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Tree planting scheme for fallen heroes taking root

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:01pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A SCHEME to plant trees in the Ribble Valley's 35 parishes in memory of the borough's First World War fallen is nearing completion.

Travellers quit Blackburn site - but stay at another

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A GROUP of travellers has moved on from one Blackburn site – but remain at another.

Homeless East Lancs man banned from begging after repeatedly causing nuisance

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A HOMELESS man has been banned from begging in England and Wales after repeatedly causing a nuisance in Blackburn, Clitheroe and Whalley.

Clitheroe police officer off the beat after 20 years

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:01pm Monday 29th September 2014

A DECORATED Ribble Valley police officer is set to walk the beat for the final time tomorrow after more than 20 years.

Ribble Valley volunteers win best public toilets award – yet again

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:30pm Friday 26th September 2014

SPRIGHTLY 92-year-old Bob Parker is celebrating a ‘chain’ of awards for Lancashire’s best toilets.

ANGER: East Lancs parents face paying £500 to send children to first-choice school

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:10am Friday 26th September 2014

PARENTS will be forced to fork out almost £500 in bus fares for their child to go to their first-choice high school.

Congregation backs plans for Clitheroe church extension

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:20pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A £750,000 project to transform a Clitheroe church has been given the thumbs-up from the congregation.

Only Fools and Horses' Boycie new patron at Blackburn theatre

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:38am Thursday 25th September 2014

ONE of television’s best loved actors has become a new patron at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn.

Mystery as birds of prey 'vanish' from Forest of Bowland

Lancashire Telegraph: Hen harrier, adult female in flight...Pic by Andy Hay ( 

9:51am Thursday 25th September 2014

EXPERTS fear that a pair of iconic Lancashire birds could be lost forever after they vanished without a trace.

Former Clitheroe salon could become pizza takeaway

Lancashire Telegraph: Hands taking slices of pizza (7701109)

3:51pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE former Sitting Pretty salon in Clitheroe could be turned into a pizza takeaway if plans are approved later this year.

Derelict Clitheroe pub to be transformed into fashion store

Lancashire Telegraph: BEER FESTIVAL: Northallerton Beer Festival will start on Friday, September 26

2:01pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A ‘MONUMENT to decay’ in the centre of Clitheroe is set to be given a new lease of life.

Over half of young children falling behind at school in Blackburn and Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:44am Wednesday 24th September 2014

MORE than half of children in Blackburn and Darwen aren’t developing enough educationally when they move from reception to year one, new figures suggest.

United Utilities to pay £37,294 for allowing muddy water to seep into Padiham brook

Lancashire Telegraph: Multi-million pound Wirral sewerage upgrade in pipeline

10:19am Monday 22nd September 2014

UNITED Utilities has been fined £33,000 after pleading guilty to allowing muddy water to seep into a brook near Padiham.

National store boost for East Lancashire town

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:15am Monday 22nd September 2014

A NATIONAL retailer’s decision to open a new store in the centre of Burnley has been welcomed by the council leader.

Universal credit benefit set to be rolled out across Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph: Toni Smith and Andrew Verlander plundered nearly £40,000 in benefits they were not entitled to

10:12am Monday 22nd September 2014

UNIVERSAL credit is set to be rolled out across Burnley from next month.

13-acre Samlesbury solar farm gets the go-ahead

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:50am Friday 19th September 2014

AN area the size of nine football fields is set to be transformed into a solar panel farm in Samlesbury.

Blackburn Rovers fan proposes on pitch at half-time – before his bride-to-be breaks her wrist

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Friday 19th September 2014

IT might not have been the scoreline he was hoping for, but a Blackburn man ensured it was a match made in heaven when he proposed to his girlfriend in front of a 13,000-strong Ewood crowd.

Ribble Valley convenience stores enjoy boom period

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:43pm Thursday 18th September 2014

SMALL convenience shops in the Ribble Valley are booming, according to new figures.

Trough of Bowland bird project off to a flyer!

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:41pm Thursday 18th September 2014

AN RSPB initiative aimed at protecting hen harriers in the Trough of Bowland is set to be presented with this year’s National Lottery Award for Best Education Project.

Controversial Whalley homes plan back on the table

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A PLAN for a large housing estate in Whalley, which led to the setting up of a residents’ action group in 2010, has been resubmitted.

Accrington Cricket Club’s scorer bowls out after 20 years

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:20pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CRICKET stalwart who has kept score in Acc-rington since 1994 is putting down his pencil for the final time.

E-cigarettes set to be banned from taxis

Lancashire Telegraph: VAPERS: Save E-Cigs has launched a petition urging the Welsh Government to scrap plans to ban electronic cigarettes in public places

3:30pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

SMOKING electronic cigarettes in taxis in the Ribble Valley could be banned under plans to be discussed today.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans and friends beg Scotland to vote ‘no’

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:25pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has teamed up with an ex-Coronation Street star and the mayor of Clitheroe to send a ‘love message to the people of Scotland’.

