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.
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
For the last few years there has been a slowly developing project to redevelop Rawtenstall’s town centre. At the heart of these plans is the demolition of existing buildings, including the historic Town Hall and the construction of a new, more modern, bus station in the town square.
While we would be the first to agree that the current Rawtenstall Bus Station is in desperate need of an upgrade the planned bus station is, in our opinion; unfeasible, impractical, out of keeping with the town. In turn we strongly oppose any demolition of the old Town Hall, which is one of the few remaining icons of the classic Rawtenstall townscape. We believe this action would be for the worse.
Both ourselves and national historical groups have protested against this development and through hard work, dedication and some intensive campaigning have been able to save part of the old Town Hall. Forcing the developers to re-think their plans, however the battle is not won yet. Nearly half of the landmark building is still scheduled for, what we feel is, needless destruction. The only thing gained by this act would be a handful of parking spaces, already earmarked for private use.
Heritage Open days ( https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk ) is the celebration where historical buildings around the country are open to the public and it’s this weekend! Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th 2016
In Rossendale we’ve got a lot of buildings opening their doors and taking part this year!