Nelson Town Council is again supporting the Nelson Food Festival this year.

Nelson Food Festival is to take place on 16th September 2017 as planning takes shape. The Town centre will welcome thousands of visitors and a wide variety of stalls. The Town Council is proud to sponsor this event for the third year.

Register your teams for the Football Marathon on Saturday 26th August in Nelson Town Center from 11:00am until 8:00pm. Register your team of up to five players now. Team can be boys, girls or a mix of boys and girls. a Cash prize of £50.00 will be given to the winning team.

There’s also free children’s rides and face-painting as well as some market stalls.

HEAR ye, Hear ye was heard echoing through the streets of Nelson as town criers battled out to be crowned number one.

Eight civic speakers from across the land took to the stage under the shadow of the town centre clock in a bid to be the winner of the Nelson town crier competition.

Organised by Nelson Town Council, the judges included Cllr David Whalley, the Mayor of Pendle, along with his wife, Barbara, his Mayoress, and Town Councillors George Adam and Adrian Barrett.

They assessed each crier on confidence, baring, dictation, inflection, volume and clarity.

Eliza Mowe, Barnoldswick’s town crier, took third place, Ken Knowles, from Litchfield took second and Terry Ford, from Otley, took first prize. Terry also gained the Best Ambassador role with Marilyn Stemmer from Darlington getting the Best Dressed Escort and Hilary McGrath the Best Dressed Crier.

Mrs Mowe, a former European champion crier, said the event was a great success.

She said: “We do this because we love it.

“It’s great to get out into the towns and meet new people and make new friends in great towns, like Nelson.

“I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as we all had a great time.”

Town criers, also known as bellmen, were officers of the court who made public announcements using bells to grasp people’s attention.

They also installed minor criminals into the stocks and administered floggings.

A Punch and Judy puppet show also took place during the day and there were several stalls selling bric-a-brac and food.

Vic Huddersfield, town crier for Huddersfield, who helped to organise the event, said: “Lots of people attended despite the drizzly weather.

“Nelson doesn’t have a town crier currently but I hope we have inspired a few people to come forward and take up the helm.”

Following several complaints over the weekend, Nelson Town Council would like to remind everyone about the laws around fireworks, please like and share to get the message out there.
Fireworks: the law
 
You can’t buy ‘adult’ fireworks if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions.
Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks – they don’t include things like party poppers.
 
Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals.
 
The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
 
You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:
 
Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am
Check with your council to find out about any local rules for setting off fireworks.
 
Get information about firework safety from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Health and Safety Executive.
Buying fireworks
You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:
 
15 October to 10 November
26 to 31 December
3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year
At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.
 
You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

The trophies for the Town Crier Competition have been delivered. The Competition is taking place this Saturday, 15th July with the first event at 11:30 and the second at 2:00pm. Join us in Nelson Town Center where there will also be free Fairground rides for the kids, face-painting, henna, Punch and Judy as well as market stalls.

The event runs from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

The Pick-Up-Pendle litter picking group are looking for volunteers for 2 up-coming litter pick events. These are being held on

Tuesday 11th July at Thomas Street Bowling Club Nelson with the Greenspaces Team, meet at the Pavillion 10am.

Wednesday 12th July Nelson Centre for Round 3, meeting on Scotland Road Car Park at 10am.

Please come along and help the group continue to improve Nelson and the rest of Pendle.

Total number of votes 993 which equates to 36.4%

Spoiled 2
Lab 683
Con 256
Ind 52

Councillor Faraz Ahmed was duly elected.

We have received the following letter from the North West Blood Bikers following our event last month.
Dear Mr Watson
On behalf of North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes I would like to thank you for inviting us to your event on 17th June, as a result we managed to raise approximately £300 and it was an enjoyable day.
We have just celebrated our 5th Anniversary and as you know our members provide an out of hours motorcycle delivery service, which supports the NHS in saving lives. Providing this transport costs money and many of our riders pay their own fuel bills and use their own bikes, but we do an emergency service also with specially equipped motorcycles with blue lights and sirens and the cost of running them is quite expensive, and often require replacement, so donations such as yours are fantastic.
To date we have handled over 36,000 call outs since we began operating in May 2012 and the numbers are ever increasing and without help from people like you we would not be able to do it, it is really appreciated and nice to know there are other people out there that really care.
Conservative estimates based on a standard taxi fare of £2.99 per mile show that we have saved the local NHS in Lancashire and South Lakes well over £3,000,000 so far, but more likely £3,500,000 because it includes runs as far away as Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, Abingdon, Porton Down, Charing Cross & Great Ormond Street.
Thank you from all of us at NWBB Lancs & Lakes.
Yours sincerely
Paul G Brooks JP (Chairman, Founder & Trustee)

Nelson Town Council would like to thank everyone who supported our event.