Accrington teen awarded scholarship to help study towards becoming a glaciologist

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:10pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

TEENAGER Hannah Frost is certainly living up to her name – she’s off to university to study glaciers and all things ice.

East Lancs man dies after neck drip 'error' at Royal Blackburn Hospital

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:23am Monday 8th September 2014

A FAMILY is distraught after a dad-of-two who underwent a routine operation died after an intravenous drip was wrongly inserted in his neck.

Former rally driver's mission to help feed children

Lancashire Telegraph: Pen-y-ghent, part of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

12:45pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A FORMER rally driver is set to take on Yorkshire’s Three Peaks Challenge for charity along with a dozen family and friends.

Commission investigates ‘electoral imbalance’ in Ribble Valley

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:50pm Friday 5th September 2014

THOUSANDS of new houses in the Ribble Valley could force an overhaul of councillors if a review goes ahead.

Blackburn junction closed after car lands on roof

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

A BLACKBURN junction was closed after a car landed on its roof following a crash.

Clitheroe vicar set to scale down rural duties

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:40pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A CLITHEROE vicar is expecting to scale down his involvement in the town after being asked to take over two rural churches.

East Lancs man brings pensioner ‘back to life’ after victim had heart attack and crashed into neighbour's house

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:52am Thursday 4th September 2014

A WINDOW cleaner has been praised after bringing a pensioner ‘back to life’ when he suffered a heart attack in his car and crashed into his neighbour’s house.

Walk on! Disputed Ribble Valley footpath to reopen

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:40pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A DISPUTED footpath that sparked a six-year row when it was barred to the public in 2008 could reopen by the end of the year.

East Lancs Olympic stables in danger of closure

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:00pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

AN East Lancashire stables that provided horses for the London 2012 Olympics is facing closure.

INDIAN SUMMER: Met office predicts temperatures will hit 25C

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:03am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

EARLY hopes of an Indian summer have been raised as forecasters predicted a week of warm weather to usher in the start of September.

MASSIVE Archimedes screw moves in to provide power for Whalley Hydro power scheme

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:15am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THIS massive piece of equipment will transform the power of the River Calder in Whalley into electricity.

Ribble Valley headteacher quits days before term starts - with replacement due next Easter

Lancashire Telegraph: Kings Langley residents invited to school's open day

5:43pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A RIBBLE Valley headteacher has left the school – just days before the start of the new term.

Ribble Valley church reopening after refurbishment

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:21pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A RIBBLE Valley church is set to reopen following six weeks of refurbishment work.

East Lancs private school hails new influx of pupils

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A PRESTIGIOUS private school in the Ribble Valley has hailed the biggest influx of new students in the last 20 years.

Whalley community stalwart Mel in line for national award

Lancashire Telegraph: Mel Diack

8:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

A COMMUNITY stalwart has been tipped for a national award in recognition of his work over the last 20 years.

Mellor Brook 'race track' concerns

Lancashire Telegraph: Newport landlord's speeding dodge so ‘foolish’

11:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A MAIN road through a Ribble Valley village has been branded a ‘race track’ following a spate of crashes and near misses.

Lavender Ladies of Whalley hoping for more success

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

WHALLEY’S ‘Lavender Ladies’ founded three years ago are growing, blooming and blossoming in the village and its historic abbey grounds.

Gisburn ‘plot to plate’ scheme encourages a healthier lifestyle

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:05pm Friday 29th August 2014

GREEN-fingered Gisburn residents are being encouraged to ‘grow their own’ in a new initiative launched by the Festival Hall Management Committee.

Project aims to answer demand for allotments in Ribble Valley village

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:50pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A GARDEN-share project in Sabden is calling on residents who have a spare patch to come forward to create mini-allotments.

Ribble Valley river ready for £200k giant power surge

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

A MASSIVE screw that will transform the power of the Calder River in Whalley into electricity is to be winched into place next week.

East Lancs hip op man to tackle third marathon

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:23pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A DAD-of-three is set to tackle his third marathon only five years after undergoing a complete hip replacement at the age of 53.

Tributes paid to Blackburn Master Butcher

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Blackburn Master Butcher who has died at the age of 91.

Phenomenal range of attractions lined up for bank holiday in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

EAST Lancashire is braced for a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend with events staged throughout the three days.

Campaigners win fight to reduce speed limits on Wilpshire roads

Lancashire Telegraph: 20mph speed limit to be introduced

1:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE speed limit on two Wilpshire ‘rat run’ roads is set to be lowered following a long running campaign.

'FREE PALESTINE' painted on historic Blackburn landmarks

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

COMMUNITY leaders have condemned a gang who painted ‘Free Palestine’ on historic Blackburn landmarks.

Low bridge is tourism blow, says Clitheroe campaigner

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:45pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A RAILWAY bridge is affecting the tourism industry in the Ribble Valley because it’s too low, a community campaigner says.

Protest over crisis in Gaza packs Blackburn town centre

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

MORE than 100 demonstrators packed part of Blackburn town centre yesterday, protesting over the continuing crisis in Gaza.


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