Spring-glorious-Spring Witter

G’day Lovely Volunteers
(1)Apologies for the late delivery of your Weekly Witterings, caused by reasons of High State (really??). Thank you to Grimmers who, in the interim, kept you enthralled with the splendid CP Monthly Newsletter.

(2)Last week’s Witter had an all-time record number of events goin’ off. This’ll be shorter. Thank the Lord. Just one thing to add – one lucky citizen was in receipt of her first-ever Witter. She described it as “a dam’ good read” which was a salve to your wounded correspondent, whose literary compositions fall victim to a deal of mockery from lesser mortals (for new readers – we take the mickey outa each other delightfully frequently so don’t worry …..)

WEDS 5TH APRIL MEET 10AM on site of Irwell Terrace Baptist Church next to Owd Con Club where our Bacup Pride guys have an on-going project to beautify a derelict site. Nice one Bacup!

THURS 6TH APRIL MEET 9.40AM at the Civic Pride store or 10am on the Town Square, Bank St frontage. Yes we’re aware the fair has parked itself there AGAIN (we honestly do love community events but this fair seems to be a permanent fixture). Regardless, we will finish what we started last week. ALL volunteers very welcome…… Grant, who’s one of our new guys, recommends it!

FRIDAY 7TH BUFFER STOPS 8pm – Yours Truly may not be there so that’s always a social plus, eh?

SUNDAY 10.30AM-3PM BOOK FAIR at Pendle Heritage, Barrowford. A bit of a social-cum-fundraiser in a most delightful historic setting, with the opportunity to browse ‘n’ buy. Heaven!
SUNDAY – for sure, Civic Pride Haslingden will out there. Get in touch with Kathy at kathy.allcock@yahoo.co.uk for more info.

APOLOGIES to groups who’ve got in touch with their events and I’ve forgotten to include them….

This …… is your Civic Pride Weekly Wittering (sound of trumpet fanfare in background).

Hi Volunteer Troops

Permit the Waxing Lyrical for a mo ….. I woke up with the dawn (literally) on Mothering Sunday ; the sky was pink then cerise then gold and so were the hills. The owd place (Rossendale, that is….) looked stunningly beautiful. It reminded me why we all get involved in this Civic Pride malarky. That’s the end of the brief but inspirational Wordsworthian muse : now back to the usual rubbish ……(some events from 4 of our Pride gangs)

TUESDAY 28TH Weir Pride are out again. Meet 1.30 at 8 Heald Lane. Don’t ask questions, JDI, ok??
TUES 28TH Bacup Pride 6pm litter-pick session meet Springfield Ave 6pm. Contact is Pat Smith 07751380392. She’ll get the beer in afterwards …..
WEDS 29TH Bacup Pride 10am big project Irwell Terrace Baptist Church (site of). Brews provided!
WEDS 29TH Civic Pride’ve stopped …our long-standing tradition of Weds evening sessions during the longer light evenings. The response last year was diminishing and we’re now working differently. BUT we’ll still have the occasional shout for some Weds evenings ; and if you’d like them reinstating as a regular feature let me know (chris@civic-pride.org.uk or 07877211314)
WEDS 29TH 7.30PM reminder to all Civic Pride Secret Gardeners to meet at Big Boss Pam’s place. She’ll sort us all out. And provide nice cakes, we hear …..Want to hear about/join in with Secret Gardeners? Email Pam. (pam@civic-pride.org.uk) It’s a really positive exciting feature of our volunteering and it’s starting to take off!
THURS 30TH (THE BIG ONE!) meet at Civic Pride store 9.40am or Town Square Rawtenstall 10.00am. Join the cast of thousands of crazy lovely friendly sociable volunteers for a spot of gardening tlc. Expertise not needed.
FRIDAY 31ST Civic Pride Haslingden meet 10am Hassy Tesco top car park for a local litterpick.
FRIDAY 8PM BUFFER STOPS to celebrate – well – us, really. Get the latest gossip over a glass of something.
SATURDAY 1ST APRIL 10am join Bacup Pride for a bit of the inevitable April Fool stuff ; and also for their 1st-Sat-Of-The-Month effort at the Wall Of History Garden at the Bacup end of Todmorden Rd.
SUNDAY 2ND APRIL Civic Pride meet 9.40 at the store or 10am on the embankment opposite Asda on St Mary’s Way. To Do List : finish the rockery (urgent need for some strong lads for this please!) and also tying up some of the daffs, weeding and the inevitable litterpick. PLEASE NOTE HASSY GANG – latest info is that Kathy’s not organising a litterpick this Sunday so if you’ve nothing arranged, come join your soul brothers and sisters in Rawtenstall. Luv t’see ya!

Additional Witterings are thus :-
1. Sorry to have omitted the “Clocks-Go-Foward” stuff in last week’s Witter. Who forgot about it then??
2. We got an appreciative message from our MP this week. Thanks Jake!
3. The Metal Tree Bed had its wall re-arranged by virtue of some eccentric driving at approx midnight last Saturday. We are after the culprit. At the moment of impact the vehicle was doing around 25mph. On its roof. That is, upside down. Hmmm.
4. Great work from Grimmers and Wilkie getting the Charity Commissioners sorted. Annual report, accounts, etc. (Life used to be so simple when we’d no money and just a half dozen of us pickin’ litter). Thank you both. Serious comment (we do make ’em) – your CP absolutely could not now function without our backroom organisers – 4 Officers plus Pam Ben Jackie Hazel Barry Sue Sue Liz/Ian Josie/Eddie
5. Whitewell Bottom crew are de-balsaming a part of their territory. Help needed. More info from Norman (clownhall@sky.com) (that’s Himalayan Balsam – is that what you were thinking, mayhap?)
6. Newchurch crew – how are you doing??
If you’re daft enough to want your Pride sessions (that’s Civic Pride and all – yes all – other Priders’ events) putting in The Witters for everyone to see, just let me know before Monday evening. Luv to hear from you.
Now the nights are opening out & the sap’s rising, it’s the PERFECT time to clear that garden or start a Pride project or shift that long-term litter before this year’s weeds cover it up. Y’know you want to!


Chris PS 7.20am today, a lovely phone call from member of the public to tell us her journey-to-work-soul was uplifted by our thousands of gorgeous daffs on St Mary’s Way (remember planting those in the mud last year?? Oh yeah!)

The Vernal Equinoctal Witter (equinoctal, adjective, from equinox, noun. Ok??)

Good Evening Science Fans
At precisely 10.28am today the subsolar point left the southern hemisphere and crossed the celestial equator. Thus, as predicted in last week’s Witter, we have passed the Vernal Equinox. We have entered that half of the year when the sun is above the horizon for longer within each 24hr period than it is not. Even when it chucks it down all day and we don’t see it. At all. Like today. Yuk!

To Business :
TUESDAY 21ST MARCH 10.00AM MEET NEW ST CAR PARK (corner New St/Helmshore Rd, Haslingden). Our soul bros (& sisters) in Hassy are planting and litterpicking. Please help ’em. Even if it’s only for an hour.

THURSDAY 23RD MEET 9.40AM AT C.P. STORE OR 10.00AM LAYBY, INBOUND-TO-R’STALL SIDE OF BYPASS. We’re bashing brambles, whacking weeds, berating balsam …. and clearing litter. And swigging lovely Lynn’s coffee. No idea where Tesco are these days. Anybody there, please?? Dear reader if you’ve not tried the Thursday crew before be assured of a warm welcome from a happy sociable bunch. New girl Lisa last week thought we were wonderful. Really. Wonderful, and only slightly crackers.

FRIDAY 24TH 8PM ONWARDS BUFFER STOPS. The report from last Friday is that we enjoyed an excellently erudite event, albeit with two of us very soggy. We’d walked there thru that Rawtenstall rain.

SUNDAY 26TH Haslingden Civic Pride, just for once, won’t be doing their regular Sunday Hassy de-littering. It’s Mothering Sunday, hence multiple family stuff going on for many of ’em. If you’re not thus engaged earlier on in the day please get out there* anyway, with dashing litterpicker. Thank you. (* “there” being absolutely anywhere you might find ghastly litter).

ADVANCED NOTICE : SUNDAY 2ND APRIL 10.00AM First-Sunday-In-The-Month gathering, St Mary’s Way (opposite Asda). Tons of woodchip to lay down and the final round of rockery-building. Help from big fellahs, particularly, please. Smaller chaps/chapesses will nonetheless have a vital role so do please help!

ALSO HAPPENING REGULARLY : please check Weir Pride and Bacup Pride Facebook pages for details/advanced notice of when/where they’re operating. Plus – plus – anyone else doing a CP thing they’d like help with …. let me know please and we’ll publicise it — well, Witter it, anyway. (chris@civic-pride.org.uk)

Regretfully, several O.N.F.Y.E.I.’s (Other Notes For Your Essential Info ……..)
ONFYEI (1)Book Fair 9th April. Details as circulated by Master Grimshaw earlier today.
ONFYEI (2)Secret Gardener Recruits still urgently needed for Town Square, St Mary’s Way central res (Ian??), Riverside Walk, Hassy Rd Garden (part of) and bypass laybys. Fancy it? Pam’s your girl! (see below)
ONFYEI (3)SOME SECRET GARDENERS are bravely considering entering their CP garden for the RHS’s “It’s Your Neighbourhood” comp. All SG’s please make sure Pam (pam@civic-pride.org.uk) or Helen (helen@civic-pride.org.uk) know if you want to have a go. Civic Pride support available for all the lovely SG’s wanting to take the plunge.
ONFYEI (4)Social Media Guru Jackie needs lots of photos for putting on CP’s F’b/Twitter/Instagram pages. Particularly, we LURV dramatic before-and-after stuff. That’s to jackie@civic-pride.org.uk Thanks guys!
ONFYEI (5)Free Press have printed a letter from Yours Truly. Heavily edited, not the letter as sent to ’em. Please ignore it!!

Onwards, upwards, an’ DO gerrout there, lovely people!


A Winter’s-Goin’ Witter – yes it is, honest!

Weekly_Witterings-page-001Good Evening Lovely Volunteers
It seems like last week when the winter solstice was being noted in these noble (???) columns ; and wow, Spring’s Vernal equinox is almost here. A quarter of the year gone …… so Let’s Get Moving!!
WEDS 15TH MARCH MEET 11AM AT (what was) ROSSIE UTD FOOTBALL GROUND STAGHILLS RD. Deborah’s going out on a litter-pick and would LURV your help.
THURS 16TH MEET 9.40AM AT CIVIC PRIDE STORE (for new guys, it’s located behind Rawtenstall market – can’t miss it if you’re there on time) OR 10.00AM IN THE LAYBY, OUTBOUND-FROM-RAWTENSTALL SIDE OF BYPASS. Only 4 of us last week so we didn’t get finished. Branches to trim, hedge to plant, weeeeeds by the unquantifiable number to uproot (why do plants die back in Winter but weeds carry right on growing??), litter to pick, Himalayan Balsam to kill, brambles to bash – is this not the most glorious exercise for your body, whilst inhaling good ol’ Pennine fresh air, the whole provided free of charge by yer good ol’ C.Pride? How utterly irresistible is this prospect! (and coffee n stuff to lubricate your bits n pieces).
FRIDAY 17TH 8PM ONWARDS BUFFER STOPS. Detail, again, for the benefit of new guys, is that we have a small select cluster of like-minded chatty souls enjoying a glass in front of the good ol’-fashioned coal-fire-in-a-grate type-warming device. Aaah!! (Buffer Stops is the bar at R’stall station – which you knew, o’ course)
MONDAY 20TH FIRST DAY OF SERPPPRINNNG!! (is that decipherable?) AND – AND – 7.30 PM START EDENFIELD COMMUNITY CENTRE IT’S THE TALK OF THE YEAR …. one of our less sane volunteers, Owd Robert, is giving a talk on The Munros. A Munro is a big, very big, Scottish hill. There’re some 300-and-then-some of ’em, and for a few utter lunatics it’s a life’s work to “bag” them (ie climb them). All of them. Robert’s done the lot. Once? Twice? Thrice? Four times? Keep going!! and he’s giving a talk on his experiences. And he’s buying the beer afterwards. C’mon gang you can’t miss this!
EARLY NOTICE of SUN 3RD APRIL 10.00AM EMBANKMENT OPPOSITE ASDA please gettit in thi’ diary! big lads needed as well …..

• We’re not doing Britain in Bloom this year. Having looked at it pretty carefully, we’ve gotta say we just do not have the gardening volunteer resources. We’re ok-ish for litterpickers, and for volunteers for big one-off events ; but for the week-by-week commitment to make the B-i-Bloom possible, no, sorry, it’s not there. Unless we get a big influx of go-for-it volunteers in the next two weeks, just no can do. Please give us your ideas if you want to help to turn this round. But at the moment we need more volunteers – have you friends, neighbours, like-minded souls you know who’d be interested in lending a hand??
• HOWEVER we’re getting a few Secret Gardeners (see previous Witters for explanation of SG’s) who may be entering Their Own Particular Bit Of Rawtenstall for It’s Your Neighbourhood, a national comp run by the Royal Horticultural Society. Smaller-scale than B-i-B but it’d give us something specific to aim at this year – that is, an aim on top of, as well as, making Everywhere look b*** marvellous across the valley which we do week in, week out, eh?!
• Quote of the week : “….. if you just bring me 15 volunteers tomorrow we can get this done…..??” – she was being serious – BUT if you’ve got a task in mind, something needing doing, then think of a day, a time and a meeting place, let me know and I’ll put it in the Weekly Witterings which go out every Monday. You could then get a few CP supporters with you. Gardeners, Litter jobs, whatever. If you let us know, we could get something together. If you don’t let us know, then it don’t, won’t, get done. JDI, right? If nothing else, email me chris@civic-pride.org.uk but you can get to us via our F’b, Twitter (as opposed to this ‘ere T’Witter, ok?), website, mobi 0795511 0199, whichever.
Huge affections to you all – just c’mon gettout there cos it’s Springtime!



Itsa Mega Litter Witter for a Mega Litter Week

Good Evening Lovely Troops!

Thanks :-
1. … to last Thursday’s Gang who braved Storm Doris (or was it Deidre? – can’t remember) to do a wonderful job on the Hassy Rd Gardens. Drenched and blown to bits but we did it. When the goin’ gets tough, eh?
2. …. to Ben The Litter Manager (aka Litter’ead) for a beautifully-organised session last Saturday. Pity the weather didn’t co-operate. 15 brave souls with their pickers n bags, some of us soaked to the skin for the 2nd time in 48 hours. Delighted to see Alyson B with us, plus 3 new guys. Marvellous. And The Whitaker for vital hot coffee afterwards.
3. …to Civic Pride Haslingden, also out en masse on Saturday, thereby proving that anti-litter insanity ain’t confined to R’stall!
4. …to Sue & Pete for providing particularly perfect pancakes for us all on Sunday afternoon. Delightful hospitality, convivial afternoon!
5. …to Helen, our Operations Officer (aka Special Ops aka Sopps ..) for super-informative Handbook of CP’s Gardens. It’s designed to help our Secret Gardeners. The only way to get one is – to become one (if y’see worra mean, mother) and well done Grimmers for getting’ em printed. Jokin’ aside, they’re really good
6. …to Lone Rangers and Secret Gardeners crackin’ on with it, 7 days a week. U wanna be involved?? See PS below
THIS WEEK ..usual stuff AND we’ve got a Great Spring Clean going ALL weekend
TUESDAY 28TH FEB – can’t let the passing of February Filldyke pass unmarked … Spring’s on its way, guys!!
WEDS 1ST MARCH 7PM BOARS HEAD NEWCHURCH – giving the Residents’ Association there some ideas (we’ve only got the one, so “ideas”, in the plural, mite be difficult…)
THURSDAY 2ND 9.40am at the store or 10am bypass layby, outbound from R’stall side. Hawthorn hedge to plant, trees to trim, stone edging to clear, weeds, and if poss, brambles to attack on the layby opposite.
FRIDAY (same day, strangely) 8pm onwards, Buffers. I’m elsewhere so that’ll improve the evening’s tone.
SATURDAY 4TH MEET 10AM WATERFOOT MAIN CAR PARK (opposite Royal Hotel [is it still open?]). Huge area litterpick :- starting with Waterfoot centre, Bacup Rd, Warth Old Rd.
SUNDAY 5TH MEET 10AM CARRS INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, junction of St Crispins Way/Bentwood Rd/Flip Rd, with CP Haslingden. The area’s much improved since CP’s initiative there last year but still loads to do.

Not much goin’ on then …..

• We’re getting more reports of fly-tipping. It helps Rossie Council to act on ’em if they’re consistent SO please send ’em in to flytipping@civic-pride.org.uk and we’ll get ’em sorted. Include the exact location, description of what’s been dumped plus photo if poss. Thanks!
• You may get sudden phone call from the Free Press or other newspaper/news medium asking for CP’s views on some hot topic (which happens an amazin’ amount these days). Please refer ’em to our Vice-Chair bloke (roger@civic-pride.org.uk). It’s too easy to get caught on the hop when asked for an immediate opinion on things and what you DIDN’T mean then gets printed/broadcast.
• We know other “Pride” groups are getting Litter Weekend events going but we’ve no details yet. Will let you know as soon as we have.
Ok, last time I’ll bang on about this (well, last time f’r this evening anyway) – Civic Pride’s 2016 “Clean for the Queen” (it was Her Maj’s 90th, remember?) weekend? Fffantastic results! Civic Pride’s 2017 Great Spring Clean??? – that, luvly reader, is down to you … together we can do it, without you, we – um – well – just can’t.

See ya this week!

Chris PS there’s just always a PS – more info on Lone Rangering and/or Secret Gardening? Email us on info@civic-pride.org.uk It’s THAT easy.

Itsa Litter Witter

Good evening to all Troops in the Litter War
That Litter Witter thing, and that Litter War cry ….. read on, it’ll make sense (a Witter? makin’ sense? Lordy-lordy …). If you’re seriously old (like me) you’ll know that song “I’ll be with you in apple blossom time” (a splendid slow waltz thing – – oooh the memories). ANYHOW it ain’t apple blossom time : right now it’s LITTER BLOSSOM TIME – all the undergrowth’s died right back and accumulated buried litter can be seen in all its horror. It’s the perfect time to attack it. See 25th Feb, below.

FIRST : thank you to the Beta Group based in Bacup for sponsoring not just Civic Pride Rossendale but also our brothers and sisters in Bacup Pride. It’s thanks to Beta and our increasing band of sponsors that yer owd CP can do what it does in our community. Thank you.
SECOND : serious info bit ….. CP is a charity, registered with the Charity Commission. We have Trustees who check that we behave ourselves. The list of trustees’ duties is in our constitution which was emailed to everyone before the AGM . Our trustees are the 4 elected officers (see last week’s Witter) and two of our Patrons. For 2017, that’s John and Yvonne Malley. Charity Commissioners also check that we comply with their rules. So we are dead street-legal! A bit crazy, but legal ……..
THIRD : Secret Gardeners : thank you to two of our best, Jill and Jackie, brave souls, who’ve taken on the whole of the Old Fold Garden. Secret Gardeners? Who? They’re a small but growing company of CP volunteers who go out in their own time to look after one, or part of one, of our many gardens. But but but – we need more! Can YOU spare the occasional hour? Contact pam@civic-pride.org.uk or helen@civic-pride.org.uk. Ta! Guidance guaranteed : you won’t be left on your own!

