Double diamond works wonders

The Chatburn Diamond Jubilee Celebrations logo
The Chatburn Diamond Jubilee Celebrations logo

Hundreds of people across the region are set to benefit from a lottery windfall announced for Chatburn.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded the organisers of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Chatburn a significant amount of money towards a “double diamond” event it is planning this summer. As well as marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the village will celebrate 60 years since the commissioning of its playing field, host to countless Chatburn events in the intervening years. The double celebration is designed to bring improvements to the community in Chatburn and the surrounding area, as well as raising money for charity.

The Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebration takes place from June 2nd to the 6th, which coincides nicely with the 60th anniversary of the commissioning of the playing fields. As a result, one of the biggest celebration events in the area is planned to take place. Since the closure of the mill, Chatburn has become mainly a residential area and people travel out of the village for employment. Most of the traditional shops, which were supported by the activity of the mill, have closed. There is little social life in the village, although the recent core strategy study showed Chatburn as having some of the best facilities in the Ribble Valley.

Clive Greenwood, chairman of the organising committee, commented: “We are delighted to have received funding towards this important project. This is a marvellous opportunity for the community of Chatburn and the surrounding area to get together in many ways, including running of the event in June and organising fund-raising events up to that time.

“There is potential for new and valuable relationships to develop and for some of the activities to continue beyond the weekend, such as various clubs being formed. There is no doubt that both the community and the businesses in Chatburn and the area will benefit”

The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.

Another benefit from the celebrations will be that all the money raised will be donated to North West Air Ambulance.

Clive wadded: “A number of activities are already being organised, including an exhibition of the past 60 years; a Big Picnic Lunch in the marquee for all the community in the area; a sports day on the playing fields; a Saturday night rock ‘n’ roll dance in the school; a music festival and a concert by the Houghton Weavers.

“We would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining the people already involved in putting this together, or any business in the area that wants to explore the benefit of advertising and promotion, in the knowledge that it is going to benefit a community, and that all proceeds are going to a worthy charity.”

More volunteers would still be welcome to help run fund-raising event up to the main event in June. Anyone interested can ring 01254 384893 or e-mail: cliveandbarbara@btinternet.com