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@ btinternet.com for more information.
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.
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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. wrapuplancashire.co.uk.)
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