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Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 11th January 2007.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Julie Matindale, Beverley Moorhouse, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Pauline Roscoe, Paul Wilkinson. Brian Haworth (Community Rail Development Officer, LCC)

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Helen Parker. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona wished everyone a Happy New Year and complimented them on such an excellent attendance. She particularly welcomed Pauline and Harry who were attending their first Panel meeting.

She also welcomed Brian, who had come to discuss the plans for the station car park and what might be done with the areas of rough ground behind the station platforms. He also used the opportunity to offer his services in his official capacity, as well as someone with 15 years experience as the adopter of Langho station.

11. Station Adoption. (advanced in the Agenda to enable Brian to get away afterwards)

(i) Fault Reporting. Colin was pleased to report that Network Rail were true to their word and the repair of the four lights on the Blackburn platform had been carried out as promised before Christmas, thus ending a lengthy saga (Hallelujah!). A new cable had been put in to achieve this.

Colin was however getting no response on the replacement of the missing hoop and bag litter bin. He had located a local source of supply of the bins at a cost of 26.37 + vat each and he was proposing that we purchase one. It was agreed that before he did so, he should inform Northern Rail of our willingness to purchase and fit a bin at no admin/labour cost to them but that we would expect reimbursement of the bin cost. Colin to pursue on this basis and report back..

(ii) Car Park. Brian tabled a copy of a proposed refurbishment scheme for the station car park drawn up by LCC, a copy of which Colin had received previously and shown to some Panel members and some residents of Station Close. It showed 9 tarmac’d car parking bays which would be part of a ‘park and ride’ initiative (car parking free); an access road to the rail maintenance gates; retention of existing trees and the addition of new ones; other landscaping. All agreed it was a vast improvement on the current situation. The plan had been submitted to Network Rail and Northern Rail for general approval before detailed drawing and costings were drawn up.

Brian asked for comments as suggestions could still be incorporated. It was questioned whether 9 spaces were enough and could some of the existing vegetation not be cut back to create more spaces. Until it was in operation and advertised, it was difficult to know just how well it might be used but with a catchment of Rishton, Great Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors, it would hopefully be popular. It was suggested that some provision might be made for a motorcycle or two and a push bike rack, although it was accepted most push bikers took their bikes on the train to use at the other end. One resident was concerned that due regard must be paid to sewer lines as disturbance in the past had lead to a blockage and sewage backing up into Station Close. Brian gave an assurance that all services would be identified and respected. In response to a question, Brian said that parking would be at the owner’s risk.

With regard to the rough ground, Brian felt that the only possible action the Panel could take was strimming with due regard to health and safety requirements. Regarding future cutting back of the trees, Brian offered to come and meet residents of Station Close to see what their views were. Colin agreed to try and arrange a meeting at the station.

Harry reported a fence that needed repair. Lesley enquired whether another loudspeaker could be provided for station announcements as it was sometimes difficult to hear what was being said. Brian noted these points and thanked everyone for their comments and warned that it might still take some time for the car park scheme to come to fruition.

(iii) Vandalism. Regular replanting of some uprooted plants was ongoing but hopefully in the current damp, cool, relatively dormant conditions the plants were not being unduly harmed.

(iv) ‘Connections’ magazine and Guided Walks leaflet. Copies of these were handed out. Brian recommended the guided walks.

3. Minutes of previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 05/12/07 were approved and signed as a correct record.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. A decision on the painting of the fence had been deferred until the next Rishton Area Council meeting 01/02/07.

Colin had had it confirmed that the woodland survey had not yet been done but was still ‘on the list’.

b) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. There was still no news on the repositioning of the ramps. Colin would contact Craig about this. A decision on the swings had been deferred until the next Rishton Area Council meeting but Lesley and Harry confirmed that it was likely the purchase of a new frame and non-wrap round swings would be recommended, together with repairs to the safety surfacing.

(ii) Recycling at St Charles. To be sidelined until the new LCC financial year.

(iii) Hyndburn Community Network. The AGM 07/12/06 had lasted longer than had been indicated so Colin was unable to stay to the end, but from the reports given by officers, it appeared the Network was doing much valuable work in the Community.

(iv) Village signs. Mary agreed to raise this at the Rishton Area Council meeting 01/02.07.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported no change and therefore the balance in the current account remained at 485.57 and the investment account at 7244.48 (4800.00 of this being earmarked for the Rishton web site upgrade).

6. Carbon Footprint Challenge. While it was felt that there might be little more that we could do to save energy, etc than we already were, the following volunteered to ‘have a go’: Fiona, Margaret, Lesley, Harry and Colin. Colin would inform Ian who would then want to have a meeting with the participants to go into the requirements of the Challenge in more detail.

7. www.rishton.net Fiona tabled the equipment ‘spec’ she had prepared from the discussion she had had with Paul. They would now make arrangements to contact ‘Use it Computers’ in the village to see if they could help with the supply of the necessary equipment and provide a temporary home for the server. It was planned that everything would ultimately be housed in the refurbished ‘Centre’ to enable it to be used by other community groups. The equipment would be the property of the Panel and Paul had been designated on the grant application as the manager for the web site.

The deadline for spending the grant of 4800 from ‘Awards for All’ was the end of August 2007.

The grant might not prove sufficient to purchase everything in the ‘spec’ and business sponsorship or other funding would probably be necessary to cover running costs. Lesley mentioned two development projects in the ‘pipeline’ for the village and it might be possible to negotiate support for the web site from the developers.

8. Benches. A quote had been received from Natural Organics for the installation of the benches, ranging from 118 + vat for a backless two legged bench up to 235 + vat for a picnic bench. Paul had identified 35 possible bench locations some of which already had serviceable benches but 19 of which needed new or replacement benches. Paul had obtained up-to-date quotations from Prosperity for the benches and the total cost with installation worked out at approx 8000 (ie about 400 per bench). Colin would have a word with Mike about likely sources of funding but it might be that Awards for All could be applied to again as they now went up to 10,000 and we were into a new year. Paul had transferred all his data on to a CD ROM which, if printed, would amount to 62 pages. He was thanked for all his time and hard work.

9. Future of Primetime. At the Primetime Community Assn meeting 12/12/06 it had been recommended once again that charges should be levied/increased sooner rather than later to get groups used to paying/paying more as was inevitable once LCC funding was withdrawn at the end of August 2006. As a consequence, we had received a letter dated 14/12/06 from a Di Adams, Clerical Officer at Primetime, advising us that ‘from January 2007 we are going to have to charge you for using Primetime Centre. We will be in touch in the New Year to let you know the prices for use of the room, etc.’

Miles had taken the matter up at County level but the response was similar to the information we already had, with a note of caution that if present groups are able to find alternative provision, then the future use of the building could be an issue. It referred to the proposal to arrange a meeting with the new Headteacher (Bob Flood) to ‘seek his views on the future arrangements’. This had now been fixed for Tuesday 30th January 2007 at Primetime at 7.30pm.

It was understood that the charging rate was likely to be about 8.50 per hour. It was agreed that, if requested, we would pay this sort of figure for three months to support the continuance of Primetime or until other accommodation/support could be found. However, we would try to make it clear that as a charitable organisation making a positive added value input in volunteer time, etc to the community, which would otherwise be a cost the community (LCC/HBC), we deserved some support by way of free provision/grant aid/other. Lesley and Harry said they would take this into the Rishton Area Council arena.

10. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Padlocks. We were still awaiting MW Graphics to adjust the hanging of the Gate at High St bridge before we could fit a padlock there common to those at Tottleworth and Norden bridges.

(ii) Vandalised information board by the aqueduct. Mike was in process of arranging for Natural Organics to fix it back into the ground again.

12. Landmark trees regeneration project. Having failed to get a helpful response from the local representative of the Woodland Trust, Colin had written (28/12/06) to their headquarters in Grantham to see if they might be more helpful. Mike had given Colin details of the Woodland Trust’s acquisition of Laund Clough in Baxenden which they had purchased from HBC and now managed. In their reply (09/01/07), while they seemed sympathetic, they did not feel they could assist us in our dealings with Ingham and Yorke. Regarding possible purchase from the Dunkenhalgh, the area they were generally looking for was of at least 25 acres, compared to just over 4 acres of the Top o’ th’ Heights woodland.

Mary Walker of Lords House Farm had suggested we might attempt something jointly as her husband, Graham, had expressed an interest and Colin said he would follow this up. If this did not prove fruitful, unless anyone had any further ideas of who might be approached to help, it looked as though we might have come to the end of the road on this project, which was very disappointing after all the effort that had been put in.

13. Rishton in Bloom, 2007/2008? Margaret had made contact with Pat Sanderson of the Rishton Horticultural Society and left her all the information culled from the internet. The RHS were meeting the following Monday and Pat would come back to Margaret after this. Pauline said she would be keen to help in any way and this was welcomed. At some stage, contact with Huncoat in Bloom would obviously be advantageous to get the benefit of their experience.

14. Community Appraisal – Action Plan – Food Growing Project. Gordon and Colin had been on the Foundation training course on ‘Starting a Community Allotment’ 09/12/06, which had included a visit to the Meadoway allotments where the Church Panel had started work on restoring a fallow allotment to useful life. Margaret had expressed an interest in possibly getting involved in this to learn more about vegetable growing, etc. Little was known about the allotment situation in Rishton and the contact with the RHS might clarify this.

15. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. The police gave an update on their various initiatives. Lesley reported that she had succeeded in gaining a grant of 14,000 from SITA for the Centre refurbishment scheme which was earmarked in the application for the toilet and disabled access parts of the scheme. She was now preparing to apply to the Big Lottery for the major part of the funding but this success was an encouraging start.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 17/01/07, at the Centre 6.00pm..

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Aileen from GWEL had been in touch with Colin for a contact name for Rishton United Juniors so that she could establish the amount of use RUJFC made of the Bottom Rec to support her applications for funding, so she was obviously still busy on this aspect.

Colin reported on local press coverage of potential Nature Reserves which listed the Bottom Rec among 12 possible sites. We had been asked two years ago by Lancashire Wildlife Trust to suggest sites for a nature reserve in this area and we had put the Bottom Rec forward but were ultimately told there were other sites in the Hyndburn that were more suitable. So it was encouraging to see that the idea wasn’t dead after all and this could work in our favour for the Bottom Rec scheme.

There was to be a consultation meeting at Scaitcliffe House on Tuesday 16/01/07 about the possible nature reserves to which David, Lesley and Harry were going and would report back.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. Next meeting : Wednesday 24/01/07 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

16. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. It was understood that LCC had confirmed that they would fund and install all the necessary new gates and styles (their responsibility). Donna had the new leaflet ready to print but Mike was having problems over funding (acceptable match funding).

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Mike was proposing to call a meeting of the group soon to plan for Fairtrade Fortnight (Monday 26/02/07 to Sunday 11/03/07).

(iii) Tree Warden Scheme. No new information.

(iv) Quiz Night, 07/12/06, King St Club. An enjoyable evening. Our team of Fiona, Gordon, Julie, Margaret & John did indeed uphold the reputation of the Rishton Panel by coming 4th out of about 25 teams. The prize was a florists voucher and the team decided it should be used to provide a bouquet of flowers for Colin and Jennifer, a gesture that was greatly appreciated by the recipients.

(v) Midweek Practical Events. For those who cannot manage weekend events, the Foundation was experimenting with a number of midweek events : February – Spout House Woodland, tree planting – Wednesday 14/02/07, 10.00am to 3.00pm.

(vi) ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. The Foundation was sponsoring two showings of this key film on climate change featuring ex-US Vice-President Al Gore at New Era on Monday 29/01/07 and Wednesday 31/01/07 starting at 7.00pm. Tickets on the night 4.50 per person (3.50 concessions and members of the Foundation). Everyone was urged to go if they possibly could. (Possible afternoon showing contact Donna)

17. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

18. Working party(ies). There had been a good turnout at High St bridge 20/12/06 to tidy up the flower/shrubbery beds. Pruning the rose bed remained to be done and tidying/cutting back on the cross canal bed. Colin and Steve would tackle these when the opportunity and weather presented themselves.

The urgent requirement now was to blitz the shrubbery bed on Harwood Rd Rec now the weeds, etc had died down. It was agreed to tackle this during term week commencing on Monday 12th February 2007 at 9.30am and continue each day until the job was done.

19. Time booking.

Mary 3 hours litter picking along the canal and Cut Lane.

Fiona hr litter picking along the canal.

20. Any other business :

(i) Greenspaces Forum. The next meeting was scheduled for 17/01/07 and Colin who usually represented the Panel there could not go that night. No one else was available.

(ii) Meteorological Station. Gordon felt that to help awaken interest in the village to global warming, it would be useful to have our own meteorological station. Colin said he would try and find out if anything already existed, say at Norden HS. It was suggested that Gordon get further details of what equipment was required and how one went about setting one up.

21. Dates of next meetings. Tuesday 06/02/07

Tuesday 06/03/07

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 6th February 2007.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Julie Matindale, Helen Parker, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Pauline Roscoe.

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Beverley Moorhouse, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

It was agreed that as we were now to pay to meet at Primetime @ 5.00 per hour, we would endeavour to finish before 9.00pm.

3. Minutes of previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 11/01/07 were approved and signed as a correct record.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. At the Rishton Area Council meeting 01/02/07 it was agreed that the RAC would fund the repainting of the fences at the reduced prices (for ‘a second class job’- repaint in 2/3 years time) of 868 for the larger area and 535 for the smaller.

There was no news on the woodland survey.

b) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. At the RAC meeting 01/02/07 it was announced that HBC Parks were prepared to fund new frames and non-wrap round swings if the RAC were prepared to fund the installation and safety surfacing @ 3320. This was agreed.

Colin had had a response from Craig that it was not now the intention to reposition the skate ramps as there appeared to be minimal use of the facility. However, at the RAC meeting Jennet Liddle said they were not accepting this and would be following it up.

(ii) Village signs. This had been raised at the Rishton Area Council meeting 01/02.07. There was some uncertainty as to exactly what was meant but it was taken on board for further enquiry.

(iii) Meteorological Station. Colin had established that nothing existed at Norden HS but Gordon had not had a chance to get further details of what equipment was required and how one went about setting one up.

5. Treasurer’s Report. We had paid our annual ACoRP subscription @ 29.38, leaving 456.19 in the current account and the investment account unchanged at 7244.48 (4800.00 of this being earmarked for the Rishton web site upgrade).

6. Carbon Footprint Challenge. Because of a disappointing response, it had been decided not to run the competition. However teams that had entered would still be able to pursue the challenge. Colin suggested that we still ‘have a go’ and widen it to all Panel members, not just the five who were to form our team. People could then try it out without any pressure but it would increase our awareness. This was agreed and it was suggested Ian be invited to our next meeting to explain what was involved in more detail.

7. www.rishton.net Following their agreement on a draft equipment specification, Fiona and Paul had still to make arrangements to go to ‘Use- it Computers’ in the village to discuss what help they might be able to offer in the way of equipment supply and temporarily hosting the site.

A letter had been received (18/01/07) from ‘Awards for All’ enquiring about progress and reminding us that the money had to be spent by the 12 month end date (end August?). This had not yet been responded to. In Paul’s absence no forward plans could be made but Fiona promised to follow it up.

8. Benches. Colin had received application forms from ‘Awards for All’ and was waiting to make arrangements to meet with Paul to complete them. Under their current rules the maximum they could award to any group was 10,000 within a two year period. On this basis we could only apply for 5200 against the estimated 8000 for the benches project in the light of the 4800 awarded for the web site project. We could therefore either phase the project and apply for more to finish it once the two year period was up or apply for the balance elsewhere. There was a consensus that we ought to apply elsewhere.

9. Future of Primetime. At the Primetime Community Association meeting 30/01/07, Bob Flood, the new Headteacher at Norden HS, had assured everyone that it would be his intention to maintain the current facility for community use. While the School was expecting to administer the facility, they were to receive no more money to do so, so it had to be self-financing. The LCC support for the youth club (11,000) would be maintained but with effect from 31/08/07, all other LCC funding and personnel support would cease. It was estimated that on current usage a charging rate to users of 8.00 per hour would be required. However efforts were being made to encourage other groups/organisations to use the facility and some promising enquiries had already been received. The more fully the facility could be used, the lower the charging rate could be made.

