Mill Lane Planters

The Mill Lane Gateway into Charnock Richard was perceived by the Parish Council as a problem spot, at it’s junction with Preston Road the vacant land was being used for a number of purposes that didn’t enhance the area, firstly it was being used as a car park for commuters who were co-sharing transport and wanted to avoid parking on the motorway service area and secondly it was being used to display and advertise cars for sale.

The Parish Council decided on a project that had a dual purpose to deter both the nuisance parking and car sale pitch and would introduce a splash of colour to this gateway into Charnock Richard , this was to install a row of flower planters.IMG_20160625_143603

It took a couple of on site meeting by councillors, who were able and available to attend, to kick-start the project. Councillor Taylor drew up plans that were submitted to Chorley B.C.
Some investigation work to determine the whereabouts of underground cables ,that supplied local street lighting was carried out by Councillor Hill. Oak railway sleepers were purchased locally from Rustic Touch in Charnock Richard.

The site was cleared by Councillor Shaw with his mini-digger, who set up a new track breaking record , I’m sure he will be only to glad to explain this feat over a pint if you catch him at the bar.
The planters were assembled on site by the Mill Lane Planters team of Councillors Heaton,Cheetham,Almond and Shaw who also had the responsibility of filling the planters with soil driving the only String Controlled multi-directional dumper still in current service in the UK.

Our Lengthsman Gordon Yates supplied the floral display that you currently see in the planters and Councillor Cheetham added the finishing touches with a coat of wood stain.
The project whilst vastly improves the vacant plot at Mill Lane and adds a splash of colour to this gateway to the village is not quite complete as a small area to the west of the planters needs a little more work to deter nuisance parking but this will be completed in the near future.

Mel Almond

Best Kept Village Competition 2016

Presentation Evening 2016

The annual presentation evening was held for this year’s awards at Charnock Richard Football Club on November 10th. The evening recognises and celebrates the efforts that have been made throughout the year in the gardens and elsewhere, by the residents of this village, that help to make our village a little bit special.
The evening was hosted by the Parish Council Clerk, Mrs. Carolyn Cross, & myself. This year the prizes were presented to the winners by the Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Mrs. Doreen Dickinson who was accompanied her daughter Mrs. Lesley Moulton.

The judging for the competition was kindly done again by
Mr. David Brown from The Chorley & District Gardening Society. A total of 53 gardens were judged which was an increase of 8 over last year. David did also complement the Parish Council on the three raised planted beds on the grass verge on Preston Road, opposite the junction of Town Lane, known affectionately by the Parish Council as Welch Whittle Gardens, where he feels that the style of planting is both sustainable and attractive to wildlife.

In addition to the winners, other members of the community were recognised for their efforts on the evening such as our Parish Lengthsman, Mr. Gordon Yates, Mr. Norman Brown for his work of adding a lovely flash of colour to the railway bridge on Chorley Lane and also Mr. Paul Carter and Mr. Ralph Heyes for their work of re-furbishing the Play School playground and Parish Room iron fences. Lastly, we recognised the work done by Mr. David Williams and Mr. Graham Jackson, ofunearthing and re-erecting the almost buried milestone found in the grass verge on the bend on Chorley Lane.

Whilst the Best Kept Garden judging takes place as does the judging for the Lancashire Best Kept Village competition. Unfortunately, this year we did not come away with any prizes, however our intention, with the support of our residents, as a community is to improve on our performance next year in this highly prestigious Lancashire competition by getting more residents to brighten up their gardens, pick up litter if seen & report any issues such as full litter bins & overgrown hedges/grass verges.

The evening concluded as an informal social evening with an excellent buffet provided by Ian Holland.

Mel Almond
Charnock Richard Parish Council

The Winners

Small Gardens
1st Prize – £50 Garden Centre Vouchers, Certificate & Cup
Winner: Mr Ericson, 30 Neargates, Charnock Richard

2nd Prize – £40 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner: Mrs S Jackson, 4 Lichen Close, Charnock Richard

3rd Prize – £30 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner:Ms Julie Hindley & Mr Peter Wildgoose, 24 Cherry Tree Close, Charnock Richard

Medium Gardens
1st Prize – £50 Garden Centre Vouchers, Certificate & Glass Plaque
Winner: Mr & Mrs Rostron, 3 The Foxwood, Charnock Richard

2nd Prize – £40 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner: Mr & Mrs Nickeas, Glen Mar, Preston Road, Charnock Richard

3rd Prize – £30 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner: Mr & Mrs Bennett, Hawthorne Cottage, Back Lane, Charnock Richard

Large Gardens
1st Prize – £50 Garden Centre Vouchers, Certificate & Rose Bowl
Winner: Mr & Mrs Lundy, Bolton Green Cottage, Back Lane, Charnock Richard

2nd Prize – £40 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner: Mr & Mrs Matthews, The Old Post Office Farm, Brook Lane, Charnock Richard

3rd Prize – £30 Garden Centre Vouchers & Certificate
Winner: Mrs Pate, Wenderholm, Preston Road, Charnock Richard

Community Involvement Acknowledgements

These are gifts given to members of the community who have made personal efforts in improving the appearance of the village.

