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t’s a pleasure to bring you the 2019 edition of the Burnley Magazine. I’ve been working on the magazine for 5 years now and it always amazes me just how much there is to see and do in the town. It’s wonderful to work with the talented people who make Burnley a special place and to tell their stories within these pages. For this edition I have been privileged to work with local clubs, writers, artists, crafters, entrepreneurs, the college and the university, and a few wacky chaps who just love everything retro. A great cross section of the local community, who are delivering a range of classes and services, representing the diverse lifestyle offer we have here in #BrilliantBurnley. As well as the wonderful people we have in Burnley we also have some amazing places and award-winning visitor atractions. Come and see the historic stately homes of Towneley Hall and Gawthorpe Hall, stunning countryside and award winning visitor centres like Shores Hey Farm to superb sailing opportunities, state of the art driving ranges, mini golf and the global award winning Woodland Spa at Crow Wood. Made up of 80% rural space, Burnley’s surrounding countryside boasts some of the most stunning vistas in Lancashire, so when you visit Burnley you’re never too far from the beautiful green Pennine Hills. But there’s more to Burnley than just the lovely countryside, there’s a great shopping and night-time offer too, with the wonderful Burnley Mechanics Theatre offering a diverse calendar of shows throughout the year as well as a range of restaurants serving delicious food, including the Michelin Star Restaurant, The White Swan. The area provides a wonderful selection of accommodation to suit all tastes, including the truly unique Hurstwood Hall Guest House, a Grade II listed hall steeped in local history with wonderful warm hosts. Burnley is also home to The Lawrence Hotel in Padiham - a beautifully designed boutique hotel with luxurious rooms and delicious food, the Rosehill House Hotel a splendid Victorian house with individually designed rooms just outside the town centre, the dog friendly Holiday Inn Express just off Junction 9 of the M65, and for 2019 the opening of a fabulous new hotel and wedding venue in the Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort set to attract hundreds of new visitors to the town. Whatever your visit to Burnley entails, you can’t visit without taking in the jewel of the crown – Towneley Hall. Set in 445 acres of beautiful parkland, this historic hall provides all the ingredients for a fun, educational and adventurous day out. The magazine aims to feature something of interest to all age groups and passions. If you have a passion for food, then the new town centre eateries feature will certainly wet your appetite for new places to eat. Recently named the friendliest place in the UK you can be assured of a friendly Burnley welcome.


CONTRIBUTORS Cover Image BMW i8 courtesy of Lloyd BMW of Colne Scarves by Burnley designer Timeya of Transform Crafts Male outfit courtesy of River Island Photographed on the Hurstwood Reservoir Forest Trail Burnley Magazine would like to extend a huge thank you to the models Pailin and Josh, to Kaye and Tameya of Transform Crafts, to United Utilities, to Mark and David at Hurstwood Hall and the make-up students from Nelson & Colne College.

Joanne Etherington Editor If you have a local lifestyle story you think would be of interest to our readers contact

Photography Lead Magazine Photographer – Andy Ford, Eight Imaging

Acknowledgements Towneley Hall & Staff River Island Transform Crafts Burnley College University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Cliviger & Worsthorne WI Viva PR Flex Media Crow Wood Leisure Coldwell Activity Centre Lloyd BMW of Colne Carnivoro Hurstwood Hall Burnley Writers’ Circle

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News Burnley Named Top Commuter Hotspot Burnley Writer Pens Episode For Dr Who New Hi-Tech Hub Opens In Burnley Michelin Star For Local Restaurant

Events, Local Clubs and Attractions What’s On Padiham on Parade Shores Hey Farm - Award Winning Attraction Gawthorpe Hall - Downton Of The North Cliviger & Worthorne WI More Than Jam And Jerusalem 30 High Flyers - Burnley Air Training Corps 34 Air Unlimited Bounces Into Burnley 14 18 22 26 28


Arts & Culture 38 Kintsugi & WabiSabi 40 Could You Be The Next J K Rowling? 46 The Arts In Burnley


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Fashion & Crafts Frills & Thrills First Stop Towneley Hall Next Stop Hurstwood Hall Let’s Get Crafty!

Study in Burnley 80 We Chat With UCLan Medical & Business Students 88 Burnley College Recipe For Success 97 99 84 110

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Living, Food & Lifestyle The Empire State Of Mind A Taste Of Brazil One Sixty Cafe Bella’s Bakery

Health, Wellness & Sport 119 Your Yoga 125 Anyone For Cricket? 132 Vintage & Retro Mates Are Growing YouTube Sensations  Setting the Scene 136 Scenery Worth Bending Over Backwards For!  140 Shades Of Burnley From Dawn Til Dusk Book your Stay 145 New £12m Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort 150 Coldwell Activity Centre  158 The Lawrence Hotel  5

BURNLEY NAMED TOP COMMUTER HOTSPOT A recent Affordability Index by Zoopla has positioned Burnley as the top commuter town for the city of Manchester. The report compared travel times, mortgage costs and rail ticket fares, and Burnley came top for affordability and lifestyle offer. The Head of Economy & Growth at Burnley Council said: “I’m delighted the report has named Burnley as the top commuter town for Manchester. It reinforces what we have been promoting for quite some time. “Burnley has undergone a huge transformation in recent years, new businesses are moving in, new quality homes are being built and we opened the new direct rail link to Manchester in 2015, making it a great commuter option. “Since the new direct rail line opened from Burnley to Manchester, Burnley has become an attractive Manchester commuter belt proposition – from countryside to city in just 45 minutes. With detached houses on the rural outskirts starting from £250,000, grand Victorian houses

close to the town centre, new build canalside apartments and several new executive home developments, Burnley is definitely an up and coming commuter town. “Our surrounding countryside is one of Burnley’s true assets, boasting some of the most stunning views in Lancashire, playing host to an array of outdoor activities. With over 80% of Burnley designated as rural you are never too far from the heart of the Pennine hills yet just a short commute into the city of Manchester, providing a great lifestyle balance. Chair of Burnley Bondholders, and MD of globally renowned Burnley based digital business,

AMS Neve, Mark Crabtree, OBE said: “For singletons or families looking for a quality home and lifestyle Burnley has a lot to offer. “Don’t just take our word for it, Burnley has been acknowledged with several awards and accolades over the past few years, the most notable of which include being named the Most Enterprising Place in the UK; named as one of the UK’s Top Tech Towns; placed 2nd in the UK for digital growth; named friendliest place in the UK in 2016; and with the expansion of the University of Central Lancashire in Burnley we are also becoming a leading university town, and now a top commuter town!”

Burnley restaurant wins big at first ever English Asian Food Awards A Burnley eaterie has been named ‘Cantonese Restaurant of the Year’ at the inaugural English Asian Food Awards. The Beijing Cantonese Restaurant, in Clowbridge, was presented with the award at a glamorous ceremony held at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester. The awards ceremony exists to recognise and reward Asian restaurants, takeaways and other food establishments across England 6

for working hard to service the Asian food industry. They celebrate the achievements of businesses and individuals who connect communities through food and culture and commemorated the difference they make to the hospitality industry and England’s economy. The event was organised by the UK’s leading ethnic consulting and promotions organisation Oceanic Consulting and CEO Irfan Younis said: “We would like to congratulate all of

the winners and finalists from the first ever English Asian Food Awards 2018. “The evening was a great success, particularly given the fact that this was the first award of its kind in England. “We are keen to carry the momentum on to future awards ceremonies celebrating Asian food in England, and to keep rewarding those who help this industry grow and shake markets year on year.”

Burnley writer pens episode for legendary BBC1 show Doctor Who A Burnley-born screenwriter has helped bring Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who to life after penning an episode of the hit BBC 1 show. Joy Wilkinson, a Burnley Youth Theatre patron, wrote the “Witch Finders” which aired in the 11th series wowing BBC audiences; the first of the legendary sci-fi show to feature a female doctor. Joy is no stranger to the BBC after previously being selected for the BBC Writers’ Academy. This led to her writing scripts for several BBC shows including Casualty, Doctors, and Land Girls before helming her own series, the critically-acclaimed BBC1 five-parter The Adventures of Nick Nickleby. Her writing career began when she wrote her first play aged 14 with fellow Burnley Youth Theatre member Vicki Grimshaw. The piece won the Lancashire Young Writers’ Festival and set Joy on her path to becoming a professional writer. She actually started at Burnley Youth Theatre when she was 12 years old after

previously attending BASICS drama group at Burnley Mechanics, leading to her involvement in the Youth Theatre’s production of The Hobbit. During her time there she took part in several productions, including the lead role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and was part of the Thinking England ensemble that won the Lloyds Bank Theatre Challenge; performed on the Olivier Stage at the National Theatre. One of the things that Joy loved most about Burnley Youth Theatre was the range of work that the theatre allowed to young people to explore, from Shakespeare and medieval mystery plays to musicals, devised work and edgy European political dramas. “Nothing was deemed out of bounds or too ambitious. With something happening every week, it was a fantastic place to fuel young, hungry imaginations.” Like many young people who are part of Burnley Youth Theatre currently, Joy

felt like she “practically lived there in her teen years” saying it was “a great creative outlet and a community I could belong to”. Since leaving Burnley Youth Theatre at the age of 18, Joy has remained heavily involved in the organisation, attending the opening of the Moira Preston Building and acting as a patron and most recently as an honorary benefactor, supporting new work and the current ‘Raise the Roof’ fundraising campaign. Along with her episode of Doctor Who, Joy also has a new play out entitled The Sweet Science of Bruising which opened at Southwark Playhouse in London at the beginning of last October and has won many five-star reviews. “I’m really excited about my play and the new series of Doctor Who. It’s taken a while to get to this point, but I’ve learned a lot along the way and am grateful for the brilliant start I got a BYT.”


Lancashire Tourism Awards Lancashire’s shining stars were announced at a glittering celebration of Lancashire’s £4.25 billion visitor economy at the Lancashire Tourism Awards. More than 400 people descended on new Preston venue, Imperial Banqueting, to find out the winners of 22 categories at the prestigious annual event, supported by headline sponsor University of Central Lancashire. Burnley was delighted to have two proud winners on the night including the Lawrence Hotel, Padiham for the New Business Award; and Batch Brew based in Burnley took home the Taste Lancashire Producer Award.



LANCASHIRE’S PRESTIGIOUS NEW HI-TECH HUB OPENS FOR DIGITAL BUSINESSES Following a remarkable transformation over the past nine months, Lancashire‘s newest and most prestigious digital hub and co-working space The Landmark in Burnley is now open for business as the first phase is completed. The iconic former Burnley Grammar School building which has been skilfully crafted into its brand new identity as The Landmark, is now poised to attract new and existing tech talent to the town. Global digital giants including Google, Facebook are poised to hold seminars there whilst final negotiations are being held between The Landmark and Barclay’s in a bid to establish a Digital Eagles Lab on site. The Landmark welcomes anyone interested to see what lies behind the stunning Gothic architecture, including the co-working space, the amazing event space, fittingly known as the Assembly Hall which features jaw-dropping lighting rig and take a peek inside the rest of the building, to see and hear about the significance of The Landmark to Lancashire and Burnley’s digital future prosperity. There really was no other person better suited to transforming this atmospheric building into a hi- tech hub for Burnley’s digital sector, than Mark Crabtree OBE. Mark is well known locally and globally, as the MD of AMS Neve who dominate the world in producing digital sound recording consoles and equipment for film, television and the music business. He knows a thing or two about the digital world, not to mention having once been a start-up business, tinkering around with electronic gadgets in the bedroom of his childhood home in Burnley. The building exudes atmosphere and character. There is something distinctly spell-binding about the place, hence the allusion to a sprinkling of Hogwarts alchemy that locals keep talking about. Mark, who you may already know is an Oscar and Emmy winner, is clearly delighted at the results of months of hard work, not to mention huge personal financial investment. “I would have loved to have had a space


like this to come and work in when I first started out, especially with other like-minded people. Nobody wants to be laden with long leases on office space or huge rents when you first start out. You don’t always know if your ideas are going to work. You also need

started up his own digital business OneDesign, designing and building websites for an array of clients. Mark is one of the first co-workers to become a Landmark member and loves the flexibility and excepted facilities at The Landmark.

access to support and advice, a place to share ideas and chat things through over a coffee. It was the magic of the Bondholders at work again that started all this. Dave Walker of +24Marketing said he wanted a place where likeminded businesses could be together. Things blossomed from there to a fullscale Digital Tech hub, and as a former Burnley Grammar School student, I felt an affinity, fell in love with the place really and bought it.” The first digital entrepreneurs are now moving into the impressive co working space. People like 30 year old Mark O’Neill who two years ago

“This is an amazing place. When I need to I can simply turn up with my laptop and start work in the collaborative space within minutes. I will be able to meet other tech business people and not be stuck in an expensive office on my own. It works so well as will be meeting up with other digital businesses and will be able to share our knowledge and contacts.” We are lucky to have such a brilliant facility right on my doorstep. I know that by being at The Landmark, it will help my business to move forward”

It’s A Dogs Life

at The Holiday Inn Express Burnley Dogs large and small, are in for a surprise treat when they and their owners visit Burnley’s award-winning Holiday Inn Express hotel. “Prepare to be pampered, pooches” is the message from the dog loving hotel team who are in line for a major tourism award as Lancashire’s best dog friendly hotel. Even the fussiest of four legged “guests” is sure to find something to bark about when their owners check into the Holiday Inn Express. Tails are already wagging as news of the hotel’s unique doggy welcome pack spreads amongst the canine community. The hotel, which was shortlisted in the Lancashire Tourism Awards, lays on a mouthwatering array of mutt munchies including “Pooch Pawseco” for girlie dogs and “Bottom Sniffer” doggy beer for the boys. Guests can even ask for a slice of terrier toast and eggs bonio to satisfy the every whim of their hungry hounds. Dog-loving Guest Services Manager Katie Peel is the hotel’s official dog welcomer and hands out doggy gift packs on arrival, containing dog treats, drinks,

pooh bags and a guide to a host of local dog friendly walks. Each doggy guest will find a super comfy dog bed in the hotel bedroom and as the hotel is a designated dog friendly venue, owners are able to bring their dogs into the public areas of the hotel. This forward thinking approach to welcoming guests and their pets, is part of a unique initiative by Starboard Hotels, owner of the Holiday Inn, who’s portfolio includes 20 hotels across the UK under various world leading brands including the Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Best Western and Ibis brands. All of Starboard’s hotels are taking a lead from the Holiday Inn Express and becoming dog friendly, responding to the demands of the modern traveller. Starboard also has properties in the Lake District and Teignmouth, the Windermere Manor and The Cliffden with special facilities for guide dog owners. Working with the guide dog owners to improve facilities and accessibility at all of Starboard’s hotels has helped enhance the guest

experience for the dog friendly guest and all hotel guests in general. Holiday Inn Express general manager Steve Walmsley explains: “We welcome dozens of dogs and their owners into the hotel. We know how well looked after these dogs are and thought it would be a good idea to create a special doggy offering for our canine friends. It’s taken quite a lot of thinking up and we enlisted our own dogs as taste testers.” The hotel is also working with the Dogs Trust to raise funds for this national charity by asking local people and business owners to drop off their used, branded ink cartridges for recycling in a special yellow recycling box in the hotel reception. One dog owning guest commented: “Our dogs love coming to the Holiday Inn, we are all made to feel so welcome. The dogs are given their own bowls, beds and snacks. All carefully thought through. It is quite exceptional service and the dogs even get their own welcome letter from the manager.”


Burnley plans decade of economic growth An exciting new local plan for Burnley will bring new jobs, new homes, and retail opportunities, instigating ten years of economic growth. The plans build on the town’s recent successes which include its ranking as one of Britain’s best areas for job growth and innovation in the tech sector. Allocation of new employment sites, including the 32 acre Burnley Bridge South, provide the potential to create a further 4,400 new jobs. This will be bolstered by the allocation of new housing sites for 3,880 new high quality homes and support for growth in the retail and leisure sector within the town centre. Burnley is transforming its housing offer and with the new direct rail link to Manchester, is becoming a serious commuter belt option. Burnley is 80 per cent rural, but just 45 minutes from Manchester and provides an affordable, quality lifestyle offer. With new businesses moving in, new development land allocated, which is set to create hundreds of new jobs, the new housing development sites in attractive rural locations are a strong investment opportunity for quality

housing developers. With the growth of the University of Central Lancashire campus in Burnley with student numbers forecast to rise from 400 to 4,000 by 2025 there’s also a growing student accommodation market for developers to take advantage of. Burnley Bridge South, part of Eshton’s Burnley Bridge Employment Gateway situated at Junction 9 M65, has been allocated as proposed employment land and is set to bring 1,300 new jobs to the town. James Chapman, managing director of Eshton, said: “To date, the three-phase Burnley Bridge development off the M65 carriageway has brought more than £50m in investment to the town and the surrounding area. “The new Burnley Bridge South scheme will provide a similar mix of warehousing and industrial accommodation to the existing site. It forms part of our vision to expand the town’s business park presence and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investing in Burnley. “Our strategy of continued growth is on track and we’re confident that the next 12 months will bring further significant milestones.’’

Painter of the northern scene on display at Towneley Hall An exhibition of work by a local artist who portrayed the day-to-day lives of the people he observed whilst working amongst them as a textile designer is open from March to June 2019 at Towneley Hall art gallery and museum, Burnley. Every Picture Tells a Story is a celebration of the work of Lloyd George Higgins (1912-1980) by his family and an invitation to the public to see if they can identify with some of his characters and enjoy his sense of humour. The exhibition will run from 9th March to 2nd June and will include quotes from archive material written by the artist which explain his reasons for choosing the subjects he painted. A total of 21 original watercolour paintings and four fine art prints, including Bee Hole End Turf Moor & Matchday at Turf Moor, will be on display, together with archive material such as the artist’s sketchbooks, 10

examples of early textile designs, and exhibition brochures. A number of family activities will be available, including recreating Higgins’ abstract painting Cathedrals from large puzzle blocks provided. Younger visitors will be invited to write stories about the characters they see in the paintings. Higgins was born into a small cotton-working community in Mossley,

on the outskirts of Manchester. As a teenager he won a scholarship to Salford Royal College of Art where he gained Distinction in both Fine Arts and Textile Design. He lived with his family in Todmorden for more than 20 years and retired to live in Worsthorne. Towneley Hall manager Ken Darwen said: “Working in an era of a rapidly-changing industrial scene, Higgins captured the pattern of life of Pennine people in the landscape which they carved from their surroundings. His work has been exhibited in major art galleries across the north as well as London and Paris.” Admission to Towneley Hall is £5 for a 12-month pass. Opening times are Saturday-Thursday noon to 5pm (closed Friday).

MICHELIN STAR FOR THE WHITE SWAN Fence village pub The White Swan has been awarded one of the industry’s highest honours – a Michelin star. Dubbed the Oscars of the food world, The White Swan was presented with the prestigious culinary accolade during a glittering ceremony in London in October. Co-owner Laura Ostick said they were still in shock and could not believe that their dreams had come true. “We’re only a little pub in Fence. We are completely over the moon about it. “We got an email inviting us to

the ceremony. We thought it was spam, so I contacted them to ask and they said, ‘No, we want you to come down’. “We still didn’t think we would be getting anything. “We know we’ve been on their radar for a while and we knew the inspectors had been in earlier in the year but it was still a huge surprise to get the star. We were just honoured to have been invited to the event.” Laura and her husband, Gareth, took over the White Swan five years ago with chef Tom Parker joining six months later.

Major park relaunched after

£1.2million restoration Thompson Park has been re-launched following nine months of restoration work funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Burnley Council. Both the park’s boathouse and pavilion have been restored to a high standard while retaining their original 1930s’ architectural features. The boathouse is now operating as a café and for the first time families can enjoy refreshments in a bright and relaxing room while taking in stunning views of the boating lake. The pavilion which enjoys an elevated position with views of the new rose garden and boating lake is now available for events such as school visits, fundraising events, meetings and wedding receptions. This building is heated by a stateof-the-art biomass boiler which is sustainably fueled with wood from the council’s tree management process. Visitors can see how much the park has been improved and modernised, while still retaining its traditional charm and features. The stunning Italian garden and rose garden are a treat for the senses and the carefully selected plants are already attracting more butterflies and bees. Sean Kerr, the council’s parks development officer, said: “The

feedback has been fantastic and I’m delighted to see so many new visitors and regulars. Work started on refurbishing the park in December 2017 and the project was largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund following a successful application by Burnley Council. Local contractor Rosslee Construction was employed to restore the pavilion and convert the former boathouse into a café, which will be run by Burnley Leisure. The Italian gardens and park bridges have been restored by Groundwork Direct and the original railings and gates on Ormerod Road have been restored by local firm Remec Engineering. The council’s greenspaces team constructed an exciting new play area, restored the Italian gardens and replanted the rose garden, all supported by a willing and hardworking band of volunteers, including Steve Pycroft who single-handedly restored every one of the 70 benches in the park. The council is immensely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the £960,000 of funding it has provided to restore and preserve the heritage of the park, which will ensure that it will be enjoyed by future generations to come.

It has kept its 1930s character but its main features have all been refurbished and given a new life. I’d encourage people to come along and see what’s been going on; it’s a lovely park and we are very lucky to have it on our doorsteps.


It’s official - Best Italian Café in Britain Bellissimo Café in Burnley Town Centre is delighted to have won the prestigious Award for Best Italian Café in Britain for the third year running at the English Italian Awards. Manager and owner of Bellissimo, Lynn Scibetta said: “I’m over the moon with the award. We had to go through quite a tough judging process and were up against many quality Italian cafes from across England.” “The judges love our unique café and tell us to keep on doing what we are doing making our delicious pizzas and our special Italian desserts. The judges said they travelled the length and breadth of England but couldn’t find another café that was as unique as ours. “My husband Giovanni, originates from Sicily, where he worked learning the art of Italian cooking in hotels and restaurants, he then spent some time working in France learning the art of French cuisine, and then moved to the

UK with his family where he gained a Master Bakers Degree and a Teachers Degree in Catering – and this varied background enables us to offer a unique home-made menu of delicious pizzas

and pasta and our wonderful desserts.” Adding: “We’ve been running our café for 10 years and we’ve been together for 41 years. I’m from Nelson originally and met Giovanni in Nelson’s Column which used to be a popular nightclub in Nelson, and the rest is history really – we make a great team and love running our café.” “I’d like to thank all our valued customers too for making this possible – we love bringing a little bit of Italy to this lovely Lancashire town.” Burnley’s Town Centre Manager, said: “I’m so pleased for Bellissimo, it is well deserved, recognising their lovely food and service, and it’s great for the town centre too. “Burnley Town Centre has some lovely cafes, restaurants and bars, and awards such as this recognise the quality of the offer and really help to promote Burnley’s vibrant and varied town centre.”

Work underway on modern canalside student accommodation Plans to create student accommodation in Burnley were given the green light in 2018. The student accommodation is an important milestone in the drive to transform Burnley into a “university town”. Work has started on constructing a 136 bed mixed use building with car parking to provide high-quality student accommodation and retail space on council-owned land next to Sandygate Square in the historic Weavers’ Triangle area of the town. It is part of the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) plans to expand student numbers in Burnley from 400 to 4,000 by 2025. Kate Ingram, Burnley Council’s Strategic Head of Economy and 12

Growth said: “This is another important step forward in ambitious plans to transform Burnley into a university town with a thriving student population. “You only have to look at other towns and cities that have university campuses to see what a positive impact that has to the local economy. We want to maximise the economic benefits that students will bring, so the council has a role to play in making the town attractive to students. Good quality accommodation is crucial.” Chair of the UCLan Board David Taylor said the development would play a vital role in encouraging students to study with UCLan. “Our aim is to provide students with a guarantee of value for money

accommodation,” he said. “Our partnership with Burnley Council will provide a safe, comfortable living environment and a vibrant, inclusive halls community.” The £9million 136-bed student accommodation will be developed in a partnership between the council, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Barnfield Investment Properties. The purpose-built student accommodation, which will also include common rooms, laundry room, and a study/resources room and car parking as well as three retail/café units, is part of wider ambitious plans to turn Burnley into a university town.


