• Parish Clerk

Highlights of 2018

Updated: Nov 2, 2019

16 September 2018 saw the dedication of the newly-installed war memorial at the Coronation Gardens site by the Reverend Jonathan Carmylie, who led a moving tribute and ceremony.

Although the weather was no-where near as nice as that in the pho-to, around 100 residents, together with the Mayor of the Ribble Valley, Councillor Stuart Carefoot, braved the elements to pay their respects to the ten West Brad-ford men who have fallen in both World Wars.

Afterwards, there was a celebratory tea in the village hall where a pictorial exhibi-tion of information on the fallen was available along with artefacts from the time of the First World War. site, it is hoped that we can further enhance the area with a spring and summer planting programme.

On Armistice day, as well as the traditional wreath laying ceremony in the morning, that evening, villagers gathered on the Fell above Eaves Hall to light a beacon as part of a na-tionwide event at over 1200 sites to symbol-ise “The Light of Hope” that emerged at the end of the war.

After a moving tribute to the servicemen, the nurses and all those involved abroad and at home, by our local MP Nigel Evans, beacons were visible across the valley as the bells of local churches rang out.

We now have two defibrillators in the village with one at the village hall and one located at junction of Westfield and Grindleton Road. Our thanks go to Darren Hudson for his sterling work in carrying out the regular checks to keep them operational.

The severely pot-holed areas of both Grindleton Road and Clitheroe Road were finally resurfaced in late February. The Parish Council, as well as many villagers campaigned long and hard to persuade County Council officials that the road had become a major safety is-sue. As well as damaging the vehicles using it, it was a severe hazard for the many Ribble Valley cyclists.

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