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Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 3rd January 2008.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Cllr Harry Grayson, Ruth Colling.

2. Apologies : Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Gordon Baldam, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Julie Martindale, Beverley Moorhouse, C. Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer). Gemma Tomlinson (PROSPECTS Community Development Officer designate).

Fiona welcomed those present and wished all members a Happy New Year. Most of those sending their apologies had also sent their best wishes. Christmas and New Year wishes had also been received from Sally Henfield (Lancashire Telegraph), Northern Rail and ACoRP.

3. Minutes of the previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 04/12/07 were agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Cut Wood Park woodland management. Colin had spoken to Katie Morley (HBC Parks) recently, who had assured him that the survey in Cut Wood Park was still on the list but having taken on many of the responsibilities previously undertaken by Mark Cocks (Trees Officer) on top of her own, prioritising her projects was all the more difficult.

(ii) Fences on the ‘white path’ and car park. Craig Horabin had advised Colin that requests for both had been issued and they were awaiting price quotations.

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

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

(iv) Rishton Panel leaflet. To be raised again when Victoria Ingham (Donna’s replacement) had settled in.

(v) Dog dirt/litter. Still to find out what areas the regular sweeper and part-time ‘caretaker’ covered. Harry promised to follow this up in time for the next meeting.

(vi) Bin bags in sausage factory area. In Patrick’s absence, there was no up-to-date information.

(vii) Hyndburn Freecycle. Gordon had joined Hyndburn Freecycle. Members who had surplus items to give away could advertise these on the Freecycle network and likewise members could pick up advertised items for free (but might have to arrange collection). The aim amongst other things was to reduce stuff going to landfill. Gordon would be happy to give further information.

(viii) Ossy Mills vouchers. Colin had collected the 100 worth of vouchers from Ossy Mills, given as the prize at the ‘Over 50’s’ HCN event. He had also established that the diminished garden centre area there was only temporary and there should be a bigger area in Spring when we might want to spend the vouchers on plants, etc. It was questioned whether the vouchers had a expiry date. Colin to check. [Later : there was no expiry date indicated.]

(ix) Foundation Quiz night. We had entered two teams who had enjoyed the evening but felt that once again it had gone on too long. This to be registered with the organisers. Donna had been presented with leaving gifts and those who had given to this fund were warmly thanked.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported that the current a/c @ 06/12/07 stood at 2851.63 of which 2591.00 (not 2791.00 as previously reported) was for the Benches Project which it was proposed should be transferred to the investment a/c pro-tem. The investment a/c stood at 2600.20.

Margaret was looking into the possibility of internet banking.

6. www.rishton.net. Paul was making good progress with setting up the new equipment and the server would soon be ready to be relocated back at ‘Use-It’. The digital camera had been returned for replacement as the one supplied did not have a conventional viewfinder (as well as a screen) which we had asked for. ‘Use-It’ were still to supply some extra bits and pieces to make the system more user friendly.

Unfortunately the screen on the laptop had been cracked but Paul was at a loss to know how it had happened. ‘Use-It’ were looking into the cost of a repair. Because we had not yet been able to find suitable insurance cover, there was no chance of recovery from this source.

David had supplied Colin with the details to enable the re-registering of the domain names (rishton.net and rishton.org) and this had been done. The cost, out of Panel funds as agreed, was 25 each plus vat (58.75) and would last for two years.

7. Benches. We had been advised just before Christmas that our application to Awards for All (5200) had been successful except for 380 which related to a maintenance allowance over five years which they were not prepared to fund. The money would be transferred to our a/c w/c 28/01/08 but news of the award to the media was embargoed until 21/01/08. AfA reserved the right to inform the media themselves first.

Paul had so far obtained sponsors for two of the benches, so the loss of the 380 was not critical. He hoped to get more. Implementation of the project would now be discussed with the installers, Natural Organics, and the benches ordered to suit on Prosperity. We had until 01/05/08 to spend the Rishton Area Council grant and until 20/01/09 to spend the AfA grant

8. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. The RiB Group had had further planning meetings 26/10/08 and 26/11/08. Leaflets had been delivered 29/11/08 to all householders on the judging route and some a little way into side roads off the judging route. This was to give them advanced warning, to tell them a little about the project and to ask for any help they could offer.

It was believed the Auberge had been trying to contact Margaret, hopefully to offer some help. Margaret was following this up. Paul was copying a list of local businesses and an appeal letter that he had prepared for Rishton Festival as an aid to seeking sponsorship for RiB.

HBC Parks had been quoted 8000 to re-tarmac the ‘back field’ path. Ursula Reilly (Area Councils Co-ordinator) was looking into the possibility of funding this from the Rishton Area Council capital budget which had recently been boosted by 21,000.

The next meeting of the Group was planned for 08/01/08 at St Charles presbytery at 10.00am.

9. Canal. The working party 15/12/07 had done a great job tidying up the beds at High St bridge and cutting back shrubs. Colin had previously worked on the cross-canal bed. It had been hoped that HBC Parks would clear the pile of shrub cuttings created and they said they would try to do so, but when they were still there a week later (except for the bits that had been thrown in the canal!) Colin and Trevor moved what was left by car to Heys Lane recycling centre.

Primroses that had ‘gone missing’ twice from the bed on the bridge had been replaced with pansies and so far they were intact.

There was no progress on the rollers and it was agreed to sideline this for the time being.

It was believed there had been further damage to the bench on the picnic site and orange paint daubed on it (and benches/posts on the ‘white path’). To be checked out and police informed.

10. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Nothing to report.

(ii) Car Park. No up to date news. To be followed up.

(iii) Station Plaque. Await return of Kathryn O’Brien from maternity leave.

(iv) Improvement to no-mans land. Still to be picked up with Brian Haworth and local residents. (v) Photographic Competition ‘Railways in the Community’. The Accrington Camera Club had been informed.

11. Food Growing Project. Nothing new to report. Item to be sidelined pro tem.

12. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT. Next meeting 23/01/08.

(ii) RAN. A letter had been sent (22/11/08) on behalf of community groups in Rishton to the Forward Planning and Transport Policy Group,Town Hall, Blackburn objecting to the lack of consultation prior to the publication of the outline plan to develop a large area of Rishton’s green belt as an employment site. It was also expected that this would be a major item at the next meeting of Rishton Area Council on the 14th February 2008.

Date of the next meeting of RAN to be arranged.

(iii) Ladybird Garden. It was noted that Park View had already planted replacement trees. In David’s absence there was no further news on other planting that the Panel had promised to help with.

(iv) Holt St. Representatives of a number of community groups had met with Aileen Moriarty of Groundwork Pennine Lancs at the Centre 05/12/07 to assist her with the preparation of a new Outline Proposal application to the Big Lottery ‘Playful Ideas’. News was received 03/01/08 that this had been successful and Aileen had been asked to proceed with a full application which had to be submitted by 30/06/08. The key to success appeared to be innovation in the play scheme proposed, so some of our original ideas might need to be modified to fit this criterion.

. (v) Centre refurbishment. In Lesley’s absence there was no up-to-date report.

(vi) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 14/11/07, Lesley and Dorothy had no good news regarding alternative funding for the Centre refurbishment scheme. The latest possibility was the Youth Opportunity Fund in the Spring, applications for which had to be young people led.

It was hoped that a new Norden YC leader would be appointed soon [Later : It was reported that Laureen Smith, who has acted in a temporary capacity previously, had been appointed]

Next meeting : 10/01/08 at the Centre at 6.00pm.

13. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. Mike was to apply to ‘Awards for All’ for 1000 to fund the production of the new leaflet. Mike would be taking Gemma round the Trail before he left.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. It was still hoped to be able to announce that Hyndburn had achieved Fairtrade Borough status during Fairtrade Fortnight (w/c 25/02/08 and 03/03/08). There was to be a meeting of the Fairtrade steering group 07/02/08 to plan an appropriate celebratory event.

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

(iv) Donna’s replacement. Margaret had been part of the interview team that had duly offered the post to Victoria Ingham. Victoria had accepted and was to start 04/02/08.

(v) Social Enterprise Development Officer. Funding had been secured from the Big Lottery Fair Share Fund to support this new Foundation post for three years. Following the success of Prosperity, it was hoped this initiative would lead to the setting up of other social enterprises that would be more than self sustaining and thus provide funding streams to support the Foundation’s core activities in the future.

(vii) Foundation Vision/Mission Statement. The Foundation was looking to the Panels to provide a lead on the preparation of a Vision or Mission Statement that put in a nutshell the difference we are trying to make in Hyndburn. Contributions were required for the next Management Committee meeting 27/03/08. It was agreed to discuss this more fully at the next Panel meeting.

14. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret had made a note of some funding suggestions in the latest CVS Newsletter.

15. Working party(ies). It was hoped to do some planting of donated surplus plants, etc from peoples own gardens on the ‘back field’ for Rishton in Bloom but no date had yet been set.

16. Time booking. None, other than working party.

17. Any other business :

(i) Maintenance list. Colin circulated a list of all the projects the Panel had been involved in, most of which carried some responsibility for the Panel to maintain (see next page). He hoped to expand on this to indicate in each case what maintenance work was likely to be required. For the moment, he hoped that members would volunteer to take on responsibility for keeping an eye on a selection of the projects and at least report back to the Panel meetings anything that needed doing. In some cases they might be able to undertake minor work themselves but otherwise their reports could form the basis of planned working parties.

(ii) Big Lottery – People’s 50M. It was noted that Sustrans had been the winner in the recent public poll with its ‘Connect2’ project to transform disused land, create more cycleways, etc. It was believed a number of its proposed schemes were in this area.

(iii) Hyndburn Community Network. As a member organisation, we had been invited to submit nominations for vacant directors positions. It was noted that Lesley was already a director and no new nominations were suggested by the Panel. We were allowed two representatives (one voting) at the AGM 21/01/08. Colin said he was going but there were no other volunteers.

18. Dates of next meetings. The next Panel meetings are due to take place at Primetime on :

Tuesday 05/02/08

Tuesday 04/03/08

RISHTON PROSPECTS PANEL

Project Maintenance List

1. Bulb planting – field, lower Hermitage St.

2. Community Garden – Hermitage St/Parker St.

3. High St bridge :

i) Ornamental gate.

ii) Raised flower bed on bridge.

iii) Original raised flower/shrubbery bed on towpath.

iv) New shrubbery bed on towpath.

v) Rose bed on towpath.

vi) Cross-canal shrubbery bed.

vii) Information board and bench at 48 hour mooring.

4. Viewing point and ‘welcome’ sign near aqueduct.

5. Towpath from High St bridge to Tottleworth bridge :

i) Bulb planting

ii) Path edges and overgrown hedging/trees.

iii) Viewing point.

iv) Steps, kissing gates, etc at Tottleworth bridge.

6. Picnic site and associated kissing gate, fencing, bulb planting, etc.

7. Towpath from Tottleworth bridge to ‘A’ frame gate :

i) Path edges and overgrown brambles/trees.

ii) Path to playing field.

8. ‘White path’.

9. Norden bridge :

i) Bench.

ii) Ornamental gates.

iii) Wild flower banking and ‘welcome’ sign.

10. Bulb planting at Library.

11. Bulb planting on Wilpshire Rd corner.

12. Bulb planting, Blackburn Rd verge.

13. Bulb planting at various Rishton boundary ‘welcome’ signs.

14. Harwood Rd Rec’ shrubbery.

15. Station.

Amended 26/01/08

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 5th February 2008.

1. Present : Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Julie Martindale, Beverley Moorhouse, Mary O’Brien, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton, Paul Wilkinson. Gemma Tomlinson (PROSPECTS Community Development Officer). Vida Walsh (Lancashire Telegraph Internet Journalist) [Part time]

2. Apologies : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Jacqui Achaski, Mary Aubrey, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Cllr Jennet Liddle,

Lesley took the chair in Fiona’s absence through illness and welcomed everyone to the meeting. She gave a particular welcome to Gemma who was attending for the first time and wished her well as she took on Mike’s mantle. She also welcomed Vida and expressed appreciation for the work she was doing developing the LTs community web site initiative.

Colin apologised that he had omitted Julie Martindale and Mary O’Brien from the list of those present at the previous meeting. This was particularly remiss as it had been Mary’s first meeting and she had been warmly welcomed.

3. Minutes of the previous meeting. With the correction above, the minutes of the meeting 03/01/08 were agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Cut Wood Park woodland management. No up-to-date report. To be side-lined until there was some progress.

(ii) Fences on the ‘white path’ and car park. Craig Horabin had referred these to Andrew Hayhurst (HBC Parks) who was to contact Colin to arrange a visit to site [Later : Visit took place 11/02/08]

(iii) Letter to Council Leader re more recognition of voluntary groups. In Fiona’s absence there was no report. However an email of appreciation for the work the Panel did and its contribution to the community had been received (22/01/08) from Cllr Graham Jones the Leader of the Labour Group on the Council. This was much appreciated and it was suggested we now close this item with Fiona’s agreement.

(iv) Rishton Panel leaflet. Victoria Ingham was planning to come to the next Panel meeting and this might present an opportunity to discuss this with her.

