It’s a Family affair for members of Accrington Theatre Group as they return to the stage next month.
The company will put on a new musical for East Lancashire audiences, but with a familiar theme, The Addams Family.
Bringing to life the antics of the mysterious and spooky characters at The Civic Arts Centre, Oswaldtwistle, will be several couples and relatives.
Keeping it in the family will be couple Cathryn Osbourne and Josh Hindle as Wednesday Addams, the ultimate Princess of Darkness and Lucas Beineke, Wednesday’s ‘normal’ Boyfriend!
Kev Riley will appear alongside his daughter Brogan, as the hugely enthusiastic and totally incorrigible Uncle Fester, and The Showgirl – Addams Family Ancestor.
While Howard G Raw and his wife Wendy are at the helm as director and choreographer.
Howard said: “One of the reasons we chose The Addams Family is that it reflects the many strong family ties among our company.
“The Addams’ might have their problems with each other, they love to fight, but at the end of the day, they are always there for each other – under the glow of a spooky full moon.
“Of course, in real life, our family members aren’t quite so creepy and kooky.”
In The Addams Family musical, Dad Gomez faces his worst nightmare as daughter Wednesday has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family.
And she’s asked her doting dad to keep the relationship a secret from her mother Morticia.
“Come and join the Addams Family as they invite this young man and his parents to their home,” Howard added.
“The show’s a perfect warm up to the Hallowe’en season, running at Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday, October 4 to 8.
“It’s a scream!” The Addams Family musical has been created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick
FORMAL OPENING OF THE STANHILL VILLAGE HERITAGE TRAIL BY THE MAYOR OF HYNDBURN AND TWO DESCENDANTS OF JAMES HARGREAVES
2.30 P.M. SATURDAY 9 JULY 2016 AT STANHILL VILLAGE, OSWALDTWISTLE, ACCRINGTON
Stanhill Village was the home of James Hargreaves, the 18th century inventor who paved the way for the industrial textile revolution. In this village he invented the Spinning Jenny, probably the most famous and innovative spinning machine ever.
The Stanhill Village Heritage project has celebrated this extraordinary man and his invention by creating a physical heritage trail, which extends 3.5 miles through and around this historic and picturesque village nestling beside the West Pennine moors near Accrington.
Using £32,300 of Heritage Lottery Funding and other locally raised funds, the project has installed presentation boards along the trail. The boards are linked to a custom built website which visitors can access via their smart phones or from their computers in the comfort of their homes.
The story told is not just of James Hargreaves but also of famous local people such as William Bury Westall, the Victorian novelist who lived at Stanhill Hall; William ‘Parsley’ Peel the famous calico print pioneer and sponsor of Hargreaves; the former PoW camp at Knuzden and the general social and industrial history of the area.
The jewel in the crown however is a working replica of the Spinning Jenny, built to the original design by a local resident in 2016 only two hundred yards away from where Hargreaves built the original.
Over the next year a programme of community events – workshops, talks and demonstrations will begin to involve local residents and visitors alike in experiencing and contributing to the unique history of Stanhill Village.
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Historic local football club Accrington Stanley has appointed Scott Dawson Advertising to handle all their sponsorship as they aim to build on the phenomenal success of their 2015/16 season.
In an exciting season in which the League Two club attracted a new majority shareholder and got to the play-offs, the footballing world took notice of Accrington Stanley and the community spirit that surrounds it. Now the club is keen to build on its most successful season yet in the newly named English Football League by attracting sponsorship from local businesses.
David Burgess, Managing Director at Accrington Stanley FC, said:
“In the last 12 months we’ve attracted a new majority shareholder in Andy Holt whose investment has helped to secure a future for Accrington Stanley. We’ve attracted sponsorship from Andy Holt’s plastics manufacturing business What More UK and also from PlasticBoxShop, our shirt sponsor.
“Now we’re keen to work with other local businesses and have a range of sponsorship options available, or can tailor packages to suit them. We’ve appointed Murray Dawson to handle all our sponsorship since he’s very well connected locally and, as a Hyndburn lad himself, has the club’s best interests at heart.”
Murray Dawson, Managing Director of Scott Dawson Advertising, was instrumental in helping Accrington Stanley to begin building the relationship with Andy Holt which saw him take a majority share position of the club. Scott Dawson Advertising also brought to the club the current What More and PlasticBoxShop sponsorship deals, and has worked on the shirt sponsorship deal for the last five years.
