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elcome to Burnley’s 2016/17 lifestyle magazine, which includes a mix of exclusive interviews, reviews and features. Burnley is delighted to bring you this glossy magazine showcasing the town’s lifestyle and visitor offer - it’s our biggest edition yet! Much of this year’s magazine is dedicated to the great outdoors and the rural opportunities within and hopes to inspire young people to consider a future career in land and agriculture. 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’re never too far from the heart of the Pennine hills. But there’s much more to Burnley than just our lovely countryside. We have a great shopping and night-time offer, with the wonderful Burnley Mechanics Theatre offering a diverse calendar of shows throughout the year, a superb range of restaurants, and if you like to stay out a little later, a great bar, DJ and club scene. We are delighted to include a ‘round the world’ feature in this year’s magazine, showcasing a selection of fantastic places to eat and enjoy an evening out, reviewed by the renowned chef and food activist, Gill Watson. You might be surprised at just how much there is to see and do in Burnley, ranging from the historic stately homes of Towneley and Gawthorpe, stunning countryside to explore either on foot, bike, or on horseback, family visitor centres such a Happa and Shores Hey Farm, superb sailing opportunities at the Rossendale Valley Sailing Club, a brand new state-ofthe-art driving range and the global award winning Woodland Spa at Crow Wood Leisure. So if you’re planning a visit, why not make your stay a little longer? We have a wonderful selection of visitor accommodation to suit all tastes, from country cottages steeped in history, boutique historic mansion houses, to modern national hotel chains. Wherever you choose to stay you’ll be sure of our famous friendly Burnley welcome. You might even be enticed to consider living in this wonderful area of Lancashire - with such a diverse range of affordable housing you can get a lot more house for you money here! Don’t just take our word for it! Interviews with successful local entrepreneurs who live and work here and students studying here in the town, say it all for us. A Cambridgeshire student studying at Burnley’s University of Central Lancashire said “Burnley is truly ‘surprising’. When you aren’t from Burnley you don’t imagine it to have beautiful countryside with really friendly welcoming people, and I’m so happy I chose to study here”. We hope there’s something to inspire all ages within the magazine, whether it be food, gardening, sport, education, getting on a horse for the first time, or trying your hand at sailing and windsurfing, it’s all here. Burnley is a special place we want to share and a warm Burnley welcome awaits. #BrilliantBurnley


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Burnley’s parks showcased worldwide The best of Burnley’s award-winning parks, and the people who help make them so beautiful, are featured in a series of videos on YouTube. Local company Huckleberry Films has made three short videos showing some of the imaginative work that’s been done in parks across the borough. It’s part of a national scheme to show good practice. Watch the videos in all their glory, at Working with the innovation charity Nesta (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), Burnley has developed a new approach, under a programme called “Go to the park”. The borough’s six main parks – Towneley, Thompson, Queen’s, Scott, Ightenhill and Memorial have long been recognised as among some of the best in the country through the national annual Green Flag awards. “Burnley is well-known for its beautiful parks. People visit the town to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and all the amenities they have to offer. “It’s wonderful that our parks are being featured on YouTube for the whole world to see and we should all be very proud that they are being held up as examples of best practice. Burnley is leading the way where it comes to managing our parks and other areas are 6

learning from us. “It’s also a testament to the hard work and dedication of our parks staff and all the volunteers who help and support them and who make a visit to any one of our parks such a delight any time of the year.” Simon Goff, Manager of Burnley’s greens spaces said: “Towneley and our other parks are perfect examples of Britain’s traditional parks: well presented, and loved by generations in their current form. “However we have to recognise that change is necessary and we need to rethink how we manage our heritage parks. We’ve gone from controlling nature to working with nature and it’s proving a real success.” Burnley has adopted ecologically friendly and permaculture techniques in its management of parks, learning from and working with the local Offshoots permaculture charity, managed by Newground, which has long pioneered these “green’ and sustainable” approaches. This includes introducing more wildflower meadows in the parks and replacing expensive bedding plants with herbaceous perennial plants that require less maintenance and are less costly and time-consuming.

Bellisimo coffee shop and eatery on Parker Lane, Burnley has been awarded ‘Best Italian Coffee Shop in England’ at the English Italian Awards. Judges rated the coffee shop on the quality of food including the gluten-free offer. Burnley could be seen as a place for pies and hotpots, but it has a much more international offer. The market town is also the place to go if you’re after an excellent espresso or a magnificent macchiato, with its Bellissimo Coffee Shop named as best in the country for Italian coffee. Giovanni, who opened the shop with wife Lynn seven years ago, said the English Italian Award ‘is not just for us, it is for the whole of Burnley’. “I am so proud that we have won this award. I have settled in the town now where I have brought up my family and I am pleased we have been recognised by such prestigious people and, of course, our loyal customers.” Mr Scibetta developed his cooking skills in France after learning his trade as a trainee chef in a hotel in Sicily. He said: “We are unique in that I make everything myself including our pasta, pizza and cakes. “Earlier in my life I worked at a chateau in Avignon, France, but I also wanted to know how to bake. “When I came to Burnley I learned about pastries and pies - it has all been a great experience.” Judges, including freelance critic Jo Cooksey, rated the coffee shop on the quality of its food including its glutenfree range, which is made by hand. The award ceremony, held at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, was attended by several large national Italian food chains and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli.

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Burnley, on the western edge of the South Pennines, is surrounded by some of this country’s most dramatic landscape. It is characterised by rolling moorland, sheltered valleys, dotted with reservoirs, pretty villages, and picturesque remains of old industry. There are many walking guide books covering the breath-taking landscape around Burnley, and they will all tell you to take a map and compass, but how many actually teach you to use them? A new book ‘Navigate your way around… the South Pennines’ by Cath Dyson does just that, featuring two walks in the heart of Burnley taking in gems such as Cliviger Gorge, Clowbridge Reservoir, and Singing Ringing Tree; a wind powered sculpture high above Burnley. Understanding how to navigate using a map and compass keeps you safe and sets you free. It gives you the tools to be your own adventurer and explorer, to know where you are and get you where you want to be. So pick up Explorer OL21 South Pennines Ordnance Survey map (or the Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors to explore further west); learn how to use a map and compass and make your own adventures.

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Cliviger Gorge 1 mile 0 Get full walk instructions in ‘Navigate your way around... the South 0 1 km Pennines’ and learn how to navigate this all day 8.5 mile route around Cliviger Gorge. • Set off from the roadside car park south east of Holme Chapel (A646 between Todmorden and Burnley). • From the road cross the field south west, cross the railway line (1) take the Pennnine Bridleway past a collection of houses (2) head uphill (3) across open moorland to the A671 (4). • Walk the ridge of Deerplay Moor to the high point of Thieveley Pike (5). Continue on the Burnley Way (6) descending to A646 (7). • Head through Portsmouth to Brown Birks (8), follow clear footpaths on high moorland with views down the valley, and descend through woodland to the A646. 7

Olympic star inspires women to get active One of Britain’s Olympic stars has thrown her support behind a project aimed to get more women and girls in Burnley involved in sport and physical activity. Record breaking hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon has signed up as an ambassador for the Calico Group’s Girls Up and Active project. Burnley-born Sophie, 24, said: “I am really excited to be an ambassador for the Girls Up and Active project. I cannot imagine life without sport and I’m thrilled to be a part of such an inspiring and fun initiative that will no doubt encourage a love of exercising in so many more women and girls.” To kick off her role as ambassador, 8

Sophie also joined in the high intensity Metafit class to get a taster of what’s on offer to local women. She joins forces with five other sporting ambassadors including This Girl Can rounders poster girl and model for M&S active wear Joanne Baldwin. The Girls Up and Active programme is being delivered by the Calico Group in partnership with Burnley Leisure following £164,220 of funding being obtained from Sport England Andrea Pilling, Burnley Leisure’s project officer and a lead for Girls Up and Active, said: “We are delighted to have a team of fantastic ambassadors that will help us get the message to women about the benefits of exercising,

and how the project can support them on their journey to a more active life. “When Sophie agreed to become Girls Up and Active ambassador we were absolutely thrilled. She is one of the country’s best athletes – as her sporting achievements can testify! “Sophie’s profile and support will be invaluable as we work hard with our partners to encourage women and girls to get involved in a wide range of activities available from Boxing for Beginners and netball to Zumba and Metafit.” For more information about the project and class timetable, visit or call 01282 477167.

