Minutes of the Rawtenstall Community Partnership Meeting; held on Monday 13th June 2022 6.30pm, St. Anne’s Church, Edgeside.



Monday 13th June 2022, 6.30pm, St. Anne’s Church, Edgeside

Present:  Cllr. Gemma Rooke, Chair, Jill Bevan – St. Anne’s/White Horse Project, Cuan Hoare – Resident, Christine Moffatt – Local business owner/poppy appeal, Danny Allen – Newchurch Village Community Association, Dawn Taylor – Community First Responders/Remembrance Parade, Tim Nuttall – Resident/Water Band, Clive Balchin – Resident, Tony Winder – Local Business owner, Cllr Julie Adshead, Tricia Brindle/Stephanie Thornton – RBC, Sgt Mick Johnson – Lancashire Police, Cllr. Liz McInnes, Cllr. Stephen Hughes – RBC

Apologies:  Cllr. Alyson Barnes, Cllr. David Foxcroft – RBC,  Sue Shuttleworth – Civic Pride, Amanda Robertson – Whitewell Bottom Community Centre

  1. Welcome and Introductions – The Chair introduced herself and gave a brief professional background as this is her first meeting as Chair. Gemma is a professional fundraiser and charity adviser, a non denominational funeral celebrant and has a Community Interest Company which is launching a Safer Rossendale project – on the agenda.

She thanked Cllr. Christine Gill for all her service as Chair, Christine has now retired from the council. 

  • Police Update
  • There been increased numbers of drive offs from petrol stations
  • ASB remains an issue around Rawtenstall centre, Tesco, Hardman Mill, Tricketts memorial ground and Waterfoot centre
  • Burglaries have decreased
  • Cllr. McInnes asked re rates of domestic abuse including any spikes e.g. during the Euros.  Sgt. Johnson will find out and get that information to her. 
  • A leaflet has been produced for the police to give to users of e scooters.  It is illegal to drive them on the pavements, only for use on private ground.

Tim introduced this initiative which is part of the Government’s anti terrorism measures.  Prevent is aimed at preventing people – particularly young people – from being drawn into membership of extremist groups whether that be right wing groups or Muslim based groups.  This is usually done via the Internet/through gaming. 

Prevent can offer training for all on how to spot vulnerable people or those being drawn into these groups.  There is a number to phone and individuals can then be referred into CHANNEL for more intense intervention.  Training could be given to councilors or anyone with an interest.

Prevent works closely with the organization – Hope not Hate.

The lead in Rossendale for Prevent is Jackie Flynn, Communities team, Rossendale Borough Council.  She will explore the provision of  training along with councilors and colleagues from Haslingden Community Partnership.

  • Notes and actions from the previous meeting – 3.2.22

Tim explained that the new Street name posts which he has been asking for for some time are now in place. 

  • Safer Rossendale

Gemma has a Community Interest Company called More in the Room.  Safer Rossendale is a project of More in the Room.  The idea came from the last large international football tournament where many usual community facilities were closed and people struggled to find a quiet space. The project is in its early stages.   

People of all ages may want a safe/quiet place for a variety of reasons and Safer Rossendale will work with businesses, shops, bars and community organisations across the borough to encourage them to be a safe place.  This might involve being able to charge a telephone, use a telephone or just wait until they are ready to move on or be picked up by family etc.  Those organisations that sign up will display a sticker showing their willingness to be a safe place. 

Safer Rossendale have been talking to the Police and young people to develop the project.  They have applied for start up funding to the police and RBC. 

Gemma will talk to Rossendale Connected about the project when they are ready to launch. 

  • Green Rossendale­

Cllr. Julie Adshead and Tricia Brindle gave the partnership an update on the work going on in the Borough to tackle climate change.

The council has declared a Climate change emergency and developed a Climate Emergency strategy and action plan and identified significant resources.  Other work includes:

  • Climate action day conference in November 2021
  • Climate change network – virtual – Facebook page – Rossendale climate network
  • Appointment of a Climate change officer at the council – Joe Walker
  • Plastics free Rossendale – an initiative from Surfers against sewage who provide accreditation.  Needs to be community led and we have lost 2 keen advocates for this project.  Community can be a small area, a school etc.   Any volunteers please contact Julie – julieadshead@rossendalebc.gov.uk.  The council has conducted its own plastics free audit and is committed to no single use plastics. 
  • Rossendale Forest – we have pledged to plant one tree for each child in Rossendale over the next 3 years – 16,000 trees.  In the first year the target was 6,000 trees and 8,350 have been planted. Of these, 5,000 are on council land and 3,000 are on private land.   200 volunteers have been involved.  The council is now running out of space to plant on its land and is looking for more private sites.  Julie asked people to spread the word.
  • Carbon Reduction Fund – grants of between £1k and £5K are available to businesses, SMEs, shops and community buildings.  Businesses will need to provide 50/50 match.  This can be for things such as LED lighting, solar panels, heat pumps etc.  East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce will provide free technical reports/audits to support the application.  These are available until Spring 2023.  In Rossendale Whitewell Bottom CC has received a grant for LED lighting which is already showing results in reduced utility bills.  People can find out more and apply to climatechange@rossendalebc.gov.uk
  • Valley Heritage – VH is a heritage development trust and charity which aims to reuse and repurpose redundant heritage assets.  This includes refurbishing the former Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank building in Bacup to provide 4 flats on the first and second floors and a flexible work space on the ground floor.  The refurbishment has been supported through the Architectural Heritage fund and the Bacup secured funding form the government’s Community Renewal Fund for their Decarbonising Rossendale project.  The project includes evaluation of the air source heat pumps at the bank building as well as providing advice and information about retrofitting homes, carbon reduction and skills development. It will also set up a community energy company in Rossendale.  Three community drop in sessions are planned over the summer.  The first is scheduled for 7th July 3pm – 7pm at the ABD Centre Bacup. 

