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JANUARY 19TH 2021
The Valley has been hit this week by at least two Post Offices closures, though thankfully, all are temporary. The Rawtenstall branch has sadly had to be closed due to the team having a Covid outbreak. We certainly wish them all well and the branch will be back open as soon as possible after a thorough sanitisation. In a double hit, the freshly refurbished Waterfoot branch has had to shut because of a leak at the property above, ruining much of the stock. Please do join us in wishing them the best in getting back to normal as quickly as possible. Branches at Crawshawbooth, Haslingden, Helmshore, Bacup, and Britannia remain open.
EDIT: We have also had reports that Whitworth branch is also closed due to Covid - please check with them before heading out.
Can You Help Bring Families Together?
There haven’t been many positive outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic, but one is the use of digital devices to communicate. Laptops and tablets are being used regularly for a number of applications. Meetings, home schooling and more specifically personal communications.
Families have been able to keep in touch through Zoom, FaceTime and Messenger, and some Nursing Homes have been able to offer digital communication to residents and their families, which has been amazing, particularly under current restrictions
An idea has been put forward by the Bacup Now Community group to hold an appeal for donations of pre-owned tablets or laptops for refurbishment and distribution to Bacup Nursing Homes initially, but if the appeal is successful, the distribution will extend across the whole Valley.
The Bacup Now Community Group in collaboration with Rossendale Radio and The Rossendale Community Support Network are rolling out the appeal, and is currently looking for individuals and companies who are able to sponsor a new device or donate a used device for refurbishment and redistribution to Nursing Homes, voluntary groups and other worthy recipients. All sponsors and donors will be given acknowledgment of their contribution if they wish.
We all want things to get back to normal, but for Nursing Homes, it is likely that their residents will continue to be isolated from their families for some time to come.
Digital communication will be a fantastic alternative, providing regular opportunities for families to see, speak and further include residents in their lives, improve the feeling of belonging, well-being and provide an increased quality of life.
Can you help? Did you get a new tablet or laptop for Christmas, or are you a business who has old devices you would like to donate or would like to sponsor a new tablet.
If so, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will email a donation form out for you to fill in and return, then they will arrange the collection of your device.
JANUARY 11TH 2021
Since the beginning of the year, one of Rossendale Radio's Sponsors, Senior Waste has been out collecting your Christmas trees in exchange for donations will finds going to Bury Hospice. This is something they do every year, but this year the response has been astounding. Together with Ashley Edge Tree & Garden Services, who chipped 1163 trees, they have raised an astounding £18500, a whole £8000 more than last year.
Huge congratulations to everyone involved.
NOVEMBER 14th 2020
Ten poignant photos highlighting the impact of coronavirus on life in Bacup have been selected by judges of a ‘My COVID experience’ competition.
The Bacup Camera Club’s Centenary Photographic Competition, held in collaboration with the Bacup Now Community Group, invited entries depicting how people would remember lockdown.
The winning photo from Hollie Clough, ‘Lottie Bloom’, showed a grandparent entertaining her baby grandchild over a video call.
It was praised by judges as “charming and evocative”. They added: “Not seeing the faces of the baby or father emphasises the distance that lockdown produces.”
In second place was Dawn Sutcliffe’s ‘Lockdown’, which featured four people holding up signs with the message ‘Happy birthday, we love you lots’.
“The futility and distance between people apart shows well; yet there is happiness, connection and love here,” was the judges’ verdict. “Simple, but compelling composition.”
'Ruby Jack’ in third, entered by ‘Liz’, showed middle-aged visitors confined to a garden smiling at a baby through the back door.
The panel said, “So near yet so far. Glass between loving relations and the little one nicely portrayed. Keeping the door handle in frame is tantalising…all it needs is to be pushed down, yet sadly that is not to be. Very evocative.”
Seven highly commended pictures depicted a variety of scenes from socially distanced street parties and children smiling to NHS tributes, people wearing PPE and discarded face masks on the street.
The top 10 images are to be published on the Bacup Now Facebook site, while there are plans to feature these and many more from the dozens of entries in a public centenary exhibition in 2021.
Competition organisers complimented the dozens of photos which were considered. “Each memory sent in was important to the person who took the photograph and, in their own way, expressed their feelings about these strange times during lockdown,” they added.
OCTOBER 28th 2020
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 AlysonBarnes@rossendalebc.gov.uk
OCTOBER 20th 2020
OCTOBER 9th 2020
OCTOBER 8th 2020
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:
The Rose n Bowl - 264 Newchurch Road, BACUP.
OCTOBER 5th 2020
Rossendale Radio launches their annual Toy and Gift Drive live on air.
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: email@example.com 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.