Sunday, 8 May 2016


Outgoing Rishton Councillor Harry Grayson has embarked on a new career as a screen extra. Harry, who has now moved to Ireland to spend time with his family, wanted a hobby to fill some of his free time and he is no stranger to public speaking.

Harry, whose sales patter at the Blackburn branch of Mark and Spencer was legendary, said, "I was a member of the school drama club and also played for 15 years in a country band as rhythm guitarist and vocals. I have had over 30 years experience working in face-to-face businesses and 10 years experience as a District Councillor so I am used to being in the public eye!"

Harry has signed up with Backstage Casting, a company which deal with film and television extras in Ireland, and his profile can be found here:

Backstage Casting - Harry Grayson

Saturday, 7 May 2016


Harry Grayson has retired from Hyndburn Borough Council after ten years in the role of Rishton Councillor. He was elected to HBC in 2006 in a by-election when Ann Scaife left office.

Harry was presented with two framed pictures by his Rishton colleagues as a leaving gift. One is a map of Rishton and the other is a shot of him meeting Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Accrington in 2012.

Harry's place on the Council will be taken by Jeff Scales, who beat Ann Scaife yesterday in the local election.

Friday, 6 May 2016


Jeff Scales has been victorious for the Labour party and won the Rishton ward election. The seat has been held since 2006 by Cllr Harry Grayson, who has stood down after a decade of service to spend more time with his family.

The results of the Rishton local election are as follows:
  • Jeff Scales (Labour) - 766
  • Ann Scaife (Conservative) - 632
  • David Dowling (UKIP) - 439

Thursday, 5 May 2016


Polling stations are now open and all residents are encouraged to go and cast their vote in the local elections.

Jeff Scales is the Labour candidate and the favoured choice of retiring Councillor Harry Grayson to succeed him. Team Rishton would urge people to vote for Jeff and ensure that we elect a Councillor who will work together with the other members rather than against.

Polling booths are located at Rishton Free Gardeners Club, St Charles Church and St Peter and Paul's Church and you do not need your polling card to vote. Doors close at 10.00pm tonight.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


The Rishton Councillors try for the most part to be as non-political as possible but we are making the annual plea to residents for them to vote Labour in the local elections.

We have a good team in Rishton and we work well together. Three of the six Hyndburn Cabinet members are representatives for Rishton, plus Miles Parkinson is not only our Labour County Councillor but also Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council.

We don't refer to ourselves as 'Team Rishton' for nothing!

Losing Harry Grayson is very sad for us but Jeff Scales has worked with us on numerous projects stretching all the way back to asking for revisions to the planning application at Westwood Garage. His current major project is the Piggy Park Garden Association for which he has secured grants totalling nearly £20,000 and this will be of major benefit to the schools and youth associations.

Harry said, "We haven't made wild promises to residents and we have always been realistic about what can and can't be done but we always look for the best solutions to problems. We are open about what is happening and we post daily updates of our activities, something none of our opponents do anywhere else in the borough. The last thing we need in Rishton is more political battles. Please vote for Jeff Scales tomorrow and keep your three Rishton Councillors as a united team."

Polling stations open tomorrow at St Charles Church, Rishton Free Gardeners Club and St Peter & St Paul's Church from 7.00am until 10.00pm and you do not need your polling card to vote.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016


Cllr Harry Grayson has been to visit the newly-renamed Dr Grayson Way in Great Harwood on his trip back to Rishton. The road was named after the tragic early death last year of Harry's son Rob, a noted and well-loved local doctor.

Harry, who recently moved to Ireland with his family, is pictured here with his grandchildren, Georgina and Dominic outside Great Harwood Medical Centre.

Harry said, "I'm delighted to see this permanent reminder of my wonderful boy. The pain of losing a son gets a little bit worse every day but I like to think this is a fitting tribute to a man who put everything into making people better." 


Monday, 2 May 2016


The election address for Rishton Labour candidate 2016, Jeff Scales, has now been delivered to every house in the village and an electronic version can be seen here.

Sunday, 1 May 2016


Team Rishton have been out canvassing for Jeff Scales during the final stage of the local elections and have been meeting residents on the following streets:
  • Spring Street
  • Bridgefield Close
  • Harwood Road
  • Norden View
  • Norfolk Street
  • Howard Street
  • Cliff Street
  • Livesey Street
  • Lord Street
  • Clifton Street
  • School Street
  • Wharf Street
  • Fielding Street
  • Chapel Street
  • Barnmeadow Crescent
All remaining households will receive a visit from the Labour team this week.

Saturday, 30 April 2016


A reminder that general household waste will be collected in Rishton on Saturday 30th April 2016 as Monday 2nd May is a Bank Holiday.

Friday, 29 April 2016


Hyndburn has suffered the deepest cuts in England while Southern Councils have been given millions extra. The Tories do not care about the North.

Labour have kept your HBC Council tax at the same level as 2010, garden waste collection, pest control and bulky goods removals are still free services and we will never charge for car parking.

Labour have fought for Hyndburn and continue to manage finances without resorting to additional borrowing. We are working with the private sector to bring in new investment and create jobs for local people at new business parks. We also work in partnership with several voluntary groups which has brought in millions of pounds for projects around the borough.

Labour continually source grants for parks and leisure, which enabled a new games area at Milnshaw, a forthcoming £2m revamp at Rhyddings and new sports facilities including 3G football pitches, changing rooms, saunas and a women's gym. We are now also entering into lease agreements with local football teams so that they can have dedicated home grounds, with Rishton Utd being the first of its kind.

Labour have invested over £22m into regeneration projects around Hyndburn since 2011, plus secured £7m for new homes and over £10m for a major town centre renovation starting this year.

Only Hyndburn Labour has protected you from these unfair Conservative government deep cuts. We offer continued sound financial management and innovative ideas across Hyndburn, not reckless spending in favoured areas.

Please vote Labour on May 5th.