HUNDREDS take part in magical lantern procession.

A mini-zoo came to life as the animal-themed procession saw illuminated tigers and rhinos mixing with a giraffe, a flamingo, a penguin, a unicorn, elephants, a leopard and many more creatures and creations. 

The Light Up the Valley lantern parade left Globe Studios and snaked around Stacksteads Recreation Ground to the sound of the rhythmic Dhol Drummers. Then it silently weaved its way along the riverbank, passing illuminated art installations which were hidden in the trees and banking.

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Lantern Parade Update

Creating lanterns, artist Andy Keir works with Caroline Eccles and Ann Dixon.

A SPECTACULAR procession of lanterns will be held in Stacksteads on Saturday October 28.

A series of workshops have been held to help people of all ages make and decorate their own lanterns for the procession. The Light Up The Valley parade will leaves Globe Studios at Toll Bar, Newchurch Road, Stacksteads, at 6pm. Stacksteads Countryside Park Group has organised the procession for three years and this year the event had been managed by the Horse and Bamboo Theatre. After the lanterns have been paraded from Toll Bar, along the riverside to The Glade, food and refreshments will be served. 

Everyone is then invited to The Boo in Waterfoot for a celebration where the O’Gorman Brothers will be entertaining and the lanterns will be displayed. 

Rawtenstall Market is also offering people who have made a lantern a second chance to parade them – at the switch on of Rawtenstall’s Christmas lights. A procession is planned from outside Boots along the length of Bank Street to the corner of Newchurch Road where the lights will be turned on around 5pm on Saturday November 18. For more information visit the Rawtenstall Market Facebook page.

Weekend Workshops

No automatic alt text available.Thank you everyone who came along to this weekend’s making sessions held on Saturday and Sunday at Globe Studios in Stacksteads. You still have two days to make your lantern because Ruth, Felix and the team will be opening the studios next weekend October 21 and 22 for the last making sessions.
This year’s festival is going to be an amazing spectacle. Be part of it. Have you been busy making a lantern and do you have photos to share with us? Please post them to our Facebook Page with permission to share.
Photo c/o Maggie Padjouski


Pride of Our Valley

We are proud to have been nominated for the Pride of our Valley Award at this year’s Rossendale Business Awards. The winner of this award will be the individual or club, group or association that is, in the opinion of the judging panel, the Pride of Our Valley. They will have engaged in an activity that has made an outstanding contribution to Rossendale life.  Read More

Newchurch Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Create Lanterns

AMAZING lanterns have been created by Rainbows, Brownies and Guides ahead of the Light Up The Valley parade that will be held in Stacksteads. Read more

Newchurch Guides with lanterns ready for the parade in Stacksteads.

Workshops begin with a showcasing of lanterns at The Fest

RESIDENTS got the first glimpse of this year’s Light Up The Valley lanterns at Edgeside’s The Fest.

Most of the lanterns in the procession will be made in a series of workshops running until the parade in October, but some special creations have already been made by lead artist Ruth Evans.   To read more follow the link.

Lantern Procession promises to be the best yet

THOUSANDS of people will benefit from this year’s lantern parade thanks to grants worth thousands of pounds supporting workshops across the Valley.

It is two years since the first parade was held and since then the event has grown each year.

To read about this year’s plans follow the link

Gravy Wrestling Cleanup

rosenbowl28 August 10.00am-12.00 noon – Cleanup around The Rose and Bowl ready for the World Gravy Wrestling Championships on Bank Holiday Monday. Bacon butties and brew for helpers afterwards.

Next Cleanup

Our next clean up project – the path from Holy Trinity to Tunstead Estate arranged for 10am Saturday 8th April 10am-12 noon.

Cohen’s Are Sweeties!

Cohen’s Chemist in Stacksteads carried on the good work started at Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival with Stacksteads Countryside Park Group by holding a competition to guess the number of sweets in the jar.

Their target for the event was 400 pounds, and the poor weather at the start of the day meant the takings fell a little short of this amount – so Cohen’s decided to accept the challenge and raise the difference in their shop. Bob Hoey won the jar by correctly guessing 383 sweets, and declared he’d share the prize with his grandchildren

Pictured (l-r) Tom Daniels (Vice Chair SCPG), Imran Zaman, Emma Coyle, Carol Bulmer, Clare Blakeley, Sarah Croisdale, Katie Lord (all Cohen’s Chemist) and
Bob Hoey (winner !)