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elcome to the 2018 issue of the Burnley Magazine, with a mix news, features, event listings and exclusive interviews. You’ll find features on interior design, local arts & culture, places to stay, and local businesses and clubs that deserve a showcase. This year’s magazine focuses very much on Burnley’s thriving arts and culture scene, featuring the fabulous work of local designers, photographers and artists. Our main feature showcases emerging textile designer Becca Who and her stunning clothing and accessories range inspired by Burnley’s surrounding countryside and history, with the fashion shoot in the historic setting of Burnley’s Towneley Hall & Museum. We are also delighted to bring you a special photography feature commemorating the WW1 Centenary, with the story behind Burnley’s love of the French Liqueur, Bénédictine. Our aim is show you all that is special about this thriving Lancashire town – our fabulous housing and lifestyle offer, our stunning countryside, our arts and culture offer - but most of all our friendly welcome, which was recently acknowledged with the accolade of being named the friendliest place in the UK. You’ll get a real feel from the features within the magazine just how passionate people are about the place, and the special place it has in people’s hearts, and we’re delighted to bring you an interview with the man of the moment Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley Football Club, the beating heart of the town. It may come as a surprise to learn that Burnley is 80% rural – take a drive just minutes from the town centre and you’ll find yourself on top of the glorious Pennine hills with the surrounding vistas, which attracts walkers, cyclists and horse riders throughout the year coupled with a variety of fabulous accommodation on offer we invite you to take a longer stay with us. Several of the town’s attractions have put Burnley firmly on the national and global tourism map. Burnley is home to the global award winning spa - The Woodland Spa at Crow Wood; one of Britain’s top 21st century landmarks Singing Ringing Tree (a wind powered steel structure which is a huge hit with visitors); and two of this year’s top Lancashire visitors attractions, Happa and the Burnley Mechanics, which you can read more about in the magazine – all of which sit against the backdrop of the famous Pendle Hill and amongst 100 acres of magnificent Lancashire countryside. Visit Burnley and take an exclusive spa break, stay in one of our boutique or historic guest houses, visit our stately homes and museums, take a boat ride along the canal, enjoy our festivals and events, or just relax and take in the beautiful countryside. Whatever your visit entails you can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.

CONTRIBUTORS Cover Image Dress and waistcoat by Burnley textile designer Becca Who, suit and shoes courtesy of Burnley based Photographed in the Green Room at Towneley Hall. Burnley Magazine would like to extend a huge thank you to the designer Becca Who, to her seamstress Ausra, the fabulous young make-up artists Elise Munroe and Georgia Leeming from Nelson & Colne College, hairstylist Simon Townley and his team and the models John Halliwell and Jenny Thorpe.

Joanne Etherington Editor Photography Lead Magazine Photographer – Andy Ford, Eight Imaging Other photography by: Carl Sukonik - Lawrence Hotel Hazel Riddle - Mechanics Theatre Wayne Foster - table images Hurstwood Hall Daniel Scanlin - WW1 Centenary Bene & Burnley Feature Huckleberry Films - Burnley Canal Festival

Acknowledgements Towneley Hall and Staff Burnley College Themis Burnley Football Club & Sean Dyche Burnley Flower Club Crow Wood Leisure Ida Carmichael – Padiham on Parade Daniel Scanlin

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News Primark Opens in Burnley Town Centre A Growing University Town Exciting New Town Centre Development 30 Years of Care Pure Respect – MBE’s for Community Work

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Events & Attractions What’s On Padiham on Parade Burnley Canal Festival Burnley Literary Festival Be Happa - Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

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Arts & Culture Sensuality & Style at Studio 191 The Art of Glass Towneley Park in Black & White Music to Your Ears Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Future Stars of Stage & Screen Burnley’s West End Flower Power Bene & Burnley

Fashion & Design 90 The Girl Who Draws 96 Showcasing Becca Who at Towneley Hall 116 136 142 148 162


Living & Lifestyle Home & Interior Design Stylish Town Centre Living The Corkhouse – A Hidden Gem Café Culture Next Generation Talent

Talking Sport 170 Sean Dyche - The Proudest Man in Proudsville! 174 Golf in the Park Book your stay 178 Pure Indulgence - Exclusive Luxury Spa Break 182 Echoes of the Brontës 186 Luxury at The Lawrence

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Exciting Plans to Transform Finsley Gate into Leisure Destination and Community Space

Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of the nation’s waterways, has submitted plans to transform Finsley Gate Wharf in Burnley into a hive of activity for the local community and visitors. Known locally as Mile Wharf, it is one of the oldest wharves on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, dating from between 1700 and 1830. The Grade II Listed buildings, which include three warehouses, a canal cottage, outbuilding and blacksmith forge, are in a poor state of repair, having been unused for several years. The Trust began making plans to bring the site back into use three years ago, achieving initial Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support to carry out emergency repair work and take the project forward. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery Players, HLF has now approved a £2.5 million grant through its Heritage Enterprise programme, which helps when the cost of restoring an historic building is so high that, without additional financial intervention, putting it back into use would not be commercially viable. 6

The project will see the site transformed into a leisure attraction and community and educational space, offering boat trips and boat hire, a café and visitor accommodation. A function room and learning area would also allow local community groups and schools to enjoy and find out about Burnley’s waterway heritage, wildlife and features. Ian Sprott, development surveyor at Canal & River Trust, said: “We are delighted to be taking this exciting project forward with funding from the National Lottery, and the support of Burnley Council, local residents who put forward their views on the project, and tenants Finsley Gate Wharf Ltd. The proposals have generated a lot of positive interest locally and we are excited to bring this community facility to life. “The site will become a real hive of canal-side activity for Burnley, offering a space where people can learn about the waterway environment, get out on the water, and simply spend time relaxing and enjoying the fresh air.” The restoration of Finsley Gate is a strategic development for the

borough as it will help to kick-start the regeneration of the part of the historic Weavers’ Triangle area joining Burnley town centre and Burnley Wood. There has been significant housing re-development in Burnley Wood, as well as significant investment in Burnley town centre, and the Finsley Gate restoration project plays a key part in joining up that investment in these areas. Glenn Davidson and Lee Shepherd, directors at Finsley Gate Wharf Ltd, commented: “We are both thrilled and excited by the regeneration of Finsley Gate Wharf and look forward to bringing new life to the area. Finsley Gate Wharf is going to become a national tourist destination that will make the people of Burnley proud.” Work could start over the summer and take around twelve months to complete. Find out more about the Canal & River Trust’s work and how you can help care for the waterways, at:

Thompson park Italian gardens restored to their former glory – a little piece of Italy at heart of Burnley! Historic Italian gardens in award winning Thompson Park, Burnley, are being restored to their former glory as part of the £1.2 million Heritage Lottery Funded project. The work on Thompson Park Italian gardens includes repairing and conservation of the shelters and walling, and replanting the flower beds with colourful herbaceous perennials. The pergolas and Doric columns, which were blown down in 2011 and have been kept in storage, will also be restored and installed in the garden. The Italian Garden is the horticultural highlight of Thompson

Park and the newly planted herbaceous perennial plants will provide year round colour, attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies and be less expensive to maintain. This approach fits with Burnley Council’s ‘Rethinking Parks’ policy, which aims to create parks that are more interesting for visitors, attract wildlife, are cheaper to maintain and have reduced CO2 emissions. There has been a close consultation with the Friends of Thompson and Queen’s Park and with more than 4,000 new plants to be put in during the spring.

Thompson Park has been loved by generations of Burnley people and it’s fantastic to see it being restored to its original splendour. The park is an important part of Burnley’s history and we are delighted that the ambitious plans for a full restoration along with improved facilities are right on track for completion summer 2018. Burnley is delighted to have received support the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of Thompson Park.

Padiham Townscape Heritage scheme secures lottery funding The market town of Padiham has secured £1.4million in Heritage Lottery Fund money towards developing the historic heart of the town: Crafting the Future Townscape Heritage Scheme. The project aims to regenerate and transform a substantial area of the Padiham town centre conservation area, known locally as ‘The Hill’. The area includes 40 buildings, most of which date from the 19th century, along Burnley Road at the heart of the town. Buttress Architects were involved in the early stages of the project supporting the local council in the first and second stage grant applications. This included undertaking the building condition surveys and valuations element of the project,

which identified buildings in need of repair or restoration. This subsequently fed into the creation of a Conservation Area Management Plan, also developed by the practice’s heritage team. The report provides the basis for policy formulation and decision making, as well as providing recommendations on areas of short and long-term improvement. The Management Plan will also be used to support future planning applications and inform future design proposals. Speaking about the successful grant application, Councillor Sue Graham, executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: “Padiham has a wonderful heritage

centre that needs preserving for future generations. At the same time, this successful bid will help breathe new life into the centre. “This is great news and the result of close partnership working between the council, local residents and businesses, and other groups to improve their town. “Schemes like this don’t just help to create attractive, vibrant places that people want to live, work, visit and invest in. They also inspire communities to find out more about their local heritage, and give people the chance to learn new skills. “It will help enhance Padiham’s historic heart, build on the town’s civic pride, and attract more visitors and shoppers to the town.” 7

Primark opens its doors in Burnley Town Centre Burnley is delighted to welcome Primark to the town centre which is a fantastic addition to the retail offer in Burnley Town Centre. The new Primark store has opened its doors on Curzon Street, next door to Next. Burnley’s town centre has recently undergone a £3million public realm makeover which has transformed the public areas creating an improved shopping experience for shoppers coming to Burnley. Primark’s investment is another demonstration of increased investor confidence in Burnley. Alex Wagstaff, partner at Addington Capital, described how the announcement represents the culmination of long-term behind the scenes negotiations. “Primark is one of the leading retailers on the high street in the UK and securing them in Burnley for the long term is great news for the town centre.” Burnley is also delighted to welcome some other great stores to the town centre in 2018 including Quick Crepes – a new branch of this specialist creperie which has opened on St James’s Steet, offering authentic

French savoury and sweet crepes all freshly made. Their crepe mix is sold in Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges. Also opening in the town centre are Transform Crafts, opened on Hargreaves Street; April Hair Salon, specialising in African Caribbean hair has opened on Bull Street in the former Burnley Express building; Easy Coffee, one of only two Easy Coffee outlets in the north

of England is open on St James’s Street, the airline pride themselves on making things ‘simple, fun and innovative’; and Complete Home Furniture - an exciting new home furniture and interiors store on St James’s St, offering a range of unique and quality home accessories, furniture and gifts. We’re delighted to welcome these new stores and additional retail offer for the town.

Burnley’s growing digital economy Burnley has a growing digital economy with several businesses at the forefront of global digital technology, employing highly skilled digital technicians. Burnley recognises that the digital economy is driving the growth of local economies worldwide, with Burnley ranking 2nd in the UK in 2016 for digital jobs growth. This digital growth has led to the town taking an innovative new approach to how they fund businesses in order to support the continued growth of Burnley’s expanding digital sector. Burnley recognised that the digital sector is a key area of growth for the town and the importance of supporting business growth within this sector, which led to them looking at different ways of supporting digital businesses, and they are delighted to announce the first digital business to be awarded funding through a joint public sector business loan to local business JP74. JP74, a successful software development company, who are working with top performing global clients creating digital platforms and 8

digital strategies, have been assisted with their growth through £100,000 of joint commercial loan funding. Mark Crabtree, OBE, Chair of Burnley Bondholders, and MD of AMS Neve one of Burnley’s largest digital firms said: “Burnley ranks as one of the top places for digital jobs growth in Britain and we are leading the way in how we look at supporting growth in this sector. Embracing digital technology will have huge rewards for Burnley businesses and for the Burnley economy, making us a more competitive and more prosperous place, so supporting our growing digital businesses is a priority for the council. “Burnley has several businesses at the forefront of global digital technology, IT and programming,

including: the world class AMS Neve digital sound desks; one of the country’s most advanced 3D printing firms, FDM printing; leaders in digital IT and telecoms Chess Ltd; digital consultants JP74; Vodafone Automotive and many more. As a town at the forefront of digital technology the loan from the Business Support Programme for JP74 will lead to the creation of several new jobs going forward helping to grow skills in the digital sector and further recognition for Burnley’s digital intelligence on the global digital stage.

University growth will place Burnley as a leading University Town focused on growth. We’re looking forward to working with people and businesses across the borough to help provide the skills and innovation needed to drive this thriving local economy”. UCLan’s impact on Burnley has been very positive, and their vision for the next few years will bring further benefits. There is a strong connection between educational provision and the way that Burnley is developing jobs and new industries. One example of that is the borough’s latest flagship business park, Vision Park, where there are units for office, research and development and light industrial uses. It is based right next to the Burnley College and UCLan Campus, so that tenants can benefit from access to programmes being run by the educational providers to support their growing business.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is drawing up ambitious plans to expand its operations in Burnley and Pennine Lancashire. The Provost of UCLan’s Burnley campus, Dr Ebrahim Adia, confirmed that UCLan are looking at a “significant expansion” of student numbers in the town. UCLan aims to build on their success since setting up the university centre in Burnley in 2009. The expansion will create increased opportunity for local people to access a wide range of higher education courses, and would have positive knock-on effects in the town with the increased spending power that will result from growing student numbers. Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas said: “It’s a very exciting time for us to be growing our presence in Burnley. The council is tremendously dynamic and the business community is well-organised and

‘Discover Amazing Women By Rail’ To mark the special significance of 2018 for women, an imaginative booklet ‘Discover Amazing Women by Rail’ was recently launched. Part of the Marvellous Days Out series, the booklet highlights the extraordinary lives of women – both known and unknown – who have lived in 32 towns, villages or cities with stations along the Mid-Cheshire line (Chester to Manchester) and Calder Valley Railway Line (Leeds to Manchester). This free booklet, features write-ups and illustrations about the women as well as information about nearby attractions, some of which, like the women, are hidden gems waiting to be discovered. The booklet aims be a starting point to explore the North’s history and attractions by rail and can be downloaded at: The booklet includes famous Northern women such as Emmeline Pankhurst (Manchester), Halifax author Anne Lister as well as Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (Bradford). Less well known, but equally extraordinary Lancashire women, are Burnley’s women, Angela James (campaigner)

and Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (lace maker and embroiderer). Blackburn is represented by politician Barbara Castle and singer Kathleen Ferrier. Beautifully sketched illustrations of many of the women are by Cheshire artist, Nicky Thompson and the booklet has been researched by historian, Richard Lysons who gives information on where and how to do further research and follow-up reading. Simon Clarke, Community Rail Partnership Lancashire, said: “This eclectic mix of amazing women, who embody courage, intelligence,

femininity and passion, was too good not to explore but so was the chance to highlight fantastic, often hidden gems in each place on the rail line, such as the Pankhurst Centre (Manchester) Rochdale’s Pioneers Museum, the Heptonstall Museum (Hebden Bridge), Shibden Hall (Halifax) as well as Burnley’s Gawthorpe Hall, Towneley Hall and Weaver’s Triangle Visitors’ Centre.” Yorkshire-born, Dame Jenni Murray DBE, broadcaster, journalist and author, talks in the forward about the “amazing women.”


Burnley B&B’s friendly hospitality puts village on the national tourism map Cosy Worsthorne village B&B, on the outskirts of Burnley, was catapulted into the national spotlight earlier this year when it was crowned winner of the 12th series of the TV reality show, Channel 4’s Four in a Bed. The renowned warm and friendly Burnley hospitality of B&B owners David Rogers and Sanchia Crossley, helped to win the show. The couple were delighted to be chosen as winners of the Channel 4 show which showcases hotels and guesthouses across the UK. Since the programme was aired in January they have been inundated with enquiries from people wanting to stay with them, which is great for Burnley tourism. David said: “It was a wonderful feeling to win the show and the amount of enquiries it has generated has been fantastic for us and for bringing new visitors to this stunning area of Burnley and Pennine Lancashire – the show has definitely put Worsthorne on the tourism destination map.” The show features four sets of hoteliers who stay with each other and, at the end of their stay, pay what they consider is fair. Whoever receives the closest amount to what the hosts

charge are declared the winners and David and Sanchia received 97 per cent of their staying costs, the highest on the series. The couple completed filming six months ago but were sworn to secrecy about the result, especially as they were the victors. David said: “It was a fantastic experience filming the show and the feedback and positive comments we have received has been wonderful. “We put a lot of hard work into the

business and I was delighted with the result.” The couple had to go through a rigorous process before they were chosen to appear. Their guesthouse has five bedrooms and the couple have hosted guests from all over the world and even a selection of celebrities, including snooker legend Jimmy White. David and Sanchia now proudly display their winner plaque.

Padiham Town Hall restored to its former glory after flood damage The residents of the lovely market town of Padiham celebrated the re-opening of the refurbished Padiham Town Hall damaged in the Boxing Day floods of 2016, with an afternoon of dancing in the fabulous new look ballroom. The completion of a complicated programme of reinstatement and flood resilience works has now been restored this glorious building following the disastrous flooding of the building on Boxing Day two years ago. The town’s Mayor Councillor Ken Buckley cut the ribbon to declare Padiham Town Hall officially “open”, and activities began with an afternoon of dancing in the ballroom. Ken said: “The building is beautiful and is back to what it once was following the refurbishment. For two years the social centre of the town 10

died because of the floods and ever since the people of Padiham have been clamouring for it to comeback ever since. Now the town hall is back and open for business.” British champion sequence dancers from the young generation joined locals and civic dignitaries in the newly refurbished ballroom in a celebration to mark the re-opening of Padiham Town Hall. Other events and balls are being planned over the coming months to celebrate its return.

House sales in Burnley among best in Britain Burnley has been declared a property hotspot after a significant rise in sales, according to a recent report from Lloyds Bank, using Land Registry figures. Burnley was joint seventh in England and Wales with a 10 per cent rise in house sales. In comparison, 82 per cent of towns included in the survey saw house sales fall between 2015 and 2016. This is reflected in increased confidence in the area from leading housebuilders, with a wide range of quality housing schemes taking shape across the borough on several previously developed (brownfield) sites.

Gleeson Homes is working on developing 200 family homes on the former Blythe’s chemical works in Hapton

Keepmoat Homes is continuing construction of new homes in Burnley Wood and South West Burnley

Calico Homes is preparing the former Perserverance Mill site in Padiham for development, with support from Burnley Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

McDermott Homes is developing 86 three and four bedroomed executive houses on the former Waterside Mill site off Sycamore Avenue and just around the corner, off Gannow Lane, the former Peel Mill is being transformed with a development of bungalows

The Bridgewalk apartments at Sandygate - a high quality development of 16 two bedroom apartments - are being reserved very quickly

We are seeing a whole range of new homes being built across our borough that will help meet demand from current and future home-buyers, and which will help attract new people into the area. This is a very much part of a longer term strategy to diversify the borough’s housing stock to attract and retain a skilled workforce.

Batch Brew

Britain’s Favourite Gin #MadeinBurnley The British gin revolution continues to grow and grow, with a reported 47million bottles of the stuff sold in 2017. Now Burnley’s very own Batch Brew Premium Gin has been named Britain’s Favourite Gin, in a survey by Craft Gin Club. Batch, a family-run distillery in Burnley, produces a spicy, botanical Gin with frankincense and myrrh. Batch Premium beat 200 craft gins from six continents for the gong. “We are beyond thrilled at being voted Britain’s favourite gin. We started distilling in the basement of the family home in 2015 and could never have imagined growing so quickly and being

shown this much love from the British public”, said Batch Premium Gin director Phil Whitwell. The gins were all tested in gin and tonics, an incredible 4.7million of them, with 25,000 votes cast between January and December 2017. Votes were open to members of Craft Gin Club, an online gin subscription service that started life on Dragon’s Den in 2016. It’s been an incredible renaissance for a once maligned liquor (the sale of ‘Mother’s Ruin’ was restricted in the 18th century). The latest gin craze, however, has been spurred on by craft distilleries, whose numbers have more than doubled over the past five years (there are now 315 distilleries in Britain). 11

Burnley firm celebrates clean sweep at the Oscars Studios. He received an OBE in 2014 and was also presented with a second personal Oscar in 2000. AMS Neve associated winners at the Oscars were: Sound Mixing - Dunkirk; Original Score –The Shape of Water; Original Song – ‘Remember Me’, Coco. BAFTAwinners: Sound – Dunkirk; Music – The Shape of Water. Golden Globewinners: Original Score – The Shape of Water; Original Song – ‘This is Me’, The Greatest Showman.

A pioneering Burnley sound firm was the toast of Hollywood once more after enjoying a clean sweep at the Oscars earlier this year . AMS Neve consoles were used to record/mix sound for every Oscar winner in sound categories including Best Picture ‘The Shape of Water’. The Billington Road audio specialists were also big winners at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes, with all sound editing and mixing winners using their world famous equipment. Marketing officer Liz Wilkinson said: “Our staff and engineers are extremely proud to continue to contribute to global entertainment and particularly to the success of this year’s Academy Award winners. “We’re delighted to see Britain, and of course Burnley, playing such a dominant part in the creation of these iconic films. Our congratulations goes out to the exceptional talent nominated for and winning awards this year.” Mr Mark Crabtree established Advanced Music Systems in 1976 when early customers included Paul McCartney, EMI and Strawberry

Modern canalside apartments unveiled –

part of Burnley’s new housing offer for the next generation Barnfield Construction in partnership with Burnley Council were delighted to unveil the show apartment for the new canalside Bridgewalk Apartments on Sandygate in Burnley earlier this year. Burnley’s housing landscape is changing dramatically with Burnley Council working with several developers who are building modern affordable homes and apartments across the borough for the next generation. Bridgewalk Apartments, a £2million scheme which comprises 16 luxury apartments over four floors, situated in the unique OnTheBanks canalside development within the historic Weavers’ Triangle, is a wonderful example of new homes primarily aimed at first time buyers, with Help to Buy assistance. The show apartment looks great and represents a new era in providing a modern housing offer here in Burnley. The apartments will bring the OnTheBanks canalside development to life, and will be key to promoting urban 12

living in and around the town centre, which the council sees as an important priority for Burnley’s economic growth. Burnley is truly embracing the trend of urban living, recognising that millennials and baby boomers are looking to live in modern environments close to town centres and leisure facilities. A number of Burnley town centre buildings are being lovingly converted in to stylish spacious apartments, and there are several modern housing developments underway across Burnley transforming the housing offer here in the town. The Bridge Walk apartments are in a great location, situated on the waterside, close to the town centre and its range of shops, restaurants and bars as well as being within walking distance of the Manchester Road Railway Station with easy access into Manchester via the direct rail link. Tim Webber, MBE, Managing Director of Barnfield Construction, said: “The continued development of the

OnTheBanks scheme is very important to the economic growth of Burnley. This exciting addition of these stylish, high quality apartments will really help to activate this area that has already seen high level investment in both infrastructure and commercial space.

Exciting new town centre development scheme appoints developer Leading national developers, Maple Grove, were appointed earlier this year to develop a new leisure and retail scheme in Burnley town centre. The development, on the former Pioneer site in Curzon Street, would include a cinema, restaurants, a public plaza, shops and a 125-space car park. Lining up a development partner for the Curzon Street site is the first stage in this ambitious project which will enable us to deliver a massive boost for Burnley, building on the investment already being made by Primark. This scheme will draw in more visitors, boost the local economy, and further establish Burnley’s reputation as an attractive and vibrant shopping and leisure destination. Burnley wants to expand the range of leisure and entertainment facilities in the town centre by attracting high quality, well-established restaurant chains to the town. Town centres are changing, with shoppers expecting a wider range of leisure uses and familyorientated restaurants alongside a good mix of shops. A report by independent experts said Burnley has ‘punched above its weight’ in terms of maintaining and growing the number of shops in its town centre over the past decade, where other similar towns have struggled. This agreement will further expand what Burnley has to offer to shoppers and visitors and bring in well-known national restaurant brands. Andrew Dewhurst, director of Maple Grove, said: “The scheme represents a major mixed-use development which will make a significant contribution to the vibrancy and leisure provision of the town centre. Our proposal has been shaped to take advantage of the site’s prominence and proximity to the UCLan/Burnley College campus as well as meeting the needs of known occupiers who are seeking space in the town centre. We look forward to forging a strong and effective partnership with Burnley Council as we take forward this important development.” The proposals follow improvements to the town centre pedestrianised area, the imminent arrival of high street giant Primark, and recently announced plans to improve Market Square in Charter Walk shopping centre.

