THE adventure continues, we really are blessed to be the Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale! We have been treated and entertained by many talented people both inside and outside the Valley and our perception of what surrounds is expanding all the time.
We were honoured to be guests at the 10th Anniversary of ‘BCMS’, a company dealing in business sales, who impressed us with their trading ethos deeply rooted in Christian principles. All our good wishes with their future trading.
Along with other civic dignitaries we attended the civic Sunday Service for the Mayor of West Lancashire in Skelmersdale. A really interesting service with a performance by some excellent youth dancers.
We joined the Mayor of Bury at St Paul’s in Ramsbottom to jointly open their annual Jigsaw Festival. Having attended last year we were equally impressed with the variety of puzzles, especially the 3D examples.
A big thank you to Cllr Anne Kenyon who subsidised for us at the ‘Carers Link’ AGM who found the event stimulating, just like we did last year. Our evening was concluded with our Charity Meal at the Rose and Bowl, which was exceptional with the evening profits going to the mayors charity.
The Relay for Life held in June raised £44.000+ for Cancer Research UK with the Rossendale Labour team ‘Labour of Love’ contributing some of this. The cheque was presented to Cancer Research UK at the Rugby Club and it needs to be said that this was a new record amount raised; well done to all involved.
We attended the Rossendale Celebration of Sport at the Riverside in Whitworth, an excellent evening celebrating numerous achievements and with a few words from the evening guest Luke Strong a long time trampoline champion.
As part of the 60s weekend we attended the Newchurch Community Kirk Fair which because the weather was held in St Nicholas Church; the weather may have been damp but spirits were high for the whole event. Thanks to Rachael Gildert and others for arranging the successful event.
We attended a service in Manchester Cathedral to bless the induction of the new ‘Stoller Organ’. This very expensive instrument was financed by the Stoller Foundation and all I can say is it is a mighty musical instrument which will grace all services in the cathedral for many years to come. The evening was treated to a recital given by the renowned organist Thomas Trotter who displayed admirably the full repertoire of the instrument.
Then to a more gentile celebration as we helped in presenting awards to students of the ‘Dansworks Academy’ for their outstanding achievements.
Our thanks to Dale and Karen, who organised the evening, I’m sure their achievements are shared by all the students and their proud parents, a really inspiring evening, thanks.
We visited our Blackburn neighbours and was treated to a civic tour of parts of the borough by the Mayor and Mayoress. We sampled the culinary delight of the Cathedral prior to an informative tour of the building itself.
A tour by coach, with a lunch break at the Clog and Billycock, was enjoyed with an informative stop off at Houghton Tower concluding with an afternoon tea at Barlow Community Hall. We were warned at the outset of our mayoral year that weight increase was inevitable, well it’s true!
We again visited the Rossendale Players at The New Millennium Theatre in Waterfoot to see their performance of ‘The Thrill of Love’ about the life of Ruth Ellis the last woman to be hanged in the UK. Quite scary really as I’m old enough to remember all the ‘hoo ah’ surrounding the event.
The acting was superb but as yet the story is unfinished because classified information of the events still has not been released, leading to all sorts of speculation about who may have been involved in the case?
Concluding our month my daughter and I attended an ‘AGE UK’ event at Longholme Methodist Church which apart from providing useful information for the elderly also provided lunch and a Tea Dance. A good time was had by the numerous attendees.
This was followed for us by a visit to Preston to witness ‘Civic Pride’ receiving their wellearned and deserved Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The central area of Rawtenstall has never looked so good and its all down to the exceptional group of people known as Civic Pride! A massive thank you to you all.
Can I please encourage you to support two fund raising event organised by the Mayoress.
The first is a Fashion Show provided by Dawn Rose and supported by the Body Shop and others which occurs at 7.00pm on 25th October at St Mary’s Chambers with an entry charge of £5.
The second is a charity stall on Rawtenstall Market on 28th October selling good quality used baby clothes.
And a bit of advanced notice about our next charity meal at The Indian Harvest in Crawshawbooth. The cost will be £15 for the meal starting at 7.00pm.
If you require any more details of wish to book for the meal please contact Stephanie Carroll on 01706 252427.