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BOTS2016 Beats All Previous Records

Organisers of the bank holiday Bands on the Square music festival are pretty certain that this year’s event broke all previous records. The event, held in Barnoldswick Town Centre over three days and two nights, attracted crowds estimated in their thousands, from right across the region & beyond. Bands on the Square is run by volunteers under the banner of the town council, and features acts who also appear on a voluntary basis. There’s no admission fee either, although it’s hoped costs will be recouped by donations collected at the end of each day. This year stage manager Emma West was deluged with requests to appear on stage, as the annual event gains ever more credibility. Remarkably, over the three…

Local Artist Terry Jorgensen Is Stunned After Posting One Of His Paintings On Social Media

A keen amateur artist has been left stunned after posting one of his pictures on a local Social Media page. Terry Jorgensen, who’s a retired design engineer, only took up painting four years ago. His latest work, done in oils, was posted on the Barnoldswick Talk page last night – and it was an instant hit, with literally dozens of complimentary comments. The subject matter was Barnoldswick’s picturesque Town Square, which Terry has managed to capture in such a way it’s even attracted several offers to buy. He was so encouraged by the local reaction to the picture he’s now considering a public exhibition of his work to date in West Craven, and has started a series of paintings depicting…

Barnoldswick’s Victory Park Installs Life Saving Defibrillator

Barnoldswick’s Victory Park is the latest venue for the installation of a life-saving defibrillator. The machine is used in the event of life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias and ventricular fibrillation. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical current to the heart to bring it back into a proper stable rhythm. Now local residents and users of the park are being invited to join some free training on the use of the machine. It’s to be held at the pavilion in Victory Park, off West Close Road, between 7 and 8:30pm next Friday evening.

World Meat Pie Championships Becoming Even More Popular

And organisers of the World Meat Pie Championships, to be held on the 23rd of April in West Craven, were a little taken aback yesterday after receiving an entry to the competition. While most competitors have entered one, two, or maybe even three pies, this entry was for no less than twenty-four! The entry was forwarded from a member of staff at West Craven High School & Technology College on behalf of a group of students, who have been working hard on some interesting creations. Along with the usual meat and potato, apple and blackberry and steak pies, the entries include a bacon, vegetable – and banana pie! The competition forms part of the St George’s Day celebrations in Barnoldswick…

Popular Book On Walks Around Barnoldswick Finally Gets A Sequel

A hugely popular book detailing walks around West Craven has finally got a sequel Heather Sheldrick, together with her mother, published the initial book of ten walks around Barnoldswick some years ago, always intending to bring out another when time permitted That time finally arrived, and despite her mum’s advancing years, she once again helped out, but this time with more than double the number of routes Now finally the book’s been launched, and Drystone Radio talked exclusively to Heather about her mum’s input– you can hear the full interview with Heather on the Drystone Radio News Facebook page Obviously it costs a lot of money to publish a work of this nature, and both Barnoldswick Town and Pendle Borough…

Referendum On Europe To Be Held In June

Following David Cameron’s announcement that a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union will be held in June an impromptu poll has been carried out in West Craven The poll simply asked the question Europe: Out or In, and was posted on Barnoldswick’s local Facebook page, Barnoldswick Talk While petitioner Steve Norcross explained that it was only supposed to be a simple poll, not really a talking point it inevitably sparked debate, at times quite lively Mr Norcross said the count would be made last night and the post deleted, but another would be carried out in the next few weeks, to see in politicians and lobbyists had managed to change anybody’s mind By the time the poll was…

Rolls Royce Reported Full Year Financial Results

One of the leading employers in our region has reported full year financial results. The annual results of Rolls Royce Holdings for 2015 were billed as meeting expectations in challenging conditions. Those expectations had, of course, been lowered considerably following a string of profit warnings. Underlying revenue was down marginally but there was a substantial fall in profitability, which came in at £1.4bn. The two aerospace divisions presented contrasting fortunes – In civil aerospace revenue moved upwards but profit before financing fell while in defence revenue dropped but profit increased. The civil aerospace order book now stands at £3.8bn. The company is in a period of transition and under considerable pressure. One result of this is the decision to slash…