Ok, enough drivel : wassappening this week??
THURS 23RD MEET 9.40 AT THE STORE OR 10.00 AT HASLINGDEN RD GARDENS (they’re on Haslingden Rd [what? really?] between Schofield St and St Mary’s Chambers. The mild weather’s been encouraging the weeds. Of course. Not the plants. Just the weeds……
FRIDAY 24TH 8PM ONWARDS a gentle half at Buffer Stops. Roaring fire in the grate again last week – delightfully convivial. Just a shame about the company, really …. otherwise it’d be perfect ……
SATURDAY 25TH 10AM ‘TIL 1PM BIG LITTER-GATHERING! (see the intro, above) MEET WHITAKER PARK BOTTOM CAR PARK – enter via the Haslingden Rd gates. Ben, our excellent Litter manager, has got us organised, in conjunction with our CP Haslingden gang who are doing another area alongside us. This is a special shout out to everyone, especially our Lone Rangers, who don’t often meet so it’s a good chance to be social. Possibly finish with a coffee at The Whitaker afterwards which Ben’s aiming to get organised.

AND FINALLY – we got a most erudite ‘n’ eloquent write-up in the Free Press (FP) this week. Get a copy an’ check us out. The FP make us sound like we know what we’re doin’ . Pity about the photo alongside the article but, as Freddie Mercury once sang, You Can’t Have It All. There’s a heart-warming response in the FP’s F’book section, where the public extol our virtues. Yup, really.

AND FINALLY (PART THE SECOND) : gerrit in thi’ diary….. weekend of 3rd 4th 5th March. Monsta Litter battles raging all weekend, with all sorts of groups joinin’ Civic Pride to de-litter everywhere. Watch out for next week’s Witter. Oh wow.



Omitted from yesterday’s scribings is :-
SUNDAY 26TH FEB PANCAKE SOCIAL 2PM TIL 4PM – as mentioned last week, Sue Reah-Davies is out to conquer the Rossendale All-Comers Pancake Making Record. A lovely social event, thank you to Sue and Pete for being hosts, everyone from C Pride is invited. Their house is on Waingate : directions have been given previously but – – from Rawtenstall market go up Newchurch Rd ; after 200 yds, on the left, is the Spiritualist Church ; immediate left after that is Waingate. S & P’s house is the first of a row of dignified ol’ terraces, theirs being the one which butts onto Waingate. Can’t miss it. The Civic Pride van will be parked outside (bright orange with Civic Pride and Killelea sign-written on it).
See you there!

O Lord It’s That Lot Again, Mother ……….. (C’mon – d’you get anything else like this into the inbox? Ever?)

G’day Subscribers Old ‘n’ New ‘n’ Not-Been-Around-For-A-While
Some of you saw this first bit last week. Sorry. It’s back again.
It’s because Herr Grimmers and YT* have been updating our contacts lists. It’s been a long task. So for some of you, this is the first load of ol’ codswallop, aka Civic Pride’s Weekly Witterings, that you’ve seen for many a week. (YT* = Yours Truly. – oh do keep up ….). All we can do is congratulate you on your good fortune. Your inbox is being refreshed once again by the whiff of Rossendale outdoors, bracing airs, gardens, litter, doggy-doo’s —- the standard CP fare, in fact. Lovely!
To business :-
TUES 14TH FEB – just behave yourselves, ok? Just how old are you?
THURS 16TH FEB MEET AT STORE 9.40AM OR 10.00AM ON BYPASS LAYBY (inbound to R’stall side). Weeds, brambles, plants, litter – oh, all sorts. Including having a little word with the lovely people chewing up R’stall to build another lovely plastic MacDonald’s. Tesco darlings, didn’t see you last week. Hope you’re all ok? We’d just love to see you.
FRIDAY 17TH 8PM ONWARDS BUFFERS AGAIN – never seem to have a dull week at the moment. Try it!
Lots of Other Stuff!! (= O.S.) Please read on ……
O.S. (1) Marvellous AGM last Weds. Really, really productive. Minutes’ll be sent out soon. Thank you to the crowd of good ol’ CP folk who braved the free butties excellent beer and mad chairman ; and to Andy and Michelle at Hop for hosting us.
O.S. (2) As a result of t’ AGM the following are inflicted on you for 2017 : Chair (Oh no) ; Vice Chair Roger Grimshaw ; Operations Officer Helen Thomas-Laight ; Finance Officer Catherine Wilkinson. Contact us via our first name + civic -pride : eg roger@civic-pride.org.uk
O.S. (3) Oh lovely, we’ve got a whole gang of sensible CP folks taking on management roles. The task of making CP function becomes do-able again. Outreach – Barry & Sue Flint ; Litter and Lone Rangers – Ben Parkin ; Waterfoot – Liz & Ian Hoskins ; Rivers Team – Josie Malloy & Eddie Grimshaw ; Secret Gardeners – Pam Ormerod ; Sponsors – Hazel Cridford ; Social Media – Jackie Taylor ; Stores – Sue Reah-Davies. Huge thanks to you all.
O.S. (4) Hassy Rd Gardens. Electricity North-West’s contractors’ve made a mess in our beautiful expensive garden. They think they’ll get away with it. Wrong. Big mistake. This is CP they’re dealing with here. They will put right their wrongs. Thanks to all who’ve been so upset on our behalf. And to Alyson B who’s taken up the cudgels as well. She’s a star.
O.S.(5) PANCAKES!! Sue R-D’s going to break the all-Rossendale pancake-making record and needs CP to eat ’em. Dateline 26.2.17, 14.00-16.00 hours. Put it in your diary. You cannot miss this. Details next week.
O.S. (6) Go through your book collection at home please. Get ready to chuck out. In our direction. Details next week but it’s Book Fair 9.4.17.
O.S.(7) Britain in Bloom again this year?? Love to but – we need ALL our volunteers to do a bit. We can’t leave it to a half-dozen lunatics, as per 2016. Please think on this one. Let’s make R’stall blossom! Will our Haslingden, Edenfield, Bacup and Weir chapters will get stuck in as well? That’d be wunderbar!

Last word, sort-of : we’ve heard The Witterings are going to straight into some email addresses’ Junk mail – yeah yeah ok, all the jokes’ve been made. How do we let those lucky people know what they’re missing? Ideas to us on a post-card please. Or to chris@civic-pride.org.uk
Last word, definitely : you don’t know what they are? Lone Rangers, Secret Gardeners, Big Litter Picks, any of it? Please ask us on – – – info@civic-pride.org.uk
Cheers folkies!
Chris Blom (Chair, allegedly, and will you please vote for someone sensible next time?)

A Slightly Late Witter

G’day Y’all
Sorry it’s a bit late this week. Hope the lack of Witter yesterday didn’t spoil your Monday. And …. to some of you, welcome back! We recently quit gmail for broadcasting T’Witterings, it was a tad unreliable. We’re now on Tiny Letters (y’mean y’ hadn’t noticed??) and the transferring of addresses from one to t’other has been a bit – um – erratic. We’re gettin’ there, doing our poor best.
Oh – and remember, if you don’t want to get this nonsense lowering the tone of your inbox each week please let us know. We’ll sulk a bit but not much. TO BUSINESS! – – –
WEDS 8TH FEB 7.30 FOR 7.45 CIVIC PRIDE ROSSENDALE’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, VENUE HOP BAR, BANK ST RAWTENSTALL. We emailed all the papers you’ll need for it last week. Please read ’em or, preferably, bring copies with you so you can have a better idea of what’s going on. It’s a great chance to sack the Chairman. The meet is formal, a bit brisk, but the chance to chat afterwards is luvly. Get to know the rest of the crew and see how we operate (r u already aware of free butties on the nite?)
THURS 9TH FEB MEET 9.40AM AT THE STORE OR 10.00AM AT THE OLD FOLD GARDEN (OFG). The OFG is the one wi’ clock tower next to Asda. We’re doing a bit of trimming (not much needed cos 2 of our Secret Gardeners are taking over the maintenance there) then applying some tlc to the barrier baskets then moving on the Hassy Rd Gardens. Got all that?? Good, cos I’ll have forgotten by Thursday.
FRIDAY 10TH FEB you’re invited to join the congregation at Buffer Stops 8pm onwards. A good chance to gossip about who did what, wore what and drank what at the AGM. Better turn up to protect your good name, then ….

A-COMIN’ UP (1) SAT 25TH FEB MAJOR DE-LITTERING – Ben, Our Civic Pride Litter Czar will be organising this one but if you’re aware of a particular grotspot let us know (info@civic-pride.org.uk)
A-COMIN’ UP (2) GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN 3RD 4TH 5TH MARCH – allegedly organised by Keep Britain Tidy but yer Civic Pride’ll have it properly sorted. We’ll be working with other Pride gangs across the valley, RBC, and any other groups who’re daft enough to get involved with us (we did actually make a huge difference to some areas last year – please keep an eye out for announcements and come ‘n’ join in the collective effort). Info will go out via these C. Pride Witters, plus Facebook and Twitter (oh dear!).
A-COMIN’ UP (3) SPRING! Longer nights! Just the weather for doing your bit to make your town look good


Chris PS only 6 of us last Sunday …. mmmmm! Any chance of leaving your diary free for 1st Sun mornings of the month perleeze? Humble thank you’s!

Vroom-Vroom Witter, Part 2

This week’s Witterings reminded The World that this weekend we’ve got Civic Pride’s 1st-Sunday-Of-The-Month outing. Yup, we’ll be in the bypass layby on the inbound-to-Rawtenstall side. Mega-weeds out, litter-picking, planting and otherwise disposing of the remaining plants still in pots, bramble-bashing, oh just so much fun to be had in helping the main approach to R’stall look wunderbar, and making MacDonalds as invisible as possible. Ok with that??
Please turn up at the store on Sunday at 9.40am or at the layby at 10.00am. Apart from your litterpicker, useful kit will be spades, forks, big brushes, money to buy me a pint afterwards ….. ummm, can’t think of anything else. Anyone got a camera?


Hiya lovely people
I hope January doesn’t have a persecution complex …… it never comes out on top of the Favourite Month list – well, not round here anyway. But – the days are lengthening bit by bit and Yer Owd Civic Pride never stops, any month, any weather …. howsabout you?? Just to prove it here’s your starters for the last complete week of January 2017 :-
TUES 24TH JAN MEET 10.00hrs HARDMAN’S MILL – litterpick the bypass. It just sooo needs it along the kamikaze stretch. If you get there a bit late ring me – 07877211314 – I’ll have started but will definitely need help perleeze!
WEDS 25TH JAN it’s MacTavish the noo time, tatties neeps an’ wee drams to celebrate the ghastly bard (sorry!). Who’s having the party?
THURS 26TH JAN MEET 09.40hrs CP STORE (that’s the new one, behind the market – d’you all know that by now? Won’t keep boring you with it.) OR 10.00hrs HASLINGDEN RD GARDENS, near St Mary’s Chambers. You’ll be amazed to know it needs a weed ‘n’ tidy, CP style. (oh, and the weather forecast says ok). Mr McChesney won’t be with us, heading off to Egyptian sun for a few months (this is actually true … bon voyage matey!). Tesco dahlings – will you be there?
FRIDAY 27TH JAN I guess someone’ll be at Buffer Stops (R’stall railway station, ok?) 8pm onwards. Excellent gathering last week, blazing coal fire keeping us toasty in spite of the door falling off its hinges (sorry, you had to be there!) I’m absentt this week but, as ever, that sounds like a good reason to go along, really.

Burns Neet Verse One : Oooh who’s that wee karate lass, Bashin’ em all an’ showin true class, Silver medal f’r Helen the noo, An ye thought that gardenin’ was all she could do (Translation : Our Ops Officer, young Helen T-L, entered a big bash-’em-all karate comp last Sunday, got all the way to the final. Scary, eh??)
Burns Neet Verse Two : We’ve Secret Gardeners meetin’ next month, Chattin’ ’bout what they’re doin, Led by Our Pam so that’ll be fun, To keep all our gardens from ruin (Translation : Lone Star gardeners, now re-christened Secret Gardeners, are having a get-together ere long to discuss – um – well – gardening stuff and what they’re up to. Watch this space)
Burns Neet Verse Three : Agenda an’ Minutes an’ reports are due, It’s AGM time in one week or two, Roger’ll email ye all of the stuff, Aye print it an’ read it make sure there’s no guff (Translation : You know! AGM at Hop 7.30 for 7.45, 8th Feb. Roger’s sending all the papers you’ll need. Please print ’em off and getcha self to this VITAL meet. Next one won’t be for another year!)
Burns Neet Verse Four (Oh Lord how long does this go on for …?) : CP’s got a Secretary her name be Joyce, To quit the note-takin’ she’s got no choice, Can any of ye tek AGM notes, The salary’s massive it’s two musty groats? (Translation : this’ll be Joyce’s final AGM as secretary/minute-taker. Can any of you take this on please?)
The McScottish baird’s fallen asleep the noo ye ken so that’s yer lot for this week.
See y’all. I hope!
Chris PS ok – you try the poetical-composition stuff at this time o’ night, then ……..please….!
PPS that Secret Gardeners’ meet? Well, there’ll be one for the litter-pickin’ Lone Rangers soon. Again, watch this space for details.

Do-We-Wish-We-Were-In-Barbados Witterings for January

Happy Tuesday CP Volunteers Everywhere!
Last Thursday – sleet n snow coming sideways, freezing ‘orrid day, I went to the store reckoning on being the only CP body daft enough to turn out. Wrong. The joint was packed with fellow lunatics. We all did a grand job, ignoring the being-soaked-through to the unmentionables. Thank you to all of you (including new volunteer Liam – wot DID he make of us??) and also to Fitzpatricks who provided coffee afterwards!
This week :
THURS 19TH JAN 9.40AM AT NEW STORE OR 10AM ON ST MARY’S WAY OPPOSITE ASDA. (NB that’s the new store behind the market, having sadly bidden farewell to t’other one last week …why? ah, there’s a tale – come along to hear it!) There’ll be some C Pride style tlc to central res ; some stonework on the embankment to finish then on to the Old Fold Garden if (if, ok?) we get that lot done.
FRIDAY 20TH JAN 8PM BUFFER STOPS for a glass & gossip (6 of us last week in front of a roaring coal fire in the Family Room – marvellous!).
ANY TIME – a bit of Secret Gardening or a quick litterpick? Go on, y’know y’love it – makes y’feel virtuous!
More Ol’ Drivel (1) – AGM 8th (that’s the 8th, Roger…) arrive 7.30ish for 7.45 prompt start. NOTE THE VENUE is now definitely in t’upstairs room in Hop, sandwiches provided. Hop is a new place opposite Weale & Hitchin estate agents, towards the market end of Bank St. You’ll be sent Agenda, Minutes of 2016 meet, Constitution Changes, Finance Report, Chair’s Report and Draft 2017 Plan, all as one package, 1 or 2 weeks beforehand. Will your printer cope with all that? O’ course it will … (posh tekkies’ll have it all on their ipad/phone thing …. are you a posh tekky?? – no, you ain’t on your own….)
More Ol’ Drivel (2) – Excellent session with Rossendale Business Leaders last Tues [10th Jan] in pursuit of sponsorship and support. Much is promised, and thanks to Hazel for driving this forward.
More Ol’ Drivel (3) – Littering, short tale : there’s been discussion about speaking to locals we see dropping litter. Last Sunday I saw large (bigger than me!) scruffy 20-odd year old chuck his empty beer bottle ; I picked it up, had a brief chat with him. His response was “Yeah, I’ll put it in the bin.” Generally, that’s the response we get. Explain, rather than “challenge”. The reaction is often positive and maybe, just maybe, you’ll have one habitual litterer fewer.

Oh – and there’s now 35 mins more daylight today than on the winter solstice ….  spring’s on its way. How are your daffodils doin’??
Chris   PS – re the heading to this week’s  Witterings – well, yes, a couple of weeks’d be nice ….

We-So-Love-January Witter (it gets a bad press, y’know, because nobody loves it…)

Hiya Priders

I’ve got a photo on my phone of some of C.Pride’s gardening gang taken last January. The sleet is comin’ sideways across the Metal Tree Bed where we’re working. And we’re out there, just to demo that we’re out in anything (apart from Ian …). Fortunately for Rossendale, that’s just exactly what we do, gardeners ‘n’ litterpickers alike. Love y’all. Wonderful people.

So, this week

THURS 12TH JAN MEET 10.00AM AT THE OLD STORE (LORD ST) – shifting the last few bits, including the plants (some of which we’ll pop into the earth!)

FRIDAY 13TH JAN 8PM BUFFER STOPS rollickin’ good session last week, including new guys Stuart & Helen (nooo, not that Helen …) so this is to emphasise that , if you’re a recent convert to things Priding, c’mon down. We really are a friendly bunch. Slightly eccentric too 😁but don’t let that worry you.

Other Stuff (1) Bazzin’ session Mon 2nd – big crowd of CP guys clearing R’stall – see P. 19 of current Free Press (yup, in there AGAIN). Well organised by Ben & Roger.

Other Stuff (2) CP’s behind-the-scenes oh-so-vital work goes on. Today was meeting Rossendale Business Leaders. Very very fruitful meet : details to follow as they’re firmed up but thank you Hazel for your crucial involvement.

Other Stuff (3) Please take every opportunity to tell folk about what we do – there are still many folk out there who don’t realise it’s you C.Pride volunteers who keep Rossendale looking so good. The more people are aware of what we do, the more likely it is that we get financial and volunteer support. Without that, we won’t exist.

Finally, big big thank you to the folk doing the CP thing in ones and twos at times other than the organised sessions. This is the work model we’re increasingly moving to and it’s extremely effective.



Brand New! A 2017 Witter!

Happy New Year CP Enthusiasts! First of the year – a bit long – bear with us!
2016? Fairly dire on lots of fronts but pretty flippin’ good for us! And 2017 is set to be even better. Marvellous start this morning, lovely social atmosphere, 20+ of us (including 4 new guys – welcome!) filled 60+ bags of rubbish, plus stuff too big to go into our litter bags. Thanks to Roger & Ben for getting us organised. Many congrats, as well, to our soul bros & sisters in Hassy who picked up a mean pile today (Monday 2nd).
Update (1) C Pride on Radio Lancs (again!) last Thurs? CP News items at 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am plus a feature length item after the 8am news. Missed it? Hear it on catchup. Riveting stuff!
Update (2) Rollickin’ good Buffers evening last Friday, an Eve-Of-New-Year’s-Eve “Do” – more this week!
Update (3) Our major upheaval-removals🚚 to the new store are almost done. Thanks, Keith, for shelving ; and to everyone who’s helped. Great work!
Update (4) AGM – gerrit in thi diary perleeze! 8th Feb, 7.45pm, probably at new venue Hop (to be confirmed). Serious bit (just for once) – we need members there!
THIS WEEK …. holidays are over – no more of this fun stuff, ok? Not here to enjoy thi’selves, reet?
THURS 5TH JAN MEET 9.40AM AT THE NEW STORE (at back of R’stall Market) OR 10AM IN FIRST LAYBY ON THE BYPASS (adjacent to the railway station). Pam’s leading this one – it’s a much-needed winter tidy-up job. We’ve not touched it since September. Please give her a hand – whatever the weather 🌨 🌦
FRIDAY 6TH – 1ST BUFFER STOPS OF 2017! 8pm onwards at the Famous Venue. A bit of cheer ‘n’ chat to get us through one of the less favoured months ….
SATURDAY 7TH JAN BACUP PRIDE are gettin’ it together. Meet 10am at the Wall of History garden, Yorkshire St, bottom of Todmorden Rd. Can-U-give-our-neighbours a helping hand?
SUNDAY 8TH JAN MEET 10AM AT THE NEW STORE – we’re finishing the removals. Can you bring a car? Also, we’re labelling stuff up so it’s all in its proper place (Ok, Sue & Sue? – they’re our very strict new store organisers – gotta get this right or it’s Big Trouble for me…). ALSO doing the next stage of our new plant store which’ll need some hefty work please, fellahs. If we get it all done, we’ll pull the weeds out of our central reservation planting.
And that’s the first week done …. 50 more to go ’til Christmas
And f-finally – if you suddenly DON’T get this each week please tell us. We’re still having a tekky problem (not our fault – really honest!) with our listings. Solution to problem is imminent, though.
And f-f-finally – remember the Winter Solstice Witter, 21st Dec? Days now getting longer? 8 mins 38 secs more daylight today compared to then. You sooo wanted to know that, on what’s been a glorious sunny day (oh did you see our Lancashire sunset this evening? Just beautiful). New Year! More daylight! The blood’s surging through the veins (just mind me arthritis…)
Onwards ‘n’ Upwards, Lovely People!

