Rossendale Woman Of The Year – The Choice Is Yours


Do you know a woman in your community who puts others before themselves, goes the extra mile for the community and you see as an unsung hero? This is your opportunity to   nominate them for the award of ‘Rossendale Woman Of The Year’ and get the recognition that they deserve. All you have to do is fill in a simple online form and they will be put forward as a nominee for the award. Below is a link to the online nomination form. You can nominate more than one person. Your nominations have to be received before 2nd March, with the presentations at St Mary’s Chambers on Friday 20th  April. So get your nomination in now!…/rossendale-woma…/36.html

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Rossendale Wishes You All A Happy, Healthy And Prosperous New Year


The Rossendale Valley community send you the best of wishes for 2018     and look forward to welcoming you in the near future.

For further information on what makes The Rossendale Valley so special, check out the blog at

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Basic Foods Like These Can Make All The Difference To A Family In Need In Rossendale


There are many individuals and families in the Rossendale Community that are reliant on donations of food to make ends meet, and so to help those who would like to donate food, here is a list of contents that a typical food parcel should contain to give the right nutrition for adults and children for healthy, balanced meals for individuals and families. A typical food parcel includes:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Beans
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits

Alongside the essential food products, the following are the essential non-food items are also important for adults and children in need:

  • Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes
  • Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
  • Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
  • Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food.

The Community has been extremely generous with its donations over the Christmas period, but unfortunately these individuals and families will need your continued support throughout the year. So if you would like to donate an item or items, please use this advice to guide you. There are designated donation points in TESCO Haslingden and Rawtenstall, ASDA Rawtenstall and Morrisons in Bacup. You can also make your donation locally at Churches or Community Centres such as Crawshawbooth Village Centre and Haslingden Community Link .

The newly established Rossendale Community Support Network has been set up specifically to ensure that your donations are effectively delivered to those in need within the Rossendale Community via local food groups, churches and community groups.

Check out the Supporting The Rossendale Community Facebook page for up to date information

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Valley Rally In Support Of those In Need In The Rossendale Community This Christmas

24294109_1651986768193321_2029932016855258383_nAnn Hyde and Colette Butler making up food boxes from the hundreds of  donations 

The Folk of the Rossendale Valley have been absolutely amazing in their support for the many in our community who are vulnerable and in need of our support this Christmas.

Supermarkets throughout the Valley including ASDA, Morrisons and TESCO have been inundated with donations of food and toys from their customers. TESCO in Haslingden is one example of that generosity where their customers have donated many trolleys of food and Christmas presents, which through the newly established Rossendale Community Support Network, have been distributed to churches, charities and community groups throughout the valley.

Churches, Community Groups and Cafes opened their doors on Christmas Day to provide a Christmas Lunch and company for those less fortunate in our community.

The Veterans In Communities Charity presented 33 Christmas Hampers to veteran members who were alone over Christmas. This wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of the Rossendale community, Food Groups and Supermarkets donating food and other products to the VIC through donation points

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The Veterans In Communities Choir performed their programme of Christmas carols to customers at TESCO in Bury and Haslingden and at ASDA in Rawtenstall, and thanks to the amazing generosity of the customers in all supermarkets, they raised £2250 for the Veterans In Communities Charity

fullsizeoutput_741The VIC Choir

Unfortunately, those in need in our community will require ongoing support in 2018, so keep up your commitment, whether it’s food donations, providing meals or donating to fundraisers for local charities. Your support is crucial.

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The Rossendale Community Supporting Those Alone And In Need This Christmas


For those who have to make the difficult decisions between heating or eating Citizen’s Advice in Rossendale has compiled a list of venues where people can get access to food, support and company over the festive period. 

Christmas Day:

Coco’s Cafe – 125 Burnley Road East, Waterfoot, BB4 5AH are offering a hot meal free of charge to anyone who is homeless or in need anytime from 10am onwards. Call 01706 216608 for details, anyone is welcome.

Kay Street Baptist Church is running a Community Christmas dinner 12 noon – 3pm on Christmas Day. People can either book a place with Anne on 07766 818352 or people can turn up and there is no charge.

Home alone this Christmas Day? St Nicholas Church at Newchurch are offering a three course Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. Arrive from 12noon (or join the Christmas service at 10.30) Help with transport available- Call Janet on 01706 227389 to let us know you are coming.

Pyramid Christmas Lunch is for anyone in need or who will be alone on Christmas Day. Lunch will be served at 12.30pm at Gannow Community Centre, Adamson Street, Burnley, BB12 6RB. Places are limited so if you would like to book or volunteer to help please contact East Lancs Community Restart on 01282 657210 by Monday 18th December.

Madina Mosque 20 Church Road, Rochdale, Newbold, OL16 5PU will have it’s doors open on Christmas Day for the homeless 12pm – 8pm, the day will consist of hot meals, hot drinks and a warm safe environment.

Between Christmas and New Year:
The Shawforth Food Group is open Wednesday 27th December 11am – 1pm at 354 Market Street, Shawforth Chapel, OL12 8HF. Please contact Michelle Delaney for further information on Tel: 07748483385 or email:
The VIC Centre Haslingden will be opening over the Christmas period.Boxing Day Tuesday 26th December 10am – 3pm
Wednesday 27th December – 10am – 3 pm
Thursday 28th December 10am – 3pm
Friday 29th December 10am – 3pm

The Wii and a selection of games to play, a good selection of films to watch or to drop in for a brew and banter. There will be something available to eat on those days.

If you know of any veterans who are going to be alone over this period please let them know they are welcome to drop in.
Unfortunately we have been informed that The RAFT Foundation are unable to accept any further new referrals for this week, and will close for deliveries from the afternoon of Friday 22nd December through to Thursday 4th January. However, there will still be a facility for emergency food and crisis parcels to be delivered, or collected by the referrers, between Christmas and New Year.

Citizens Advice Rossendale and Hyndburn will be open this week and 27th, 28th and 29th December. We are offering a limited service between 10am – 4pm. People can contact advice line on 0300 456 2552.

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Rossendale Radio Aims To Be The Voice Of The Valley Again


There are exciting plans in place to resurrect the very popular Rossendale Community Radio Station which sadly ceased broadcasting in 2012. Rossendale Radio Ltd has been formed, chaired by Pete Sweetmore, who said that he is ” Proud to be the Chairman of a newly formed Company aiming at getting Community Radio back in The Rossendale Valley”. The Ofcom application was sent in, and the Directors are pleased to announce that the licence has been granted.

Tony Nixon, one of the management team of the new station said “We have the best Christmas present ever. We can confirm that Ofcom have granted a new minimum 5 year broadcast license for the Rossendale Valley. We desperately wanted to share this news as soon as possible but will keep it brief for now except to say that we have a new team of directors in place and we would love as many people to be involved as possible. Of course, we will have more for you in 2018 when we aim to launch”.

Keep updated with the latest on Rossendale Radio on their Facebook page:



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ASDA Rawtenstall Are Encouraging Community Engagement


ASDA Rawtenstall is encouraging community groups and organisations to take advantage of the potential to fundraise in-store for 2018. This could be a bag pack, a collection or even a performance by a choir or singing  group.

ASDA also has meeting and conference facilities for use by community groups. For further information, please contact Laura Saxton at

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