Mr Gordon Yates
Gordon is the Lengthsman of Charnock Richard & works hard throughout the year planting flowers, cutting grass verges & making sure the village is tidy & free from litter.
Gift: Bottle of wine

Mr & Mrs Brown
Mr & Mrs Brown continue to improve the village by tidying and planting beautiful flowers by the grass verge at the railway bridge on Chorley Lane.
Gift: Bottle of wine

Mr Paul Carter & Mr Ralph Heyes
Mr Paul Carter & Mr Ralph Heyes have done a lot of work in the Parish including:
– Refurbishing the Play School playground
– Painting the railings at the Old School on Charter Lane
– Donating daffodil bulbs for planting throughout the Parish
Gift: Bottle of wine each

Mr David Williams & Mr Graham Jackson
Mr David Williams & Mr Graham Jackson undertook the ardous task of unearthing the buried milestone on the S-bend on Chorley Lane.
Gift: Bottle of wine each

Flowers were also given to the Mayor of Chorley & her daughter for presenting the prizes & a bottle of wine was given to Mr. David Brown for judging the competition this year.

Best Kept Garden Presentation Evening

On 10th November the winners were announced for Charnock Richard’s Annual Best Kept Garden Competition. The evening was held in the Football Club on Charter Lane & the awards were presented by the Parish Council Chairman Mel Almond & the Mayor of Chorley, Mrs. Doreen Dickinson.

Click here to read about the evening & find out the winners of this year’s competition.CRBKG2016+1


A Green Flag for Yarrow Valley

Green flags are flying high over Chorley as its popular parks and recreation grounds won national recognition for their quality and standards.

Astley Park, Yarrow Valley County Park, Withnell Local Nature reserve, and Tatton and Coronation recreations grounds once again met the tough standards put in place by Green Flag Awards, an organisation that inspects parks and open spaces across the country.

Green Flag Awards 2016 compressedCouncillor Adrian Lowe, who looks after parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “I am delighted that our parks and recreation grounds have once again won the recognition they deserve. I’d like to thank all the community groups and volunteers and of course our own staff for their hard work and dedication which has resulted in achieving the extremely high standards needed to win Green Flag awards. It is by working together that we ensure our parks and recreation grounds are places people can enjoy and can be proud of.”

It is the 11th consecutive year that Yarrow Valley Country Park has won the Green Flag Award. Withnell and Tatton have now won it for eight consecutive years, Astley Park for the fifth year and Coronation Rec for the second.

The Green Flag Awards, now in their 20th year, are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.


On Sunday 17th July over 2,400 athletes from over 40 countries will be coming to the local area to participate in the annual IRONMAN UK event. The event consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride & 26.2 miles of running. Part of a series of global events, the IRONMAN races are set to raise over £750,000 for charity this year!

Below is a map of the route & also a list of the road closures in effect during the event. Please click on each image for a clearer view of the information.


For more information about IRONMAN events please visit their website here.

Yarrow INNS Project

INNS vol poster (1)Regular conservation volunteers, and pretty much anyone who likes to get into the great outdoors, will be familiar with Himalayan Balsam and its ability to take over vast areas of woodlands and River Banks. Pretty as it pink flowers may be, it is one of a number of unwanted, non-native weeds threatening to take over our countryside. Over the next two years we will be leading a coordinated attack on Himalayan Balsam and other non-native weeds in the Yarrow Valley Area, from Adlington to Bamber Bridge.

Removing invasive weeds is a vital conservation task and we need your help to make a real impact. The bad news is there is a lot of Balsam to remove, the good news is, it’s a pretty easy to plant to pull up, so no special skills are needed and while volunteers will need to be reasonably physically active it is a job where you can work at your own pace, so is not overly arduous.

As well as the regular days listed below there will be other sessions at various locations throughout the summer. Children accompanied by adults or more than welcome, Balsam pulling is a great introduction to conservation  and volunteering and may help parents or grandparents occupy days during the long summer holidays!

Areas affected:
Mondays – Leeds Liverpool Canal, Wheelton.
Tuesdays – Worden Park, Leyland
Wednesdays – Fox Hole Wood, Chorley
Fridays – Cuerden Valley County Park

All volunteer days run from 10am – 3pm (volunteers are welcome to join just AM or PM sessions should they wish)

For more details and meeting points etc. please contact:
Chris Taylor
Phone: 07967820744
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Road Closure – Roadworks

Lancashire County Council will be performing resurfacing works to Chorley Lane.  The work is currently scheduled for Tuesday 28th June & Wednesday 29th June. (Subject to change). However, please expect Chorley Lane to be closed between Monday 20th June-Friday 29th July. The whole of Chorley Lane will be closed whilst the work is taking place between 7:00am-5:00pm.

An alternative route for traffic is: A49 Preston Road – B5251 Spendmore Lane – New Road – Coppull Road – Yarrow Valley Way

Please click here for a full size map of the diversion.

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Story Homes – Camelot Site

On Saturday 25th June Story Homes are holding a workshop at the Old School Community Centre on Charter Lane to discuss the proposed development of the Camelot Theme Park site.

The workshop will run from 10Old School Largeram-3pm & lunch will be provided.
If you would like to attend please email by Monday 20th June to confirm your attendance.