Fort Vale Engineering to take the lead at Colne Grand Prix 2018

The Headline Sponsor for the 2018 Colne Grand Prix has been announced as Fort Vale Engineering.

Councillor Ashley Sutcliffe, Chair of Colne Town Council’s Events Committee said: “We’re delighted that Fort Vale – has agreed to be the main sponsor, supporting this exciting event which brings world class cyclists into Colne.”

Shaun Laycock, General Manager explained, ‘Fort Vale is a family run business who put their employees at the heart of all they do and as part of that actively promote health and wellbeing of our employees by encouraging an active lifestyle. We are about to open ‘Wilson Fort Sports Center’ our own bespoke sports facility for use of Fort Vale employees and we very much see supporting the  Colne Cycling Grand Prix – Elite series final as a natural fit with our own philosophy.

Shaun Laycock commented: “There are lots of very keen cyclists within our company, including Jack Thomas who again will compete in this year’s Colne Grand Prix; Colne Grand Prix is one of the highlights of our year!”

Following the huge success of last year’s race, British Cycling has announced that Colne will host the final of the men’s HSBC UK | National Circuit Series for the Third time.  “This will be no holiday for the cyclists, I can assure you,” said Colin Hill, Chief Executive Officer for Colne Town Council.  “Colne is the toughest of all races in the National Circuit Series, which makes it a fantastic free spectator event, as top cyclists battle it out in Colne Town Centre for team and individual honours.

This year The Town Council is going up a gear, printing over 5,000 free programmes and more Colne businesses are supporting the Colne Grand Prix, with banners showing their loyalty lining the race course.  Colne Town Council hopes that ‘Colners’ will be out in force, joining thousands of cycling fans thronging Colne’s High Street for the 15th Colne Grand Prix on Wednesday, 25th July 2018 from 6.15 pm.

Colne Horticultural Society in partnership with Colne Town Council, is holding it Annual daffodil and Spring Flower Show.

Colne Horticultural Society is holding it Annual daffodil and Spring Flower Show, in Partnership with Colne Town Council with many wonderful exhibits, from 1pm-4pm at North Valley Community Centre.

This exciting, not to be missed afternoon includes various horticultural exhibits, light refreshments  and a range of stalls for the budding gardener!

Competition categories include ;-

Novice class
Pot Plants
Floral Art
Baking and preserves

If you would like to enter any of these categories you can register at North Valley Community Centre on Saturday 14th April between 7.30am and 10.30am or contact John Gott on 01282 548817

The Great British Rhythm & Blues festival are thrilled to announce their new stage for 2018.

The Mini Muni is an intimate 100 capacity Alternative Stage​ (situated on the lower ground floor of the Muni)​, where festival goers can​ expect to catch some of the most exciting, boundary-pushing blues artists on the current scene.

​As Jason Elliot, Artistic Director explains, “Many of the artists playing the Mini Muni Alternative Stage are quite young; we’re hoping to help encourage the blues to be handed down from one generation to the next. It’s important that blues music isn’t ‘frozen in time’, and it’s vital to keep pushing the boundaries of the genre forwards.

As long as the music connects with the soul and the musical framework has those key blues notes in it, then the evolution of the blues continues. We hope to have improvised and experimented with the genre, with an aim of bringing the most exciting and left-field acts to this years festival”.

The Mini Muni stage is open to​ all #festival wristband holders and is in addition to the musical offerings at the Little Theatre, the Muni & the Hippodrome.

There​ is a songwriting workshop ​(open to musicians and non-musicians alike) ​in this space too, which is free to wristband holders, ​further news to follow.

Artists playing the stage over the course of the weekend include:

Mad Jack and The Hatters
Blues Boy Kings
The Mojo Preachers
King Size Slim
Richard Townend (+ songwriting workshop)
The Devil’s Jukebox
Calum Ingram
The Washboard Resonators
and more.

Easter in Colne

All the Easter favourites are coming back to Colne this Saturday – a display of the children’s egg decorating competition in the Library, free donkey rides, a food, drink and craft market on Parliament Street car park, live music, dance and the return of the Easter Egg Hunt are all planned for Easter Saturday. The Town Council’s Events Committee, has been working on the event through the winter, and is excited to support the Town with yet another event helping to raise the profile of Colne.

Cllr. Ash Sutcliffe, Chairman of the Events Committee, said: “We have had over a thousand entries to our Egg Decorating Competition for primary school children in the area, which this year will be displayed in Colne Library.  We are grateful to Farmhouse Biscuits for once again sponsoring the prizes for this, and the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt. We have sold 30 pitches for our Market, so have lots of tempting treats on offer.  There is no question that Colne will be the place to be this Easter Saturday!”

Visitors to Colne will be entertained by Barnoldswick Brass Band, Oakenhoof Clog and Morris Dancers, and Helen Green’s Dance Academy throughout the day. There is also a funfair for children in Hartley Square.  A hallmark of Colne Town Council’s events programme, continues to be the number of children’s activities that can be enjoyed for free.  Easter Saturday will see free crafting in both the Market and the Library, as well as free face painting in the Market.  All successful completions of the Colne Easter Egg Treasure Hunt will receive a Prize – to enter simply call in at the Colne Town Council gazebo (with the Scouts in it), which will be on the Outdoor Market throughout the day.


Hallowe’en in Colne

COLNE was packed with families, many of them in fancy dress, all day on Saturday at Colne Town Council’s Hallowe’en event. Three seasonal competitions were judged by local artist, Keith Melling, he said: “I was amazed at the imaginative entrants in all the competitions, and thoroughly enjoyed judging them all.” The Pumpkin Carving Competitions were staged in Scary Creepy Corridor outside Colne Library.

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