A Christmas Celebration

On Sunday 26th November the Community Centre Trust will be holding a Christmas Celebration Afternoon between 2pm-4pm at the Old School on Charter Lane. There will be:

  • afternoon tea & coffee
  • cakes, homemade mince pies & stollen
  • mulled wine
  • a bottle tombola
  • a raffle
  • a book exchange
  • Christmas music

Entry is just £5 so why not stop by with your family for a warming drink & join in the festivities!

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Best Kept Garden Competition 2017

On 9th November a presentation evening was held in the Football Club to celebrate the winners of this year’s Best Kept Garden Competition.

The evening was hosted by the Parish Council Clerk, Carolyn Cross, Chairman Allan Shaw & Vice-Chairman Ann Bishop. This year the prizes were presented to the winners by the Mayor & Mayoress of Chorley, Councillor Mark Perks and Pat Haughton.

The judging for the competition was kindly done again by
Mr. David Brown from The Chorley & District Gardening Society.

The successful residents who won garden centre vouchers this year were:

Small Gardens
3rd – Mr & Mrs Pilling, 66 Lichen Close, Charnock Richard.
2nd – Mrs S Jackson, 4 Lichen Close, Charnock Richard.
1st – Mr Ericson, 30 Neargates, Charnock Richard.

Medium Gardens
3rd – Mr & Mrs Dimsdale, 12 Lichen Close, Charnock Richard
2nd – Mr & Mrs Bennett, Hawthorne Cottage, Charnock Richard..
1st – Mr & Mrs Rostron, 3 The Foxwood, Charnock Richard

Large Gardens
3rd – Mr & Mrs Matthews, The Old Post Office Farm, Brook Lane, Charnock Richard
2nd – Mr & Mrs Lucas, Roscoe House Farm, Delph Lane, Charnock Richard
1st – Mr & Mrs Lundy, Bolton Green Cottage, Back Lane, Charnock Richard

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.

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

Summer Coffee Morning

On Saturday 8th July the Community Centre Trust will be holding a Coffee Morning between 10am-12pm at the Old School on Charter Lane. There will be tea, coffee, cakes & a raffle. So why not bring your family for a drink & meet up with friends.

All proceeds raised will go towards the restoration of the Old School.

In addition, if anyone can volunteer their time or donate prizes for the event it would be greatly appreciated.

Please email margaretstewart@btconnect.com if you can help in any way.

Coffee Morning

 

On Saturday 17th June the Community Centre Trust will be holding a Coffee Morning between 10am-12pm at the Old School on Charter Lane. There will be tea, coffee, cakes & a raffle. So why not bring your family for a drink & meet up with friends.

All proceeds raised will go towards the restoration of the Old School.

In addition, if anyone can volunteer their time or donate prizes for the event it would be greatly appreciated.

Please email margaretstewart@btconnect.com if you can help in any way.

The Big Gig 2017

The Big Gig 2017 is set to take place on Friday 26th May 2017 at Standish Social Club (formerly Standish Labour Club) in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The night will consist of 3 great acts, a fabulous auction and raffle with some really amazing prizes. Tickets are just £6 each and are available from our clerk & event organiser, Mrs Carolyn Cross & her husband, John.

If you would like to make a night of it, they’ve negotiated a great rate with Wrightington Country Club of £85 for a double room and £70 for a single room, including breakfast, use of the spa facilities, car parking and wifi. All the proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK so, why not join them and help them smash last year’s amount of £3950 which was raised on the night.

If anyone would like to donate raffle prizes, or give a donation for Cancer Research please contact Carolyn via phone 01257 423128 or email carolyn.parishcouncil@googlemail.com

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
Chairman
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.

IRONMAN UK 2016

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.

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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
Email: ctaylor@lancswt.org.uk
Phone: 07967820744
Facebook Page

Balsam Bashing

Borough Councillor Paul Leadbetter has organised a second year of Balsam Bashing along Sharratt’s Path. Himalayan Balsam is an extremely invasive weed & a single plant can spread its seeds 22ft away!
balsamPlease stop by to help out on Monday 20th June from 18:30 to help out, even if you can only spare 5 minutes it will make all the difference.
Everyone is to meet at the Charnock Richard end of the path and walk down to meet up with the rest of the group. More information can be found on the Facebook page.