Awesome Design

The final story for Enterprising People in Ribble Valley was a lovely tale about an inspirational autistic man who creates craft bags and sells them worldwide.


Catherine Smyth has been working with EPRV for the past year reporting on the many success stories of the enterprise initiative. This final article features Jonathan Drinkwater from Colne and the craft bags he designs and manufactures.

In total, Catherine Smyth has written 16 articles for EPRV and these were used in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Longridge News. They also featured on the EPRV website. Jonathan's story appeared as a page lead in the Lancashire Telegraph.




I have been very busy this month working for a wide variety of clients. Antony and Patricia now has a virtual presence where visitors to Google Street View can 'walk' off the street from their computer or mobile and 'into' the salon and have a 360 degree tour - day or night. The story featured in the Rossendale Free Press and Lancashire Telegraph. Tony also penned this testimonial.

Fearns has been a busy place with a charity sleepathon, which featured in the Lancashire Telegraph, the school taking part in BBC News School Report and challenge day featured in the Rossendale Free Press, while the school's Sport Relief effort was reported in both papers. All stories and pictures by Catherine Smyth are on the school website.

Haslingden High School made the headlines with stories about young designers winning a technology competition, musicians starring in the Rochdale Festival of Performing Arts and national media turned up at the school for the launch of a fictional book based around the murder of Sophie Lancaster, a former pupil. Catherine's own factual book about the murder is available through this website and on Kindle. Stories featured in the Lancashire Telegraph and Rossendale Free Press.

Veterans In Communities has also been making the news with page leads in the Lancashire Telegraph about veterans helping a comrade who needed a shed demolishing and the creation of a living willow sculpture of a First World War tank to commemorate 100 years since the Great War.

Three out of the five features on volunteer enterprise mentors have now featured in the Rossendale Free Press for Valley at Work.

And in a voluntary capacity, as chairman of Bacup And Stacksteads Carnival Organisation, I also had published a promotional piece about this year's event.