Read the April 2017 Consumer Report here.



RESIDENTS in Chorley are being urged to make sure they are aware of changes to their waste collections as the new service starts from 1 May.

A new opt in service is being introduced for garden waste collections to cover the huge funding gap that Chorley Council, which collects your rubbish, says ‘is a step too far’.

And the other major change being made will see paper and cardboard collected mixed together from your brown bin.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We have contacted every household in the borough to inform them of what’s happening but we just wanted to remind people that the changes are now starting to take place.

“People will receive their final recycling collections under the old system during the last two weeks in April so it’s important people start to follow the new instructions in time for the collections changing on 1 May.

“If you haven’t already familiarised yourself with the changes please do so at and please check that your family, friends and neighbours are aware of what’s happening too so the change can be as smooth as possible.”

The new look waste collection service will mean from 1 May:

  • Everyone opting in to garden waste collections will receive a new grey bin and they will be emptied every fortnight – the service is £30 per year, per bin
  • For properties with brown bins these will be used for collecting paper and cardboard mixed together
  • The green boxes and black pods will be replaced and you can reuse these or take them to the tip
  •  If you don’t already have a brown bin you will be able to request one in May and you can continue using the box and pod in the meantime
  • The paper and cardboard collections will move to every four weeks as there is double the capacity in the brown bin compared to the box and pod
  • Collections for the green bin (general household waste) and blue bins (plastic bottles, glass and cans) will remain the same
  • If you have any brown bins you don’t need please contact us in May to request removal.

“We know everyone will now be keen to see how their collections have changed and you can check this at,” said Councillor Bradley.

“Essentially, your brown bin collection for paper and cardboard will be on your usual recycling collection day but will be collected once every four weeks.

“If you’ve opted in for the garden waste collections then we anticipate these will be collected on the same day as your blue bin – it’s important to note that there may be changes to the collection day for the grey bin in some parts of the borough due to the take up of the new service so it’s important you check online.

“If you ordered your grey bin before the end of March then it will arrive before the end of April, don’t worry if it hasn’t arrived yet, and the stickers for the bins will be sent out in time for the changeover on 1 May.

“Once we get towards the end of summer and the opt in for the garden waste service settles down we will look to issue every household with an updated waste collection calendar but they are available online now at”

Full details of all the waste collection changes and the form to opt in are available at


PLANS to introduce more parking in Chorley town centre have been agreed after Chorley Council purchased Oak House and the surrounding land to redevelop the site into a car park.

Oak House, which is on the corner of Market Street and High Street, is set to be demolished to make way for 28 parking spaces, which will add to the 19 spaces already created on the adjoining car park on the corner of High Street and Cleveland Street.

The plans do not affect Gala Bingo, which will remain open while the Oak House site is being developed.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “As part of the Market Walk extension scheme, we committed to providing sufficient car parking to support the new build and existing businesses and the purchase and redevelopment of Oak House is one of a number of options we are progressing.

“Oak House does have a lot of history behind it but inside it is now office space and is not fit for the purpose of modern day retailers or businesses.  Eventually, the plan is to create a civic square in that location but for now it will provide extra parking right in the centre of town, which people have said they want.

“We want to be ambitious for Chorley and give the residents of the whole borough a town centre that they can be proud of.  The work that is taking place at the moment, including developing Market Walk, creating Chorley Youth Zone and improving streets like Fazakerley Street, will make our town centre into a place where people want to spend their leisure time and do their shopping rather than going to neighbouring towns and cities.”

The council is also exploring a number of other options to further increase car parking in the town centre, including making the United Reform Church car park into a public car park and transforming the Apex House site on Arley Street into parking spaces and introducing a park and ride scheme, which is additional to the 54 spaces that have already been made available on Hollinshead Street. 

Additionally, people will start to see changes to Fazakerley Street in the town centre from next week as work starts on improving the street and replacing the paving from Tuesday 18 April.

“Our plans to improve the town centre are now taking shape with people starting to see work taking place,” added Councillor Bradley.

“What we’d encourage people to do is support us in this and shop local where you can – we can put investment in to improve the facilities but we need residents to come and spend their money here to support local traders, create new jobs and keep money in the local economy.”


VISITORS to Chorley’s Flat Iron car park will notice some changes from today (Monday 10 April) as preparation ground work begins for the extension to Market Walk shopping centre.

Although work on building the extension to Market Walk will not start until later in the year, Chorley Council has commissioned contractors, Eric Wright, to reconfigure the Flat Iron car park in phases to ensure everything is in place for construction to begin.

The preparation work will take place on the far side of the Flat Iron car park, close to the corner of Union Street and the bypass and will involve removing lamp columns and the island that contains the current Market Walk sign as well as installing drainage for the extension. 

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The Market Walk extension is a massive project for the town centre and it inevitably involves some extensive preparation work before we officially start to build.

“If you’ve visited recently, you may have noticed some markings on the floor and these outline where the new building will go and the kerb lines for the new parking and pavement.

“This phase of the work will unfortunately take up approximately 40 car park spaces but we opened up the Hollinshead Street car park, behind the council’s Union Street office, with 54 spaces late last year to offset this.  We are also working on introducing more car parking spaces elsewhere in the town centre and we will let everyone know when we have more news on this.”

The next phase of the pre-construction work will start at the beginning of May when the entire Flat Iron Tuesday market will move to the opposite end of the Flat Iron car park before relocating along Chapel Street, Cleveland Street and Fazakerley Street from June onwards. 

The work to reconfigure the Flat Iron car park is being done in phases to minimise the disruption and ensure as many parking spaces as possible are still available. 

Drivers are being advised that they will start to see some changes to the layout of the Flat Iron car park and the council is encouraging them to start using nearby car parks, like Hollinshead Street, where possible.

“We’re asking people to bear with us while this work is ongoing and to continue to visit and shop in the town centre,” added Coun Bradley.

“When the redevelopment of the town centre is complete, people will see a retail and leisure offer that builds upon the fantastic independent traders that we already have in town.  The council is investing £17 million in the town centre with the aim of supporting and developing the local economy through revitalising the town centre.”




DECORATED benches were installed in a number of locations across Chorley town centre in the lead up to the town’s popular annual festival of words.

The benches designed and decorated by local primary school pupils will play a major part in the What’s Your Story, Chorley?  event on Saturday 1 April and organised by Chorley Council and The Creative Network.

The works of art formed a Book Bench Trail through the town centre which people can enjoy in the run up to the event and for the week following. 

Councillor Peter Wilson, who oversees events for Chorley Council, said: “Our event, What’s Your Story, Chorley? is becoming increasingly popular each year. We have a range of fantastic contributors who will entertain families throughout the day at venues around the town centre.

“Also this year, for the first time, we have joined forces with Edge Hill University to create the book bench trail as an added dimension for people to enjoy.

“The youngsters at the schools have researched books and designed and decorated the benches which the schools have loaned to us for the trail. This is something new for Chorley and I would urge people to come along and have a look at their hard work – we have a lot of talented young artists in Chorley!

“The benches will be on display for a two week period, and there’s a trail quiz for youngsters which they can pick up from Chorley Library. Also, if people come along to Cleveland Street by the covered market on the day of What’s Your Story, Chorley? on Saturday 1 April, they will be able to help design and decorate a community bench of our own.”

Nigel Stewart, from The Creative Network, said: “The event this year will be our best yet with some first class authors, actors, storytellers, lyricists and musicians performing at venues across the town centre.

“This year as well, we’ll have the book benches as an added attraction and we are delighted to be also joined by the Cartwright Drama Studio, set up by internationally acclaimed writer and producer Jim Cartwright, and their youth group will be performing a mix of materials they have written themselves and published works at their studio in High Street from 2pm to 4pm. So the whole event promises to be a great day out for all the family.”

For more information about the event visit the website, search for What’s Your Story, Chorley? 2017 on Facebook, or pick up a schedule from any of the venues:

  • Chorley Library, Union Street
  • Goodies Coffee Shop, Cannon Street
  • Royal Bank of Scotland, Market Street
  • The Buttonhole, Chapel Street
  • Bubble ‘N’ Shake, Market Street
  • Rosie Posies, Farrington Street
  • St Laurence’s Church, Union Street


VISITORS to a popular Chorley tourist attraction will soon benefit from better parking facilities as work begins on improving the car park at Yarrow Valley Country Park.

Chorley Council is investing £220,000 in a major upgrade of the car park to repair potholes, tidy the vegetation and increase the capacity by a third.

The work is part of improvements to the borough’s parks and open spaces and comes in response to suggestions from visitors.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees parks and open spaces at Chorley Council, said: “Yarrow Valley Country Park is becoming one of our most popular tourist attractions and it is important that we improve the car park so it is fit for purpose.

“We think most people will be pleased once the new car park is finished because there are currently lots of potholes and on busy days it can be hard to find a parking spot.

“Since we launched our Check Out Chorley campaign last year we’ve seen lots of new visitors to the park, which is home to a children’s play area, wonderful walks and is a haven for wildlife.”

The improvements will involve the loss of some lower quality trees and vegetation within the existing car park area to make room for 130 vehicles.

A sustainable approach is being taken with the new car park with the surface being a combination of tarmac and permeable gravel paving to avoid directly discharging additional surface water into the River Yarrow.

“This is part of our continued investment in the borough to make sure Chorley is a place people can be proud of,” said Councillor Lowe.

Work will start on Monday 27 March and the main car park area is expected to be completed by early June.  The work will be done in phases so that visitors can continue to use the car park while the work is ongoing.  The visitor centre, café and country park will remain open throughout.


Please find here schedule and road order details for a proposed various road closures within the Chorley area on 15th April 2017 to enable the Chorley Grand Prix 2017 cycle event to be undertaken.

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You can also find details of any other planned works via our Highways Bulletin website which links to all planned works in Lancashire.

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Please find here details and map of a proposed temporary road closure on Mill Lane, Whittle le Woods on the 18/04/2017 until 12/05/2017 to enable carriageway patching works to take place.

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You can also find details of any other planned works via our Highways Bulletin website which links to all planned works in Lancashire.

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CHORLEY Council is again stepping in to help save vital bus services that were due to be axed.

The council has been in top level talks with bus service operator Stagecoach and Lancashire County Council to keep more buses running in the borough, less than 12 months after stepping in to save three other major bus routes.

Last year, the council agreed to fund services operating between Chorley and Blackburn; Chorley and Chorley Hospital via Astley Village, and Chorley and Coppull after Lancashire County Council withdrew subsidies as it seeks to save over £64 million from its budget this next year.

Following the public outcry last month when Stagecoach announced it intended to axe the 7 service through Chorley, Charnock Richard and Croston from Sunday 5 February, Chorley Council has been working to find a solution.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said: “We’ve been meeting with Stagecoach and Lancashire County Council to see what could be done to keep the service going in the short term to give us time to discuss things further and find a longer term solution.

“Those talks have resulted LCC and Stagecoach making revisions to their existing services to mitigate some of the impact of the withdrawal of the number 7 service, and we’re going to fund a temporary service for one section of the route and look at what could be done to help residents on other sections of the route.

“We’ve been put in this position because of central government cuts impacting on not only ourselves, but the county council too, so they’re having to make huge savings. They are putting councils in an untenable position which is having a major impact on services for residents and in this case potentially leaving residents isolated.”

Councillor Bev Murray, executive member and ward councillor for Chorley South East one of the areas affected, said: “The part of the service being funded by the council is a ‘quick fix’ so the service didn’t end on Sunday and is only temporary. But it will give us the chance to have further discussions about the way forward and how the situation can be improved borough-wide.”

Stagecoach has enhanced its 8/8A service to cover Adlington and Limbrick and the Lancashire County Council 347 service has been revised to take in Charnock Richard, Heskin and Eccleston. The Chorley Council funded 7C service will run from Chorley Interchange to the Carr Lane/A6 junction via Pall Mall, Harrison Road, Pilling Lane, Kirstall Road and Melrose Way.


Find the latest consumer alert report here.



Preparation on town centre redevelopment begins

SHOPPERS and businesses will start to get a glimpse of some of the changes to Chorley town centre as preparation work begins on redeveloping the Flat Iron to accommodate the extension to Market Walk shopping centre.

Over the next few months, Chorley Council will begin a trial of relocating some market stalls from the Flat Iron market to Chapel Street on the second Saturday of the month to coincide with the Food and Craft Market.

The trials will begin on Saturday 11 March and continue on Saturdays 8 April and 13 May with shoppers able to visit a wide range of stalls that are usually only in the town centre on a Tuesday.

The bigger changes to the Flat Iron markets will come after Easter when the entire Flat Iron Tuesday market will move to the opposite end of the Flat Iron car park on Tuesday 18 April before gradually relocating along Chapel Street, Cleveland Street and Fazakerley Street from June onwards. 

The work to reconfigure the Flat Iron car park is being done in phases to minimise the disruption and ensure some parking spaces are still available.  However, drivers will be encouraged to use nearby car parks, like Hollinshead Street, where possible while the work is ongoing. 

The reconfiguration of the Flat Iron will start on the west side of the car park, near Booths, on 18 April, however, some trees around the Flat Iron will be taken down in March as part of the preparation work.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “These changes are vitally important to the redevelopment of the town centre but we’re introducing them in phases to cause as little disruption as possible.

“As the markets have always been an important part of Chorley’s identity, we want to make sure our plans to place the stalls along the streets work for both traders and shoppers before all of the stalls are temporarily relocated in June.

“If you are visiting the town centre when the Food and Craft Market is on, please also come and visit the other Flat Iron stalls on Chapel Street to see how it will work.

“The Market Walk extension is a massive project for the town centre so there will be some extensive preparation work to do before we officially start to build and that includes removing some of the existing trees that surround the Flat Iron.  All of these trees will be replaced as part of the new development with plans to plant even more.”

Work is also set to commence in late April to improve Fazakerley Street allowing for more market stalls to be accommodated there.  In addition to this, the area around the bus station, Seymour Street and Theatre Walk, which runs between Peter Street and Market Street, will all see improvements over the coming months

“We’re asking people to bear with us while this work is ongoing and to continue to visit and shop in the town centre,” added Coun Bradley.

“When the redevelopment of the town centre is complete, people will see a retail and leisure offer that builds upon the fantastic independent traders that we already have in town.  The council is investing £17 million in the town centre with the aim of supporting and developing the local economy through revitalising the town centre.”



One month until the Chorley Grand Prix returns

IT’S just one month to go until Chorley welcomes the country’s top cyclists and the whole of the Chorley borough is being urged to get involved and cheer them on.

On Saturday 15 April, the Chorley borough hosts the HSBC UK Spring Cup Series for 2017 with the Chorley Grand Prix, which is being organised by Chorley Council and British Cycling.

The prestigious race will start and finish on Park Road in Chorley town centre before the cyclists take on a five lap, 115 mile route through Chorley, Limbrick, Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley.

Like last year, local people are being urged to again get creative and show their support for the cyclists in a number of ways including:

  • knitting features along the route,
  • baking bicycle-themed cakes for fellow spectators,
  • decorating and displaying old bicycles on their own property,
  • taking part in the numerous bicycle activities in the Chorley Council cycle village on Park Road,
  • If you’re a business, decorating your shop window or creating a special Chorley Grand Prix offer or menu, and finally,
  • lining the route to cheer the cyclists on. 

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The Chorley Grand Prix is an amazing spectacle that puts Chorley well and truly on the map as a destination for cycling.  We want to build on the success of previous years by making this year’s event even bigger and attracting even more spectators to cheer on the cyclists as they make their way around our challenging course.

“Last year, it was great to see the decorated bicycles and bunting across the borough and the cycle village on Park Road had a brilliant family atmosphere.  We would like to recreate that again this year but hopefully get even more people decorating their homes, get more businesses offering special promotions and see even more displays like the giant cyclist made of hay bales in the fields.

“Whether you attended the last two years or not, I would definitely recommend you join us along the route to watch this brilliant race and the country’s top cyclists.  So far we’ve received entries from some of the best teams in the country including Madison Genesis, Team Wiggins who have double Olympic Gold medal winner Steve Burke riding, and JLT Condor who include last year’s winner Edmund Bradbury who will be back to defend his title.

“It should be a brilliant day and we’re looking forward to working with lots of cycling clubs, groups and businesses across the borough to make the event a success.”

As part of the 2017 Chorley Grand Prix, riders will also have the opportunity to win prizes in the Active Nation point’s competition and the Check out Chorley King of the Mountains competition, plus the official race support vehicles will be provided by the Chorley Group.

Anyone attending the Chorley Grand Prix or travelling in the area on Saturday 15 April is being reminded that there will generally be rolling road closures in place as the cyclists go past. 

However, Park Road and Queens Road in Chorley town centre will be closed for the full day, Southport Road will be closed for the last lap only and one side of Sheep House Lane and Rivington Road will be closed to west-bound traffic for the day, meaning there will be parking restrictions and diversion routes in place around these areas. 

For more information on the Chorley Grand Prix and ways you can get involved, visit, like Chorley Council on Facebook or follow @ChorleyCouncil.


The organisers of Ironman 2017 have provided us with information on the next event, on Sunday 16th July 2017.  Please take a look at the course route, road access information etc on the linked document here



The next community clean up day will be held in Whittle-le-Woods on Saturday 20th May.  Look out for posters on the village's noticeboards nearer the time.


I am emailing you on behalf of United Utilities to publicise their Winter Wise campaign, which aims to prevent any winter woes by helping householders in your community avoid the misery of a burst or frozen water pipe.

Although not responsible for domestic water pipes, United Utilities is keen to encourage communities to work together to avoid any problems this winter by making them aware of some simple steps which will make for a carefree winter.

Top of the tips list and one key preparation that many of us forget, is to make sure our pipes are protected by being lagged. Fixing damage caused by household pipes that have frozen and burst can run into hundreds of pounds as well as being really stressful. 

I’ve attached some useful information which you could use on your website/newsletter/email to your database or that you can print and place where they might help to inform people about the simple steps they can take. 

I have also attached a PDF poster for you to print out and display, plus a winter advice pack and a downloadable pdf leaflet. Please feel free to distribute these to any services, residents or partners you think would benefit.

You may also want to place this on your social media. We’d love it if you could tag @unitedutilities on Twitter and @OfficialUnitedUtilities on Facebook.

If there is anything further on this topic that you think would be useful, including printed posters, leaflets and free ice scrapers, please let me know.

Further advice about how to be Winter Wise can be found at including videos of how to find your stop tap and deal with frozen pipes.

Also, for the first time, United Utilities will be running the Bring Warmth Awards, where five communities have the chance to win £500 to put towards community outreach projects. Prizes will be awarded to those going above and beyond to spread a little warmth this winter by helping fellow residents feel warm, well and welcome.

The competition is open to any group, from a street to a residents’ association or a school. To find out more or to apply, visit I have also attached the award summary document for more information.


Find the Trading Standards reports for December 2016 and January 2017.



CHORLEY Council is flushed with success after scooping three national awards for its public toilets.

The council received a top accolade of a Platinum Award for the toilets at the Covered Market in the annual Loo of the Year Awards; was also a Category Winner for the Best Market Toilets, and received an Attendant of the Year Award for the staff who keep the toilets to such a high standard.

The toilets, on Cleveland Street, won the awards following an unannounced check by a fully trained and authorised Loo of the Year Awards inspector.

Councillor Danny Gee, who is responsible for the town centre, said: “We are quite rightly very proud of our public toilets at the market, our staff keep them spick and span. These awards show that their hard work has also been recognised nationally.

“We are delighted to have won a top platinum award this year bettering last year’s gold award, and to also be a category winner as well as winning attendant of the year, is a real feather in our cap.

“We often get appreciative comments from the local people who use them about how well they are looked after by our staff, now we’ve got national awards to prove they are the best!”

The aim of the awards, supported by Visit England, is to encourage the highest possible standards in all ‘away from home’ washrooms and the public toilets are judged against strict criteria by the independent inspectors.


The 55-space Hollinshead Street car park (at the back of the council’s Union Street offices) will be open as a public short stay car park all week from 5 December with one hour free parking.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: "We know that parking is really important for the town centre and it has rightly been highlighted as part of our development proposals.

"This car park has been used for staff parking during the week but we can relocate our staff further away from the town centre opening up spaces close to the shops.

“We know free parking is something shoppers enjoy so we’ve decided to offer one hour free on this car park so people can nip into the shops and it will hopefully help people to change their parking habits and consider parking on this car park more often.”

The new tariffs for this car park will be one hour free and three hours (which will be the maximum stay) for £1. Parking will remain free after 1pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays and Bank Holidays.



Here is a link to the October 2016 In The Know newsletter for Clayton and Whittle-le-Woods.



A CHARITY which helps people get around the town celebrated its 21st birthday this week.

Chorley Shopmobility, supported by Chorley Council, provides wheelchairs and motorised scooters for people not just with disabilities, but for all people who struggle to get about.

It was opened on 29 November 1995 by the then Mayor of Chorley, Councillor George Birtill, and the current Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Doreen Dickinson was on hand to cut the cake at the celebrations this week (Tuesday 29 November).

Councillor Danny Gee, who is a trustee of Chorley Shopmobility, said: “It took over three years of hard fundraising before the unit could open and when it did open, it had four scooters, four wheelchairs and 260 people registered.

“Now we have 15 scooters for people all weights and a very large selection of wheelchairs suitable for children and adults, and our registration is now over 4400!

“We believe that people with any mobility difficulties whatsoever have the right to get out and about, whether it’s a disability, someone who’s pregnant, or someone with a broken leg. Our aim is to help everyone to come to Chorley meet friends, have a cup of tea/coffee, do their shopping etc instead of sitting at home and this is something that we are proud to have achieved - and it will also have helped with Chorley’s economy by enabling more people to come into the town centre.”

Chorley Shopmobility is a non-profitmaking registered charity which is based at the Flat Iron car park and is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm (closed Wednesdays). Scooters are also available from Chorley Interchange Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.



Details of Highway works on Preston Road in January 2017:

Letter and further information.



Here are the latest Consumer Alerts, from August and from September 2016


CHORLEY’S festive season got off to a spectacular start on Saturday as thousands of people packed into the town centre to see local singing sensation and star of The Voice UK, Kevin Simm, switch on the town’s Christmas lights.

Organised by Chorley Council, the annual Christmas lights switch on event marked the start of the town’s Christmas events and attractions and saw thousands of people pack into Market Street for a spectacular show hosted by Rock FM.