Murray Dawson said:
“I became involved with Accrington Stanley through what I like to call our ‘community pride’ initiative. I’m a local lad, having grown up just down the road from Stanley in Clayton, and genuinely want to see the club do well. They had a wonderful first season with Andy Holt at the helm and that’s done a massive amount for the supporters and for community spirit. We’re keen to keep the momentum going, and I’m delighted that we’re now officially handling sponsorship on the club’s behalf.”
Scott Dawson Advertising will manage all sponsorship for Accrington Stanley for the next two years. Packages range from £100 up to £100,000, offering something to all sizes and types of businesses, from local tradespeople to international companies.
Business have the opportunity to sponsor individual matches, as well as match day programmes, the football, and the Accrington Stanley website.
Larger deals are on offer for the sponsorship of stands at the Wham Stadium. The club is hoping to attract sponsorship of £20,000 for the naming rights of the Clayton End stand which is currently undergoing major refurbishment work to return it to a standing terrace. Sponsorship of the Jack Barrett stand, which is being kitted out with new seating over the summer, is also available, as is that of the Coppice Terrace away supporters’ stand.
“Out of over 1,800 registered businesses in Hyndburn, there are over 250 with an asset value of over a million pounds. I’m hopeful that many of these will engage with the club by getting behind it financially. The sponsorship opportunities on offer will put their branding in front of the increasing number of supporters who pack into the Wham Stadium each match day, as well as those who support from afar. In the case of televised matches throughout the season, the audience is into the millions.”
For more information about Accrington Stanley sponsorship opportunities, businesses should get in touch with Murray Dawson at Scott Dawson Advertising by calling (01282) 426846 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about major refurbishment of the Wham Stadium over the summer, including the laying of a new pitch, visit the Accrington Stanley website www.accringtonstanley.co.uk.
This weekend’s Accrington Food & Drink Festival will bring flavours from across the world to the heart of the town.
Let your taste buds travel with over 75 stalls of the finest food and drink from France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, India – and beyond!
The food and drink festival on Saturday 4 June is a FREE ENTRY family event with something to appeal to all tastes and appetites. From Malaysian street food to authentic Italian pizza, savoury Turkish treats to Mexican churros, there’s a wide variety of international flavours on offer – plus local dishes too.
Murray Dawson of East Lancashire based Scott Dawson Advertising, organisers of the Accrington Food & Drink Festival, said:
“I’m an Accrington lad myself and keen for the food and drink festival to be a huge success, as part of our civic pride initiative. We’ve been working hard to top last year’s very successful event, bringing together a food market full of flavour for festival visitors.
“Accrington’s 2015 food festival attracted over 10,000 people into the town centre. This year’s event is set to be even bigger and better, and with good weather forecast for the weekend we’re sure plenty of people from across Lancashire will come and join the fun.”
In addition to all the tempting smells and flavours of the food market, there’s a lot more to appeal to all the senses.
Watch the live cookery demonstrations in the theatre kitchen on Broadway. Celebrity chef Richard Fox will host a series of demos throughout the day from local chefs, as well as showcasing two of his own original recipes too.
Younger visitors to the festival can get creative in the Cakelicious children’s cake decorating competition in Accrington Market Hall. Bugs are the theme of this year’s competition, run by tutors and students from the new Roots Restaurant at Accrington & Rossendale College. It’s free to enter and one lucky winner will receive a sweet hamper from Sweet Treat Designs on Water Street.
Children can also get involved in the Dig For Victory seedling planting activity with Incredible Edibles and the Sandy Lane Gardening Group, which is taking place all day in the town centre.
A lively World War 2 re-enactment will take place in St James’ Church grounds at 1pm. It could be the last chance to see re-enactors with their deactivated guns following changes to EU rules regarding deactivated weapons. There’s also the chance to see a classic MkIX Spitfire plane outside the Town Hall, celebrating the 80th anniversary of the RAF’s iconic Battle of Britain fighter’s first flight. Plus, commemorating the Accrington Pals centenary, actors the History Men, dressed as Accrington Pals soldiers, will be out and about in the town all day to add to the wartime flavour.