Congratulations to Gold Medal Winner Tom Burnley Magazine would like to congratulate local Para swimmer Tom Hamer (19) who recently beat his own world record and claimed gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia – well done Tom. Tom trained with the Burnley Bobcats, an elite local swimming team, from the age of 9, and became a full–time member of the British Para Team at 16. Tom is pictured receiving his gold medal from HRH The Prince of Wales.



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30 years of care

Pendleside celebrates past and future An amazing amount of things have happened in Burnley over the last 30 years – none more so than at Pendleside Hospice. Now three decades later in its stunning purpose-built complex, it is home to more than 120 staff who care for hundreds of day service and outpatients, patients in their own homes as well as 10 inpatients all with individual en-suite bedrooms. And to celebrate its 30th anniversary Pendleside has organised a year-long campaign to help fund the future partly ensuring the hospice is still here in another three decades. The Reedley-based hospice, which won the prestigious Red Rose award for not-for-profit businesses in March, provides care for people with lifelimiting illnesses and their families. And it is marking the milestone year by hosting a number of special events. As part of the campaign the hospice has created a birthday gift list called ‘Help Us Fund The Future’ with 30 targets for the year. Included on the list are 30 teams to join their Corporate Challenge and 30 businesses to become patrons or to choose Pendleside as their charity of the year. A special concert featuring a host of schools and organised by opera star Sean Ruane is to take place at the Mechanics, Burnley, while there are plans to bring back the sponsoredmidnight memories walk for both men and women. The hospice, a member of Burnley Bondholders, costs over £4million to run each year, of which £3million must be raised by charitable donations. The whole function is also supported 14

by an army of 450 volunteers who carry out work at the hospice, attend and support outside events and work in the nine Pendleside charity shops across Burnley & Pendle. Chief executive Helen McVey said: “The demand for our services grows every year. We have seen a change in the care and support we provide as we now help people with more diverse conditions ranging from cancer, respiratory illness, neurological conditions and dementia. “At present our services meet the needs of around 1,500 people a year so it is more vital than ever that we are able to continue our work in the future.” Hospice Care for Burnley and Pendle as it was first known came after initial prompting from the Burnley Council of Churches and the Burnley Soroptimists’ Club with no short

measure of input and guidance from Burnley solicitor Muriel Jobling MBE, who passed away aged 93 in March, 2017. It is understood the disturbing lack of care Miss Jobling saw her terminally-ill cleaner receiving in hospital prompted her to create a call to arms for a revolution in palliative and end of life care in the Burnley and Pendle area. And so, the decision to launch an appeal for Hospice Care was made in October, 1988, when Lord Shuttleworth, who had agreed to be president, attended the first meeting at Burnley Mechanics when the public was asked to find money with which to get the service started. The newly formed charity set itself three initial objectives: Home care, day care and the ultimate provision of in-patient facilities.

Home care volunteers came forward and, after training, were available to help people in their own homes. From there a telephone helpline was set up and essential equipment was bought and loaned for patients to use. By 1992 the charity had enough money to open its first daycare centre in a building in the grounds of Marsden Hospital with a staff of two part-time nurses and a part-time cook. Volunteer medical, nursing and administrative staff were still the backbone of the operation. Its first charity shop opened in Burnley in May, 1993, to be followed by others in Colne and Padiham in 1994 and Barnoldswick and Nelson in 1997. Brierfield and Colne Road came along later. But in-patient beds were still not affordable. A campaign was launched to raise further funds to buy a suitable site and build a dedicated hospice care centre. An amazing £1.3million was raised through donations and legacies and a central site in Colne Road, Reedley, was acquired. And Pendleside Hospice came into being. The foundation stone was laid on April 12, 1996, and the building became available to patients in March, 1997, and

“The hospice was built by the community for the community.”

was officially opened by the Duchess of Norfolk on October 2, 1997. The following year a Hospice at Home service was launched. In the first year of operation, the annual cost of running the hospice was £200,000. It is now over £4million which is an indication of the growth of the services Pendleside now provides. In 2017 a new shop opened in Barrowford and this spring saw Pendleside’s furniture store launched in Trafalgar Street, Burnley. As the late Muriel Jobling said 30 years ago: “The hospice was built by the community for the community.” Her words still ring so truly today. 15

PURE RESPECT MBEs FOR TIRELESS COMMUNITY WORK Afrasiab Anwar and Sajda Majeed were both awarded MBEs for services to the community in the New Year’s Honours List 2018. Mike Waite caught up with them at the Faith Centre on Burnley Campus.


undreds of Burnley people are involved in volunteering. They give their time and skills week after week, running local activities and supporting other members of the community. Two people who’ve been involved in a range of initiatives over the last twenty years were recently delighted to receive official recognition from Buckingham Palace. Sajda Majeed played a big part in developing The Chai Centre – a Health & Wellbeing facility. She helped raise over £1 million for the project, creating local jobs and drawing communities together who would otherwise rarely meet. Sajda is also a Parent Governor at Sir John Thursby Community College, and volunteers with the inter-faith network Building Bridges, working with schools as a Faith Friend to support young people. Afrasiab was recognised for his contribution to community cohesion. Through his work with Daneshouse Football Club, Ghausia Mosque and the


Faith Centre he’s encouraged large numbers of young people to be proud of their town in all its diversity, and to connect with others from different backgrounds on the basis of mutual interest and respect. At first, neither of them quite believed the news about their awards. Afrasiab nipped home one day last November between work appointments, and there was a letter on the doormat. On the envelope, it said “On Her Majesty’s Service”. His first thought was: “what’s going on here?” Jokingly, he said to himself, “what am in I trouble for?” “It came as a complete shock. I had to go and sit down and re-read it. At the bottom of the letter, it said ‘I am your humble servant’ from somebody at the Palace, and so I thought ‘wow’. It took me a few minutes to take it in and actually believe that it was happening. That day, I had to go to do some work in a school in Morecambe – it was just a surreal feeling driving up the M6, having received that letter”.

After the school run on that November day, Sajda came home and opened her envelope to the same news. She was shocked and equally humbled, not quite believing that she had to keep the news confidential. By the time her husband came home from work she had to share it with him. “I’ve got something to tell you and you’re sworn to secrecy. You can’t tell anyone, not even mum!” He couldn’t have been happier and was really proud. Afrasiab has been invited to a ceremony in June. He says “that is a nice time to go down. It’s Ramadan, but it is also half term, so I can take time off work with no need to be in school, and have a few days in London. When I was younger, I worked at the American Embassy, I love London so it will be nice to take my daughter there for the first time for such a special occasion.” “I got asked by the press, who would you like to actually award you the MBE, and I said for me it would have to be the Queen. My dad’s been in this country for forty, fifty years, and the Queen has been the one constant for that generation, so looking at it from that perspective, and as I am a fan of the Royal Family, I’d like it to be the Queen.” “But then I was speaking to my wife, and she was saying wouldn’t it be wonderful if we take our daughter, and Prince William is the person who gives you the medal. Then, when our daughter is grown up, and if Prince William is King, she’ll be able to say ‘I’ve met the king’. So that’s a nice way of looking at it.”

He laughs: “Of course, I am not picky! I will accept it off any of them!” “It is an absolute honour and a privilege. It is a humbling experience: the fact that there is somebody out there who has thought, well actually, what this individual does makes a difference to the lives of the people of this town, that in itself is the real recognition. Sajda was also the first person to congratulate me which was brilliant. She rang me about a minute after the embargo was lifted, I didn’t know how she knew and then I found out she had also been awarded. I was delighted but also because I started volunteering all those years ago on a project she was working on. It also sends out a really positive message for future generations from our community and our town.” Sajda is particularly excited about the ceremony. She will be thinking about her dad who passed away when she was just nine; he was an active member of his trade union, and the local mosque. She can’t wait to share the day with her mum, who always been a big fan of the Royals, and who has also made a big contribution to local community spirit. Sajda says “she has this unique way of bringing people along with her.” “When the announcement was just about to be made at the end of December, I phoned my brother. On hearing the news that I was on the New Year’s honours list and the initial ‘seriously, for real?’, he said ‘I’ve never really known what you do – but to be awarded a MBE… That is pure respect’.”

Sajda thinks her achievements demonstrate that “if a regular person like me has an idea that brings people together to create something special for everyone, it shows that sometimes passion, self-belief and drive can make something beautiful happen”. “It’s important to recognise that The Chai Centre was not just down to me; it has been a group effort. Joint activity with the NHS and Burnley Council was key to our success. A partnership between a community group and the NHS was pioneering work back then. We trained local people; they gained their qualifications and then secured employment with us. We had frontline staff including Asian women working in the café and gym, which was unheard of at the time. We work and live in our communities. It is more than just a job for most of us that do this type of work”. Afrasiab says receiving the MBE has made him reflect on the things he done – and how time has flown. He’s proud to have helped change perceptions about volunteering, and raised the profile of volunteers within his local community. 17

5th–7th May

28th May (1–3pm)

5th–29th June

Worsthorne Scarecrow Festival

FREE Art & Craft Workshop

Worsthorne Village

Towneley Hall Egyptian Adventures (Age 5+) Pre-book:

Art Exhibition Towneley Hall - Burnley College Furniture Display

6th May

May Fun Fair Towneley Park

A mix of designs from young and mature students.

30th May (1–4pm)

Gnome and Fairy Hunt


Gawthorpe Hall £2.50 per child. Hunt for the Gawthorpe’s garden gnomes and fairies, particularly loved by the Victorians. Wear suitable clothing for outdoors.

Art Exhibition Towneley Hall - Edwin Thornber

FREE Art & Craft Workshop Botanical Mono Prints

3rd June (2–4pm)

10th June

Towneley Hall Pre-book email

Padiham Memorial Park East Lancashire Concert Band.

7th May

May Day Festival Towneley Park

A selection of recent artworks from this Burnley born artist.

7th May

19th May

Bandstand Music Event Queens Park

Brass Bands in the Park

Brass in the Parks Concert Hebden Bridge Band Towneley Park 16th June

Todmorden Agricultural Show Cliviger Showfield

Saturday 12 May (8am–6pm)

Painting Padiham Visitors to the event will be able to see artists at work and enjoy seeing original art created before their eyes.

17th June

Heritage & Vintage Fun Day Scott Park

One of Edwin Thornber’s evocative paintings, on view at Towneley Hall

12th May (11am–3pm)

Arty Gawthorpe Craft Workshop Gawthorpe Hall Make a giant artwork of Gawthorpe. 18

30th June/1st July

Trailblaster Endurance Run Towneley Park Contact John Lund 07583 997 329 30th June/1st July

Padiham on Parade 1940’s Themed Weekend. A two day extravaganza with military displays, re-enactors, classic cars, shows, bands – don your 1940’s outfits and join in the fun. 30th June

Big Band Boogie Burnley Mechanics Theatre Masquerade Ball 01282 664400 1st July

Brass in the Parks Queens Park 9th July–30th September

Art Exhibition Towneley Hall End of the Line The exhibition will feature photographs from the steam era as well as collections from local enthusiasts. 9th July–30th September

Art Exhibition Towneley Hall Book Illustrations A selection from the Hardcastle collection, featuring artists such as Louis Wain, Harry Roundtree and Phiz.

Nostalgia fest! Enjoy 1940’s style entertainment at Padiham on Parade (top) and relive the last days of steam at The End of the Line at Towneley Hall

21st June (7pm)

History Wardrobe presentation - Votes for Women Gawthorpe Hall The history of the fight for the vote made vivid through beautiful costumes and lively readings from the Edwardian age and the 1920s. £12.00 booking essential

23rd June

Pink Floyd Tribute Burnley Mechanics Theatre 01282 664400 24th June

Brass in the Parks 23rd June

Scott Park

Ballroom Blitz Padiham Town Hall

24th June

A prelude to Padiham on Parade. Dress to impress in your 40’s finest. £19.40

Classic Vehicle Show

11th–14th July

Towneley Park With Model Train Exhibition & craft stalls.

Burnley Mechanics Theatre

Grease 19

Fri 28th September–Mon 1st October

Burnley Literary Festival Burnley Town Centre will be transformed into a literary lover’s dream with writers, performers and poets joining the festival Compelling storytellers and awardwinning authors will entertain with colourful shows bringing books to life with fun creative workshops too. 6th October

Fastlove Burnley Mechanics Theatre George Michael Tribute. 01282 664400 15th July

7th–9th September

Burnley 10k

Heritage & Woodland Day

6th October 2018–3rd March 2019

Towneley Park Meet our costumed housekeeper in the historic kitchen and family dining room. Mini guided tours. FREE ENTRY.

Art Exhibition Towneley Hall Homes of Football

Queens Park

Sat 9th September (12–5pm, last entry 4.30pm)

6th October 2018–19th January 2019

28th July

Gawthorpe Hall Heritage Open Days

Contact Ann Barker: 0113 826 7762 22nd July

Bands in the Park

Outdoor Theatre, Gawthorpe Hall Sinbad the Sailor Outdoor by Off The Ground. A fabulous evening of open air theatre. Tickets £12 adults. 5th August

Little Hospice Hero’s Towneley Park

23rd September

Art Exhibition Towneley Hall War Memorials 19th October

TALON – The Best of the Eagles Burnley Mechanics Theatre Tribute.

Sponsored Dog Walk Towneley Park Contact Natalie Bohane

28th October (1–4pm)

Pumpkin Trail, Gawthorpe Hall An autumnal hunt round the grounds of Gawthorpe. £2.50 per child.

23rd September

9th & 10th August

Inflatable Madness Towneley Hall 25th & 26th August

Burnley Canal Festival ~ Free Family Activities & Events 27th August

FREE Art & Craft Workshop Towneley Hall Make you own Jam Jar Aquariums. Pre-Book: 2nd September

Colour Dash Thompson Park

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Gawthorpe Hall will be open for free as part of national Heritage Open Days, the Victorian kitchen will be open too.

A stunning exhibition capturing all the elements of the beautiful game.

Padiham 10K Padiham Road & Padiham Greenway Contact Michelle Grimes

3rd November

Padiham Model Railway Event 18th Annual Model Railway Event. Contact: 01282 776115 for tickets.

5th November

The Towneley Bonfire Towneley Park 22nd November

Comedian Dave Spikey Burnley Mechanics Theatre 01282 664400 25th November

Christmas Craft Fair Towneley Hall Hand crafted gifts. FREE ENTRY. 12th December

Library laughs at the Literary Festival! Colour Dash

Christmas Carol Concert Towneley Hall 17th & 18th November

Christmas Lights Switch on Burnley Town Centre 1st & 2nd December (11am–3pm)

Victorian Christmas Gawthorpe Hall Discover a truly festive Victorian Christmas – the Hall trimmed and decorated, the Dining Room set for Christmas dinner, Father Christmas and festive activities for the children, festive music and the housekeeper in the kitchen will be sharing the secrets of a great plum pudding. Admission Charge.

Winter winderland - join us in Burnley for the light parade and lights switch on

Early December (TBC)

Light Parade Burnley Town Centre

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PADIHAM ON PARADE The roaring 1940’s weekend is back for 2018 30th June – 1st July


housands of visitors flocked to the Padiham on Parade event in 2017, and organisers tell us this year’s event is set to be even bigger and better – miles of bunting is being unravelled and a packed programme of events throughout the weekend is set to transport you back to this wonderful era. This year’s event is being organised by Veterans’ groups from both Padiham and Burnley and they are working hard to build a fabulous programme of events for 2018 - timing the event to coincide with Armed Forces Week. Ida Carmichael, Chairman of the Padiham On Parade organising committee says: “Our aim is to create a fantastic atmosphere throughout the weekend and we are really ambitious for this year’s event. We are planning to bring in an array of large scale military vehicles, lots of events, live entertainment and some fabulous displays,


which are set to attract a large number of visitors in 1940s civilian and military dress who descend on Padiham from across the North West and beyond for this special event.” Adding: “An event such as this takes a great deal of planning and I would like to personally thank the local businesses in the wonderful town of Padiham who are behind us every step of the way – and thank the eventers, military vehicle owners and entertainers who regularly contribute to the whole “feel” of the weekend, and a special thanks to the volunteer groups who contribute to the smooth running of the event - their help is invaluable.” “I’m also delighted to announce that Burnley Football Club will be getting involved with the event this year too – so you might spot a couple of players over the weekend doing their thing to get involved!”


What the weekend has in store... Over the weekend of 30th June & 1st July 2018, Padiham Town Centre will be transported back to the 1940s as part of Padiham on Parade. The event promises to take you back to the music and dances that helped define a generation which remain as popular today as they did back then. One of the wonderful highlights of the weekend will be the opportunity to meet two Chelsea pensioner representatives who will be available to meet and greet you on Saturday afternoon in Molly Rigbys and in the Marquee on the Saturday evening. On Sunday they will be part of the Church parade and service in Padiham Town Centre. The weekend of 30th June and 1st July will get off to a sensational start and as you walk around the famous cobbled streets of Padiham you will hear the familiar sounds of the Barsby Belles, a fabulous home grown duo. Appearing for the first time will be Fiona Harrison, the Doodlebugs, Paula Marie the Vintage Vocalist and our very own George Formby lookalike. Keep an eye and an ear open for Dapper Dan – last year he had them rocking in the streets! Making their return visits will be the Fifty Something Theatre Group and the Pendleside Cloggers – certainly a treat to behold and designed to get your feet tapping! On Saturday afternoon take a visit into the newly restored Town Hall Ball Room where you can watch and enjoy the “Fashion in the Forties” demonstration, as well as enjoy the refreshments on offer in café Rene. You may even stumble upon Rene from Allo Allo! This starts at 12noon so be sure to get there soon and grab your seat. Around the town there will also be military displays with re-enactors and skirmishes, and classic cars. Entertainment continues until 8pm on Saturday evening in the Marquee towards the rear of the Town Hall. Come and join us in the Fire Station Car Park. There you will find the re-enactor encampments, vintage stalls and military vehicles. At 10am the Cadets, able bodied Veterans and Re-enactors, accompanied by a representative from the Duchy of Lancaster will assemble at the Memorial in


Memorial Park at the top of the Town and lay wreaths in remembrance of the fallen. They will then march down into the Town Centre for the Remembrance Service at the Town Hall at 11am (service and hymn sheets will be available on the day). Both the Mayors of Burnley and Padiham will be in attendance. This year Padiham on Parade will also be commemorating some of the fallen from the 14-18 war who lived in Padiham. Directly after the Service, this fabulous weekend continues with live entertainment in the Marquee as they start off the days’ activities with live music and dancing in the streets. The weekend comes to a close at 4pm on the Sunday, whereupon the committee start planning for next year! For all the details and full programme visit

Ballroom Blitz – Saturday 23rd June As a prelude to the main event, on Saturday the 23rd June, in Padiham Town Hall, there will be the Ballroom Blitz with live music and a specialist 1940s Band. With dinner included in the ticket price of £19.40 - it is time to grab your partner, pull on those dancing shoes and come along and enjoy the fun. Dress to impress in your 40s finest!

Take a vintage bus ride from the Parade to Gawthorpe Hall Gawthorpe Hall are delighted to be involved over the weekend and will be having stalls, a cafĂŠ, a news reel cinema and an exhibition at the event. The Hall itself will be open and visitors will be transported to and from Gawthorpe Hall from Padiham Town Centre on a vintage bus!


Free Family Festival with something for all the family to enjoy



olk dancing meets hip hop... A performing troupe of free runners... Giant papier mache birds... And a heritage brass band from Rajasthan! What do they have in common? They were part of Burnley Canal Festival, which takes a regular delight in the unexpected, especially when it promotes some aspect of canal culture but does it with a contemporary twist... The Festival returns in August, when this dynamic celebration of Burnley’s peerless canal heritage will occupy its regular slot on Bank Holiday weekend. The free family event runs over Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August, and if you sampled last year’s event, you’ll know this is one not to miss...

“What a great time our family had, with new and unique experiences, not your run-of-the-mill local festival...” Launched in 2012, the Canal Festival has grown each year, steered by volunteers and supported by partners including Burnley Council and Canal & River Trust. The Festival is now a part of the Super Slow Way arts programme and is managed by Mid Pennine Arts, 26

the charity based in Burnley canalside, and events company Deco Publique, creators of brilliant events like Morecambe’s Vintage by the Sea. More than by 12,000 people thronged the canal towpath for the 2017 event, held over three sites linked by narrowboat rides and an Explorers’ Trail for all the family. 2018 will be a bit different, as MPA Creative Director Nick Hunt explains. “This year we will focus on Sandygate Square as the heart of the Festival. Two other sites are not available to us in 2018, but Sandygate was designed as a public event space and we want to realise its full potential. It is ringed with wonderful heritage buildings, and we want to showcase some more of that to Festival goers.” As ever, the Festival will rely on its sponsors. “Last year we had brilliant support from Burnley Bondholders, Calico and Barnfield & Burnley Developments. We’re looking forward to working with sponsors old and new” said Nick. All the Festival ingredients return, with lots of opportunities to have a go at arts and crafts workshops, plus music, performances, street food, stalls, canoe taster sessions, narrowboats and more. Once again, the Towpath Explorers will devise a mystery quest, to encourage all the family to explore some of Burnley’s brilliant canalside. Festival entry will be free and most activities will also be free.

“The best family event I have ever been to! We had the best day ever, lots of laughs, great chat, mega fun! We will be back next year!�

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Sat 25th & Sun 26th August 2018 S A N D Y G A T E S Q U A R E & A L O N G T H E T O W PA T H

An interactive festival with so much free activity for kids!

A truly great event for Burnley.

FREE Family Festival

Stay in touch #BurnleyCanalFest /BurnleyCanalFestival

Find out about the programme at



he third annual Burnley Literary Festival will take place from Friday 28 September to Monday 1 October 2018, and follows on from the brilliant event in October 2017 which saw over one thousand visitors flock to Burnley town centre to take part in some amazing literary themed sessions. Burnley Literary Festival is four days of exciting events which range from award winning author talks, poetry sessions, creative writing workshops and street theatre to advice on getting published, popup cinema and storytelling. Whatever you’re into, there’s a Burnley Literary Festival session for you. 2017’s attractions included talks from the likes of Lancashire Book of the Year 2017 author Natalie Flynn and children’s author Dan Worsley, interactive poetry sessions from Camille Ralphs and Gez Walsh, a Storytelling Festival within a Festival, and a hugely popular rap workshop. The world’s first random poetry generating bicycle even paid a visit and with the help of Winston H Plowes a unique Poem for Burnley was created! Burnley Literary Festival 2018 promises to be even bigger and better with Waterstones Childrens Book Prize 2018 shortlisted author Alice Broadway, award winning novelist Jenn Ashworth, KARVAN the Lit Trip Advisor, a Dr Seuss themed Afternoon tea and storytelling, plus brilliant writing and poetry workshops, a songwriting session, openmic and theatre performances. Visit the website for more details on the programme of events

Extract from Hold to The Truth: A Poem for Burnley ‘Burnley is a popping candy audio, a ride through the whispering fields of fifty shades of green wheat.’