New food hub at Burnley Market Hall is tasty treat A new “food hub” The Market Kitchen has opened in Burnley Market Hall as part of wider work to develop the market. Visitors can now enjoy a tasty selection of foods from around the world and sit in a modern new food court with their families and friends. The Market Kitchen has created a unique dining experience in Burnley with hot food based around the new food court to brand new units. Burnley Market is continuing to expand its food offer, giving visitors the opportunity to try a wide variety of food from various parts of the world. It’s about offering people a variety of tastes they might not normally be able to experience elsewhere. A massive amount of the work has been done by market staff in clearing, preparing and creating both the new seating area and the new food units.

Susan Scurlock, CEO and founder of Primary Engineer and its wider programmes was awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List for services to education and engineering across the UK. The honour is a fitting recognition for Susan’s work that is helping to reshape how young people are introduced to the skills needed for a career in engineering. Commenting on the announcement, Susan said: “I’m absolutely thrilled! We’ve been on an incredible journey to this point and in the past year alone we have directly engaged nearly 60,000 children and more than 2,000 teachers. Despite our rapid progress, we feel that we are very much at the start of what we can achieve, and our new Institution of Primary Engineers and Institution of Secondary Engineers have the potential to become game changers. To be awarded an MBE is a fabulous personal honour and I’d like to thank the hard work and talents of my team and so many professional associates who share my belief in the benefits of engineering skills for children and the future workforce.” Primary Engineer connects schools, universities and engineering organisations to showcase that children have the creativity and inventiveness to carve out a career in engineering.

Sweet taste of success for Burnley’s Shimla Spice The sweet taste of success has arrived again at a Burnley restaurant which has scooped two top national awards. Shimla Spice in Church Street can now boast England’s top team and chef after claiming the accolades at the latest English Curry Awards, held in Birmingham. The prestigious awards, which pits regional winners from the Asian restaurant scene with competitors from across the country, is held every year. And family business Shimla Spice has collected two of the best with head chef Nazakat Ali (37) picking up the individual award. Group manager Faisal Hussain said: “Our head chef, Nazakat, is thrilled at being named ‘Best Chef’. He has been with us, first at our Keighley and Shipley restaurants, for more than 20 years. “The judging not only takes into account the quality of food, but also the background of the chef and what else he brings to the table so to speak. “For instance, it looks at the development of a menu and how he trains younger chefs.” Educating the youth has been important for Shimla Spice in recent years, with the restaurant’s teams working with local schools, demonstrating how to cook Indian food.

Burnley Leisure shortlisted for National Fitness Awards Burnley Leisure reached the finalist stage in the UK’s biggest and most prestigious national fitness awards, beating off strong competition to make the finals. The St Peter’s Leisure Centre was shortlisted in Regional Gym of the Year category at the National Fitness Awards, an annual event which recognises excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the country, with Burnley Leisure showcasing the great work going on in St Peter’s Leisure Centre. National Fitness Awards’ event director Judith Halkerston said “All our shortlisted facilities should be really proud of their achievements in being chosen as a finalist as the calibre of entries has been amazing.” Burnley Leisure’s Area Manager said “We were immensely proud to be shortlisted for the National Fitness Awards and demonstrates recognition for the hard work and dedication that all the team at Burnley Leisure complete”. Burnley Leisure offer a wide range of competitive membership packages. For more information on tailoring a package to suit your needs please visit or call 01282 664444. 13

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5K Park Run Towneley Park 4th March to 2nd June

Exhibition - Lloyd George Higgins 1912-1980 Towneley Hall Working in an era of rapidly changing Industrial scene, Lloyd George Higgins captured the pattern of the Pennine People in the landscape they had carved for themselves from their surroundings.

11th May

18th May

Painting Padiham

Festival in the Park

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

Queens Park

13th May

Paul Merton Burnley Mechanics Comedy Visit for their full calendar of shows

6th May

May Day Festival Towneley Park 10th – 11th May

Gin Festival Burnley Mechanics

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National Bee Day Ightenhill Park Don’t forget to explore the bee trail along the Padiham Greenway when you’re heading to the park to expand your knowledge base.


16th June

Brass in The Park & Scott Park Family Fun Day Scott Park 23rd June

Brass in The Park Padiham Memorial Park

Sunday 30th June 2-4pm

Besses o’th’Barn Band Memorial Park, Padiham 29th & 30th June

Padiham On Parade 1940’s Weekend Various venues in Padiham including Memorial Park. See full programme of events

8th June – 13th Sept

9th June

Exhibition - Becca Who

Brass in The Park

Towneley Hall Exquisite hand drawn textile designs. Emerging Burnley textile designer creates sumptuous clothing and accessories. Her pieces are inspired by nature, landscapes, history and Mystical folklore.

Towneley Park

2nd June (11am)

Rounders England National Festival Prairie Sports Village

15th June

Todmorden Agricultural Show at the Cliviger Showfield Show tent, event ring, craft marquee, fairground rides, animals and competitions. Lots of fun in a stunning countryside setting. Book advance tickets @

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Paddling pool

Play area Boat house

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Minature railway


Boating lake

Moth morning 10–11.00

River Ribble Trust


Italian garden

Colne Road

Rose garden

Mini beast catching area

Tree Walk 11–12.00

Wild flowers walk 13–14.00

Looking at nature 14–15.00 River walk 15–16.30

Hoverflies & Bees

Beech garden

All guided walks start and finish from the Hub

THEMED GUIDED WALK AND TALKS Become an amateur David Attenborough for the day! Rummage in the undergrowth to see what wildlife is lurking! Looking at last nights catch

Guided walk around the park

Looking at wildflowers and wildflower meadows.

A general nature walk around the park

A walk up the river Brun with the River Ribble trust


Ranger centre


Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Moths of Burnley 10–15.00

An opportunity to see some of the moths found in Burnley and learn more about their fascinating lives


29th June

The Ballroom Boys Burnley Mechanics Strictly Come Dancing stars Ian Waite and Vincent Simone. Visit for their full calendar of shows

19th, 20th & 21st July

27th July


Madness Tribute

A packed weekend programme of opportunities for the public to see art in Burnley and Padiham town centres and to take part in arts and craft workshops. A great opportunity to experience the arts in Burnley.

Scott Park

21st July

Burnley 10K 30th June

Classic Car Show

Start and finish in Towneley Park

Towneley Park 21st July

Immersion Theatre: Alice in Wonderland Towneley Park Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy turvy adventure – Meet a host of characters. Bring your own picnic, rugs or low back seating. To book visit burnleymechanics.

4th August

Ightenhill Festival & Bands in the park Ightenhill Park 5th to 9th August

Summer Activity Week (7 to 11 yrs) Burnley Mechanics Based at Burnley Mechanics with a full day excursion to Thompson Park. £70.00 per child, includes and refreshments. Call 01282 664400 to book

26th & 27th July

30th June

Brass In The Parks

Burnley’s Summer Garden Party Burnley Town Centre

7th – 16th July

Burnley Wakes Fun Fair Towneley Park 14th July

Towneley 10K Towneley Park

Bands in the Park Queens Park


An Evening with Darren Leymann Lowerhouse Cricket Club Email Tickets £20.00 including hot supper

Queens Park

20th July

22nd August

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6th, 7th and 8th September

Heritage Weekend Towneley Hall Open each day 12 to 4pm free entry to the hall with tours with costumed staff at set times throughout the afternoon. Craft stalls in the regency rooms. 20th September

Pinked Floyd Burnley Mechanics Tribute band Visit for their full calendar of shows




Green Fee

Sun 28 April


Mayoress’ Open

4BBB - Any combination pairs


Sat 18 May


Ladies Team Event

4 PLAYER TEAMS - Ladies 4 Person Team


Sun 19 May


Open 4 Man team

4 PLAYER TEAMS - Gents 4 Person Team


Fri 21 June


Seniors Open

PAIRS - Gents Senior Four Ball Betterball


Sun 7 July


Four Ball Betterball

PAIRS - Gents & Ladies Four Ball Betterball


Sun 21 July


Singles Open Shotgun Start

SINGLES - Gents Singles Stroke


Sat 27 July


Junior Open

SINGLES - Junior Open


Sun 25 Aug


Municipal Cup & Rosebowl

SINGLES - Gents Singles Stroke


Sun 13 Oct


Mixed Turkey Shoot

PAIRS - Mixed Greensomes Stroke


Sun 27 Oct


Ladies Waltz Open

3 PLAYER TEAMS - Ladies 3-Person Team


21st September to 28th February 2020

Exhbition: The Big Dig – Bluestone Archaeology Towneley Hall The finds from Hapton’s Big DigCommunity Projects – the dig was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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4th to 7th October

Burnley Literary Festival

29th November

Various venues across Burnley Town Centre

The Jack Pack Christmas Show Burnley Mechanics Visit for their full calendar of shows

Saturday 30th November

Burnley Light Night Burnley Town Centre

12th October

Sing-a-long The Greatest Showman Burnley Mechanics Visit for their full calendar of shows

Saturday 16th November

Burnley’s Christmas Party Burnley Town Centre

24th November

Christmas Craft Fair Towneley Hall 12- 4pm FREE ENTRY Over 30 stalls selling handcrafted gifts. Face painting and festive entertainment. 17



Saturday 29th June Sunday 30th June


1940’s weekend packed full of nostalgia Transport yourself back in time to this wonderful era. The atmosphere is fantastic throughout the weekend. Bunting criss crosses the streets, characters mingle in military dress, there’s a huge array of military vehicles, lots of events, live entertainment and fabulous military displays.







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Town Hall Steps


Padiham Community Choir

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Sound Check Claire Louise



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George Formby



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Besses o’th’Barn


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HYNDBURN HOOTERS available throughout the day – PADIHAM COMMUNITY CHOIR TOWN HALL – DAPPER DAN TOWN HALL throughout the day – BANDS IN THE PARK 2– 4pm

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Following receipt of the £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), matched by a further contribution of £600,000 from Burnley Council and other sources for a Padiham Townscape Heritage (TH) scheme, a lot has been happening behind the scenes towards restoring Padiham town centre’s historic character.

Historic image provided by Padiham Archive

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adiham has been recognised for having a special interest both locally and regionally from its underlying medieval footprint which a Victorian townscape grew, making the historic core of Padiham unique within the Borough. The TH investment will provide an injection of capital into the built environment to enhance and sustain this for future generations. The Padiham TH scheme focusses on a compact area of buildings which stretch along a section of Burnley Rd, predominantly in retail use referred to locally as ‘the hill’. The extent of the TH area is shown on the map. r tho Gaw


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The investment aims to restore historic buildings through sympathetic building works along with environmental improvements and wider activities to make Padiham a more vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit. Suzanne Pickering, Townscape Heritage Development Officer, Burnley Council says: “It’s great to be working with the HLF and other partners to deliver the ‘Padiham TH - Crafting the Future’ project. “Padiham has a lovely market town feel with some stunning architecture. There are some great specialist shops in Padiham and this investment will support bringing the town’s buildings and heritage back into economic use, which will not only greatly enhance the town centre, but also build on the civic pride in the area, and attract new investment. It’s a very positive step towards Padiham’s future. “Grant funding has been earmarked for up to twenty building projects within the TH boundary and property owners eligible for grant are being invited to submit applications. To date, seven Expressions of Interest forms have been received from owners’ who are currently working with the Council and a professional agent to progress schemes for their buildings.”

The TH aims to deliver comprehensive building schemes in keeping with the historic nature of the area. Works will typically include repair of roofs, chimney stacks, rainwater goods and stone, and the reinstatement of original features such as heritage windows, doors and traditional shopfronts. Property owners are being supported through this process by a professional agent (architect or chartered surveyor) who will: undertake detailed surveying of the buildings; develop plans/drawings and a schedule of works; tender the works; submit any required permissions and oversee the works while on site. Additional funding of £2million has been secured from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to support environmental improvements within the TH project area and extending to the wider town centre. The priorities of the public realm works are to improve highway and paving surfaces, de-cluttering of street furniture, introduction of traffic calming measures, and the incorporation of additional crossing points and public art. Lancashire County Council Highways are progressing the scheme in partnership with Burnley Borough Council, and the contractors, Jacobs, have been appointed to undertake the detailed design work. A public consultation on the proposed designs is to take place over the summer this year with works expect to start in spring 2020. It’s not just about physical works. Working with a number of partners, the TH programme is also delivering a series of community activities and heritage skills training. As well as supporting popular annual events, the TH aims to engage local people in local heritage in fun and creative ways, such as the recent Padiham Writes Project in which participants created a fascinating collection of short stories and poetry inspired by Padiham’s past and written by Padiham people.

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stunning architecture” Further to activities like this, the TH aims to strengthen historical links with nearby Gawthorpe Hall, home to the internationally recognised Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth textile collection through a planned programme of textile themed activities, which will start in May this year.

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SHORES HEY FARM One of Lancashire’s favourite tourist spots

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fter a fantastic 2017, the team at Shores Hey Farm, Briercliffe, continued their success by being placed as finalists in the 2018 Lancashire Tourism Awards in two categories; Small Visitor Attraction and Taste Lancashire Café/ Tearoom Award. Home to the charity, Horses and Ponies Protection Association, Shores Hey Farm boasts stunning views of the Thursden Valley, great food and a wonderful assortment of horses, ponies and sometimes donkeys 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 horses and ponies who call HAPPA their home. Recent improvements to the Farm include; a new retail area offering a selection of second hand and new equine equipment and essentials mixed with a fantastic range of animal themed gifts and toys, improvements to the conferencing suites which can host anything from Baby Showers to Training Days. Changes to The Café include a new menu which sees the addition of regular specials, focussed themed evenings, Wednesday’s 2 for £10 deal, all day breakfasts and Sunday lunches. The venue also holds the prestigious Taste Lancashire Highest Quality Assured Award. 2019 also sees the launch of an Activity Room to continue to deliver activities for children to enjoy such as birthday parties, Tommy Trotter Fan Club events, arts and crafts and much more.


Visitors to the Farm can meet the resident horses and ponies and find out more about them, including the opportunity to learn more with HAPPA’s Access all Areas events, 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 for just £48 per year which includes a welcome gift pack and invitations to private VIP Days. For children there are regular activities to learn more with Own a Pony Day, delivering a host of practical based activities focussing on the Five Welfare Needs, to ensure the next generation of equine enthusiasts know just what it takes to ‘Own a Pony’.


With a jam-packed events calendar for 2019, from foodies to families there is sure to be something for everyone! Shores Hey Farm’s biggest event for 2019 will be the annual Grand Open Day to be held on Saturday 7th September with the theme of Heroes and Villains. For directions from your location, please visit our website. | Opening times: 11am – 4pm daily Shores Hey Farm, Blackhouse Lane, off Halifax Road, Briercliffe, Burnley, BB10 3QU Telephone: 01282 455992



awthorpe Hall is a stunning structure with a rich history. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’. Although not as grand, Gawthorpe was redesigned by Sir Charles Barry (who also redesigned Highclere Castle, the filming location for ITV’s Downton Abbey). The hall is an Elizabethan gem in the heart of Pennine Lancashire, built between 1600 and 1605 Gawthorpe Hall was the family seat of the Shuttleworth family for over 300 years. Inside the house you will find period rooms on display from the 1850 remodelling by renowned architect Sir Charles Barry and Pugin as well as original plasterwork ceilings, panelling and the impressive Long Gallery. Also on display are over 200 pieces from the nationally important Gawthorpe Textile collection. The National Potrait Gallery has loaned over 20 paintings to the Hall all of which illustrate its fascinating connections and history, particulary with the English Civil War. Gawthorpe Hall is an artistic and historic treasure trove in the middle of industrial Lancashire.

THE GROUNDS Why not take a leisurely stroll around the formal gardens with views of the river, or perhaps a short ramble through the woodland to enjoy the wildlife. GAWTHORPE TEXTILE COLLECTION The Gawthorpe Textile Collection showcases the most extraordinary and intricate needlework, lace and costume amassed by Rachel Kay Shuttleworth as well as contemporary pieces from talented artists across the region. The team regularly host incredible events that support the collection. THE TEA-ROOM After a visit to the hall why not stop by the tea-room and say hello to their friendly staff. Choose from their selection of scrumptious sandwiches, cakes and scones plus hot and cold drinks. They also have a selection of secondhand books. DON’T MISS • Take a stroll through the grounds around the Hall • Marvel at the inspiring Shuttleworth textile collection • Enjoy coffee and a slice of cake in the tearoom • See the original 17th century panelling in the Drawing Room

VOLUNTEERING IN THE HOUSE Do you have a love of historic houses and some spare time? Lancashire County Council’s Museum Service are looking for more volunteers to help out at Gawthorpe Hall. For more info call 01282 771004. 26

EVENTS COMING UP AT GAWTHORPE IN 2019 Twits, Wits & Bawdy Baskets Sat 8 Jun, 18:30-21:00 Twits, Wits and Bawdy Baskets is a new comedy from Doodlebugs Productions. No one is who they seem to be in this riotous, rip-roaring, cross-dressing comedy; a hapless band of Tudor rogues decide to make money as a company of strolling players. All Writers Great and Small Thu 4 Jul, 19:00-21:00 History Wardrobe presentation. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Sat 27 Jul, 18:30-21:00 Outdoor theatre. A return to one of Shakespeare’s best and most entertaining plays, perfect for all the family to enjoy on a summer’s night.

OPENING TIMES 2019 27 Mar 2019 - 3 Nov 2019 Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 17:00* * Also open on Bank Holiday Mondays 22 April, 6 May, 27 May & 26 August. Allow at least 90mins for your visit. Last entry to the Hall 4.30pm Open Saturday 30 Nov & Sun 1 Dec for the Victorian Christmas weekend.

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley Road, Padiham, nr Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 8UA 27



he Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WI’s, playing a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice, the organisation is non-sectarian and non-party political. WI’s are charitable and everything they do must be consistent with that special legal status. WI campaigns are about changing things for the better and tackling the issues that matter to members. Members are at the heart of the WI and they play a central role in bringing issues onto the WI’s national agenda through public affairs and campaigning. From equal pay to climate change, from gaps in the midwifery workforce to the plight of the honey bee, WI members have embraced a diverse set of challenges and built a reputation for the WI as a practical and ambitious organisation that doesn’t shy away from tricky issues.

Cliviger & Worsthorne WI One of Burnley’s popular WI’s is the Cliviger & Worsthorne group. They currently have 38 active members with 10 members serving on their committee. Many clubs have younger membership but these tend to be in larger towns and cities, but they would love to attract some younger members to join them and will be embarking on a new marketing campaign to encourage younger women to get involved – and we hope this feature will encourage some new younger members to join. Not all their members live in Cliviger and Worsthorne, they come from the wider Burnley area. Everyone is welcome wherever they live! So pop in and say hi - you’ll receive a warm welcome.

To make enquiries with Cliviger & Worsthorne WI email


Bake Me a Cake with Lisa Cowell

Lisa’s tips and advice for novice bakers:

The Burnley Magazine team dropped in on an icing class with Lisa Cowell at the WI, and had great fun meeting the ladies and hearing about their love of the WI. Lisa iced a cake before our eyes and instructed us on how to make sugar paste flowers. Lisa is a deputy headteacher during her working day but has been baking and icing cakes since she was about 13 and has always had a leaning towards the more extreme and novelty type of cakes. She’s an amateur and to enhance her personal cake decorating skills, undertook a college night class some years ago. At that stage she simply wanted to know how to make her icing smooth but she learnt so much more and that’s where her interest in sugar flowers began. Lisa said: “I’m in my late 40s now and enjoy making cakes for friends and family and occasionally take on a commission for a friend of a friend. I really enjoy working with groups like the WI to pass on some of my skills for others to learn and enjoy.” “With every cake I make I learn a new tip or trick and think that I’ve come to master some of the more intricate things. There’s more to learn though!”Adding: “I do all my cake decorating at home and have converted a spare room so that I can leave sugar work to dry as some flowers can take weeks to make especially if there are hundreds to create for a wedding cake for example.”

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Invest in some good digital scales and try to be precise because baking cakes can be unforgiving If you have a large cake to make, consider making several layers rather than one large cake and slicing it as it can prove an expensive mistake if the cake fails and you’ve lost the cost of all those ingredients The simpler the cake the more difficult it is to hide any mistakes. Go for busy every time! I tend to draw a sketch first so that I know what I’m aiming for Coloured gel pastes as opposed to liquid food colouring are more readily available in supermarkets these days; they give a strong colour and can be let down with a little alcohol such as vodka to make a substance you can paint onto icing





The sky’s the limit – quite literally


Become an RAF cadet

he Burnley based Air Cadets Corps (ATC), 352 (Burnley) Squadron Air Training Corps, celebrated its 75th birthday in 2016, with the Royal Air Force celebrating its 100th birthday in 2018. Following the celebrations, we’re delighted to feature the Burnley 352 Air Cadets and the opportunities becoming a Royal Air Force Cadet offers young people. Their cadets come from all backgrounds and cultures and enjoy some amazing experiences through the air core - adventures and activities that they might never have experienced if they hadn’t joined the air cadets. They are always welcoming new recruits, both boys and girls, aged 12 to 18 and are committed to Burnley and supporting events in the town. Corporal Kern Etherington said: “We are a well developed squadron and we would love for more recruits to join us. “By joining you can learn new skills such as leadership, confidence and teamwork and we have many activities including fieldcraft, drill and flying.” Adding: “We are currently raising sponsorship for a trip we are planning for 2020. We hope to take 30 cadets to Poland next year to mark the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust memorial, to learn about this important part of history.” Mrs Susan Hughes MBE JP DL, 352 (Burnley) Squadron president, said: “I am delighted to be involved with this efficient and dedicated squadron who continue to serve the town in so many ways.” The squadron also takes part in high profile activities in the town such as the Remembrance Sunday parade in Burnley, Towneley and Padiham.

Expand your horizons The Royal Air Force Air Cadets is the youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force that manages both the Air Training Corps and RAF Sections of the Combined Cadet Force. If you’re a fan of aviation, action and adventure, love sports and getting to know people then you’re in the right place. Every year nearly 56,000 air cadets and volunteer staff take part in exciting events all over the country. And with over 1,000 squadrons across the UK, you could be one of them. Sponsored by the Royal Air Force it gives you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is their Honorary Air Commodore-in-chief.

Ready for a challenge? As a cadet you’ll have the opportunity to do things that others only dream about. Want real flight experience? No problem. How about heading out on adventurous training and camps, sometimes overseas? Normal for cadets. Competitive sports, drill, shooting, music, abseiling, engineering projects? Our list of activities is long, varied and open to all cadets. Yes it’s a challenge, but that’s what life’s all about.