(v) Dog dirt/litter. It was reported that the ‘caretaker’ who was available one day a week would work in any area requested. Requests could either be made through Cllr Grayson or through Tom Fearon at HBC. His assistance could be very valuable before the Rishton in Bloom judging to clean up on the route. [Later it was reported at the Rishton Area council meeting 14/02/08 that amongst other things, the caretaker had done litter picking on the towpath, Norden Field and the ‘white path’.]

(vi) Bin bags in sausage factory area. Patrick reported that the problem was to some extent resolved but the Council were still pursuing it and Miles promised to follow it up.

5. Treasurer’s Report. In an email, Margaret reported that the current a/c now stood at 7733.20 including 4800 received from ‘Awards for All’ 28/01/08 as promised for the Benches Project. Margaret was making arrangements to transfer funds from the current a/c to the investment a/c pro tem which stood at 2617.03.

6. Vida Walsh – Lancashire Telegraph Community web sites. Vida gave a laptop demonstration of the developing ‘Your East Lancs’ community web sites and explained that it was hoped these would be used for community news, comment and opinion of all sorts. More correspondents were needed and she encouraged Panel members to sign up. Individuals in their own right would be welcome as well as organisation office holders.

7. www.rishton.net. The server had been returned to Use-It where it would be located until a more permanent home could be arranged, hopefully at the Community Centre. Paul needed now to arrange for the necessary password to enable him to access it. The camera had been exchanged for one with a conventional viewfinder and Paul was very pleased with it. Arrangements were on-going to repair the laptop screen.

8. Benches. An order had been placed with Prosperity for 21 ‘benches’, 7 with backs, 12 without backs and 2 picnic tables. Prosperity had promised they would be ready for collection by the end of February to match Natural Organics plan to allocate March to the installation of as many as possible and continue thereafter. N.O. would collect from Prosperity and store on their premises until required. Paul was liaising with Prosperity on labelling and provision of memorial plaques. So far he had ‘sold’ 3 benches in memoriam and would welcome further sales.

9. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. Members of the RiB group had walked the route 15/01/08 and Margaret had produced a detailed action plan for follow-up. While the intent to enter had been registered with BiB, the official entry forms had not yet been received, nor did we have a precise date when we would be judged. Margaret was following this up. Miles had kindly offered 200 from his LCC allocation and Colin gave him a draft of the necessary application for this.

Rishton Area Council had decided it would not agree to 8000 being spent on the back field path although minor repairs might still be possible. It was still intended to apply to RAC for some financial support seeing they were the first ones to encourage an entry to the competition for Rishton but the group was still trying to evaluate the likely cost.

It was intended to give sunflower seeds to all primary school pupils, not so much as part of the competition entry but to give RiB publicity and encourage interest and participation. It was also hoped to get the schools involved in making banners.

The next meeting of the Group was planned for Tuesday 12/02/08 at St Charles presbytery at 10.00am.

10. Canal. Litter on the towpath area was particularly bad around the viewing point between High St and Tottleworth bridges and around Tottleworth bridge itself. It was agreed to arrange a litter picking working party for Saturday 09/02/08 starting at High St bridge at 9.30am, with the following Saturday in reserve.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Nothing to report.

(ii) Car Park. Detail design work had been subcontracted by LCC in an effort to speed up the process, however some doubt had been cast on the possibility of the refurbishment work being done in time for Rishton in Bloom. There was now also a question about funding when we thought this had been assured before the project started. Colin had asked Miles for assistance in speeding up the process and resolving the funding question and this he was doing.

(iii) Station Plaque. To be side-lined pro-tem.

(iv) Improvement to no-mans land. A meeting had been arranged with Brian Haworth at the station on Friday the 8th February 2008 at 1.00pm. Any Panel members available were welcome to attend.

12. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT. At the meeting 23/01/08, PC Paul Haworth had been introduced as the new CBM designate in addition to Johanna and it was hoped he would be taking up his duties in April. His appointment was welcomed as it was felt that the community policing team was proving increasingly effective in a number of ways not least in reducing anti-social behaviour. A fourth member of the team could only increase its effectiveness still further, all the more so if continuity could be maintained.

It was announced that the dispersal order had been extended for another six months. It had been felt to be a useful tool in reducing juvenile nuisance. Laureen Smith, the new leader at Norden YC had attended for the first time and expressed concern that the application seemed heavy handed at times to young people. She was somewhat reassured when the procedures were explained to her. Priorities agreed for the coming month were still to do with juvenile nuisance/anti-social behaviour in a number of areas and the continuing problem of motor cycle nuisance.

Next meeting 20/02/08.

(ii) RAN. Proposed industrial development in the Whitebirk Area that had been a subject of concern, was to be a major agenda item at the next meeting of Rishton Area Council on the 14th February 2008.

Following RAN’s letter of concern about the lack of consultation, we had been assured that things were still at a very early stage and there would be plenty of time for detailed consultation.

Date of the next meeting of RAN to be arranged.

(iii) Ladybird Garden. In David’s absence there was no further news on the planting that the Panel had promised to help with which was scheduled for March.

(iv) Holt St. We were waiting to hear further from Groundwork Pennine Lancashire (Aileen Moriarty) as to whether they required any assistance as they prepared the full application to the Big Lottery Playful Ideas fund.

(v) Community Centre refurbishment. At the FRY meeting 10/01/08 it was reported that there were problems with the proposal to lease the flat to the YMCA due to the cost of refurbishment which had been costed at 40,000.

It had been decided to proceed with the installation of the disabled toilet with the grant money provided by SITA for the purpose, without waiting for the rest of the scheme, for which there was as yet no funding. It looked now as though the main scheme would have to be done in stages as and when funding could be obtained.

(vi) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 10/01/08, apart from the Community Centre above, reports on Holt St, PACT, Rishton in Bloom and the Green Team at Norden HS were considered.

Next meeting : 13/02/08 at the Centre at 6.00pm.

13. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. Gemma reported that she had walked part of the route with Mike in the pouring rain! They were still awaiting the outcome of their application to ‘Awards for All’ for 1000 to fund the production of the new leaflet.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. It was still hoped to be able to announce that Hyndburn had achieved Fairtrade Borough status during Fairtrade Fortnight (w/c 25/02/08 and 03/03/08). There was to be a meeting of the Fairtrade steering group 07/02/08 to plan events to mark the Fortnight.

(iii) Wind farm. Side-line for now.

(iv) Victoria Ingham. Victoria had started as planned 04/02/08. Colin read out an email from her introducing herself and looking forward to working with the Panels. She hoped to attend our March meeting. One of her first tasks would be to produce the Spring Newsletter and Colin was proposing to do an article on the Benches Project for this.

(v) Social Enterprise Development Officer. Paul Halfpenny had been appointed to this post and was due to start 11/02/08. He had a wealth of experience in this field.

(vii) Foundation Vision/Mission Statement. The Foundation was looking to the Panels to provide a lead on the preparation of a Vision or Mission Statement that put in a nutshell the difference we are trying to make in Hyndburn. Contributions were required for the next Management Committee meeting 27/03/08. It was agreed to discuss this more fully at the next Panel meeting.

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

15. Working party(ies). Litter picking as in 10 above. The planting of donated surplus plants, etc from peoples own gardens on the ‘back field’ for Rishton in Bloom was now planned for Wednesday 27/02/08 at 9.30am on the back field.

16. Time booking. None, other than working party.

17. Any other business :

(i) Maintenance list. Colin still to expand basic list and seek offers of help.

(ii) Recycling at St Charles. Miles had been informed that as from April HBC would be arranging a collection of paper and cardboard from schools on a fortnightly basis. This still left Mrs Casey to create a secure area for storage and she was applying to the Green Partnership for funding for a cage.

(iii) Agenda format. Gordon had suggested that all members be provided with the fully detailed agenda that the Chairman had. Colin said he sent out the agendas with only the basic headings as he felt the full agenda might be off-putting to some but he would be happy to follow Gordon’s suggestion if everyone agreed. There appeared to be general assent to this. .

18. Dates of next meetings. The next Panel meetings are due to take place at Primetime on :

Tuesday 04/03/08

Tuesday 01/04/08

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 4th March 2008.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Julie Martindale, Beverley Moorhouse, Mary O’Brien, C. Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton, Paul Wilkinson. Victoria Ingham (PROSPECTS Publicity and Administration Officer).

2. Apologies : Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqui Achaski, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Jennet Liddle,

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting. She gave a particular welcome to Victoria and wished her well in her new post.

3. Minutes of the previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 05/02/08 were agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Fences on the ‘white path’ and car park. There was no further news following Andrew Hayhurst’s (HBC Parks) visit to look at the problems with Colin 11/02/08..

(ii) Rishton Panel leaflet. Victoria said she would be very happy to work on a leaflet with the Panel once she had settled in.

(iii) Maintenance list. Awaiting Colin to expand on the basic list with and indication of what needed doing in each case.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret had transferred 4820 (AfA grant for benches) to the investment a/c pro-tem. There had been a number of items of expenditure totalling 208.08, which included hire of the room and Secretary’s expenses. Current a/c now stood at 2725.12 and investment a/c at 7417.03.

Margaret reminded everyone that it had been agreed that the Panel would act as bankers for Rishton in Bloom. The Acorn Residents Assn. committee had agreed that as the Assn. had ceased to function, their remaining funds of 50.07 should be given to RiB. This would almost pay for the registration fee of 65.

6. www.rishton.net. Paul reported that he hoped to have the web site up and running the following day. He was in process of identifying a printer to replace the one Use-It had supplied which was not the type we needed. The new camera was giving excellent results.

7. Benches. Installation by Natural Organics was in hand. Prosperity had produced the 19 benches and 2 picnic tables to time, however there had been a problem with the 7 leisure benches (with backs) and the 2 picnic tables. It had not been appreciated, nor had we been prompted, that they would need extended legs for cementing into the ground. Prosperity were therefore dismantling them and fitting longer legs. This might cost us extra. [Later : Prosperity decided not to charge extra]. There had been one or two complaints, mainly in the Tottleworth area, about the location of some of the benches. There were fears about mis-use by youths but in other locations the benefit to walkers, etc was welcomed. Sponsorship was still being sought and this was being advertised through posters and the Lancashire Telegraph community web site.

8. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. Margaret reported that our registration form to enter Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood Awards had been sent off (deadline 31/03/08). A grant of 600 had been received from Rishton Area Council towards the cost of two hexagonal planters ex Prosperity to go on the corner of Station Rd/St Charles Rd. A quotation for these was still awaited, as was clarification on permission to put the planters in this location. Robert Brookes of Park View Nurseries had readily offered to supply plants for the planters and other locations. HBC had offered to replace rusty street name plates on the judging route. We had been advised that we could put posters in bus shelters on a temporary basis. We were not however able to put flower pouches on the lamp posts on Station Rd as this might encourage vandalism of the posts which were notoriously weak aluminium. But we could put them on selected lamp posts on Blackburn Rd.

Ruth reported that Stonehill Garden Centre, Sunnybower had been very helpful. They had offered to supply 2000 sunflower seeds. 2 of these would be given to every primary school pupil and some secondary to encourage them to try growing something and ‘fill Rishton with sunflowers’. Miles suggested the children could take photos of their sunflowers and prizes be given for the best. Ruth and Margaret were to go into the schools to explain more about the scheme. Stonehill had also offered to supply hanging basket kits including a wicker basket, a bracket, soil and 7 assorted plants at a special price of 10 (normal price 15). These should be ordered through Ruth on 883200 by 1st May 2008. Ruth had also obtained details of how to make flower towers out of old tyres.

There had been a very successful working party 27/02/08 to plant a variety of plants culled from people’s gardens along the concrete fence on the ‘back field’ (off Shaw Brook Close/St Alban’s Rd). Efforts to get something done about the path were on-going.

Margaret and Ruth were commended for the achievements of the RiB group so far. Other ideas like getting schools involved in poster making, etc were also on-going. Margaret had arranged for the Panel to have its own card for SAMS and she and Ruth were planning a visit.

Next RiB group meetings : 05/03/08 and 02/04/08, both at the Parish Church at 7.30pm.

9. Canal. Two successful working parties had been held on Saturdays 09/02/08 and 16/02/08 to clear litter on the towpath around the viewing point between High St and Tottleworth bridges and around Tottleworth bridge itself. Approx 4 blue sacks of cans/plastic bottles, 2 boxes of glass bottles and a dozen bin bags of non recyclable rubbish plus other items had been collected and taken to Heys Lane recycling centre.

Unfortunately there was nothing we could do about the amount of rubbish in the canal itself, other than report it to British Waterways.

10. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. One of the litter bins had been vandalised again but had been replaced by ISS (station maintenance contractor).

(ii) Car Park. Detail drawings were expected that week from the subcontractor.

(iii) Improvement to no-mans-land. A working party was agreed for Saturday 15/03/08 at 9.30am to make a start on clearing some of the ground of debris of various sorts. It was not known exactly what we would find. Harry would enquire about a skip from AAA mini skips at the pit yard. Colin would inform the local residents.

11. Holt St Recreation Ground. Groundwork Pennine Lancashire had asked for a consultation event over the plans for the Rec’ as part of their new application to the Big Lottery. Bob Flood had offered the main hall at Norden HS & Sports College on Friday evening 07/03/08 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, free of charge. Groundwork would mount a display and be present to answer questions and receive suggestions. They had prepared leaflets to go to all pupils at Norden to take home and Year 6 at the primary schools. A RAN team had done a leaflet drop to all houses ‘below the bridge’. It was hoped there would be an impressive response on the night.

12. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT. At the meeting 20/02/08 the previously identified priority areas were reviewed. The bottom of Spring St was a particular concern with the derelict houses being an attraction to vandals. Until the area was redeveloped, there was little the police could do except report problems to Piccadilly Partners, the developers. This they were doing. The police reported on various other incidents which indicated they were actively tackling problems, to good effect.

A meeting was arranged for 26/02/08 to discuss an exit strategy once the recently renewed dispersal order expired.

Next meetings : 20/02/08 & 23/04/08 at 6.00pm at Copperhouse.

(ii) RAN:

(a) Holt St Recreation Ground. Members of RAN had met informally to assist with arrangements for the Holt St Rec’ consultation evening. A date had still to be arranged for another formal meeting of RAN.

(b) Community Centre refurbishment. Installation of the disabled toilet with the grant money provided by SITA was well in hand. It was hoped to use money from Rishton Area Council to buy a new boiler. Various other sources of funding were being pursued by FRY so that other phases of the project as advised by the architect could go ahead bit by bit.

(c) Rishton Festival. Because there were not enough funds to have a full-blown event (4000/5000 was needed), it had been decided to try to hold a smaller event this year using Norden HS and Sports College car park for charity stalls, etc; Primetime for refreshments and facilities; and the School hall for displays and entertainment. All this being subject to agreement by the School. This would be held on Saturday 12th July 2008 from about 11.30am to 4.00pm.

There would be no procession, nor mobile stage, therefore saving considerable expense. If it rained, the event could be squeezed into Primetime. It was hoped to do some major fund raising in the following 12 months to have a major event once again in 2009 (on the refurbished Bottom Rec?!)

(d) Ladybird Garden. David was still hoping to arrange a planting working party with local residents and children, assisted by the Panel, late March/early April.

(e) Rishton Development. There had been a presentation at the Rishton Area Council Meeting 14/02/08 about possible developments for industrial and other uses in the Whitebirk area. Assurances were given that nothing was ’set in stone’ and there would be plenty of time for consultation. However, RAN’s letter of concern about possible loss of green belt land had been noted. Miles explained the processes that would have to be gone through in more detail, but there was still great concern and a determination to watch developments closely.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 13/02/08, apart from Holt St Rec’ and the Community Centre above, reports on Rishton in Bloom, Norden YC and the Green Team at Norden HS were received and discussed.

Next meetings : 19/03/08 and 20/04/08 at the Centre at 6.00pm.

13. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Victoria Ingham. Victoria introduced herself to the Panel and assured everyone that she would help the Panel in any way she could, as Donna had done. She was thoroughly enjoying the work so far. One of her first tasks had been to produce the Spring Newsletter and this she hoped to have out the following week.

She asked everyone to take particular note of a proposed Garden Party at Oswaldtwistle Mills on the 12th August 2008. ‘Ossy’ Mills were making PROSPECTS their ‘charity of the year’ this year and this was to be a major fund raising event which it was hoped all the Panels would participate in. It would also hopefully raise the profile of PROSPECTS.

Victoria asked to be kept informed of Panel activities which she hoped to join in with when she was able.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. The Foundation had been successful in its application to ‘Awards for All’ for 1000 to fund the production of the new leaflet which would now be going ahead.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Details were given of the showing of the film ‘Black Gold’ at the Hyndburn Voluntary and Community Resource Centre, Cannon St on Thursday 6th March 2008 at 7.30pm. This was one of the activities planned for Fairtrade Fortnight (w/c 25/02/08 and 03/03/08).

There was still no news about the Borough achieving Fairtrade status during the Fortnight.

Next meeting of the Fairtrade Steering Group was Thursday 17th April 2008 at 7.00pm at the Neighbourhood Management Centre, Arthur St, C-l-M.

(iv) ‘Pedalling Picnic.’ Details were also given about a bicycle riding event on Sunday 09/03/08, meeting at Eagle St PCT at 11.30am, places to be booked through Gemma.

(v) Foundation Vision/Mission Statement. The Foundation was looking to the Panels to provide a lead on the preparation of a Vision or Mission Statement that put in a nutshell the difference we are trying to make in Hyndburn. Contributions were required for the next Management Committee meeting 27/03/08.

The following were suggested by the meeting :

‘Local community volunteers working for a sustainable, cleaner, greener environment for Hyndburn.’

‘Ordinary people making an extraordinary difference to their environment.’

The emphasis being on ‘community’ and ‘volunteers’.

14. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret said there was nothing to report.

15. Working party(ies). None planned.

16. Time booking. Mary 2 hrs litter picking ; Paul 5 hrs liaising with Natural Organics on bench installation ; Pat 1 hr litter picking ; Margaret 1.50 hrs on accounts.

17. Any other business :

(i) Dog dirt bins. HBC was to allocate money in the next financial year to installing more dog dirt bins and employing someone full time to service them. We had been asked to suggest new locations.

Suggestions from the Panel were : on the canal towpath at the bottom of Cut Lane ; at the Parker St entrance to the Bottom Rec’ ; at least one on the ‘back field’ off Shaw Brook Close/St Albans Rd. Colin would convey these to Jennet Liddle.

18. Dates of next meetings. The next Panel meetings are due to take place at Primetime on :

Tuesday 01/04/08

Tuesday 06/05/08

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 1st April 2008.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Harris, David Haworth, Julie Martindale, Beverley Moorhouse, Mary O’Brien, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Geoff Smale. Victoria Ingham (PROSPECTS Publicity and Administration Officer). Gemma Tomlinson (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer)

2. Apologies : Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqui Achaski, Mary Aubrey, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Helen Parker.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting. She gave a particular welcome to David Harris who was attending for the first time.

3. Minutes of the previous meeting. It was pointed out that we had agreed a working party in no-mans-land at the station for 15/03/08 – see 10 (iii) and 15. With this amendment, the minutes of the meeting 04/03/08 were agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Fences on the ‘white path’ and car park. There was no further news following Andrew Hayhurst’s (HBC Parks) visit to look at the problems with Colin 11/02/08. However Colin had asked Natural Organics to quote for the fence (both in wood and steel) at the sports field car park and he had passed these figures on to Andrew.

(ii) Rishton Panel leaflet. Us to initiate with Victoria when we were ready.

(iii) Maintenance list. Still with Colin to expand on the basic list with and indication of what needed doing in each case.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret had transferred 6300 from the investment a/c to the current a/c in order to pay the Prosperity and Natural Organics (3230.08) invoices for the benches and their installation. There was however a query on the Prosperity invoice which was being held until this was resolved. For the moment the current a/c stood at 5978.11 (4000 approx for Prosperity) and the investment 1117.03.

The Rishton in Bloom a/c stood at 50.07 but sums of 600 and 200 were awaited from Rishton Area Council and C.Cllr Miles Parkinson (County Councillors discretionary fund). The RiB group was grateful for both sums which would enable some of their plans to proceed.

Margaret asked whether she could change to banking on-line, which she had personally found to be more convenient and less bureaucratic. This was agreed.

6. Victoria Ingham.

(i) PROSPECTS Garden Party, Oswaldtwistle Mills, Sunday 10th August 2008, 11am to 4pm.

Victoria reported the good news that Oswaldtwistle Mills had decided to make the PROSPECTS Foundation their charity of the year. As well as organising four raffles during the year, they were offering facilities for a garden party (10/08/08) including marquee, bouncy slide, BBQ, refreshments, etc. The marquee was essentially for the Foundation, Panels and other organisations (green?) to mount fundraising stalls. Pitches would be free to PROSPECTS but cost 20 to other organisations. Money raised by Panels would be shared equally between the raising Panel and the Foundation. Oswaldtwistle Mills were to organise entertainment by Penny Black and Friends (Folk Duo) and The Singleton Cloggers to draw in customers.

It would be up to us to decide the type of fundraising activity on our stall, so members were asked to come forward with ideas at the next meeting. The sale of anything that directly competed with outlets in the Mills would not be allowed. Home made and crafts would be OK. There would be the obvious need to man our own stall but additional volunteers would be needed to help with the general organisation, marshalling, etc.

There was to be a preview at the Mills the following Sunday (06/04/08) at 10.00am which Fiona volunteered to go to.

(ii) Panel Get-togethers. The Foundation was looking for suggestions and dates for Panel Get-togethers this year. The members felt that we should concentrate on the Garden Party and not organise a Rishton get-together. There was the annual Foundation quiz night which was a popular event for the Panels to take part in and socialise. As far as Rishton was concerned we would be supporting the scaled down Festival and also be heavily involved in Rishton in Bloom.

(iii) Foundation e-bulletins. Details of forthcoming events/items of interest were required for the April and May e-bulletins, deadlines for which were 01/04/08 and 02/05/08 [Later : April’s edition contained further details of the Garden Party]. At the time there was nothing that came to mind for the Rishton Panel.

7. www.rishton.net. Colin expressed his great disappointment that it was now 20 months since we had received the grant from Awards for All to upgrade the equipment for the Rishton web site and we still did not have the site up and running for all to see. (Although Paul was continuing to add significantly to the information contained on it). Colin had done his best to resolve the problems regarding the server between Paul and Use-It but so far to no avail. And there was also the question of a replacement printer and the repair to the laptop. Fiona said she would try to get some resolution to the problems having been heavily involved in the initial specification and application to AfA.

8. Benches. Colin reported that all but two of the benches (7 leisure with backs and 12 backless) and one of the two picnic tables had been installed. The one picnic table had had to be repositioned at extra cost due to objections from a local farmer whose land it was on. The new site for this was on ‘the green’ on the corner of Parker St and Hermitage St but might yet prove unacceptable. The uninstalled picnic table had been earmarked for Tottleworth by the stream but the local residents would not agree to it going there. Suggestion for an alternative site were sought but it might be that it would have to be stored until it could be incorporated in the Bottom Rec’ scheme. There were also objections from a resident of Tottleworth to a bench installed just before entering the hamlet and near to his property (there had been a bench there previously). He was concerned about youths congregating there on returning from Great Harwood at night and leaving litter, etc. The Panel agreed that the bench should be moved to a site just along the lane that had the resident’s blessing.

Sites had been earmarked for the remaining two benches but we were uncertain if there was funding left to install them as there was a query with Prosperity’s invoice which was more than expected. There appeared to be a simple error but this had not been confirmed yet.

It had been intended to place two backless benches by the Cenotaph for those wishing to rest there while paying their respects, however this had not been approved by the Area Council. These two benches had therefore been placed in Cut Wood Park down on the ‘promenade’ by the reservoir with the four already there, thus filling all six ‘alcoves’. There had been a number of complimentary comments about the ‘promenade’ area as a result.

Sponsorship was still being sought and anyone wishing to sponsor a bench should contact Paul.

9. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. Margaret and Ruth had given a talk about RiB to the local primary schools and handed out leaflets to all the pupils with two sunflower seeds attached. The pupils were encouraged to take photos of their maturing plants and the school with the most photos would be given a prize of 50 to go towards some environmental scheme. Miles had kindly offered to donate a prize to the pupil in each school who grew the tallest sunflower.

Art materials ex SAMS had also been given to each primary school with instructions about making a banner with a RiB theme. Similar materials had also been given to Beverley to take to Norden HS.

` It had been decided not to proceed with flower towers made from old tyres. Instead, Malcolm Ward had designed a planter that could be made from recycled wooden pallets. A working party to make these was planned for Wed 23/04/08. It was still planned to purchase two hexagonal planters for the junction of St Charles Rd and Station Rd with the Rishton Area Council grant of 600, but clarification on permission for the location was needed. The group was being encouraged to apply for further funding from RAC for three tier planters and banners. Indications were that HBC Parks would only provide two three tier towers as last year.

Margaret reported that due to a misunderstanding we had paid a registration fee of 65 to Britain in Bloom. However, it transpired that entry to the Neighbourhood Awards competition was free and BiB were therefore to reimburse us.

To ensure that the RiB project was covered by the PROSPECTS Foundation insurance it was proposed that, subject to the RiB groups agreement, the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel should adopt the project as one of its own. This was agreed by those present. [Later : the RiB group at its meeting 02/04/08 agreed with this proposal].

Margaret and Ruth had contacted the new owners of the Rishton Arms (‘Station’) and broached the subject of tidying up the grassed area at the side of the pub and also about hanging baskets. This needed following up further.

Members were reminded that the deadline for ordering the hanging basket kits from Stonehill Garden Centre through Ruth (883200) was 1st May 2008.

10. Canal. The picnic table at the picnic site at Tottleworth bridge had been vandalised/severely burnt to the extent that three of the four sections making up the top of the table needed replacing. Cost for replacements from Prosperity was 49 with an extra 40 if we asked them to fit them. No decision was made at this stage.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Nothing to report.

(ii) Car Park. Detail drawings were now available and costing was in hand. When done, they would know if there were sufficient funds in their Small Sites Budget. If not, they might be looking to us for assistance.

