Dig It


You can DIG IT in the park


‘Dig IT’ A programme of engagement for local communities and schools to become enthused in the heritage of their local area by being involved in some archaeological research including desk based research and an archaeological dig with an invitation for local schools to be involved on the site of Rhyddings Hall. 

The archaeological dig for schools involvement is going to be to be held on the week before and the week after the Spring bank/May half term holiday, with families/communities invited during the holiday.

If you would like any further information on the dig please contact either Joanne Shaw 07701312277Joanne.shaw@newground.co.uk or  Chloe Ellis 07747746898  Chloe.ellis@newground.co.uk

The Coach House Cafe

Dog Friendly

We have doggie treats, dog bowls of water, poo bags, doggie wipes, a doggie bed and toy - doggies are most welcome at the Coach House Cafe

Community and accessible

Good food at low prices 

Supporting the Community Events Programme

Developing low cost kids birthday parties

Social and well being events throughout the year

A work in progress ...

As an infant social enterprise - we are working to combine volunteers and paid workers, ensuring any profits are 100% returned to the FoRP charity to continue supporting the delivery of the events programme for our community


First Annual Ossy Women of the Year Awards


Friends of Rhyddings Park First Annual Ossy Women of the Year Awards

International Women’s Day – 8th March each year – a day to celebrate women, all they achieve and contribute to family, community and society.

The FoRP Trustees want to celebrate Oswaldtwistle’s Women with the First Annual FoRP Ossy Women of the Year Awards

OK, so what is this all about – we have so many women in our community working hard to achieve personally, working hard in the community, overcoming battles and barriers within life, contributing to what makes Ossy great – let’s celebrate these women.

The categories are:-

Personal Achievement Award – 2 categories, Age 16-25 years & Over 25 years

Community Contributor Award – 2 categories, Age 16-25 years & Over 25 years

Ossy Young Woman of the Year - Age 16-25 years

Ossy Woman of the Year – Over 25 years

Nominations for each of the awards are welcome by the 31/1/2019

These must be by email to rhyddingspark@yahoo.com

Please give the woman’s name, contact details, age, a little about them and explain why you think they should receive a FoRP Ossy Woman of the Year Award. All nominations must be from Ossy & living in Ossy OR established and living in Ossy

In the first week of February, the FoRP will review all nominations and select 3 finalists in each category – all of whom, with their family, will be invited to an Awards
Evening on the 9th March 2019 at the Coach House

We may request to share stories with the community as we go along – we will update you as we go

The decision of the FoRP will be final

So, getting nominating women who make Ossy great


FoRP Trustees
Ann, Emma , Catherine & Rober

Plans for 2019

For Adults !


£10 for per person Tapas Meal by 

pre-payment ticket only

Live Spanish Guitar Music


Book online at the website shop 

For the Kids !


 Children's Sweetheart Party 

(under 10 years)
15th Feb 2019 5pm-6.30pm
Loads of music, fun, dancing, face painting
Booking required at the website shop

£3 per child 

For the Dads !


 Craft and Card Making Tables 

Help your child make that perfect, personal gift for their mum

In the Coach House, 30/3/2019  12noon-3pm 

Easter Party


 Children's Easter Party (under 10 years)
20th April 2019 1pm-2.30pm
Loads of music, fun, dancing, face painting
Booking required at website shop

£3 per child 

International Children's Day


 Join us on Saturday 1st June 2019 at 1pm until 2.30pm for our Teddy Bear's Picnic to Celebrate International Children's Day !

£1 includes drink & snack  for each child

There will be a donation bucket and raffle  in aid of NSPCC

Cafe will be open for refreshments

Booking required via website shop

Kids Fun


 Holiday Kids Fun in the Park
Free Events -  Each Wednesday 1-4pm

Easter, Spring Bank & Summer Holidays
Meet at the Coach House

*parents must stay with children and ensure they have appropriate dress / sun screen / drinks .

Well Being Days

We at FoRP recognise the need to promote well being, so many people struggle to manage anxiety, stress and worry. People often can't, won't or don't know how to ask for help.