A trio of local performers from the recent hugely popular Chorley Live, Brian Hobbs, Tabitha Belle, and Connor Banks, opened the show, followed by performances from Birchall, Tiger-S and Myth of Unity, which kept the audience in the party mood.

It was then the turn of The Voice winner and Chorley singing sensation, Kevin Simm who wowed the crowd with a range of songs including Trains and Wildfire from his brand new album. Kevin was then on hand to join the Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Alistair Bradley, and the Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Doreen Dickinson, to press the official plunger and light up the town.

The evening came to a spectacular end as the town was transformed into a winter wonderland, rounded off with a spectacular fireworks finale from the top of the town hall to start Christmas with a bang.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “The Christmas lights switch on is a great family event to help kick start the Christmas festivities and we’re delighted so many people braved the cold weather to help us celebrate the start of the festive season in town.

“We gave this year’s line-up a real local feel with fantastic acts including a few from this year’s Chorley Live and of course our special guest, Kevin Simm. We wanted to make sure all the family had a fantastic evening’s entertainment and from the feedback we have received people really enjoyed the show.

“It was a brilliant evening and it is only the start of our festive fun with events and attractions taking place every weekend in the run up to Christmas including a 60ft by 40ft  real ice rink as part of Chorley’s Winter Wonderland, which is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike, plus Chorley’s Santa Express.”

Other attractions and activities being held in the run up to Christmas include:

  • A special event called Astley Illuminated from 5pm until 10pm on Saturday 26 November, which will see Astley Hall and all of its treasures lit in magnificent LED spotlights. Including performances from the worldwide renowned Spark! Tarleton Brass Band and Trees Alive.
  • Chorley’s Santa Express land train and the chance to meet Father Christmas at Astley Hall, every Saturday and Sunday from 3 until 18 December. Tickets for this must be booked in advance at
  • Chorley’s Winter Wonderland, featuring the town’s first real ice rink, children’s fairground rides, festive market stalls and covered seating area from Friday 9 December until Sunday 8 January,
  • Festive family fun and entertainment in Market Walk and across the town centre every Saturday from 3 until 18 December with joyful face painting, arts and crafts plus festive music and performance.

Councillor Wilson added: “We are pulling out all the stops to create a fantastic festive atmosphere to encourage people to check out Chorley for Christmas.

“With activities planned every weekend, plus free parking after 1pm every Saturday and all day Sunday, we hope Chorley will have another bumper Christmas season.”

For more information on all of these events and attractions, plus details of other Christmas events taking place across the Chorley borough, visit or pick up or download a copy of the What’s Happening magazine, which is out now.


CHORLEY’S historic Astley Hall is all set be transformed into a magical winter wonderland again with spectacular lights, music and artistic performance.

Between 5pm and 10pm on Saturday 26 November, Chorley’s centre-piece building will be lit up in magnificent LED spotlights and hundreds of candles to help mark the start of Chorley’s Christmas celebrations.

The free show stopping event, which takes its inspiration from the Nuit des Musees (Night Museum) in Paris, has been organised by Chorley Council together with assistance from the Friends of Astley Hall.

Councillor Bev Murray, who has responsibility for Astley Hall at Chorley Council, said: “Last year’s Astley Illuminated was one of our biggest and brightest events and we’re delighted to be bringing this highly popular event to Chorley and in deed Lancashire once again.

“Whether you missed the opportunity to see the Hall lit up last year, or you came along and would like to see it again, it really is a spectacular sight and we are looking forward to welcoming people to the historic hall to showcase what it has to offer.

“We have changed things slightly this year as it is only a one day event, so we can make it even more spectacular, for visitors.”

Along with the lights people will get to see special performances from the hugely popular illuminated act Spark, who have performed across the globe, with their not to be missed drumming and visual extravaganza show taking place throughout the evening.

Tarleton Brass Band will be playing traditional Christmas carols within the walled garden and people are asked to watch out for the trees coming alive throughout the night.

“We’re really excited to be working with Worldbeaters Music, Tarleton Brass Band and Warble Entertainments to add music and performance to the event complimenting the spectacular lights on both Astley Hall and surrounding trees, to make what should be a fantastic evening out for all the family,” said Councillor Murray.

“The event is free to attend and Cafe Ambio will be open for light refreshments and a hot chocolate stall serving drinks and mulled wine which will make a perfect accompaniment to enjoying the delights of Astley Hall on a wonderful winter’s night.

“As we expect it to be really busy we’re putting on a free park and ride from the town centre (outside Booths) to the Hallgate entrance so please use the town centre car parks, which are free after 1pm on Saturdays.”

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OVER 77,000 additional visitors checked out Chorley last year according to new figures released. 

Visitor numbers across the Chorley borough rose to over 3.5 million in 2015, up from just over 3.4 million in 2014 with the overall value of the borough’s visitor economy up by 4.3 per cent to over £167 million.

Chorley Council is delighted at the increase in visitors and hopes the trend will continue after launching the area’s first visitor information website earlier this year. 

The Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Alistair Bradley, who has responsibility for Economic Development, said: “With some of the most beautiful countryside in the region, a thriving town centre, beautiful canals, parks and historic halls, Chorley is the perfect visitor destination and it’s fantastic to see so many people enjoying the borough’s attractions.

“Chorley is really upping its game as a visitor destination with attractions like Astley Hall, Coach House and Park, Hoghton Tower, Botany Bay, Heskin Farmers’ Market and more providing some fantastic events and activities for people of all ages. 

“There has also been a concerted effort by local businesses and organisations to improve the visitor offer in recent years, including independent traders, food establishments and hotels offering unique products, delicious menus and great value packages. Plus more people are seeing our beautiful villages and countryside as the ideal location for walking and cycling.”

The STEAM report released by Marketing Lancashire also revealed that the majority of visitors, over 3.2 million, came for the day, generating over £107 million for Chorley’s economy in 2015.  Visitors to Chorley also supported the equivalent of 2,222 full time jobs, which is an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to the previous year.

Due to events like the Chorley Flower Show, which has recently been nominated as a finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards, and the fact that Astley Hall is currently hosting the National Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition, attracting hundreds of visitors every weekend, Chorley’s reputation as a great day out continues to grow.

Coun Bradley continued: “These figures clearly show that attracting more visitors will ultimately boost the local economy with more people spending their money in Chorley and more jobs created.

“In 2015, the council-organised events alone attracted over 50,000 people to Chorley with many more attending other events in the area.  The feedback we get from visitors is that they really enjoy our events and what Chorley has to offer and the council is building on that with the creation of and further investment into the marketing of the area.”

For more inspiration on things to do and places to visit in Chorley, visit and follow @visitchorley on Instagram.  People who visit the area and want to share their experiences and pictures as inspiration to others are also being encouraged to use #checkoutchorley on social media.


SUCCESSFUL businesswoman and Dragon’s Den winner Kirsty Henshaw will take centre stage at an event which brings Central Lancashire’s top business leaders together.

Kirsty, who is from Preston, won backing from Dragons Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne for her ‘free from’ frozen ice cream alternatives inspired by her son’s serious food allergies, and has since gone on to create a multi-million pound business with her ‘free from’ range of savoury meals now stocked in most major supermarkets.

She will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Central Lancashire Business Networking Event at The Lancastrian at Chorley Town Hall on Wednesday 19 October.

‘Growing Your Business’ is the theme of the event is organised by Chorley, Preston and South Ribble Councils and Mike Ode from Chorley-based management and personal development training company Potential Unearthed will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Business leaders from across Central Lancashire are invited to this free event and with it being the 10th anniversary 10 delegates will be offered the chance to win a place on a social media masterclass run by local company DigiEnable.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said:  “We are delighted to host this prestigious event in Chorley and to welcome some of the area’s top business leaders who I’m sure will be inspired by Kirsty’s personal experience of growing her business.

“Boosting the local economy continues to be one of our key targets so it’s vital to support our businesses in any way we can and events such as these play their part in that. We try and create an environment where they can flourish, after all it is they that make the money and they who employ the people.”

Councillor Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council said: “This is a great event for businesses in the area, and we are pleased to be working with colleagues from Chorley and South Ribble Councils to be able to provide this opportunity.

“Central Lancashire is host to many successful businesses and organisations, and is becoming a hive of innovation and development. We are keen to support this through events such as this, as well as larger-scale partnerships like City Deal, which helps feed into the economy both for Preston and for Lancashire as a whole. Working together we are able to achieve far more for our communities.” 

Councillor Phil Smith, South Ribble Borough Council cabinet member for regeneration and leisure, said: “We are proud to showcase the excellent business support provided by our economic development team and are always keen to work with businesses to help them to invest and grow in South Ribble. Events like this are an ideal way to make connections and access the support and skills we can offer to help businesses succeed.”

For further information on the event and to book a place visit 


MOTORISTS visiting Chorley are set to benefit from free parking across the town centre as part of plans to attract more shoppers.

Just weeks after Chorley Council announced it was pressing ahead with plans to bring a cinema, big name retailers and restaurants to the town, the authority has confirmed it is looking at offering up to three hours free parking on certain car parks.

The proposals for free parking will complement the £17 million investment in the Market Walk extension and public realm improvements and are in response to feedback as part of previous consultations.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: "We know that parking is really important for the town centre and it has rightly been highlighted as part of our development proposals.

"We've continuously been looking at where we can provide more spaces and by 2018 we should be in a position where we have more parking spaces than we did in comparison to a few years ago.

"There will inevitably be disruption while the work takes place so that's why we're listening to businesses and shoppers and looking to offer one hour free parking on the short stay car parks [excludes Flat Iron] and three hours free parking on the long stay ones."

The first phases of car parking work would see the Hollinshead Street car park becoming public parking all week, from 5 December.

A longer term aim is to expand the High Street car park, which if combined with the new Hollinshead Street car park, would see around 200 new spaces created in very close proximity to the 187 lost on the Flat Iron due to the shopping centre extension.

"We know a big factor in people's shopping habits is parking tariffs as we do see a spike in visitors on a Saturday afternoon when it is free after 1pm," said Councillor Bradley.

"The whole aim of the improvements is to attract more shoppers to benefit all traders in the town centre and so it makes sense to look at reducing charges and eliminating them altogether where we can.

"The proposals would mean we'd in effect have some free parking available all weekend from 10am on Saturdays, which creates some of the cheapest town centre parking in the country.

“We will continue to keep all options under review, in order to offer residents and shoppers the most parking spaces we can over the coming months.”

It is anticipated that the new parking tariffs would be introduced from April 2017 to coincide with work starting on the Flat Iron car park although the Hollinshead Street staff car park will be available before Christmas for when the real ice rink takes up some Flat Iron spaces, with one hour free parking.


A NEW £50,000 state-of-the-art play area for toddlers has opened in Chorley.

The new Chorley Council facility, at Buttermere Green, has play equipment especially for younger children which will complement the existing play facilities, skate park, ball court and grass football pitches already provided and the new community centre which is to be opened shortly.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “This is a fabulous facility for the local community. It has been a long term aim of the council to improve the play facilities here and this area for toddlers is the final phase before the opening of the new community centre.

“The residents themselves have been involved in shaping its design and have told us what equipment they’d like for their children to play on.

“I’d like to thank all those who took part in the consultation, including the Adactus Housing Group and the Chorley Moor Residents’ Association.

“We were delighted to be able to get additional funding from Lancashire County Council and the Department for Communities and Local Government so we could create this fantastic play area for the younger children of this community.”

The play area, aimed at children aged two to 8 years, is designed to have easy smooth access from hard standing all year round, is accessible to all and offers an innovative challenging play space, safe for young children, their family and friends to exercise, socialise and have fun.

Chorley Council is also working with LCC to improve the footpath access into the play areas by installing dropped kerbs to the central footpath linking through the greenspace. This work is scheduled to be carried out over the winter.


CHORLEY is set to become the centre of the rapidly growing digital sector in Lancashire thanks to an ambitious £8.4m scheme being developed by Chorley Council.

A new advanced digital office park creating 54,000sq ft of state-of-the-art office space providing high value jobs for hundreds of people is to be built at Euxton Lane after the council won financial backing from Europe.

The council won over £4.1m funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) towards the cost of scheme and now work is expected to start on site early next year.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding from the ERDF, we’re the only local authority in Lancashire to have been successful in this particular bidding round and we believe it shows confidence in what we are trying to do.

“Digital technology is the business of the future and this development will put Chorley right at the centre of digital technology in Lancashire.

“We are really excited to be creating such a high quality business facility in Chorley which will create the wealth of tomorrow with hundreds of well paid and skilled jobs.

“This is one of the most significant business developments to happen in Chorley for a generation and it will drive forward economic growth. It has been estimated by independent experts that it could generate an additional £18.5 million for the Chorley economy.”

The council is working with multi-award winning commercial data centre service provider AIMES who to create a state of the art 1.5MW Data Centre to provide digital services; including Cloud, hosting and connectivity to the Digital Office Park, Lancashire region and beyond.  

The new Data Centre will complement and add capacity to AIMES’ existing, energy efficient, Data Centre in Liverpool.

Project director Michael Walker said: “Chorley Council’s pro-active approach to inward investment and willingness to collaborate made the decision to expand on to the site a simple one. Co-locating the data centre and Digital Office Park will create an amazing opportunity for new and existing businesses to move there and be confident that all of their digital requirements will be easily met.”

The centre will have a high capacity server and super-speed broadband vital for advanced digital businesses. There will be a new intensive business incubation facility for start up businesses with onsite business advisors and university researchers giving businesses extensive support in setting up and developing growth.

The businesses will be offered space which includes hot desks, micro pods, flexible desks and more traditional office suites and a training room will be on site offering workshop facilities as well as a networking zone.

The building itself will be one of the most advanced environmentally friendly in Lancashire and has been designed to a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.

The 2.8 acre development is part of the council’s larger Digital Health Village masterplan for the 32 acre site which has outline planning permission for industrial/employment units, care home and specialist care facility, convenience store, family pub and/or medical centre, plus up to 125 homes.

Councillor Bradley said: “We expect that demand for space at the centre and the unique business support offer will be high with strong interest from the digital sector, however our campaign targeting inward investment companies starts now so I would urge interested businesses or people thinking of starting up such businesses to contact us on 01257 515151 for further information.

“This site was originally looked to be developed out for housing, but we didn't want that so our influence has allowed us to steer it towards mainly employment use.

“It will provide jobs, it will provide income to the council and will see quite large contributions to infrastructure in the wider area through CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) payments.”


Caption: A computer generated image of the Digital Office Park

Notes to Editors:

European Regional Development Fund

The project is receiving over £4.1m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit .

BREEAM is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings. Using independent, licensed assessors, BREEAM assesses scientifically based criteria covering a range of issues in categories that evaluate energy and water use, health and wellbeing, pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes. Buildings are rated and certified on a scale of ‘Pass’, ‘Good’, ‘Very Good’, ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’.


Businesses continue to choose Chorley town centre

CHORLEY is bucking the trend when it comes to the number of empty shops in the town centre.

Figures revealed this week show that the town centre vacancy rates in Chorley are below the national average proving that new shops and businesses are continuing to set up in the town centre.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, who oversees economic development and the town centre at Chorley Council, said: “The council has worked hard to attract new businesses to the town centre and it’s great to see that we are doing better than many other town centres up and down the country.

“The support the council offers businesses including grants, advice, workshops and networking has proven to be very effective and lots of businesses are taking advantage of these opportunities.  We've also bought and taken control of Market Walk shopping centre, which has allowed us to do more to attract businesses to the town and with two more shops opening in the New Year, the shopping centre will be full again.

"However, if we want businesses and the town centre to succeed in the future we can't stand still.  The next few years will see some of the most dramatic changes ever seen in the town centre with the Market Walk and town centre improvements, the creation of the new youth zone and the retirement village on Fleet Street and we strongly believe that these changes will attract even more businesses and boost Chorley's local economy even further."

The overall vacancy rate in Chorley town centre including shops, pubs, leisure, developments and offices, currently stands at 6.8 per cent – that’s lower than the national average of 10.1 per cent and much better than other neighbouring towns, with the regional average at 19.6 per cent.

“If we’re going to continue to have a thriving town centre we need local people to shop in Chorley and support their local traders,” added Councillor Bradley

“Chorley has some fantastic independent traders who offer something different to other neighbouring towns and cities, as well as a few national retailers, so I’d urge people to visit the town centre and see what’s on offer.

"We will continue to back local traders and invest in the town centre and I hope that by doing that Chorley town centre will continue to be a great place to shop, visit and spend time."


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CHORLEY town centre is set to undergo a £17 million transformation over the next few years as Chorley Council is on the verge of sealing deals with several high profile businesses for the Market Walk shopping centre extension.

The ambitious scheme would see a cinema, high street retailers and restaurants move into the shopping centre with the rest of the town centre being revamped to make Chorley an even more enjoyable place to shop and enjoy leisure time.

Councillors will take a decision on whether to proceed with all the developments on Tuesday and work could start as early as January, if approved.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “This is a really exciting time for Chorley because the proposals would see some of the biggest changes in a generation and set up our town centre to thrive over the coming years.

“It has taken a huge amount of work to get to this stage but we are delivering what residents and visitors have told us they want to see so we can attract even more visitors into Chorley.

“The work will ensure we have a different offer to complement the many independent traders and markets, which make our town what it is, and by increasing footfall everyone in the town centre should benefit.”

The extension would see seven new units created with the council committed to having more than 75 per cent of the floor space filled before work could begin.

The £17 million investment will include £12.6 million for the Market Walk extension and associated works and a further £4 million being put towards improving the public realm, including the creation of a new civic square opposite the Town Hall.

“We know parking has been one of the main concerns flagged up by residents and businesses so that will be the first thing we sort out if the scheme goes ahead,” said Councillor Bradley.

“Not only will we be creating new parking spaces but we are going to look at creating more free parking to encourage people to visit.

“We will also have to consider the relocation of the Flat Iron Market while the work takes place and we will be consulting fully with traders over the coming weeks.

“The additional income that could be generated from the Market Walk extension will play an important part in helping the council to balance its books as we have to become self-sufficient by 2020.”

Chorley Council bought the Market Walk shopping centre in 2013 and planning permission was granted for the extension last year.

A number of modifications have been made to the original plans, which will now see the development earn more income than initially projected.

If approved the extension could be open by summer/autumn 2018.


CHORLEY’s Astley Hall, Coach House and Park will open its ceremony doors to happy couples when the historic venue hosts a weekend of wedding open days.

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September, the ceremony rooms at Astley Hall and Coach House will be open and dressed for the occasion to show couples just how magical their ceremony could be.

The open days will take place from 12 noon until 4.30pm with some local suppliers displaying their work and ideas.

The venue’s wedding coordinator will be on hand to discuss the finer details and couples will get the chance to view Astley Hall’s majestic Great Hall with its remarkable plaster ceilings and sweeping staircase; the more intimate panelled Dining Room with its spectacular views over the lake and fountain and the Coach House Conference Room with its wooden beams and rustic brickwork.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees the Astley complex at Chorley Council, said: “Astley is an amazing wedding venue that has produced so many magical memories and photographs for couples and their friends and families over the years. 

“The open days will be a great opportunity for anyone to come and see first-hand how the venue can look on their wedding day and it will also give people the chance to pick up a printed copy of our wonderful wedding brochure.

“We still have dates available for 2017 but they are booking up fast.  If you are interested in holding your wedding at Astley and have a particular date in mind, please come along and discuss the details with our wedding coordinator.”

For more information on Astley Hall, Coach House and Park and to view the wedding brochure in advance please visit


GREEN flags are flying high over Chorley as its popular parks and recreation grounds won national recognition for their quality and standards.

Astley Park, Yarrow Valley County Park, Withnell Local Nature reserve, and Tatton and Coronation recreations grounds once again met the tough standards put in place by Green Flag Awards, an organisation that inspects parks and open spaces across the country.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who looks after parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “I am delighted that our parks and recreation grounds have once again won the recognition they deserve.

“I’d like to thank all the community groups and volunteers and of course our own staff for their hard work and dedication which has resulted in achieving the extremely high standards needed to win Green Flag awards. It is by working together that we ensure our parks and recreation grounds are places people can enjoy and can be proud of.”

It is the 11th consecutive year that Yarrow Valley Country Park has won the Green Flag Award. Withnell and Tatton have now won it for eight consecutive years, Astley Park for the fifth year and Coronation Rec for the second.

Councillor Lowe added: “We’ve put in extra investment into Tatton over this last year which has resulted in paths being resurfaced, new trees planted, new safety surfaces under the swings and zipwire and new benches and a handrail round the bowling green. Further improvements are also planned at Tatton in the near future, and we have also now secured the money to make a start on major improvements to Coronation Recreation Ground.

“A masterplan for Coronation Rec can be viewed at or on noticeboards on site.

“We would welcome your views and ideas to help influence the future use, restoration and development of the rec.

“Please take time to fill in a consultation form online or hard copies can be picked up from the council offices in Union Street. The closing date for comments is 9 September.”

The Green Flag Awards, now in their 20th year, are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. 

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”


A BRAND new rounders’ league for women has been launched in Chorley following a successful tournament trial.

Chorley Council has been working in partnership with Euxton Cricket Club for the past 12 months to establish a rounders’ league in the town after it was highlighted that people had to travel to Preston or Bolton to play.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We were asked to look into the possibility of setting up a rounders’ league for women here in Chorley.

“We’ve been working with Euxton Cricket Club to ‘test the water’ and started with a series of fun charity tournaments for men and women, followed by a women-only tournament.

“These proved so successful we are now trialling a women’s mini-league which starts on Friday 2 September.”

Already nine teams have signed up for the four-week league being held every Friday at Euxton Cricket Club at 6.30pm. They are from businesses, other sports clubs, and a mix of family and friends.

Teams need to have a minimum of seven members and a maximum of 11 and all members must be female and aged 12 or over.

There is a registration fee and a charge per game. For anyone interested in taking part in the new league, please contact the organiser via the Facebook page

Councillor Wilson added: “Although some teams have signed up already, there is room for more, so I’d like to encourage businesses, clubs, community groups and families and friends to come along and join in.”


For more information, please contact policy and engagement assistant Vanessa Fitzgerald on 01257 515033.


A SCHEME to improve the water quality of the River Chor through Astley Park and provide a natural habitat for wildlife is now complete.

The creation of a reed bed to help ‘filter’ the water has also seen over 700 trees, native hedgerow and woodland understory shrubs planted, plus hundreds of wetland and woodland wildflower plants and millions of wildflower seeds sown in the £35,000 project..

