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“The Art Garden” is housed in the old potting shed near the entrance to the stables and is the domain of Rebekah Carter and Louise Duxbury. Louise told me:

“The idea started when I was at Uni. I was studying fashion and there was a business module where you had to set up a hypothetical business. Originally it started as a party idea doing fashion parties and art parties, and then it evolved into an idea for an art studio.”

When she left university Louise had a gap year and the idea wouldn’t go away so she rented a space in St James’s old school building in Accrington which she built up over a year. Then she saw an advert for the space at Haworth Art Gallery and along with Rebekah, whom she had known years ago she set up her business.


Rebekah told me:

“We cater for children from as young as six months and I’m here during the week doing sessions and at weekend too.”
The sessions cost £6 per child and the parties start at £8. The Art Studio is very light and airy and lends itself perfectly to the colourful activities that go on there.

Louise juggles her work at the studio with alternative therapy sessions at East Lancashire Hospice during the week so it’s a busy life.

© Peter Jones 2017


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What's On

Great news! Accrington Carnival is happening this year. In 2017 a new community group was formed to organise Carnival and over 3,000 people took part in the procession and despite slightly inclement weather over 10,000 people enjoyed the afternoon in Oakhill Park.

Carnival comes around every two years but planning start early. The Carnival is on Sunday 23rd June and kicks off with a procession from Thorneyholme Road starting at 12 noon followed by a Fun Day in Oakhill Park, Manchester Road. (Please note, the procession will end closer to the town centre as we’re unable to process all the way up to the park – more details about the route will be published closer to the day).

The theme this year is Thank you for the Music. Once again there will be a programme of live music throughout the day and lots of other entertainment, including fairground rides, tasty food, community stalls and much more.                     
If you want to register your community group, school or business for the Carnival – for either the procession or the fun day (or both) please register online via www.accringtoncarnival.com/register-for-2019  Once you’ve registered we’ll contact you to confirm your booking.








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Hyndburn Ramblers July 2018 Walking Programme 

1st July Coach Ramble to Osmotherley. A choice of various walks Booking essential

1st July 12.00 Start Three Bridges Grade B 7 Miles.


8th July 9.00 Start Kettlewell Grade B 10 Miles


15th July 9.30 Start Giggleswick and Stainforth Grade B 10 Miles.


22nd July 9.30 Start Reelers Trail Grade C 8 Miles.


29th July 9.30 Start Arncliffe and Malham Tarn Grade B 12 miles.


All walks except the coach ramble start at Plantation Street Accrington at times stated above.

Wednesday walks take place throughout the year leaving Plantation Street car park at 9.30 am. A chooice of two walks grade A or B. Destination decided the week before.

Wednesday walk enquires Brian Wohlters 01254 871851. All other enquires Nigel Brooke 01254 887750.


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