Coun Ann Kenyon

Mayor of Rossendale

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IN the first visit of the past month, I vis­ited Burn­ley Col­lege & Burn­ley Me­chan­ics to take part in the An­nual UCLAN Grad­u­a­tion Cer­e­mony.

It was won­der­ful to meet the stu­dents, their friends and fam­i­lies, and aca­demic staff and join them in cel­e­brat­ing their achieve­ments.

At the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber I also at­tended the An­nual Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Awards Evening for stu­dents of Ac­cring­ton & Rossendale Col­lege. The event show­cased the high­lights of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion at the col­lege over the past twelve months and ac­knowl­edged the hard work and ef­forts of stu­dents, along with the sup­port from their tu­tors, in achiev­ing their goals.

These two events dis­played the fan­tas­tic higher ed­u­ca­tion pro­vi­sion we have within the lo­cal area and the tal­ent and com­mit­ment of young peo­ple through­out the val­ley and the wider area of Lan­cashire. On Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13 I at­tended the ‘One Day in Your Life’ Mu­si­cal Con­cert or­gan­ised by De­men­tia Friendly Rossendale. The con­cert was held at Sat Mary’s Church and had fan­tas­tic per­for­mances from Ross Val­ley Sounds, Hasling­den High School Choir and singer, Kyle Har­ri­son, per­form­ing songs from var­i­ous eras.

De­men­tia Friendly Rossendale is one of my cho­sen May­oral Char­i­ties for 2018/19 and it was won­der­ful for me to be able to sup­port them by at­tend­ing this con­cert and to wit­ness the valu­able sup­port they are of­fer­ing to the com­mu­nity.

Through­out this past month I have also at­tended a num­ber of events that have been or­gan­ised by com­mu­nity groups/ as­so­ci­a­tions within the val­ley, such as; VIC Open Day, Ro­tary Club An­nual Char­ter Night and a Sin­ga­long Har­vest Cel­e­bra­tion at Longholme Methodist Church. It is heart-warm­ing to see so many res­i­dents of Rossendale will­ing to give up their time to or­gan­ise these events, which help to raise money and of­fer sup­port to peo­ple who need it the most.

Ear­lier this month I had the hon­our of at­tend­ing the Duke of Lan­caster An­nual Re­mem­brance Ser­vice at War­ring­ton Town Hall. The event was hosted by Bri­gadier Pe­ter Raf­ferty MBE and Mayor of War­ring­ton, Cllr Karen Mundry, and was to com­mem­o­rate the fallen of The Duke of Lan­caster Reg­i­ment and its an­tecedent reg­i­ments. This was a very poignant event and the first of many re­mem­brance events that I will be at­tend­ing within the com­ing weeks.

There will also be a num­ber of re­mem­brance events through­out Rossendale from Novem­ber 9-11, de­tails of these can be found on the coun­cil web­site.

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