The first concert of the new season of Charity concerts at Padiham Unitarian Chapel got off to a resounding start with the Ranting Lads.

Under the leadership of Danny O’Kane the large audience were treated to nonstop Irish Folk music  which enthralled the folks present.

Before the concert the High Sheriff The Hon Ralph Assehton presented N W Air Ambulance with a cheque for £750 from part of the previous season’s proceeds.

Picture shows Barry Brown organiser, Freda Whittle from NW Air Ambulance, the High Sheriff, Maureen Brown (helper) and Robert Foreman from the Chapel.

The next Concert by the Rossendale Scout Brass Band will take place at 7.30pm on 9th November.. Further details from 01282 773336 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alastair McIntosh delivering his lecture at Rawtenstall (John Hewerdine)

More than 70 people came to Rawtenstall Unitarian Church in Lancashire on Saturday 23rd March to hear the eminent ecologist and writer Alastair McIntosh deliver a rousing address on the question: Does Christianity still matter, and if so, why?, the final lecture in a series considering ‘The Future of Faith’.

Under the title, 'Towards Third Millennium Christianity: Activism, Non-Violence and the Mystical Imperative', the lecturer led his audience through the often-violent history of two millennia of Christianity, with learned asides into other faiths.  

A Quaker and radical pacifist, Alastair McIntosh argued that if we are to rescue Christianity from what he called ‘the fear-driven dynamics of violence and domination’, we need to address the ostensible ‘divine violence’ of theories of the cross, of doctrines of salvation.   Only then will it be possible, he argued, to open up a credible Christian theology for this Third Millennium. 

In a wide-ranging talk, the speaker attempted to do precisely this … concluding with a deeply-felt meditation on the meaning of the cross -- could we have been missing its real significance all along?    His talk was profound, moving and provocative in turn.

Workshops for group discussion followed, then questions to a Panel consisting of: Alastair McIntosh, Rev Dr Shannon Ledbetter (an Anglican priest and theologian now working with the Unitarians) and Dr Ben Dandelion (a Quaker theologian). The event was chaired by Rev Jim Corrigall, minister to the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry, which organised this lecture series together with Pendle Hill Quakers and the Progressive Christianity Network.  

NOTE: The full text of the lecture is to be published in the coming issue of the Unitarian theological journal 'Faith and Freedom', due out at end of April 2019. To subscribe, contact Business Manager Nigel Clark at: 16 Fairfields, Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 4GA.   (Annual subscription in the UK is £15).

Tremendous support has enabled us to book a SIXTEENTH series of concerts for your enjoyment by musicians of international repute!

Starting on September 28th with the Ranting Lads who, in their current line-up, have been playing since the summer of 2016. Led by lead vocalist and accordion player Danny, the emphasis is on Irish standard tunes with jigs and reels thrown in. He is joined by his cousin Mark who plays lead guitar and banjo. The rhythm section comprises Johnny on guitar, Bernie on bass, and vocals and Danny’s brother, Tommy, on drums.  

On 19th November it is the 2nd Rossendale Scout Brass Band  The Band was formed in 1963. Originally formed as a drum and trumpet band the instrumentation was changed some seven years later and substantial progress has been made in conventional brass band terms. The later inclusion of girls enhanced the development and presently they make up almost a third of the membership. 

THE ORIGINAL ROCK AND ROLL BAND are in town on 14th March 2020 This very local four-piece band, whose members are all from the Hyndburn area, has been together for twenty-three years and features: Clarrie (‘Fingers’) Johnson on the piano and vocals. In the late 1960s, he was in a 7-piece show band called ‘The Skyliners Show Band’ based in Luton;  Barry I’Anson on guitar and vocals. From the early 1960s, he was in several bands, including ‘The Vikings’, ‘The Electones’, ‘The Summers’ and ‘Weather’;  Phil Eddleston on drums. In the latter part of the 1960s, he performed in ‘The Summers’, ‘The Senators’ and ‘Nevis’ and  John Anderson  bass guitar.

THE CONONLEY SINGERS perform on 16th May 2020   The Cononley Singers was formed in March 2010 when a group of villagers got together with the intention of starting some sort of singing group. Following a  modest start, the choir grew steadily in both number and musical expertise and currently numbers around 50,  male and female, with a wide range in both age,  and musical ability.

 

All Concerts start at 7:30 and admission is £8

Further details are available here