RIBCHESTER: Opposition to Boundary Commission proposals

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Changes - There has been considerable debate about Boundary Commission’s proposals for changes to the Ribble Valley constituency.

Its proposals have been published on its website and it is asking for public support for the proposals before December 5th.

The current proposals would remove Longridge, Chipping and Ribchester from the constituency and transfer them to Lancaster. Nigel Evans MP has drawn up alternative proposals which would allow them to remain in the constituency, without breaching the Commission’s terms of reference. Ribchester Parish Council has discussed these ideas and is “totally opposed to the proposed boundary changes”. It has formally responded to the Boundary Commission and has published its letter on the council’s noticeboard outside the Spar shop. Alan Ormand, clerk to the council, has also passed a copy to the parish magazine which is published in the November issue. The topic will also be on the agenda of the next council meeting on November 21st, which will, as usual, be open to the public. This is an opportunity to take your part in the democratic process.

Christmas fair - St Wilfrid’s Church is holding its annual Christmas fair on Saturday, November 26th between noon and 4 p.m. in the village hall. In addition to the traditional stalls and children’s activities, there will be a barbecue and soup kitchen, mulled wine, refreshments, mince pies and Christmas cakes, plus an exhibition of work by Ribchester Art Club. Of course, Father Christmas will be in attendance in his grotto, with presents for each child. Admission is free, but there will be an opportunity to contribute with a donation.

History group - Ribchester History Society is holding its annual Christmas social at the Ribchester Arms on Wednesday, December 14th. It will include a meal and Lancashire and Irish music by “Over the Water”, a local band. Tickets at £13.50 are available from Roy Skilbeck, on 01254 878530, or at the meeting on Wednesday, November 23rd, when Patrick Tostevin will give a talk on “The First 100 Years of the Roman Museum”.