Mayor’s col­umn

Colin Craw­forth

Rossendale Free Press - - Your Views -

I THINK both the May­oress and my­self ex­pected Au­gust to be a quiet month as it rep­re­sents most peo­ples’ hol­i­day pe­riod; well per­haps it has been a bit qui­eter but no less ex­cit­ing and in­for­ma­tive as to the great go­ings on in Rossendale.

Hav­ing had a very suc­cess­ful Char­ity Fund rais­ing In­dian Ad­ven­ture Meal at the Ashoka Restau­rant in Rawten­stall we ven­tured into other culi­nary trea­sures with a su­perb Ital­ian Evening at the Anacapri Restau­rant in Helmshore. A big thanks to the staff at both restau­rants they made a good evening all the bet­ter with their po­lite re­spon­sive ser­vice.

Our next ven­ture is to sam­ple the carvery de­lights of the Rose and Bowl in Stack­steads. All those di­verse tastes, and within five miles of each other; we are very blessed in Rossendale for eater­ies.

Our trav­els in Au­gust kicked off with the Last Night of the Proms in the grounds of Clitheroe Cas­tle, pre­ceded by a lovely re­cep­tion at the Town Hall.

Next was the very well at­tended Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Fam­ily Fun Day at St Mary’s Com­mu­nity Sports Club. There were many in­ter­est­ing stalls and games which were topped by the an­cient canons whose tremen­dously noisy ex­plo­sions at­tracted the at­ten­tion of all the crowds and the lo­cal con­stab­u­lary, but no harm was done.

A great show, which raised lots of funds for the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and the ‘Poppy Ap­peal’.

A qui­eter more re­laxed at­mos­phere was en­joyed at the Boars Head quiz night and our thanks go to Cllr Pa­trick Mar­riott for his ef­fort in its or­gan­i­sa­tion. Funds raised went to­wards the May­ors Char­ity.

Both the May­oress and my­self en­joyed open­ing the Costa Cof­fee unit on the Ne­whall Hey de­vel­op­ment and look for­ward to meet­ing up again with man­agers Jor­den and Ebony to en­joy cof­fee af­ter our shop­ping trips.

Then a lovely quiet week­end beck­oned!

It started with a Car­ers Link Fam­ily Bar­be­cue at the Whitworth Wa­ter Ski Academy based at Cowm Reser­voir. All at­tempts to get the Mayor to join in with the wa­ter ski­ing failed thank­fully but some brave souls did ven­ture on the Reser­voir.

A visit to the an­nual open day of the gar­den of Dawn Tay­lor at Badger Cor­ner was one of my bucket list and I wasn’t dis­ap­pointed; what a lovely dis­play along with mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment by the Wa­ter Band. Funds were raised for the ‘First Re­spon­ders’ and for ‘De­fib­ril­la­tors in Rossendale’.

A May­oral Gar­den Party in sup­port of the Mayor of Rib­ble Val­ley Char­ity fund was held in Worston; a lovely vil­lage near Down­ham. A high­light for me was when the mayor him­self re­moved his chains dressed him­self in shorts and tee-shirt and joined some of his friends as drum­mer in a group to play clas­sic tracks from the 80’s, it was worth the jour­ney.

A re­ally happy time was had by our­selves and some friends as we pro­vided ‘af­ter­noon tea’ for the res­i­dents of Brand­wood on Staghills Road. All the res­i­dents at­tended the event and good food and a raf­fle kept them happy and oc­cu­pied all af­ter­noon.

Our month was rounded off with a Civic Visit to the Mayor of Burnley at Towne­ley Hall.

A guided tour of the build­ing was ex­cel­lent as was the lunch pro­vided. Towne­ley Hall re­ally is a beau­ti­ful and in­ter­est­ing build­ing and our visit was rounded off with a visit to the ‘Off shoot Per­ma­cul­ture Project’ look­ing at nat­u­ral or­ganic meth­ods of prop­a­gat­ing plants. A re­ally full and in­ter­est­ing day was had by all.

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