The Friends of Astley Park, concerned about the lack of plant and fish life in the river, spearheaded the project with support from Chorley Council.

They won funding of over £13,000 from the Lancashire Environmental Fund, £10,000 from Chorley Council, £8,000 from the Environment Agency and £4,000 from Highways England.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees Astley Park for Chorley Council, said: “It is an amazing project which will have an impact for years to come not only improving the ecology of the river, but also providing an important habitat for wildlife.

“The reeds are beginning to grow and the wetland and woodland area is already flourishing. We’ve improved the footpaths in the area and installed an interpretation board telling the story of the project and illustrating the wildlife which now thrive in the newly created area for people to enjoy.

“I’d like to thank the Friends of Astley Park for coming to us with the idea for the reed bed and doing so much to help improve the River Chor which is such an important feature in our park.”

Steve Rhodes, chair of the Friends, said: “We do regular clean ups of the river, picking litter and clearing blockages but the lack of fish and plant life concerned us. When we looked into it we faced many historical problems that would be impossible to tackle so we came up with the idea of the reed bed to help filter the water, researched it, put it to the council and sourced the grants.

“We’ve carried out much of the native planting within the new reed bed and wildlife area during work days, including planting a native hedgerow and wetland and wildflower plants.

“We have already begun the task of helping maintain the habitat by hand-pulling the non-native Himalayan balsam from the river edge during June and July. 

“I would like to encourage people to come along and have a look at how this area of the park has changed, but please keep to the paths provided and keep dogs on leads so as not to disturb the wildlife, and if anyone would like to join us, or find out more about what we do, then please visit our website .”

A new river channel has been created at the Park Road end of Astley Park to divert the existing river through a ¼ hectare of wet reed bed planted with Typha augistolia and Phragmites australis both of which remove pollutants from the water.

The River Chor originates by Botany Bay and flows across the railway aqueduct, it then travels underground from Aldi through Chorley into the reed bed and on through the woodlands of Astley Park to Gillibrand before falling down the spillway into the River Yarrow.  


A PAINTING described as ‘evoking the essence of summer’ has scooped two top prizes in a prestigious art competition.

Anne Couchman, a member of Chorley art group Paintbox, has won both the Judges’ Award and the Visitors’ Choice Award at the Astley Biennial Open Art Exhibition held at Astley Hall.

Her painting, ‘Summer Meadow’, received the most votes from people who visited the exhibition held in the Hall’s art gallery over the summer, and also impressed the judging panel which included the Mayor of Chorley Councillor Doreen Dickinson, Curator of Astley Hall Amanda Draper and Rebecca Findlay, the previous Biennial winner.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees Astley Hall for Chorley Council, said: “Anne is a very worthy winner of this competition. Her work won over both the judging panel and the record number of visitors who voted for their favourite. We had over 1600 votes all told and Anne’s ‘Summer Meadow’ was the winner. Now she will be invited to hold an exhibition of all her own work at the Astley Farmhouse Gallery in 2017.

“I’d like to thank all those who submitted work for the Biennial Exhibition, the standard of entries this year was very high making it a tough decision for the judges to make.”

Anne, who lives in Haigh, said that she had been painting on and off for years but since retiring 10 years ago, it was now her principal past time.

She said: “I am delighted to have won, I still can’t quite believe it. This one was done in pastel and although only seven per cent of professional and amateur painters use pastel, I love them because of the colour and vibrancy, you can do so much with them – and of course, scrape it off if it goes wrong!

“I also do water colour painting and I’m a member of Chorley Paintbox which is the nicest art club I have ever belonged to.

“I’m now looking forward to producing some work for my exhibition which will be in March next year.”

Anne had two of her works on display in the Astley Biennial Exhibition but it was ‘Summer Meadow’ which captured people’s imaginations with them commenting:

‘Dreamy and ethereal, love it’

‘Lovely painting, conjures up a childhood, lying down and blowing dandelion clocks’

‘The morning light on the meadow is beautiful’

‘Reminds me of warm days’

And the judges commented:

‘A very relaxing, soothing picture. Beautiful colours’

‘Stands out technically. Composition, colour and subtlety of palette and subject matter are spot on and create a lovely warmth and quiet presence’

‘A beautiful composition evoking the essence of summer’


Chorley’s first citizen took to the skies on 26th September to raise money for one of her chosen charities.

The Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Doreen Dickinson, took part in a 10,000ft sky dive for The Alzheimer’s Society.

The active octogenarian, who regularly plays badminton and golf, had decided she wanted to take up a sponsored challenge during her year in office and plumped for the tandem freefall parachute jump over her other options of a zip wire or an abseil.

Doreen, 83, is being fully supported in her challenge by her children and grandchildren.

She said: “I’ve passed a medical and been through a risk assessment so now it’s all systems go. I’m apprehensive because I’ve never done anything like this before, but I am looking forward to it and I do hope to raise a lot of money because it is a very worthy cause.

“At 83 years old I thought a skydive was a good way to prove you are never too old to do these things. The Alzheimer's Society is a charity very close to my family and it is nice to be in position to be able to give something back to the charity.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor the Mayor can do so on her Just Giving page

The Mayor’s skydiving challenge will take place at Cockerham near Lancaster.


Annual under 16's Fishing Competition

To be held on Sunday 6th August at Curwen's Fishing Centre (Low Mill Lodge).

All entrants to be residents of Whittle-le-Woods.

Free entry.

Prizes to be won on the day.

Please sign entry form with your address and contact details.

Start time 8:30am to draw your peg.

Fishing from 9am to noon.


Contact Bill Yates 07762 773729



Doorstep Incidents

Gardeners Cold Calling

Reports have been received about two men, knocking on doors offering gardening services in the St Annes and Preston areas of Lancashire. They hand out a flyer which carries impressive qualification claims.

Householders have asked for trees to be cut down or pruned back and a price is agreed. The workmen will begin the job and in some cases point out other work that needs doing. The price increases. Shortly after the workmen then ask for cash. Once the money is paid the workmen disappear, on the pretence of needing more equipment, leaving trees half pruned and cuttings lying everywhere.

Bogus Council Official

A Lancashire resident was cold called by a trader at a weekend, who informed her that her roo

f tiles needed some work, and they had to be replaced. She declined the work but asked for a business card. The man said he did not have a card to hand, but that if she gave him her phone number he would get his boss to explain the issue to her.

She was then called by a man giving the name Peter Bird, who claimed to be from Lancashire County Council.  He said there were issues with pipework on her property, that remedial work needed to be done urgently and she would have to pay that week. This man does not work for LCC.

Conservatory Salesman

Reports have been received from the South Ribble area regarding a salesmen knocking on doors selling conservatories. In one instance an elderly resident was offered a new conservatory roof. She was told her current roof needed replacing as it could get so hot it was at risk of melting her furniture. The resident knew this was not the case but felt pressured and intimidated by the salesman.

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July is Scams Awareness Month with the message to consumers being

'Get Advice' via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline,

'Report It' to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and

'Tell' family, friends and neighbours.

Why not visit our facebook page for more information

Contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06



Be Scam Aware

Scams Awareness Month 2016 (SAM16) aims to create a confident community of consumers; people who get timely advice from trusted sources; people who report scams and share their experiences so that others can benefit.

Scams are not a minor inconvenience; they cause distress and misery, they ruin lives in some cases and , even where the losses are comparatively low, they lead to widespread loss of consumer confidence.

Throughout July, local Citizens Advice and Trading Standards Services together with other partners will aim to get the key messages out to consumers across the County.

There is further information about the campaign at

There will be regular features about scams on our Trading Standards Facebook page – Scambuster Stan    


A £200,000 project to help improve a key business area close to Chorley town centre has started with the unveiling of artwork depicting the heritage and diversity of the area.

Chorley Council has launched the programme of works to improve the gateways to Steeley Lane and link it better to the town centre through proposed improvements to the pavements and subway under the railway line.

The artwork, reflecting the diverse business community in the area over the years, cost £15,000 and is the first stage of the planned £200,000 project.  Newground was commissioned by the council to consult with the local businesses and carry out the design work.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader said: “Steeley Lane is a key part of the town centre, but has suffered because of the poor access because of the bypass and the railway line. We’re trying to improve the pedestrian gateways to this area by enhancing the public realm to provide a more pleasant and safe access for people.

“The programme once complete will benefit local businesses by giving the area an identity which will encourage local pride and promote a cohesive and diverse business community.

“The artwork we’ve had done is the first part of this ambitious project. It is very early days yet because we can only address the rest once Network Rail has completed its station improvement works which include re-bridging the existing subway.”

Other works to follow include:

  • the improvement of the Seymour Street/Steeley Lane pavement with landscaping
  • an improved crossing to the bus station once across Shepherds Way
  • upgraded CCTV in the area

Councillor Bradley added: “The businesses in the area are enthusiastic about the project with some already having done up their shop fronts with help from our shop front improvement grant scheme, and others are currently applying for the grants, so this too will further improve the look of the area.

“And I’d like to thank Pilkington’s Oils which has invested into the project by replacing their old barbed wire fence with a new palisade fence to which a 35-metre long piece of artwork has been fastened creating an impressive feature along the key pedestrian route.

“The businesses will be open as usual throughout the railway and station works over the summer, so please support them. Once this work by Network Rail and our public realm works are complete, the whole area will be a more pleasant environment for businesses, residents and shoppers to enjoy.”


THE search is on to find Chorley’s sporting heroes - people who have achieved or excelled in sport, and clubs that have gone that extra mile for its members.

Chorley Council is once again hosting the popular Chorley Sports Awards, in conjunction with the Chorley Sports Forum, and needs you to nominate people who you think are worthy of the prestigious accolades.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees sports activities for Chorley Council, said: “From grassroots to elite sports there is so much going on in the borough that it’s only right we recognise those who contribute so much to our community.

“We’ve had a fantastic year of sporting achievements with many clubs and individual athletes representing Chorley on the regional and national stage.

“We want people to nominate those they believe have achieved or excelled in their chosen sport, or those who have inspired others. We want them to tell us in no more than 500 words, what sets this person or club apart from the others? What qualities and values do they demonstrate that makes them a role model for others?

“All you have to do is pick up a nomination form from the council offices in Union Street, All Seasons Leisure Centre, or fill one in online at and send it to us by Wednesday 10 August. The awards ceremony will be a glittering occasion at Chorley town hall on Friday, 9 September when the winners chosen from those nominated will be presented with certificates.”

The categories you can nominate your unsung sporting heroes for 2015/16 include:

  • Coach of the Year – for providing guidance and support and/or introducing new opportunities for people to participate in sport
  • Young Volunteer (14-24 years) – for a youngster, other than a coach, who has given up their free time to volunteer in sport
  • Adult Volunteer (over 25) – for an adult who has given up their free time to volunteer in sport
  • Young Achiever of the Year (under 21) – for a talented performer who shows exceptional dedication to their sport and has the potential to perform at the highest level
  • Service to disability sport– for an individual, administrator, coach or official who has made a highly significant contribution to disability sport
  • Community Club of the Year – for a local club which has carried out immense work organising programmes to attract and encourage new participants
  • Lifetime achievement – many people dedicate their lives to sport and this is an award to recognise them
  • Primary school of the year – a secondary school that makes sport a core part of its delivery
  • Secondary school of the year – a secondary school that makes sport a core part of its delivery

Completed nomination forms should be sent to Chorley Sports Awards, Chorley Council, Civic Offices, Union Street, Chorley, PR7 1AL. If you have any queries, please call 01257 515151 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CHORLEY Community Housing (CCH) residents will soon be able to access community services in one place as plans were announced to move the housing association’s customer offices to Chorley Council’s one-stop-shop on Union Street.

The housing association, which manages more than 3,000 of Chorley’s former council houses, is set to move their customer service office from their current base on St Thomas’s Road to Chorley Council’s civic offices on Union Street to enhance the service to local people and work more closely with the council.

Councillor Peter Wilson who is the Deputy Leader of Chorley Council with responsibility for resources, said: “It is vitally important that residents have easy access to a range of services in one place and this move will be a great addition to the council’s one-stop-shop on Union Street.

“We have always worked very closely with CCH and by working together we’ve been able to provide much needed affordable housing to local residents right across the borough. 

“The current office has served them well but now is the time to bring them into the centre of town so they can work alongside our officers to provide an even better service to residents.”

Richard Houghton, Chorley Community Housing’s Director of Operations, added: “I’m delighted to confirm that CCH will be moving to Chorley Council’s one-stop-shop on Union Street to use the excellent customer service facilities there.

“Working alongside Chorley Council on a daily basis will bring many benefits for our residents, enabling us to better meet their needs and further improving the services we offer.

“It will mean residents will only need to visit one office with any enquires they may have and will ensure that we can offer them a wide range of advice and services in one place.”  

CCH will move into Chorley Council’s one-stop-shop by the end of the year.


Please find details of the closure of Buckshaw Avenue on the 14th August.


Closure details


Here is the latest Trading Standards update.


CHORLEY people are being urged to have their say on where future gypsy and traveller sites should be allocated across Central Lancashire.

Chorley is one of the three central Lancashire councils working on a joint local plan to identify and allocate sites across Chorley, Preston and South Ribble, to meet the need for permanent and transit gypsy and traveller pitches, and potentially travelling showpeople sites over the next 10 years.

Cowling Farm has already been earmarked to meet Chorley’s permanent traveller need in Chorley Council’s own local plan.

As part of Central Lancashire Gypsy and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Local Plan, the three councils are currently consulting on the first stage of the plan preparation, called an Issues and Options document, which not only includes a number of questions the councils are seeking comments on and key issues that need to be addressed, but also includes a ‘call for sites’ encouraging landowners to put forward potential sites for consideration. There will be further opportunities to comment as the plan progresses.

The closing date for the consultation on this first stage of the joint local plan is Friday 1 July. For more information and to have your say, please visit

A LONG-SERVING Chorley politician is looking forward to her year in office after being elected as the new Mayor of Chorley on Tuesday.

Councillor Doreen Dickinson said she was particularly looking forward to meeting people across the borough she has served for the past 16 years.

The current ward councillor for the Lostock ward on Chorley Council, said: “It’s a huge privilege to be Chorley’s First Citizen and I’m really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible, who live, work and volunteer in our borough.”

Doreen has chosen three charities to support during her mayoral year - St Catherine’s Hospice, the North West Air Ambulance and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Her son Peter Vickers will be her Consort for her year of office. Peter is a civil engineer, is married to Tracy and has two sons.

One of five children, Doreen was born in Hutton and moved to Fulwood when she was three years old where her father owned a farm. She remembers helping with the milk round on horse and cart!

She attended Fulwood Cadley Primary School and continued her education at Cambridge House Private School in Preston.

In 1955, Doreen married and moved to Croston where her husband bought the local milk round. Doreen trained as a tailoress but her love of cooking led her to night school where she learned to cook and bake.

Married and widowed twice, Doreen continued the local milk round with her daughter Lesley before buying The Old Bakery in Bretherton in 1992 which is still owned and run by her family.

She has two children, Peter and Lesley, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren on the way. 

Doreen was elected as councillor in Lostock ward in 2000. She has also been a school governor at Bretherton Endowed and Coppull primary schools and has served on the Parochial Church Council at Bretherton Church.

She keeps active by playing badminton and golf and is a member of the University of the Third Age

LOCAL artists have the chance to get involved in Chorley’s biggest art competition - and have their work displayed in the iconic Astley Hall.

Chorley Council is running the popular Astley Biennial Open Art Exhibition again this year and is appealing for artists of all genres to enter their work.

Entry is free and the competition winners will be invited to display more of their work for an exhibition during 2017.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees exhibitions at Chorley Council’s Astley Hall, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our local artists to get their work displayed in such a prestigious art gallery.

“Paintings, drawings, collages, prints, photographs and hung textile art are all accepted so we’re encouraging a wide range of artists to put their work forward.

“Each artist can submit a maximum of two pieces and a selection of the work submitted will be on display at an exhibition in Astley Hall Art Gallery which opens to the public on Saturday 11 June. The winners of the competition will have the chance to then have an exhibition of their own work at Astley Hall next year.”

There are two prizes available - the Judges’ Award and the Visitors’ Choice Award as visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for their favourite piece.

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over and who lives or works in Chorley borough, or is a member of a Chorley art society.

All artwork must be delivered in person to the Art Gallery, Astley Hall on either Saturday or Sunday 4 or 5 June between 1pm and 4pm.

Councillor Murray added: “We know there are lots of talented artists in the area and this is our way of giving them a platform to showcase their work.”

For more details of the competition, and terms and conditions, please visit the website

Pack up your picnics and head to Chorley’s Astley Park on Sunday 26 June for an afternoon of free fun and entertainment as Mr Bloom from CBeebies heads to the town’s annual Picnic in the Park event.

Chorley Council has teamed up with Rock FM to bring a fantastic family stage show to Astley Park with performances from Mr Bloom, children’s entertainers, top local bands, singers, and a surprise guest from a popular television reality contest as well as face painters and balloon modellers.

The fun starts at 12 noon and will also feature interactive activities for children including circus workshops, sports, games, orienteering challenges, arts and crafts, meet the animals of Pets Corner and not forgetting the opportunity to explore Astley Hall and the exhibitions in Astley Farmhouse.

Councillor Peter Wilson who is responsible for events at Chorley Council, said: “We’re really excited to bring Mr Bloom from CBeebies and the other exciting acts and entertainers to Astley Park and we’d like as many families as possible to come and join us.

“Picnic in the Park is a fantastic event and we’ve planned lots of activities throughout the afternoon, including two performances from Mr Bloom, a surprise guest from one of television’s reality talent contests and some great up and coming bands.  There will also be lots of other great activities for everyone to have a go at, including some brilliant circus workshops.

“Come rain or shine, there will be lots going on between 12 noon and 5pm to keep the little ones entertained, so pack up your picnic goodies and come and sing and dance along to Rock FM’s family stage show.”

Anyone driving to Picnic in the Park is being encouraged to be considerate of the residents of Astley Village and either park at Woodlands car park on Southport Road and use the Ackhurst Lodge entrance to Astley Park or park at one of the town centre car parks, which are free on Sundays and are only a short walk from the Park Road or Queens Road entrances to Astley Park. Hallgate car park will be open for blue badge holders only.

Picnic in the Park is just one of the many events organised by Chorley Council to give local people and visitors a great day out in Chorley.  For more inspiration and ideas for a great day out, check out Chorley’s new online visitor information centre,


Find details of temporary closure June 2016 here, and here.



Chorley Heritage Centre is holding an Open Day on Saturday 9th July 2016 for all who have contributed in any way to the current exhibition, “Buckshaw Then and Now”.

Volunteers will be on duty at the Heritage Centre, in the upper gallery of Astley Hall Farmhouse, throughout the day from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

They hope you will be able to join us at some point on July 9th so that we can thank you for your involvement.

Chorley Heritage Centre’s normal opening times are from 12 noon – 3.30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Alongside historical information, the exhibition will feature art work done by Buckshaw Trinity Primary School and Runshaw College students, and it continues till the end of September 2016.


There are elections being held in Chorley this week and as we want to ensure you take the opportunity to have your say on who you want to represent you, we thought we'd send you some information.

In Chorley we have two sets of elections taking place on 5 May 2016 when polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

These are:

  • Chorley Borough Council elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire election

Chorley Borough Council elections
At Chorley, elections are done in thirds which means this year there are elections in 15 of the 20 borough wards.

The wards NOT holding borough elections are:
Astley and Buckshaw
Clayton-le-Woods West and Cuerden
Euxton South

Police and Crime Commissioner election
There will be elections held in all 20 wards across the borough for you to choose which candidate you want to elect as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire. You can have a first and second choice vote on the ballot paper for this election.

If you registered for a postal vote, we must receive your completed pack by 10pm on Thursday 5 May. If you miss the post you can either drop it off at yourlocal polling station, or bring it to Chorley Town Hall.

For more information, please click here or on the large image below.

Doorstep Incidents

Doorstep callers selling pots, pans and knives have been reported in the Preston area. Some of the products claim to be branded goods but are suspected to be counterfeit.  No cancellation rights are required to be given for goods bought on the doorstep under the value of £42.

Accrington, Preston and Lytham have reported cold callers offering free boiler schemes.  In all cases the salesmen have required personal details, including your financial situation. 

If you think you may qualify for a free boiler, initially make contact with your local District council, they may know of reputable schemes in your area.

Be cautious who you give personal details to, including your bank details and methods of identification.

Pyramid Selling

Trading Standards are receiving reports regarding a possible pyramid selling scheme.  Such schemes usually start with someone trying to recruit you to a business opportunity.

A pyramid scheme is an unsustainable business model that requires participants to join in and invest.  Sometimes there is a product to sell (typically cosmetics, health style foods) but the classic pyramid just requires an investment from each individual. They are sometimes called gifting schemes or multilevel marketing schemes.

Friends or friends of friends may approach you to join as the more people who join the more money can be made.  Only those at the very top will profit.  You will lose your investment and if you in turn enrol family and friends they can lose out too.

Telephone Scams

Residents have been receiving telephone calls claiming to be ringing from their local Council, working in collaboration with the NHS asking about a recent accident.  No such collaboration has been set up with your local Council – be suspicious if you receive such a call.

Residents of Lancashire have also been receiving a call stating you may be awarded a Good Citizen Grant to the value of £3000 to £5000.  The telephone number seemed to be London based.  This is a scam and will be an attempt to get bank details from you or an attempt to obtain an advanced fee. 

For regular updates on the latest scams and doorstep incidents why not visit our facebook page

Contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06

Battle lines can now be drawn by the political parties seeking control of Chorley - and for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire

Nominations have now closed for those planning to stand in the forthcoming elections on 5 May.

Chorley Council has 15 seats up for grabs for the 47-member strong council and all 15 are being contested by political rivals.

In the Police and Crime Commissioner election, all areas across the borough will go to the polls to select which candidate will serve as the next PCC for Lancashire.

Jamie Carson, Director at Chorley Council, said: “We elect a third of our councillors each year, so there are always some wards where there are no local elections. However, all wards will be voting in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.”

Polling stations across the borough will be open from 7am to 10pm on 5 May giving people plenty of time to cast their vote.

A full list of the candidates standing in each of the 15 Chorley Council wards, and the candidates standing in the Police and Crime Commissioner election, can be found on the council’s website

Mr Carson added: “Everyone who has registered to vote should have received a poll card by now - if you haven’t, please contact us so we can check you are on the electoral roll. There is still time to register although the deadline is fast approaching. You can speed things up by applying to register online at, however the completed forms must be received at Chorley Town Hall by 5pm on Monday 18 April or you will not be able to vote.”

