Bonfire party in Sabden

Club draw - Winners of Sabden Bowling Club’s bumper March 80 Club draw are: Bernard Parfitt (£125); Jack Keogh (£75); David Beesley (£50); Bill Rimmer (£30); Gordon Ormerod (£20); Marion Mount (£15); Neil Bywater and Joe Wright (£10 each); Pam Mount (£5).

Anyone interested in joining the 80 Club should contact Alan Whalley or any committee member. Chris Hackett, Frank Goss and Alan Dewhurst have accepted honorary membership. They join Barbara Warburton, Harry Perkins and Eddie Lingard. The club’s annual president’s coffee morning is on Saturday, April 2nd, and, weather permitting, the green will then open for the new season.

Dinner - Sabden Horticultural Society held its annual dinner at The Calf’s Head Hotel, Worston, when 50 people attended. Guests were welcomed by chairman Mr John Boocock, who spoke about the origins of the club which is recorded as initially starting 150 years ago. He referred to the ongoing success of the society and, in particular, the annual show. Mr Boocock commented that, in spite of the reported interest nationally in horticultural matters, it was difficult to attract the interest of younger people. The society hoped to engender interest by supporting the two village schools through the annual bulb growing competition and other input. A pleasant evening was enjoyed by all and flowers were presented to Mrs Merle Rimmer, wife of the society president Mr Bill Rimmer, and Mrs Margaret Boocock, wife of chairman Mr John Boocock.

Coffee - The coffee morning hosted by Bernard and Marion Parfitt at their Pendleside Close home was attended by 50 people and raised £340 for St Nicholas’s Church funds. There was a tombola, raffle and cake stall.

Toddlers - Sabden Toddler Group meets each Tuesday from 9-30 a.m. in the Baptist Hall in Clitheroe Road and is happy to welcome new faces. All pre-school age children and their parents or carers are welcome. There are toys for the children and toast and drinks are served.

Table top - There is to be a table top sale in St Mary’s Community Hall on Saturday, May 7th, from 10 a.m. People can hire a table or tables (£7 and £10 depending on size) and sell their own goods. There will be no admission before 10 a.m. Bacon butties and refreshments will be on sale. Anyone wishing to book a table should ring Mrs Dee Ellis on 01282 773984 as soon as possible. All proceeds are for St Mary’s Community Hall refurbishment fund.

Bonfire - There is to be a bonfire party at St Mary’s Church on Saturday evening. After the lighting of the bonfire there will be a potato pie supper, which is free for children, and £5 for adults. Hot drinks will be available, but other drinks can be taken along. Anyone wishing to go needs to leave their name on the list in the church porch or with a congregation member, for catering purposes.

Raffle - A raffle at St Mary’s RC Church was won by Mr Jack Haythornthwaite, who took home a bottle of whisky. The second prizewinner was Mrs Jennifer Mead and the other two prizes were unclaimed. The raffle was held to pay for the new blinds which are now in place in the community hall.

Plant sale - It’s plant sale time again in Sabden - the chance to brighten up your garden and support village events. The Holme Committee organises the annual sale and all proceeds go towards its community events in the village, the annual bonfire and Christmas tree and crib. Every household should have received an order form listing all the bedding plants, hanging baskets etc. that can be ordered and delivered to your door. They will be collected before April 10th and the orders will be delivered on May 21st. The Holme Committee is also appealing for help collecting orders and someone who can supply a van to help with deliveries. If you can help, call Marilyn on 01282 680781.

PACT - There have been no incidents of crime reported in the last week and the village police report a quiet time. They would like people to attend the next PACT meeting today at The White Hart Inn from 6 to 7 p.m. One of the PACT priorities is dog fouling in the village, and police have done some work with the dog warden.

Council - Sabden Parish Council’s monthly meeting in St Nicholas’s Hall was chaired by Coun. Tony Haworth and attended by Couns Bernard Parfitt, John Shorter, Marion Procter, Jean Haythornthwaite, Michael Calvert, Ricky Newmark and Michael Hodds. The council has agreed to enter the Best-Kept Village Competition again this year and is drawing up a list of businesses and sites to be included. The new deli and hairdressers will be entered in the shops’ section, St Mary’s and St Nicholas’s in the church section, Littlemoor, the war memorial, the health centre, village notice boards, toilets, the bowling green and play areas will be entered in appropriate classes. The White Hart wishes to enter the pubs’ section, but as the Pendle Witch is about to change hands it may not wish to enter. Both schools will be entered and the village businesses are to be approached about the commercial class. It is hoped to arrange another village clean-up before the summer and councillors are appealing to people to keep their own areas tidy, keep wheelie bins away from the front of their properties, and if they have elderly neighbours who cannot keep their gardens and outside of their homes tidy, to lend a hand. The list of entries will be finalised at the April meeting.