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BE HAPPA! Pay a visit to Lancashire’s Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2017


31 Shores Hey Farm, Blackhouse Lane, off Halifax Road, Briercliffe, Burnley, BB10 3QU Opening times: 11am–4pm daily Telephone: 01282 455992 32

Awarded Lancashire’s Small Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2017 Shores Hey Farm, based in Briercliffe, offers a warm welcome to visitors who enjoy great food and the great outdoors. Home to the animal welfare charity, Horses and Ponies Protection Association, Shores Hey Farm boasts stunning views of the Thursden Valley, great food and a wonderful assortment of horses and ponies to meet. Open daily from 11am – 4pm the site offers indoor and outdoor activities, fabulous food, facilities for conferencing/ meeting/ arena hire, shopping, outdoor play-area, and the chance to meet some of the rescued animals who call HAPPA their home. Recent developments at Shores Hey Farm include a Welly Walk, which offers a great chance to explore the flora and fauna of the Thursden Valley either with your family, as a social group, or with your canine companion. Once you’ve braved the inclement Lancashire weather, what better way to get warm than with a tasty treat from The Scullery Café menu? Offering a host of Lancashire focussed delights to tantalise your taste buds, The Scullery serves fresh meals prepared with locally sourced produce. There is also the Tommy Trotter Menu for younger guests. Those who enjoy fine-dining may also be tempted by the regular evening events including Grill Night. The venue also holds the prestigious Taste Lancashire Highest Quality Assured award. Special offers and seasonal events are also catered for such as The Monday Great Bait Club offering a two course lunch for just £4.95 per person. The Weekend Brunch

menu served until 12noon is very popular and offers everything from a boiled egg to a full English. The facilities are also available for private and special occasion dinning including children’s parties at a very competitive price. Visitors can also meet some of the horses and ponies and find out more about them, including the opportunity to learn more with HAPPA’s Access all Areas events. New for 2018, these events will allow visitors to explore the everyday workings of a welfare charity including an insight into how animals are rescued and their journey to finding a Forever Home. Keen animal lovers can also sponsor a horse or pony, and for children there are regular events and activities to learn more, including Ponies 4 You, Little Neddies and Tommy Trotter. For those who like to shop, Shores Hey Farm is also home to The Tack Shack with a good selection of pre-owned and new tack, saddlery, rugs and horsey bits and bobs. Late 2018 will also see the opening of the new Fussy Filly gift shop, with a whole selection of animal themed gifts and items for any budget. The team at Shores Hey Farm look forward to welcoming friends old and new in 2018. For directions from your location, please visit our website 33


from around the world There’s never been a better time to try the food at Burnley Market. Whether you want to take your time and have a meal at one of our cafes or fancy a quick lunch or breakfast at one of the takeaways, you won’t find a better selection of food from around the world in such close proximity.

All of our food stalls have one thing in common… great value for money. Kelly’s All American Diner menu includes many favourites from across the pond including huge juicy burgers for only £4 with chips. Vegetable noodles from our Chinese Stall, Wok This Way is only £3.10.

We have such a diverse community where you could eat delicious Thai food one day, Chinese the next, with Indian, American, Italian, Caribbean and English yet to try, and all under the same roof. There is something for everyone including a gluten free, vegan menu at Gourmet Munchies.

With 5 star reviews on trip advisor, Jerky’s Caribbean Chicken makes some fabulous, tasty food to eat in or takeaway


If time is short, you can ring your order through for collection and if you fancy trying something really different then most of the stalls will make food to order, such as the handmade Italian pizzas from The Squashed Tomato. If breakfast is more your thing and you like good, old-fashioned English grub, then try a full English breakfast from long established Granada Café complete with sausages, hash brown, tomato, egg, mushrooms, bacon, beans, toast and black pudding.

Whatever your craving, join the growing community of people who know the market is the place to go for great food.

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STUDIO 191 Hand crafted ceramics & stunning paintings by Jane Richmond


Well known Burnley artist and ceramic sculptor, Jane Richmond, shares her passion for art with the Burnley Magazine.


eeting Jane in her cosy alpine influenced garden studio, with the kiln fired up and generating a nice warm glow, she talked us through her fabulous artworks and what inspires her work. Jane, who holds a B.Ed. in Art and Education and is a qualified teacher with 33 years’ experience, is so relaxed and at home amongst the colourful array of easels, paints and brushes, and her two favourite helpers her two beloved dogs her pedigree Lhasa Apso’s, Teddy and Star. Jane’s favourite music plays in the background, she loves to work listening to opera, usually Italian, Verdi is her favourite – but she also loves a bit of soul and R&B when she wants something livelier to work to including Teddy Pendergrass, Stevie Wonder and Arethra Franklin. After devoting her life to teaching and community cohesion Jane has taken a huge career change making time to focus on her art instead of devoting 24/7 to education. Jane talked about her up and coming exhibitions, her new collection of greeting cards, and workshops she runs to share her love of art and pass her skills on to others. Commissions for Jane’s artwork are global, with local, regional and national clients and specialist pieces across the world, with her artworks (both paintings and sculpture) in London, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, to name just a few. Key exhibitions of Jane’s work have shown in the Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston, the Blackburn Textile Museum, and Liverpool’s Women’s Centre, with planned exhibitions for 2018 including The Pavillion, St. Anne’s in April, the Platform 1 Gallery in Todmorden in May and a wonderful display in The Mechanics, Burnley in summer. Jane has also applied to the Royal Academy Open and international city galleries including New York and Singapore to exhibit later in there later in the year to help grow her international market.


Jane Richmond said: “I love working in ceramics which I build by hand, hollow out and fire in an electric kiln in my studio. I paint using mainly acrylics and oils and draw using pencils and charcoals. “I am a Lancashire woman by birth and by choice. I lived in London for almost a decade but returned to my home county Lancashire in 1988. I am passionate about the work I have done in equality throughout my previous career in education as a teacher trainer and my art work. “I am interested in cultures and identity and this has definitely influenced my art. I am inspired by art from around the world and the interaction between human beings. I am inspired by people and like to portray a range of human emotions and explore the tenderness, exchange and passions of and between a range of people.

“I am drawn to curves as in art nouveau but love the simplicity and style of art deco. I love the flow of curves as they lend themselves so beautifully to sculpture but combined with simplicity. “An art critic described my work as ‘fecund’... I think that description is perfect… fruitful, inventive, very productive or creative intellectually and as he paraphrased it when I questioned him on his description – ‘ready for it’! I aim to portray sensuality in both the subject and the style. I like to produce both representational and abstract work as either can portray the emotional intention of the work.” Jane displays her work in galleries across the North West and now has her art printed on beautiful cards available from her studio.

We asked Jane when it was she started to realise she had that artistic flair? Jane says: “I was very young, in primary school, which was spotted and encouraged by my teachers. My 6th form art Tutor Ron Perry who I still visit (he’s 90 in October this year). He taught a really talented year group, many of whom use art as a major part of their career, including the famous internationally known artist Keith Coventry – I’d recommend looking up his work if you aren’t familiar with it. “My sculpture teacher was nationally recognised Ifor Freeman RA. Sadly Ifor isn’t with us today but his widow and daughter both say they can see his influence in my sculptures. We asked Jane which of her paintings she enjoys painting most? “My favourite flower to paint is the Calla/arum lily; they are so sculptural and sensuous, elegant and simple, with a huge variety of colours to choose from. They are very art deco and reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe – my favourite painter. Flowers are like people, beautiful and resilient and each one is different. “I love colours, orange is my favourite colour and the Calla/arum lily are my favourite flower and my favourite painting is a large painting too, approximately one square metre, and has a great impact in a room.

What is your favourite sculpture to work on? “I love working on figurative pieces. ‘Mother and child’ is my favourite sculpture. It means a lot to me and Ifor’s influence is visible in it, but I love to depict relationships and this is such a gentle loving piece, which does just that.” What is your most unusual commission? “I created two dragons for two different clients, which I’ve just completed.” Would you say Burnley has a vibrant art scene? “Burnley has a thriving art community that is growing. We have a great arts engagement officer, Rachel Hawthorn, and as part of her role she facilitates a creative alliance steering group, of which I am a member, who meet once a month. Nationally renowned speakers have recently delivered a series of professional development courses in Burnley which were excellent. “There is a real focus on local people being encouraged to enjoy and take part in art regardless of skills – for fun and enjoyment as well as developing artistic and creative talents. “I loved working with the football club community division in my previous career, showing HRH Prince of Wales my SCARF project when he visited the club, it was a great experience.” 39

An art critic described my work as ‘fecund’... I think that description is perfect… fruitful, inventive, very productive or creative intellectually and as he paraphrased it when I questioned him on his description – ‘ready for it’!


Fancy having a go? Take an art class with Jane


lways fancied having a go at Art classes? Don’t want to sign up to formal evening classes? Got an hour or two to spare every now and again? A bit of fun and informal? No experience at all needed! Jane is a professional artist and sculptor. Jane does mainly figurative work but undertakes commissions in a wide range of subjects. Workshops Ceramics (clay work) – sculpture and ceramic tiles and relief work Drawing techniques Painting techniques – particularly in acrylics and oil paints, Diversity Art activities mendhi – henna hand painting, Aboriginal Art African Art etc. Craft Activities- including weaving, batik, rug making, knitting and sewing patchwork, collage Assisting students to work towards GCSE on an individual basis and can be arranged to fit in with school studies. Jane has taught students to achieve high grades in GCSE art.

Monday – Saturday in Jane’s studio:

9.30 – 11.30am 1.30 – 3.30pm 6.30 – 8.30pm For £25pp, including all materials you will need for each session. Tea, coffee or soft drink and biscuits included. If you are an experienced artist or have your own materials and wish to take them along with you, Jane is happy to reduce the costs of the workshop accordingly. Jane is also happy to work with individuals arranging times to suit you, just ring for a chat to arrange.

Current courses: • • •

Acrylics for beginners Ceramic sculpture for beginners Silk Painting for Beginners

Ring 07743 860 268 or email 41

The Art of Glass Glassmonkey Fused Glass - handcrafted in Burnley or handcrafted by you!



Glass is one of the oldest and the most versatile human-created materials which is widely used all over the world.

In a cosy creative studio, in a former cotton mill at the heart of Burnley’s historic Weavers’ Triangle, beautiful handcrafted glassware is lovingly created by Stuart Richardson of Glassmonkey Studio. Stuart is passionate about the art of glass and wants to share his passion and skills with everyone and runs regular fun and informal craft classes throughout the year, with his dogs Ralph and Ruby overseeing proceeding and entertaining the craft class guests! The art of fused glassware is brought to life by Stuart who creates practical and luxury items such as bowls, plates, dishes and candle holders, individually styled jewellery pieces and large scale wall art – creating fabulous decorative items for your home or that unique gift for friends and family. Stuart shares the studio with his partner, Gordon, who makes his own designed handmade sterling silver jewellery. They often work together with Gordon using Stuart’s glass along with precious gems and stones to create some stunning unique pieces of jewellery. 44

It’s hard to imagine a time when glass wasn’t a part of everyday life, and for centuries glassmaking techniques were a carefully guarded secret, but you can now learn the art of glass making in this fabulous studio and fuse your own beautiful glass creations. Glassmonkey fused glassware predominantly uses Bullseye art glass and you can join a course to learn the art and create a fabulous personalised gift. They also offer a range of other craft and design workshops including beading, glass etching and jewellery making. The beautiful surrounding Pennine Lancashire landscape is a strong influence on the pieces they make, but they also draw inspiration from the region’s industrial heritage when Burnley was the world’s capital of cotton.

Burnley Magazine asked Stuart how he came to work creatively with glass... Where did you learn the art of fused glass? I have always been interested in art, crafts and design, from being a very young child. I was always creating something or drawing something. As I got older, I was fascinated by glass, in particular colourful stained glass windows. I saw a beautiful piece of glass at a National Trust property and realised this was something I wanted to try to create. My partner bought me a one day voucher for a glass fusing workshop – that was it – I was hooked. I attended a couple of short workshops then bought my first kiln which was installed in my dining room studio at home! This was five years ago and I started making and selling my glassware at craft fairs. Within months this was taking over my house. I needed to find a dedicated studio and gallery which I could open to the public and found the perfect place in the historic Queen Street Mill. When Queens Street

closed, (which I’m delighted to say is being re-opened at weekends) I was lucky enough to find my current studio at the historic Oakmount Mill. From this new unit I was able to increase the workshops I run, create a large gallery space and increase the jewellery side of the business. What influences your creations? My work is very much influenced by the beautiful Lancashire countryside and moorlands. Have you commissioned any pieces for any well known people? My glass creations have been sold across the world, some pieces have been bought by diplomats, M.P’s, and households as far away as Canada and Australia. I also attend arts and craft fairs throughout Lancashire but one of the major events we attend is the Barnes Fair new Kew Gardens. 45

Glassmonkey Craft Courses

Craft Courses at the Glassmonkey Studio Taster events and workshops take place throughout the year with half day, full day or six week courses. Prices start from £39 per person. Courses available include: • • • • • • • • 46

½ day Glass Taster ½ day Jewellery Course Full Day Introduction to Glass Fusing Full Day Intermediate Glass Fusing Six Week Fused Glass Project Sandblasting Workshops Beading Workshops Group & Corporate Events

If you aren’t the creative type but would love one of their hand designed and handcrafted items you can visit the onsite shop in Oakmount Mill or buy online at glassmonkeyfusedglas or you can commission your own personalised piece with your own designer. Glassmonkey products are available directly and at craft fairs throughout the northwest region. You will also ďŹ nd them in a growing number of galleries and outlets. Their studio is fully accessible and located close to Burnley town centre, the motorway and rail networks. Unit 1, Oakmount Mill (next to the fabric shop), Wiseman Street, Burnley BB11 1RU Tel. 07714 766 140 Email. 47




ddy Rawlinson, a well-known local photographer who formerly worked for national newspapers the Daily Express and Daily Mirror, is Burnley born and bred and loves his hometown with a passion. The rural village of Cliviger, on the outskirts of Burnley, is the location of Eddy’s lovely countryside home. The village of Cliviger sits on the doorstep of Burnley’s historic Towneley Hall, where 88 year old Eddy now spends most of his days enjoying the stunning Towneley Park and hall. Last year he decided to photograph his beloved Towneley in black and white format which he used when starting work seventy four years ago as a photographer. Eddy has known Towneley Park from almost the time he was born in the nearby district of Burnley Wood at the start of the great depression in 1929. Towneley Park with its magnificent hall, was in those days a refuge of greenery - a huge castle of dreams for young and old alike - a place to get away from the mills and the looms - and is still an oasis of seasonal colour to this day. On leaving school in 1943 Eddy joined his local newspaper, the Burnley Express, as a junior photographer and ten years later joined the Manchester Evening News as a staff photographer. He moved to the Daily Express in 1955 and the Daily Mirror ten years on in 1965. In 1976, after 33 years as a newspaper photographer, Eddy transferred to the Daily Mirror as its Northern Picture Editor. In 2007, after twenty years away from photography, at 77 years of age Eddy took to writing and started taking pictures again for his new hobby, contributing regularly to local magazines and features. A recent exhibition at Towneley Hall of his black and white images proved a huge success and we are delighted to share some of his fabulous photos with our readers.

Eddy riding his bicycle and enjoying the beauty of Towneley Park in 1933

Keeping fit by walking the dog or running through the extensive woodland or joining in with the extensive range of events Towneley provides for visitors 49

Pokeman play at the hall with an older visitor looking on in wonderment.

Autumn Tints – Towneley is beautiful in all seasons but Autumn brings the stunning display of golden trees attracting all age groups to enjoy the park.

Matchstick Match... The playing fields. Football, part of Towneley’s activities. (A Modern Lowry). 50

Remembrance at Towneley’s war memorial - The cenotaph is made of Portland stone showing carved busts of a soldier, airman and sailor. On each side are bronze female ďŹ gures representing wives, sisters and mothers.

Ball and divot y as a golfer drives off on the 18 hole course at Towneley.

Open in all weather historic Towneley Hall is a place for all the family to visit. Towneley Hall was the home of the Towneley family for over 500 years and in 1901 was sold to Burnley Corporation who made it an international visited art gallery and museum. 51

LUXURY WEDDINGS... A museum, ancestral stately home and outstanding wedding venue. Surrounded by 400 acres of parkland and woodland in beautiful Burnley, this secluded, luxury hall enjoys a spectacular setting in picturesque grounds. The grandeur of a historic building is complemented

by a friendly and professional team who provide a seamless level of service together with a total commitment to ensure that your wedding day exceeds every expectation. For parties of two right up to 300 (with a marquee).

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We have a license for civil ceremonies, and we can also host ceremonies for renewal of vows. The Regency Rooms are available for a wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast or celebration. Offering a high level of flexibility and the ability to accommodate every individual requirement; including photo opportunities on the lawn or tucked away in the estates ancient woodland.

Contact a member of our dedicated team who will be delighted to discuss your ideas and plans 01282 664400 -



MUSIC TO YOUR EARS Burnley Orchestra celebrates its centenary year with a calendar of live classical concerts


From the classics to musical theatre

urnley Orchestra is alive and well in 2018 and celebrating its centenary. Their ambition for their centenary year is to attract a new audience and to create a passion for classical music with the younger audience. When Burnley Orchestra first started, just after the First World War, it immediately attracted players who wanted to play the major works of the classical repertoire. Then, as now, the musical theatre scene was very popular and silent films were starting to spring up, both these required orchestras to accompany the songs in one and the action in the other. Many of the musicians who played for the orchestra in the early days worked in the local mills and earned extra income by going into theatres and cinemas in the evenings to man those bands. As these performances were often every evening from Monday to Saturday, it explains why their concerts are still often performed on Sundays. Many of the amateur musicians, however, also welcomed a chance to play more serious works – and their young orchestra benefited from members who had a wealth of experience in practical musicianship.


Over the 90 years since then, the orchestra has rehearsed and performed in very many venues around the town – in theatres which no longer exist, in school halls, a sports hall and even in a nightclub! – and, latterly, back in the restored Mechanics Theatre and now at St Peter’s Parish Church. Many members – and conductors – have come and gone over the years. Several of their younger players have gone on to study music and become professional players or music teachers, and some have returned as professional soloists with the orchestra. It is pleasing to note that two of their current members are at least the second generation in the orchestra – Patricia Chippendale (oboe) whose father Jim played bassoon for many years, and Pauline Rigby (flute) whose father Ken Hartley led the double-bass section. Burnley has enjoyed something that few small towns can boast – symphony orchestra and choral society able to perform some of the best works in the repertoire. In these days, when there are so many other attractions, and so much recorded music, when even professional orchestras are finding it difficult to attract audiences, Burnley Orchestra is determined to continue their long tradition of performing live music here in the town.

2018 Centenary

celebration concerts

Saturday 16th June – 3pm Padiham Road Methodist Church A selection of short popular pieces Saturday 13th October – 7:30pm A special concert 100 years to the day from Burnley Orchestra’s first live performance St. Peter’s Church • Dukas – Fanfare from La Peri • Shostakovich – Festive Overture • Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No.2 • Dvorak – Symphony No.9 (From the new world) Saturday 17th November – 3pm Padiham Road Methodist Church A selection of short popular pieces

Some surprising reasons why people of all ages should listen to classical music Not into Mozart, Beethovan or Bach? If you aren’t listening to classical music you could be missing out on some surprising health benefits as well as the pure enjoyment of the listening to the classics. There has been lots of research and studies that have proved that listening to classical music is actually good for you? Findings show that there are many benefits for our mental and physical health. It can stimulate the brain, improve sleep, reduce stress and also strengthen the immune system. • listening to classical music sparks creativity • listening to classical musical music before going to bed aids sleep • listening to classical music increases dopamine levels which makes you feel happier • scientists claim that classic music tempo is similar to the human heart and listening to classical music is said to regulate the heart rate and reduce stress • students who listen to classical music in the background in lessons and during revision scored better in tests • a series of studies has proven that playing classic music at work makes repetitive tasks more enjoyable and employees happier 55

Playing their part...

Judith Doe (Leader)

Burnley Orchestra has played a massive part in my life since joining at the age of 13. Over the last 38 years I have played in the 2nd violins and led the 2nd violin section for many years. I then joined the 1st violins and I now have the honour of leading the orchestra. Over the years I have made many true friends at Burnley Orchestra. 56

Nicola Boardman (Violin)

We live in a world where we listen to a lot of good, exciting classical music without even realising it, especially within films and on TV. So, I’m curious why people are often surprised to hear that there is an Orchestra in Burnley; never-mind that it was formed by a group of musicians who performed the background sound tracks for the local cinemas a century ago?! The thing I love most about Burnley Orchestra is that after 100 years we still bind our friendships around the wonderful music that make up part of our every-day lives. Our programme always contains well known tunes which are descriptive and full of drama and this in turn attracts a lovely regular fan base who are very appreciative of our hard work. We are keeping an important part of our musical heritage alive and I am very proud to be a part of it. There’s nothing quite like a live music experience and it would be fantastic to see more people come and share our love of music. some of the orchestra

Patricia Chippendale (Longest Serving Member)

I joined Burnley Municipal Symphony Orchestra, as it was known then, when I was eleven years old. I was promoted to principal oboist when I was 15 and will have held this position for sixty years this summer. I played my first oboe concerto with the when I was fourteen and have since played other concertos on a number of occasions. I have been privileged to have met some very famous musicians over the years including Leon Goosens, oboist and Denis Brain, French horn. I do hope to be with the orchestra for quite a few more years to come. When I first joined Burnley Orchestra thirty years ago my children were only four and five years old. Attending weekly rehearsals at 9.30am on Sundays in Burnley (the designated rehearsal slot back then) was difficult and took a lot of commitment, however it gave me great satisfaction to fulfil my desire to play orchestral music. Since retirement I have moved from the horn section to the double bass section, and really appreciate the camaraderie of this lovely orchestra.

Lee Stott (Violinist & Orchestra Chairman)

I joined the orchestra in 2014, since then I have had the pleasure of working with a very dedicated committee whose goal is to keep the orchestra moving forward. This year is obviously very important to us and we have worked tirelessly to make it the best it can be. I am pleased to say that we have more members than at any point for many years and more joining us all the time. We have also formed a relationship with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) that provide us with up and coming world class musicians to play as soloists. With this being the centennial year, I am pleased to say that all members of the orchestra are helping in any way they can to help make it special, and with the introduction of wine and complimentary canapés at our concerts we are hoping to make it more of a social evening as well as a musical experience. Looking to the future we would like the centenary to give us a boost that will keep the orchestra bringing classical to this town as it has done for the last hundred years. 57




Conductor – Frank Lennon

From the age of 12, Frank was a violin pupil of Rudolf Botta. Frank played in various orchestras, one of which was the Manchester Beethoven Orchestra of which he was leader from 1991 until 2004. Frank brings with him a wealth of experience as the orchestra’s Music Director - he has also conducted concerts for the Gorton Philharmonic and Salford Symphony Orchestras, and has worked with the High Peak Orchestra and the Warrington Youth Orchestra. In recent years he was the Music Director for the Urmston Musical Theatre’s production of Viva Mexico and for the revival of Eric Proctor’s oratorio The Prodigal Son with the Peel Singers. Frank continues to play the violin in local ensembles including the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra.


urnley Symphony Orchestra is 100 years old this year. Generations of local musicians have had the opportunity to play many of the great works of the classical repertoire and to give pleasure to local audiences. A special Centenary Concert will be held later this year. It was started by Burnley Town Council. An earlier orchestra, the Burnley Philharmonic Society, had been in existence since the late 1880s and at a council meeting on 27th May 1918 it was resolved “that a Municipal Symphony Orchestra be formed to take over the assets of Burnley Philharmonic Society. The council to control the money, provide a practice room, obtain a hall for concerts and arrange five or six concerts in the winter months.” At that time the head of a local brewery, Edward Stocks Massey, had died, leaving a large bequest from which the orchestra was to receive three hundred pounds annually. The first concert was held in the Burnley Mechanics Institute on 13th October 1918 – happily that date is on a Saturday this year, so the centenary concert will be on the same date exactly 100 years later. The conductor was Fred Myers who continued in that role for many years. The programme included Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No. 1, works which the orchestra has performed many times since. The Burnley News reported “If success of the opening performance can be regarded as a criterion, then it can be a prelude of delightful treats to come.” After that and until 1940 concerts were given in the Palace Theatre, then the Empire Theatre until 1955. A series of venues were used after that – in schools, in the Cats Whiskers nightclub, now a bingo hall and not at all ideal with its cosy lamps and starry ceiling! - and in the Thompson Recreation centre. In 1986 the Mechanics Institute Theatre was reopened after a major renovation and the orchestra returned there. More recently the concerts have been held in St. Peters Church in Burnley.

