Flood Fayre 2017


The Rawtenstall Flood Forum, a local group dedicated to investigating flooding risks around Rawtenstall, are holding a Flood Fayre on Thursday 29th June 2017.

Flooding is a real risk in some parts of Rawtenstall. The Flood Forum works with the County and Borough Councils, as well as the Environment Agency and United Utilities, to identify and combat the problem.

The Fayre is at St Mary’s Chambers, Rawtenstall, between 2pm and 8pm. The hope is to make members of the public more aware of identified risk areas and to find others if they exist. It is also hoped to get more information out there about what you can do if you are in one of those areas and how it effects you.

More events…

Rawtenstall’s 1940s WEEKEND

If you’re in Rawtenstall for the 40’s weekend this bank holiday don’t forget to pop in to our 1940s ‘cafe’ on the Sunday and Monday (May 28th and 29th) between 1.30 and 4.30pm

Come and try a taste of the past – things you might have forgotten, or things you’ve only heard about!

Plus of course all our usual displays, information and unique local souvenirs are for sale.

All profits, as always, go to the upkeep of the Cottage!

For more details, Contact us



We are hoping to have a stand at the Rawtenstall Flood Forum event at St. Mary’s Chambers this June. This is planned to be a major event, looking to promoting solutions to issues arising from flooding in the Valley.

The event will be open from 2.00 – 8.00pm and we hope to have material on display, showing how our area has historically suffered from flooding.

There will be lots more from other exhibitors, plus refreshments provided.

Watch the local Press and this website for more details!




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.