Mel’s hats in demand in the USA Mel Corbett, is an experienced milliner, who lives in the village of Worsthorne, and runs the successful Off My Head Hats - an online hat business - with clients from as far as America ordering her Downton Abbey-style felt hats. Milliners are quite rare these days and millinery is a very niche market to work in, so to have our very own milliner in Burnley is quite a coup. For many, the word “milliner” evokes figures from a bygone era, whose numbers have dwindled in recent decades. But today, their creations can come to define a person or look. Mel was taught to sew by her mother and used to make clothes and sell them at school. The hat business came about by accident while she was working behind a bar in Nottingham. Some of the regulars were going to Germany and Mel made them each a hat made from tartan picnic blankets. They loved them

so much they asked her to make more, which they sold during their travels. The tartan hats were so popular she received a call from Duffer menswear who placed her first ‘real’ order. After the phenomenal rise of snowboarding in the 1990s, Mel sold hats in ski shops across England and Europe and, at its height, employed five machinists. She said: “I did the tartan travel hats for two years. I started using fleeces and fake fur too. I sold thousands of them.” “I sell quite a lot on Etsy, but around 90% of my customers are in America. Who buy lots of the Downton Abbeystyle hats. “My fella Kevin helps me to make the flowers for them. He’s a builder so the agreement is I have to help him with demolition and help him build our conservatory, in return! “Each one of the hats are individually

made by hand from my workshop at Northbridge House in Burnley. I’ve been here for almost three years and I’m delighted to be sending my Burnley products across the globe.”

Burnley in top ten of greenest places in England Burnley has been named the sixth greenest place in England according to new figures with 14.44% of its electricity coming from green sources. Data which has been released by the Green Alliance ThinkTank, shows Burnley generates more electricity from solar, wind, hydropower and landfill gas than almost anywhere else in England. More than 38% of Burnley’s green

power comes from wind farms such as Coal Clough Wind Farm, which is one of the largest onshore sites in England. Burnley saw off competition for sixth place in the top 10 from Sheffield, Stoke, Swindon and Mansfield. The league table was produced for The Climate Coalition as part of its #ShowTheLove campaign. Micol Salmeri, a policy assistant

at Green Alliance said: “These figures are really exciting as we can see that the shift to clean energy is happening and progress is being made. People really are waking up to what we need to do to protect the world from Climate Change. Across the country, people are putting solar panels on their roofs and businesses are investing in this clean tech sector. 9

Attracting visitors by making the most of our heritage

Salmon return to Burnley Salmon have been spotted in Burnley’s Towneley Park for the first time in several decades. Campaigners from the Ribble Rivers Trust have been working to improve the River Calder for the past five years, removing barriers to fish migration along the waterway, enabling fish to migrate to their preferred spawning grounds high up in the river system. But for the first time researchers have found salmon fry north of Padiham. There have also been sightings of sprats in the shadow of Towneley Hall and along Colne Water. The news was celebrated by the Environment Agency and Ribble Rivers Trust, who recently undertook their annual fish surveys. The discovery shows adult salmon migrated upstream from the sea over winter and went on to successfully spawn in the upper reaches of the Calder system. Catherine Birtwistle, trust publicity manager, said: “The fact that migrating salmon used all of these restoration features and went on to spawn successfully is testament to our willingness to take on innovative projects in the strive to improve our rivers for the people and wildlife living in the catchment area.” Part of the Urban River Enhancement Scheme (URES) backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and conducted alongside the Environment Agency, has seen fast-flowing stretches of the Calder engineered, especially in Burnley town centre, to provide ‘rest’ stops for migrating fish. This slower water flow gives the likes of salmon and sea trout the chance to reach their favoured spawning grounds upriver. The Environment Agency has worked for years to improve the Calder’s water quality, and in 2010 funded work on Padiham Weir to make it passable to all fish species in all flow conditions. More fish passes have since been installed along the Calder, Pendle Water and Colne Water using the Environment Department’s Catchment Restoration Fund. More recently, they funded work altering the Calder’s artificial, fastflowing, cobbled river channel to create resting places for migrating fish, improving their chances of moving upstream through the town and reaching suitable spawning grounds. Ben Bayliss, the agency’s programme manager, added: “Seeing the benefits of the fish passage work so quickly is fantastic news and is another great example of how everyone working together to improve the local environment can really pay off. “This really helps prove how much the water quality has improved over the years.” Sara Hilton, of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we have supported the Ribble Rivers Trust to enhance the heritage of the rivers that run through Burnley. “The fact that salmon fry have now been discovered there is testament to the hard work of those who make this project possible.” 10

The independent Royal Society of Arts (RSA) think tank, in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund, have ranked Burnley an impressive 33rd out of 329 towns and cities across the UK for making the most of its heritage, museums, countryside, parks and leisure assets to grow its visitor numbers and visitor economy. The Heritage Index reveals areas which enjoy the most physical heritage assets, and how actively residents and visitors engage with local heritage, and by comparing the two calculates the areas making the most of their heritage. The RSA looked at a variety of areas including: Historic Built Environment; Museums; Industrial Heritage; Parks and Open Spaces; Landscape and Culture, in 329 local authority areas across England, Scotland and Wales. Burnley is delighted to have been ranked so highly out of the whole of the UK. Burnley has some fantastic heritage with one of the largest heritage led regeneration schemes in the country in the Weavers’ Triangle, transforming one of the finest examples of Victorian heritage in the northwest into a stunning canalside business and leisure complex. We have three fantastic museums Towneley Hall, Gawthorpe Hall and Queen Street Mill. The vast majority of our parks have been awarded Green Flag status for several consecutive years, and our stunning countryside and the recreation and lifestyle it offers is second to none, so we shouldn’t be surprised we’ve ranked so highly, and we should be very proud of the achievement. Burnley recognises the positive impact it’s heritage assets can have on the local economy. The annual Woodland Festival, Canal Festival and North West flower show brings coachloads of visitors to the town from across the region with visitors spending in and around the area. Mark Crabtree, OBE, Head of Burnley Bondholders and MD of AMS Neve said: “Burnley is a special place we want to share, and Burnley Bondholders recognise the value of our using our local heritage assets to attract new visitors and to promote the area as a great place to live, work and invest. Bondholders are members of the private sector who contribute towards marketing Burnley’s assets and I’m delighted Burnley comes in the top 11% of the index, way ahead of our neighbouring towns and cities. “The positive ranking has undoubtedly been helped by the promotional work backed by Burnley Bondholders. We want as many people as possible to know what’s special, attractive and interesting about Burnley, and we want people to see how our illustrious heritage is helping to shape the future.”

Towneley Exhibitions & Events

Great days out Towneley Hall, a 14th Century historic house with art gallery and museum, located in 400 acres of beautiful parkland, provides all the ingredients for a fun, adventurous and educational day out. May 1st & 2nd May Day Funfair & Festival

26th February-20th November Studio Pottery 5th March-5th June Sublime Symmetry Showcasing the work of celebrated Victorian Arts and Crafts designer, William De Morgan. Ceramics from the De Morgan Collection and designs on loan from the V&A. 12th March-20th November Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian Pottery

Weddings & Civil Ceremonies We believe your wedding should be as individual as you are, and here at the magnificent Hall we can create your perfect day, set in one of the most beautiful, historic, romantic settings in the North West. The picture perfect venue and setting can host from 80 to 400 guests, set within historic rooms within the Hall or a glittering marquee on the lawn. Our experienced wedding team will ensure your day is perfect, helping you through from planning to the moment you take your vows amongst the historic paintings, chandeliers and sculptures. From beautiful food, champagne, music, pianists, harpist, Master of Ceremonies to singers, it’s your day and we’ll help tailor it to your dreams.