(iii) Improvement to no-mans-land. The working party on Saturday 15/03/08 had done a great job clearing bricks and other debris from no-mans-land for a distance of about 20/25 metres. AAA mini skips from the pit yard had ‘turned up trumps’ supplying 3 mini skips free of charge as ‘their bit for the community’. This had enabled us to separate rubble, wood/branches and general rubbish for recycling where possible. No decision was made regarding what to do next but the ground needed levelling and the trees needed cutting back.

(iv) Photo Competition. It was believed the Accrington Camera Club had submitted a number of entries. The short-listed and winning entries were to form part of an exhibition at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe during Community Rail Weekend, 16th to 18th May 2008.

12. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT. At the meeting 26/03/08 the previously identified priority areas were reviewed and various other incidents reported on. The meeting 26/02/08 to discuss an exit strategy once the recently renewed dispersal order expired had been helpful. The key as always was to provide more facilities/activities for young people. Laureen Smith reported on plans to organise an after school club at Norden YC.

The idea of inviting young people to the normal PACT meeting was discounted due to confidentiality issues but a Youth PACT might be a possibility. This would be followed up with Youth Services.

Next meetings : 23/04/08 and 21/05/08 at 6.00pm at Copperhouse.

(ii) Rishton Action network (RAN):

(a) Holt St Recreation Ground. The turnout at the consultation evening at Norden HS & Sports College on Friday evening 07/03/08 as part of Groundwork Pennine Lancashire’s new application to the Big Lottery had been a little disappointing, particularly in view of the extensive leafleting via schools and through doors that had been done. However GPL had felt the feedback given by those attending had been helpful and they were now aiming to get the new application in by mid April.

A letter of thanks had been sent to the Head teacher, Bob Flood, for the free use of the main hall at Norden HS.

(b) Community Centre refurbishment. Installation of the disabled toilet was complete and a new (Rishton People’s Centre) sign had been erected over the front door. Various other sources of funding were being pursued by FRY so that other phases of the project such as rewiring and new central heating could go ahead bit by bit.

(c) Rishton Festival. Permission had been received from Norden HS and Sports College to hold a mini Festival or Charity Fun Day on the school car park and in the school hall plus Primetime. This would be held on Saturday 12th July 2008 from about 11.30am to 4.00pm. It was suggested the Panel and Rishton in Bloom join together with a stall.

(d) Ladybird Garden. David reported that he had agreed with Park View Nurseries to organise the proposed planting morning for Saturday 19th April 2008 starting at 9.30am. It was agreed the Panel should assist in any way possible and Colin would arrange with Gemma to get a suitable range of tools from the PROSPECTS tool store. Gemma would prepare a risk assessment. It was pointed out that any children involved would need parental or other appropriate supervision for Safeguarding reasons as was PROSPECTS policy in this respect. David said he would ensure this. He expected Laureen Smith from Norden YC would also be present. Park View staff would have overall supervision of the actual planting.

iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 19/03/08 reports were received on the Rishton People’s Centre, finance/funding, Holt St Rec, Rishton in Bloom, Ladybird Garden. Bob Flood gave an update on the School’s green team activities and progress on developing the two inner school quads. They had increased their lunchtime patrols in the village and were getting fewer complaints about students’ misbehaviour.

Bob and Harry had had a meeting with Hyndburn Leisure about the charges to Rishton United for the use of the all-weather pitch which were the most expensive in Hyndburn. This was being looked into.

Laureen Smith had reported on the after-school club and ‘Chill Zone’. It was planned that the young people attending would help with one of the quad developments.

Next meeting : 30/04/08 at the Centre at 6.00pm.

13. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. The Foundation had been successful in its application to ‘Awards for All’ for 1000 to fund the production of the new leaflet and way-markers. It was questioned whether Norden HS might be able to make the new way-markers if one of the old ones could be found as a pattern. Beverley said she would enquire.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. At the meeting of the Fairtrade Steering Group 17/04/08 there was still no news about the Borough achieving Fairtrade status and Alysha Sheridan was urging a response from the Fairtrade Foundation. It appeared the FF was in some chaos due to staff losses.

Next meeting 06/05/08 at 7.00pm at the Neighbourhood Management Centre, Arthur St, C-l-M. (Clash with Panel meeting).

[Later : News received 30/04/08 that the Borough had achieved Fairtrade status!!!)

(iii) Foundation Vision/Mission Statement. At the Management Committee meeting 27/03/08 a number of ideas were put forward including those from our Panel. After further discussion it was left to Mark Hopley to pull the ideas together and propose some statements for finalisation at the next Management committee meeting.

(iv) Big Lottery ‘Changing Spaces’ Funding. This is the Big Lottery’s new environmental programme. Four of the proposed five themes had been announced being : Access to Nature ; Local Food ; Community Spaces ; The Community Sustainable Energy Programme. Ellie had forwarded details of these and would be happy to advise Panels wishing to apply.

(v) Recent Developments. Details were given of recent Foundation developments including : Hyndburn Energy Forum project for energy monitors and heat imaging camera ; Cultivate – a project to develop Hyndburn’s allotments and the appointment of a Community Food Growing Coordinator ; the Ring of Oaks project ; appointment of Alysha Sheridan as Communications Officer (Volunteer) who was also upgrading some Foundation policies.

(vi) Work Event. Details were given of a volunteering event for footpath improvement on King Georges Playing Field on Saturday 5th April 10am to 1pm. All help welcomed.

14. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret said there was nothing to report.

15. Working party(ies). Ladybird Garden, see 12 (ii) (d) above. There was a suggestion that there was a need for a litter pick on Wilpshire Rd. Held over in view of the 19th April effort.

16. Time booking. Harry and David 2hrs collecting a mountain of cans (mainly Strongbow) off the Bottom Rec. It was questioned whether now we had adopted Rishton in Bloom, we could book this time.

It was agreed this could be done for Panel members only. Some estimate would have to be made of time so far in the absence of any specific bookings.

17. Any other business : None.

18. Dates of next meetings. The next Panel meetings are due to take place at Primetime on :

Tuesday 06/05/08

Tuesday 03/06/08

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 3rd June 2008.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Harris, David Haworth, Mary O’Brien, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton.

2. Apologies : Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Jacqui Achaski, Julie Martindale, Beverley Moorhouse, Paul Wilkinson. Gemma Tomlinson (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer)

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of the previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 06/05/08 were agreed as a true record and signed./p>

4. Matters arising :

((i) Fences on the ‘white path’ and car park. No response so far from Andrew Hayhurst (HBC Parks) to Colin’s progress chasing email 04/05/08.

(ii) Footpath, Norden Field. It was believed funding had been allocated from the Rishton Area Council budget to carry out drainage and resurfacing work on the footpath linking Tottleworth bridge to the ‘white path’ across Norden field./p>

(iii) Rishton Panel leaflet. Us to initiate with Victoria when we are ready.

(iv) Maintenance list. Still with Colin to expand on the basic list with an indication of what needed doing in each case.

(v) Banking on-line. The application forms had just been signed and Margaret planned to finalise the arrangement with the bank the following day.

(vi) Woodland survey, Cut Wood. Colin had met with Katie Morley (HBC Trees Officer) 22/04/08 at Cut Wood and Katie had carried out a preliminary survey of the wood. The next stage was to identify in more detail diseased and dying trees that would need to be removed before considering new planting and general regeneration.

(vii) Wildflower meadow, Norden bridge banking. Colin had sown the wildflower seed mixture (Long Season Meadow) on the banking. The trial strip sown last year was showing some vigorous growth.

(viii) Food growing, Piggy Park. Colin had emailed Jennet 04/05/08 to see if there had been any progress on evaluating the possible uses for ‘Piggy Park’ since the meeting she had convened with Rishton West Residents Assn and other interested parties and HBC Estates 18/07/07. Jennet was looking into it.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported that the investment a/c stood at 1229.45 which included 398.85 set aside for further work on the web site. The current a/c stood at 2664.36. Of this 914.25 was for Rishton in Bloom and included the 600 grant from Rishton Area Council, 200 from C.Cllr Miles Parkinson (County Councillors discretionary fund) and 120 from orders for hanging basket kits from Stonehill Nurseries.

6. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Foundation future funding. Ellie explained the current Big Lottery funding for the three core Foundation staff posts ceased in February 2009. We could not apply again for total funding from the Big Lottery and therefore she was seeking other sources of funding. These would be focussed on the Foundation’s five themes of sustainability, viz : biodiversity, energy, sustainable transport, waste & recycling, local food growing. Her reason for having consultation meetings like this one with all the Panels was to explain the situation to the members first hand, to seek their views and to ensure that funding applications reflected what the Panels wanted.

Various views were then expressed, but the over-riding feeling was that staff support for the Panels was highly valued and that we would wish to do all we could to see that it continued. Ellie was wished every success in her efforts.

(ii) PROSPECTS Garden Party, Oswaldtwistle Mills, Sunday 10th August 2008, 11am to 4pm.

Fiona had attended the preview meeting at the Mills on Sunday 06/04/08 and had a clearer picture of what was proposed and how it would be organised. It had been confirmed that we would definitely be taking part with a stall of some sort. We now had to come up with ideas for fundraising activities on that stall.

Ideas that were floated included : bran tub, Jarbola (everyone a winner), hook the duck, sponge throwing (stocks), decorating gingerbread men. It was felt that the main focus should be to entertain children and their parents. The item was left for further thought and ideas for the next meeting.

(iii) Ladybird Trail. Gemma was proposing to organise a walk round the Trail with Alan Croasdale from LCC to identify where improvements to paths and styles needed to be made. This was to be on Tuesday 20th May 2008 and she would welcome any Panel members joining her to walk all or part of the walk. Margaret, Julie, Mary (O) and Gordon said they might be interested but would welcome further details (timing, etc) before making a decision. Colin would talk to Gemma.

(iv) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. With the achievement of Fairtrade Borough status, the Group was now considering how best to celebrate this success. The Panel suggested the Garden Party might be a suitable occasion. Gordon had asked whether it was proposed to have a Fairtrade/organic produce stall at the Garden Party anyway.

(v) Foundation Vision/Mission Statement. The suggestions from the Panel had been appreciated and following discussion by the Management Committee, Mark Hopley, the Foundation’s Company Secretary, was preparing a draft document

(vi) Big Lottery ‘Changing Spaces’ Funding. Ellie gave further details and advised that this was one of the funds being applied to in part for future Foundation core funding.

(vii) Energy Monitors and Heat Imaging Camera. Ellie explained that the Foundation was to purchase 50 energy consumption monitors and one heat imaging camera as part of the Hyndburn Energy Forum’s ‘Raising Energy Awareness Project’ in conjunction with Hyndburn Homes. The monitors would be loaned to householders so that they could see how much money could be saved by switching off appliances (particularly those on ‘stand-by’) and other energy saving measures. The camera would be able to indicate where heat was being lost in properties. Anyone wishing to be trained in using the latter should give their name to Ellie.

(viii) Cultivate. In partnership with HBC, the PCT, LCC and Bootstrap, funding had been applied for for the post of Community Food Growing Coordinator for the Hyndburn Food Web. The aim of this project was to develop Hyndburn’s allotments and encourage local, healthy, community food growing.

(ix) Ring of Oaks. It was hoped to get the Accrington Panel up and running again by initially focussing on a project to encourage community groups to engage in tree planting and other projects based on the concept that the name Accrington derives from ‘oak ring town’, implying that the town was once surrounded by oaks, some of which may still exist.

(x) Training 2008. Gemma was drawing up a programme of training events and visits for the year and welcomed any suggestions. Basic horticulture and risk assessment were suggested. Half days were preferred to full days.

(xi) Cycling with a Purpose. Gemma was also working with Accrington and Rossendale College and the PCT on a project for college students that would involve incorporating a practical task with a cycle ride every other Wednesday afternoon. The College will provide the students, the PCT will provide a cycling route and PROSPECTS will provide an activity, preferable something that would involve some skill. Ideas/projects from/for Panels would be welcome. Path clearance (‘white path’ or towpath) or work on no-mans-land at the station were suggested for us.

(xii) Green Partnership Awards. Colin gave details of this year’s Green Partnership Awards to be held in Preston on Saturday 10th May 2008. Anyone wishing to go should give their name to Colin. As we had not had a GP grant this year, we were not as involved as previously.

(xiii) Prospector of the Year. It was traditional at the Foundation AGM (29/05/08 at Bank Mill House, GH) to award someone who had made a significant contribution to PROSPECTS in the past 12 months with a framed certificate as ‘Prospector of the Year’. This was done purely on numbers of nominations and members were encouraged to put forward nominations.

(xiv) Speakers at AGM. The speakers this year were to be Simon Clarke and Brian Haworth from LCC talking about station adoption. Colin was to add something at the end about Rishton’s experiences.

Fiona thanked Ellie for her attendance and once again expressed the Panel’s appreciation for all that the Foundation staff did to support the Panels.

7. www.rishton.net. Use-it had now asked for 181 to modify their internal networks to enable the server to be use independently of their own system. Margaret advised that there was still 398.85 unspent from the AfA grant so it was agreed the 181 could be allocated from this. It was hoped then that at long last the web site could be up and running soon.

