Hyndburn and Ribble Valley

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Association covers the townships within Hyndburn (centred around Accrington), Clitheroe and many villages in the Ribble Valley.

Your local committee meets regularly and you are invited to attend. We usually meet at 98, Ribblesdale Avenue, Accrington (Laneside Residents’ Association) starting at 4:30 p.m.

Check the listings below and on the right for dates, venues and times.


If you need help – use the NUT adviceline –

Telephone – 020 3006 6266

Email – nutadviceline@nut.org.uk

Opening hours – 9.00 to 19.00, Monday to Friday.

You can also contact the association secretary, Sarah Bedwell, on 07736 151 235 or at secretary@hyndburn-and-ribble-valley.nut.org.uk.

News from Hyndburn and Ribble Valley

Senior Leadership Training by Sarah Bedwell

Staying on the Right Side of the Law 

An in-depth look at key procedures and how to implement them effectively.

Capability, Redundancy, Disciplinary, Complaints & Grievance


  • To develop knowledge of important procedures
  • To increase skill and confidence in applying these procedures
  • To aid understanding of how to approach HR issues

The training will take place on Friday 16 June, 9.30am – 3.30pm at Eanam Wharf in Blackburn. The training is £40 for NUT members and £80 for non-members.

Click here for more details, including the booking form.


Mental Health First Aid Training

What is mental health and mental ill health?

  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The five steps of Mental Health First Aid
  • How to spot symptoms of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Non-judgemental listening skills

The training will take place on Thursday 06 July, 9.30am – 3.30pm at Eanam Wharf in Blackburn. The training is £40 for NUT members and £80 for non-members.

Click here for more details, including the booking form.

Categories: Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Posted: 13 May

HRV AGM Documents by Hyndburn Ribble Valley

The agenda for the 2017 AGM, the minutes for the 2016 AGM and the nomination sheet for association roles have all been sent out to members who have provided an email address. 

If you have not received these documents and would like a copy, please email Sarah Bedwell (secretary@hyndburn-and-ribble-valley.nut.org.uk) or call 07736 151235.

Categories: Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Posted: 30 Jan

Season’s Greetings by Hyndburn Ribble Valley

The executive committee of the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Association of the NUT would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe festive season, and all the best for the new year.

Our Christmas card was designed by Amirah Khan of Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School.


Categories: Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Posted: 19 Dec

NUT Reps Foundation Training by Blackburn with Darwen

Foundation training has been organised in the North-west for October 2016.
Book your places quickly.

October 5 – 7
Holiday Inn
FREE with travel expenses reimbursed.

For more information and booking details go hereIMAG1543.

Categories: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley District, Chorley and District, Divisional News, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, Lancaster, Morecambe and District, Pendle, Preston, Rossendale, South Ribble, Union Learning, West Lancashire, Wyre, Young Teachers Posted: 14 Jul

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Special General Meeting by Hyndburn Ribble Valley

A special general meeting of the HRV Association will be held on Wednesday 27 April at 4.30pm, at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School, Oswaldtwistle.

The agenda will include the latest news on the White Paper: Wrong Priorities campaign and our nomination for the General Secretary election.

Categories: Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Posted: 16 Apr

Kill the Bill by Hyndburn Ribble Valley

On 15 July 2015, the Government’s Trade Union Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill contains a wide range of restrictions on trade union freedom, new restrictions on the right to organise, the right to facilities at the workplace, and the right to bargain collectively. It also introduces new restrictions on both the right to strike, and trade union political freedom, while exposing trade union administration to unjustified levels of scrutiny.

The provisions of the bill includes:

— banning strikes in most public services unless first, at least 50% of those participating in the proposed action vote in the ballot, and second, at least 40% of those affected also support the action;

— allowing employers to hire agency staff during strikes;

— requiring ballots to be re-run every four months, and setting a minimum two weeks’ notice for any industrial action;

— criminalising unlawful or ‘intimidatory’ picketing rather than treating it as a civil offence, and requiring a union official to oversee such pickets and ensure that they abide by the law, for instance, that no more than six strikers are present and introduces fines of up to £20,000 on unions if pickets do not wear an official armband

— limiting the amount of time that your representatives can spend on union business;

— giving the government trade union certification officer powers to fine unions up to £20,000 for breaches of reporting rules which will include an annual audit of its protests and pickets.

In addition, the Trade Union Bill requires unions to contact each union member directly to ask if they want to pay into the political levy, and to repeat the question every five years. A requirement to opt in to the political levy is likely to dramatically reduce the number of members paying it.

Public sector unions have been particularly focused on, as a part of a strategy to suppress organised resistance to the privatisation of services and to eliminate any meaningful bargaining over pay, terms and conditions, allowing cuts to wages, pensions and staff.

What to do:

— Lobby and rally Monday 2nd November, Westminster
— Write to your MP – you can use this model letter
— Contact local media
— Run a stall
— Spread the word online

Thanks to Stockport NUT’s Dawn Taylor for producing these resources. If you would like a copy for your school meetings, which includes presentation notes, please contact secretary@hydnburn-and-ribble-valley.nut.org.uk.

Categories: Divisional News, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Posted: 08 Oct

HRV General Meeting by Hyndburn Ribble Valley

The first general meeting of the new school year will take place on Wednesday 16 September at 4.30pm. Meetings are held at Laneside Residents Association, 98 Ribblesdale Avenue, Accrington.

Categories: Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Posted: 01 Sep