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  The Mayor's Column

It’s been a brilliant few weeks for my Mayoral charities. I’m lucky to have such a fabulous, hardworking charity committee, who are pulling out all the stops to raise money for my four local charities, Hyndburn Dementia Action Alliance, Macmillan Cancer Research, East Lancashire Hospice and Accrington and District Blind Society.

Along with lots of other people in the borough we held a busy Macmillan Coffee morning in Accrington Market Hall in September, raising over £700, generously donated by the many people who popped along for a cake, a brew and a chat.  We also managed to visit a few of the other coffee mornings being held around the Borough and each and every one was full of people keen to do their bit to raise money for this fantastic cause.

A few weeks later the Charity Committee raised another £500 with a charity car wash at Baxenden Car Wash.  We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day and lots of people brought their cars along. Thank you to the committee and to all the generous Hyndburn people who came along and bought the scrumptious cakes at the coffee morning and to everyone who turned out to the car wash, also those who brought their cars for a spruce up and all the willing volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and sent car after car out gleaming!The Haworth Art Gallery is the jewel in Hyndburn’s crown and the Mayoress and I always enjoy our visits there.  We were proud to welcome the Mayors of Lancashire recently to the gallery for a very special tour of the Tiffany glass collection which included a sneak preview of the new Joseph Briggs room, dedicated to the Accrington man who gave his collection of Tiffany glass to his home town.

In September we were invited to open the Haworth’s fantastic Annual Open exhibition, featuring artworks including portraits, abstracts and landscapes.  We met some of the  judges, who explained what a very difficult task it was to select artworks from over 180 entries to give visitors the widest possible experience of different art genres,  as well as some of the wonderful gallery volunteers who helped arrange and put up the exhibition. The exhibition is running until 18th November, don’t miss it!I’m looking forward to next month when I’ll be attending a whole weekend of events to open the new Town Square on 10th November and to take part in ‘Battle’s Over, a Nation’s Tribute’ on 11th November, commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One.

Lots of events will take place over the weekend, starting with the official opening of Accrington’s new Town Square at 11am on Saturday 10th November.  On Sunday 11th November, Accrington, along with the rest of the United Kingdom, will mark the day 100 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War, by taking part in ‘Battles Over, A Nation’s Tribute,’ joining in a series of unique national events running from early morning right through to the evening. Remembrance Services are also taking place at townships across Hyndburn; you’ll find more details of all the events at www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk.

Pic of Lancs Mayors Visit to Haworth Art Gallery attached.


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