8. Benches. Prosperity had agreed that there was an invoicing error, so the scheme was not now overspent. However, only 8.61 remained from the grants (not counting a small amount of sponsorship) and this was insufficient to install the remaining two benches (with backs), the picnic table and reposition the bench in Tottleworth. Assuming the picnic table was retained for the Bottom Rec, the cost of installing/repositioning the benches was 450. It was agreed the situation be reviewed at the next meeting when the position on possible further sponsorship might be clearer.

9. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. Margaret and Ruth had given further talks to local nursery and pre-school groups and handed out sunflower seeds to them. Beverley had addressed year 7 assembly at Norden HS.

A working party had made four wooden planters from recycled pallets to the design and under the supervision of Malcolm Ward. Two of these were to be placed at the entrance to the pathway leading from Blackburn Rd to Thornhill Ave, one was to go at the station and one on the back field. HBC had agreed to supply 1 ton of compost to fill them and Park View had offered plants. Another working party had tidied the half moon shrubbery in Station Rd opposite the Parish Church. Both ends now needed planting up with pansies.

The 21 hanging basket kits that had been ordered from Stonehill were coming the following Friday. Six were for Norden HS and it was hoped some surplus youth club funding would pay for them.

On the negative side there were now doubts whether the Turrets front bed would be refurbished and it seemed unlikely that the back field path would be resurfaced, funding (HBC/RAC) being the main problem.

10. Canal. Time did not allow further discussion about the picnic table at the picnic site at Tottleworth bridge. This had been vandalised/severely burnt to the extent that three of the four sections making up the top of the table needed replacing. Cost for replacements from Prosperity was 49 with an extra 40 if we asked them to fit them.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Nothing to report.

(ii) Car Park. They were about to take soil samples to test for possible contamination.

(iii) Improvement to no-mans-land. Colin had weed treated a fair area to inhibit growth until a decision could be made about what to do next.

(iv) Photo Competition. Awaiting results from the exhibition at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe during Community Rail Weekend, 16th to 18th May 2008.

(v) Huncoat station adoption. It was disappointing that no one from our Panel was available to go to the Huncoat Forum meeting 21/04/08 when they were to discuss possible adoption of Huncoat Station. It was understood they had deferred a decision for now.

(vi) Future Events. Details had been circulated about the following :

17/05/08. Launch of S.Fylde Line CRP.

28/05/08. National Railway Museum, York (evening).

22/06/08. Brass band concert, M’ter (afternoon).

25 or 28/06/08 Stakeholder meetings – Blackburn (eve)/Colne (afternoon).

13/07/08. Stakeholder Special, Keighley and Worth Valley.

12. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT. Time did not allow a detailed report.

Next meetings : 21/05/08 and 18/06/08 at 6.00pm at Copperhouse.

(ii) Rishton Action network (RAN):

(a) Holt St Recreation Ground. Groundwork had just completed the lengthy application form which should be ready to submit within days.

(b) Community Centre refurbishment. Generous donations totalling 4500 would now enable the rewiring scheme to go ahead. It was hoped to get a LCC grant for saving heat by having the big front windows double glazed and a grant from the Coop to knock a passageway through to get to the toilets without having to go through the kitchen

(c) Rishton Festival/Fun Day – 12/07/08 11.30 to 4.00 (tbc). No report.

(d) Ladybird Garden. The planting morning 19/04/08 had been a great success. Park View had provided an amazing number of shrubs (reputedly 3500 worth) and two of their staff had supervised the planting (where to put what). There was a good turnout of Panel members and local parents and children. The latter had thoroughly enjoyed their planting experience. It is to be hoped this engenders the respect for what was done, unlike the previous occasion.

David thanked the Panel for their support.

iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. Again, time did not allow a report.

Next meeting : tba at the Centre at 6.00pm.

14. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret said there was nothing to report.

15. Working party(ies). Thursday 29/05/08 meet at the station at 9.30am to plant up planters and some to go and plant up High St bridge

16. Time booking. Fiona 1hr litter picking.

Margaret and Ruth to work out time spent on RiB.

17. Any other business : None.

18. Dates of next meetings. The next Panel meetings are due to take place at Primetime on :

Tuesday 03/06/08

Tuesday 01/07/08

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 1st July 2008.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, David Harris, Beverley Moorhouse, Mary O’Brien, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Gemma Tomlinson (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer)

2. Apologies : Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqui Achaski, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Julie Martindale, Patrick Troughton, Paul Wilkinson.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting. The good news was received that Julie had had a long awaited kidney transplant and was progressing well. It was agreed that a ‘get well’ card be sent with the Panel members’ best wishes for a speedy recovery.

3. Minutes of the previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 03/06/08 were agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Fences on the ‘white path’ and car park. Gemma had agreed with Craig Horabin (HBC Parks) to share the cost (499.96) of replacement fencing (in steel, not the original wood) between the picnic site and car park at Tottleworth bridge. The PROSPECT’S share would come out of retained monies from the Canal Improvement Scheme for post-project maintenance.

There was no report on the fence replacement at the entrance to the ‘white path’.

(ii) Footpath, Norden Field. It was believed funding had been allocated from the Rishton Area Council budget to carry out drainage and resurfacing work on the footpath linking Tottleworth bridge to the ‘white path’ across Norden field. Colin had emailed Ursula Reilly (Area Council) 30/06/08 for clarification. Gordon had reported that on one length the ‘white path’ was now a rusty colour. It was believed this may have had something to do with the removal of a large tree that had blown down across the path but just what remained a mystery.

(iii) Rishton Panel leaflet. Us to initiate with Victoria when we are ready. Side-line for now.

(iv) Maintenance list. Colin reported that a draft of the expanded list detailing what needed doing at each site had been prepared and was in course of typing.

(v) Banking on-line. Margaret reported that the Panel’s on-line banking arrangements were up and running.

(vi) Woodland survey, Cut Wood. Gemma reported that Katie Morley (HBC Trees Officer) had visited the wood with Dave Brackley from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. In his opinion the woodland was a good one with healthy regeneration. However it did need some attention and a management plan, which Katie was working on. A meeting at the wood with Gemma and Katie was planned for Wed 09/07/08 at 10.30am and Panel members were very welcome to join in with this.

It was felt that the Panel could very well help in due course with such things as thinning, replanting and dead hedge creation.

(vii) Wildflower meadow, Norden bridge banking. Colin had sown the wildflower seed mixture (Long Season Meadow) on the banking and something was developing but he wasn’t yet sure what!! The trial strip sown last year was a mass of oxeye daisies but not a lot else.

(viii) Food growing, Piggy Park. Following the advice that the deeds indicated that the land could only be used as a children’s playground or community park, it was suggested that if we still wanted to pursue food growing there, we should request HBC to initiate the legal procedure to apply for a ‘change of use’. Ellie’s advice was that we could either do this now in preparation for the new Community Food Development Worker starting work in September (?) or wait until s/he was in post and pursue it through her/him then.

There was a feeling that the project would be a major commitment for the Panel and it would therefore be wise to pursue it through the CFDW. Such a scheme needed developing in a professional manner with due consultation with the local community and the Panel would need assistance with this.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported the balances as : Current a/c 2813.54 (804.25 belonging to Rishton in Bloom) and Investment a/c 1143.42. We had received the annual 250 grant from the Foundation’s Community Outreach Programme and out of this paid our 150 share of the Foundations & Panels insurance premium (lower than last year – better deal!). Secretary’s expenses of 140.48 had been paid, largely for bedding plants and associated sundries. 101 had been received from the Rishton, Great Harwood and C-l-M ‘Stepping Out’ healthy walking groups as sponsorship towards a bench which they wished placed on the bridge over Tottleworth Lane.

A cheque for 484.11 had been raised for an octagonal planter from Amberol for RiB. Miles confirmed that he would allocate an additional 200 for school sunflower prizes. It was suggested that the top school should receive 50 with 25 for the other three, plus other individual prizes.

6. www.rishton.net. Use-it had offered to incorporate the web site into the web server they used for other customers, free of charge. Paul was looking into this but in parallel he was trying to get the web site up and running using his own server at home. Concern was expressed once again that it was taking so long to resolve matters and it was agreed we should set a target of the 1st October 2008 to have matters finalised. Fiona would write to Paul proposing this. [Later : Paul succeeded in getting the web site on line again but this still left questions about the permanency of the arrangement and some items to be resolved with Use-it.]

7. Benches. Colin had contacted Natural Organics about installing the remaining two benches and repositioning another. The earliest they could do it was the 2nd week in August and they had been asked to proceed on this basis. Prosperity had been informed. As we were struggling to find a location for the remaining picnic table, it was agreed we should approach Prosperity about using it for another customer and reimbursing us the cost. This would help with the project overspend. [Later : Prosperity agreed to reimburse the cost].

It was agreed that a letter of thanks be sent to any sponsors once the plaques had been made and fitted to the benches.

8. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. Insurance for the octagonal planter it was proposed to put on the corner of Station Rd and St Charles Rd was still a problem. Neither LCC or HBC would cover. Gemma was looking into the possibility that it could be covered under the Foundation’s insurance [Later : Gemma confirmed that it could be covered under the Foundation’s insurance and she was liaising with Craig Horabin over risk assessments, etc]

Park View had quoted 600 for plants, compost and supervision to plant up the front bed at the Turrets. Margaret was therefore pursuing a grant from Rishton Area Council on this basis. A working party would be arranged when the way was clear.

It was estimated that ultimately Park View will have donated 400/500 worth of plants and compost. This will have serviced 19 pouches at the Cenotaph, the cricket ground gate, the back field and the station as well as the four recycled pallet planters on Blackburn Rd, the back field and the station and the Amberol planter when in place.

Gemma was thanked for producing laminated posters for the bus shelters and elsewhere.

Two schools had so far produced banners from the SAMS Scrapstore materials they were supplied with and the other two were believed to be well on. It was hoped to hang these over the wall at St Charles on the judging route.

It was almost certain now that the station car park would not be done in time. How best (and cheapest) to deal with the contamination that had been found was delaying progress. All that could be done now was to show the judges a drawing of what was planned.

There would need to be a working party to go round the route on the morning of the judges’ visit. It was suggested those who could should gather at the parish Church at 10.00am. The judges were due at 12.30pm and would leave again about 2.00pm. They would require refreshments and these would be provided at the Parish Church.

9. Rishton Charity Fun Day (mini ‘Festival) Saturday 12th July 2008, 11am to 5pm

PROSPECTS Garden Party, Oswaldtwistle Mills, Sunday 10th August 2008, 11am to 4pm.

It was confirmed that we would do a bran tub @ 50p per go for both events. [Later : amended to large tub with wrapped more expensive prizes @50p and a smaller tub with cheaper unwrapped prizes @20p]. Colin had a bale of wood chippings and would obtain suitable container(s). It was also suggested and agreed that we should do a children’s tombola @ 50p a go (3 for 1.00) using a pack of playing cards technique (court cards win prizes) rather than tickets in a drum.

Margaret had been to SAMS and purchased some prizes and Patrick had kindly donated some, but more would be required, Colin and Fiona to get. Enquiries at Ray’s had not been productive. Fiona had wrapping paper but time did not allow for wrapping at the meeting as originally planned and a working party was agreed at Fiona’s for Thursday 10/07/08 at 7.00pm. A further working party would probably be required to prepare for the Garden Party and Tuesday 5th August was suggested, time and venue tba later.

Additionally there would be a Rishton in Bloom display board at both. The previous idea of bric-a-brac as well at Ossy Mills was dropped.

10. Canal.

(i) Repair to picnic bench. Action still required. Cost of three top sections, 49 plus extra 40 if we asked Prosperity to do it.

(ii) Working party for High St bridge flower beds. Arranged for Friday 04/07/08 at 6.30pm. Colin to send email round.

(iii) Clean-up initiative. Harry had had his tour of inspection round the village with David Welsby (04/06/08) who now had a better feel for our local problem areas and issues, including the canal.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Nothing to report.

(ii) Car Park. The project was being delayed as they tried to find the least expensive way of dealing with the contamination that had been found. It was certain now that the work would not be completed in time for RiB. To reduce the cost a little, we had been asked if we would help with any planting. Colin had said we certainly would.

The concrete cable troughs had been removed from the car park. (iii) Improvement to no-mans-land. Colin had weed treated a fair area to inhibit growth until a decision could be made about what to do next.

(iv) Events :

22/06/08. Brass band concert, M’ter (afternoon). Gordon had been to this and found it a most enjoyable event. He now knows how to use a steam engine as musical accompaniment!

25/06/08 Stakeholder meeting – Blackburn (eve). Colin and Gordon had attended. Interesting but nothing significant to report.

13/07/08. Stakeholder Special, Keighley and Worth Valley. It appeared this was now booked up but Colin was still trying to get Gordon a place. [Later : No joy!] Julie had expressed an interest but other events had now overtaken her.

(v) Photo competition. Colin was trying to get a copy of the results.

(vi) Station lighting. The lights were still coming on at 3.30pm and Colin had written again to Network Rail 04/06/08 reinforcing his point about a light sensitive switching method. In their reply 11/06/08 they said such a technological change was only likely if the station was upgraded/refurbished and there were no plans for this at present.

12. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT. At the meeting 18/06/08, as well as a review of action over problem areas including Spring St, Burton St and High St, the police gave details of other community activities. These included two successful Restorative Justice exercises, off-licence checks with Trading Standards, multi-agency operation on the Riverside Industrial Est, doorstep crime presentation by Trading Standards at Eachill Gardens, mock interviews at Norden HS and a visit to First Class Nursery on Noble St.

