Five Generations at Same Dance School

From 87-year-old Elsie down to little two-year-old toddler Scarlett, five generations of the same family now dance at Dansworks Dance Academy in Bacup.

altI have been working for Dansworks on an ad hoc basis since 2011 and this was a charming story to write.

Principal Karen Roe is now teaching her mother and grandmother, her daughter and granddaughter as a passion for dance crosses the generations.

The story made page 3 of the Rossendale Free Press.


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Another month has flown by and another copy of The Broadway Buzz has been created and sold by junior journalists at Broadway Primary School.

I have been busy working for all my contracts: Haslingden High School, Fearns Community Sports College, Veterans In Communities and JJO and now I also have a regular contract with Whitworth Community High School.

On General Election night I was reporting the Rossendale and Darwen result live from the count in Haslingden and I was back there the following day to report on the local election results. I have also completed six ad hoc jobs for clients and have another two in the next week.

Starting with Haslingden High in print was a story about a student going to the American Space School in the summer and another off to an Oxford Summer School. The school held its own mock general election and there have been reports of an Iceland trip, a student playing handball for England and another heading to Italy on a sporting and cultural exchange.

Fearns welcomed international opera star and local boy Sean Ruane in to hold singing lessons with a school choir who will debut at a T20 England V New Zealand game next month.

Also at the school Olympian Helen Clitheroe inspired gifted and talented Year 5 sporting youngsters and pupils headed off to the University of Manchester.

My new contract is Whitworth Community High School and the school made the news with young ballerina Amy landing a role in the English Youth Ballet production, students completing a crazy 5k charity dash and the debating society making sure student voices are heard.

There was also news in the media for JJO where the company fitted a kitchen in a church to complete a refurbishment and a worker who has successfully beaten a brain tumour is planning his own sporting legacy. I am now working on the latest copy of the JJO Journal for summer.

Veterans In Communities is a charity that is never quiet and plans are in place to open an art shop in Rawtenstall from June 13. Another news story detailed how a veteran's artwork reunited a daughter with her father's former comrade. Here's the link to the story on Rochdale Online. The May newsletter was also produced. I also wrote a story for REAL about a son completing the Tough Mudder challenge to raise money for Dementia work in Rossendale because of the help given to his mother.

Ad hoc jobs included Crawshawbooth Community Centre gaining a defibrillator, the Dansworks story detailed above, an appeal for volunteers by Rossendale's Citizens' Advice Bureau, Tufties Hair and Beauty winning a Lancashire business award, the M3 Project securing a major grant, I also wrote and produced the latest newsletter, and Bacup Natural History Society holding a Meet the Tommy event.

Busy times ahead at CSM and I have Fearns Chat at the end of next month!