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Queen Emily's RAFT challenge PDF Print E-mail


Edenfield Rose Queen Emily and her retinue have chosen the charity RAFT – Rossendale food bank as their charity for the year. They have chosen RAFT as they are local they support adults, children and families within the Rossendale. When people are referred to RAFT not only do they get food parcels for the week but guidance and support, and hope that things can and will improve for them with support, love and faith of their local community.

Emily was crowned in June at Edenfield Parish with the church family from all over the team and local community. There was support from RETM puppets and Edenfield Church Choir. Followed by a bustling fair in school raising money and collecting goods for RAFT and the church. Emily and her friends gave an informative presentation on the important role of food banks and her reasons for choosing it as her charity.

So far in the last 2 months Emily and retinue have managed to make 6 shopping trolley full of donations to RAFT from her boxes in Edenfield.

During the summer holidays the older retinue took the RAFT challenge – in which they had to feed and support a family of four for a day with £5 – they went to Tesco’s and thought of all the needs of the family and used their £5 to collect things together they could pass on to RAFT to help families in Rossendale they then gave a morning of their time to learn more about RAFT and help pack parcels for the families.


Emily will continue to collect RAFT though out her year as Rose Queen at all her events and has also placed collection boxes in Edenfield Parish Church, Edenfield C of E Primary School and Edenfield Post Office and Edenfield News agents.

For more information on The RAFT foundation visit their website at

EVRA Minutes April 2014 PDF Print E-mail

EVRA  -  summary of the minutes of the meeting of 16th April 2014

There were 10 committee members and 1 guest present with 7 apologies for absence.


The minutes of the meeting of 19th March 2014 were approved as a correct record.

Fell Race :  1st June 2014

The Chairman introduced Cath Hignett who outlined the arrangements for the race. It has been designated as part of the Grand Prix and as such has been widely advertised in the specialist fell running media . A large entry is expected and new safety procedures, including additional marshalls, will be introduced.


Matters Arising

- It was reported that the four Community Beat Managers will share responsibility for Edenfield  and three nearby communities.                                                   -Applications for funding for the restoration of the Fingerpost Garden and for “Edenfield in Bloom” have been made to the Community Forum and the outcome is awaited.

-Councillor Anne Cheetham has offered to seek funding , through Lancashire County Council, for a defibrillator for Edenfield.


Edenfield & District Community Assoc (EDCA)  : no meeting has been held since the report given at EVRA`s last meeting

The Treasurer  provided a financial update.

The Secretary advised that no correspondence had been received.

Planning :

-The appeal against the decision to refuse permission for the proposed development at Dearden Clough has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector.                     -A mass protest against the proposed extension of the existing wind farms will take place on 25th May, starting at 9.30am from Waterfoot, with a noon rallying point at the Old Moorcock Inn. No date has yet been fixed by the energy companies for local consultation.

AGM  :- It was agreed that the association will hold its AGM at 8pm on Wednesday, 18th June and  local residents will be invited in  the spring newsletter.

Village Fete  :  7th June 2014

The sub committee has held a further meeting and the Chairman reported on progress against the action plan, advising on the attractions booked , the events agreed and the proposed running order. The sub committee will meet again on 29th April.

AOB  :

-An invitation to residents to join EVRA has been placed in the Cricket Club magazine

-A complaint has been made to Rossendale Council about the potentially unsafe condition of the Horse & Jockey.

–Edenfield Parish Church has obtained police approval for its Whit Walk following the intervention of Jake Berry, M.P.

–The spring newsletter will be ready for distribution by mid-May.


The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and confirmed that the next meeting would be at 8pm on Wednesday, 21st May.

Please find below springs newsletter

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EVRA Meeting 19th March 2014 PDF Print E-mail

EVRA - summary of the minutes of the meeting of 19th March 2014

There were 14 committee members and one guest present with 4 apologies for absence.

The minutes of the meeting of 19th February 2014 were approved as a correct record.

Matters arising: -

A report had been submitted to Rossendale BC on the restoration of the Fingerpost Garden and the funding application is due to be considered at the next meeting of the Neighbourhood Forum.

- To progress the installation of a defibrillator in Edenfield it will be necessary to seek a grant to supplement the association`s own commitment to funding.

- A discussion took place on the proposed extension of the wind farm and it was noted that Jake Berry M.P. is running an online petition opposing the extension and that Peel Energy is to hold a consultation meeting in Edenfield Community Centre at some future date.

Edenfield & District Community Association (EDCA) It was reported that the management committee had met to discuss the recently discovered significant water leak and the need to renew the supply pipe.

The Treasurer provided a financial update.

Planning:  the Planning Inspector`s site visit to Dearden Clough had taken place and a decision was expected by the end of March.

Summer Fete, Saturday 7th June 2014:- The sub-committee had held a further meeting and reported on the progress made on the attractions booked and the agreed events. It will meet again on 1st April.

The Reverend Dr John Illsley, the Methodist Minister, attended the meeting to advice on his contact with, and reassure members with regard to, residents of Chatterton Hey.  He also invited members to make suggestions to assist in fundraising for the Methodist Church.

AOB:  details of the Fell Race on Sunday, 1st June were discussed.


The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and confirmed that the next meeting would be at 8pm on Wednesday 16th April.

Dearden Clough Development Quashed by Planning Inspectorate PDF Print E-mail

Proposed development at Dearden Clough


After many months of opposition to the proposed development on Dearden Clough we are pleased to advise that the Planning Inspectorate has upheld the decision of the Rossendale Borough Council Planning Department not to approve the plans submitted by the developers.

The principal reasons given by the Planning Inspectorate were:-

- the risk to land stability (particularly in relation to Dearden Fold properties) and without any measures proposed to ensure this did not happen,

- adverse impact on availability of on street parking on Bury Road and surrounding area

- risk to safety in respect of site access provisions

- flood risk to properties proposed to be built on Dearden Clough

We understand that the dev elopers can still make challenge the Inspectorate decision if they consider that proper procedures were not followed or there has been an error in law. The challenge must be made within 6 weeks of the decision date. In the vent that any challenge is accepted the planning application rejection does not get overturned but the application reverts to the Planning Inspectorate to be considered again.

The recent decision is one which has brought great relief to the residents of Dearden Fold and Bury Road and thanks are extended to Jake Berry MP, Councillors Anne Cheetham and Darryl Smith, Edenfield Village Residents Association and all others who have supported us both in writing and on the ground in this campaign.

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