Tuesday, 23 June 2015


The disused paper mill at the bottom of Hermitage Street is being repeatedly broken into and used as an area for congregating by local youths and Cllr Clare Cleary has instigated steps to have the site cleaned up. She and the other Rishton Councillors will shortly be conducting a house-to-house survey and petition to get the owners to do something with the site, which has now deteriorated into something of an eyesore.

Mr Tim Mitchell, Headmaster of Norden High School, has also issued letters to pupils warning against playing inside the old building. He said, "I have been made aware that a number of young people, some of whom are believed to be students at our school, are frequenting a disused factory opposite Riverside Industrial Estate."

He added, "I have been reliably informed that this building represents a significant health and safety risk as a result of both its condition and the asbestos used in its construction. I would ask all parents/carers to remind their children of the hazards of trespass, not least to their own wellbeing. We will be making this clear to all our students through the assembly process."

Monday, 22 June 2015


All pedestrians and drivers are urged to be mindful of people using the puffin crossing at Eachill junction following an accident on Sunday where a young boy was seriously injured.

The Rishton Councillors and County Councillor have instructed Lancashire County Council to investigate the timings immediately as it is believed that the length of time allowed for pedestrians to cross is insufficient.

Please take extra care at the junction whilst this problem is resolved. An update will be posted when more information is available.

Sunday, 21 June 2015


Police detectives have launched an investigation after the recent robbery at Rishton Post Office.

The robbery happened at shortly after 5.30pm on Friday, June 5th when the postmaster was closing for the day. Three offenders wearing white CSI-style suits and full face masks entered the post office through the back door, threw a sheet over the member of staff and tied him up.

They then stole a substantial amount of cash from the safe and made off in the victim’s Vauxhall Corsa which was found abandoned in Eachill Road a short time later.

Police are trying to identify a couple who were walking up George St from High Street and stopped to allow the stolen Vauxhall Corsa drive out of the garage from the Post Office and turn right onto George Street.

The postmaster, 31, was rescued when his sister attended the post office when she couldn’t get hold of him. Fortunately he was not seriously physically injured. 

Detective Inspector Simon Upton, of East CID, said: “This was a brutal and pre-planned robbery involving the use of violence against the postmaster who has been through a traumatic experience.

DI Upton said, “Fortunately robberies of this nature are still relatively rare and we are carrying out a thorough investigation to bring to justice these offenders. I would appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact the police.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1229 of June 5th, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers.org

Friday, 19 June 2015


Volunteers and tombola prize donations are requested for the Switch On Rishton fundraising stall at Rishton Festival on 4th July 2015.

A rota will be drawn up so that volunteers spend around an hour each with someone else manning the stall which includes a tombola, bran tub and a book sale, plus a collecting bucket for donations.

Please contact Nick Hayward on 07973724414 if you would like to help out or donate a prize for the stall. Anything will be considered, no matter how small!

Thursday, 18 June 2015


One of the bulbs in the uplighters at Rishton cenotaph has stopped working. It is located on the southeast side facing Thornhill Avenue and this has now been reported to HBC engineers for replacement.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Preparations are in full swing for the Rishton Festival, now in its 12th year, and the next committee meeting will take place on Thursday 18th June at 7.00pm in The People's Centre.

Christine Hammerton said, "We are hoping for even bigger numbers this year and hope everyone on the day will embrace this year’s theme of 'Stars In Their Eyes'. People can dress up as a star like Michael Jackson or Tina Turner and if the stallholders want they could have figures or cut-outs next to their stalls."

She added, "It was a brilliant day again last year with a great turnout and the weather was fantastic.We are hoping for the same again this year and for lots of people to dress up and join in the fun.”

The festival will be held on Saturday July 4th and will start off with a parade from Rishton train station to Norden High School. For a third year running visitors will also be able to enjoy a beer and cider tent. The festival will also include demonstrations for Active Women, birds of prey, bouncy castles and more than 30 stalls.

The committee have funded the festival through numerous bingo sessions and lunches in recent months.
However, they are now appealing for people to help on the day as marshals and anyone who is able to help or wants to book a last-minute stall can contact Malcolm Ward on 07801 056945.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015


June 16th 2015 marks the 115th anniversary of the Rishton Conservative Club opening its doors on the current site.

Landlord Dave Lees said, "We are working hard to make sure the place looks nice and offer cheaper products but just to open the front door costs £315 per day so continued support and consideration for the club is vital. Please support us and strengthen trade so that we can look forward to many more birthdays!"

The club will also be hosting a beer festival over the weekend starting on 19th June.

Monday, 15 June 2015


The three Rishton Councillors have all been contacted this evening regarding a broken manhole cover in the middle of Norden Playing Fields which has exposed a considerable hole.

Cllr Clare Cleary provided an old pallet to use as a temporary cover and Cllr Ken Moss will liaise with the Parks department to get the problem sorted as soon as possible.

In the meantime, all residents are urged to be mindful of the hazard.

Sunday, 14 June 2015


Following on from last year's successful event, Dave Lees has organised a second beer festival at the Conservative Club on Cliff Street. The festival will take place over the weekend of 19th to 21st June 2015 and the schedule of events is as follows:

  • 19th June - 4.00pm till close (+ evening entertainment)
  • 20th June - 12.00pm till close (+ evening entertainment)
  • 21st June - 12.00pm till close
CAMRA supporter and Councillor for Rishton, Ken Moss, said, "This is great news for Rishton ale enthusiasts. Dave put on a superb event last year with very reasonably priced beer, I'm certainly looking forward to attending another one."

Saturday, 13 June 2015


A free NHS-approved 'Couch to 5K' plan which is designed to get people off the settee and gradually work up to running five kilometres or for half an hour in just nine weeks starts on Saturday 20th June. 

The groups will meet on Saturdays at 9.00am, Mondays at 7.00pm and Thursdays at 7.00pm in Cutwood Park and it doesn't cost anything so just turn up on the day!

A Facebook page with more details can be found here:

Facebook - Rishton Couch To 5K