SABDEN - Zumba classes start

JUBILEE – A dozen people attended a meeting in St Mary’s Community Hall to discuss celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee anniversary next year.

Lots of ideas were discussed and it was decided to contact all village organisations and businesses to establish interest in getting involved. It is proposed that events take place over the long Bank Holiday weekend from June 2nd. Representatives from the meeting will be in touch with organisations in the coming weeks to discuss a way forward and how to get involved. If anyone has any ideas or would like to lodge interest, contact Dilys Day, or attend the next meeting on Thursday, October 6th, in the Cauldron Cafe, Pendle Antiques Centre, at 7 p.m.

SABDEN LINK – The Institute at St Nicholas’ Church Hall has undergone a complete refurbishment under a new organisation, the St Nicholas and Heyhouses Trust, and is called The Sabden Link. The facilities are for community use for the whole village and a small business area has been established with wifi access, meeting room and training area, workspace for small businesses and kitchen facilities. The Trust is to apply for funding to Village SOS to develop the facility further, and is calling on small businesses or people working from home, to get in touch to say what they would like from the facility. French and Spanish language classes for adults and children have already begun. Email Dilys Day at to express interest or find out more. People have a chance to see the new facility at an open morning on Saturday, October 15th, 10 a.m. to noon.

ZUMBA – A weekly Zumba class has started in St Mary’s Community Hall every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 6-45 p.m. The latest exercise dance craze is a fun way to keep fit and is for men and women. For the less active, there is a Zumba Gold class each Wednesday from 9-30 a.m. to 10-30 a.m. which is gentler on the joints.

ST MARY’S – The last two weeks £20 bonus ball winners have been the Taylor family and Raymond Waling. There are still numbers available for people wanting to join the draw and it costs £1, with the winner holding the bonus ball number drawn in Saturday night’s National Lottery draw. The wild flower garden in the church grounds has provided colour over summer and more planting will take place in spring. Donations of bulbs, plants or seeds are welcome. Work has been carried out by volunteers from the church. Redecoration of the church interior begins soon. People who have started to use the church car park when they have been unable to find anywhere to park are asked to remove their vehicles when the church and hall are in use, especially on Sunday mornings when churchgoers find it difficult to find a space. Last week’s meeting of the parish forum was held in Clitheroe as St Mary’s hall had been pre-booked. The meeting adopted a new constitution but deferred the appointment of a chairman and secretary until the next forum on Wednesday, November 9th, in St Mary’s Hall at 7-30 p.m. Church members are reminded the practice of not eating meat on Fridays has been re-introduced for Roman Catholics, to tie in with the first anniversary of the Pope’s visit to Britain.

ST MARY’S HALL – Anyone wanting to book St Mary’s Community Hall for events should contact Suzanne Brown at the presbytery next to church or ring her on 01282 771517. Suzanne now takes bookings and is the keyholder.

HEALTH CENTRE – The access road to Sabden Medical Centre is being resurfaced and motorists are asked to remove their vehicles before 7-30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5th, to allow work to be carried out. The surgery will be closed and patients should contact Whalley surgery.

BOWLS – The bowling season closes with the annual presentation night on Friday, September 30th, at Whalley Golf Club at 7-30 p.m. with a buffet, raffle and entertainment from Barry Ingham. Tickets are £10 and free transport is provided.

FASHION – Tickets are on sale for a fashion show on Saturday, October 8th, in St Mary’s Community Hall at 7-30 p.m. They cost £5 and include a bucks fizz reception and fashions from Pendle Village Mill which will be modelled and on sale. Tickets are on sale at church or from Suzanne at the presbytery. Proceeds are for hall improvements.

PROMS – Sabden is going to the Proms next month when St Nicholas’s Church hosts a Sabden Proms Night on Saturday, October 15th, at 7-30 p.m. in the church hall with Earby Band. Tickets are £5 and include refreshments, available from Cathryn 01200 428241 or Angela 01282 779376 .

JUMBLE SALE – The Thursday Club for young people at St Nicholas’s Church is holding a jumble and bric-a-brac sale on Saturday, October 8th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of items to sell are wanted.

LUNCH – The garden party/lunch due to be hosted by Mr and Mrs Richard Newmark on September 11th, had to be cancelled due to bad weather. The couple had hoped to move the party indoors to St Nicholas’s Church Hall, but it was already booked and the event had to be cancelled and money refunded.

COUNCIL – The next meeting of Sabden Parish Council is on Tuesday, October 4th, at 7 p.m. in St Nicholas’s Upper Hall. At the September meeting Diane Scott from Crossroads Care, which cares for carers and carries out work for the community, explained the organisation’s work. The group had left questionnaires in Sabden over summer to see what type of community activities people wanted and she reported that language, cookery and healthy eating classes were high on the list, along with a time bank where skills such as gardening or cleaning etc could be swopped. Residents at Littlemoor expressed interest in having an artist visiting and there was support for the allotments project in Sabden. A working party was involved in starting up the allotments and had a list of interested people. Diane pointed out, however, that only 5% of the village had given feedback and they were keen to find out more. Some parish councillors are to attend a meeting about planning and development in the Ribble Valley in Downham Village Hall on October 15th. The chairman, Coun. Michael Calvert, will represent Sabden at a community engagement workshop on October 26th and a chairmanship workshop on November 23rd.

SPID – The possibility of hiring the SPID, speed indicatior device, to Simonstone Parish Council was discussed at Sabden Parish Council and it was suggested Simonstone pay £40 for monthly hire for a trial period and a clause would be written into the contract that they would pay any excess for damage to the machine.

ACTION PLAN – An update on Sabden Action Plan was given by Coun. Calvert, who said the first stage had been completed and they now needed to discuss next year’s project which will go on the agenda at the October meetingof the parish council. He commented on how smart the village looks and praised the efforts of the public and council. He said he hoped everyone would now keep it looking smart. Coun. Shorter reported that the playground was in good order but there was graffiti on the zipwire stanchion on Lower Holme.