GRINDLETON: Masquerade ball approaches

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Recreation AGM - At the annual meeting of Grindleton Recreation Ground Charity, Danny Wood was re-elected chairman, Andrew McEvoy treasurer and Belinda Logan is the new secretary. Other committee members are Ruth Cann, Anne Huson, Basil Dearing, Pippa Munro Hebden, Chris Leeming, Jeff Marshall, Andrea Ollerenshaw, Diane Eatough and Rebecca Sharp. A number of issues were discussed.

Anne Huson gave an update on the Pavilion Project, which is out to tender. Funds stand at £144,00, which includes match funding and a grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation. The figure raised within the village is about £37,000 which, with matching becomes £111,000. This shows an amazing level of support and the project board are very grateful. Further grant applications have been made for sums over £120,000.

There have been complaints from a significant number of sources about the serious problem of dog fouling on the football pitch and the play area. Despite notices clearly displayed that “No Dogs Are Allowed”, dogs have been seen with and without owners, on the recreation ground. The referee has delayed football games, while the pitch is cleared of dog mess, and the area around the children’s swings is affected. Dog faeces carry a roundworm called Toxocara which can contaminate the soil and cause human infection. Young children are particularly vulnerable and it can threaten their vision. The committee hope villagers and visitors will respect the request not to allow dogs on the recreation ground.

Future events include the Christmas fair on Saturday, December 3rd, and the popular wine tasting evening on Friday, January 20th. The sports day weekend is to be moved to Saturday, June 2nd, to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee.

Masked ball - Arrangements are well in hand for the Grindleton Masquerade Ball on Friday, in Mitton Hall, near Whalley.

Guess the name of your masked partner while you dance the night away, at the same time raising funds for Grindleton Recreation Ground Pavilion Charity.