Work on the new Waterhouse Bar began in earnest last week, and great strides have taken place already.

The Waterhouse Bar is named after the architect that designed the Colne Town Hall building in the late 19th Century – Alfred Waterhouse – and forms part of the ‘Roadhouse’ venue line up for this year’s festival.

Restoring the Town Hall reception room to its original size and giving the Town Hall a large multi-purpose room, is an exciting development.

The first use of the space will be as the Waterhouse Bar which will form part of the ‘Roadhouse Venue‘ line up during this year’s festival.                                           










Powering up for The Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix

Engineers and fitness trainer at Fort Vale Engineering are going up a gear with just a month to go to the Colne Grand Prix on Tuesday 16th July.

Race night, hosted by Colne Town Council and organised by British Cycling,  starts in the town centre with the Youth Race at 6.30pm followed by the Sprint for Success at 7.15pm.

And the Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix starts at 8.15pm with more details on

“We’re powering up for the big race and proud to be headline sponsor for the second year running,“  said Fort Vale’s General Manager, Shaun Laycock.

Councillor Mary Thomas, Chairman of Colne Town Council said:

“For the four years from 2014 to 2017 Fort Vale sponsored the earlier race for up and coming riders named Sprint for Success by one of their employees.

“They have stayed loyal to this high speed event and been great supporters and we’re delighted they are our headline sponsor,”   Mary added.

“It’s an adrenaline rush to see world class cyclists from top British teams battling it out on the toughest circuit in the national elite series,” said Shaun.

“Our passion for cycling runs right through the company, from our management team to engineers and young apprentices.

“People on our workforce are into triathlons and competitive cycling,” explained Shaun.

And Fort Vale has invested in a new state-of-the-art sport and fitness centre on-site, just two minutes’ walk from the main factory at Simonstone.

Kelly Armstrong is the Wilson Fort Sports Centre Manager with a typical Liverpudlian friendly but no-nonsense approach.

As well as managing the facilities, she leads high energy boot camp sessions, cycle spinning classes and climbing wall activities.

“Last year was my first Grand Prix and I hadn’t expected such a fast paced race – or so many spectators,” said Kelly.

“I’m now getting my own road bike!”

Kelly has seen workers make more and more use of the new facilities through this first year since it opened.

“People use the centre who’ve never used facilities like this before.

“Some workers who came for five-a-side football now use the fitness classes and the gym regularly,” she said.

Engineer Damien Hardman cycles in to work from Burnley and trains in the Fort Vale gym before cycling home.

“I got a decent bike thanks to Fort Vale taking part in the national cycle scheme.

““I do weight training at the gym three times a week after work.  It’s really convenient.

“I’ve worked out at a few different gyms and the facilities at Fort Vale are the best I’ve used,” he said.

Daniel Hosker, like Damien, has worked at Fort Vale for seven years.

A self-confessed fitness addict and keen Colne Grand Prix spectator, Dan uses the new fitness centre every day.

And in summer he cycles into work from his home in Clitheroe

“I do spin classes, boot camp and five-a-side.  It’s great.  I love it!

Dan added:  “Your mental health is better when you cycle and do fitness training.

“It’s helped me tackle difficult times.  It clears your head and helps you focus better.

Mark Hughes from Barrowford has been a designer for Fort Vale for 15 years and is another of the company’s keen cyclists.

He uses the spinning bikes at Fort Vale and the Steven Burke cycle track in Pendle to train for triathlons.

General Manager Shaun Laycock, just back from a cycling holiday in France, added:

“I love the way people right across our company have got into cycling and fitness.

“Our investment in the new centre has been good for the health and well-being of our colleagues at Fort Vale.

“It’s made a big difference to our workforce in all aspects of their lives, at home and at work, he said.


Easter In Colne

Colne Town Council’s Easter Event last Saturday drew crowds throughout the day in the gorgeous sunny weather. Colne was immersed with delicious smells from all the street food stalls and resounded with live music all day.

Now in its fifth year, there has become a distinctly traditional feel to the day, with a town trail Easter Egg Hunt for children, as well as the display of The Children’s Egg Decorating Competition in the Library.

There were also free donkey rides, crafting, face painting for children, plus fun fair rides on Hartley Square.

Leroy Philbrook, Colne Town Council Chief Executive, said: “We try to have something for everyone in all our events. Easter in Colne has become an annual event in Colne which everyone gets excited about. We’ve had some great feedback and that makes it all worthwhile. We would like to thank Farmhouse biscuits and Colne Co-op for their continued support as they sponsor all the prizes for this event.”