It’s beginnin’ to look a lot like a Christmas T’Witter, folks!

G’day to all Santa’s special litterpickin ‘n’ garden-tendin’ elves

I hope you’ve all received CP’s latest Newsletter. It’s not a load of end-of-year tripe, surprisingly, so please DO read it cos it’s full of essential CP background info and updates. To repeat a couple of items : (1) thanks to organiser Grimmers and hosts Whitaker for a memorable CP Christmas Nosh – complete with a free raffle! (2) See 2nd Jan (below) (3) we now have a Twitter Ace – that’s Jackie, doing amazing stuff on that medium : NB that’s Twitter, as opposed to T’Witter which is the ol’ baloney you’re currently reading. (4) RHS judge’s reports on our Britain in Bloom/It’s Your Neighbourhood entries are with the newsletter.

THURS 22ND DECEMBER MEET STORE 9.40AM OR EMBANKMENT (opposite Asda) 10AM for weeding, de-leafing, dead-heading, and getting unwanteds off the central reservation. Only a 10% chance of rain, sez the weatherman, so hope to see you. Go on, give y’self a break from Christmas preps!

SUNDAY 25TH. (WHAAAT??) – WE HAVE A COUPLE-OR-THREE VOLUNTEERS who say they’ll be starting their Christmas Day by doing an early litter-clear. Lord luvvem!

MONDAY 26TH BOXING DAY MEET 11AM AT THE STORE – we’re starting the move to the new store by taking down some of our existing shelving and putting it up in the new place. Power drills and screwy bits will be very very useful! Plus vehicles. Shelter from the predicted Boxing Day rain and enjoy good virtuous post-excessive-consumption-type-exercise!


MON 2ND JANUARY 2017 MEET JAMES ST CAR PARK – big litter-clear along Bacup Rd and some of the side streets. Y’know you’ll love it – start the New Year with that virtuous (again!) feeling ….

AND – as per newsletter – loadsa chances to get out on your own, adorned by our brand new super hi-viz, doing a bit in your own time or with a friend or two.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!! 🌲🎅💤 (noises, off, akin to a Slade classic 🎶)

Chris PS and if the weekly arrival of this ol’ tosh aka Weekly Witterings is irritating you, let us know and we’ll delete you from further pain …

The-C-word-is-now-permitted T’Witter

Hi wanna-be Santas

Did we? Yup! Lovely volunteers steppin’ forward to dec the – well, not quite the halls – but t’ Civic Pride shop – with boughs of holly. Thanks Suzy, Lynn and Anne plus Jan for some of the decs items. Go ‘n’ marvel at the creativity!

THIS THURS 15TH MEET 9.40 STORE OR 10.00 ON TOWN SQUARE – garden renovating, repairs to boxes, new plants to go in – we never stop! Tesco, can you please let me know if you’re arriving? We’re very conscious it’s a bit busy at this time of year for you! (ring me on 07877211314 – thanks!)

THIS THURS 15TH 7PM (EAT AT 7.45PM) CIVIC PRIDE CHRISTMAS BANQUET AT T’WHITAKER. Misbehaviour guaranteed. Oh – and a free raffle – dontcha just wish you’d bought a ticket, now??

FRIDAY 16TH BUFFER STOPS 8PM for all those poor folk who didn’t get to last night’s “Do” ! And hair of the dog for those who did.

MISCELLANY (1) LONE STARS – slowly slowly getting recruits but we still need lots more. I’m not goin’ to bore y’all again with what a Lone Star is …. it’s featured rather a lot recently. However, we’re trying to think of a more – um – creative name for ’em.

MISCELLANY (2) NEW HI-VIZ – we’ve got a brand new batch of hi-viz (what’s the plural? – hi-vizzies??). Two new things – (1) “Volunteer” printed on it so t’public stop thinkin’ Civic Pride folk are doing community payback work ; and (2) they’ve got the name of our amazingly generous principal sponsor, Fitzpatricks, on there. Please wash your old one, return it to Roger and get a new one. We can get the old ones over-printed so we won’t waste ’em.

MISCELLANY (3) SUE SHUTTLEWORTH – on wow! Our dynamic litterpicker has just completed a trans-Australasia cycle journey (ie cycled rite across Aus AND N. Zealand) to add to the full length of S. America and – and – Africa done in recent months. Total distance 35,000 km, 300,000 metres of ascent. She’s due back home any time, when she’ll resume litterpicking – Sue, that’ll be the bypass, the A56, the M66 and M60 ; then, after lunch, it’ll be …..

And now – a week of Nativity Plays. Luvvem!


Chris PS thanks again to Jackie for doing a brill job on C Pride’s Facebook and Twitter. Do get online and look. today’s Twitter included a short list of the most disgusting things found by our Lone Rangers …. I won’t tell you here – go check it – Yurrrchh! PPS that’s Twitter – ok? As opposed to T’Witter. Hope that’s crystal. 😁

An early December T’Witter

Hi Troops

It’s late, it’s bin an excellent Monday, so will get this done, and that briefly.

Briefly (1) Thanks to Helen, Mike, Steve and Keith for some very hard work on the embankment yesterday morning (Sunday) ; and to John M for the generous supply of rockery stone. We really could have done with more support, everyone, but …..

Briefly (2) Please can one of you Christmas dec the CP shop window? Jan, at Sunday Best, has some decorations to mekkit festive. Contact me please and we’ll tekkit from there. We need our CP premises to look good! I’m on 07877211314 – ring or text. Thank ‘ee!

Briefly (3) The AGM is 8th Feb 2017. Gerrit in thi diaries. Venue might just be the new place, Hop, opened last Thurs (Bank St). We’re being bribed to go there. Watch this space. Real issue is that, at th’ AGM we NEED you there to put in your two penn’orth. CP is NOT , cannot, be a 1 man show. Your opinion and thoughts are vital to keep us credible.

Briefly (4) Thank you to our latest sponsor, Richard at LJR Footwear. Grants to develop new areas are (relatively!) easy to get. The really difficult bit is maintaining what we’ve started. That takes volunteers and £££££ 💷 !! We’re working hard at getting more sponsorship.

Briefly (5) BBC Radio Lancs last Thurs were luverly. Claire, delighted to meet you. It was all pre-recorded stuff so listen out for us on air.

THURS 8TH DEC MEET 9.40AM AT THE STORE OR 10.00AM ON THE TOWN SQUARE. More planting, litter clearing, weeding ….. and Tesco pies n coffee to help us along. Tesco – your colleague Zane was marvellous last week!

Is that it?? not quite – our Lone Star thing seems to be taking off, finally – CP volunteers taking on individual gardens, but we still really really need more. Your town needs you (can’t quite manage the stern face and pointy finger of that famous poster). If you can help, contact (initially) helen@civic-pride.org.uk We hope to have more news on this next week. Will that include you?? 🌷

Hugs to y’all!

Chris PS Jackie, doing an amazing job on CP’s Facebook & Twitter. Go see! – and Rob, 10 bags of litter from The Halo last week. The Anti-Litter War needs – um – you!

A final T’Witter f’r November (well, it’s November at the moment …..)

Hi Guys

It’s only November so the C word’s still forbidden, ok?? (with one exception). So read on dear folkies …..

Thanks Mike Keith n Simon for putting up the hanging baskets round town yesterday. What? You ain’t seen ’em? Go admire!

THURS 1ST DEC MEET 9.40AM AT STORE OR 10.00AM AT OLD FOLD GARDEN (ring me if you don’t know where that is!). BBC Radio Lancs want to come out with us – yes, again, dahlings – we’re just sooo fascinating, I guess. I’m putting out requests for talkers but we’re still waiting for a couple of essential details from BBC, so it’s going to be last-minute organised. But it will be organised!! Usual gardening stuff will happen around The Beeb’s presence.

FRIDAY 2ND DEC BUFFER STOPS WILL BE CALLING US AT 8PM. Not been for weeks – well, not on a Friday, anyway – so lookin’ forward to seeing some of you for a natter.

SUNDAY 4TH DEC MEET 10AM ON THE EMBANKMENT OPPOSITE ASDA. First Sunday of the month jobbie – Winter tidying, some weeding, bulbs in plus final rockery stones into place. I’ll be asking for extra help earlier on Sunday to transport the rockery stones, kindly donated by John M, so if you can offer help at about 9am please ring me (07877211314). I’ll rent a suitable vehicle so it’s just a case of helping load/unload.


Get this week’s copy of Rossendale Free Press – big impressive article by The Scribbler all about Civic Pride’s litter-picking achievements. Well worth a read. Amazing stuff.
Jackie’s doing great work on Facebook – please have a look at her latest posting which got hundreds of hits and 220 “Likes” on the subject of the embankment. People really honestly and genuinely appreciate what we do.
Ditto website – please visit. It only takes a minute. It helps to keep our name at the forefront, which is very useful for our long-term work.
Ok, the only ref to the C word is … we’ve still got some places left for the Christmas “Do” which after the fun and success of last year’s is a tad surprising. 15th Dec at The Whitaker, who are doing a special price for us (actually genuinely true!) £25. Book with Roger (07798582225). Last call, have to give them numbers by next week latest.
Yup, I’m an ol’ nag but …. there just have to be more gardeners out there who can take on one or part of one of our many gardens. Help & support from the whole gang when needed. Offers are flooding in at rate best described as – ummm – rather slowly. Thanks Diana for being our latest recruit on this. Who’s next? You?? Yeaahhh!
Work to get our new store operational is nearly there …. your breath is bated, I can just tell …..We’ll need a shout on actual removals day, date t.b.a but please be prep.

Ok, bed-time!


Chris PS you can see something needs doing? have an idea? tell us! (but expect to be involved, o’course!).

Ey-oop it’s T’Witter (geddit?)

Dear T’Witter Readers

THANK YOU Ann Suz Keith Simon for remarkable bulb-planting on Sunday – hundreds of ’em gone into St Mary’s Way central res. Laura Saxton came out whilst we were there. Laura is Community Champion at Asda. She really tries to help us. On this occasion she came with a £500 cheque. Bless you, Laura! Unfortunately, Asda management have the opposite attitude. Nuff said.

THANK YOU to Lone Rangers who cleared R’stall centre prior to Remembrance Sunday Service at the War Memorial which hundreds of locals attended. R’stall looked marvellous.

THURSDAY 17TH NOV MEET 9.40AM AT THE STORE OR 10.00AM AT THE METAL TREE BED/RIVERSIDE WALK. We should’ve finished it last week but the weather gods chucked a couple of inches of rain on us ‘eads so – we WILL finish it this week. Several regulars awol this week so any less regular volunteers will be highly welcome! (PS Tesco – hope to see you, darlings!)

FRIDAY BUFFERS – I’m not there which is as good a reason for going as I can think of. Half a dozen of us last week, round a very pleasant fire blazing in the grate!

LONE STARS WE NEED YOU! We’ve got some but need MORE! – Volunteers to take charge of any one of our many garden areas. “Taking charge” is popping along whenever you’ve a few minutes to do a bit, persuading a few friends to help you and letting us know of any plans you’ve got for it, especially if you need a CP team to help or need money for plants or a larger improvement. Reply to this email please if this is of interest. Thank you!

8th Feb Civic Pride AGM
3rd 4th & 5th March – Great British Spring Clean, linking up with all our many “Pride” groups across the valley and with RBC and Keep Britain Tidy. Our similar effort earlier this year made a major impact on our area and next year’ll be EVEN BETTER – with your help!

I’m off out to see the super moon. If, that is, there’s owt to be seen through the mist, murk an’ drizzle …. 🌧 . Tomorrow’ll be fine. Honest.

It’s gettin’ a bit Winter-ish Witter

Hi Gang

Just- well- thanks to all the CP troops who came up to The Whitaker last Thursday to support our Queen’s Award Assessment Day. Our Assessors were sharp, didn’t miss a trick but, we all felt, incredibly impressed by what we’re doing within Civic Pride Rossendale and all the other groups working within the “Pride” ideal across the valley and beyond ; and, more particularly, with the progress we’ve made since this time last year. Thank you to all the active volunteers who’ve made this possible.

So, to this week :

WEDS 9TH NOV – R AWARDS (another one f’r yer CP) – if you’ve not got your ticket, sorry, too late (c’mon, keep up – we posted this weeeeks ago!) will letcha know how we go on. Fingers crossed!

THURSDAY 10TH NOV MEET AT THE STORE AT 9.40AM OR METAL TREE BED 10.00AM – finally finally finishing off this area for the autumn. (I’ll have to leave before midday so any help with putting gear away after, the session will be gratefully received).

FRIDAY 11TH NOV Buffer Stops 8pm onwards – a small but extremely convivial event last week! This week ………………….??

SUNDAY 13TH NOV – we (ok, I…) totally failed to organise our first-Sunday-of-the-month event last Sunday so this week is the first Sunday of the month, if you see what I mean? Plan ‘A’ is out of our control so we might have to revert to ‘B’ – watch out for details in a day or two. But it’ll be a 10am start, with a possible shout for an earlier start if it’s Plan ‘A’. Curiouser n curiouser (to misquote Alice in Wonderland) eh??


Chris 🌻🌾🍁🍂

A Spooky Witter

Good Evening Witches n Warlocks 😈 (that’s nearly all the Hallowe’en drivel you’re gettin’, ok??)

Oh wow didn’t we just!! Friday 28th October, Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Awards Day – Best Newcomer Award AND a Silver Gilt medal – two “prizes” for you CP troops. Only 3 groups got more than one award. We were one of ’em. To everyone who grafted to make it work – you know who you are – thank you. Please go to the Civic Pride website (www.civic-pride.org.uk) for more on this.

And thanks to Sue n Pete for a hosting a crackin’ little Hallowe’en get-together yesterday – marvellous gluhwein & parkin!

WEDS MEET 9.30 HARDMAN’S MILL NEW HALL HEY FOR BYPASS LITTERPICK. Wear a long-sleeved hi-viz if you’ve got one. If not, we’ll provide.

THURSDAY 3RD NOVEMBER QUEENS AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE PRESENTATION – just in case you’ve been asleep & didn’t know (who, me?) we’ve been nominated for this again so will be meeting the QAVS assessors this Thursday 10.30 at The Whitaker. We’d really appreciate your support, please let us know if you can come along. You’re being lured with real coffee and sticky edibles.


THURS 15TH DEC THE social event of the year : Civic Pride Christmas “Do”, again at The Whitaker – yeh yeh, I know, it’s ages off so I can leave that for a bit … sorry, not! Most places now taken so getcha cheques for £25 made out to The Whitaker to Roger, c/o Grimmers Palace, 11 Hurst Cres BB4 7SX. Are there some of the Civic Pride weirdos who you’ve yet to meet? This is yo’ chance! (we don’t take ourselves too seriously – we don’t have to cos we know we’re unique ….. 👾)


Chris PS Lone Rangers – we NEEED you!! PPS if you don’t get the Witter one week, let us know : gmail continues to put – well – gremlins – 🤖 in our system. Ta!

Autumnal Witter

Good Evenin’ Boys n Girls!

What a beautiful Autumnal spell we’re hain’ – oh, you know what’s comin’ next – doesn’t it just inspire you to get fresh air, exercise, delightful views by – — – coming out with us and doing a bit??! One of our sessions or on your own, doesn’t matter. So, what’ll you do??

THURS 27TH OCT MEET STORE 9.40 OR METAL TREE BED 10.00AM. Finishing off last week’s work BUT BUT also – we need to get the hanging baskets down and to the store so that’ll be part of the morning’s jobs. Please bring a car to help to ferry them. Thank you!

FRIDAY 28TH OCT BRITAIN IN BLOOM CEREMONY – if you’ve not applied for your ticket, ‘fraid it’s now too late. BUT those who are going please let us know if you can provide a car-share. It wouldn’t make sense for us each to go in FRIDAY 28TH OCT, A LATE 8.30PM MEET AT BUFFERS – come to see what we’ve won at the Br in Bloom ceremony – be the first in your street to know this hot news. U’v gotta find out, right?

OTHER CP STUFF (1) Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – we’ve been nominated again so doing a presentation to the QAVS assessors. It’s at The Whitaker THURS 3RD NOV starting with coffee n biks at 10.30. Please support us, and let us know if you can attend. The more the merrier and the better for our case. Oh yeah – and rather nice coffee n sticky nibbles provided.

OTHER CP STUFF (2) We’re doing a litter session with 38th Scouts this Saturday morning. I can’t get anyone to lead it – can YOU please? It’ll just involve getting the gear from the store and turning up to the meeting point which’ll probably be their Scout H/Q on Peel St, Cloughfold. Let me know perleeze!

OTHER STUFF (3) Flood Forum – Pete Davies (see below!), one of our gang, needs some local intell to support the vital Flood Forum’s work, no more than 3 or 4 hours a month. Details on rawtenstallfloodforum.org.uk

OTHER STUFF (4) Sue & Pete (same Pete!) – a Civic Pride Hallowe’en “Do” this Sunday 2pm ’til 4pm at their home 26 Hurst Platt Wingate Rd (that’s off Newchurch Rd, 200 yds up from t’market). Please give a yes/no reply to suereah@yahoo.co.uk (Sue – I’ll be there!). Scary litter, ghostly plants, wizardly weeds …………serious stuff – can’t miss this ……

OTHER STUFF (5) Change – you’ve noticed we’ve taken on loads of new places during recent months? ‘Course U have. BUT BUT (again!) it’s all unsustainable with our present setup and officers. I’ve asked Roger to act as Change Manager to take us into next year. He may be in touch with you!! We urgently need help and support to keep us goin’, ok?? Can you recruit? Do – umm – what?

Cheers gang!


Brief Witter (promise)

Hi Troops

Apologies if you’re one of the fortunates who’s not heard from us for a while and suddenly got this load of ol’ tosh clogging up your inbox. We’re having some tekky difficulty with our contacts list (NOT our fault – honest!). PERLEEZE let us know if you want taking off said Contacts List (we won’t be offended!)

So, briefly (as promised!)