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May 14th Museums at Night June 12th Annual Band Concert June 26th Towneley Park Classic Car Show September 9th,10th & 11th Heritage Weekend

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July 3rd

Magic of Motown

Little Hospice Hero’s

Burnley Mechanic

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Cross Country Competition

GiggleWitch Comedy Club

Towneley Park

The Cauldron, Moorhouse’s Brewery An evening of stand up comedy. Over 18’s, Very strong language throughout. Tickets £15, call 01282 422864

June 5th

Pennine 10K Run Start at Burnley Town Hall

July 31st

Ranger Day June 12th

Hargher Clough Recreation Ground

Ightenhill Park Festival Ightenhill Park

May 14th

An Audience with Martin Kemp Burnley Mechanics May 14th

June 12th

Annual Band Concert Towneley Hall Featuring the award winning Stacksteads band. Enjoy an afternoon of music in the open air. A free event for all the family.

Museums at Night Towneley Hall FREE pre-booked evening tour of Towneley Hall. Starts at 6pm. Call 01282 477130 to book. Limited availability. May 20th

Westrocks - classic American rock show Burnley Mechanics

June 15th

The Queen’s Birthday Celebration Padiham Memorial Park June 20th - 26th

Armed Forces Week

Heritage Weekend Towneley Hall FREE entry into the hall noon until 5pm.

Towneley park May 26th

September 11th

Orienteering Event

Heritage & Woodland Festival

Towneley park May 29th June 24th - 26th

Padiham on Parade Padiham Town Centre A weekend to commerate 100 years since WWI, complete with Military Vehicles, Cadet Drill Competition, Music, Costume Parade, Swing Band and much more. June 26th

May 30th

Origami Workshop Towneley Hall 12

Inn on the Wharf, Oak Mount Engine House and Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre Longboats, music, food, street entertainers, boating, engine house tours, guided walks, September 9th,10th & 11th

HAPPA Novelty Dog Show

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Burnley Canal Festival

Burnley and Padiham

May 22nd

Fun Day In Thompson park

August 27th - 29th

Towneley Park Classic Car Show Towneley Hall Organised by the Rotary Club of Burnley and Burnley Council.

Towneley Hall A great free day out for all the family. Exhibitions, displays, workshops, guided walks, re-enactments and costumed staff, tea rooms and craft and charity stalls. Noon–5pm. September 23rd

GiggleWitch Comedy Club The Cauldron, Moorhouse’s Brewery An evening of stand up comedy. Over 18’s, Very strong language throughout. Tickets £15, call 01282 422864 October 1st

Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party Burnley Mechanics

Brass Parks Burnley Council, with help from the Park Friends Groups


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All concerts 2–4 pm FREE ADMISSION

Hebden Bridge Band Sunday 5th June - Scott Park

Stacksteads Band Sunday 12th June - Towneley Park East Lancashire Concert Band Sunday 26th June - Padiham Memorial Park (as part of Padiham on Parade) Back by popular demand... Besses o’th Barn Band Sunday 3rd July - Queen’s Park

Awarded to Scott Park, Queen’s Park, Ightenhill, Padiham Memorial Park, Towneley & Thompson Park

October 2nd

October 28th

Wedding Fair

Pete Firman – Comedian

Towneley Hall FREE entry to the hall and fair. Bridal gown shows in the stunning art gallery in the afternoon. 12-4.30pm

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The Towneley Bonfire Towneley park November 25th

GiggleWitch Comedy Club The Cauldron, Moorhouse’s Brewery An evening of stand up comedy. Over 18’s, Very strong language throughout. Tickets £15, call 01282 422864 November 27th

Snow White - Vienna Festival Ballet

December 11th

Santa Comes to Towneley Towneley Hall Organised by the Friends of the Park, follow the trail through the hall until you find Santa’s grotto. Pre-booked places only – a small charge will be made to cover the cost of the present. Call 01282 432423 for details.

Burnley Mechanics December 13th

October 7th

Frenkenstein by Blackeyed Theatre Burnley Mechanics October 15th

Jive Talking - The Bee Gees Story Burnley Mechanics

November 27th

Annual Christmas Craft Fair Towneley Hall Over 30 stalls selling handmade/crafted goods, with costumed staff, tea rooms and festive origami paper folding workshop. FREE entry into the hall and craft fair. A great afternoon for all the family.

October 24th–29th & 31st

Halloween Event/Attraction Towneley Hall Ring for details 01282 477130.

December 3rd

Santa Saves Christmas Burnley Mechanics

NSPCC Christmas Event Towneley Hall Details available in November. Call 01282 477130. December 14th

Annual Christmas Carol Concert & Supper Towneley Hall Doors open 6.30pm. Concert starts 7pm, followed by festive supper. £18pp. To book call 01282 477130. 13






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HOMES AND GARDENS Burnley has a wide range of affordable property types, from modern apartments, large Victorian semis, cosy cottages, detached rural properties and converted barns, to refurbished terraced houses and new build starter homes, ideal for first time buyers. Housing in Burnley is generally a lot more affordable than the regional or national level. The average cost of a house in Burnley in 2015 was approximately 4.3 times average earnings. This compares with a figure of 6.9 times average earnings for Manchester and 9.8 times average earnings for Great Britain – so you can get a lot more house for your money here in Burnley. With many beautiful homes come beautiful gardens and we are delighted to feature some fabulous Burnley homes and gardens in this feature. We hope the feature provides you with some new ideas and inspiration for your garden - it might even lead to you buying a garden animal or two! The new direct rail line from Burnley to Manchester has put Burnley firmly on the commuter belt map, with attractive affordable homes and diverse lifestyle offer, Burnley is well worth a look.


SECRET GARDENS …not so secret anymore! 11 beautiful and varied gardens in and around the village of Cliviger were opened to the public in 2015 as part of the National Open Gardens scheme Keen gardeners travelled from around the country to visit Burnley’s open gardens and marvelled at the green fingered displays, the stunning scenery and made friends with some delightful garden animals! We are delighted to feature seven of the wonderful open gardens, which include cottage, riverside, valley and rockery gardens plus a special attraction - a wonderful herd of very friendly alpacas. Visitors enjoyed acres of well stocked gardens, with roses, ornamental trees, flower borders, shrubs, fruit and vegetable plots, many with extensive views across the surrounding countryside - it’s a great day out and a wonderful way to pick up some top gardening tips too. Alan Scholes, one of the organisers of the Cliviger Open Gardens day said: “I’m delighted the Burnley Magazine wanted to feature our Open Gardens. I was one of four residents who formed the original steering group after an invitation was extended to the villagers to open their gardens and help with the planning. “The response was excellent and 11 gardens and 2 allotments were opened to the public. “The gardens, all varied in size, were lovingly prepared for the Open Day and we were blessed with a fine day. We had no idea what the response would be and we were delighted with the wonderful turnout. 16

“The hosts and visitors had a great time. A lot of work went into the planning of the day and we are already planning for our 2016 open day, with a provisional date set for Sunday 3rd July,” but keep any eye on the Open Gardens website for an update Come along and enjoy some fabulous hospitality you’ll even be treated to some home baked goodies! Proceeds raised from admissions to the Open Gardens are donated to the Cliviger Village Hall fund. More about National Open Gardens The National Open Gardens Scheme is an initiative where hundreds of private gardens are opened up across Britain to raise money for local worthwhile causes. You can get together with your neighbours to show off your efforts through the Open Gardens National Directory. It was set up a few years ago by two ‘ordinary gardeners’, Kate and Jack Preston, who took part in one of the earliest successful schemes. They set up the website so that groups in villages and small towns could submit details of their open gardens and their charity free of charge. The scheme has been a huge success with the site receiving over 30,000 visitors, who plan their days out across Britain to enjoy people’s gardens and tea and cakes - all in aid of a good cause.


