Eco Home Built By Pensioners

Artist Chris Worswick and her husband Paul decided five years ago to build their own home and now, aged 70 and 71 they are settling in nicely.alt

This rather unusual story was commissioned by Lancashire Life and provided another opportunity for me to work with Liz Henson Photography.

The story is in the magazine's November edition.

The house is stunning and very 'tardis-like' being definitely much bigger on the inside especially as it has a hidden below ground floor only visible from the rear.

This was a lovely story and allowed me use a different style of writing as my words walked the reader through the house. I even get a byline.



I am delighted to say that my business was picked as a finalist in not one but two categories - sole trader and customer friendly business - for a Rossendale Business Award. The presentation night is on November 9 and I shall be there reporting on events and also all 'glammed up' and ready to go on stage to see if the one of the beautiful trophies will be winging its way to Weir. Bacup And Stacksteads Carnival Organisation, of which I am chairman, is also a finalist in the Pride of our Valley category.

As I have documented the Rossendale Business Awards since 2012, i am delighted to say that during that time they have grown beyond all recognition with more awards, more entries, more nominations and a larger venue needed to house all the businesses for the presentation.

I am thrilled to have been able to secure Northern News back again. That is where my school news project first began, as a termly newspaper for Northern Primary School, and it led me to set up the School News programmes I run today. The paper returns in January for Issue 18.

Contracted work - Haslingden High School has been busy as ever with another seven stories written and sent to the press as well as news for the school's website. Stories have included: pupils raising money in a Tough Mudder, a teacher at a literary festival, the school's trampoline appeal being successful and a music teacher completing an iron man challenge.

Stories making the press from Fearns Community Sports College include: pupils organised a Race For Life event and undertook sports leader training. A further Macmillan coffee morning was also held at Whitworth Community High School.

It has been a month of ad hoc work including a story to promote the expansion of Wonderful Things, where I produce school newspapers and ran a news day, another for the relocation of Pioneer Community Health Studio, a further Dansworks story about a new teacher street dance teacher and a charity cycle event for M3 Project. All of the stories made the press.

I also got invited to help launch a new technology centre at Emerson and Renwick in Church, Accrington, and as a result of the story the business has been invited to be a guest speaker at a North West business event at Manchester Airport.

During the month of October my book The Sophie Lancaster Story has been on a Kindle deal in the UK and for one day in Australia. The result has seen the book consistently in the top 20 paid-for Kindle books sold in the UK and it was number 1 in Australia. I also delivered a talk to the Monday Nighters at Holy Trinity Church, Stacksteads. I am also working with the BBC on a drama-documentary being produced about the case.

More than 2,600 books had been sold before the October deal. Please review my book if you purchase a copy. Here is the link to Goodreads. Of the 76 ratings so far, 84 per cent liked the book.

November will be a busy month, especially with the awards, but not least because I already have a further five ad hoc jobs booked in.