Lanterns Shine In Stacksteads

A MAGICAL evening was enjoyed by hundreds who took part in Stacksteads Lantern Procession.

Newly-formed Rossendale Drum Majorettes led the Light Up The Valley parade with specially illuminated drums and drumsticks. They were followed by a colourful collection of hand-made decorated lanterns that illuminated Riverside Park. Street band Blowjangles provided musical accompaniment mid-parade and in The Glade at the end.

We are very grateful for the support of Aldo Event Medical Services at our Lantern Procession.

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2018 Lantern Parade

The village of Stacksteads is set to shine when hundreds of beautifully decorated and lit lanterns parade through the streets and along the riverbank.

Stacksteads Countryside Park Group, SCPG, will be hosting the fourth Light up the Valley lantern procession in October half-term.

Chairman of SCPG Susan Hayhurst said: “The procession has just got better and better over the years and each year the number of lanterns and participants continues to grow.

“Yet it still retains its village charm and that is what makes the parade in Stacksteads even more special.

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2018 Storytelling

A very successful 2018 Story Telling Event was held in August with almost 70 Mums, Dads, Carers and children attending. Many stories were told by Sue Allonby, and activities included pebble painting, book writing, Fimo modelling, bubble blowing and tattooing.

In between times there were lunch bags, the contents of which were donated by Morrisons. The sun shone and the day had a lovely calm and relaxed feel to it, created by many well occupied children.
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New Flag at the Peace Garden

We are very proud of our brand new flagpole and Union Flag  that has recently been placed in the peace Garden Stacksteads. 

Thanks to everyone who came up with the idea and arranged for it to be bought and erected.  We are sure that Michael McShea would have been delighted with the project and we are looking forward to it being a highlight of this year’s Remembrance Service.

Friends of Newline Reservoir

Please help Bacup Pride if you have an hour to spend on Sunday 5 August  ……. they’ve just delivered 200 leaflets to houses round New Line Reservoir. It would be great to show our support too As friends, neighbours and users of the reservoir area I’m sure you would agree it’s a great area to have on our doorstep. But it does get a little overgrown at times on the paths and the Himalayan balsam is trying to take over. Would you like to get involved in improving the area?

Summer Storytelling 2018

Return of the popular storytelling event hosted by Sue Allonby and held in The Glade situated behind the former Commercial Hotel in Stacksteads.

Create your own little Fimo friend – paint a pebble – make your own little book.No charge for the event but picnic lunch provided and a donation for that would be appreciated. Suitable for children up to 11 years old who must be accompanied by an adult.

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Waterfoot Playground

The Mayor of Rossendale, Ann Kenyon, at the opening of the Waterfoot Community Space with pupils of Waterfoot County primary School.

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Waterfoot Centre Project

The new community space in Waterfoot is almost finished now that the planting has been completed.

Following on from a site visit and art workshops to design unique cast stone flags, pupils from the Green Team at Waterfoot Primary School have been instrumental in getting the project finished by helping to plant the raised beds at the front of the site.

Working alongside members of Stacksteads Countryside Park Group and Proffitts – Investing in Communities the pupils planted a variety of sensory plants in the large planters, including grasses, scented plants and a range of flowering plants to give year round colour.

Good News For The Glade

Anyone who came to the Lantern Parade will know that this piece of land in the Riverside Park is really in need of drainage

Great news ! With the award of a grant from Rossendale Council’s Living Well Living Better Project we finally have enough money to do the work !

When it’s complete we’ll be setting up a little gardening group to keep it looking smart. If anyone’s interested in joining that please contact any member of the group

Farhome Lane Tidy Up

Very productive couple of hours with the Beavers who were working toward their Community Badge. All this came from round Farholme Lane and Branch St – the difference is amazing but it really shouldn’t be necessary to do this. And all the children agreed !