PC Paul Haworth was to join the team as CBM on 30/06/08 but PCSO Stuart McLaughlin was to leave in October to train as a PC and PC Johanna Bourne would be leaving for a time in September for other duties.

Next meeting: 09/07/08 at 6.00pm at Copperhouse.

(ii) Rishton Action network (RAN):

(a) Holt St Recreation Ground. Groundwork had submitted the funding application to the Big Lottery and a decision was expected by September.

(b) Community Centre refurbishment. Installation of the new heating system and the rewiring was in hand. It was still hoped to get a LCC grant for saving heat by having the big front windows double glazed and a grant from the Coop to knock a passageway through to get to the toilets without having to go through the kitchen.

(c) Rishton Festival/Fun Day – 12/07/08 11.30 to 4.00. Planning on-going.

iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 04/06/08 Lesley had said that now progress was being made on the Centre refurbishment, there was a need to consult young people again about what facilities they would like to see provided for them at the Centre. Ways of doing this had been discussed.

The Secretary was still pursuing clarification on the proposed charges for the all-weather pitch for the coming season. It was believed the charges were to be brought into line (ie reduced) with other such facilities in the area. It had been suggested that when Blackburn with Darwen Leisure Services took over Hyndburn, a representative be invited to come to a FRY meeting.

Bob Flood had reported on the progress of the ‘Green Team’ at Norden HS and other environmental/recycling initiatives.

Next meeting : 02/07/08 at Primetime at 6.00pm.

13. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. Gordon and Paul had joined Gemma and representatives of LCC walking around the Trail 20/05/08. They had identified where new gates, stiles, etc were required which LCC would fund and have installed. Gemma had prepared a detailed report which Colin had passed on to Gordon and Paul for comment. A follow-up meeting with LCC was to be arranged.

The quantity of wooden waymarkers @ 60/70 was beyond Norden HS’s capability and Gemma was approaching Prosperity for them.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. With the achievement of Fairtrade Borough status, the Group was still considering how best to celebrate this success.

(iii) Energy Monitors and Heat Imaging Camera. Gemma brought 4 monitors to the meeting. These were issued to David (Harris) [No 32], Beverley [34], Margaret [35] and Lesley [36]. They were to be returned to Colin who could then reissue them to others who might be interested.

(iv) Training 2008. Gemma was still working on the programme for this.

(v) Cycling with a Purpose. Gemma reported that plans for this were progressing.

(vi) Ossy Panel Get-together, 16/07/08. Members were encouraged to support this event.

(vii) Knotweed Bash, Coach Road Meadows, 07/06/08 10.00am. This had been a successful activity and the knotweed was being progressively weakened.

(vii) Bike Week – 14th to 22nd June 2008. Detail of this were given.

(ix) Annual Admin Grant and Insurance. See Treasurer’s report. The covering note had included a reminder of what the insurance covered and our obligations to observe H & S requirements, carry out risk assessments, have first aid provision and use personal protective equipment where necessary.

14. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

15. Working party(ies). See 9. and 10 (ii) above.

16. Time booking. Mary (A) 2 hours litter picking Cut Lane, etc.

Wendy 5 hours watering at the station.

Ruth and Steve 2 hours litter picking around the station.

17. Any other business :

(i) Primetime fees. Norden HS were proposing to increase the cost of hiring the room at Primetime for our meetings from 7.00 per hour to 12.00 per hour as from 02/09/08, an increase to the Panel of 10 per meeting or 110 per year. It was agreed that somehow we would reduce our meeting time from two hours to one and a half hours (7.00pm to 8.30pm). Colin to advise Norden HS of this.

(ii) Ossy Mills vouchers. Colin reminded the meeting that we still hadn’t spent the 100 worth of Ossy Mills vouchers awarded at the ‘Over 50’s HCN event. It was suggested that they be used to purchase some item(s) that could be used in a major fund raising raffle. There might be some end of season bargains to further enhance their value.

18. Dates of next meetings. There would be no full Panel meeting in August, so the next Panel meetings are due to take place at Primetime on :

Tuesday 02/09/08

Tuesday 07/10/08

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 2nd September 2008.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Cllr Harry Grayson, Julie Martindale, Beverley Moorhouse, Mary O’Brien, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton. Gemma Tomlinson (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer)

2. Apologies : Mary Aubrey, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, Cllr Stan Horne, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Paul Wilkinson.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting. It was particularly good to see Julie back after her operation and she thanked everyone for their concern and good wishes.

3. Minutes of the previous meeting. The minutes of the meeting 01/07/08 were agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Secretary’s report. The Secretary was thanked for the detailed progress report on many previous agenda items. This had been circulated prior to the meeting in an effort to streamline proceedings and assist in reducing the meeting time to an hour and a half to reduce the hiring cost. It was decided to leave any consideration of the report until later in the meeting if there was time.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported the balances as : Current a/c 2346.51 (204.25 belonging to Rishton in Bloom) and Investment a/c 1147.30 (including 3.88 new interest). We had repaid Rishton Area Council 115.89 which was under spent from the grant of 600 for the Amberol planter. A grant from Mile’s allowance was still to be received and would be used to cover prizes for the schools (sunflower competition) and other expenses.

A cheque for 350 had been received from Rishton Women’s Club for the purchase of an additional bench which had been installed at their suggestion near the top of Close Brow.

Profits from the ‘bran’ tub and children’s tombola were : Rishton Festival 67.20 and Oswaldtwistle Mills garden Party 48.20. From this expenses of 41.95 had subsequently been paid. With more expenses still to be claimed it looked as though we would just about break even, but we still had the tubs and saw dust and a good quantity of unused prizes.

6. Rishton Festival/Fun Day, 12/07/08. The weather was disappointing once again with rain on and off and a cool breeze, so vindicating the committee’s decision to have it on Norden HS car park with a fall-back of squeezing indoors in Primetime. In the event, most organisations decided to go indoors, although two braved it outdoors under gazebos and the BB Band played outside (during a dry spell!). There was an excellent atmosphere and most groups were pleased with their takings. The refreshments from the kitchen did a roaring trade. Our ‘bran’ tubs and children’s tombola went down well with the children.

One downside was that one of the indoor ‘bands’ played far too loudly, almost totally inhibiting conversation.

7. Oswaldtwistle Mills Garden Party, 10/08/08. This was disappointing, being in a marquee at the far end of the grounds, frequent showers putting off a lot of people from venturing outdoors to get to it, despite Foundation staff standing at the main entrance handing out leaflets advertising the event, with the ‘carrot’ of a draw for a Fairtrade hamper. The Mills were to have provided a bouncy castle and donkey rides but these never materialised, possibly due to the weather. Panels had varying degrees of success with their stalls but it did fly the PROSPECTS flag to some degree.

The early impression given by the Mills that PROSPECTS was to be their ‘charity of the year’ had not materialised and the offer of a ‘garden party’ had been accorded to a variety of charities most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the ‘summer’.

8. Holt St. We had been informed by Groundwork on the 23rd July that the application to the ‘Big Lottery’ had been unsuccessful. It had been turned down on what appeared to be a ‘technicality’ about the changing rooms that were planned. They admitted that they had not given the application any detailed consideration. No opportunity was given to submit further explanatory information, nor was there any right of appeal.

They discouraged us from writing to them, but Colin had done so anyway expressing extreme disappointment and decrying the fact that they had not done us the courtesy of proper consideration in view of all the work that had gone into the application. They responded by phone and amazingly stated that the reason about the changing rooms on the rejection letter was incorrect and the problem was that the ‘applicant’ (Groundwork) was not the owner or leaseholder of the site – another ‘technicality’. Further, there was nothing more that could be done as the fund was now ‘spent up’.

Groundwork had followed this up and had the latest explanation confirmed in writing. Groundwork expressed their regret and suggested some other lines of approach for funding but clearly did not wish to be further involved. They did however offer to provide copies of their documentation to assist new funding bids. This Colin had asked for.

Harry had involved Greg Pope who had written to the Chairman of the Big Lottery asking him to review our application with a view to it being put forward to the next round of Big Lottery funding.

The meeting agreed that we should not give up but contact Craig Horabin with a view to convening a meeting of all interested parties to see where we might go next.

9. Rishton in Bloom, 2008.

Margaret and Ruth reported that it had been a lot of hard work with numerous frustrations since February, but it had all come together in the end. There had been good support from local schools, from HBC Parks (Esplanade/Cenotaph flower beds), from HBC Works (street cleaning and new street signs), from Rishton Area Council (financial grants) and the Area Council Office (photocopying, etc), from C.Cllr. Miles Parkinson (financial grants), from Stonehill Nurseries (hanging baskets and sunflower seeds), from Park View Landscape Maintenance (plants for the Turrets garden [and supervision], Amberol planter and recycled pallet planters), from householders on the judging route (some excellent garden displays), from a host of individuals digging, planting, litter picking, leaflet dropping, etc. The Turrets garden had been a particular success, as had been the encouragement from Park View.

Judging on the 21st July had gone well after a disappointing start when the judges were 50 minutes late. The school children had been on hand at the Parish Church to show off their banners to the judges and have their photo taken for the ‘Observer’. In the end, they and the photographer had had to leave before the judges arrived but a photo minus judges did appear in the paper. The judges commended our efforts but we would not know their final verdict until 6th October 2008 when the national awards event was to take place at the ECHO Arena in Liverpool. Margaret and Ruth were to attend this with one free place and one at 25. It was agreed the Panel would meet the expenses for the trip.

It had been decided to present ‘Excellent Garden’ certificates to 31 houses on the judging route that had put on particularly good displays. This was instead of one ‘best garden’ award as originally suggested, as it was felt this reflected better the community spirit of the event. The sunflower competition was to be judged after the school holidays. Miles was funding prizes from his C.C. grants fund.

Thank you notes had been posted in all houses on the judging route and thank you letters sent to various supporters and one was to be sent to the local papers. A letter of thanks had been received from HBC’s Chief Executive, David Welsby. It was hoped to do a presentation at the next Rishton Area Council meeting (11/11/08).

If there was one disappointment, it was that more non-PROSPECTS people hadn’t taken part and made it a true community cooperation event.

Margaret and Ruth were thanked for the tremendous effort they had put in as coordinators.

10. www.rishton.net.

Regrettably, Colin had to report that there had been a burglary at Paul’s house and much of the equipment we had purchased had been stolen including the laptop, computer tower, two hard drives and the monitor. This had been reported to the police but with little hope of recovery. Paul did not have house contents insurance cover, nor had we insured the equipment ourselves having been advised from others experience of similar situations that it was likely to be very expensive, if we could get it at all. Total invoiced value about 1700.

Still remaining out of the original invoiced (and paid for) value of 4400 were the projector (at Colin’s), the server (at Use-it), and the camera (at Paul’s). Not yet received were the printer (incorrectly supplied and returned awaiting our revised specification) and a docking station. There was also an amount of about 400 unspent from the original award and being held pending any costs related to the planned eventual location of the set-up at the Centre.

Concern was also expressed that Graeme had left Use-it to start in business again (computer repairs, etc) on his own and where did this leave the supply of the outstanding items and the location of the server at Use-it. Colin would contact Graeme and try to establish where we stood. We would need to contact Mark Wilkinson who had taken over at Use-it, in relation to the server.

It was understood Paul had the web site up and running again with other equipment he had acquired but he had lost a tremendous amount of data stored on the stolen hard drives.

The situation would be further reviewed when contact had been made with Graeme and Use-it but clearly it could not be set up again (if new funding could be obtained) in the same way and without insurance cover.

11. Benches.

Natural Organics had installed the remaining two benches up Wilpshire Rd as planned the 2nd week in August and repositioned the bench on Tottleworth Rd away from the house of the resident who had complained. Two days later this latter bench had disappeared even though it had been concreted in. Enquiries in the locality of some residents and the nearest farmer had failed to throw any light on the situation and therefore this had been reported to the police as theft. There was obviously no insurance cover.

Three plaques were still to order on Prosperity and fix to the benches, but Paul was having difficulty sorting out the wording on one with the sponsor.

Margaret was to prepare a summary of the financial position on the project now it was nearing completion.

[It was reported that one of the benches on the ‘white path’ put in under the Foundation’s Railway Terrace project a few years ago had been totally destroyed by fire (vandalised). While the benches were fire resistant, if an accelerant was used and sufficient heat thereby generated, they would fully ignite. This had presumably happened in this case and gave concern that other benches might be similarly attacked.]

12. Station Car Park.

Miles reported that a way had been found to overcome the contamination (oil?) by putting down a membrane and raising the surface level. This now required redrawing which was in hand. He understood the cost would be in the order of 68,000 and it was planned to complete the project within this financial year.

13. Energy monitors. Beverley returned hers and this was passed to Harry. Beverley had completed a Feedback Form and had identified a number of small ways in which energy could be saved in her home. Lesley had been surprised how much energy was used on lights, even with the use of low energy bulbs. She had now passed hers to Malcolm Ward. Margaret was finding some of their energy usage frightening. All felt the Feedback Form was not very user friendly.

