffer Stops 8pm onwards. We’ve got new bars opening in R’stall so Buffers is a tad quieter than it was. The bonus? – we can have a good natter without having to fight our way to the bar!

Don’t be fooled – the above isn’t the total : our Lone Rangers and Secret Gardeners are out doing their thing 365 days a year. And the grapevine sez Haslingden, Weir and Bacup Prides will all be active – check their websites and/or Facebook pages for info.

PLEASE PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY!! Saturday 21st Oct, 11am to 3pm Venue Kay St Baptist Church Hall for a celebration of yer Civic Pride’s Queen’s Award, with other voluntary organisations joining us for a Celebrating Community event. Ted Robbins has been invited to open the “Do”, our Mayor and Mayoress will arrive at 1pm for the formal part, presenting us with the Queen’s Award and our MP and local/county councillors will drop in.
There’s a buffet available, our plans for 2018 will available for members to add to, a couple of simple (gotta be simple if I’m there ….) competitions to – um – well – compete in : and we need YOU, lovely CP volunteer/supporter, to swell the numbers attending. No show without Punch. Or Judy. (or the crocodile….). So join us!

C’mon get out there and do your Civic Pride thing this week! We know you won’t leave it to that anon person aka Somebody Else. (will you?)



A Saturday Witter? Wot’s goin’ on here?

Yup, Civic Pride’s T’Witter is going out on a Saturday. We quite understand that this’ll leave a huge gap in your Monday Reading Literature but hey – you’ll cope as you ALWAYS do ….

So this’ll be a brief one. Tho’ first, we’ve got to say thank you t’ Lord Lieutenant for being so gracious on Wednesday, giving Civic Pride our Queen’s Award – a beautiful item it is as well. It’ll be on view on 21st Oct (see last week’s Witter for details on 21st Oct stuff). We were allowed 10 guests for the presentation. We arrived with 11. But that’s CP, eh?? And amazingly – not a muddy welly, litterpicker or hi-viz in sight.

So, quickly :
SUNDAY 1ST OCT – it’s not the 1st Sunday of the month according to CP. See 8th Oct (below).
MON 2ND WEIR PRIDE MEET 6PM at the borders. Weir guys’ll know where that is. If it’s the border with Burnley, take an armed guard, d’you think?
THURS 5TH MEET 9.30AM AT CP STORE (back of R’stall market) OR 10AM ON Town Square. She-who-must-be-obeyed (that’s Pam, ok?) is getting us organised there. (CPride? – organised? …. an oxymoron, we thinks)
FRI 6TH We’re back at Buffers. 8pm onwards. Could they manage without us last week? C U there, guys. Any Pride group, any Pride person. Come and chat.
SUN 8TH meet 10am at the CP shop, 14 Bury Rd (opposite the Fire Station). We’re leafletting local housing to let ’em know about things relating to CP, particularly (but not solely) the Bash on 21st Oct. PLEASE help us to pop leaflets through local homes’ letterboxes. Publicising/recruiting support for CP is incredibly important (if we ain’t got the supporters, we’re nowhere!!).

Thank you to Jean for organising tonight’s (Saturday 30th) Dining Experience on t’ East Lancs Railway. Great fun, lovely CP people from all over Rossendale and if you weren’t there, you missed a grand “Do”! See you at the next one!



PS don the hi-viz! Just DO IT! Your town needs you!

An Equinoctal Witter

Good evening Volunteers

Re this week’s title : “equinoctal,” adjective, from the noun “equinox.” I think. Someone’ll tell me if I’m wrong. It’s what usually happens ……
Thanx to the various crews who litter-picked the bypass before the mowers went in during the week. A vast amount was picked. Please just keep on pickin’ everybod – you’re sooo needed! We had a nice letter from Jake – House of Commons notepaper, an’ all – thanking all you C.P. volunteers for doing what you do. Doing it day in, day out. Year in year out. Really.

Please read the footnote at the end of this week’s Witter. Just for a change, it might just be useful. Ta!

One or two events this week BUT – even if you can’t get along to any of ’em, the Big Boss’ll still expect you to don the hi-viz, grab the litterpicker or wave the trowel. Or both. Please keep CP going thru the Autumn!

WEDS 27TH – just to remind Civic Pride’s representatives, we’re at the official Queen’s Award presentation, meeting 2.30pm. Reps : polish your wellies and rinse the mud off the hi-viz – ok?? It’s posh.
THURS 28TH WE’RE GIVING A COUPLE OF OUR STAR SECRET GARDENERS A HAND SO – meet 9.30am at the store OR 10am at the Ashoka bed (that’s Janina’s – at junction of Bacup Rd & Bocholt Way) ; then 11am at the Embankment (c’mon, y’know where THAT is …… Helen’s little [??] patch!)
FRIDAY 29TH – social revolution! – we’re abandoning Buffer Stops. Just for the one week. We’ll be back.
SATURDAY 30TH 10am Weir Pride meet at Doal’s Centre (our Julie sez you don’t have to pick up litter ….. do we believe her?? Really?)
SAT 30TH EVENING – it’s the Civic Pride Dining Train experience. Aunty Jean’s organised it and she’ll let participants know times and meeting points. Choo-choo!
SUNDAY 1ST OCT – another postponement!! It’s 1st Sunday of the month – obviously – but we’re pretending it’s not. The Civic Pride 1st-Sunday-of-the-month event will happen next Sunday, 8th Oct. Confused, or what??

1. Put Oct 21st in your diary. It’s had a previous Wittering mention but – it’s our Rossendale opportunity to celebrate Civic Pride’s Queen’s Award, 11am to 3pm at Kay St Baptist in R’stall. It’s open to the public ; will be opened (we hope) by Ted Robbins and with definite “yesses” to invites given to the Friends of Bocholt, to our Mayor & Mayoress Cllr & Mrs Crawforth, to Alyson Barnes, Jake Berry, councillors (local and county) and several other volunteers organisations including other “Pride” groups. There’ll be static displays, suggestions for CP’s 2018 Plan, recruitment drives, possible consultation display for Phase 2 of the Town Square development. Oh, and a rather nice buffet! It’s a big deal for us so EVERYONE please call in at some point during the day and be ready to answer calls for help : folk needed for the day itself and also setting up on the previous afternoon (Friday 20th). Thank you to our organisers Roger, Pam, Hazel, Lynn, Liz, Charlotte and Jackie. And – if you know of a local voluntary organisation who’d like a presence during the day gettem to get in touch, but pronto ( email info@civic-pride.org.uk or phone 07955110199))
2. Just the one footnote this week. But it’s a big ‘un so do read it again, why not?
Here endeth the Equinoctal Witterings – organisers and Pride groups, please let me know if there’s anything for next week you want to stick in The Witterings….. a bomb in the author’s laptop isn’t what I was thinkin’ of duckie …….


PS Congrats to Edenfield Horticultural Society – an amazing show last Saturday, a remarkable standard of entries. Did I try to recruit some of ’em? Dead right!

T’Witter goes a bit heavy-serious …. read it if you’re brave!

