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‘Hope in the Future’ – Celebrations at Saint Mary’s Oswaldtwistle

On Saturday 17th March at 11a.m. the annual “Deanery Lenten Station Mass” took place at St Mary’s RC Church, Oswaldtwistle, attended by over 125 people from parishes within the Deanery area along with seven guest priests.

This mass was part of the wider “Hope in the Future” initiative, launched in October 2017 and announced by Bishop John Arnold. The initiative is designed to help the growth of The Catholic Church for future generations. It is in the first of five stages and is in line with the call that Pope Francis made for everyone to become Missionary Disciples. Part of that is for each individual Parish to appreciate and be mindful of what they are achieving as an active Parish.

For St Mary’s this was a welcome opportunity to share with other parishes how they have developed certain skills and projects for those in need of support in their area. Other parishes were invited to share their individual skills and experiences with a view to recognising new possibilities and needs, and to share best practice while forming joint projects in the future. Displays and information remained available following all weekend Masses, most information and contact details for group leaders are available via the parish web sites [www.saintmarysoswaldtwistle.co.uk] or the parish secretary.

The Deanery in question, St John Vianney, covers the boroughs and townships of Hyndburn, Rossendale and Burnley and Pendle.

This celebration weekend was a good way to show others within the parish, and wider Deanery area, the status of many of the long term Hyndburn community projects actioned by displaying the works of the various ministry and volunteer groups and supporters.

The Community Project Team, whose members are currently working towards housing a refuge family from Syria, presented their objectives and progress, as did the Schools “Faith in Action” Teams.

The “Churches Together Foodbank Project” driven by parishioners and others based in Oswaldtwistle, initially for three months, has been running for some years now, and is an essential and greatly appreciated community service locally. The Foodbank is supported by several major retailers in Hyndburn whose generosity is greatly appreciated.

The Lourdes Pilgrimage Group displayed memories and good wishes of those who had been given the opportunity to visit Lourdes through one of the church’s funded trips for selected local pilgrims. People were selected for the pilgrimages based on their needs, and were chosen from those who did not necessarily qualify with one of the major charity groups for funding.

Eucharistic Ministers who visit the sick and housebound with the Blessed Sacrament weekly were also represented and thanked for their dedication.

 A spokesman said:

“We cannot underestimate the support and assistance given to the terminally ill and bereaved families by our EMMAUS team who are on hand to help at times of need.

Choirs and musicians are an integral part of our services, as are the numerous other teams of workers who manage CAFOD, Caritas, Fairtraid, Mary’s Meals, and other Diocese based organisations working for the benefit of worldwide needy and oppressed people.

The parish is also fortunate in having a large army of volunteers working to maintain the fabric of the church and grounds, together with our religious and social teams working within the parish as a whole to educate and develop our Faith through worship.”

Notice Board showing all ongoing projects at St Mary's

© Peter Jones 2018.  Information and pictures courtesy of John Hughes


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Saturday mornings in Clayton le Moors will never be the same again,  after the successful start of the new Hyndburn parkrun this Saturday. 

Parkrun is a free, weekly 5k event that takes place at 9am every Saturday morning and there are events all over the UK and the world.  It’s free for anyone to register, you simply print off a barcode and bring it along with you. 

This means you get a time for your 5k and can aim for a new personal best.  That’s not to say you have to be fast, as it’s not a race and parkrun welcomes runners and walkers of all abilities.  It’s also open to all ages.  The only rule is that under 11s need to run with an adult.  You can even run with a dog if it’s on a short lead. 

In its first week, 314 people of all ages completed the course, which starts and finishes at Wilson’s playing fields and follows paths through the nearby woodland.  It’s entirely volunteer-led, so you can be part of the event even if you don’t want to run or walk 5k, just email hyndburnhelpers@parkrun.com

 Participants gather afterwards for refreshments and chat by the clubhouse; it’s a really friendly and social occasion.  Liz Newton, Event Director, said: “What a fabulous morning: it was great to see so many runners and volunteers bringing parkrun to Hyndburn.  We are looking forward to many more runs and bringing the community together”. 

Hyndburn Council provided the startup funding for the parkrun, recognising the array of potential benefits to health and wellbeing for the borough.  Cabinet member for Education, Leisure and Arts, Councillor Ken Moss, who volunteered as photographer for the first event, said: “Over 300 people turning out for our inaugural parkrun is a brilliant show of support and a fantastic way to get it off the ground in Hyndburn. I'd like to thank Liz and everyone else who helped to organise today's event.  It's been great to see so many people enjoying our parkland and keeping fit!”. 

To register for free, visit www.parkrun.org.uk/register.



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Local Events

Accrington Library

Accrington Library is launching a Board Games Club on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 1pm. This Club is for over 18s and is a great way to relax and chat over a wide range of Board Games, from Chess, Scrabble, and Ludo to Pictionary and cards.

The Wednesday Board Games Club is a new addition to the variety of regular activities for adults at Accrington Library, including free Computer Courses on Mondays and Thursdays, Knit & Natter on Tuesday afternoons, Work Club on Friday afternoons, and the monthly Family History research drop-in sessions on the first Friday of every month 10am-12. Regular childrens' activities include Storytime on Monday mornings and Baby Bounce & Rhyme on Friday mornings, and regular Reading and Activities groups for under 12s and for teenagers.

Accrington Library also hosts a wide range of events and activities for all age groups throughout the year, including lectures, talks, craft activities for all ages, children's activities, and author visits Contact Accrington Library on 0300 123 6703 or pop in for more details.

Weekly events

Monday               10:15 – 10:45      Storytime and singing aimed at pre-school children.

Tuesday               1:30-3:00              Knit and Natter, open to everyone who enjoys knitting and socialising! Beginners welcome to this friendly team who swap

patterns and techniques over a cup of tea

Friday                    10-15-10-45        Baby Bounce and Rhyme, aimed at pre-school children and babies, and fantastic medley of nursery  rhymes and fun with plenty of noise!

Friday                    1:30-4:00              Job Club run in partnership with Lancashire Adult Learning. There is a member of staff on hand to help people who are job

seeking.  Help is provided with compiling CVs, using Universal Job Match etc.

Beginners computer classes, these are held at various times on Monday and Thursday and are aimed at people who have never used computers.  If you are interested in signing up for a course then contact the library on 01254 872385 and we will book you a place at your convenience (there is sometimes a short waiting list)

Other regular groups:

Teen Xtreme – reading and activity group (story writing, crafts, animation and special one off workshops) for teens that meets from 11am – 1pm once a fortnight, the dates of the next few sessions are – 16th May, 30th May, 13th June, 27th June.

Trailblazers – activity and activity group for children aged 8 – 12. Meets once a month from 2pm-3pm in the Junior Library.  Next meetings are 23rd May, 27th June.



Great Harwood Library


Knit and natter every Monday (except 3rd in the month) 2.00-3.30 p.m. all abilities welcome.

Reading Group 3rd Monday in the month 2.00-3.30.


Scrabble Club (alternate weeks) next games 13th May, 27th May, 10th June. Etc.


Baby Rhyme Time every Thursday (except 2nd of each month) 10.45-11.30.

Coffee Morning with guest speaker every 2nd Thursday in the month 10.30-11.30. 14th May, 11th June, 9th July, 10th September, 8th October, 12th November.


Shared Reading 1.30-3.00, join in reading together or just sit back and relax and be read to, very informal.




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