In the late 1920s the conductor was Archie Camden, a celebrated bassoonist. At that time many wind instruments, particularly in military and amateur orchestras, were built to a higher pitch than that of more mainstream instruments with the result that many soloists were unable to play with the orchestra as their instruments were not compatible. How fortunate that a wind player was in charge! Archie Camden went before the council to plead the case for new low pitched instruments to be bought. The council agreed and he was asked to purchase new instruments (imagine that being possible now!) The two bassoons and oboes were in use for many years, often on loan to young people unable to afford their own. And thanks to the Stocks Massey fund the orchestra were able to buy any sets of music required. One town councillor objected, stating “I suppose we’ll have to scrap it (the music sets he meant) and buy new for t’new instruments.” He was reassured that was not the case! The Stocks Massey music library housed an impressive collection of orchestral sets, which were later handed over to the Lancashire County Library Service – the orchestra then had to pay to borrow their “own” music!

“We are very proud of our long history and intend to continue playing for our own enjoyment and to entertain our audiences for the next 100 years” Clifford Knowles and Harvey Marsden were the conductors from the 40s to the 70s – for the orchestra only. In 1920 the Burnley Municipal Choir had been formed and the orchestra played in joint concerts with them, performing the great works of the choral repertoire under the baton of their own conductors. A very influential figure in the inauguration of both the choir and the orchestra was Lee Thistlethwaite, who played oboe in the orchestra and also appeared as a baritone soloist in the choral concerts. On 12th May 1937 he conducted a concert in Towneley Park to commemorate the coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth. In 1980 Peter Stallworthy was appointed conductor of both choir and orchestra, a situation which continued until a few years ago when the two societies went their separate ways. For many years the Stocks Massey fund was administered by the council, the chairman of the Arts Subcommittee being present at and able to vote at auditions to choose new conductors. Visiting soloists were paid via the leisure department at the cemetery! In 1981 the choir and the orchestra became independent and ran their own affairs, whilst still receiving a share (albeit a dwindling portion) of the fund. Many prestigious musicians have performed as soloists over the years: pianists including Clifford Curzon, Peter Donahoe, and Semprini who featured at the 50th anniversary concert. Instrumentalists included Leon Goussens, Jack Brymer, Alfredo Campoli and Julian LloydWebber. The orchestra also accompanied famous singers such as Kathleen Ferrier, Isobel Baillie, Peter Pears, Owen Brannigan and Heddle Nash.

Many members have gone on to become professional musicians and some indeed have returned as soloists with the orchestra. In recent years Angela Barnes, whose parents are both members, has appeared twice as a horn soloist, and her brother Alex as a solo cellist. Angela now plays for the London Symphony Orchestra. Rachael Clegg has twice played oboe concertos; she plays regularly with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra. Star among the current members is Patricia Chippendale – she has been in the orchestra since 1954 as a regular member and also as a soloist. There were, and still are, many members who have played for many years. Violinist Clifford Marshall played for more than 50 years, many of those as Deputy Leader. Local violin teacher Sarah Todd acted as secretary for 39 years; she taught generations of young players in the Burnley area. She was in the 2nd violins at the Coronation concert in Towneley Park in 1937. One of her pupils was Judith Doe (nee Starkie) who joined the orchestra aged 12 and is now the Leader of the orchestra. How proud Sarah would have been! Concerts continued throughout the war years. In one of them it was announced that “Audiences would be informed of any air raid warnings. The concert would still carry on but members of the audience could leave if they wanted to”. So much for the orchestra’s reassurance! On 31st March 1940 the orchestra and choir took part in a Popular Request Concert in aid of the Mayor’s War Charities Appeal Fund which was “to provide comfort to Burnley men serving in HM Forces and for their dependants.” The Mayor received many applications for financial assistance from soldiers on leave and for articles of clothing for some of the poorer families. Several conductors have been and gone in the last few years; some were young graduates attending conducting courses at the Royal Northern College of Music. They have mostly moved on in order to further their careers in London or abroad. One of them thanked the orchestra on leaving, saying that he’d learned a lot from his time in Burnley – maybe it’s harder to achieve the results you want with amateur players! For the last five years Frank Lennon has been the regular conductor, using his experience as a violinist and as the conductor of the Beethoven Orchestra in Manchester as well as his wide knowledge of the concert repertoire to instruct and inspire the present members. Current chairman of the orchestra Lee Stott says “We are very proud of our long history and intend to continue playing for our own enjoyment and to entertain our audiences for the next 100 years”.

Looking for an orchestra to join? Are you moving to the area, or a lapsed musician that would like to restart an enjoyable pass time?

Whatever the reason or instrument, be it wind, string or brass, Burnley Orchestra would love to hear from you. They would especially like to hear form Bassoon & Trombone players as we currently have those seats available. They don’t hold auditions! Their policy is, if they have seats available for your instrument you can join the orchestra at rehearsals so you can meet them and they can meet you. If you would like to join please e-mail Lee Stott at: 59

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Let’s hear you sing... Internationally-acclaimed opera singer Seán Ruane has performed to huge audiences at international football games, Test Match cricket and rugby league finals for several years - now he’s transforming lives through the creation of youth and workplace choirs



nternational opera singer and proud local lad, Seán Ruane, has performed across the globe to audiences of thousands at world sporting events – he’s the tenor who has earned a reputation as the ‘voice of sport’ who is now inspiring a new generation of singers to follow in his footsteps following the launch of CHANT productions in 2011. CHANT has become a springboard for both youngsters and adults, creating fabulous teen and workplace choirs who get to perform at opening or closing ceremonies at large sporting events, but more importantly gain confidence and team building skills which is transforming lives and workplaces. Seán says: “I launched CHANT initially because I saw an opportunity for young people to work in both the music and sporting arenas, then I started working with adult choirs and local businesses recognising the benefits to wellbeing in the workplace.” “Over the years, I have found that I’m the only opera singer performing at sporting events, and my aim was to bring in new people. “Singing isn’t always seen as the coolest or easiest thing to do, especially by teenage boys and many men, but when you involve them in a sporting arena, it becomes cool and they want to become part of it.”

“Singing has given me so much in my life, and I want to help inspire more people young and old to get involved, find their voice and make it cool to sing and I’m using my contacts in the sporting world to give people an opportunity to perform on some of the biggest stages in the country.” 61

Seán’s story to opera stardom Seán was born in Bacup, just outside Burnley, and is the youngest of eight children born to Irish parents. After losing his mother, Mary, at the age of four years old, music and especially singing helped deal with the emotional grief and loss. Educated in his native Lancashire, it was certain teachers from St Theodore’s RC School in Burnley that recognised Seán’s talent, Sean particularly mentions teachers Cath Parkinson and Terry Long who encouraged him to follow his dream. After attending Nelson & Colne College, Seán completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. His exceptional promise was recognised by the Peter Moores Foundation who supported Seán as a young professional. Through them he was able to study in Italy with Fernanda Puccini. Seán was subsequently awarded a place on the prestigious Academia di Puccini studying with the world renowned Magda Olivero and Rania Kabiavanski. Most recently Seán was a finalist in the ‘Concorso Lirico Internazionale’, Italy, working with Rolando Panerai, Ines Salazar and Vivien Hewitt. Seán’s breathtaking vocal artistry comes with an endearing, easy going style that has allowed him to grace grand opera, TV and sporting arenas with ease. Equally at home performing in front of the cognoscenti of Covent Garden or fervent football fans at Wembley, Seán has worked all over Europe, the United States, Russia, Australia and New Zealand since making his professional debut in 2001, Opera Holland Park was his very first professional 62

engagement in Manon Lescaut in 2001 and he has returned each summer since. Highlights of his operatic career include his debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in The Tempest (Thomas Adés), he then moved with the production to the Opéra National du Rhine, other roles followed at the ROH including a welcome return in the revival of The Tempest. While opera remains at the heart of his work, Seán has become the voice of many of the national sporting events. The England Cricket Team and Seán have become inextricably linked through the hymn ‘Jerusalem’, since 2005 Seán has performed at the Ashes Test Series in Australia and England. Every home game England walk out to Seán’s recording. He has also sung ahead of England football internationals, the Irish Rugby Six Nations internationals and Rugby League Tournaments, he has also appeared on the bill of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, alongside the likes of Paul Weller, Roger Daltrey, Jools Holland and comedian Johnny Vegas. His recordings are not only heard within sporting arenas, Seán recorded the aria ‘Nessun dorma’ for the film ‘One night in Turin’. A James Erskine film following the England football team and their World Cup campaign in Italia 90, narrated by Oscar winning actor Gary Oldman. This aria and World Cup inspired Seán to pursue a career in Opera and earlier this year Goal Hanger Films came to Turf Moor to interview and film him singing this famous aria for a TV documentary.

In 2011, Seán established CHANT, designing innovative programmes of opportunities for young people, giving them access to work alongside industry professionals in Arts, Media and Sport. CHANT believes that Stadiums are the theatres of the future for young people and hold the potential to unlock youth talent and challenge some of the Country’s greatest social problems. Clients who regularly work with CHANT are the BBC, The FA, The RFL, Premier League Clubs and Burnley FC in the Community. As Creative and Artistic Director for CHANT, Seán initiates, develops and project manages the musical content and performance for The FA Cup Final, Challenge Cup Final, World Cups, Rugby Internationals from their offices in Burnley.

Workplace Choirs transforming workforce wellbeing

CHANT creates opportunities for adults, delivering workplace choirs to target health and wellbeing, BAE Systems have been a client of CHANT for the last three years. In December 2017 they won the prestigious Hallè Corporate Choir Competition whilst CHANT were awarded Innovative Business Leader within the BAE group, the first time an outside service provider has received this award. Later this year CHANT will be delivering Choirs not only for the Rugby League Tri Series, with one of the venues being at Anfield, but they will project manage the 400 strong choir needed for Lancashire Remembers – a commemorative concert at Preston Guild Hall to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. Both events require male and female adults either from community choirs or local workplace choirs or even families who would like the experience of singing together with the combined Bands of the East Lancs Concert Band and the 2nd Rossendale Scout Band. To find out more about what Seán is doing with CHANT, to get involved or enquire about starting a workplace choir visit





et your tissues ready, you’ll be moved to tears by the world class voices of the junior Basics Theatre performers, who will this year be performing their own musical theatre version of the global hit show Les Misérables. Burnley Magazine was fortunate to attend rehearsals for the show and witness for ourselves the wonderful world class performances of the young stars of the Burnley based Basics Junior Theatre School and we were astounded by the professional standards of these young up-and-coming performers... and yes the tissues came out and the goose bumps appeared listening to their amazing voices. We were also privileged to see the young singers perform alongside professional artists at the Burnley Business Awards to an audience of over 600 business guests.

Basics Junior Theatre School is a unique, awardwinning and dedicated junior musical theatre and performing arts school established over 29 years ago. They provide a professional yet family-like environment where young performers are educated and inspired to deliver performances to the standard professionals would be proud of – transforming the lives, confidence and aspirations of the children who join the school. They provide a nurturing environment in which they deliver training in vocal and theatre arts for youngsters aged 4-19 – developing confidence, skill, professionalism and passion for the performing arts, with pupils from across Lancashire and the Ribble Valley. Basics invite you to learn more about the musical theatre sessions and vocal groups on offer.

Basics Junior Theatre School A unique, award-winning and dedicated junior musical theatre and performing arts school based in Burnley, East Lancashire. They pride themselves on providing a professional yet family-like environment where their young performers are educated and inspired to deliver performances to the standard professionals would be proud of.


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BURNLEY’S VERY OWN WEST END Musicals, Drama, Comedians, Tribute Bands, Opera, 80’s nights, Pantos and leading shows



inner of two prestigious Lancashire Tourism Awards, ‘Best Cultural Venue’ and ‘Highly Commended Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’, Burnley Mechanics provides a town centre focus for arts and entertainment provision. This flexible 500 seated/700 standing theatre with two performance areas, Basement Studio, Bistro, meeting rooms and two fully equipped bars, hosts a range of activities from professional touring performances to intimate, small-scale events, ambitious amateur productions, award ceremonies, conferences, graduation events and lively workshop programmes. The main auditorium hosts a vast range of activities and events. Burnley Mechanics are very ambitious when discovering premium large scale professional shows; Major artists such as The Osmonds, Patty Smith, Martin Kemp, G4, Eddie Izzard, John Bishop and Kathryn Ryan, high profile professional theatre, DJ sets with Craig Charles, fabulous family shows, Milkshake, The Gruffalo and enchanting Ballet run alongside highly successful party nights, festivals, exhibitions and arts and crafts. Local societies and dance schools continue to be an integral part of the venues success and new partnerships continue to be formed with organisations to increase the diversity of the programme. The technical facilities and technical expertise are amongst the best in the north of England with fully retractable/removable seating, state of the art lighting and excellent sound facilities, adding so much more to shows and events. The Lounge Bar and Front Room are two interlinked warm and welcoming multi-functional spaces. A fully equipped versatile space with extendable stage is a Bistro by day and entertainment venue by night. Together with external partner Culturapedia the Front Room plays host to more intimate performances, emerging artists and niche events such as An Evening with Simon Callow, small scale comedy, theatre evenings and a very successful Jazz and Gin Club.

Take your seats for the best shows in town and pre-theatre dining

Mechanics Theatre Lancashire’s Hub of Arts & Culture In addition to the Auditorium and the Front Room performance areas there is a self-sufficient Basement Studio/rehearsal space for craft workshops, meetings, dance, drama and exercise classes. Burnley Creative Alliance promotes regular meetings and events at the venue, giving local artists and creative industries the chance to build their networks and find collaborators. They have recently hosted a series of professional development workshops for the creative sector called Fire Up, supported by Arts Council England, with speakers on creative marketing, business planning, funding, writing proposals, and getting into galleries. Ground Up, local arts collective, hosts a weekly drop in craft group in the Basement Studio which is open to all and free of charge. This is a nurturing and very much appreciated resource for many of the regular attenders. 67

Best Cultural Venue in Lancashire

The introduction of a Changing Exhibitions Gallery in the Lounge Bar & Front Room creates a great talking point for visitors. Burnley artists exhibit their work along with community groups, schools, colleges and established artists from further aďŹ eld including exhibitions highlighting the heritage of the arts in Burnley. The Mechanics team are extremely focused on ensuring customers have an excellent all round experience when visiting the venue. Together with external partners Simply Classic and Culturapedia they have transformed the venue into a vibrant, bustling hub of activity complete with lunch time bistro, pre-theatre dining, catering/conference facilities and the creation of the largest Gin Bar in the area to offer that ultimate evening/dining out experience. Burnley Mechanics operate two very successful volunteer schemes in partnership with Culturapedia. Volunteer Performance Assistants support the existing Mechanics team in all front of house and hospitality duties with regards to main stage events, whilst Volunteer Community Promoters give people the opportunity to gain experience and play a part in helping to choose, organize and host professional events in The Front Room, each playing their part in keeping the theatre a vibrant and welcoming place to be. Moving forward, Burnley Mechanics is without doubt a agship venue in East Lancashire and recognition from the Lancashire Tourism awards conďŹ rms this multi-cultural venue has entered a new era with a vision that everyone is given the opportunity to experience and be inspired by culture and the arts. Focus continues to be on future investment and improving the facilities along with artist individuality to create that overall night out experience and ensure repeat visits. Strengthen existing links with local businesses, dance schools, community groups, charities and the wider East Lancashire business community. Their forward thinking approach and open door policies have ensured this wonderful historic theatre local and national recognition as a major entertainment and conference venue.




Sat 12 May Tues 25 Sept Sat 20 Oct Sun 28 Oct Jan 2019

Milkshake Live Little Baby Bum American Wrestling Children’s Halloween Spooktacular Jack and the Beanstalk


Fri 11 May Sun 28 April 2019 Fri 28 June 2019

Giovanni Pernice Sleeping Beauty Ballet Rhythm of the Dance


Thu 03 May 04-05 May Fri 18 May Sun 20 May Sat 26 May 18 - 19 June Sat 23 June Sat 29 Sept Sat 05 Oct Fri 12 Oct Fri 19 Oct Fri 26 Oct Sat 27 Oct Sun 25 Nov Fri 15 Feb 2019 Sat 16 Feb 2019 Fri 22 Feb 2019 Sat 09 March 2019 Sat 23 March 2019

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Chris Connor – Elvis Show Navi Michael Jackson - King of Pop Black Dyke Brass Band The UK Guitar EXPO 2018 Burnley Gotta Sing Pinked Floyd The Rod Stewart Songbook Fastlove – George Michael Show Sun Records Concert Talon – Eagles Concert The Lionel Richie Songbook Showaddywaddy Blake Christmas Concert The Classic Rock Show Get Ready Motown Show Fairport Convention Quadrophenia 80’s Mania


Fri 25 May Thu 31 May Fri 01 June Sat 13 Oct Thu 25 Oct Thu 22 Nov Fri 22 March 2019 Mon 13 May 2019

Count Arthur Strong Buzz Hawkins – The Man behind the Bradshaw’s Barbara Nice Tim Vine Stewart Francis Dave Spikey Justin Moorhouse Paul Merton and Chums

03 - 07 July 11 – 14 July 10 – 17 Nov Mon 19 Nov

Sister Act Grease Sweet Charity Julia Donaldson’s Tabby McTat

Thu 07 June 27 & 30 Sept Thu 18 Oct Wed 21 Nov Thu 18 May 2019

Sense & Sensibility Burnley Literary Festival Austentatious Shakespeare Schools Festival An Evening with Sir Ian McKellen

Thu 27 Sept 01 – 22 Dec Wed 05 Dec

Psychic Sally Fairy-tale in New York Christmas Party Nights Festive Afternoon Tea


In partnership with Burnley Council

FLOWER POWER! Learn to arrange like a pro

Celebrating the beauty of owers with the Burnley Flower Club on their Diamond Anniversary 70


ith a blossoming millennial DIY culture a quick scroll through Instagram feeds and it will reveal photo after photo of lush flower displays, artful constructions and rustic arrangements of garden-grown blooms. Begging the question: is flower arranging a ‘thing’ that people are actually doing? After a little research and that valuable Google search, you can find details of classes, workshops, even corporate team-building events all devoted to the art, and right on our doorstep is the fabulous Burnley Flower Club. Burnley Magazine was delighted to be invited along to Burnley Flower Club as they celebrated their Diamond Anniversary. We witnessed the creation of fabulous ‘diamond’ themed displays which reflect the club’s passion for flowers and ambition to use their Diamond Anniversary year to inspire the next generation in the art of flower arranging, and we are delighted to feature a selection of the stunning diamond themed displays to inspire our readers.

A simple flower arrangement encourages appreciation of all things beautiful The power of flowers! Flowers have the the power to diffuse arguments, instantly transform interiors and perfume a room with beautiful natural fragrances. And as if that wasn’t enough, flowers have many therapeutic properties that can enhance quality of life and transform our emotions.

Burnley Flower Club and its history The club was formed in 1958 by members of Burnley Horticultural Society and the first chairman was appropriately named Mrs Lavender! The first meetings were held in the old Grammar School and there have been several venues since before moving to Central Methodist Church which is the club’s current home in a convenient town centre location. Burnley affiliated to NAFAS one year after forming the Club. The Club has delivered several impressive flower festivals over the years at St Peter’s Church, Habergham Church, Gawthorpe Hall and been involved in many others. Houghton Tower and Towneley Hall was the site of their most recent festival of flowers. There have been many changes since 1958, many more women work full-time and there are many more things to take up people’s interests but the club are keeping the art of flower arranging alive. Flower arranging itself has changed too. Gone are the pin holders and in came floral foam to make arranging quicker and easier, with lots of materials and accessories available. Perhaps the biggest change is the vast array of flowers from every corner of the earth, many coming through the huge market in Holland. No longer relying on daffodils in spring, roses in summer and chrysanthemums in autumn, flowers of every variety are now available for much of the year. Another change has been the arrival of men into the world of flower arranging. What was largely the preserve of women has now attracted many talented male arrangers who are avant-garde designers using new materials and ideas. So flower arranging continues whether designing at Chelsea, putting flowers in a vase at home or attending a club for fun, friendship and enjoyment of flowers. Let’s keep the art alive. 71

Burnley Flower Club’s top tips Burnley Flower Club has shared a few top tips with us on how to keep your flowers looking tip top for longer! Conditioning your flowers: • Cut off the bottom of the stem before putting them in water • Use the plant food usually provided • Don’t have any of the leaves in the water • Remove the lower leaves before putting them in a vase • Changing the water helps to keep flowers longer

What some flowers have come to symbolise Flower arrangements can be a wonderfully personal gift particularly when you choose flowers which closely matches the message you’re trying to convey. Here are a few of the most popular flowers and what they’ve come to symbolise: • Peonies have many meanings, representing elegance, love, passion, wealth and prosperity • Hyacinths are the flowers of the Persian New Year and the sweet, strong scent suggests rebirth • Tulips stand for simplicity, cheerfulness and forgiveness • Poppies embody courage, strength and hope • Hydrangeas, with their combination of lavishness and simplicity, symbolise modernity • Forget-me-nots are the expression of true love • Yellow irises mean beauty, passion, admiration and delicacy

NAFAS Flower arranging clubs and societies joined together in 1959 and formed the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) with help and advice from the Royal Horticultural Society. The Association has been a unifying and guiding influence to thousands of men, women and juniors whose love of flowers has opened up a new world of creativity. Within NAFAS there are demonstrators, judges, speakers and teachers of flower arranging and each has its own Standing Committee. With about 55,000 members NAFAS ranks amongst the most notable specialist National Associations in the UK. Burnley Flower Club is a passionate NAFAS club which specialises in contemporary flower arranging and frequently invites teachers and demonstrators to share their skills with members.

DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY THEMED DISPLAYS For more information about Burnley Flower Cub Contact: | Facebook @Burnleyflowerclub


Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds


Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend



ince 1870, Moorhouse’s brewery has crafted beers and hop bitters inspired by the local landscape and famous Pendle folklore. With a loyal customer base who would never dream of straying from their beloved pints of Premier or Pride, Moorhouse’s is a Burnley institution, and as integral to the town as the Clarets, the Mechanics and Haffner’s. The beer industry is evolving. An ever-expanding array of exciting new breweries are springing up across the North West, and with them comes competition. To keep ahead in an industry that’s experiencing such rapid growth, Moorhouse’s have decided to adapt their traditional brewery, to create beers that continue to capture local loyalty as well as inspire drinkers from further afield. Moorhouse’s is also using their temperance roots to inspire more experimental beers, using a smaller kit and ingredients like ginger, sarsaparilla, juniper and hops from all over the world. One such Moorhouse’s beer to look out for in pubs across East Lancashire is Malkin, a 4.1% keg beer brewed with punchy Citra, Eldorado, Calypso and Cascade hops that’ll also be sold in cans. It’ll be followed by further additions to their keg and can range, and a lager.