G’day Fellow Volunteers

Just for once this’ll be a slightly serious edition of T’Witter. That’s because we’ve had an avalanche of stuff from various media this past few days about the effects of litter on our coasts, seas and oceans, particularly plastic litter (PL). Just a few highlights :
1. Henderson Island is the remotest island on the planet. It’s uninhabited. A 2017 study by the University of Tasmania estimated 38 million pieces of PL on it. Thirty-eight million.
2. Because of tidal currents, PL collects in The Pacific Garbage Patch. It’s 100’s of miles from land. It’s a soup of plastic, big lumps down to tiny fibres, suspended within 5 metres of the surface. Estimates of The Patch’s size vary from 700,000 to 15,000,000 sq km. Greenpeace estimate The Patch is 3 times the size of the UK. We know the amount of seaborne PL is growing rapidly, and so is this infamous “Patch.”
3. Dutch scientists studied Jan Mayen (sp??) Island, the remotest in the N. Atlantic. They found an average of 575 pieces of visible PL for every 100 metres of shoreline. Neighbouring Svalbard Island has 876 per 100 metres.
4. We’ve no idea how much PL now coats the seabed but it’s been found in the Mariana Trench, the deepest area of ocean on the planet.
5. PL microfibres are now being ingested by plankton. Small fish eat plankton. Bigger fish eat small fish and so on up the food chain – right up to us.
6. Internationally we produce 100bn (one hundred billion) plastic bottles annually. They’re non-returnable so massive quantities end up as PL. Coca-cola alone produces one billion. “Coke” are lobbying the EU to stop a bottle-return scheme!!
7. What about UK coast and beaches? The Marine Conservation Society’s latest report indicates that PL has increased by 23% in one year. At that rate it doubles every 4 years.
8. Pieces of PL are commonly mistaken by sea-creatures and birds as food. They ingest them. PL is the biggest single killer of albatross, and they live and breed hundreds of miles from big land-masses! Turtles, whales, puffins, skuas ….. the list of victim species is large and rising rapidly.
From the above : (1) PL is toxic and never biodegrades ; it’s starting to smother our ecosystems, a present for our grand-children to cope with. (2) Land-based PL stats ain’t included here – enough is enough, eh?? (3) Civic Pride’s volunteers collect an ever-increasing amount of litter from an ever increasing area. Please make every effort to “do” your area and to get others to join the ongoing campaign. Let’s do what we can do. We won’t save the planet on our own but we’re starting to make a BIG difference to our area.

WEDS 13TH BACUP PRIDE 10AM please check their website/Facebook page for meeting place
THURS 14TH CIVIC PRIDE meet 9.30am at the store or 10am on the Town Square to finish last week’s tasks, particularly on the tubs and gardens
FRI 15TH 8PM ONWARDS at Buffer Stops. Chat might include sea-borne litter horror stories??
SUN 17TH MEET 10AM AT HARDMAN’S MILL, NEW HALL HEY. The bypass is being mown on Monday 18th so needs a big effort to clear the litter before the machines can shred it – a big area so please help if you can.
SUN 17TH MEET 10AM CO-OP CAR PARK, John St. Haslingden for grand litterpick.
MON 18TH MEET 10AM HASLINGDEN LIBRARY CAR PARK – tlc for planters, I hear, plus litter of course.

SORRY! Yup, a right load of doom in this week’s Witter. It’s typical of the info Civic Pride now gets from national/international campaigners. So for once, we’ve passed it on and put it out there.

Normal irreverence will resume next week.

Chris PS do please give us your reaction to this week’s format. Thanks!

T’Witter for 4th Sept 2017

Good evenin’ All

Let’s start off backwards – the “Other Stuff” [O.S.] comes first – have a quick butchers at it (it’s not painful…)

O.S. (1) great turnout last Sunday – the inbound layby lookin’ good again. Thanks Pam and crew XX
O.S.(2) the Hobblin’ Womble Support Assn (hiya Peg!) want to know when we’re going to develop a litterpickin’ system for people on crutches. All your gloriously-constructive ideas gratefully received.
O.S. (3) our wunderbar Operations Officer (that’s Helen – you luvly guys just check out the CP website sharp-ish before she goes!) had to resign, accepted very (really, very) reluctantly ….A huge heartfelt thank you to the crazy girl for all she’s done with us, especially on the gardens front, these past 4 years. Oh-so-grateful to her, and to Pam & Sue C.R. for stepping into the breach to take over some of our Working Girl’s responsibilities.
O.S.(4) RHS celebration : we’re invited to the Royal Horticultural Society’s bash for the It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards day. We entered 5 gardens for this comp and we never come away empty-handed so it’ll be a good day. Venue is Southport Convention Centre 1st Nov 2017 10.30am onwards. Tickets £22 which includes morning coffee + a rather good lunch. You wanna join us? Email the excellent Mr Grimshaw on roger@civic-pride.org.uk Transport etc sorted nearer the time. Come ooooon Secret Gardeners!

Ok, to work for t’week :(there’s bound to be more than this goin’ on but this is all the event info that’s been sent in – at least, all the events we can broadcast without being investigated ….. )

WEDS 6TH SEPT meet 10am Owd Con Club Bacup for a further Bacup-smartening session. Rain or shine, ok? Marvellous dedication!
WEDS 6TH meet 5pm next to the library in Haslingden. Help the CP Hassy crew plant, tidy, l/pick – all the essential bits for making the town look great.
THURS 7TH meet 9.30am at the CP Store or 10am on the Town Square R’stall : more planting, tree-trimming and weeding, especially the bed outside Ladbrokes which has the odd weed or ten, but o’course that won’t be all : izzit ever?? Special welcome to new-guy Dave Lilley who’s joined the regular incredibly-friendly crew.
FRIDAY 8TH meet 8pm onwards at Buffer Stops for badinage & beer. There’s a rumour that Duncan’ll find his way there this week. Just for the one, y’understand, so we’re fit & ready for ……..
SAT 9TH meet 10am outside t’Co-op Waterfoot for Deborah’s Monster Litter Pick. deborah.deborah.lord@gmail.com for info Come oooon Waterfootians, make your area look fan-tas-tic! You’ll finish in time for the next 2 items!
SAT 9TH/SUNDAY 10TH it’s the 60’s weekend! Just gerrout there for some fun (google 60’s weekend Rossendale website for info) and to marvel how everyone wants to come to Rossy cos you lot’ve got it looking so fantastic
SAT 9TH 1 TIL 4PM New Kirk Fair, Community Gardens Newchurch (all part of the 60’s weekend) then Boars Head 6-9pm Check newchurch-village.co.uk for all the inside info
SUN 10TH no organised Hassy litterpick so Lone Rangers go ‘n’ do your thang around town. Ta!

Are Latter Day Saints out, Tracey?? Weir Pride, how’re y’doing??

Talking of Lone Rangers/Secret Gardeners – I drove past the Old Fold Garden late this afternoon – ’twas full of SG’s (= Secret Gardeners, ok?) all going at it. Hey ladies, just guess who the bloke in the car was who yelled at you….
And keep 21st Oct free in your social diaries, 11am ’til 3pm. More info to come but oh my The Event of T’Year!

Would just LURV to see you out doin’ your bit – needn’t take long : if everyone just did a bit, then ……


Chris PS “another dam’ good Witter ….” – yet more unsolicited praise heaped on the dreaded Witterings, a direct quote from an appreciative audience. Glad to oblige, ma’am!

Bank Hol Witter

Hi Happy Priders

Wandering round Rossendale today. I’m absolutely knocked out by the amount of CP stuff in evidence this Bank Hol Mon, even tho’ Civic Pride’ve got no events organised today. It’s just CP individuals gettin’ out there : gardeners, litterpickers, tidy-uppers, maintenance guys ‘n’ gals ….. Wotta truly amazing social movement we’re creating. Now – please – just keep it going, brothers ‘n’ sisters!! Never ever ever give up on it. Ever. Here endeth today’s sermon ………….

