Flowers at the Cottage; 1.00pm -5.00pm

Rossendale Valley Flower Club are accepting the challenge of flower
arrangements to compliment and enhance our unique Weavers’ Cottage; we
did this once before and the results were amazing. Open 1.00pm until
5.00pm every day, free admission.


1940s Food Favourites – Sunday 28th and Monday 29th 1.00pm -5.00pm

To complement Rossendale’s 1940s weekend, we are reviving memories –
and tastes – of wartime food; try some of the things you would have
had for tea during rationing! Ingenious recipes and forgotten

But don’t forget, we will be open on Saturday May 27th as usual.

SATURDAY MAY13th and SUNDAY MAY 14th. Mills’ Weekend

Grane Mill, Haslingden. Open 11.30am – 4.00pm both days.
Grane Mill, off Bury Road in Haslingden, has recently been Listed as
Grade II*, putting in the top quarter of the country’s best buildings.
The huge steam engine and its housing are a scheduled Ancient
Monument, even more prestigious. This is a rare chance to see this
complex which is slowly but surely being restored.


3rd Annual Craft Fair

At the Weavers’ Cottage, October 7th and 8th.
Demonstrations and crafts for sale; our successful event is now a firm
favourite and looks even more promising. Make this a ‘must’ in your

Bus Station Update March 2017


Concerns continue about the proposed bus station in Rawtenstall town centre. Rossendale Civic Trust’s investigation has discovered that the roads surrounding the site have yet to be subject to an official Closing Order. Until this issue is addressed work on the project can not continue.

There are several objections to the Closing Order, including our own. We, and others, are very concerned as to how the closing of several well used roads will effect the flow of traffic in the heart of Rawtenstall. While the Council has presented their outline plan for this it has yet to be officially addressed and we feel that it’s implementation will create even more problems then it is supposed to solve.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.

Rawtenstall Town Hall Update

A new proposal was submitted regarding the old Town Hall just before Christmas:-





What does this proposal for a new entrance to the old Town Hall say about present day Rossendale?  2017 is the 50th anniversary of legislation to protect and enhance Conservation Areas. Much has been learned in that time about respecting older buildings and blending modern ones into the townscape. Has the message got back here yet?

We have put in a strong objection and a request for a return to the drawing board for something much more compatible with 21st century expectations.

And we haven’t yet ruled out the possibility of keeping at least some of the building (and the irreplaceable stonework) that is there now…………..

Kenneth Lees 1927-2017

We are sad to report that Kenneth Lees, founder member of Rawtenstall Civic Society and committee member of Rossendale Civic Trust, died this afternoon. Just a few days short of his 90th birthday.

We would like thank him for his endless enthusiasm, passion and commitment to Rossendale over the many years he was our colleague.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Rawtenstall Market December 2016

Our stall on Rawtenstall Christmas Market 2016 Photo by Peter Wood

Congratulations to everyone who organised and took part in Rawtenstall Market in the fantastic Christmas Market this Saturday.

Rawtenstall’s traditional indoor market had it’s Annual Christmas event on Saturday 10th December and we are glad to report it was very busy, as always. As usual the traders and public helped create a strong festive atmosphere welcoming people from across the country to our town.

Local groups and charities, including ourselves, the local scouts, churches and even wildlife preservation groups participated to make it a special occasion. It really goes to show what a community we have and how it can come together with a little effort for a good cause.


Good news September 2016

Many, many thanks to all members and friends who helped out and visited our end of season Craft Fair at the Cottage over the weekend.

Visiter numbers this summer have topped the 600 mark for the first time since 2002 and loosen our car parking space to Ilex Mill, the Health Centre and 12 years of disruptive roadworks.

Lancashire County Council have agreed to lift the parking ban at the top end of Fall Barn Road, so that should help our weekday use the Cottage grow again. specially the Tuesday afternoon History Group

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