Rolls Royce May Be About To Reduce Or Even Cancel Dividend Paid To Shareholders

Reports in the press suggest that Rolls-Royce Holdings, which has sites at Barnoldswick, may be about to reduce or even cancel the dividend paid to shareholders. Rolls-Royce has raised the dividend every year for the best part of nearly a quarter of a century – and in recent years shareholders have benefitted from some hefty increases. Five years ago the company paid 16p a share, last year the pay-out was 23.1p. This is an increase of 44% – which is way above the level of price inflation during the period. Any reduction in the dividend will not be welcome news to shareholders – but one aspect often over-looked is that such a move would not necessarily be good for employees…

Two Fire Engines From Barnoldswick & Earby Scramble To Attend Fire On Bank Street In Barnoldswick

Two fire engines from Barnoldswick and Earby attended a fire involving in a ground floor lounge of a home on Bank Street, Barnoldswick yesterday morning. Fire-fighters were at the scene from 10 to 12 for a total of 25 minutes Crews used two fire-fighters wearing breathing apparatus and one hose reel to extinguish the blaze. There were no reported injuries.

Charity Race Night Being Held In Support Of The Local Hospice & Airedale Hospital’s Ward Seven

A local hospice & Airedale Hospital’s Ward Seven are to benefit from an event being held in February The Charity Race Night will be held on Saturday the 6th of February at Rolls Royce Leisure in Barnoldswick, as part of a major fund-raising effort on behalf of a local man diagnosed last year with cancer Ian Rogan’s plight has attracted wide support from the local community, and this is just the latest in a series of fund raising events Punters are invited to come along to the club from half past seven in the evening, with the first race setting off at eight There’ll be no charge to get in, but everyone is urged to bring a full wallet, and…

Date Set For The 2016 World Meat Pie Championship

A date’s been announced for the second World Meat Pie championship, to be held in conjunction with a major West Craven event in late spring Barnoldswick has celebrated St George’s Day for the past five years with a wide range of attractions to herald the end of spring The World Meat Pie competition was launched last year, but was held earlier in the year, over the Valentines Day weekend But at a meeting last night it was decided to push the competition back to April – Alison Sauer is a member of the organising group – you can hear her comments on the Drystone Radio News Facebook page

MPs Are Due To Meet With Rolls Royce To Discuss The Companies Restructuring Plans

Reports have appeared in the financial press that a number of MPs will be meeting with Warren East the Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce to discuss the companies’ plans to restructure the business. There are worries that more production will be shifted to low cost countries, such as India – but at this stage there is no suggestion that any jobs are under threat at the company’s sites in Barnoldswick. These are troubling times for Rolls-Royce which has issued a string of profit warnings as it seeks to reduce unit costs in order to compete with bigger rivals such as General Electric and Pratt & Whitney in the United States of America. The company has said that it remains fully committed…

Rolls Royce In Possible Merger With BAE

Rolls Royce, which has sites in West Craven and employs hundreds across the region, is once again in the news – our business editor Kevin Hey brought us the following report: In recent days stories have appeared in the press suggesting that the government has drawn-up contingency plans to take the group’s nuclear marine business into state ownership – or possibly forcing the company into a merger with BAE. The idea is said to be a direct response to a large junk of shares in Rolls being acquired by USA activist investor Value Act, which is now believed to be seeking a seat on the board. The Government, which has a Special Share in Rolls Royce to prevent the group…

Barnoldswick Company Launch A Self Lighting Wood Burning Stove

A West Craven company whose equipment was used by Florence Nightingale has come crashing into the 21st century with a world first ESSE Stoves, based in Barnoldswick has launched a self-lighting wood-burning stove, which they say is the first to use a technology only recently developed The stove uses what’s known as the Autoblaze system, which ESSE proudly declare is a British invention, developed and now marketed in the UK The system was conceived by inventor Matthew Statham, and is based on an old device used to light open fires Put simply air is blown across a very hot element into the fuel in the stove, and after a few minutes you end up with a roaring blaze – without…

Parents Of St Josephs RC School In Barnoldswick Raise Over £1100 For Defibrillator

Organisers of a fund raising effort originally intended to buy a school defibrillator have been staggered and amazed at the results The parents of pupils at Barnoldswick’s St Josephs Roman Catholic primary school initially held a quiz night, then followed it up by running a pop-up shop in the town for a week The first surprise in store was that the quiz on its own raised sufficient cash to cover the cost of the life-saving machine By the time totals had been calculated for the quiz the shop was up and running, with locals rallying round with donations of items to sell And after a week’s hard graft put in by the parents it’s now been revealed the shop, once…