NEWTON - 90th anniversary of village institute

Harvest - The United Reformed Church held its Harvest Festival. The preacher was the Rev. Michele Gainmany and the organist was Mrs E. Waterworth. The lesson was read by Mrs M. Beattie. The proceeds of the day of £91 will be sent to commitment for the world development programme of The United Reformed Church working with Christian Aid to help poor people in Zimbabwe.

Anniversary - A dance was held in the village hall to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of the first hall (Institute) at Newton in 1921. A capacity crowd enjoyed dancing to John Bowdler, organist from Blackpool Tower. The ladies committee provided and served a knife and fork supper with sweets. Prize winners were Mrs B. Kitchen, Mr Ken Wood, Mrs M. Cross, Mrs M. Barker, Mr B.Dewhurst, Andrew Sefton, Diane Parker, Les Collinson, Mrs E. Waddington, Mr Reid, Mrs B. Harrison, Mr B. Moorhouse, Mrs Westwell, Mrs G. Schofield, Mrs D.Whitaker, Mrs S. Pinder, Mrs A. Wilkinson, Mrs M. Robers, Mr A. Marsden and Mrs K. Taylor.

90th birthday - A huge crowd enjoyed dancing to a live band and disco as part of the 90th birthday celebrations. A supper of hot beef or turkey sandwiches were served by the Riverbank Tea Rooms, Slaidburn. The raffle prize of a £100 token was won by Mr Mark Thornber.

Open afternoon - The village hall was open with everyone was welcome to go along for afternoon tea. There was a display of memorabilia from events at the village hall from 1920 to the present day including photos of the previous evenings’ events.

As the May Queen Festival was 80 years old this year there was also a display of photos and scrapbooks of these events provided by Mrs Jenny Bradley and Mrs Mary Beattie. A display of May Queen and attendants’ dresses were also on display. These were arranged by Mrs Marjorie Pinder and Mrs June Schofield. There was also a display of photos from Newton School, which closed in 1965. The school photos and village hall memorabilia were arranged by Mrs M. Beattie.

Afternoon teas were served during the afternoon when villagers old and new as well as past committee members, who had moved from the area, attended.

Special guests were Mayor of the Ribble Valley Coun. Simon Hore and the mayoress, his wife Grace. They were introduced by village hall chairman Mr John Bennett.

The celebration birthday cake, made by Mrs M. Beattie and iced by Mrs A. Hargreaves, was cut by two of the village’s oldest residents Mrs Rowena Townson whose grandfather, Mr R. Bretherton, was on the first committee in 1920 to erect the first village hall (Institute), and Mrs Jane Lewis whose husband, Lionel, was on the first committee when the new hall was opened in 1976.

There was a toast to the village with sparkling wine and Bucks Fizz.

Prize winners were: Mr Robert Pinder, Mrs M. Cowking, Mrs E. Waddington, Mrs Jean Howard, Mr D. McCalty, Mrs Joan Hall, Mrs M. Brenchley, Mrs Angela Hargreaves, Mr E. Waterworth and Mrs Jean Dinsdale.

The village hall committee would like to thank anyone who helped in any way at all three events to make this a thoroughly memorable weekend.