14. Maintenance list. It was agreed to hold over examination and discussion of this until a later meeting. First reaction was that it was a pretty daunting list. Margaret suggested we ought to add the Rishton in Bloom planters , flower beds, etc to the list, but that Craig Horabin had undertaken to get the Parks Dept to maintain the newly planted bed at the Turrets. Colin reported that he had been talking to the Parks Dept gardener while he was at the Turrets and he was clearly expecting us to do it, as he had more than enough to do as it was (with the Esplanade, Cenotaph, etc) and was largely on his own.

15. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

16. Working party(ies). It was agreed to have a working party to start Autumn tidying up at High St bridge on Saturday 4th October 2008 at 9.30am.

17. Time booking. Harry 2 hours litter picking on the canal towpath.

Colin had asked Margaret and Ruth if they could estimate how much time members had spent on Rishton in Bloom activities. They had not done a detailed estimate but felt it would be easily in excess of 100 man-hours.

18. Any other business :

i) Foundation 10th Anniversary. Gemma asked members to think of ways in which the Foundation could celebrate its 10th birthday this year. They were thinking of doing something(s) in Tree Week which was the last week in November.

ii) ACoRP Annual Conference and Dinner. This was to take place in Plymouth on the 19th/20th September 2008 and would include the National Community Rail Awards. We had not been nominated for an award this year but if anyone was interested in going, Colin had the details.

19. Dates of next meetings. The next meeting would be on Tuesday the 7th October 2008 and would be the AGM, followed by a normal meeting.

The meeting after that would be on Tuesday 4th November 2008

Lesley indicated a desire to stand down as Vice Chairman at the AGM so that she could concentrate on some of her other responsibilities in the village.

There was no time to study/discuss any of the items on the Secretary’s Report.

Minutes of the Twelfth Annual General Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 7th October 2008.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Harris, David Haworth, Julie Matindale, Beverley Moorhouse, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton, Paul Wilkinson. Victoria Ingham (PROSPECTS Publicity and Admin. Officer).

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Stan Horne, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Mary O’Brien, Geoff Smale.

Fiona welcomed everyone and declared the meeting quorate (minimum 5 members). She commented how pleasing and encouraging it was to see so many members present.

3. Membership. The Secretary advised that there were 22 signed up members of the Panel. All those present 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).

It was suggested that as well as support from Park View Landscape Maintenance, there should be some recognition of the support for Rishton in Bloom from Stonehill Nurseries and Rishton Area Council.

It was pleasing to report that the day previously (06/10/08) Margaret and Ruth had attended the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony at the ECHO Arena in Liverpool and had been presented with a Neighbourhood Awards Certificate of ‘Merit’ on behalf of Rishton in Bloom. Most groups like ours entering the first time only received an ‘Improvers’ award, so ours was particularly pleasing and a just reward to Margaret and Ruth for all their hard work and those who had supported their efforts in any way. They were warmly congratulated.

5. Treasurer’s Report and Accounts. Margaret presented the Financial Statement for the year from 06/09/07 to 06/10/08.

Income into the Current Account for the year was 16573.89 of which 1080.07 related to Rishton in Bloom. Receipts included a Rishton Area Council grant of 2591 and an Awards for All grant of 4820 for the benches project; 624 bench sponsorship and 250 from the Foundation for admin expenses. Receipts for RiB included a Rishton Area Council grant of 600, an LCC grant (via C.Cllr Miles Parkinson) of 200 and sales of hanging basket kits of 230.

Expenditure for the year was 15102.76 of which 875.82 was related to RiB. Payments included 4173.31 to Prosperity for benches and 4105.08 to Natural Organics for their installation; 150 insurance; 169.50 Primetime room hire; and 441.77 Secretaries’ expenses (plants and other gardening materials + admin). RiB payments included 484.11 for an Amberol planter.

[It was noted that Rishton Area Council had also paid Park View Landscape Maintenance 600 for plants for the Turrets flower bed refurbishment which the RiB group had carried out on a DIY basis].

Opening balance was 606.85, closing at 1471.13.

The Investment Account which ended last year at 2588.80, now stood at 1191.24.

Margaret was thanked for looking after the Panel’s funds so efficiently once again, particularly with the added complication of Rishton in Bloom. The Treasurer’s Report was accepted unanimously and it was agreed it should be signed appropriately.

6. Election of Officers and Representatives.

Lesley had expressed a wish to stand down as Vice Chairman to concentrate on her other responsibilities within the village community. Grateful thanks were expressed for her service to the Panel as Vice Chairman. Colin also gave an indication that should he be re-elected as Secretary this time, he would wish to stand down at the next AGM.

The following after nomination were duly elected unanimously :

Chairman prop Harry, sec Margaret Fiona Cook

Vice Chairman prop Mary (A) sec Lesley Ruth Colling

Treasurer prop Lesley sec Ruth Margaret Worden

Secretary prop Mary (A) sec Ruth Colin Cooper

Asst Secretary prop Fiona sec Gordon Margaret Worden

PROSPECTS Foundation Management

Committee Representative prop Fiona, sec Harry Colin Cooper

[It was noted that Margaret was also on the Foundation Management Committee as a directly elected member.]

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.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 7th October 2008. (following the AGM)

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Harris, David Haworth, Julie Matindale, Beverley Moorhouse, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton, Paul Wilkinson. Victoria Ingham (PROSPECTS Publicity and Admin. Officer).

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Stan Horne, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Mary O’Brien, Geoff Smale.

3. Minutes of the previous meeting. Margaret pointed out that photocopying for Rishton in Bloom had been done by HBC Parks and not the Area Council Office as minuted. With this amendment, the minutes of the meeting 02/09/08 were agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Secretary’s report. The Secretary had not been able to update his progress report but would do so and include it as Appendix 2 to the minutes.

(ii) Any other matters. Fiona had now collated her expenses for the Rishton Festival/Fun Day and these had been handed to Margaret.

5. Rishton in Bloom, 2008.

Further to the announcement during the AGM, Margaret and Ruth gave more details of the awards ceremony they had attended. The event on the 6th October dealt only with Neighbourhood Awards it had now become so big (it had been a long but rewarding day!) and the main Britain in Bloom awards ceremony was taking place the following day (7th October). There were a lot of ‘first timers’ like ourselves. We appeared to be the only entrant of similar size to get a ‘merit’ award. Many entrants were heavily supported by their local councils, both financially and with practical help. So all in all it was an encouraging outcome.

It was proposed to put the framed certificate in the library for everyone to see. The local papers were being informed. It was hoped to do a presentation at the next Rishton Area Council meeting (11/11/08). Letters of thanks were being sent to Christine Hammerton, Park View, Stonehill and Craig Horabin (HBC).

A letter of congratulations had been received from Shirley Parkinson (HBC Parks) who had given helpful advice in the early planning stages prior to her going on maternity leave.

A further LCC grant (via Miles) of 105 was on its way for school prizes (sunflowers, etc). When these had been presented, there should be nothing left ‘in the kitty’.

There had as yet been no feedback from the judges that would help in the planning for next year, so a letter had been sent requesting some.

Thoughts for next year were leaning in the direction of the ‘bottom end’ of Rishton. This would need a lot of support from residents and might be an early activity for the proposed Neighbourhood Management structure to support if it came into being. Planning needed to start in November with the choosing of the judging route.

6. Holt St. A meeting had been held 03/10/08 between Craig Horabin (HBC) and the various local interested parties. The possibility was discussed of pursuing the project by splitting it down into packages for different groups to pursue for funding. For instance, Rishton United might be responsible for the football pitch and changing rooms; Youth Services might undertake the Multi Use Games Area; Surestart might be approached to pursue the playground provision for young children; HBC might be the most appropriate to deal with access points and footpaths; the PROSPECTS Panel might look after the picnic area (Prosperity), the nature trail (with Lancashire Wildlife Trust?) and solar power for the MUGA.

It was agreed this was an approach worth pursuing and each group was asked to give the proposal appropriate consideration. What wasn’t clear was who would coordinate the project. It would seem to fall within the remit of HBC (Parks) as lease holders but would they be able to undertake it? A Neighbourhood Management structure might also be able to undertake it but only if appropriately staffed.

It was agreed that the matter be raised at the next Rishton Area Council meeting and that the parties should meet again by the end of November having done their ‘homework’.

7. www.rishton.net.

Contact had been made with Graeme (by email) and the outstanding issues outlined to him. He had not committed himself in any way but had asked for the details of the printer we would wish to have. This had been specified to him but there had been no communication since. This needed to be followed up and a meeting arranged to discuss the whole situation.

Contact had also been made with Mark Wilkinson who had taken over Use-It. The server had been viewed in the basement and he was happy for it to stay there until we had decided what to do with it. He was unsure what operational state it was in.

There was no further news on the stolen equipment.

8. Benches.

The wording issue for one of the three plaques to be ordered on Prosperity had been resolved and ordering could now go ahead.

9. Station

i) Car Park. It was hoped to have drawing revisions clear by mid October. Revised pricing could then take place.

ii) ‘Station Friends’ meeting, York, Saturday 18/10/08. Colin was not now intending to go because of other commitments. If anyone else wished to go in his place, he would try to arrange it.

iii) Community Notice Board. There was now a community notice board on the station next to the telephone booth. Brian Haworth (Northern) was trying to arrange to meet up with Colin to give him a key so that we could put community notices in it.

iv) Northern ‘Environmental Sustainability Strategy’. We had received a copy of this document which was available to Panel members on request from the Secretary. It was noted that there was a section headed ‘Turn off the lights’. Colin had emailed Northern suggesting something be done to get more efficient control (eg light sensors) on the timing of the lights on Rishton station. There had so far been no response.

v) ACoRP Conference, ‘Community Rail and the Environment’, York, Thursday 20/11/08. Details of this Conference were available from the Secretary. It was not free but there were a limited number of bursary places @ 30 available which Colin would be happy to explore if anyone was interested.

10. Foundation.

i) 10th Birthday. Two events were being planned to celebrate this milestone in the life of the Foundation : a) Celebration Walk – Sunday 30/11/08. This would be a daytime event mainly around the ‘Ladybird Trail’, with lunch provided about the half way point (Rishton?).

b) Celebration Evening – Friday 05/12/08. This would include a modified version of the annual quiz night as well as other ‘entertainment’ and buffet. It was to take place at the Poplar Club in Accrington and each Panel would be asked to submit 5 questions for the quiz.

Invitations for both events would be going out soon.

ii) Ladybird Trail. Colin had attended a meeting 27/09/08 with Gemma and Alan Croasdale from LCC which was a follow-up to the tour round the Trail that Paul and Gordon had taken part in (20/05/08) to identify where new gates, etc were required to make the trail more accessible. Alan was able to report that they had installed upwards of 20 new kissing gates, etc replacing styles and other impediments, so the Trail was now considerably enhanced.

iii) Huncoat Trail. Victoria advised that the Huncoat Forum were organising a walk round the Huncoat Trail the following Saturday (11/10/08) and everyone would be welcome.

iv) 1st Aid Training. Gemma was planning to organise a 1st aid training course. If anyone was interested would they let Gemma know.

v) Cut Wood Park. Gemma was organising a woodland management activity in the Park on Saturday 18/10/08 from 10.00am to 1.00pm. This would consist mainly of thinning out some of the saplings it the new plantation plus some tree identification and some tree ‘hugging’ as part of the Woodland Trust’s national survey of ancient woodland. Panel members would be very welcome and she was trying to involve the ‘Green Team’ of students from Norden HS. Further details to follow.

This was to be followed the next week by some professional tree surgery to remove dead and dangerous trees and branches. Notices warning people of this would be going up in the Park and in the Library. There would also be an announcement in the local press.

vi) Poetry competition. Following Wendy’s poem ‘A Woodland Picnic’ which had been circulated to members and the Foundation, it was being suggested that a poetry competition among all the Panels might be an idea for the PROSPECTS newsletter sometime in the future.

11. Energy monitors. David (H) had returned his and this had been passed on to Colin. Unfortunately he hadn’t been given a monitoring form and time did not allow a follow-up discussion. To be pursued.

12. Maintenance list. It was agreed to hold over examination and discussion of this until a later meeting.

13. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

14. Working party(ies). There was good support for the working party to start Autumn tidying up at High St bridge 04/10/08. No others were planned.

15. Time booking. Item not covered due to lack of time.

16. Any other business :

i) Light on Community Garden. This had been vandalised and removed to make it safe. Colin had received assurances that it was to be replaced. [Later : replaced]

17. Dates of next meetings. 04/11/08.

02/12/08

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 4th November 2008.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Ruth Colling (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Gordon Baldam, Wendy Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, Julie Matindale, Beverley Moorhouse, Mary O’Brien, C. Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton, Paul Wilkinson. Gemma Tomlinson (Prospects Community Projects Development Officer). Ian Hodgson (Community Food Growing Coordinator).

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, Cllr Stan Horne, Lesley Jackson, Cllr Jennet Liddle.

Fiona welcomed everyone and gave a particular welcome to Ian who had taken up his post the day previously.

3. Minutes of the AGM and meeting 07/10/08. These were agreed as true records and signed as such.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Secretary’s report. The Secretary had circulated his progress report.