They’ve also taken a huge step and released new branding for their beers, swapping the witches who have caused controversy over the years to a fresh collection of images. The new labels and pump clips for famous beers like White Witch, Black Cat and Pride of Pendle have been re-imagined using photography of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside, and animals that form part of the Pendle witches’ story.

First World War Centenary

BENE & BURNLEY A commemorative photographic insight into an unlikely love affair betwixt a French elixir and the town of Burnley

Burnley is the worlds largest consumer of the French Bénédictine liqueur. The golden elixir has been a favourite drink here in Burnley for more than a century after being popular among soldiers who developed a taste for it during the First World War. When soldiers returned home after the war they managed to source bottles from France and the rest is history as they say.

Burnley is famous for its Bene ‘n’ Hot mixing the liqueur with hot water- some drink it on the rocks, but Bene with hot water is unique to Burnley. Local enigmatic film photographer Daniel Scanlin retraces the steps of Lancashire soldiers in the First World War back to the origins of Bénédictine to mark the troops homecoming anniversary.


Daniel’s commemoration starts with a touching letter home from a soldier on the frontline. 78

Daniel Scanlin commemorates the First World War Centenary with unique film photography and trip to Palais Bénédictine

Over 4000 men from Burnley were killed in the First World War, about 15 per cent of the male working-age population. 250 volunteers, known as the Burnley Pals, made up Z Company of 11th Battalion, the East Lancashire Regiment, a battalion that as a whole became known by the far more famous name of the Accrington Pals. Victoria Crosses were awarded to two soldiers from the town, Hugh Colvin and Thomas Whitham, along with a third to resident (and only son of the chief constable) Alfred Victor Smith. In 1926 a memorial to the fallen was erected in Towneley Park, funded by Caleb Thornber, former mayor and alderman of the borough to ensure the sacrifice of the men lost was commemorated. The local school of art created pages of vellum with the names of the fallen inscribed. These were framed in a rotating carousel in Towneley Hall for visitors to see. There were 2000 names inscribed – less than half the number of actual casualties.

Local film photographer, Daniel Scanlin, took a special pilgrimage to the Palais Bénédictine to commemorate the WWI Centenary and the Burnley Pals. Daniel took a trip to Normandy to the Palais Bénédictine (a distillery and museum housed in a palace) to find out the history behind the famous Bénédictine and Burnley connection, and to create a photographic insight into the French elixir and his hometown of Burnley. Daniel says: “The link with the secret Bénédictine recipe and Burnley fascinates me. This history goes back to WW1 when physically injured and mentally exhausted soldiers from East Lancashire were given Bene ‘n’ Hot (Bénédictine with hot water) by nurses in the hospitals across Normandy. “When the soldiers returned home in 1918 they still wanted to drink the liqueur – and to this day the renowned Burnley Miners Working Men’s Social Club is the biggest seller of Bénédictine D.O.M in the world. Burnley Football Club is the only club in the Premier league to serve this cocktail at half time!” 79


By Daniel Scanlin, Photographer

Images from Daniel’s unique commemorative WWI photography exhibition If Bénédictine D.O.M. isn’t served behind the bar in a Public House within the Burnley area, then the Public House has closed its doors for good. The ones that remain all sell the French ‘tipple’ with pride, but no-one more so than The Burnley Miners W.M.S.C who supply the liqueur that consists of 27 herbs and spices and have done since 1918, the year it was formed by and for ex-miners. 80

The same year, soldiers returned back to Blighty from The Great War. With them they brought back their taste for a ‘Bene ‘n Hot’ which had been acquired after spending time in Casualty Clearing Stations along the many ports of Normandy or Auxiliary Hospitals based in and around. To ease the pain for some, nurses would mix the medicinal drink with hot water to give to the injured. This was meant to also raise spirits amongst those on the wards. One place in particular that gave itself up to become a hospital was the home of Bénédictine D.O.M. - Palais Bénédictine, Fécamp. (Hopital Auxiliaire No 34)


The ex-servicemen whom drank in the Miners requested to be re-united with a friend that warmed their hearts as soon as they could. So, a month after the end of the war, 24 bottles were ordered from the distillery, two weeks later 100 bottles, two months after 200 bottles were ordered. To this day the Burnley Miners W.M.S.C is the biggest seller of Bénédictine D.O.M. in the world with Burnley Football Club ‘hot’ on their tail with match day sales.


The platonic relationship that brings two towns with 512 miles of separation together continues into the world of sport. Burnley Football Club, the Pride of Lancashire is the only football club in the English Premier League to serve cocktails at half time on a match day. Turf Moor, playing field of The Clarets, is in the eye of the town with the Burnley Miners not half a mile away. On a cold winter’s afternoon as the team are hydrating in the correct manner whilst being told second half tactics, gaining feelings back in their elbows and toes, supporters around the ground are also being told second half tactics (but from someone who couldn’t run 10 meters) whilst gaining feelings back in their whole body by hydrating in the correct manner and having a ‘Bene ‘n Hot’!!


The photographs on display are from a greater collection that will form a body of work ready being publicised on many platforms, exhibitions and publications. To take this project further a second visit to France is necessary, with aim to capture the landscapes of those once seen by many a man, and women that can no longer tell their tale of Bénédictine D.O.M. Burnley is on our doorstep. Daniel Scanlin

For football fans, Burnley folk, Bénédictine lovers, and people interested in photography in general, Daniel’s photographic story of Burnleys unique love of Bénédictine is available in a FREE downloadable e-book. He’s a fantastic, artistic, photographer. Download your e-copy at: If you’d like to give feedback to Daniel or find out more about his work email 84


Smile for the camera! Film photography is back. But, for a select few it never left.


In the midst of the digital age, Daniel Scanlin is an advocate of film photography and its special qualities. Daniel runs a local photography shop, Hayhurst Camera Shop, in Nelson, Lancashire (just outside Burnley), with his father Michael. The shop was originally Daniel’s grandfather, Sam Scanlin’s photographic lab – and Daniel very much attributes his passion for film photography to his grandfather Sam. Several years on from his grandfather’s era, the camera shop is still as popular as ever, with a unique mini-lab and an array of film cameras to choose from – with traditional film cameras very much a speciality in the store. Daniel’s work is hugely influential in the comeback of film photography, with his work featuring in several national photography magazines, and he’s happy to share his passion and knowledge of the rewards of film photography with customers and clients – and anyone he meets really! He agrees that the film process does consume a little more time and money, but still advocates the special beauty of film photography in this digital era, which in turn reaps the benefits of the crafted image for the viewer to absorb. When film was first introduced to the world, it was revolutionary. It changed the format and immediacy of cinema and photography - decades later when digital was created, the future of film seemed a little bleak, but it is making a rapid comeback following its popularity with millennials. Those who understand photography are reverting back to film for its pure qualities, adding soul to the image.

everyday situations, then had a choice when it came to photography – film photography was new and exciting to them as most were discovering something new, but had been a tradition for over a century. “I feel the appeal for millennials to use film as their choice of medium has to come from the process – with digital many shots can be taken, viewed instantly and corrected. However, with film, the process starts with choosing which film you want to shoot with, what are the conditions, how is the lighting etc... All of these factors have to be taken into account before a shutter is even pressed. There are many formats to choose from such as 35mm point and shoot up to 10”x8” sheet film for the more professional photographers. History has influenced the new breed. Also, knowing one has only a certain amount of exposures, each frame is as valuable as the next, making the process of taking photographs a more melodic procedure. Unlike what they have always known as we’re now pulling away from the want-now society we live in.

“Film photography is like life – we have one shot so we have to make it a good one.”

The film market is looking good for future generations, with 30 percent of film photographers being 35 or younger, according to recent surveys – and Daniel is certainly contributing to the conversion back to film. In this age of digital what makes using film so appealing Daniel? Daniel says: “Having worked in the photographic industry for over 20 years I have seen digital arrive on the scene, and watched it fade. It is not as strong as a decade ago and certainly didn’t hold the impact that was suggested it would. All the while, film took a massive impact with only a select few continuing to utilise the beauty and aesthetics of film. “Those born between 1996 and the Millennium were the first wave of those growing up in the digital age. As these people grew older to an age of understanding, after experiencing digital most of their lives in 87


Bénédictine is produced at Fecamp in Normandy

According to legend, the recipe for Bénédictine liqueur was invented in 1510 by Bénédictine monk Dom Bernardo Vincelli

However, it was re-developed by Alexandre Le Grand, with the help of a local chemist, in the 19th century after finding the secret recipe in a book


The recipe is shrouded in secrecy and there are only three people in the world who currently know the complete recipe for making the spirit

Bénédictine features up to 27 ingredients, including an array of herbs and spices

Its three main ingredients are Angelica, Hyssop & Lemon Balm

It is has been produced at the Palais Bénédictine at Fecamp on the coast of Normandy, France, since 1510

The elixir of Friar Bernardo swiftly became a local favourite, impressing even King François who, upon tasting the liquid during a visit to the region, exclaimed, “On my word as a gentleman! I have never tasted better!”

It is aged for up to 17 months before bottling and each bottle has the initials D.O.M. on the label - which stands for ‘Deo Optimo Maximo’ (‘To God, most good, most great’)

In 1884, J-K Huysmans, in his novel ‘A Rebours’, described at some length the bottle of Bénédictine: ‘Draped in its abbatial robes, signed with a cross and the ecclesiastic initials D.O.M., bound in its parchments and ligatures like an authentic charter, there lies a saffron coloured liqueur of exquisite finesse.’


Celebrate this quintessentially English tradition in the grandeur of the Regency Rooms at Towneley Hall. Enjoy a perfect afternoon whilst sampling a selection of delicate bites, accompanied by elegant whole leaf tea, whilst overlooking the beautiful Italian Gardens. High tea is served one Sunday a month throughout the year. Traditional High Tea

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To book please call Burnley Mechanics on 01282 664400


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exquisite hand drawn textile design Emerging Burnley textile designer creates sumptuous clothing and accessories inspired by nature, landscapes, history and mystical folklore.




ecca Who has been passionately creative since the sunny days of her elaborate chalk drawings on the pavement as a little girl at the age of 4 – and is now creating luxury clothing and accessories using delicate fabrics such as fine silks and velvets which are in demand across the globe and featured by a number of UK Style Bloggers. She was creating her own quirky outfits for her dolls before she’d even heard the word 'Design'. Creativity has always been Becca’s escape to another world - and her younger school years were spent being known as 'the girl who draws'. Becca’s mum watched in wonder as her daughter expressed a natural talent for design at a very early age, spending hours designing new outfits for Barbie which she regularly posted to Mattel, creating new games ideas which she sent to Waddington’s , and she was forever entering competitions, winning many prizes with her creations, coming runner up in a national WHSmith Christmas Card design competition which saw her entry displayed at Christie’s Art Gallery in London. Today, Becca has two children of her own, Ashton (13) and Teddy (3), who share their mums passion for the love of nature and the outdoors, living just minutes from Burnley’s surrounding countryside. Her stepson, Josh (19), is an Air Craft Technician with the RAF, working away but enjoying regular visits to home. Forever inspired by the surrounding wild countryside of her home town and county, the stunning hills and

I take inspiration from my total love of nature, wildlife and Botanics - with just a dash of Surrealism moorlands of Pennine Lancashire, Becca has a deep love of nature, and of the vibrant history and mystical folklore which is as prolific as the wildlife itself and inhabits the hills, woods and sprawling fields that Becca says she is so lucky to see every day. Becca says: “I studied a wide range of aspects of Art & Design at Burnley College, including Fashion & Textiles. My higher education was specialised in design which I studied in Manchester, where I also spent an awful lot of my days inside amazing little vintage recycled clothing boutiques or browsing the eclectic street styles in fashion, which inspired my love of design, taking inspiration from several eras – I love browsing in vintage shops.” “My artwork tends to begin life as hand drawn ink work on paper, often then being scanned, before I work by digitally painting to add colour. I take inspiration from my total love of nature, wildlife and botanics - with just a dash of Surrealism - I often draw much influence from my home surroundings of wild Lancashire countryside in the atmospheric shadow of the ominous Pendle Hill. “My designs are all authentic to the things that I adore. I aim to create uniquely beautiful products that speak to those of you who look to express your inner unique soul and style. “My focus since the creation of my own brand ‘Becca Who’ has been on square silk scarves, as they are an ideal

way to showcase artwork - and a timeless accessory that, without the need for any sizing, makes them the perfect special gift.” “The silk that I use for my products is luxurious AA Grade which, combined with the very best digital printing quality, gives exceptional colour vibrancy, drape and handle.” Adding: “Art & Design has forever captivated me and I am grateful every day for the chances to create! I sell my unique art prints, silk scarves and accessories and I am always happy to receive commissions for custom work.” “My hand drawn products are currently aimed at the luxury market. Each hand drawn design is individual and unique, and the originality of each accessory has attracted a global customer base. My customers are across Europe, Australia and the USA with several orders coming from California. I have as many worldwide customers as I have in the UK and love knowing my scarves and accessories are worn across the world international customers love the #MadeinBritain brand. “I’ve also recently designed extensively for a homewares company, creating designs for cushions, bedding, wallpaper and kitchenware and I love to receive such commissions for design work. I find that my style of design translates well into homewares. I am excited to be diversifying into new products and I am currently designing a range of ladies' Kimonos.” In addition to Art & Design, things that Becca loves include wildlife, skulls, flowers, metal bands, psychedelic rock, vinyl records, cats, history, quirky dresses, antique finds, gothic art, english literature, weather, folklore - and the odd Black Chandelier... Becca’s artwork and distinctive accessories offer pieces which stand out and celebrate a Bohemian, Creative Spirit! All of her designs begin with artwork which is hand drawn in ink on paper, before she adds colour and turns it into textile design for high quality digital printing onto luxury fabrics for people to love! Her art prints are all Giclee Quality, using chrome HD inks for beautiful depth of tone and perfect details - printed onto velvet fine art paper for a luxury finish. 93


Hi, I’m Becca, an independent artist & designer, based in Northern England. I am immensely lucky that my home studio is surrounded by vast wild countryside, rolling hills and breath-taking skies. Much of my creative inspiration comes from being outdoors in this beautifully bleak and wild landscape, sprawling woods and barren moorland - areas that I have loved to explore since childhood - a landscape steeped in Gothic history and Folklore. My detailed hand drawn illustrations begin in ink on paper and depict not just my love of nature and wildlife, but are often infused with the sense of mysticism and story telling that has its roots in my beloved native home. From my ink work, I then often work by digitally painting to add colour. I draw to express myself - it’s my inner feelings, dreams and inspirations that pour onto the paper. I aim to create Art Prints that are beautiful and striking on the wall. Each of my Giclee Art Prints are printed in my studio to the best quality. I enjoy sharing my creative process and offer insights into my design work and first looks at upcoming products via my social media pages @beccawhodesigns.

I draw to express myself - it’s my inner feelings, dreams and inspirations that pour onto the paper. Personally, I have always loved textiles which are different, and clothes and accessories with a bohemian spirit, with interesting prints and patterns which exude personality - extending my artistic process into designing textiles, has always felt like the obvious thing to do! I love creating the original artwork, but equally I love creating 94

the designs for products. I strive to make items which are unique, a ‘different’ kind of beautiful. My hope is that my designs speak to those of you who have something to add - those of you who love to express your unique tastes, passions, and show off your creativity of style. From start to finish, I have tried to ensure that the end products are the best that they can be, using only the best materials and maximum attention to detail. After I create the designs for textiles, they are printed at high quality onto fabric by specialist Digital Printers. Each item is then lovingly hand or machine sewn and finished, always beautifully packaged for you. I hope that all of this makes for stunning products and happy customers! To those who embrace diversity in style, who see the possibilities and beauty in all things, to you souls who love being and expressing who you are - my stunning range captures a totally unique style.

Favourite materials Becca loves to work with: Ink, Pencil, Bristol Board, Copic Sketch Markers, Wacom Intuous Pro, Photoshop, Silk, Velvet.




urnley Magazine is delighted to showcase the stunning Becca Who accessories and clothing range. The setting for the photoshoot for Becca’s collection is Burnley’s beautiful Towneley Hall – the jewel in Burnley’s crown. The historic hall, its grounds and its many museum collections influenced many of Becca’s designs and seemed to be the perfect location for Becca’s nature inspired design feature. Featuring Becca’s collection at the historic Towneley Hall also enables us to showcase the most visited museum in Lancashire, ranking top in the red rose county for museum and art gallery visitor numbers – and we hope the feature brings many new visitors to enjoy this wonderful Burnley visitor attraction. Towneley Hall was the home of the


Towneley family for over 500 years but in 1901 it was sold to Burnley Corporation. The family departed in March 1902 leaving behind a building almost completely empty except for a couple of tables and a few pictures in the chapel. The park was opened to the public in June 1902 and in May 1903 the Great Hall and the south wing of the house were opened for a temporary art exhibition. Today, the Museum houses a variety of displays encompassing; Natural History, Egyptology, Local History, Textiles, Decorative Art and Regional Furniture. You are able to explore the period rooms, art gallery and learn more about Burnley’s history whilst a Mouse Trail through the Museum keeps children entertained.

The Cantilever Staircase – C.17-24-31 Defying gravity the stone steps sticking out from the wall are a wonder to behold. This cantilevered staircase really stands out as something special, creating the illusion of floating, unsupported and weightless treads, a marvel of engineering for its day. The wrought iron balustrade and handrail is noted to be the work and inspiration of William Thornton the

younger. The stunning chandelle at the top of the cantilever staircase is an original 1860 gas chandelier with over 200 genuine Osler Crystals. The chandelier was converted to electric in the 1880s and now uses the latest LEDS lights. The chandelier was lowered for the photoshoot and given a spring clean whilst it was down!

Bohemian Owl Skirt – 100% luxurious Silk Twill, fully lined. The Silk of this Half Circle Skirt is beautifully printed with Becca’s hand drawn Eagle Owl artwork and intricate patterns, perfectly capturing the meticulous botanical details. In an earthy colour palette, the Owls and surrounding wildlife, adorned with mandalas, offer a spiritual vibe to the design.


Jen wears: Dandy Fox Silk Shift Dress – 100% Silk Twill, fully lined, ¾ sleeves. Charming Foxes darting amongst Dandelion leaves form the rich pattern and quirky elegance of this chic day dress. The Foxy Dress is in a sumptuous colour palette of copper, bronze & champagne on a deep forest green, embodying classic country chic. John wears: Dandy Fox Mens’ Scarf – 100% Silk. A stylish and versatile piece which works as a Day Cravat. Dandy Fox Pocket Square – 100% Silk. Adds a suave flourish to an outfit, with a striking design. Exquisitely crafted, finished with a Hand Rolled Hem. Mens’ Accessories arrive presented in a Becca Who Gift Box, making them the perfect present for the stylish gentleman.

The Great Entrance Hall The medieval Great Hall is decorated in the baroque style heavily influenced by Italian architecture of the early 17th Century. With light flooding into the Great Hall through the huge windows, the great height of the decorated ceiling, the great fireplace, huge pillars, busts, the decadent plaster wood adorning the walls and ceilings, and the central chandelier - it is an entrance to marvel at. The Entrance Hall ceiling is the work of Francesco Vassalli and Martino Quadri 1730-1.


The Green and Red Regency Rooms The Towneley family called these rooms the Blue Drawing Room and the Red Drawing Room after their completion in 1826. Burnley Corporation called them Room I and Room II until the 1980s when the present decoration was introduced and the rooms became known as the Regency rooms. The first room has sometimes been called the Dining Room and the 18th Century room that it replaced was so labelled on John Carr’s plan for remodelling the South wing in 1767. It is something of a mystery as to why this room was called the Blue Drawing Room as there is no evidence that it was ever coloured blue. The present green decoration is based upon evidence that the room was decorated in this way during the 19th century. The fireplace in the red room was created by Richard Haywards in 1780 - a successful sculptor who specialised in carved and decorated fireplaces.

Jen wears: Kingfisher Silk Dress – 100% luxurious Silk Twill, lined skirt. Notable features of the Kingfisher Dress are the pockets and elegant neck tie. Becca created the Kingfisher pattern from her artwork and features colours of vibrant Turquoise, with touches of Tangerine and Jade Green, on a rich Midnight Blue. The Silk Twill is soft to touch and drapes beautifully. John wears: Kingfisher Silk Waistcoat – 100% Silk Twill front with four buttons, plain black Polyester Back with cinch. A stunning compliment to a tailored outfit, the Kingfisher Waistcoat makes for a striking sartorial statement. 99

The Regency Rooms The ďŹ rst of these rooms is called the Green Drawing Room and the second room is called the Red Drawing Room. These rooms were intended for entertaining guests and displaying paintings. The Green Dining Room is now frequently used as an exhibition room. The Red Drawing Room has become very popular as a place for civil wedding ceremonies.


Ground floor - Housekeeper’s Room and Servants’ Hall A floor plan from around 1788 shows the rooms now known as the China Closet and the Housekeeper’s Room was the House Keeper’s Laboratory. The ground floor was not opened to the public until after 1918 and for many years displayed a large collection of stuffed birds and was known as the Bird room. The 1788 plan shows the area now the attendants’ rest room and workshop was the 1st and 2nd Larders and Back Kitchen. In 1788 there was both a Servants’ Eating Hall and a Common Hall but these were altered to create one Servants’ Hall and two places, one

for cleaning boots and shoes and the other for servants’ powdering and dressing. Later in the 20th century the Servants’ Hall was sometimes called the Servants’ Dining Room. In 1788 there was also an Upper Servants’ Parlour, known as the Steward’s Office in the 19th century, and it is now the Collectors’ Room. It was for many years the Museum’s East Lancashire Regiment Room and the room next door, which is now the Military Room, was known as the Prehistory Room.

Jen wears Badger & Pheasant Silk Skirt – 100% Silk Twill, fully lined. The rich depth of colour and detailed artwork make this luxurious skirt a stunning statement piece. Gorgeous floral elements surround meticulously drawn wildlife and intricate pattern, in a dark palette of Indigo, Violet, Claret and Gold. The skirt can be worn as seen with a ruffled black underskirt for opulent volume or without for a more slender shape with beautiful drape. John wears Beetles & Jewels Day Cravat – 100% Silk Twill. A vibrant hand drawn pattern of colourful beetles and ornament, in a palette of Teal Blue, with vibrant accents of Red, Orange and Gold. The perfect finishing touch, adding style and personality to an outfit. Beetles & Jewels Pocket Square – 100% Silk Twill. Beautifully crafted, this Mens’ Pocket Square adds a vivid pop of colour and style. Finished with a Hand Rolled Hem. 101

Jen Wears: Magpie Love Velvet Skirt – Printed Velvet Front, Plain Black Velvet Back, Fully Lined. A medley of Flowers, Jewels and Magpies form the striking design of this luxurious piece. A passionate mix of Crimson, Purple and Violet work to contrast with detailed Magpies on a rich Blue background. Soft velvet and vibrancy make this skirt a truly fearless beauty.

The Servants’ Hall This is the room where the servants ate and congregated when they were not working. Once again, the furniture in this room is oak. The large cupboard has the date carved in the frieze. The large trestle table dates from the l6th century and was originally in Towneley Hall. The fireplace dates from about 1740 and is out of place as it is of such good quality. It was originally in a family bedroom on the top floor of this wing but was removed when the watercolour gallery was created in 1923. The Coat of Arms over the fireplace was also removed from upstairs at the same time. Originally it was on the back wall of the chapel and depicts the arms of the builder of the chapel, Sir John Towneley and his wife Isabella Pilkington of Gateford, whom he married in 1480 at the age of seven. 102

Jen wears: Stag Skirt – 100% Silk Twill, fully lined. Truly a statement skirt with detailed artwork inspired by British countryside, in a sumptuous palette of Crimson, Steel Blue & Black. Intricate details fill the skirt, of wildlife, ornament and pattern. With a touch of Gothic beauty, this piece centres on the majestic stag, offering a luxurious heritage feel. The skirt can be worn as seen with a ruffled black underskirt for opulent volume - or without for a more slender shape with beautiful drape.