Ok, roll up thi sleeves for :

WEDS 30TH Bacup Pride – no direct info for this week but it’s bound to be happening. Bacupians, contact ’em via the Bacup Pride Facebook page for info.
THURS 31ST MEET 9.30am at CP Store or 10am on the Town Square for another round of tlc applied to one of our very hi-profile garden areas. AND – thanks to Aunty Lynn for providing the delish birthday cake last week to celebrate David P’s 80th – yup, into his 9th decade and still one of our amazin’ stalwarts!
FRIDAY 1ST SEPT 8pm onwards Buffer Stops – last week’s session was just so – um – intellectual. Do come and sample!
SUNDAY 3RD 10AM inbound-to-R’stall layby on the bypass (near McD’s) to give the gardens there some of our expertise, AND hit the brambles covering the aboretum and AND do some late himalayan balsam-bashing ….. have you noticed the invasive pink stuff’s getting everywhere. Help us to stem the tide!
SUN 3RD 11AM onwards Hassy Street Fair – there’ll be a CP Hassy presence somewhere!
MON 4TH CP Haslingden meet 9.30am by Library for planting and the inevitable litterpick

This week’s Witter is dedicated particularly to Leanne who contacted us with withdrawal symptoms : she’s had no Witterings since June. How HAS she existed?? Now duly cured we hope, chuck!

Chris PS Thank you Pam for being CP’s Witter correspondent on 7th & 14th Aug. Surely y’all noticed the improvement??

This may or may not work Witter

Hiya Troops

I’ve just got a message from Tiny Letter (they’re the luvly people who distribute The Witterings to your inbox) saying I’ve got to do something before I can send this out. And it’s not letting me do it. So Lord knows when you’ll get this week’s Witter. If at all.

Ok, to business :
WEDS 23RD AUG – it’s the Bacup crew : meet 10am at the lockup behind the market for onward adventuring and town-trimming
THURS 24TH meet 9.30am at the CP store (behind R’stall market) or 10am at the Metal Tree Bed (opposite R’stall railway station). Big tidy-up job all round that area, fuelled by Aunty Lynn’s tea ‘n’ coffee, bless ‘er.
FRI 25TH 8pm onwards Buffer Stops for sensible forward planning session (yeah, right). Were you at last week’s session? great fun, and lovely to see Sue & Roger back briefly from their world tour ; and Janette who’s going to set up Civic Pride in Grenoble. Really. (well, somewhere in Europe – she did tell me but y’know what my elderly memory’s like)
SAT 26TH 10am it’s the Weir crew meeting at the Doals Centre (that’s in Weir, surprisingly) – go on, get out there!
SUN 27TH CP Haslingden 10am litterpick : check out their Facebook page for details.

And finally : there is an actual photo in a recent edition of the Lancs Telegraph of Grimmers leaning on a spade. A garden spade. And he’s smiling. Lordy-lordy whatever next??

Now, dear God of The Electronic World, The “Send Now” button’s about to be pressed : let it work. Please.

Hugs t’y’all.

Chris PS Written later – the Electronic God didn’t smile. I’ve done what she asked and – it’s not worked. You’ll get this week’s Witter a week on Thursday.

Weely Witterings, really?

Hello All
As Chris is otherwise engaged for the next 2 weeks, here are the ‘sensible’ or ‘boring’ witterings for the coming week.
Wednesday 9th August
Haslingden – 5.00 pm meet at the Green Squirrel flower bed to weed and litter pick.
Bacup – 10.00 am meet at the lock up behind the market as the Con Club project has finally come to an end.
Rawtenstall – 7.00 pm the Church of Latter Day Saints group will be working on Haslingden Road gardens.
Thursday 10th August
Rawtenstall – 10.00 am in the Town Square for more tidying. Also the Embankment needs some weeding and trimming if there’s time.
Sunday 13th August
Haslingden – group litter pick, please check Haslingden Civic Pride Facebook page for arrangements nearer the time.
Monday 14th August
Haslingden – 10.00am meet in the Library car park. Please check Facebook prior to meeting in case there are any changes.
Friday 11th August
Buffers at 8.00 pm as usual but minus the excellent company of our illustrious chairman.

A slightly – um – grumpy Witter

Hiya Troops

Wot? us? Grumpy? Actually, dear volunteers, yes. Lancs Council have let us down again in providing traffic management for RBC’s bypass mow. So it’s deferred – again – which means we’ll have to repeat – again – the essential pre-mowing litterpick. It’s months since the last mowing so we’ll have to litter-pick in grass waist-high in some places. Hard difficult work for CP’s volunteers, using volunteer time which we haven’t really got. Do LCC give a **** about us?? Answers on a postcard ……..

Non-grump nice stuff ….. drive down Newchurch Rd, turn down St Mary’s Way, round the roundabout, onto the bypass – the whole stretch is just a sea of flowers, blossom and beauty. Everywhere. That’s our gardening crews and SG’s (SG’s = Secret Gardeners – remember??). Bless ’em all. [see +++ below …] Ok, to this week’s beautifying ……..
WEDS 26TH JULY meet 10.00am next to Th’Owd Con Club, Bacup. Even if it’s pourin’ down, they tell me!
WEDS 26TH JULY meet 5pm outside Green Squirrel for some tlc on Civic Pride Hassy’s glorious garden followed by work elsewhere in the locale. Then possibly to the Green Squirrel’s interior ??
THURS 27TH meet 9.30am at CP Store or 10.00am on the Town Square. Mix of tasks, to include planting the last couple of boxes of bedding plants. And now fer that +++ bit : we’ve planted approx 1,500 plants so far this year – and that’s not counting barrier baskets & hanging baskets. No, really!
FRIDAY 28TH possibly meet Buffer Stops 8pm onwards. Possibly. Oh, do we have to?? Actually, yes, it’s to get us in training for the next time Barry n Sue bring out a bottle of their utterly delicious-cum-moorish home-brewed rocket fuel. Whooo!
SAT 29TH meet 10am Doals Centre, Weir Pride’s monthly bash. Make yer village look gorgeous, WP guys! (How did the fete go last week??) MON 31ST meet 9am near New Hall Hey roundabout of bypass (that’s the roundabout leading to M & S and TKMaxx). Bypass mowing starts Tues 1st so we’re having to do the bypass pick again. Grump – but perleeze help!

OTHER BITZ : the 70th event up Old Man of Coniston, Weds 26th, looks like being hit by British Summer Weather but we’ll still meet 10.30am at Sun Hotel (or is it Sun Inn??) Coniston as we have a Plan B. And Plan C.

Last word on mowing (is this rubbing it in, LCC? Well, now you come to ask …..). have you noticed how utterly gorgeous our layby gardens are looking? Not just because our gardening crews put 100’s of hours in there but because Civic Pride have stretched their already over-stretched resources & are mowing it fortnightly! CP welcomes you to the valley with a place that looks loved and cared for. Enuff said, we think.



A slightly sunburnt Civic Pride Witter

Good evening Reader
129 well-read intelligentsia opened last week’s Wittering …. so if you weren’t one of ’em imbibing that thrill-packed offering, you won’t know RHS were all over us last Weds then on to the Pride crews in Bacup and Weir and Hassy. We’re uber-chuffed we’ve now got multiple* folk involved gettin’ gardens old ‘n’ new across Rossendale ready for inspection. And to McD’s for feeding us in the morning. Twice. A reet grand day. We find out inspection results at the RHS’s presentation “do” in Autumn … details to follow. Eventually. When we’ve gottem. Ok? (* = lots & lots : sorry, am Witterin’ again – but d’you fancy being one of multiple folk?? Contact details on website)

Anyhow, getting it all done in time obviously left Our Organisers rather knackered (oops sorry) cos we’ve not got much from ’em for this week … so, nice ‘n’ briefly :
WEDS 19TH meet 7pm at Haslingden Rd Gardens (adjacent to Latter Day Saints church & St Mary’s Chambers) to give our huge gardens there some essential tlc. Not been there before? Just turn up & ask for Tracey (big boss …..)
THURS 20TH meet 9.30 at CP Store or 10am at the layby, inbound-to-R’stall side of the bypass, to complete last week’s labourings including some balsam-bashing. Oh, and we think BBC TV might be turning up. Somehow they’ve got wind of us (must wash us feet more often, then). Long story. Tell you on Thurs. But only if you turn up. Right?
FRI 21ST Buffer Stops 8pm onwards. Just the nine of us last week. All very serious. Not.
MON 24TH 9am meet at New Hall Hey roundabout on the bypass (near Hardman’s Mill). We need a quick scoot round to shift any new litter before the bypass gets shorn (aka grass cut). Thank you to troops who responded to last week’s QT “litter clear” effort and filled 18 bags with bypass litter yesterday …. so next Mon’s quick scoot will be just that IF (yup, if) we get a good turn-out. Thanks!
WEDS 26th July – it’s that nipping up The Old Man of Coniston, just to show we can and to celebrate a 70th. Meet Sun Inn Coniston LA21 8HQ (look for a CP hi-viz!) at 10.30am, suitably clad, shod ‘n’ provisioned. Leave litterpickers at home (whaaaat??). Ring me for car share details (07877211314). A drink or two afterwards in Coniston. Should be done by 3.30. Some are then over-nighting in Windermere. It’ll be a small, slow group – none of yer forced-march jollies with us, pal!

