ENVIRONMENTAL health officers are investigating after residents in Hapton complained about a chemical smell lingering around the area.

Neighbours were dismayed at the whiff and have reported it to Burnley Borough Council. The authority is now monitoring the situation.

OUTGOING Mayor and Mayoress of Padiham, Councillors Granville and Pat Lord, are due to attend an evening of clairvoyance at Padiham Football Club tomorrow at 7.30pm. The event has been organised by the Mayoress' Committee and tickets are £5 each.

Well-known mediums Denise Kershaw and Gordon Walsh will be present.

A FUND-RAISING event will also be held tomorrow at Springbank Day Centre, West Street, Padiham, from 1-3pm.

MEMBERS of St Leonard's Church are still trying to raise £40,000 for the bell restoration and tower fund. A country fair is to take place on Saturday, April 26, at Mill Hill Farm, Hapton, starting at 11am until 4pm.

There will be entertainments for young people, bouncy castle, pony rides and an 'unrideable bike.' More mature visitors can view farm machinery and craft demonstrations.

Free transport is available to and from the venue and pickup points are St Leonard's Church and Hapton Methodist Church. Entry fee for adults is £2 and children are free.

PADIHAM people are still waiting to hear the fate of the trees outside the Town Hall. Suggestions have ranged from removal to a gentle pruning. Councillors will view the trees fully before deciding their fate.

JUNIOR football and bowling in the village has got off to a busy start. Wednesday night saw brisk business on the pitch and the green with many youngsters enjoying the facilities on offer.

Children on holiday in the village are enjoying the fine weather in the countryside around the village but are warned to be careful about accidentally starting fires or playing 'chicken' on the motorway.

THE mobile library will not be in the village untill May 2. The long Easter break means it will be one month between visits.

A QUIZ sheet is on sale at the post office, priced at £1. Proceeds will go to the environment group to provide floral displays. Quiz sheets have to be returned by April 30. There is a prize for the highest score but there is no mention of what the prize is.