Sylvia Lancaster visits Fearns

The mother of murdered ‘Goth’ Sophie Lancaster delivered a hard hitting talk to pupils at Fearns Community Sports College, Stacksteads. Sylvia Lancaster also met three pupils who have written news articles for an Amnesty International competition to...

Brit nominee makes pupil’s day

Brit award nominee John Newman made a high school pupil’s day when he took time out from a gig to autograph her project about him and he gave her a hug. Shannon Cokell’s mum Terry grew up in the village of Stainton in North Yorkshire where John is from...

Catering manager switches uniforms

Catering manager Iain Campbell will be swapping kitchen whites for combats when he takes on a key role in a major Royal Navy operation. The Royal Navy reservist is catering manager at Haslingden High School where Catherine Smyth has a press and PR contract.. A story...

Awesome Design

The final story for Enterprising People in Ribble Valley was a lovely tale about an inspirational autistic man who creates craft bags and sells them worldwide. Catherine Smyth has been working with EPRV for the past year reporting on the many success stories of the...

Stolen sculpture back on patrol after going AWOL

A willow soldier who was stolen from Whitworth was found hidden under bushes in Heywood and is now back on patrol. Catherine Smyth works for Veterans In Communities and the story of the willow tank and soldier – made by a veteran and VIC member to commemorate...

Prince’s Trust aid veterans

Teenagers joined forces with veterans to uncover the hidden graves of First World War soldiers who are remembered in Bacup Cemetery. Catherine Smyth has a contract with Rossendale-based charity Veterans In Communities and wrote a news story about the work and also...

Double trouble in primary class

Teachers at a primary school have been seeing double with nearly half of the Year 6 class being twins. Catherine was introduced to the amazing Year 6 class at St Anne’s C of E School, Waterfoot, when she produced a school newspaper St Anne’s Press last...

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....

Historic Middleton opens its doors

When you come to thinking about historical towns it is not often you would consider Middleton and yet there are four buildings in the ‘old Lancashire’ town that are steeped in history. Each September they co-ordinate their opening times to give everyone a...

Fancy a cuppa?

Students with learning difficulties are gaining work experience in their own cafe attached to their school where they get the chance to serve members of the public. I was asked to help promote for The Garage Cafe at Tor View Special School in Haslingden and a lovely...

Salon is a cut above the rest

A ten month piece of work has come to the end this month with the prestigious presentation evening for Rossendale Business Awards. Taking the top prize was Tufties Hair and Beauty in Rawtenstall. The business faced a challenging year after taking over a former pub,...

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....