Successful First Meeting at GreenAcres

November 10th, 2016

The forum was well attended, and provided a good sounding board for a plethora of ideas to be discussed.

Subsequent meetings will feature guest speakers who will talk on subjects such as taxation, social media marketing, and other areas of interest that were raised on the day.

At each breakfast meeting there will be an opportunity for attendees to discuss how the Hub can help further support businesses, and the Rainford community.

RH Breakfast Meeting




Open Breakfast Forum

October 19th, 2016

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Rainford Hub Open Forum at GreenAcres Rainford

Venue: Blindfoot Rd, Rainford, WA11 7HX


9th of November 2016

Time: 8:15am

Close: 9:15am

Join the Rainford Hub for breakfast at GreenAcres Rainford on the 9th of November, share your thoughts and ideas with us, or find out more about becoming a Hub member.


  • Welcome to guests
  • Business mentoring & coaching
  • Member discounts
  • Future events

The first breakfast event is FREE for Hub members, and for anyone wishing to become a Hub member on the day, guests will pay £8.00.

If you are interested, you will need to book by Monday the 5th of November to confirm your place, please e-mail with your full name and business name.

 Rainford Hub

Rainford - April 2014
Rainford – April 2014

Paint Rainford Pink

October 4th, 2016

Paint Rainford Pink is an awareness and fundraising campaign in aid of ‘Prevent Breast Cancer’ a charity based at the Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital to celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year.

This is an opportunity for everyone to create some fun activities which will help raise attention and funds towards a future without breast cancer.

If you want to take part Prevent Breast Cancer can provide leaflets, collection boxes, branded merchandise to sell, balloons, pink tutus and t-shirts.

Take a look at their website for an A-Z of fundraising ideas.

Contact Wendy on to confirm your own activities for the official calendar of events.PREVENT

Ali Tyrer & Hub Hail AGM Success

September 22nd, 2016

On the 13th of September we held our AGM at the Rainford Junction Pub.

The meeting was opened by Rainford Hub Chairman Nathan Blackburn who provided an overview of the current and future developments due to take place over the coming months.

Keely Thompson Marketing Officer explained how the Hub will be holding an open forum for businesses to meet at GreenAcres in Rainford throughout 2017. The first of the meetings will take place on the 9th of November this year at 8:15am and will give those interested, the chance to find out more about the hub or to simply share their thoughts or ideas.

Nathan then introduced Ali Tyrer who spoke fondly of her family’s lineage, while showcasing photographs and magazine clippings from days gone by.

Ali said consumer demand was the main driving force behind the changes that took place at Tyrers, this was evidenced by the vast array of images provided by Ali, which she has kindly allowed us to share in the gallery below.



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Rainford Hub AGM – guest speaker Ali Tyrer

August 31st, 2016

Join Rainford Hub on the 13th of September at the Rainford Junction pub from 7:00pm until 9:00pm.

Guest speaker Ali Tyrer will be showcasing items from Tyrers archives whilst updating us all on her new Rainford business Ellamora. This will be followed by a question and answer session with Ali, and a complementary hotpot supper. The evening is a great opportunity to network and find out more about what is on the horizon for Rainford Hub members.

High numbers are expected so book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

The evening has been organised as part of the Rainford Hub AGM.

The Rainford Show

August 31st, 2016

The 2016 Rainford Show will take place on Saturday 3rd September 2016. Doors are open to the public 1:30 – 4:30pm, and the prize giving will be at 4pm.

There are classes for fruit and vegetables, flowers, confectionery, preserves, handicrafts, floral art and photography.

Schedules are available from Rainford Library, Rainford Village Hall and “Houghton’s”.  Full details can be found online at Rainford Show

Rainford Show


The Grand Opening of Ellamora

August 31st, 2016

Ellamora 5


On the 21st of August Ellamora in Rainford officially opened, more than 200 hundred people gathered to support Ali Tyrer alongside her three children, Hannah, Ella and Edward.

Also in attendance, Rainford Hub Chairman Nathan Blackburn and Marketing, PR and Events Officer Keely Thompson, who presented a card on behalf of all Hub members, wishing Ali every success with her new venture.

The Rainford Hub are delighted to announce that Ali Tyrer will be speaking at the annual AGM on the 13th of September, if you would like tickets please get in touch early to avoid disappointment.

Ellamora 1

Ellamora 4


Up, Up and Away with Balloon Boutique

August 15th, 2016

A Rainford business growing with support from local clients like Ellamora, offers a one stop shop for all your party needs, from balloons, banners, cards and the lovely Yankee candles. With designs you won’t find on the High Street, Balloon Boutique offers you a range of styles to suit any special occasion.

Julie owner of Balloon Boutique has been involved in the party industry for over twenty years working for a leading manufacturer of foil balloons in Warwickshire.

Julie said: ‘My family and I relocated to this area last year in June. We previously lived in a village environment so Rainford really appealed to us, both for my daughters schooling and as a great location to start my new business. We especially love the community element and look forward to supporting other local businesses as we continue to grow.’

Balloon Boutique is offering a 10% discount on all their products for Rainford Hub members, happy shopping.

Support local!

For further information please visit Balloon Boutique Website or Balloon Boutique Facebook

Turn up the Volume and Be Inspired

August 3rd, 2016

The Rainford Hub Chairman Nathan Blackburn has many strings to his bow, as well as running his own marketing agency, he is also the Musical Director of the St Helens Male Voice Choir.

Nathan says: ‘St Helens Male Voice Choir are a group of talented men who sing together with a fresh approach on the traditional male voice choir.’

The choir love to sing and perform a wide range of musical styles from pop and rock to classical standards.

In the link below you will see a video of the choir members who comment on the beneficial qualities of being involved, stating specifically on how it improved their health and well-being. To watch the video or for further details please visit the website link and video.

St Helens Male Voice Choir

St Helens Male Voice Choir

Nathan Blackburn


Volunteer Raises the Flag for Award Winning Rainford Cemetery

July 28th, 2016

John Barlow a volunteer at GreenAcres Rainford raises the flag, as the site is named one of the very best green spaces in the UK.

GreenAcres Rainford set in 65 acres of beautiful mature woodland has won the prestigious Green Flag Award for the second year running. Situated on part of Lord Derby’s Estate, it offers an alternative to the traditional municipal or church funeral.

Pictured is GreenAcres Woodland Warden Richard Lester and volunteer John Barlow whose wife Joan is buried in Bluebell Glade. Since his wife’s death from Cancer in 2013 John has been volunteering at GreenAcres assisting with grounds maintenance, and community events at the park.

John Barlow Raising the Green Flag 2016

He said: ‘we chose the burial park because we both appreciated the outdoor life. The first time I saw bluebell glade the sun was shining through the trees directly on to the plot, and it just seemed right. It’s a wonderful place.’

John attended the awards ceremony to collect the Green Flag alongside the GreenAcres Rainford team on the 21st of July at Sheffield City Hall.

Keely Thompson – Marketing, Community & Events Liaison at GreenAcres Rainford said: ‘John was the obvious choice to raise the Green Flag, his hard work and commitment is seen throughout the park and his support at our events is invaluable.’


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Successful First Meeting at GreenAcres
November 10th, 2016

Open Breakfast Forum
October 19th, 2016

Paint Rainford Pink
October 4th, 2016

Ali Tyrer & Hub Hail AGM Success
September 22nd, 2016

Rainford Hub AGM – guest speaker Ali Tyrer
August 31st, 2016