It had been decided that with effect from 1st February 2007 all groups (including PROSPECTS who currently paid nothing) would be charged 5.00 per hour except for the Pre-School group who would be charged 3.00 per hour, as the effect of their increase would be the most severe. If the rate became too high, groups would drop out, but all groups present expressed a desire to ‘stick with it’ for now. (Some who had enquired elsewhere had found that this rate was still very reasonable.) LCC would be assisting the School to draw up more accurate costings and the charging rate would be reviewed in three months time.

10. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Padlocks. We were still awaiting MW Graphics to adjust the hanging of the gate at High St bridge before we could fit a padlock there common to those at Tottleworth and Norden bridges.

(ii) Vandalised information board by the aqueduct. Mike was in process of arranging for Natural Organics to fix it back into the ground again. Colin had said that he would try to follow this up while Mike was away for three weeks.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Colin was still experiencing difficulties getting feedback on reported faults from Northern’s Blackpool office. However, faults were being cleared eg the severe gales had blown down some fencing and removed a section of shelter canopy. These had been reported and repaired in three weeks. While the main lighting problem had been cleared, there were still odd lights going out, presumably with faulty bulbs. We rarely seemed to have all the lights working at the same time! There was no response yet to our offer to purchase and install a hoop and bag litter bin if Northern would reimburse the cost of the bin.

(ii) Car Park. Our comments had been fed to those responsible but there was no further news. Regarding no-mans-land, Brian Haworth was hoping to set up a meeting with local residents.

12. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had not had a chance to follow this up with Mary Walker.

13. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. Margaret was proposing to arrange an exploratory meeting soon at the Centre with representatives of Rishton Horticultural Society (RHS) and other interested parties. Cllr Brendan Shiel from Huncoat had attended the last Rishton Area Council meeting and given an account of their experience of entering the Britain in Bloom competition last year in Huncoat, when they had been highly commended. Involving the local schools and businesses had been a key factor, the former producing hanging baskets among other things and the latter providing much needed sponsorship. He offered to assist Rishton in any way possible.

Ideas suggested by the Panel were having key streets (terraced?) with hanging baskets outside every house and incorporating the propagating of geranium cutting, etc into KS 1 Citizenship at the primary schools.

14. Community Appraisal – Action Plan – Food Growing Project. We had not yet been able to establish the allotment situation in Rishton and Lesley and Harry said they would try to find out through HBC sources.

15. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. At the PACT meeting 17/01/07, the police were looking forward to ‘Crime and Grime Week’ starting 5th February 2007. This was to be a multi-agency initiative with the Police, Fire Brigade, Environmental Health, HBC, Trading Standards, Parkwise (traffic wardens) etc working together on a number of problem areas including out of date car tax, sale of alcohol to the under aged, vehicle break-ins, juvenile nuisance, grot spots, etc. The fire Brigade would be fitting smoke alarms and the Police would have car alarms available. The Centre would be used as a base where Police surgeries would be held.

Comment from the Panel was that the initiative was applauded but there didn’t seem to be a lot the public could be involved in or if there was, it wasn’t very well advertised. David had produced a list of ‘grot spots’ and the exercise was wished every success.

With regard to the Centre refurbishment, Lesley and Harry were still working on the main Lottery funding application. It was noted that Rishton Area Council had approved 3500 for the architects fees.

The Festival (14/07/07) AGM was to be held at the Free Gardeners Club the following day (07/02/07) and David urged as many as possible to attend so that at this second attempt, a quorum could be achieved and a very positive meeting result. David was working on funding.

David and others were concerned that the Rishton Action Group (RAG) seemed to have died and he believed it should be revived. This could lead on to the creation of a Neighbourhood Management team in Rishton. Such a body had been foreshadowed for Rishton at the last Rishton Area Council meeting following the success of these bodies in other areas of Hyndburn, if funding could be found.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 21/02/07, at the Centre 6.00pm..

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. GWEL were still actively pursuing their funding applications totalling 285,000.

The consultation meeting at Scaitcliffe House 16/01/07 about eleven possible nature reserves being developed in Hyndburn did not put the Rec very high in ‘the pecking order’, but at least it was still listed.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 17/01/07, the future of Primetime was discussed with the meeting of the Primetime Community Association on 30/01/07 in mind (see 9. above.).

With regard to the Centre, Lesley had been able to report that she had been successful in gaining a grant of 14,000 from SITA (landfill) to go towards refurbishing the toilets, etc. It was also reported that the flat above was now vacant but in a poor state of decoration. Lesley was to see the architect the following day about possible uses for the flat area. It was of course no longer generating income.

Next meeting : Wednesday 07/03/07 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

16. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. It was understood that LCC had confirmed that they would fund and install all the necessary new gates and styles (their responsibility). Donna had the new leaflet ready to print but Mike was still having problems over funding (acceptable match funding).

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. At the meeting of the Group 01/02/07, a number of actions were proposed for Fairtrade Fortnight (Monday 26/02/07 to Sunday 11/03/07). These included press coverage, a review of the targets for Fairtrade retail and catering outlets and any action to get nearer those targets, support for taster sessions at Co-ops and ASDA and a Fairtrade breakfast at Scaitcliffe House.

(iii) Tree Warden Scheme. No new information.

(iv) 10th Birthday events, nb Rishton. Donna was compiling a possible programme of social events hosted by a different Panel month by month throughout the summer and had suggested Rishton might like to think about a canal event in July. Colin had responded that the Rishton Festival was to be in July this year and he did not think the Panel could cope with both. He suggested we have our 10th birthday event as part of the Festival and Donna had readily accepted this idea.

The meeting agreed with Colin’s assessment and a number of suggestions were forthcoming. Firstly it was suggested all the Panels have representatives in the procession with Panel banners. Other Panels’ members could then be entertained in some way with refreshments on the field, as well as the Rishton Panel/Foundation having display boards there for the public. The Panel could offer to decorate the procession route (Station Rd, Haworth St, George St, Commercial St, Lord St, Harwood Rd, Norfolk St) with PROSPECTS (and other) bunting/ flags/etc. Flags could also be put in the Christmas tree holders down the High St. We could create flower displays at key points using old car tyres. We might also encourage children to produce hanging baskets. Colin to report these ideas to Donna.

(v) Spring newsletter. Deadline for contributions was 09/02/07.

(vi) Working Party – Spouthouse – 14/02/07, 10.00am to 3.00pm. Anyone willing to help plant trees would be most welcome.

17. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

18. Working party(ies). Since the successful working party 20/12/06 had tidied three of the flower/shrubbery beds at High St bridge, the rose bed had now been pruned and the climber retied to the support wires and the cross-canal bed had been cleared of litter and the dogwoods cut back.

Members were reminded of the working party planned to blitz the shrubbery bed on Harwood Rd Rec commencing on Monday 12th February 2007 at 9.30am and continuing on Tuesday and possibly Friday.

19. Time booking.

Wendy hour tidying the planters on the station.

20. Any other business :

(i) Fly tipping on the ‘white path’. It was reported that white goods had been tipped at the entrance to the white path. It was believed those that were HBC’s responsibility had been cleared but some in the field that would be the farmer’s responsibility had not. To be checked.

(ii) ‘The Inconvenient Truth’. Those that had seen the film had been disturbingly impressed. We should check to see if the local school were aware of it. Colin suggested we should get a copy of the DVD which could then be loaned out. This was agreed.

21. Dates of next meetings. Tuesday 06/03/07.

Tuesday 03/04/07.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 6th March 2007.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Julie Matindale, Beverley Moorhouse, Helen Parker, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Pauline Roscoe.

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubrey, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 06/02/07 were approved and signed as a correct record.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. Rishton Area Council had agreed to fund the repainting of the fences. Date required for the work to commence. Colin to follow up.

There was no further news on the woodland survey. Colin to follow up.

b) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. HBC Parks had agreed to fund new frames and non-wrap round swings. Rishton Area Council had agreed to fund the installation and safety surfacing. Date required for the work to commence. Colin to follow up.

No further news on the repositioning of the skate ramps by HBC. Colin to follow up.

(ii) Village signs. A standard white sign with black lettering would cost about 360. However, it was believed Mary had in mind a black cast iron sign with gold lettering like that in C-l-M. This would cost four figures. To be clarified with Mary.

(iii) Meteorological Station. Gordon had been referred to the BBC in Manchester to establish what was required to set one up but he hadn’t yet had a chance to follow it up.

(iv) Fly tipping – ‘white path’. The pile of white goods was still in the field alongside the ‘white path’. There was also a white goods item down the banking along the ‘white path’. Colin would raise the matter with Craig.

It was reported that some work was going on along the ‘white path’ cutting back bushes and clearing the edges but it was not known who was doing it. It had been suggested at the PACT meeting that clearing the edges would be ideal as ‘police ‘reparation’ work. [Later : It was established that the cutting back was being done by BTCV on instruction from HBC. The edge work (as yet unfinished) was police led.]

(v) DVD of ‘The Inconvenient Truth’. Colin still to buy a copy.

5. Treasurer’s Report. No change, 456.19 in the current account and 7244.48 in the investment account. 4800.00 of the latter was earmarked for the Rishton web site upgrade and Margaret posted a reminder that it had to be spent by August. Fiona said she would make every effort to contact Paul and push the project along.

6. Carbon Footprint Challenge. Margaret and Colin had met with Ian Plested (26/2/07) and obtained further details of how the challenge would have operated. Entry packs were given to all those present with an explanation of how to proceed to work out ones own carbon footprint using the forms provided and by reference to www.carbonfootprint.com. Members were encouraged to ‘have a go’ and to bring the result of their calculation of their carbon footprint to the next meeting. Colin had calculated his at less than the 5000kg per annum UK average but well short of the target 2500kg needed by every person to stop global warming.

7. www.rishton.net Still with Fiona and Paul to make arrangements to go to ‘Use- it Computers’ in the village to discuss what help they might be able to offer in the way of equipment supply and temporarily hosting the site. The progress enquiry letter from AfA did not necessarily need a reply if all was well.

8. Benches. Colin had still to make arrangements with Paul to complete the application forms from ‘Awards for All’.

9. Future of Primetime. The next meeting of the Primetime Community Association was scheduled for Tuesday 20th March 2007 at 7.30pm. It was believed LCC reps had had further meetings with Norden HS management so hopefully a clearer picture would emerge at the PCA meeting. It was also understood that some useful enquiries had come in about hiring the facility. This could reduce the financial burden on existing users.

10. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Padlocks. We were still awaiting MW Graphics to adjust the hanging of the gate at High St bridge before we could fit a padlock there common to those at Tottleworth and Norden bridges.

(ii) Vandalised information board by the aqueduct. While Mike was away, Colin had not been able to contact Natural Organics about fixing the board back into the ground. Mike would follow it up again.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. A new hoop and bag litter bin had been fitted. So our offer to fit one at Northern’s expense had not been taken up, but it had achieved the desired effect!!! Two lights were still out but Colin was following this up.

(ii) Car Park. Our comments had been fed to those responsible and the plans were being modified. (iii) No-mans-land. A meeting had been set up by Brian Haworth for Tuesday 13th March 2007 at 3.00pm at the station to discuss with local residents and the Panel what might be done to properly cut back the trees and tidy the ground between the Accrington platform fence and the Station Close residents’ back fence.

Harry reported that a section of fence further back towards Blackburn needed repair.

(iv) Future Events.

a) Northern’s ‘Community Strategy’. This was to be launched at ACoRP’s HQ in Slaithwaite on Monday 26th March 2007 from 1100 to 1545 hrs. Anyone wishing to go was to let Colin know asap so that the necessary booking could be made.

b) East Lancs CRP Stakeholders Meeting. This was to be held at Burnley Town Hall on Thursday 29th March 2007 from 1200 to 1500 hrs. As well as an update on the progress of the CRP, details were to be announced about local Community Rail Week (19th to 27th May 2007) events and a main topic of discussion would be on Station Partnerships. Colin, Geoff and Gordon were intending to go but if anyone else was interested they were to let Colin know.

c) SELRAP. In conjunction with Northern Rail, SELRAP were organising a special rail trip from Colne to Skipton on Sunday 1st April 2007 leaving Colne at 1040 hrs and returning to Colne at 1803 hrs. As there hadn’t been a direct line for 37 years the train would go via Burnley, Blackburn, Clitheroe and Hellifield – 100 miles!! Cost 16 adults and 11 children. Booking form www.selrap.org.uk or ring Derek on 01282-690411.

d) Station Adoption Seminar. One of a regular series of events for station adopters to meet Northern Rail and ISS representatives to discuss problems, receive information, etc, this one was to be held at Dalegarth in the Lakes on either Friday 27th April or Saturday 28th April 2007, with an opportunity to travel on the picturesque Ravenglass to Eskdale (miniature steam) Railway. Rail travel to the event was to be free and there would a running buffet at Dalegarth. Again, those wishing to go on this chance for an interesting day out should see Colin for details and so that tickets could be applied for (deadline 01/04/07).

12. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. The exploratory meeting arranged by Margaret for 28/02/07 at the Centre had to be abandoned. A good number of people turned up in adverse weather conditions but no one from the Centre came to open up. The meeting had been rescheduled for Wednesday 07/03/07 at 1.30pm at St Peter and St Paul’s church

13. Community Appraisal – Action Plan – Food Growing Project. Lesley and Harry reported that none of the allotments in Rishton were HBCs. They all belonged to the Dunkenhalgh and we would need to contact them to find out if any were vacant. The alternative would be to find another plot of land. Dale Haworth’s plot by the Bottom Rec was suggested.

14. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. a) Policing matters. At the meeting 21/02/07 the results of the ‘Crime and Grime’ week were reviewed. Police surgeries were conducted to receive information from the public and disseminate crime prevention advice. There was high visibility policing of hot spot areas on foot and by police carrier. Trading Standards and police visited numerous license shops and two were reported for selling alcohol to persons under 18 and fixed penalties issued. A ‘T’ shirt campaign was conducted to address the problem of adults purchasing alcohol for under 18s. 28 reports were created for untaxed vehicles. Officers made a number of arrests for criminal damage and drink related offences. Numerous children were returned home and given a verbal warning in front of their parents. A number of juveniles were placed on unacceptable behaviour contracts and offered PAYP (Positive Action for Young People). Large quantities of alcohol were seized from juveniles. A truancy sweep resulted in 7 juveniles being located out and about with unauthorised absence from school.

There was disappointment that not all the other agencies played as active a part as might have been expected, notably Environmental Health. David had prepared a list of ’grot spots’ and not one of these had been cleared. The canal was in a dreadful state and in future British Waterways should be involved. It was suggested that EH be invited to the next PACT meeting to report on what they thought they achieved during the week. Lesley and Harry said they would follow this up and they would also talk to EH to see what could be done to get canalside factory units to ‘clean up their act’.

On the question of reparation work for juveniles, Colin had suggested that clearing the edges of the white path would be an ideal task and this was noted (see also 4(iv) above). The police would also contact the probation service about doing some clearance work.

It had also been noted that the owners of the ‘sausage factory’ site had put boards round the site and were presumably tidying things up following their conviction and fine for not doing so.

b) Centre refurbishment. Lesley and Harry had almost completed the application forms to the Big Lottery for funding for the scheme. Now that the flat above was empty, the architect had had a look at this to see what refurbishment/modification was needed there. While it might be useful area to convert for additional Centre facilities, the most pressing need was to let it once again to generate income.

c) Rishton Festival 14/07/07. The AGM had been quorate this time 07/02/07. David Haworth was re-elected Chairman, Fr Martin Dowd was re-elected Treasurer, Paul Wilkinson stood down as Secretary and was replaced by Christine Hammerton. A grant of 1000 had been received from Harvest Homes (was Eaves Brook) and a further 500 from HBC’s Community Chest. David was working on other funding. (see 15(iv) below for the Panel’s proposed involvement)

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 21/03/07, at the Centre 6.00pm.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Colin had suggested to GWEL that it was about time that we had another meeting of all interested parties to refresh our memories as to what was planned and bring us ‘up to speed’ on current progress and future timescales. GWEL declined as they preferred to spend their time (unpaid at this stage) on pursuing the funding applications.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. Next meeting : Wednesday 07/03/07 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

15. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. It was understood that LCC had confirmed that they would fund and install all the necessary new gates and styles (their responsibility). Donna had the new leaflet ready to print but Mike was still having problems over funding (acceptable match funding).