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Get a head start The Burnley Squadron is not a recruiting organisation for the RAF but if you’re thinking about a Service career, cadet membership will put you ahead of the competition. Many cadets go on to do great things in in the RAF (and the other Services). Around 40% of officers and 50% of all aircrew (including pilots, navigators and engineers) in the RAF now are ex-cadets. Research shows that they do better in basic training and stay in the Service longer than their colleagues. Likewise, if you choose a civilian career our research proves you can go on to do great things. Employers just love the skills and experience that air cadets offer. Let’s face it - where else would you be given the opportunity to fly solo in a glider or powered aircraft when you’re 17? Whatever you do with your life, at the end of your time as a cadet you’ll be self-motivated, confident and ready for anything. 32

BURNLEY AIR CADETS The ATC is community-based and open to anyone aged between 13, or 12 if you are in year 8, and 20 years. With more than 900 squadrons around the country, they are closer than you think, with the Burnley Squadron right on your doorstep. Amongst the many adventurous training opportunities on offer, they are the largest operator of the renowned Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Catherine Duchess of Cambridge is now the ATC’s Air Commodore-in-Chief, taking a keen interest in seeing all their members fulfil their potential. For more information on your local Air Cadets Squadron contact 01282 432360 or visit the squadron Facebook page Burnley Air Cadets.

The ATC motto is ‘Venture Adventure’ and our cadets know that it’s more than just words - it’s an attitude that helps you stand out from the crowd.

THEIR AIMS ARE TO: Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people providing training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life. Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship. And there’s one more important thing it’s a lot of fun! 33


About Air Unlimited Burnley: Air Unlimited Burnley is a 600 square metre inatable playground, including a dedicated toddler area, Sports Zone with football pitch and basketball court, climbing wall with drop slide, half pipe ninja wall, turbine tunnel and much more. Located on the site of the former Pegasus Drop Zone on Craven Street, Air Unlimited Burnley opened to the public on Friday 14th December 2018 after an extensive renovation.


Learning from the kids


ad-of-two Calum Heyes has converted a former trampoline park into Burnley’s first inflatable playground after injecting a six-figure investment into the Craven Street site, creating 20 jobs. Managing Director of Air Unlimited Calum talks to Burnley Lifestyle Magazine about why he looked no further than his own children when it came to inspiration for the business. Calum, 33, has breathed new life into the former Pegasus Drop Zone site off Plumbe Street, with his team extensively renovating the facility and extending the floorplan to open as an inflatable playground just before Christmas. It’s the second playground which Calum has opened under the Air Unlimited umbrella, with the first being a trampoline park in Liverpool inspired by his nine-year-old daughter Amelia and two-year-old son Hudson.


As a parent, Calum had grown tired of taking his children to the same old play centres. He said: “There’s only so many times you can take the kids to a tired, run down play centre without them getting bored really quickly and me wondering what I was paying for. “This encouraged me to create a play park that I knew my children would like, and that would cater for them at every stage as they grow up. Both of them love the Liverpool site – especially Amelia, who’s really into gymnastics and is constantly backflipping around the place.” To keep customer satisfaction as high as possible at Air Unlimited Burnley, Calum originally handed the reins to Amelia to recruit 20 young reviewers, known as the #TesterTribe. The children helped Amelia rigorously test the inflatable playground prior to opening night in December 2018, with all of them receiving lifetime passes for the playground to thank them for their reviews. Calum said: “A lot of the families who we first met on the night have kept in touch with each other and that’s what it’s all about. We want this to be the perfect meeting place for families in Burnley – grown-ups can chill out in the café while the kids run themselves ragged… that’s if they’re not on there bouncing with them of course.”

Why Burnley?

What’s on offer?

Following the success of Air Unlimited Liverpool and the trampoline park becoming a firm family fixture in the local area, Calum’s attention turned to a newly-available leisure space in Burnley. Pegasus Drop Zone unexpectedly closed in September 2017, leaving some local families without a children’s party venue. Calum explained the timing was right to create something Burnley had never seen before. He got his hands on the keys in late October 2018, with his team creating the 600 square metre inflatable playground by extending into an adjoining unit. Calum said: “On our first day, a mum popped her head in to see what we were up to. She said ‘Please tell me you’re reopening! My kids are going crazy without somewhere to burn off energy’ and that just said it all to me. “We worked all the hours possible to get the park open and ready in time for Christmas. We opened on the 14th December and saw a steady stream of customers until the days after Christmas when we were packed to the rafters.”

Air Unlimited Burnley has a climbing wall with drop slide, half pipe ninja wall, Gladiator podium, turbine tunnel, dedicated Sports Zone with football pitch and basketball court, ball pit, two large air bags, drop slides and much more. If you need more than a ‘standard’ bounce, Air Unlimited Burnley offers specialist sessions each week:

What do customers think?

There’s also a Party Hangar for kids to host bouncing birthday parties and every party can be as individual as the child, with add-on options including Stay and Play Characters, an extra hour of bouncing and sweet cones. Calum said: “Burnley needs this as a focal point for families in the area. There’s so much good stuff happening in the town and we’re loving being a part of it. “We’ve had so much amazing feedback from families so far, especially for our dedicated Air Autism sessions which are designed to accommodate and encourage young people with autism to have fun in a relaxed, peaceful environment.”

“First time at Air Unlimited tonight with my son. We attended the Autism friendly session, and my son (and I) loved every minute of it! The staff were amazing, and so friendly and playful with the children. It really was an Autism-friendly couple of hours, and we can’t wait to go back!” – Jem Vaughan (Facebook) “We took our grandkids here. We were impressed with the set-up, from booking online to checking in at reception when we arrived. The kids absolutely loved the inflatables, and the various slushies lined up in the cafe area brought much excitement, especially as they could fill their cups themselves!” – Jackie McKay (Facebook)

TODDLER TIME £3.50 Weekdays 10am – 1pm (term time only)


£6.50 Monday 6pm – 8pm Sunday 9am – 10am


Every Saturday and Sunday 10am Toddler £4 / Child £7 / Adult £2.50

UNDER 18s DISCO £10.00 Every Friday 6pm – 8pm

ADULTS ONLY £7.95 Every Saturday 7pm – 8pm

For more information, visit


Kintsugi WabiSabi Changing our Perceptions


urnley, a former Lancashire mill town, not noted for any form of ceramics industry, but deep within an historic building which was a formerly home a lingerie textile factory, there’s someone who’s trying to change that and in a very unusual way. On entering the Studio, it is immediately apparent that Chris Fittock is not a potter, the earthy smell of damp clay is significant in its absence, despite this there are a number of ceramic pottery wares arranged on the table in front of me, each having one thing in common, they are all ceramics that have been repaired in the traditional Japanese method Kintsugi (Golden Repair). As I take a seat Chris starts to explain why he spends weeks at a time repairing broken ceramics in this way “Even when things break,” he tells me, “they can be turned into something beautiful. That’s what Kintsugi is all about.” Leaning forward he picks up a magnificent buff yellow slipware bowl that has a rich red swirling design running around much of its surface. He smiles “I’ve started pushing the boundaries,” A ray of light from the window catches a large piece of translucent Mother of Pearl shell that has been expertly inserted into the rim of the bowl replacing a once missing broken shard.

Photographs by John Bentley Portraits, Bolton.


“This is a George Wilson bowl from the 1950’s one of Britain’s most underrated potters. It was broken when I bought it like all the pots I buy, I never break a perfect pot for Kintsugi” Chris continues to say that he’s working to revitalise Antique and Vintage pottery repairs in the west, in his view injecting youthfulness into a market that’s at risk of turning stale. “I’m challenging our perceptions of ceramic repair” he enthuses “Why do we have to freeze time, put back the same, the reality is that life is always changing, and we need to embrace that” Clasping the handle of a very dapper medieval German Siegburg beer stein, he looks proudly at the once missing upper half, that has been beautifully recreated in black lacquer and decorated with a single gold lacquer barley sheave that pays homage to the brewers of the time “You could still drink from this” he laughs, swinging the vessel towards me “It might be a challenge for the purist, but this is museum standard repair that doesn’t encroach on the remaining artefact, and would still look fabulous in a contemporary setting.”

For 23 years of his life, Chris has worked behind the scenes restoring Japanese Meiji Period Antiques for specialist dealers in London. As is common in western society the emphasis would be to skilfully hide the repair, to show no evidence of damage. “As an artist, there’s a certain amount of frustration there,” he said. “Artists like their work to be seen. He chuckles. “When you restore so many Japanese antiques, you just develop a kind of sense for it.” It’s this ‘sense’ that’s seen KintsugiWabiSabi turn into a fully-fledged business with plans of expansion in the future. He explains his talent for Japanese ceramic repair as something that comes naturally.

“I’ve always been a craftsperson,” he admits, over his 61-year lifetime acquiring a bank of skills working as a gold smith, a timber frame carpenter, boat builder and sign maker “I like craft,” he summarises. “Genuine Kintsugi takes a long time to complete and so requires a lot of patience, time is all part of the beauty”. “By my nature, I’m quite stubborn,” he admits, “If I’m going to do something, I like to do it right – no shortcuts.” Chris refuses to use any modern epoxy adhesive, meaning his repairs are natural and sustainable. It’s this belief in producing honest and high-quality work that sets him apart as one of the only true kintsugi artists in the UK, having honed his craft in just two years without even visiting Japan. “I had a kintsugi master on Instagram enquire as to how I’d learnt so quickly,” Chris tells me this with a smile, the pride in his work shining through. “If you’re going to do something, you put your best into it,” he says, and his customers agree: René Barownick of Duane Park, a London-based design studio that specialises in interiors for art and design collections, commissioned Chris to repair three pieces of Japanese ceramics. Two bowls by the acclaimed artist Shiro Shimizu from his Kyoto workshop. They had broken into a number of fragments and were repaired with a stunning volcanic flash of 24ct gold lacquer. The third a Takeshi Sakamoto Chawan that had a 3cm long rim chip and was repaired using the maki-e technique, pure Silver granules sprinkled onto a ground of red/ brown Bengara-urushi lacquer, with stunning effect. René said: “I was inconsolable when this piece broke I don’t think you can ever improve a piece by Shiro Shimizu, but the wonderful gold Kintsugi repair by KintsugiWabiSabi turned it into something else and, dare I say it, even more special.” kintsugiwabisabi kws_kintsugiantique




Join a local writing circle and you just might be...


arry Potter. The name brings instant recognition from people all over the world. The books have sold over 350 million copies worldwide. Only the bible has more translations. The movies have gone on to grace the lists of the Top 10 grossing films of all time. When Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in 1997, Joanne Kathleen Rowling was a previously unpublished author. She had no publishing credits, no insider knowledge, no friends in the industry. So how did she do it? How did she go on, in the space of ten short years, to become the first billionaire author on the planet? Well you could start by joining a local writers’ circle. Burnley has a fantastic writing group which started 65 years ago and has grown some wonderful writers and poets over the years, many of whom have had their work published. 41


ver half a century ago, a small group of writers decided to group together and form Burnley & District Writers’ Circle. Sixty-five years later, that group is still thriving and draws in members from Burnley and the surrounding areas. The group meets once a month and the programme includes a variety of genres from sketches to short stories, poetry to flash fiction. The current Chair is Andrew Hamling and he runs the meetings in an orderly way, but there is plenty of time for socialising. Members are also friends and meet twice a year for a grand meal out – once in Summer and once at Christmas. In 2014 the group produced and published a 60th Anniversary volume of current members’ work - Burnley & District Writers – poetry and prose to celebrate the occasion.

Tips for writers

1. Read! If you want to be a writer, you need to read. You need to know what’s out there. Read things you wouldn’t normally read. Stephen King says that television is poisonous to creativity, so turn it off! Take a book with you everywhere you go, and read it when you’re sitting in the waiting room at the dentist, or waiting for your kids at after school activities 2. Write. Sounds a bit obvious, but get into the habit of writing regularly, even if it’s only for 10 minutes every day. Exercise your writing muscle to develop regular writing habits. And always carry a notebook with you – you never know when an idea may strike, or you might overhear some brilliant conversation on a bus somewhere 3. Write for yourself. You must always write for your own fulfilment and happiness. Don’t try to please people, or try to write a certain type of story to fit what you think is popular at the time. Write about what you know 4. Show not tell. Don’t tell your readers how your characters are feeling - show how they are feeling by their actions and conversations 5. Tell stories about what people actually do. Don’t make your characters stereotypical or one dimensional. Murderers do sometimes rescue 42






kittens from trees and children who are generally well-behaved act up sometimes Make sure your research doesn’t overshadow your story. Just because you now have an in-depth knowledge of how a specific IT system works doesn’t mean you should bore your readers with everything that you know. Just give them enough detail to move the story on Learn about description – how to give just enough, but not too much. Your readers will build their own pictures in their own minds – you just need to give them enough to get them started When writing dialogue, never use a verb other than ‘said.’ And always read your dialogue aloud to yourself. It’s the best way to check if it sounds like something someone would genuinely say. One good trick is to finish your writing for the day in the middle of a sentence. That way, when you come to start again the next day, it’s easy, because you have a sentence to finish off Keep moving forward. Put one word after the other, and just carry on. Instead of editing what you’ve written as you go along, concentrate on getting to the end. Then put it in a drawer for a few weeks. That way, when you go back to it, you’ve had enough time away to spot any glaring plot holes

-Spontaneous writing exercisesSometimes, when you’re stuck in a writing rut, spontaneous writing exercises are a really good way of getting out of it. They’re like warm up exercises, and you can use them as writing practice. No subject is trivial, or off limits. They can be used as a form of therapy, as they help you to peel back the layers and access those thoughts that are buried deeper in your mind. Here’s how to to do it: 1. Think of a subject, or find an object to study – a painting, a jar of hand cream, anything that’s at hand 2. Make sure you have no distractions – turn off the phone, make sure the cat is fed. You need to be relaxed 3. Begin to write – allow your mind to wander, and note whatever comes to mind 4. Keep your hand moving – don’t pause to re-read the line you have just written. That’s stalling – trying to control what you’re writing 5. Don’t cross out – that’s editing as you write. Even if you write something you didn’t mean to, leave it! 6. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation or grammar. Use a dash to separate your thoughts instead of a full stop. Don’t even care about staying within the margins and lines on the page – lose control

7. Set yourself a time limit (say 10 or 20 minutes) and write until that time is up. Write longer if you can, until you’re interrupted, or you become too physically uncomfortable to keep writing 8. The longer you go, the more you’ll scrape up from the bottom of your brain 9. If a scary subject comes up (the death of a loved one, your miserable childhood) dive right into it. It’s like therapy! 10. Try to leave a big gap before looking at what you’ve written. Be surprised. It might not be of literary value, but you’ve given yourself stamina, and strengthened your ability to see layers of meanings inside your writing

Who knows what you might create? You might begin by writing about hand cream, but end writing about a difficult relationship with a parent.


Andrew Hamling

Mervyn Hadfield

Laura Sheridan

Kathryn Halton


Meet some of the Burnley Writer’s Club Members Andrew Hamling, writing as Andrew John Hamling, is an experienced writer and has several novels under his belt, as well as a collection of poetry. A Family Affair: A Novel of Intrigue and Murder in Pendle Witch Country is a novel featuring detective Bethany Gallagher and is set in local areas familiar to most Burnley people. A Body on the Green is another murder mystery with the tagline: If you think bowls is a sedate game played by genteel pensioners, it’s time to think again. His books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle form. Mervyn Hadfield writes and performs his own work. Once heard, never forgotten and he is often asked back to tell more of his heartwarming tales and recite his hilarious poetry. He has performed at venues all over Lancashire and has compiled two CDs of stories and poems which have sold hundreds of copies. Streetwise, one of his funniest poems, can be seen on YouTube. He has a special fondness for his home town of Burnley and many of his pieces are set in the local area. Laura Sheridan, known on Amazon as G.L. Sheridan, has published ten novels and a novella. They include Ugly Tuckling – the Life and Loves of a Fat Guy, Millioners – be Careful what you Wish for and FirstBorn – the story of the first child born from a man. She has also written three Young Adult novels – Martian Oddities, Pek and Germination, as well as a poetry anthology, Morphing into Ancestors. She has won several prizes for her short stories and poetry, including First Prize for her story in the Burnley Literary Festival. A phrase from the story has been inscribed into the paving stones in the town centre. Kathryn Halton has a degree in English Literature and has just finished writing a Young Adult novel. Her short stories are written with warmth and clarity and have a natural, conversational quality. She has had stories published online and is a frequent prizewinner in the group’s annual competition. She is the current Secretary. Last year Joyce Graham won First Prize in the group’s annual competition with her monologue, ‘Strapping Lad’ and her children’s poem about Mary Anning. She completed an academic course in creative writing and achieved high grades in Short Story Writing, Poetry and Literature. She is currently ghost-writing a novel. Peter Tattersall’s interests lie in motor racing and Ancient Rome. For the former, he competes in a championship in his Caterham Seven, writing about his adventures on his own web site. This has led to him writing a children’s/young adult’s book on the subject which has attracted the interest of a publisher. Peter has recently started his second book, which is more serious, covering his latter interests by delving more than two thousand years into the past. Freda Argyle who has been published in various magazines and has won prizes for her poetry. She has won First Prize at the Luther Greenwood Festival and the Burnley Music and Drama Festival on numerous occasions. John Howard used to live on a barge and his observations of nature have led to some beautiful articles, several of which have been published. He has frequently won First Prize in our annual competition. Deborah Kingston has published her first anthology of poetry and prose. She has had work published in the Poet’s Dozen to celebrate the Clitheroe Food Festival and a poem published in the Daily Mail. Carole Taylor has won the poetry prize at the Luther Greenwood Festival on many occasions. The celebrated scriptwriter, Paul Abbott, was very enthusiastic about her poetry and suggested to her that she should be writing professionally. Sally Williams, a local poet, has published several anthologies Paul Abbott, celebrated script-writer of, amongst other work. Reckless, Clocking Off and Shameless, was a member of Burnley & District Writers’ Circle.

Joyce Graham

John Garry

Peter Tattersall

What happens at meetings?

At their AGM, the members compile a programme for that year which includes themed work written as sketches, short stories, poems, plays, historical pieces and many more. Imaginations often run riot. Most people produce something and no-one is made to feel awkward or embarrassed when reading out their work. Any comments made are always positive, though with a helpful slant included if need be. If anyone wishes to bring in a piece they’ve been working on which is not on the programme, they are welcome to do so. Feedback is always intended to be helpful.

When does the group meet?

The meetings take place every second Saturday in the month at Sion Church (opposite TK Maxx) from 1.454.30pm. Members are kept up to date with information about the latest national and international writing competitions and encouraged to submit entries. There are hundreds of writing competitions to suit all genres and styles, and the Burnley Writing Circle makes sure it submits entries to as many as they can, putting our talented Burnley writers on the literary map. New members are welcome. For further information, contact Kathryn Halton –

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THE ARTS IN BURNLEY It’s a great time to be an artist in Burnley. There is so much to get involved with and be part of, much of it initiated and run by local artists. Burnley Creative Alliance is an informal network of local artists, creative practitioners, small arts organisations and local arts-based businesses, from craft and visual arts through to spoken word, music and performing arts. The steering group meet every 6 to 8 weeks to collaborate and share resources and ideas about how to make more art and culture happen in the town. Creative Alliance members are all passionate about arts as practitioners in their own right, pursuing their own creative careers in Burnley, and are committed to working together to build and improve Burnley’s arts and cultural scene. This year the Creative Alliance are working with Burnley Leisure’s Arts Development team to put on a weekend programme of OPENINGS across Burnley and Padiham town centres on the 19th, 20th and 21st July, giving the public multiple opportunities to see art and take part in contemporary art and craft workshops and experiences. The group are also programming a second series of Fire Up professional development workshops for artists – the last series was oversubscribed with artists travelling to Burnley from as far afield as Leeds, Cheshire and Cumbria to take part. It’s a great time to experience the arts in Burnley. As well as OPENINGS this year, we have the now well established Burnley Canal Festival, the Literary Festival and Burnley Light Night all as fixtures in the town’s calendar. This year will also see the British Textiles Biennial take place (known as Fabrications in 2017) across Pennine Lancashire, plus Super Slow Way is bringing Reetu Satar’s film Harano Sur (Lost Tune) to The Pavilion, Thompson Park in Burnley in June as part of the Liverpool Biennial Touring programme.


Also in Thompson Park, supported by Super Slow Way, a group of young artist/activists called Generation Change are working with Blaze, a Lancashire based, youth-led arts organisation which has a mission to train the next generation of cultural producers. Earlier this year the group collaborated with international light artists Illuminos to produce the spectacular Plastic Paradise event in the park, showing a film they had made about issues of plastic pollution, projected onto the bridge across the boating lake. It really was spectacular, and a properly unique event! Creativity is also being nurtured in Burnley’s schools through a current process to initiate a Local Cultural Education Partnership. This work will bring artists and school staff together so they can work together to make sure local children all have the opportunity to take part in the arts as part of their school day. Towneley Hall, Gawthorpe Hall and the Changing Exhibitions Gallery at Burnley Mechanics all host regular art exhibitions showing work of local, regional and

national artists. Burnley Central Library is also developing new exhibition space within the building, which should be up and running towards the end of 2019. Burnley Mechanics run a Community Promoters programme where volunteers choose acts and shows to take place in the Front Room and Ground Up community arts group continues to offer its own unique approach to making and doing at their Thursday afternoon sessions in Burnley Mechanics Basement Studio. There’s no shortage of opportunities to see and experience art in the town. Burnley is blossoming with arts, creativity and culture. It’s a great time to be in Burnley.


Frills& Thrills Fast Fashion... But not as you know it!




ur 2019 Burnley Magazine fashion feature is all about thrills and frills. When we say fast fashion we don’t mean designs that move quickly from the catwalk to stores to meet new trends, we mean fast as in 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, with your scarf waving in the wind in true ‘Biggles’ style! We teamed up with Lloyd BMW of Colne and local craft store Transform Crafts to bring you this year’s Thrills & Frills fashion feature – showcasing the thrill of driving the new BMW i8 hybrid coupé, with all the frills including luxurious hand-made #MadeinBurnley scarves, shawls, ponchos and tunics.


The world’s best-selling hybrid sports car. The clever hybrid powertrain sets the i8 apart from its rivals and the three cylinder 1499cc engine has received a modest power boost of 12hp. Combined with the electric motors, the i8 now produces 374hp when both power sources are engaged. The i8’s futuristic looks, impressive green credentials and exciting real world performance make a lasting impression.

Whilst the BMW i8 can reach some heady speeds, our couple enjoyed a more leisurely pace around the country lanes of Burnley, to take in the stunning countryside and some of Burnley’s visitor attractions, safe in the knowledge that they are driving a car with impressive green credentials. Arriving in Burnley in style, wearing the timeless

woven range from Transform Crafts, the car and couple deďŹ nitely turned a few heads. The luxurious hand-made #MadeinBurnley scarves, shawls and ponchos are far from fast fashion, each item is in fact delicately hand woven with each item taking several hours to make, and each one totally unique.

Coat and scarves designed and hand woven by Timeya of Transform Crafts. Stand out from the crowd in one her bespoke creations.




A visit to Towneley Hall is a must if you are coming to Burnley. The hall is set in acres of beautiful parkland and gardens. The hall itself a fabulous museum and art gallery. The drive up the long avenue to the hall is lined by huge horse chestnut trees. In autumn the leaves turn a glorious golden, creating a carpet of gold up to the hall (great if you love collecting conkers!).