The impressive thousand entries to the Town Council’s egg decorating competition by Colne’s primary school children will remain on display in The Library for a few more days. The 2019 winning School is Lord Street Primary School and the runners up are West Street Primary School and Park Primary School.

Many people took the opportunity to stock up on a wide variety of treats prior to the Easter Bank Holiday at the Festival Market, which filled the Parliament Street Car Park, with the food stalls, arts, and crafts attracting crowds to the town throughout the day.

The entertainment was varied and included Barnoldswick Brass Band, Oakenhoof clog, and Helen Green’s Dance Academy at various locations throughout the town.

The Easter themed window display competition attracted quite a few entries. First prize went to Marie Curie and West Street Primary School for the Glass Box outside the Market Hall, second to Emma Hartley Bridalwear, Third to Manor Properties, and Fourth went to Menzone.



Blues Catering Unit Tender Opportunity

The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival has been held in Colne for 30 year, and in 2017 Colne Town Council took on the responsibility to deliver the festival rather than see it close.

It consists of a weekend of Blues music across four ticketed for venues and several Roadhouses that also feature Blues genre music. For more information visit

Colne Town Council has introduced street entertainment, Saturday and Sunday road closure and Buskers to enhance the atmosphere and ambience of the event.

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Phase 1 Development Project, Colne Town Hall

Colne Town Council is starting its redevelopment of Colne Town Hall, and we are searching for construction contractors to add to our Tendering List of preferred contractors.    Next Month we will be tendering out for some interior construction work on the Grade 2 listed Colne Town Hall. Continue Reading

Geoff Crambie Colne’s Second 21st Century Freeman

COLNE Town Council hosted a Civic Reception on Friday, 15th February in honour of town historian, Geoff Crambie, and to formally bestow upon him the title of Freeman of Colne.  Mr Crambie now joins Olympic Gold medalist, Steven Burke, as the second living Freeman of the town.

After celebratory drinks and a buffet with Mr Crambie’s family and friends and in the presence of Pendle’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Ken Hartley, Freeman Steven Burke and Colne’s town Councillors, the speeches began.

Council Chairman, Cllr Paul Foxley gave a fascinating speech exploring the entomology of the word “Bestow”, explaining that it was entirely fitting to use it for Mr Crambie as it derives from Middle English, “be” meaning “devote to” and also Old English “stow” meaning “place”.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ken Hartley gave a speech lauding Mr Crambie’s achievements while displaying a remarkable depth of knowledge of Colne’s history himself.

A letter was read out from Pendle’s MP, Andrew Stephenson.  Mr Stephenson sent apologies for his absence and added: “Without doubt Geoff, you are a living and breathing Colne institution and I hope this prestigious award will go some way to demonstrating what high esteem the residents of Colne hold you in.”

Mr Crambie then delivered a masterly speech in his trademark rambling style, packing in numerous amusing anecdotes from Colne’s past.  He concluded emotionally that the receipt of this honour means that for the rest of his life he will be “Ten feet tall with pride at being a Freeman of Colne”.

Cllr P Foxley then presented the elaborate, illuminated scroll and casket which was created by specialist heraldic artist, Robin Utracik.  A facsimile now hangs in Colne Town Hall.


Job Vacancy – Finance and Administration Manager

Finance and Administration Manager to oversee the office administration and to support and advise the Responsible Finance Officer, in preparing financial information for the running of a busy and aspirational Town Council.

30 hours per week- Salary: £17,500 to £19,500 per annum depending on experience. (Full Time Equivalent of £23,333 to £26,000) – we will consider flexible working hours for the right candidate.

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Notice of Public Tender – Colne Grand Prix PR and Marketing

Closing Date 1st March 2019

You are invited to quote for services as a detailed below to enable Colne Town Council to deliver the Marketing and PR requirements associated with this event. 

Attached to this brief is copy of last years programme in order to provide a quick overview of how this has previously been promoted and detailed below is an overview of the event by way of more context. 

PR Brief for CGP 2019

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Town Council to Make Geoff Crambie Freeman

COLNE Town Council met for an Extraordinary Full Council last Tuesday to debate making its second Freeman of the town since it revived the practice after a 46-year lull for Steven Burke in 2016. The citizen that Councillors chose unanimously to honour was town historian, Geoff Crambie.

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