OBE for outstanding head

The recently retired headteacher of Haslingden High School has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Eve Challinger was head of the Rossendale high school until August 2011 and led it to become an ‘outstanding’ school by Ofsted...

Sky comedy based in Valley

A Rawtenstall salon was recreated for a hit Sky1 HD comedy Little Crackers starring the Valley’s own Jane Horrocks. The production was based around a true story of a hair encounter when Rawtenstall-born Jane wanted to emulate her idol Barbra Streisand and...

Falklands veteran finds hope in art

A Falklands veteran besieged by memories of the conflict has found new hope thanks to art. Darren Horsnell turned his life around from being homeless and suicidal to being engaged and now helping others to explore art and looking forward to a brighter future. A story...

Investigation into Capita and Equita

An investigation into the potential conflict of interest of having a bailiff company owned by the same business outsourced to collect council tax featured as the three-page splash in the Big Issue In The North on March 26. The freelance investigation, carried out by...

Winning wellies fit for Glastonbury

A stunning pair of wellies designed by a pupil from Fearns Community Sports College won a competition and could be picked to be sold nationally. Courtney-Lea Reader, 13, designed the wellies for the festival range sold by the national competition by retail giant...

Bacup teen to play at Royal Albert Hall

Seventeen-year-old Luke Dempsey will be playing in the prestigious Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Luke, from Bacup, has been playing cornet since he was eight is principal cornet player with 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band. Aged just 12 he played a...

Baby boom centre’s national recognition

A children’s centre that received national praise has seen a baby boom among staff with a fifth expecting or recently giving birth. Haslingden Community Link combines childcare and parent craft activities with a community centre and cafe meeting the needs of all...

Veteran prosecuted over benefits

When a veteran was told he had claimed money he was not entitled to he agreed to pay it back – yet he was still prosecuted. Amputee Craig Howorth, from Bacup, was told that he could remortgage his house to repay the cash in a lump sum, even though he had agreed...