A question was asked about what Rossendale council is doing.  The Carbon footprint audit has been completed and there is an Improvement Plan with a target of 2030 to be Net Zero.  There is a charging point in place at Futures Park and the mayor’s car and pool car are electric.  Plans are in place for Refuse wagons and other Operational vehicles as they need replacing.  Some wagons are currently running on vegetable oil.  The council is enforcing parking on charging point areas in the valley.

There is a free event about energy efficiency and retrofit at Accrington Town Hall on 25th June 10 – 4 organised by the East Lancashire cooperative party. www.Facebook.com/lancscoop

For information on these and other climate change issues join the (1) Rossendale Climate Network | Facebook

  •  Partner updates
  • Dawn fed back on her Jubilee open garden event – attached.  9 members of Community first responders have been awarded Queens platinum Jubilee service medals from North West ambulance service.  4 members attended the Jubilee service in Blackburn cathedral.  Community defibs – 40+ are already installed and there are plans for a further 10.  Training sessions have started up again.  Dawn appealed for more people interested in becoming a first responder to contact her for an initial chat.  Contact Dawn – dawntaylor_6@hotmail.com.    
  • Water Village band – the band is now back on the road.  They have spent £40k on refurbishment of the band room.  Over the Jubilee weekend they played at Trinity Baptist church, Bacup and are available for any events etc.
  • Cllr. McInnes reported that Civic Pride made a Union Jack planter in the town centre and thanked RBC for 2 Queen Elizabeth roses.  The volunteers raised a toast to the Queen.  She also mentioned Whitewell valley pride, a new group working along the Burnley Road East area.  There is a Facebook page.
  •  Community Partnership grants
  • Edgeside Baptist church – £466 for trip for young people
  • Civic Pride – £500 for work on Library gardens, Rawtenstall
  • Rossendale drum Majorettes for a glockenspiel, More in the room for Safer Rossendale and Haslingden community link for a refugee support group – all £181.50 as they applied to all 4 partnerships.
  •  Any other business – Cllr. McInnes said she is part of a small group looking to restart Friends of Whitaker Park.  There is a Facebook page and a meeting has been organized with Dave McChesney, the Council’s Parks manager for next week.  If anyone is interested, please contact through the Facebook page.
  1.  Date of next meeting – Thursday 6th October, 2022, 6.30pm, Newchurch Methodist church, Turnpike – Home to the White Horse Project.

The White Horse project staff and volunteers invite any members of the partnership who are interested to arrive for 6.10pm for a short tour of the building and an introduction to their work. 


The Garden Open Weekend at Badger Corner in Whitewell Bottom over the Jubilee Holiday weekend was very well supported and raised over £1,440 for Community Defibs for Rossendale and Rawtenstall Remembrance Parade.  The first forty visitors each day received a commemorative lapel pin.  Over three days, around 200 people visited and enjoyed their cream teas and cake in this extensive garden, whilst greeting old friends and making new ones.

One visitor had a live video call with her family in Mombasa, Kenya, showing them the delights of an English Country Garden.  They were so excited and very complementary!  Other visitors came from Blackpool and Essex. The Mayor of Rossendale, Cllr. Anne Cheetham OBE JP and the Mayoress Dorothy Jones, attended on Saturday and kindly unveiled the latest addition to the garden, Elizabeth’s Bower, named in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  The last visitor of the weekend was a 10 year old lad, with his Mum and Dad.  He spent 45 minutes looking round and expressed his delight with –

‘The best garden ever!  It’s so big and very fun to explore.  BRILLIANT!!!’

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the people who helped make the event a resounding success, including husband Ken, Ben, all the helpers, bakers, visitors and RBC for the grant.

  • The next Open Garden event is this coming weekend 18th/19th June at Higher Bridge Clough House, Coal Pit Lane, Waterfoot, BB4 9SB.  Shawclough Road, Off BRE, past Jack Lodge.  An entirely different garden from Badger Corner, but well worth a visit.
  • No fewer than nine members of Rossendale Community First Responder team were presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal ‘for 5 years’ service, responding to the scene of 999 calls and potentially placing themselves in danger on behalf of the people they serve.’
  • As recipients of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service, two members of Rossendale Community First Responders and two representatives from Community Defibs for Rossendale, together with Brian Pickup MBE, were honoured to be invited by the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire & The Dean of Blackburn to attend the County Service to Commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday 29th May.
  • Community Defibs for Rossendale are currently facilitating a further ten CPADs for the Valley to add to the 40+ already installed.  In conjunction with Rossendale Community First Responders, we have also begun carrying out our ‘No Fear’ sessions for groups in the Valley, who have requested training in CPR and the use of AEDs.
  • Rossendale Community First Responders are looking for new members to join the team.  Free training will be given by NWAS and Rossendale will provide uniform and kit to successful applicants. Further information from Team Leader, Dawn Taylor.