Have you a Civic Pride event happening? Let me know – I’ll pop details in T’Witterings (then just watch the world flock to you …. yeah, right)
Chris PS I think The Whitaker’s got a free party lined up v soon…. check ’em out

Judgement Day Wittering

Dear Reader of the Witterings
Ok this is it. We’re ‘ere. The Royal Horticultural Society in town to Inspect Our Gardens…… but first, a big Well Done to Civic Pride Haslingden’s crew filling 31 bags with ghastly litter yesterday (Sunday) and shifting stuff too big to go into bags. And never, ever, forgetting our regular Lone Rangers out there every day right across Rossie. Thanks t’you all.

So this week it’s ……

TUESDAY 11TH – one remaining day for our Secret Gardeners (SG’s) who’ve entered their patch into the RHS’s It’s Your Neighbourhood Comp ….. just time for a quick sweep, a final dead-head, a last trim, a pluck of yon sneaky weeds which’ve sprung up ….

WEDS 12TH 9AM MEET ST MARY’S CHAMBERS CAR PARK for everyone involved with the Civic Pride judging. RHS judges’ itinerary in R’stall is then : the Old Fold Garden, Hassy Ol’ Rd, Embankment, Metal Tree Bed and bypass outbound layby. If you’ve been involved, come on down! We’ll finish about 11am.
WEDS 12TH BACUP PRIDE meet 10am by Th’Owd Con Club for some plantings ; there’s a rumour about a party afterwards (sneaky bunch!)
ALSO ON WEDS – more RHS Judges Heavy Mob visitations : 1pm-ish at the Wall of History Garden Bacup for the Bacup Pride entry; and 2.15-ish CP Haslingden, the flower bed by the Green Squirrel (the judges be bribed with ale, mayhap??) It’s Bacup’s and Hassy’s first-ever entry to this comp so all fingers and digits crossed for them, please!
POST-JUDGING PARTY!! 6.30 ’til about 8pm VENUE : The Old Fold Garden* R’stall a bring-your-own-cum-Jacob’s-Join gathering for ANYONE within the loverly Pride organisation who’s done anythin’ to support/help out with The Civic Pride cause this year from any part of Rossendale and ‘specially new members.
*Yeah-yeah to all the smarties who know where Old Fold Garden is, but not everyone knows R’stall that well, ok?? The OFG is between St Mary’s Church & Asda, on St Mary’s Way. Come on over for a wee while, swap stories of the day, tell us how your judging went, meet like-minded folk, havva gossip, trade good ideas – – – very very very welcome!

THURS 13th Civic Pride back at it …… meet 9.30am at the store or 10am at the inbound-to-R’stall layby. Planting, weeding, strimming – the bindweed’s taking a hold and needs telling off ; and as for those docks n nettles ……

FRIDAY 14TH 8pm onwards Buffer Stops, particularly (but not solely) for anyone who missed the post-judgement party on Weds : c u there, ok?

SUNDAY 16TH …. didja get the tiny hint last week? The bypass is being mowed tomorrow (Mon 17th) so we need the usual mass litterpick first. An appeal to all ye lovely pickers, all ye who nobly fight the litter war, meet outside Hardman’s Mill (near M & S) at New Hall Hey 10am. We want to get the whole mile-and-a-bit picked, both verges AND the central reservation, quite a task, so troops please stand ready.
MONDAY 17TH – a very quick follow-up before the mowers start mowing to get late-Sunday’s car-borne detritus. 9am at Hardman’s Mill. Won’t take long.

A memorable week, people – dooo come and be a part of it!



A high summer Witter

Hi Luverly People

Are you a Twitter follower (that’s the commercial social media version – def not the dreaded Civic Pride T’Witter, which you’re reading [deleting??] right now, ok?)?? If yes, you’ll know CP has one thousand followers on Twitter. 1,000. Amazin’ eh? Heaps of well-done’s to our Social Media Queen Jackie! She posts some very sharp stuff, new angles on our goings-on, every couple of days. Thanks chuck, from us all! (this ere T’Witter don’t quite match that – at the last count, followers were : the darts team at the Red Lion, the pub cat an’ 3 others – not bad, eh??).

Oh – and I won’t mention that the RHS judges are in town in just 9 days time (12th July). To quote Alex Ferguson, it’s squeaky b** time (that translates as “getting somewhat anxious” regarding impending event of import) so DO please help us out wherever and whenever these next few days so town looks as good as we can make it.

WEDS 5TH 10AM Bacup Pride regular meet at the site adjacent to Th’Owd Con Club.
WEDS 5TH 7pm meet at the Haslingden Rd Gardens – St Mary’s Chambers area – Latter Day Saints gardening crew out maintaining that huge area we dragged out of Jungle status last year. They’re a luverly bunch and will give you a huge welcome.

THURS 6TH meet 9.30am at CP Store or 10am on the embankment opposite Asda. Sue C-R’s making an amazing start on it this week but we’ll have a big weeding/cutting back/shifting stones/planting bedding-out plants (loads of ’em) – and if (if) we get it finished there’s a ton of other taskettes in the immediate area demanding our attention. So please come an’ help (Grimmers bought the coffee last week – splendid chap – won’t tell u where he got it from…..)

FRI 8PM ONWARDS Buffer Stops will be our destination for certain indulgencies (sp??). Join the gossip gang! (or will you be the one who’s being talked about?)

SUNDAY Hassy Pride litterpick. No details but email Kathy for info (see last week’s Witter).

• Please remember Hon Vice Chair wants your nominations as to who should go to the QAVS presentation shindig on 27th Sept. Up to 5 names, them theer wi’ most nominations’ll go to County Hall. Denis the Menace’s in the lead so far. So, your noms to roger@civic-pride.org.uk Gooo on – get thinkin’!
• Pre-mow litterpick – 2nd bypass mowing of the year, 17th July. We’ll do a mass litterpick of the bypass the previous day Sunday 16th – details t.b.a. but probably in the morning, meeting at Hardman’s Mill (adjacent to M & S). We’ll follow it up with a quick blast early on Mon 17th. Oh – and have you checked our laybys – contractor Adam Millward making a lovely job of mowing the laybys for us so everyone can see the layby gardens in all their wonderfulness!
• RBC have lotsa bedding-out plants for any Secret Gardeners who want to brighten up their area – well, that could include any CP folkies now who want to improve a little spot (no, not thi back garden, mother) as it’s getting late in the season for planting them out and we don’t want ’em going to waste. Details from me (07877211314) or Pam (pam@civic-pride.org.uk)
That’sa lot for this week, folks!