We have SIX one day workshops throughout 2019 to be held in
the Coach House, Rhyddings Park

In the morning, you will start at 10am with Kay who will help you
retrain your brain with an anxiety and stress management workshop.

At 12.30pm, you will have a healthy lunch in the Coach House Cafe

In the afternoon, from 1.30pm, Bernie will lead you on a journey
through QiGong and Mindful Meditation

Finishing the day around 4pm

Dates: 27/1/2019; 24/3/2019; 19/5/2019; 14/7/2019; 6/10/2019 & 24/11/2019 

10am until 4pm each day

Refreshments included 

No Charge for the Well Being Day

via Website Shop, in the cafe or message via Facebook 

October and November 2018

Looking forward to what we have coming up in the park into November – a lot, that is what !!

This Thursday 25th October, we have a couple of groups in the Coach House, if regulars want to pop in for a brew, you are very welcome.

Thursday morning also see the last of the bootcamp session pass – new WINTER WONDERLAND BOOTCAMP PASSES on sale now.

Saturday 27th October, The Café will be open again 8.30am until 12 for breakfast. We have WINTER WONDERLAND BOOTCAMP at 9am, QiGong at 10am and Cheese Evening at 7.30pm (one table of 4 left)

Sunday 28th October, The Café will be open 10am – 12noon for breakfast

Monday 29th October, The Café will be open 10am – 3pm as we welcome HBC and Dogs Trust.

Tuesday 30th, Watercolours new block of classes commence for next 5 weeks – book online

Wednesday & Thursday are regular yoga classes – sorry all booked up

Wednesday 31st Oct is Camera Club at 7.30pm with Joanne

Community Book Exchange continues all month in the Café.

Events in November – all details on FB page but a summary

All month, Reverse Advent Calendar – donations will be gratefully received in the café and passed to Rhyddings Methodist Foodbank on 30/11/2018 – Christmas items would be most welcome

4th November – Craft Market 12noon-4pm

10th November – Ossyrocks remembers, rock painting in
the Coach House – poppy theme

11th November - Community Litter Pick in the park

16th November – Pudsey’s PJ Party 5pm-6.30pm – booking required via website shop or in cafe

17th November – Pudsey’s Treasure Hunt – booking required via website shop or in cafe

18th November - Kids Photography course begins - see Joanne for details

19th November – International Men’s Day – Pie & Laughs – booking required via website shop

24th November – Frozen Storytime and character appearance – booking required via civic website

27th November – Lancashire Day Celebration – booking required via website shop

Phew …. Loads on

Community Engagement Officer



Earlier this evening (5/9/2018) Ann met Joanne Dootson - who is she you might ask ..... she is The Community Engagement Officer employed via Newground as part of the HLF grant ... that is who she is !!
We at FoRP are so excited to meet her as we know you all will be too - so many of you have asked us over launch week when the kitchen garden will be opening, when will you be able to get in there.

Joanne will be in the FoRP cafe on 7th and 14th October 2018 to consult and chat with the community about their ideas for the kitchen garden - she would love to chat with you over a brew.

If she is in the park - stop her for a chat - this is the community 's kitchen garden - we really need help to shape its future

We have also set up a group on Facebook  - please request to join.
Joanne will be joining and will be really pleased to chat to you about the kitchen garden and how you all want to support it / develop it.


Big Positive Meeting


Some notes from the Big Positive Meeting this evening  

Oswaldtwistle’s First Big Positive Meeting  14th March 2018  At The Civic Arts Centre  

Gayle introduced the event – an idea that was formed at the Twin Town Meeting – a meeting to celebrate and share everything that is good about Oswaldtwistle – next Twin Town Meeting 21/3/2018 at 6.30pm at the Black Dog.  Oswaldtwistle is twinned with Whitburn in Scotland – join the meeting and find out more. 

Sarah talked about Girl Guiding – Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, The Senior Section and Trefoil Group (age 25+)  Adventure, fun and friendship – safe, girl only space.  

