Clitheroe

Planning Gets Underway for Heritage Open Days 2018

Heritage Open Days organisers across the Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen are invited to meet with the national manager of the festival, Annie Reilly when she visits the boroughs at the end of the month. Blackburn organisers are invited to an information sharing event at The Making Rooms, Blackburn at 2.30pm on Wednesday 25 October organised by Blackburn BID Manager, …

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Train disruption into Manchester Victoria over Christmas period

Northern Rail are warning passengers that services into Manchester Victoria will be disrupted in the over the Christmas period due to the ongoing work to upgrade the station and introduce electrification on some lines. To allow the project to be completed safely, there will be no Northern Rail trains serving Manchester Victoria after the last service on Christmas Eve until …

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Ribble Valley MP, Nigel Evans, arrested on further indecent assualt charges

Ribble Valley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans, has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and sexual touching of two further alleged victims. A Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson said: “A 55 year old man from Pendleton in Lancashire has today, Tuesday, September 10th 2013, answered his bail following his arrest in May on suspicion of …

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New Sunday train services for Blackburn & Clitheroe

Northern Rail, in partnership with Community Rail Lancashire, is launching a new winter Sunday train service between Blackpool North and Hellifield. The service named ‘Ribble Valley Rambler’, will operate from Sunday 15 September through to Sunday 11 May next year. The service operates two return trips between Blackpool/Preston and Hellifield via Clitheroe and connects into services on the Settle to …

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East Lancashire NHS Trust placed into “special measures”

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, today announced that the East Lancashire NHS Trust was one of several NHS Trusts placed into special measures. This follows an investigation by NHS medical director Prof. Sir Bruce Keogh following “excess” death rates over several years. Issues highlighted in the report included issues the professional governance of the Trust, inadequate staffing levels and higher death rates …

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Ordinations across Lancashire for the Diocese of Blackburn

A Lecturer in Medical Physics, a former policeman and a former actor are just three of the candidates that were ordained by Blackburn Diocese (The Church of England in Lancashire) this weekend. A total of nine Deacons were ordained at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 29 June at a special service conducted by the Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn, Rt …

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Keep in touch with local police on new Twitter accounts

Lancashire Constabulary are encouraging the residents of East Lancashire to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in their area. The Force has launched five new Twitter pages for the Blackburn, Darwen, Ribble Valley, Accrington and Great Harwood areas. The area pages include updates, photos, PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting details as well as hosting e-PACT meetings, Special Constabulary and …

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Recruitment drive for Special Constables in East Lancashire

People looking for an exciting challenge that will give them new skills while making good use of their spare time are being invited to become a Special Constable. The latest recruitment evening will be held at the Coppice Theatre, Sandy Lane, Accrington at 7pm on Thursday 27 June 2013.The event is aimed at those who wish to become involved in …

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New Bishop of Blackburn inauguration to take place in October

The dates for both the Consecration and Inauguration Services for the next Bishop of Blackburn have now been announced. Julian Henderson, currently Archdeacon of Dorking, will be consecrated as a Bishop at a special service at York Minster on Thursday, October 10. Once he has become Bishop of Blackburn, who is the most senior Anglican cleric in Lancashire, he then has …

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Stop cutting the verges say Council

Ribble Valley Borough Council has asked residents and landowners to stop and think before they cut and slash grass verges. They say that intensive grass verge cutting is putting wildlife at risk and destroying biodiversity sites. In the statement they also say that “Grass verges make a significant contribution to biodiversity, providing an important refuge for flora and fauna.” Ribble …

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Blackburn Diocese are joining “Enough Food for All” campaign

The Diocese of Blackburn is encouraging people to take part in an international fast, organised by charity Christian Aid.   As part of the action around the G8 Summit to be held in Belfast in June organisers say, “We’re going to make hunger personal, just for one day, by choosing to go without food so the leaders of the world see how …

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Former Clitheroe mayor dies after losing control of car

Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a former Clitheroe mayor after a car accident. The incident took place on Friday 3rd May 2013 at around 12:45pm on King Lane in Clitheroe. Joan Knight, 71, was driving a Peugeot 107 when for an unknown reason she lost control of the vehicle and has collided with some bollards then veered into …

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Police crackdown on rural crime nets 8 arrests

A Police crackdown on rural crime in the Ribble Valley has been hailed a success. The six-week operation has been a joint effort between Lancashire Constabulary, the Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency and the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association, which represents anglers in the Ribble, Hodder and Calder catchment areas. Officers carried out both highly visible and covert patrols in rural …

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Church of England attendance up in Diocese of Blackburn

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The Church of England today released its annual statistics for 2011, including figures for Blackburn Diocese, revealing a strong and growing trend for Christmas attendance, an increase in baptisms and stability in weekly service attendance. Blackburn Diocese, the Church of England in Lancashire, is a key part of this growth story, showing the third highest Diocesan rise in average Sunday attendance …

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Look to the stars before eating out this Bank Holiday

Ribble Valley Borough Council are saying that people should: “Check before you choose” if you are planning a bank holiday meal out. All food premises, including restaurants, cafes, takeaways, sandwich shops, food retailers and supermarkets, have star ratings from five to zero for food hygiene. The outlets are assessed on a wide range of criteria, such as the preparation, cooking, re-heating, …

