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Couple's East Lancashire floating luxury hotel takes off

Lancashire Telegraph: The Leeds-Liverpool canal

6:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A HIGH-FLYING couple who gave up jobs in the city to run a hotel boat on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal said they are ‘amazed’ at how popular it has become. Nick and Gina Mead swapped fast-paced city living for the tranquil surrounds of the canal five years ago, establishing the first hotel boat to be given a five-star rating by Visit England. In that time their boat, christened Lady Teal, has welcomed visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, as well as number of locals keen to explore the stunning views from the canal. This year Lady Teal is already at 99 per cent occupancy for the April to October season, with bookings being made for 2015 and 2016 already. Nick, who used to manage 150 staff in 13 countries for Experian, said: “When we discussed doing this I said it had to be the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. “It is the most beautiful canal in the country, the scenery is just stunning. People who stay on the boat are captivated by it. “The canal is under utilised as well, which makes it perfect for us.” Nick, 55, and his wife Gina, 58, who used to troubleshoot dental practices in London, decided they wanted to spend more time together after a narrowboat holiday to celebrate her birthday five years ago. Gina said: “We were living together but we both worked such long hours we didn’t see a great deal of each other. “We wanted to change that and we both enjoyed being on the boat, we’re outdoors people and this is perfect.” The couple invested £250,000 in designing Lady Teal themselves, and it remains the only hotel boat in the north to be rated at five stars, and until last year was the only one in the country. The boat is 60ft long and 13ft wide. It has three rooms, two twins and one single, with en-sute bathrooms, as well as satellite TV and Wi-Fi. Its official home is Reedley Marina, in Burnley, but the couple run holidays to destinations including Skipton, Top of Wigan, Bridgewater Marina, Rodley near Leeds, Selby and Tarleton. Prices range from £630 to £1,025 per person, with single and double rooms available for three to eight nights.

Alleygates proposal to stop problem behaviour in Reedley

Lancashire Telegraph: Residents now feel more secure after their alleyway was gated

12:04pm Sunday 6th July 2014

ALLEYGATES are being considered as part of a bid to curb anti-social behaviour for residents in Reedley. Residents of Reedley Road have become fed-up with troublemakers congregating on Back Reedley Road. In a petition presented to the Brierfield and Reedley area committee householders complained that mud had been hurled at their homes, graffiti daubed on fences and stone flags stolen. Funding for the alleygates of £1,652 was secured by former ward councillor Pauline McCormick earlier this year. An approach will also be made to Lancashire County Council to request that Back Reedley Road is ‘stopped up’, so the gates can be installed effectively. This would avoid, if a challenge occurs over the highway, the gates either being removed or fixed in an ‘open’ position.

Houses are planned for a former Reedley sports ground

2:30pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

HOUSING could be built on the former Lucas Sports Ground in Reedley after plans for the work were submitted.

Reedley mining museum secures lottery grant

3:00pm Sunday 9th February 2014

A MINING museum has secured lottery funding to help improve facilities.

Man climbed into woman’s Burnley hotel bed after wedding reception

1:30pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

A FACTORY worker who slipped into bed with a woman and groped her after a wedding reception at a top East Lancashire hotel has been spared jail.

Friends of Pendleside raise over £22k for Reedley Hospice

3:14pm Tuesday 16th July 2013

CAMPAIGNERS have proved that a friend in need is a friend indeed with an impressive array of charitable fundraisers.

Thieves strike twice in five days at Burnley sports club

Lancashire Telegraph: TARGETED The Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club

12:40pm Tuesday 7th May 2013

THIEVES struck twice in five days to steal valuables from a Reedley sports club.

Four new classrooms for Reedley school

4:00pm Saturday 19th January 2013

FOUR new classrooms are set to be built at Reedley Primary School after plans for the work were submitted.

Pendle MP demands new dog attack laws

7:42am Saturday 21st July 2012

EAST Lancashire MP Andrew Stephenson has demanded new laws to prosecute people whose dogs roam wild on private property.