Areas with local elections and PCC election:

Adlington and Anderton

Brindle and Hoghton

Chorley East

Chorley North East

Chorley North West

Chorley South East

Chorley South West

Clayton-le-Woods and Whittle-le-Woods

Clayton-le-Woods North


Heath Charnock and Rivington

Eccleston and Mawdesley

Euxton North


Wheelton and Withnell


There were also elections scheduled in the 7 parishes of Anderton, Brindle, Heath Charnock, Hoghton, Rivington, Withnell North and Withnell South, however none are contested.

Disabled residents and visitors can now check out access to shops and venues across Chorley thanks to a new online service which is being launched this week.

DisabledGo, a national disability organisation, and Chorley Council have worked together to create a new accessibility checker for people with disabilities, dementia and their carers, friends and family so they can find out about the accessibility of places they would like to visit.

The free online access guide to over 200 places across the borough, which is launched on Friday 8 April, also provides information about parking, walking distances and toilet facilities.

Speaking about the upcoming launch DisabledGo’s Executive Director, Anna Borthwick, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have worked with the Council and local disabled people to produce the access guide to Chorley. The Council is leading the way in Lancashire and we really hope others will follow their innovative approach to promoting the area to all.”

Chorley Council chief executive Gary Hall said: “This guide will be really useful to people with disabilities and dementia and their carers, family and friends so they can check out a place and know exactly what facilities and access it has - whether there’s a parking bay nearby, if a hearing loop is available, if staff are dementia-trained and so on. It should give people the confidence they need to get out and about in Chorley.”

Disabled Go is a social enterprise working across the UK to tackle social isolation and inequality by providing better information. It was founded by wheelchair user Dr Gregory Burke in response to his frustration about the lack of information for people with disabilities trying to access new places.

DisabledGo’s website aims to answer everyone’s questions about the accessibility of places they would like to visit. It has been developed by the disabled people who use it, reflecting the needs of people with a wide range of impairments.

All sorts of places are included, restaurants, shops, leisure centres, parks, theatres, libraries, museums, supermarkets, hotels – this list goes on! Crucially, each place featured on has been personally visited and assessed by one of DisabledGo’s surveys to ensure accurate, detailed information is collected.

By using the guide people can find out whether accessible parking bays are available, how you would need to walk to get to an entrance, if a hearing loop is available at reception, what side the transfer space is in an accessible toilet, whether there are tactile lift buttons, if staff have received dementia training, if somewhere plays background music, if flashing fire alarms are available and if there are places to sit and rest.

All the information about Chorley will sit alongside information on over 125,000 different places spread all across the UK, making it a great tool for planning a trip too.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project why not come along to the launch, at The Lancastrian, Chorley Town Hall, on Friday 8 April from 2pm – 3pm (arrival from 1.30pm).

If you would like to attend, simply contact DisabledGo to book a place. Please contact Philip Holt, Partnerships Manager (Local Authorities) at DisabledGo by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone him on 01438 842 710.


The man behind the legendary Reggae Reggae Sauce inspired Chorley’s business leaders as he spoke about his phenomenal success.

Levi Roots was the keynote speaker at the sell-out annual Choose Chorley Business Evening organised by Chorley Council this week.

The Rastafarian musician turned entrepreneur and now restaurateur inspired a full house of local business leaders at the event held at Chorley Town Hall.

He charted his rise from musician to sauce entrepreneur, his appearance on the TV show Dragons’ Den, to realising his ultimate dream of opening his own Caribbean restaurant.

The Choose Chorley business event is the biggest networking evening of the year and offers an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to network, get to know each other and find out how the council can help them.

Chorley Council chief executive Gary Hall said: “This event gets bigger and better each year as our business leaders recognise the value of getting together to learn about what’s happening in the borough and to network with each other.

“We as a council have prioritised business, supporting existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the borough, as our key aim because we believe the best way to build a strong economy is by getting people into work. I’m pleased to say that this is paying off as figures released earlier this year show the borough has the highest employment rate in the region.

“We offer a wide range of business support so I’d urge anyone thinking of expanding their existing business, relocating their business or thinking of setting up a business to get in touch and see how we can help. This last year we’ve seen the creation of almost 300 jobs and more than £1.25m of private investment which has got to be good news for our economy.”

The Choose Chorley business event was sponsored by FI Real Estate Management and Managing Director Tim Knowles said: “We were delighted to sponsor this enjoyable and worthwhile opportunity for businesses of all sizes in the Chorley area to network.  As a major employer in the area, we want to play our part in the growth of Chorley’s local economy for the future and to work with the Council to achieve this.”

The evening was hosted by Dave Guest, chief reporter at BBC North West Tonight and featured a Question Time-style session with Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle; Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council; Andrew Bradley from FI Real Estate Management; Mark Downing from Scorpion Automotive; and Paula Campbell from Truly Therapeutic.

Dawson Lane will be closed temporarily from 11th till 22nd April to enable essential drainage works to take place.  You willbe able to find more details here:

Work has started this week on an exciting new visitor attraction for Chorley’s Astley Park.

A Victorian-style greenhouse is being built in the Walled Garden behind the historic hall to create a more authentic visitor experience of the Walled Garden.

The £100,000 project, which will be unveiled to the public at the Chorley Flower Show on Saturday and Sunday 30 and 31 July, will also provide an educational resource for schools to use, and will give the opportunity for more produce to be grown over a longer season.

Chorley Council chief executive Gary Hall said: “This glasshouse was one of the projects that came out of the public consultation we did on Astley 2020, our five-year development plan to attract more visitors to the Astley complex.

“The Walled Garden is looked after and maintained by the Astley Walled Gardeners, a dedicated group of volunteers and this glasshouse was one of their aspirations.

“It means they’ll be able to grow a much wider range of produce, over a much longer season, and grow the types of produce that were grown during the Hall’s heyday.

“Just as importantly it can be used by schools as an educational resource and it will add to the already fantastic visitor experience that Astley offers.”

The project, due to be completed by the end of June to allow four weeks for fitting out prior to its official opening, also includes paths to ensure access for all linking in with the existing path network. Internal furniture and fittings will include the installation of blinds, staging heating and internal water storage harvested from the roof.  A £14,000 grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund will provide internal landscaping, heating, staging and some exotic specimen plants to provide an immediate impact.

The new attraction will be open to the public daily and will be promoted as an educational resource for use by local schools and community groups.

Barry Sharples from Astley Walled Gardeners said: “This is a very exciting project that we’re looking forward to getting involved in. We don’t currently have any covered space in the Walled Garden so this will complement what we do by providing much needed indoor space which will not only extend the growing season, but also mean we can grow a wider range and diversity of plants.”

Mr Hall added: “It does mean that whilst the work is ongoing, there will be limited access to the Walled Garden, but once it’s complete we will have a fantastic new facility for people to enjoy all year round and for many years to come!”


From Chorley Council press release

TWO vital bus routes which were to be axed from April have been saved thanks to Chorley Council.

The borough council stepped in after being inundated with calls from concerned residents and has now agreed a funding deal with Lancashire County Council to help keep the services running with a further pledge to step in, if required, to help other communities which may be isolated by government cuts.

The 24A operating between Chorley and Blackburn via Wheelton, Brinscall and Abbey Village, and the 109A which operates between Chorley and Chorley Hospital via Astley Village were two of the services being cut by Lancashire County Council as it seeks to save over £64 million from its budget this next year.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said: “These are two vital bus routes for people to access employment and education and also for people to get to and from hospital appointments.

“Because of the great concern voiced by our residents we contacted LCC to see if there was a way for these bus services to continue.

“With the support of our MP Lindsay Hoyle and our four Labour county councillors Bev Murray, Steve Holgate, Terry Brown and Kim Snape, we’ve managed to secure a deal with LCC to find a way forward to ensure they are not lost.”

The deal means that Chorley Council will fund 70 per cent of the cost of operating the two routes, with the county council funding 30 per cent initially for six months.

The borough council, which has frozen its share of the council tax again this year, has set aside money in its budget to help reduce the impact of the LCC cuts on Chorley residents.

It is believed that Chorley is the only district council which has been in negotiations with the county with a view to mitigating, where it can, cuts in LCC services.

Councillor Bradley said: “We’ve set aside £1million from our budget purely to help towards the costs of maintaining vital services which would otherwise be cut by LCC.”

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle said: “I was keen to bring everyone together to find a resolution to this problem and I brought the bus operators and the local authority together to meet.

“I am very pleased that Chorley Council stepped in with an offer of help to retain these two bus services and that our negotiations with the county has resulted in them being saved.”


FOLLOWING on from the popularity of the Chorley Grand Prix, local families are being urged to get on their bike this year and join in one of the many free community bike rides organised by Chorley Council and British Cycling.

Whether you have a family of novice cyclists or expert riders, the Sky Ride Local programme has free scenic bike rides across the Chorley borough for all ages and abilities with the first one taking place in and around Astley Park on the day of the Chorley Grand Prix on Saturday 26 March.

This will be the first of 12 rides planned in and around the Chorley borough this year and anyone interested in taking part should visit

British Cycling is also on the hunt for new Breeze champions in Chorley who can help inspire more women in the area to get on their bikes and enjoy the fun, fresh air and freedom offered by cycling.

Led by women for women, Breeze rides are becoming increasingly popular and so much so, British Cycling is holding a free one day Breeze champion training course at Parklands High School on Southport Road, Chorley, on Saturday 9 April for any local women who would like to lead their own Breeze cycle rides.

Councillor Bev Murray, who is responsible for community development and health and wellbeing at Chorley Council, said: “The appetite for cycling in Chorley is growing every year and we are delighted to be working with British Cycling again to be able to offer our residents all of these fantastic opportunities to get out and about on their bikes.

“No matter what your ability or age is, there is a bike ride for everyone in this year’s programme and I would definitely recommend you visit to find out more about the different routes.

“The Breeze rides, which are women only rides, are also great fun and a great way of getting together with other local women to enjoy the fantastic scenery our borough offers. 

“These are volunteer-led rides and we are looking for more women to lead them.  If you would be interested in becoming a Breeze champion, the offer of a free one day training course at Parklands High School is a great opportunity.”

If you would like to register for the free course to become a Breeze champion or you would like more information about Breeze rides, please visit

For more information on the Chorley Grand Prix, which will see over 100 of the country’s top cyclists compete in a five lap 116 mile race around the Chorley borough, visit

Town centre revamp a step nearer

 An enterprising deal could pave the way for Chorley Council’s ambitions for a major revamp of the town centre.

This deal would see the council ‘swapping’ a piece of land it owns on Southport Road which is designated for housing, for the Oak House site opposite the Town Hall, currently owned by Northern Trust.

The aim would be to build on other town centre development proposals and create additional parking, events space and public open space as set out in the council’s Town Centre Master Plan.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It is early days yet but our Executive Cabinet last night approved the sale of the land at Southport Road for development which would pave the way for us to realise our wider plans for the town centre.

“We have been in talks with Northern Trust and we believe this is an opportunity which we can’t afford to miss - it may never come up again.

“If it goes ahead, it would give us the chance to look at improving the town centre as a whole rather than piecemeal; we would work closely with the current tenants in the building to secure their future business within Chorley borough; and we would also be receiving income from the land we’d acquire.”

The land swap would also include Chorley Football Club’s Victory Park ground being transferred to council ownership from Northern Trust.

The council-owned land on Southport Road is between Parklands High School playing fields and the entrance to Astley Park at Ackhurst Lodge. The land is already allocated for housing and as part of the sale conditions, the developer would also have to create a 100-space car park to provide vital event parking for Astley Park.

A spokesman for Northern Trust added: “We have been working closely with Chorley Council on its regeneration plans for the town centre and particularly the site at Oak House.

“The plans are exciting and will undoubtedly improve the facilities of the surrounding area and bring further investment streams into the borough.

“The land swap is ideally suited to our core portfolio strategy and we are looking forward to bring forward plans for the site on Southport Road.”

Speaking about the proposed plans for the Football Club, Chairman Ken Wright said “Obviously discussions are at a very early stage with a lot still to be decided, but in principal this move represents a significant and positive way forwards for Chorley Football Club both on and off the field.”



Mayor dons her wellies in support of Cuerden Valley Park!

On Wednesday morning, the Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Marion Lowe, laid the first straw bale in the wall of the new Cuerden Valley Park Visitor Centre. Undaunted by the muddy conditions, she put on her wellies and got stuck in under the watchful eye of Park staff and volunteers. The bale is the first of 300 to be laid which will form the outer walls of the new building which was made possible in part by a contribution of £65,000 from Chorley Borough Council, as well as by significant funding from the Landfill Communities Fund and members of the public. The straw bales are just one of the many environmentally friendly features of the building, which hopes to be the first in the country to be accredited under the internationally recognised Living Building Challenge.


Progress on the eco-friendly building has slowed due to the poor weather over the winter months and the expectation is that the building will now be ready for use sometime in September. Park Manager Jim Longbottom said ‘Whilst we are a little behind where we would like to be at present, we have an increasing number of volunteers helping us now and the building is starting to take shape. We would like to thank everybody who has contributed so far.’ If you would like to get involved, please contact the Park Office on 01772 324436.


The building will also house a new café and the Trustees of the Park would like your help naming it ! Members of the public are being asked to provide suggestions and the best of these will receive vouchers for use in the café when it opens. Ideas can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




5 pictures are attached which include – Mayor Marion Lowe, John Stainton (Chairman of Cuerden Valley Park Trust) Barbara Jones from building designers Straw Works and the volunteers on site.





Cuerden Valley Park Trust is a Registered Charity and relies on income from investments, donations, grants and events to keep the Park maintained for the benefit of the public.  The Trust receives no money from local or regional government for the upkeep of the park.


The Park was set up by the Commission for New Towns in 1980, being transferred to Cuerden Valley Park Trust in 1992.


The Park covers over 650 acres of parkland, woodland, meadows, lakes and ponds.


The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs).  EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 4.2%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.   


Since its inception in 1996, over £1.3bn billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax.




Living Building Challenge

Details at

Chorley Borough Council




Election of Councillors  


For the under mentioned


To be held on


Thursday, 5th May 2016




1.      Elections are to be held for Councillors for the under mentioned and the number to be elected is:



BRINDLE & HOGHTON                1

CHORLEY EAST                           1

CHORLEY NORTH EAST               1

CHORLEY NORTH WEST              1

CHORLEY SOUTH EAST               1

CHORLEY SOUTH WEST              1


CLAYTON-LE-WOODS &  WHITTLE-LE-WOODS                                  1

COPPULL                                     1


EUXTON NORTH                           1



LOSTOCK                                    1

WHEELTON & WITHNELL              1



2.      Nomination papers may be obtained, during normal office hours, from the Returning Officer, at the address shown below.


3.      Completed nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at the offices of Chorley Borough Council, at the address shown below, on any day after the date of this notice, during normal office hours but Not later than 4.00pm on - Thursday, 7th April 2016.


4.    If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday, 5th May 2016 between the hours of 07:00am and 10:00pm.


5.    Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Monday 18th April 2016

6.    Electors and their proxies should take note that new applications to vote by post or to make changes to existing postal or proxy arrangements, eg cancellation or re-direction etc. must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the address shown below by 5pm on Tuesday, 19th April 2016 if they are to be effective for this election. 


7.   New applications to vote by proxy must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday, 26th April 2016.


8.   If after 5pm on Tuesday, 26th April 2016 you are unable to vote in person because you have a medical emergency, or learn you cannot go to the polling station because of work reasons you can apply to vote by proxy .Completed application forms must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the address shown below by no later than 5pm on Thursday, 5th May 2016

AUTHORS and storytellers, poets and songwriters are being sought to take part in a popular word festival in Chorley town centre.

What’s Your Story, Chorley? is set to make a welcome return to the town in April and although many contributors have already come forward, more will be made very welcome.

Organisers of the family event, The Creative Network and Chorley Council hope to build on the success of previous years’ events to make this year the best yet with even more venues taking part.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council said: “The popularity of this event just grows each year, as a result we’ve had lots of contributors come forward already. But now we’ve even more venues taking part, we need even more to get involved!

“It is a great family fun event in a format similar to our hugely popular Chorley Live event with different contributors performing on the hour every hour at different venues across the town centre.

“This kind of thing attracts people into the town centre and entertains shoppers and visitors alike, and it also gives local wordsmiths the chance to showcase their work.”

What’s Your Story, Chorley? will be held on Saturday 23 April from 11am to 4pm and venues which have already confirmed include:

·         four separate locations within Chorley Library,

·         Ebb and Flo bookshop, Gillibrand Street,

·         Goodies Coffee Shop, Cannon Street,

·         The Duk Pond, Cleveland Street

·         The Buttonhole, Chapel Street,

·         Nu:Uniforms, Market Street, 

·         Market Walk

The activities on the day will include writing workshops, storytelling, poetry readings, musical performances, meet the authors and lots more.

Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network, said: “We’re really excited by the response we’ve had from venues across the town including some new ones this year. We’ve also had over 30 contributors keen to take part, but we do need more, so we’d love to hear from you if you’ve a story to tell or a poem to share.

“It will open up a whole new audience for you, so if you’d like to get involved, then please contact me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 07883 181 978, or email Chorley Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. oh phone 01257 515151.”


Soon Chorley will welcome the country’s top cyclists and the whole of the Chorley borough is being urged to get involved and cheer them on.

On Saturday 26 March, the Chorley borough will kick start the British Cycling Elite Road Race Series for 2016 with the Chorley Grand Prix, which is being organised by Chorley Council and British Cycling with sponsorship from Chorley Building Society.

The prestigious race will start and finish on Park Road in Chorley town centre before the cyclists take on a five lap 115 mile route through Chorley, Limbrick, Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley.


Like last year, local people are being urged to again get creative and show their support for the cyclists in a number of ways including:

·         knitting features along the route,

·         baking bicycle-themed cakes for fellow spectators,

·         decorating and displaying old bicycles on their own property,

·         taking part in the numerous bicycle activities in the Chorley Council cycle village on Park Road,

·         taking part in the Sky Ride Locals which will be listed at from the beginning of March,

·         If you’re a business, decorating your shop window or creating a special Chorley Grand Prix offer or menu, and finally,

·         lining the route to cheer the cyclists on. 

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Last year’s Chorley Grand Prix was an amazing spectacle that put Chorley well and truly on the map as a destination for cycling.  We want to build on that by making this year’s event even bigger and attracting even more spectators to cheer on the cyclists as they make their way around our challenging course.

“Last year, it was great to see the decorated bicycles and bunting across the borough and the cycle village on Park Road had a brilliant family atmosphere.  We would like to recreate that again this year but hopefully get even more people decorating their homes, get more businesses offering special promotions and see even more displays like the giant cyclist made of hay bales in the fields.

“Whether you attended last year or not, I would definitely recommend you join us along the route to watch this brilliant race and the country’s top cyclists.  So far we’ve received entries from some of the best teams in the country including JLT Condor, NFTO and Team Wiggins, plus Preston’s Ian Bibby will be back to defend his title.

“It should be a brilliant day and we’re looking forward to working with lots of cycling clubs, groups and businesses across the borough to make the event a success.”

Chief Executive of Chorley & District Building Society, Stephen Penlington, added: “We are really proud to be playing a major role in the Chorley Grand Prix again and we hope the rest of the borough’s communities will get involved and show their support for this fantastic event.

“Over the next few weeks we’ll be going into schools with the council and encouraging pupils to create their own artwork in honour of the race plus we’ll be in the cycle village on the day with plenty of giveaways to create a noisy reception as the cyclists race up Park Road to the finish line.

“It will be another fantastic occasion for Chorley, showcasing our borough as a brilliant cycling destination and hopefully encouraging even more people to visit.”

As part of the 2016 Chorley Grand Prix, riders will also have the opportunity to win prizes in the Active Nation points competition and the Choose Chorley for Business King of the Mountains competition, plus the official race support vehicles will be provided by the Chorley Group.

Anyone attending the Chorley Grand Prix or travelling in the area on Saturday 26 March is being reminded that there will generally be rolling road closures in place as the cyclists go past. 

However, Park Road and Queens Road in Chorley town centre will be closed for the full day, Southport Road will be closed for the last lap only and one side of Sheep House Lane and Rivington Road will be closed to west-bound traffic for the day, meaning there will be parking restrictions and diversion routes in place around these areas. 

For more information on the Chorley Grand Prix and ways you can get involved, visit, like Chorley Council on Facebook or follow @ChorleyCouncil

COUNCILLORS across Lancashire will decide whether to press ahead with plans for a Combined Authority after a public consultation gave overwhelming support to the proposal.

Each of the 14 councils taking part in the process will take a report to members in the coming weeks to seek approval to submit a bid to Central Government.

It comes after almost two thousand residents and businesses took part in a consultation with the vast majority saying yes to the plans.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chair of the Leaders’ Group on Combined Authority matters, said: “It’s really important people have taken time to give their views on the Combined Authority because it is a great opportunity for us to become a much bigger part of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation.

“The early indications are that the vast majority of the public support the idea and we will be looking at all the detailed comments to see if they can be incorporated into the proposals for Lancashire.

“The next step is for each council to re-consider the proposal and this time they will be deciding whether they want to submit a formal bid to the Government for Lancashire to create a Combined Authority.”

The councils will take reports to their individual meetings throughout March and April and if approved a bid could be submitted in May. It will then be considered by the Government before they make a decision, which could be as early as the summer.

It would see Lancashire join many other county and city areas, which have already had approval for similar bids, in a bid to drive economic prosperity and create new jobs for residents.

“It’s important we keep up momentum with the process so the consultation feedback will be turned into a report for councillors very quickly and it will give councillors more detailed proposals for them to consider,” said Councillor Bradley.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us to show Lancashire means business and make sure the county is a driving force in the Northern Powerhouse.”

“We’ll keep people updated on progress over the coming weeks.”


PEOPLE across Chorley are saving hundreds of pounds a year on their household fuel bills thanks to a service being run by Chorley Council.

The council launched its energy switch advice service in June 2014 and since then 286 people have switched energy supplier saving a total of £69,871.

One person saved an amazing £603 a year just by switching supplier, and the average saving to customers who have switched is £244.50 a year.

Councillor Graham Dunn, who oversees people’s welfare for Chorley Council, said: “This free service we offer really is helping people make great savings on their annual energy costs as these figures are showing.

