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FEBRUARY 18th 2021

Summerseat house explosion results in tragic loss of lfe
 
Summerseat

At around 9.30pm Wednesday 17th February tragedy struck when a house in Summerseat was devastated after a suspected gas-explosion. One resident sadly lost their life and other local residents were injured or evacuated. Greater Manchester Fire Service were called for an emergency response. For more details, please follow the link through to the Manchester Evening News.

A crowdfunder has been set up to try and assist anyone directly affected by the incident and can be found HERE


FEBRUARY 12th 2021

Rossendale teacher runs marathon for local charity
 
Mr Parkes

Martin Parkes, or Mr. Parkes as he is to his students today ran an amazing sponsored marathon for the Raft Foundation. You can still donate to the cause HEREand you can check out photos from today as taken by Rossendale Radio's Dorrie Partington.

Amazing work Mr. Parkes.


JANUARY 22nd 2021

Rossendale Radio teams up with Rossendale Hospice to Share The Love
 

Rossendale Radio will host a Valentine’s Day special on 14th February 2021 between 1pm and 5pm. In return for a £10 donation, anyone can dedicate a song, along with a special message which will be aired live on Valentine’s Day. People may choose to sponsor a dedication to their loved ones, or a friend or family member to let them know how much they are appreciated.

Joanna Williams, Senior Fundraiser said:

“This Valentine’s Day, we wanted to do something positive where people can spread some love and kindness during these difficult times. Instead of a usual Valentine’s gift or Valentine’s token, we thought this would be a different way for people to show others how much they care while returning some love to Rossendale Hospice through donations.”

Whilst Rossendale Radio says, “We are delighted to be teaming up with Rossendale Hospice to ‘Share the Love’ on Valentines day along with helping to raise much needed funds. 

For more information, please check out the Hospice Website or our joint Facebook Event Page


JANUARY 19TH 2021

Local Post Office updates - some Valley temporary closures
 

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.

UPDATE: Wass has worked his socks off and the Waterfoot branch is now fully functioning again - well done Wass.


JANUARY 14TH 2021
 
Bacup Now wants your old tablet devices to help care home residents stay in touch with family during lockdown
 

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 bacupnow@hotmail.com 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

Senior Waste Removals raise an amazing sum for Bury Hospice
 

Senior Waste, along with Ashley Edge Tree & Garden Services Ltd have been recycling your Christmas trees

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

Winners of ‘My COVID experience’ competition published and set for exhibition in 2021
 

Iconic image of baby video call wins lockdown photo competition.

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

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 AlysonBarnes@rossendalebc.gov.uk


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: studio@rossendaleradio.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.