The magnificent hall, which dates from the 14th Century, contains fine period rooms decorated with oil paintings and sculptures. A tour of the hall peels back the layers of Towneley’s rich and turbulent history. Discover the hidden treasures and secrets of the hall, such as the secret passages, the Priest’s Hole and the haunted Peruvian mummy. The museum houses an eclectic collection including an Egyptian mummy, the Whalley Abbey vestments, Lancashire-made oak furniture, Pilkington Pottery and the Towneley Bear! The art gallery boasts a spectacular collection of oil paintings including works by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, John William Waterhouse and Johan Zoffany. The hall 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 hall keeps children entertained. Their guided tours offer the inside story of Towneley Hall, taking you on a fascinating journey through its unique history, incredible architecture and the members of Towneley family.




owneley Hall is full of secrets, mysteries and surprises. As you enter the hall you’ll be welcomed by some of Towneley’s weirdest and most wonderful objects set in the giant interactive Cabinet of Curiosities, which gives a taste of what’s in store in the hall. The drawers, doors and peepholes of the Cabinet of Curiosities take you behind the scenes at Towneley Hall and offer a peek into all the strange and peculiar tales hidden within its walls, before you go on to take a tour of the hall. In the cabinet there are holes to peep through, feely boxes for curious fingers to touch new things and interactive displays to encourage imaginations to run wild. There could be an elephant’s skull or a genuine shrunken head, a medal from World War One or a stuffed dormouse. You never know just what you will find. Look closely, remember the things you’ve seen or how they feel, then collect a trail sheet and let your curiosity take you on a tour around the hall to discover some of the fascinating treasures that make Towneley such a fabulous place to explore.


Models styled and dressed by Timeya of Transform Crafts.


Warm Woodland Walks around Towneley Hall There are woodland walks, tree-lined avenues, formal gardens and monuments including a medieval cross, an ice house, a Monks Well, and permaculture garden in the old walled garden. A nature trail runs through the woodland where sculptures of various woodland and mythical creatures emerging from the trees can be found. The hall is also home to a busy events and functions programme, which includes house tours, exhibitions and much more. For details about the tours and events 57

Next stop

a Hall of your own

After a day touring the stunning Towneley Hall and grounds, book a stay at the historic Hurtwood Hall, which links perfectly to the Towneley family and Towneley story. Hurstwood Hall is a stunning boutique hotel dating back to the 15th century. The hall is a truly majestic manor which is rated exceptional on hotel booking sites, with guests noting the superb attention to detail, the wonderful breakfast, and the great hosts. The rooms are just stunning and for 2019 a new bedroom has been launched named The Chapel.

Hurstwood and the surrounding area offer a wealth of activities, whether visiting for work or pleasure. There are numerous walks, running routes for the more energetic, mountain biking trails, horse riding and ďŹ shing opportunities. Situated on the 44 mile Mary Towneley Loop, the Hall is an ideal place from which to be based for any outdoor activity, and sits within easy reach of BrontĂŤ country and numerous picturesque market towns, including Hebden Bridge, Skipton and Clitheroe. 59

'The Chapel' at Hurstwood Hall Guest House The Chapel is the largest and most luxurious guest bedroom at Hurstwood Hall which opened in November 2018. It boasts a superking sized four-poster bed, a roll-top bath within the room and its own en-suite bathroom which, like the other rooms, is supplied with toiletries by Penhaligon’s of London. The original oak beams and mullion windows which date from 1579 are a major feature. It is so called as the room was used as a Chapel for worship by local Methodists from around 1795 when the Hall was owned by Mr Eltoft, a local cotton manufacturer and lay preacher.


Pailin wears a one of a kind poncho created with cashmere and mohair wool, hand woven on a traditional loom. The poncho is in rich ocean blue layered in a staggered style with fringing details to the hem. Josh wears one of the short unisex scarves available from Timeya's collections - its vibrant red makes for a stunning contrast to any outďŹ t. Find these and more at

The Secret Garden When arriving at Hurstwood Hall, you can't see the wonderful garden at the rear of the hall. If you stay at the Hall it's like having your very own secret garden, with a stream running through it. A wonderful place to sit, relax and take in the surrounding nature and wildlife. 61

Taking in the surrounding countryside

Models styled and dressed by Timeya of Transform Crafts.


Sitting snugly in a hollow by the River Brun among woods, moorland and pasture, Hurstwood is a delightful village of great charm and character. It contains a number of very old attractive buildings, including Hurstwood Hall built by Barnard Towneley in 1579, Spenser’s cottage, reputed to have been the home from 1576 – 1579 of Edmund Spenser the Elizabethan poet; and Tattersall’s Barn, possibly the oldest building in the village.

The Great Outdoors Hurstwood is excellent for outdoor enthusiasts with several walks leading from the village up to the reservoirs and across the moors. From here walks will take you up onto Worsthorne Moor – a great spot for bird watchers – and to the limestone hushings at Shedden Clough. The hushings were once an area where limestone was extracted in the 17th and 18th centuries by using water to wash the limestone from the rocks left by the ice age, today the lunar landscape that remains is a fascinating reminder of a largely forgotten industry.


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UNIQUE PIECES STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD Each of the scarves, ponchos and wraps are completely original and handmade by Tameya on her hand weaving loom. All of the items are made from the very best high quality materials. Scarves and shawls, tunics and coats are made of soft cashmere and angora wool, lamb’s wool and baby goat mohair with additional thread for effect. They are available in a stunning range of colours to suit any season. There's also a linen collection featuring a great selection which are perfect for complementing summer outďŹ ts. You can be assured of owning a beautiful unique item, so soft it drapes beautifully. 65

Driving towards the future with Lloyd. As a plug-in hybrid, the BMW i8 Coupe not only provides the dramatic driving performance you’d expect, but also delivers exceptional efficiency for its class. Lloyd Colne BMW takes you through why this exceptional electric model is winning numerous awards. The International Engine of the Year Award have been running for over 20 years. Over the course of the award’s history, engines developed for BMW Group brand models have notched up over 70 class and overall wins. An independent jury of experts identifies the best power units in a variety of categories. The panel is usually made up of around 70 automotive journalists from over 30 countries. BMW are proud to top the class in winning the ‘International Engine of the Year’ Award, in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre displacement category, a feat which they have achieved for four years so far. The BMW i8’s innovative drive system has been an unstoppable force in the category since its release. BMW’s ground-breaking i8 has been proclaimed ‘a milestone in the annals of automotive history’ as well as being considered as one of the slickest sports cars in the world. With the latest eDrive technology and intelligent energy management, the award-winning BMW i8 Coupé with its iconic design is a truly revolutionary vehicle. Boasting a turbocharged three-

cylinder engine, which accelerates from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds, and the unique LifeDrive architecture for sublime weight distribution, it delivers a new sense of freedom. There is no doubt that this stunning vehicle has all the characteristics of a full-blooded sports car with its long wheelbase, short overhangs and a solid posture. The entire shape and form follows the BMW i design philosophy, including the V-shaped ‘black belt’. The unmistakable design element runs from the front, over the roof, to the rear. This works in perfect harmony with the dynamic stream-flow design, redesigned Aero Curtains, U-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights and LED rear lights, and of course the prominent double kidney grille. Thanks to its sporty, modern and sustainable design, driving the BMW i8 Coupé is an experience which has been tailored to thrill. Standout features include the new Carpo interior trim available in Ivory White/Black, which can be applied to the contour lines of the doors, the steering wheel and much more.

The intelligent energy management of the BMW i8 Coupé coordinates the interaction between the electric motor and the battery with the combustion engine. It’s always geared towards maximum performance with minimum consumption. This creates enormous efficiency, with CO2 emissions of up to only 42g/km*. This incredible car is a master at connecting your worlds. The electric Coupé experience is boosted by

innovative connectivity. Features like ConnectedDrive and the BMW Connected+ app offer richer and more immersive driving experiences, whether it’s must-have entertainment or real-time information. Stephanie de Looze, Lloyd BMW Marketing Manager commented: “The BMW i8 Coupé is futuristic right down to the last detail. Sitting in this car is all about thrilling the senses.

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trio of Nelson and Colne College students experienced the buzz and demands of a front page photoshoot when they were invited to style models for the 2019 edition of Burnley Lifestyle Magazine. Jenna Nuttall, 17, Chloe Backhouse, 16, and Katie Hartley, 16, who are all on NCC’s Level 2 Hair and Media Make-up Pre-Apprenticeship programme, worked on the magazine’s fashion feature in the stunning surroundings of Towneley Hall, Hurstwood Hall and Hurstwood Reservoir in Burnley. Featuring scarves, shawls, tunics and coats all hand made by Burnley company Transform Crafts, the girls worked hard throughout the event on different make-up styles for photoshoot models Pailin and Josh. The event, which was sponsored by Lloyd of Colne, also featured a new BMW i8 hybrid prop for the occasion. Katie, formerly of Colne Primet Academy, said: “I really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun. It was really good to be outside working on a real set – it was a different experience than being in the classroom. “We were given a brief on what style and look was needed, but we had the freedom to put our own interpretation on that which was brilliant.” Jenna, who attended Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School prior to coming to NCC, said: “I love working with make-up and it was a really good opportunity to get creative in that area. “I want to work behind the scenes in the future doing make-up for film or TV. I love the course at College and I definitely made the right choice in


coming to Nelson and Colne College.” Chloe, who was formerly at Shuttleworth College, added: “I definitely gained a confidence boost from working on the shoot and it was a good chance to meet new people. It’s exactly the sort of thing I want to do in my future career. My course at College is absolutely perfect for me.” By having the chance to work on the new Burnley Lifestyle Magazine photoshoot, Jenna, Chloe and Katie were following in the footsteps of previous students Elise Munroe and Georgia Leeming who worked on the event for the 2018 edition’s cover piece. Elise completed her College course at the end of the last academic year and progressed into employment at Laura Nazir Make-Up Studio in Nelson, while Georgia is now completing a Beauty Apprenticeship at Little Day Spa in Rochdale. Claire Pye, Head of Section for Hair and Beauty at Nelson and Colne College, said: “The photoshoot with Burnley Lifestyle Magazine is an invaluable occasion for some of our Media Make-up students to improve the practical skills they learn within their College course, as well as develop other important skills such as confidence, communication and teamwork. “After the success of last year’s photoshoot with Elise and Georgia, it was a privilege to be invited back again to work on next year’s edition and the girls were an asset to the College. “I would also like to extend my thanks to the magazine team for inviting us to attend again and to work on this flagship marketing product. We can’t wait to see the finished article!”

Josh Appleby - Is a multi-talented Burnley lad who graduated at Leeds University in Music Performance. He's spent the past few years performing, writing and producing for bands and artists, as well as tutoring and modelling part-time. Keep your eyes and ears peeled later this year when Josh will be releasing his own album, and travelling across the globe to promote his album and perform his music.

Joanne Etherington, Editor of the Burnley Lifestyle Magazine, said: “The Burnley Lifestyle Magazine promotes the leisure offer in the local area, the fantastic countryside, places to stay and eat, with features on local entrepreneurs, artists and crafts people. “We try and keep everything local, using local models and suppliers, and we were delighted to have three Hair and Media Make-up students from Nelson and Colne College working with us to create the moody Autumn look we wanted to achieve in the feature. “The locations for the fashion feature included the town’s best-known backdrops and although it was a sunny day, it was very cold for an outdoor shoot. It provided great work experience for the students, they were professional throughout, and it and it was a pleasure to work with them.” In its 2017/18 results, NCC achieved a 99.6% pass rate in advanced vocational courses. Nelson and Colne College has been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted since 2005. It is also the top college in the country for 16-18 learner achievement, at all levels. Government data places NCC as the best college in the area for vocational courses, based on progress scores, while it is also the best college in Lancashire for student satisfaction, according to the FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey. For more information on NCC visit or contact the Admissions Team on 01282 44027

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LET’S GET CRAFTY! Crafting with Kaye, Timeya and the Transform Crafts team The Kirstie Allsopp effect is sweeping the nation and Burnley is no exception. The successful Channel 4 television show, Kirstie’s Handmade Britain, has encouraged the growth of craft-related leisure activities across the UK and Burnley’s has its very own Kirsty style crafters in the form of Kaye and Timeya and their craft class team. A wave of craft related clubs and classes have popped up across the country and the craft craze is alive and well in Burnley with Transform Crafts leading the charge. Crafters can range from young “careerists” who are committed to the idea of craft and who start their businesses after finishing a related degree, “artisans” who are not academically trained but have turned to craft in mid-life, and others who have gone back to a youthful love of craft. Craft workshops tend to focus on gift-making, fashion and home decor with online craft sites enjoying a heyday, too, with Etsy, the biggest marketplace for crafting, now boasting 7.2 million members, with its total sales double in the last five years. There is no question that contemporary craft and design is doing extremely well in the UK right now. There are 70

some exceptionally talented craftspeople whose work is proving a big hit with collectors which shows that the sky is the limit for the next generation of young talent, with Transform Crafts inspiring the future crafters in Pennine Lancashire. Burnley Magazine met the creative ladies behind Transform Crafts to talk to them about their love of crafts and how it can transform lives. We even took a craft class ourselves to experience the fun and joy of creating your own hand-made items. We met Kaye and Timeya in the cosy Transform Crafts shop on Hargreaves Street in Burnley Town Centre, the window was dressed with arts, crafts and twinkly lights, and the shop was a treasure trove of hand-made gifts, cards, paintings, jewellery and trinkets.

Their lovely town centre craft facility is on three levels, with their shop on the ground floor, an impressive weaving loom and exhibition of their work in the basement, and the top floor where the craft classes take place and where the creations come to life.

We asked Kaye about how Transform Crafts began. When did you start Transform Crafts and why? Transform Crafts was originally named The Reworked Project. It was started by Lancashire Women’s Centres in 2013 on International Women’s Day. I heard about the project the previous year whilst I was on a course at the centre in Burnley. I met with Liz who was putting the project together as I had expressed an interest in taking part. We met a couple of times in 2012 and by January 2013 she had me signed up as what I thought was a volunteer to help deliver sessions. As we talked more in early 2013 it became clear that was going to be running the project as a volunteer. I was nervous and excited as I had never done anything like it before. I enrolled at Accrington and Rossendale College and did my PTLLLS (preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector) and was running the early project at the same time. One of the first things we did as a group was to change the name, the ladies did designs and we voted. In fact we put the choice in reception and people passing through the centres voted over a week and Transform won! We cheated a bit and added the Crafts part to help people understand what we were transforming. I realised early on that the project was more than a one woman job and so asked if I could have help. Lesley was my first assistant starting in December 2013 – she is still with us today as a volunteer. Timeya came next in February 2013 and now she is the CoDirector of the Community Interest Company with me. We have also had Christine who helped out in Accrington in 2014 doing crochet and knitting and Jan who delivered glass fusing courses in Accrington in 2014 and 2015, Sue delivered crochet and knitting in early 2018, Sam was next joining us in 2018 delivering card making sessions and she is also joined with Ellie who has now gone onto deliver stamping and inking classes in 2019. We have had many homes over the past 6 years, Burnley Women’s Centres, Accrington Charity shop and Women’s Centres and now our shop in Hargreaves Street in Burnley. We are not a charity run project anymore but a standalone Community Interest Company and are very proud to have made the transition approximately 18 months ago now. ‘Transform is like a family’ not my words but that of some of our students, past and present. My heart and soul is in this business, it has helped me to refocus my life and health. I suffer from depression and Transform is my therapy. I was looking for something new in my life when the project was being created; we were just both there at the right time. Yes I find myself doing most of the admin and boring jobs and business things but you can’t have one without the other. I am more than just the shop girl that people see when they walk in the door – I am Transform and she is me and we together with Timeya and all our volunteers are an unstoppable force and Burnley we are just getting warmed up.

Transform has a heart and soul and is its own person. Every morning I come in, I turn the lights on and say hello little shop how are you today? It’s my baby and I work hard to make sure it’s the best it can be, always. I am grateful and thankful and lucky every day that I get to continue to do this work. Mental Health and creativity go hand in hand to me, that feeling you get from somebodies first smile or when someone first takes off their coat – I can’t explain it but you can’t buy it or get it from doing anything else. I love being creative and getting to do it every day is a blessing. What do you love most about running Transform Crafts, the shop and the classes? The classes 100% these days I don’t get to teach as often as I’d like but I love the sound of laughter as it comes down the stairs. Transform started with just the classes and they are a very important part of our business and structure. I do most of the shop and business side of things as I have the experience of management and customer service but I always love to sneak upstairs for a bit and join in the laughs and classes where I can. Which is your favourite class and why? Any that I get to teach. Being more of the admin and business side these days my heart can be sore for the class room so when I get chance to teach that is my favourite part. I take my turn with our Tuesday Craft Club, I also teach outreach classes at the Zion Church in Cliviger, I run Mixed media sessions and Art Journaling and am hoping to do some bead weaving in 2019 too. Where I will find the time I don’t know but I will. Your shop has a wonderful array of handcrafted items, but what is your favourite item to craft and why? Easiest question to answer – Jewellery! I started my creative journey adapting sequin and bead embroidery techniques to create pieces of jewellery. From there I learnt everything else from You Tube and teaching various classes over the years. My latest collections feature hand painted elements which I do using specialist paints and I am currently finishing the pieces with Swarovski crystal elements like glass pearls and beads. It’s really relaxing and I can zone out for hours creating and painting pieces. Mixed Media is my second passion and something I only started in 2017. I love the idea of gluing old things and broken things together to make pieces of art and 71


painting and colouring them to make them look like they have always been like that. Texture is like an obsession of mine and I love raiding the kitchen cupboards for herbs or rice and looking in junk shops for old screws etc. We have an old computer upstairs that I won’t let Timeya throw out as I want the circuit boards and fans to make an art project with. I have lots of boxes and jars with actual junk in ready to glue down and make art with. What are your plans going forward? To continue growing and expanding, we have not long launched our website and this year a lot of work will go on making sure its running as we want. We really wanted the online shop facility that was just ours and not part of a large sales sight. We are also looking forward to having video content and interactive blogs where we can run online classes that will complement our in store offerings. I hope we will continue to work with the community in outreach facilities and be involved in town centre events. Every year since Transform Crafts has begun we have grown and it’s my hopes that that pattern will continue on for years to come. Oh and create more and be more organised. Do you think there is a vibrant art and craft movement in Burnley? Yes and no, I am aware of more things happening within the town since starting Transform Crafts and the formalisation of the CIC last year but I’m not sure how much everyday people are aware of. I have been party to many conversations about banding together and creating artist trails and linking the various creative offers together. I believe that if all of us who are part of the creative and arts offers of the area came together and put on events and created an official arts trail that then yes we could say Burnley has a vibrant art and craft movement.

You are a Burnley girl, what are your favourite Burnley places and why? This is a tough question to answer. I remember growing up always being in Towneley Park, in the woods exploring, in the Hall being scared by the Bear and fascinated by the kitchen for some reason. Walking around and collecting golf balls for my dad when he would have a quick 9 holes. I remember thinking Padiham was a very long way away and always looking out for the white horse in the centre. I went to Brownies at St John’s on Ivy Street, the Vincent Farrell Centre and learnt how to dance, and the diving club at the Thompson Centre. I was a regular in Yates and loved the night life in my 20’s. I always used to cut through Woolies when I was in town and remember going there every weekend more or less for the latest music. Now I see more of the architecture and love the old mills and the scenery around. From my living room I can see the car headlights coming over the tops up near Singing Ringing Tree. It’s so pretty when it snows or is frosty. People will ask not the football club? That answer is no I’m afraid as I can never park and feel hemmed in on match days. The traffic is just terrible where we are so it makes me not a fan. I should probably say our shop is my favourite place but that’s cheesy I know.


TIMEYA When did you move to Burnley and what was the reasons behind the relocation? Magnificent views of the Pendle Hill carpeted in purple heather in August 2006 became the reason of a start of the new life and lifestyle. I have lived here for the past 13 years. My paintings, textile designs and all other artwork are creative reflections of my way to see the beauty of different forms of British nature. These are interpretations of seeing nature and all the rich and beautiful colours that can be found in it, mixed with feelings and emotions all in one. What is your background in creative crafts and art? From an early age I learned teachings from my grandma, she would tell me stories of how she had a loom as a girl and was sent to the best craft school in the beginning of the 20th century in Latvia. She knew many things and most if not all of the homewares from my youth were made by her throughout her life. From these teachings I learnt knitting, crochet and of course to weave. By the age of ten I had my first weaving loom which I inherited from my grandma. By the age of 14 I was off to the city to enrol in art college for the first four years of my formal education and training in the arts. I have taken part in solo and group exhibitions since 1993 throughout the world with my paintings and handwoven textiles being held in private collections including Canada, USA, Italy, Germany, France, Latvia and United Kingdom. If you want a more in depth look 74

at my work then please look at Instagram Timeya.str_art. I am passionate about all things related to art, textiles and design and have spent a considerable amount of time developing my skills not only as an artist but as an educator too. I am a qualified teacher with University (RTU) diploma in Pedagogical Education with right to work as a teacher. To keep up to date my pedagogical knowledge I have upgraded it with the Ascentis Level 3 Award in Education and Training, Accrington & Rossendale College in 2017.

I have graduated with a Masters Degree in Arts and also I have a Bachelor’s degree qualification of an Artist of Applied and Decorative Arts with specialisation in Textile and artistic modelling.

I taught for over fifteen years, teaching two different age groups. I taught from 12-20 years, including examination qualifications in Art and Craft College and also I have experience of tutoring and lecturing in the adult sector. I have enjoyed teaching everyone! My students have wide ranging interests from learning basic drawing skills, to creating large paintings using different painting techniques and learning how to paint silk for fashion fabric. The creative artists work and private tuition mixes with different Arts Education projects that I deliver in the Art and Craft studio at Transform Crafts in Burnley, Lancashire. I joined the project in 2014 initially as a tutor to deliver a series of silk painting sessions and never left and has now become my life. Is the scarf weaving a traditional Latvian craft? Yes and No. Weaving as we all know was revolutionised in the UK in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Weaving is a traditional Latvian craft as it is a traditional craft in the whole of Northern Europe. To me it was predicted or written in the stars that I would end up in Burnley a traditional cotton weaving town. At first moving here I did not know of its story and heritage but after learning about the weaving and fabric manufacturing of the area it was an easy choice to stay in the area. Latvian weaving traditions are very similar to the woven craftwork you can find in Sweden, Norway and especially in Germany with their perfectionism. I am a textile artist who works on a hand weaving loom slowly and steadily to bring thousands of threads into a specific order to create Fine Art and custom made cloths. My designs are influenced by a mixture of historical research into ancient patterns, weaving techniques from textile crafters around the world and my inspirations in the beauty of a nature. My design work involves transporting these designs, motifs and emotions into a contemporary artist’s conversation. The end results are unique, handmade, one of a kind textiles which have a timeless and delicate feel to them. Materials - Each of my woven articles is completely original and handmade on my historical hand weaving loom. All of my creative works are made from the very best materials. For my scarves and shawls, tunics and coats I used soft cashmere and angora wool, lamb’s wool and baby goat mohair with additional thread for effects. I have a linen collection too of scarves, tunics and summer outfit made by me of linen or flax. All my weavings are soft and drape beautifully. The fabulous unique coats – how many have you made, how long does it take to make one coat? They are really unique - I have made just only six of them ready done and, of course five of them were commissions. Every coat was individually designed and one of a kind. Last one is still with me. I kept it as a sample for a while but as I have done two more handwoven fabrics to sew, it is available now for sale.

