Creative team powers charity’s book launch

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Creative people had a strong presence at a book launch to celebrate 30 years of Lancashire Women’s Centre.

The charity supports, trains and advises women of all ages and circumstances at their network of ‘one stop shop’ Women’s Centres in Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Nelson, Preston and Blackpool.

It has supported more than 100 women from the Ribble Valley both at its centres and through outreach activity, including counselling and training, delivered in the borough.

The format of the celebrations is a series of events called “Our Stories”, part of which required creating a book of the same name, launched at Oswaldtwistle Mills.

Business development manager Liz Islam appointed staff member Colette Machard as project manager to write the book, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund using archives, articles and artwork created by founder members, staff, volunteers and users at various LWC offices.

Artist Beverley Chapelhow, of Ribble Valley Art Studios, Clitheroe, had held several art workshops at LWC offices which were very well received and popular with everyone, and much of their work features in the book. The book is published by Karen Hands of Thought Into Action, Clitheroe, and designed by Clitheroe’s Stu Rutter of StuR Print & Design. It was produced by Tristar printers of Blackburn.

The launch was attended by almost 100 people and over £200 was made from sales in two hours. It is available from the Women’s Centre on 01254 871771 or email