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CHURCH and Oswaldtwistle Ro­tary

The Rib­ble Rivers Trust run a scheme whereby they set up a fish tank in a class­room and stock it with 100 brown trout eggs.

The tank recre­ates the nat­u­ral habi­tat of the river, and the stu­dents then must care for them daily.

When the trout have suf­fi­ciently ma­tured, the chil­dren are taken on a field trip to a lo­cal river where the fish are re­leased.

Many as­pects of the school cur­ricu­lum are cov­ered from the time the tank ar­rives in school to the fi­nal re­lease day.

The chil­dren study for ex­am­ple ecol­ogy, bi­ol­ogy, maths, sci­ence and of­ten other sub­jects are in­cor­po­rated, such as art.

They also learn re­spon­si­bil­ity and car­ing for oth­ers and team work.

The tanks will ar­rive in school in De­cem­ber, ac­cli­ma­tise over the Christ­mas break and then be ready to re­ceive the eggs in early Jan­uary.

Af­ter be­ing given a les­son by the staff from the Rib­ble Rivers Trust in how to care for the new ar­rivals, its then up to the chil­dren to take over, mon­i­tor­ing the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture and the health of the oc­cu­pants.

Church and Oswaldtwistle Ro­tary have agreed to fund this scheme in St An­drew’s Pri­mary, and have also worked with the Rib­ble Rivers Trust to place an­other tank in Hip­pings Methodist School, both schools are mem­bers of the Ro­takids.

Ro­takids co­or­di­na­tor Cath Heap said: “We feel that this a re­ally worth­while project for the chil­dren.

“So many sub­jects in the school cur­ricu­lum can be built around the project.

“The chil­dren learn such a lot, and the en­vi­ron­ment also ben­e­fits with the re­lease of the fish into a lo­cal river, help­ing to in­crease the bio­di­ver­sity and thus the health of the river, which can only ben­e­fit us all.

“We are happy to be able to give this op­por­tu­nity to our Ro­takids.

“Part of their com­mit­ment as Ro­takids is to un­der­take com­mu­nity projects, and we feel that this is an amaz­ing one for them.”

Any other pri­mary schools that are in­ter­ested in the Ro­takids can con­tact Cath at cath_heap@ bt­in­ter­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

HYN­D­BURN Ram­blers

Novem­ber Walk­ing Pro­gramme:

The coach ram­ble to Garstang is on Novem­ber 4, which will be a choice of var­i­ous walks. Book­ing is es­sen­tial. Start­ing at 9.30am on Novem­ber 11 will be a walk to Heb­den Bridge, grade C, eight miles.

Holling­worth Lake walk also starts at 9.30am and is on Novem­ber 18, grade C, 10 miles.

All walks ex­cept the coach ram­ble start at Plan­ta­tion Street Car Park Ac­cring­ton at times stated above.

Wed­nes­day walks take place through­out the year leav­ing Plan­ta­tion Street Car Park, Ac­cring­ton at 9.30am.

Des­ti­na­tion de­cided the week be­fore.

Wed­nes­day walk en­quires to Brian Wohlters on 01254 871851.

All other en­quires to Nigel Brooke on 01254 887750.

Find us on Face­book.

AGLOW In­ter­na­tional An In­ter-De­nom­i­na­tional Chris­tian Fel­low­ship

We ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to all women to our next meet­ing on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15, 7pm at Sparth House Ho­tel, Whal­ley Road, Clay­ton-le-Moors, BB5 5RP.

Our speaker will be Anne Lin­coln.

Meal £10 in­clud­ing tea/ cof­fee (please book one week be­fore meet­ing).

NB: Any book­ings made and not can­celled be­fore the pre­vi­ous Fri­day will have to be paid for, thank you.

Tele­phone: Phyl­lis 07800 899421.

You will be most wel­come at our monthly gather­ings at Sparth Coun­try House Ho­tel in its own grounds with am­ple park­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

It is also on the cir­cu­lar bus route from Ac­cring­ton.

GREAT Har­wood District Women’s In­sti­tute

The WI will be hold­ing a cof­fee morn­ing on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13, from 10am unti noon at Bank Mill House in Great Har­wood.

There will be var­i­ous stalls, en­try is £1.50 in­clud­ing re­fresh­ments and all are wel­come.

HYN­D­BURN Over 50s Fo­rum

On Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5, the Hyn­d­burn Over 50s Fo­rum held their an­nual cel­e­bra­tion day party at Mill House on Whal­ley Road in Clay­ton-le-Moors.