Plenty of Hopes for the hospice

8:37am Tuesday 22nd May 2012

TWO of Lowerhouse’s cricketing Hope family are set to walk for 12 miles and take in 11 pubs in a bid to raise money for the Pendleside Hospice.

Leader of Pendle Council to step down for health reasons

Lancashire Telegraph: WORKED HARD Coun Blomeley

5:00am Friday 2nd March 2012

THE leader of Pendle Council has announced he will step down in May due to health reasons.

Reedley Primary School to expand as Pendle birth rate rises

11:55am Wednesday 23rd November 2011

ANOTHER Pendle primary school is set for expansion to try to create enough school places for youngsters in the borough.

Eye-catching Reedley housing plan approved by councils

Lancashire Telegraph: EYE-CATCHING The garden

12:52pm Thursday 22nd September 2011

ARCHITECTS have claimed victory after persuading two sets of councillors to back an internationally-recognised housing development.

Saving a penny adds up to £13,500 for Pendleside Hospice

Lancashire Telegraph: PENNY WISE Marsden staff hand over a cheque for £13,584. From left: Trish Rockcliffe, Elaine Brown, Kaye Bartle, from the hospice, Judith Blackledte, Christine Cope, Rebecca Bolton and Sarah Hasty

11:39am Thursday 18th August 2011

PENDLESIDE Hospice has received a £13,584 boost from savers with the Marsden Building Society.

East Lancs housing development plans set to for worldwide interest

Lancashire Telegraph: EYE-CATCHING The garden

10:47am Tuesday 19th July 2011

EYE-catching designs for a new housing development on the border between Burnley and Pendle are set to attract worldwide interest.

2,000 women step out for Pendleside's Midnight Walk

Lancashire Telegraph: SEA OF PINK Women at the start line.

4:20pm Sunday 3rd July 2011

WITH GALLERY: Around 2,000 women stayed up late last night to take part in Pendleside Hospice’s Midnight Walk.

Pendle hotel apologises after sending out mailshot without stamps

Lancashire Telegraph: APOLOGY Bosses at the Oaks Hotel in Reedley have issued an apology for the ‘genuine mistake’

11:30am Monday 27th June 2011

A HOTEL accidentally posted 800 promotional mailshots to East Lancashire residents without a stamp.

Reedley Marina to add 76 new moorings

Lancashire Telegraph: EXPANSION PLANS Reedley Marina

5:01pm Monday 13th June 2011

MAJOR expansion proposals which will see 76 new berths at Reedley Marina have found favour with Pendle councillors.

Plans for Reedley Marina recommended for refusal

9:30pm Thursday 5th May 2011

AMBITIOUS expansion plans for Reedley Marina could be on the rocks after they were recommended for refusal by Pendle Council.

Plan to double Reedley Marina set for approval

1:48pm Friday 22nd April 2011

PLANS to almost double the capacity of Reedley Marina are set to be approved by councillors next week.

Horse rescued after trapping all four legs in Pendle fence

9:03am Friday 18th March 2011

A HORSE had to be rescued after trapping all four legs in a metal fence near a railway line last night.

Overhaul for historic Reedley courthouse

4:54pm Friday 28th January 2011

ANOTHER major overhaul is in progress for one of East Lancashire’s most historic courthouses.

£750k price tag for East Lancashire modernist home

Lancashire Telegraph: FOR SALE: Domus comes with gardens, a double garage and 5.7 acres of land. Inside it has wood-panelled walls, built-in oak furniture, acoustic lined ceiling and original bar with rosewood drinks shelving

1:29pm Friday 7th January 2011

THIS eye-catching des res with an interesting past could be yours – if you have £750,000 and a passion for 1950s design.

Pendleside Hospice lets the love shine on

Lancashire Telegraph: LIT UP: Pendle mayor Tony Beckett turns on the lights as the crowd listens to the Salvation Army band

1:58pm Monday 20th December 2010

PEOPLE remembered lost loved ones at the annual Light Up A Life service at Pendleside Hospice yesterday.

