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Community was the word on everyone’s lips at Accrington Town Hall on Saturday as Cllr Mohammad Ayub was installed as Mayor, and David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd and Bernard Dawson were presented with the Freedom of the Borough, in recognition of their outstanding achievements and service to the area. 

All three spoke about the importance of community and being proud of their roots. 

Cllr Ayub said; “It was wonderful to be amongst the Hyndburn community to share my Mayor Making. It is a great honour to serve as Mayor and the day was very emotional for me to be surrounded by my family, friends and colleagues and thinking about how my late parents would have been so proud. I’m always proud of Hyndburn and was never more so than at my Mayor Making ceremony.” 

David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd; talked about his time as a young lad in Accrington and his strong links with the town through cricket and football and how happy he is to see Accrington Stanley’s current success.  David said; “I was brought up on Water St in Accrington, my family still live in Accrington and I’m back here most weeks when I’m not away working. We’ve talked about community a lot and by coming together as a community we can make an impact.”  Of the day, he said; “It was a lovely ceremony with communities coming together.” 

Bernard Dawson said; “David and I were brought up in Accrington just streets apart and I remember when we were lads together.  Being awarded the Freedom of the Borough is a great honour; I’ve enjoyed my 38 years on the Council and feel lucky to be part of such a close knit community.” 



David ’Bumble’ Lloyd was born and raised in Accrington and rose to fame playing cricket for Accrington Cricket Club, Lancashire and England. He captained his County between 1973 and 1977 and after retiring in 1985 became a First Class Umpire and went on to coach both Lancashire and England. A sportsman of many talents, David played semi-professional football for Accrington Stanley Football Club and continues to be a keen supporter. Since 1999 David has been a regular Sky Sports cricket commentator. At the height of his cricketing prowess David gave up some of his valuable time to officially open Hyndburn Sports Centre in 1977 and throughout his career has always championed Accrington. 

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said; “Bumble is a cricket legend, with a sparkling career spanning over 50 years as cricketer, coach, and umpire and most recently as a much loved broadcaster, bringing lots of colour and fun to the game with his renowned commentary. A former Accrington lad, brought up on Water St, David is a wonderful ambassador for Accrington who has never forgotten his roots and who has always been a keen supporter of Accrington Stanley.  We’re immensely proud to call David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd one of our own, and to recognise his outstanding achievements and contribution to the Borough with the highest award the Council can bestow, the Freedom of the Borough.” 

Former Huncoat Councillor, Bernard Dawson, stepped down from the Council in May after serving the Borough for 38 years, 34 of those representing the residents of Peel Ward and 4 years representing Huncoat Ward, Accrington.  Bernard also served as the Borough’s Mayor in 1999/2000 and since 2013/14 has served as a Lancashire County Councillor for the Accrington South Division. 

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said; “Bernard stepped down from the political crease after 38 years to watch from the side-lines instead. A cheerful, unassuming and extremely popular member, we’ve lost count of the runs he’s made over the years walking the streets of Accrington, talking to residents and resolving all types of issues.  Bernard’s always been one of our main players and, as Chair of the Economic Regeneration Committee for many years, was responsible for much of the regeneration work around the Borough, making a huge difference to the area. Bernard is missed by both our residents and everyone at the Council and is a well-deserved recipient of the Freedom of the Borough.”

Hyndburn Borough Council 2018


Mayor Making also featured a Civic Parade, head over to our Facebook page for the pictures of the day.

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Hyndburn Council has submitted a request to Fields in Trust to gain consent for the Accrington Stanley Community Trust Sports Hub development at Higham Playing Fields.

Fields in Trust, formerly the National Playing Fields Association, was founded in 1925 by King George V to provide local outdoor open spaces for sports, recreation & play. Fields in Trust has an involvement in over 2,700 sites throughout the UK. All these sites are locally managed, but Fields in Trust have an overarching role to ensure that the purpose of the site remains for sports and recreation for local communities.

The application is being submitted to Fields in Trust to let them know about and seek their views on the proposed multi million pound investment into Higham Playing Fields which will improve facilities and create the sport hub proposed by Accrington Stanley Community Trust.

Miles Parkinson, Leader of Hyndburn Council; said; ‘’This is a wonderful development for the Borough. We’re very pleased to be making this proposal to Fields In Trust, as the enhanced provision of sports and changing facilities at Highams will be a great facility for everyone. It will be open for all to use, suitable for all age groups and a great bonus for future generations too. ‘’

Martin Fearon, CEO of Accrington Stanley Community Trust said ‘’this is the next stage in the Sports Hub development after gaining planning approval in December 2017. We consulted with Fields in Trust back in March 2017 to share our ideas and to ensure it was something that fits in with their criteria and we’ve continued to communicate with them over the last 12 months. We’re really looking forward to strengthening our relationship with Fields in Trust and creating a fantastic facility for the Hyndburn community to enjoy.’’

The process can take up to 6 months and a decision is likely during the summer months of 2018. Further updates will be announced in due course.

PIcture l to r: Tony Grimshaw OBE; Director of Wham, Purves Ali; Trustee at Accrington Stanley Community Trust; Jawid Hussain; Development manager for the Raza Jamia Masjid Mosque and Director of Nisiac, Ken Moss; Councillor at Hyndburn Borough Council, Miles Parkinson; Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, Anne Ellwood; Trustee for Accrington Stanley Community Trust, David Keeley; Chair of Accrington Stanley Community Trust, Tony Dobson; Councillor and Vice Chair of Trustees for Accrington Stanley Community Trust and Martin Fearon; CEO of Accrington Stanley Community Trust.

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Families now have more options for commemorating their loved ones at Accrington Cemetery, with the installation of a new Stone Book of Remembrance in the Rose Garden, which incorporates a unique ashes scattering bed with small memorial plaques.

Cllr Ken Moss, Cabinet Member for Cemeteries, said; “The installation of the Stone Book of Remembrance is part of the ongoing improvements to the Cemetery, giving families more options to commemorate their loved ones. Other recent improvements include the refurbishment of the Chapel and moving the Book of Remembrance from inside the entrance to the Chapel to its own building next to the office, to make it easier for people to access.”

Plaques can also be placed in memory of loves ones whose ashes have already been scattered within the Gardens of Remembrance or the Rose Beds.

For more information about the Stone Book of Remembrance and all the options available to commemorate a loved one at Hyndburn cemeteries, please contact the Cemetery Office on 01254 232933 where staff will be happy to help.




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