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. As we were in the middle of Fairtrade Fortnight (Monday 26/02/07 to Sunday 11/03/07), any report would be held over until the next meeting

(iii) Tree Warden Scheme. No new information.

Ian had provided some notes on the following items :

(iv) Events Programme – 10 years of PROSPECTS. Donna had been busy putting together an events programme for 2007 in celebration, involving all the Panels with a range of activities during the year including : social events; workshops; BBQs; visits to environmental projects; etc. Current details would be published in the forthcoming PROSPECTS News

Colin had reported the Panel’s ideas for their part in the PROSPECTS’s 10th birthday celebrations centred around the Rishton Festival to Donna and received an enthusiastic response.

Further ideas were discussed including the use of old car tyres (recycling) as planters at key points round the procession route. It could be used as a dummy run for Rishton in Bloom and involve RiB volunteers. Sponsorship from local business, which would be key to RiB, could also be explored for the Festival. Lesley said she would contact Styropak, Fiona would draft a letter to Park View (Robert Brookes) and Harry would enquire about compost for the planters from HBC.

It was agreed that those who could, would walk the procession route on Monday 12th March 2007 starting at 1.30pm from the station. They would be looking at ideas to decorate the route.

We needed to be getting on with the planning and a sub-committee was suggested. However for starters it was agreed that a significant part of the next Panel meeting should be devoted to firming up on our plans. Colin would try to produce a written report on routine agenda items to create space for discussion.

(v) New Strategy. The Foundation trustees had been working on a new strategy for the future and Phil Barwood, the Chairman, had called a special meeting of Panel representatives to discuss this and the future work of the Panels at Scaitcliffe House on Thursday 29th March 2007 at 6.00 for 6.15 pm (buffet) till 8.00pm. It was important that the Panels, who were the backbone of PROSPECTS, understood the issues involved and had their say. David, Margaret, Colin and possibly Ruth said they would go. If there was anyone else, they were to let Colin know.

(vi) Volunteer work events. There were now to be two of these per month, one on the last Saturday and one on the second Wednesday. More projects and volunteers were needed to make this a success. The next event was at Meadoway Community allotments in Church on Wednesday 14the March 2007 from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Margaret said she might go.

(vii) Hyndburn Energy Forum. A possible future way forward for the Foundation was to set up a number of sustainability ‘themed’ groups including : biodiversity; energy; transport; waste and recycling; food. These would not be exclusive to PROSPECTS members and could include other organisations as appropriate. Following on from the showing of the film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, the first meeting of the Hyndburn Energy Forum had taken place 28/02/07 at Accrington Library.

17. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret highlighted a number of item from the latest CVS newsletter:

a) Community Chest grants up to 500 were available through (kellie.dent@hyndburnbc.gov.uk) for projects and services which help meet the following themes of the Corporate Plan and Community Strategy : community safety; housing and environment; economy and employment; culture and leisure.

b) ‘Freecycle’ service was now available in the Ribble Valley. Unwanted items could be gifted to the scheme. Further details www.freecycle.org.

c) B & Q ‘You Can Do It’ Awards of B & Q products worth 5000 to community groups for creative sustainable projects eg new life to a community centre. Closing date for this years applications, 30/03/07.

d) ‘Awards for All’ have recently modified application forms and guidance notes as they were concerned at the number of incomplete applications they were receiving and having to return to applicants. It was hoped this would make it clearer.

18. Working party(ies). The working parties on the 12th and 13th February 2007 on Harwood Rd Rec had made a big impression in tidying up the shrubbery. It needed one more session to finish it off and Colin proposed Saturday 10th March 2007 starting at 9.30am. He would then ask HBC Parks if they could trim the hedge before it started growing again and also put down a good layer of wood chippings to inhibit the weeds.

19. Time booking.

Wendy hour litter picking.

Ruth and Steve 1 hour litter picking.

20. Any other business :

(i) Hanging baskets. Gordon had purchased dozen wire hanging baskets on the Panel’s behalf which he had seen at a bargain price. He was duly thanked.

(ii) Path Walmsley St/Walmsley Ave and garages. This area was full of litter again. It was suggested the part-time HBC ‘caretaker’ be asked to clear it as he had done before. It was felt the area also needed a light. Agreed this be raised at the next Rishton Area Council meeting.

21. Dates of next meetings. Tuesday 03/04/07.

Tuesday 01/05/07.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 3rd April 2007.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Helen Parker, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Pauline Roscoe, Paul Wilkinson.

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Jacqueline Achaski, Gordon Baldam, Julie Matindale, Beverley Moorhouse. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 06/03/07 were approved and signed as a correct record.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. The fence had been painted. There was no further news on the woodland survey. [Later : Katie Morley advised that she had three more sites to survey before Cut Wood but hoped to proceed in the next 3 to 4 months. She would welcome assistance from Panel members when the time came.]

b) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. The fence had been painted. The hedge and shrubs had been trimmed by HBC Parks and they had promised to put down a layer of wood chippings on the shrubbery bed to inhibit the weeds now we had cleared the ground.

The contractors were due on site the second week in April to fit the new swings. Craig said there was still no intention to reposition the skate ramps. Harry promised to follow this up.

(ii) Village signs. Mary confirmed that what she had in mind were the black cast iron with gold lettering like C-l-M. She understood that there was supposed to be regeneration money for the High St and she wondered if the cost could come out of this. Harry said he would talk to Lesley about this.

(iii) Meteorological Station. Gordon had had an accident on his bike and was in RBH with a fractured leg, so there was no further report. Everyone wished him a speedy recovery.

(iv) Fly tipping – ‘white path’. Colin had emailed Craig about the pile of white goods in the field alongside the ‘white path’ and the white goods item down the banking along the ‘white path’. He had not had a response yet. [Later : Craig had ‘asked one of our enforcement officers to speak to the farmer and get him to remove it from his land’]

(v) DVD of ‘The Inconvenient Truth’. Wendy had obtained a copy for the Panel which was now with Colin and available to be borrowed. It was noted that there was building opposition to some of Al Gore’s views as given in the video and there was also an international conference going on to try and establish a consensus of the true facts and probabilities.

5. Treasurer’s Report. No change, 456.19 in the current account and 7244.48 in the investment account but a bill had just been received for 25 the first three months fees for the use of Primetime. [4800.00 of the investment a/c was earmarked for the Rishton web site upgrade that had to be spent by August.]

6. Carbon Footprint Challenge. Disappointingly, no one had had a go at working out their carbon footprint following the issue of the necessary information at the last meeting. Colin encouraged everyone to do so, if only for their own information.

Colin had experimented with his 2.2kw kettle at home and each time boiling from cold, found that it took 300 seconds for 1.5 litres ; 185 sec for 1.0 ltr ; 98 sec for 0.5 ltr. This equated to 1.31p ; 0.81p ; 0.43p, so there was a significant saving only boiling the lesser amount (enough for two mugs). Clearly, the savings would not be so great reheating already warm water or with warmer tap water in summer.

7. www.rishton.net. Paul had spoken to Graham Woodhouse at ‘Use-it Computers’ just before the last meeting and left the ‘spec’ for him to study to get some idea of prices. Graham had not yet got back to him. Paul had not at this stage broached the subject of ‘Use-it’ hosting the web site for a time. Fiona promised to make arrangements to go with Paul to follow it up.

8. Benches. Colin and Paul made arrangements to meet the following Thursday afternoon (05/04/07) at 3.00pm to complete the application forms for ‘Awards for All’.

9. Future of Primetime. The meeting of the Primetime Community Association on Tuesday 20th March 2007 had not added a great deal to those previously. Despite the levy of/increase in charges, all groups were still keen to stay with Primetime and new enquiries were still coming in. The next meeting was the AGM planned for Tuesday 17th April 2007. There was a possibility that with the School taking over responsibility for the facility, constitutionally the PCA would have to be wound up and a new charitable organisation with revised aims set up.

10. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Padlocks. We were still awaiting MW Graphics to adjust the hanging of the gate at High St bridge before we could fit a padlock there common to those at Tottleworth and Norden bridges. Colin had chased MW Graphics once again.

(ii) Vandalised information board by the aqueduct. Colin had visited the site with Gary Lomas of natural Organics and given him the salvaged board. Gary planned to strengthen the frame before re-erecting the board. [Later : re-erected 10/04/07]

(iii) Canal working. Colin had received (02/04/07) via Mike a set of new ‘Volunteer Activity/Project Guidance Notes’ which he had not had a chance to digest yet. The main essence was still that BW needed to know in good time of any canalside projects we were planning, with appropriate risk assessments, etc and nothing should go ahead without their OK.

(iv) Boundary Walls. Gordon had emailed a Susan Ashurst a new British Waterways Community Safety Officer for the North West, expressing concern at the demolition of the stone walls along the canal. She had promised to look into it.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. All lights were now working (Hallelujah!!). Two faults remained : a side panel was still missing in the telephone kiosk and the Northern notice in the kiosk with key phone numbers on was also missing. There had recently been a questionnaire about ‘help points’ (telephones) which we had completed and returned. Perhaps this would lead to a smarter kiosk (?).

(ii) Car Park. On going.

(iii) No-mans-land. The meeting of Panel members and local residents with Brian Haworth (LCC) and Simon Clarke (Northern) at the station on Tuesday 13th March 2007 at 3.00pm had taken place as planned. Concensus had been reached on how to trim the trees; enough to inhibit making the shelter roof ‘dirty’ and remove overhangs to residents outbuildings but still leave a reasonable screen between the houses and the platform. It was suggested that a joint working party could clear the land of debris and then plant up as a shrubbery the following winter.

Subsequently at the stakeholders meeting at Burnley 29/03/07 Brian and Simon had indicated that Northern would be prepared to pay the cost of a skip for the debris cleared. They were also looking for an event on the station to mark Community Rail Week which would start locally at Blackburn station on Saturday 19/05/07 with various activities. It was suggested that clearing no-mans-land would be an appropriate ‘event’ and the meeting agreed to offer the evenings of Tue/Wed/Thurs 22/23/24 May. Colin to put this suggestion to Brian/Simon.

It was debated whether to get the trees trimmed before clearing the land or whether to do it afterwards and have the trimmings chopped and laid as a mulch.

It was understood that the section of fence Harry reported further back towards Blackburn as needing repair, had in fact been done.

(iv) Planter enquiry. Colin had suggested that to hide the untidy skirt of the stone ‘RISHTON’ sign, a planter the full 22 foot length about a foot high would look nice if planted with low growing plants. Prosperity had quoted 348 + vat. It was agreed to go ahead if grant money could be raised. Colin said he would explore the ACoRP Small Grants Fund.

(v) Northern’s ‘Community Strategy’. This had been launched at ACoRP’s HQ in Slaithwaite on Monday 26th March 2007. No one from the Panel had attended but copies of the Strategy document had been ordered and would be made available to members. [One copy received. See Colin]

(vi) East Lancs CRP Stakeholders Meeting. This was held at Burnley Town Hall on Thursday 29th March 2007. Colin and Geoff had attended (Gordon had been unable to because of his accident). There had been some interesting presentations and discussions but nothing specific to report on.

(vii) SELRAP. While no panel members took advantage of it, it was understood the special rail trip from Colne to Skipton on Sunday 1st April 2007 had been fully booked. (As there hadn’t been a direct line for 37 years, the train went via Burnley, Blackburn, Clitheroe and Hellifield – 100 miles!! Cost 16 adults and 11 children.)

(viii) Station Adoption Seminar. This was an opportunity for station adopters to meet Northern Rail and ISS representatives to discuss problems, receive information, etc, and was to be held at Dalegarth in the Lakes on either Friday 27th April or Saturday 28th April 2007, with an opportunity to travel on the picturesque Ravenglass to Eskdale (miniature steam) Railway. Rail travel to the event was to be free and there would a free running buffet at Dalegarth. Geoff & Irene, Margaret & John, Ruth & Steve, Colin , Gordon had indicated they would like to go on the Friday (there were problems with rail works on the line on Saturday) and Colin would therefore apply for eight tickets.

12. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. The rescheduled exploratory meeting on Wednesday 07/03/07 at St Peter and St Paul’s church had been quite well attended and it had been agreed to invite Cllr Brendan Sheil, who had been the driving force behind ‘Huncoat in Bloom’, to come to a further meeting on the 26th March 2007. This he had done and it had proved very helpful in understanding what was involved and how Huncoat went about it. It transpired that they had not actually entered the main highly competitive ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition but a non-competitive subsidiary entitled ‘Neighbourhood Awards’. This was judged in a similar way and certificates were awarded but it was a much gentler event with the aim being more to encourage and advised community groups on how to make their community a nicer place to live. It did however give the community’s efforts a focus and in the end a ‘halo’ effect from their achievements. Financial support had been received from local businesses and Huncoat Area Council. HBC Parks had been hired to do a lot of the work on creating new flowerbeds, etc which the local community were then encouraged to maintain.

Brendan’s main aim had been to develop a greater pride in his community and the area and ‘Huncoat in Bloom’ was essentially ‘a means to an end’. The main thing was to extract every ounce of publicity in the local media from what was done, so that there would be a warm feeling that good things were happening.

The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 30th March 2007 at 7.30pm at St P. & St P’s Church.

13. Rishton Festival (14/07/07) and Foundation 10th Birthday event. The walk round the procession route had indicated that there were 30/40 lamp posts which would be the best place to hang decorations. Large sunflowers were suggested with the PROSPECTS logo in the centre. There were not many locations for a flower display with or without used tyres as containers. Ruth suggested the sunflowers could be made from materials from Sams Scrapstore. Colin had obtained a quote from MW Graphics for plastic sunflowers at 7.00 + vat each for A3 size. These would be more expensive but more durable and could be used other years. Balloons in PROSPECTS colours could also be hung on the lamp posts.

The idea of having placards in the procession for each of the PROSPECTS Panels was still a possibility, hopefully with people from the other Panels carrying them. For the Panels get-together on the field, it was suggested we might see if Christine’s Butty Shop might do the catering (supplemented with scones baked by Panel members). In the end, there wasn’t a lot of time to develop the ideas further.

The Con Club corner on the procession route needed a severe tidying up. And the area around the Rishton Arms could also do with smartening up.

From the minutes of the previous meeting, it was not known whether Lesley had contacted Styropak about possible sponsorship for the Festival and Rishton in Bloom. Fiona had still to write to Park View (Robert Brookes). Harry had obtained details of compost from HBC for planters.

14. Food Growing Project. At the Rishton West Residents Assn meetings it appeared that there was a lot of discussion about what might be done with the land where ‘Piggy Park’ was. HBC (Ian Hoole) were considering a number of options. Some people wanted to extend their back gardens into it. Colin had suggested it might be just what we were looking for a food growing project and he had put this idea forward to Ian Hoole as a possibility. It could be broken down into smaller plots which local residents could look after. Other parts could be handed over to youth groups or schools. This had been acknowledged and a John Pitfield was looking into it.

15. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. a) Policing matters. At the meeting 21/03/07 Stuart McLaughlin was introduced as the second PCSO for Rishton. Discussion centred as usual around juvenile nuisance. A number of youths had had their names taken and letters would be sent to the parents inviting them to the police station to discuss their child’s behaviour.

It was not now planned to go ahead with the ‘busted’ scheme whereby young people would have been encouraged to ‘split’ on their mates. Instead, after school surgeries would be held where youths could ‘drop in’ to talk to the police.

There was to be a ‘Behaviour and Crime Education’ (BACE) campaign for year 6 pupils. At age 10 young people become criminally responsible, so this was the ideal time to talk to them about the law, right and wrong, responsibility, feelings, actions and consequences. It was hoped thereby to influence their long term attitudes before they moved on to secondary school.

b) Centre refurbishment. Lesley and Harry had completed the application forms to the Big Lottery for funding for the scheme. They were planning to keep the cost below 250,000 (less than the architect had proposed). This would include rewiring, new boiler, office and partition, toilets, removing a pillar and strengthening the ceiling. Also included is the refurbishment of the flat above which will generate income.

c) Rishton Festival 14/07/07. David was still pursuing more funding.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 18/04/07, at the Centre 6.00pm.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. GWEL had approached Colin for a letter of support to go with their application to BIFFA. This he had supplied. It was not expected that a response from Sport England and the Big Lottery would be received before June.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 07/03/07 it was announced that Laureen Smith was standing in as Youth Worker for Norden YC as Laura Heys was still off work. She was also looking after Primetime administration for the time being until the School took over.