And when it’s time to work off some calories, sponsor Simon Jersey’s Ride To Rio bikes will be in the Arndale. As designers of Team GB’s formal outfits for Rio 2016, Simon Jersey has set itself the challenge to pedal the 9,395 kilometres from their offices in Altham to the Brazilian capital. Visitors to the food festival can show their pedal power on the two Ride to Rio exercise bikes.
Free transport to the food festival is available on board a beautifully restored 1968 Leyland Titan double-decker bus from pick-up points in Great Harwood, Rishton, Baxenden, Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Huncoat, Oswaldtwistle, Rawtenstall and Haslingden.
Full details of the event on Saturday 4 June – including how to book a seat on this classic bus – are available at www.accringtonfoodfestival.co.uk. Festival programmes have also been delivered to around 35,000 local homes and 40 schools.
Celebrity chef Richard Fox’s cookery demo at Accrington Food Festival promises to put a spicy twist on a North West classic.
Richard will serve up his imaginative Caribbean jerk chicken and coconut rice in spiced Yorkshire puddings at his live cookery demo in the outdoor kitchen on Broadway on Saturday 4 June.
Visitors to the food fair will be able to sample Richard’s dish directly after his engaging cookery demos at 10am and 3pm.
Richard, author of The Food and Beer Cookbook and co-star of the ITV series Men Brewing Badly with actor and beer enthusiast Neil Morrissey, was a hit with crowds at the 2015 Accrington Food Festival. Event organisers Scott Dawson Advertising are delighted to be welcoming ‘Foxy’ back to the event for a second year.
Chef Richard Fox said:
“I had a great day at Accrington Food & Drink Festival in 2015 and am really looking forward to returning for this year’s event.
“Over 10,000 people came last year and made me feel really welcome and the quality of the local food produced showcasing their food really blew me away. I’ve had fun developing my recipe for this year’s food festival – please come along to watch me cook and get a great flavour of this fabulous event!”
Richard has shared his spicy Yorkshire pudding recipe on the Accrington Food Festival flyer, which is being delivered to 35,000 local households in the run up to the event on Saturday June 4th.
The flyer has full details of the free event, which runs in Accrington town centre between 10am and 4pm. It brings over 75 stalls of food and drink producers to the heart of Accrington, all showcasing the very best of the region’s food, as well as foods from Malaysia to Mexico, India to Italy and Africa to the Caribbean. Plus a continental food market will bring speciality foods from across Europe to the heart of East Lancashire.
Richard Fox will also host cookery demonstrations from local chefs. At 11am Grant Smallridge of The Whitakers Arms will take to the stage on Broadway to prepare one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, their sweet chilli chicken & steak sizzler. Later, at 2pm student chefs from North Lancs Training Group will demonstrate how to make the wartime classic trench stew, serving it up with turnip bread in a World War 2 inspired field kitchen within St James’ Church ground.
The Cakelicious children’s cake decorating competition in Accrington Market Hall will give little ones the chance to get creative. Bugs are the theme of this year’s competition, run by tutors and students from the new Roots Restaurant at Accrington & Rossendale College. It’s free to enter and one lucky winner will receive a sweet hamper from Sweet Treat Designs on Water Street.
As well as all the flavours of the food festival, there’s plenty to watch too. Celebrating the Accrington Pals centenary, a World War 2 re-enactment will take place in St James’ Church grounds at 1pm. There’s also the chance to see a classic MkIX Spitfire plane outside the Town Hall, celebrating the 80th anniversary of the RAF’s iconic Battle of Britain fighter’s first flight.
Free transport to the food festival is available on board a beautifully restored 1968 Leyland Titan double-decker bus from pick-up points in Great Harwood, Rishton, Baxenden, Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Huncoat, Oswaldtwistle, Rawtenstall and Haslingden. Take advantage of the opportunity to travel into Accrington Town Centre for free on board this classic bus – book your seats online at www.accringtonfoodfestival.co.uk.
More information about Accrington Food Festival is available on the event’s website. You can also keep in touch with news from Accrington Food Festival on the event’s Facebook page, or follow @accringtonfood on Twitter and Instagram.
Businesses within Accrington market hall are giving their support – and their local produce – to Accrington Food Festival.
The event on Saturday 4 June will feature a number of live cookery demos – and it is local market stallholders who are supplying the produce.