Chris PS did I mention the QAVS Bash for everyone – volunteers from everywhere, sponsors, supporters … Sat 21st Oct, 11am til 3pm, wi’ Mayor, Mayoress an’ t’ Corporation arriving to add bit of gravitas and culture to the main event at 1pm. I mentioned it already? Ok, I won’t say owt, then. More details to follow. But it’ll include free buffet. Pies ‘n’ stuff. Wow!

Goodbye Flaming June Witter

G’day Fans of T’Witter

Worra week! Solstice grandly celebrated by some of us. Did you?? This week’s slightly quieter. Slightly. Let’s go!

WEDS 28TH JUNE BACUP PRIDE meet 10am at Irwell Terrace for the gardening work on former derelict site. I think someone supplies brews n biks to lure you along there ……
WEDS 28TH JUNE meet 5pm outside Green Squirrel (M/cr Rd/Bury Rd junction, Haslingden) for gardening tlc. If it’s chuckin’ it down, Kathy will rearrange. She’s on 07752210866 (or is that Mark’s – ok so it might be 07803292928) for confirmation.

THURS 29TH JUNE meet 9.30 outside CP store (back of market) or 10am at inbound (McD’s) layby on bypass. We always go whatever the weather. Yup, insane. Or devoted to the cause, maybe. (PS thank you Aunty Lynn for gorgeous brew and chokky things!)

FRIDAY 30TH celebrate (is that the right word?) the end of June with us at Buffers, 8pm onwards.

SATURDAY 1ST JULY Bacup Pride crew meet 10am at Wall of History garden, Yorkshire St next to the Nats in town centre. Go do it – brighten up YOUR town, luvly citizen!

SUNDAY 2ND JULY meet 9.30am at CP Store or 10am on Town Square, rain or shine. Apart from giving the T Square it’s “monthly” we’ll be going to other adjacent sites to give ’em a Rawtenstall Tidy. Plans include a river litter-pick (no deep wading involved – unless someone wants to do that to get old rubbish out). A social glass of something after, mayhap?? The monthly market’s on T Square as well.
SUNDAY 2ND JULY Hassy crew litterpick, meet 10am @ council car park John St next to Co-op. If wet ring Kathy (see above) first.

1. Weds 12th July. RHS Judges are in town to look at our glorious gardens. Timings and details as soon as we have ’em but you’ll be welcome to tag along.
2. Weds 26th July – some daft ‘apporth’s celebrating his 70th by going up The Old Man of Coniston. Appropriate, eh?? All other supporters and daft ‘apporth’s wanting to join in are sooo welcome! 07877211314 for details.
3. Weds 27th Sept QAVS presentation, County Hall Preston. This next bit’s a repeat request for you to send your nominations for worthy attendees (we can only take 10) to roger@civic-pride.org.uk
4. Sat 30th Sept there’s 11 of us on the Civic Pride dining train. Apparently East Lancs Railway don’t want a load of separate cheques so we’ve got to re-do all that, which gives late-comers chance to grab a place and join us. Cheques for £48 per person payable to Jean Neville and post to her at : 1, The Loom, Holcombe Rd BB4 4NG but please do it now. Defer it not.
5. Sat 21st Oct His Worship The Mayor Of Rossendale accompanied by the Mayoress and notable celebs will present the QAVS award to us at a local “do”. 11am to 3pm with the main event at 1pm. We’ve loads more than just the 10 wanting to go to the 27th Sept bunfight (see above) so we’re having a Rawtenstall-based event for everyone so pop it in t’diary! Venue : Kay St Baptist Church hall. We’re quietly amazed Mayor & Co want to get anywhere near us disreputable crew but – hey – go with the flow folks! (PS brothers n sisters in other gangs – Hassy, Bacup, Weir, WW Bottom, C’booth, W’foot etc etc ALL very welcome.) Free buffet provided (granny sez that’ll bring ’em in).
That’s the lot for this week – except, to our Secret Gardeners to say you’ve got just 2 weeks to get sorted before RHS judges come to give your joint the third degree so – well – go-go-go eh?? Every night this week. With your mates. And family. And neighbours. And random passers-by.

Will go away ‘n’ be quiet now.



G’day Fans of T’Witter

Worra week! Solstice grandly celebrated by some of us. Did you?? This week’s slightly quieter. Slightly. Let’s go!

WEDS 28TH JUNE BACUP PRIDE meet 10am at Irwell Terrace for the gardening work on former derelict site. I think someone supplies brews n biks to lure you along there ……
WEDS 28TH JUNE meet 5pm outside Green Squirrel (M/cr Rd/Bury Rd junction, Haslingden) for gardening tlc. If it’s chuckin’ it down, Kathy will rearrange. She’s on 07752210866 (or is that Mark’s – ok so it might be 07803292928) for confirmation.

THURS 29TH JUNE meet 9.30 outside CP store (back of market) or 10am at inbound (McD’s) layby on bypass. We always go whatever the weather. Yup, insane. Or devoted to the cause, maybe. (PS thank you Aunty Lynn for gorgeous brew and chokky things!)

FRIDAY 30TH celebrate (is that the right word?) the end of June with us at Buffers, 8pm onwards.

SATURDAY 1ST JULY Bacup Pride crew meet 10am at Wall of History garden, Yorkshire St next to the Nats in town centre. Go do it – brighten up YOUR town, luvly citizen!

SUNDAY 2ND JULY meet 9.30am at CP Store or 10am on Town Square, rain or shine. Apart from giving the T Square it’s “monthly” we’ll be going to other adjacent sites to give ’em a Rawtenstall Tidy. Plans include a river litter-pick (no deep wading involved – unless someone wants to do that to get old rubbish out). A social glass of something after, mayhap?? The monthly market’s on T Square as well.
SUNDAY 2ND JULY Hassy crew litterpick, meet 10am @ council car park John St next to Co-op. If wet ring Kathy (see above) first.

1. Weds 12th July. RHS Judges are in town to look at our glorious gardens. Timings and details as soon as we have ’em but you’ll be welcome to tag along.
2. Weds 26th July – some daft ‘apporth’s celebrating his 70th by going up The Old Man of Coniston. Appropriate, eh?? All other supporters and daft ‘apporth’s wanting to join in are sooo welcome! 07877211314 for details.
3. Weds 27th Sept QAVS presentation, County Hall Preston. This next bit’s a repeat request for you to send your nominations for worthy attendees (we can only take 10) to roger@civic-pride.org.uk
4. Sat 30th Sept there’s 11 of us on the Civic Pride dining train. Apparently East Lancs Railway don’t want a load of separate cheques so we’ve got to re-do all that, which gives late-comers chance to grab a place and join us. Cheques for £48 per person payable to Jean Neville and post to her at : 1, The Loom, Holcombe Rd BB4 4NG but please do it now. Defer it not.
5. Sat 21st Oct His Worship The Mayor Of Rossendale accompanied by the Mayoress and notable celebs will present the QAVS award to us at a local “do”. 11am to 3pm with the main event at 1pm. We’ve loads more than just the 10 wanting to go to the 27th Sept bunfight (see above) so we’re having a Rawtenstall-based event for everyone so pop it in t’diary! Venue : Kay St Baptist Church hall. We’re quietly amazed Mayor & Co want to get anywhere near us disreputable crew but – hey – go with the flow folks! (PS brothers n sisters in other gangs – Hassy, Bacup, Weir, WW Bottom, C’booth, W’foot etc etc ALL very welcome.) Free buffet provided (granny sez that’ll bring ’em in).
That’s the lot for this week – except, to our Secret Gardeners to say you’ve got just 2 weeks to get sorted before RHS judges come to give your joint the third degree so – well – go-go-go eh?? Every night this week. With your mates. And family. And neighbours. And random passers-by.

Will go away ‘n’ be quiet now.



T’Witter Addendum
They’ll shoot me!!

