Buzzing about Bees

Eva, Wynne and myself asked Catherine to do a write up about a new club we were starting, The Bacup Beekeepers.

The article she wrote was brilliant raising awareness of the club and the importance of honey bees to everyone.

Catherine has a very relaxed manner so it was just like having a friend for a coffee and a chat.

She even braved photography at the front of the hive, which gave the article more impact and it made a fantastic full page feature in two papers. Following this, we received offers for land and gained new members at the club.

Catherine is very professional from the first point of contact and helps keep you up to date about when to expect to see yourself in print. I would recommend her and definitely use her again.

Bacup Beekeepers Club


Raising Awareness of CRPS

Catherine has just done another story on my son he wanted to raise awareness of his medical condition. We had chosen Catherine to write this story as she has done amazing previous articles on my children and we knew she'd do a lovely story to help him meet his goal and she has. It's in the paper 4 days after having his interview thank you so much !!


Vicky and Jack Leigh


Fearns Chat 2017

Catherine has helped the school pupils produce a newsletter which got through to the national award finals.


Here is why I feel that this is a vital part of the what the school does.

When I was at school I must have been the despair of my teachers as I proved to be very poor at most academic subjects, although I did struggle through to get a degree after a year out working.

One thing that kept me going, and which was probably a saving grace to most teachers, was that I would join in almost everything going on in the school. Helping the girls train for netball; setting up a debating club; forming a sixth form student union; acting in the XMAS panto; booking the largest venue in Bristol for an inter-school disco, with a major pop band; caving and climbing. Even forming a Chocolate button appreciation society. No, I don't know why or what it did!

These activities set me up well for later life; they gave me confidence in public and helped when I started work, where my poor grades and spelling matter less and there was more need to be able to hold your own in discussions at work.

Which is why I think Fearns Chat is so important to the overall work of the school. It highlights the many positive activities going on through the involvement of many pupils and is always a good read from cover to cover.

It shows just what can be done by pupils in the school with good professional input from Catherine Smythe. A really great production all round.

I am particularly proud that when Helen Stead, the Headteacher, and the pupils from the school went to the recent award ceremony that they found we were the only state school in the top 30.

Nick Harris

Vice Chair of Governors.

Wooden Horse Studio

Thank you for the feature and I will be very happy to see people visiting my studio on 7th and 8th October, either to see artwork and or receive information on my specialised classes.


Your photos and information is a always spot on or 'paint on' in my situation!

Thank you

Chris Worswick

Bacup Natural History Society

Wanted to say a massive thank you to Catherine, for the absolutely fabulous service she has provided once again to the Bacup Natural History Society & Museum.


Her personal service has meant we always receive brilliant coverage and publicity

Thank you Catherine.

Wendy Lord

Secretary Bacup Nat

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