Rossendale Civic Trust

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Rossendale Civic Trust was founded as Haslingden Civic Trust in 1964 and now covers the whole of Rossendale, incorporating Rawtenstall Civic Society founded in 1974.

The Trust is an independent body, but works in partnership, through Civic Voice,  with similar Trusts and Societies in other towns and cities across the North West and nationwide, to promote best practice in town planning and architecture in our areas.

We are not a ‘preservation’ Society but recognise and celebrate the best examples of historic buildings and landscapes in our area, working with the Local Authority to ensure their protection. This means being aware of local history, of which we welcome information, and current planning issues, which we comment on in a factual and non- political way.

We are always interested to hear views from the local community on planning applications that may affect their area.

Membership is open to all individuals who support our aims, and we have an Associate Membership, including insurance advice and cover, for groups who carry out small improvement projects in their neighbourhood.

We carry out a number of other activities, including publication of information on local history, and hold History Group meetings and talks at our Weavers’ Cottage HQ.

The Cottage holds an archive of local material and working examples of hand looms from its origins in the days of woollen weaving.

For visits under current Covid restrictions, please check our web site, see local press announcements, or contact us.

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Registered Charity Number: 503616

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