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ROADSIDE ROCKERY GARDEN Jean Haycock: “Our garden was used mainly for visitors to get their maps at the start of the open gardens tour, so we just opened our front garden. “Our garden is quite unusual as it slopes away from the house, and we can’t actually see it from the house but passers-by often compliment us on our rockery layout and plant selection. “The Open Garden Day, which we helped to organise, attracted visitors from as far as Merseyside, Rochdale and Hull, as well as the closer surrounding area, and the visitors were genuinely appreciative of the warm Burnley welcome they received from the garden owners, not forgetting the delicious afternoon teas we provided! “It is a great way of bringing new visitors to Burnley, who are always pleasantly surprised about how beautiful the area is. “We love living here in Burnley and love being within 1 hour of the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, the Fylde Coast and Bronte country, in addition to the wonderful scenery around us.”

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FLYING HIGH student life on and off campus

Burnley has an outstanding further education and university offer, which attracts top students from across the North West and further afield. Three successful students, who are succeeding on and off campus, have been interviewed for the Burnley magazine, and share their experiences, hobbies and achievements.


Sydnie -Rose

Cambridgeshire born Burnley convert

Sydnie-Rose Anderson grew up in the heart of Cambridgeshire but when the time came to progress from college to university, she wanted to experience a completely different place. She chose Burnley. Speaking from a sleek and peaceful interview room in the heart of UCLan Burnley, Sydnie explains why she chose to travel more than 200 miles to attend a university in the heart of Pennine Lancashire. “It’s quite a simple story really. I came to UCLan Burnley because it was accessible to me and because I wanted my own independence. I’d been looking at leaving home to go to a university somewhere else in the country rather than my hometown of Gamlingay near Cambridge and Lancashire really appealed. The green hills and the countryside made a big impression on me! It mattered to me that I moved somewhere with interesting things to do that wasn’t just bars and city life because I like to do a lot of walking and exploring. I’ve been in Burnley for a year now and I’ve really noticed a difference in the scenery and the amount of lovely walks there are like the Singing Ringing Tree or by the river that are really close by. I’ve also noticed that it’s a bit colder here too though, so I definitely wear more jumpers than I do at home! It sounds funny but I actually love the local accents around here. At first I found it really hard to understand people and I started mimicking everybody by accident, which made all my friends laugh for the first week of me being here! Now I’m used to it and I like it a lot. Everybody’s been so friendly and welcoming to me and I think the accent sounds so friendly too. The nightlife in Burnley is completely different to what I’m used to down in Cambridgeshire. Everyone is far more outgoing and ready for a good night out, it’s more fun, definitely wilder and it’s great value for 22

money. I mean it – every time I ring my friends from back home I’m telling them to come up for a night out because I still can’t get over how affordable it is. I’m actually studying Performing Arts and I love dancing so I spend a lot of my time at the gym, at dance classes and in the dance studio. When I’m not working, training or practicing, I love to go to the cinema or go bowling. It’s great when we can get a big group of us together to do something like that, especially since it’s so close. I also like going to the bingo, believe it or not! We got discounts when we signed up in Freshers’ Week and went a couple of times. I won £20! I also love football and I play it whenever I get the chance. I’ve been to the Turf to see Burnley a few times too and really enjoyed the atmosphere there – again, it’s a lot different to down South – but I have to say I’d rather be watching Tottenham. Sorry! I think the word to describe my time in Burnley so far is “surprising”. When you aren’t from the North, you think of a town in Lancashire and you don’t imagine it to be right in the middle of beautiful countryside and full of really friendly, welcoming people. I’m so happy I chose to come to UCLan Burnley because I feel like I’m treated like an adult and moving so far away has taught me so many life skills and independence. My dream is to progress to a higher qualification, then get out there and become a professional dancer, stage actor or get into TV acting. I wouldn’t be the first famous actor to come from Burnley, so I’m in good company!”



Louise Hulland (aka Audrey Hepburnley)

Louise Hulland is a Sony Award winning journalist, presenter and documentary maker. Her role as a top journalist has taken her across the UK and abroad but she always looks forward to coming back home to her hometown of Burnley. Louise can be seen reporting for Watchdog (BBC One), Inside Out (BBC One) and is a regular presenter on BBC London 94.9, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Previously Louise has reported for Watchdog Daily on BBC One, ITV London News for ITV1, and Live with Gabby on Channel 5. She also regularly hosts FYI bulletins for ITV2. Louise kindly agreed to be interviewed for the Burnley Magazine about her home town and her life growing up here.


COUNTRY LIVING a look at Burnley’s rural professions by countryside campaigner Cosima Towneley



life’s better in WELLIES! More and more young people are seeking alternative career paths and careers that entail working in the great outdoors are becoming more appealing, with young farmer numbers on the rise again



or many, the dream might be to work on the land, but might feel lack of experience and knowledge is a stumbling point, but Rural Apprenticeships are opening up new opportunities for all kinds of agricultural, land based and environmental roles. If you love the outdoors and animals, are keen to learn, and don’t mind hard work and long hours the opportunities are out there, and the rewards are second to none. With over 80% of Burnley classed as rural, it’s not surprising to hear that Burnley’s rural businesses contribute substantially to the local economy. In the UK alone, the rural sector is worth more than £8.9 billion per year, and employs over a million people and 500,000 volunteers. It’s a profitable sector, but that’s only part of it – this industry improves quality of life here in the UK by supplying us with food, producing crops, enriching the rural and urban environment, and protecting our natural heritage, and we are proud to have a thriving rural economy in and around Burnley.

Is farming the best job in the world?

supplying us with food, producing crops, enriching the rural and urban environment, and protecting our natural heritage

To find the answer to this question, as editor of the Burnley Magazine, I donned my wellies and spent a day on a successful Burnley farm with the Shorrock family and their young apprentice Daniel Duerden, to get a taste of life working on the farm. The Shorrock family run the Hole House Farm in Cliviger, one of Burnley’s largest farms, specialising in cows and sheep, for the meat/beef and wool markets. They are huge advocates of rural apprenticeships and promoting farming as a fantastic career option to young people considering their career path - and yes, they say farming is the best job in the world. With a whopping 1,350 acres of land, 1,250 sheep and 150 cows to tend to, 6 am starts and very long days, you wouldn’t think you’d hear the phrase ‘every day is like a holiday’ used to describe working on a farm - but the Shorrock Family and their dedicated rural apprentice Daniel, love farming, and working year round in all weathers in the Burnley countryside.

The Shorrock Family and Apprentice, Hole House Farm, Cliviger - L-R : Henry, Jeanette, Jonathan, Freddie and Daniel Duerden 29


RIDERS in the

MIST Kate Ingram explores Burnley’s bridleways with countryside campaigner Cosima Towneley



ver the last few years I’d heard a lot about the fantastic horse riding around Burnley. Further investigation shows Burnley to have 75km of bridleways which criss-cross the Borough’s breath taking landscape of rugged moorland and the formal parkland which surrounds the architectural jewels of Gawthorpe and Towneley. The presence of this amazing network is in part a product of the borough’s industrial past. Prior to the completion of the Leeds/ Liverpool canal in 1816, raw materials and finished goods were carried along the historic packways which still wind over the hills of the South Pennines and throughout Britain. The fact that this network still exists is a testament to the tenacity of a few dedicated women and men and was championed for many years prior to her death by Burnley’s own Mary, Lady Towneley. Today, Mary’s daughter Cosima continues her mother’s work as Chair of the Burnley Bridleway Association, so who better to invite as my guide for the day.

to ensure its lost and secret ways would not be sacrifi ced at the altar of mechanical progress Trailer securely loaded with 2 trusted companions I set off from home on a very misty November morning. Passing through Burnley town centre, I was soon in open countryside heading towards Cliviger where I was to meet my guide for the day, Cosima Towneley and Pip, a vocal Parson Jack Russell and must have accessory for any equestrian enterprise! I had hoped that the early morning mist might have cleared but that was not to be the case, so we set off regardless. 32

