SABDEN - Zumba classes start

Jubilee - About a dozen people attended a meeting in St Mary’s Community Hall to discuss celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee anniversary next year.

Lots of ideas were discussed and it was decided to contact all village organisations and businesses to establish their interest in getting involved. It is proposed events take place over the long Bank Holiday weekend from June 2nd. Representatives from the meeting will be in touch with organisations over the coming weeks to discuss a way forward and how they wish to get involved. In the meantime, if anyone has any ideas or would like to lodge interest, contact Dilys Day, or attend the next meeting on Thursday, October 6th, in the Cauldron Café at Pendle Antiques Centre at 7 p.m.

Sabden Link - The Institute at St Nicholas’ Church Hall has undergone a complete refurbishment in recent months under a new organisation, the St Nicholas and Heyhouses Trust, and is called The Sabden Link. The improved facilities are for community use for the whole village and a small business area has been established with wifi access, meeting room and training area, workspace for small businesses and kitchen facilities.

The Trust is to apply for funding to Village SOS to develop the facility further, and is calling on small businesses or people working from home, to get in touch and tell them what they would like from this facility – office space, meeting room, training facility, networking events etc. French and Spanish language classes for adults and children have already begun. E-mail Dilys Day at to express interest or for details. People have an opportunity to see the new facility at an open morning on Saturday, October 15th, from 10 a.m. to noon, when you can see the improvements and find out about activities planned.

Zumba -A weekly Zumba class has started in St Mary’s Community Hall every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 6-45 p.m. The latest exercise dance craze is a great fun way to keep fit for both men and women. For the less active there is a Zumba Gold class each Wednesday from 9-30 a.m. to 10-30 a.m. which has no high impact moves.

St Mary’s Hall - Anyone wanting to book St Mary’s Community Hall for events should now contact Suzanne Brown at the presbytery next door to church or ring her on 01282 771517. Owing to previous confusion Suzanne now takes bookings and is the keyholder.

Health Centre - The access road to Sabden Medical Centre is being resurfaced next month and motorists are asked to remove their vehicles from the area before 7-30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5th, to allow work to be carried out. The surgery will be closed and patients should contact the Whalley surgery.

Bowling - The bowling season comes to a close with the annual presentation night on Friday, at Whalley Golf Club at 7-30 p.m. with a buffet, raffle and entertainment from Barry Ingham. Tickets are £10 and free transport is provided.

Fashion - Tickets are on sale for a fashion show on Saturday, October 8th, in St Mary’s Community Hall at 7-30 p.m. They cost £5 and include a bucks fizz reception and display of fashions from Pendle Village Mill which will be modelled and be on sale. Tickets are on sale at church or from Suzanne at the presbytery. Proceeds are for the hall improvements.

Proms - Sabden is going to the Proms next month when St Nicholas’s Church hosts a Sabden Proms Night on Saturday, October 15th, at 7-30 p.m. in the church hall with Earby Brass Band. Tickets are £5 and include light refreshments. They are available from Cathryn 01200 428241 or Angela 01282 779376.

Jumble sale - The Thursday Club for young people at St Nicholas’s Church is holding a jumble and bric-a-brac sale on Saturday, October 8th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of items to sell are wanted.

St Mary’s - The £20 bonus ball winners have been the Taylor family and Raymond Waling. There are still numbers available for people wanting to join the weekly bonus ball draw and it costs £1 with the winner holding the bonus ball number drawn in the Saturday night National Lottery draw.

The wild flower garden in the church grounds has provided colour over the summer and more planting will take place in spring to keep it going. Donations of bulbs, plants or seeds would be welcome.

The work has been carried out by a team of volunteers from the church. Redecoration of the church interior is to begin soon.

People who have started to use the church car park when they have been unable to find anywhere to park are asked to remove their vehicles when the church and hall is in use, especially on Sunday mornings when churchgoers find it difficult to find a space on their own car park.The parish forum meeting had to be held in Clitheroe as St Mary’s hall had been pre-booked. The meeting adopted a new constitution but deferred the appointment of a chairman and secretary until the next forum on Wednesday, November 9th, in St Mary’s Hall at 7-30 p.m. Church members are reminded the practice of not eating meat on Fridays has been re-introduced from this month for Roman Catholics, to tie in with the first anniversary of the Pope’s visit to Britain.

Luncheon - The garden party/lunch due to be hosted by Mr and Mrs Richard Newmark on Sunday, September 11th, had to be cancelled because of the bad weather. The couple had hoped to move the party indoors to St Nicholas’s Church Hall when the rainy weather showed no signs of abating, but it was already booked and the event had to be cancelled and money refunded.

Council - The next meeting of Sabden Parish Council will be held on Tuesday, October 4th, at 7 p.m. in St Nicholas’s Upper Hall. At the September meeting Diane Scott from Crossroads Care, which cares for carers and carries out work for the wider community, explained the organisation’s work. The group had left questionnaires around Sabden over the summer to see what type of community activities people wanted and she reported back that language and cookery and healthy eating classes were high up on the list, along with a time bank where skills such as gardening or cleaning etc could be swopped. Residents at Littlemoor had expressed an interest in having an artist visiting and there was support for the allotments project in Sabden to come to fruition. A working party was involved in starting up the allotments and had a list of interested people. Diane pointed out, however, that only 5% of the village had given feedback and they were keen to find out more what residents wanted to be provided in the community. Some parish councillors are to attend a meeting about planning and development in the Ribble Valley in Downham Village Hall on October 15th. The chairman, Coun. Michael Calvert will also represent Sabden parish at a community engagement workshop on October 26th and a chairmanship workshop on November 23rd.