John wears: Beetles & Jewels Day Cravat – 100% Silk Twill. A vibrant hand drawn pattern of colourful beetles and ornament, in a regal palette of Purple, with vibrant accents of Raspberry and Electric Blue. Beetles & Jewels Pocket Square – 100% Silk Twill. Beautifully crafted, this Mens’ Pocket Square adds a vivid touch of personality and style. Finished with a Hand Rolled Hem.

The Family Dining Room This room was installed in 1628 (yes – the correct date though it does say 1626 on the panelling.) This room would have been used by the family when they dined alone. The unusual panelling is also found at Browsholme Hall, Bashall Eaves, near Clitheroe. The display cupboard is in the thickness of the wall. The pottery on display is l9th century Spode transfer printed ware. The painting above the fireplace is a l7th Century still life by Sebastian Stosskopf (1597-1657), who was born in Strasbourg but worked in Paris for twenty years from c.1621/3. It was left in the panelling when the Hall was

purchased from the Towneley family in 1902. Experts have estimated that it was painted around 1635. The fireplace dates from c. 1736-42 and the painting may have been installed then or it may have been contemporary with the panelling itself which dates from around 1625. The furniture is all l7th century oak. The triangular chairs are known as “thrown chairs” or “turned chairs”; they are made up entirely of turned pieces of wood except for the seat. Notice also the child’s chair - a miniature version of an adult’s chair with tall legs to raise it to the height of the adult’s table. 103

Art Gallery The Towneley Hall art gallery contains one of the best collections of historic art in Lancashire and beyond. Today there are over 300 oil paintings in the collection, the acquisitions being evenly divided between gifts and purchases, plus around 20 paintings transferred from Burnley Central Library and Padiham Museum in the 1970s. About half of the oil paintings are on public display in most of the rooms around the house. Originally the family bedroom, nurseries and library, the gallery was opened in 1907 to show loaned paintings 104

and an ever increasing collection of the museum’s works. The room was re-hung and re-lit in 2017. Works on show include ones by internationally famous artists including Destiny by John William Waterhouse, Gods and Their Makers (Edwin Longsden Long,) The Sun had Closed the Winter Day (Joseph Farquharson,) the painting of Charles Townley by Johann Zoffany and a watercolour of the hall by J.M.W. Turner Painted in 1799. The collection also includes oil and watercolour masterpieces by Alma-Tadema, Burne-Jones and Waterhouse.

Jen wears: Fly High Tea Dress – Silk Crepe De Chine, Black Lace Yoke and Sleeves, ivory lining. In delicate Pure Silk Crepe De Chine, the Fly High Dress drapes beautifully with skirt tailoring adding air and movement. The featured Black Lace compliments the British birds pattern, created in gentle, earthy tones on blanched almond. 105

Jen wears: Wild Pansy Silk Dress – 100% Silk Twill, ¾ sleeves, Lace Trim, fully lined. Becca’s drawings of Pansies form this seamless pattern with beautifully detailed Moths nestling amongst the flowers, for a print which is both pretty and unusual. The Black Lace Trim is a distinctive feature added to the sleeves and hemline. Here the Wild Pansy Dress is shown in a colour palette of Blues & Greens with bursts of Violet, vivid and exquisite on the luxurious silk.


Wild Pansy Silk Twilly – 100% Silk Twill. This small, elegant neck tie can be worn at the neck in a number of ways, or even as a hair or handbag accessory. John wears: Wild Pansy Waistcoat – 100% Silk Twill front with four buttons, plain black Polyester Back with cinch. The Wild Pansy Waistcoat makes a bold style statement and forms the perfect compliment to a tailored suit.

Jen wears: Majestic Stag Silk Scarf – 100% Silk Crepe De Chine. Filled with details of wildlife artwork, this scarf centres on the stag, whilst including much ornament and indigenous plants, all in a rich colour palette with deep red and navy blue. Can be worn in many different ways to accentuate an outfit. Impeccably crafted and finished with a Hand Rolled Hem.

John wears: Galleon & Kraken Pocket Square – 100% Silk Twill. Features a stunning scene of a galleon being attcked by a Kraken Seamonster, from Becca’s inked artwork. In a muted palette of Sea Blue-Greens with Gold & Black. Versatile to be worn in different ways. Finished with a hand rolled hem.

My gratitude to the staff at Towneley Hall who were so accommodating and enthusiastic about the shoot. I greatly appreciate each of the local talents who were involved, working so hard to produce a fantastic end result for the feature. From the photographer Andy Ford and models John Halliwell and Jenny Thorpe, to the hair by Simon Townley and make-up artists Elise Munroe and Georgia Leeming from Nelson & Colne College, for everyone who helped on the day and to Burnley Magazine for such a beautiful opportunity to showcase my work inside stunning Towneley Hall, and finally thank you to BoohooMan for supplying the mens suit and shoes - Becca. 107

BeccaWho accessories showcased amongst Towneley’s historic wildife exhibitions With the surrounding landscape, wild birds and animals influencing many of Becca’s designs, featuring some of her accessories amongst the fascinating Wild About Burnley exhibitions was a must. The Wild about Burnley exhibition focuses on the natural world around Burnley and includes creatures from the hall’s historic wildlife collection. The fascinating cabinet displays show the sparrow hawk and its prey, a barn owl hunting and the red box with his bushy tail on the prowl for food.

The exhibition is a great place to learn more about conservation in the area and see which birds and animals have been lost and which have been gained. “With the British Wildlife Collection, I wanted to create statement pieces which exude personality - I have worked in a way that embraces maximalism, with a deliberate and unrestrained approach to using rich colour palettes and intricate patterns.” BeccaWho

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elping to bring Becca’s creations to life is exceptional seamstress, Ausra Button! Ausra moved from Lithuania to Burnley and loves the Burnley lifestyle. Ausra had the skills Becca was looking for and they’ve made a fabulous creative team. Ausra learned the art and love of sewing as a young girl – and the passion for her work remains strong! From her lovely studio in Burnley, sewing is her superpower and she is dedicated to providing the valuable services of Dressmaking & Alterations. Ausra has fast gained a reputation for her skills amongst her varied clientele, including designers, all of whom appreciate her professionalism and attention to detail. Sewing is something of an obsession for Ausra and, when not fulfilling client orders, she is ever busy creating her very own designs of clothing, accessories and jewellery, all of which she sells online. Ausra’s own style is colourful, quirky and eclectic – but her signature accessory is her smile! Amongst the many things that she smiles about daily, not least is the fact that she has her dream job. Having arrived in the UK, seven years ago, not speaking a word of English, that she today is a local business woman passionately pursuing her dream, tells you everything about Ausra’s ambitious, creative and industrious nature. Hailing from a tiny village in rural Lithuania, the


countryside surroundings of Burnley are somewhat home from home - Ausra immediately fell in love with Pendle Hill and takes in the impressive view every morning from her studio windows. Childhood memories are routinely perked as she hears the train which runs close by to the North of her house, just as the train back in Kulupenai did. Crafting garments was a regular activity within Ausra’s family and she was sewing from a very young age, having been taught by her Mum. Around the age of thirteen, she began to enjoy longstanding tuition from a lovely neighbour, who taught her many advanced skills. Ausra continued to make her own clothing throughout her teens – it became a true passion and she forever spotted fabric which would make the perfect dress – she was even once guilty of utilising her Mum’s curtains! But she remembers in particular a special dress that she made for her end of school party, from some beautiful fabric which she had sourced – a dress which really showcased her talent, wowed all of her friends and told her that she was on her right path. Having married and started a family in her twenties, Ausra launched her own business in her home town, retailing fashionable clothing for Men, Women & Children. She had much success with her store, with customers travelling from out of town to Kulupenai to purchase her items. She happily ran the business there for ten years.

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Having relocated and settled in Burnley, Ausra was soon helping out friends and neighbours with all of their sewing needs. Word of mouth led to her skills being in regular demand and she decided to start her own business. Burnley Textile Designer, Becca Who, heard of Ausra via recommendation and speaks very highly of her dedication and talents; “As demand grew for my products, so did the need for sewing services. I often work with delicate fabrics such as fine silks, as well as velvets – I needed the work to be of an exceptional standard, flexible skills with attention to detail, and Ausra has turned out to be invaluable. I couldn’t ask for a more dedicated approach to the work that I bring her, she really loves the work and puts her heart into everything – since I discovered her talents, we have also become fantastic friends, sharing our common passion for textiles, art and design. Ausra worked tirelessly in finishing all of the garments for the Towneley Hall photoshoot, she always goes above and beyond for me. I’m really happy that I can support her in her own venture.” The work which Ausra carries out is diverse – certainly, no job is too little or too large! She regularly provides a high standard of alterations, and is accustomed to working

on couture gowns for proms and weddings. She has amassed great love from the local Northern Soul scene, who utilise Ausra’s diverse skills for custom outfits for their events. Ausra’s devotion to fabric shopping remains strong – she sources textiles with a passion, new garments being inspired by just one look at a beautiful pattern or texture. Her style is a unique blend of her fun spirit, with Lithuanian influence and her love of fashion history, for garments which are creative and individual. You can find her eclectic creations in her Etsy Store online, where new items, often one of a kind, are always being added. Whilst always busy sewing, Ausra still ensures that she finds time to make and send the most beautiful dresses to her beloved two year old Granddaughter, Gabija, back in Lithuania. Her love of her work is what drives Ausra. She puts it’s simply; ‘Every customer is important to me. I love my work and so I work with love!’ She was struck by the friendliness of the people of Burnley when she moved here and with that beaming friendly smile, she certainly fits right in. Ausra Button, we are very happy to have you!

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he Durkin family, Mum Lisa, Dad Craig, son and daughter (Jude 11, and Darci 15), and their gorgeous dog Lilli the Labradoodle, highlight the career and lifestyle opportunities for young up-and-coming families here in this growing Pennine Lancashire town. Lisa runs her own place marketing and interior homestyle business - PlaceShaper, with clients across the region. Her partner Craig is an engineering manager at a division of Stolle EMS based in Altham, which makes beverage and canning machinery worldwide. Their beautiful home reflects the superb housing offer for ambitious young families, the fantastic lifestyle offer and stunning countryside available on your doorstep here in Burnley – with a range of family homes for the equivalent price of a small apartment in the city!

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In a small hamlet just 15 minutes from Burnley Town Centre, nestles a stunning barn conversion, lovingly restored and designed by an aspiring young Burnley family. Burnley Magazine was delighted to get a peek inside to help us reflect the lifestyle offer here in Burnley.

Don’t just take our word for it - a recent Sunday Times feature reported Burnley is one of the few places in the country that offers a glimmer of hope to aspiring young homeowners, as oppose to over 80% of the country where single people and young couples under 30 earning an average income are being priced out of buying a first home, and unable to afford mortgage payments for 90% of properties. Not here in Burnley, the Sunday Times headlined Burnley as a first time buyer’s Shangri-La, with a range of affordable house styles, from modern new builds, stunning Victorian semi’s to rural cottages and barn conversions. The Sunday Times piece also reflected the employment opportunities in the town’s growing aerospace, advanced manufacturing and digital sectors, not just in engineering, but across all the support roles within a company including HR, public relations, marketing, sales, accounting and training roles etc. The reporter said: “The best thing about the place is the people. They are friendly; they talk to each other and make eye contact, and don’t rush about in an anxious flurry.” The article reinforced the message that Burnley offers superb affordable housing and great career opportunities in the hi-tech aerospace, automotive and digital sectors, with other huge employers offering jobs across the business spectrum, with stunning countryside on your doorstep providing a great adventure playground for all the family. With the new direct rail link to Manchester, the country living offer is less than an hour from the city making Burnley a fantastic commuter belt option. 117

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on our doorstep... We donned our boots and followed the family out into the hills above their home, where they regularly enjoy family walks and horse riding – taking in the stunning views over to the famous Pendle Hill.

The best thing about the place is the people. They are friendly; they talk to each other and make eye contact, and don’t rush about in an anxious flurry. 118

Lisa says: “Having worked in Manchester, Bury and locally - I’ve never considered living anywhere else. We have everything we need here in Burnley for us and the needs of our family growing up here. “You have the best of both worlds, where you can enjoy the city life of Manchester and Leeds a short drive away or a more quiet village and country life, taking in the beaufitul walks in the local countryside and a few of the local pubs and restaurants.

“Our children are happy here and attend fabulous schools. The enormous investment in local schools, colleges and university gives our children access to a very high standard of education and learning. Burnley is very much an entrepreneurial town with so many business start ups and career opportunities on offer. The quality of living is definitely one of the biggest benefits - from house prices to beer prices in the local pub! Adding: “For me, I’m happiest walking (or running) up Hurstwood, all year round, in any weather with he dog and the family.”




Take a peek inside the stunning Durkin family home with us - Lisa has kindly shared some of her interior design tips - which we love. Lisa is passionate about using local suppliers to dress the family home and this feature details where you can ďŹ nd some of the household interior items in the surrounding area.


How to style a console table Create an anchor - a large focal point in the centre of the table. It can be a mirror, a piece of art, or even a couple of photos. I call it an anchor becuase it is a ‘heavy object’ that centres the console table. Add height - style the table in 3’s, high, medium, low, its a known design rule. Don’t be scared to add height - a vase with flowers or decorative stems will add height, or a tall lamp. Go under the table - we always read about styling the top of the table but go under too - adding textures and stylish displays underneath. Create balance - when styling your table make sure not to place everything in the middle or to one side - create balance by adding objects to more than one side of the table, layering toward the centre.



Upcycling Tips Upcycling is all about breathing new life into old items - be it furniture or home accessories, making them beautiful or usable again. Here in the kitchen I’ve used empty Hendricks Gin bottles as vases, to giving wooden furniture and picture frames a new lease of life with chalk paint or spray paint. Don’t be afraid to try a bit of ‘upcycling’ and give things a new lease of life, you’ll get addicted and you’ll be respraying everything in sight! 123

Burnley offers superb affordable housing and great career opportunities in the hi-tech aerospace, automotive and digital sectors, with other huge employers offering jobs across the business spectrum, with stunning countryside on your doorstep providing a great adventure playground for all the family


Industrial Styling using local products Whilst online shopping has become a necessity, for me as a self confessed shopaholic - I do try and support local businesses and retailers as you can negotiate a better deal face to face and ďŹ nd quirky pieces. The grey Tetrad sofa, in Pendle Tweed, featured here in the lounge, was bought locally at Pendle Village Mill (a fantastic furniture and home store). Also featured is the aged, solid oak furniture to complement the industrial styling and the oak beams. Tetrad sofas are hand made down the road in Preston and the Pendle Tweed used for our sofas has a local connection dating back to Pendle Witches over 400 years ago!


I like to ďŹ nd quirky ďŹ nishing touches for my home styling projects - like the hand knitted chunky knit merino wool blanket from (I love the mustard colour featured in this picture) 126

Graham & Brown Wallpaper We’re so lucky to have the Graham & Brown factory shop on our doorstep (based in Padiham). I just love their wallpaper designs - they are really ‘on trend’. It’s where I’ve sourced wallpaper for most rooms of our house – the rose gold and blush pink geometric wallpaper in my office was the wallpaper of the year in 2017. It’s so modern and fresh. Whilst the grey and silver wallpaper used in my daughter’s room is more classic it is brought up to date with the addition of blush and pale pink styling. I chose a Kelly Hoppen ‘designer’ wallpaper by Graham & Brown in the bathroom and kitchen – the silver and white swirls really give the bathroom a modern edge and a hint of copper and geometric on a feature wall in the kitchen blends traditional oak farmhouse styling with new.


Pillows, pillows and more pillows! Dress your bed like a pro Take care of the basics - use good quality sheets, plump pillows and a good duvet. A tip for making the duvet look extra plush is to buy a duck feather one or use two duvets! To create a cosy inviting look use plenty of pillows. White or neutral bedding will always look clean and elegant and you can mix and match with other colours. Tonal layering - I love the look of mixing textures, 128

patterns, colours and metallics. Use different textures like faux fur, metallic, velvet or knitted cushions. A stylish bed simply cannot have too many pillows! Layer with a cosy throw. Don’t underestimate the power of a cosy throw layered at the bottom of the bed. I love throws with tassles and pom-poms, they add extra texture and visual interest to the entire bed.

Upcycling tip - the large pewter mirror featured in the main bathroom was originally brown. When I re-decorated the bathroom I spray painted the mirror using PlastiKote spray paint in Pewter. A quick and easy transformation and the mirror looks better than ever now. 129


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urnley is truly embracing the trend of urban living, recognising that millennials and baby boomers are looking to live in modern environments close to town centres and leisure facilities. A number of Burnley town centre buildings are being lovingly converted in to stylish spacious apartments, with local developer Ian Walker leading the charge. Having already tastefully transformed several historic buildings in Burnley’s town centre, Ian’s latest venture, one he’s extremely proud of - is the regeneration and transformation of an iconic Burnley building - the former Burnley Express office. He has transformed this iconic building to create 13 individually styled modern apartments and a penthouse apartment with fabulous views across the Burnley skyline to the surrounding hills - attractive to any discerning resident looking for style and comfort at the heart of the town centre. Several of the rooms have been named in keeping with the building’s former use as the local Burnley Express newspaper offices and you could bag yourself the Editors Suite! Other suite names include The News Room, The Press Room, and The Ian Walker Suite! This shift towards town centre urban living is bringing huge economic benefits to Burnley’s town centre and growing Burnley’s 24 hour economy, by attracting more restaurants, bars and shops to the centre. Ian says: “I’m really happy with the new apartments. Some have been named to reflect the history of the newspaper and there are a couple of items of interest that we found during the building work that have been restored and put on display around the building – some fabulous posters which I’ve had framed as well as some old cameras and typewriters they found which look great on display.” “I have retained the initials B E, which are carved in stone on the exterior of the building, and I’ve been overwhelmed at the positive comments and support from people in the town for the project.” Adding: “This is such a well-known building and people have been so positive about the re-development. I’ve loved working on this development every single day; it has been a pleasure to see it taking shape, and to restore a major part of Burnley’s history. It has been a real labour of love and I hope future tenants will love living here.” “The building had been home to the Burnley Express newspaper since 1933, up until they moved out in 2016, and I am delighted it is now making new headlines and a new direction for the town’s future.”


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“I’m investing in Burnley because I’m confident in its future - there’s a real air of optimism around Burnley at the moment.

The new direct train link to Manchester is a major boost for the town and the redevelopment of St James’s Street is such a positive for the town centre - the public realm transformations have created a modern, clean, open feel which has already attracted new shops and restaurants.” “The direct rail link is already benefitting me and Burnley. I’ve just let one of our larger apartments to a professional couple who have moved out of a Manchester apartment and are taking one of ours and making the commute by rail to their jobs in the city – they now have a spacious modern apartment for almost half the cost of renting in the city, an easy commute and stunning countryside on their doorstep – the best of both worlds really.” Ian adds: “I couldn’t do the work to such a great standard without the support of my daughter Holly who project manages the developments when I’m busy looking for the next project to take on – Holly is great at sourcing products at the best price! I’d like to mention my wife Emma and my younger daughter Maisie for their help and support too – it is truly a family enterprise and we are all proud of our hometown of Burnley.”


Town and city centre living has boomed in Britain since the start of the century, with young people leading the move back into urban areas. One of the big factors attracting young people to town centre living is the proximity and availability of jobs, with three times as many town centre residents walking to work as those living in the suburbs. Students also play a major role in the resurgence of urban living, and now account for a quarter of all residents in town and city centres – highlighting the influence of university campuses and accommodation in shaping town and city centre populations – and with the huge expansion of Burnley’s UCLan university over the next few years – putting Burnley on the map as a significant university town – the trend for urban living is only set to grow here in Burnley. Urban living is a 21st century phenomena transforming the residential landscape, changing our town centres and high streets – and Burnley’s town centre is leading the way in embracing change to create vibrant high streets for living and leisure in the future. 141


A HIDDEN GEM IN BURNLEY TOWN CENTRE Speciality wine, cocktail and coffee house 142

A hidden gem, on the edge of Burnley Town Centre, is fast becoming the place to be seen sipping the best wines and enjoying a delicious shared platter with friends. The Corkhouse, located on the wonderfully restored historic cobbled Hammerton Street, has been transformed into a stunning wine boutique, gin & cocktail bar, with delicious Italian inspired sharing platters which are fast becoming their speciality. The Corkhouse Bar & Brasserie is Burnley’s newest wine bar which is a wonderful new addition to Burnley Town Centre’s food, drink and nightlife offer.


Sit back in the delightful décor and explore their extensive fine wine list – don’t worry if wine isn’t your tipple they have a wonderful craft beer, gin and cocktail selection – paired with some top quality meats and cheeses.

When it comes to their wine selection they really do know what they are talking about, with over 200 different wines to choose from, you’ll get the best advice for your pallet. Having started off as a fine wine shop, in 2016, The Corkhouse quickly evolved into the wine bar it is today, but although it’s now focussing on the bar and brasserie offer, it is still operating as a fine wine shop and you can still pop in to buy your favourite bottles of wine to take home with you. Four local friends, David Beardsworth, Paul Gotthardt, Terry Grogan and Michael Nicholls are the partners behind


the successful venture, recognising the opening for a highend wine bar and brasserie in the Town Centre – but they are keen to say they couldn’t have done it without their respective wives and partners who have supported them in setting up The Corkhouse and making it a success – particularly influencing the stunning interior décor. David says: “We loved the building when we first saw it, and knew it would make a unique setting for the venture. The building has a fabulous history, and was originally a banana ripening facility! With bananas shipped in from Liverpool and brought to the building to hang until ripe!” “So it’s gone from bananas to grapes, in the form of wonderful wines! Guests love the building in this historic heart of Burnley and there are some wonderful developments underway around us with new apartments in the stunning stone building across from us and in the canalside Weavers’ Triangle just a stone’s throw from The Corkhouse.“

A WINE LOVERS PARADISE The Corkhouse is bringing the humble grape to cool crowds of discerning drinkers. It offers a cosy, bistro-style sophisticated setting, that is great for date night, or hip hang out with friends where wine is the drink du jour. Discover everything from natural wines to grapes from far-flung vineyards, plus service from knowledgeable, approachable staff.

Their colourful food platters have been inspired by the Mediterranean love of sharing food.

Wine is no longer just for the fine dining crowd but has evolved into a social experience – particularly with the evolution of the wine bar. A wine bar opening means a town has reached a certain level of sophistication and truly reflects a change in the quality daytime and evening offer in Burnley Town Centre. Customers at The Corkhouse are encouraged to experiment and learn about wine, and not to be intimidated by trying a new wine. There is an eclectic feel to the interior of this stunning old building with reclaimed wood, paired with comfy seating, and warm lighting creating an alluring and welcoming ambiance. The bar is becoming so popular that on Friday and Saturday evenings you generally need to book a table in advance, it is also becoming very popular for business lunches and functions. 145


From stunning drops of wine by the glass or a more indulgent bottle paired with sophisticated small plates... 147

The popularity of the Coffee House culture could be attributed to the cosmopolitan New York lifestyles showcased in hugely popular sitcoms like Friends or Seinfeld whatever the trigger we have become a nation of coffee lovers.

