Drama classes start in Whalley

Nights of drama - Actors, from wannabes to experienced performers, are invited to learn and hone skills at Monday drama classes in Whalley Village Hall. The classes, from 7-30 p.m., begin on Monday, March 21st, and cost £3.

They will be led by Clare Allen, former artistic director of the English Theatre of Bruges, who has directed and performed in hundreds of theatrical productions across the world. The classes will explore different forms of performance from Shakespeare through farce to kitchen sink and develop skills such as vocal techniques, scene study, bodywork, improvisation and mime. It is hoped to create productions to be performed at the village hall. For more information, contact Clare Allen by email at clareallen@gmail.com or by phoning 07763 880102.

Line dancing - The wrong date was given last week for the line-dancing evening at Oakhill Millennium College. The event is on Friday, March 25th, not the 5th as stated, and tickets are on sale. Proceeds are for English Martyrs’ RC Church, Whalley, and tickets are £5.

Historical - Whalley and District Historical Society will meet in Whalley Abbey on Thursday, March 10th, at 8 p.m. Guest speaker will be Mr Hindley on “Rationing”.

Africa mission - Teaching assistant at Whalley CE Primary School Bethany Sleet is preparing for missionary work in Rwanda. She has to fund the £1,000 cost of the trip, during the two weeks of her Easter holiday, herself. During the first week she will be based in a school teaching English, taking assemblies and teaching Bible classes. Then she will work in a hospital, teaching English to nurses, helping with the nutrition clinic and working with children around the hospital.

Children at the school are looking forward to the launch of their radio station, Burst Radio on Friday, March 11th. Parents are invited to call at the school after 2-30 p.m. to celebrate the launch, view the new equipmement and meet the broadcasting team. Year 5 pupil Anna Greensmith’s design has been chosen by vote for the school radio’s logo. It will be printed on T-shirts and other merchandise.

A KS1 non-uniform day and a KS2 disco raised £388 for the funds of Friends of Whalley School. Future events planned by the Friends include a Royal Wedding street party, a ladies’ night, a wine-tasting evening, a treasure hunt, an end of year disco and a summer fair on June 25th. The next meeting is in Benedicts on Tuesday, March 22nd, at 7 p.m.

Invitation - Young people of English Martyrs’ RC Church, Whalley, are invited to join the rota of readers at Holy Week liturgies. Lists will be available at the back of the church from the beginning of Lent. An easter egg raffle will be drawn on Easter Day. John and Patricia Whiteside will welcome gifts of eggs, large and small.

Fair trade - Celebrations of 60% growth in Fairtrade in the past two years are being held at churches until March 13th. In this month’s Whalley Parish Church magazine a quiz asks questions about Fairtrade.