“Residents are realising more and more that there are savings to be had by switching energy supplier - according to the independent energy watchdog Ofgem the number of households who switched their energy supplier rose by 15 per cent in 2015.

“However, not everyone feels confident enough to go through what may seem to be quite a complicated process, which is why we launched our service.

“We have an independent advisor who will ‘hand hold’ people through the whole process, find the right tariff for their needs and will help them to switch supplier if they choose to do so.”

The scheme, partially funded by Lancashire County Council through its Affordable Warmth Grant,  also operates a call-back system to make sure the switch goes smoothly and so should there be any issues at all, they can be resolved quickly and easily. 

For those people who want to learn more about the internet and to find out how to switch, the council’s advisor can teach them which sites to use with confidence and help them get the best deals using their own laptop or tablet.

Appointments are available at the council’s Union Street offices on a Monday and Tuesday.

Councillor Dunn added: “I would urge people to give us a call on 01257 515151 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and book an appointment - it costs you nothing but an hour of your time and it could save you a fortune on your energy bills!”


HUNDREDS of people came to find out what Chorley has to offer as the borough was showcased to a global audience as part of the first ‘Northern Powerhouse’ event in the region.

High profile business people took time to see why they should ‘Choose Chorley for Business’ with Chorley Council Lancashire’s only representative to take a stand at the prestigious event.

The forward-thinking authority has already had enquiries from building and land development about potential new sites for the borough and 14 direct enquiries from businesses considering re-locating to or expanding in Chorley on the back of the event last week.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Driving economic growth and creating more jobs in Chorley is one of our priorities as we have to become self-sufficient by 2020.

“Growing our business base is one way we can do that and what better place to grasp the nettle now and showcase what we have to offer than at the inaugural Northern Powerhouse event.

“Chorley is at the very centre of the North West and as a gateway to all the major cities in the region we can establish ourselves as the jewel in the Northern Powerhouse.”

Speakers at the event included Lord O’Neil (Commercial Secretary to HM Treasury), TV and radio presenter John Humphreys and chief executives from the leading UK private businesses including airlines, airports, development, banks and landowning companies.

It comes on the back of Chorley Council hosting a ‘Chorley in Manchester’ event to showcase what the borough has to offer to intermediaries and it was recently named as the place with the highest employment rate in the North West.

“If you are going to attract new investment you’ve got to be proactive and tell people what we have to offer,” said Councillor Bradley.

“We all know what a great place it is but many people don’t and that’s why we have been going out of our way to make sure as many people as possible understand what opportunities there are here.

“Everyone I spoke to was really impressed with what we were doing and surprised, to some extent, that we were the only local authority from Lancashire to exhibit at the event but that shows the ambition we have here.

“We managed to have a bit of fun by handing out Chorley Cakes but our presence gained us television coverage, and this continual pushing to tell people why they should Choose Chorley for Business is being heard loud and clear across the North West and beyond.”

Winter may still be in the air but we’re already looking forward to spring and with so many events coming up across Chorley, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss a thing!

Check out the spring edition of the What’s Happening in Chorley magazine for details on what is coming up between March and the end of June.  No matter what your age or interest, there’s something for everyone and there’s even details on more events coming up later this year.  Download and save your copy today or pick up a free What’s Happening in Chorley magazine from Chorley Council’s offices or various shops, leisure centres, libraries and other public buildings.

Plus, don’t miss out on the first major event of the year, the
Chorley Grand Prix on Easter Saturday 26 March. Chorley Council has teamed up with British Cycling and Chorley Building Society to give families and cycle fans a real treat as over 100 of the country’s top cyclists race around our challenging course in the hope of being crowned the 2016 winner.  For more information, visit


RESIDENTS in Chorley will benefit from an extra £3 million investment in their local communities without having to pay a penny more in council tax.

The news comes after Chorley Council’s budget was agreed on Tuesday night as the authority looks to build on its success of recent years and transform the authority as it becomes more self-sufficient.

Council tax will be frozen for the fourth year running while the investment in priorities identified by local people totals almost £12 million over the last few years.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It’s a unique story in Chorley where, despite facing a greater challenge than ever before, we are able to freeze council tax again while investing millions of pounds in services right across the borough.

“There is a real feel good factor about what this council is doing and that is reflected in the comments we received from residents when we asked them for their views about the budget.

“There is a real appreciation that, despite the pressures we find ourselves under, we are able to adapt and continue to deliver excellent services and make Chorley a place that people can be really proud of.”

The proposals include the commitment to attracting new investment to the area but also include:

·         Continuing the council’s funding for PCSOs in the borough

·         Attracting new businesses to the area and helping existing ones to expand, creating new jobs for residents

·         Delivering projects that local communities would like to see in their neighbourhood

·         Helping people to get online and understand how to make the most of the internet

·         Further improvements to Chorley town centre

·         Free swimming for children during the school holidays

·         Putting Chorley on the map as a visitor destination

With the future funding of local government uncertain, the council is also proposing to increase its financial resilience by setting money aside to invest in projects that will provide income to the authority.

It is also proposing to put £1m towards mitigating the potential impacts of the proposed cuts to Lancashire County Council-funded services.

“The budget is not just a story of providing residents with services they want we also face the enormous challenge of making ourselves self-sufficient by 2020,” said Councillor Wilson.

“What this budget does is set a plan in place for the future whereby we can generate our own income and build on successful schemes such as the purchase of Market Walk and the development of our ‘Choose Chorley for Business’ campaign, which has resulted in Chorley having the highest employment rate in the North West.

“We are managing to carry on delivering excellent services in all parts of the borough and it is down to the work of everyone at the council that we are bucking the trend and able to deliver such a positive budget for the residents of Chorley.”

HORTICULTURAL traders from across the country are being invited to apply for a place at Lancashire’s only true flower show in the heart of the North West.

Chorley Flower Show is back for its second year after a fantastic inaugural event that saw 10,000 visitors enjoy a floral extravaganza, which was nominated as a finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

The event, which is being run by Chorley Council in the beautiful setting of Astley Park, will attract thousands of green-fingered enthusiasts over the weekend 30 and 31 July.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We had great success last year with our new flower show exceeding many people’s expectations, including those of the traders.

“We had some of the exhibitors reporting more trade at our show than at the well-established Southport Flower Show, so it shows we have already built up a track record in the first year of attracting people who want to buy products.

“We are now at the stage of taking applications for the trade stands, which will be located on the lawns in front of the iconic Astley Hall, and people have until the end of February to apply.”

The show will be based in the shadow of the historic Astley Hall, which is set in the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park, just minutes from the M6, M61 and M65 motorways.

More than 250,000 people attended events and attractions in the park last year and the aim is to attract even more with an even bigger calendar of top quality events.

The focal point for the show will be the Hall itself, as well as the Grand Floral Marquee, with the country’s top exhibitors displaying their talents.

“We have already received applications from traders the length and breadth of the country and it’d be great for businesses local to Chorley and Lancashire to have the chance of benefitting from the publicity and sales a show like this can help with,” said Councillor Bradley.

“We had lots of brilliant feedback from our first show last year and we have taken all this on board to make it bigger and better and we hope to attract more than 15,000 people this year.

“All the application details are on our website and the deadline for applications will be Monday 29 February.”

If you are interested in taking part you can get more information and an application form at or by contacting Chorley Council on 01257 515151.


Get Up and Go February Half Term Activities

If you would like to keep your children occupied during the school holidays, Chorley Council has organised a wide range of sports, play and arts activities as part of our fantastic Get Up and Go programme. 

For four to seven year olds, there's everything from mini football, FUNdamental movement and games, to Trigolf, dance and even arts and crafts.  Or if you have children aged eight to 13, they can enjoy our two day multisports camps, which will give them the opportunity to learn new skills or improve existing ones in a range of different sports.

For those who like to enjoy a selection of fun activities, check out our play around just for fun sessions taking place in different community venues around the borough during the half term week.

For more information on what is available and when, please click here to take a look at the February half term activity timetable.

LATEST figures reveal Chorley has the highest employment rate in the North West.

The news comes amid the announcement that Chorley Council is looking to put more investment into encouraging new businesses to the borough, bringing further high quality jobs for residents.

The figures for the year up to September 2015 show an employment rate of 84.2 per cent, up from 79.5 per cent the previous year – the best in the entire region.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “One of our main aims is to get people into work because we believe residents in employment lead more fulfilling lives and play a more active part in their community.

“We have focussed our efforts on bringing new employers into town as well as encouraging those that are already here to expand and take on more staff.

“We’ve been able to do this by providing advice and support, a range of different grants and we work with employers to make sure as many of the jobs as possible in Chorley got to residents of the borough.”

The latest statistics put Chorley at the top of the pile ahead of the North West average of 70.6 per cent and the national average of 73.4 per cent.

The wide ranging business support, as part of the Choose Chorley for Business campaign, has directly led to the creation of almost 300 jobs in the last year and more than £1.25M of private investment.

The new jobs are being created across the sector from new start-ups right through to multi-national companies choosing to relocate and expand in the borough.

“The figures show that what we are doing as a council, in partnership with other organisations such as Job Centre Plus is having an impact,” said Councillor Bradley.

“We’re not only working with businesses to create new jobs, we are working with residents to help them get them back into employment whether that’s through building self-esteem and giving them skills such as interview techniques.

“We’ve got even more investment in job creation and skills planned for the next year as we want to keep the momentum up and get even more people earning money to give them a better quality of life.”

If you would like support in getting back into work, or finding a job for the first time, contact Chorley Council on 01257 515151 or visit to see what support is available.


CHORLEY Council is hoping to buy the town’s former bus depot as it develops its plans to improve the town centre.

Councillors gave the green light to the purchase of the former Stagecoach depot on Eaves Lane, which has been vacant since the company relocated its Chorley operation, at a meeting on Thursday.

The council hopes to use the former bus depot as its own depot which would then in turn ‘free up’ its current Bengal Street depot - a key location in the council’s town centre masterplan.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “The former bus depot ticks all the boxes for us. We could move into it almost straight away and use it as our depot; it’s next to Tatton Community Centre which we already own and so improves our assets in that area; but more importantly for us it gives us the chance to free up a prime location in the town centre.

“This would then give us so many options as we seek to develop and improve the town centre with the Market Walk extension.

“We’ve been looking at our Bengal Street site for a number of years now, at how we can make the most of its location. We’ve looked at alternative places to move our depot to, but none of the alternatives have really been suitable.

“Moving our depot to the former Stagecoach depot I think would be ideal, but if for whatever reason it isn’t, then there would still be the potential for development which would improve the area.”

The Eaves Lane depot has been historically used for bus storage, repairing and cleaning for most of this century. It has very large high sliding doors suitable for large vehicles to be stored and repaired, there are repairing trenches built in and offices, toilets, a canteen and kitchen facilities, plus there’s room for parking within the 0.6 acre site.

Councillor Wilson said that moving out of Bengal Street would help the council with its future town centre strategy requirements.

“We’ve been looking for sites in the town centre to make up for the loss of car parking spaces on the Flat Iron car park which is why we turned the derelict site on Cleveland Street into a car park.

“Our Bengal Street depot site could also be used create additional parking which would more than make up for the spaces lost to the Market Walk extension. However, this is not to say that other uses for the Bengal Street site would not be considered in the future as we develop and improve our town centre.”

The purchase of the Stagecoach depot would be funded within the existing Market Walk extension budget.


If you know of any residents that were affected by the flooding or who want to know more about the support available then a community roadshow will be held at Chorley Town Hall on Thursday.

The idea is for residents to get advice on any help and support that is available to them and for them to tell those involved how the flooding has affected them.

The aim is to ensure everyone is benefitting from the support available and that lessons can be learned from the flooding to help make people better prepared in the future.

Organisations attending will include the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Council, among others. Chorley Council will have staff on hand to help residents and businesses apply for any of the grants available and to talk through any aspect of the work we have been doing over the past few weeks both in responding to the floods and the clean-up operation.

The roadshow will be held at Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, PR7 1DP, between 3-8pm, on Thursday 28 January. People are free to come and go as they wish and teas and coffees will be provided.


This is the latest information (22/01/2016) from LCC regarding the Hill Top Lane closure:

"We have an inspector attending site every-day to monitor works and to obtain evidence of works being undertaken without a permit to work or a road closure in place.  The inspector is of the opinion that the works could be completed by Monday however, to err on caution and suggest that the works should be completed by Wednesday of next week.  The Inspector has taken photographs of the works and I note that they have almost reached the new development site so I'm hoping that the works should soon be completed and Hill Top open again.

I would not advise people to drive vehicles through the works site as it may not be safe for them to do so.

Our inspectors will continue to monitor the site throughout the weekend and a couple of my colleagues will be in the office (01772 533433) Saturday & Sunday 08.30 – 16.30 if you need to contact us."




PEOPLE are being urged to give their views on Chorley Council’s budget proposals that include a freeze on council tax and £2.8 million of investment in services for residents and businesses.

Councillors agreed the plans at a meeting on Thursday and now the authority wants to hear from residents before any final decisions are made in March.

The proposals outline investment right across the borough including plans to create more jobs, improve local neighbourhoods and ensure Chorley is at the forefront of change in local government.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Local government is undergoing a revolution and with the changes to funding from Central Government we have to become more self-sufficient and things are already starting to change.

“When we’re hearing stories of devastation to services from other authorities it is amazing for us to be saying to residents that we are going to be able to protect frontline services, we are proposing to invest a further £2.8m in services, a total of £12m over the last few years, and proposing to freeze council tax again this year.

“This is down to the excellent work the council has been doing but also the brilliant attitude of residents who have been willing to get involved in projects we are running, been willing to support our events and most importantly willing to tell us where they want us to spend their money.”

The proposals include the commitment to attracting new investment to the area but also include:

  • Delivering projects that local communities would like to see in their neighbourhood
  • Helping people to get online and understand how to make the most of the internet
  • Further improvements to Chorley town centre
  • Free swimming for children during the school holidays
  • Putting Chorley on the map as a visitor destination

With the future funding of local government uncertain, the council is also proposing to increase its financial resilience by setting money aside to invest in projects that will provide income to the authority.

It is also proposing to put £1m towards mitigating the potential impacts of the proposed cuts to Lancashire County Council-funded services.

“The package of proposals has something for people of all ages and residents right across the borough,” said Councillor Wilson.

“However, it is carefully balanced to make sure we are investing in areas that will provide income for the council in coming years and to offset some of the huge changes being proposed by the county council, which will have a huge impact on the services they deliver in Chorley.

“With this in mind it’s important the money is spent on things residents want and that’s why we need you to have your say.”

You can take part in the budget consultation at or by calling into offices on Union Street.

All comments will need to be submitted by Sunday 14 February.


For United Utilities' Winter Wise 2016 campaign, they have produced a Winter advice pack which can be downloaded from the United Utilities website and includes lots of information about keeping yourself and your home safe and warm during the cold snap.

There is advice on how to find your stop-tap, how to lag your pipes and some lovely winter warming recipes too.

You can download the United Utilities Winter Advice Pack here.


CHORLEY Council is urging the Government to allow decisions on fracking to be made locally so that the views of local residents are considered properly.

It comes as the authority discussed the pros and cons of shale gas extraction after being handed a petition of more than 2,600 names by the Frack Free Chorley and South Ribble group.

On hearing from several residents at a packed Town Hall the council unanimously agreed to raise its concerns at the highest possible level to prevent decisions being taken out of the hands of local people.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It was great to see residents coming to us with an issue because this is what local democracy is all about.

“We listened very carefully to what people had to say and there were two main points to come out of the debate.

“Firstly, that any application for fracking operations is subject to vigorous scrutiny with regards to the possible effects on landscape, water and air quality.

“Secondly, that all decisions are taken at a local level so residents and businesses can have a proper input and influence the decision.”

Fracking was debated for the first time at Chorley Council after the petition handed in before Christmas triggered a full council debate. It came on the back of new licences for fracking being granted by the Government that cover the Chorley borough area in December.

The desire to ensure decisions are taken locally follows reports that the Government wants to call-in all fracking applications on the back of the two high profile applications at Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton, which were rejected by Lancashire County Council in the summer, and are now subject to an appeal that will be heard by the Government later this year.

“As a council we feel very strongly about local residents influencing what happens in their own area,” said Councillor Bradley.

“People will have differing opinions on whether they think fracking is a good thing or not but one thing everyone agreed on is the need for decisions to be taken by people who are locally-elected and know the area.

“We will be writing to the Secretary of State to outline our concerns and we look forward to receiving a positive response.”

Although Chorley Council has debated fracking it would be for Lancashire County Council to determine any applications of this nature in the borough as it relates to mineral extraction.

The decision by the council was greeted by a round of applause from the dozens of people who had packed into the Town Hall.


Many residents will be aware of recent road closures in the Town Lane and Dark Lane areas. The contractor, Electric North West legitimately applied for closures but administrative errors regarding the date of closure and the need for consecutive closures of these two roads, problems have occurred.

The original Dark Lane date was 18th Jan 2016, and for Town Lane the start date was 25th Jan 2016.  The works were approved with the condition that both roads would not be closed at the same time. The contractor agreed to the condition and signed road closure orders were drawn up as required.

But the contractor's agent made a mistake when applying for the closures as Electric North West actually needed to close Town Lane first on the 18th and Dark Lane on the 25th of Jan.

Town Lane was closed on 18th Jan, one week before it should have been. A County Council inspector advised the contractor that this was illegal and that they needed to clear the site on Town Lane.  All barriers/signs on Town Lane were collected and Town Lane was re-opened. 

Following telephone conversations with the contactors, LCC were advised that works on Town Lane needed to be completed prior to works on Dark Lane commencing.  LCC accepted this and agreed that if necessary the contractor could start on Dark Lane immediately following the end of works on Town Lane. 

However, it would appear that the contactor has decided that the works on Dark Lane can now be completed prior to the works on Town Lane and as such have utilised the existing permit and legal order allowing them to work in Dark Lane this week. 

We have no firm date for the closure/re-opening of either Dark Lane or Town Lane, but are in contact with Lancashire County Council, who are in turn in contact with the contractor, and are hoping for a speedy resolution to the required work and to the road closures.


Residents were recently visited by 2 representatives from the Environment Agency.  They spoke to some of the affected residents, looked the area that was flooded, then went to have a short meeting with Councillor Eric Bell who shared with them the feedback/wishlist from our previous meeting on the 4th January. 

The EA had been invited to attend a meeting at the village hall on the 17th but are unable to send a representative due to the current workload. However, we have decided to go ahead with a meeting on the 23rd and invite a representative from LCC and again invite the EA to see if they can attend. Eric will also be able to update everyone from his meeting with the EA today and with Jamie Carson at CBC on Monday 18th. 

In the meantime Peter Walsh also spoke with the EA earlier today and they asked for any information pictures/video footage of the flood to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email address provided by Peter Walsh - Thank you).

Please click here for pdf of meeting proceedings.



AN ambitious new scheme is to be created in Astley Park to help improve the water quality of the River Chor which flows through the park and woodland.

The project, to create a reed bed to help ‘filter’ the water, was the brain child of the Friends of Astley Park and is expected to move the ecological status of the river from ‘failing’ to ‘good’.

For the past 12 months, the Friends have been working in partnership with Chorley Council, the Environment Agency, Highways England, Groundwork and Lancashire Wildlife Trust to carry out research, under take ecological surveys, draw up a scheme design, gain permissions and secure funding.

The Friends received a grant of over £13,100 through the Lancashire Environmental Fund with additional funding of £5,000 from Chorley Council and £4,000 from Highways England for the project.

The scheme will create a new river channel at the Park Road end of the park which will divert the existing river through a ¼ hectare of wet reed bed planted with Typha augistfolia and Phragmites australis both of which remove pollutants from the water. 

This will in turn improve the biodiversity of the whole area through native woodland, wetland and meadow wildflower planting, tree planting and the installation of rock ramps which will enable fish to pass up and down the channel.  

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees Astley Park for Chorley Council, said: “It was the Friends of Astley Park, who do regular clean ups of the river in the park, removing litter and clearing blockages, who came to us with this idea to improve the quality of the water because they were concerned about the lack of plant and fish life in the river.

“The River Chor is a valued feature within the park so it is important we tackle pollution and improve its habitat and the introduction of a reed bed will help do this.”

Steve Rhodes, chair of the Friends, said: “We investigated the reasons as to why there was little plant and fish life in the river and we found many historical problems that attempting to do anything about, would be nigh on impossible.

“So we came up with the idea of a reed bed. I, as a keen fisherman, was aware of the effectiveness of reed beds but we had scant knowledge of how to go about it. But then we researched it and put our idea to the council, sourced the grants and now we’re expecting work to start in spring.”

The project will also improve public access to the town centre end of the park by formalising ‘desire line’ paths with surfaced stone paths, building steps into the steep wooded valley sides and formalising a bridge over the river. 

Work is due to start later this month with the felling of a few trees to make way for the new reed bed which will be a wildlife-only zone, and the whole project is expected to be completed in the summer.

As well as improving the water quality and public access, the project will also improve the look of the park and it is proposed to install interpretation boards to tell people about the project, site history, flora and fauna. 

 View the Safe Trader Report for November/December 2015 here.


 View the December 2015 Environment Bulletin here.


A PRESTIGIOUS cycle race that attracted thousands of people into Chorley will return to the borough for a second time at Easter.

Chorley Council has teamed up with British Cycling and Chorley Building Society to host the event that will see more than 100 professional riders take on a challenging course around the borough in the first race of the 2016 British Cycling Elite Road Race Series.

The popular event is returning to the borough after it was held in Chorley for the first time last year with the race being described as ‘one of the best ever supported national road series rides in the country’.  It will also showcase the beautiful borough to a European audience when the event is broadcast on Eurosport.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Chorley has some of the best cycling routes in the whole of the country with a mixture of flat open roads and challenging climbs and we are seeing more and more people visit each year.

“We were overwhelmed with the success of the first race of its type to be held in the borough last year and we wanted to bring it back again in 2016 and continue to put Chorley on the map as a destination which has a real enthusiasm for cycling.”

“Not only does it put on a spectacle for local people it will attract many more people into the borough and boost the local economy.”

The race is once again being sponsored by Chorley & District Building Society, who are delighted to be supporting the community event.

Chief Executive of Chorley & District Building Society, Stephen Penlington, said: “We really enjoyed taking part in the race earlier this year and it was great to see so many people come out and support the event.

“We are really proud to be part of the Chorley community so it’s a pleasure to be able to sponsor an event like this, which showcases the fantastic variety of terrain we have for cycling and will encourage more people to spend their leisure time here.”

