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Do you know a community group that deserves special recognition for making your local area a better place to live?

If so, then we would like you to nominate them to receive a Groundwork Community Award.

Now in its second year, the Groundwork Community Awards honour the small local community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life where they live but often get little recognition and support.

The awards are simple to enter via an online system where community groups can highlight their own achievements – or can be nominated to receive an award in one of 10 categories that reflect the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.

Shortlisted projects will also be entered into a special ‘People’s Choice Award’, with the winner being chosen by a public vote.

Nominate a community group by using the link below:

•    Best community group contribution to health and wellbeing
•    Best community group contribution to environmental sustainability
•    Best community group contribution to community cohesion
•    Best community group contribution to education or employment
•    Best community project on a social housing estate
•    Best community partnership with business
•    Best community garden or green space
•    Community leader of the year
•    Young community leader of the year
•    Community group of the year – all round achievement award

The deadline for nominations is 22nd July.  Shortlisted community groups will be invited to attend a national awards ceremony at the House of Commons on the evening of 19 November.

The Groundwork Community Awards are supported this year by Tesco, the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) and will be hosted by Georgina Burnett.

Inclusive Spaces Campaign Kicks Off this July

Groundwork recently launched our Inclusive Spaces campaign, providing community groups with the tools and support to engage more young people in local green spaces!  You can get involved during our week of action (23rd -29th July) by showcasing your summer events aimed at young people!

Check out all the campaign resources and register your event for young people here: :http://bit.ly/GwkInclusiveCG

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Local Events

Accrington Library

Weekly events

Monday 10:15 – 10:45    Storytime. This group is aimed at preschool children and involves both singing and an interactive story. Free for everyone, just turn up on the day

Monday 10:30-12:00       Beginners computer courses.  Know somebody who still hasn't joined the digital age? We hold learn My Way courses every Monday morning to help people get online, no previous experience is required.  For more details or to book a place please call in or phone 0300 123 6703

Tuesday 1:30 – 3:00         Knit and Natter. A social knitting group who join up to swap patterns and have a natter over a cup of tea, also help people who are learning wool crafts including crochet and knitting.  Free for everyone with donations for refreshments, just turn up on the day.

Friday 10:15-10:45            Baby Bounce and Rhyme. Aimed as babies and small children, packed full of sing along songs and great fun had by all. Free event for all, just turn up on the day. 

Fortnightly events

Saturday 1:00-3:00           Teen Xtreme. A social group aimed at 12 year olds plus who want to get involved with other library projects, or just meet up with likeminded teens to get involved with reading and craft activities.  Special events and visits also planned.  Next meetings are as follows:

13th July, 27th July, 10th August, 24th August


Writers group - 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at 2 p.m. 

Upcoming events

14th July 12:30-2:20       Poetry workshop with special guest Nicola May.  Nicole is a poet and member of Young Identity, a Manchester spoken word collective. Attendees will be able to work with one of the North West's best up and coming spoken word artists to create their own poetry in a fun and interactive workshop.  This event is free, no booking required.


SCART Club Challenge 30th June – 10th September

The SCART club features 10 kids who are members of the library and are wanting to share their interests in Science, Culture, (being) Active, Reading and Technology. There's a task booklet full of activities for young people to complete, all introduced by the club's mascot, SCART Squirrel.

To complete the challenge, children need to collect each of the themes by finishing two tasks for each one. One of these tasks must be reading related and these have been identified within the booklet.

For more information visit the website at http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/reading-journey/ or call in at any Lancashire Library.


Fun Palace – 6th October

Accrington Library will be hosting its second Fun Palace on the 6th October.  They are currently contacting individuals and groups who want to come along and take part in this science, sport and creative extravaganza that is free to all.  If you have a skill that you would like to share on the day then please contact branch manager Katherine Walsh on Katherine.walsh@lancashire.gov.uk and who will be in touch to explain what it is all about. 

Art Exhibitions

Zara Maisie until 21st July

As featured in the August edition of Lancashire Life.  Talented local artist Zara is displaying a range of artwork in the exhibition space, including a magnificent peacock as well as a variety of other nature inspired pieces. Artwork  can be viewed during normal opening hours. 

Adrian White 23rd July until 1st September

Popular local artist Adrian will be returning to Accrington Library with a number of pieces of work that can be viewed during normal opening hours. 

If you would like to exhibition you work at Accrington Library then please contact branch manager Katherine Walsh via email at Katherine.walsh@lancashire.gov.uk bookings are currently being taken from Spring/Summer 2019


Accrington Library Opening times

Monday               9:00-5:00

Tuesday               9:00-5:00

Wednesday        9:00-7:00

Thursday             9:00-5:00

Friday                    9:00-5:00

Saturday              9:00-5:00


Oswaldtwistle Library



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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