The first part of the ride comprised a steep climb to Crown Point and the iconic Singing Ringing Tree. Due to extensive mileage to be covered in limited time this part of the ride was over a pre-arranged short cut over private land with the permission of the farmer but access to the Singing Ringing Tree is possible from the public Bridleway and Concessionary network that criss-crosses Clowbridge and Gambolside. To great disappointment, the usual stunning view was hidden by the thickening mist. Whether on 2 or 4 leg the Singing Ringing Tree itself is an impressive sight and the only point where the whole of the Borough, and way beyond, can be appreciated in its entirety by a single 360 degree turn… on a good day. Crossing Crown Point Road we headed down hill to the ruins of Whowell Farm. On the way Cosima spoke enthusiastically about her mother and life in a sometimes loud and frenetic Towneley household with seven siblings. Cosima: “My mother was passionate about the Burnley landscape and was determined to ensure its lost and secret ways would not be sacrificed. As the mother of seven she fully appreciated the silence and the companionship of another being which did not answer back that horse riding offered. Thus she took to exploring the locality on first Gypsy, Cheeky and finally Miss Muffet, often riding, sometimes with child in tow, for three or more hours, at speed, noting the apparent dead ends, the drop off tracks and the unfriendly notices. Her further research proved these tracks to be, our historic and nearly lost public heritage. A chance meeting with Sue Hogg, South Pennine Packhorse Trails Trust caused her to get to know this part of North East Lancashire in intimate detail. With an expanding knowledge of and need for this fragile spider web of routes, accompanied by much reading and discussion with local and not so local historians and an iron willed determination to take the cause to and through the corridors of Whitehall Lady Towneley and a small band of equally steely willed local women and men ensured the survival of the ancient highways, the Corpse Roads and Packhorse trails, Limersgates and Willing Whams of the past to a new relevance in the present.”


Andy Brown’s


Family, horses and automobiles



Andy Brown with his family (L-R wife Susan, son Oliver, daughter Helen and grandson) Successful local entrepreneur, Andy Brown, is a true advocate of the lifestyle offer here in Burnley and has several loves! His first love - his family, the centre of his world, at the heart of Andy’s life and work, with every family member whatever their age (including the dog) involved in family life and business; his second love - his automobiles, he just loves them and is a quite a collector (not sure what Mrs Brown thinks!); his third a love of horses and all things equestrian, and last but certainly not least his love for his hometown of Burnley. His life and loves have led to the creation of his successful award winning business which has transformed Burnley’s visitor offer. A business which is centred around everything he loves, Andy has created an outstanding leisure and equestrian centre, global award winning spa and the contemporary Bertram’s Restaurant set amongst Burnley’s stunning countryside. He doesn’t have to travel far to start his working day, as his beautiful home is just minutes across the fields to the state of the art Crow Wood Leisure, Woodland Spa and Equestrian Centre complex. Andy has spent all his life in Burnley and made huge investments in his home town as he believes Burnley is a wonderful place with lots to offer visitors and people looking for a change in lifestyle. Burnley is becoming a new commuter destination, with a superb lifestyle offer on the doorstep with Andy’s stunning leisure and equestrian facility part of that lifestyle asset. Andy tells the editor of Burnley Magazine about his life growing up in Burnley and the upbringing which has made him the passionate, hardworking family man and entrepreneur he is today… 36

“I am lucky to have been brought up in the Ightenhill area of Burnley, arguably one of the borough’s nicest districts. Both of my parents were born in Burnley, my mother’s parents had a greengrocers in Lyndhurst Road and she trained and worked as a hairdresser. My father lost his dad in an industrial accident on the railway where he worked as a ticket collector, crushed as he was coupling a carriage. My father became the bread winner of the family whilst very young and built up from scratch a sizeable business employing at its peak 300 people. “The business he built suffered in the late seventies recession and he died in 1978 from cancer, leaving my eldest brother David and I working in that business.

His fi rst love - his family, the centre of his world “Through the eighties and nineties we built up a very successful office machine, furniture and stationery business which we sold to a London based company in 1997. “I effectively retired at forty and having had a small investment in David Lloyd leisure clubs, I took an interest in building a leisure facility in Burnley. “In 2001 I had opened a new facility at Crow Wood, which I had bought 12 months earlier as a working dairy farm. Over the last fourteen years the business has continued to grow and now incorporates a very successful

Burnley is becoming a new commuter destination, with a superb lifestyle offer on the doorstep with Andy’s stunning leisure and equestrian facility part of that lifestyle asset. 37

Burnley Town Centre by day

Burnley’s Unique Boutique


enture just beyond the main town centre and you’ll find a treasure trove of boutique and independent shops… Yes you’ll find all the top high street names in Burnley, but stroll a little further out into some of the fringe streets, Standish Street, Curzon Street, Keirby Walk and Lower St James Street, and you’ll find the cool independents, packed full of unique clothing, gifts, art and antiques that aren’t on the high street. The independents are what give a town its uniqueness and Burnley has some pretty cool independently owned boutique shops. National Small Business Saturday was launched a few years ago to encourage shoppers to support their smaller local traders - their local independent butchers, bakers, florists, cake shops, fashion boutiques, and in turn support the local economy. Julie Humphrey, owner of Standish Street gift shop, Joules, said: “We can make a huge difference to small businesses if we support our smaller independent shops. Take a look at smaller shops you may not have previously considered and see what they have to offer - swap from a multinational chain to a small local business next time you are in town. Adding: “Small businesses give consumers greater choice and contribute to the unique character of an area. The business owners work incredibly hard to keep their small business going and provide around two thirds of private sector employment and we should try to support them where we can.” Burnley and Padiham have some fantastic independent shops, selling unique products, gifts and food, and Burnley Market is packed full of colourful independent stalls – all offering a personal friendly welcome and service.


6 Standish St


Cards, ironwork, glasswork, dotty art and photographic artwork by local/British designers I’m Julie Humphrey of Joules Designs and in January 2013 I found myself at a crossroads in life. I faced many new challenges and opportunities that took me on an exciting journey setting up my own business, Joules Designs. The new challenge was at times an emotional roller coaster ride that was exciting, exhilarating and scary; but it proved to be the start of fulfilling a dream and has been very rewarding and enjoyable. In December 2013 Joules Designs opened for business at 6 Standish St, Burnley. As well as my own handmade bespoke jewellery I wanted to provide a unique shopping experience where people can buy individual gifts that are not available on the high street and where customers will receive individual customer focussed service. I source a lot of items from local, talented artists providing opportunities for them to fulfil their potential. I love making jewellery being inspired by colours, textures and shapes. I love to use glass beads as they give a sumptuous look and feel. Swarovski crystals are also a favourite which again look stunning as the light reflects off the facets. I put thought and care into choosing each individual component making sure they complement each other to look great. 41


IN BURNLEY (with a vegan daughter) by Gill Watson There’s never been a more exciting time for Burnley’s international restaurant scene. Gone are the days when you had to travel to Manchester to eat authentic, well prepared food. Now it’s possible to eat cuisine from a different country every night of the week here, even if you have a vegan daughter in tow. But dining out is not just about the food. There are so many variables that make up a good dining experience and this is why I tried to talk to as many customers as possible. Some restaurants had customers who had been dining there for years, others had customers who were there for the first time and would never return. Not every restaurant made it into this magazine. Please support the ones who did, be adventurous and try something you can’t pronounce and find the story of how and why the restaurateurs came to settle in Burnley. Bon appetite!


About Gill Gill Watson is a chef, writer and food activist. After working as a celebrity chef in London and America for clients including Pierce Brosnan, Gill returned to the area ten years ago. Shocked at how austerity had left many families struggling with food poverty, Gill campaigned for supermarkets to give their end of day waste to charity. With a team of volunteers, Gill collects food from Lidl, MyLocal and Morrison’s and stocks a food sharing hut where people can help themselves to

free food. Gill was featured on the BBC1 programme, Inside Out last year, is a regular guest on the radio and speaks at conferences and food fairs. Gill’s has recently completed a book of her time as a private chef, described by Prue Leith as ‘Sometimes farce, sometimes tragedy, Watson’s ballsy and racy style is at all times a foodies handbook’. Find her at and on Facebook at Budget Cooking with Gill Watson

Gill Watson is a chef, writer and food activist. Find her at

Reviewing Process I reviewed the restaurants with my husband Ged, Zoe-the-vegan teenage daughter and our ten year old son Joe who has Asperger’s. This means he refuses to eat any food with a slimy texture. So basically, we’re not the easiest family to please. None of the restaurants knew we were reviewing them until we had paid our bill, so we didn’t receive any special treatment as reviewers.