Next FRY meeting : Wednesday 25/04/07 at Norden YC at 5.00pm at which it was hoped Bob Flood, Norden’s new Headteacher would be present.

16. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. No change.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. No report.

(iii) Tree Warden Scheme. No new information.

(iv) Events Programme – 10 years of PROSPECTS. The first of the anniversary events was to be a Community Bike Ride from the skate park by Scaitcliffe House to Donkey Back picnic site where the Church Panel were to lay on a lunch. Start time was 11.45am and places should be booked with Donna. Following that would be a walk along Great Harwood Nature Trail on Sunday 10th June 2007. We were next after this with the Festival on the 14th July 2007. Details for the procession Panel banners had still to be developed.

(v) New Strategy. Colin and David had attended the special meeting of Panel representatives 29/03/07 to discuss the future work of the Panels. Most Panels, like ours, needed new members, more publicity (and ‘trumpet blowing’) and guidance on sustainability issues. There had been wide ranging discussion and plenty of food for thought for the future direction of PROSPECTS.

(vi) Volunteer work events. The next event was to be at Hollin’s Woodland on Wednesday 11/04/07 from 10.00am to 1.00pm

(vii) PROSPECTS Summer Youth Project. The Foundation was proposing to run a summer art project for youth groups in Hyndburn which would involve a series of weekly interactive art workshops throughout the summer holiday. Colin had supplied Donna with contact details for Norden YC. She already had contact details for schools, etc.

(viii) New funding. Mike had sent through details of a new joint Conservation Foundation and O2 environmental grant scheme called ‘It’s Your Community’. Grants of up to 1000 were to be awarded monthly (except August and December) to the winning project.

17. Magazine/newsletters report. In Margaret’s absence there was no report.

18. Working party(ies). See 11 (iii) above.

19. Time booking. Wendy hour at station. Ruth and Steve 1 hour planting primulas at the station.

20. Any other business : There was discussion about fly tipping, etc on the old mill site (back of Spring St) and litter in the canal. Harry had raised the issue with Env Health (Bill Berry).

21. Dates of next meetings. Tuesday 01/05/07.

Tuesday 05/06/07

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 1st May 2007.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Julie Matindale, Beverley Moorhouse, Helen Parker, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, Pauleen Roscoe, Paul Wilkinson.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 03/04/07 were approved and signed as a correct record after the date of the next Rishton in Bloom meeting was corrected to 30th April not 30th March 2007.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Cut Wood Park woodland management. Katie Morley (HBC Parks) expected to start survey Sept/Oct 2007. She will advise if she requires assistance

b) Harwood Rd Rec ramps and swings. Work was in progress to install the new swings. There were to be only two compared with the previous four but in addition a type of round-about was to be installed as well. There appeared to be no intention still to reposition the ramps.

There was still no sign of the wood chippings for the shrubbery bed and Colin had emailed Craig about this. In the meantime, Colin had sprayed the weeds with herbicide.

(ii) Village signs. Agreed to refer to the Area Council.

(iii) Meteorological Station. Gordon was contacting Roy Chetham who was a member of the Huncoat Forum and also with others provided the monthly weather report for the Accrington Observer. Clearly he must know what is already going on locally.

(iv) Fly tipping – ‘white path’. Still there.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported that there was 431.19 in the current account and 7244.48 in the investment account. There could be significant expenditure soon on plants for High St bridge and costs associated with the new planter for the station (see 11(iii) below. [4800.00 of the investment a/c was earmarked for the Rishton web site upgrade that had to be spent by early August.]

6. Carbon Footprint Challenge. Disappointingly, no one had still had a go at working out their carbon footprint.

7. www.rishton.net. David had spoken to Graham Woodhouse at ‘Use-it Computers’ and stressed the seriousness of our enquiry which for some reason Graham had tended to play down. Graham had however indicated that it would not be worth it for them to host the site, there were better ways of doing so. Fiona said she would make a determined effort to phone Graham to make an appointment for her and Paul to go and talk to him in order to press on with the scheme with greater urgency.

8. Benches. Paul had been unable to meet with Colin 05/04/07 as planned to complete the application forms for ‘Awards for All’ and they were to fix a new date.

9. Future of Primetime. The AGM planned for Tuesday 17th April 2007 had not been quorate and a new date of Tuesday 8th May 2007 had been set. Maximum support was encouraged.

10. Canal.

(i) Padlocks. We were still awaiting MW Graphics to adjust the hanging of the gate at High St bridge before we could fit a padlock there common to those at Tottleworth and Norden bridges. Colin had chased MW Graphics once again.

(ii) Boundary Walls. Gordon had had no further response from BW.

(iii) Litter. The canal was a lot better since the BW barge had had a clean up but they had left some bikes behind in the water and the oil boom was adrift. Colin would email BW about these for their next ‘trawl’ which it was understood was about every six weeks in summer. The community police had called a meeting at GH police station for Wednesday 9th May 2007 to see what could be done to inhibit locals throwing rubbish in the canal (and other places) in the first place.

(iv) Meeting with Nick Smith. Mike advised that he was to have a meeting with Nick Smith 06/06/07. If there were any items we would like raised, we should let him know.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Two faults remained : a side panel was still missing in the telephone kiosk and the Northern notice in the kiosk with key phone numbers on was also missing. Colin had completed a Northern Energy Survey. Most relevant was the fact that the lights are on when they didn’t need to be (on at 7.00pm when it didn’t get dark until much later). What was needed was operation on a light sensor not manually adjusted time clock as at present. This was included in the Survey comments.

(ii) Car Park. On going.

(iii) No-mans-land/Community Rail Week (19th to 26th May 2007). Because the vegetation had already grown to an extent that working to clear no-mans-land would be difficult, it had been decided to postpone this scheme until the winter, when the vegetation would have died down again and it would be better for shrub planting.

Instead, the Community Rail Week project would be the installation of the special planter in front of the stone ‘RISHTON’ sign. This was due to be installed by ‘Prosperity’ on Monday 21/05/07 and it was agreed a working party would meet on Wednesday 23/05/07 at 6.30pm to plant it up. Colin would contact the local papers to give all concerned some publicity. ACoRP had provided a grant of 250 from their Small Grants Fund and LCC were providing 160, which together would cover the cost of the planter. The Panel would fund the compost and plants. Ruth offered some solution which she and Steve would use to clean up the stonework and Paul offered to do the necessary repointing. Colin would repaint the lettering.

(iv) Station Adoption Seminar - Dalegarth in the Lakes on Friday 27th April 2007. This had proved an excellent day out blessed by lovely weather. There had been an opportunity for station adopters to meet Northern Rail and ISS representatives to discuss problems, receive information, etc, but mainly it was by way of a ‘thank you’ and an opportunity to enjoy the Eskdale area and travel on the picturesque Ravenglass to Eskdale (miniature steam) Railway.

Not a lot of ‘business’ was transacted but on display had been prototypes of a station adopter’s plaque that could be mounted at the various stations, acknowledging who the station adopters were. Colin had subsequently put in an order for one.

(v) Regional Stakeholder Conference, Bolton, 04/06/07. Colin gave details of this Conference. Anyone interested in going was to let him know asap.

12. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. At the meeting 30/04/07, Margaret had given details of the Britain in Bloom ‘Neighbourhood Awards’ scheme for which a ‘starter pack’ had been obtained. In it was the offer of a visit from one of their officers to explain more about the scheme. It had been agreed Margaret should contact (Trevor Leece) and try to arrange a visit for Monday 11/06/07 am. [Later : this was confirmed for 10.00am]

13. Rishton Festival (14/07/07) and Foundation 10th Birthday event. David advised that with 1000 from Eaves Brook and 500 from HBC’s Community Chest, plus left over from last year, there should be sufficient funding for this year’s event.

It was agreed that Margaret, Ruth and Julie should make arrangement to go to SAMS scrapstore to see what materials were available to make the sunflower decorations proposed for the lamp-posts on the procession route. Mike would see what could be done to make a 5 inch dia. logo to go in the middle. Once a prototype had been made, we might approach Norden YC to see what help they might be able to give for the main production. Colin was to see MW Graphics about placards for the procession. No approach had yet been made to Christine’s Butty shop about refreshments on the field for the Panels’ Get-together but it was felt Panel members would be able to bake a birthday cake. Ideas were still required for a display of the Panel’s successes over the last 10 years. It was thought a good idea to have some Panel activity soon after the Festival that those showing an interest could be invited to.

14. Food Growing Project. There was no further news about the options being considered for ‘Piggy Park’. There was to be another meeting of the Rishton West RA on Thursday 10/05/07 at which further discussion was likely.

15. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. a) Policing matters. At the meeting 18/04/07 the main priority identified was juvenile nuisance, particularly with the summer evenings coming. Mini-motos were also becoming a problem again.

Details were given of the draft plans to redevelop the bottom end of Spring St including demolishing the last block of houses and the units behind and incorporating the derelict land to the canal.

David expressed his disappointment in the state of the ‘Ladybird Garden’ on Chapel St. Despite some people’s best efforts, problem families children had ‘trashed’ what had been a very attractive development. David hoped to raise the matter at the Area Council (03/07/07) to see what might be done.

b) Centre refurbishment. Awaiting the outcome of the Big Lottery funding application.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 16/05/07, at the Centre 6.00pm.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Await the outcome of GWEL’s funding applications to Sport England and the Big Lottery, expected in June.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. Bob Flood, the new Headteacher at Norden HS (and ex chair of FRY) had attended the meeting 25/04/07 and expressed his continued support of everything FRY did. He gave details of various initiatives that it was hoped would lead to Norden becoming an Eco-School and expressed the hope that FRY would be able to help in this. There was discussion about the need of the Army Cadet Corps to find new premises to expand its activities.

Next FRY meeting : Wednesday 23/05/07 at Norden YC at 6.00pm..

16. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. Mike was awaiting the outcome of a funding application to the Green Partnership that would enable the new leaflet to be printed.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Mike gave details of a Lancashire Fairtrade Network meeting 21/05/07 at County Hall. While its ultimate aim was to achieve Fairtrade County status for Lancashire, it also hoped to assist other groups in their Fairtrade aspirations. Once again, Mike was able to report some gains but also some losses which still left Hyndburn short of its targets for Fairtrade outlets.

(iii) 10th Birthday. The 2nd event on the Great Harwood Nature Trail 10/06/07 had had to be postponed until later in the year due to a clash with a Civic Society event. Our was the next one up on 14/07/07 at the Rishton Festival.

(iv) Mid-week working group. Mike was looking for ideas of projects the group might tackle. It was suggested no-mans-land at the station might be suitable when the time came.

(v) PROSPECTS Summer Youth Project. The deadline for applications from youth groups had had to be extended but it was believed enough groups had now applied. It was not known whether any were from Rishton. This was part of the Foundation’s Community Outreach Programme a report for which after its first year was available from Colin.

(vi) Foundation 8th AGM – 16/05/07. Details were given of those who were registered as members of the Foundation and therefore eligible to vote at the AGM. Gordon and Mary asked for forms so that they could register.

(vii) Visit to Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, mid Wales – 19th/20th May 2007. Details were given of this proposed visit. Those wishing to go should contact Donna.

17. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

18. Working party(ies). To strip flower bed on High St bridge and tidy other beds – Friday 04/05/07 at 6.00pm.

19. Time booking. Mary I hr litter picking. Gordon 1 hr weeding.

20. Any other business : None.

21. Dates of next meetings. Tuesday 05/06/07

Tuesday 03/07/07 (may be changed due to clash with Area Council meeting.)

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 5th June 2007.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Julie Matindale, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Pauleen Roscoe.

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Beverley Moorhouse, Helen Parker, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 01/05/07 were approved and signed as a correct record.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Cut Wood Park woodland management. Katie Morley (HBC Parks) expected to start survey Sept/Oct 2007. She will advise if she requires assistance

b) Harwood Rd Rec ramps and swings. The new swings and round-about were in place. As there appeared to be no intention still to reposition the ramps, it was agreed to side-line this item for now. Wood chippings were still needed to finish off the shrubbery bed. Colin would chase Craig again. [Later : chippings had been put down].

(ii) Village signs. Referred to the Area Council 03/07/07.

(iii) Meteorological Station. Gordon had contacted Roy Chetham who had supplied him with a list of local weather stations run by amateur enthusiasts. Gordon’s aim was to involve local schools to encourage pupils to learn more about global warming. Roy encouraged him in this and suggested how a suitable project might be developed further and where equipment might be purchased. It was suggested Gordon draw up a spec for a weather station and its operation and that a letter be sent to local school heads (secondary first) at the start of the next school year to see what interest might be generated. School weather stations might form part of the Science or Geography curriculum.

(iv) Fly tipping – ‘white path’. Still there in the farmers field but believed cleared from the banking along the path. It was also believed that if the items could be moved on to council land, the council were prepared to come and collect them. Harry said he would follow this up.

(v) Bulbs for next season. Colin understood from a Greenspaces meeting that this year, bulbs from HBC would be administered through the ‘Floral Market Towns’ initiative and that any groups wishing to have some should put in a request. Colin had declared the Panel’s interest by email to Shirley Parkinson.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported that we had received 250 from ACoRP & 160 from LCC towards the special planter for the station and 250 from the PROSPECTS Foundation’s Community Outreach Programme towards annual admin costs. 175 had been paid to the Foundation as our contribution towards the annual insurance premium, 40 to Primetime for meeting room hire to the end of July (thereafter to Norden School), and 408.90 to Prosperity for the planter. This left a balance of 467.29 in the current account. Colin advised that the accumulated costs for plants, compost, herbicide, paint, etc was likely to come to about 230, claim for which he would finalise in the next week.

At some stage we would need to consider some fundraising to cover our general expenditure on plants, etc as we were gradually eating into our reserves. It was suggested we loan a planter for display at the Festival and encourage people to put donations in it to highlight that our flower displays did not all come free from the council.

6. Carbon Footprint Challenge. Disappointingly, no one had still had a go at working out their carbon footprint. Fiona once again encouraged members to do so. (It was believed TESCO also had a method of calculation on their web site.)

7. www.rishton.net. Fiona had arranged a meeting with Graham Woodhouse at ‘Use-it Computers’ for the following Thursday (07/06/07) at 4.15 pm. David said he would like to go and would contact Paul.

8. Benches. Paul had met with Colin 29/05/07 and they had drafted an ‘Awards for All’ application which Colin had now to finalise, with supporting documentation. The maximum we could apply for out of the estimated cost of 8000 was 5200 because of the award of 4800 for the web site upgrade (AfA limit : 10000 in any 2 years). Lesley advised that we could apply for up to 2500 from Rishton Area Council and the best time to do this was for the September meeting. The ‘Green Partnership’ was also a potential source of funding.

9. Future of Primetime. The rescheduled AGM had taken place on Tuesday 8th May 2007. Existing officers were re-elected until 31/08/07. Discussion largely centred round whether to dissolve the Primetime Community Association. Three possible options were tabled and would be circulated to user groups for comment pending a future decision. These were :

(i) Close the PCA, with user groups dealing directly with Norden School, who were to take over responsibility for the facility from 01/09/07.

(ii) Form a voluntary ‘support’ group made up of members from the user groups and other interested parties.

(iii) Retain the current PCA with its charitable status, but it would have to demonstrate to the Charity Commissioners that it had an active committee, which was largely absent at present.

Bob Flood (Norden Headteacher) advised that whatever the outcome, he would propose having a meeting each term with user groups to review matters of operation and interest.

At a further meeting 15/05/07 it was decided to dissolve the PCA as there had been no response to retaining it. There was however an offer to form a support group if there was enough interest. It was proposed that assets of equipment be transferred to the School but retained for use by user groups. Advice would have to be sought from the Charity Commissioners about disposal of monetary assets. It was suggested that the bulk of it be used to refurbish the facility which needed outside and inside maintenance and new furniture

A further meeting planned for 19/06/07 was later postponed to a date to be arranged.

