James is Mini marvel

At just 12, James Newton has already designed several new Mini cars and is in regular contact with the BMW Mini designers.


As a reward for his efforts James, and his family, were given a VIP tour of the plant in Oxford and free use of a Mini Countryman for a week.

James, from Whitworth, is a pupil at Fearns Community Sports College where Catherine covers press and PR.

A news story on James's success made page 3 of the Rossendale Free Press and a page lead in the Lancashire Telegraph and Rossendale's Local Journal.



Summer months are traditionally quiet ones as my school contracts cease for the six week holidays, but before the final bell rang both Haslingden High School and Fearns were exceptionally busy with news stories.

At Haslingden there was a fantastic charity day that raised nearly 3,000 pounds. Other stories included a German exchange, citizenship awards, a student who is planning to run a marathon and musical students performining in Birmingham as part of the festival Music for Youth.

At Fearns it has also been busy with awards presentations, head of modern foreign languages Miss Duffell becoming a specialist leader in education, a literacy initiative where pupils got a shooting day reward for hitting targets and a summer school. My story on Fearns Chat - the school newspaper I produce - was also used by the Rossendale Free Press and Local Journal.

As well as producing the latest Veterans In Communities Newsletter, I also secured page leads for the charity's pop-up shop which was used in the Bury Times and Rossendale Free Press and a mention in the Lancashire Telegraph.

This month I have had several ad hoc news jobs including a quirky story for hair salon Antony and Patricia when two eagle owls were brought in. This made a page lead in the Rossendale Free Press. I am also putting the finishing touches to the salon's newsletter Snippets which will be distributed in the autumn.

A client was Staghills Nursery School who were seeking publicity for their exciting forest school. This made a page lead in the Rossendale Free Press and Local Journal and a picture story in the Lancashire Telegraph.

And another new client Norman McLaren asked for help to publicise his musical talks. Despite being deaf, Norman is a very talented musician and has set up his own charity and wanted to tell everyone. The story was used as a page lead in the Lancashire Telegraph and the Rossendale Free Press.

My contract wih Rossendale Business Awards has also seen a further two stories printed in the Rossendale Free Press. Nominations open on Monday August 18th and stay open until the end of September. To nominate follow this link

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