WEDS EVENING SESSIONS have now ended for the year – it’s getting a bit dark and attendance was – um – minimal! Why dontcha want to pull weeds up by torchlight?? Don’t understand ……

THURS 13TH OCT MEET AT STORE 9.40AM OR METAL TREE BED/RIVERSIDE WALK 10.00AM for a creative round of weedin’ hoein’ prunin’ litterpickin’ – oh, and chonkin’ Aunty Sheila’s chokky biks ….😁
FRIDAY BUFFERING (whaaat??) for the unlearned, that’s a meet at Buffer Stops, Rawtenstall Steam Railway Station 8pm onwards (and see PS [1] thing, below).

PS (1) Flying Scotsman – yeah, that one – is in town Thurs to Sun this week – again!! (a pity no-one’s made anything of the huge tourist potential – RBC???). See East Lancs Railway website for info.

PS (2) We’ve been invited to attend the R Awards ceremony – that’s for businesses usually but our Collective of Bumbling Amateurs is so wonderful we’ve been included. Riverside Whitworth 8th Nov 7pm tickets £25

PS (3) Yer Civic Pride Christmas Bash 15th Dec at The Whitaker £25 (includes 4 course meal). Groats or Shekels to Master Grimshaw (0779858 2225)

PS (4) Great turnout last Thurs – and thanks to Keith Mike & Caroline for help with the next stage of the Great Embankment Project last Sunday morning. And to all the Luverly People who go out independently in the Great Civic Pride Cause. Luv y’all!



Another Late Wittering (shockin’, eh?)

Hi Troops

Let’s start with another grovel – yup, late Witters again. The anxiety thus created positively pulses through the ether ….. sooo sorry everyone!

Start with a positive – huge thanks to Mike, Simon, Keith & Steve for turning out for last Sunday’s project – the chaps worked darned hard. We’re going again this Sunday to get the job completed. See below!

WEDS 5TH OCT MEET 5.40PM AT THE STORE OR 6PM AT HASLINGDEN RD GARDENS – finishing this weeding job is taking for ever – thanks to the noble few who’ve been to help but for some reason we’re suddenly getting very (very!) low numbers on Weds evenings. This’ll be one of the last Weds evening sessions for 2016 as the nights are closing in so go on, give it a go – let’s gerritdun!! 👍 (actually, let’s gerritfinisht!!)

THURS 6TH OCT MEET 9.40AM AT STORE OR 10.00AM AT OLD FOLD GARDEN – a large-scale Autumn tidy-up and cut-back’s the order of the morning (plus, last week, delish Tesco chokky things – same again please Aunty Sheila!)

FRIDAY 7TH OCT 8PM ONWARDS MEET BUFFER STOPS – we didn’t go last week, so ey-oop lads I’ll bet th’ tekkin’s were down. This week? We’re back. Come an’ hear the gossip (or, even better, give us some of your own gossip – much more fun!). Not been before? We’re usually in their family room – easy to find us!

SUNDAY 8TH OCT MEET 9.40AM AT THE STORE OR 10.00AM AT THE EMBANKMENT OPPOSITE ASDA. We didn’t really get enough volunteers last week to finalise this so we’re bunging in an extra session. This’ll include the last bit of rockery-building this year – c’mon guys! – plus some cutting-back and deffo a litter-clear. Possibly bulb-planting and weeding the central res if we get numbers out.

LATE WITTER EXTRA (1) You’ve seen it! The seasonal CP Christmas “Do,” details sent a couple of days ago by Young Roger. A mere £25 (they were going to charge us £40 …..) for 4-course nosh at The Whitaker, 15th Dec. It’ll have a relatively early finish so volunteers who’ve got an early start on Friday 16th have every chance to get out ‘n’ be Christmas-sociable without regretting it the next day! £25 cheques payable to The Whitaker sent to Grimmers’ HQ, 11 Hurst Cres BB4 7SX. Please respond to the email as well to let him know you’d just lurv to be booked in!

LATE WITTER EXTRA (2) Are we being taken for granted?? You see litter-free streets, beautiful gardens, gorgeous planters – and think “Ok it’s all under control I don’t need to help at the moment.” Confess! Iz zat vot your thort iz?? If so, even if ever-just-so-occasionally ……. maintaining the amazing standards we’ve set really takes some volunteer effort. The job ain’t done, and for the foreseeable, never will be. Please please bear that in mind. As an example – see Hassy Rd Garden posts this past couple of months. End of bossy lecture!!

LATE WITTER EXTRA (3) We’re looking for Lone Stars to tend individual gardens – get out there an’ do some whenever you’ve a bit of time rather than join in the organised sessions. We’ve got Sue C-R, Simon and Matt at the moment. Will you please take on some of our garden-estate, solo or with friend(s). If this is of interest let Helen know, either by replying to this email address or (better) to helen@civic-pride.org.uk We’ll give as much advice and support as you feel you need – fear not, won’t leave you on our own.!

LATE WITTER EXTRA (4) have asked this before – our gmail sometimes drops names from our contacts list – not our fault – so if you don’t receive anything from us one week, please let us know – we’d hate to lose you unbeknownst. Equally, if you’re fed up with having this lot fill your inbox every week, let us know and you’ll be freed from further weekly CP pain!

Cheers, y’all!



End of Summer Witter (sad but true!)

Hi CP People

Yup, after today, just two more days of summer – officially! And that “C” word seems to be making unwelcome appearances ….

WEDS 21ST SEPT Sadly this week’s Weds evening session has to be cancelled : I’m unavailable, I’ve asked others to lead it but no response. A bit like the Emergency Watering request last Saturday – no response. Does this sound like a Grump??

THURS 22ND SEPT MEET 9.40AM AT STORE OR 10.00AM AT BYPASS LAYBY (inbound-to-Rawtenstall-side of the bypass). We did great work on the gardens on this layby last Thursday – thanks to all 8 volunteers who were there. Several of our regulars are unavailable this Thursday so please turn out if you possibly can. Useful kit is big gloves, secateurs, shears, kneeling mats, spades – – as always there’s some CP gear available but DO feel free to bring your own if you wish. Oh – and it’s the first day of Autumn today…🍂🍁

FRIDAY 23RD 7,45PM BUFFER STOPS – hey, it’s the usual nonsense …. come along and unwind!

WATERING – I know it chucked it down last Tuesday but very little rain and lots of sunshine since. The weather forecast is for almost no rain for 5 days now – by which time a lot of our plants will be in a very poor state. If you’ve a spare half hour to water some (all?) of the planters, boxes, hanging baskets, please get in touch (07877211314). I’ll happily suggest which are the priorities and how to get at CP’s watering machines. As grumpily mentioned above, no-one responded to last weekend’s appeal – can-u-help this week??

LITTER & FLY-TIPPING – did you see this evening’s BBC1 prog at 7.30? It’s still available on Catchup and I-Player, well worth a watch. It gives you an idea how successfully Civic Pride is turning back the tide of litter in our area but – but – please don’t think it’s all over and finished here. We ALWAYS need you Lone Rangers and litter-pickin’ people!



A Summer September Witter

Hi to y’all

Despite some p-p-p-person telling me there’s only 15 more Fridays ’til Christmas, please be happily reminded that it’s still summer – just check this week’s temperatures – mid-20’s forecast for Tues/Weds which means …. oh no! Watering! See below! ☀

☀ TUES 13TH SEPT (YUP, TOMORROW!) MEET 5PM STORE FOR WATERING CREW – our planters ‘n’ baskets are drying out! If you can’t get there at that time we’ll be around the Town Square or Bank St down as far as Boots so please find us!

WEDS 14TH SEPT MEET 5.40PM AT STORE OR 6PM AT HASLINGDEN RD GARDENS – and this week, please get there if you can. “Why particularly?” u mite ask. Well, last Weds was an unwelcome “first.” How? Yours Truly was Billy No-Mates at a C.Pride session – nobody turned up!!

THURS 15TH SEPT MEET 9.40AM AT STORE OR 10.00AM AT BYPASS LAYBY (ADJACENT TO WHAT-WILL-BE THE MACDONALD’S SITE ….) we should’ve done this last Weds. Hmmm! Our lovely planting’s being overwhelmed by weeds and bindweed and himalayan balsam and …….. so c’mon let’s get this potentially delightful entry-point to R’stall lookin’ good again??

THURS 15TH MEET 1.30 EMBANKMENT OPPOSITE THE DARK SIDE – OOPS, SORRY, ASDA – more daffs coming out and going in. Intriguing, eh? Possible watering as well.

FRIDAY 16TH 7.45 BUFFERS I s’pose you know what’s going on! Cultural 🍻. Only we could do that ….

MORE STUFF (1) Britain-in-Bloom Awards ceremony, Southport, Friday 28th Oct 10.30 ’til 4.00 (we could get away earlier if poss). RHS have invited us so I guess we’ve won something. Car-share details to follow but let’s get over there and enjoy a reet good day out – we deserve it! Tickets £27 (includes morning coffee, displays and a splendid lunch) Please send cheques payable to North West in Bloom to Helen Thomas-Laight at 350 Bury Rd BB4 6EH Please note we have to get our guest list to RHS by next Monday so please rush your £££ to Helen by – – well – – – now, please! 🏃🏃🏃 this Friday (16th) absolute latest. Thank u!

MORE STUFF (2) Have you any good before-and-after piks of things we’ve done? If yes pl send ’em to Master Grimshaw – email is roger@civic-pride.org.uk

MORE STUFF (3) We need your ideas about your CP. To be successful in Queen’s Award-type initiatives, for which we’re increasingly being nominated, we need to show what’s unique about us. There are lots of Environmental groups out there so – what special niche (or niches) do we fill? All ideas and good quotes from others will be gratefully received. Again, please send ’em to Roger. We don’t have all the good ideas – believe it or not – so please let’s have yours!


Chris PS did a litterpick on t’bypass today. 1st dozen items picked up were ALL MacD’s – but the councillor at That Planning Meeting (the councillor* who proposed MacD’s be allowed in) said MacDonald’s don’t cause litter. Guess I must’ve been seeing things, eh? [* the name has just slipped the memory ….]

Wonderful Weekly Witterings from Civic Pride Rossendale

Hi Witter-readers

Sue Shutt’s going on another of those crazy bike rides – right across Aus this time. We won’t see her for ages. Dear reader, please share the load of the amazing amount of C.P. stuff she does – fightin’ the litter war, Lone Rangering, garden gal….. Bon voyage Sue – I think you’re entirely mad, personally – but pots n kettles comes to mind on that score so p’raps better keep quiet …..

Last week – some great results. E.g. Sunday (who didn’t come out because it was raining a bit??). Dave, She, She’s sister (?), Simon, Mike, Keith, Helen, Josie, Eddie, Jean were all there. Huge improvements to the Town Square and the rivers were the result. On behalf of the township of R’stall, huge thanks to ’em all. You do your bit this week? Go on, just give us a half hour.

And you can do one or all of …..

MONDAY 5TH SEPT (yup, that’s today!) can you do some of the bypass? (see below!)

TUES 6TH SEPT MEET HARDMAN’S MILL, NEW HALL HEY, 8.30AM because RBC are mowing the bypass. To prevent the litter being turned into clouds of litter-shreds please help us to clear it before the mowers go in. If you can’t make 8.30, do still turn up and ring me to find out where we’re up to (07877211314). Lovely!

WEDS 7TH SEE TUES 6TH But – if enough volunteers are out on Tuesday we’ll have finished the job. In that case I’ll send out an extra Witter Tuesday lunchtime-ish so you litter-troops please watch this space.

WEDS 7TH 5.40PM MEET AT THE STORE OR 6PM BYPASS LAY-BY -that’s the layby adjacent to the former college site – or should we now call it MacDonalds layby? (Ian, are we going to get the French-coloured signs??). Spades, shears, weeders, secateurs all useful kit. Plus stuff for balsam-bashing if y’please.

THURS 8TH MEET 9.40A.M. AT STORE OR 10.00 AT HASSY RD GARDENS. Civic Pride’s recent renovation of this long-abandoned garden has released rather lot of weed seeds – well, millions of ’em actually! Stout support from dedicated volunteers has meant we’re getting on top of ’em so do join in the fun, it’s marvellous exercise!

THURS 8TH MEET 1.30PM EMBANKMENT OPPOSITE ASDA yup, we’re daffodilling again (spellcheck don’t understand daffodilling but o’course you do)

FRIDAY 9TH MEET 7.45 BUFFERS We were considering giving The Shepherds (a splendid Hassy Rd hostelry) the delights of our custom but – as it’s The 60’s Weekend comin’ up, reckon there’ll be even more happening at Buffers (be warned)

REDHOT NEWS(1) Country cousins in Stacksteads Country Park are having a fund-raiser 24th Sept, 2pm ’til late, at Rosemount Working Mens Club with a splendid array of orchestral entertainment including Kelly’s Heroes and the legendary Victor Brox. £5 on the door.

REDHOT NEWS(2) You wanna go to one of those Award Ceremony bashes? Swirly dresses an’ stuff? Well, yer Civic Pride’s been invited to the Royal Horticultural Society Awards Luncheon for the Britain in Bloom results on Fri 28th Oct at Southport Convention Centre (ex-Floral Hall). Tickets £27 (compared to the cost of tickets to The Oscars, it’s a snip!). Sorry we need to restrict it to folk who’ve actively supported CP in some way this year. We need cheques, payable to NorthWest in Bloom by 19th Sept, sent to our Gardening Guru* 350 Bury Rd Rossendale BB4 6EH. It starts 10.30am, coffee n stuff, finished by 4.30, with a rather nice lunch in the middle.

REDHOT NEWS – well, slightly warm at least…. (3) if you don’t get a Witter one week DO PLEASE let us know. As we’ve said before, due to tekky glitches beyond our control (genuinely!) names occasionally drop off our Contacts List and we’ve no realistic means of keeping a check on this. So do please let us know. Thanks!

That’s the lot for this week (thank The Lord …..)

Chris PS re * above – that’s|Helen innit, but you did get that, of course ….

The Actual Witter, post-August Bank Holiday version

Hi Gang

Ok, pigeons fed and flying …..

Yes I KNOW it’s a cliche but there really is sooo much to do this week. Start with a reminder to all you luverly Lone Rangers fighting your skirmishes in the litter war. After you’ve picked, would you please put a quick comment on the Lone Rangers QT site, which really helps us to stay on top of what’s happening? Just a line will do, takes a mere minute. Thanx!

WEDS 31ST AUG MEET 5.40 AT STORE OR 6PM OUTSIDE DO-DAH’S (Bank St). Tidying gardens and litterpick the area.

THURS 1ST SEPT MEET 9.40 AT STORE OR 10.00 AT HASSY RD GARDENS (adjacent to Schofield St, near St Mary’s Chambers) – really need a big final weeding session here, moving on to Metal Tree Bed if we finish HRG …. complete with Aunty Sheila’s flasks to keep us goin’! (sticky chokky stuff, Aunty She??)

THURS 1ST SEPT MEET 1.30PM ON EMBANKMENT OPPOSITE THE DARK SIDE (i.e. Asda!) – last year’s daffodils need digging up and moving a bit (just a bit!) further up the embankment – they all flopped over onto the tarmac this year, not looking good. This’ll be a project lasting a few weeks, methinks.

FRIDAY 2ND SEPT MEET 7.45 BUFFERS – big crowd there last week, as a consequence of Master Grimshaw sayin’ it was my round. Whose wallet’s gonna be catching fire this week?? (last Friday, The Roundmaster [that’s not me!] said it was Peg’s round….)

SUNDAY 4TH SEPT MEET 9.40 AT STORE OR 10.00 ON TOWN SQUARE – a lot of summer planting now looking weary, needs tlc. PLUS PLUS !! – we need to shift all the basket inners from Mike’s back garden and rescue any viable plants. Please bring a car if you can to help with that. PLUS PLUS x 2 – a load of LITTER at the confluence (oooh, posh talk, mother!) of Irwell & Limey Water which needs shifting. Unfortunately I’ll deffo need to be away before midday so help returning gear to the store will be appreciated. So – perleeeze can we have you as part of a huge team on Sunday?? 👪👭👬👫.

NEXT WEEK – the bypass is getting its late-summer mowing Tuesday & Weds, so we need litter teams in place early on both days to clear it. Any Lone Rangers available to do the majority of it before then? JFDI please!

MORE WITTERS (1) Our Soul Bros an’ Sis in CP Haslingden keep an accurate count of their pickings – they’re up to 926 bags of litter for 2016. Fantastically marvellous! Ben (our Litter Master) reckons all the affiliated CP groups are well past 2000 bags for this year, now thought to be heading on up to 3000. Just imagine that lot still lying around our town!! Yuk!

MORE WITTERS (2) Did you clock the news from Tyne & Wear? A CP-inspired bloke’s been doing his thing up there and has been threatened with legal action by the local council for removing stuff that doesn’t belong to him, creating a hazard, and a few other counts. Amazed??? Happily, RBC are considerably more enlightened 😘 (we won’t mention LCC…)

MORE WITTERS (3) Stacksteads Country Park Group have a big musical fund-raising event 24th Sept @ Rosemount Club. Acts include the legendary Victor Brox (he’ll only mean s’thing to folks over a Certain Age!). Details next week.

MORE WITTERS (4) Welcome all new members, including Susan and Suzanne (gotcha, girls!) who’re now part of the CP Sue Brigade. Not sure of someone’s name when you’re out with us? just shout “Sue” and at least 3 people will answer even if only 2 people are there ….Ladies, we luv y’all!


Chris  😈

A Proper Witter!

I’d thought of saying thank you to Roger for doing the Wittering last week. Then I read what he’d written. So I’m not. I guess you’ve read it so will understand my injured feelings at the shockin’ insinuations 😁. BUT we’ve gotta say THANK YOU to everyone who stepped in, particularly 2 of the Sue brigade who lead sessions, and to everyone who responded to the watering appeal, to rescue the planters from dessication in the burning R’stall sun ☀ (’tis rumoured a 🐫 was spotted on Bank St)

So this week ….

WEDS 24TH AUG MEET AT STORE 5.40 OR HASLINGDEN RD GARDENS 6PM (the new ones between Schofield Rd and St Mary’s Chambers). Bind weed has reappeared and needs uprooting and Helen tells me something needs trimming back – hoes, shears, kneeling pads, all useful stuff. Are there any litterpickers out there please?

THURS 25TH AUG MEET 9.40 AT STORE OR 10.00 AT OLD FOLD GARDEN More deading-heading, cutting back some overgrown stuff – oh, and weeding (makes a change!) AND scoffing Aunty Sheila’s sticky buns (the chokky ones, please, She!!)

THURS 25TH AUG MEET 1.30 AT EMBANKMENT OPPOSITE ASDA the dandelions are trying to make a comeback (zey vill not succeed!) and there’s a lot of stuff needing tying up and supporting. But WOW how everyone but everyone showers compliments on the wonderful transformation Civic Pride’s achieved on this formerly weed-strewn mess! Let’s keep it going!

FRIDAY 26TH AUG MEET BUFFER STOPS 7.45PM – as young (eh??) Roger inferred last week, a round or two of ale (or wotever) may be purchased to oil the tonsils. Could be a good night!

Coming to your area soon – – Sunday week is another of Civic Pride’s famous “first Sunday of the month” sessions. Get the loins girded ready for action!


Chris PS driving back up the bypass into R’stall after a week away, it’s amazingly noticeable how litter-free we keep our town. Never never ever give up on this, please, everyone. Thank you.