10. Canal.

(i) Padlocks. We were still awaiting MW Graphics to adjust the hanging of the gate at High St bridge before we could fit a padlock there common to those at Tottleworth and Norden bridges. Colin had chased MW Graphics once again.

(ii) Boundary Walls. Gordon had had no further response from BW.

(iii) Litter. The BW barge had been through again and the canal was a lot cleaner, its appearance being helped by the growth of the banking and waters edge vegetation. HBC Environmental Health representatives had been at the meeting called by the community police at GH police station 09/05/07 to discuss litter problems in the village, especially the canal, and a useful discussion had taken place without any major conclusions being reached.

(iv) Meeting with Nick Smith. Mike’s meeting with Nick Smith 06/06/07 was mainly to discuss the setting up of a ‘friend’s of the canal’ group in C-l-M under the auspices of the Clayton with Altham Panel. There were no particular issues we wish to raise at the present time, having gioven up on emergency notices at High St bridge.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Two faults remained : a side panel was still missing in the telephone kiosk and the Northern notice in the kiosk with key phone numbers on was also missing. The new litter bin that had been destroyed inside six weeks had been replaced without our having to report it. This in turn had been broken but Colin had been able to effect a repair.

(ii) Car Park. On going. Still hopeful of having it done by the year end.

(iii) No-mans-land/Community Rail Week (19th to 26th May 2007). The special planter in front of the stone ‘RISHTON’ sign had been installed by ‘Prosperity’ on 21/05/07 as planned and the evening working party 23/05/07 had planted it up to good effect. Ruth, Steve and Colin had had an initial go at cleaning the stonework 24/05/07 and this was followed up 30/05/07 by a second go, assisted with a power wash by the Fire Brigade! Paul, nephew Shaun and Colin had repointed the stonework 01/06/07 and Colin hoped to repaint the lettering later in the week. All in all a good team effort, with a pleasing result so far.

(iv) Regional Stakeholder Conference, Bolton, 04/06/07. Gordon, Steve and Colin had attended this Conference. Northern Rail’s MD, Heidi Mottram, had given an upbeat review of their performance over the 21/2 year’s tenure of their franchise, given they had very little new money to play with. Three major problems they were trying to address were overcrowding on some services at peak times (additional second-hand rolling stock had been purchased to help with this) ; major thefts of signal cabling (containing copper) leading to considerable interruption to services as well as financial loss ; and loss of revenue due to uncollected fares, mainly on overcrowded services with conductors unable to get through. As well as other presentations, there had been a useful Q & A session.

It was announced that the Stakeholder special outing this year was to be to Morecambe on 22/07/07. (Last year Bridlington. More details later.)

(v) Station Plaque. Colin had had further contact from Northern about the plaque to put on the station to acknowledge the Panel as official ‘adopters’ and he had no doubt that it would be forthcoming in due course.

(vi) 2007 Community Rail Awards. Colin gave details of this year’s competition but it was agreed that next year would be a better time to enter when our station projects had developed a bit further.

(vii) ‘Train on Line’. A copy of the June edition of the ACoRP newsletter was available from Colin for anyone who wished to see it or it could be downloaded from the ACoRP web site on www.acorp.uk.com.

12. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. A meeting of the steering group to meet Trevor Leece the Coordinator of North West in Bloom and his vice chairman Brian Whalley was due to take place at the Parish Church at 10.00am on Monday 11/06/07. Everyone welcome.

13. Rishton Festival (14/07/07) and Foundation 10th Birthday event. Margaret and Ruth had visited SAMS Scrapstore (Julie was ill) and for the princely sum of 4 had purchased enough materials to make 40 ‘flower’ lamppost decorations. (This also included a quantity of green balloons) They demonstrated a prototype which was enthusiastically received. Donna had made two possible centrepieces with the PROSPECTS logo, one of which was chosen but with a request that it be increased from 6" to 7" in diameter. It was agreed to have a working party at Ruth’s at 1.30pm on Monday 25th June 2007 to assemble them.

Colin had still to contact MW Graphics about placards for the procession.

Donna had asked if we wanted a marquee. The Foundation had two, one 6’ x 6’ and one 18’ x 9’. They could also get hold of one 27’ x 9’. Colin pointed out that it would need to be big enough to have a private section for the get-together buffet and also a public display of the Panel’s achievements over the last ten years. It was agreed that we wanted one and the 18’ x 9’ should be big enough, supplemented if necessary with our gazebo. Colin said he would try and arrange tables from the Methodist Church as last year. Members should try and provide some folding chairs although most people would have to stand for the buffet.

No one had yet approached Christine’s Butty Shop about the buffet and Harry agreed to do this. It was thought catering for 40 should be enough.

Wendy had been in contact with a Mrs Julie Henry who did craft activities for children and would work in recycled materials from SAMS if we wished. It was agreed Colin should follow this up as it would relieve members for other activities.

Colin would work with Donna on a photo display of some sort.

It was agreed that there should be some form of post-Festival activity/working party that people showing an interest in the Panel could be invited to. It was decided this should be the following Monday, 16/07/07, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, the activity yet to be determined.

14. Food Growing Project. It was understood that there was a strong bid from some members of the Rishton West Residents’ Association to have the playground reinstated in ‘Piggy’ Park and a petition was being raised to that effect. The Panel’s idea of using the land for food growing was still believed to be ‘on the table’ as an option if this failed.

15. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. a) Policing matters. At the meeting 16/05/07 the police gave updates on the use of ‘mosquitoes’ and their increased efforts to inhibit juveniles getting alcohol and also activity against mini-motos. They believed that with the addition of PCSO McLaughlin, their increased presence was having an effect. Details were given of new police surgeries at Norden HS and at the Centre.

b) Centre refurbishment. Awaiting the outcome of the Big Lottery funding application.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 13/06/07, at the Centre 6.00pm.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Still await the outcome of GWEL’s funding applications to Sport England and the Big Lottery, expected in June. David reported that at the meeting of the GRA Committee 04/06/07, considerable concern was expressed at the apparent lack of progress by GWEL.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 23/05/07, items discussed included : Centre refurbishment and concern that the 14000 grant from SITA needed to be spent by this year end which might be a bit tight ; the use of the 1000 grant from LCC by Norden YC, possibly for costumes for Rishton Festival ; playground provision, especially Walmsley St and the situation regarding ‘Piggy’ Park ; the community police’s investigation into a possible dispersal order for some areas of the village to prevent large gatherings of young people ; Norden HS’s aim to become an ‘eco-school ; future extension of Norden’s sports hall facilities eg fitness suite.

The next meeting originally planned for 20/06/07 was likely to be postponed [Later : new date 21/06/07 at Primetime at 6.00pm].

16. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. Mike was awaiting the outcome of a funding application to the Green Partnership that would enable the new leaflet to be printed.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. No report.

(iii) 10th Birthday Celebrations. The next event was ours at the Rishton Festival. Events thereafter were : Oswaldtwistle – social at Tinker Brook, Sunday 09/09/07 ; Baxenden – in conjunction with the annual Jubilee Walk, Wednesday 24/10/07 ; Clayton with Altham – social at Millennium Baby Woodland, Saturday 24/11/07. To be arranged : postponed Great Harwood – Nature Trail walk ; Huncoat – tree planting.

(iv) Volunteer working days. Next sessions : BARTA allotments and BBQ, Woodnook – Saturday 23/06/07, 1.00pm to 4.00pm ; Arden Hall – Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm.

(v) PROSPECTS Summer Youth Project – ‘Earth 20/20. The five groups to take part in the workshops with environmental artists during the summer holiday had been chosen. There was no group from Rishton.

(vi) Foundation 8th AGM – 16/05/07. Unusually, the meeting had not been quorate but had been proceeded with without any major decisions. Paul Worswick from the Clayton with Altham Panel had been chosen to receive with the Prospector of the Year Award.

(vii) Visit to Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, mid Wales – 19th/20th May 2007.

Gordon went but was a little disappointed that there was very little new from a previous visit.

17. Magazine/newsletters report. We had just received the latest CVS Newsletter. Margaret pick out one or two items of interest. One of particular interest to youth groups, she would pass on details of to Lesley for FRY.

18. Working party(ies). To clear dead forget-me-nots and weeds from the shrubbery bed at High St bridge and weed/tidy other beds – Monday 11/06/07 at 6.00pm.

19. Time booking. Mary 2 hrs litter picking. Wendy 1 hr watering at the station. Geoff 1 hr weeding at the station.

20. Any other business : (i) Hyndburn Community Network questionnaire. Time did not allow completion of this at the meeting and Julie agreed to complete it on behalf of the Panel.

21. Dates of next meetings. Originally Thursday 05/07/07 (to avoid clash with Area Council)

Later changed to Thursday 12/07/07.

No meeting August but informal practical sessions to be arranged.

Then next normal meeting Tuesday 04/09/07.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 12th July 2007.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson.

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubrey, David Haworth, Cllr Stan Horne, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Julie Matindale, Beverley Moorhouse, Helen Parker, Pauleen Roscoe, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 05/06/07 were approved and signed as a correct record.

4. Rishton Festival (14/07/07) and Foundation 10th Birthday event. Due to the very wet state of the ground on Harwood Rd Rec and with further rain forecast, Colin had met with Fiona 09/07/07 and while at the time the Festival Committee had decided to continue with the Festival, albeit on a reduced scale in a reduced area, they felt it would be unwise for the Panel to proceed with the Panel’s Get-together element (including buffet and marquee) and the hiring of an artist (@ 75) for children’s activities. [Mrs Julie Henry (potential artist) suggested by Wendy, although keen on the idea, had been unable to come due to another commitment but Donna had found someone else] These had therefore been duly cancelled, at no cost. It was feared the ground would cut up and be impossible to take vehicles loaded with equipment or be at all pleasant under foot for guests or activities. We would then proceed with just a gazebo, tables, and display boards and Colin would look out the mask making kit we had used with success on other occasions.

Fiona had suggested that having cancelled the buffet with them, we get Christine’s Butty Shop to provide a few sandwiches for 15 for Panel member’s consumption, as there would be little time for members to make their own arrangements on the day and there was some doubt whether there would be food vendors on the field. These had been ordered. Colin would get some fruit juice to drink.

The meeting endorsed all these decisions.

Fiona had suggested that we arrange an alternative Get-together later in the year, indoors at Primetime, and lay on a buffet based on locally produced foods. The idea had been ’floated’ with the Foundation and had been well received. The meeting also endorsed this idea.

The working party at Ruth’s 25/06/07 had made good progress assembling the flower decorations for the procession route and these had been finished off two days later and looked well. Colin had worked with Donna on producing the centrepieces. He had also worked with Donna on the display boards and the placards for Panel members to carry in the procession (Donna’s help was used instead of going to MW Graphics). The display boards would include an invitation for donations towards future flower planting and Colin would try and get a small planter from Prosperity to put the donations in. There would also be a clip board for any possible new recruits to put their names down and a notice inviting anyone interested to join Panel members at High St bridge on Monday 16/07/07, 6.30 to 7.30pm to help tidy the flower beds as a ‘taster’.

It was agreed we should meet at the railway station at 8.30am on Festival day to put up the decorations on the lamp posts. There were 36 lamp posts and 39 flowers had been made. Colin would borrow two aluminium ladders from the Methodist Church (and also some tables for the gazebo). The gazebo would be erected when we arrived at the field. It was felt the decorations needed taking down as soon after the procession as possible and Margaret said she would see if John could organise this.

Ian Plested from the Foundation had agreed to judge the fancy dress. Margaret would meet him at the station at 10.45am and then hand him over to the Soroptimists who were organising the procession.

5. Post Festival activities/working parties. Apart from the evening working party 16/07/07, no other working parties were arranged during the August break. It was hoped members would continue to tend the planters on the station as they had been doing and if necessary any other work would be notified by email.

6. www.rishton.net. Fiona, Paul and David had met with Graham Woodhouse at ‘Use-it Computers’ 07/06/07) as planned. They had finalised what we would require and Graham would draw up a quotation based on this. This had been received but there were items missing and Fiona had had a further meeting with Paul and was chasing Graham for a revised quote.

Conscious of the 5th August deadline for spending the Awards for All grant and submitting a final report, Graham had agreed to invoice us in good time when he had ordered the equipment. He had agreed to store any items until we required them and also host the server at no charge until we were ready to move it to its planned final location at the Centre.

Graham had suggested that the latest trend was to use an external hoster and back-up services but for the moment Paul wished to retain control of this himself, as he had been doing. Paul understood that the new equipment would remain the property of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel and that it had been proposed to draw up a contract to this effect with him as webmaster/author, fully acknowledging the years of time and effort that he had put in to create the Rishton web site and the desire that he continue to maintain and develop it in the future, with particular reference to the new equipment being a community resource for the benefit of all in Rishton. Harry had agreed to help draw up a suitable contract.

There was concern about insurance cover for the equipment, particularly with it dispersed to a number of locations. This would need to be discussed with Paul, and Colin would talk to Mike to see if he could suggest any likely insurance companies that we could approach.

7. Benches. Colin had still to finalise the Awards for All application, but he wanted to clear the final report on the web site AfA grant first. There was also the application to be made to Rishton Area Council for any balance of funding required in time for its September meeting.

8. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported that the balance in the current a/c was 241.50, Colin having received 225.79 for accumulated secretarial expenses, plants and other materials, etc. The investment a/c stood at 7357 (including 14.10 recent interest) and Margaret would be making a transfer into the current a/c to cover the cost of the new web site equipment (about 4500).

9. Other Matters :

Cut Wood. It was still hoped that the proposed woodland survey by HBC Parks would take place in September/October 2007.

Meteorological Station. Gordon had no further progress to report. It had been suggested that he draw up a weather station ‘spec’ and that a letter be sent to local school heads in the new school year to see what interest there might be in getting involved to engender a greater interest in climate change.

Fly tipping – ‘white’ path. This had been taken away by HBC once Harry and David had transferred the offending materials from the farmer’s field on to HBC land (with HBC’s agreement). However, it was reported that the item of white goods down the banking farther along the path was still there and the fence at the entrance to the white path still needed repairing if further fly tipping was to be prevented.

It had been noted that in general the white path was reasonably clear (except for some overhanging branches) with the edging stones visible for good lengths. A full Saturday morning working party next winter should be able to clear any accumulations of mud, etc at the edges along the whole length. Enquiries would also be made of the police to see if they were proposing to do any more ‘reparation scheme’ work on the path.

Future of Primetime. A letter had been received from the PCA indicating that it was to be dissolved by the 31st August 2007 and the administration and upkeep of Primetime would then devolve to Norden HS. Unfortunately under registered charity rules, it would not be possible to transfer any financial or tangible assets to the School. It was proposed therefore to spend as much as possible of the financial assets on improving the facilities for the benefit of all user groups with such things as a new hot water boiler and other items for the kitchen, new chairs and tables, blackout blinds (Camera Club request), OHP, etc. (The School was going to have the facility redecorated and recarpeted where necessary during the Summer holiday.) User groups were being asked to suggest items but those at the Panel meeting felt other user groups who used the facility more were in a better position to make suggestions. The proposals were warmly received.

Station.

The two reported faults on the telephone kiosk had not yet been cleared. There were no new ones.

A revised plan had been received for the car park incorporating our requests for more spaces (10 v 9), motor cycle provision and a push bike rack. This had been achieved by removing the centre trees and running the roadway to the maintenance gate straight off the Station Close (east) roadway rather than round the centre trees. This would also help minimise the risk that maintenance vehicles might inadvertently hit parked cars and would also incidentally reduce the scheme cost. The loss of the centre trees was regretted but new trees would be planted elsewhere. Three options were given for the laurel bushes : leave them as they are; cut them back; remove them altogether. We had recommended cutting them back as they had become overgrown but removal would leave a bare and not very attractive footbridge structure showing. Colin had consulted various Panel members and local residents in formulating a response.

There was no new information on the proposed adopters plaque.

While we had decided it was too early to enter the Community Rail Awards competition this year in the ‘Best Station Garden’ category, East Lancs CRP/LCC had decided to enter us in the ‘Best Station Adoption Group’ category (together with Brierfield). Shortlisting of entries would be done in August. Award presentations would be done at Bexhill in Sussex in September.

‘Scarborough Flyer’. Colin gave details of proposed steam hauled excursions from York to Scarborough in July/August. Price to adoption groups was 15 per person compared with the normal price of 39. Anyone interested would need to book through Colin as the approved contact for our group.