East Lancashire school closures, Wednesday, December 1

12:40pm Wednesday 1st December 2010

Today's heavy snowfall has prompted a wave of schools and colleges to close.

Snow: East Lancashire school closures, Tuesday, November 30

9:44am Tuesday 30th November 2010

UPDATE: Seven schools in East Lancashire are closed today due to the adverse weather.

Reedley Marina expansion plan

Lancashire Telegraph: SPLASHING OUT: Boaters enjoying themselves at the moorings at Reedley Marina which may be expanded

9:00pm Sunday 14th November 2010

REEDLEY Marina could almost double in capacity after plans were submitted for a major extension.

Pendle windfarm plans are withdrawn

Lancashire Telegraph: TURBINE DESIGNS UNVEILED: Resident Jack Simpson takes a look at the proposed site of Pendle’s first commercial wind farm

6:43pm Monday 11th October 2010

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after plans to create Pendle’s first commercial windfarm were scrapped by BT.

Reedley holiday firm fires parting shot at canal bosses

Lancashire Telegraph: JUMPING SHIP: The closure of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal has forced Rosewood Narrow Boats to close down at the end of the season

12:31pm Monday 20th September 2010

A NARROW boat holiday firm is to close down at the end of the season — because the owners fear the canal could be forced to close again.

Pendle wind farm designs on display

Lancashire Telegraph: TURBINE DESIGNS UNVEILED: Resident Jack Simpson takes a look at the proposed site of Pendle’s first commercial wind farm

11:00am Tuesday 3rd August 2010

DESIGNS for Pendle’s first commercial windfarm have been unveiled as part of a public consultation.

Four Pendle pupils diagnosed with hepatitis A

4:20pm Monday 26th July 2010

DOZENS of pupils at a Pendle primary school have been immunised against hepatitis A after four classmates were diagnosed with the condition.

Popular Pendle boat festival sunk by drought

Lancashire Telegraph: MEMORIES: Flashback to a previous Pendle Canal Festival at Reedley Marina with Margaret Warwick, Pam Barritt, Glyn Barritt and Irwin Warwick, all from Pendle, enjoying the event.

9:00am Wednesday 21st July 2010

TOURISM bosses have pulled the plug on a popular boating festival due to the closure of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal because of the drought.

Lancashire boat firms’ shock at canal closure

Lancashire Telegraph: HOME AND DRY: Lesley and John Yates of Canal Boat Cruises

12:48pm Thursday 15th July 2010

WATERSIDE businesses have reacted with dismay to drought restrictions which are set to close the Leeds and Liverpool canal through Lancashire to boats.

Pendle wind farm plans scaled back

11:00am Friday 18th June 2010

A NEW wind farm project promoted by telecoms giant BT has been scaled back, the Lancashire Telegraph can reveal.

MBEs at the double for Pendle couple

Lancashire Telegraph: PALACE PAIR: Keith and Florence Tomlinson were both recognised for services to the Lancashire community in the Queen’s birthday honours

7:27pm Tuesday 15th June 2010

A COUPLE from Reedley were shocked to discover they both had a date with destiny when the Queen’s birthday honours were announced.

Two arrests after attempted car break-in in Reedley

12:16pm Thursday 10th June 2010

TWO men were followed by a police helicopter after an attempt was made to break into a car in Reedley this morning.

Residents split over Reedley kennels plan

3:15pm Monday 24th May 2010

RESIDENTS in Pendle are backing plans to extend a set of boarding kennels near their homes.

Concerns over Reedley stables' expansion

Lancashire Telegraph: PLANS: Barden Lane Stables, Reedley

6:34pm Tuesday 4th May 2010

CONCERNS have been raised over plans to build two stable blocks for 15 horses at a Pendle equestrian centre.

Pendle boss to feature on TV programme

2:39pm Wednesday 28th April 2010

A YOUNG spa operator in East Lancashire is set to share the secrets of her success with a TV audience.