The race will be held on Easter Saturday, which is 26 March, with British Cycling confirming the dates of all the 2016 national road series races this week.

British Cycling’s director of cycle sport and membership, Jonny Clay, said:  “We’re excited to confirm an extended calendar of men’s domestic road series event for 2016.

“With a calendar comprising popular established races and some fantastic new events, we can expect to see an entertaining year of racing for new and existing fans of the sport.”


The race, called the Chorley Grand Prix, is being organised by Chorley Council with sponsorship from Chorley Building Society.  It will take in a 100-mile route with the start and finish line on Park Road, in Chorley town centre. It then takes the cyclists out to Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley.


The riders will complete five laps of the circuit but there will generally be rolling road closures in place, which will mean very minimal disruption to traffic.  The exact route will be confirmed in the coming weeks.


For further information on the Chorley Grand Prix, people are encouraged to visit like Chorley Council on Facebook or follow @ChorleyCouncil on Twitter.



A NEW car park in the heart of Chorley town centre opened before Christmas offering free parking for shoppers.

The car park has been created by Chorley Council, on the site of the former Amalfi restaurant which has lain derelict since the row of shops on High Street had to be demolished following a devastating fire at the restaurant in 2012.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to open up this site as a car park in time for people to take advantage for their Christmas shopping.

“There is no better time to come to Chorley to do your shopping - we’re hearing stories of people spending hours in their cars trying to get in and out of gridlocked cities.

“We may not have many big name stores but we have plenty of fantastic independent traders who offer a warm welcome and second-to-none service.”

“We also have some of the cheapest car parking charges around plus there’s free parking on all our car parks after 1pm every Saturday, all day Sunday and after 5pm on weekdays, and 30 minutes free parking on Market Street and Fleet Street short stay car park for those who just want to pop into to town.

“Now, with this new car park, we’re offering parking for free for up to three hours every day”

In September this year, planning permission was given to extend the Market Walk shopping mall on to part of the Flat Iron car park. This £12.9m development would bring a multiplex cinema, restaurant and new retails come to the town.

However, it was recognised parking spaces on the Flat Iron would be lost and the new car park on Cleveland Street provides the first of a number of additional spaces being provided around the town centre which once complete will see more spaces than currently available.

The entrance to the new car park is opposite the Post Office on Cleveland Street.


A BID for funds to help provide fit-for-purpose accommodation for homeless people in Chorley has been won by Chorley Council.

The council has secured more than £658,000 from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to provide tailored accommodation and improve facilities for rough sleepers with the aim of helping them off the streets and transforming their lives.

This money, along with an additional £200,000 to be invested by the council, will mean that refurbishment works at Cotswold Supported Housing, which provides accommodation for single, non-priority homeless people, and for homeless families, can be completed.

Councillor Graham Dunn, who oversees housing issues for Chorley Council, said: “We are delighted to have won this funding to help homeless people in Chorley.

“It will enable us to finish off the work we’ve started. We’ve already completed the modernisation of 10 of the flats this last year, now we can turn our attention to the other 15 to bring them up to equally high standards, fit for purpose and secure.

“Not only that, we’ll also be able to provide a facility which will accommodate a wide range of activities and services for both residents and the wider community.  This could be used for such things as aerobics classes, health and wellbeing advice sessions, training and education all aimed at helping residents towards independent living.”

Cotswold Supported Housing is a former sheltered housing block which was built in the 1950s and converted into a supported housing scheme for homeless families and single people in the 1990s.

It has 25 beds and is staffed 24 hours a day.

Over the last six years, the council has invested nearly £1m to modernise the building and winning this grant from the HCA will mean the work can be finished off and create modern accommodation for all the residents that matches the high quality of support given there.


A FUN festival for all the family is set to make a welcome return to Chorley, and local authors and story tellers are being sought to take part.

Called ‘What’s Your Story Chorley?’, the festival has proved a huge success since it was launched in the town two years ago.

Now its organisers, The Creative Network and Chorley Council, are hoping to build on the success of previous years and make this year’s event, on Saturday 23 April, bigger and better than ever.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council said: “We’re delighted that each year this festival of words proves more and more popular with people - those taking part as contributors and those coming along to enjoy the event.

“We have more venues taking part this year than in previous years so we’re now on the hunt for more authors and story tellers to get involved and come along on the day to keep visitors and shoppers of all ages spellbound and entertained.

“It’s all about making things happen in the town centre to get people to visit Chorley and enjoy being in the town centre as well as giving people the opportunity to enjoy something they may not usually have access to.”

The activities on the day will include:

  • Storytelling
  • Meet the author events
  • A chance to develop writing skills
  • Poetry reading
  • Dramatic presentations
  • Musical performances
  • Meeting like-minded people
  • Learn about writing groups in the local area

Nigel Stewart, from The Creative Network, said: “This event just gets better each year and once again we’ve got some exciting authors, writers and story tellers lined up to take part, but we are still on the lookout for more!

“We’d love to hear from local people with a story to share. This is a chance for them to showcase their craft in a range of venues in the town centre opening up a whole new audience for them. This is an event with something for everyone - whether you are young, not-so-young, male or female.

“If anyone would like to get involved in any way they can contact me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 07883 181978, or email Chorley Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01257 515151”


PEOPLE from different faiths and cultures are being invited to take part in a special memorial service being held in Chorley to remember all those who died in the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.

The service, on Saturday 23 January, will mark Holocaust Memorial Day which this year has the theme ‘Don’t Stand By’ as the Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because people allowed persecution to take root by doing nothing.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said:  “Holocaust Memorial Day is held every year to remember all the victims of the Holocaust, genocide and other atrocities across the world. It is important we keep the memory alive so that we can help build tolerance and understanding of different faiths and cultures.

“Learning from the past can help us create a safer better future. The theme this year ‘Don’t Stand By’ is a clear call to action, urging people not to be bystanders to hate crime and prejudice, but instead to challenge prejudice and discrimination if we hear it in our own communities.”

There will be a service at the cenotaph in Astley Park on Saturday 23 January.  Anyone who would like to attend is asked to meet at Astley Park gates, Park Road, at 10.45am.

Kinga Gray-Grzeczynska, Director of the Holocaust Memorial Service, said: “We will remember the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis, also the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia, where 8,000 men and boys were murdered, and on-going atrocities in the world; the current persecution of Christians, Yazidis, Copts and Assyrians and other on-going atrocities in the world.

“The ceremony in Chorley has always been well supported in the past and I hope it will be again this year as everyone, whatever their faith and culture, is invited to join us in remembering the victims of the Holocaust and acts of genocide or victims of terrorism.”





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Lancashire County Council intend to make an Order under Section 14(1) (a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit any motor vehicle from proceeding over that length of B5248 Dawson Lane, from its junction with A6 Preston Road, for a distance of 1720 metres in an easterly direction, in the borough of Chorley.

An alternative route for vehicular traffic affected by the closure is via:-

A6 Preston Road – Buckshaw Avenue – Central Avenue and vice versa

The temporary prohibition is necessary to enable carriageway patching works to be carried out.

The prohibition will be operative daily from 0800 hours to 1700 hours on Tuesday 26th January 2016 until Friday 29th January 2016, or until completion of the works within this period.





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Lancashire County Council intend to make an Order under Section 14(1) (a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit any motor vehicle from proceeding over that length of Town Lane, from a point outside the electric sub-station to a point outside property number 209 Town Lane, in the Borough of Chorley

An alternative route for vehicular traffic affected by the closure is via:-

Town Lane – Blackburn Road – A674 Blackburn New Road – Moss Lane – A6 Preston Road – School Brow – Waterhouse Green- Town Lane and vice versa.

The temporary prohibition is necessary to enable High Voltage cabling works to be carried out.

The prohibition will be operative from 09030 hours on Monday 25th January 2016, until 1530 hours on Friday 19th February 2016, or until completion of the works within this period.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Lancashire County Council have made an Order
under Section 14(1) (a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, the
effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit any motor vehicle from proceeding over
that length of Dark Lane, from a point outside property number 17 Dark Lane to a point
10 metres north of the electric sub-station, in the Borough of Chorley
An alternative route for vehicular traffic affected by the closure is via:-
Dark Lane - Moss Lane - A674 Millennium Way – A674 Blackburn New Road –
Blackburn Road – Town Lane – Dark Lane and vice versa.
The temporary prohibition is necessary to allow HV electrical connection works to be
carried out.
The prohibition will be operative from 0900 hours on Monday 18th January 2016 until
1530 hours on Monday 1st February 2016, or until completion of the works within this


A NEW era of public service delivery in Chorley is dawning after the local authority agreed to pursue a radical new way of working which would see it joining forces with other public sector organisations for the benefit of its residents.  

Chorley Council’s cutting edge approach signals one of the biggest shake-ups in public service delivery since local government reorganisation several decades ago.

The authority, which has spent the last 12 months looking at alternative ways of working to protect services in the light of continued government cuts, has opted to aim for an ‘integrated public services model’ that would see it work much closer with other organisations such as the health sector and create a new community wellbeing service focussed on early intervention and prevention.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The world of local government is changing faster than ever before and this has been one of the most important and most interesting pieces of work we have done for many years.

“I think residents would accept we have done well to continue investing in the borough against a backdrop of cuts, but it’s no longer possible for us, and the rest of the public service providers to carry on as we are.

“We have a clear ambition of where this council can go and we have spent a lot of time to get a better understanding of how our partners work and now have a plan which will break new ground in public service delivery.

“This will now open up opportunities for large scale savings across public services in Chorley and mean we can deliver better and more joined up services for residents.”

The authority has agreed a new purpose for Chorley Council that will see it prevent the need for a reliance on more expensive service provision. The key elements of delivering this would include:

  • Local government providing leadership in Chorley that is more accountable and not fragmented or inconsistent
  • Whole systems approach to change – not based on organisations or sectors but based on Chorley as a place
  • A plan for the long-term – not just short term savings made in isolation
  • The ability to listen to what local people want in their neighbourhoods and be flexible with the services provided

The council has been working on its future plans for 12 months and taken on board advice from experts in public service delivery right through to residents who have been telling the authority what they would like to see in the future.

“A key focus of this change is about early intervention and taking steps to avoid the huge costs of acute care when people get into crisis,” said Councillor Bradley.

“We have got to identify the needs of the community and look after people in a way that means they are less likely to be reliant on services such as hospital admissions and can be supported in their own community.

“At the same time we’ve got to provide services at the most appropriate level. One of the reasons for community healthcare being a mainstay of these proposals is that trying to deliver it across a Lancashire footprint doesn’t always work – some things are better done at a more local level and that’s why we want to see some of these things done on a smaller footprint rather than using what at times is a one-size fits all approach.

“These are exciting times for Chorley and public services as a whole and we want to grasp the opportunity we have with both hands to make a real difference rather than burying our heads in the sand and just managing public service decline.”

The next steps will see the council look to work more closely with Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (LCFT) to set up an integrated community wellbeing service.

The LCFT will take a report to a board meeting in December that would seek approval to join the council in reforming the delivery of services they provide.

The council has also agreed a new corporate strategy and will undertake a senior management review in the New Year to make sure the structure is aligned with the new service delivery model.

RESIDENTS in Chorley are being urged to double check the items they put out for recycling as part of a drive by Chorley Council to ensure the ‘right stuff’ goes in the ‘right bin’.

This is because loads could be rejected at the recycling plant in Farington if they are ‘contaminated’ by non-recyclable household waste being placed incorrectly in blue bins, or if items are not sorted correctly.

On average the majority of items are correctly sorted and recycled, however recent checks have revealed a number of items wrongly put in the blue recycling bin such as wood, cardboard, textiles, black bags, food waste, toys, CDs and DVDs, batteries, nappies and furniture and ceramics.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees waste management for Chorley Council, said: “We have an excellent recycling record in Chorley, thanks to everyone’s efforts. However, we’ve found that the number of wrong items being placed in the wrong bin is on the increase.

“This has not really been an issue before as, unless the bin is badly contaminated with non-recyclable stuff, it has been emptied as usual. But recently rules have tightened which means that the recycling plant could reject loads that are contaminated which would ultimately have an impact on the cost of collections.”

The council believes that the reason for increased levels of contamination could be because the current collection system has been in place for six years and most residents believe they know what can be recycled in their blue bin; and the high levels of house building in the area has brought in more residents who may not be aware of what materials are collected for recycling.

Most people are aware that the blue bin is for plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars and food and drinks tins. But not all plastics can be recycled, just those marked 1 or 2 which are plastic bottles - not yoghurt pots, butter or margarine cartons, plastic carrier bags or plastic toys.

Councillor Lowe said: “We are trying to raise awareness with our Right Stuff, Right Bin campaign of what can and can’t be recycled to try and reduce the volume of contamination and it’s great to see that our messages are getting through.

“However, we still need to improve the quality of our recycling and we will continue to strive to make people aware of what they can and can’t recycle. If in doubt, leave it out and instead put it in the green refuse bin which is for all other household rubbish, or take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Lower Burgh.”

A full list of items that can be recycled and details of which containers to use can be found on the council’s website or you can call 01257 515151 for advice on waste and recycling. Remember to look out for you 2016 recycling collection calendar which will be stuck to the side of your green refuse bin in December. This includes details of what you can recycle and the collection dates for the Christmas holiday season.


RESIDENTS living in Chorley’s rural areas are being offered the chance to learn how to surf the web safely and enjoy the benefits of the internet for free.

It’s part of Chorley Council’s campaign to get people across the borough using the internet regularly so they can reap the benefits from doing things online.

A series of free beginners’ sessions has already been held in Adlington, Astley Village, Clayton Brook and Chorley. Now the programme is being rolled out across the borough and on Monday and Tuesday 14 and 15 December, there will be sessions held at Croston Old School, Church Street, Croston.

Councillor Graham Dunn, who oversees digital access for Chorley Council, said: “The internet can provide great opportunities for those who have access to it and use it regularly, from saving money by finding the best deals to finding out what’s on where.

“It can also be at the heart of all activities and opportunities in your neighbourhood, so for people who don’t use the internet for whatever reason, whether they don’t have access to it, or are perhaps afraid to use it, it could mean they are missing out.

“We’re committed to making sure it is available for everyone to access and also that they know how to use it which is why we are putting on these free training sessions.

“They proved worthwhile to all those who took part earlier this year and so we are now rolling the training sessions out across the borough starting in Croston this week with more sessions being planned for early next year.”

The sessions in Croston will be held from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on each day. Places are limited to 15 people per session so booking is advised by phoning the council on 01257 515151 or, if you already have internet access, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHORLEY’S Christmas is set to get even better from next Friday when the main attraction arrives to give families a ride above the town’s rooftops.

Due to popular demand, Chorley Council and Market Walk shopping centre are bringing back the 100 foot Ferris wheel that dominated the Chorley skyline in 2012 to once again transform the town centre into a winter wonderland.

The spectacular wheel is back in town until Sunday 3 January to give little and big kids a magical Christmas ride above the clouds of Chorley.

The giant wheel will be on the Flat Iron car park, just off Union Street, with some festive food and drink stalls surrounding it selling everything from German cakes, sausages and treats to mulled wine, cider, hot chocolate and more.  It will also be lit up after dark to add to the fantastic light displays across the town centre.

The wheel will be open Sunday to Wednesday 12 noon to 6pm, Thursdays 12 noon to 8pm and Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 8pm.  The only day it will be closed is Christmas Day. 

Tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the giant Ferris wheel and are priced £4 for adults and £2 for children and concessions or a family of four can purchase a family ticket for £10.

Anyone who purchases a giant Ferris wheel ticket and takes it into the O2 store in Market Walk, will be entered into a free prize draw to win a tablet.

Councillor Peter Wilson, who has responsibility for the town centre and events at Chorley Council, said: “We are delighted to be bringing the giant Ferris wheel back to give local people, visitors and traders another spectacular Christmas in Chorley.

“The ride opens on Friday so make sure you come and take a ride with family and friends while it’s here.  It can take 144 passengers at any one time so there will be plenty of opportunity to take a ride above the rooftops of Chorley.

“We’ve brought the Ferris wheel back after people requested it and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of people enjoying the attraction and having a good time.

“There’s also lots of other activities going on in the run up to Christmas including free face painting and arts and craft in Market Walk as well as some festive entertainment in some areas of the town centre. 

“Chorley’s Santa Express land train will also be running between the town centre and Astley Hall every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 5 until Sunday 20 December and people can pay on the day if they would simply like to take to ride the train.  Anyone who also wishes to meet Father Christmas at Astley Hall will need to book in advance at but there are only a few tickets remaining.

“Over the past few years, the council has worked hard to create a real festive buzz about the town and offer something different from other areas.  We want to continue building on this to encourage more people to visit Chorley and boost the local economy.”

Chorley’s giant Ferris wheel will open at 10am on Friday 11 December. 

To keep up-to-date with Chorley’s Christmas plans, please check like Chorley Council on Facebook or follow @ChorleyCouncil on Twitter.

Lights Switch On fireworks compressed

FAMILIES across Chorley are invited to get their Christmas party started with a Coronation street star as the town comes together for the annual Christmas lights switch on event.

On Saturday 14 November Chorley Council is teaming up with Rock FM to kick start the festive season with X Factor star Misha B performing on the Market Street stage and Sean Ward who played bad boy Callum Logan in Coronation Street, set to push the plunger and light up Chorley.

The show starts at 3.30pm with live acts and performances from up and coming bands, singers and dance acts including Chris Atkinson, Kings, Myth of Unity, Dharma, Tiger Heart and Dancer’s Wardrobe. 

Plus there will also be a special early appearance by Sean Ward as the Rock FM presenters quiz him on those rumours that he’s returning to Coronation Street and there will be an opportunity to sing along with everyone’s favourite snow sisters, Anna and Elsa before X Factor’s sensational singer Misha B, takes to the stage.

Throughout the afternoon people can also pick up some Christmas food, drinks and gifts at the specialist market on Fazakerley Street and in shops across the town centre and parking is free after 1pm on Saturdays.

The evening will come to a spectacular end at 6pm as the Christmas lights are turned on with a flurry of snow and pyrotechnics including a spectacular display from the top of the town hall clock tower.

Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Peter Wilson said: “The Christmas light switch on is one of our biggest events of the year and we hope to see lots of families joining us on Market Street on Saturday 14 November as we pull out all the stops to entertain the crowd and transform Chorley into a sparkling winter wonderland.

“We’ve got a fantastic line-up planned with everyone’s favourite Rock FM presenters hosting the show and the grand finale with Coronation Street bad boy, Sean Ward. Plus this year we will be making it snow early and we’re set to light up the clock tower of the town hall in a way that has never been seen in Chorley before.”

“It should be a fantastic evening and it is only the start of our festive fun with events and attractions taking place every weekend until Christmas and the return of Chorley’s GIANT Ferris wheel from Friday 11 December plus Chorley’s Santa Express.”

Chorley’s big Christmas attractions this year include:

  • The Christmas lights switch on Saturday 14 November with special guests and show stopping effects
  • Astley Illuminated Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November with Astley Hall brought to life with breath-taking lights and artistic performance
  • Chorley’s Santa Express and the chance to meet Father Christmas at Astley Hall every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 5 until Sunday 20 December.  Book tickets online at
  • The much-anticipated return of Chorley’s GIANT festive Ferris wheel from Friday 11 December until Sunday 3 January.
  • Festive family fun and entertainment in Market Walk and across the town centre every Saturday from 28 November until 19 December with joyful face painting, arts and crafts plus festive music

For more information on all of the events coming up across Chorley this Christmas, visit and download the latest copy of the What’s Happening magazine or pick up a free copy from any public building now.



A MULTI award-winning architectural practice has opened its doors in Chorley town centre with a helping hand from Chorley Council.

SDA Architecture, which prides itself on its passion for design, is the first professional architectural practice to open in the town and is run by husband and wife team Simon and Katie Lewis-Pierpoint.

The firm, which boasts five awards this year alone, has clients across the region, in London and in Dubai and has featured in high-end magazines. Simon and Katie have extensive knowledge and expertise and are regularly invited as expert consultants for the national wide architecture and technology roadshow ‘Grand Designs’ Live.

They were awarded grants by Chorley Council totalling more than £4,600 to refurbish and improve their new business premises in Cheapside.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “I am delighted that such a prestigious business has chosen Chorley as its base and I wish them every success for their future.

“We were able to offer them shop floor and shop front grants to help them set up in their new home. As you’d expect of a design studio they’ve refurbished the premises to make it into a pleasant, welcoming and modern ‘space’ without losing the character of a street steeped in history.”

SDA Architecture was established in Wigan in 2007 by Simon and Katie, this husband and wife creative team have been working in partnership as a successful collaboration for nearly a decade.

Having moved to the Chorley area, the couple wanted to set up their base in Chorley town and they spotted the ‘quirky’ premises in Cheapside.

Katie said: “We liked these offices, they are good location, the area is highlighted for regeneration over the coming years. It met our design criteria of a traditional frontage and we have been able to make it quite quirky inside and highlight features. We wanted it to look boutique style and for people to be comfortable when they come in because it can be daunting to walk into professional offices.

“We are a small practice that offers one to one bespoke architectural designs for individual clients either commercial or private and we design residential homes and extensions, hotels, care homes, housing developments, schools and leisure facilities. We tailor the work to individual needs and if people get into difficulties with what they want to do we can help them sort it out.”

SDA Architecture is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm. You can ring to make an appointment on 01257 441 512or just call in at 9 Cheapside, Chorley.

Simon added: “We love architectural design full stop and we want Chorley to benefit from that, to create beautiful architecture within what is a really nice borough. We want to be part of the community in Chorley, linking in with other local businesses such as surveyors and engineers, and from a design perspective we want to be involved in modelling and reshaping Chorley and assisting the Local Authority over the years to come.

“We love architecture in any form we’ll design anything from a single storey extension to a development of 500 houses in the greenbelt, even a piece of furniture or a shed! 

“We pride ourselves on the quality of our design work, we want people to say ‘that’s an SDA design’ not just another design and for clients to be able to see the difference.”

Councillor Wilson added: “Boosting the local economy is one of our key priorities which is why we put so much into supporting new and established businesses in the borough with grants, help and advice. I would advise anyone interested in setting up a new business in Chorley to contact us on 01257 515151 or via the website to find out just what help is available.”


A COPPULL man who threw the cigarette he had been smoking on the ground now faces a bill of nearly £700.