Station Signs. A letter had been received advising that the old station name plates that had recently been replaced were available for purchase @ 25 each but they would need to be collected from Sunderland on the 27th or 28th July 2007!!

Rishton in Bloom, 2008. The meeting of the steering group to meet Trevor Leece the Coordinator of North West in Bloom and his vice chairman Brian Whalley duly took place at the Parish Church 11/06/07 and proved very helpful. It confirmed that the Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood Awards scheme was the one we should enter at this stage. This was a relatively new scheme but entries had mushroomed since its inception. It was not competitive, unlike the main scheme, but was judged in the same way and graded with recommendations on how things could be improved. We now had a much better picture of what would be required and we were registered with them for entry next year. There was not a lot more we could do until January next year except continue to develop our plans. It was suggested we might seek advice from Shirley Parkinson (HBC Parks) who used to be a Britain in Bloom judge.

Food Growing Project (‘Piggy’ Park?). Jennet had called a meeting at Scaitcliffe House 18/07/07 to discuss the future possibilities for Piggy Park. Attending the meeting would be representatives of Rishton West Residents Assn and other interested parties together with Ian Hoole/John Pitfield (HBC Property) to advise on legal aspects and potential uses and procedures. Colin had been invited to attend on behalf of the Panel.

Centre refurbishment. Still awaiting the outcome of the Big Lottery funding application.

Holt St Rec. The latest news was that Groundwork had been unsuccessful in their bid to Biffa for funding. The reason given being that we could not show any match funding but they encouraged us to reapply when we had some. This Aileen would do if we were successful with either the Sport England or Big Lottery bids, the results of which were expected July/August.

PACT 13/06/07. The police had reported on the general situation in Rishton and specific action taken against criminal and juvenile nuisance problems. They had given details of the dispersal order which was to come into effect in a designated area of the village from the 13th July 2007 for 6 months. Under this, where two or more youths were found together in the designated area, and were causing acts of anti-social behaviour, then they could be asked to leave the area and be taken home. If the same youths were to congregate again within 24 hours, they could be arrested. The designated area (not the whole village) was demonstrated on a map and had taken into consideration those parts where anti-social had had high incidence.

It was reported that the new PACT surgeries at the Centre (Mondays 5.30 - 6.30pm) and Norden HS, which were then into their third week, had not been well attended so far but no one could now complain that the police were not doing their best to communicate with the public. It was hoped the response would grow.

A brief discussion was held about the recent graffiti incidents affecting the churches and other buildings. The police were actively engaged in trying to catch the culprits. There was concern that the matter was not sensationalised when there might not be a racist motive as was being inferred.

Next meetings : 25/07/07 and 22/08/07 at the Centre 6.00pm.

Friends of Rishton Youth. In anticipation that Laura would be returning from sick leave to lead Norden YC once again, Laureen Smith who had been covering for her had been moved to New Era. In the event Laura was unable to resume and had now retired on health grounds. The Youth Club had therefore been forced to close pro tem but Christine Hammerton had arranged for an artist to come for three evenings (2nd, 4th, 9th July) to work with the youths on costumes for the Festival procession as a result of the recent 1000 grant they had been able to secure from LCC. However they needed helpers and Fiona had been one of the volunteers.

Next meeting : 12/09/07 at Primetime at 6.00pm.

Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret had nothing to report.

Time booking. Wendy 11/2 hr weeding at the station.

10. Any other business :

Hyndburn Community Network questionnaire. Thanks to Julie for completing this on behalf of the Panel.

CVS Extra Support Needs Survey. Margaret agreed to have a look at this.

New PROSPECTS Foundation web site. Donna had completely revamped this and members were encouraged to look at it on www.prospectsfoundation.org.uk and comment upon it to Donna or Mike.

Lancashire Telegraph Community web sites. Colin had become involved with the LT’s new venture to set up a network of community web sites in the LT area, in our case ‘Your Rishton’. The idea was to have a number of local correspondents feeding in items of local interest that the general public could access via www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk. Colin had with some reluctance agreed to become a local correspondent just to help ‘get the ball rolling’ but it was hoped many more would offer. Colin was also involving Paul as there could be some tie-up with the Rishton web site.

Ian Plested leaving. Ian was leaving on the 1st August to take up a new post in Lancaster (where he now lived) as Fundraiser for the Lancashire Association of Clubs for Young People, after 21/2 years with the Foundation. We thank him for his invaluable work for the Foundation and his help to our Panel and wish him well in his new post.

Rishton Area Council 03/07/07. A vote had been taken on a possible name change from Hyndburn to say, Accrington and District. No one voted in favour. On a proposal to drop the Hyndburn – Rishton on signs and substitute with just Rishton plus the Rishton crest, the vote was favourable.

In the Rishton Area Council Budget 2007/2008 it was noted that under ‘Proposed Schemes and Grants’ the following was recorded : ‘Garden feature on corner of Parker St, as part of Floral Market Towns Initiative – to be costed’. Colin, while expressing general favour for improving what had become a rather ‘tired’ facility, had pointed out that the present layout had been as a result of the PROSPECTS Panel’s first major project and he trusted the Panel would be consulted on any new scheme. He had been assured there would be appropriate consultation.

11. Dates of next meetings. No meeting August but informal practical sessions to be arranged if needed.

Then next normal meeting Tuesday 04/09/07.

And following that 02/10/07, which would be the AGM.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 4th September 2007.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Gordon Baldam, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Helen Parker, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Pauleen Roscoe. Ellie Taylor (Development Manager, PROSPECTS Foundation).

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubrey, Ruth Colling, Julie Matindale, Beverley Moorhouse, Paul Wilkinson.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave a warm welcome to Ellie who has replaced Ian Plested. Ellie introduced herself.

3. Minutes of previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 12/07/07 were approved and signed as a correct record.

4. Matters arising :

i) Cut Wood Park woodland management. In an email 20/08/07 Shirley Parkinson indicated that Katie Morley was due to start a survey of Lowerfold Park imminently, which should take about two weeks, then Cut Wood Park was next in line.

(ii) Bulbs. In SP’s email she indicated that as yet there was no money allocated to buying bulbs either for HBC Parks or the community to plant. However, it was being proposed that mass bulb planting should take place on some of the permanent Floral Market Town sites and this could include Parker St corner as part of the proposed refurbishment there.

A paper was then circulated for those present to write down suggestions of where we would like to see more bulbs and what types. It might be that we should fund some of these ourselves.

(iii) Meteorological Station. Gordon had no progress to report. Still to draw up a weather station spec to circulate to local schools to see what interest there might be.

(iv) Fly tipping – ‘white path’. The item of white goods was still down the banking and the fence at the entrance still needed repair. Harry had raised the latter with Craig Horabin but would follow both up. (v) Future of Primetime. At a meeting 09/08/07 a formal motion to dissolve the PCA had been carried unanimously and that the effective date would be 31/08/07.

The PCA had been advised that material assets could only be passed on to a user group with registered charity status (only Pre-school or Soroptimists). It had been decided to transfer them to the Pre-school group as main users, from 01/09/07 but they would continue to be used for the benefit of the community and Primetime user groups. Norden HS would be responsible for their maintenance.

Financial assets were in process of being used to buy new chairs, tables, and other items of equipment identified by user groups on a ‘wish list’. Any financial assets remaining after this would be shared proportionately among user groups.

The School were well on with having the fabric of the facility refurbished. As of 01/09/07 the School would be responsible for lettings and were proposing a charging rate of 7.00 per hour. The School had promised termly meetings with user groups to review the operation, so it was decided for now not to set up a support group. The School were also proposing to appoint a Fundraiser to administer the day to day running and to recruit more user groups to make maximum use of the facility (and help meet/spread costs).

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret had transferred the 4800 grant for the web site from the investment to the current account (and so far 4401.15 of it had been spent), leaving 2557.53 in the investment a/c. The current a/c stood at 606.85 which included 6.50 donations in the collecting bucket at the Festival (!) and the expenditure of 40 on the sandwiches which had been sufficient to share with other stall holders, there being no food stalls at the Festival. The latter had been much appreciated and Christies Grafters had even indicated this in a letter to the Accrington Observer.

6. Rishton Festival. This had gone ahead on a reduced scale due to the state of the ground and a surprising number of people still turned out and seemed to enjoy the occasion despite the muddy conditions under foot. The day started with drizzle but gradually improved, to even end with some sunshine.

We had put up our lamp post decorations as planned (taken down soon after the procession thanks to John Worden and Steve Colling). The new hexagonal gazebo had worked well (just about holding out in the stiff breeze) and the mask making had found a reasonable number of customers. The display boards (thanks to Donna) had unfortunately not created a lot of interest and no new recruits signed up, but at least we had a presence there. It was felt that perhaps on a future occasion we could have an attraction like a craftsman at work that would draw people around and have some leaflets ready to hand out.

Fiona, Ruth and Steve had duly turned up at High St bridge the following Monday evening for the advertised introductory working party for possible new recruits but no one else turned up. They therefore stoically did some tidying in the beds there before giving best to the soaking wet conditions.

Discussion then centred around the proposed alternative Foundation 10th birthday get-together at Primetime with ourselves as hosts. It was agreed we should go ahead with the ‘buffet’ based on locally produced (carbon footprint reducing) foods and that we should devote our normal November meeting night to it (06/11/07), extending the hours as necessary. Various ideas were put forward like sourcing food from the village butchers, bakers, milk/egg producers, etc. PROSPECTS Gatty Park and/or Rishton allotment holders might be able to supply fresh produce. The Foundation still had some funding to put towards it. It was left for members to look for ideas and sources of supply for further discussion at the October Panel meeting.

7. www.rishton.net. Colin had met the 5th August 2007 deadline for the final report to Awards for All, Use-It having produced the necessary invoice. There was still about 400 unspent but Colin had asked that we be allowed to retain it against future expenditure eg eventually setting up in the Centre. He had as yet received no response from AfA [Later : letter 06/09/07 gave the OK to keep the money provided it was used on the web site project.]

Some of the equipment had been received and was in Paul’s possession. He was not entirely happy that it was in line with the spec agreed in some respects and Fiona said she would arrange with Paul to go to Use-It together to sort it out.

8. Benches. When Colin had come to put the application to Awards for All together there were variants in some of the figures given by Paul but these had now been resolved and it was up to Colin to finalise the application.

He had requested an application form from HBC to apply for a grant from Rishton Area Council as well (there would be a shortfall from AfA).

9. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. Following up the information that Shirley Parkinson had been a judge for Britain in Bloom, Colin had asked her if she could help us. In her email 20/08/07 she did not confirm that she had been a judge, but when working for another local authority she had coordinated 14 entries in BiB, a number of which won top prizes. She was more than willing to help but was to go on maternity leave at the end of December. Margaret was therefore planning to arrange for the Rishton in Bloom group to meet with her before then.

10. Canal. A working party was needed to do some more tidying up on the beds at High St bridge. It was agreed to hold one on Monday evening 10th September 2007 at 6.30pm.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. One fault remained, that of the Northern notice in the kiosk with key phone numbers on which was missing. Colin had raised this with Brian Haworth to see if he could do anything.

(ii) Car Park. Miles was organising a visit of County Councillors to various locations/projects in Hyndburn 14/09/07, starting with Rishton station. Panel members were invited to attend when Colin would do a short presentation on the work we had done and point out the problems with the car park related to LCC’s proposed refurbishment. Planning permission was now being sought for this and notices had been posted as required.

(iii) Station Plaque. No news, and the main promoter within Northern had gone on maternity leave!!

(iv) 2007 Community Rail Awards. Disappointingly we had not been shortlisted, so Brian was going to try and find out where we fell short and what we needed to do next year to have a better chance.

(v) Scarborough Flyer. Ruth and Steve had taken advantage of the adopter concession for this and had had an enjoyable day out.

(vi)’ Train on Line’, ‘Connections’, ‘Station Adoption News’, ‘Train Times’. All these publications by AcoRP or Northern had either been circulated or were available from the Secretary. It was commented that with these and the special outings, etc we were much better informed and thanked for our efforts than say HBC. It was agreed that the Chairman should write to the Leader of the Council pointing this out and suggesting that more could be done to thank voluntary groups for all they did in the community.

(vii) Regional Stakeholder Conference, Clitheroe – Wednesday 10/10/07, 12.30pm. If any member wished to attend this meeting they should let Colin know.

12. Food Growing Project. Colin had attended a meeting 18/07/07 called by Cllr Jennet Liddle to discuss the future of Piggy Park with representatives of Rishton West Residents Assn and other interested parties. Also in attendance was John Pitfield, HBC Estates who indicated that there were a number of possible uses to which the land could be put but first he would need to investigate deeds, etc to see what restrictions there might be. The possible uses would then have to be costed and a report prepared for Cabinet consideration. From the various ideas so far put forward, none had been discounted. However, RWRA stated that contrary to newspaper reports, they were not pushing for the playground to be restored.

13. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. a) Policing matters. PC Stuart Welch had been moved to other duties but was to be replaced in November. At the meeting 22/08/07 the results of the dispersal order and other police activities were reviewed. There was some feeling that the interpretation of the dispersal order varied between officers and a lot of young people didn’t quite know where they stood as a result. The police were intending to extend their patrolling hours to later evening to match incidents at later hours. The surgeries set up at Norden HS and the Centre were being poorly attended and we were being asked to give them more publicity.

b) Centre refurbishment. The Big Lottery funding application had been unsuccessful but we were being urged to try again. While there was still the 14000 grant from SITA, this was of little use without the main bid and it had to be spent by the year end unless an extension could be negotiated.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 19th September 2007 at the Centre at 6.00pm.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. The Big Lottery application for this had also been unsuccessful although again there had been encouragement to try again. The Sport England application was unlikely to be favoured without match funding. Groundwork were reviewing the position to decide what to do next.

David felt that we were getting little support from HBC in our efforts and the time had come when we ought to consider resurrecting the Rishton Action Group perhaps under a new title, the Rishton Action Network.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. Thanks to Christine Hammerton and YC support staff and other helpers, the 1000 grant from LCC had been successfully used to run workshops with an artist to make costumes for the Festival. An appointment to replace Laura as YC leader had still to be made.

Next meeting : Wednesday 19th September 2007 at the Centre at 5.00pm.

14. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. Production of the new leaflet was being finalised but Mike was still seeking funding from various sources to complete the necessary work on the trail.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Mike had called a meeting of the steering group for 20/09/07 in an effort to get things moving once again. We were still short of retailers and catering outlets to meet the targets and some we had previously counted had gone out of business.

(iii) 10th Birthday Celebrations. Events to come were : Oswaldtwistle – social at Tinker Brook, Sunday 09/09/07 ; Baxenden – in conjunction with the annual Jubilee Walk, Wednesday 24/10/07 ; Clayton with Altham – social at Millennium Baby Woodland, Saturday 24/11/07. To be arranged : postponed Great Harwood – Nature Trail walk ; Huncoat – tree planting and now postponed Rishton..

(iv) PROSPECTS Summer Youth Project – ‘Earth 20/20. The exhibition launch of the resulting artwork from the scheme at Accrington Town Hall had been very interesting and all credit to Donna who organised the project, the artists who led it and the five groups who took part.

(v) Wind farm. Colin drew attention to the publicity about a proposed wind farm on Oswaldtwistle Moors. The Foundation had been one of many groups being consulted and had expressed qualified support in principle provided the results of proposed ecological surveys were satisfactory.

(vi) Events bulletin. Copies of the PROSPECTS bulletin for September were circulated.

(vii) Cycle Trainers training 14/09/07. Details were given for anyone interested.

(viii) Autumn Newsletter. Colin had submitted an article about the Panel’s work on the station.

15. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

16. Working party(ies). See item 10.

17. Time booking. Fiona 2hrs at High St Bridge litter picking and tidying up. Harry asked if it would be possible to give an indication of the number of hours booked in a year. This could be useful when arguing the case for more Council support, etc. Colin said he would work out a figure.

18. Any other business : (i) Hyndburn Community Network questionnaire. Julie had completed this on behalf of the Panel.

(ii) Possible Schedule 106 re Spring St redevelopment. It was likely that the developer would be asked to undertake some projects to benefit the community. Members were asked to think of projects, possibly along the nearby canal. It had also been suggested that following the failure of Lottery bids for the Centre and Holt St, these might be appropriate.