I’ve got it in big letters scrawled on the back of my hand and still didn’t Witter it. Oops!

THURS 29TH JUNE 2PM TO 8PM Flood Fayre at St Mary’s Chambers, official opening 2.30pm by Alyson Barnes. Organised by local volunteers from R’stall Flood Forum with all-day inputs from RBC, Lancs CC, United Utilities, Environment Agency, National Flood Forum, local councillors and wide range of specialist providers. Free entry. Of course!

AND – apparently Jean’s address (see this week’s Witter re Dining Train event) is 31 The Loom Holcombe Rd Rossendale BB4 4AZ and not as given in T’Witter. Apologies!

Anyone got a darkened room for me to lie down in??


Civic Pride’s Summer Solstice Witter

G’day Sweltering Supporters
Phew, itsa scorcher ….. newly planted-out bedding plants might just be wilting. We’ve got some in the Bank St area : the 5 big planters on the Bank St side of the Town Square and in the little circular bed next to Ladbrokes are most in need. Please give them a container of water when you’re passing (or even if you’re not passing). Ta!

This week’s Grand Plan (optimistic title, eh?? ….)

WEDNESDAY 21ST JUNE – several events :
1. Bacup Pride 10am next to Th’Owd Con Club, to do some more restoration work on the former Baptist Church site. Their F’b piks of the work to date look marvellous. Go help ’em!
2. Civic Pride Haslingden 5pm outside the Green Squirrel, junction of M/cr Rd and Bury Rd, more work on the flower bed being entered into the RHS comp.
3. Latter Day Saints group 7pm on the huge bed at R’stall end of Hassy Rd, adjacent to LDS church and St Mary’s Chambers …. continuing to support Civic Pride in keeping that vast area weed-free. Thanks everyone – please go help ’em if you live in the area. A luverly bunch of people!
4. Celebrate The Solstice!! Some weirdo’s (that’s us lot, ok?) will watch the setting sun on the longest day of the year – there’s a great view from the top of Whinberry Naze. Meet 8.15pm, junction of Hill Lane End and Bacup Rd (Cloughfold – between Jacobson’s & K Supplies), then stroll (or puff ‘n’ pant) up the hill, arriving there about 9pm. Bring a celebratory bottle?? Sunset from up there’s 9.35pm. There are other ways up Whinberry apart from the Cloughfold side so please y’self, chuck and hope for a fine sunny evening.
THURS 22ND MEET 9.30AM AT THE STORE OR 10AM BYPASS LAYBY (that’s the one adjacent to McDonald’s on the inbound-to-R’stall side of the bypass). Weeding, cutting back, trimming ‘n’ tidying. WE NEED SOMEONE who’s used a petrol strimmer. We’ve got one, with faceguard and harness and will bring it along. It’ll greatly speed up progress so please help if you can.

FRIDAY 23RD 8PM BUFFER STOPS! Say no more, eh, about this notorious gathering …… all welcome.

SATURDAY 24TH Weir Pride are kicking off again …. C’mon, support the village effort!! Meet 10am at the Doals Centre.

SUNDAY 25TH Civic Pride Haslingden on their next litter-clearance. No details yet but Kathy’ll post ’em on Facebook. Watch that space or email kathy.allcock@yahoo.co.uk Those guys achieve remarkable results but ALWAYS need more volunteer-support from local citizens.
SUNDAY 25TH 2PM START Peers Clough Farm, Lumb. Celebration of the dry-stone walling project which some of our guys attended. There’s a small exhibition, plus walkies over to Goodshaw Chapel, opened specially that afternoon. Details from rachael.gildert@proffittscic.com or 07875 106084

BOOK IT IN THI’ DIARY ….. Sunday week, 2nd July, is Civic Pride’s 1st-Sunday-in-the-month session. 10am start. Details next week but perleeze lend us your body for the morning.

ADDITIONAL ELOQUENCE AND INFO (complete with bad grammar ‘n bad spelling…)
• Disappearing gear : weeders, hi-viz, brushes, trowels – I know they’ve been used then taken home with the best of intentions but can we please have ’em back if you’re not using them this week? Email chris@civic-pride.org.uk or ring 07877211314 for access to the store.
• Advanced notice : we’re arranging a session to train in use of petrol-engined gear : strimmers, hedge-trimmers, blowers. Details to follow when I have ’em.
• Thank you Grimmers for the recent excellent newsletter … tho’ adverse comments about knees were entirely unnecessary, pal …..
• In t’Free Press again last week. Will we make it into Lancashire Life? Might they squeeze us in somewhere underneath the adverts for domestic servants?
• QAVS presentation nominees – we’ve got a number of good suggestions. Please respond to Roger’s email.
• Definitely the last chance – if a bit of stylish nosh tickles your interest, see last week’s Witter about Civic Pride’s steam-train Dining Experience on Sept 30th. If you’ve committed the unforgivable sin of deleting last week’s Witter get details from Jean : 01706 223917 and 07784769645.
• One last thing : at this week’s R’stall Neighbourhood Forum there were LOTS of kind things said about your Weekly Witter. Before you ask, the free drinks I gave out had nothing to do with that, ok?? Probably our collective inability to tek ourselves TOO seriously is contagious. Simple matter of gerrout there an’ JDI !!


PS great work balsam bashing last Sat by the W’well Bottom crew! Luvvit!

T’Witter for mid-June (is your central heating on??)

Good Evening Award Winners

Since the announcement of the Queen’s Award, yer actual Civic Pride is getting honourable mentions in every mighty (??) media organ – the Lancs Telegraph, Free Press (thanx, Scribbler – that was luvly), BBC Radio Lancs, and as for social media – well, hundreds of lovely comments on F’book & Twitter. Makes us feel appreciated, wouldn’tcha say? If you don’t know what we’re talking about, just buy a Free Press … it’ll help you to keep up!

Ok, enough of self-congratulatory drivel. Details of “Gerrout there an’ get thi hands dirty” given hereby :-

TODAY! – TUES 13TH MEET 7PM BYPASS LAYBY (the layby adjacent to McD’s [no rude comments please]) We’re joining the Explorer Scouts in fence-painting, shearing the taller weeds, balsam bashing. All help gratefully received. I’ll start it off and Sue R/D will finish the session so will be glad of company!
TODAY AGAIN! – TUES 13TH MEET 7PM HASSY RD GARDENS adjacent to the Latter Day Saints church/St Mary’s Chambers – the lovely crew from Latter Day Saints are doing the weed-pulling so please join ’em if fence-painting ain’t your thing (see previous item, mother, ok??).

WEDS 14TH 10AM BACUP PRIDE GANG – another session on the site of the former Irwell St Baptist , next to Th’Owd Con Club.
WEDS 14TH 5PM TO 7PM The Hassy Crew are out! And they were out on Monday morning as well! I think the venue is planters near New St car park on Lower Deardengate – check with Kathy on kathy.allcock@yahoo.co.uk if you need confirmation. They’ve got plants being delivered at a yet-to-be-confirmed time earlier in the day and help with that’d be good. Contact Kathy. Thanx!

THURS 15TH 9.40 AT CP STORE (behind R’stall market) OR 10AM ON TOWN SQUARE. Thanks to the fab gang who braved the vile weather last Thurs. They’re clearly the stuff of which our noble volunteers are made. This is our last “do” on the T.Sq for several weeks so – – “Are you free?” . Just answer “Yes” !!

FRI 16TH 8PM ONWARDS BUFFER STOPS – I’m not there so a good time to go along, d’you reckon?

SATURDAY 17TH WHITEWELL BOTTOM’S LAST BALSAM-BASH (possibly) : 10am on that embankment : leave cars on Community Centre car park (it’s on Burnley Rd East, on left coming up from Waterfoot) then walk back towards W’foot and look for Stormin’ Norman and his crew. Coffee & bacon butties afterwards. That embankment was a reet mess (and we know who owns it – now THERE’S a tale!!)