I hear your textiles end up all over the world... Throughout my career I have designed and made accessories for many people including dressing the shop assistants for one of the biggest arts and crafts shops in Old Riga. But actually my main speciality is in home textiles such as decorative tapestries and my Bachelors graduation work previously hung for a approximately a decade in the largest Swedish bank in Latvia and many of my tapestries are sold all over the world in countries such as America, Germany, Latvia, Italy etc. My greatest successes in England have been my hand woven scarves and wraps though. What do you enjoy about living in Burnley compared to life in Latvia? I use natural materials to hand weave intricate and unique designs and to paint what I see and feel from nature and the beautiful English countryside. I am very drawn to the wild flowers and hills of our current surroundings in Lancashire. I am happy that we settled in a town with a rich heritage in textiles and love the collections at Gawthorpe Hall. Being in England gave me the chance to paint for pleasure and not for financial gain. This made me really happy and is the best thing that moving here gave to me. You run some fabulous craft classes – which class is the most popular – what are your plans for craft classes going forward? Most of my craft classes are closely engaged with textiles. I take my turn in teaching as part of our Craft Club Class and help to show them small sewing, weaving, crochet and macrame projects. Macrame is this year's biggest trend and I am running sessions from beginners to more advanced levels teaching a variety of projects. Silk painting is one of my passions and in the summer months I am often found upstairs in the attic in my free time painting on it. I also teach sessions around silk painted scarves and these are some of my favourite classes. My heart though is with my specialist artist students, teaching 121 and 221 sessions in drawing and painting. In these sessions I am able to pass on my wealth of academic knowledge and training and I am happy to be able to do this a few times a week at least. Do you think getting into crafts helps with social and mental wellbeing? Yes of course, when I started with Transform Crafts this was the projects main aim. It was also a difficult period in my life after just being diagnosed with a genetic condition. Being involved in the project and being back in the classroom helped to lift my spirits and thus those of my pupils around me. Since those early days we have always thought about how our work effects peoples mental and physical wellbeing. In my opinion by taking part in a creative practice you are able to enrich your life and to escape the everyday stresses of life. By running Transform Crafts in the town centre we are aiming to make art and creativity accessible to everyday people and trying to help broaden their knowledge, ability and understanding of the arts to help them achieve their own mental wellbeing.

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I started to use colours when I was four and gifted a set of my very own watercolours. My mum showed me how to use them and I learned how precious they were and such a luxury item for a girl in the countryside to have. Where I grew up was very beautiful and to be able to make marks and images of what I saw around me filled me with joy. When I started to learn at art college paints were my go to tool for creating my designs and home works. I used them everywhere in textile designs, composition rules and styles. Everywhere I could I used colour and paints, paints, paints. Later I discovered other types of paints and painting mediums such as gouache, tempera and oil. Whilst I was learning acrylics were not available in my country and it wasn’t until later in life that I discovered them. My favourite paints are watercolours and oils and in the last six years oils have been my paint of choice. Joining Transform Crafts and being back in a teaching environment I needed to revisit my painting skills after having taken a break from them for aprrox four years. Doing this brought back old memories and feelings of joy that I get from working with colour and paint. It helped to improve my wellbeing further and I have not stopped painting since.


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In the background we can see part of one of Timeya's large tapestries called 'The Wall'. Created using natural sheeps wool and sisal which has been hand dyed before being woven, using her traditional hand weaving techniques. The ready to wear tunic was beautifully modeled by Pailin on her arrival to Hurstwood Hall. Made from cashmere and mohair in a unique design. An extremely functional item of clothing for the changing british weather! The scarf, sold separately, is also made from the best quality chashmere and mohair, hand woven and hand ďŹ nished, right down to the tassels.





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STUDY IN BURNLEY Burnley offers a fantastic range of study options including medicine, sport and business, with some of the country’s most promising next generation talent graduating from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Burnley College. Burnley Magazine talks to some of the students about studying here in Burnley.


s a student at UCLan Burnley you’ll get to enjoy the best of both worlds – a fantastic learning experience together with incredible opportunities to socialise, unwind and embark on the odd adventure in between your studies. The first thing you’ll be impressed by is the stunning locations of the two UCLan Burnley campus sites, which are ideally situated in the beating heart of Pennine Lancashire, surrounded by miles and miles of open countryside and breath-taking views. It’s a landscape which will appeal to anyone with a thirst for exploration and adventure. Looking north, you’ll encounter the imposing grandeur of Pendle Hill, whose history is steeped in centuries of myths and legends. Beyond lie the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


UCLan Victoria Mill Canalside Campus &UCLan Princess Way modern iconic campus Both UCLan Burnley campus sites are quite unique and both iconic buildings in very different ways – the Victoria Mill Campus is a fabulous converted canalside mill in one of the UK’s finest historic regeneration areas, with several historic features restored to comfortably sit alongside modern architecture and open spaces. The Princess Way site in Burnley’s Knowledge Quarter is a stunning modern campus with bright, spacious buildings.

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Saif Ansari:

Year 4 Medical Student, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)


riginally from India, I came from living in the bustling city of Abu Dhabi, to a city called Preston. All I knew about it was that it was located to the north of Manchester. I had low expectations when I left home because I was so used to living with the luxuries of family, friends and airconditioning. However, three years down the line, I feel like I have made Lancashire my home. I have made evergreen relationships and memories in these three years which I’ll always hold close. I have always wanted to study medicine and so I applied to different universities around England, UCLan being one of them. I had given up on most options as they never got back to me with favourable responses or I didn’t fancy them. I came across UCLan on one of the student forums as a ‘new medical school catering to international students’. I applied because I saw how passionate UCLan were about this new medicine course. Their teaching facilities looked excellent and so did the campus environment. I particularly found their student to staff ratios to be great. The process of moving to Preston was daunting at first. The thought of leaving my family and home was scary to say the least. But soon enough, I met new people and made close friends. We all realised the happiness in our loneliness in a new country. I gradually acclimatised to the food, local people and the dogged rainy weather! After a couple of years in Preston, moving to the Blackburn and Burnley area was easier, as I was quite used to the area already. Plus, we as a group of friends, were excited to live together in our own apartments. We felt quite ‘grown-up’. I have enjoyed this course from the start. I love the fact that we are on first-name basis with most of our professors and teachers. It is such a calm and genuine environment that I feel at home. Unlike many courses, you don’t get lost in the lecture theatre since we are such a small cohort of

students and staff. We enjoy our campus days, especially the small group teaching sessions in which ideas spark the most interesting conversations and debates. The university support is undeniably the best aspect of our course, be it academic or non-academic. We have academic advisors who guide us through the journey of becoming a doctor and clinical supervisors who monitor us during our clinical attachments. We also have Stephen Mahon, our clinical skills lead, who gives us immense encouragement and support. Whenever we need anything, we’ve got someone to approach for help. I have to admit, Blackburn and Burnley do not have the social scene to compete with Manchester or Liverpool, but we do enjoy our time here. From going to the cinema to evenings in local restaurants, we enjoy our limited free time here. Plus, I enjoy a good sweat session at the gym, and there are plenty around. I am especially excited about my new gym membership to Burnley Leisure, provided by UCLan free of charge to all students at our campus in Burnley! We have visited a lot of places in and around here – from Lake District to Ingleton Waterfalls. A weekly trip to Preston city is mandatory and when it is someone’s birthday, we have to get a cake and head down to Manchester. I usually carpool with my friends to get to our campus in Burnley. It’s quite easy as we usually end up with similar lecture times, even if we’re scheduled in different groups. Occasionally, I do get on a 30-minute train ride from Blackburn which is convenient as the train stations are very close both ways. If I could say one thing to a student coming to study in Burnley, I’d say ‘Be Prepared’. “You will feel the all-encompassing love for the facilities and staff; you will be challenged by the various courses available; you will be encouraged to reach your full potential and be embraced as part of the community!” 81

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Serena Patel:

Year 4 Medical Student, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

“The facilities in Burnley are really great and it is a good atmosphere to study in!�



ourth Year medical student, Serena Patel, shares her experience on UCLan’s MBBS programme, taught at Victoria Mill, Burnley. Serena was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She received her high school diploma in Massachusetts and then attended Queen Mary University in London, where she received a BSc (Hons) in Medical Genetics. Asked why she applied to UCLan, Serena says: “I applied to UCLan, because I was used to small teaching groups from my previous schools and this was the environment that I felt most comfortable in learning in. Through work experience in medicine, I quickly realised that medicine is really a vocation and that I would need support and proper teaching in order to be a competent doctor. UCLan seemed like the perfect place to achieve this, not only because of their small teaching size, but also because they have state of the art equipment and technology for us to learn on. When I came to visit UCLan and saw the clinical skills suite that looked like a hospital ward – I was sold! I could tell that UCLan really had put so much thought into what would make this course stand out from any other medicine course. Additionally, the anatomy models that we have access to are unparalleled to anything I have seen at other medical schools. They were so intricately made and really helped to visualise anatomy, which can be such an obscure subject at best to study! “Furthermore, I would have to say this was the number one reason that I came to UCLan, was the staff. From the admissions team to the head of school, it was evident how committed the staff were to the university, the programme, our education and our future. The admissions process was absolutely seamless - the team were always on hand to answer questions and were so keen to help. It was very easy to get in touch with someone from admissions and have my questions answered, which really wasn’t my experience when applying to universities in the U.K. When I came for my interview and had the chance to meet some of the staff, I really felt at home already. It felt like they were there because they truly wanted to be and it seemed like the whole team was committed to UCLan and making this programme a success. Now that we are in phase 2 and spend most of our time in clinical placement, we have constant support on the hospital site. There is always a member of staff from UCLan on site that we can call and ask for support or to come and asses how we are doing in clinical placement. This is really useful because it has helped us feel more comfortable and not so overwhelmed in the clinical environment, and also gives us an opportunity for constant feedback and growth”.

Serena’s experience on the course has been very positive. She explains: “Having previously studied at another university, I really feel that I have I am known personally here at UCLan, and I am not just a number – this isn’t something that I have experience previously. The staff know us all personally, and UCLan has become a home away from home. We feel very comfortable in class with staff because of this and therefore we are not afraid to ask questions, or seek extra help. The staff are show enthusiasm in their teaching and are experts in their fields. They are very passionate about what they teach, and this inspires us. Another thing that I have really loved about being at UCLan is the hands-on clinical experience that we get. We got to meet patients in our first week at medical school, which really is not conventional! This has made us become very comfortable with speaking to patients about anything now and we feel well equipped to interact with patients and their families regularly one-on-one. UCLan is keen for their student’s feedback and work with the students to make improvements where possible. We are sent regular surveys for feedback for each teaching session and have representatives we can speak to at any time. The support we have received thus far has been outstanding. Our advisors are always available to meet. Since we form such close relationships with the staff, we are able to speak to them about any personal concerns and non-academic issues that we may have. With university, let alone medicine, being so demanding, UCLan really has tried to implement as many measures as possible to ensure that we are well supported”. Serena lives in Preston and shares a car with three other medical students to get to classes in Burnley and to their clinical placements. When travelling to other cities in the UK, they take the train as there is a great connection to other regions. Speaking about her travels, she says: “We have travelled to quite a few places together in the UK including London, Liverpool, Manchester, and the Lake District. Recently, a group of us hiked around Ingleton falls, which was a really nice day out and a great way to kick off Year 4! My friend from the course and I also went to Prague this past summer, which we absolutely loved! We have also had the benefit of sharing cultural holidays with each other, since we all come from all around the world!” To any student considering coming to study in Burnley, she adds: “The facilities in Burnley are really great and it is a good atmosphere to study in!”


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Stephen Mahon:

Lead for Medical Skills & Quality Care. University of Central Lancashire, Burnley (UCLan)


have lived in East Lancashire for most of my life and worked for East Lancashire University Hospitals since I commenced my initial nurse training course back in 1991. Since then, I have had a varied career in nursing, working in both clinical and educational environments. I studied at UCLan on an Advanced Nursing course which enables nurses to specialise and develop extra skills to work alongside their medical colleagues. This enabled me to provide an enhanced service for my patients by taking on roles that had been done traditionally by junior doctors. Upon completion of the course, I won the Gilbertson Scholarship for Excellence and did a master’s degree in Nursing. During that time, I developed a real interest in Emotional Intelligence and Human Factors training. My dissertation looked at the way we use compassion in our practice and especially in clinical decision making. This gave me a real thirst to put my research and knowledge into use through teaching. I started work at UCLan in the Health and Social Care team and came to teach at the Burnley campus on Princess Way. This was my first time working in Burnley. I love the vibe of the campus and the people here are so friendly and easy going. I soon made lots of friends and connections within the university and Burnley College. I then taught in the School of Nursing as a Senior Lecturer and later became Lead for Medical Skills and Quality Care for the medicine programme (MBBS) in the School of Medicine. I have been involved with medical education for about 10 years, working in the hospital setting supporting medical students, junior doctors and teaching clinical skills. When I heard about the exciting plans that UCLan and its partner organisations had for the medical school, it was not a hard decision to get involved. I took up my current post in 2017 and can honestly say


that I am enjoying every minute of it. Bringing a medical school to Burnley and East Lancashire is a stroke of genius - the beautiful landscape and the urban redevelopment provide a brilliant setting for learning. I have been part of the team that re-purposed the space at Victoria Mill. We have installed a state-of-the-art clinical skills lab and have future-proofed the investment by using some very high spec technical and IT equipment, enabling us to provide the best and most contemporary experience for our students. It is envisaged that all our major skills exams will take place here, as well as all the teaching for years 3 to 5 of the medical degree. Other healthcare students such as the Physicians Associates and Nursing will also use the lab and facilities. This will really enhance the teaching, training and overall experience for these students. What I really like about being here in Burnley is the mix of culture and heritage, and that is so apparent at the Victoria Mills site. The mill architecture is something of a walk down memory lane for me. I grew up in neighbouring Blackburn and my stepfather was a mill manager. I had siblings who went to work in textiles and still do! As a child, I was terrified of the noise and the machinery and I vowed never to do it. It is ironic then that a career in health and hospitals for nearly 30 years has led me to working in a converted mill! As I sit to write this, I am surrounded by the wonderful random stone walls and iron straps that would have once hummed to the work of hundreds of spinning machines and looms. Now, they are filled with aspiring and dedicated students who will be the next generation of doctors and health care professionals. I am so proud to have been part of the pioneering team that brought 21st century medical education to Burnley.



his Master’s Degree Apprenticeship allows employees to work while also studying for an MBA. The course has been designed in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute, national and local companies to meet skills shortages. It combines high quality teaching with practical work experience; core modules are studied on a parttime basis and are put into practice through work-based projects. Assessments are agreed with employers to ensure that the course is fully integrated within the workplace to benefit both the employer and the apprentice. Academic study and theory from a traditional university master’s degree is combined with the practical on-the-job experience and employment skills required for a successful career as a senior leader. The student also focusses on their personal development throughout their study. From a student perspective, the government and your employer pay your tuition fees, so you won’t need to take out a tuition fee loan. From an employer perspective, this MBA degree apprenticeship is an inexpensive way for your organisation to attract and retain talented employees, develop your workforce, fill skills gaps and improve your organisation’s performance.

Benefits to the student include • • • • •

Earn and train at the same time Study for a degree without debt Gain relevant skills from an industry driven approach; you will work full time while studying towards a fully accredited master’s degree Apply your learning in the workplace Gain academic insight and commercial application of business issues

Benefits to the business include • • • • •

Recruit new apprentices, upskill existing staff and enhance staff motivation Develop your management team, grow your business and increase productivity Gain a competitive edge Development of skills and knowledge that is directly relevant to your business Opportunity to ‘grow your own’ staff instilling your business culture and working style from an early stage

Entry Requirements

A first degree in a management-related subject area (minimum 2.2) and individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. This may involve previous management experience, having undertaken an apprenticeship or qualifications such as a first degree in a management-related subject area. English and Maths (grade A*-C) will be required at a minimum of Level 2 prior to the end point assessment Non-standard entry Applications from candidates with non-standard qualifications, eg relevant work experience and/or formal qualifications from other subject areas, will be considered on a case by case basis. If you are interested in applying for this course, please contact Paula directly at


I am the Managing Director of Pendle Engineering Limited. I chose UCLan because it offers a local study option and it is one of the first adopters of the Senior Leader Master’s Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship. So far, the course has equipped me with enhanced critical thinking skills, enabling me to make better business decisions. The tailored support I have received from the course leader has been fantastic, nothing is too much trouble. My ultimate aim is to deliver greater levels of quality, service and value to our customers by engaging and empowering the Pendle team into our vision and strategy. Burnley is a fantastic place to work and live, offering a great blend of industrial heritage, fresh air, stunning countryside, and of course – Premier League Football! Chris Smith Executive MBA UCLan Burnley Campus 85

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What’s the recipe for success for Burnley College?

t’s been rated Outstanding by Ofsted and, each year its Sixth Form students earn outstanding results in their A Level and Advanced Level Vocational studies before heading to the UK’s most prestigious universities, including the University of Cambridge. Themis, its Apprenticeship and Business Training Arm, has been named North West Aerospace Alliance New Talent Training Provider of the Year for the second year running and sees its Apprentices compete on the national and global stage for leading industry awards. And graduates from University Courses at Burnley College are quickly catching the eye of leading Employers who see a different calibre of graduate: future leaders with the comprehensive industry skills, knowledge and experience that makes them the ideal recruit. There’s a common link that equals success for those students, Apprentices and undergraduates alike and is embedded at the very heart of life at Burnley College. It’s individual, tailored support to ensure that each and every one fulfils their potential and achieves their dreams. We look at how the College’s individual support is helping one young athlete reach the Olympics and giving another student the skills she needs to secure a prized Degree Apprenticeship on her journey to becoming a HR professional. Plus, we see how undergraduates on University Courses at Burnley College have access to an innovative Boost Curriculum to meet their own individual needs. Burnley already has a great reputation when it comes to the hammer. Our very own Sophie Hitchon put the sport well and truly in the centre of the public eye with her amazing performance in the Rio Olympics of 2016, when she clinched the bronze medal. Sophie single-handedly catapulted the sport from the realms of a niche interest to headline news through her power, skill and gritty determination to be the very best. Now there’s a new girl on the block, following closely in the footsteps of Sophie and equally as hungry for success – and she’s keeping the Burnley tradition for strength in hammer throwing alive.


Charlotte Williams:

Advanced Level Sport & Exercise Student, Burnley College

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harlotte Williams is an Advanced Level Sport and Exercise Science student at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre, where her studies focus on the physiological basis of the human body and the psychology behind performance. But that’s not all – the College, which is building an impressive record for sporting achievement and progression to top universities to study sports-related degrees – is also helping her achieve her dream of representing GB in the hammer in the Olympics. She is part of the College’s exclusive Elite Athlete programme, which fuses professional expertise with cuttingedge science, where she receives tailored, individual support and guidance on improving her strength and conditioning, helping her to reach peak fitness when she walks out to compete on the national and international stage. “Being part of the Elite Athlete programme really does help me,” says Charlotte, who is 17 years old. “It means that I have the opportunity to fit in my strength and conditioning training around my coursework and always have professional expertise on hand to make sure that my technique is perfect in the gym. “I train six days a week and the work I put in as part of the Elite Athlete programme is an integral part of this. Plus, the fitness testing I take part in at Fitness Evolution, the gym at College, also helps me to monitor my progress and create a training schedule that will optimise my performance.” She adds: “As an Elite Athlete, I have a support team of professionals in place at College to make sure that I’m the very best I can be. They’re focussed on me as an individual athlete and bring together all their specialisms – that’s everything from sports psychology to nutrition – it feels like I’m a professional athlete already! I’m supported to train like a professional; to think like a professional and to fuel myself like a professional with the correctly-balanced diet for optimum performance. “It’s great to be able to call on their experience and support, too, when the going gets tough. As professionals in the sports industry, they have years of experience they can draw on to give me advice and support, plus, I get a real sense of camaraderie from the other Elite Athletes in the programme, whether they’re swimmers, runners or rugby players, we’re all there to support each other.” Ashley Alderson, leader of the acclaimed Elite Athlete programme and manager of Fitness Evolution, himself one of only a handful of Master Personal Trainers in the UK and a former professional footballer said: “Charlotte is a truly outstanding athlete and has a great career ahead of her, competing on the world stage. It’s a privilege to be part of her journey and help her develop the mindset, techniques and knowledge that will support her throughout her career. “Sport plays a huge part in life at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre: we’ve gathered a team of expert, industryleading Tutors with years of professional experience at the top of their fields to teach Vocational, A Level and Degree courses, as well as opportunities for Adults to gain a qualification to start a career in the fitness industry.

“Just like Charlotte, we’re powered by our passion for sport and fitness and are driven to exceed expectations and reach the very top of our field.” Outside College, Charlotte is trained by Michael Hitchon, of Blackburn Harriers – the outstanding coach and father of Sophie Hitchon, who is helping her to follow in his famous daughter’s footsteps. And Charlotte also gets words of advice and support from Sophie herself, who now trains in the USA with the GB coach. “Sophie will look at my technique on video and give me tips,” says Charlotte. “And when she’s in the UK she comes along to train with us sometimes, too, which is great.” As a hammer thrower, Charlotte’s training schedule is a tough one, taking up 15 hours over six days. And it’s not just about developing upper body strength and the correct technique, she must also include weights, squats, sprints and jumping to give her the explosive power she needs to throw the 4kg weight further than her opponents. Charlotte discovered her talent for the hammer completely by chance, taking part in an athletics tournament for Blackburn Harriers when she was just 14 years old. She says: “I’d been keen on sport and being active since I was really young and my parents always encouraged me. I’d tried everything from ballet and judo to the shotput but, the first time I tried the hammer I really amazed myself by throwing the fifth furthest distance in the UK for my age group. “I got a real buzz out of that and asked Michael if he would coach me and that’s where it all really took off for me. Now I represent Blackburn Harriers and Birchfield Harriers, in Birmingham, as well as Lancashire the North West and England, in the under-17s’ UK nationals in Ireland in 2017.” Charlotte has her sights firmly set on representing GB at the Olympics in years to come and gaining a place in the Commonwealth Games team. In the meantime, her next goal is to throw over 59m and represent the UK in the European Athletics Championships for young people. Her time at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre has also given Charlotte the drive to push herself academically to become the very best she can. She is now considering scholarships at some of the top universities in the USA, including UCLA, in Los Angeles, where she would be able to continue her education to degree level while training under the GB hammer coach, or Florida. “My dream is to follow in Sophie’s footsteps and get to the Olympics. With the support network I have behind me, I’m already making great strides towards that and am taking every opportunity I can. A gold medal would be the icing on the cake for me and I’d be so proud the stand on the podium with the National Anthem playing,” says Charlotte.


Mia Starkie:

Advanced Level Business Student, Burnley College

“The #FutureBoss Bootcamp has changed my future. It’s opened up a world of possibility for me; it’s made me recognise my potential and given me the impetus I needed to become the very best version of myself.”


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ia Starkie is a pioneer. The ambitious 17-year-old is leading the way when it comes to planning her future. She’s focussed on her career goals and has a gritty determination to succeed.

But Mia’s not going it alone on the journey to success and building a bright future for herself. She’s one of the first students at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre to embark on the innovative new #FutureBoss Bootcamp programme where she can call upon expert advice and guidance from a range of specially selected industry experts. And the ultimate aim of the exciting programme is to equip Mia – and the 18 other focussed students on the Mia, who is an Advanced Level Business student, says:

“A Degree Apprenticeship is the perfect route for me as I want to immerse myself in the world of work so I can start gaining the experience that employers really value; earn a salary and get a degree at the same time. Plus, at the end of my Degree Apprenticeship, I won’t be in debt as my employer will pay my course fees. “I know that there will be lots of people competing for each Degree Apprenticeship as the benefits of this route into employment are becoming better known so it’s vital that I have qualities, skills and knowledge that make me stand out from the crowd. That’s why, when I heard about the #FutureBoss Bootcamp in College, I really wanted to take part and saw just how it would help me reach my goal.” The intensive #FutureBoss Bootcamp, believed to have been the first of its kind in the country, has taken both A Level and Advanced Vocational programme students on the journey from the classroom to the expectations of the world of work, giving them the skills and knowledge that will help them shine when applying for a Degree Apprenticeship. Each session in the nine-week programme places high expectations on the students – who are requested to swop their casual classroom attire for business dress - and challenges them to step outside their comfort zone. An enviable array of guest speakers, drawn from industry, have visited to give life-changing presentations to the students, opening their minds to the opportunities they can take and the skills and knowledge that will help them reach their goals.

