Repairs carried out to solve Thursden flooding problems

ST JAMES’S OUTREACH – The Social and Outreach Committee of St James’s Parish Church has organised a coach trip to York on Saturday, April 2nd, departing from the church at 8-30 a.m. and returning around 5 p.m. The coach fare is £7 per seat, payable on booking. Contact Mrs Janet Large on 438925.

BRIERCLIFFE SOCIETY – The Briercliffe Society held its February meeting at the community centre.

The speaker was Mrs Carol Stinton, Mayoress of Padiham. Mrs Stinton talked about her years as a guide at Towneley Hall, the people she has met and some of the humorous incidents that have taken place. There was a most appreciative audience and chairman Coun. Roger Frost thanked the speaker for a most entertaining evening after which refreshments were served.

The Chairman announced some of the speakers for the forthcoming season which starts next month. Highlights include Cliff Astin, who will present “Legging, Locking & Gongoozling” in April, Matt Wall, who will present “The Battle of the Brun” in August, and Martin Wrench will present “An audience with Dame Dolly Dishcloth” in January 2012.

There is a full and interesting programme and Mr Frost thanked Mrs Barbara Holsgrove who has put it together.

LIGHT OPERA – The Briercliffe Society will book tickets for Burnley Light Opera’s production of “The Magic of the Musicals” which will be presented at Burnley Mechanics on the weekend of April 30th and May 1st. The society will attend the Saturday performance and tickets will cost £11 each. For booking and more information contact chairman Roger Frost, on 01282 435863.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP – The Briercliffe Society’s local history group will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, February 23rd, at Haggate Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Mr Roger Frost will be the guest speaker.

FAMILY HISTORY DAY – There is to be a family history day at Queen Street Mill Textile Museum on Saturday, March 26th, from 10 a.m. to 4-30 p.m. The one-day course for beginners will describe background skills for research and will be led by Peter Stark, an international speaker on family history. The cafe and gift shop will be open on the day. The cost is £10 (£8 concessions) and booking is essential. Contact the mill on 01282 412555.

HIGHWAYS IMPROVEMENTS – Briercliffe Parish Council has been told by the County Council of a number of highways projects for the rest of the present financial year and the next. The footway work in the Lydgate – Stanbury Drive area is now complete as the upgrade of the vehicle restraint barrier at Catlow Bottoms.

Work is going to be undertaken on the piped culvert at Ridehalgh Lane, Thursden. There have been a number of flooding incidents in this area and the work has been designed to solve this problem. A double yellow line scheme has been designed for the Briercliffe Road – Netherwood Street junction and this will be implemented in the coming financial year.

The parish council has supported campaigns for speed limitation schemes in Halifax Road and the Harle Syke area. Lancashire County Council has informed the parish council it will not go ahead with a scheme in Halifax Road. Harle Syke will benefit from the county council’s county-wide 20 m.p.h. scheme but no date has been given.