A Non-Blom Witter

‘Go placidly among the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence’.
Yes, it’s true. Blom’s away for a week, nay 8 days – it just gets better and better!
So what’s going on this week? According to Special Ops (Helen) who unfortunately will be working:
Firstly we need team leader(s) for Wednesday evening and Thursday morning plus the Re-Start group on Thursday at 1:30pm. PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU CAN HELP.
Wednesday evening 6pm will be in the OFG. Deadheading roses, weeding & pruning.
Thursday morning 10am in the Town Square, Kay St/Bank St borders. Weeding, litter picking, pruning. Plus watering planters and baskets (if we can get access to the water)
Thursday 1.30pm. Re-Start group. Meet outside the CP shop & walk down to the embankment to do weeding and tidying up. It’s only a one hour session.
Well done all of you Lone Rangers and Lone Stars who are doing such an amazing job of making the town look better than ever. Please don’t be shy. Tell us what you’re doing via QT! Yes, that includes anyone gardening on Saturday morning (you know who you are and so do I)!
Finally, Buffers. How many will be there this week we’ve no idea. Last Friday was great fun with 6 of us consuming copious amounts of amber liquid but guess who didn’t buy a round? Saving up his pennies for his forthcoming hols mayhap? Embarrassed by the moths escaping from his wallet? Whatever the reason, he’ll be buying two rounds on 26th so we need as many people there as possible to ensure it’s an expensive evening! Enjoy his holiday while you can, all good things must come to an end!

Wanderings Witterings (eh? – wot’s ‘e on about??)

Hiya CP Troops!

“Wanderings?” Easily explained! A lot of our regulars are away on holiday (gone wandering, ok??) during mid-August so please get out there if you’re around for a spot of litter-clearing or garden-tending. That’s a special request to you if you’ve not supported any events or been out on your own doing Lone Ranger/Lone Star stuff recently. Thanks!

WEDS 10TH AUG MEET 5.40 AT THE STORE OR 6PM AT THE LAYBY ON THE INBOUND-TO-RAWTENSTALL SIDE OF THE BYPASS. We’re balsam-bashing, litter-clearing and bamboo-planting. Bashing balsam (Himalayan Balsam, very invasive foreign plant) is clinically-proven to work off the frustrations of a trying day 😠Highly recommended!

THURS 11TH AUG MEET 9.40AM AT THE STORE OR 10AM ON THE TOWN SQUARE. Some dimwit had the temerity to criticise, via Twitter, the state of the Town Square. He was put right. Anyone taking a bet that said dimwit won’t stir from his sofa to get out and help??! Anyhow, it’s hoeing, mint-thinning, dead-heading and a general tidy-up, ably led by two of our Sue Brigade, so the job’ll be properly organised for sure. A lot of regulars are away so please get out to support them. Thanx!

THURS 11TH AUG 1.30 SESSION – please note this is cancelled, for today only.

FRIDAY 12TH AUG 7.45 BUFFER STOPS. Splendid Mr Grimshaw has promised to buy the drinks. Good lad!

Thank you to all the lovely people who turned up on Sunday. We made a big progress on the Hassy Rd gardens. If you fancy a bit of Lone Star stuff (see below!) there’s a lot of small bindweed shoots and other weeds poking through. We need to gettem now whilst they’re small! Also, there are lots of obvious weeds amidst the shrubs at the top end, outside the Latter Day Saints’ Church.

Thank you to the bunch of crazies with us for last Thursday morning’s session at the Do-Dah’s end of Bank St. It rained a lot, we got soaked, but like true Rawtenstall idiots, we kept going!! A bit of rain? Noooo problemo! And wow don’t those flower beds look good – we’ll try to get the “before” piks we took 3 years ago onto our website to show just how far we’ve come.

Thank you to whoever might respond to Mags’ request for a small transport job. She’s got a Weeping Willow, small, perfectly formed, but too big to get in her car. We’ll plant it somewhere good. Can u help?? Pl fone her 01706 229388 or 07533390665. Ta!

Thank you to all our Lone Rangers (go-out-on-their-own litter-pickers) and Lone Stars (ditto, gardeners) who marvellously support CP with their individual efforts. If you wanna contribute to our fantastic Lone Ranger gang please contact Ben for info (benjaminparkin@live.co.uk). Lone Star details another day.

And finally – Janina, our talented artist-in-residence, wants to create a litter collage for publicity purposes. Please email striking photos of common brands found as litter (MacD’s, Costa, Asda, KFC, Subway, Greggs – oh you know wot we’re after here!) to cebertowicz@tiscali.co.uk Thank ‘ee!

And finally x 2 If you’ve any doubt what folk think of CP read the “Facebook” comments on P.10 of the current Free Press (well, apart from one, whose comment is comically wrong!)

See you out there guys!

Chris PS For Stargazers, the Perseid meteor shower starts on Thurs evening – find a spot with no light pollution (they do exist) pray for a cloudless night sky and watch the “shooting stars”. Wow! PPS Next week’s Witterings will be composed by some other guy. So they’ll be brief, lucid and rational. For a change. 😁

It’s August Witter part The Second

Hi Guys

Sorry to clutter up the inbox twice in a week BUT – can anyone water planters, boxes and hanging baskets today please? Ring me on 07877211314 if yes, and I’ll arrange for the store to be opened.

If not, we’ll definitely definitely need a watering session as part of tomorrow’s Civic Pride first-Sunday-of-the Month session so please help! Meet at the store at 9.40 or at the Haslingden Rd Gardens (our newly-renovated gardens near St Mary’s Chambers) at 10.00. If you can help with watering it’ll be easiest to meet at the store where the super-lightweight-easy-to-move Ro-Ro watering trollies are kept.

C U tomorrow for another in the series of Big Civic Pride jobbies (weeding, hoeing [have you got one?], watering, litter-picking, installing signs ……)

Chris 😇 (oh yeah??) PS excellent session at Buffer Stops last night whilst I sat quietly in a corner – good morning Jean Pam Sue R-D, Ian, Kate ……

Itsa August Witter (wit’ spellin’ like that it’s just gotta be Civic Pride…………)

Dear Britain in Bloom Troops an’ Everyone Else who we’d LUV to have seen this year!

Let’s start with Other Stuff this week, eh?

OTHER STUFF (1) Free Press? What’s going on? Only four articles about yer Civic Pride Rossendale this week. A mere four. Huh! (go buy one, read about it all).

OTHER STUFF (2) Recent Witters mentioned a possible CP outing on the East Lancs Railway’s Friday evening Dining train. Report back to you all : several efforts were made but no mention on their website. Now it seems there’s almost nil availability to the end of 2016. So back to the drawing board on that one!

OTHER STUFF (3) 28th July, Master Grimshaw emailed us all about a tour of the Pendle Heritage garden (Barrowford – about 20 mins drive away)Weds 31st Aug start 10.30. Details on his email. Sounds v interesting. Get in touch!

OTHER STUFF (4) We’ll have to move out of our store soon – no exact date, waiting on Rossie Council for that, but please respond with big removals job when we put the shout out. Thank ‘ee!

OTHER STUFF (5) I know it seems as if it’s been raining for weeks BUT there’s not actually been much of it : eg I watered the 4 hanging baskets outside Ladbrokes today. Just those 4 soaked up a complete fill of one of the big 40 litre Ro-Ro watering machines so please help us out (see Weds evening event)

And now, post Britain in Bloom craziness, Rawtenstall needs you, CP’s essential work still goes on and there’s SOOO MUCH of it!

WEDS 3RD AUG 6PM OLD FOLD GARDEN (5.40 AT THE STORE) to apply tlc, dead-heading, de-littering and watering.

THURS 4TH AUG 10AM DO-DAHS/REEDS-RAINS AREA (9.40 AT THE STORE) for tidying, weeding, plant culling.

THURS 1.30 CP SHOP (NOT the store) then the embankment opposite Asda. Big job adding woodchip plus planting and weeding.

FRI 7.45 BUFFER STOPS join a unique social experience, lubricated with fine ale or whatever you might fancy.

SUNDAY 10AM HASLINGDEN RD GARDENS adjacent to St Mary’s Chambers (or 9.40 AT THE STORE) litter-picking, erecting CP signage, pulling up big weeds and hoeing others. Is that area coming good or WOT?? Let’s finish the job! If we get enough people out, some with cars, we’ll get planter inners from Mike C’s garden (intrigued, eh??) .

Huge hugs luvly people and hope (expect??) to see you gettin’ some fresh air and FREE exercise🏋 🚶at our sessions this week.


A Post B-i-B Witter

Hi t’all CP Troops

It’s now back to the standard stuff – the odd ton of litter to clear, the odd few hundred weeds to pull, the odd thought about how we take CP forward onto the next stage.

You’re dying to know how it went last week, I just know this. Britain in Bloom thoughts on a warm Summer’s Day :-…
1. Thank you to RBC for a marvellously-supportive job on street-cleansing, sign-washing and a final road-sweep at 6am – Paul, Dave, Lee, Pete and the lads, thank you.
2. Specially-crafted THANK YOUS t’troops who were out pretty-much daily giving gardens tlc & doing litter-checks, amazing work from Sue, Sue, Mags, Jen, Roger, Helen, particularly noticeable on the out-every-day stuff. Humble apols to those every-day guys who I’ve missed off my list : put it down to declining mental faculties (mine), not to your wonderful work being anything but – well – wonderful!
3. Steve Lowe, RHS judge, was on his own for 21st July’s inspection. Fellow RHS chap Dave was taken ill on the morning. Steve was very sharp, didn’t miss a thing, was VERY complimentary about the effect we bumbling amateurs have on R’stall’s environs. That included a (sadly, don’t think we can make this official!) “Best Layby in Lancashire” award from him.
4. Steve lives on the Grane so knows a bit about where CP & R’stall have come from in recent years. He spent 4 hrs with us, will send us a copy of his report ; but we won’t know our final grading ’til the RHS NW England Awards bash in November.
5. Dee-lite-ful party in the OFG on Thurs evening. It was a real pleasure to spend time with a big bunch of happy lovely people who’ve put so much into their community. Did the rain put us off? Nah, not really, not until the heavens opened & we legged it to Buffers! There were a couple of bottles of wine left which we’ll put in a raffle (ooh nooo!) at the CP Christmas Bash.
MacDonald’s – thanks to everyone who turned up at the RBC Development Control meet last week. We were the sole objector allowed to speak. MacD’s create masses of litter? Never! Our litter-pickers are clearly mistaken. MacD’s machines were on site within hours of permission being granted. Their promises to work with CP have thus far been entirely ignored. End of report.

Ok, onto the positives for this week!

WEDS 27TH 6PM AND THURS 28TH 10AM HASLINGDEN RD GARDENS – or 20 mins BEFORE those times at the store to help to get the gear out. We’ve largely cracked the weed infestation but there’s still some to go, including new stuff coming up where we first cleared.

THURS 28TH 1.30PM MEET AT SHOP (not store) then the embankment, a session with Startup crew.

FRI 29TH 7.45 BUFFER STOPS – amazingly, after a rollkickin’ good do there last Thurs (21st) the following evening was very entertaining as well! And this week? Celebratin’ someone’s birthday …..

LAST BIT (1) we’ve got a lot of cards printed with our contact details for volunteers to give out whenever member of the public stops and talks to you. Get ’em to join us or be a supporter otherwise (£x a month standing order??)

LAST BIT (2) Lone Star gardeners did a marvellous job pre – B i Bloom ; please keep it up cos we reckon it’s got big potential for CP gardening-way-to-go. Owzabout taking on one of our gardens as your own, with one or two others? Chat wi’ me or Helen about it if you’d be interested. We’d give you support, wouldn’t just leave you to it. Gooo on, go f’r it!

Big hugz to y’all!

Chris PS Ok, B i Bloom’s over but CP doesn’t stop so if you’ve not been out with us for ages NOW’S THE TIME!

Mini Witter!

Hi Guys
Tues 19th – 6pm for 6.30 start, meet Council Offices, Futures Park Bacup. Development Control (aka Planning) Committee meet decision re MacDonalds. I’ll be giving evidence. Turn up early & notify Chair if u want to speak.
Weds 20th meet 5.40pm at store or 6pm Haslingden Rd Gdns (in front of St Mary’s Chambers) to finish major weeding job plus any other last minute “needs”.
Haslingden Rd Gdns (in front of St Mary’s Chambers) to finish major weeding job plus any other last minute “needs”.
Thurs 21st RHS Judges in town! 9.30 start. Helen & I will show them round but come along if you wish.
Thurs 1.30pm meet at shop for afternoon session with Restart crew. Probably go to bypass, inbound layby for planting and balsam/bramble bashing.
Thursday THEN THEN !!! Do come to our report back/how it went and to Celebrate CP’s amazing work at A Jacob’s Join (i.e. bring your own bottle(s) nibbles etc!) 6.30pm in Old Fold Garden, then to Buffer Stops sometime later. All invited whether you’ve managed to get out with us this year or not,volunteers and supporters.
RHS Judges’ route starts at Asda,then St Mary’s Way, Tup Bridge, Bank St starting at Newchurch Rd end, Daisy Hill, Town Square, MTB/Riverside Walk, Railway Station, both laybys on the bypass, arboretum, Haslingden Rd Gardens and Old Fold Gardens.
Lone Rangers and Lone Stars have been doing absolutely marvellous work over the past few weeks, 6 folk in particular who I’ll embarrass at another time by naming them! Has ANYONE some spare moments please, for the areas we need to concentrate on before Thursday (1) riverbed if anyone can get down there SAFELY!! to remove bits of litter (2) Hassy Old Rd gardens to remove shrub trimmings and pavement weeds (3) circular bed under cherry tree outside Doo-dahs needs weeding and Doo-dah’s bed needs some tlc. (4) we may need a watering team if Tuesday’s forecast of hot sun all day comes to pass! (5) Please keep a close eye on the whole of “the Route” for the next 60 hours!
We’ve got a couple of dozen abbreviated versions of the brochure which we’re giving to the RHS judges. I’ll bring ’em with me on Weds so if you want one, do please ask! Amazing, what we’ve done!
Apologies for the slightly difficult format of this (crucial) week’s Witterings, done under considerable tekky stress 💻!!


Definitely July Witter

Hiya Chums

Worra week! – nicely capped off with a big crowd on Sunday – that’s just yesterday as I type this – clearing the river (Keith up to his chest in water muck an’ bullets, Sue S clearing something entirely yuk!) and new girl Mo showing us all up with her gardening-craft. Irwell and Riverside Walk now transformed! We’re getting close to Judgement Day so we may (?) just organise another Sunday session this month. Watch these erudite columns for info!

WEDS 6TH JULY MEET 5.30 AT THE STORE OR 6PM AT THE HASLINGDEN RD GARDENS (near St Mary’s Chambers, R’stall end of Has. Rd). Definitely need extra help on this after Sheila sustained repetitive little-hand injury due to multiple weed-pulling last week! 😕) Essential gear : trowels forks and those things for getting weeds out from between the cracks. And some of you guys we’ve not seen for weeeeeks! Litter-pickers also wanted please.

THURS 7TH JULY MEET 9.40 AT STORE OR 10.00 ON TOWN SQUARE – mint-pulling, tidying, planting new stuff (Ann Mc, have you got those tomato plants ready please??). And celebrate marvellous work ‘n’ ambience with Tesco’s very own Aunty Sheila’s sticky buns!

FRIDAY 8TH JULY Mmmm not sure – I was CP’s only representative at Buffers last Friday : will give it another go this week – 7.45. We’re also considering a Civic Pride Friday night Dining Special on the ol’ steam train very soon – if you’re interested email me here or chris.blom.2011@gmail.com

SUMMAT ELSE (1) LONE STARS – our do-it-whenever-you’ve-a-minute gardening stars are starting to make an impact BUT (yeah u know wot’s next!) we need MORE of you! have you a trpwel? have you 30 mins to spare? Ring me 07877 211314 or Helen 075959 85309 for suggestions as to where most needs doing. Thank you! PS – do you Lone Stars want your own email page where you can chat to each other, check who’s done what and where?? Let us know. We haf ze teknologie!

SUMMAT ELSE (2) Please look at our website frequently – it’s updated regularly, AND if it’s visited a lot, it puts your C.Pride at the top of the Google SEO lists so interested folk can find us easily. Make us one of your automatic settings and just click on each day????

SUMMAT ELSE (3) MARVELLOUS (?) MACDONALDS – I know we’ve been promising further guidance on how to object to MacD’s crash-landing in R’stall. If you think Asda looks ghastly, then just imagine ……. However, latest stuff will come out soon.

Right now, we’ve got just 16 more days before Britain in Bloom judges come to town. Your town. We honestly are struggling to get it up to standard. Please help! 21st July B i B in your diary – and post B i B party, 🍹evening of same day, in your diary as well!



June’s on its way out Witter

Hi Chums

Scary stuff!! After this week’s business we have only TWO MORE FULL WEEKS before RHS Judges are in town. I know you’ve heard it before but please get out with us, even if you’ve not been out with us this year and are feeling slightly guilty about it ……. you’ll be made SOOO welcome!

WEDS 29TH JUNE MEET 5.40 AT STORE OR 6PM AT OUR NEW HASLINGDEN RD GARDENS (that’s near St Mary’s Chambers, where Hassy Rd meets the fire station roundabout). Some tlc needed to our new planting. Trowels, garden forks, kneeling pads are the basic gear – oh, an’ your body as well!

THURS 30TH JUNE MEET 9.40 AT STORE OR 10AM AT OLD FOLD GARDEN huge amount of planting, weeding, dead-heading, rose spraying. Has anyone got a set of ladders which can be lent to us – big uns, probably extending ladders, so we can reach top of climbing roses which are about 16 feet tall now. Let me know on 07877211314 (promise we’ll take care of ’em!). At midday there’s a photo-shoot for us and grant-providers Tesco and Landscapers Lea Brook at the Hassy Rd garden (see Weds evening detail) so regular gardeners might want to be included.

FRIDAY 1ST JULY 7.45 ONWARDS BUFFER STOPS AND POSSIBLY CAFE ARTISAN AFTERWARDS – join the Civic Pride Irregulars for a jar and a jaw.

SUNDAY 3RD JULY MEET 9.40 AT STORE OR 10AM AT METAL TREE BED/RIVERSIDE WALK – planting, weeding, shrub trimming AND AND AND clearing the R. Irwell of litter, rubbish and nasty weeds (we’ll leave the nice weeds!). Repeat of Thursday request – has anyone got extending ladders so we can get down the riverbank? AND AND AND – are there any fishermen/women who’ve got waders to enable us to get at the deeper areas? Wellies will be useful for the less deep parts. Let me know about ladders/waders please (07877211314) This will be our last session in this area before RHS Judges come to see our work so DO please join us if you possibly can.

Newsy bits (1) Alyson Barnes set up a meet for us with the guys who are doing the electricity work (you’ll have seen the signs in R’stall centre if you’ve been in town). They promised, in front of witnesses, that they’ll avoid all CP’s gardens! Result! (and thanx, Alyson).

Newsy bits (2) We sooo need Lone Stars to improve our various gardens at times other than our organised sessions. Please get in touch with me or Helen (07595985309) for suggestions as to where to “do” if you’d appreciate a bit of guidance. Otherwise, Just Flippin’ Do It!

Newsy bits (3) Asda tokens – if you’re an Asda shopper, you’ll be given a voting token at the checkout ; voting boxes are next to the upstairs checkouts. Winners of the voting get cash (tho we don’t know how much!).

Newsy bits (4) have a look at the bypass – neatly mown grass (thank you RBC) and not a scrap of litter thanks to Lone Rangers (well, there wasn’t last nite!) – so the bypass presents a wonderful, tended, neat, welcoming entrance to the Rossie valley. Well done us!!

