A CHARITY raised money at a Halloween event for new

After raiding funds for Halloween, charity LIDGETT & Beyond look forward to their Christmas stall.

At Colne Town Council’s Hallowe’en event on Halloween weekend, the team raised funds for the impending new application expected on The Lower Rough.

As usual, the community group, Colne’s largest, with almost 1,000 members, took a stall for the event on the Outdoor Market. They have also taken a stall at the Christmas Event on 24th November inside Colne’s Market Hall where they will be running their traditional Christmas tombola.

Member of the Management Team, John Birchenough, said: “These events are a great outreach for us. We used this one to launch our 2019 calendar and to sell our merchandise of tea towels and shopping bags featuring our trademark curlew, which is threatened by unsustainable over-development in our beautiful area.”

In autumn 2016, access-only planning permission was granted by a Planning Inspector for up to 90 houses on the Lower Rough, adjacent to Favordale and Windermere Avenue. Owing to the fact that part of the site is in the Lidgett and Bents Conservation Area, stringent planning conditions were applied. Recently, the Chairman of the Trustees, David Cockburn-Price, was contacted by a director of a large housebuilder and was advised that a detailed planning application for The Lower Rough will shortly be submitted.

L&B Trustee, Linda Turner, explained: “We are so grateful for the support of Colners and visitors alike. We raised several hundred pounds on Saturday and we hope our calendar will feature in many people’s stockings this Christmas. We have had a busy year protecting and enhancing Eastern Colne, with the most significant element being the opening of the new East Colne Way five-mile walk. The East Colne Way crosses both The Upper Rough and The Lidgett Triangle and features heavily in this year’s calendar.”