WWI history comes to life

Local history group Bacup Natural History Society asked for help in promoting an exciting new venture funded by a National Lottery Heritage Grant.


Historian Wendy Lord researched the Fern Hill Auxiliary Hospital used in the First World War to treat injured servicemen.

The resultant diorama - a snapshot - featured a ward scene with authentic uniforms and detailed information panels to tell the public all about the history of the hospital and its patients and staff.

I was employed to write a story that was used on the Valley at Work website, widely promoted through Facebook and printed in the Rossendale Free Press. I also created an A3 mock front page for the society to use for promotion. Getting the message out there is no longer just about newspapers.

In January BBC Radio Lancashire will also be visiting to do a series of live broadcasts during the mid-morning show.



I am delighted to say that December has not just been a busy time for me it has also brought a new contract, a further regular client and three new ad hoc clients. It is going to be a Happy New Year.

My termly school newspaper at St Mary's RC School, Bacup, has been completed and a 16-page A5 newspaper has been printed and sold. See School News

As well as the story for Bacup Nat mentioned above, I also did a story for Cross Meats in Bacup about Ray Cross finally owning his own stall after three decades of serving the public in Bacup. This story made the Free Press.

The third ad hoc job was for a new restaurant in Rossendale Maza Lahori Grill and Spice. Not only did the story make a page lead in the Free Press but it dominated a page of the Asian Image section of the Lancashire Telegraph.

Contracted school Fearns made the news with a range of activities from making poppies for remembrance, BTEC pupils hosting a talent showcase, a pupil winning an iPad after attending an apprentice event and the visit of Dragon's Den star and former pupil Piers Linney to motivate Year 11s to go for their dream.

Meanwhile at Haslingden High School it has been even busier with a raft of stories ranging from trips to Germany and London to students attending skills events, swimming galas and the incredible Year 7 footballers who put 34 goals past rival local teams. 

A new after school club at Haslingden High Care to Cook? not only made the Rossendale Free Press but an indepth freelance story was commissioned by the Big Issue in the North. BBC Radio Lancashire also visited to report on the story.

I enjoyed an 'away day' team building with Veterans In Communities and created a special newsletter to promote the activities - yes it is me on top of the crates on Page 2.

Also for veterans a family has been reunited with the grave of their loved one thanks to the Bacup War Graves Project 100. The story made page leads in the Free Press and Lancashire Telegraph.

Rossendale Business Awards final presentation night story and full page of pics by Liz Henson Photography was also printed in the Rossendale Free Press.

My final message was sent to me by Denise from the Local Journal...Merry Christmas Catherine what a Fantastic Job you have done for us throughout 2014...much appreciated ...what a team.

And a Merry Christmas to everyone from me.