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HOUSING – Dozens of concerned and interested residents attended a meeting on Saturday to look at plans for 70 new homes on the Marbill site in Watt Street and Whalley Road.

The developers are a Salford company, Bowsall (Sabden) Ltd, and their representatives were there to answer any questions relating to the plans, which were on display. The new proposals have increased the number of dwellings from 53 to 70 and include 22 apartments, one, two and three bedroomed homes, including some for rent and shared equity and 110 car parking spaces. Much of the site of the former cotton mill will be demolished but the mill chimney will remain following intervention from English Heritage.

The plans are expected to go before Ribble Valley Borough Council in June. Since the plans were first revealed, coming on top of several other proposed housing schemes in the village, residents have raised concerns about over development that is leading to the loss of Sabden’s character, the extra traffic created and the strain on local facilities. The Marbill factory is to relocate to Simonstone.

PTFA – The PTFA at Sabden Primary School held its 50 Club Easter draw last week with the lucky winners being Mrs Fran Hyde (£25), Mrs Kerry Fielding (£10) and Mrs Brenda Binns (£5). The next meeting of the PTFA will be held on Thursday, May 5th, at 7 p.m. in the White Hart. New members will be warmly welcomed.

SCHOOL – After the Easter holidays, after-school football coaching is to take place at Sabden Primary School with Adam Lakeland, who is the Blackburn Rovers ladies’ team coach and runs Pro-Sport Coaching. The school football team had a match against St Mary’s on Monday after school on St Mary’s field. This week pupils and parents have enjoyed trips to Cobble Hey Farm to do wildlife work with the RSPB and The Grand in Clitheroe and also held its annual Easter egg decorating competition. School has closed for the Easter holidays although staff have an inset day today. It re-opens on Tuesday, April 26th.

COFFEE – More than 50 people attended the president’s coffee morning at Sabden Bowling Club on Saturday which raised £307 for club funds. There was a tombola, raffle and home-made refreshments and during the morning the new president, Mr Frank Goss, got the season’s bowling underway despite the poor weather.

AGM – Sabden Bowling Club’s annual meeting was held in the clubhouse and opened with members observing a minute’s silence in memory of last year’s president, Mr Derek Cowell, and members Bert Bywater and Shaun Mount, who had died during the year. There were 34 members present and the vice-chairman opened the meeting and thanked all members who had volunteered at competitions and all the winners and team players of the year. He especially thanked the secretary, John Pilkington, and treasurer Alan Whalley for their work during the year. He congratulated Alan Whalley on winning the AEU Veterans’ Competition and he will be representing the Hyndburn Vets’ League at this year’s Champion of Champions competition. In his report the secretary emphasised the need for new members for the eight teams, volunteers to help with competitions and three new committee members. He wished all good luck in the coming season.

The treasurer gave a comprehensive report on the balance sheet and said the club was in a good financial position with the 80 Club, sponsors and club members all contributing. Mr Frank Goss was elected president, Alun Parfitt re-elected chairman, John Pilkington secretary, Alan Whalley treasurer and Audrey Barrett was elected to the committee to join Colin Embley, Sam Mount, Jillian Nicholson, Anita Whalley, Peter Wright and Leo Clarkson. Anne Parsons was appointed as auditor. The meeting agreed on a proposal to extend the age of junior members up to 18 years from 16. The chairman thanked all who attended.

CHURCH – The vicar in charge of St Nicholas’s CE Church, the Rev. Gill Dyer, will take this Sunday’s 9-30 a.m. service. Joan and Tim Peagam will officiate at the Baptist Church at 10 a.m. and St Mary’s RC has 11 a.m. Mass, as usual followed by coffee. Last Sunday children at St Mary’s took another stage in their Sacramental Programme, leading up to their first Holy Communion, by giving special readings and prayers during the Mass. The children who take part in the Sunday children’s liturgy in the hall during Mass made posies of daffodils for their mothers to mark Mothering Sunday. There was standing room only for the service.