Pendleside Hospice boosted by £100k grant

Lancashire Telegraph: MARVELLOUS NEWS: Gordon Prentice MP

10:43am Friday 9th April 2010

BOSSES at Pendleside Hospice are celebrating after they were given more than £100,000 of Government cash to pay for new facilities.

Boom time for Lancashire's canals

Lancashire Telegraph: IDYLLIC: Our canals are undergoing a renaissance with tourists

1:01pm Wednesday 31st March 2010

LANCASHIRE’S canals are enjoying a resurgence as more people opt for ‘staycations’ over holidays abroad, according to marina bosses.

East Lancashire assault victim slams thief's sentence

Lancashire Telegraph: VICTIM: Robert Everiss was left with a broken hip

2:19pm Thursday 25th February 2010

A GRANDAD has slammed the sentence given to a thief who left him with a broken hip during a robbery at his home.

Plans for Pendle's first wind farm

1:23pm Wednesday 20th January 2010

PHONES giant BT has unveiled plans which could see the building of Pendle’s first commercial wind farm.

Hundreds light up a life at Pendleside Hospice

Lancashire Telegraph: SHINING: Crowds at the event

12:31pm Sunday 20th December 2009

HUNDREDS of people braved sub-zero temperatures to remember loved ones lost to cancer in a light switch on in Pendle.

Pendleside Hospice lights appeal’s £100,000 target

11:36am Wednesday 18th November 2009

MORE than 1,000 people are expected to gather at Pendleside Hospice this weekend to pay tribute to lost loved ones.

Pendle biker, 38, dies from injuries

Lancashire Telegraph: PASSION: Howard Heyhirst

5:08pm Sunday 18th October 2009

TRIBUTES have been paid to a keen motorcyclist who has died a week after coming off his motorbike in Reedley.

Wool traders turn back clock on Lancashire canal

Lancashire Telegraph: BRISK TRADE: Carole and Colin Wareing aboard Patty Ann on the Leeds and Liverpool canal near Barden Mill, Burnley

12:34pm Monday 5th October 2009

WOOL traders have used an East Lancashire canal to transport cargo for the first time in 46 years.

Football stadium walkers net £767

2:20pm Monday 21st September 2009

A GROUP of friends have celebrated Burnley’s promotion to the Premier League by completing a Three Stadium Walk for charity.

Burnley shoppers’ cash for hospice

5:10pm Tuesday 21st July 2009

CUSTOMERS of a Burnley shopping centre have raised more than £500 for charity buying raffle tickets.

2,000 women complete midnight walk for Pendleside Hospice

Lancashire Telegraph: THINK PINK: Thousands of women, all dressed iin pink, gather at the start of the walk to help raise £200,000 for Pendleside Hospice

3:20pm Sunday 28th June 2009

THOUSANDS of flashing bunny ears shone through the gloom as Burnley and Pendle’s first-ever midnight walk for Pendleside Hospice ventured forth.


What's on in Pendle

Musical maestro sets foot on stage and says ‘Allo to audiences at Pendle Hippodrome Theatre (link)

lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure 2:52pm Tue 3 Jun 14

WHILE he may be a familiar face to members of Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Company, ‘Uncle’ Joe Winkley will not…

Artists line up in Nelson to aid children's Make A Wish Foundation (link)

lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure 4:39pm Thu 22 May 14

A CHARITY gig being held in aid of children with terminal illnesses is taking place in Pendle at the end of this…

New season is time for a party (link)

lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure 2:38pm Tue 13 May 14

COLNE Dramatic Society has packed its Baggage for 2013-14, and is now inviting would-be actors to a party for its…

North by North-West Festival will celebrate Mods’ half century (link)

lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure 10:19am Thu 8 May 14

FIFTY years of the Mod movement will be celebrated at a new two-day festival in Colne in June.

New acts called up for Jessica tribute stage at Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne (link)

lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure 10:42am Thu 1 May 14

ASPIRING bands and musicians are being given the chance to perform at this year’s Great British Rhythm and Blues…

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