SUNDAY 18TH the Hassy Crew are out ag-ain!! – MARVELLOUS! Meet 10am Tesco car park. Litter-pick Hassy Rd down to All Saints then M/cr Rd time permitting (so that’ll be done as well, then!).

More essential info (sorry!)
1. OUR OUTREACH TEAM, Sue and Barry, do wonderful & largely unsung work with young folk (schools, scouts, guides etc) about the effects of litter and also doing litterpicks with ’em. Their services are in high demand so help’s now needed. Excellent work materials already prep – so can YOU help them? Really suit retired teacher(s) : do you know any? Former-teacher status ISN’T a requirement though – just an interest in what CP does and a desire to pass the message to the next generation. Email sueflint57@gmail.com
2. DINING TRAIN – Sat 30th Sept. East Lancs Railway’s once-a-week elegant epicurean experience (ooh, get that, mother). CP are going. Great nosh, travel and social outing in glorious steam-age format. Organiser Jean Neville. £48 per person but cheques to her this week at the latest. Post to : 1 The Loom, Holcombe Rd Rossendale BB4 4NG. Further info from jeaneville@gmail.com or 077847 69645 – but be quick!
3. SECRET GARDENERS – our quiet (??) heroes/heroine volunteers do a stunning job with our public gardens. Jackie (our social media manager) really wants piks of what you’re doing to stick in F’book/Twitter – before-and-afters if possible but just your latest will be fine. Send to taylorj40@yahoo.co.uk
4. LONE RANGERS – our solo litterpickers have been particularly noticeable recently. Great swathes of litter cleared from Helmshore/Rising Bridge in the west, through to Bacup and Weir in the east. Thank you!
5. THE SOLSTICE Where’s the year gone? Weather permitting we’re going up Whinbury Naze (lovely view of the valley from there) to watch the setting of the sun on the longest day of the year (21st June. Sunset up there’s about 9.30pm). Take cameras and a bottle of fizz to celebrate the turning of the year. Details next week.


PS didja hear us on BBC Radio Lancs last Weds morning then? Sue and Liz were berr-ill-iant!! Thanx ladies!

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

Flamin’ June Witter (well, it will be soon mother)

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and those associated with Civic Pride

Itsa very crowded Witter this week, amazingly brief in the circumstances. Just to share with you : your correspondent is packin’ up right now, to remove. Again. He’s a bit tied up, so this’ll be brief to the point of curt but hope you’ll forgive the curt. Thank ‘ee!

HUGE amounts goin’ on so – – do-do-do join in and make where YOU live look better (your reward will be in heaven ….. or in Buffer Stops..)

TUES 30TH MAY 7PM Haslingden Rd Garden (outside St Mary’s Chambers) – Tracey’s Team from Latter Day Day Saints will be there trimming and tending. Bring your own gear if you’ve got any but – our Tracey will have some spare if you haven’t any, but still want to join in.
WEDS 31ST MAY 5PM it’s the Hassy Crew (who we lurv so much) fettlin’ flowers, starting outside the Green Squirrel. They don’t have their own gardenin’ gear yet so please bring your own. Come on Hassy!!
THURS 1ST JUNE it’s a half century since Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band was released, exactly, as of today. Some of us will be feeling full of gentle reminiscence (aka nauseatin’ nostalgia) – others will be doing CP stuff, as in …..
MEET 9.40AM CP STORE OR 10.00 OLD FOLD GARDEN – this is one of CP’s entries into RHS’s national comp so please come along to help in Jill & Jackie’s garden. All equipment and delightful hospitality provided, amidst lovely people and surroundings.
FRIDAY 2ND JUNE 8PM ONWARDS AT BUFFER STOPS Crackin’ session last week, and Grimmers got the crisps! Warm n lovely get-together.
SAT 3RD JUNE 10AM – we think itsa Bacup Pride meet at the History Garden adjacent to the Hist Museum. Not heard from ’em but check out by emailing bacuppride@gmail.com or their F’b page.
SUN 4TH – OYEZ OYEZ CITIZENS IT’S 1ST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH! 9.40 at CP Store or 10.00 on the Town Square for the monthly classic. It’s been going on for 18 (eh? eighteen?) years, Sunday no. 1 of the month, and we need a Big Troop out. Planting, weeding, a big tidy-up, make your town bloom and look gorgeous!
SUN 4TH WEIR PRIDE 1PM DOALS CENTRE plantpot sculpting for the marvellous plantpot fest across Bacup & Weir which is imminent. Help to make it happen!
SUN 4TH – no CP Hassy litter-clearing session this week so, lovely citizens, go out solo to clear a bit OR come to join your bros & sis in R’stall on the Town Square …. it’d be lovely to see you there with us. It really honestly would.

1. 30th Sept Civic Pride Dining Train – details sent out earlier this week BUT you’ve just 2 weeks to reply to jeaneville@gmail.com to have a rollickin’ good evening aboard East Lancs Railways’ classic. Very limited tickets. Open to any CP supporter and spouse/partner.
2. This is seriously serious …… we have the date for The Royal Horticultural Society’s Judges (they, we hope, not wearing the black wigs ….) coming to town to judge our gardens for another CP bash at this National Comp. 12TH JULY, JUST 6 WEEKS AS OF NOW – can you and we get the green stuff prep in that short time, especially when it’s maximum weed-growing season and, somehow, not max plant/flower-growing time?? It’ll be followed by a bring-your-own in the OFG (= Old Fold Garden, the one with the clock tower, right?) later that evening which is always a wonderful post-inspection celebration.
3. Brilliant effort from 38th Rossie Scout group’s Beavers who went out with Sue & Barry (they’re CP’s Outreach Team) last week and did amazin’ litter-picking work along Bacup Rd. Just – just – well – just thank you everyone. Delighted to have you with us!
Any other CP groups got something going on? Send me your details (no luv, not those details) and ruin your event by having it in T’Witter. A’right!

You are soooo needed. Really. Join the effort. Hugs to y’all.


Mid-May Meandering (ok, Wittering – but that doesn’t have the same ring to it …)

Good evening CPV’s and Supporters

With luck, you won’t have seen the latest newsletter. Such subject matter – Oh my! (secretly, got to admit delight at our Doggy-Doo Czar’s efforts making such a difference…..). And on the “making a difference” topic, thanks to the bypass crew (that’s a litter operation not a medical procedure) for clearing the whole length of the A682 dual carriageway prior to it being mowed today and tomorrow. 13 bags collected. Marvellous. And hi to new volunteer Tracey.

Ok – this week is ………
TUES 16TH – 2nd Rossendale Scouts out picking. Good stuff guys – and to Barry & Sue for organising.
WEDS 17TH MEET 5PM outside the Green Squirrel pub Haslingden (that’s outside the G Squirrel, not inside – ok??) for gardening session. Please bring your own tools – and well done Hassy for getting the gardening going
Same night, 2nd Rossendale Guides are litter-picking around Crawshawbooth area. No time given but great to see you out there Guides!
THURS 18TH MEET 9.40AM AT CP STORE OR 10AM TOWN SQUARE – our efforts will be divided up to various parts of the town centre but that’s a good meeting place. We won’t be doing any watering ……
FRIDAY 19TH BUFFER STOPS 8PM ONWARDS. Delight in the informative and oh-so-friendly chatter. We’re usually in the Family Room.
SATURDAY 20TH NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT!! We were going to support the Whitewell Bottom crew in bashing Himalayan Balsam but the balsam’s too immature to bash at the moment. It’s been re-scheduled to 17th June, by which time the balsam’ll be thinkin’ it’s got away with it. Little does it know …..
SUNDAY 21ST MAY – CIVIC PRIDE HASSY are at it again – meet 10am on council car park next to T’Co-op on John St. We reckon they’re going for the 1000 bags of litter cleared in 2017. And they’re well on the way. Those litter-pickers’ve been clicking away like castanets in a Samba band ….. Haslingden, hope y’know how lucky you are having these guys in town. Please support ’em, folks.