Chair­per­son les­lie Jack­son wel­comed mem­bers and guests and in­tro­duced the speaker for the morn­ing Peter Wat­son, a lec­turer from Bacup, whose sub­ject was ‘Medicine Magic’.

He told the group about an­cient reme­dies as far back as 1850 that peo­ple be­lieved and that these magic cures helped many ill­nesses.

There was also a ‘cun­ning’ man who usu­ally liv­ing lo­cally and peo­ple be­lieved that his odd con­coc­tions and sniff bot­tles worked.

Many of the reme­dies from the 1930s the au­di­ence re­mem­bered, and then came an­tibi­otics in 1947.

It was a very in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive morn­ing and ev­ery­one agreed that great strides have been made in our na­tional health.

Les­lie thanked Peter and then magic cer­tainly hap­pened at the Mill House when Molly Rob­bins from Ex­treme Cake Mak­ers on Chan­nel 4 ap­peared, plus a film crew to present a huge, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated cake with a gar­den al­lot­ment theme.

There was a white picket fence and path through to a choco­late log cabin and lots of rows of tiny veg­eta­bles plus robins and la­dy­birds all made in moulded sugar craft.

Dorothy Westell, the grand­mother of Molly, was asked to cut the first few slices and ev­ery­one gath­ered round to ad­mire and view it as film­ing took place.

Af­ter all the ex­cite­ment a buf­fet lunch was served, then en­ter­tain­ment and a raf­fle.

Gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist TJ Kelly from Dar­wen was the artist and his mu­sic was well re­ceived in­clud­ing tunes from the 1960s and 1970s.

The au­di­ence joined in singing and danc­ing.

It was a mag­i­cal day and Molly’s cake made it spe­cial. Ev­ery­one re­ceived a large slice to take home.

GREAT Har­wood and Rish­ton Ro­tary

Help us keep vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple warm this win­ter by do­nat­ing a coat.

Ro­tary Clubs in Black­burn, Hyn­d­burn and the Rib­ble Val­ley are launch­ing an ex­cit­ing new ini­tia­tive to ‘Wrap Up Lan­cashire’ this Win­ter.

In part­ner­ship with Hands On Lon­don, a charity which in­tro­duced the ‘Wrap Up Lon­don’ ini­tia­tive eight years ago, Ro­tar­i­ans in East Lan­cashire are col­lect­ing your old, un­wanted win­ter coats and giv­ing them to char­i­ties that sup­port the home­less, chil­dren liv­ing in poverty, vul­ner­a­ble adults and peo­ple flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence (to name a few).

Col­lec­tion points and sort­ing cen­tres have been set up across Ac­cring­ton, Black­burn, Clay­ton-LeMoors, Clitheroe, Great Har­wood, Rish­ton and Whal­ley, and will be open un­til Novem­ber 3 to col­lect do­na­tions from the pub­lic.

The main sort­ing and col­lec­tion point is our pop-up shop on 36-38 Queen Street, Great Har­wood.

(Check the Wrap Up Lan­cashire Face­book page and web­site for more de­tails – www. wrapu­plan­

All do­na­tions will then be sorted and de­liv­ered to nom­i­nated charity part­ners, for dis­tri­bu­tion to those in need dur­ing the first two weeks of Novem­ber, just in time for Win­ter.

Any size, style or colour of men’s, women’s and chil­dren’s coats would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated, mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence to the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the area.

To max­imise the suc­cess of the ini­tia­tive, the Ro­tary Clubs are also reach­ing out to com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions who may be able to help us by plac­ing col­lec­tion boxes on their premises, to­gether with the ac­com­pa­ny­ing posters ad­ver­tis­ing our cam­paign.

All coats would be col­lected on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Mary Bradley, Ro­tary District Gov­er­nor, said: “We are very ex­cited to be get­ting this ini­tia­tive off the ground.

“We’re work­ing with some amaz­ing char­i­ties and will hope­fully be able to help a lot of vul­ner­a­ble and needy adults and chil­dren in the next cou­ple of months be­fore the win­ter cold re­ally sets in!”

So it’s time to start dig­ging out those un­wanted coats and re­ally help to make a dif­fer­ence.

Dorothy Westell (Mollys grand­mother) and vice chair of the group 50+ and Linda Cor­ris from the cater­ing com­mit­tee cut­ting the cake

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