Mayor’s col­umn

Peter Brit­cliffe

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

OVER the years as Leader of the Coun­cil and now as Mayor I have be­come aware that Hyn­d­burn works as a com­mu­nity be­cause of the in­cred­i­ble num­ber of vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Whether it be the uni­formed or­gan­i­sa­tions like Guides, Scouts Sea Cadets, etc, var­i­ous sup­port groups and char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Ro­tary ,Lions NSPCC or many more, all work­ing hard to make Hyn­d­burn the won­der­ful place it is, rais­ing monies and sup­port­ing var­i­ous causes and pro­vid­ing so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties for young and old alike.

Over the may­oral year one of the most im­por­tant du­ties Sara and I have is sup­port­ing these or­gan­i­sa­tions in the ef­forts they make.

So this month I thought I would con­cen­trate on just one of them ;Ro­tary, as a flavour of the work they do around the bor­ough. There are five Ro­tary clubs in the area, Church and Oswaldtwistle, Ac­cring­ton, Great Har­wood and Rish­ton, Pen­dle View and Rib­bles­dale.

One of the first events Sara and I at­tended was the Church and Oswaldtwistle An­nual Char­ity Walk where we started hun­dreds of walk­ers on their way.

This event raises a bril­liant £40,000 pounds ev­ery year for char­i­ties and pro­vides great so­cial re­cre­ation.

Then later we at­tended the Ac­cring­ton Ro­tary lunch for the in­stal­la­tion of He­len Birtwistle as Pres­i­dent.

At the event I was in­stalled as an Hon­orary Mem­ber and I am very proud to be as­so­ci­ated with them and to wear my Ro­tary badge.

Ro­tary do some amaz­ing work in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries sup­port­ing wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion, schools and other much needed works. Here in Hyn­d­burn we also ben­e­fit from their work through­out the year.

Be­tween the clubs they are re­spon­si­ble for some great things.

Whilst Ro­tary have many projects in the pipe­line, for in­stance the Church and Oswaldtwistle branch work hard to im­prove the rail­way sta­tion,and the Great Har­wood and Rish­ton branch have been help­ing to im­prove the Rish­ton Peo­ple’s Cen­tre, as well as co­or­di­nat­ing fund rais­ing to pro­vide de­fib­ril­la­tors around the towns, they also bring plea­sure to peo­ple in Hyn­d­burn.

As I write I un­der­stand the clubs are well on their way to ar­rang­ing the an­nual com­mu­nity bon­fire, en­abling us to watch a great fire­work spec­ta­cle in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

In De­cem­ber the won­der­ful and heart­warm­ing Ro­tary Christ­mas Sleigh will be vis­it­ing, bring­ing joy and de­light to old and young alike. All the funds raised will sup­port lo­cal causes and char­i­ties.

More widely Ro­tary have been ac­tively rais­ing funds for Blood Bikes for the district as a whole,and have made an amaz­ing £35,000 pounds en­abling the pur­chase of two new mo­tor­cy­cles for this very worth­while cause.

Then when you see new cro­cus bulbs in spring it will be highly likely they were planted by Ro­tar­i­ans.

Just one or­gan­i­sa­tion, like many many more around the bor­ough, run­ning thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of some fan­tas­tic peo­ple.

Have you ever thought of vol­un­teer­ing and be­ing one of them?

One thing I know for sure is that we all should be very proud of them ….. I know the May­oress and I are.

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