WHALLEY - Police station is facing closure

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Big COFFEE - A big coffee morning is being held on Friday at Precious, 33 King Street, Whalley, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry is £4 and includes tea or coffee and home-made cake. All proceeds to Macmillan.

Police axe - Whalley’s police station is under threat of closure due to government cuts, a meeting of the parish council was told. Coun June Brown reported on a consultation meeting with Chief Superintendent Bob Eastwood, who indicated financial savings dictated Whally police station should close. Police presence would remain, as would the PACT meetings, which were invaluable to effective policing.

Proceedings - Coun. Mel Diack reported on a meeting at Whalley Abbey which discussed the disrepair of the lay brothers’ dormitory in the abbey ruins. The council is to write to Salford Diocese. Coun. Diack asked that Whalley Arms be approached about the ill-kept car park. During public questions, a complaint was heard about cyclists riding on grass verges in the village. Debbie Kirkby, representing Friends of Whalley Moor Woodland told of the achievements over the past two years. She said that after successful bidding for income it was planned to establish three new paths and nature trails with access for disabled people, three sculptures and information boards.

Life on land - The life of the land girls during the Second World War will be highlighted in a drama production at Whalley Village Hall on Saturday. Bad Apple theatre will perform “Back to the Land Girls” at 7-30 p.m. The two-hander is a comedy with music from the era and new tunes by songwriter Jez Lowe. It is a fictional piece but owes much to the reminicences of Land Army girls who contributed their stories. Tickets at £6 can be had from Whalley Post Office or Grace Gemmell on 01254 823402, or at the door subject to availability.

Parish Council - Coun. Brown also attended the Co-op planing application appeal and said she considered the county council’s input ill prepared. She congratulated Coun. Steve Barker on his professional input to the proceedings.

Vacancy - Whalley CE Primary School has a vacancy for an elected parent governor. All parents with children at the school are eligible to stand for election and vote. Anyone interested should e-mail the headteacher at: head@whalley.lancs.sch.uk

Friends of Whalley School are to hold a Moonlight Ball at The Eagle on Saturday, November 12th. Money for tickets at £35 should be paid by Friday, October 14th, cheques payable to Friends of Whalley School. Parents can help by donating auction lots and raffle prizes and contact Suzanne on 01254 824841 or e-mail: friendsofwhalley-school@gmail.com

Coffee invite - Tickets are available for the annual coffee morning at English Martyrs’ Church, Whalley, on Saturday. Gifts will be welcome for the cake stall, raffle, bottle tombola, book stall, plants stall and good as new stall. Masses, currently celebrated at Whalley Parish Church, are on Saturdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 11-30 a.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and at the presbytery on Thursdays at 10 a.m.