Oh – did I say RHS are due in town verrry soon? Yes? Ok! Doesn’t that make you want to DO stuff??


Summer Solstice Witter

Hi Troops!

Yup, today is (1) the summer solstice – we didn’t get to the celebrations at Stonehenge : R’stall’s version was running naked round the trig point on Cowpe Lowe. Photos available at a cost. Is also (2) 1st day of SUMMER and just to prove it, the rain’s stopped!

It’s also just 4 weeks away from RHS judges coming round to assess your Civic Pride Britain in Bloom. You, lovely volunteer, are so needed! 😇 Here’s how!

TUES 21ST MEET HARDMAN’S MILL 9.30 Bypass mowing Phase One so we need to do an anti-litter sweep before the mowers go in. Will need the same on Weds and Thurs, RBC’s scheduled days to do the mowing.


WEDS 22ND MEET STORE 5.40PM OR BYPASS LAYBY 6PM  – that’s the layby on the inbound-to-R’stall side of the carriageway. Briar rose bed needs big attention plus balsam-bashing (Scouts did great job last week but there’s more to do). Big gloves trowels spades shears all useful.

THURS 23RD HARDMAN’S MILL (SEE TUES) – last time RBC did the mowing they planned 3 days but did it in 2,  so I’ll send out an extra Witter if this session is not going to happen.

THURS 22ND MEET STORE 9.40AM OR MTB/RIVERSIDE WALK 10.00. Weeding, shrub-shaping (that tongue-twister thing again – oh, think about it!!), transplanting – spades, shears, trowels, garden forks – have you gottem?

FRIDAY 7.45PM ONWARDS (note slightly later time) BUFFER STOPS for convivial glass and post-Solstice celeb. Not been for 3 weeks so rather lookin’ forward to this! See you there?

MORE OL’ RHUBARB (1) The Cabinet Office (yup, THAT one!) have been in touch : regret to say that Civic Pride haven’t gained the coveted Queen’s Award, despite our enthusiastic nomination and Helen’s fantastic presentation last Autumn. However, our name will automatically go forward next year, and much of what we did will support our presentation when RHS Judges come to town on 21st July, so it’s all been useful to us.

MORE OL’ RHUBARB (2) MacDonald’s have re-submitted their planning application. Most households in R’stall have received a letter from RBC Planning so you know how to OBJECT! We DO NOT want their plastic architecture, litter, traffic chaos, litter, taking locally-owned businesses’ trade, litter ……  Will Lone Rangers and all litter-pickers please separate out MacD’s litter if you possibly can and drop it over the gate of our store. We hope to use it in evidence when we object. I’ll send out a separate Witter re objecting, for those of you who’ve not got one of the RBC letters.

MORE OL’ RHUBARB (3) CP EQUIPMENT AMNESTY – we’ve a lot of gear, especially good trowels, hand forks, trenching spades, trugs and garden forks, which have gone missing in the past 4 weeks or so.  Izzit YOU?? Please check the garden shed to see if you’ve inadvertently taken some of our stuff home. Chuck it over the gate at the store please, or bring it to one of our sessions.

AND FINALLY – 21st July Judgement Day is on top of us – almost – and we’ve a huge amount to do, so particularly please get out to help if you possibly can.

Big hugz t’ y’all (especially if you get out an’ do a bit!)


June is Witterin’ out all over!

Hi Super-volunteers

Right, the song sez June is bustin’ out all over which is probably a better phrase than witterin’, really, as THE WEEDS 🌱 are bustin’ out like crazy – with only a few weeks to go before RHS Judges come to town – Help! So what’s happening in the middle of June?

TUES 14TH JUNE (yup, Tuesday ….) MEET 7PM AT THE STORE or 7.15 at first layby on the bypass ; planting shrubs, shearing big weeds, zapping brambles, possibly painting fences – going til approx 9pm. Support from Rossendale Explorer Scouts.

WEDS 15TH JUNE MEET 5.40PM AT STORE OR 6PM AT METAL TREE BED & RIVERSIDE WALK – weeding, shrub-shaping, some planting :at some point we’ll clear the river there (but not tonight Josephine ….)

THURS 16TH JUNE MEET 9.40AM AT STORE OR 10.00AM AT DAISY HILL BED (just off Bank St, at the side of Harrison’s butchers). We’re weeding there, and also doing several other sites including our big planters at the end of Bank St, the small circular bed near Ladbrokes, small weeds on central reservation – so if you’re late and can’t find us, ring me 07877211314.

FRIDAY 17TH JUNE 7.30 BUFFERS – for the 3rd week I’m not there so take advantage by having a civilised night!

OTHER VITAL BITS (1) Josie & Eddie are continuing their amazing work clearing the R. Irwell downstream from Hardman’s Mill – they could really do with your help. Contact Josie at josie.malloy@btconnect.com or Eddie at eddiegrimshaw@yahoo.co.uk

OTHER VITAL BITS (2) no news of MacDonald’s – will keep you in the picture

OTHER VITAL BITS (3) great stuff from our Lone Rangers litter-pickers ; we really need Lone Stars to get out tidying gardens other than during our organised sessions – call me or (better!) Helen on 07595985309 if you would like a suggestion of where needs doing.

And finally (for now!) thanks to all the brilliant regulars who turned out to support the sessions last week when Helen, or I, or both of us were unavailable – marvellous!


Chris PS read the Weds 15th item again, have a glass of wine and then read the “shrub-shapin'” bit …..

Weekly Witterings 6th June

Hello Civic Pride,

Welcome to another week of gardening & litter picking in beautiful Rossendale.

Here’s what we are up to over the next few days…..

Wednesday 8th June:-

Meet at the Lord Street stores at 5:40pm to help move gardening equipment to the Fire Station Roundabout. We are going to reclaim and tidy up the corner of the roundabout diagonally opposite The Queens, and right across Bury Road from the Civic Pride shop! It’s looking more than a bit neglected and in urgent need of some CP attention. If we have enough volunteers we can turn this around in an hour. Job done.

Thursday 9th June:-

Meet at the Lord St Stores at 9:40am or on the Town Square at 10am. This week we are focusing on weeding and tidying the Kay Street/Bank Street borders, deadheading daffodils and removing any litter.

Friday 10th June:-

Buffer Stops at The East Lancs Railway, 7:30pm. A chance to relax and enjoy the company of your fellow Civic Priders. Everyone is welcome to come along.

And of course, a huge thank you to all the Volunteers who turned out yesterday (Sunday) morning in the Old Fold Garden. We build a new raised section at the back of the garden which entailed shifting three tonnes of top soil plus another three tonnes of rock. AND all the weeding, pruning, composting, sweeping up, litter picking…..Well done everyone, great team effort.

We’ve recently been hearing some very positive feedback from local people and businesses about the CP gardens and about litter collecting. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and are clearly continuing to make a real difference to our community. Thank you.

Helen Thomas-Laight

Operations Officer

Civic Pride Rossendale

May’s final Witter!

Hi Folksies

Utterly glorious weather, late springtime, all things agricultural and horticultural growing like crazy – and just 7 weeks to go to Britain in Bloom inspection! “Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring!!”

Civic Pride feature yet again in this week’s Free Press. Good work Publicity Officer!

This week :
WEDS 1ST JUNE MEET 5.40 AT THE STORE OR 6PM AT DO-DAH’S – some CP tlc to the beds there AND ALSO some gentle watering of some of the planters, and re-siting one of our hanging basket brackets (how are you fixed, Dave?? – it’s the one attached to Barclays)

THURS 2ND JUNE MEET 9.40AM AT THE STORE OR 10.00 ON THE TOWN SQUARE. A lot of weeding and shaping and de-minting – – and if that doesn’t make sense, do turn up and sense will be made. Possibly.

FRIDAY 3RD JUNE MEET 7.30 ONWARDS AT BUFFERS for an amazing variety of discussion topics fuelled by Buffers’ very own brews.

SUNDAY 5TH JUNE MEET 9.40 AT THE STORE OR 10.00 AT THE OLD FOLD GARDEN (that’s the one with the clock tower). We’re creating a raised bed at the back of the garden so need some muscle as well as delicate gardening skills please! NB after this we’ve only ONE more Sunday session before RHS judges are in town so please turn out.

Footnotes (1) new guys Weir Pride going well – see the current Free Press : congratulations to all involved up there!

Footnotes (2) good work from 20th Rossendale Guides this week – big litter-pick, ably led by our own Barry & Sue – see the Civic Pride Rossendale F’book page (and thanks to Ben for taking the F’b stuff on!).

That’s the lot for this week, folks : Helen’s doing the Witter next week so it might be a little more rational than the standard drivel. Might.



Whoopee It’s The Weekly Witter!!

Good evening Ladies, Gentlemen and Roger

Hey, CP is in the Free Press’s current edition – and we think, yet again in edition out this Thursday.

Vital Info (1) I guess The Witter should resort to pleading more often – the result was a great night last Weds when we had an almost all-time record turnout. Thanks to the whole crew – we got EVERYTHING done we’d planned. Weds & Thurs combined was 27 volunteers. Marvellous!

Vital Info (2) Sue B did her M/cr run last Sunday for the hospice. Pl contact www.justgiving.com/suebokowski to donate to her marvellous effort.

Vital Info (3) Josie and Eddie continue their amazing clear-up along the banks of the Irwell. At the moment I don’t have details of their next effort but please contact them – help urgently needed! (and maybe I’ll get the contact details correct this week!) Josie’s on 07841 041461 josie.malloy@btinternet.com  Eddie’s on 07841 502910 eddiegrimshaw@yahoo.co.uk

Vital Info (sort of) (4) Huge planting last Weds & Thurs on St Mary’s Way, after which it rained beautifully on the planting, very very big watering-job thus rendered unnecessary. Th U Rossie weather!

WEDS 25TH MAY MEET 5.40PM AT STORE OR 6PM AT BYPASS LAYBY (inbound to Rawtenstall side) shears, tools for weeding and balsam-bashing, secateurs – all good stuff!

THURS 26TH MAY MEET 9.40AM AT STORE OR 10.00 ON BYPASS LAYBY (outbound from Rawtenstall side) – gear as Weds plus loppers, bowsaw and the inevitable kneeling-mat!

FRIDAY 27TH MAY BUFFER STOPS 7.30 ONWARDS – low quantity but high quality gathering last week!

WEEKEND – riverbank clearing – see Vital Info (3) above! It’s ELR’s 40’s weekend as well.

MACDONALDS – ARE THEY ARE COMING TO TOWN??😕 DECISION IMMINENT!! Planned to be built on the former college site (1) contributing vast amounts of litter to our streets – you bet the American owners won’t nip over to clear it up! (2) causing a traffic nightmare – a drive-through takeaway exiting onto the chaotic main roundabout in R’stall centre (yes they’re serious! – and some idiots proposing sticking yet more traffic lights there to accommodate MacD’s) (3) we’re desperate for sites for new homes – the old college site is PERFECT – but yeah, MacD’s money machine is obviously more important, despite the fact that there’s already one a couple of miles away at Rising Bridge (4) lovely plastic chainstore architecture right at the entrance to our town – what a charming prospect. Utterly unsympathetic.(5) locally-owned-and-managed takeaways won’t have the buying-power to compete. They’ll close.  Empty premises and lost jobs. Great, eh? (6)If we’ve got (?) to have them, why not on the brand new retail park at New Hall Hey? Or is that just too obvious?

These guys have a very persuasive mega-buck lobbying machine all ready to go. PLEASE OBJECT NOW!! If you don’t, it WILL happen. laurenashworth@rossendalebc.gov.uk or planning@rossendalebc.gov.uk and please ask for a response. I believe the Planning Sub is on 7th June. Go if you possibly can. I’ll try to get more details on that. Up the revolution!!



Marvellous Mid-May Witter

G’day Folkies

Go on, admit it, you were just soooo disappointed when C.Pride’s Witter didn’t brighten your evening last night?? Sorry, my fault, a gremlin crept into the ol’ laptop last night. Now sorted. Possibly.

WEDS 17TH MAY 2.30 PM our Sue Shutt’s doing the afternoon talk at Pendle Heritage (google ’em for how to get there – easy!). She’s back there by high demand. Go see!

WEDS 17TH 6PM MEET AT CIVIC PRIDE STORE – loads – just LOADS – of things to do : shift the last winter hanging baskets and barrier baskets ; get 200+ plants from Whittaker Park ; and support/trim BIG climbing roses in Old Fold Garden. We need ladders which’ll comfortably reach 20 feet up, plus vehicles for plants. Will rescue some of the baskets’ plants as well so help needed there. ONLY 3 OF US FOR MUCH OF LAST WEDS SESSION so we had to pack up job not done. Please turn out if you can (is that enough of a plead??)🤔

THURS 18TH 10AM MEET STORE 9.40AM OR ST MARY’S WAY OPPOSITE ASDA 10AM – (1) pull weeds from central reservation (2) stick some of the Whit Park plants in appropriate places! Trowels, spades and kneeling pads very useful. Welcome back to lovely Sheila and her Tesco flasks!

FRIDAY 19TH 7.30 ONWARDS BUFFERS for refreshing and so-sociable chin-wagging.

THIS WEEKEND SOMETIME – no time/venue details yet but – Josie & Eddie are continuing their remarkable project to clear the river of litter. They’re lovely people (so why r they mixin’ wi’ us lot??) BUT – the transformation they’re achieving is wonderful and I know they’d love your support. Contact details josie.malloy@btinternet.com eddiegrimshaw@yahoo.co.uk 0779858 2225 Get in touch, go see, go help!

END OF WITTER VITALS (1) WE HAVE JUDGING DATE FOR BRITAIN IN BLOOM!! Thursday 21st July. Huge amount of backroom stuff to do, as well as getting our gardens looking perfect. Havva party afterwards so gerrit in thi’ diaries!

END OF WITTER VITALS (2) THANK YOU SUE! Sue B’s done fab work getting grant applications in but new job makes this difficult for now. AND, as Tesco are encouraging us to apply for another grant (closing date less than 2 weeks away) can you help? The last lot paid for transformation of Hassy Rd gardens. We can make a HUGE difference with these big grants. Fairly straight-forward job but takes a couple of hours minimum. (PS Sue – send me your Hospice Run details, chuck!)

END OF WITTER VITALS (3) MACDONALDS – I know, I promised and didn’t – sorry! – to send y’all details of how to object to fat-Yankee-dollar MacD’s ruining our town. Will do it as soon as possibly can. If no-one objects, they will build in R’stall centre. You want that?? U could pre-empt the CP email by contacting RBC Planning yourself if you can’t wait to object!

END OF WITTER VITALS (4) SUE SHUTT’S THE 100+ BAG LADY! Oh wow! Read all about it in the Free Press!

I know you won’t believe, but we really try to keep Witterings as brief as possible. Hope we don’t tax your patience but CP does have a lot going on. As somebody (who??) once said “My dear, I didn’t tell a half of it!”.



A Civic Pride Witter on a glorious Spring sunshiny day!

G’day Crazy Volunteers

An update or two :

Update (1) At the moment we’re still adding up but, given Hassy CP’s posting of their picking 581 bags of litter in 2016, we’ve EASILY passed the incredible total of A THOUSAND BAGS OF LITTER so far this year. Un-bee-leev-uble!! Imagine that lot still scattered all over our valley, with no-one to care about it!

Update (2) 22 lovely volunteers turned up yesterday morning to work on the embankment opposite Asda (still no response from them at all…..). It’s looking fantastic, especially compared to its appearance before we started this transformation. Particular thanks to Howard Stott who turned up with Big Machine to help with rockery stones! – and to everyone who supplied, helped, laboured, did backroom stuff. This immense project is largely complete, just a bit more to do.

Update (3) Another Pride group! To add to us lot, Bacup Pride, CP Hassy, and active groups in Helmshore, Edenfield and Waterfoot, we now have Weir Pride following a successful meet on Saturday. Good luck, guys, and please keep us in the loop what you’re up to. (Trish/Andrew, have u Julie’s email details?)

Update (4) Lea Brook have started a job for us today on the Haslingden Rd gardens, outside St Mary’s Chambers, using the Tesco Grant to finance it. Watch for another Civic Pride transformation!

This week :-
WEDS 11TH MAY MEET 6PM AT THE STORE – we’re getting the Winter hanging baskets down and popping the best of the plants into the Town Square and Old Fold Garden. Ladders and vehicles will be useful, plus trowels and garden forks.

THURS 12TH MAY MEET 9.40 AT THE STORE OR 10.00 AT THE OLD FOLD GARDEN – doing the same thing as last night, but this time to the Barrier Baskets. Tesco flasks and stickies at 11am!


SAT 14TH MAY MEET 10.00AM HEALTH CLUB CAR PARK NEW HALL HEY. We’re helping with C.Pride stars Eddie and Josie’s amazing work in clearing winter rubbish from the banks of the Irwell. Just turn up! More details from josie.malloy@btinternet.com or eddiegrimshaw@yahoo.co.uk If you can’t find ’em when u get there, ring ’em! 07841502910 – that’s Eddie’s number, not got Josie’s, dunno why! There may be a flask or two and home-made stuff ……

LAST BITS (1) Helmshore Textile Museum and Queen St Mill have been given a stay of execution. Go visit whilst you can, and hopefully keep ’em open. Irreplaceable pieces of our heritage.
LAST BITS(2) Sue Bokowski’s doing a Big Run for the Hospice next month. Sponsors, please! Details next week (Sue – please send ’em to me!).
LAST BITS (3) B**** MACDONALDS I’ll send a separate email about this, o’wise this email’ll be toooo long! Some of you already know MacD’s corporate litter-creators want to build in R’stall centre. WE OBJECT!!!!



Mega Witter Part the Second

Hi Guys

This coming Sunday 8th May we are definitely doing the embankment opposite R’stall Asda, and need big turn-out please.

500 plants, 2 tonnes of rockery stone and 8000 litres of woodchip to sort!! This will take us a very long way to completing this huge project. Without Asda lifting a finger but what’s it got to do with them?? How can u help?

9.00 help with moving equipment from CP Store on Lord St, including watering trollies aka Ro-Ro’s! (yeah, it’s been warm, you noticed??)
9.30 start moving bags of woodchip from Whitaker Park (the council compound behind the gates adjacent to the museum) – have you got a big car, estate car or van, please?
9.30 start setting up the rockery – big help from Howard Stott – cheers, Howard – what a star!
10.00 start planting and spreading woodchip.

Big big job, need big lads and anyone else of lesser physique who can wield a trowel!

Please turn out if you can, even if it’s for only part of the morning.

Thanks guys!

Chris PS PLEASE write to RBC Planning at Futures Park Bacup to object to the proposed MacDonalds litter-generating corporate monstrosity going to be built in Rawtenstall. If we – you – don’t object, it’ll be built here. Truly truly awful.

A Mighty Witter!

Hiya Folksies

There’s a lot this week – please bear with us and read it all through (complete wi’ typos, cos I’m doing this while watching snooker World Championship final …..)

LITTER (1)PLEASE NOTE – NEW GUY! C.Pride is shifting jobs round as new volunteers come in. So Ben Parkin is taking over as Litter Man from Roger. If you’ve any queries go to our QT site ; or contact Ben at benjaminparkin@live.co.uk Please copy Roger into your email to Ben during this transition phase roger@civic-pride.org.uk Thanks Ben, delighted to have you with us doin’ CP’s amazin’ work!

