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OCTOBER 28th 2020

Council Leader Alyson Barnes joins us to answer your questions
Alyson Barnes

We were delighted this morning to welcome the leader of Rossendale Borough Council, Alyson Barnes to the studio to put your questions to her. She joined Pete Sweetmore on Valley Breakfast for a wide ranging interview, but of course in the midst of the Covid crisis, she gave us an insight about how difficult it has been for the council to navigate the last eight months or so.

“We have a role in track and trace; in environmental health advising businesses; in enforcement of Covid rules and of course in supporting vulnerable residents – all while doing the day job as well. With 84 different services run by the local council it’s been extremely challenging”

Listeners put questions to the Council Leader via our Facebook page and with food poverty being a hot news story due to Marcus Rashford’s national campaign – the question of free school meals in the holidays was raised.

“The local response has been extraordinary. There’s an amazing community spirit in the Valley – particularly trying to feed our youngsters who would have received free school meals over half term. We’re doing lots of work with the food groups we have previous relationships with but there are also some new faces stepping up to help as well. As a council we identified school holiday hunger as an issue a couple of years ago – so we’ve been working with local groups for about two or three years on this now”

She went on to say that £87,000 had been allocated to support vulnerable families in the area and that the council was working with community groups and food banks to try to get assistance to families.

Other issues covered in the interview included discussion about swimming pool provision in Haslingden, the future of empty buildings such as the Bingo Hall in Bacup and support for businesses forced into Tier 3 measures because of the Covid crisis.

“It’s a very fast moving situation. With Lancashire being placed into Tier 3 recently, we’re very aware that businesses who aren’t required to close because of the restrictions are struggling. Our share of the £30 million allocated by government is around £1 million so that sadly wont go nearly as far as we’d like. We’re looking locally to see what scheme we can put in place to assist where we can.”

Councillor Barnes also spoke openly about the need to reform local government and how frustrating the current system was when dealing with issues around the Valley.

“The two tier system just doesn’t work for us. Lancashire is a huge place and we are a small council. We need a change in local government structures so that we can move forward”

We’d like to thank Councillor Barnes for coming in to see us and of course we’ll hope to welcome her back in the near future to give us further updates both on the Covid crisis and the wider work of the council.

If you would like to contact her to discuss any of the issues from the interview or discuss any of the issues that have come up in the Valley, then you can do so by emailing

OCTOBER 20th 2020

The Hill Ski Slope to reopen October 24th
The Hill Ski Slope
The Hill Ski Slope in Rawtenstall is finally reopening later this month after closures due to the Covid Pandemic, after securing its future by transferrng ownership over to Rossendale Borough Council Leisure Trust.
The slopes are open for ski, snowboard and tubing sessions again from October 24th and tickets can be prebooked now.
Rossendale Radio will be at the re-opening with interviews from the staff and visitors to spread the good news and help revitalise Rossendale tourism.
Read the full story HERE

OCTOBER 9th 2020

Local teen talks of her fundraiser to get life-changing spinal surgery
Midge Bridge
Midge Bridge and her mum Mel as desparately trying to raise £45,000 so that 14 year old Midge can have life-changing spinal surgery to help correct her actute Scoliosis. Speaking to Pete Sweetmore on Rossendale Radio this morning, Mel talked about how in spite of everything, Midge still keeps smiling her beautiful smile and Midge thanked listeners for getting her half-way to their current target.
If you would like to help Midge out you can in the following ways:
Donate directly to her Just 4 Children Giving page
Text MIDGE to 70085 to donate £5
Follow her Scoliosis Journey Blog on Facebook
Keep up to date via our dedicated Valley Fundraisers Page.

OCTOBER 8th 2020

Local family in need of assistance after house fire.
Can you help
We’re devastated to hear about this local family who appear to have lost so much in a fire. Credit to the Rose n Bowl for stepping up and getting the word out and we’ll be doing everything we can to help from the station. Here's the message they put out earlier today:

You may have seen that locally to us a family have sadly had a serious fire in their house. We are asking for any donations of anything you’ve got to help, or more specifically:

clothes for a woman any size between 8-12
girls clothes 11-12, shoes 4
girls clothes 10-11, shoes 2-3
girls clothes age 14 (or ladies small 8)
also uniforms for Haslingden High size 10-11 and 14 (girls)
Also any books, girfts, toiletries etc.
Anything you can give would be greatly received. You can drop items at the pub at anytime and we will ass them on to the family. In this crazy world we live in, let's pull together as a sommunity to help out.

The Rose n Bowl - 264 Newchurch Road, BACUP.

Please do head over to the Rose n Bowl facebook page for updates or head to the pub itself if you can donate. We know Rossendale will step up.
You can also help by donating directly to the family's Go Fund Me Page HERE to help them get back on their feet as soon as possible. Thank you.
Keep up to date via our dedicated Valley Fundraisers Page.

OCTOBER 5th 2020

Rossendale Radio launches their annual Toy and Gift Drive live on air.

Toy Drive

Rossendale Radio today launched it's annual Christmas appeal to help those in need at this time.

The ROSSENDALE RADIO CHRISTMAS TOY & GIFT APPEAL in association with The Rossendale Community Support Network and Kids In Rossendale will collect Toys & gifts at a number of collection points around The Valley. It is hoped all the Valley's supermarkets and other outlets will join the appeal and have collection points in their stores.

The appeal launched today with a closing date of 13th December. Toys and gifts collected will then be distributed among people referred by organisations such as CAB, Social Services and other Valley Charities.

Rossendale Radio organisers stated “Because of Covid 19, many people in The Valley will be facing hardship at Christmas and this is one way the Community station can help to support them. We know the good Valley people are always generous and happy to help those less fortunate”

If you can host a collection point, or wish to donate directly to Rossendale Radio, please email:  or ring to discuss on 07963 322966.

OCTOBER 3rd 2020

Rossendale Radio presenter and local writer Paul Jenkins is running around the Valley this Sunday.

In lieu of the London marathon which he should have running this weekend, our very own Valley Breakfast and Weekend Wind Down presenter Paul Jenkins will be running up and down the Valley to raise funds for Lancashire Mind.

Starting at Dearden Tea Rooms in Haslingden at 7am October 4th, Paul will be hitting Helmshore, Rawtenstall, Waterfoot and Bacup before turning around at Sharneyford Primary School to do it all in reverse.

The Rossendale Radio team will be out in force along the way but if you see him, please do give him a cheer, a pip of the car horn or throw some jelly babies his way to keep his spirits up. You can tune in to 104.7FM Rossendale Radio in the morning to hear about his progress and maybe get an interview from the road. Then tune in at 4pm to see if Paul made it back in one piece to host his afternoon show.

You can still donate at his Just Giving page HERE if you'd like - it would be hugely appreciated as it's for an amazing cause.


Keep up to date via our dedicated Valley Fundraisers Page.