The Heights Free Press reporters in London

I’m late… I’m late… well just like the White Rabbit is Lewis Carroll’s bizarre tale ‘Alice in Wonderland’ this post too is very late.

I made myself a promise when I invested in my new website and oops I have already broken it. Once a month I will post a round up. However, I do keep my social media up to date and anyone who follows me on Facebook will know that I have not been sitting with my feet up.

So… how to round up my work since May in a chatty blog. Here goes. Several major milestones. I produced the last ever Fearns Chat 16-page school newspaper, this was tinged with sadness but the pupils produced outstanding paper, and I received this message from a parent that moved me to tears. Fearns is no longer and the school is now called The Valley Leadership Academy.

I went to London with two academy schools Coal Clough and The Heights, where I produce half-termly school newspapers and they both won ‘Rising Star’ titles in the national Shine School Media Awards. The sutdents I work with have a variety of challenges and this is an amazing achievement for them – very well done. In London I was asked to become part of a small Shine group promoting school newspapers across the country and I eagerly await to see how that will progress.

My school contracts at Haslingden High School and Whitworth Community High School have been renewed and stories from both schools have filled many column inches of a variety of newspapers across East Lancashire and also on internet news site Rochdale Online.


Rossendale Council employed me for the second year to produce the two page Rossendale Works newspaper on the busy careers’ fair in Haslingden. Well done to the students from All Saints that I worked with. I have also covered a number of stories for the council on an ad hoc basis since my last blog from the Heritage Lottery Fund success for The Whitaker to a charming Eid celebration for Syrian refugees alongside clients from the Rossendale Works project.

With a quick turnaround time from interview to approved words, I was able to secure copy on the M3 Project’s fun run in Rawtenstall and it made an excellent spread in the Rossendale Free Press.

One of the highlights of my work so far this year was accompanying Dementia Friendly Rossendale‘s memory train, it was both a privilege and a delight.

A fundraising night at Haslingden High School for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation raised £319 for the charity, with the help of book sales over the year. It was an honour to be joined on the stage to field questions by Sophie’s mum Sylvia. This takes the total raised so far for the charity to £1,854.

In the meantime I am preparing stories for Ribble Valley Business Awards – final event in October – and I will be organising PR for the Rossendale Business Awards – presentation ceremony in December.

Thank you as ever to each and every school, business and charity that has employed me this year.

If you have a story to tell – give me a bell.