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We had the best ever night at Continentals and Ged voted it the place he would most like to return to. During the week, Continental’s is a café on the Keirby Walk where they serve baguettes and paninis as well as the Egyptian specialities and griddled meats. Then, in the evenings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday it hops across the road into the restaurant of the old Keirby Hotel. Both venues have charcoal grills to cook their speciality meats. We dined in the weekend restaurant and the place was packed out with regular customers. I know they were regulars because after half a carafe of rose wine I decided to have a wander between courses and chat to everyone. This is a proper family business with dad Benjamin on the open, charcoal grill and mum Pam and daughter Sonia waitressing. Pam also makes the excellent Egyptian honey cake – Namoura. Sonia’s brother, Lee runs the café.

olives, pasta salad and pitta. I had foul medames for my starter, the crushed fava bean dish with chopped tomatoes and cucumber, drizzled with tahini. You’ll find this everywhere in Egypt and it’s one of my favourite things to eat. For a main course I had the liver cooked with peppers and onions plus side orders of spicy chips and garlic rice. Ged and Joe both had the £12 set menu of the Egyptian platter followed by a mixed barbecue of chicken, lamb chop, kofte and mashwe (thin slices of steak marinated in onions and spices) and then the honey cake. This has to be the best value anywhere in Burnley.

Ged voted it the place he would most like to return to Sonia was our waitress and we just loved her. Have a look at the reviews on Tripadvisor and you’ll understand why people feel they are part of the family after just one visit. Zoe had the lentil soup followed by the vegan Egyptian platter of hummus, falafel, salad, taboule.

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Café Mon to Sat 9am-5pm

01282 426400

Restaurant Thurs, Fri, Sat 6.30pm-late, last food orders 9.30pm

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It’s taken us far too long to discover Summer Palace in Padiham, Burnley. We love Chinese food and until now have regularly schlepped to Manchester to force chicken feet, beef tendons and even jelly fish on the children. Obviously this was before Zoe decided to go vegan. Sam Feng opened Summer Palace in Padiham four years ago but his first restaurant was in Skipton over the Yorkshire border. When I checked out the reviews on Tripadvisor I noted there was one from a lady in Skipton who now makes the 1hr 10min round trip to Padiham as she hasn’t found another local restaurant which compares in quality to the Summer Palace.

You won’t find chicken feet or donkey skin on the menu but you will find all the usual suspects plus a few more unusual dishes such as Pak Far squid. This is squid stuffed with prawn meat and is made on the premises as are all the coatings and sauces. You know how the salt and pepper mix always seems to taste the same in Chinese restaurants? That’s because most places use

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we were too stuffed to try the deep fried toffee bananas pre-packed mixes from the Chinese supermarkets. Sam makes his own which means the green chillies actually have a kick to them and the whole dish gets a lift from the use of fresh ingredients. Zoe-the-vegan-daughter fared better here than in any other restaurant we reviewed. She loved the sweetcorn soup on the vegetarian menu and the salt and pepper mushrooms (specially prepared without egg in the coating) as well as the old favourites of seaweed (without the fish powder) and vegetable spring rolls. My husband reckons he’s something of a sweet and sour pork expert and says the meat should always have a good amount of gristle to get the right level of chewiness. The Summer Palace scored top marks from Ged. Everything we ate was excellent but we were too stuffed to try the deep fried toffee bananas for pudding. Next time.

Top Tip Call ahead to order Har kau and Sui Mai dumplings as they take 20 mins to steam.

57-59 Church Street, Padiham BB12 8JH

Tues-Sat 5-11pm, Sun 2-11pm

01282 778189 Volandes, Chilean Sauvignon blanc £13.50

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RIBBONS to RICHES Burnley to New York Jet setting international Burnley designer, Jane Louise Taylor, celebrates her 25th year in business designing for USA and Asian textile manufacturers and liaising with global retailers - but she always enjoys coming home to her inspirational UK design studio based in her hometown of Burnley.


Jane Louise Taylor, an international design and colour consultant, who has worked all over the globe with famous international clients, gained her passion for textiles from her grandmother and father. Talking to Burnley Magazine, Jane explains textiles have been at the heart of her family for three generations, with her grandmother working in a cotton mill, and her dad the owner of a successful textile business in Bolton. She always knew she’d follow in the family tradition in some way, and found the perfect textile degree course for her at the Hollings Faculty in the Department of Apparel at the Manchester Metropolitan University. This is where Jane’s career took off - a summer job pinned to the notice board at the university at a renowned ribbon manufacturing company in Cheshire caught Jane’s eye, and the rest is history as they say! Jane worked in the sales office for the ribbon company over the summer and at the end of the summer they offered her a permanent role which Jane was delighted to accept – and it was all ribbons and bows from there on in! Excuse the pun! Designing woven decorative ribbons and exhibition displays for a variety of target markets from fashion to floral and from decorative packaging to perfume packaging became second nature to Jane. Her flair for eye catching displays at international exhibitions became a talking point with other businesses and exhibitors in the industry. A display which Jane created at an international trade lingerie exhibition in Lyon, France, caught the eye of a top American ribbon company based


in New York. This resulted in a 12 year contract where Jane designed and styled exhibitions for them. She commuted from Burnley to their offices on Madison Avenue, in New York, on a regular basis providing inspiration on colours and trends from Europe. Jane went on to design decorative packaging and ribbons for leading perfume companies including Christian Dior and Chanel, working with a top design guru in Estee Lauder, based on Fifth Avenue, to create an exclusive ribbon for a new perfume launch. Jane said: “My international career began in my 20’s with extensive luxury travel and I excelled in business buzz and embraced all opportunities, visiting various cities across the world keeping design inspiration and creativity alive. “I was offered a golden opportunity of a permanent position in New York, which was a truly exciting offer, but made me evaluate what I wanted my next step to be. Having established my UK design studio over the years here in Burnley, I turned down the New York offer and decided to focused on my next challenge. It was the start of designing broadcloth textiles as opposed to narrow woven ribbons and I haven’t looked back since. “My business and creativity demands a lot of time away from my family and hometown but I always ensure that when I am home I spend quality time with family and friends to enjoy and appreciate my home, local village and countryside.” This Burnley girl is living the dream, a real jet setting lifestyle with support from her loving husband, two sons and her remarkable outgoing Mum & Dad who live locally.

“I always love coming home to Cliviger, to the lush green rolling hills of the countryside - appreciating the beauty of our town. I love the view from my kitchen window watching the wild life and farm animals in the pastures beyond, especially the herons fi shing in the River Calder running through the Cliviger Gorge. A privilege and escapism from the ever demanding and fast global world we live in. No technology! “I am proud to host my international clients here in Burnley, they are always pleasantly surprised at how characterful and lovely the area is.� 51

Floral Display: Gerry Reid and Hawkshaw Flower Club - Ramsbottom Photography: Andy Ford - eightimaging Hair: Simon Townley Make-up: Rhianna Leach Model: Alaina Bennett 52

CATWALK through our fl oral past Naturein2Art exhibition creates stunning backdrop for unique fashion-shoot


The historic rooms and stately corridors of Burnley’s stunning Towneley Hall and Museum were transformed last autumn for the prestigious national NAFAS flower show Naturein2Art. Themed displays were created throughout the hall by talented floral artists from The North West Area of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangers), who transformed the Hall into a floral oasis. The stunning backdrop and setting of Towneley Hall was chosen as the perfect location for the prestigious floral art exhibition by NAFAS, which attracted coach tours and visitors from across the UK. NAFAS kindly allowed pre-exhibition access to the Burnley Magazine team to create a unique fashion photo shoot to feature the hall and dresses from local business ‘Hire The Catwalk’ in this year’s edition and we think you’ll love the results. On a rather chilly autumn morning, our photographer, Andy Ford, set up lighting stands (very carefully amidst the displays). Hair and make-up artists (Simon Townley and Rhianna Lydia) got busy, and the model, Alaina Bennett, provided by Hire The Catwalk (who is married to Kyle Bennett from Portsmouth FC – little name drop there!) braved the chilly morning, changing in and out of several gorgeous dresses, which are available for hire from growing Burnley business Hire The Catwalk, to stage this amazing shoot amongst the floral creations (thanks Alaina). Our cover shot was taken alongside the show stopping welcome display to the exhibition reflecting couture in nature and fashion design. Towneley has a range of exhibitions throughout the year, and adventures for all the family, so don’t worry if flowers aren’t your thing, there’s secret passageways, Egyptian mummies, the famous ‘Bill the Bear’, adventure packs for the children, all set in the glorious Towneley grounds and gardens which come alive in the summer with the Classic Car Show, Woodland Festival, and outdoor concerts.