Slack’s Farm Butcher’s, a family business who have been in Accrington market hall for 26 years, will supply the chicken and eggs for celeb chef Richard Fox’s cookery demo – he’ll be making mouths water with his Caribbean jerk chicken and coconut rice in spiced Yorkshire puddings. All Fruits is providing the fruit, vegetables and spices for Richard’s tasty marinade, and Fairbrother’s grocery stall will contribute the flour.
Slack’s is also providing the meat for North Lancs Training Group’s trench stew. Their cookery demo, in a World War 2 inspired field kitchen, links with the Accrington Pals centenary celebrations and will offer the food festival crowds a flavour of wartime grub.
And the chicken and steak used by Whitaker’s Arms chef Grant Smallridge will also come from Slack’s. Grant’s cookery demo will see him make one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, their sweet chilli chicken and steak sizzler.
Steve Hayman, owner of Slack’s Farm Butcher’s, said:
“We’re happy to support Accrington Food Festival by providing all the meat for the cookery demonstrations. I’m sure the event will build on the success of last year’s and be a wonderful day out.”
Duncan Allton of All Fruits added:
“All Fruits is happy to get behind this fantastic event.”
Accrington Food Festival is expected to bring over 10,000 visitors into Accrington town centre, topping last year’s hugely successful event. Over 75 stalls will showcase top quality food and drink from across Lancashire alongside a continental market and many more speciality stalls.
Full details of the event on Saturday 4 June – including cookery demos, children’s cake decorating competition, a World War 2 re-enactment and static Spitfire display – are available at www.accringtonfoodfestival.co.uk. Festival programmes have also been delivered to around 36,000 local homes.
Steve Hayman added: “Customers can visit our Slack’s Farm Butchers Facebook page to find out about our tremendous meat offers.”
Town centre church St James will again play a key role in this year’s Accrington Food and Drink Festival, its vicar saying he can’t wait to see the town buzzing with so many people again.
Last year the church grounds hosted a thrilling live re-enactment of a Second World War skirmish, played out by members of the North West Military Collectors to commemorate the D-Day landings. It proved such a popular attraction that it is set to return at this year’s festival, on Saturday June 4th.
“St James Church has the only remaining green space in the centre of Accrington, so it’s a great place to put on events,” said its vicar, Rev. Ian Enticott.
“It was great last year to see every boundary of the church lined with people, just because there were so many people wanting to see what was going on.”
Last year’s 20-minute all-action re-enactment saw German troops, including a sniper in the church tower, trying to hold off against advancing American GIs. As well as the D-Day commemoration, this year’s festival also marks the 100th anniversary of the terrible losses suffered by the famous ‘Accrington Pals’ battalion on the opening morning of Battle of the Somme in the First World War.
The Battalion Colours are laid up in St James Church and Rev. Enticott said it was important to remember how Accrington had suffered through war in the past so it could be the place it is today.
Accrington Pals reenactors will also take part in the food festival, talking about their kit and the life of a First World War ‘Tommy’. Authentic recipes from the trenches will also be recreated by chefs from the North Lancs Training Group, one of the festival’s key sponsors.
“There was hardly a family in Accrington that didn’t lose someone in the First World War and for that reason we do need to remember it,” said Rev. Enticott. “We need to remember the sacrifices that people made then because they bought the freedoms we enjoy today.”
The vicar is also looking forward to seeing a Spitfire on display outside Accrington Town Hall at this year’s festival, marking 80 years since the RAF’s iconic fighter first took to the skies. But above all he is looking forward to seeing the town filled with people again, both visitors and local alike.
“At last year’s Food Festival we saw thousands of people coming into the centre of Accrington and there was a great array of foods on offer, all sorts of different stalls and something to whet everyone’s appetite,” said Rev. Enticott.
“I’m really looking forward to having that buzz again, seeing thousands of people in the town centre and that feelgood factor of having so many people coming here, so many businesses on display.”
Taking place in the town centre and Market Hall, this year’s Food and Drink Festival will have over 80 stalls showcasing top quality local produce alongside a Continental Market and many more speciality stalls. There will be live cookery demonstrations in an open air theatre with guest celebrity chef Richard Fox, and a children’s cake decorating competition in the Market Hall.
Full details of the day will feature in a festival leaflet being sent out to home across Hyndburn prior to the big day on June 4th. It will also include a ‘Food for Thought’ piece from Rev. Enticott.
