Thursday, 23 June 2016


Polling stations are now open across Hyndburn for people to vote in the European Referendum which will decide whether or not the UK stays part of the European Union.

Stations will be open until 10.00pm and you do not need your polling card to vote, simply turn up and give your name and address.

If you have a postal vote but have not yet posted it you can simply hand it in at a polling station.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


The referendum to decide whether the UK stays part of the European Union or not will take place across the country on Thursday 23rd June 2016 and all residents are urged to cast their vote.

Polling stations will be open from 7.00am until 10.00pm at Rishton Free Gardeners Club, St Charles Church and St Peter & St Paul's Church as with other elections.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


March to the Front is a chance for each town in Hyndburn to talk part in a walk to Oakhill Park on 30th June 2016 to remember the sacrifice made by the Accrington Pals. All residents are invited to take part and it will be followed by a performance at 7.00pm in the park.

Starting times and locations for each township are as follows:

Accrington              6.35pm Accrington Town Hall (0.7 Miles 25 Minutes)
Baxenden                6.30pm The Bay Horse (0.9 Miles 30 Minutes)
Church                    6.15pm Bank St Community Centre (1.8 Miles 45 Minutes)
Clayton-le-Moors   5.45pm Mercer House (3 Miles 1 Hour 15 Minutes)
Great Harwood       5.10pm Town Gate (4.2 Miles 1 Hour 50 Minutes)
Huncoat                  6.10pm The Hollow, Bolton Avenue (2 Miles 50 Minutes)
Oswaldtwistle         6.10pm Civic Arts Centre (2 Miles 50 Minutes)
Rishton                   5.25pm Rishton CC Car Park (3.9 Miles 1 Hour 35 Minutes)

We are looking for 50 walkers and one lead walker for each of the routes.Walkers will be carrying a backpack between them to represent the weight of the backpacks that the soldiers carried on their March to the Front the night before the Battle of the Somme.

If you would like to walk, or lead the walks, please contact Gayle Knight on 01254 398319.

Following the walk, a conceptual movement piece entitled The Falling will be performed by the combined bands of East Lancashire Concert Band (the original Accrington Pals Band) and Lancashire Artillery Band at 7.00pm.

720 people will represent the soldiers that went over the top on 1st July 1916. The movement piece will represent the 20 minutes from 7.00am in the morning when many of the Pals lost their lives or were injured.

If you would like to beinvolved or would just like to come and watch the performance please contact Sophie on 01254 398319.

Monday, 20 June 2016


The Rishton Councillors have approved spending of £275 to upgrade the electrical junction box by the High Street Christmas tree which will also see the installation of a socket.

Cllr Ken Moss said, "The Switch On Rishton group would like to have the tree lit on the Saturday of their Christmas Fair and this will now be possible. This upgrade will enable the Christmas lights switch on to be organised without the need for HBC staff to be present and represents a considerable future cost saving."

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."