-Paul Vernon Lydiate (Producer/Director)


"Paul spent 12 years producing large-scale live events for English Heritage and field producing for film and TV companies from around the world. His previous projects range from BBC historical documentaries to Hollywood feature films.   Two years of subsequent retraining, culminating in a City & Guilds Diploma (with distinction), left him well-equipped in the fields of camera operation and film editing – skills he is currently ‘re-booting’ whilst studying for an MA in Television Documentary Production at the University of Salford. 

Paul’s first stab at directing  was a finalist in the documentary section of the Exposures Film Festival.  For the past six years Paul has run the CAR Video Unit in Rossendale, during which time he has overseen the production of countless short films and produced and directed two, 45-minute historical documentaries. These are entitled Pals, a film about the tragic experience of the Accrington Pals battalion at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and Memories of the Mills concerning the heyday and decline of the Lancashire textile industry. Both films have recently been broadcast on Channel M."

-Liz Hinchliffe (Project Manager)


"Liz has been managing projects for around 8 years, working for organisations such as Groundwork.  Prior to this Liz worked in manufacturing, in areas such as paper and textiles. Liz and Paul met in the course of the Valley of Stone Project (2007 to 2010) while she was still at Groundwork and Paul was overseeing the Video Unit’s involvement in the project. (See ).

In 2009, when the CAR Video Unit decoupled from Community Action Rossendale and was set up as a company in its own right, Paul invited Liz to become one the directors due to their working so successfully together previously."


Rossendale TV is a CAR Video Unit initiative which has been made possible thanks to funding from the Skills Funding Agency as part of the new Adult and Community Learning Fund. It will serve as model for similar community media initiatives across the whole of the UK.

The aim of Rossendale TV is to contribute to the social and economic regeneration of Rossendale whilst helping CAR Video Unit to become self sufficient in its work of offering free video production training and a gateway to more formal learning.

Rossendale TV will kick-start a cyclical process. The free video training offered by CAR Video Unit will generate short films promoting various aspects of Rossendale which will then be hosted by Rossendale TV.  We aim to encourage as many people as possible to tune in to Rossendale TV from time to time, so please make sure you ‘like’ us and the programmes we make on Twitter and Facebook.  The more visitors we get, the more attractive we will become to local businesses where advertising and sponsoring our films is concerned.  The more support we get, the more free training we can provide and the more films we can produce.  See the Support Your Local TV Stationpage for further details of how you can add to Rossendale TV’s success.