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PARISH COUNCIL – The meeting on March 18th was attended by D. Heginbotham (chariman), E. R. heys, K. Whittle, A. Pickles, M. Hines, P. Riley and G. Smith, County Coun. M. Bridle and PCSO D. Johnson. Mary Clear gave a slide show about Incredible Edible in Todmorden, which involves planting fruit trees and encouraging healthy eating. Proposals for improvements at Walk Mill were discussed including the possibility of putting planters in railings at Centenary Way.

A complaint was made about a car blocking the pavement in Longfield Terrace. County Coun. Brindle said that there was increased funding available for volunteer groups. The next meeting will be held on April 15th at 7 p.m. in the village hall.

POLICE REPORT – PCSO Johnson said that there had been 24 incidents, of which nine were crimes. He said that complaints had been received about parked cars at the junction of Mount Lane and Red Lees Road and a meeting has been arranged between police, Lancashire County Council and the parish council.

OVERTOWN – Complaints from residents were received about a letter asking for donations towards community work. There was no mention that the parish council had secured funding.

PLAYING AREAS – The Park Road play area needs fence post repairs and the equipment needs painting. A water leak in the pavilion was reported. At the Mount Lane playing field, it has not been possible to drain water from the pavilion because a meter and several pipes had burst. United Utilities are to carry out repairs. The toilets are to be repaired by Fulledge Colts. It was suggest that the pavilion should be named after ex-Claret Jerry Dawson, when a memorial plaque is installed by the Burnley Civic Trust and CRaCA.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS – The following planning applications were considered: new dormers at Sunnyfield Avenue; extension to form bedrooms and garden room at Barcroft Green; new indoor riding arena at a farm in Long Causeway; and two-storey extension at Green Lane, for which concerns were expressed about how it would impact on the school site.

WHIST DRIVE – Winners at the whist drive held in the village hall were: W. Newsham, J. Crabtree, J. Metcalfe, L. Cutler, G. Smith, P. Longrigg. The domino drive winners were: E. Nicholson, J. Cottam, D. Wrathall. The raffle was won by Mr Cutler. The next whist and domino drive is on Thursday.

SONGS OF PRAISE – Alan Scholes led the singing with guitar accompaniment at the service in the village hall on Sunday afternoon. The next Songs of Praise service is on May 8th at 3 p.m.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH – Thanks were given to everyone who supported the race night. Tonight there is a “Messy Church” Easter session from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Church House. Messy Church is about bringing people together to have fun, explore faith, worship and share a meal. Ring Helen on 07710 293803 to reserve a place. A small donation is requested and children must be accompanied by an adult. The family Eucharist service on Sunday at 11 a.m. will be followed by coffee in Church House.

FRIENDLY HOUR – Mr Tony Cummings entertained members with a selection of poetry, songs and anecdotes. Guest speaker on Tuesday is Peter Watson, whose talk is entitled “Where Does Time Go?”

MONDAY CLUB – On Monday at the village hall, Peter Watson will talk on “Medicine and Magic”. There will be a book and magazine stall.