Invitation to Tender – General Maintenance & Grass Cutting

Tenders are invited in respect of four contracts, with a duration of three to five years, detailed below on an individual or any combination basis as well as a one overall contract basis (GM5) effective from 1st April 2020 and an interim period of 1st January to 31st March 2020

Tender Closing Time and Date:
1pm, Thursday 17th October 2019

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Gearing up for the Colne Grand Prix

Top international and British cycling teams are gearing up for the Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix on Tuesday 16 July.
The national men’s race is heading to Colne for its toughest circuit in what will be the 4th race in the 2019 series. The high powered events start at 6.30pm by Colne’s historic market cross and Ian Wilson, Managing Director of headline sponsor Fort Vale Engineering will be watching the big race for the first time.
Ian has been a competitive cyclist in the past and is looking forward to the adrenaline rush of an energy-fuelled event. Fort Vale has been sponsors of the Sprint for Success since 2014 and for the last two years has been headline sponsors. Ian explained: “We have a cycling culture at Fort Vale which runs right through the age range of the company from 16 year old apprentices to me at 73!”
The global engineering company employs over 400 staff at its headquarters in Simonstone and Ian’s name is on the new state of the art Wilson Fort sports facilities there. “We run spinning classes which are pretty intense, with hill climbs and sprints and we promote the Cycle to Work scheme to help our workforce get their own bikes,” he explained.
“Our Sports Centre Manager Kelly Armstrong puts our staff through their paces in her spinning classes,” Ian added.
Race night, organised by Colne Town Council and Cycling Development Pendle Partnership, starts in the town centre with the Youth Race at 6.30pm followed by the Riggs Autopack Sprint for Success at 7.15pm. And the Fort Vale Colne Grand Prix starts at 8.15pm with more details on
Mary Thomas, Chairman of Colne Town Council said: “Come into town and enjoy an exciting high speed spectacle with all the thrills of street racing. Many businesses will be staying open late and there’ll be an amazing atmosphere in town. Nail biting finishes are guaranteed as cyclists battle it out to be on the winners’ podium,” she said.
Race organiser Len Woffindin said: “We work with British Cycling to bring this race to Colne and there’ll be six teams from Union Cycliste Internationale plus top UK teams.  “We expect the leaders in the series to be powering through the streets of Colne including the current series leader Matthew Bostock who rides with Canyon dhb pb Bloor Homes. And there’ll be Chris Latham in current 2nd place who I’ve known since he was 10 years old! Chris rides for Vitus Pro Cycling pb Brother. Look out for George Ward currently in third place who rides for Swiss Carbon Pro Cycling.”
“And John Mould in 5th place is racing for Madison Genesis – a fantastic team which has been on the podium for many years at the Colne Grand Prix. “It’ll be a fantastic night of racing,” he added.
Fort Vale Engineering started life in Colne and is now a world leader, making valves and fittings for road, sea and rail tankers. In business for over 50 years Fort Vale has a proud legacy of supporting apprentices throughout its history. The Fort Foundation Charity not only brings outward bound courses to underprivileged children, but also sponsors potential young Olympians.

Extra prizes for winning Sprint for Success cyclists on Grand Prix night

The Sprint for Success race for up and coming cyclists on Grand Prix night Tuesday 16th July has a new Pendle sponsor.

Riggs Autopack, an award winning manufacturer of equipment for the food production industry has its modern factory in Nelson.

As well as sponsoring the race, the company will also be presenting extra prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners.

“We’re proud to be sponsoring this high speed race for the first time,” said General Manager Andrew Bishop.

“We’re part of the Fort Vale Group which is the headline sponsor of the Colne Grand Prix, part of the men’s national elite series, and we share their passion for engineering and cycling!”

Andrew will be on the podium with prize hampers laden with products made by some of the great companies Riggs Autopack supplies machines to, including Baxters Soup, Wagamama, Primula, Greggs and Oddie’s Bakers.

The first prize hamper is worth over £100, the second prize hamper over £80 and the third prize hamper over £60 and they’re packed with artisan jams and sauces, chocolates, chocolates and cakes and other delicious items.

Mary Thomas, Chair of Colne Town Council said: “We’re delighted  to welcome Riggs Autopacks as sponsor of this high speed race and I urge people to come and join us for an amazing free evening of racing from 6.30pm.

“It’s great to have another local company with a big reputation involved,” she added.

“From the machines which put the swirl into houmous that you see on supermarket shelves, to the filling equipment for jam, sauces, ready meals, desserts and dairy goods, Riggs Autopack is a UK market leader ,” she explained.

“We take great pride in supplying our equipment to a huge variety of food manufacturers through the UK and overseas,” said Andrew.


“Cycling racing is all about precision, determination and sustaining a tough pace.  As engineers in a competitive industry we understand what it takes to stay in front,” he said.

Work continues at Colne Town Hall

Building work on the Phase One developement is continuing for the Multi Function room and new Reception      .

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.

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.

These images were taken during week 3 of the 8 week project. 3 weeks down… 5 weeks to go.



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.



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.