For more about the festival, including photos and video from last year’s event, visit: www.accringtonfoodfestival.co.uk
A Fan Zone day to end the season in style is being planned by Accrington Stanley fans keen to showcase their on-the-up club and inspire a new generation of young supporters.
After a great season so far there is a real buzz of excitement about the revitalised Accrington Stanley, its plans for future development and its chance to earn promotion to League One next season.
Excitement is building across the district as Stanley fans dare to dream and now the Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Club (OASSC) is working with the football club to organise a 12-hour festival of football, live music and fun on Saturday May 7th ─ the last scheduled match day of the current season.
There is free entry for all the family to the Fan Zone event, which starts at noon in an 80ft by 30ft marquee on the Clayton End car park outside the Wham Stadium on Livingstone Road. Various activities including live music from the Accy Rockers, a kids’ football skills challenge and a historic memorabilia stand will run up to the 3pm kick-off against Stevenage.
After the match the fun continues in the Fan Zone, with more live music, player appearances and free food samples from around the world. Compere for the Fan Zone will be BBC Radio Lancashire’s Stephen Lowe and there will be bar facilities available throughout the day.
From 7pm the party moves to the club’s Sports Bar and from 9pm all the way till midnight it continues at The Crown, Accrington Stanley’s very own pub, in Whalley Road.
Nick Westwell, chairman of the OASSC, said: “We’re starting to feel a real groundswell of support for the club, both in the town and further afield ─ for the first time in a long time there’s a real buzz of excitement around Stanley.
“If all goes to plan, by May 7th we could be celebrating promotion to League One. If we are that will be the icing on the cake, but the Fan Zone day is really about letting the wider community what a fantastic football club Accrington has right on its doorstep, and encouraging more fans, young and old alike, to get behind Stanley and cheer us on to bigger and better things.
“We hope as many people as possible will come along, join in the fun and show their support for their local football team.”
For more about Accrington Stanley visit the club’s website at: www.accringtonstanley.co.uk To find out more about the Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Club call Nick Westwell on 07730 373433, email email@example.com or follow on Twitter @officialassc
Taking place on Saturday June 4th, the festival will build on last year’s revamped event, which pulled more than 10,000 people ─ locals and visitors alike ─ into the bustling town centre.
As well as showcasing the very best of local food and drink producers and suppliers, the festival will have a truly international flavour, with stalls selling foods from Malaysia to Mexico, India to Italy and Africa to the Caribbean. A Continental food market will also feature again this year, bringing speciality foods from across Europe to the heart of East Lancashire.
Celebrity chef and author Richard Fox is back by popular demand, performing live cookery demonstrations in an outdoor kitchen theatre on Broadway, where he will also host demonstrations by local restaurant chefs. There will be a children’s cake decorating competition in the Market Hall and a range of other activities for young and old alike.
The Festival’s two Gold Sponsors are both actively involved. Local uniform supplier Simon Jersey is planning a fun activity around its sponsorship of Team GB at this summer’s Olympic Games, while the North Lancs Training Group will recreate some First World War recipes in an army field kitchen.
That activity ties in with this year’s centenary of the Battle of the Somme, in which the famous “Accrington Pals” battalion suffered such devastating losses. Centenary events and exhibitions are taking place throughout the year and uniformed Accrington Pals actors will be at the food and drink festival to promote awareness.
This year also marks the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire, the RAF’s iconic Second World War fighter aircraft. To commemorate that event a Mk.IX Spitfire will be on static display outside the Town Hall, giving visitors a rare chance to see the Battle of Britain hero at close quarters.
The WWII theme continues with a thrilling live action recreation of a skirmish between German troops and American GIs in the grounds of St James’ Church. It was performed by the North West Military Collectors at last year’s festival, which fell on the June 6th anniversary of D-Day, but was such a crowd-pleaser it is returning for this year’s festival.
Also making a comeback is a classic 1968 Leyland Titan double-decker bus which will transport people to the festival free of charge from pick-up points around Hyndburn. Lancashire Constabulary’s police horses will be out and about in the town centre and Police Cadets will act as marshals on the day.
For more details as the event draws near, keep an eye on the local press or visit www.accringtonfoodfestival.co.uk where you will also find photos and videos giving a flavour of last year’s festival.