Speakers have been: • Leading North West motivational speaker and business on-boarding specialist Michael Quigley on identifying students’ individual USPs (unique selling points) and developing self-awareness. • Top resilience trainer Caroline Dakin on developing mental toughness and improving wellbeing by developing both mental and physical durability in all areas of life. • Recruitment specialist Laura Hartley on CV writing, creating the perfect CV that will make candidates stand out from the crowd to potential employers.

Bootcamp – with the skills, knowledge and self-confidence needed to secure a coveted Degree Apprenticeship. Competition is high for Degree Apprenticeships, which were introduced by the Government in 2015 and combine the chance to earn a university degree while gaining vital work experience, with only the very best candidates securing a position and facing tough competition on the way. •

Acclaimed public speaker and former radio presenter Christopher Dean on how to deliver the perfect presentation with confidence. • Engagement specialist Lisa Edge on creating the ideal professional networks and making effective business contacts. The #FutureBoss Bootcamp has also included an invaluable question-and-answer session with leading employers from a range of industries, giving students an insight into what makes the perfect candidate and what skills, knowledge and behaviours really impress. Students have also had the opportunity to take part in specific industry experience sessions, giving them a taste of their chosen sectors and the opportunity to make valuable contacts. Mia, a former All Saints Catholic High School student from Rossendale, says: “Each week I’ve learnt so much and been really pushed to do things I would never have thought possible before. My confidence has been building week by week and I feel like I ended the ‘FutureBoss Bootcamp programme as a more confident person, with a real understanding of what employers want and how I can match my skills and knowledge to that. “I’ve realised just what I am capable of: one week I was given just a few minutes to prepare and then gave a presentation on ‘My Five-Year Plan’, something I would never have thought possible at the beginning of the programme. Now, I know I can face challenges and overcome my fears, everything seems possible.” Mia, who completed work placements in the NHS and a private sector print firm as part of her Advanced Vocational Business studies at College now has her sights firmly set on a Degree Apprenticeship. Her workplace experience confirmed her desire to work in a corporate environment where she can really make an impact on the business and drive success through her exceptional organisation skills and ability to work methodically. Through the #FutureBoss Bootcamp, Mia has worked with specialist advisors at Themis, the Apprenticeship and business training arm of Burnley College, to identify Degree Apprenticeship opportunities where she will be able to continue her studies to degree level at the University Courses Centre at Burnley College. Such is the success of the Bootcamp that it being established as a regular feature in the College’s academic calendar and the concept is being rolled out to encourage excellence within other routes to career and academic success. 91



hat question has driven two passionate Lecturers who lead University Courses at Burnley College to carry out extensive research and develop an innovative programme tailored to the individual needs of undergraduates. The Boost Curriculum offered to those studying for University-level qualifications at the £100 million Burnley College Campus gives local graduates the skills, knowledge and experiences that will allow them to shine at interviews with Employers in a variety of exciting sectors. Amy Edwards-Smith, who leads the School of Health and Wellbeing, which offers a range of industryfocussed degree courses, said: “All the University courses we offer here in Burnley are breaking the mould in terms of the level of industry experience and expertise we offer to undergraduates. “However, we wanted to go even further. We wanted to provide our undergraduates with that extra boost to their CV, skills and knowledge which can make all the difference when it comes to impressing an employer, securing your dream job and changing your life.” Amy joined forces with Sarah Condren, who leads the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, to research how universities across the world offered ‘added value’ to undergraduates, studying on a wide range of degree courses. Together they devised the Boost Curriculum.


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Sarah said: “The Boost Curriculum is an innovative programme of seminars, lectures and activities that are open to all our undergraduates, whatever their degree course, whatever stage they are at in their studies. Since launching the programme at the beginning of the year, we’ve been thrilled with the response from undergraduates who have taken part and we’re already planning to develop the Curriculum still further in line with their feedback.” The Boost Curriculum has been designed to help undergraduates stay up to date with the very latest developments in their chosen fields or areas of interest, as well as offering academic and practical skills that can add an extra dimension to their degree studies and useful activities that allow them to enjoy the company of fellow undergraduates. Among the many seminars that undergraduates can choose to attend to advance their knowledge within the Boost Curriculum are: • Understanding Psychopathy • Social Pedagogy • Diabetes Awareness • Personality and Behaviour • Social Media and Mental Health • An Introduction to Trans and Gender Diverse Identities. Amy said: “These specialist sessions can really make a difference: they can add a new dimension to your studies or allow you to apply your new-found knowledge in situations you experience. “We’ve had some excellent guest speakers in who are experts in their field to help inspire our undergraduates to make a difference through their career choices or within their own communities, including representatives from homelessness charity Emmaus, domestic abuse and support charities SafeNet and Brighter Lives and a child sexual exploitation prevention specialist.“ The skills element of the Boost Curriculum includes workshops and seminars on: • Dealing with Conflict • How to Avoid Plagiarism

• Be The Best You • Interpersonal Skills • Critical Thinking • Referencing • Problem-Solving. And the activities element of the Boost Curriculum includes: • A Parenting Club • Mindfulness • Healthy Eating • The IDEA Academy (helping to develop digital, enterprise and employability skills through a series of challenges) • ECG (Electrocardiogram) Made Simple The Boost programme has been so successful that plans are now in place to extend it still further, affording students on Advanced Vocational and A Level programmes the opportunity to widen their knowledge and skills base. Sarah said: “We’ve drawn expertise from across those lecturers and industry experts who deliver University Courses at Burnley College to create a great pool of talent that undergraduates can access. It’s a ‘pick and mix’ option for them to combine lectures, seminars and workshops that fit their individual needs and will help them create an impressive CV when applying for positions as future leaders in their chosen fields. “Here in Burnley we’re proud to offer traditional University with a twist and the Boost Curriculum is just part of what makes us so special. We’re creating the forward-thinking industry leaders of tomorrow and giving them the power to tailor their skills and knowledge to fit their individual needs and the needs of their chosen sectors going forward. “For us, a university qualification is far from ‘one size fits all’, we’re passionate about ensuring that our undergraduates have access to the individual support and tailored programmes which will help them become something different, to make a difference in their chosen career paths and become the individuals who change both industry and society in the years to come.”


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BURNLEY’S NEWEST CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL VENUES – THE PLACES TO BE SEEN– Burnley’s trendy bar and restaurant scene is growing, with several new eclectic bars and sumptuous eateries opening up across the town centre. You no longer need to travel into the big cities to experience great ambience and top quality food and drinks




urnley’s latest edition to its bar and restaurant scene is the Empire Theatre Champagne Bar, which opened in November 2018. It has made a special impact on St. James’s Street, near to the old Victorian theatre that it is named after, with its ample selection of France’s finest tipple.


Based in the foyer of the original theatre, the bar also has an attractive seated terrace at the rear that overlooks the river, where diners can enjoy alfresco fizz during the summer months. But it’s not just champagnes on offer, the bar also stocks fine wines, gin cocktails and beers with a tempting menu of Thai food, pizza and tapas. The kitchen has also been recently extended and the choice of food available will increase to include afternoon teas in the summer.

diners can enjoy alfresco fizz Ella Beardsworth, owner of the Empire Theatre bar, says: “We have hit the ground running and been very well received with the people of Burnley.” Ella, whose father also owns the popular Cork House nearby is enthusiastic about staging the best social venues in the town. “I’m very passionate about Burnley, I absolutely love it – the buzz, the people, the history. That’s why I have invested so much time and money here. Burnley is on the up and by establishing quality attractions such as The Empire Theatre Champagne Bar it inevitably has a knock-on effect and generates even more footfall on to the streets. We are seeing people in the 30 years plus age range through the door and they are people who wouldn’t have even thought of coming in to Burnley for a night out some years ago. They would have gone to Manchester instead.” Ella hopes the re-generation of the Empire Theatre behind the bar will also increase visitor numbers to Burnley town centre. The historic theatre property was bought for £1 last year by the Burnley Empire Theatre Trust, and work to restore the Victorian Grade II listed building has started. Ella has worked closely with her mum and interior designers to create the upmarket contemporary feel to the venue.



arnivoro, one of Burnley’s newest eateries, is a Rodizio Grill Restaurant which offers 15 types of meat from ďŹ llet, sirloin and garlic steak to pork belly and a large selection of sides, with a passion for good quality, locally sourced food. If you are looking for an authentic Brazilian dining experience, then look no further. Your journey starts with the salad bar with a fabulous range of hot and cold dishes, fresh vegetables, salads, cured meats, continental cheeses and several other delicious dishes to accompany your meal.


When you are ready for meat, simply flip your card from red to green and their Passadores (meat chefs) will bring skewers of sizzling meat and carve it right at your table. When you need a rest flip your card over to red and when you’re ready to go again simply flip it back over to green again! The carnivorous display is not really one for the vegetarians, but if you’ve a vegetarian in your group then Carnivoro does have a nice selection of vegan and vegetarian choices. The Burnley Magazine team dropped in to experience a taste of Brazil and we weren’t disappointed. The food and atmosphere in Carnivoro were excellent – and the cocktail bar didn’t disappoint either! The servers brandished their skewers like a sword, every cut had its own intense barbecue flavours juicily oozing through the flesh there’s a host of beef joints all with their own merits - a tender sirloin, meaty cap of rump and our favourite of the selection a spicy chilli beef, with its flavours marbling the fattier cut of beef. We also tackled the tasty gammon and fresh pineapple, absolutely mouth-watering, and the splendidly shiny red sausages that while looking a little angry, ooze with flavoursome spices. It’s a feast for the senses, the food, the drinks, the atmosphere, we’ll definitely be returning very soon!

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What is Rodizio dinner? In most areas of the world outside of Brazil, a rodízio restaurant refers to a Brazilian style steakhouse restaurant. Customers pay a fixed price (preço fixo), and waiters bring samples of food to each customer at several times throughout the meal, until the customers signal that they have had enough.


The restaurant is located in Burnley’s former central Post Office building, a beautiful Grade II listed Edwardian building that has been sensitively transformed creating a stylish restaurant and trendy bar that rivals any top city restaurant. The 4,000 sq.ft. restaurant, which has been superbly designed in industrial styling, opened its doors last autumn adding another hi-end leisure offer to Burnley’s town centre’s food scene.


General manager Adam Foster said: “The whole concept of the restaurant is that we invite guests to try a selection of 15 different meats including sirloin, fillet, chorizo sausage, and chicken in bacon. “Staff members called ‘Passadors’ will work closely with the kitchen bringing these meats to the table where they will carve them for you. “The nearest venue that offers something like this is in Manchester. What we are hoping is that this brings people into Burnley from out of the area.” Adam added: “The investor wanted it to be a bar initially but my business partner Tom said it needed to be something more than that, something that Burnley hasn’t seen before. “We are keeping it local as well though. We’ve hired from around here, we’re working alongside Batch and we are sourcing our meat from Riley’s Butchers.”

“We wanted people to walk in and go ‘wow’; and we’ve done just that - we make our guests feel special, like they are walking into a bar or restaurant in the middle of Manchester centre.”


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There is no stopping Lancashire’s first distillery; since making the move from their basement, they are now taking the USA by storm!


rom producing forty bottles of gin at a time in the basement of a house, to now showcasing their products on the shelves of Booths, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, and exporting their gins to America and Canada, to name but a few, Lancashire’s first distillery is a fine example of soaring success. In 2018 the distillery launched the UK’s first, and only, monthly singledistillery spirits subscription.

HANDCRAFTED Moving production from the Head Distiller’s basement to a renovated mill, Batch spirits are handcrafted in Burnley, Lancashire. The distillery produce small-batch spirits where

craft production is at the heart of everything they do. As a small family run business, with an individual and inventive team, they work together to experiment, innovate and produce only the best craft spirits. From their Head Distiller’s passion for exploring new botanicals, to bottling and signing spirits by hand, Batch oversee the entire production process.

THE RANGE There are three products in the Batch Core range. Each distinct and bold on flavour. Batch Whinberry Gin is a fruity number and is oak-aged in a Cognac barrel. Batch Signature Gin was

voted the UK’s Favourite Craft Gin and their Industrial Strength Gin, a playful twist on a Navy Gin, was awarded Double Gold and Best Gin Medals at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, placing it among the finest gins in the world.

THE CLUB Each month the distillery release a limited edition spirit to subscribers of Batch Innovations, their monthly spirits club. Gin is mostly the spirit of the month but they also release the occasional bottle of Batch Botanical Blends or Batch Rum.

Members are the first to receive the 70cl bottle of spirit and a complimentary tonic supplied by Fever-Tree, and from the moment members sign up to Batch Innovations they earn Reward Points. A members-only online store grants subscribers access to even more exclusive spirits and merchandise.


Shop with us online and take advantage of these exclusive discounts.

As well as great tasting spirits, stunning artwork designed by local artist Bodie and designer LadyJane are a focal point of each release, leaving us thirsty for what’s next in the Batch Innovations range.

Order any item from our core product range and receive a 15% discount. Use the code burnley when you checkout.

Subscribe to Batch Innovations – our monthly spirits club and get the first month for £20. Use the code burnley20 when you checkout.










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Wow. Great tasting gins – I was blown away. I would highly recommend Batch products to anyone looking for something different.





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ast year, Jai Redman and his husband sold their Manchester City Centre apartment. They were ready for a change. They had been deliberating over moving to London or even Brooklyn, NYC but a chance bus journey led Burnley to becoming their home. When taking a shopping trip with a friend, Jai asked what village they were currently in and when they would be arriving in Burnley. His friend laughed, stating that the stunning greenery and buildings around that he’d been admiring through the window for the past few minutes? That was Burnley! In fact, the town made such an impression on Jai that he decided to set up One Sixty – a vegetarian and vegan cafe – on St James Street which has since become a valuable part of the community.


“There are people doing brilliant things in Burnley – we all need to be shouting about that together”


While the cake counter and vegan food on offer looked incredible – think Bakewell Tarts, gooey Chocolate Cake and Katsu Curry – Jai told me that One Sixty was so much more than a cafe. Jai said: “My roots are as a visual artist, working across sculptures, paintings, digital illustrations and socially engaged public art. I recently had an exhibition running at Manchester Art Gallery – Paradise Lost – and that was my swan song if you will. “Once that ended, my partner and I decided it was time to move out of the city and find a new challenge. I didn’t want to do what everyone else seemed to do and move to Chorlton or Didsbury. “We wanted to be somewhere that we could really get involved in the local community and make a difference somehow.” This is reflected in the St James Street building, which has a cosy log burner and plenty of artwork dotted around. Jai wanted to encourage local artists, musicians and students to use One Sixty a creative space, somewhere to find solitude – and a decent cuppa – as they work and or to network and get to know other like-minded people in the area. He believes that a big part of the arts and music community is based around conviviality; eating together and sharing ideas and opinions to help broaden and enrich the mind. The food may draw customers in but Jai knows that when people simply sit around and ‘do nothing’, that’s when the creativity flows and where change comes from. After studying Fine Art in Reading, Jai spent many years campaigning as an environmental activist, a self-confessed ‘Eco Warrior’ and his work took him all across the country. In 2009, Jai was part of a campaign named ‘ExInked’ – a participatory arts and ecology project launched in November 2009, in collaboration with Anatomy Projects and tattoo artists, Ink Vs Steel. With the support of leading conservation organisations, one hundred rare and endangered British species were identified and studied, before being delicately illustrated in pen and ink by Jai. The project raised a total of £3000 for the conservation partners and helped to promote education about changing ecologies and species loss. He also worked closely with Artwork Atelier, Salford until earlier this year. The venue was home to over 40 studios used by creative makers and businesses to host events, exhibitions and projects. This venture looked at exploring new ways of working, making and experiencing creativity and is something that Jai is keen to replicate in Burnley. Jai said: “I have belief in Burnley. It’s full of people who have a lot of heart, a lot of spirit and have a real belief in the town. It’s a hugely entrepreneurial place. “That said, we also have people coming to visit from Hebden Bridge, Manchester and Leeds, to name just a few places and they always say that they’re pleasantly surprised by the town centre.” One of the things that drew Jai and his husband to Burnley was the landscape and hills. The connection links were also a big bonus, with easy transport options available to travel to Leeds, London and Manchester. Property prices are also undeniably cheaper too and Jai says that the local wildlife – such a kingfisher and heron – really adds to the natural beauty of the area. “I think we need to start talking about what Burnley

is now and what it might be in 20 years’ time. There are people doing brilliant things here – we all need to be shouting about that together.” says Jai. Voted ‘Best Place to Eat in Lancashire’ by Lancashire Evening Post readers, One Sixty also has a heart of gold. On Christmas Day, it will open the doors to those people of Burnley who have nowhere else to go or no loved ones to spend the festive period with. It also stock’s local produce, uses eco-friendly packaging and offer people 50 per cent off drinks if they bring in reusable cups while student can enjoy a 20 per cent discount. One Sixty caters for every kind of dietary requirement you can imagine (without charging customers extra for non-diary milk) and holds live music nights with Eli Records.




You really can have your cake and eat it From unicorn cakes to Fortnight and Harry Potter inspired designs, young Burnley entrepreneur Hannah Greenwood, 24, is attracting sweet toothed shoppers from all over the region to her bakery, Bella’s Bakes.



riginally learning her craft at renowned Manchester patissier and chocolatiers, Slattery and following a brief move down south to manage another bakery at just 21, in May of last year, Hannah opened the doors to her own shop, in her hometown. Hannah says: “It made complete sense to set up my own bakery in Burnley, not only because it is where my family live but there’s so much going on in the town right now – it feels as though it’s a great community, especially for people like myself who are setting up their first business. Mortgage repayments are great for a space this size and it’s generally a better quality of life than if I was elsewhere in the county.” The story goes that Hannah made the decision to ditch her plans of becoming an English teacher and instead pestered Slattery for a job aged 19 after her mum bought her a one-day cake making course which turned into a two-week work experience. This insight into the cake world whipped up the idea that her passion for cakes could be more than just a hobby and so she began her training and hasn’t looked back since. Fast forward a few of years and Hannah is revelling in the decision. With 20 wedding cakes booked in this year already and with a minimum of 15 birthday cake orders every week, not to mention the daily delicious cupcakes that locals flock in for (we highly recommend the salted caramel and mint aero!), business is most definitely booming for this talented Burnley girl. “Every single customer who comes through the door is lovely – it’s so nice to know everyone by name and know what they like. The vibe is so friendly – everyone genuinely wants you to do well.”

Today, Bella’s Bakes is Instagram-perfect and the ideal spot for a catch up over coffee and cake but as a takeaway in its previous life, it was a real family effort to transform the space into what it has become today. “I sent my mum to look at the shop and it definitely had potential, but everyone pitched in to help us to get the doors open last year. Every inch of the bakery has been changed.” Using local tradespeople and a new kitchen fit by Pendle Kitchens, a sofa made by Hannah’s cousin, a coffee machine from her uncle and not to mention the hours of time given by other family and friends to paint the shop, Bella’s Bakes finally took shape last summer. We asked Bella what her best advice for other young aspiring cake makers and entrepreneurs was: “Be patient and practice. Everyone makes mistakes including me, but you have to try again, and again. Try not to get too frustrated. As my mum says ‘at the end of the day, it’s just cake!’” Bella’s Bakes can be found at: 299 Manchester Road, Burnley BB11 4HL 01282 727 271



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- GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Burnley solicitors, Alexander Grace Law, provides a modern legal service to clients in a range of areas, including residential and commercial conveyancing, Lasting Power of Attorney, Wills, Probate & Estate Administration and Court of Protection. The company recently celebrated its second year in business and last year was proud to win two accolades at the ESTAs Conveyancer Awards, as voted by the public. Both directors had previously worked in companies offering a more


traditional approach and it was with this in mind we decided it was time to break the mould and bring the legal industry into the 21st Century. As such, we have created a firm with a friendly, approachable and modern offering to both staff and clients alike, adapting to client lifestyles by using email and text communications to speed up procedures and offering late evening and early morning appointments outside of clients’ working hours. Now in our third year of business, we will continue to do everything that


we are currently doing very well for clients across Lancashire and the wider North West. We are making it our mission to ensure people understand the importance of having a Will and a Lasting Power of Attorney and will continue to help clients move into their new homes, stress-free! Work aside, we have yet again committed our local support to fundraising for the Pendleside and East Lancashire Hospices, with our annual charity ball with ambitions to reach a £20,000 fundraising target this year.


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More people are turning to yoga to deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life and for overall health and wellbeing Sue Kennedy’s love of yoga transforms people’s lives and led to her opening and running one of the North West’s leading hot yoga studios.


am not the typical yoga teacher that you may imagine Yogis to be. I am not a vegan, I am not a vegetarian,I like chocolate, chips, wine and Prosecco! I have a little more “Junk in the trunk” a.k.a.weight than I should have, I cannot sit in fire log position and I am not great at arm balance work, but boy can I teach it, and can I teach it well. I don’t need to convince you, my clients and students will confirm I can. They love the fact that I'm human! I feel totally honoured to be able to offer this fantastic hot yoga studio in Burnley.



urnley lady, Sue Kennedy, has had a passion for Yoga since she was 11 years old. Her busy family life has had many twists and turns over the years, but she’s never strayed far from her love of yoga and all round fitness. In fact, her love of yoga and the positive benefits it can have on people’s lives has turned into Sue running her own yoga business which she loves, enabling her to have a positive impact on the wellbeing and fitness of people of all ages. The Burnley Magazine team dropped in to Sue’s Your Yoga studio to learn more about the history of yoga and its many benefits. Just standing in the purpose built yoga studio felt tranquil, creating a calm atmosphere in which to relax and learn the art of yoga. Sue taught herself and practiced every night for 5 years. At the age of 16 she started a hairdressing career and a busy life took over. In her early 20s she qualified as an aerobics and Step instructor and taught exercise to music classes in the local and Manchester area. As a busy mother with three children and a husband who worked abroad, she had little time to continue teaching and so concentrated on her family and social work career. Sue says:” We were always active as a family, and my sister and I would often go on marathon training runs with the kids on their bikes. I often ended up pushing them uphill, (even my sister!) we would think nothing of running 50 miles a week. “However all the aerobic and running took its toll on my knees and after my last marathon in 2015, I began to concentrate more on teaching Yoga and Pilates as well as Personal Training.” Sue’s passions are Yoga, Pilates and Personal Training. She loves to teach a variety of clients of all ages and ability levels. Her many years of teaching have given her knowledge and first-hand experience of dealing with many different health related conditions. Nothing gives her more pleasure than to see her clients reaching their goals and the classes she teaches being full with students coming back week after week. Sue adds:”I am privileged to be a huge part of Fitness Experience PT and Performance Centre and delighted to bring you the beautiful ‘Your Yoga Studio’ within the Centre that is the first of its kind in the area. “I am looking forward to spending many more years in the health and wellbeing industry and look forward to welcoming clients, old and new, in our beautiful bespoke facility.”


Why are so many people turning to Yoga? Today more than any other time in western society, people are facing many stresses and strains in their everyday lives, and are hanging onto the ‘if only’ card. If only I had a bigger house, if only I had a better job, if only I had a better car, partner, boss, everything would be alright, I wouldn’t be as stressed, I would be happier, I would be … Somehow, through materialistic possessions and strife, we have lost our connection with our true being, with our soul our spirituality as we continue to strive for that ‘if only’ card, when really, we are enough as we are. Sue Kennedy, Director and lead instructor at Your Yoga says: “I believe more and more people in the west are turning to Yoga because they have heard from various sources such as the media, friends, magazines etc, that Yoga will ‘change their lives’. “Initially they aren’t sure quite how, but aside from the above mentioned they are willing to try anything.” But sadly, thousands of people are turning toward the medical model seeking solace from tranquilizers, antidepressants, sleeping pills, alcohol and narcotics in an attempt to cope with everyday life.

