Roof - The stormy weather is thought to have been responsible for damage to St Nicholas’s Church roof which has forced the church to close until further notice.
Parishioners were faced with plaster and debris in the church near the chancel steps where a panel in the roof had fallen in. The service went ahead in the Lady Chapel at the back of church, but officials are waiting for insurance assessors to inspect the damage and the church has had to close for safety reasons. All services will be held in the church hall until further notice. Churchwarden Mr Bernard Parfitt said they cannot do anything until the extent of the damage has been assessed but the work of the church will continue. He said this is a blow coming on top of the problem already being experienced by the church spire needing renovating. There is already an ongoing appeal to raise £25,000 but only £7,000 has been raised so far and any help or donations will be welcome. They can be made to Mr Parfitt who lives in Pendleside Close and can be contacted on 01282 773759.
Cricket - Sabden is sitting at the top of the Clitheroe and District Cricket League after victory in its first two games, but came down to earth with a bump when the form book was turned on its head and they were beaten at Chipping by the village’s A team. Sabden batted first and collapsed to 12 for 5 having no answer to a young bowler who took five wickets for three runs. Phil Parker with 30 retired and Simon Jones 20 set about rescuing the innings, and after 18 overs Sabden recovered to 90 for 7. This was not enough however, as Chipping overtook them despite the efforts of Rick Wright who took a couple of cheap wickets. The team was due to play in the second round of the Persimmon Village Knockout tournament in the Lake District, but could not raise a team and had to withdraw from the competition.
Confirmation - Ten children and one adult were confirmed during a special Mass at St Mary’s RC Church. Mgr John Corcoran said Mass and performed the confirmation service in a packed church. Afterwards there was coffee and cakes in the community hall. The next stage in the candidates’ sacramental programme will be first communion on Sunday, June 19th.
Police - Sabden has a new PCSO, Dinah Bioletti, who has replaced Matt Thornton who is now working in Whalley, Billington and Barrow. PCSO Thornton said he had enjoyed working in Read, Simonstone and Sabden and thanks villagers for making him welcome. PCSO 7851 Di Bioletti can be contacted on 01200 458766 (voicemail) or via e-mail at Dinah.Bioletti@lancashire.pnn.police.uk
Garden party - St Mary’s RC Church will hold its annual garden party in the hall and grounds on Saturday, June 18th. Volunteers to help and items to sell are needed.
Coffee - A coffee morning will be held at Littlemoor sheltered housing on Saturday, June 11th, from 10-30 a.m.
Bowling - New members of Sabden Bowling Club, Eric and Adam Wallace, are the 2011 winners of the village’s third annual Peter Lambert charity doubles competition, which raises hundreds of pounds for Pendleside Hospice. The Clitheroe father and son pairing, who joined the Sabden club this season and who also play for Ribblesdale, ran out convincing 21-14 victors over defending title holders Paul Sutcliffe and Paul Brett who had held the trophy since the competition launch. The Wallaces defeated the pairing of Sabden’s talented 16-year-old bowler Tom Connell and Great Harwood’s Craig Ramell in the semi-finals. They had previously overcome the quarter final opposition of Accrington’s Globe bowlers Michael Opie and Tony Ormerod. Main sponsors of the competition were Bertwistle’s Funeral Services. Additional support came from Wendy’s MOT (Darwen), Richard Newmark, Sabden’s Ribble Valley Borough Councillor, and Steve and Janine Robinson, of York, who formerly ran the two Sabden pubs. The competition, held over two days, was another great success in spite of poor weather on finals day. Organisers thank everyone who helped or supported in any way. Tickets for the bumper raffle went well and all prizes have been claimed.
Housing - Concern about the large amount of proposed new housing in Sabden has led to a call for the formation of a residents’ association to stop the over-development of the village. Ongoing planning applications for housing developments will mean more than 150 new and affordable homes on various sites if they are all passed by Ribble Valley Borough Council. A large mixed development at the former Contrast Upholstery site has already been approved as has a controversial social housing scheme for land off Whalley Road. There are also detailed plans for a mixed residential development at Victoria Mill, new homes in Stubbins Lane and Padiham Road. Now Sabdeners are being urged to form a residents’ association. Anyone wanting to get involved can tel. 01282 772265 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council - The next meeting of Sabden Parish Council will be on Tuesday, June 7th, at 7-30 p.m. in St Nicholas’s Hall (top room). There are two vacancies on the parish council and anyone interested should contact the clerk, Mrs Angela Whitwell, on 01282 779376.
Show - Sabden Horticultural Society’s show will take place on Saturday, August 20th, in St Mary’s Community Hall.
Rose queen - Former vicar of Sabden the Rev. Roland Nicholson will return to the village to open the church garden party at St Nicholas’s on Saturday, June 11th when the new rose queen will be crowned.