Police warning over Sabden crime spate

CrimeSabden residents need to be extra vigilant in light of a number of crimes in recent weeks.

The most audacious occurred when money was taken from two of the village churches and a third almost fell victim to an opportunist thief. Cash was first taken from a votive stand at St Nicholas's CE Church, following Sunday morning's service, cash was then said to have been taken from a jacket at Sabden Baptist Church and this was followed by an attempted theft from a collection basket at St Mary's RC Church.

Fortunately quick-thinking members from St Nicholas's Church had rushed to St Mary's to warn that a thief was about and a man was apprehended by churchgoers. He gave himself up and went into the church hall where he was given a cup of tea while waiting for the police. The man was taken into custody and was due to appear before magistrates. There have also been thefts of two quad bikes from local farms and police are warning people to be vigilant, keep their property locked up and report suspicious acitivity or anyone acting suspiciously.

Council

The monthly meeting of Sabden Parish Council was chaired by Coun. Antony Haworth and attended by Couns John Shorter, Marion Procter, Michael Hodds, Michael Calvert, Jean Haythornthwaite and new member Frank Goss. Coun. Bernard Parfitt sent apologies. A meeting to set the budget for 2011/12 was held before the parish council meeting. A set of figures including current position, expected year end position and proposals for the next financial year had been circulated. The following recommendations were made: The speed indicator device budget should remain the same as this financial year; the working balance should be reduced to 500; environmental improvements – 500 will be transferred into this budget; all other budget figures to remain the same. These measures were approved and will mean the precept will remain the same, at 14,600, for the financial year 2001/12.

Plans

There were no objections to a planning application for a single storey rear extension and chimney stack to the side of 81 Padiham Road.

Consideration was given to a request from Sabden War Memorial Trust to flag the rose garden and there were no objections. Coun. Calvert presented a skeleton plan of his Sabden Action Plan, outlining proposals for the next stage and the need for a definitive timescale and for the plan to be proactive rather than reactive. The plan was approved in principle and a detailed plan was to be presented at this month's meeting. The 500 budget set aside for environmental improvements will be available to progress the plan once the details have been approved.

Request

A request for funds from the Citizens' Advice Bureau was turned down as the council has a policy not to contribute to outside requests. A playground report was given and there were no issues. The chairman reported on the parish council liaison meeting which had looked at this year's census, Stan the Van, a mobile resource unit which visits parishes on a rota system, a Healthy Valley update and key issues for parishes when dealing with development proposals which may affect the historic environment.

Road closure

Padiham Road at Bull Bridge is to be closed to traffic for eight days from 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 19th, until 6 p.m. on February 27th, or until completion of highway work.

St Nicholas

A New Year toy service on Sunday was attended by 40 people in St Nicholas's Church. The congregation took along toys which were donated to Derian House Children's Hospice at Chorley. The church is appealing for donations towards the cost of floodlighting the parish church in the winter. Please leave your contribution with Bernard Parfitt or call him on 01282 773759. There will be a meeting of the PCC on Thursday, January 20th, at 7-30 p.m. in the institute. This Sunday's 9-30 a.m. service will be taken by the Rev. Gill Dyer.

Winners

The winners of the 20 bonus ball at St Mary's RC Church over the past few weeks have been Mrs Dee Ellis, Mrs Ann Barker, Mr Robert Bywater, Carol and Harry Waterworth and Michael Pilling. There is a spare bonus ball number if anyone wishes to join and pay 1 per week. There are still three unclaimed prizes from the grand Christmas draw. They are 235, 217 and 202. Call Susan White on 01282 433455.

School

St Mary's RC School is collecting batteries and Nestle cereal tokens. They can be left at school or at St Mary's Church.

Bookings

Anyone wishing to book St Mary's Community Hall for a private function should call Tony Hargan on 07711 635084.