What is Yoga? Yoga is the oldest science of life, it can teach us how to bring control back into our lives on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Sue has heard Yoga being described in mechanical terms like a well tuned motor vehicle. What it needs to run effectively is lubrication, a cooling system, fuel, electrical power, and driver, (a good driver). In yoga, the postures which are called asanas, tone and strengthen the body, lubricate the joints keeping them moving freely, tones the internal organs and increases circulation. The body is cooled through relaxation and the yogic breathing. The pranayama (breath control) increases prana the electrical power. Meditation teaches us how to control and still the mind. Yoga is a complete science which originated from India. The oldest archaeological evidence of its existence was excavated from the Indus valley and thought to date back some 3,000 years BC. It is known to be the oldest ‘personal development system’ in the world which includes the mind, body and spirit. Ancient Yogis recognised if these three forces are to work in harmony, it is important to find the right balance. As such, Yogis formulated a unique method combining all the movements needed for physical wellbeing, including breath control and meditation for the mind and spirit.

What are the Benefits of Yoga? Initially people begin to practice Yoga for physical aesthetic reasons, focusing on how they look, others want to be more flexible or ease back pain or other specific complaints, but soon people who practice regularly begin to notice a subtle change in themselves, as they learn through relaxation and quietening the mind, they begin to experience inner peace, which is the essence of yoga. The benefits of Yoga include increased lung capacity, stress reduction, a decrease in blood sugar and cholesterol levels, mobility, flexibility and a stronger more toned body with the overall feeling of health and wellbeing as well as an increased level of fitness.


A Brief History of Yoga The Bhagavad Gita the best known of all yogic scripture was written around the 6th Century. Compiled by the sage Patanjali Yoga Sutras thought to have been written in the 3rd Century BC, which basis forms Raja, Ashtanga and Hatha. Patanjali’s 8 limbs of Yoga are disciplines that Yogis practicing one of the four main paths of yoga practice.These 8 steps are guidelines on how to live a meaningful life. They serve as a prescription on how to conduct oneself morally and ethically using self-discipline, directing attention towards one’s health and spiritual aspects of our nature.

They consist of: Yama’s Which are ethical standards and integrity, how you treat yourself and others. Niyama Self-discipline and spiritual austerities observances, cleanliness and contentment. Asanas Physical postures of Yoga developing concentration and discipline. Pranayama Breath control, connection with breath, mind and body. Dharana Concentration which precedes meditation learning to still the mind by concentrating on a single object. Dhyana The uninterrupted flow of concentration, the mind has been quietened and the stillness produces barely a thought. Samadhi Transcending the self-realizing a profound connection to the divine and interconnectedness to all living things.

basic principles The Sage, Swami Sivananda, is devoted to closely observing humanity and western lifestyles in particular and the needs of this section of society. He synthesised the ancient wisdom of Yoga into 5 basic principles for them which are relaxation, exercise, breathing, diet positive thinking and meditation. Relaxation releases tension in the muscles and rests the whole system (body) leaving you as refreshed as 122

having a good night sleep, teaching you to let go of all worries and fears. Exercise given by the Yoga postures (asanas) which work systematically on all parts of the body, toning, stretching the muscles, lubricating the spine and joints and keeping them healthy and flexible - improving circulation and internal organs. Breathing fully and rhythmically making use of all your lungs to increase your oxygen intake. Yogic breathing

known a pranayama teaches you how to recharge your body and take control of your mental state by regulating the flow of prana, which is life force. Diet that is nourishing and well balanced based on natural foods keeps the body light and supple, the mind calm giving a high resistance to disease. Meditation and positive thinking helps you remove negative thoughts and still the mind.

Your Yoga Studio

Burnley’s First Purpose Built Hot Yoga Studio

At your yoga studio we promote these five basic principles along with Patanjali ‘s eight Limbs in our sessions. We begin with a clear steady warm up of asanas designed to gently prepare the body for the work to come in a well thought out balanced manner. All our teachers offer something different, but we all have a very similar structure to ensure a well-balanced enjoyable workout. Sue says:”I begin my sessions with a few minutes in relaxation, usually in savasana, (corpse pose) where we focus on breathwork and relaxation. We then move into a medaitive pose for breathing exercises and mobility work to lubricate the joints and prepare the muscles and connective tissues for the forthcoming asana practice. “I then teach Sun Salutations which consist of 12 asanas which tone the whole body in preparation for the rest of the session where I like to incorporate standing balance postures, seated and standing twist postures, forward bends, back bends, inversions and maybe arm balances! It’s all good fun! “I like to make certain we have a well-balanced class and for every asana practiced, a counter pose is taught to rebalance the body. “Myself, like all the other teachers here at Your Yoga, ensure we offer options from basic asanas to intermediate and advanced postures, so we are able to offer something to everyone regardless of gender, age and ability. Every session ends with a final relaxation for at least 10 minutes to relax each body part and settle the mind.

With so many different types of Yoga, such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Hot Yoga, Aerial Yoga to name just a few, people get confused as to what type of Yoga would be suitable for them. At Your Yoga we believe ‘everybody’ can do yoga, but ‘everybody’ can’t do all the different types of yoga aforementioned because some of those types of Yoga would not be suitable for ‘everybody’. That’s why here at Your Yoga Studio Burnley we have over 20 classes a week available on our time table, (including Pilates) to ensure we have catered for all Levels of ability. Your Yoga Experience is Burnley’s first, purpose built Hot yoga studio and we are so proud of the environment and comfort we are able to offer the community. We have a beautiful energy in the room and I believe that is because we had the room blessed with Nitya Devi (Zena) who is an international yoga and well-being teacher, Nitya’s unique knowledge was developed during the 30 years of living in India where she trained intensely in meditation and spirituality. We are privileged to have Nitya as part of our story. Our Studio has been blessed by Nitya which consisted of a puja ritual to ensure the Studio would be cleansed of any negative energies. It worked! Our studio is full of positive like-minded people who are part of the Your Yoga Experience Community who welcome newcomers and ensure they to feel supported and welcome. We would encourage people to come and try yoga and see how it can help calm the mind and deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life.

After being diagnosed with MS in 2015, I was advised to try yoga. I was hesitant at first as I’ve never done yoga, I’m not flexible and some of the moves look ridiculously impossible. I wasn’t even able to touch my toes, let alone manage a headstand or the wheel! A friend encouraged me to join her at Your Yoga at FX Fitness and I loved it from the moment I walked into the room. The instructors are enthusiastic, friendly and very encouraging - which is what you need some days! customer testimonial 123


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ANYONE FOR CRICKET? Spend a leisurely day watching local cricket and you might just be bowled over!


ith Burnley being the birth place of England’s most successful bowler of all time, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend an afternoon on a local cricket game to see what it’s all about, and to pay homage to the man himself, James Anderson, and to the local cricket heroes who are following in his footsteps. You might need to brush up on your cricket terminology before attending a game – but don’t worry we’ve included a glossary within our feature to prepare you for a fully informed afternoon on the cricket. You’ll need to go prepared – it can be a long day or afternoon – take your own deckchair, get your suncream packed (or maybe a brolly), a couple of drinkies and a few nibbles – and you’ll be all set for the day.

Cricket is the most popular sport in the world after football. They are both team games of eleven players, except cricketers face a bowler propelling a 90 milean-hour ball at them! In the UK, the game itself has its roots some four hundred years ago but really developed its modern day rules and regulations in the eighteenth century.

Even if you don’t understand cricket, it makes a wonderful backdrop for a lazy summer afternoon, for people of all ages, enjoying lunch in the sunshine (and sometimes rain!) with an alcoholic beverage or two! A great way to while away a day with good friends and family, listening to the soothing, familiar clop of willow against leather.


Lowerhouse Cricket Club League: Lancashire League Ground: Liverpool Road, Burnley, Lancashire 2018 League Position: 2nd Lowerhouse Cricket Club was formed in Queen Victoria’s Silver Jubilee Year of 1862. The provision of land for a permanent ground by the Dugdale Family (owners of the large cotton mill in Lowerhouse) seems to have acted as a catalyst which saw several local clubs merge to form the club we have today. These small teams had been based on the three villages of Habergham, Rosegrove and, of course, Lowerhouse itself. 126

A town of two Cricket Clubs Burnley has two rival cricket clubs Burnley Cricket Club and Lowerhouse Cricket Club, and we’re focussing our feature on the club at the heart of the small community of Lowerhouse. Lowerhouse Cricket Club is a cricket club in the Lancashire League, which plays its home games at The Brooks Foundation Ground on Liverpool Road in Burnley. Burnley C.C was formed way back in 1834 , then playing in the Cow Lane area of town. It would be 28 years before they had significant in-town competition when a rival club was formed in the outlying village of Lowerhouse. Even before both teams were founder members of the Lancashire League in 1892; the two teams had established the tradition of playing each other in an annual game. The club’s had varying fortunes down the years. Burnley, along with Nelson and East Lancashire, being a very successful team, whereas Lowerhouse were considered a ‘Cinderella’ team, who even in their few better years, couldn’t win either League or the Worsley Cup. Burnley’s position as the town’s dominant side was only challenged when Lowerhouse made their breakthrough in 2004, and now

the club’s are on an equal footing. Considering their different histories, Lowerhouse had a very reasonable record against Burnley in their Worsley Cup head to heads. Lowerhouse rather surprisingly won the first 6 meetings between the clubs in the 1920’s and ‘30’s. Going into the 2018 Worsley Cup final the score is Lowerhouse 10 Burnley 14 and so who knows what this 25th meeting will bring? For the 2019 season Ben Heap is captain – it’s his 3rd year as captain full time, the professional is Ockert Erasmus from South Africa (it’s his 3rd year as pro). They’ve signed Jonathan Whitehead this season, who left them 4 years ago to be a professional player, but now is coming back to play amateur cricket. In recent years the club has been very successful, winning the League in 2011 and 2014, the League and Worsley Cup in 2012 and the Twenty20 Cup in 2013. The club won the league for the first time in 2005, captained by Joe Beneduce, having won the cup for the first time the year before, captained by Matt Hope. It has employed professionals including Ryan Harris, Martin van Jaarsveld, Jacques Rudolph and Peter Fulton.

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HOWZAT! Top young female Burnley cricketer selected for Lancashire Thunder Regional Development Centre (RDC) Programme 2019

Liberty Heap - a shining young female cricketer to look out for in the future One of Lowerhouse Cricket Club’s most talented young female players is heading for glory after being chosen as one of England’s most promising female cricketers, aged between 13 and 20, having been selected to join the renowned Lancashire Thunder RDC Programme for 2019. The RDC programme identifies, develops and prepares players for the next level of the Pathway by giving them individualised and localised programmes of support. Players picked for their respective RDC will have been scouted and will benefit from extensive training – so it’s a fantastic achievement for Liberty and for cricket in Burnley. Di Lewis, National Talent Manager for Women’s

Cricket, said: “It’s fantastic to see the progress the Regional Development Centres are making and it bodes well for the future of women’s cricket in England and Wales.” The purpose of the Regional Development Centre is to identify, develop and prepare players for the next level of the Pathway by giving them individualised and localised programmes of support across eight centres in England. Lancashire is one of the eight centres which will look to provide enjoyment, support to individual players, relevant experience and create learning environments for players to take into club and county cricket, as they progress through the pathway.

Step dad Ben Heap said:

“This is Liberty’s second year on the Thunder RDC programme and last year she came up against lots of girls who are now on the England women’s academy. Still only an under 15 herself she looks to have a bright future in the game as long as she continues to work hard and develop. Last year she was loaned out to get some senior experience at Ribblesdale League club Read but hopes to force her way into the senior sides at Lowerhouse this year.” Good luck from the Burnley Magazine team Liberty. 128



ames Anderson had long proved himself as one of the most skilful and prolific fast bowlers in England’s history when with the final ball of the 2018 Test summer he eclipsed Glenn McGrath as the most-prolific quick of all. His talents have been particularly apparent in Test cricket where his command of swing bowling, especially on his home grounds, has been the stuff of artistry, bearing comparison with any swing bowler in any age. He has been an integral part of three victorious Ashes campaigns and became the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets, leaving Ian Botham’s previous benchmark of 383 a mere dot on the horizon. His one-day career has also had its moments as he gradually became adept at bowling in a more defensive fashion, but it is as an attacking swing bowler where he has had few peers. Here are some things you may not know about the Lancastrian, revealed by Press Association Sport •

Lancashire renamed Old Trafford’s Pavilion End after him before England’s Test against South Africa, leading to the PA announcer’s unusual call of “bowling from the James Anderson End, James Anderson”

His stand of 198 with Joe Root against India at Trent Bridge in 2014 is the highest-ever 10thwicket partnership in Test history. Anderson’s 81 that day remains his career best

Secured a place on the famous Lord’s honours board on Test debut, taking five for 73 against Zimbabwe

Has gone on to take five wickets in an innings on 26 occasions, one behind England record-holder Sir Ian Botham

Went 57 innings before registering his first duck, an England record

Honoured as one of Wisden’s five ‘Cricketers of the year’ in 2009

Aside from England, he has taken most wickets in Australia - with 60 in 18 matches Down Under

His most prolific series was India’s tour of England in 2014, taking 25 wickets at 20.60

He was England’s 12th man for the deciding Test of the famous 2005 Ashes series

He has lent his name to a menswear collection by designers Chess London, saying “for my first clothing collection, they were the natural choice”

The facts...

England’s most successful bowler of all time – another #BrilliantBurnley prodigy Full name James Michael Anderson Born July 30, 1982, Burnley, Lancashire Height 6ft 2in Current age 37 Education St Theodore’s RC High School; St Theodore’s RC Sixth Form Centre – Burnley Major teams England, Auckland, England Under-19s,Lancashire, Lancashire Cricket Board Nickname Jimmy | Playing role Bowler Batting style Left-hand bat Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium


Googly, Grubber, Bouncer, Rabbit!

Cricket, more than most sports, is full of expressions and terms which can bewilder the newcomer (and sometimes even the more seasoned follower!). We’ve put together a cricket glossary, we probably haven’t got them all as cricket commentators do like to invent new words and phrases – but we’re sure this will help! It’s good to know your balls from your bails! All-rounder: Refers to a player who is good at both batting and bowling, or may be a wicketkeeper who can also bat well.

Googly The legspinner’s variation that turns into the righthander and away from the left-hander

Appeal: For a batsman to be given out, the bowling side must appeal to the umpire with a shout of ‘How’s that?’, often referred to or heard as ‘howzat?’

Grubber A ball that hardly bounces

Ashes: A small wooden urn containing the ashes of a bail which was burnt after Australia first beat England in 1882. It is currently played at two yearly intervals, alternately in England and Australia.

Bouncer A short-pitched ball which passes the batsman at chest or head height

Bails: The small pieces of timber which sit on top of the stumps – have to be knocked off or dislodged for a batsman to be given out.

Rabbit also known as Bunny A member of the side who cannot bat and is selected as a specialist bowler or wicketkeeper, and who almost always bats at No. 11. It can also be used to describe a player who often gets out to one bowler -

Batsman: A player who is ‘in bat’ aiming to score runs. Bouncer: A ball bowled at fast pace and pitched short with the intention of reaching the batsman at chest height – forcing him to take evasive action or to play a difficult stroke. Boundary: The outer limit of the playing area marked by a rope. It also refers to a stroke by the batsman that hits the rope, gaining four runs.

“Atherton was McGrath’s bunny”

Bowler: A player who delivers the ball to the batsman or batswoman. Types include: fast bowler, medium pace bowler and slow or spin bowler. Box: The protective device worn by players to protect the pelvic bone and all the other important bits – you know what we are talking about! There are male and female-specific boxes.

Duck: A score of nought for a batsman. A ‘golden duck’ refers to being out first ball. Edge: Refers to the perimeter of the bat which can be hit by the ball and lead to the batsman being caught. Fielder: A player placed strategically within the field of play, with the object of stopping runs being scored and getting batsmen out. Innings: The period of time spent batting by a team or an individual. Leg before wicket (LBW): A decision made by the umpire where the ball would have hit the stumps had it not hit the legs of the batsman first. Maiden: Refers to an over (six balls) bowled without a single run being scored. Nets: An area literally surrounded by netting, in which the players practice. Nightwatchman: A player who normally bats near the bottom of the order, but is sent in near the end of the day’s play when a wicket has fallen to protect a better batsman – often when the light is fading. Over: The correct number of consecutive balls that should be bowled by a bowler; consisting of six balls.

Pad: Protection for the legs used by both the batsmen and wicketkeepers to prevent them being hurt by the ball. Run out: A means of getting the batsman out by knocking the stumps with the ball – before he has made his ground within the batting crease.

Bye: A run scored through a means other than being hit by the bat. For example: the ball hitting the batter’s pad, after an attempt to play a shot and the batter is able to complete a run.

Stumps: The three sticks at each end of the pitch which has two bails set on top of them.

Caught behind: A ball caught off the bat or the glove by the wicketkeeper before it bounces.

Twenty20 cricket: Twenty20 is an explosive shortened version of cricket in which each side bats for 20 overs (120 balls).

Clean bowled: When a batter misses the ball completely and his stumps are directly hit. Crease: Refers to the line located 48 inches (1.21 metres) in front of the stumps and denotes the batsman’s ‘safe’ ground where he cannot be stumped or run out. 130

Test: An international match lasting five days and usually consisting of four innings.

Wicket: Can refer to several things including: the stumps, the batting section of the pitch or dismissal of a batsman, for example: ‘a bowler has taken five wickets’.


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LCC has one of the biggest grounds in the Lancashire League which plays host to a range of events such as banquets, bike shows & fetes. The Club has some of the best function rooms in Burnley available for hire for a variety of events, and a huge pitch which can be hired for outdoor events midweek (and weekends out of the cricket season)

Weddings | Birthdays | Christenings | Retirement Parties | Meetings/Conferences | Sports Events Fabulous refurbished clubhouse and function room, widescreen TV’s and bar. Fully licensed bar, bar staff and DJ any night of the week

GREAT ROOM HIRE RATES Capacity Christenings/Evening functions – 150 with 90 seated Sportsman’s Dinner layout/oblong tables – 100 Wedding style including top table and round tables 60 with additional seating as required for the Evening Function Conference/Meeting – 160 Pitch The huge pitch is fantastic for any sports event you may have coming up. The field is used on weekends from April to September but is available mid-week or throughout Autumn/Winter.

Call 07941 439 741 for function room enquiries FIND US: Lowerhouse Cricket Club, Lowerhouse Lane, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 6LP (excellent access Nr J9 M65)




Vintage Clothing, Oddball Cars, Vintage Furniture, Fancy Dress, Event Dressing & Glamping! If you’re a lover of everything vintage and retro, then you’ll love these two slightly eccentric Padiham pals, Julian Smith and Reuben Gouldin, because they just love it! Between them they’ve an Aladdin’s cave of vintage furniture, vintage clothing, fancy dress, and vintage cars. Some of their oddball cars have become a YouTube sensation attracting over 800,000 followers and they are putting the small town of Padiham, which sits on the outskirts of Burnley, firmly on the global YouTube map. The Little Yellow Cabin Julian’s wife Kelly bought the entire stock of Talk of the Town in 2017, when the landmark fancy dress shop which had been established in his hometown of Padiham for over 40 years, was closing down. People came from far and wide to the treasure trove of retro clothing, fancy dress costumes and props and Kelly just had to rescue them all and set up her own fancy dress business. The Little Yellow Cabin, on Lomeshaye Estate, is now the wacky new home of over 4,000 outfits, 200 hats, a huge selection of military outfits and props. It’s a colourful crazy cabin of fancy dress and retro clothing – whatever era you want to dress up in you’ll find it here – get ready for a good rummage! Julian also has a huge selection of vintage furniture which can be hired as party props – he’s got a fun and wild imagination and can really create a colourful crazy theme for your party. He’s recently staged a local outdoor glamping site, Zenith 273, in a lovely meadow setting close to the canal just outside Burnley.

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Zenith 273 - Glamping Site for Hire Zenith 273, is the brainchild of yoga philosopher and visionary Wayne Yates and his beautiful vegan spiritual healer and avid mother Libby Mellows. Together they combine natural beauty and elements of paganism to create an open space for various uses, be it yoga, meditation, relaxation – and the odd crazy ‘50th’ birthday bash. Nestled in the sleepy leafy hills of the super quaint countryside on the edge of Burnley and Pendle, where Lib & Wayne live on a steel nautical house boat with their seven children, home schooled and living a real ‘swallows & amazon’ fairy tale. Zenith 273 is in a very sacred spot, the exact meadow is the highest point on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, it’s also built above the entrance to the ‘mile tunnel’ which runs from Barrowford and into Foulridge. The number 273 has a significant meaning to Wayne’s idealism and he sees the numbers frequently. The meadow is available for hire, throughout the summer months for a minimum 2 night stay – tents are not provided and all furniture and entertainment can be bolted on – in the optional extras. Email for further details of the site.


Reuben is also an avid mini sport collector continually on the search for rare minis - he currently has over 40 in his collection!


ODDBALL CARS THAT HAVE SERIOUS COOL FACTOR AND 800,000 YOUTUBE FOLLOWERS! Julian and Reuben just love their oddball cars and restoring retro vehicles. They have a serious collection of wacky vehicles which are drawing over 800,000 followers for their oddball cars on YouTube. They comb the country from top to bottom to find their cars and attend car shows across the UK, bringing them back to their small town in Lancashire to bring them back to life. Television is flooded with car restoration shows. One of the global favourites being Fast N’ Loud which follows mechanical whiz kids as they search far flung corners and beyond for beat-up, classic cars they can buy and restore at their home base – Julian and Reuben are Padiham’s very own pair of car crazy dudes following in the footsteps of the automotive makeover genre shows, making themselves internet stars!

What makes a car cool? Chiselled body lines? Leather bucket seats? Staggering acceleration? A cool car doesn’t have to be fast or pretty, but it does have to set itself apart, whether by charm, purposefulness, style, or just the ability to stir emotion in its drivers. Oddball cars are all completely different, but make the cut for their charisma and insistence on putting a smile on people’s faces.


Jue & Rue established their Hellfire Garage in 2018

Check out the build here: watch?v=JNPMn48Dp88

The rally car was the brainchild of Dave Megson from the famous Leeds motorcycle shop Jem Speed Shop. The owner Dave asked a very well known fabricator to put the Audi engine into the Golf Mk1 - the fabricator ‘Jo’ from Jo’s Fab Lab, suggested they take the roof and panels off the Audi and place a Mk1 body on top! The video on YouTube shows how it was made and in 5 months has notched up nearly 800,000 views. 135

Scenery worth bending over backwards for!


We’ve been out into the stunning countryside around Burnley with Yoga instructor Briony Gardner. Briony began practicing yoga four years ago and now works as a freelance instructor in yoga studios across Pennine Lancashire as well as running outdoor yoga sessions in the summer months.

Location: One of the UK’s top landmarks Singing Ringing Tree


Location: Towneley Hall Museum and Art Gallery Yoga position: Variation of Udhva Dhanurasana/ Forearm wheel pose. Strengthens the shoulders, arms, lungs, core, as well as being a difficult back bend. Challenges balance, improves circulation, opens the heartspace and relieves stress and anxiety.