BURNLEY’S TRENDY CAFÉ CULTURE & the booming coffee house revolution Smaller artisan coffee independents offering that little something extra are attracting coffee connoisseurs of all ages!



hether you just want to relax, read a book or the newspaper, make it your second office, meet with friends, or just quietly people-watch – the coffee house is taking over from the local pub in the 21st Century. Trendy artisan coffee shops are transforming Burnley’s town centre, following the UK trend, with a range of highstreet coffee names and new independents supporting a never-ending supply of connoisseur coffee addicts – wafting an array of wonderful coffee aromas out into the streets! Gone is the British tradition of drinking tea from fine china cups or pints of golden lager at the local pub – today over 70million cups of coffee are consumed in the UK every day, and Burnley’s growing coffee house offer is meeting the growing demand, with trendy coffee shops taking the place of the local pub. The emergence of the digital age, with laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, has freed many workers from their desks, and cafes have established themselves as an alternative place to socialise and work. Combined with a demand for breakfasts on the go for commuters, the closure of pubs, and the emergence of the foodie culture, cafes are the new place to socialise with friends and kick back.

A glance around Burnley’s town centre and the trend reflecting our love of coffee is everywhere you look – we are becoming a nation of coffee geeks! The British Coffee Association estimate 80 per cent of those who visit coffee shops do so at least once a week, and one in six frequent them on a daily basis. That’s a lot of caffeine pumping around the veins of the average Brit! But this new coffee revolution is transforming the 21st century high street.

Consumers are seeing coffee as a culinary speciality product and are looking for vibrant coffees from world cultures. UK high streets are transforming themselves offering more than just retail, and Burnley town centre is no exception. New bars, cafes and restaurants are making Burnley town centre a meeting place, changing the character of the high street, and Burnley is attracting many new vibrant independents. Burnley has the well known high street chain coffee shops, but it’s the smaller artisan independents offering that little something extra which are attracting the coffee connoisseurs, looking to relax in the trendy surroundings, watch the world go by, or have a go at some arts and crafts.

Coffee culture ~ describes a social atmosphere or series of associated social behaviours that depends heavily upon coffee, particularly as a social lubricant. The term also refers to the diffusion and adoption of coffee as a widely consumed stimulant by a culture.

BARISTA ~ The word barista is an Italian word, and in Italy, a barista is a male or female “bartender”, who typically works behind a counter, serving hot drinks (such as espresso), cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks.


RHODE ISLAND COFFEE HOUSE Easy going, fun loving people… but world class baristas and serious coffee professionals 150


reasons you should drink


Think of the famous Newport Folk Festival, a coastline dotted with lighthouses and fisherman’s piers, endless forests and beautiful wild scenery. It’s the antithesis of the big city. Friendly, welcoming people, hearty natural food, a place of enjoyment and relaxation – just what Rhode Island Coffee is all about. With a good helping of home-made food, a cup of their lovingly crafted coffee, find a seat, kick off your shoes and make yourself at home. You can take a good book (or find one on their bookshelf), read a newspaper, or just sit back and relax and think of the early morning mists swirling around the sands of Narragansett Bay, at the heart of Rhode Island. Rhode Island staff are easy going, fun loving people, but they do take their coffee seriously! Their Baristi spend hours, days and weeks training to serve you the perfect cup. They base their methods on the World Barista Championship standards, and there is no set time the barista is given to learn their art. It takes as long as it takes. When people are allowed to go solo on the coffee machine, they can perfectly sweet-spot the espresso and create luxuriously textured milk. They’ll also be well on their way to creating latte art. Ask your Barista to demonstrate! The espresso machines they use have been used at the World Barista Championships, and are probably the best in the world today. Even the humble tampers, used to compress the coffee grounds to the correct density for perfect espresso, are handmade in the workshops of Mr. Reg Barber, renowned the world over for his innovation and exacting attention to detail. They don’t compromise!

Smelling coffee can reduce stress

It’s great for the liver – especially if you drink alcohol

It can make you feel happier

It can make you a better athlete

It can make you more intelligent

Three to four cups of coffee a day can have some health benefits, according to a large review of studies in the BMJ Source: Journal of Agricutural and Food Chemistry


The Beans Their House Blend comes from 5 different countries – Brazil, Central America, East Africa, Ethiopia and India. They buy all of their coffee from a local roaster, who purchases coffee on long term contracts, which guarantee a fair price and long term security for the growers. Their specialist blend is a medium dark roast comprising of high quality Arabica (85%) and Robusta (15%) beans. The Arabica beans (Brazil, Central America, East Africa and Ethiopia) are what gives the espresso a dark chocolate and toffee sweetness which is low in acidity. The Robusta bean (India) is the bean that gives the espresso an everlasting taste and the caffeine kick which is ideal for us in England – it gets you going in summer, and keeps you going in winter!



LITTLE BARISTA It’s all about the organic and vegan offer! Sample their organic coffees and teas, delightful homemade food, and specialist gluten free and vegan offers.


A warm welcome awaits at the family-run café Little Barista - home to organic coffees and teas and mouth-watering homemade food. The fabulous surroundings in a rustic industrial style, are very on trend, and creates a great ambience. Burnley Magazine met with Andrea Insel, who owns and manages Little Barista together with her husband Ali, to find out about their passion for coffee, specialist teas and their warm hospitality. Ali Insel said: “We have been open since June 2016 and we have enjoyed every minute meeting customer’s new and old. We’ve tried to bring a healthy twist to the town by offering ethically-sourced coffee, vegan cakes, smoothies and freshly-made detox water. “Having both worked in the catering industry for many years we felt we had the experience and knowledge of what it is that customers want and expect on a daily basis and felt we could offer something that little bit different and something special. “It was seeing a gap in the service offer working for other businesses that gave us the drive to set up our own place, to provide excellent customer service with a

passion of serving good quality products in a clean and friendly environment. “And so it began, my wife and I, both with a passion for coffee and a belief in healthy organic products, set out on our own adventure and set up our unique cafe.” Adding: “We started with a blank canvas in our new premises and felt strongly about the organic side of the business so started with original reclaimed wood. This was our starting point and then one wall after another, everything seemed to piece together nicely, like a jigsaw, incorporating the rustic and industrial look to tie everything together. With colours that are easy on the eye that complement the wood and our organic ethos brings everything into one, introducing a little bit of city style to Burnley town centre. Andrea added: “We are based in Burnley Town Centre in the Charter Walk Shopping Centre, and pride ourselves in customer service and giving our customers a positive experience every time they visit us. So if you haven’t had a chance to sample our delicious homemade cakes, a warm welcome awaits you at Little Barista!”


Little Barista’s specialist brews Their best-selling coffee is the good old latte, which they always serve with a unique piece of art on top created by one of their skilled baristas. But you have to try one of their speciality coffees.

The Specialist Little Barista Flamed Crème Brulee Lattee The Little Barista specialist is their flamed crème brulee lattee flavored with Crème Brûlée Syrup topped with caramelized demerara sugar – just devine.

Vegan Friendley Chai Latte Andrea and Ali pride themselves in their vegan offer, and we recommend their homemade vegan friendly Chai Latte. This is made from 100% natural ingredients. They love their coffee but cater to every taste and offer a fabulous array of organic teas with some unique health benefits, with 12 organic teas on offer. Vegan and gluten free customers are accommodated in a meaningful way with a great selection of savory and sweet options and a wide variety of homemade and handmade cakes all sourced locally. We loved the home made shortbread biscuits served with all hot drinks. Their range of handmade sandwiches served on a selection of artisan bread styles, filled with carefully selected fillings served with their unique and healthy homemade dip and their homemade soup of the day is a must. You have to try their top seller their Tomato Red Pepper and Wensleydale soup – delish!



Organic teas and their unique benefits Creamy Oolong • Increases mental alertness • Helps in decreasing fat content • Shown to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay Moroccan Mint • Relieve’s symptoms of indigestion heartburn and IBS • Relieves symptoms of cold and flu • Mint tea also helps clear up skin disorders such as acne Matcha Green Tea • Boosts metabolism and burns calories • Enhances mood and aids concentration • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugars • Provides vitamin C



#brilliantBurnley a growing University Town with the expansion of UCLan in Burnley’s Knowledge Quarter Meet some of our next generation talent leaders, film makers and digiteers - passionate about Burnley’s education and lifestyle offer

Emilly Williamson Advanced Business Apprentice

Martin Rothwell Developing the digital revolution

Choose #BrilliantBurnley’s UCLan Burnley and Burnley College campus - creating some of the country’s most promising next generation talent

Discover what UCLan Burnley has to offer. To find out more about the Burnley Campus contact: University of Central Lancashire Princess Way, Burnley BB12 0EQ Phone: 01282 733400 Thomas Nicholas Fillm maker, motion graphics artist and multi-media storyteller

THREE NAMES TO LOOK OUT FOR IN THE FUTURE IN THREE VERY DIVERSE FIELDS Three young people who excel in their chosen fields, who share an indomitable spirit and whose individual talents were developed at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre and Themis, its Apprenticeship and business training arm. Creating some of the country’s most promising next generation talent

it’s a great feeling to be at the heart of the action

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Jodie Weaver – Documentary Maker

n years to come, I want people to remember my documentaries and the impression they made on them; I want my work to hit home; to open a window into the lives of people they wouldn’t normally see and, if possible, to help people recognise their own potential.” Those are the words of Apprentice film-maker Jodie Weaver, a 19-year-old with a wealth of talent and insight that belies her years. Under the training of Kevin Furber, at Burnley Film Company, and her Trainer at Themis at Burnley College, Jodie’s already started to make films that are catching the eye in the specialist world of motor racing – and she’s only months into her new career. “I love my job,” says Jodie, who has been working with Hapton-based Kevin and his small, talented team for nine months. “I’ve travelled across the UK, filming on location for races and car launches: it’s a great feeling to be at the heart of the action and getting to see behind the scenes. “It can mean long days and hours on the road, but it’s worth every second. I’m always learning, whether it’s choosing the right angles for shooting footage or bringing everything together in the editing suite. In this industry, you always have to keep learning to keep up with new developments and technology and, I think, that’s why this career appeals to me so much: I’ll never stop learning and always be striving to be better and better.” However, Jodie’s training is not just confined to the workplace. For one day a week, she trains with highlyexperienced Themis at Burnley College Trainers, who are industry experts and can finetune and focus her natural talent. “At Themis, I’m learning so much,” says Jodie. “I’ll complete my Apprenticeship with knowledge of so many sectors related to film making, from marketing and digital campaign planning to professional photography, web design and video graphics. Each week we have industry experts in to guide us through their specialisms and it’s great to see how all the different aspects of media interact and complement each other.” Originally, Jodie was planning a future career in criminal psychology after leaving Colne’s Primet Academy at the age of 16 with 11 GCSEs. However, as she began to investigate the subject further, she says: “I started to think to myself, I can’t do something that I don’t enjoy for the rest of my life, I need to discover my vocation and what makes me happy.” Jodie renewed her love of video making and editing, a pastime she’d shared with her older sister, Zoe. “I found where my destiny lay – in film making – and started an Advanced Level course in Creative Media at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre. “I really engaged with the topics we were taught and learnt as much as I could, including the business of film production, from researching locations, to storyboarding

the shoot, the process of filming and then editing software and exporting the finished product. “After a year, I realised I needed to develop my talents within a workplace and was introduced to Kevin, and we agreed the most suitable route for me was a Themis Apprenticeship, where I’d get the hands-on experience I needed to launch myself into the highlycompetitive industry.” Since that moment, Jodie hasn’t looked back and has become an invaluable member of Kevin’s team. He says: “In our industry we need young people with enthusiasm and talent to succeed. I believe many young people in this area have the potential to be outstanding in what they do, so we don’t need to recruit from big cities, but that talent needs nurturing through a mix of education, practical experience and mentoring programs delivered by people who have a proven track record of delivering results. “We are proud to have teamed up with Themis at Burnley College to offer Jodie her Apprenticeship; she is clearly an outstanding talent with creativity and passion for storytelling but we have started to rely on Jodie’s organisational and social media skills, too. It is no surprise she is excelling during her time training at Themis and will soon become a valued full time member of our team with a very bright future ahead of her.” Simon Jordan, Director of Themis, adds: “Jodie sums up everything we believe a Themis Apprentice is: talented, ambitious, hard-working and motivated. She’s a great role model for both Apprentices and other young people who are searching for their vocation, so much so that’s she taken part in several high-profile Themis events and has spoken eloquently about her Apprenticeship journey and career plans. “We have no doubt whatsoever that the name Jodie Weaver will become renowned for quality and groundbreaking film and documentary making in the years to come and will put Burnley on the map.” Jodie says: “I’m grateful for Kevin and Themis at Burnley College showing so much confidence in me and empowering me to get this far in such a short time. Each day I’m putting what I’ve learnt already into practice and picking up more skills.” Going forward, Jodie hopes to call upon her own experiences to create documentaries that will make viewers sit up and take notice. “I’ve already started to talk to people and compile footage for a documentary I want to produce about young people, who through their own hard work, talent and determination, are making a success of themselves. I want to show that it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your background is, every young person has a spark that can be ignited. “It’s happened to me and it can happen to others, too. I’m doing a job I love and, one day, a documentary I produce could strike a chord in another young person to strive to follow their dream and find a career they love.”



Holly Welsby – Psychologist

rom Burnley College Sixth Form Centre to the University of Cambridge, the location may have changed for triple A* A Level student Holly Welsby, but her passion for Psychology and her drive for success both remain. Holly (20) is now midway through her degree studies and totally immersing herself in life at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, studying Psychology at Churchill College, which boasts 32 Nobel Prize winners among its Fellows, past and present. “I adore psychology and want to understand the workings of human thought and behaviour. I enjoy being surrounded by people who are passionate about their studies and who want to work,” says Holly. “I enjoy the facilities, such as the numerous libraries and work spaces; I enjoy being taught by individuals who are leaders in their fields and I enjoy the beautiful buildings that I get to work in or walk past every day.” Holly’s own passion for Psychology and her steadfast determination was nurtured through the Honours programme at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre, where she received guidance from Oxbridge staff, gained an Extended Project Qualification and mastered her research skills. Karen Buchanan, Principal of Burnley College Sixth Form Centre, says: “We are immensely proud of Holly and her well-deserved success as a University of Cambridge undergraduate. Holly’s engagement with Psychology was clear from the moment she started her A Level studies at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre and it was a privilege to help her achieve her dream of studying at Cambridge. “Our dedicated teachers have a true passion for their chosen subjects and are driven to ensure our students reach their full potential and achieve their dreams, whether that is further study or a successful career. It’s great to see that Holly is flourishing in this prestigious university environment and that she was well prepared for the transition from A Levels to higher degree-level study by the individual support and outstanding teaching she received at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre.” Holly confirms: “Before I arrived at Cambridge, I had no idea what to expect – other than hard work! My first few lessons were really telling of how the rest of the year would go. First, the lectures are extremely fast paced – we covered whole topic areas within a couple of hours because we are expected to read about the subject in more depth individually. “I knew the workload would be challenging but I didn’t predict the extent to which it would be so. However as long as you’re prepared to work really hard, then you can achieve whatever goal you set yourself.” She adds: “In my lectures, students are always interested and engaged and I think this is something really important for students to practise from an earlier age. Being actively engaged with lessons by being curious


and asking questions ensures that you gain a fuller understanding of whatever topic is at hand, and helps to guide your personal research: I learned this at Burnley College and it held me in good stead at Cambridge.” On her fellow undergraduates who come from across the globe, Holly says: “There are many more down-toearth students at Cambridge than the rumours would have you believe! There’s so much diversity in the type of people who come here: in that respect, it’s similar to Burnley College Sixth Form Centre.” It’s this diversity which is also fuelling Holly’s own insights into the major psychological debates of the 21st Century. “I’ve always been aware of how difficult life can be for some people; of how a certain social or economic environment can damage a person’s mental wellbeing,” she says. “It’s always, therefore, been important for me to think about different factors that affect mental health negatively, and about possible ways to counteract this. “Each community faces stresses and strains. The University of Cambridge, for example, has shown me different challenges people may face in trying to maintain good mental health. I’ve met so many people from different backgrounds, whose trajectories are sometimes worlds apart and sometimes very similar. “My experiences make me think about some of the major psychological debates (natures versus nurture, individual versus society, free will versus determination) all of the time, as I’m constantly seeing the effects in real-life contexts.” Among the modules Holly has studied at Cambridge so far, several have particularly appealed to her, including neuropsychology, the Psychology of emotions and the psychology of close relationships. She’s also chosen to extend her studies to include social anthropology and sociology to give her further insight into her subject. Outside her studies, Holly has immersed herself in the many exciting social opportunities offered at Cambridge. She says: “I enjoy spending time with my friends on nights out, walking through the beautiful central colleges or punting down the River Cam. May Week, after exams finished, was probably my favourite time of the whole year. There were activities every day and parties or May balls every night. “There are things going on all year though: most colleges have formal meals every week or two, and some colleges have events on every week in their bars, which can be fun to go to, to meet people from other colleges.” Whatever path Holly chooses once she has completed her degree, Pxsychology will always be her passion and her quest to understand human thought and behaviour will be relentless: it’s a passion that was allowed to blossom and flourish at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre and is now being nurtured by the University of Cambridge.

Holly’s passion and determination was nurtured through the Honours programme at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre


Ryan Evans – High-quality Gin Distiller It’s been a year that Ryan Evans will never forget.


he Themis at Burnley College Apprentice Distiller has seen Batch Bew Ltd, the close-knit business in which he plays a crucial role, be named as producers of the nation’s favourite gin. Ryan has been an Apprentice Distiller for 14 months and has quickly established himself as a key member of the small, passionate team who distil national award-winning spirits that are found on the shelves of some of the nation’s most prestigious stores, gaining a global reputation. “I love my job,” says Ryan. “No two days are ever the same really. As Batch is only a small team, it’s important we all get on and it also means we have to have an insight into everyone else’s job so we can step in when needed. “I’m involved in all stages of the process, from blending botanicals, to creating new flavours, to ensuring quality standards are maintained throughout the distilling process; bottling the spirits; testing the strength of the alcohol content and much, much more. It’s a complex, scientific procedure to produce spirits of such a consistently high standard. “But I’m not just involved in the distilling process – I also help out with packing and dispatching; taking deliveries and greeting visitors and I’m always looking at new opportunities to learn more and play an even bigger role in the operations at Batch.” For Ryan, that involves using his skills and knowledge, as well as plenty of imagination, to create the next bespoke drink for Batch, which will fly off the shelves and firmly establish the Burnley firm with humble roots in the cellar of a terraced house, into a world-leading gin producer. “One of the best parts of the job for me is experimenting with flavours, combining botanicals to create exciting new combinations that make people go ‘wow’! I’ve a few ideas up my sleeve and have been working on some great new recipes that will not only taste great but they’ll look out of this world, too – you’ll have to wait and see though as they’re still in the development process!”


Ryan has the backing of the team at Batch, who have embraced his individuality and ambition wholeheartedly. Operations Manager Claire Plowes says: “Ryan has shown a great amount of dedication and enthusiasm during his Apprenticeship with us here at Batch. From day one he has fitted in with the Batch family and thrown himself into any task that has come his way. “It is incredible to see such an amazing level of progress from the beginning of Ryan’s Apprenticeship to where he is now. “After months of hard work, we are pleased to announce that Ryan will be releasing his own product with us later this year. Ryan is a vital part of our team and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.” Ryan says: “I first came across Batch when talking to a friend at a gig. It was one of those chance conversations at a time in my life when I was looking towards the future and what I would do with my life. “I knew I wanted to do something creative, but I hadn’t really got much further than that. I’d never even heard about a Distillery Apprenticeship before: I was intrigued. It wasn’t your average job and that appealed to me so I made the first move and got in touch with Batch to inquire about a position.” The rest, as they say, is history. Ryan is certainly creating a niche for himself as an outstanding Apprentice (after completing a Performing Manufacturing Operations programme he is now compiling a training manual for other Apprentices who may follow in his footsteps) and a name to look out for in future in the world of high-class distilling. Simon Jordan, Director of Themis, the Apprenticeship and Business Training arm at Burnley College, said: “Ryan is simply everything we expect a Themis Apprentice to be: driven, ambitious, enthusiastic, and disciplined. He’s established himself well within the Batch family and brings passion and motivation to his role. “We’re sure that, in years to come, Ryan Evans will be a name on the lips of everyone who appreciates top quality drinks.”

Ryan will be releasing his own product with us later this year...




urnley Manager, Sean Dyche, is famous for some of his more unusual quotes, but one particular phrase made global headlines for Sean after his club climbed to fourth in the Premier League in December 2017: “I’m very proud, I’m super proud, I’m the proudest man in Proudsville,” and like most Burnley fans we’re proud to be in Proudsville too!


Sean has worked wonders at the helm of Burnley Football Club, he’s the town’s hero, and Burnley's fortunes have been transformed by the 46-year-old former centre back since he took over in 2012. Burnley Magazine was delighted to get a couple of minutes with Sean down at the fabulous new £10.6million Barnfield Training facility at Gawthorpe, to talk about his passion and vision for the club.




PROUDSVILLE! “Football is about realities but also about dreams.”


“We’ve got an aligned thinking here, there’s no superstars, no favourites from me. I believe in all of them. We’ve got a group of people — there’s a belief in everything we do here.”

We asked Sean a few question for our Burnley Magazine readers: Q. Sitting here in the fabulous new training centre, we hear you had quite an influence over its design. What special features did you want incorporated into the building and why? I think the biggest overriding thing is the flow of the building – we looked at a number of different buildings with the club’s CEO and chairman. We wanted to get a good flow with big spaces, not small rooms, and the other thing we wanted was a fine balance between not quite a glossy health club but a place you want to come to and work and be stimulated by.

we need to ensure we are always looking at ways to improve. When I first got here I thought there was a little bit of ‘oh we don’t do things like that round here.’ I was like well ‘we do now’ - and I think that opened a few minds and pushed a few doors open, and I think we’ve done well with that, so it’s now about searching for things to make us continue to improve.

Q. We’ve heard you love a nice pair of shoes. What’s the story behind this? My mum worked in the shoe industry, so at a very young age I was in a kind of privileged position. Not from a background of wealth or anything, but my mum made hand-made shoes with Goodyear welted soles which are basically real leather soles. When I was a kid not every family had them because they were expensive, but mum used to get a good deal from the factory so I’ve always had good shoes. It’s just something I grew up with and I kind of actually backed away from it for many years and came back to it again as I got older and started wearing suit shoes, so that was that.

Q. (Two part question) (i) I understand you travel up from Northamptonshire where you live with your family, have you considered moving to Burnley? (ii) Do you have time when you are up here working to venture out into our countryside or take in any of the towns attractions? I’ve not really considered moving to Burnley because of the family really. I’ve got a 15 year old and a 12 year old, they weren’t then but obviously if you imagine five years ago my son was just at the borderline of going to secondary school so we had to make a decision then and the decision was how do you know in football how long you are going to be somewhere. I’d been at one club and been sacked after a year for no reason, so we decided we couldn’t take that risk. I didn’t know I was going to be here five and half years, so that’s the reason for not moving to Burnley, but I do live here part time as you know. I do venture out around the area, I like a bit of dinner, so we go to varying places, mainly out to Clitheroe way, but we do go over to Barrowford, Colne and Earby - Earby where I do a talk, so I’m pretty familiar with the area. I go over Cliviger side now and then to see Stan, but its mainly this side, Barrowford and Clitheroe. But I’m pretty in tune with a lot of the area, places to eat, and I do like it and I’ve become to understand it - life up here.