Last bit ….. McDonald’s invited us for a pre-opening tour of their premises today ……they open tomorrow 10.30am …….. so two of us went over. They were very hospitable – hey, they won’t make any litter will they? To be fair, they’ve several times expressed a wish to be good neighbours and to work with us. Bring it on!

Last bit Part the Second ….. we’re always delighted to pop details in T’Witter of what’s-going-on with other Pride gangs – send yo’ details to chris@civic-pride.org.uk and in they will go …. it’ll probably ruin your reputation being in such a weird publicity organ but – hey, live dangerously, eh??

Perleeeeze get out there lovely people – do, as the saying has it, your bit. Ta!

Chris PS a note of appreciation for Wittering style & content come flooding in a few days ago. Just the one, but that’s the 3rd this year ….. nice to feel wanted.

The Highlight Of Your Week’s Reading Has Just Landed ….

G’day Volunteers Everywhere

Yesterday (that’s Sunday, right?) was just delightful. You should’ve been there : a dedicated bunch of Civic Pride vols beavering away making a massive improvement to the Town Square, in beautiful spring sunshine with the Clog Market stalls bustlin’ round us and musical accompaniment from Water Brass Band. And you missed out on that because …..? Special thanks to the market’s coffee stall and to Fitzpatricks for the free drinks to keep us going. Slurp! (PS – Gail, CP’s latest new volunteer, seemed to enjoy the experience, which makes her as crackers as the rest of us)

Just before we add dates, a note to inform you that one of our subscribers gets these Witterings into two of her email addresses, and (she said) it makes her twice blessed. So, nuts to ye who mock these literary scribings, ok?? Ladies and gentlemen, please read on :
Weds 10th May 10am Bacup Pride meet next to Owd Con Club. Details given in previous Witters.
Thursday 11th May meet 9.40 at CP Store or 10.00 on Riverside Walk (opposite railway station). We should’ve finished this last week but didn’t have enough folk with us. This has got to be our last go at this stretch – other areas are in dire need of our particular brand of tlc so we won’t be back here for some time.
Friday 12th 8pm onwards Buffer Stops – a goodly crowd of us last week (quantity and quality) ; this week, who knows?? Try us!
Sunday 14th meet 10am by Hardman’s Mill (the big Victorian edifice near M & Spencer). We’re clearing the bypass before the mowers go in on Monday. Why? If we don’t, litter ends up as hundreds of shredded fragments which blow everywhere and look awful. The grass is quite long so litter may be hiding/buried which makes for a slow job. Lotsa help needed please. Spare us an hour? bring your neighbour? G’wan do it!
Sunday 14th Civic Pride Haslingden out on a big litter sweep most Sundays – no details to hand but we’ll put you in touch if you live on that side of the hill.
Monday 15th meet 9am, same place as yesterday, to finish off any bits of the bypass we missed and any new litter dropped by scrotes since previous day.
Advanced notice Saturday 20th morning. Big balsam-bashing event in Whitewell Bottom. Details in next week’s Witter but there’s free coffee & bacon butties for workers.

Brief Commentary aka Additional Drivel :
1. Dave Dewhurst get well soon mate cos you and She are needed! He broke his ankle in 4 places poor lad, now laid up for weeks – the positive bit of that is that Sheila’s nurse-maiding him. Lucky boy!
2. That dreadful Liz posted an illustrated advert to inform us that 7th May was World Naked Gardening Day. It made me blush. Happy to say, compulsory compliance wasn’t enforced on Sunday’s volunteers …….
3. Thank you Grimmers for the Antidote to Wittering, aka CP’s monthly newsletter. A classic.
4. Last Friday’s Buffer meeting elected Jean Neville as social secretary. She’s doing a Medieval event in Castle Bolton and the CP Christmas Bash and a trip for us all on E. Lancs Railway’s dining train. Watch this space folks!
5. Courtesy of RBC we now have petrol-powered strimmers, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers in the store. Let us know if you want to borrow them for your CP purposes, especially our Secret Gardeners. And thank you RBC.
To mis-quote Looney Tunes, “That’s your lot for this week! *

Chris (* = thank the Lord for that ….. he does go on a bit, doesn’t he??)

Mayday Witter

G’day Bank-holidaying folkies
Have you an empty plantpot to spare? Has that gotcha intrigued? Then peruse onwards, dear reader ….. but first we have ……..
WEDS 2ND MAY meet 10am next to Th’Owd Con Club Bacup for the next event, beautifully organised o’course, in the sprucing and smartening of the area. They’re there every Weds ’til – well, ’til it’s done!
THURS 3RD MAY meet 9.40am at Civic Pride Store or 10am on the Riverside Walk (next to R’stall Tesco) : the final time there for several weeks so – can you help please? There’s a lot to do. We were – well, actually, I was – gloating last week when we stood and compared its present cared-for state with that of 5 years ago when we started there. C’mon, be a part of beautifying R’stall!
FRIDAY 4TH MAY 8pm onwards at Buffer Stops. An Egyptian Wanderer will be turning up straight off the plane and will be buying the beer.
SUNDAY 7TH 10am – the first Sunday of the month session – at the instruction of she-who-must-be (etc) we’ll be on the Town Square and surrounding beds. There’s an opportunity for litterpicking fans as well (that’s a given – Sunday morning after a R’stall Saturday night – what d’you expect??) If you’ve not experienced a CP Sunday Session before, you’ll find us to be a convivial bunch! The luvly sense of achievement is the added good bit!
MONDAY 8TH – yet another Witter’ll land in your inbox. Let me know if you’ve a “Pride” event to tell the world about or, more to the point, you want to arrange one. We’ll help you to do it.

OTHER STUFF, BRIEFLY ….. to reply to any of this, ask questions an’ all that – please email info@civic-pride.org.uk or phone 0795511 0199
1. Huge thanks to our Lone Rangers and Rivers Team for all you do. The lack of long-term mess and litter is now very noticeable due to your efforts. It’s been said before but we’re ALWAYS in need of more members of the public to join our litter-teams. Izzat YOU?? Equipment and all support provided.
2. 6.30am Sat 29th April, just happened to be in R’stall – and there’s one of our total stalwarts, Alan Scowcroft, litter-picking as he does every single day at that hour. Go see! He’s the bloke with the unmistakable cowboy-type hat. Cheers Alan!
3. Diary date – Sunday-week, 14th May : mentioned last week as a pre-mowing litter-clearance of the bypass. Meeting details now arranged as outside Hardman’s Mill (the big Victorian edifice adjacent to M & S) 10am. Please help! We’ll be there early on the Monday as well – more on this next week.
4. Plantpots?? (see intro, above) Bacup Pride are organising a dee-lite-ful plantpot fest this summer. Wanna find a good home for your surplus plantpots? Ring Pat Smith on 07751 380 392 or email the guys on bacuppride@gmail.com If you want to join in they’ll send you details. Some of the creative sculptures being made from pots are just – wow!
5. Drystone walling courses now started (see last week’s Witter) ; more on 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 May. Details from one of our Newchurch Crew – rachael.gildert@proffittscic.com
6. On Facebook? Tune in to our Civic Pride Rossendale page. Marvellous, luvly, and some heart-warming comments from m.o.p.
That’s the lot for this week gang – all without a word about elections!

Chris PS – someone’s suggested we start a Civic Pride party, stand for Westminster – whaddya reckon??