Canal Clean up initiative. Harry advised that he was part of the special panel appointed to undertake an in-depth review to develop a strategy to improve Hyndburn’s waterside areas. They would be doing walk-abouts which everyone was welcome to take part in. He would try to keep people informed of the dates of these.

Community Centre refurbishment. The structural faults that had been found in the flat were preventing its proposed sale. The only person likely to take it on would be a property developer who could carry out the necessary costly repairs. A possibility for this might be the YMCA who had been interested previously but the sale price now would be nothing like that hoped for originally. If funding could be found for the remedial work, there was still a possibility the flat could be developed as a resource for young people, but this would not provide any income for the Centre.

Cut Wood Park Woodland Management. Gemma thanked all those who turned up 18/10/08. A letter of thanks has been sent to Norden HS for the participation of their ‘green team.’ The tree ‘hugging’ data had been fed to the Woodland Trust.

Tree surgery work in the Wood had now started.

(ii) Any other matters. None.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported that the balance in the Current a/c was 1244.61 (1471.13) which included 105 received for Rishton in Bloom prizes for which Miles was thanked. Nearly all of the RiB funds had now been spent.

The balance in the Investment a/c remained at 1191.24.

6. Rishton in Bloom, 2008. Margaret and Ruth were to visit the four primary schools and Norden HS to give out Stonehill Nursery vouchers to their gardening teams : 40 to each primary school and 60 to Norden. While the photo response to growing the tallest sunflower had been somewhat disappointing, it seemed the children enjoyed having a go and a 10 voucher plus a book was to go to the winner in each school.

There was further discussion on what the other entrants had done and the level of support they received. Many in our category were small areas and even individual streets, which made it easier to get people together. Our aims were somewhat different in that while having to concentrate on a small area for judging purposes, we hoped to inspire the whole village in some way. While Rishton Area Council had been supportive, it was hoped next year that the support might be more proactive. Harry and Miles felt this might come through a Neighbourhood Management structure if this could be successfully set up.

As far as the judging area to be concentrated on next year, it was decide to see if any lead would come out of the Rishton Area Council meeting on Tuesday 11/11/08.

7. Holt St. No specific date had been set for a follow-up meeting of interested parties with Craig Horabin. We still needed to explore the three aspects we had been allocated ie the picnic area (with Prosperity?), the nature trail (with Lancashire Wildlife Trust?) and solar/wind power for the MUGA (with the Foundation or LCC?). No action was agreed for doing this.

8. www.rishton.net. Colin had emailed Graeme again (02/11/08) requesting a progress report on the printer we had specified and asking for a date for a meeting to resolve other outstanding matters.

9. Benches. The three plaques had been ordered on Prosperity.

10. Station

i) Car Park. Drawings had now been revised and put out for recosting

ii) Community Notice Board. Colin was still trying to contact Brian Haworth (Northern) to get hold of the key so that we could put notices in.

iii) Station Lighting. Colin had still had no reply to his two emails (30/09/08 &12/10/08) to Northern suggesting that, as an energy saving measure, the lights on the station should be controlled by a light sensor and not a manually adjusted time clock. He was thinking now of writing to the Managing Director, Heidi Mottram.

11. Foundation.

i) 10th Birthday. Two events were being planned to celebrate this milestone in the life of the Foundation : a) Celebration Walk – Sunday 30/11/08. This was to start at Mercer Park at 10.00 but walkers could join at other points round the course : Donkey Back, Church 11.00am, coffee ; Rishton People’s Centre, lunch 12.15 to 13.15 ; Railway Cutting, GH (end Prospects St) 14.00 ; finish Mercer Park 15.30. anyone intending to go to let Victoria know urgently (or risk having no lunch!!).

b) Celebration Evening – Friday 05/12/08. Members were reminded of the 10th Birthday evening which was now to be held at Green Haworth Golf Club, not the Poplar WMC as previously announced, starting at 7.30pm. All members should have had an invitation by now and if they hadn’t, they should let Colin know. Paul had kindly agreed to prepare five questions for the quiz on the Panel’s behalf. It was obviously hoped that enough of our members would go to form at least one team for the quiz.

ii) Ladybird Trail. Those going on the walk would be able to see some of the refurbishment work that had been done on the Trail. The new leaflet was in course of preparation and Gemma was tying in with Prosperity to have new ladybird way markers made. It was hoped to have a reopening walk round the whole trail in the Spring.

iii) 1st Aid Training. A course had now been booked with St Johns for Saturday 13/12/08 from 9.30am to 4.00pm at their Training Centre in Eagle St, Accrington. Fiona and Margaret hoped to go. Anyone else should contact Gemma to book a place as these were limited.

12. Energy monitors. Margaret had passed hers on to Ruth.

13. Hyndburn Community Network AGM. This was to take place on Thursday 20/11/08 at 6.00pm at HV & CRC, Cannon St. As members of the Network, we had been invited to nominate a representative for their Board. No Panel nominations were forthcoming, however we were allowed two members (one vote) at the AGM and anyone interested in going should contact Colin.

14. Hyndburn’s Core Strategy. Miles urged members to familiarise themselves with the details of the Core Strategy which laid out various alternative plans for the development of the Borough for the next 15 years. He referred in particular the four possible Options for industrial development. Some of these, if adopted, could have disastrous consequences for the Green Belt land between Blackburn and Rishton which could be swallowed up by industrial development. The Green Belt was due to be reviewed in 2012 and unless we voiced strong opposition now, it could weaken any opposition to changes we might mount then.

Copies of the Core Strategy would be available to view in the Library from 10/11/08 or on www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk.. The consultation period would last until 22/12/08, so time was short to make any sort of protest. It was believed the matter was to be discussed at the next Rishton Area Council meeting 11/11/08, so members would be well advised to attend to hear what was being said and comment appropriately.

Initial reaction was that very few people knew about this and we should find ways of raising awareness in the village.

15. Maintenance list. Still held over until a later meeting.

16. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

17. Working party(ies). Colin was awaiting delivery of 1000 daffodil and 1000 crocus bulbs courtesy of Rishton Area Council (our thanks to them). It was agreed he should email everyone with a date for planting when they had been received [Later : fixed for Tuesday 18/11/08 at 9.30am at the Library.] Suggested locations were more crocus at the Health Centre and daffs by the refurbished seating area on the corner of School St and Commercial St (opposite the Centre).

18. Time booking. None.

19. Any other business :

i) Neighbourhood Management. Miles and Harry were to attend a further meeting on this 19/11/08.

ii) Shrubs from Roebuck. Margaret reminded the meeting that she was still successfully administering tlc to a number of shrubs salvaged from the discarded window boxes at the Roebuck. At some stage we needed to find a suitable permanent location to plant them.

iii) Areas that needed tidying up. Ruth suggested that at some time we could do with revisiting the Meadowhead and old pit areas which were looking pretty weary these days.

20. Dates of next meetings. 02/12/08

06/01/09

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 2nd December 2008.

1. Present : Ruth Colling (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Gordon Baldam, Julie Matindale, Mary O’Brien,

2. Apologies : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Cllr Stan Horne, Lesley Jackson, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Beverley Moorhouse, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Patrick Troughton, Paul Wilkinson. Victoria Ingham (PROSPECTS Publicity and Admin. Officer).

The meeting started with only 4 members present, Colin, Mary (A), Mary (O), and Julie and was not quorate. Colin therefore reported the latest position on the agenda items for the record. Ruth, Margaret and Gordon joined later having supported the joint schools carol service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church. Discussion then turned solely to the Hyndburn Core Strategy and arrangements for the distribution to every house in the village of the leaflet prepared by Margaret and Ruth on the Panel’s behalf, advising householders of the environmental implications of the four Core Strategy Options. By this means the Panel felt it was achieving its aim of making everyone aware of the issue.

Particular attention was drawn to the Consultation at St Charles School Hall on Wednesday 17th December 2008 from 5pm to 8pm when members were urged to go and make their views known.

3. Minutes of the meeting 04/11/08. Approval was held over until the next meeting.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Secretary’s report. The Secretary had circulated his progress report. There were no additions.

(ii) Any other matters. (a) Bulb Planting. A four person planting team had planted the bulk of the 1000 daffodil and 1000 crocus in the grass at the seating area on the corner of Commercial St and School St (opposite the Centre). Margaret had been advise that an extension to the doctors’ surgery by the Library might encroach on the grass there and it was therefore decided not to plant more crocus there as had been originally intended.

Some bulbs were saved and were later planted : at the approach to the station ; in the two wooden planters on Blackburn Rd (path Blackburn Rd/Thornhill Ave) ; under the new Rishton sign at Whitebirk roundabout.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported that the balance in the Current a/c was 1118.55 (1244.61). Payments included room hire Sept/Dec of 72 but a payment of 126.90 for bench plaques had yet to be cleared.

The balance in the Investment a/c (including recent interest) was 1193.02.

6. Rishton in Bloom, 2008 (closure) and 2009 (new beginning). No report.

7. Holt St. No change. No specific date had been set for a follow-up meeting of interested parties with Craig Horabin. We still needed to explore the three aspects we had been allocated ie the picnic area (with Prosperity?), the nature trail (with Lancashire Wildlife Trust?) and solar/wind power for the MUGA (with the Foundation or LCC?). No action was agreed for doing this.

8. www.rishton.net. Colin had followed up his email (02/11/08) to Graeme with another (11/11/08) and received a reply (20/11/08) promising action asap (re progress on the printer we had specified and a date for a meeting to resolve other outstanding matters). Nothing heard since.

9. Benches. The three plaques had been collected by Colin from Prosperity. Paul had not been well and Colin was waiting for him to get better before arranging a day to get them fixed on their appropriate benches.

10. Station

i) Car Park. The project was awaiting the final go-ahead from Northern Rail.

ii) Community Notice Board. See Secretary’s Progress Report.

iii) Station Lighting. Having had no reply to his two emails (30/09/08 &12/10/08) to Northern suggesting that, as an energy saving measure, the lights on the station should be controlled by a light sensor and not a manually adjusted time clock, Colin had written (25/11/08)to their Managing Director, Heidi Mottram. An email reply was received (28/11/08)(with apology) from Karen Reed, Utilities Manager, advising that in the Action Plan in the full version of their Environmental Sustainability Strategy (we only have a Stakeholders Summary) they identified lighting timers as a problem to be addressed. This was scheduled for 2009 and they had just had confirmation of funding for a scheme. [The letter however gave no details of just what they were proposing to do.]

11. Foundation.

i) 10th Birthday. Two events were planned to celebrate this milestone in the life of the Foundation : a) Celebration Walk – Sunday 30/11/08. This had been a great success with about 30 walkers taking part at some stage on a crisp, frosty, sunny day. Arrangements at the Centre in Rishton for lunch had gone very well. Victoria, with assistance from Gemma and Ian, had prepared welcoming soup and sandwiches which were much appreciated. The Centre facilities proved ideal for the purpose.

A re-opening celebration walk around the full Ladybird trail is planned for the Spring when the new leaflet will have been printed and new way markers will be in place.

b) Celebration Evening – Friday 05/12/08. It looked as though 9 or 10 of our members were planning to go to the 10th Birthday evening at Green Haworth Golf Club starting at 7.30pm. Paul had prepared five excellent questions (plus three in reserve) for the quiz on the Panel’s behalf. So everyone was looking forward to an enjoyable evening.

ii) 1st Aid Training. A course had now been booked with St Johns for Saturday 13/12/08 from 9.30am to 4.00pm at their Training Centre in Eagle St, Accrington. Fiona and Margaret hoped to go. Anyone else should contact Gemma to book a place as these were limited.

iii) Basic Woodland Management training – Saturday 7/02/08. Gemma had organised this with BTCV at the Sparth Rd Woodland, C-l-M from 10am to 4pm. Booking was essential as numbers were limited and should be made direct with Gemma on 380176.

12. Hyndburn’s Core Strategy. See introductory remarks above.

13. Neighbourhood management. No report. (Result of meeting 19/11/08?)

14. Energy monitors. No report.

15. Maintenance list. Still held over until a later meeting.

16. Magazine/newsletters report. No report.

17. Working party(ies). Colin advised that he felt working parties were needed as follows but with so few at the meeting, no arrangements were made. This was in addition to Meadowhead, the pit mound and planting the shrubs salvaged from the Roebuck minuted at the previous meeting. :

i) High St bridge. Further work to tidy up and cut back for winter.

ii) The Turrets. HBC Parks had cleared and composted the centre bed but left the roadside bed untouched. While Margaret said she would remind Craig Horabin of his undertaking to maintain that bed, it could be that we would have to do something ourselves. Assuming we would not attempt to lift the bedding dahlias, an hour or so clearing dead vegetation and some weeding should see it tidied up.

iii) Tottleworth Rd. The community police had reported numerous cans and bottles strewn around the bench we had put in down the Road. Colin had blitzed the immediate area and collected two blue sacks full but the whole length of the Road needed attention. An organised litter pick would seem appropriate.

18. Time booking. Mary (A) 2 hours litter picking Cut Lane and Wood.

19. Any other business :

i) Primetime booking. Colin had been asked to confirm the dates for our meetings for the next six months. He questioned whether there might be a desire to go to 7.30 to 9.00pm rather than 7.00 to 8.30pm. For the moment, it was decided to keep to the present timing.

20. Dates of next meetings. 06/01/09, then 03/02/09.