The Irwell Tapestry Truly Reflects The History, Heritage And Unique Character Of Weir, Bacup And Stacksteads

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Irwell tapestry 7Two beautiful Panels from the Irwell Tapestry

The eagerly anticipated unveiling of the Irwell Tapestry has taken place at Globe Arts Studios, Toll Bar, Stacksteads over the weekend of the Rossendale Art Trail and has exceeded all expectations. The brief was set by the THI Communications and Training Sub Group as a project that engaged the Bacup Community in developing a textile that draws on traditional sewing, printing and embroidery skills to reflect personal memories and history of life along the river Irwell from Weir through Bacup to Stacksteads. Adults, children, artisans and crafters all got involved in applying their skills in interpreting the history, heritage, local folklore and popular characters from a personal perspective. Many sections of the Tapestry have been worked on by community members who have acquired new skills directly through the project.

Ruth Evans was the Project leader and inspiration behind the Irwell Tapestry and was instrumental in delivering this amazing work of art, crafts and skills, and truly reflect The history, heritage and above all its unique character of the area. The THI Communications and Training sub group see the Tapestry as a fitting legacy of the THI project, and is determined that the Tapestry is seen by as many people as possible and used to attract interest in Weir, Bacup and Stacksteads as a preferred tourist destination. A permanent site is to be found for the Tapestry, and consideration is being given to touring the Tapestry both within and beyond Rossendale.

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TESCO Haslingden Presentation Boosts Funds To Local Community Groups

TESCO PresentationRecipients of the TESCO Book Sale Fund being presented with a cheque from Colette Butler (left) and Bev Finnigan (right)

Bev Finnigan, the Store Manager at TESCO Haslingden, had the pleasure of presenting a number of local community groups with a share of the £2500 raised in store through their Book Sale earlier this year. Books were donated by customers and participating groups in the sale, and for the first time, all the money raised has gone to local groups. Those benefiting from the fund are the Veterans In Communities Charity, Rossendale Radio, Made in Haslingden, Cancer Research Bacup, The Positive Start Food Group, The Red Box Project, Haslingden Civic Pride and Cherry Tree Pre School. Much of the credit for the success of the project must go to the TESCO Haslingden Community Champion Colette Butler, who has supervised the project, and is tireless in her support for the Rossendale community. The project has been such a success that there are plans to run it again next year.

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TESCO Boost Community Group Funds Through The Success Of Their Book Sale

tesco book saleTESCO Community Champion Colette Butler, Organiser of the book sale

TESCO Haslingden will be presenting a number of local volunteer community groups with funds raised through the TESCO Haslingden annual book sale. Eight local groups will be benefiting from a share of the £2500 raised from donations given by TESCO customers. Beneficiaries include the Veterans In Communities Charity and Rossendale Radio. There will be an official presentation of the cheque on Friday 5th October at 11.30am.

TESCO would like to express their sincere thanks to their customers for such generous donations that will be going directly to local group and used to support their work in the community.

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Community Help Sought To Give Bacup’s AB&D Centre A New Lease Of Life



Members of the community, community groups, The Leisure Trust and council officer recently met to discuss how the A B & D centre could be better used as a community asset in the future. The meeting discussed a number of issues including a change of name for the centre, possible uses such as leisure activities, health & wellbeing, dances, social interaction and markets, but what was felt essential was that these new activities had to be used by the local community and beyond. Consequently, it was agreed that these new ideas had to come from the community for the centre’s regeneration to succeed.

To provide an opportunity for the community to see the centre in its current format and discuss activity ideas that they would like to see happening at the centre, an open day is to be arranged that will be a fun day with examples of what the centre could offer and there will be refreshments provided. The date is likely to be Saturday 27th October, so get those ideas ready or perhaps put them in a comment to this post.

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Teddy Bears Picnic In Whitaker Park For Children’s Charity


The Rotary Club of Rossendale is to stage a Teddy Bears’ Picnic this Sunday 19th August in Whitaker Park Rawtenstall to raise money and awareness of the effects of polio that is still present in the world. This will be a picnic for the young children and parents with entertainment from a ventriloquist and balloon man who make animals out of balloons. There will also be a raffle with first prize of a giant Teddy bear. The event will start at 2.00pm, with entry at just £5 per family. What a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

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Book Sale At TESCO Because Every Little Helps


In TESCO Haslingden’s Charity Book Sale, there are book that educate you, books that question you, books that make you laugh, books that make you cry, books on art, books on architecture, books on music, books on history, romantic novels, crime novels, books for bed, books for holidays, autobiographies and classics and all on offer to you for a donation that will support a local charity. Why wouldn’t you!

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TESCO Charity Book Sale Is Gaining Momentum


The Tesco Charity Book Sale, launched three weeks ago, is really gaining momentum and well on its way to exceeding last years total, and with your help it will. So far, the sale has raised over £1200 for local charities, but TESCO Haslingden want to raise as much as possible by the end of the sale. So while you are in store, why not check out the comprehensive range of books available on the mezzanine floor and select a book for a small donation. Please check the ‘Tesco Haslingden community’ Facebook page for updates.

Don’t forget, all money will be going to local Rossendale Charities

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