(iii) Rishton Panel leaflet. A leaflet produced for the Huncoat Forum was demonstrated and members were asked to consider whether the Rishton Panel should produce a similar one.

(iv) Prosperity Green team. Prosperity were proposing to set up a green team that could assist Panels with practical work. Further details later.

(v) Prospects Plastics Ltd. It was hope that the new plastics recycling company would commence production in October. This would initially be with the assistance of Recoplas Ltd until such time as PPL could be up and running in its own premises.

(vi) Groundwork Pennine Lancashire. Following reorganisation, this was to be the new title for Groundwork in our area.

(vii) Flower towers. It was noted that Rishton had got two flower towers from the Floral Market Towns initiative at long last, believed to be as a result of the complaints at the last Rishton Area Council meeting. It was regretted however that they were soon vandalised, one of few locations where this had happened.

(viii) Dog dirt/litter. The dog dirt on the towpath seemed to be getting worse again. It didn’t help that the bins didn’t seem to be emptied often enough. And there was a feeling that there should be more litter bins on lamp post. Harry said he would make due representations but all these cases were revenue expenses where money was tight.

19. Dates of next meetings. 02/10/07 (AGM)

06/11/07 (10th birthday)

Minutes of the Eleventh Annual General Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 2nd October 2007.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Beverley Moorhouse, Helen Parker, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton.

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubrey, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth (Gardeners Residents Association), Julie Matindale, Pauleen Roscoe, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone, in particular Patrick for whom this was the first meeting and declared the meeting quorate (minimum 5 members).

3. Membership. The Secretary advised that there were 20 signed up members of the Panel. All those present (except Patrick) were recognised as bona fide members and therefore eligible to vote.

4. Chairman’s Address and Review of the Year. Fiona reviewed the highlights of another active year and thanked everyone for their efforts and support. (See Appendix I).

5. Treasurer’s Report and Accounts. Margaret presented the Financial Statement for the year from 06/09/06 to 06/09/07.

Income into the Current Account for the year was 5466.50, which included 250 from the Foundation for admin expenses; a transfer of 4800 from the Investment Account; a grant of 250 from ACoRP’s Small Grants Fund together with 160 from LCC both towards the special planter on the station; and donations of 6.50 at Rishton Festival.

Expenditure was 5784.50 which included 175.00 for insurance; 408.90 for the special station planter from Prosperity; 4401.15 to Use-It Computers for equipment to upgrade the Rishton web site; Secretary’s expenses of 435.46; 176.25 to MW Graphics for plastic logo labels; the first rent for the use of Primetime of 65 and sundries of 122.74. Once again the Secretary’s expenses included plants, compost, and other gardening and incidental materials used in the Panel’s projects, as well as admin expenses.

Opening balance was 924.85, closing at 606.85.

The Investment Account which ended last year at 7244.48 now stood at 2588.80. Interest of 144.32 had accrued. Margaret was thanked for looking after the Panel’s funds so efficiently once again.

6. Election of Officers and Representatives.

There were no resignations and the existing officers and representatives were willing to stand again. There being no other nominations, the following were proposed by Ruth and seconded by Beverley and unanimously re-elected :

Chairman Fiona Cook

Vice Chairman Lesley Jackson

Treasurer Margaret Worden

Secretary Colin Cooper

Asst Secretary Margaret Worden

PROSPECTS Forum Representatives (2) Margaret Worden, Colin Cooper

PROSPECTS Foundation Management

Committee Representative Colin Cooper

The meeting was reminded that up to 8 members could be elected to the Executive Committee including the Officers above. There were no nominations forthcoming, so it was agreed to leave matters as they stood. However the Chairman stressed that we did not want the running of the Panel to be seen as a ‘closed shop’ and it was always good to have ‘new blood’ and ideas, not least as a safeguard for the future running and continuity of the Panel.

7. Any Other Business. None.

The meeting then passed on to the agenda for the normal meeting.

Appendix 1

Chairman’s Report AGM of Rishton Prospects Panel 2nd October 2007

It is becoming an annual job to try my best to summarise all our activities this past year. Recently Colin has calculated that the monetary value of our volunteering hours is over 6500. What an achievement that is. Not only for the money, which can be used to match fund for other projects, but also for the positive effect this has on the local environment and our own personal satisfaction. Maybe we need to publicise this more, so people can see the value of our organisation to Rishton. We have a lot to celebrate and congratulate ourselves for.

Once again we have a number of projects that are still outstanding and others we were actively involved with or just starting.

The PROSPECTS Foundation was successful in obtaining funding for a further 3 years but with a slightly different emphasis. Initially we were concerned that this could mean the support they give us would be drastically reduced and we would have to work more independently. However these worries were soon proved unnecessary and we continue to be supported very effectively by them and they work hard to develop the principles of Prospects with other groups within Hyndburn. Let’s hope that this will help populate the groups more!

Our adopted home Primetime has had to change it’s make-up during this year. For the last 10 years it has been great to have a free place we can meet regularly, and we are very grateful that Norden School is willing to oversee the continued use of these rooms, despite the withdrawal of funding from Lancashire County Council. We appreciate that we will now have to pay towards this but look forward to working with the School in the future.

As Adopters of Rishton Station we have had a busy and productive year. Our hard work was recognised by Brian Haworth, Community Rail Development Officer, LCC., when he entered us for ACoRPs Community Rail Awards. We were not successful this year, but feel that there is plenty of time to develop our work on the station further and enter again. Earlier in the year a new very long, thin planter, made especially by Prosperity Recycling, was erected next to a beautifully cleaned and refurbished stonework Rishton sign on the Blackburn platform. (Thanks to the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (Hyndburn) who provided the water supply for much of this work.) We have continued to re-plant the other planters and borders and report problems to Northern Rail. At long last they seem to manage to keep most of the lights working!!

However one of the most exciting developments is that of the refurbishment and reinstatement of the car park as a really useful facility for rail users in Rishton, Great Harwood and the surrounding area. This will be funded by Lancashire County Council, and as I write this we hope that work will be starting later this year.

Northern Rail are so appreciative of our work that they provided many opportunities for us to liaise with them at conferences and free/subsidised trips across much of North Britain. Some of our members have been to Dalegarth on the Ravenglass to Eskdale line in the Lakes earlier in the year and others to Scarborough on a special steam train trip. It is nice to know that our work and thoughts are so appreciated. If only we felt equally appreciated by our local council!

Further to our grant of 4800 from Awards for All, for the computer equipment for Rishton Web site development, we have now purchased the equipment with the help of ‘Use -It Computers’ in the village and Paul is at present transferring much of the information on to the new system. I hope that by next year we will be able to get the equipment used by more community groups and be able to link it with the local schools and other groups more effectively. As the ‘Centre’ has not been refurbished and made sufficiently secure to house the system server as ultimately planned, it is intended that it will be placed at ‘Use- It Computers’ ’s premises on a temporary basis. (Thanks to Graeme)

The very wet summer has meant that we have had some very damp working party sessions and events. Unfortunately it meant that, though the Rishton Festival did go ahead successfully in July, the field was so wet that we as a Panel cancelled our proposed activity which was to be a celebration of the PROSPECTS Foundation’s 10th birthday. However we did manage to decorate the procession route with some beautiful PROSPECTS flowers, ably made by some of our members from recycled materials obtained from Sam’s Scrapstore, Blackburn. We also joined in the procession and put up our new hexagonal gazebo containing a display of all the work we are doing and aim to do around the village. Perhaps the best publicity we got from this though, was the fact that we had arranged some food for our participants and in the end had enough to spare to willingly share among many of the other most grateful stallholders!!

Some of our members have been able to join in the Foundation 10th Birthday celebrations of other PROSPECTS groups around Hyndburn. It has been most interesting to see what the other groups are getting up to. What a magnificent achievement for so many volunteers. Imagine how much monetary value that would all add up to! Next month we will be having our own DO… a buffet at Primetime celebrating locally produced food and an opportunity to show others groups what we have been up to. I hope you will all be able to come, help a little with the planning and execution, as well as enjoying yourselves. Sorry there’s always a catch.

We are also lending our support to a project to try and encourage the whole community to become involved in Rishton in Bloom. This we hope will eventually make Rishton a more colourful environment in the future. Meetings have been held with Rishton Horticultural Society and other interested people. Experts have been to discuss the process and how best to go ahead. It is hoped that our first entry will be in 2008 in the Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood Awards category. It will not be a small project, but by involving other groups we will be helping to engender more community spirit within the village and gain some spin-off publicity.

Ongoing projects have included;

Carbon Footprint Challenge;

Despite some interest after this Foundation project was launched, it proved insufficient for it to become a viable competition and had to be abandoned. However as a Panel we are trying to encourage each of our members to calculate their own Carbon Footprint and try to reduce this within reasonable means.

Maintenance of previous projects;

This continues to be a big job. We have monthly working parties to clear litter, replant, and clear paths and generally maintain the projects we completed in previous years. Once again Colin has done much of the work during the week; though with more and more of our members retiring they are helping too. Thank you everybody.

We continue to work with other local groups to improve Rishton, its environment and facilities. These have included:

Working with Rishton Area Council and Craig Horabin (HBC) to complete work along the White Path between Rishton and Great Harwood and to push for the woodlands in Cut Wood to be managed.

Working with our County and Local councillors on many different projects around the town.

Continued work and support for David Haworth and The Gardeners Residents Association on the Holt St Recreation Ground and the plan for its development into a excellent playing field/sports type resource for the village.

Liaising with PACT/ RAG and Friends of Rishton Youth on the refurbishment of the ‘Centre’ and the continued maintenance of the shrubbery at the play area and skate facility on Harwood Rd Recreation Ground.

Liaising with local schools

Supporting the PROSPECTS Foundation as the lead body in trying to get Hyndburn ‘Fair Trade Borough’ status, by canvassing local shops/businesses to stock/use Fairtrade products

Our members have participated in training/socials provided/organised by he PROSPECTS Foundation and taken part in working parties organised by the Foundation and other PROSPECTS Panels.

We were sorry to have to say goodbye to Ian Plested the Foundation’s Development Manager, but wish him well in his new job and we were pleased to welcome his replacement, Ellie Taylor, at our last meeting in September. We look forward to working with her and the team. We are very grateful for the support and encouragement of the Foundation and its staff, without their support we would be much less effective in our objectives.

It has been another busy year, with even more work planned for the forthcoming year. Thank you for all your hard work.

Fiona Cook

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 2nd October 2007 (following the 11th AGM).

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Beverley Moorhouse, Helen Parker, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton.

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubrey, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth (Gardeners Residents Association), Julie Matindale, Pauleen Roscoe, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

3. Minutes of previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 04/09/07 were approved and signed as a correct record.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Cut Wood Park woodland management. Awaiting Katie Morley (HBC Parks) to make contact to assist with survey in Cut Wood. Expected soon?

(ii) Bulbs. To be followed up with Shirley Parkinson (HBC Parks) to see if there would be any allocation to community groups this year. [Later : Ursula Reilly (HBC Area Councils (Rishton)) advised that Rishton Area Council had been allocated 200 for bulbs and was the Panel interested? She was advised that we would be very interested and it was agreed mixed daffodils/narcissus and crocus would be ordered for us.]

(iii) Meteorological Station. Gordon had no progress to report. Still to draw up a weather station spec to circulate to local schools to see what interest there might be.

(iv) Fly tipping – ‘white path’. No change. The item of white goods was still down the banking and the fence at the entrance still needed repair. Harry had raised the latter with Craig Horabin but would follow both up. [Later : Colin also followed up with Craig as he also had to report that part of the fence bordering the picnic area and the car part at Norden Field had been vandalised.]

(v) Annual volunteer hours booked. In the period August 2006 to July 2007 Colin had calculated from our time bookings that we had put in approximately 850 man-hours. At the normally accepted rate per hour for conversion of 7.50, this equated to 6375. This had been referred to in the Chairman’s Annual Report.

(vi) Letter to Council Leader re more recognition of voluntary groups. Fiona said this was still something she intended to do. Lesley reported that Hyndburn Community Network’s Over 50s Forum was having an Age Awareness Event on the 9th November 2007 when individuals and groups in that age group would be recognised for the contribution they made to the community. This would go some way to meeting the point Fiona was making. There were various categories and we were being invited to put forward nominations.

(vii) Section 106 re Spring St redevelopment. Harry reported that the project was not at that point yet and in fact planning permission might not yet be given because it was felt the scheme as proposed was not of high enough quality.

(viii) Rishton Panel leaflet. It was agreed we should have one (similar to Huncoat’s) but discussion should be held over to another occasion.

(ix) Dog dirt/litter. There was further discussion about the problem but it was agreed there was no easy solution. It would be interesting to know what streets/area the Council sweeper covered and what the part-time caretaker did. Regarding the towpath, Colin suggested that in conjunction with the dog warden, Panel members might man the entrances from dawn to dusk one day in the summer asking people with dogs if they had pooh bags with them, thus drawing attention to the problem.

5. Treasurer’s Report. See AGM minutes.

6. PROSPECTS Foundation 10th Birthday – 6th November 2007. It was agreed to have a separate meeting to work on the details to which any members were welcome. Margaret offered hospitality at her home (10 Beech Close) on Monday 8th October 2007 at 7.00pm. It was agreed that in addition to other Panels, we should invite representation from other community groups, schools, police and Use-It Computers.

There had been no response to Colin’s email to Jennet re possible involvement of their family business (in pickles and other local produce). Miles said he would follow this up. Failing this, Lamberts, the cheese stall in Accrington market that we were using for cheeses also did chutneys, etc.

Colin to ask Beverley if there was an internet connection into Primetime that we could tap into to pick up www.rishton.net. We should also be able to use our new laptop to show a selection of photos.

7. www.rishton.net. Most of the new equipment was now available but some loose ends still needed tying up between Fiona, Paul and Use-It. Fiona to follow up.

8. Benches. Colin was finalising the application to Awards for All. He was also completing an application to Rishton Area Council for a balance of about 2600, which was the shortfall from AfA due to the maximum we could apply for being 5200 because of the award of 4800 for the web site. [Later : Rishton Area Council at its meeting 16/10/07 awarded the Panel 2951, much to everyone’s delight. The AfA application was submitted 18/10/07]

9. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. Margaret was in touch with Shirley Parkinson to arrange for her to come and talk to the RiB group to give us the benefit of her experience and indicate where we could expect help from HBC Parks. [Later : arranged for 11/10/07]

10. Canal. There had been a modest turn-out for the working party to do some more tidying up on the beds at High St bridge 10/10/07 and the area looked better for their efforts. It would need another blitz before Winter with a lot of the shrubs now needing to be severely cut back.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. The light on the ramp had been playing up. This had been reported and the bulb had quickly been replaced. Incidentally the previous yellow bulb had been replaced with a white one which was giving a much brighter light.

(ii) Car Park. The County Councillors’ visit 14/09/07 Miles had organised had been brief but they had been able to see what we had achieved and the state of the ‘car park’. The car park scheme was now going through the planning process at County.

(iii) Station Plaque. No news, and the main promoter within Northern had gone on maternity leave!!

(iv) ACoRP Conference – Tourism and Rural railways – 22/11/07. Colin gave details of this conference should anyone be interested in going.

(v) Future improvement including no-mans land. While we might not be able to do much at the moment, we ought to be planning ahead in preparation for late Winter/early Spring

(vi) Regional Stakeholder Conference, Clitheroe – Wednesday 10/10/07. Colin, Gordon and Steve were going to attend (Geoff was away).

(vii) New Adopters Application. Single adopters (as opposed to group adopters like us) received some concessionary rail travel. Some had been abusing this ‘perk’ and as a result all single adopters were having to reapply. We had received new application paperwork but it transpired this had been sent in error.

12. Food Growing Project. Nothing new to report.

13. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. a) Policing matters. At the PACT meeting 19/09/07 reports were given on various criminal and nuisance incidents, continuing efforts to combat alcohol problems, motor cycle nuisance, etc. The community police had been active in trying to get to the root of the problems that had led to the virtual destruction of the Ladybird Garden in Chapel St, with a view to paving the way for a sustainable refurbishment of that area. GRA had asked for assistance from the Panel when it came to replanting, etc.