Sabden in bloom - Sabden Parish Council has reluctantly, after long discussion, decided not to hold its Sabden in Bloom competition this year. This is the summer event where people are invited to enter their gardens and hanging baskets, tubs and pots into a competition. However, in recent years since the prizes could no longer be handed out at the Horticultural Society’s annual show, the numbers of entries has fallen dramatically. Last year there were only 19 entries despite there being outstanding gardens and floral features around the village. Councillors are disappointed so few people have entered in recent years. The competition costs £70 to £80 to run. Several felt it should continue and it went to a vote. There were three for, three against and one abstention. The chairman’s casting vote was against holding the competition.

Pen Tops - Several members of the public had contacted the council regarding the bridleway around the pen tops off Pendleside Close and Watt Street which had been made impassable by a farmer getting access to a field and churning up the path. The path is very well used by walkers and runners, but is now in a bad condition. The clerk, Mrs Angela Whitwell, said the council had been in touch with the Rights of Way officer at Lancashire County Council who would look into the matter. As a public bridleway the path must be kept open.

Complaints - There had been complaints to the parish council about the state of the exterior of the new flats in Clitheroe Road where rubbish had been left. It was pointed out that as they are housing association flats it is part of their tenancy agreement to keep the area tidy. The rubbish had now been cleared, but the clerk is to write to the housing associations that have accommodation in the village pointing out the council’s concerns.

Recycling - Concern was again raised by councillors about the blue recycling bin outside Sabden Primary School following a letter from the headteacher who said small planters with daffodils had been placed round the bin and the caretaker was going to make a cover for it following complaints about it being an eyesore. The council, however, said they had first asked for a trellis to screen off the bright blue textile bin last October and this had still not been done, while the planters had little effect. Councillors support the school’s efforts to be “green” and encourage the children but have to look at the issue as many people, including several councillors, find the bin an eyesore. The headteacher said she had only received one letter of complaint and councillors said if people felt strongly they should write to the school.

Action plan - Coun. Michael Calvert gave an update on his Sabden Action Plan, which is looking at the development of the village and carrying out an action plan over a three-year period. He had been to both schools since the last meeting and was enthusiastic about plans and environmental work being carried out at both. Sabden Primary had a new gardening club and is going to brighten up the front of the school and St Mary’s RC has a new greenhouse and the school council is looking at ideas of how pupils can work to brighten up the village.

Other matters discussed included the Great Poppy Weekend in June where someone had expressed an interest in holding a dance in St Mary’s Hall. Members felt it would tie in with St Nicholas’s Church rose queen crowning and garden party that weekend. Other ideas suggested included a fun run or half marathon if anyone wished to organise one. The equipment on the playground needs a lick of paint now the weather is improving and some tidying up is needed. Someone had been overfilling the dog bin behind the farm at the top of Wesley Street and the council is looking at placing another bin there. Complaints had also been received from a resident in Pendle Street East as someone has been filling her dustbin with their rubbish and the dustbin men would not remove it as it was overflowing. The culprit is known and does not live at that end of the village.

Bull Bridge - The work on the Bull Bridge was welcomed, but some residents had complained the new path was not wide enough for large prams and wheelchairs; also that the sign warning drivers they had to give priority to vehicles coming uphill was not big enough and was being blocked by a parked vehicle. They feared it was only a matter of time before an accident occurred. Councillors commented it had taken more than 25 years to get the path in place, since it had first been requested by former councillor Eileen Lowe when she was chairman, and the bridge was not wide enough to take a path any wider. The clerk said they were disappointed road markings around the village had not been renewed when the LCC workmen were in the village, as promised.

Elections - All the parish councillors are up for re-election this May and must fill in application forms from Ribble Valley Council. Anyone else wishing to join the parish council should also apply. There will also be an election for Sabden’s representative on the borugh council.