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We find ourselves in Uncharted Waters, so We Want to be here for you.


In these unprecedented times, it is more important that ever to feel connected.

While we can't physically keep in contact with people we need to make the most of the various media and methods of communication.

Every day we are bombarded with information about coronavirus and its effect on our lives; our community; our world.

What we would like to offer here is an oasis where we can all connect and look a little more on the bright side of life.

To that end, if any of you have amusing anecdotes, ways to relieve the boredom or just encouraging words, we would like to hear from you.

Please do contact us on the email address at the top of this column or our main email address at the top of the page. We would love for you to participate.

Due to the obvious restrictions our magazine may not be available for a few months, so we will try to keep you entertained and informed on this website. Please keep checking back as we put new features on.

We'll maybe even throw in a competition or two. We know that you like entering them.


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Great Harwood Town Cryer, Rawden Kerr has kindly recorded his tribute to Acorn News. You can listen to it by clicking here

10 year anniversary of Acorn Community News

Wow! Where has the time gone.

A very strange year; not just for the Acorn but for everyone, ending what was a fantastic decade of stories, features and interviews which included Julie Hesmondhalgh who occasionally writes a column for us, for which we are very grateful; I must also mention Mina Anwar, Connie Hyde, David Lloyd; to name just a few.

I would personally like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone involved in making the Acorn a great success; from my printers, graphic designers Joe, Tim, Vember & Carl, my distribution team which includes Nick Kenyon who passed away last year from Covid and was with me from the very beginning of my journey. The invaluable support from Peter Jones; he has been a contributor from the beginning with the ‘Oswaldtwistle Writers Group’ and has also interviewed so many people and helped me greatly and has kept our website going.

My advertisers; without them I wouldn’t have a magazine to produce and for you the reader for your contributions and positive comments; makes this all worthwhile. I feel very humble at the positive testimonials that I have received, showcased in this month’s special 28 page edition.

I would be very grateful if you would like to send me details of what you like about the Acorn and how I can improve it; either by email or by post.

Over the next 2 editions I will be reflecting on some of the incredible features that have been showcased over the years, with the help of our local libraries.

Now that organisations are getting back meeting together, If you would like me to attend with a presentation talk about the journey of the Acorn give me a call.

The Acorn has sponsored Accrington Stanley Community Trust for several years now and I have just started a new ‘Charity of the month’ column. Please give me a call if you would like me to publicise your charity for you.

Here is to another decade keep your stories coming  in!
Tracy Simmonds  Editor
07971 772168     acornnewsinfo@gmail.com


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Join in the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Process

Hyndburn Borough Council are inviting residents to take part in the Council’s scrutiny process this year.

Residents are being asked to put forward ideas about what should be scrutinised.

Every council with an executive management structure is required to have an overview and scrutiny committee. This enables the rest of the council to scrutinise the executive by investigating their decisions and policies, and issuing reports and recommendations where any shortcomings are identified.

Hyndburn Borough Council has 2 Overview and Scrutiny Committees:

The Resources Committee look mainly at internal items within the Council including the budget. A few of the things recently scrutinised include the Council’s budget, Covid-19 related Grants, Littering/Fly Tipping and an Environmental Review.

The Communities and Wellbeing Committee have a wider remit, looking at anything which has an impact on the health or wellbeing of Hyndburn residents. This committee can look internally at services and scrutinise outside agencies with their cooperation such as the community safety partnership, fire and health services.

If you have an idea which you think may be suitable for Overview and Scrutiny to consider, please email scrutiny@hyndburnbc.gov.uk with the topic you would like us to look at and the reasons by 28th May.

You can find out more about Overview and Scrutiny by visiting www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk and searching “scrutiny”.







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