Speeding on Blackburn Rd was also reported on and also restorative justice initiatives related to graffiti incidents.

b) Rishton Action Group. Lesley had called a meeting of potential interested parties 17/10/07 to see about resurrecting the RAG under a new title of Rishton Action Network.

c) Centre refurbishment. Following the failure of the Big Lottery funding application, Lesley had had discussion with David Welsby, HBC’s Managing Director to see what other avenues for funding might be explored. She was also talking to the architect to see what might be done to make immediate use of the SITA grant of 14000 before it expired at the end of the year.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : 24/10/07, then 16/01/08, both at the Centre at 6.00pm.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Aileen Moriarty of Groundwork was in discussion with Craig Horabin (HBC Parks) to see if some funding might be made available by HBC to enable Groundwork to prepare a new Big Lottery application. Colin had also asked Ellie Taylor if the Foundation could assist in some way.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 19/09/07 Lesley had updated those present on the current situation following our failed bid to the Big Lottery (see (i)c above). Dorothy Casey reported that she had written to SITA requesting an extension of their deadline and the reasons why. Lesley advised that the YMCA were interested in refurbishing the flat as accommodation for two suitably chosen young people. This would once again provide income to meet the Centre’s costs.

Bob Flood (Norden Headteacher) had reported the excellent news that they had received a grant of 10000 for their environmental group to refurbish two enclosed quads in the School. They were also setting up a ‘green team’ (with their own distinctive green jumpers), to do litter picking and other environmentally friendly activities around school and in the community.

Christine Hammerton, the Treasurer, reported a year end balance of 753.52 of which 265 was left over from the Festival grant and had to be spent on appropriate activities and 296 was earmarked as a contribution to the Centre refurbishment; leaving 192.52 for general use.

Next meeting : 17/10/07, then 14/11/07, both at the Centre at 6.00pm.

14. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. No change.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. At the steering group meeting 27/09/07 the situation on retail and catering outlets was updated and various courses of action were identified to try and achieve the target figures. Mike was keen to achieve this before he left in Jan 2008. Next meeting 01/11/07.

(iii) 10th Birthday Celebrations. Events to come were : Clayton with Altham – social at Millennium Baby Woodland, Saturday 20/10/07 ; Rishton Lancashire Fayre, Tuesday 06/11/07 ; Huncoat – tree planting, Spouthouse, Saturday 24/11/07 10.00am (free lunch); Great Harwood – Nature Trail walk, Sunday 02/12/07, 1.00pm.

(iv) Wind farm. At the consultation stage.

(v) Autumn Newsletter. This was now available on-line including an article about the Rishton Panel’s work on the station.

(vi) Mike leaving. Sadly Mike was leaving at the end of January 2008 to go and work for 18 months or more in Sierra Leone. His post had already been advertised and the hope was that someone could be appointed with an overlap before Mike left.

15. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

16. Working party(ies). We would soon need to be planting up the bed on the bridge at High St and the planters on the station. Ruth was planning to go to Gordon Riggs and would look out for bulbs and wallflowers. Colin would look at B&Q for heathers, bulbs and polyanthus. Appropriate planting working parties would then be arranged.

Further working parties would be required when the Area Council funded bulbs arrived.

17. Time booking. Margaret I hour on accounts, Fiona 1 hour at High St bridge, Steve/Ruth 2hrs general litter picking.

18. Any other business : None.

19. Dates of next meetings. 06/11/07 (Foundation 10th birthday celebration)

04/12/07

6th November 2007

No meeting was formed due to the tenth anniversary celebrations of the PROSPECTS group being formed.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 4th December 2007.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Julie Matindale, Patrick Troughton.

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, Cllr Stan Horne, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Beverley Moorhouse, Helen Parker, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Pauleen Roscoe had indicated that she did not feel she was able to support both the Panel and Rishton in Bloom, so she had decided in favour of the latter. She was thanked for the support she had given the Panel and members looked forward to working with her on Rishton in Bloom.

Fiona welcomed those present and in particular Julie who had been seriously ill and everyone wished her well with her continuing and future treatments.

3. Minutes of previous meeting. Gordon had pointed out that he was not actually present for the AGM (02/10/07) but had arrived in time for the meeting that followed. The AGM was however still quorate [1/4 of membership (18) = 4.5 (min 4)]. The minutes of the AGM and meeting were approved as amended and signed as a correct record.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Cut Wood Park woodland management. Still awaiting Katie Morley (HBC Parks) to make contact to assist with survey in Cut Wood. Overdue.

(ii) Bulbs. Ursula Reilly (HBC Area Councils (Rishton)) had advised that Rishton Area Council had been allocated 200 for bulbs and she had therefore arranged for mixed daffodils/narcissus and crocus to be ordered for us. These had been delivered and working parties 13/11/07 and 15/11/07 had planted approx 500 daffodil/narcissus on the grass verge on Blackburn Rd just before the lay-by (extension of last years planting) and approx 500 on the banking above the ‘paper mill’ (bolstering last years planting). A working party 28 /11/07 had planted approx 2600 crocus bulbs in the grass outside the doctor’s surgery and clinic (with permission from Dr Hancock). [A further 400 crocus had since been planted at the station at the bottom of the steps on the ‘Blackburn’ platform.] Fiona thanked all those who had taken part in the working parties.

(iii) Meteorological Station. Gordon had no progress to report. He agreed that the item be ‘side lined’ until he had had time to pursue it further.

(iv) Fly tipping – ‘white path’. No change. The fence on the corner at the entrance from Norden Field still needed replacing. And now the fence dividing the car park and the picnic area just over the bridge (end Spring St) had been vandalised allowing motorbikes to go through the picnic area on to the towpath. Colin had brought both to the attention of Craig Horabin who agreed to have them attended to.

The item of white goods was believed to be still down the banking on the ‘white path’.

(v) Letter to Council Leader re more recognition of voluntary groups. Fiona said this was still something she intended to do.

(vi) Hyndburn Community Network Over 50s Forum Ambassadors Awards. The awards were in a number of categories recognising the invaluable part those over age 50 made via their voluntary/community groups. Fiona and Lesley had nominated Colin on behalf of the Panel in the ‘Thriftiest over 50’ category (fund raising). This had not been a simple process with a complex and detailed form to fill in for which they were thanked. At HCN’s Age Awareness event at Accrington Town Hall 09/11/07 Colin had been declared the winner in this category and had been presented with a plaque and 100 worth of Oswaldtwistle Mill’s (sponsors) vouchers for the Panel to use. He was congratulated.

(vii) Rishton Panel leaflet. With Donna leaving, this would now have to be followed up with her replacement.

(viii) Dog dirt/litter. Still to find out what areas the regular sweeper and part-time ‘caretaker’ covered.

5. Treasurer’s Report. In Margaret’s absence there was no report. It was believed there had been little change from the report at the AGM except that we had received a cheque for 2791 from Rishton Area Council towards the ‘Benches’ project.

6. PROSPECTS Foundation 10th Birthday – 6th November 2007. It was felt this had been a great success with 36 people attending(13 Rishton Panel; 8 Foundation/other Panels; 11 other Rishton community group/police representatives; 4 others). The hot pot and veggie option supplied by Kelly’s Kitchen had been very tasty (but over generous). Lamberts from Accrington Market had put on a good display of cheeses (and made reasonable sales) and provided a good selection for consumption on the night washed down with their dandelion & burdock or sasparilla cordial. Beverley had worked hard with Norden technicians to put a computer link into the room to display the Rishton web site. Unfortunately Paul was having technical problems so the PROSPECTS Foundation web site was displayed instead. Steve Colling entertained with some Lancashire dialect poems/tales and Fiona provide a Foundation 10th birthday cake which Phil Barwood as Chairman of the Foundation cut after blowing out the candles! To his pleasant surprise, Colin was presented with his own birthday cake and card signed by all present, it being his birthday also.

Fiona warmly thanked those who had attended and those who had worked so hard in many ways to make the event the success it was.

7. www.rishton.net. Paul was busy getting the new equipment set up where necessary. A few omissions, modification and additions were being negotiated with ‘Use-It’ who were being very helpful.

David advised that the rental for the domain names (Rishton.net and Rishton.org) was due soon. It was agreed that the Panel should pay for this and David would let Colin have the necessary details.

8. Benches. The initial application to Awards for All for 5200 to go with the Area Council’s 2791 had been returned for further information. They also wanted a different referee and Colin approached the PCT for support. They are responsible for the Healthy Walking ‘Stepping Out’ groups, including Rishton’s who had helped Paul in his survey. Their support was readily given. The application had been resubmitted and it was hoped a decision would be made by Christmas. Early work could be done with the Area Council grant but it had been decided to wait for the AfA decision before proceeding.

9. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. The RiB group had met with Shirley Parkinson (HBC Parks) 11/10/07 and she had given useful advice from her experience of organising entries in the BiB competition for another authority. The provisional judging route had been decided.

It was to start at the Parish Church with a short presentation which might include something from Norden HS about their efforts to become an eco-school (they had just received a grant for 10000 from AfA to aid them in their efforts to gain a bronze award initially). Thereafter the judges would be taken up Blackburn Rd past the ‘Turrets’ where Shirley indicated HBC Parks would try and do something to replace the ‘tired’ rose bed; to the Esplanade and Cenotaph; along Thornhill Ave and the ‘back field’ to Shaw Brook Close and on to the station, where it was hoped the car park refurbishment would have been completed; then up Station Rd back to the Parish Church.

Leaflets had been posted into all the houses on the route and some into the side roads, advising them what was being planned and asking for their cooperation. Letters had been given to all the businesses on the High St and the schools. Bob Flood from Norden and Anthony Greenhalgh from St Peter and St Pauls had promised support.

The initial presentation would include photos of other parts of the village where enhancement work was being done (eg bulb planting) and Colin had taken some ‘before’ photos of many of these sites.

10. Canal. There was a need for another working party at High St bridge to clear dead vegetation and cut back some of the shrubs. It was agreed to have one on Saturday 15th December 2007 at 9.30am.

The working party 30/10/07 had successfully planted up the bed on the bridge with wallflowers, primroses and a mixture of bulbs. Some of the primroses had gone ‘missing’ and had been replaced, only to disappear again. There were however sufficient left to make a show.

Colin had been trying to pursue the provision of a roller on the towpath at High St bridge to replace one that used to be there when the horse drawn barges came through to prevent the tow rope chaffing on the bridge stonework. It was proving more difficult than he thought but he would persist. It had been done elsewhere and a visit to some locations might help.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Two of the three litter bins had been destroyed by vandals but had been replaced within a week of being reported.

(ii) Car Park. Expenditure on the car park scheme had been approved by LCC. There had been one objection to the scheme but it was expected to go ahead early in the New Year.

(iii) Station Plaque. Still no news and Brian Haworth/Simon Clarke had not responded to Colin’s chasing emails (twice).

(iv) Working party. The planters had been successfully cleared and replanted 31/10/07.

(v) Improvement to no-mans land. This needed to be picked up with Brian Haworth and local residents soon if something was to be done before Spring (ie while the vegetation had died down).

(vi) Regional Stakeholder Conference, Clitheroe – Wednesday 10/10/07. This had been attended by Colin, Gordon and Steve. There was nothing of particular significance to report.

(vii) Photographic Competition ‘Railways in the Community’. Deadline for entries was 31/03/08. Winning photos would be displayed at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe to coincide with Community Rail Weekend 16th to 18th May 2008. Three age groups : under 12 ; 12 – 17 ; Adult (at the closing date). Further details from Colin. It was suggested the Accrington Camera Club be informed.

12. Food Growing Project. Nothing new to report.

13. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAN. a) Policing matters. Johanna had facilitated a visit 26/11/07 to Greenbank police HQ for a number of PACT members to see the main control room in operation and to see the CCTV monitoring. In this way it was hoped to develop a better understanding of both. The visit had proved very informative and had achieved its aim.

There was further discussion in the PACT meeting 21/11/07 about the refurbishment of the Ladybird Garden which the community police and local councillors had been instrumental in facilitating with local residents, particularly those with children who had been doing most of the damage. David reported that Park View nurseries had offered to provide new plants for the community and local children to plant. It was hoped that involving the children would engender more respect. Park View themselves would plant some new trees because of the specialist nature of such planting. It was planned to do this in March/April, the community planting being done under the auspices of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel to provide the necessary risk assessments and insurance cover.

It was noted that the PACT Surgery normally held each Monday in the Centre was being moved to the Library. This was to deter some unruly elements that were causing a nuisance in the Library at about that time.

b) Rishton Action Network. At a meeting 04/10/07 RAN was formally constituted with David Haworth as Chairman and Lesley Jackson as Secretary. A constitution was to be adopted in due course. It was agreed that initially the prime aims would be the Centre refurbishment and the Holt St Rec redevelopment.

In the meantime, it had come to notice that Blackburn with Darwen in its Core Strategy were seeking to take over Hyndburn land in the Philips Rd to Cut Lane green belt corridor for industrial development. A letter of objection had been sent to BwD by RAN on behalf of various community groups. There had been a distinct lack of proper consultation.

c) Centre refurbishment. Lesley was still looking for other possible sources of funding and negotiating with SITA over an extension of their end of year deadline for the use of their 14000 grant.

There had been an interesting enquiry from the YMCA who were looking to refurbish the flat as young peoples’ accommodation. This would , if successful a) enhance the flat and b) provide useful income.

Next PACT meeting : 16/01/08, at the Centre at 6.00pm.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Aileen Moriarty of Groundwork had requested a meeting with interested parties to help her with a renewed application to the Big Lottery for funding for the project. It seemed Craig Horabin (HBC Parks) was to provide funding to Groundwork to enable them to proceed further, which was welcomed. The meeting was to take place the following day (05/12/07) at the Centre at 2.00pm.

Colin reported that a recent list of potential Local Nature Reserves in the area, while not having Holt St Recreation Ground in the primary 5 for development, did list it among five other potential sites for the future.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. In Lesley’s absence, there was no report.

14. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. Mike was awaiting the outcome of an application to ‘Awards for All’ for 1000 to fund the production of the new leaflet.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. At its meeting 22/11/07 Mike had been able to report that the target figures for retail and catering outlets had just about been achieved and it was proposed to make application to the Fairtrade Foundation for Fairtrade status for the Borough before the year end. The hope was to be able to announce success during Fairtrade Fortnight (w/c 25/02/08 and 03/03/08).

(iii) 10th Birthday Celebrations. The last event was to be the Great Harwood Nature Trail walk on Saturday 08/12/07, starting at the Lodge on Allsprings Drive at 1.00pm.

(iv) Wind farm. Still at the consultation stage.

(v) Winter Newsletter. This was now available on-line.

(vi) Mike’s replacement. Gemma Tomlinson had been appointed to start 02/01/08, so having a months overlap before Mike left. She lived locally, had experience with Mersey Basin Trust and had done volunteer work with the Baxenden Forum (PROPSPECTS). It was hoped she might attend our January 2008 meeting.

(vi) Donna leaving. Donna had handed in her resignation and would be leaving 05/12/07 to work for Capita in Blackburn in a marketing capacity which she was keen to pursue. Her post had been advertised but no overlap would be possible. A presentation was to be made to her at the Quiz Night.

(vii) Quiz Night. This annual event was to take place at the ‘Buy the House’ Lounge, Accrington Stanley on Thursday 06/12/07 at 8.00pm. We hoped to enter at least one team. Margaret was coordinating our entry. Proceeds were to go to support Hangha School, Kenema, Sierra Leone – Mike’s project.

15. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

16. Working party(ies). Saturday 15/12/07, High St bridge, 9.30am (see 10 above).

17. Time booking. Mary I hour litter picking Cut Wood, Patrick 1 hour sorting out refuse bags.

18. Any other business :

(i) Sausage Factory. Patrick reported that there was a problem in this area regarding black bags of refuse being left out by flat dwellers. He was frequently having to tidy the area by putting these bags in other people’s wheelie bins. He was advised to report the problem to HBC’s Environmental Health Dept and also to mention it to one of our local councillors.

19. Dates of next meetings. With our normal meeting night in January being New Year’s Day, it was agreed we should meet instead on Thursday 03/01/08. Colin said this would be acceptable to Norden but we would have to meet in the other room as the Cycling Club had first choice on a Thursday.

Following meeting : Tuesday 05/02/08