Emma from The Black Dog talked about pub initiatives – dementia friendly staff, adaptations in the pub to make the accessible, art classes, associated with Four Paws Dog Rescue – dog of the month displayed in pub. Dog friendly pub. This year The Black Dog will be having another Christmas Market in December and will be involved in the Ossy Carnival this year with Thwaites Shire Horses, people are welcome to walk with their dogs with The Black Dog & Four Paws  

Gayle spoke about the Oswaldtwistle Carnival – 24th June 2018, theme, “through the ages”. Everyone welcome – see Gayle for more details. The committee are looking for their carnival royalty - Prince & Princess (8-14), King & Queen (15-21) and Grande Dame & Duke (over 40).  Liz from Enabling Bold Moves – coach, looking to connect with small businesses in the local areas – background of personal development and training  

Sarah from Play4UZ2, a group of parents with SEN and special needs – playgrounds are not inclusive for children with disability / independent play skills. Linked into Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum. Land in front of Hyndburn Sports Centre. Consultation on play equipment. Playground will not be cheap, approx. £1 million – now fundraising for the playarea.  

Gayle spoke about Discovering Old Oswaldtwistle – history walks through Oswaldtwistle, money from HLF to continue the project – next walk will be on the 27th May 2018.  

Lyndon from Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary told the meeting about the types of membership of the rotary – Lyndon told the meeting about Walk 4 Your Charity – register at www.rotarywalk.org.uk  Lyndon told the meeting about activities in December with the Santa Collection – fundraising.  Other projects include Know Your Blood Pressure; Litter Picking Up; Maintaining the railway station; talking newspaper for blind society. Lyndon told us about Rotakids, children helping the local community – 3 groups (St. Andrews; White Ash; Hippings Methodist)  

Lucy from Spring Into Action / Meet N Match told the meeting – organisation to support people with learning disabilities to be fully included in life / community. Spring Into Sport – fortnightly on a Friday Night at New Ear, Accrington (£3.50), age 11+  Meet n Match, a friendship and dating agency for people with Learning Disabilities – 2 events every month – one at the civic (themed – next Friday, quiz night and disco - £5, carers are free) and one at The Black Dog (Wednesday evening – last of the month)   

Digital Footprint Audit – Oswaldtwistle – Carnegie Trust UK completed for us, Oswaldtwislte does not have one central resource promoting the town – new website   


Next meeting will be in 19th September 2018  

Get involved - #ossyrocks

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Mental Health Well Being

As a group, FoRP very much want to focus on inclusion and well being - the benefits of both to the individual and society are massive.

We want to develop activity in the park that benefits our local community.

We are aiming to provide a seven day programme, providing oportunities for people to reduce isolation, to get involved and feel the benefit of inclusion.

We are working to connect with local groups, statutory and voluntary groups, we will have a great venue to support groups to meet.

We are looking to develop / facilitate groups such as:-

Knit & Natter

Tea Clubs

Well Being Workshops

Hearing Voices Support Group

Stress Management


If you want to get involved, want to facilitate a group from the new facility, have any ideas for the park that will help our community stay well - get in touch via the contact us form - we would love to talk.


Eat Well and Move More

Another focus of the FoRP's plans, reflecting on our heritage and learning from the Victorians - Eat Well For Less & Move More.

The Victorians didn't have McDonald's or KFC, Mars Bars or extra large bags of crispss.

The Victorians had fresh fruit, fresh veg and frest meat - cooking everything themselves.

The Victorians didn't have XBOX, PS4, SMARTPHONE or TV - they walked, spent time together, played in the park, spoke to each other ..... fancy that !

The Kitchen Garden will provide opportunity to learn about growing fruit and veg, cooking and enjoying fabulous healthy food.

We are hoping to have themed cooking sessions,. exercise groups and other Eat Well, Move More and Be Healthy activties.

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Dogs in the park


Dogs are very welcome in the park however we expect people to be responsible owners, respecting others and cleaning up after their dogs.

Poo Done it ?


After numerous reports of dog poo in the park and owners not cleaning up after their dogs - FoRP have placed posters up in the park to remind dog owners to pick up their dog's poo.

New website launched


New website launched .....


We are still building the website but it is ready enough to share

Please let us know what you think and what you wish for us to add to it as we develop it !