Q. What does the future hold for you with the club and what’s your vision going forward? I’ve signed a new deal so I’m going to be here - and for me personally it’s my development and the teams – it’s kind of joint really. The vision going forward really is to keep improving, keep improving everything about it. I think we’ve made vast strides forward and now we need to keep detailing down. Keep detailing on the training ground where we are today, and keep making improvements at the ground - whatever department it is

Q. Would you give an exclusive message to the Burnley Magazine about the club and the passionate Burnley fans? I don’t know if it’s an exclusive message, but the message is that I’m very proud of the club and the true connection that is between the fans and the club. I think that’s getting harder to find in football, particularly in the premier league, because clubs are getting so big now. They are almost like corporate vehicles and I think we’ve managed to so far find that nice balance between a premier league football club but not lost itself in the

Q. You’ve a few self-help slogans around the training facility. Which is your favourite slogan and why? THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT IS MAXIMUM EFFORT – Because I started using that, I used to think it as a player and I started using it with the youth team at Watford and it’s a keeper, as I call them, and that one stays.


Manager Bio •

Sean is an English former professional footballer who is currently the manager of Premier League side Burnley, a position he has held since October 2012

The 2017/18 season was Sean Dyche’s third Premier League campaign with Burnley and he’s done it again keeping the club in the Premier League for the 18/19 season with prospects of European football on the horizon

Kettering-born Dyche started his playing career in the youth ranks at Nottingham Forest before joining Chesterfield in 1990

The defender made over 250 appearances, captained the club and scored in their famous FA Cup semifinal against Middlesbrough in 1997

Bristol City signed Dyche in 2007 and he helped the club get promotion to the Championship in his first season

Following a brief loan spell with Luton Town, Dyche joined Millwall in 2009 and also achieved promotion to the Championship with the London club

The defender signed for Watford in 2002 and captained them during the 2004/05 season

That was to be his last season as a player with club and he signed for Northampton Town before retiring in 2007

Dyche’s coaching career started with Watford’s youth team shortly after retiring and he soon made his way up to assistant manager under Malky Mackay

The Scot left Watford ahead of the 2011/12 campaign and Dyche was promoted to become the Hornets’ manager in June 2011, with his first match in charge coming against Burnley at Turf Moor

Watford and Dyche parted company in 2012 and the Englishman then spent a spell working with the England under-21 side as part of the staff put together by Stuart Pearce, who was a former playing colleague at Forest

Burnley announced Dyche as their manager in October 2012 and he guided the club to second in the 2013/14 Championship season to automatically promote the Clarets to the Premier League

commercial side of the game. We are actually still very very in tune with the town and the people and I think that’s a really really good thing and the passion that goes with that locks it all together. Q. What’s your philosophy for life? Be honest, be kind, be happy. Q. What’s your favourite book and why? I don’t really have a favourite actual book. I read in spells, the one I’m reading at the moment is The Boys in the Boat, which I’m about half way through. I quite like self help books as in psychology and stories about being successful and I like biographies. I’ve read quite a few biographies, especially sports biographies. In fact, I’ve just suddenly thought, that’s tipped me off. The best book I’ve read, because of the way it’s written, is André Agassi’s life story. It was written by a Pulitzer Prize winner which is probably why it’s written so well, but it’s a fantastic read, because it’s not really about who he’s played, it’s about his life and the feeling of what it is to be a tennis player and his journey, and it’s really good that one.

Q. What one tip would you give young football players for improving their game? A great attitude is everything. It goes beyond everything. Rather than technical tactical you’ve got to have the will, the demand and the spirit to keep going and keep working, and keep improving. Q. What environment changes have you made for your players to thrive? Probably a positive edge to everything that we do. Q. What do you think is special about Burnley Football Club and what makes the club different from the other clubs? I think the obvious thing is born Burnley, that’s what I was told and now I get it. I always marvel when driving to the turf - you’ll see grandma and grandad with a Burnley shirt on, mum and dad with a Burnley shirt on, the kids and grandkids with a Burnley shirt on, and you suddenly go well everyone is Burnley, and I think that’s a rare thing now. It used to probably be the norm many moons ago, now it’s not over the country, and I marvel at the fact that people are very proud to be part of Burnley and the Club.

Q. How do you like to relax? Family time. The usual stuff within family time, cinema, playing in the garden, going on holiday that sort of thing. Golf is probably the outside thing and I like socialising as in eating out with friends, and bbq’s and that usually Sean Ma rk Dyche evolves around the Born: family as well. 28 Ju Age:


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TOWNELEY GOLF COURSE The golf facilities in Towneley Park feature 18 hole golf course, 9 hole golf course, 18 hole Pitch & Putt, 18 Hole Footgolf Course and golf shop which is based at the 18 hole course.


owneley golf courses are set in the heart of Towneley Park, Burnley. The golf courses are operated by the award winning Burnley Leisure Trust who took over the day to day running of the courses in April 2017, who have made huge improvements aimed at attracting more players to the 9-hole, 18-hole and pitch and putt courses. The new management arrangements have enabled a more focused approach to operating and developing the golf courses whilst creating opportunities to tie in with other leisure facilities across the borough, including the golf driving range, academy, practice area and mini golf facilities at Prairie Sports Village.


18 Hole Pitch & Putt

9 Hole Course

Looking for a fun family activity, taking your ďŹ rst steps onto a golf course, or just wanting to ďŹ ne tune your short game? The 18 hole par 3 Pitch & Putt course at Towneley is ideal for juniors, those new to the game and is great place to spend time with the family. The course itself is surrounded by the huge trees of Towneley Park and is often known as the hidden gem due to the quality of the course and the area it is set in. This year will mark 50 years since this brilliant course opened and we will be running events in the summer to mark this special occasion.

Set at the far side of Towneley Park the 9 hole golf course offers a totally different offering in terms of course layout to the 18 hole course and 18 hole Pitch & Putt, but still plays a vital role for golďŹ ng activates within the borough of Burnley. The course itself is set on the hillside which results in the course being challenging but also gives people the chance to play at a more casual pace of golf but really important is that this course can offer a stepping stone to the 18 hole course for any young golfers who are looking to be the next Rory Mcilory.


18 Hole Footgolf Course The 18 hole Footgolf Course opened in July 2017 in partnership with England Footgolf and is run on the 9 hole golf course. Since opening this new activity in Burnley it has proved to be a huge success with over 1000 people playing in just four months.

You might be asking what is Footgolf?! Footgolf is played on a golf course using a size 5 football. The object of the game is to get the ball into the hole using only your feet in the fewest number of shots possible. Footgolf is a very 'addictive' sport - it combines the best of football and golf, two of the most popular sports in the world. The beauty of the game lies in your being able to strategically combine power and precision every time you play footgolf. And, of course, it is open to everyone.

18 Hole Course Set in the heart of East Lancashire the 18 hole municipal course is an excellent test of golf and an enjoyable day out. It was originally established in 1932 as 9 hole layout, but was later expanded to the current 5916 yard, par 70 course. Set in mature parkland, Towneley Golf Course is a good test of golf despite its short length. Featuring mature trees and well placed ditches, ponds and bunkers this popular course provides a challenge to golfers at any skill level. Competitions are run by Towneley Golf Club and are a regular attraction for local golfers and beyond plus has a growing ladies section who play regular competitions on Sunday mornings. The golf shop in partnership with Function18 stocks all the latest golf clothing and accessories 176

and you can make your round even more enjoyable by hiring one of the Powakaddy Electric Trolleys. The facilities at the 18 hole course also features a bar & bistro which serves a wide selection of drinks and food which as accessible for all. Over the last 10 months the 18 hole course has seen a whole host of improvements on and off the course with a full shop refurbishment, new main entrance, new logo, new welcome sign, new tee bed signs and new pitch and putt cabin. These changes have been made to help bring the facilities up to standard which makes them more appealing to all who visit the courses.

Memberships Following the re-branding of the golf facilities new membership packages have been launched with packages starting from £60 a year for juniors and £350 for adults. Their main package however is the 7 day Annual Membership which is £450 for 12 months of unlimited golf and covers a whole host of golfing benefits to help you learn, improve and play golf. The benefits are one 30 minute golf lesson, 500 golf balls to practice with at Prairie Sports Village, discounted access to the Footgolf Course, 10% off food and drink at Prairie Sports Village, reduced entry fee to Open Golf Competitions at Towneley, reduced fees to bring friends and family, discounted golf at Bentham Golf Course and Marsden Park Golf Course and finally you can add a Burnley Leisure Gym, Swim and Fitness class membership to your package for just £100. The above package is also available to all students in full time education for just £200. The junior golf membership also covers access to all three courses but is really aimed to help juniors get into a new sport at a small cost. At just £60 the junior package includes a 6 week golf introduction course at Prairie Sports Village, free golf balls to hit at the driving range and allows them to bring friends or families to the golf courses at a discounted rate. For more details on Towneley Golf visit



Indulgence Take an exclusive luxury spa break at the global award-winning Woodland Spa


he global award-winning Woodland Spa at Crow Wood is set in 100 acres of magnificent Lancashire countryside against the backdrop of the famous Pendle Hill. The dramatic, distinct landscape around the Woodland Spa is dominated by the impressive Pendle Hill – famous for its tales of Lancashire witches, sorcery and black magic in the 17th Century. Stay in one of the stunning AA 5* rated luxury en-suite bedrooms, or perhaps in their very special suite, or go all out and stay in their exclusive luxury spa apartment. Beautifully finished with the finest fittings, furniture and fabrics their luxury en-suite bedrooms offer the perfect retreat for a romantic break or for friends to enjoy together. Luxury toiletries, towels and hairdryers are provided in your en-suite shower rooms. You can decide whether to just enjoy Bed & Breakfast or also indulge in a decadent thre course dinner on the evening of your stay, prepared on-site by their award-winning chef in Bertram’s Restaurant. The Woodland Spa provides the perfect sanctuary in which to indulge yourself with spa days which will provide unmatched levels of luxury, undivided attention from their highly trained therapists in the most beautifully appointed spa treatment rooms. Soak up the sound of silence whilst you unwind and begin to relax, away from all life’s pressures and time constraints.


Visit the Thermal Suite for a heat and ice journey like no other.


Take the Thermal Journey

Simply Bliss


Hydrotherapy Pool – Feel the stress melt away as powerful massage jets work the whole body to eliminate muscular tension and improve circulation

Serenity Pool – Escape into this warm low-lit relaxation room with a high temperature pool and let your stress float away

Outdoor Infinity Pool – Enter this unique 12 metre heated pool from the inside pool deck, swim outside and take in the fresh air. Then hop over to one of our spacious outdoor hot tubs. What could be more exhilarating?

Outdoor Terrace – with enough loungers to go round and covered by a retractable roof for inclement weather.we ensure you can enjoy n outdoor experience even if it rains

Outdoor Infinity Edge Spa Jacuzzis – Two huge 16 seater Jacuzzis ensure there’s plenty of room to fully destress, relax and take in the great British outdoor air

Fire Pit – Kick back and relax with a cocktail in our fire pit lounge. How comfy are those sofas!

Heated Terrace Bar & Lounge – Enjoy a selection of the most delectable tapas dishes and a cocktail. It’d be rude not to!

Sauna – The most traditional of thermal rooms, this high temperature dry heat induces total muscle relaxation

Saunarium – Similar to a traditional sauna but with less intense heat, this unique outdoor thermal room allows you more time to relax and take in the view

Steam – With virtually 100% humidity this “softer” heat is less drying on the skin, and provides stimulation to the blood circulation whilst you relax

Salt Steam – Salt and steam combine to create a sea atmosphere, helping you breathe more easily, relax and clear the mind

Roman Foot Baths – Intense bubbles offer a reflexology massage to the feet, stimulating every pressure point

Ice Fountain – Based upon the old Finnish idea of rolling in the snow after taking a sauna, this modern equivalent is here to rapidly cool the body by rubbing crushed ice onto the skin after an intense heat experience

Experience Showers – A variety of different showers can be found around the hydro pool from soft tropical rain to an ice cold bucket shower!

Rasul – Within their thermal suite they have a 2/4 person rasul mud chamber. Organic mineral mud is applied to the body before relaxing in a traditional steam room. Then let the muds deep cleanse, exfoliate and nourish the skin before the gentle rain shower washes it away

Awards •

Luxury Day Spa of the Year 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards

Best Spa in the North Good Spa Guide 2014/2015 & 2016/2017

Luxury Spa of the Year Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2016/2017

Global Spa of the Year 2016 World Luxury Spa Awards

Best Luxury Emerging Spa 2015 World Luxury Spa Awards

Leisure & Tourism Business 2015 Red Rose Awards

UK Day Spa of the Year 2014 Professional Beauty Awards 181


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BRONTËS Stay in a unique piece of England’s history at the heart of the Pennine countryside


“Genuinely beautiful”



n the unspoilt Burnley hamlet of Hurstwood, one of Lancashire’s most remote gems of history and natural history, lies the stunning Hurstwood Hall Guest House, which was built in 1579 and is steeped in local history with echoes of the Brontës. Reached by scenic country roads, the Grade II listed Elizabethan building, which retains many of its original features, including mullions, oak beams, panelling and fireplaces, offers a unique opportunity to stay in such a historic hall. Over the main doorway of the Hall is the inscription ‘Barnardvus Townley et Agnes Uxor Ejus, 1579’ carved when the Hall was built in 1579 by Barnard Towneley as his marital home. The Hall’s well retained historic features have made it popular as a film location, with classic TV productions including the BBC production of the Anne Brontë novel ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ filming at the hall, with more recent TV stardom with the hall featuring in the hit Channel 4 programme ‘Four in Bed’, where guests came to dine for the evening. Today the hall offers bespoke bed and breakfast accommodation, full of character and charm set within beautiful grounds and gardens. Guests will enjoy a relaxing but lavish experience, with spacious bedrooms with Egyptian cotton bedding on super king size beds and Penhaligon’s toiletries, with guests waking up to a fabulous breakfast of the finest local ingredients.

The Hall currently has two bespoke rooms, both with private bathrooms, with a third room “The Chapel” opening soon.

The Ormerod Room The Ormerod Room is named after Agnes Ormerod whom Barnard Towneley married in 1579. It is a spacious room with a super king sized bed which can easily be converted into a twin. It has a private shower room, tea and coffee making facilities, television and free wi-fi.

The Spenser Room The Spenser Room is named after the poet, Edmund Spenser who lived in the village. The room is a large, luxurious room with super king size bed, sitting area and “viewing room”. There is a separate large bathroom with power shower over the bath. The room boasts tea and coffee making facilities, television and free wi-fi. Rated excellent on Trip Advisor you are assured of a fabulous stay. Hurstwood Hall Guest House Hurstwood Lane Burnley BB10 3LG 01282 453334 | 07813 192 336

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Enjoy the history and countryside on your doorstep The local area around the hall is a haven for walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and anglers and those who love the great outdoors, with local village pubs and restaurants serving quality ales, wines and locally sourced food close by. At the end of the hamlet an extensive car park has been built and informative posters show the circular route around Hurstwood reservoir which was built in 1925. The circuit of around two miles is a naturalists’ delight and on the circuit is said to be the scene of the battle of Brunenburk. Hurstwood is set in the valley of the River Brun from which Burnley takes its name. Hurstwood Hall and the adjacent Spenser Cottage are both Elizabethan splendours and totally unspoilt.

“Nothing is too much trouble”

Arrive as guests, leave as friends You will be greeted by the fabulous welcoming and entertaining hosts David and Mark who passionately restored the hall for their home and guest house. They know everything there is to know about the history of the Hall and things to do in the surrounding area – and you’ll leave not just as guests but as great friends, as everyone does.

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LUXURY AT THE LAWRENCE welcoming tourists from across the globe



ocal entrepreneur, Michael Huckerby, has transformed a 19th century building at the heart of the market town of Padiham, into the stunning Lawrence Boutique Hotel — and the hotel already boasts a global guest list, having hosted visitors from as far away as America, Australia and Canada since it opened last year. Padiham is a small market town nestled on the outskirts of Burnley, with fabulous architecture at its heart, and is very much an ‘up and coming’ area with independent shops, restaurants, and several art galleries opening up in the town – gaining a reputation as a town with vibrant growing arts scene.

a quirky Grade II listed building with 16 individually designed bedrooms

The Lawrence Hotel is a quirky Grade II listed building with 16 individually designed bedrooms — one of which features a stylish ‘floating bathroom’ — along with function spaces and a cocktail area, with plans in the pipeline for a rooftop terrace for guests to admire the skyline across this small historic town towards the magnificent Pendle Hill. The story behind the Lawrence Hotel is as interesting as some of Lancashire's heritage as it all happened by chance. Michael, 41, says: "It started with a journey through Lancashire on the way to Pendle hill, we drove through the Ribble Valley and discovered Padiham and in it we found this beautiful Grade II listed building which was to become The Lawrence Hotel. Everything looked very familiar to me as we drove through Padiham, especially the climb up the hill in the centre. It was then I remembered I came here regularly with my dad as a child when he used to be a lorry driver and one of his regular delivery places was the former Baxi factory." And the rest is history, as they say. Michael is passionate about creating a unique experience at The Lawrence and he’s worked hard to create an individual style for each room, but it’s the extra touches that he’s made that make the place special. Leaving sweet treats for visitors and offering an in-house therapist who provides relaxation treatments in guests’ rooms helps to make a stay at The Lawrence Hotel unique.

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at The Lawrence The Lawrence Hotel is a wonderful setting for a wedding, birthday, christening or even just a get together with private dining options from six to 60 people, you can even design your menu with your budget and guests in mind. It’s a lovely setting for business meetings too in a relaxed less formal environment. With 16 bedrooms spread over the main house and the old stables The Lawrence lends itself to intimate weddings where you have exclusive use of the property. 189


You’ll be in capable hands at The Lawrence with Michael’s impressive list of hospitality experience. Michael got his first taste of the hospitality industry as a teenager when studying hotel management at Blackburn College and went on to work for the likes of the Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel in Preston and the Le Meridien Victoria and Albert Hotel in Manchester. In 2014, Michael moved to New York which gave him the opportunity to stay at ‘some of the most amazing hotels in the world’ which eventually inspired him to open his own. Michael says: "When I was 14 I thought hotels were the most magical places — and my travels and hospitality experience have created a strong personal connection with the hotel I have opened. The hotel name not only pays homage to a number of Lancashire links, but also my father, who passed away 10 years ago – who was called Lawrence. We asked Michael what he thinks attracts so many visitors to this corner of Lancashire. Michael replied: “I believe Pendle Hill, one of the best known jewels in Lancashire’s crown is a key part of boosting tourism in the area – did you know it is only 166 feet short of being a mountain? We did and we agree it’s a stunning backdrop for Burnley and Padiham. Adding "There is as much history and heritage in Lancashire as there is in a place like the Lake District but we just need to market it more and give it showcase to bring more visitors in, and the Burnley Magazine is a great way to help promote the area.

...we drove through the Ribble Valley and discovered Padiham and in it we found this beautiful Grade II listed building... "The people of Lancashire should be very proud of what they have. On the doorstep of our hotel in Padiham is the historic Gawthorpe Hall, steeped in history and a fabulous place to visit. The history and stories connected to Padiham alone are fascinating, this is what tourists love." Michael tells us he couldn’t have done it without his ‘amazing’ family and his team of staff for helping to keep him afloat, including James, the 20-year-old handyman and housekeeper, Lisa. With plans to expand the building, 2018 looks set to be a big year for the Lawrence Hotel. Come and pay them a visit and see what this corner of Lancashire has to offer.

The Lawrence 26-28 Church Street, Padiham Lancashire, BB12 8HG (T) 07921 684 742 191

NEW WAGGONERS INN It’s easy to know where to begin with the New Waggoners, they serve breakfast from 8.30am every day. Boasting one of the finest breakfast menus in the area, coupled with the fantastic view we ask is there a better place to start your day? Moving on through the day an extensive menu of home cooked food is available all day seven days a week, incorporating many of your favourites and a range of specials to intrigue and pleasure your palate. New Waggoners, situated on the top of Manchester road leaving Burnley towards Rawtenstall, is a country pub steeped in history and its current renaissance makes it a credit to the area. Acquired by Pam & Chris Medley, owners of the Calf’s Head in Worston, late 2011. Since then this outstanding local restaurant has gone from strength to strength. In September 2015 they opened a very spacious extension maximising the views of the beautiful surrounding countryside and for the finer days a delightful patio area for the al fresco dining experience. Manager Patrick, and his team, strive to ensure that each trip to the New Waggoners is an enjoyable one. With features

such as an extensive range of English wines, a selection of craft beers, full malt whisky shelf, local cask ales and a gin list featuring “Batch” Gin from Burnley! This makes every visit to the New Waggoners interesting as there is always something new to try. The New Waggoners has probably the best Gluten free menu in the North West, if not beyond. It shows this is a place that people with special dietary requirements are passionately catered for and can eat with confidence. Reservations are accepted but not essential so if you are in the area just drop in whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a snack. Home cooked food always served with a smile makes this restaurant above the rest, not just because of its location.


The New Waggoners Inn - Manchester Road - Burnley BB11 5NS 01282 421705







Available Friday & Saturday Evenings From 8.30pm



Book yours now!

Have you seen us? If you’re in the area you couldn’t fail to miss Pendle Hill, one of Lancashire’s most iconic landmarks. But it’s not the only amazing thing to see or do in Pendle. You could cycle one of our many awesomely good cycling and walking routes. Spot the witches on our fiendishly good Sculpture Trail or uncover their history on the Pendle Witches Trail. Relax at our glorious spa. Take in sumptuous meals with acclaimed chefs. Join in the fun at our award-winning family farm attraction. Enjoy big brands to boutiques, with a range of shops to suit. Experience award-winning events all year round, including the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, and the UK’s biggest free walking festival. You’ll never be bored here in Pendle, Burnley’s picturesque neighbour, there’s always something going on outdoors or in!

For a copy of the Pendle Visitor Guide please email us at or call 01282 661963. (please quote Burnley Guide)


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Quality Home from Home 4 Star Self Catering Accommodation for Friends and Family Set in the beautiful rural area of Briercliffe, these old farm buildings at Herd House Farm have been converted into three 4 star luxury self catering holiday cottages with superb views over the surrounding countryside. The spacious accommodation units include two, three and four bedroomed properties, each with kitchen/dining room and cosy lounge with a log burning stove in 2 of the units.

Briercliffe, Burnley, BB10 3QZ | 01282 436091 | 07885 571 220 | 194

Rosehill House hotel enjoys an enviable reputation for its welcoming atmosphere and friendly team. The ideal place to relax and to be looked after. Our aim is that your stay be as pleasurable as possible.

DUGDALES RESTAURANT Open daily from 12-2pm, 6.30-9.00pm

TRADITIONAL SUNDAY LUNCHES served from 12-2.30pm 3 courses from £15.95

Bar snacks and private dinning also available everyday.

Rosehill house features 31 individually designed boutique bedrooms from £55 per night.

Facilities to cater from 15-120 people for weddings, anniversary’s and christenings or private use.

Rosehill Avenue, Burnley BB11 2PW | 01282 453931 |

FALL IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL FIREPLACE Burnley - Our flagship store with over 400 displays! 215 - 233 Accrington Road, Burnley, BB11 5ES | 01282 832550


153 Oldham Road, Royton, Oldham, OL2 6BG | 0161 785 0333


115 Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 3AS | 01204 496593


247 London Road, Stockport, SK7 4PL | 0161 484 2047

* Oldham Branch closed Wednesday, late night opening until 8pm at our Burnley Store. Full list of opening times can be found at

Burnley magazine 18  

Welcome to the 2018 issue of the Burnley Magazine, with a mix of news, features, event listings and exclusive interviews. You’ll find feat...

Burnley magazine 18  

Welcome to the 2018 issue of the Burnley Magazine, with a mix of news, features, event listings and exclusive interviews. You’ll find feat...