Floral Display: Gerry Reid and Hawkshaw Flower Club - Ramsbottom Photography: Andy Ford - eightimaging Hair: Simon Townley Make-up: Rhianna Leach Model: Alaina Bennett 55

Old Fashioned - Traditional Barbershop Owner & Barber Liam Hogan, Barbering Assistant, Harry Gray 56



eards are very much back in fashion among men and more than 50% of men are spending an hour or more on their grooming routine per day. With in excess of £600 million spent on products and services last year in the UK alone and a rise in the art of traditional barbering, you can’t have failed to notice that the male grooming industry has grown to a scale that rivals its female counterpart. It is no longer just the realm of the metrosexual man, the latest trend of products and services available are aimed at the ‘hyper-masculine’ market and the ever growing hipster beards. A quick stroll down the aisles of your favourite supermarket or high street cosmetic store and you’ll notice not just the vast range on offer for men, but that more and more brands are targeting their product at the ‘Lumberjack look’ by featuring beards on their packaging. This isn’t surprising when you discover that facial hair and shaving products come second in terms of sales, just behind haircare. This boom in masculine trends has given a new lease of life to that important staple of any high street, the barber’s shop. 57

Models Jarrod Etherington, Sean Heaton

Old Fashioned - Traditional Barbershop As the name would suggest, visiting this town centre barbershop is like taking a step back in time. The mix of wooden floor, exposed brick work (wallpaper) and dark wood furnishings instantly makes you feel at home. Add to that the aromas of leather, pomade and barbicide and the striking sight of wall mounted horns and antlers behind the small bar and you know you are in the territory of the male of the species, a haven of masculinity. While you recline in a comfy barbering chair and enjoy your favourite tipple (a smooth whisky seems most appropriate to match the surroundings), Liam and Harry will use their knowledge of traditional barbering techniques and unique flare to bring your hair and beard bang up to date. Liam Hogan made to the started the business to deliver the art of old fashioned barbering to the modern world. Cut-throat shaving and beard taming requires a completely new set of skills to traditional hairdressing, skills which Liam and his assistant Harry Gray have honed superbly in the 18 months since Old Fashioned was established. Sporting a proud beard of his own, Liam saw a gap in the market for a traditional barbers and set up his unique vintage barber shop with its traditional interior. With quite a few awards adorning his shelves Liam’s barbering skills are well recognised. He offers advice on the latest beard and hairstyle trends. Liam said: “I’ve established a unique, stylish and welcoming barbering shop, focussed on quality service and quality grooming products. We want customers to come in, relax and enjoy the experience. While a beard trimmer and steady hand will get you so far, for the perfect mane you need to enlist the experts! “We have customers travelling from as far as Rawtenstall and Clitheroe to enjoy a traditional cut-throat shave and hair-cut, and one of our most famous customers is Jesse McClure the well known presenter of the addictive TV reality show Storage Wars, he is a really great guy.” “The gentry style is making a comeback, and barber shops are going back to their roots, and our shop is doing an excellent trade.” Styling is as individual as you are and everyone’s hair is different, luckily Old Fashioned offer a wide range of products, from conditioning oils and softening creams to beard brushes and moustache wax, to help you in your endeavor to tame your mane. 11 Hargreaves Street, Burnley BB10 1DZ 01282 422660 /OldFashionedTraditionalBarbering 58

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Gawthorpe Hall Architecture, History, Nature & Craft all in one very special place... Newly reopened in 2016 after a year of building conservation, this beautiful house dates from 1600. Explore its stunning original interiors, natural woodland setting and inspirational collection of textiles. There’s something for everyone to discover here. Tea room, woodland walks, family activities, exhibitions, public events and guided tours. Check online for opening times, entry fees and programme dates.

Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham BB12 8SD | 01282 771004 | Run in partnership by‌.

Creating the next generation of top Burnley sports stars… Burnley has some fantastic sports and leisure facilities and several successful sports clubs nurturing and training the next generation of stars. Burnley has a proud list of top sports stars who have hailed from the town including: James Anderson OBE, nicknamed ‘the King of Swing’ who plays for the Lancashire and England Cricket teams; Rachel Brown a former England goalkeeper, who won over 80 caps for her country; Sophie Hitchon, a champion British Hammer thrower, the former world junior champion and the current British Record Holder with a throw of 73.86 metres in the 2015 World Championship Athletics in Beijing; and Aneila Afsar, a keen martial art athlete who took her first self-defence class at the age of six, and has been representing Great Britain in international competitions since 2014 Aneila is featured in our Flying High student feature.


A typical day for Harry will start by climbing out of bed at 4 am to be on pool side for 5 am for the fi rst two hour training session of the day until 7am 62


Burnley Bobcats is a performance swim squad that works hard with local clubs in the area including Burnley Aquatics, Clitheroe Dolphins, Blackburn Centurions and Colne Amateur Swimming Clubs. Theyidentify talented swimmers and develop their own swimmers to achieve their potential through structured coaching in a competitive yet friendly environment. Many swimmers have gone on to distinguish themselves at National, Regional and County level. The squad has approximately 50 members, ranging in age from 8 years to 18 years, which are split into three different training groups – National, Regional and County and we have recently developed our Bob-Kitten Academy as an introduction to competitive swimming. The majority of the training sessions take place at St Peters Centre, Burnley with some sessions being held at Padiham Leisure Centre. The swimmers can choose to train six days a week both morning and evenings, as well as land training sessions, under our highly qualified Level 2 coaching team Noel Horton and assistant Craig Lord, with Lewis Fox, Strength & Conditioning Coach. The squad enters swimming galas from Levels 3 to 1 throughout the season from October to July and compete all over the UK and are shortly to experience their first competition abroad in Northern Ireland. We have swimmers who represent the Lancashire County Team and the North Lancs Team; two Senior swimmers who have been selected to undertake the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence; five squad swimmers who qualified for the National Short Course Championships at Sheffield; two disability swimmers who have just competed in the National Para-Swimming Championships at Manchester and a number of swimmers who swim for their school at the English Schools Swimming Competition; and finally a number of swimmers who compete as athletes in Biathlon and Modern Pentathlon events. Bobcats Swim Squad are a non-profit making club run by volunteers. All fees and sponsorship money are re-invested in to the club to pay for coaching costs, pool provision, equipment and to ensure sustainability.

Harry Pilkington (15 yrs)

A Year 10 pupil at St Christophers High School, Accrington who lives in Padiham with his parents and younger brother, learnt to swim with Burnley Aquatics and has been swimming as a Bobcat since the age of 8 years old. He has been achieving National qualifying times from the age of 12 and was selected as part of the Lancashire County team last year and has represented his school in the English Schools competition at the Olympic pool in London. A typical day for Harry will start by climbing out of bed at 4 am to be on pool side for 5 am for the first two hour training session of the day until 7am. He grabs a quick breakfast, usually en route to school and then after school finishes it’s down to the pool again for another two hour training session from 5.30 to 7.30pm, then a 45 minute land training session to finish the day off. Finally he’s home around 9 pm to his family, homework and a little chill out time before starting the whole routine again the next day. Three members of the squad were lucky enough to meet one of their swimming idols, European Champion, Commonwealth Gold and World Silver medallist Fran Halsall whilst competing at the Manchester International Meet in October.