Alex West, 24, of Lancaster Street, was found guilty of littering in his absence by magistrates sitting at Chorley after he failed to appear at court.

He was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £452 and a £22 victim surcharge.

The court was told that West was seen to throw his cigarette on the floor by a council officer who had been driving along Clover Road, in Chorley.

She stopped and asked him to pick it up but he laughed and was verbally abusive. She then issued him with a Fixed Penalty Notice which he failed to pay despite reminders being sent to him.

Councillor Paul Walmsley, who tackles litter issues for Chorley Council, said: “Cigarette ends are litter and they make our streets look a mess. We work hard and invest time and money to make our borough a nice place to live and visit so we need everyone to do their bit and use the bins that we provide for them.

“Litter is one of the things our residents complain to us about the most which is why we launched our Don’t Mess with Chorley campaign. So we will take action against those who drop litter.

“We provide over 1,400 litter bins across the borough, Mr West now faces paying a huge bill just because he didn’t put his cigarette in one of them.”

The maximum penalty in respect of the notice was £75. However the defendant need only have paid £50 if he had made payment within 10 days.



Alex West was due to appear at Chorley Magistrates Court on Thursday 22 October 2015 but he did not appear. The case against him went ahead and he was found guilty in his absence.

PEOPLE are being urged to be a ‘Bright Spark’ and stay safe over Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night.

Youngsters will be going out trick or treating on October 31 and organised bonfires are being held in Chorley from 5 - 8 November, so the message being given out by Chorley Council along with the police and fire service is: “Have fun – but stay safe”.

The council has joined forces with the Police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies to launch the annual Bright Spark campaign in a bid to reduce fire-related incidents, injury, disorder, damage and anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Paul Walmsley, who oversees people’s safety for Chorley Council, said: “We have no intention of ruining people’s fun, we want them to have a good time, but we do want them to stay safe.

“We also want them to think of others and the consequences of their actions. Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night are not an excuse for anti-social behaviour and causing trouble. We would also ask parents to be vigilant about knowing where their children are and what they’re doing, and make sure that they’re not leaving the house with eggs and flour over Hallowe’en.”

The council will be removing unauthorised bonfires built on public land and holding skips days so people can get rid of unwanted rubbish rather than give it away for use on bonfires should people coming knocking at the door.

The skips days will be on:

  • Friday 30 October from 10am-3pm at Tunley Holme, Clayton Brook
  • Saturday 31 October from 9am-1pm at Longacre, Clayton Brook
  • Tuesday 3 November from 9.30am-2.30pm at Buttermere Avenue, Chorley Moor

Limited help is available in getting bulky items to the skips, but this needs to be booked in advance by calling 01257 515151.

Councillor Walmlsey added: “Please give us a ring on 01257 515151 if you see any bonfires being built on public land so we can remove them. The reason we do that is not to spoil people’s fun but because they can be dangerous.

“My message to people is to attend an official, organised bonfire event and have fun, but stay safe.”

Chorley Council is holding a bonfire and firework display in Astley Park on Friday 6 November from 6.30pm to 8pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks display is at 7.30pm. Free admission – donations to the Mayor of Chorley’s Charity Appeal are welcome - and free parking in the town centre from 5pm.

Residents wanting to report an unsafe bonfire or fly tipping can contact the council on 01257 515151, through its website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For fire safety advice, please visit the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service website at and search ‘bonfire and firework safety’.

Residents can also contact the Police on 101 to report an unauthorised bonfire or the fire service on 999, in an emergency if a bonfire is set alight and causing concern.

Please help your village:

An application has been lodged to infill Little Quarry, Hill Top Lane. Ruttles intend to tip another 100,000 cubic metres of inert waste, in order to facilitate the building of many new houses on this unstable land. We need as many residents as possible to write letters of protest against this application. Why? Well, at 20 tonne loads, we are talking about around 7,000 wagon movements, over many years. This would be a nightmare for residents along the route. All the village needs to get behind refusing this unnecessary application.

The village needs to get together like it never has before on this issue. We need to work together as a village as this infilling will effect everyone - eventually. We’re asking that all residents (whether affected or not) please send out a simple letter objecting to the application.

At our September meeting, the Parish Councillors decided to get 500 posters printed with the slogan ‘No More Tipping in Whittle's Quarries’. We thank residents for displaying these posters but we need more support. Please display! If you haven’t got one and would like one, please let the Parish Council know and we will drop one off for you.

These posters have now been distributed to residents mostly along Chorley Old Road, Shaw Brow & roads off these. We are delighted by the response and lots of people have put them in their windows. We will continue to ask for your support until the plans go to County Council's Planning Committee for their decision, (most likely in November).

This village needs your help, whether you live on Chorley Old Road or not. It isn’t just a Chorley Old Road issue—it is a village issue. We need to stop this, and if we get 1,000 letters to the County Council, we could stop it.

Please quote application LCC/2015/0081 in your letter to:

The Development Management Group

PO Box 100

County Hall



The annual Parish Council fishing competition took place at Curwen’s Angling Centre at Low Mill Lodge on Saturday 8th August in glorious weatherwhich helped the morning run smoothly.

We had eight children taking part on the morning and once they’d drawn pegs and bought bait in the shop off they went to start the competition which ran from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. The ages of the participants ranged from 5 to 12 and (bar two) everyone caught on the day with the winner being Arran Curwen who won a fishing reel. All eight went home with an item of fishing tackle via Curwen’s well stocked shop. We would like to thank the parents who brought their children along and gave their support. We’d also like to thank Ian Crook who weighed the fish and helped the morning to run smoothly, along with Councillor Bill Yates who organised the event and to Councillor David Holland who presented the prizes.  

THOUSANDS of people descended on Chorley at the weekend with the town’s third Chorley Live event being hailed a huge success.

‘What an amazing weekend’, ‘I’ve never seen the pubs as busy as this’ and ‘it made us proud to be from Chorley once again’ were just some of the soundbites heard on the streets with people dancing to the tune of live music.

The event, which was organised by Chorley Council and the Creative Network, saw a huge variety and types of performers playing at cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops and initial estimates suggest more than 7,000 people attended.


Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It was fantastic to see people of all ages enjoying all types of live entertainment and it provided a big boost to the evening economy.

“We’ve seen a 50 per cent increase in the number of people attending compared to last year and there were lots of people who had never been to Chorley before enjoying themselves and impressed with what the town has to offer.

“Chorley Live is now firmly establishing itself on the events calendar – not just for Chorley but for people across the region too. The events we are organising are really putting Chorley on the map following the success of the Chorley Grand Prix, Picnic in the Park and Chorley Flower Show earlier in the year.”

The entertainment covered a complete spectrum with rock and pop bands contrasting with choirs, comedians and illusionists.  Visitors came from as far afield as Canada with minibuses dropping off large groups of people from across the North West.

Venues ranged from the expected pubs and restaurants to the Royal Bank of Scotland and a vacant unit too with more than 200 live performances in 27 venues across the town centre.

Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network who has developed the ‘Live’ concept, said this was the biggest and most successful event so far.

“It’s a huge effort to pull off an event like this and I’d like to thank all those who took part and gave up their time, whether as performers, sound crew, security, or other volunteers.  It takes an army of people to make it all happen and we are very grateful.

“I was blown away by the feedback we’ve had and to increase the numbers to over 7,000 visitors means Chorley Live is now firmly establishing itself as a must-see event in the region.

“The great thing about this type of event is that it really is win-win for everyone.  The local businesses will have all done well out of it, and the people who attended have enjoyed a fantastic weekend’s entertainment but, just as importantly, it’s brought the creative community in this area together.

“Some of the performers are just gobsmackingly amazing and it’s events like this that give people a platform to perform and gain confidence in their ability, and I’m sure some of those that people have seen in Chorley this weekend will go on to be stars of the entertainment industry.” 

“The depth of local talent is amazing.  Virtually everybody who played at the festival lives within 15 miles of Chorley, but we were able to get every kind of music imaginable plus a whole host of additional acts like the choirs, magicians, DJs and rock bands.”


PLANS to extend the Market Walk shopping centre to bring a cinema and big name retailers to Chorley town centre can now go ahead after planning permission was granted.

The £12.9 million extension that will see a multiplex cinema, restaurant and new retailers come to the town was unanimously approved by councillors on Tuesday night.

Councillors felt that all the concerns raised as part of the consultation process had been addressed and that it would bring increased footfall and trade to the town centre.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “I’m delighted that planning permission has been granted for the development and it will now be full steam ahead to get more businesses signed up to the scheme so we are in a position to start work on site.

“Our town centre has continued to flourish, despite the recession, because we have a thriving market and plenty of independent retailers who offer visitors something different and we want to complement that.

“However, if we stand still we will get left behind and these plans deliver what people have told us they would like to see in Chorley.”

The plans have received widespread support with hundreds of comments and suggestions made to the council through the planning application, consultations and Facebook.

The seven-unit development would be built on part of the existing Flat Iron car park and create hundreds of new jobs.

“We have listened to what people have said about the plans and we have continued to modify them because we need to get this development right for the future of our town,” said Councillor Bradley.

“What it will mean for people is change and I accept there will be some challenges to overcome but it is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform our town centre and bring it into the 21st century.

“I know many people are concerned about parking but we are putting in new spaces to mitigate those lost and once complete we will have more spaces than are currently available in the town centre.”

Chorley Council, which bought Market Walk in 2013, has already signed up cinema operator Reel Cinemas to the scheme, with many other retailers in discussions with the authority.

The authority has said it will not begin work on the development until 75 per cent of the units are signed up on pre-lets.

GREEN-FINGERED gardeners from across Chorley, who pulled out all the stops to hep make the borough bloom this summer, have been rewarded for their amazing efforts.

Gardens across the borough were entered into the annual Best Kept Garden competition run by Chorley Council in conjunction with the Chorley in Bloom group, Birkacre Garden Centre, Chorley Community Housing (CCH) and Chorley and District Gardening Society.

And the winners were presented with their certificates and vouchers at a special ceremony at Birkacre Garden Centre, by Iris Smith, chairman of Chorley in Bloom and David Brown, chairman of Chorley and District Gardening Society.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who looks after floral displays for Chorley Council, said: “Chorley has once again looked magnificent this summer with all the floral displays on our roadsides, in our parks and with the amazing efforts made by local residents in their own gardens. Each year Chorley looks better and better and I’m sure it’s because people are inspired to do their bit to make the borough bloom even more.

“Once again, we had some fantastic entries into our Best Kept competition - it just gets harder and harder each year for the judges to choose the winners.”

Iris Smith, chairman of Chorley in Bloom, said: “We had some marvellous entries this year, and it’s brilliant to see many new faces getting involved as well as the more familiar ones.

“We’ve been really pleased with the standard of entries and what people have achieved.”

Dave Brown, chairman of Chorley & District Gardening Society said: “This competition is going from strength to strength and the awards are very well deserved.”

The Best Kept Garden Competition has four categories for people to enter – small, medium or large garden and a community award – and each category has a first prize of £120 worth of vouchers, a second prize of £80 of vouchers and a third prize of £50 of vouchers. There’s also a trophy, donated by the Chorley & District Gardening Society, for the best of the best.

There were also prizes for the Best Shop Front Floral Display, sponsored by Chorley Chamber of Trade.

The overall winner was Ray Norris of Ulnes Walton who also took first prize in the large garden category. 

Crafty Uniforms of Pall Mall, a new social enterprise, won the Best Shop Front Floral Display at its first attempt.


Best large garden: 1 – Ray Norris, Ulnes Walton; 2 – Michael Banks, Heskin; 3 – Peter Fishwick, Chorley.

Best medium garden: 1 – Neville Bamber, Adlington; 2 – Mr and Mrs K Miller, Eccleston; 3 – Mrs Valerie Clark, Chorley.

Best small garden: 1 – Mrs Lindsey Blackstock, Chorley; 2 Mr and Mrs Rutter, Coppull; 3 – Miss Margaret Sydenham, Coppull

Best Kept community garden: 1 – Lancaster Court, Chorley

Best Shop Front Floral Display: 1 - Crafty Uniforms, Pall Mall; 2 - Chocobella, Chapel Street; joint 3 - Cancer Research UK, Chapel Street and Derian House Hospice Shop, Chapel Street.

A TAXI driver who was stopped at a checkpoint whilst taking a teenager to school in Chorley was found guilty of driving an unlicensed taxi and driving without insurance when he appeared before magistrates in Preston.

Ghafoor Akthar, 58, of Cliffe Court, Preston, was fined £1000, ordered to pay £500 costs and £100 victim surcharge, and had six penalty points endorsed on his licence.

The court was told that the defendant was stopped on the A6 Preston Road, Chorley, in a joint operation by Chorley Council, Lancashire Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to check vehicles and target traffic offences.

He provided his identification badge issued by Preston City Council, but it was noted that the vehicle didn’t display any hackney carriage licence plate and he was cautioned.

Magistrates heard that officers at the checkpoint were told by Akthar, who had no previous convictions, that he was aware there was no plate because he’d inspected the vehicle that morning. He had explained it was being transferred from another vehicle and had not yet been put on the taxi he was driving, and he was allowed to continue his journey.

However when officers later checked with Preston City Council they were told an application for the vehicle was pending but there had been no licence in force or plates issued for the vehicle on the day it was stopped.

This also meant that although the vehicle was insured under a public and private hire insurance, the driver would not have been covered by the policy during the time vehicle was not licenced as a taxi.

Councillor Paul Walmsley, who oversees community safety for Chorley Council, said: “People’s safety is of paramount importance to us which is why we have these routine vehicle checks with the police and our other partners. We check out the road worthiness of the vehicles stopped to ensure they are safe and we also ensure that all paperwork is in place and valid.

“With taxis in particular people expect that they are travelling safely and securely. On this occasion the vehicle Mr Akthar was using was road worthy, but he was using it as a taxi even though his application for a licence for his vehicle hadn’t yet been granted and this in turn invalidated his insurance putting his passenger at risk if there had been an accident.”

FANS of floral displays will be able to enjoy a blaze of colour in Astley Park next July as the dates for Chorley Flower Show 2016 are being announced.

The spectacular show, organised by Chorley Council, is back by popular demand and it will take place on Saturday and Sunday 30 and 31 July.

Plans are already well underway to bring back some of the best exhibitors from across the country after the success of the first ever Chorley Flower Show, which attracted 10,000 people to Astley Park.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive feedback about our first ever flower show so we wanted to set the dates for next year as soon as we could.

“There are already plenty of ideas of how we can grow and improve the show to really cement its place as one of Lancashire’s main summer attractions for visitors to the region, so watch out for more announcements in the coming weeks and months.

“We had people from all over the country attending last year and we have already seen a noticeable increase in visitors to Astley Hall from further afield since the show.”

Applications are now open for exhibitors and traders interested in taking part in next year’s show and people are being urged to get them in as soon as they can.

New elements for the 2016 show will include introducing show gardens to complement Chorley’s award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit ‘The Evaders’ Garden’ and increasing the variety of horticultural stands in the vicinity of Astley Hall.

“If you are interested in taking part all the application forms are downloadable at and we have already had lots of interest from people who attended this year’s show and want to come again or exhibit for the first time,” said Councillor Bradley.

“We’ll also be looking for sponsors for next year’s event so if you’re interested in getting involved please get in touch and we’d be more than happy to discuss this with you.

“If you’ve not booked your summer holidays next year make sure you keep the weekend free as it promises to be another fantastic event that will put Chorley in the spotlight again.”

For more information on next year’s Chorley Flower Show visit or call 01257 515151.

RESIDENTS in Chorley moved a step closer to having a new cinema and shopping centre development in the town after councillors unanimously agreed to press ahead with the Market Walk extension.

The council, which bought the shopping centre in 2013 and has been working up options for an extension over the last year, agreed to pursue the seven-unit development, subject to planning approval, which will be decided on Tuesday.

The £12.9 million extension would see a multiplex cinema, restaurant and new retailers come to the town.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “When we bought the Market Walk shopping centre the aim was to make it a development that would attract more people into our town centre and increase footfall for all the businesses.

“What we are seeing is that town centres need to have a good mix of shops but also places people can spend their leisure time too.

“We have based the plans on what people have told us they would like to see in Chorley and we are here to deliver that so they have a town centre they can be proud of.

“This development will throw up its challenges but this is a once in a generation opportunity to change Chorley town centre for the better and secure its future for many years to come.”

The proposal will see some of the biggest changes to Chorley town centre including:

  • A seven-unit development on part of the Flat Iron car park, which would be due to open  Easter 2017
  • New public car parking would be created off High Street (the site of the former Amalfi restaurant, which was destroyed by fire), and the spaces adjacent to Gala Bingo will be opened to the public. 120 spaces will be opened up on the council’s Bengal Street depot site and the Hollinshead Street car park (which is currently council staff parking only Monday to Friday) will be open to the public all week
  • The Flat Iron market would be relocated for the duration of the works along Fazakerley Street, Cleveland Street, Chapel Street and New Market Street. There is the potential to close the former pedestrianised part of Market Street to accommodate stalls too
  • Fazakerley Street would be re-vamped with the removal of street furniture and new paving to be installed
  • The whole of the area, including Union Street and the by-pass would see improved pedestrian access and crossings as well as improvements to the look of those areas

“I know one of the biggest questions on people’s minds is where will everyone park if the extension is built,” said Councillor Bradley.

“We’ve done a lot of work on this and we will have more parking spaces than are currently available – some people have been suggesting we build the development elsewhere but we can only use the land available to us and the businesses who are potentially going to sign up to the scheme want a central location like this.

“The other important aspect of this is that we don’t affect the markets, which are a big part of Chorley’s history and its future too.

“By relocating the stalls for the duration of the work it will free up more parking spaces on our busiest day and if you look at where this is done in other towns it actually increases trade for stallholders and businesses too.”

Since the council bought the shopping centre in 2013 the number of vacant units has fallen and the number of shoppers visiting the centre is the highest it has been for the last few years.

The council is committed to only starting work once at least 75 per cent of the units have been signed up on pre-lets. It is also subject to planning approval with the plans going to the Development Control Committee on Tuesday 29 September.

Full details of the proposed development can be seen at

RESIDENTS in the Euxton North ward will be electing a new representative next month after a standing councillor relinquished his role due to ill health.

Councillor Mike Handley, who won his seat as a Labour party candidate in May 2014, had his role automatically taken away after not attending a meeting for six months.

His absence has been due to ill health and a notice of election has been published today.

Chief Executive of Chorley Council, Gary Hall, said: “Legislation states that any councillor not attending meetings for a period of six months will automatically lose his status as an elected member of the council.

“It is possible to request an extension to this period of time but no request was received prior to the full council meeting on Tuesday night.

“A by-election will now be held, so it is a good opportunity to remind voters in Euxton North to check they are on the electoral register should they wish to vote.”

Councillor Handley last attended a meeting on 23 March and his seat, which was won by a majority of 122, is now up for election.

The Notice of Election has been posted today (Thursday) on the Council’s website and those seeking election have until Friday 2 October to submit their nominations as candidates for election.

The deadline for residents to register to vote is midnight on 13 October. Applications to vote by post must be received by 5pm on 14 October and applications to vote by proxy by 5pm on 21 October.

The by-election is due to take place on Thursday 29 October.

PRESS RELEASE - TWO of Chorley’s popular markets are being brought under one roof to create a mixed market to build on the success of the shopping experience in the town.

The Monday flea market and the regular traders on the Covered Market will set up stalls together every Monday for a six-month trial period as Chorley Council looks to improve the offer to shoppers and visitors alike.

The trial will start on Monday 14 September and follows consultations with the casual flea market traders who stand the Covered Market every Monday and the regular traders who open their stalls every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We are currently making improvements across the town centre to attract more visitors and quality retailers here and our markets are a key part of the town centre.

“They are hugely successful in bringing in people from across the region and coach trips from across the UK.

“As the market operator we continually strive to improve the offer to local people and visitors. We were asked by our regular Covered Market traders if they could trade on Mondays so they didn’t have to dismantle their stalls on Saturday and set them up again for Tuesday.

“We know that the Monday flea market is popular with visitors who specifically come to Chorley on a Monday for their wares, indeed we received a petition of around 700 signatures supporting keeping the flea market despite it never having been our intention to get rid of it.

“We think there’s room for both which is why we’re setting up this mixed market of both flea market traders and regular market traders for a trial period and we’ll see how it goes.”

To accommodate both sets of traders, the regular traders will not be allowed to spread out their stock into the central aisle on a Monday as they do on other days, this will mean there will be room for additional table-top stalls along the central aisle for the flea market traders.

Councillor Wilson added: “We’re trying this because we’d been asked by the regular traders who have seen their businesses expand because of the success of the Tuesday market, but at the same time, we didn’t want to lose the flea market on Mondays.

“Hopefully the mixed market on a Monday will become as successful as the Tuesday market, and shoppers and visitors to Chorley will benefit from an extra market day.”

Press Release from CBC - CHORLEY Council is in discussions with government authorities to offer its support during the humanitarian crisis unfolding across Europe.

Many people will have seen the news reports of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing their homes in Syria and the heart-breaking pictures of children and families.

Chorley is keen to do its bit to help and is holding discussions to see if the borough can help in any way.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It’s been very distressing to see the images on the news and it is right that we offer our support and help out where we can.

“We’ve seen a groundswell of support from local people on social media with residents wanting to support those affected by the crisis and we’d be happy to have a discussion with those co-ordinating activities locally to see if we can help them too.

“We’ve been working with the authorities to see if we can help and we’re just waiting to see what support they need.”

The council will be contacting its housing providers to see what availability there is with a view to hosting a number of refugees in the borough.

“We will continue to have discussions internally at the council while we assess what support we can give,” said Councillor Bradley.

“Once we have more information about what’s possible we’ll keep people updated on progress.”

Thursday 10th September 10-5 at the Lancastrian Suite. 

For more information see


At Euxton Library, St Mary's Gate - Thursday 24th September from 10-12.

First come, first served.

Dogs must be over 12 weeks old. 

Advice will also be given on keeping your dog happy and healthy.


Defibrillator Awareness

North West Ambulance Service

Village Hall – Whittle-le-Woods

Friday 4th September 2015


AED demonstration following the installation of the Defibrillators in the Red Book Swap Boxes on Waterhouse Green and Town Lane.

Organised by Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council.

Acts and Performers wanted for Chorley Live

ORGANISERS of a two-day live music and entertainment event in Chorley are encouraging local performers and talented individuals who would be willing to take part to come forward.