LITTER (2) INCREDIBLE RIVER-CLEARING – Eddie and Josie, brill CP new guys, have been clearing tons of litter from the banks of the Irwell. Can u help for a session or two? Contact is josie.malloy@btconnect.com We’ll be climbing down to do the section of the Irwell near Tesco at some point in the near future.

PEOPLE TO CONTACT !! (1) MACDONALDS ARE NEAR TO GAINING PERMISSION TO BUILD! It’s on the former college site. What a ghastly entrance to Rawtenstall that would make. Litter, yet another traffic lane onto the fire station roundabout, jobs lost from existing locally-run takeaways, appallingly unsympathetic architecture – do we need to go on?? Write NOW please to Rossie Council Planning Dept. If they HAVE to come to Rawtenstall (God forbid) why not on the new shopping development at New Hall Hey??

PEOPLE TO CONTACT !! (2) 5000 NEW HOUSES IN ROSSENDALE? The Government is serious. And utterly wrong. We support the building of a manageable number of homes. But 5000 is a crazy unsustainable number. Please sign the petition at www.keeprossendalevalleygreen.co.uk Some of these homes go on the site MacDonalds are after? Is that too obvious? Or is yet another MacDonalds more important than new homes??

WEDS 4TH MAY MEET 5.40PM AT THE STORE OR 6PM at the embankment opposite Asda – a deal of planting to do as we hit the home straight on this huge project. Without a jot of help from Asda. After all, why should they want to be involved??

THURS 5TH MAY MEET 9.40 AT THE STORE OR 10.00AM AT THE OLD FOLD GARDEN – more weeding and planting to do in this centre-piece garden. Tesco – are you with us?? Please let me know on 07877211314. Ta!

FRIDAY 6TH MAY 7.30 ONWARDS AT BUFFER STOPS. New volunteers, particularly, will be very very welcome for a 🍷 and meet some of the troops! We’re all sociable, friendly and (mostly!) house-trained.

SUNDAY 8TH MAY Ey-oop it’s the 1st Sunday of the month session. And just to show we ain’t perfect it’s on the 2nd Sunday of the month….. We’re back on the embankment. We MIGHT just finish it. Meet 9.40 at the store or 10.00 at the embankment.

AND NOW CIVIC PRIDE WEIR?? Apart from us lot, we have soul brothers and sisters in Bacup Pride, CP Haslingden, and groups in Helmshore, Edenfield and Waterfoot doing great stuff. We’ve a meet at the Doal Centre in Weir 10am Sat 7th to get something going there, we hope!

DOES WEATHER BOTHER US?? Nah! Last Weds morning we litter-picked the bypass in boiling sun, sweat rolling off us. By Weds evening our session with the scouts was in a lashing hailstorm. Thurs morning session we carried right on gardening in the snow. When the going gets tough …..

Britain in Bloom is going to be a big challenge. Please help us. We can get there. With you.


Chris PS Sue Shutt did it!! 108 bags of litter cleared in April (sorry, 108-and-a-half!!). Marvellous dedication to the cause, Sue. From the people of Rawtenstall, thank you.

Can this be a Pre-witter Witter?

Hi Luvlies

Yup, I know Witters are due to go out on Mondays so, pretend this is Monday, ok??

As ever, loadsa stuff to tell you about

BYPASS PRE-MOWING LITTERPICK – RBC are doing 2016’s first mow of verges and central reservation on Tues Weds and Thurs. C. Pride do a pre-mow pick to make sure we don’t end up with litter-confetti, as we used to do in the bad ol’ days. The mowing op is a 3 day job so we go out each day before the job starts. Meet 9.15 am at Hardman’s Mill, New Hall Hey. Each session shouldn’t take long, especially if we get several volunteers out. Pickers, good footwear and hi-viz essential.

WEDS 27TH APRIL MEET BYPASS LAYBY, INBOUND TO RAWTENSTALL SIDE OF THE ROAD, 6PM. The Scouts are joining us so we should get a lot done, including fence-painting and early balsam-bashing – the stuff is coming up again but it’s vulnerable in the early stages of growth. Let’s gerrit! (oh, and bramble-beating as well…). Spades and brushes useful.

THURS 28TH APRIL MEET AT STORE 9.40 OR TOWN SQUARE 10.00AM. Tidying-up to do plus some CP tlc on a couple of other beds. Tesco regular Sheila’s family is beset with injuries and post-op recovery – thinkin’ of you kid!

FRIDAY 29TH 7.30 ONWARDS BUFFER STOPS – a May Bank Holiday weekend drink in April. How to cause confusion, eh??

WHAT ELSE (1) You guys were asked last week if another evening or start time was easier to get to for the weekly evening session. Only one reply received, which was Weds 6pm is good. If you have other thoughts please let me know.

WHAT ELSE (2) More about (1) above – another question last week was do you fancy taking over one, or part of one, of the many gardens we look after? It’s the gardening equivalent of our amazin’ Lone Rangers who go out picking the ghastly litter at times to suit them ; so gardening Lone Stars?? It’d be a huge help if we could get things done at times other than our regular organised sessions. Get in touch with me at this address if you fancy a go, or ring Helen on 07595985309. All good stuff for Britain in Bloom!

WHAT ELSE (3) When last I looked, Sue S had got within a couple of her target of getting 100 bags of litter in April. Will she cross the line? Read next week’s episode!



Post Book Sale Witterings – 18/04/2016

Hi Guys

Book-fest? Wot? Well, thanks to Roger, Sue B, Peg, Diana and Robert for selling our stack of donated books at Pendle Heritage Book Fair last Sunday – cash raised and some advertising for us. Thanks to all five!

So what’s on the menu this week? For starters, the weather forecast’s looking marvellous, especially Tues/Weds – and Thurs ok as well!

WEDS 20TH APRIL MEET AT CIVIC PRIDE STORE 5.30, OR BYPASS LAYBY 6PM (that’ll be the layby outbound-from-Rawtenstall side) – we’re yanking out more winter weeds and cutting back undergrowth – oh, and planting a bit as well, AND doing a litter-pick to add to the fun, all in glorious early Spring evening sunshine. Possibly a reward for our labours in Buffer Stops afterwards. Well, no, “very probably” rather than merely “possibly” we’re thinking. 🍺

THURS 21ST MEET AT C.P. STORE 9.40 OR METAL TREE BED/RIVERSIDE WALK 10.00AM. Weeds up, soil improvement, planting, shifting litter – but not necessarily in that order. And maybe Aunty Sheila back with Tesco stickystuff & flasks. Hope so! (we had Tesco’s famous Alan Titchmarsh aka Ian last Thurs – oh, can he work?? – no rude comments there, Tesco mates!!)

FRIDAY 22ND – Buffer Stops 7.30 onwards ; several of us will be at Pendle Heritage but someone’s bound to turn up at Buffers.

SUNDAY 24TH – not CP stuff but could be worth checking Rawtenstall’s first Farmers’ Market 10am til 3pm (I think?). Apart from the goodies on sale check no-one’s dropping litter or walking over the gardens, eh??

LAST BIT (1) – we only had 3 people out last Weds which rather restricts our Britain in Bloom progress!! So – the question is – do you have a preferred other time for our weekly evening session? OR – OR – have we any Lone Stars (gardening equivalent of Lone Rangers) wanting to take on a part or all of one of our gardens but at times convenient to you?? Do let us know cos we really need to make best use of whatever time you can give to Civic Pride.

LAST BIT (2) – BYPASS MOWING – I’m really chuffed to say RBC have agreed to do the 1st mow of the year 26, 27 and 28 April (none of last year’s chaos!) and we need to get the bypass litter-picked just before the mowers go in, ideally the night before or early morning same day. Please gird up your loins, to quote biblically, ready for action. Shouldn’t take a huge effort, mostly pretty clear now, but does need doing. Details out next week. Thank you!

DEFINITELY LAST BIT – news on Sue Shutt’s self-imposed Lone Ranger target of pickin’ 100 bags of litter in April. As of today, 18th April, she’s got to 64, I hear. Amazin’ and – yeah, inspirin’ – let’s get out there as well! Must also mention new guys clearing polythene “blossom” from the river – more on that next week – they are – WOW!!

Cheers! 🗑🌷

Chris PS get planting!!

Mid-April Witter -11/04/2016

Dear Glorious Volunteers

Only two? Losing our popularity, that’s what. Only two mentions in the current Free Press, one letter one feature article. We’re obviously being noticed insufficiently frequently – get out there with your Civic Pride hi-viz and pick litter or garden or – just stand around looking glamorous!

WELL DONE HASSY! – a further 54 bags of litter collected by the CP Haslingden Crew last Saturday/Sunday. It’d be interesting to calculate just how many bags of litter all our volunteers have picked since the start of 2016. Any guesses?

WEDS 13TH APRIL MEET 6PM ON EMBANKMENT, ST MARY’S WAY (opposite Asda). The last section we cleared needs a further weeding to get stuff we missed plus we’ve got a few dozen plants to pop in as well. Trowels, forks, spades, kneeling pads all useful stuff. Mind the gorgeous daffs we planted – do they look good or WOT?? 🌷- and some tulips as well.

THURS 14TH APRIL MEET 9.40 AT THE STORE OR 10.00 ON THE TOWN SQUARE – general tidying, weeding, sweeping, plus a few new plants to go in. Oh – and some mint-controlling to do – now ain’t you curious and wanting to turn up to see what that’s about – well, either that or Aunty Sheila’s coffee and stickies from Uncle Tesco will get you there. Plus the scintillating company!!

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL 7.30PM ONWARDS BUFFER STOPS – did you know Buffers is the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale, mother, ok??) Rossendale pub of the year. Clearly the award’s won because of the scintillating company of Civic Pride volunteers who occupy the joint. Possibly.

SUNDAY 17TH APRIL 10.00 – 3.30 OPEN DAY at Pendle Heritage (Barrowford) which includes the C.P. bookstall. Last call for donations of unread volumes please. Let us know if you want ’em collecting OR bring ’em to one of the Weds/Thurs/Fri sessions mentioned above.

New Waterfoot gang – go-go-go! Doing a marvellous job! Big difference there. Sue Shutt – going for a 100-bags-in-April target. Will she do it??

Really really hope to see you during the week!

Chris PS Steve – marvellous paint job on the Civic Pride shop. Thank you! Everyone – just go check our splendid emporium and displays! Wow!

April Showering Wittering’s – 4th April 2016

Hi Guys

Mmmm just luvvit! A sharp blast of rain coming home from Burton (a long story ….) this afternoon followed by a glorious couple of hours of April sunshine over the Rossie hills. 🌄

Well yes, BBC Radio Lancs, poor souls, came to check us out for the whole morning last Thurs (31st March). The sun came out an’ we had a rollickin’ good time. Don’t know what the listeners made of it. Full story (well, no, the decent bits!) and some piks on our website www.civic-pride.org.uk – website also has details on how to listen to the programme on catch-up. Thank you to all brave participants, Helen, Roger, Sue R, Janina, Jan, Alyson, Caroline – plus some other anonymous bloke.

Last week’s was a monster witter : this week’s is more succinct, happily!

Weds 6th April 6pm-ish, but any time really ; we haven’t got a specific gardening project this week so please get out there in ones and twos and threes to do a highly-visible litter-pick round town wearing, o’ course, CP hi-viz jackets. The woods by All Saints didn’t look good last time I checked so that’s a possible. But you’ll all have favoured stretches to check over, n’est-ce pas?? Leave full bags next to any public litter bin. Thanks!

Thurs 7th April meet 9.40 at the store or 10.00 at Do-dah’s/Reeds-Rains beds. Serious planting goin’ on, sez Helen (no brambles this week, Sue!!). Trowels and spades could be useful.

Friday 8th April meet 7.30 onwards @ Buffers. I’m elsewhere (on CP duty, I might add, noble soul that I am) so it’s a good nite to go along, I reckon!

Last bitz 1 – Book Fair Sunday 17th at Pendle Heritage. CP has a stall there. Please take those shelves-full of spare books to the shop or, better, let Roger know and he’ll collect them. And the shelves too, possibly.

Last bitz 2 – A nice comment from Alyson Barnes after she’d done brilliantly for us on Radio Lancs – “Please thank all Civic Pride’s wonderful volunteers” – thanks back, Alyson!

Last bitz 3 – talkin’ of the shop – thanks to Steve Woodhall for doing a real pro painting job on the outside. Since CP got involved in that stretch of shops 5 vacant unloved premises are all now occupied, the final one being renovated now to become (we’ve heard) an art gallery. The CP magic touch, innit

Gerrout there and do some magic touching of your own! Honest, if everyone just does a bit, then ….


Chris PS CP in the Free Press last week, this week (ie current edition) and – likely – next week. I wonder why??

Easter witherings 28/3/2016

Hi to all you rested (I hope) holiday people!

Just finished listening to Classic FM’s (sorry!) Easter Weekend of listeners’ favourite 300 pieces. Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending is no. 1 again. Perfect piece for a perfect place. Our Rossie Valley.
Clocks have gone forward, Spring’s deffo on its way – let’s gerrout there and make it even better!🌷
WEDS 30TH MARCH MEET 5.40 AT THE STORE OR 6PM OUTSIDE DOODAHS (Bank St). Uprooting some old shrubs (strong blokes with spades needed!), scattering compost, shifting archeological litter, planting round the base of a couple of trees if we’ve got the gear. It’s our first Weds evening of 2016. Unmissable!

THURS 31ST MARCH MEET 10AM BYPASS LAYBY, inbound-to-Rawtenstall side of the road. Y’all know BBC Radio Lancs are spending the morning with us, 10am ’til midday? If you can’t join us, listen in. You’d like a couple of minutes telling the listening audience why you volunteer with Civic Pride, why it’s important? Then please contact me (chris.blom.2011@gmail.com) and we’ll fit you in. Don’t be modest! Oh – and we’ll be working all the way through the interviews so pray bring the wellies but give ’em a polish for a special occasion! The Free Press will be there as well to record the event for their readers. PS Tesco are you being interviewed, no reply from u so far.

FRIDAY 1ST APRIL (date? – no comment …..) Buffer Stops 7.30 onwards – c’mon, celebrate the beginning of April with us!

SUNDAY 3RD APRIL MEET AT THE CIVIC PRIDE SHOP 10A.M. (it’s on Bury Rd opposite the Fire Station). We’ve got 2000 leaflets ready to go, they’re an appeal for new volunteers. Get down there and help us to distribute! We’ve got ’em printed, can’t let ’em get dusty in the shop, eh? Sorry to say they’ve got my ugly mug on one side (the backside, naturally) but I AM NOT responsible for the design or content of said leaflets, ok??

OTHER STUFF UNO : did you catch the Radio 4 programme “Costing The Earth”?. About litter. Get it on the BBC website!

OTHER STUFF DUO : Marine Conservation Society have just published their 2015 report. Their volunteers clean up and survey our beaches. They report A 40% INCREASE SINCE 2014 IN PLASTIC DISPOSABLE BOTTLES LEFT AS LITTER. Our Litter Crews are finding something similar. Sorry to bang on about this but if WE don’t tackle the Litter Tsunami, no-one will. Please get out there!

OTHER STUFF TRIO : Comin’ soon to a river near us : Civic Pride clean-up crews getting rid of all the litter tangled on the banks following the winter and Boxing Day floods. Will keep you posted on this!

Please check out our website and getcha friends to do ditto – see last week’s Witter for why-do-that. Thank ‘ee!

Big hugz to all our volunteers!


Spring Witterings 21/03/2016

Dear Civic Pride People

Its the Vernal Equinox today, innit? (google it, love …….). Can you feel the sap rising – and see the litter-blossom in full bloom?

This week, a couple of items for those Extra Information slots ….Extra Info (1) You want some good news 📣 ?? We’ve been awarded the £10K grant by Tesco, bless ’em! It’s for our Hassy Rd gardens project (outside St Mary’s Chambers).


We’ll give a long-neglected weed-and-litter-infested wreck that CIVIC PRIDE TREATMENT!! Huge Thank You’s to all the Tesco customers who voted for us, to Tesco for thinkin’ of us AND to Sue B and CP’s grant-chasing team for their essential back-room grafting. But-but-but – we need more gardeners (skilled or pretty useless – don’t mind!) to help us to do it. We’ve not heard from some of you luvly CP supporters for months and we really need you!


Extra Info (2) Check out our singin’ an’ dancin’ new website! – www.civic-pride.org.uk – it’s frequently updated and full of our latest news. Plus – the more visits it gets, the higher up the google ratings we go – and that helps new people out there locate us more quickly/easily (that’s a short version of how it works, about as accurate as you’ll get from me …………….). Put Civic Pride’s on your regular sites to check!

Extra Info (3) Couple of CP officers (grandiose title for a pair of idiots ….) had very useful meets with RBC Exec, Free Press and Asda. And the about-to-open M & Spencer have heard of us and want contact. Luvly that they want to talk to us but – sorry guys, we’re nowhere without you volunteers gettin’ out with us!

THURS 24TH MARCH MEET 9.40 AT THE STORE OR 10.00 AT DO-DAHS – blitzing grotty shrubbery, giving big planters a spring smile and tidying several of the beds at that end of town. (Tesco – are you with us this Thurs? Let me know please!).

FRIDAY 25TH 7.30 ONWARDS Buffer Stops – a delightful dozen of us last Friday including new gal Sue, another in the Team of Sue’s with which CP is blessed!

LITTER WAR – please go fight it!! Interestingly “Love Haslingden” posted a series of piks from 1980’s Hassy. One of the most glaring things was total lack of litter on the streets. Dirty litter-louts are a modern plague and it’s only folk like us who’ll do something about it.

This Sunday, clocks go forward so we re-start our Weds evening sessions on 30th March AND we’ve got our monthly Sunday session on 3rd April. Fresh air, exercise and a glowing virtuous feeling freely available!



Spring day Witterings – 14/3/16

Hi Priders Everywhere

Just soooo much to get in this week …..and what a gorgeous Spring day 🌿 to be doing it, eh?
Weds 16th March 2.30pm Sue Shutt’s Talk, not to be missed, at Pendle Heritage, Barrowford. Want to hear how one woman cycled the entire length of Africa? Come find out! (google Pendle Heritage for directions).

Thurs 17th March meet @ CP Store 9.40am or Old Fold Garden 10am. More tidying, taming ghastly berberis, planting magnolias, training huge climbing roses – anyone got big ladders please? Oh – and lovely Sheila will be there with coffee and sticky stuff courtesy of Tesco, bless ’em!

Fri 18th Combined litterpick/grotspot clearing with the Hassy Crew. Meet 10am Station Rd Haslingden – we’re removing archeological litter (stuff that’s bin there for years, ok) from Carrs Industrial Estate. Get there late, no worries, ring Kathy to find where we are (07752210866). Or me (07877211314). We shifted a MONSTROUS amount last time we were there ….we’re definitely breaking the back of that huge project.

Fri 18th It’s Buffer Stops innit? 7.30pm start for beer, bonhomie ‘n’ badinage with the less reputable CP volunteers (who are actually amazingly sociable ….)

Sunday 20th, 10am – out to Hassy again – call Kathy for details.

Other Witters (1)The nights are drawing out – which means Weds evening sessions are almost on us! Betcha can’t wait – get the wellies cleaned and oiled …

Other Witters (2) Monthly Session Leaders for the remainder of the year : April, Sue Shuttleworth (07973418725) ; May, me and Ingrid Falat-Marsh (07837492142) ; June, Dave & Sheila Dewhurst 07973866185) then Helen Big Boss (07595985309) ; July, Sue Reah (07414811412) then me ; August, Jenny Rigby (07947203297) ; September, Sue Reah (see above); October – possibly Jenny (can YOU help this month??) ; Nov/Dec Helen (see above.)

