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Two businesses have been set up in the part of the Haworth Art Gallery complex that used to house the stables, motor house and potting shed and seem to be doing very well.


First I spoke to Donna McKno who runs “Dotty Art” She works alongside artists in the old stables. The building is very well lit and although the stable stalls are still there, the horses have been replaced with desks and easels.

Dotty Art is the application of dots and the manipulation of colours which is based on the art form of pointillism. Donna works with acrylic paints and applies the art to many different surfaces including wood and canvas but also less common ones too. Donna just applied her art to a vacuum cleaner for instance.

I asked her when all this started. She told me:

“It came from experimentation 15 years ago and I’ve done it ever since.”

Donna didn’t want to dwell on the commercial side of her business though. She told me:

“I want to emphathise the fact that this is also very therapeutic.  I have done ladies nights but also worked very successfully with people with ADHD, OCD and Behavioural Problems.”

Dotty Art is not confined to people with mental health issues and Donna’s classes are open to anyone from the age of six upwards.
Donna set up the interview which included the owners of the second business on the premises. The three ladies are firm friends and were kind enough to give up a little time to talk with me.

© Peter Jones 2017


“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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RESIDENTS of Accrington are gearing up for an evening of explosive Christmas festivities with a firework display and performances from X-Factor stars.

On Thursday, November 30, the countdown to Christmas will begin in style in Accrington with a wonderful fireworks display and entertainment provided by former X-Factor contestants and other great acts.

The event, sponsored by Duckworths Estate Agents and Accrington & Rossendale College and organised by Hyndburn Council with radio station 2BR running the live stage, will be an opportunity for the whole community to come out and enjoy the celebrations.
Miles Parkinson, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, said: “At Hyndburn Council, we are always happy to support events that everyone in the borough can enjoy. We are coming up to a rather special time of year and without the sponsorship by Duckworths and Accrington & Rossendale College events like these would not go ahead. So, it’s great that the business and education sectors support us financially.”

On the night, those in attendance can not only enjoy the fireworks but music from former X-Factor contestants, Ryan Lawrie and Sam Lavery, as well as Dene Michael from 80s group Black Lace, Ella Shaw and Mr. Zip from Britain’s Got Talent and Brooke Layla from The Voice Kids.

There will also be appearances from Accrington Stanley Football Club players and their mascot Winstanley.

Jonathan Parkinson, Director of Duckworths Estate Agents, said: “We are once again delighted to be sponsoring this event. We have a very proud and deep connection to Accrington and the wider Hyndburn area and it is events like this which can truly show community cohesion. I am looking forward to getting down there and joining in the fun with everyone on the 30th.”

Charlotte Scheffmann, Assistant Principle of Accrington & Rossendale College, said: “This is a very important event for the area and we are very happy to be involved by sponsoring it. There will be music, food, drink and any number of other activities going on so it looks like it is going to be a wonderful occasion.”

The fun will start at 5:15pm at the 2BR stage, on Broadway, with a free live music show followed by a spectacular firework extravaganza and some of the shops will also be open for Christmas shopping, you can also enjoy the Giant Snow Globe and the Christmas Funfair on Broadway.

There will also be the Christmas Craft Market to enjoy the same day, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm in the Ballroom at Accrington Town Hall, where there will be carol singing, a traditional market, festive face-painting and chance to meet Father Christmas and his elves.

There will be only 50 slots available on the evening to meet Santa Claus. These can be booked in advance by calling 01254 380293 or visiting the website: www.accringtontownhall.co.uk £10.00 - Includes a Christmas Eve Treat Bag and Letter from Father Christmas, Gingerbread Cookie and a ten-minute festive experience with Father Christmas and his cheeky Lapland Elf. There are also discounts for groups of children who wish to visit Santa together.
For more information regarding the event visit: - www.amazingaccrington.co.uk




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Hyndburn Ramblers September 2017 Walking Programme 

3rd September Coach Ramble to Ilkley. A choice of various walks. Booking essential.

10th September 9.00 Start Hareden Grade B 11 Miles.

17th September 9.30 Start Worth Valley Grade B 10 Miles.

24th September 9.00 Start Haggate  Grade B 10 Miles.

All walks execept the coach rambles start at Plantation Street car Park Accrington at times stated above.

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

Wednesday walks Alan Bennett 07821 412331 A ll other enquires Nigel Brooke 01254 887750.




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