Auction to boost funds of group fighting to stop new homes in Whalley

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AN AUCTION raising funds for the fight against proposed large housing developments in Whalley takes place this Saturday, May 7th.

The event at the Methodist Church Hall has been organised by members of the Save Whalley Village campaign and goods being offered have been donated by local people and businesses.

A member of the group reported the appeal has been incredibly successful, with more than 300 mixed lots of new and used goods ranging from boxes of bric a brac and vintage boxed hats to bags of new teddy bears, porcelain tea sets and an electric organ.

Offers from businesses in and around Whalley have also been very generous.

Bidders can compete for such tempting items as afternoon tea with bubbly for eight at Benedicts of Whalley; a meal and one-hour treatment for two at The Sanctuary, Langho; a design consultation with Theofano Interior Design; shopping vouchers for Cosgroves, Whalley Warm and Dry, Gilmartins, Kaos Hair Studio, Amy’s Deli, Checkmate, Hansel and Gretel and many more special deals. Viewing of auction lots is from 11 a.m. on the day of the sale, which starts at 1 p.m.

The organisers of the auction are raising money to pay for professional services to help fight the large scale housing proposals for several sites around the village, which they say will ruin one of the Ribble Valley’s most popular tourist areas and turn it into a struggling suburban sprawl.

They have already been successful in obtaining the services of an environmental expert on newts who has found evidence of a great crested newt colony on one of the plots earmarked for building – a find which could help protect it from development.

Anyone wanting to know more about the campaign or the auction can visit the Save Whalley Village website (www.savewhalleyvillage.org.uk) or telephone 07971 812536.