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BEATRICE Stocks, of Cowpe Farm House, Bury Road, Rawten­stall passed away on Fri­day, May 11, 2018 (Obit­u­ar­ies May 25).

She was a great sur­vivor. She fought off breast cancer, on­go­ing se­ri­ous heart con­di­tion and stroke.

She never smoked but got lung cancer. I thought she will fight it off and pull through. But sadly she died of lung cancer. She was a kind, car­ing and con­cerned per­son who reached out to help peo­ple who needed help.

She helped many vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple who had no one to call for help. Liv­ing alone I had great difficulty in cop­ing. When­ever I needed help she was al­ways there and will­ing to help. She will be missed. She leaves two sons, Ru­pert and Adam and hus­band Alan. May she rest in peace in heaven.

Beatrice was no or­di­nary per­son. She was of a spe­cial mould. There are not many like her. Help­ing peo­ple gave her great plea­sure, too much was never too much to her.

I used to call her SLB - St Lady Beatrice, she used to laugh at this. Dr An­thony Nixon Flax Close, Helmshore


IN re­sponse to The Scrib­bler’s ar­ti­cle (‘Seven key ques­tions need to be asked over Empty Homes scan­dal, Scrib­bler May 25), may I add that the Con­ser­va­tive Group on Rossendale Coun­cil will con­tinue to press vig­or­ously for a full in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into how £5 mil­lion has been lost.

True, there is an on­go­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion which has now lasted three and a half years but the bill is still ris­ing.

May I re­mind the Scrib­bler that the £5m in­cludes a ‘con­tri­bu­tion’ of £300,000 from other coun­cils in East Lan­cashire for whom Rossendale was op­er­at­ing the scheme - a fig­ure we re­gard as just not good enough!

The Con­ser­va­tive Group pro­posed that a full financial re­port be sent to all res­i­dents with their coun­cil tax de­mand.

This was voted down by the Labour group and was de­feated. So much for open­ness, trans­parency and lo­cal democ­racy. Coun Brian Es­sex, Coun­cil­lor for Helmshore and leader of the Con­ser­va­tive Group, Rossendale Coun­cil


I WOULD like to sin­cerely thank ev­ery­one who voted for me, the Wors­ley Ward In­de­pen­dent can­di­date, in the recent elec­tion, also a spe­cial vote of thanks to the elec­toral team in­volved.

We didn’t change the “sta­tus quo” this time, but peo­ple are start­ing to re­alise that the ster­ile Labour / Con­ser­va­tive sys­tem does not serve the public well.

Things have to change. Granville Barker via email

●● This week’s Big Pic­ture is a view over Bacup in the down­pour we got on Fri­day evening, June 1, sub­mit­ted by Bacup Cam­era Club mem­ber David Green­wood. Email your images to freep­ress­news@men­ or add them to our flickr page at

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