Other Witters (3) For some reason unfathomable to us, not only was yer Civic Pride on BBC Radio Lancs last Thurs, but they want to spend a whole morning with CP on 31st March. That’s a Thursday morning work session, so polish your hi-viz and come to smile at the microphone. Details to follow. Does The Beeb know what they’re letting themselves in for? We suspect not ………

Other Witters (4) LITTER!! Organised groups and Lone Rangers have shifted TONNES of it this past couple of weeks – really have. This is absolutely the time of year to hit litter, before the Spring/Summer growth covers it so please get out to do a bit whenever you’ve got a few minutes to spare. Thank you!

It’s not rained for 3 days. Grief! We’ll be calling for plant-watering gangs soon……

Met new Big Boss at Asda last week – why did they turn down our grant application?? Watch this space. And meet with RBC Leader, Chief Exec and Ops Manager this Weds ; and the about-to-open M & S are about to receive a visit from us, nagging at their social conscience. Now, to nag at YOUR social conscience – c’mon, get out there with us – you’ll feel so virtuous afterwards!



Weekly witherings 08/03/2016

Hi Folkies

A bit of this might sound a tad triumphalistic – but – OUR GUYS, FROM ALL OVER R’STALL W’FOOT, E’FIELD & HASSY, DURING A 24 PERIOD THIS WEEKEND, SHIFTED JUST OVER 200 (YUP, TWO HUNDRED) BAGS OF DISGUSTING LITTER FROM OUR STREETS. That’s well over one tonne of it, probably nearer two. Plus lots of Other People’s Detritus which was too big to fit into a bag. Nice one? No. Just amazing. A truly truly remarkable community effort. THANK YOU to all the 40-odd volunteers who were out there in the name of Civic Pride. Were you? Why not???? Make amends if you weren’t, read on then DO – – – –

THURS 10TH MARCH MEET AT CP STORE 9.40AM OR OLD FOLD GARDEN 10.00AM (the one with the clock tower – yup, you’ve got it!). A start being made for CP’s Britain in Bloom entries. I’ll be having – um – discussions with Rawtenstall Asda Manager in the name of furthering our/your cause at the same time, but will be out afterwards.

FRI 11TH MAR BUFFERS MEET 7.30 ONWARDS – for the 2nd consecutive week I ain’t there, so turn up to have some common sense floating around. Easy!

SUNDAY 13TH MAR 10AM meet at the Green Squirrel pub M/cr Rd Haslingden …. lovely joint litter-picking effort. LoveHaslingden folk – are you with us? Please stick it on your website and F’b. And see you there (sounds like a challenge!)

OTHER STUFF – thanks to everyone who came to vote for CP in the Tesco voting scheme. Result now awaited. Tell you what, though – of the other two schemes in the vote, let’s see which is still being tended and cared for 3 years down the line. Good point?

Lighter nights are on the way luverly people – be ready for re-start of the Weds evening sessions!

Ok I know I’ve missed out things which should’ve been put in but – after this weekend I’m too tired to think! Let me know what’s missing!
Chris PS oh – next time it’ll be names/contact details of Officers elected at last month’s AGM ; and of CP folks who volunteered to lead monthly sessions in 2016 (we’ve still got October not claimed …. hint-hint!)

Leap year day witter

Hi Ev’rybod!

I’ll make this as brief as poss – please note the Extra Stuff at the end of the Witterings!

THURS 3RD MARCH MEET 9.40 AT STORE OR 10.00 ON THE TOWN SQUARE some clearing up after the Fair, some planting and – important bit – if we get enough volunteers, canvass potential Tesco shoppers re voting for us. See more on this below.

FRI 4TH MARCH 7.30PM BUFFER STOPS – I’m not there so, as ever, sounds like a good time to go there!

CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN NATIONAL EVENT (1) – guess you’re all aware of this by now? SATURDAY 5TH MARCH MEET 10AM in car park near to bus station in Waterfoot. We’ll aim to be doin’ the area ’til 3pm. Start 10am. If you arrive later, that’s fine, but ring Roger on 07798 582225 to find out where we’ve got to if you can’t find us. WATERFOOT GUYS PLEASE GET OUT TO SUPPORT THIS👍

CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN (2) – big event with the Haslingden Crew. Meet 10am at junction of St Crispin Way, Flip Rd and Bentwood Rd (to get there – leave Haslingden on Grane Rd, go under the bypass bridge and St C Rd is 1st on right). Will be working til 3pm. If you arrive and can’t find us ring Roger (see above) or me 07877 211314 or Kathy 07752 210866 – hope you get one of us!

TESCO VOTING!! Tesco publicity for this has been low-key so it’s VITAL you get the message out to family and friends via whatever means you can. Haslingden and Rawtenstall Tescos are “ours” – shoppers receive a voting token each time they visit the checkout. Pop token into one of 3 voting slots. The labelling on he slots isn’t clear – ours is the Haslingden Rd Gardens with “Civic Pride” in small print underneath. You’re aware by now that the amount of lovely Tesco grant we receive depends on the number of votes so PLEASE go for it and spread the word. ALSO – we’ve printed leaflets to deliver to homes to canvas for residents’ support but need YOU to pop ’em into letterboxes. Please ring Roger (above) or email roger@chro.co.uk if you can do even just a bit on this.

LITTER-CLEARING!! – our Civic Pride guys, including our lovely Hassy Mob, have together filled 126 bags with LITTER in the past 8 days. You read that correctly!!!!!!! What in heaven the area would look like without us, God alone knows. If you want to reside in a place that looks even vaguely worth living in, please join in this effort. You know how by now. Email us if you don’t. As a supporter of Civic Pride, you cannot leave this to Somebody Else, eh??




TESCO VOTING – I forgot to mention that voting closes this coming Sunday 6th March so PLEASE don’t delay on this – gerrin there, tell people about it, put leaflets into letterboxes – – all in the next few days please. Don’t leave this on the back burner then find it’s too late!

Weekly Witterings 22nd February 2016

Dear Luvvies

Just in case you’re not sure, tonight is full moon. The only unchanged aspect is that this lot will be the usual old drivel. Sadly, lots to tell. Please be patient and reeeeeeeeeed ……

1) AGM – brisk, all-business-done AGM last Weds – thanks to everyone who turned up to a full, enthusiastic and very packed house. Ta to ELR for hosting us. [see PS below]

2) Dry Stone Walling Courses in March – I’ve sent for details – ring me if interested (07877211314) : 8th/9th Rothwell Heights  Willow Lane Accrington. 10/11th Ley Allotment Baxenden. 12/13th Jackhouse Nature Reserve Oswaldtwistle. Or get your own info from Anne.Hourican@hyndburnbc.gov.uk (I believe it’s upper case A and H if you see what I mean?)

3)Volunteer Leaders – so far we’ve got : March – Roger; April – Sue S; May – Ingrid and me; June – Dave & Sheila then Helen; July – Sue R and me; Sept – Sue R; Nov/Dec – Helen. NO-ONE for Aug & Oct – please help! – it’s simple – turn up, get the gear out, help to lead the event (Helen or I will almost always be there to support you), intro new folk/make ’em feel welcome, return gear to store afterwards. Please contact me to fill these vacant months. THANK YOU to lovely volunteers to date.

4)Tesco – oh how we love ’em! We applied for Tesco grant. It’s competitive. We’ve made the final three. (whoopee – and thank you Sue B & grant-chasing team!). Grants of £8K, £10K, £12K to the finalists. We crucially need to get the top grant. Who gets what will be decided by VOTES FROM LOCAL PEOPLE! Voting is from 27th Feb to 6th March but we’ll need YOUR help – details will follow so please stay with us on this.

5)NEXT AGM 08.02 2017 7pm ELR Railway Station. Stikkit in thi diary please!…….,,……

6) THIS WEEK – Thurs 25th meet at Store 9.40am or Riverside Walk (near Tesco) 10.00am – general tidying-up, litter-clear and some stuff round Station. Coffee and Cakes provided c/o Tesco, to lure you out with us!

– Fri 26th 7.30pm Badinage at Buffers – join the CP crew in non-working gossip mode

– Sunday 28th meet 10am Haslingden Library on Deardengate to give our luvly Hassy Crew a lift with a litter-pick. C’mon, guys, it’s great to be helping out our soul sisters & brothers! C U there???

7) Clean For The Queen – big events 1st weekend March (Sat & Sunday) for us as part of this national campaign – full info next week but Sunday it’s on St Crispin Way Haslingden – an appalling mess, utterly disgusting for a prime Rossendale commercial site. We’re writing to the businesses there to get ’em involved, hope you can forget your Republican sympathies an’ join us!! Another joint effort with the Hassy Crew.

8) Waterfoot – had several efforts to encourage a CP Waterfoot group – some fabulous litter-pick efforts from individuals but a collective group could be so effective. Who’s gonna lead??

Apols for this IMMENSE email to your inbox – CP has just so much going on and we ain’t got enough help to do it all!

C U very soon, we hope!

Chris  PS – oh – forgot – elected at the AGM – Chair – me (you poor souls …. chaos will rule) ; Operations Officer – Helen ; Publicity Officer – Roger ; Admin Officer – Nic. Contact details etc next week but if urgent email this address or ring me 07877211314. Ta!

Weekly Witterings 15/2/2016

Hello Lovelies

What a beautiful early spring day it’s been – doesn’t it make you just so want to do a spot of town-tidying? On your own, or part of a group if you’re bothered about lookin’ like billy-no-mates?? That, guys, is Civic Pride – that, and getting like-minded friends/relations to join so collectively we make a BIGGER impact on our town. End of lecture ……… just DO IT, ok?? So what’s happening?

WEDS 17TH MEET 6.15PM FOR PROMPT 6.30 START Annual General Meeting in the booking hall at Rawtenstall Train Station. To help you to find ’em in your inbox, details were sent out on these dates : Chair’s Report 4th Feb, Revised Constitution 4th Feb, Agenda 5th Feb, 2015 AGM minutes 5th Feb, Finance Report 10th Feb. Please print off your own copies and bring ’em along ; and do your bestest to attend! Why? It’s so we can be sure that whatever we do this year is by general agreement of Civic Pride troops! It’ll take an hour maximum – plus a good natter with like-minded souls afterwards (the bar will be open all evening)

THURS 18TH MEET AT STORE 9.40AM OR EMBANKMENT 10.00AM – yup, we’re finishing the last bit of clearing on the embankment opposite Asda on St Mary’s Way. All ready for planting then – if someone (c’mon Asda!) will just give us the money to do it! Refreshments courtesy of TESCO!! (Asda can u hear this??)

FRIDAY 19TH 7.30 BUFFERS @ RAILWAY STATION- need one say more??

LAST BIT (1) at the AGM we’ll be asking for volunteer leaders for each month. Helen & I are happy to do two of the busiest months, so we need 10 others please. It’ll involve getting the gear from the store for our organised sessions and making sure everyone who turns up knows what we’re doing. You won’t be left unsupported to wonder what needs doing – we’ll talk things through as thoroughly as you want beforehand. Nor does it commit you to being at every session in “your” month – just ask someone else to take over if you have to miss one or two. The bottom line in this : it’s just too much for one or two people to arrange, organise and lead every session, 52 weeks a year, so PLEASE be prepared to help and spread the load a little. Thank you!
LAST BIT (2) Clean for the Queen weekend – 1st weekend of March – if you see an it’s-got-to-go grotspot let us know (but you be there to help us sort it, ok??!) – irrespective of whether you’re royalist, republican or too-tired-to-bother, this is a brill initiative so c’mon, go-go-go!



Weekly Witherings 08/02/2016

Dear Lovely People

Marvellous – loads of us out last Thursday doin’ the Old Fold Garden. Slightly-less-marvellous – a mere handful of us last Sunday – but bless those dedicated souls who were there ….. Anyhow, this week :-

THURSDAY 11TH FEB MEET 9.40 CP STORE OR 10.00 AT THE EMBANKMENT (St Mary’s Way opposite Asda). Wellies/big boots needed plus garden fork if you’ve got one. Spade, trowel, hand-fork also useful. Hope to finish clearing the weeds (big job) and a bit of tlc for the central reservation if we’ve time.

FRIDAY 12TH FEB BUFFER STOPS 7.30PM onwards. I’m not there so sounds like a good reason for turning up, eh?

Weds 17th FEB (that’s next week, ok??!)ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, VENUE – BOOKING HALL AT ELR RAILWAY STATION 6.30 PROMPT. We’ve already sent out the agenda, minutes of the 2015 meeting, and revised constitution document. The 2015 finance report, Chair’s report and 2016 plan will be sent out in the next few days. Please read through it all so you know what we’re goin’ on about! Please print off a copy of each item to bring along as well. This is because our admin guys will only be able to bring enough copies for attendees who have not got a (working!) printer. Thanks!
Two other AGM-related things : (1) Have you any ideas for the 2016 plan? If you have please send in your suggestion. If it’s adopted, you’ll want to help to organise it??? O’ course! (2)You’ll see in the revised constitution that we’re asking for volunteers to help to organise each month’s events. This is becoming too much for just one person to take on all year and the proposed Operations Officer is going to need a lot of practical support. More details on this next week but I’ll happily answer questions in the meantime.


Chris PS Wuz on the X43 coming out of M/cr today. Litter?? Everywhere looks awful! Apart from here (biased, but true!). HOWEVER recent gales have distributed litter far and wide, even into our area. It needs extra attention over the next few days. Please get out there and do a bit if at all possible. Weather permitting I’ll be on the 50mph stretch of our section of the bypass tomorrow morning (Tuesday) if anyone else wants to join in!

Weekly Witterings – 28/1/16

McWitterings, distributed on Rabbie Burns Neet

Hi Tatties n Neeps Fans

Are we going to grow our own this year??

We have another blissfully brief notice this week (that won’t last – be prepared for a tome-sized thing next week cloggin’ up the inbox …..)

THURS 28TH JAN meet 9.40am at The Store or 10.00am at the Old Fold Garden (that’s the one with the clock tower, near Asda – and that is something most of you already know but we have new additions to our circulation list so have to repeat stuff!  Weather forecast looks good – for January, anyhow – so c’mon get the fresh air, exercise, good company and Aunty Sheila’s tea coffee and stickies (thanks Tesco!)

FRIDAY 29TH JAN – 7.30 Buffer Stops, as per, for another excellent round of social harmonising and favourite tipples. If you’ve not been before, let me know on chris.blom.2011@gmail.com and I’ll make sure you’ll be able to find us.

EARLY WARNING (1) A week on Sunday, 7th Feb, is the first of our “First-Sunday-of-the-Month” sessions for 2016. Get it in thi diary!
EARLY WARNING (2) first weekend in March is a NATIONAL Clean Up session, to celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday. Obviously we’re taking part. We’ve got a couple of grotspots to tackle but if you know of any others please let us know – they need to be fairly visible, high-profile, which will make a distinct impact. Thanks!

We’ve given you details of our AGM in previous weeks so – not doin’ it again this week!



Weekly Witterings – 5/1/16

Happy Soggy New Year!

Yo, ’tis time to put the Bah Humbugs away for another year and gerrout the litterpickers – oh boy, do we need ’em?? Our never-a-dull-moment weather’s scattered litter everywhere, ably assisted by local fly-tippers. You can’t have missed it. Please look at our area with your Civic Pride eyes and mindset. Ta! – and if/when you do some Litter Lone-Rangering please let us know what you’ve done on our Lone Ranger QT site. If you need info on that, please contact Roger Lowly Litter Collector via this email address or via roger@chro.co.uk. See FS item below.

THURS 7TH JANUARY meet 10am Metal Tree Bed/Riverside Walk (that’s on Bury Rd opposite Tesco – yeah, you KNOW it…..). We’ve some transplanting to do and general tidying ably assisted by Tesco’s flasks and stickies at 11am. Marvellous! See FS item below.

FRIDAY 8TH JAN meet 8pm (later than the usual 7.30) at Buffers to exchange seasonal tales and chat about where CP is up to. Come on down! (whose catch-phrase was that??)

FS aka FLYING SCOTSMAN – you’ll already know R’stall’s getting visits from this world-famous steam locomotive THIS AND NEXT weekend. The National Rail Museum now own FS, spending millions on a huge FS restoration programme at Riley’s Engineering in Bury, work now almost complete. FS is being “run in” for a couple of weeks here before returning to national duty. But – it’s bound to attract big crowds so can we/you spare a little extra time making sure the area round the station look as good as we can make it, please?

Hope to see you out there!


Chris PS please see past 2 weeks’ Witterings for behind-the-scenes CP work which need someone (you?) to help with. We’ve had a couple of offers already but …………

Weekly Witterings – 12/1/16

G’day Pickers, Gardeners and Back-room Stars

The first week of 2016 gave us a lot to report on :-

1)GETTON! You might’ve seen our Facebook page? – photo showing five of last Thursday’s sextet of bold volunteers defying rain sleet and half-gale – huge well-done to Sue R, Diane, Robert, Pam and Sheila for gettin’ on with it regardless!

2)BOOKS! We’ve got a 2nd hand book stall at Pendle Heritage on 17th April, all profits to us (thank you PH!) so please donate some of that huge book-mountain you’ve got stashed away at home. Ta! Leave them in the doorway of the Civic Pride shop (on Bury Rd opposite the fire station) and please let us know you’ve left them by emailing us here at Civic Pride ; or Roger – roger@chro.co.uk

3)MARVELS! Suzy, one of our utterly wonderful gang of Lone Rangers, was on the X43 last week – and posted (I paraphrase here) what a mess everywhere is apart from Rossendale/Rawtenstall ; this, due to the ever-present efforts of our tireless litterpicker gangs. Nice work guys!

4)LUV YA! – so says Alyson Barnes (again, I paraphrase …. ) in a charming New Year “Thank You” to Civic Priders everywhere. Thanks, Alyson!

5)SPRING HINTS??  As I’m typing this, it’s 4.30pm and still full daylight – the nights are drawing out, good people, more hours of daylight in which to do your Civic Pride thing without a torch!!

THURSDAY 14TH JAN meet 10am at Do-dah’s end of Bank St, or 9.40am at the store to help to cart the gear up Bank St. Serious titivating of multiple flower-and-shrub beds and planting winter stuff. C’mon!

FRIDAY 15TH JAN meet at Balladen Primary School 9.15 and/or 1.15 – we’ve two squads of their well-behaved enthusiastic kids doing litterpicks. Extra support will be VERY useful. We’ll be out with them for about an hour, then to Tesco (thanks Tesco!) for a spot of refreshment. Please email me (chris.blom.2011@gmail.com) to let me you can help, and give me your mobi number, in case inclement weather forces change of plan.

FRIDAY 15TH JAN 7.30 ONWARDS at Buffer Stops. Liquid libation and laughs (loads of those!). Big gang of us there last week. Ian’s buying the beer, so wot’s not to like?

AND FINALLY – THANK YOU to everyone who responded to the call to keep the vicinity of the railway station tidy, request made due to large numbers of people gathering to see Flying Scotsman – and who hung around despite it being – um – rather behind schedule! (a small technical problem, apparently …. can’t nip up to Halford’s to pick up a spare bit for those 100 ton beauties!)

Cheers, y’all! And please get out to do your bit!!

Chris – PS sorry the Witter’s bin a bit long this week!