Mayor’s col­umn

Rossendale Free Press - - Your Views - Coun Colin Craw­forth

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.

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