Respected figures in Clitheroe’s business community are calling for action to progress long-anticipated plans to revamp the town’s market. “We’ve been talking about this now for 10 years and I think our elected officials need to step up and sort this out as soon as possible,” said local businessman Kevin Horkin. “The time for prevarication and chatter is long gone.”A plan drawn up by Ribble Valley Borough Council, along with Barnfield Construction, originally included proposals to build a hotel, a three-storey market hall, new retail units and a 56-space car park on the historic town centre site. However, plans for a hotel were scrapped in September in response to public opinion.As well as a market working group on which there are nine councillors, a steering group was subsequently set up by the council’s policy and finance committee led by the Leader of the Council, Coun. Ken Hind, to take the proposed £9m redevelopment forward.And … [Read more...] about Call for action now on long-awaited Clitheroe Market scheme
A person has died after he was struck by a train in Clitheroe, say police. Emergency services were called to the track half a mile away from the Low Moor level crossing on Eshton Terraceat around 7.10am on Thursday, April 12.Police say the person, who is believed to be a teenager, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "We were called to reports of a person struck by a train."Ambulance and fire services attended but sadly the male was pronounced dead at the scene. "We are now working to identify the deceased and inform their family and officers are working to establish the circumstances around his death."Police confirmed that the death is not being treated as suspicious. National Rail confirmed that trains were normally between Blackburn and Clitheroe at 10am.This is a developing story. … [Read more...] about UPDATE: Body found on track near Clitheroe
A tractor run will be held tomorrow (Saturday) in memory of a former Clitheroe Young Farmer. Louise Hartley lost her battle to a rare form of ovarian cancer in 2016, at the age of 24. She was a journalist at the Farmers Guardian and a supporter of the Lancashire Holstein Young Breeders Club. Her friends at the Clitheroe Young Farmers Club are hosting the tractor run on Saturday, May 12th, starting and ending at Clitheroe Auction Mart. The event, which begins at 10am, will approximately take two hours. It will take a scenic route via Chatburn, Grindleton, West Bradford, Waddington, Waddington Fell, Cowark, passing Louise’s home farm in Bashall Eaves before returning back to the auction.Refreshments will be available before and after the run. Ticket prices are £10 per tractor and £5 per passenger. A bacon butty and a brew will be included in the ticket price. A raffle will also be held after the run with top prices up for grabs.Anyone wishing to buy tickets is asked to … [Read more...] about Clitheroe tractor run in memory of Louise
Jeremy Corbyn could be "seen" on the streets of Clitheroe on Saturday, battling to save the NHS from an axe-wielding Theresa May! The Labour Leader was "out and about" in the town to promote a fundraising gig for the Ribble Valley Labour Party to fight government cuts to services.Giles Bridge, chairman of the local branch and one of the organisers, said: "For the Valley – Save our NHS event has been a great success."Wearing papier-mache heads representing Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May and accompanied by members dressed in scrubs, our NHS campaign leaflets were distributed and promoted at the gig, which was held on Saturday. Jeremy in particular had a great reception with cars and buses tooting their horns and people posing for selfies. It was an unusual and fun way to get our message across."The gig, held at St Mary's Centre, started with an acoustic session in the afternoon, followed by a band night attended by over 200 people. The local acts included George Banks, Mike … [Read more...] about Corbyn ‘comes’ to Clitheroe – to save the NHS!
In pictures: Clitheroe youth worker A well-respected and award-winning youth worker is taking up a new post after 44 years of dedicating his time and efforts to the youngsters of Clitheroe. It’s the end of an era for Giuseppe “Pino” Pozzi who walked through the Trinity Centre’s doors in 1974 and threw himself into youth work.One of his first tasks were to raise much-needed funds by setting up a disco at the centre. He mainly provided discos, DJ instruction and Judo instruction with young people. After 10 years volunteering, Pino undertook youth work training and got paid work where he continued to develop his skills, particularly in outdoor education, including Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, survival events, mountain biking, climbing and canoeing, as well as introducing Italian cooking to the Trinity Youth Club.Nineteen years ago he received a special award in recognition of 25 years of service to the local youngsters. His friend and former colleague, Tim … [Read more...] about Fond farewell to popular Clitheroe youth worker