Harry has been achieving National qualifying times from the age of 12 and was selected as part of the Lancashire County team last year and has represented his school in the English Schools competition at the Olympic pool in London.


As founder members of the Football League, Burnley is a town with a rich footballing heritage, and has the highest fan-to-population ratio in Britain


BURNLEY FC GIRLS & LADIES The 2015/16 Season marks the 20th anniversary of Burnley FC Girls and Ladies. The club was founded in 1995 by John Lister, with just 15 players, who trained in the “old barn” behind Turf Moor and played their home games in the shadow of the beautiful Gawthorpe Hall. We’ve made great strides since then and are now proud to be one of the largest women only football clubs in the country. We have over 160 players aged five and upwards, registered to play for our two open age and eight junior teams. Our First Team play in the North West Women’s Regional Premier League, whilst our Senior Development Squad was promoted to the Lancashire FA Women’s Division One, at the first attempt last season. With the exception of our Under 9s and 15s, who play in the North Valley and Burnley Unity Youth League, all our junior teams play in the West Lancashire Girls Football League, which was named National Charter Standard League of the year in 2013 by The Football Association. FA rules for teams up to and including our Under 11s, require that the results of games and league tables are not published. This puts the emphasis on player development, rather than doing whatever it takes to get a result! However, our younger players still take their football seriously, and love to win just as much as those in the older age groups! As founder members of the Football League, Burnley is a town with a rich footballing heritage, and has the highest fan-to-population ratio in Britain. Local residents clearly take great pride in supporting their team, as well as their town, and a Saturday trip to ‘The Turf’ to cheer on the Clarets is a tradition that spans generations. Whilst there, they also get the chance to cheer on our girls, as our younger teams take part in mini-games on the pitch at half time. We’re equally proud of our girls’ successes. This season, seven players have been called-up to represent Lancashire Schools’ Under 14s. The girls - one player from our Under 13s, three from our Under 14s and three from our Under 15s - were selected from over 70 players who attended the trials at Accrington and Rossendale College last September.

They were thrilled to be chosen for the final squad of 20 players. Off the field, we have fun too! At our annual Fun Day in May the girls (and some of the parents!) took part in a Dribbleathon around the Barden Athletics Stadium. This was followed by an unlikely 4-2 victory for the Managers and Coaches in a match against our open age squads. Our annual Presentation Evening takes place every May at Turf Moor. For 2015, former England international goal-keeper Rachel Brown-Finnis was an inspiring guest of honour, presenting awards and posing for photos with our girls. Previous guests have included former Burnley players Kieran Trippier and Brian “the Beast” Jensen. Following the success of the England women’s team in this year’s World Cup, it’s certainly a very exciting time for the women’s game. We also had our own successes in 2015. Our Under 9s Clarets won the league and cup double and a combined Under 15s/16s team reached the final of the Lancashire FA Cup. The Senior Development Squad secured promotion to the Lancashire FA Women’s Division One, and there were summer tournament successes for several of our junior teams. This season our Under 15s currently lie second in their league, our Under 16s are through to both the County and League Cup finals and our Under 10s will face Academy Juniors of Bolton in their League Cup final. Running a not-for-profit club of this size is an expensive and time consuming operation. We rely on a dedicated committee of volunteers to oversee the smooth running of the Club. All of this would not be possible without the generous support of several local businesses whose generous sponsorship helps to keep player subscriptions as low as possible. This is vitally important, as our sole aim is to provide a safe and secure environment in which girls of all ages and abilities can play and enjoy football. You can follow the progress of our teams on Facebook and Twitter. And we’re always looking for new players from age five upwards. More details can be found on our website:




he Guest House, in the quaint village of Worsthorne, opened its doors in March 2015 and is building an excellent reputation for home from home comforts. Burnley Magazine talks to the owner Dave Rogers and takes a tour of the welcoming cottage accommodation. Dave is a local entrepreneur who has launched several successful businesses, but loves his new role welcoming guests to this lovely village in the Pennine hills on the outskirts of Burnley. Owner, Dave Rogers said: “I first got the idea for the guest house after travelling around hundreds of villages with my previous work as a wholesale florist, and always wondered why Worsthorne, with its large village square and surrounding countryside never had any accommodation, so I set about

The Guest House

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converting the cottage into the guest house and fortunately after a lot of hard work, it is forging a good reputation. “Built around 1650, we are steeped in history and the huge beams which run throughout the house give the cottage a Grade II listing, with a modern touch. Everyone who stays can’t believe how big it is inside, as the whole block used to be back to back cottages! “Set in the heart of the village we cater for people who are not just visiting the Burnley area, but ramblers, cyclists (who love our secure bike sheds with cctv) and lots of walkers, as we are situated only a couple of kilometres from the Pennine bridleway. We also have a drying area for all our guests who can on occasion, return from their adventures a little wet! “We have a lot of business and contract workers staying, and can offer reduced rates for midweek and longer stays. The village has two pubs within walking distance and the Crooked Billet serves a variety of real ales and was recently crowned Burnley’s best pub.

Built around 1650, we are steeped in history “Our accommodation consists of five bedrooms to suit all needs, from super-king beds to large single beds, all en suite and with a well-stocked complimentary tray in each room with free Wi-Fi. There is also a large communal lounge to relax in. Our breakfast selection is served in the adjoining tea rooms and is all locally sourced, as are the lunches in this relaxing olde worlde styled eatery. We’ve welcomed guests from all over the world, including Canada, Japan, USA, South Africa. One elderly gentleman in his 80s, who stayed, had a fascinating past, being sent here as a child in the second world war from London to his Aunt’s, just round the corner from the guest house. His father was born in the Roggerham Gate Pub and his mother at Tattersalls House in Hurstwood. It turned out his Aunt was Ron Greenwood’s mother Ron Greenwood was of course the England football manager in the early eighties! We are surrounded by bridleways leading to open countryside in every direction, yet only minutes from Burnley town centre and a short drive from Pendle, the Ribble Valley and West Yorkshire, so whether you’re here for business or pleasure it makes a great base for a comfortable stay in the Burnley area.


UNIQUE STAY IN ELIZABETHAN HALL Hurstwood Hall Guest House Hurstwood Village, Worsthorne BB10 3LG - - 01282 453334


ark Webb and David Lee moved into Hurstwood Hall in October 2012. Mark explained: “We’ve lived in Burnley for the past twenty years and love living here. We decided that it was time to make a lifestyle change and wanted to open a Bed and Breakfast but we were unable to find a suitable property locally. To our delight, Hurstwood Hall came into our reach and from the moment that we walked through the door we knew that this was the place for us”. Hurstwood Hall is steeped in history. It is a breath-taking Elizabethan hall. It was built in 1579 by Barnard Towneley as his marital home. It is a Grade II listed building and retains many of its original features. The hall is set in rural Pennine Lancashire and yet is easily accessible for all of the East Lancashire towns and cities of Manchester, Leeds and Preston.


The local area is a haven for walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and anglers. It is an ideal retreat for anyone who loves the great outdoors. The local area is a haven for walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and anglers. It is an ideal retreat for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Within walking distance, there are two local pubs that offer quality ales, wines and locally sourced food. Hurstwood Hall opened its doors in the summer of 2015 and a number of guests have visited including guests from as far afield as mid-America and South Africa. David is at the helm. He has moved from a long career in teaching to fulfil the dream. David adds: “This is a new venture for us and one that has been long in the planning. We provide an excellent service and use the finest local ingredients for our breakfasts. The rooms are spacious and unique with Egyptian cotton bedding on super king sized beds and Penhaligon’s toiletries�. The Hall is ideal for business people travelling alone or part of a small group, couples who wish to have a romantic break away together or for people who are visiting Burnley and the surrounding areas. The Hall offers a unique, luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation with lunchtime and evening meals available for residents. 69

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Burnley Magazine - issue 16  

“Burnley is truly ‘surprising’" - and with our exclusive interviews, reviews and features you will be surprised too.

Burnley Magazine - issue 16  

“Burnley is truly ‘surprising’" - and with our exclusive interviews, reviews and features you will be surprised too.