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Businesses targeted by mobile phone thieves in Clitheroe

A spate of mobile phone and cash thefts from Ribble Valley businesses have prompted the police to urge people to be more vigilant. Officers are currently investigating five crimes, at least three of which they believe to be linked in the Clitheroe area. The first offence took place just before 2pm on Saturday 9 March at Garays hairdressing shop on Wellgate, Clitheroe …

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Police facebook page has gone to the dogs

The police in Lancashire have launched a facebook page just for the police dogs. The page includes photos of the dogs and updates on some of the work they have been involved in has been launched by the Constabulary’s Dog Unit. Sgt Neil Fitzgerald from the Dog Unit said: “We find that residents are always really interested to see our police …

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New Bishop of Blackburn Appointed

Downing Street have today announced the appointment of the Venerable Julian Henderson as the new Bishop of Blackburn having been approved by the Queen. His appointment follows the retirement of the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade in October of 2012. The 58-year-old has been Archdeacon of Dorking in the diocese of Guildford in Surrey since October 2005, while his wife Heather …

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Ribble Valley freeze council tax for fourth year running

Ribble Valley Borough Council has fixed its Council Tax rates at the same level as the last four years, despite an eight per cent reduction in Government grants. Support for charities and voluntary organisations will be maintained as well as no requirement for compulsory redundancies or service cuts. Ribble Valley Borough Council was given permission by the Government to increase its share …

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PM announces East Lancashire hospital trust to be investigated

The Prime Minister has announced that the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is to be investigated in the wake of the public enquiry results at Stafford Hospital. In response to questions in the House of Commons today, David Cameron, said that “Bruce Keogh is going to run this set of inspections into hospitals that have high rates of mortality and …

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Gang target early evening walker in robbery attempt – Clitheroe

A man, who was walking home from work, was hit with a pole or stick by a gang of three young men in Clitheroe on Tuesday evening (29 January 2013). The 34 year old was approached by the gang on Farraday Avenue; they demanded money, credit cards and his mobile phone. When he refused, he was hit with the stick, …

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Northern Rail : Lowest Customer Satisfaction

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In the National Passenger Survey, published today, Passenger Focus have identified the train operator with the lowest satisfaction rating in the country is Northern Rail. The overall satisfaction rating for Northern Rail was 80%, which represented the lowest percentage of people questioned who ranked their “Overall satisfaction” as “Satisfied” or “Good”. The highest rated operator, Grand Central, gaining a 96% …

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281 people caught drink driving over Christmas in Lancashire

Police have released the figures for drink driving over the Christmas period, which showed an increase in the percentage of positive tests from the previous year. Including those who refused to provide a specimen, 281 people were caught drink driving, which represents 1.5 percent of all the people tested over the Christmas campaign period. In 2011, the total number was …

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Blizzard forecast for this week in Blackburn, Darwen & the rest of East Lancashire

The Met Office have issued an amber warning of severe weather for Friday (18 January 2013) from 3am in the morning. In the statement issued they say, “As the weather breaks down, an area of snow looks increasingly likely to spread from the south-west.  Winds will strengthen and blizzard conditions are likely, especially over high ground. Accumulations of more than 10-15 cm of …

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Invitation to pray for a new Bishop of Blackburn

The Church of England in Lancashire are inviting people to attend Blackburn Cathedral tonight (Wednesday 16 January 2012) to pray for a new Bishop of Blackburn. The previous Bishop of Blackburn,  the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade, left the post in October 2012 when he retired. The Crown Nominations Committee will meet soon and then again at the end of January to …

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Snow likely today for Blackburn & Darwen along with the rest of East Lancashire

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With reports of snow already falling in Blackburn, the Met Office have updated their weather warning for Blackburn & Darwen and the rest of Lancashire including Accrington, Whalley and Clitheroe regarding the snow that was expected tomorrow (Monday 14th January 2013). Snow is now expected to hit the area late afternoon on Sunday 13th January 2013, although it is expected …

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Get ready for the snow – Weather warning for Monday

The Met Office have issued a warning of snow for Monday 14 January 2013 for Blackburn and Darwen, along with the rest of Lancashire. In the report they say, “An area of rain, sleet and hill snow spreading into north-western Scotland by early Monday is expected to turn increasingly to snow to low levels as it moves south eastwards through the day. Some significant accumulations of …

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Double Tree Restaurant Clitheroe – Restaurant Review

The Double Tree Restaurant in Clitheroe has taken over the building that was transformed originally to host another restaurant which closed in 2011. With its prominent position on York Street in Clitheroe, there was plenty of on-street car parking near enough to the restaurant for it not to be a problem. We had read good reviews of this relatively new …

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Deer found with throats slit and signs of dog attack near Clitheroe

Clitheroe police are appealing for information after two sika deer were found with their throats slit and signs of a savage dog attack. The deer were found in a shallow ditch by a farmer on 10th Jaunary on Dockber Laithe Farm in Sawley. Force Wildlife Crime Officer, Mark Thomas said; “It would appear that these two deer have been attacked by …

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