Briony, the fiancee of Coronation Street star Sam Aston, says:

“Through my practice I have grown more flexible, stronger and more fearless, both on and off the mat. In my classes, I like to combine a spirit of playfulness with creative sequences and breathe practice to deepen the mind, body and soul connection.” 138

Yoga position: Hanumanasana/Splits Opens the hips, lengthens and straightens legs. Also helps practice patience as this posture can take months if not years to achieve.

Briony says “I completed my Yoga Teacher Training with HFE and now I seek to share my passion with others.”

Burnley Magazine regularly share images of Burnley’s stunning countryside but we wanted to put together a scenery feature with a difference! We think we’ve certainly achieved that!

Location: Singing Ringing Tree, looking across to Pendle Hill

Location: Cliviger Gorge - a unique steep-sided valley that follows the line of a geological fault and was shaped by glacial erosion during the last ice age. The countryside walks around the Gorge are stunning. Yoga position: Natarajasana/Dancer Challenges balance, coordination, concentration, improves flexibility and strengthens the lower back.

WARNING – don’t try any of the yoga poses without professional tuition – it’s taken some time for Briony to reach this level – but yoga is for all levels. Start gently in a professional setting and see where it takes you – out into the hills of Burnley!



And relax...

Sit back, relax, take a break from everything for a moment and enjoy the beauty of these peaceful Burnley landscapes


Growing up in Burnley I have always been interested in the amazing landscape we have around here. I love walking over the hills and enjoying the scenery, so taking up photography as a hobby was perfect for me. I first wanted to get into photography after seeing photos of landscapes at night and I didn’t understand how photographers were able to capture so much light in the photograph while it was dark. After some research I bought my first camera in 2015, since then it has become my full time job filming and photographing at music events, weddings and shooting landscape photography. There is something special about being alone with your camera with a vast landscape in front of you. We tend to get a lot of cloudy days here, so being out at the right moment and seeing nature unfold in front of you, whether it’s capturing dramatic clouds or getting out early to witness the sunrise and being able to capture it is incredible. We can all get too busy with our lives and forget about the beautiful scenery we have around Burnley, so being able to share the photos that I have taken with people is a great reminder of what we have right on our doorstep.



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CROW WOOD HOTEL & SPA RESORT Stunning new £12million luxury hotel & wedding venue A new £12million luxury hotel will open in Autumn 2019 in Burnley’s world class Crow Wood Spa Resort. Burnley Magazine is delighted to be able to give our readers a sneak preview of some of the stunning interiors of the 76-bedroom luxury hotel, which will boast a huge banqueting hall designed for magnificent weddings and events, a Mediterranean restaurant and corporate facilities.



he hotel sits in 40 acres of beautiful countryside with the enviable backdrop of the famous Pendle Hill. The grounds provide a gorgeous setting for weddings and events, looking out onto woodland areas, an ornamental lake and gardens, as well as having the River Calder meandering through them. You can be assured of a stunning wedding setting in all seasons, with bluebell woods in spring, wild flower meadows in the summer and often snow-capped hills in the winter, offering a backdrop to your wedding or event that is truly unique. The array of flora and fauna in the grounds also attracts an abundance of wildlife and if you wake up early enough you’ll catch a glimpse of the wild deer wondering through the grounds and the resident kingfisher hovering above the lake.

Six luxury executive suites on the top floor of the hotel have extensive views over the countryside across to Pendle Hill and sumptuous décor. With all that in mind you might not want to leave your room, but the lure of delicious food and drinks in the Wilfred’s Bar and Restaurant might just tear you away! You can relax as much as you like or play as hard as you like. With the global award winning Woodland Spa and the Crow Wood Leisure Club adjacent to the hotel - you can take a thermal spa journey, hit the wellequipped state-of-the-art gym, or set off on one of the many jogging trails within the grounds – there’s even plans for an assault course for those who like their extreme sports! Or you may just want to sit and soak up the countryside views sipping a cocktail or two on the hotel veranda. Whatever your penchant this luxury resort at the heart of the Pennine Lancashire countryside has it all.

Luxury Hotel, Restaurant & Bar 6 Executive, luxury suites overlooking Pendle Hill - we recommend you wake early to see the deer 70 Superior bedrooms - twin, king & some interconnecting family rooms Wifred’s Bar & Restaurant Conferencing & Corporate Events - state of the art AV equipment, theatre style up to 400 people Set in acres of stunning countryside and woodlands 146

The Crow Wood Hotel & Spa resort is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Andy Brown. Andy is extremely proud of the leisure facility, which attracts visitors from across UK, saying: “I’m delighted that the hotel is finally taking shape. It will be the final piece in the Crow Wood jigsaw, which began around 20 years ago. “The hotel became a must following the success of the Woodland Spa, with many of our guests wanting to stay overnight. There is always a long waiting list for the 11 rooms we have available now so a hotel seemed the next logical step. “It will be more than just a hotel though. The building will feature a huge 400-person wedding and banqueting suite with dance floor, private bar and fabulous views! We will be licenced for weddings and civil ceremonies. It will be a unique and unforgettable venue for the big day. “It will also house a huge state of the art induction kitchen that will cater for any functions or corporate events and allow us to create dishes of the highest standard. An entrance foyer and lobby bar will lead into the banqueting area. ”Wilfred’s Restaurant and Bar will be a standalone venue with its own entrance and cocktail bar, set within landscaped gardens with views over to Pendle Hill, where an ornamental garden has been created and 1,000 trees planted.” Andrew added:

“I’m so proud of the project and I’m delighted to be creating this for Burnley. Our aim is for it to be the ‘go-to’ venue for many different people for many different events.” 147

Exclusive Wedding Venue Exclusive use for Weddings Licensed for civil marriages and civil partnerships Personal wedding co-ordinator Specialist Venue Decor and Entertainment Partners Capacity for 400 guests Stunning setting and photo backdrop Large Wedding Banqueting Hall and Wedding Chapel

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Crow Wood Hotel is destined to become the wedding setting of choice for 2020 and beyond The sleek and modernistic lines formed by the hotel give way to a sensational backdrop of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside. The beautiful landscaped gardens which feature an impressive ornamental lake, will create a breathtaking background for wedding photography

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CELEBRATING THIRTY YEARS OF GROUP ACCOMMODATION A true staycation escape from the busy pace of life

The Coldwell Inn

Large group holiday accommodation set in the stunning Thursden Valley in the Pennnine hills above Burnley



f you’re a large group looking to get together and struggling to find somewhere to bring you all together under one roof, then the Coldwell Activity Centre could be just the place. Set in the wilds of Pennine Lancashire, the house can accommodate up to 37 people at one time (possibly a couple more with camp beds). With wildlife on your doorstep, your own private wood to explore, vast open spaces to roam, on the edge of Brontë Country – this is a place from which to explore and bring together large groups. Be it a get together of families, a get together with a large group of friends, or an activity group or youth group - it doesn’t get much better than the exclusive use of the centre and its own private grounds and setting. If you’re looking for a place where the kids can run free and play together away from their ipads, then a stay in this huge house where everyone can kick back in the large family spaces without worrying about spoiling the furniture – then Coldwell could be just the ticket. It’s all about the setting, it literally feels like you could be in the wilds of Scotland, but it’s hiding in the heart of Pennine Lancashire, just an hour from key cities such as Manchester and Liverpool. Coldwell sits in its own 12 acres of private grounds and woodlands. It’s a no frills former farmhouse building, offering good honest group accommodation with youth hostel style bedrooms.

If it’s all about the countryside, wild landscapes, stunning views, getting back to nature, in large, laid back, simple accommodation then this could be the place for you

If it’s 5 star luxury you are looking for this isn’t the place for you, but if you want a real taste of the good life, in a place that can cook you great homemade food, where everyone can relax together in large rooms with enormous sofas you can actually put your feet up on, where the wilderness is on your doorstep, where you can eat food home grown on site, where catering for every dietary requirement is a pleasure, where friends and family can bunk down in large hostel style bedrooms and look out onto some of Pennines Lancashire’s wildest landscapes then look no further. There’s huge dining tables you can get everyone round, a great games room, a film room, table tennis, hang out areas for the kids, and a great outdoor play area, but most of all natures very own adventure playground – the great outdoors. You can be as lazy as you like or as active as you like. Activities can be arranged from archery, orienteering, bubble football, whatever you fancy they can bring in qualified instructors to deliver safe professional activities, even yoga and meditation teachers. Some of the activities the Coldwell Activity Centre can arrange for you during your stay: Laser Tag | Aromatherapy | Archery | Canoeing | Guided Walks | Archery Encounter | Team Challenge & Problem Solving | Bushcraft Survival Skills | Yoga | Laughter Yoga

Flexibility is the key here The centre is run by wonderful hosts, Joanne, Claire and Glen, who can’t do enough for you. They love welcoming people to the Coldwell Inn and making your stay perfect to suit your requirements. Centre Manager, Claire Ansell, said:

“We welcome large groups from all walks of life, with exclusive use of the Centre and grounds, and no sharing with anyone else or any other groups.” “Coldwell is a former 18th century countryside Inn. It’s secluded and has no neighbours, so guests can make as much or as little noise as they like!”. “Many large groups book for family occasions such as special birthdays, like 50th, 60th, 70th birthdays, etc.” Adding: “We are a not-for-profit group celebrating 30 years of running the charity. We always allocate a few days throughout the year to help underprivileged youth groups enjoy a free short getaway.”


Meet the team running The Coldwell Inn

Joanne Claire



Clean, spacious, really great place for our school trip. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. We were quite last minute and had some special requests, but they were great and couldn’t have helped us more. - Soro Coleman Broughton Jewish School

We’ve stayed here twice now with our Brownies and Guides and are booked in again. The facilities are amazing, lots of space and the freedom to do what we want. We opt for our own catering and the kitchen facilities are fantastic. There’s a good range of activities to book or spend your free time doing the free self run activities. Our girls always have a fantastic time when we come to stay. The staff are extremely helpful and accommodating. - Susanna Mercer Penwortham Guides Stunning setting, homely spacious facilities, excellent food and helpful welcoming staff. Our second year at Coldwell and it was even more successful than the last. This is what a retreat location should be. The staff are amazing, the food superb, the yoga cabin peaceful and the views glorious. How do we top this? - Helen Sutcliffe Serenity retreats 152

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The building has 13 bedrooms and can sleep up to 37 people with exclusive use of the centre when you stay You can save cash by booking a midweek break or going self-catering (get in touch for details) They charge a flat rate for their countryside accommodation: the more people you bring, the cheaper it is for you From self-catering to full board. Guests have access to the kitchen to self cater, or have the team at Coldwell cook for the group The Centre is located within a one hour drive from the cities of Manchester, Leeds, and Preston. And local shops, supermarkets and takeaways are only a 10-minute drive away There are 25 indoor and outdoor activities to choose from. These are optional and the price of these is added to your accommodation package if you request it Turn the centre into the group holiday you want The centre can cater for specific diets, including vegetarian, vegan and halal They are a not for profit organisation helping youth groups enjoy a free night away or free activity day

Over 99% of their new customers say they would use Coldwell again. They have 60 (and counting) 4-5 star reviews on Google Places and 32 5-star reviews on facebook. Prices range from £25 per person per night for the weekend (based on 37 people sharing, with minimum 2 night stay over a weekend). But don’t wait around. Places at Coldwell are limited. Some of their regular customer’s book months, even years in advance. Get in touch so you don’t miss out on that perfect date you wanted. For bookings or enquiries, contact: 01282 601819

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Privacy – Coldwell is secluded, has no neighbours, so there’s no one to disturb you. You can make as much (or as little) noise as you want

Breathtaking views, clear night skies and the fresh air of the countryside. The perfect distraction-free environment for focusing your mind

We are a charity. Your stay helps us to provide free nights away for other charity groups like the young carers


Welcoming special guests from across the globe The centre attracts visitors from across the UK and beyond, and has recently hosted an Australian youth football team, and USA Girls Youth Team and they had a ball! The US team were over in the UK to play three football games with local clubs (Crosby Stuart in Liverpool, Preston North End and Blackburn and Darwen) and chose the Coldwell Activity Centre in Burnley as their base for the duration of their stay. As well as playing football it was also a holiday for the girls and an opportunity to visit England and tour key attractions across the North West. The girls travelled from Washington and loved their football experience, and their stay in Burnley. David Kerr, Director of Coaching for the Springfield Youth Club (SYC) Pride said: “It was amazing, so much fun. Learning about different cultures and seeing how other people live. We loved the different accents we encountered across the North West. The girl’s favourite experience has been trying English food and attending a professional game Preston v Burnley. “The girls also learned some new football tips on their travels too, getting to grips with slide tackling, heading, playing on the ground and flicking the ball.” David added: “The girls loved being based at the Coldwell Activity Centre and they particularly loved the bubble soccer and sports day. They loved the English food the team at Coldwell served too, particularly the fish and chips, beef pies and scones! But most of all they loved the fabulous landscapes around Burnley and the Thursden Valley, and they’ll take some great memories of Burnley back to the USA with them. “The activity centre provides a great bonding experience and the area around the centre is so pretty.”


Claire Ansell, Coldwell Centre Manager said:

“It was fabulous to welcome the SYC team to England and in particular to be hosts to them at our centre. The girls were a real credit to their team, coaches and families. It was lovely to be able to introduce them to new foods like mushy peas for instance, a real Northern delight! They always had smiles on their faces and threw themselves wholeheartedly into all the activities whilst on site. We would love to welcome them back to Coldwell again in the future.” For enquiries about the centre and team building days visit

The Coldwell Inn have kindly shared a couple of their secret recipes with us. The vegi curry and chocolate brownies are a favourite with their guests.

10 a day vegetable curry This recipe serves 6 with plenty of rice and naan bread, we have to adapt for groups as can be between 16-38. 100 ml sunflower oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic (crushed and chopped) 1 tin (400 g) tin of chopped tomatoes 2 green chillies (finely chopped) 1 medium carrot (sliced into discs) 100g butternut squash (cubed) 100g sweet potato (cubed) 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric 3 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 red or orange pepper (cubed) 1 green pepper (cubed) 1 medium cauliflower (into individual florets) 100g frozen peas 1 handful of fresh coriander (chopped) 1 teaspoon garam masala

This recipe looks harder than it is because of the vast ingredients. They recommend getting eveything measured out beforehand, which makes it much simpler. For this recipe they include the chilli seeds. For a milder version deseed the chillis. Heat oil in a stir fry type pan or large pan (it will need a lid) over a medium heat for just over a minute, then add the cumin seeds. These should start to sizzle and brown. Add the onion and garlic with care. Turn up the heat for a couple of minutes and stir until browned but not burned. Stir in the tinned tomatoes, chillies, potatoes, carrot, butternut squash. Add 400ml of boiling, then cover and simmer for 10mins. Add the tumeric, ground coriander, ground ginger and cumin. Then add the cauliflower and peppers. Add 100ml of boiling water (if the water does not cover the vegetables up, add a little more) . Adjust the heat to a simmer for 15mins. Then stir in the peas with 50ml of boiling water and cover again for 8mins. Check if vegetables are cooked to your taste. Vegetables should be firm, not raw and not breaking up. Stir in the garam masala and chopped coriander and leave for 20mins to soak into the curry. Reheat then serve with rice and naan bread.

Triple Chocolate brownies (makes about 10) This is a really easy recipe as everything gets thrown in the bowl and mixed together. It goes down very well with our groups, and the flour can be replaced with a gluten free alternative for those on a coeliac diet. 12oz margarine 1lb oz caster sugar 5 eggs 3oz cocoa powder 5oz self-raising flour 5oz chocolate chips- dark, milk or white 4oz dark chocolate, melted gently until runny

Grease and line an 8 X 10 inch cake tin, then pre-heat oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Melt dark chocolate gently in a microwave or over a bowl of simmering water. Mix all ingredients together and beat well. Bake at 180 degrees for about 20-25 mins, or until cracked on top and coming away at the edges. A knife inserted should come out clean. Serve hot or cold with ice-cream, cream or custard.


The History of Coldwell and the Activity Centre

The first mention of Coldwell as a place name occurs in 1592 when Elizabeth I sent her surveyor, Sir Richard Shirebourne, to settle a land dispute over the boundary of the Royal Manor of Colne. One witness called said “the boundary goes up Walverden to Coldwell and thence to Deer Stones”. Deerstone Moor is across the fields from the car park behind Coldwell Inn. As an item of local interest, a Robert Parker built a dwelling which he called New House on the Red Spa Moor, south-east of Coldwell Inn and visible from it. All but the doorway of this dwelling was demolished in the 1920s. Today twin columns of black masonry stand out against the backdrop of the moor. On the lintel across the columns is carved the legend: Robert Parker and Jane his wife, May 2nd 1672. Robert Parker was a relation of the Parkers of Browsholme Hall near Clitheroe. A track from the road to Thursden leads across the moor to the ruin. The inhabitants of nearby Great Masden (near present Nelson) were indicted for not keeping in good repair the kings highway between Waterside, Colne and Coldwell. The kings Highway – the road passing Coldwell Inn now known as Back Lane – was part of a long distance north-south route from Scotland via Gisburn and Colne going back to prehistoric times. 156

It was crossed at Coldwell by an east-west route running along the flanks of Boulsworth Hill. Today these ancient tracks are part of the Pendle Way. The well at Coldwell was probably a watering place for travellers along the two routes. In the middle ages it was certainly used by cattle crossing from the vaccary (cattle breeding station) established at neighbouring Beardsworth by the De Lacy family of Clitheroe Castle, Lords of the Manor. The outbuildings occupied the land now covered by the car park. The farm had 33 acres. The farm house, now the Activity Centre, had a barn at the rear. The entrance to this can still be seen in the archway of stones in the wall above the rear main entrance. Up to 1867 a Cross Finial stood on the south end gable and was described in an issue of Cartwright Hall Museum (Bradford) Bulletin during 1967 as being “two stones half lap jointed into each other thus giving a cross like appearance from whatever point it is seen”. What happened to the cross is unknown. Two others only in the area are known to exist, one at Bradley near Skipton and the other at Silsden near Keighley. As well as a farm, in 1841 the main building at Coldwell became an Inn – thereby giving it its name. The tenant farmer at Coldwell, one James Ormored, became the first landlord of the inn.

We have just spent a weekend at Coldwell as guests at a family birthday party. The accommodation was excellent in every way. It felt homely, comfortable and everywhere was clean. The kitchen was very well equipped. It was in a great location. All in all a perfect facility. - Will Cole family get-together

The Purpose of the Inn

Just got back from a weekend with a men’s group. I have been on many residentials in the past but this place has got to be the best. The staff Joanne, Claire and Glen cannot do enough for you before you go and also while you are there. I felt as though I had known them for years and all the groups said the same. The food is amazing and lots of it, and the activities and activity staff best I’ve ever experienced. They got everyone involved and the place itself is spotless with everything you need to keep everyone entertained. The main thing I liked about the centre is that staff leave you which is very rare at other centres and makes you feel trusted and not watched over there is no doubt we will be back I’m having withdrawels symptoms already ha thank you so much for making our stay one that we will remember forever xx - Kellie Dwan Langworthy Cornerstone - Mens Health Group

The purpose of the inn was to serve travellers on the route into Lancashire from Yorkshire especially the town of Halifax with its now famous Piece Hall to which pack horse trains went carrying cloth from the handloom weavers of Colne and district. Sometime in 1852 the farmer/landlord, James Ormored, left Coldwell, transferring the tenancy to a James Higgin who was required to pay an annual rent on the 1st February to the estate owner, John Sagar. The Sagar family, of Great Marsden, were extensive landowners in the district and had been in possession of Coldwell since 1775. The estate at Coldwell then passed from John Sagar to his spinster daughter, Ellen Sagar. The estate at the time was described as “the dwelling house known as the Coldwell Inn together with barn, stable, shippon, yard, outbuildings and 33 acres 2 poles 22 rods”. During 1881 Ellen Sagar sold 2 rods 28 perches of her land at Coldwell to the local board at Nelson for 91 pounds 2 shillings and 6 pence for the purpose of a water works. The board reserved the right to buy further land at 160 pounds per statute acre. The estimated cost of the proposed waterworks (reservoir) was 1,500 pounds construction was to be by the civil engineers, Newton and Vawser of Manchester. 157

THE LAWRENCE ...ideal for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, and escape to a home away from home in the Lancashire countryside...



he last 12 months has seen a resurgence in UK staycations in idyllic market towns, and over the past year Padiham has started to benefit from this after Lancashire has continued to make a name for itself as one of the best places in the UK to visit thanks to its proximity to beautiful countryside walks and an award-winning food and drink scene. Capitalising on the new found holi-stay era is The Lawrence Hotel which has come a long way since it reopened in 2018. After an extensive renovation of the Grade II listed building formerly the Trevelyan Guest House, the hotel which recently won Best New Business in the Lancashire Tourism Awards is back open to visitors under the management of Michael Huckerby and Hetti the infamous hotel dog! The hotel, which offers a truly boutique experience, boasts fourteen bedrooms spread over the main house and the old stables, and features an honesty bar, three function and conference rooms and an outside courtyard. For tourists and locals alike, the hotel is ideal for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, and escape to a home away from home in the Lancashire countryside. The boutique hotel has kept the classic features of the original building with luxurious roll top baths, classic subway tiles in each room, victorian tiled floors and beautiful sash windows. The main house, having been completely renovated, has one suite, three signature rooms, three superior rooms, and seven snugs, with further extensions planned in the future. The Tolkien suite is the jewel in this hotel’s crown, with an extravagant floating bathroom created as the centrepiece, the suite sits across two floors and is the ultimate in luxury. The four different room types all follow The Lawrence’s signature timeless style, and each of the rooms boasts a rainfall shower big enough for two, Nespresso machines in Superior rooms and above, Temple spa bath & shower products, robes & slippers, with a TV complete with Netflix & digital radio in each. Committed to creating a bespoke experience for guests, the hotel team take breakfast orders in advance and they often leave sweet treats for visitors. Plus guests can opt for private dining in the suite or call for the therapist who provides in-room relaxation treatments.

Becoming a destination hotel in its own right, The Lawrence Hotel is one of the town’s newest go to hotspots, with an on-site restaurant The Courtyard Restaurant offering a seasonal menu, with homemade Sunday roasts and afternoon teas available at the weekends. The restaurant can be found in the property’s beautiful garden room leading to the private courtyard, which is becoming increasingly popular for weddings and events. Brides can hire the entire hotel for a totally private intimate luxury experience. There are also regular events hosted at the hotel, ranging from comedy nights, murder mystery evenings and more. Plans are afoot to increase the wedding and event offering with a function which will seat 80 people. With a rich history, The name Lawrence pays homage to the name of three men who were a major influence in the renovation of the hotel, according to owner, Michael Huckerby; Reverend Lawrence Shuttleworth of Gawthorpe Hall in Burnley, the famous J.R.R. Tolkien’s uncle, and Lawrence was also the name of Michael’s late father. This unique accommodation is bringing a new lease of life to the town with its commitment to engage with the local community as much as possible, bringing in local businesses and suppliers to support the bespoke offering. Michael bagged an SMEi High Street Hero award earlier this year for his passion for the town. For those who aren’t familiar with the hotel’s location in Padiham, the small market town is just a short distance from the Ribble Valley which has been named in recent times as one of the key foodie destinations of the North with a myriad of top quality gastropubs, award-winning eateries and Michelin rosettes. Even though still in its infancy, the boutique hotel is already proving popular with tourists from all over the world, and has already hosted guests from as far as China and America. It’s been quite a year for Michael and the team already, but there’s so much more to see from The Lawrence yet. Rooms at The Lawrence Hotel are available from £79 per night and can be booked online or by calling the hotel on 01282 771804.

For more information, visit or stop by The Lawrence Hotel, 29 Church Street, Padiham, Lancashire, BB12 8HG.


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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.


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