Chorley Council is once again teaming up with the Creative Network to stage Chorley Live, which has proven a hit attracting more than 4,500 people to the town over two days last year and they need local acts who want to create fantastic memories of live entertainment to take part.

The organisers are looking for a wide variety of musical acts including bands and solo artists covering all genres of music but they also want other types of performers including comedians, dancers, magicians and ventriloquists.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Chorley Live has been a huge success over the last two years and we want to make it even bigger and better this year.

“We have a number of new venues this year and are also looking for some daytime acts on the Saturday to make Chorley the place to be that weekend.”

“This event has boosted trade among pubs, clubs and restaurants and we hope it will continue to bring more people into the town centre and show that people can have a great night out in Chorley without having to spend money or travel to other towns and cities.

“We want to include a wide variety of performers and it will be important that we have a lot of local acts taking part so they can showcase their talent, so I’d urge anyone interested in finding out more to get in touch with us.”

The event will see people able to gain entry into the venues using a wristband that costs £5 and can be purchased prior or at the event, with children under 12 having free access with adults. There will be over 200 live performances on the Friday and Saturday evening.

It will include a wide variety of venues including pubs, libraries, churches and restaurants and there will be something for everyone including families and young children.

Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network and who will be organising the acts, said the event brings the town centre alive at night.

“I have been staggered by the success of Chorley Live over the last two years: we have had so many positive comments about how great it is and how brilliant the atmosphere is in town,” said Nigel.

“It is a great opportunity for acts to perform on a live stage in a variety of venues as part of a bigger event that will attract thousands of people over the weekend.

“The venues love it, the performers love it and the punters love it so it promises to be a great weekend.

“If you want to be involved let us know as soon as you can as we will be starting to organise the line-ups – we can’t promise everyone will be chosen, but we’d love to hear from everyone that is interested.

“If you’ve already registered an interest you don’t need to get in touch again.”

The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday October 2 and 3 with live performances at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm at each venue.

If you want to take part contact Chorley Council on 01257 515151 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the Creative Network direct on 07883 181978 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join the Chorley Conversation

RESIDENTS in Chorley are being asked to give their views on public services to help deal with the massive change that is coming over the next few years.

With reducing budgets all public sector organisations are going to have to change the way they work and Chorley Council is trying to plan ahead and involve local people.

Over the next six weeks the authority will be asking residents to join in the conversation and tell us what they think about all the public services they receive.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We know change is coming and we need to act now, which is why we have been exploring the future options for public services in Chorley.

“If we are to get things right then we, and all our partners, have to look at overhauling all the services we provide and look at different ways of doing things.

“It’s no use us doing that in isolation, we need residents to tell us what they think works well and what do they see happening in Chorley that makes them hold their head in their hands and think they could do a better job.

“It’s really important people take part and give us their honest views because they are the people who use the services and know where they work well and where they need fixing.”

Experts in public services visited Chorley earlier this year as the authority held a commission into the future of public services in Chorley.

They provided ten recommendations to the authority and work has been continuing on exploring different ways of providing services to residents across all public sector partners including the police, fire service and health providers.

The next step is to ask residents what they would like to see and the council is inviting individuals to put themselves forward to take part in the process. The authority is working with Spice, which already works with the council through the Time Credits programme to deliver this wider engagement.

“We will be visiting community groups, workplaces, pubs and plenty of other places to have a conversation with people about how they view public services,” said Councillor Wilson.

“We’d also be keen to sit down with individuals and for them to tell us their own experiences of dealing with the council and other organisations.

“We want to know what makes you frustrated, but also what suggestions you’d have for doing things better.”

If you’d like to join the Chorley Conversation contact Chorley Council on 01257 515151 or get in touch via our website at

For further information, contact Communications Manager Andrew Daniels on 01257 515265.

Football Fundraiser 2015

The football charity fundraiser, held on the 30th May 2015, at Kem Mill Lane raised the fantastic total of £1030 for SANDS in Preston/Blackpool.  On a day with a bouncy castle and BBQ at the Roebuck - it was truly a great day out for all the family.


Oh help! Oh no! It’s a gruffalo at Astley Hall
FAMILIES are invited to take a stroll through the deep, dark wood into the amazing world of The Gruffalo at Chorley’s Astley Hall this autumn.
The popular children’s character is coming to Chorley on Saturday 19 September together with the famous illustrator Axel Scheffler to launch Astley Hall’s new exhibition, The Art of Axel Scheffler.
Chorley Council has organised a day of gruffalo-related activities and tickets are now on sale, giving families the opportunity to:

  • to meet The Gruffalo at intervals,
  • take part in the Walled Garden Gruffalo trail,
  • make a Stick Man,
  • meet some of the real animals that appear in The Gruffalo story,
  • watch The Gruffalo film in the magical setting of the Coach House,
  • join in story telling sessions and
  • be one of the first to view Axel Scheffler's illustrations up close as part of the brand new Astley Hall exhibition, which will be on display until Christmas.

Plus, anyone who books a 1.30pm or 2.30pm ticket will also get the opportunity to meet and have their favourite Axel Scheffler illustrated book signed by Axel Scheffler himself.
Councillor Bev Murray, who is responsible for the Astley complex at Chorley Council, said: “We are really excited to be bringing the work of Axel Scheffler to Astley Hall in a magical exhibition that will be on display in the Hall’s art gallery until Sunday 20 December.
“And what better way to launch the exhibition, than to invite Axel and one his most famous illustrated characters to town for a day of fun activities in the beautiful setting of Astley Hall, Coach House and Park.
“Tickets are now on sale at a cost of £5 for children and £3 for adults and we’d encourage any Axel Scheffler or gruffalo fans to get them as soon as you can. Axel will only be here in the afternoon so if you do want to meet him, please book a 1.30pm or 2.30pm ticket.
“Astley Hall, Coach House and Park is now hosting some fantastic events and exhibitions and it’s great to see so many people visiting the attraction to enjoy what it has to offer.”
The Gruffalo Experience at Astley Hall on Sunday 19 September is a ticketed event with five time slots available throughout the day to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to meet the Gruffalo. The event starts at 10am.
Tickets must be booked in advance and are available online at
The Axel Scheffler exhibition will be open 12 noon until 4.30pm every weekend and Monday to Wednesday during the school holidays from Saturday 19 September until Sunday 20 December.
For more information on Astley Hall, Coach House and Park, visit or like the page on Facebook.

July is National Scam Awareness month.

Scams Awareness Month 2015 (SAM15) is about consumers getting together with the help of their representative organisations including the Citizens Advice service and trading standards services. It’s about consumers refusing to be rushed by scammers, refusing to be hushed into silence by a sense of shame, foolhardiness, or weary acceptance.

It is about creating a community of informed, confident consumers, alert to the dangers, assertive in dealing with that out of the blue contact; that ambush lurking in the detail; consumers decisive about what to do next. And consumers prepared to share what they have learned, look out for others in their communities, the vulnerable, the inexperienced, who – as the statistics tell us – will be targeted repeatedly unless we all speak out about scams.

The campaign is led by The Citizens Advice service with Trading Standards providing a supporting role in raising awareness of various types of scams that the consumers of Lancashire may be affected by.

As part of this awareness raising it would be useful if you could circulate the information in this email to any of your contacts who may come into contact with vulnerable clients who may be particularly at risk from scams. The information in the attached booklet is of use to both clients and to the staff members who may work with them. Ideally we would like a version of the attached poster to be displayed in relevant offices and reception areas to encourage reporting of scams by victims or their friends and relatives.

There is further information about the campaign at

There will be regular features about scams on our Trading Standards Facebook page – Scambuster Stan


Tee off for charity

CHORLEY’S first citizen is inviting people to take part in a fun day of golf – and help raise money for local charities.

The Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Marion Lowe, has organised a charity golf day at the stunning Duxbury Park Golf Course, owned by Chorley Council.

The day, on Tuesday 8 September, is being run in conjunction with Glendale Golf which managers the course for the council.

She said: “This really is a day for golfers of all abilities to come along and have a bit of fun, on a beautiful course and at the same time raise money for some local good causes as my Mayor’s Charity Appeal is supporting St Catherine’s Hospice, Derian House Children’s Hospice and Home-Start Central Lancashire.”

“We’re looking for teams to take part in a 4-ball Stableford competition with tee off times from 10am to 12 noon. There will be a chance to win a trophy and prizes and there will be a presentation and raffle.

“I hope that businesses, clubs, organisations and groups will come along and enjoy a game of golf knowing that it’s all for a worthwhile cause. ”

The day costs £25 per person and that includes a round of golf, a bacon roll and coffee on arrival and either hotpot, chilli or vegetarian option after play.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday 25 August, so to get your name down early and book your tee off time, please contact the Mayor’s Secretary on 01257 515151 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Get online and love the benefits

If you think surfing, skype and synch sound like sports activities, then a new campaign being launched by Chorley Council may be for you.

It’s aimed at getting more people using the internet on a regular basis so that they benefit from doing things online.

The campaign, targeting people who currently don’t have online access as well as those who do, but don’t really know where to start, kicks off with a Techy Tea Party at Tatton Community Centre on Thursday 30 July.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “The internet has been around for years now providing great opportunities for those who have access to it and use it regularly. They can surf the world wide web to book the best holidays, find the best schools, see what’s going on where, find the cheapest deals on their shopping and so much more.

“But there are still great numbers of people who don’t use the internet for whatever reason, whether they are reluctant to do so, or are perhaps even afraid to use it, and they are missing out both socially and financially and it’s this we want to address.

“Our aim is to not only offer people the opportunity to learn how to use the internet, so they can come to love it and in turn live with its great benefits, but also to develop a directory listing the free public access points across the borough for those who don’t have access at home.

“We are committed to making sure the internet is available for everybody to access and showing them it can be at the heart of all activities and opportunities in their neighbourhood - as well as saving them money!”

The council also intends to make greater use of digital services to improve efficiency and ultimately save council taxpayers money and to make the most of this people need to know what services they can access online, how they do it and what the benefits are.

The ‘techy tea party’ is being held at Tatton Community Centre, Silverdale Road, on Thursday 30 July from 1.30pm-4.30pm.

The training sessions, in partnership with learndirect, are being held at:

Tatton Community Centre:

  • Tuesday 4 August, 10am-1pm
  • Thursday 6 August, 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 August, 10am-1pm
  • Thursday 13 August, 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Thursday 13 August, 7pm-9.30pm

Clayton Brook Community Centre:

  • Monday 17 August, 1pm-4.30pm
  • Friday 21 August, 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Saturday 22, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Astley Village Community Centre:

  • Thursday 27 August, 4pm-7pm
  • Saturday 29 August, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Eaves Green Community Centre:

  • Monday 7 September, 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Thursday 10 September, 3pm-6pm
  • Wednesday 16 September, 7pm-9.30pm

Fairview Community Centre, Adlington:

  • Tuesday 15 September, 10am-1pm
  • Tuesday 17 September, 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Saturday 19 September, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Councillor Wilson added: “So if you’ve always wanted to get on the internet but don’t know where to start, or you know someone who you think could benefit from the opportunities you enjoy by surfing the web, then please get in touch with us by phoning 01257 515151, or if you already have internet access, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Historic Hall to open soon

CHORLEY’S historic hall is set to reopen to the public at the end of this month following vital repairs needed to preserve the Grade 1 listed building.

Astley Hall is due to open its doors to the public on Saturday 29 August having been closed since Christmas for conservation works.

That work revealed that a foundation beam supporting the 400-year-old wall in the Great Hall, owned and managed by Chorley Council, had rotted and needed replacing.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees Astley Hall for Chorley Council, said: “We had hoped that once this was done, the Hall would reopen.

“But whilst the panelling was being taken off the wall to do this work, it was discovered that the timber wall frame was not properly tied to the front wall of the Hall and so we’ve had to have bespoke plates made.

“We were lucky enough to able to open the Hall just for the weekend of the Chorley Flower Show to give people a chance to look around and enjoy the spectacular floral displays that adorned the rooms. Then it closed again for some finishing off works to be done, but I’m delighted to be able to say it will reopen for the Bank Holiday weekend and will be open every weekend for the rest of the year, plus Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays! 

“We are disappointed that the Hall had to close to the public for so long this year, but it was essential to get this urgent repair carried out to preserve it for future generations.”

Conservation consultant, Geoff Maybank who has been overseeing the work at the Hall, said the complexity of assessing how the Hall had been constructed had taken a lot of effort and that once work started it turned out there were a lot more repairs needed than expected.

He said that the repairs had been carried out using traditional materials and so any replacement parts had to be specially made.

He added: “The Hall is 450 years old, it’s bound to have issues, but we are hopeful we’ve cured the problem.”

The Hall will be open from 12 noon to 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays from 29 and 30 August, plus it’s open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays.


Robin Hood marches into Astley Park

ASTLEY Park’s Walled Garden is set for another transformation next weekend as a classic story is brought to life as part of Chorley Council’s second outdoor theatre event of the year.

Chorley Council is bringing the Cambridge Touring Theatre company to the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park to perform its fun, hilarious adaption of Robin Hood – The Musical on Sunday 16 August.

Watch as Robin Hood and his merry men take on the Sheriff of Nottingham while singing and dancing to win the heart of the fair Maid Marian. 

Councillor Peter Wilson, the Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Theatre in the Park performances are always great events with a brilliant atmosphere and we’re delighted to have Cambridge Touring Theatre coming to Astley Park to perform Robin Hood – The Musical.

“The show has had excellent reviews with many people commenting on how funny it is, plus the actors will be doing a special drama workshop in Astley Coach House for children before it starts. 

“Tickets for the show and the drama workshop need to be booked in advance but are selling fast.  Therefore if you and your family would like to enjoy entertaining theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park’s Walled Garden, visit to book your tickets now.”

The gates for the performance will open at 3.30pm with the drama workshop starting at 4pm and the show starting at 5pm.

People are invited to bring a picnic, blankets and low-backed chairs to sit on as seating is not provided.  Refreshments will also be served in Café Ambio until just after the interval.  He performance is suitable for children aged three and above.

Tickets are also on sale for the next Theatre in The Park event, which is Heartbreak Productions fantastic performance of Mr Stink on Saturday 29 August.  To book your tickets for Mr Stink or Robin Hood visit


Flags fly high over Chorley


GREEN flags are flying high over Chorley as its popular parks and recreation grounds have once again won national recognition for their quality and standards.

Astley Park, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Withnell Local Nature Reserve and Tatton Recreation Ground can all continue to fly the flags after once again meeting the tough standards put in place in the Green Flag Awards for parks and green spaces.
And this year for the first time Coronation Recreation Ground can proudly fly a flag having won the award at its first attempt.

Councillor Bev Murray, who looks after the parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that our parks have won the recognition they deserve for another year running, and that Coronation Rec has received one at the first time of entering.

“This is a great achievement and is testament to the hard work and dedication from all our staff and the community groups and volunteers who do so much to help and support us.

“We get lots of good feedback from people who use our parks and recreation grounds, but it’s nice to know that we’re recognised nationally for consistently meeting the high standards they demand for these awards.”

Yarrow Valley Country Park has won the Green Flag for the 10th consecutive years, Withnell and Tatton for the seventh and Astley Park for the fourth. Now Coronation Rec can proudly fly the flag.

Following consultations with the local community, major improvements are planned for Coronation Rec including works to the toilets, the provision of a café and an astro turf pitch, refurbishment of the tennis courts and improvements to the children’s play area.

Councillor Murray added: “There is lots of enthusiasm from people in the area for Coronation Rec and a Friends of Coronation Recreation Ground is being set up. It is this kind of partnership working which helps us to continue to improve and maintain our parks and open spaces as places for local people, and visitors to the area, to relax and enjoy.”

If you would like to join the Friends of Coronation Recreation Ground, the next meeting is being held on Wednesday 9 September at 6.30pm in the bar at St Mary’s Club, on Devonshire Road. Please phone 01257 515151 for more information.

The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. 

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”


Make a splash for free

YOUNGSTERS can certainly make waves in Chorley this summer as free swimming is back by popular demand.

Last year over 3,500 young people from Chorley took advantage of the free swim offer run by Chorley Council and Active Nation which manages the council’s leisure facilities.

From Monday 27 July, free swimming is again being offered to those aged 16 and under throughout the school holidays.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees the council’s leisure centres, said: “This scheme is so popular with young people that it was important to us that we offered it again over the summer holidays.

“It gives youngsters something to do and swimming in a safe environment is an ideal way for them to keep active, have fun and meet people at the same time.

“We look forward to seeing lots of young people enjoying the swimming pools in Chorley and it would be great if this scheme encouraged people to participate in sport on a more regular basis.”

Youngsters can swim for free throughout the school holidays until Friday 4 September for 45 minutes per session at:

  • All Seasons Leisure Centre, Water Street, from Monday to Friday between 2.30pm and 3.15pm and 3.15pm to 4pm
  •  Brinscall Pool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 noon to 1pm.


Good news - Chorley Borough Council have managed to set in place two skyride locals that will run directly from Whittle-le –Woods - they will be held in August and September approx. one month apart.

Just as a heads up the dates should be confirmed by end of this week and will be roughly 10 miles in distance, these rides will have a limit on the number that can take part and people will be encouraged to ride to the start. Where possible.  

Once I have the exact dates I will let you know and they will go on the link

Where people can book on for Free. I would be keen as well to support any other rides setting up in the area under the Breeze banner (ladies only) or the Ride Social banner, so will keep you posted.


I would like to thank all Parish Council members for their help, support and guidance during my tenure as Chairman. It is pleasing to reflect on the last 11 months and consider what has taken place to enhance our wonderful village. Projects and activities include:- * Redesign and launch of the website > improving the information available and increasing the number of people that visit. * Restoration of Blackburn Road Milestone & Boundary stone. * Installation of the Defibrillators in the Red Telephone / Book swap boxes. * Another successful Fishing competition. * WW1 Union flag floral displays, Waterhouse Green and War memorial. * Organised the Council to maintain the Cross keys & Delph Way play area. * Help to repair the fencing on the Cricket Field by the river. * 2 Newsletters published and distributed to all residents. * Published our policy on the display of Advertising Banners. Through the Neighbourhood Area group we have completed the following projects:- Installation of the Blackburn Road Rockery, Church Hill fencing and the Earth Rods for the Defibrillators to be fitted in the Red Telephone Boxes. We have welcomed two new councillors, Darren Marsden and Roger Tyrer. A number of activities have passed through the village this year including the Iron Man race, the Chorley Grand Prix cycle race and the Village health walk is now up and running on a regular basis. Tina Newall
For several years we, the parish councillors, have tried to address the ongoing issue of provision of activities and facilities for the young people of Whittle-le-Woods. Several previous attempts have been tried and failed. It has been suggested that we encourage the young people to join us for a meaningful discussion to seek their views on what activities they would like to see in the village. If any young people of Whittle-le-Woods aged 11-18 are interested, could they or their parents please forward their names and contact details to any of the parish councillors listed in the newsletter, or contact us through the website at This would enable us to arrange a meeting to explore the possibilities and hopefully plan for the future.

Three elections are to be held on 7th May 2015.  Click on the links below for more information.

Parish Council elections (not applicable to Whittle-le-Woods)

Borough Council elections

General election

The following is the statement of persons nominated for the general election:


These notices have also been displayed on the village's noticeboards. 



At March 2015

The number of subsidised meals offered to the customer per week by Chorley Council has now increased from three to five.  The service will continue to be provided by Lancashire Fayre who currently provide the service, and meals can still be delivered seven days a week; but this now means that the cost to the customer of the first five meals per week will reduce to £3.65 per meal.  

In addition an introductory offer has been launched which means that any new customers who sign up to the Meals on Wheels service will receive their meals for the first two weeks at half price, Chorley Council will subsidise the cost of the first five meals for two weeks reducing the price to only £2.12 for a main meal and dessert.

There are certain eligibility criteria to meet to qualify for the subsidised service, however those who are not eligible can still receive the Meals on Wheels service for the low price of £4.25.

If you know someone who would benefit from this service they can contact Lancashire Fayre on 01257 367630.




Whittle-Le-Woods Charity Football Match
Saturday 30th of May at 1pm
Kem Mill Lane
All in aid of Sands Preston/Blackpool
With A Local Celebrity Appearance
Raffle to be held with lots of great prizes
£1 per strip
Bouncy castle and BBQ to make it a great day out for all the family and for a great cause!

For a pdf copy of the poster, please click here.




The following pdf files relate to the route of the Chorley Grand Prix on 4th April 2015, and the resulting road closures. 

Cycle Route

One Way Diversions

Park Road


Appendix 2




You may be interested in following this link to find out more about many events on the Chorley Borough Council website.  This page lists (amongst others) courses, forums, seminars and shows.





The following is an update from the Patient Participation Group (February 2015).

After nearly 12 months of campaigning local residents are feeling exacerbated by NHS England’s refusal to fully consult with them over plans for the future of Buckshaw Village Surgery.  Last year patients were shocked to hear the news that Dr Muttu and his excellent staff at Buckshaw Village Surgery may have to re-tender for their contract to continue running the local surgery, which could open the door to large private providers running the highly rated NHS surgery. Would you be happy for your local GP surgery to be run by Serco, Virgin Health or Capita?

As patients learned more about the potential changes, they were incredulous with NHS England’s firm refusal to consult them over these; NHS England are seemingly neglecting the views and opinions of the one group they are meant to represent, patients. The Patient Participation Group (PPG) sprang into action and issued a rallying call for local patients to speak out and demand NHS England fully consult with them about the potential changes, 12 months on and their battle continues, with only minor concessions made so far. Gail Barnes, joint Chair of the PPG explained:

“It is unthinkable that NHS England are just continuing with their plans and not consulting patients. We have yet to meet a patient who thinks this is a good idea. We are demanding NHS England put a complete stop to their actions and actually consult and listen to patient’s wishes.”

Ken Webb, joint Chair of the PPG went on to add:

“NHS England is supposed to look out for what is best for patients. I certainly don’t feel their current actions support this; they are not carrying this out in my name or best interests.”

It isn’t just the PPG that wants a full consultation; over 1,200 local residents have signed a petition demanding NHS England consult with patients regarding the future of Buckshaw Village Surgery. For more information about the campaign or to sign the petition please visit the PPG website on or find the PPG on



Shaw Brow is due to be closed from 16th to 20th March, 2015 to enable sewer works to take place.  See below for work details and diversion information.

Shaw Brow closure March 2015

Shaw Brow closure March 2015 diversion



After many years of requesting that the speed limit on Dawson Lane is reduced, Lancashire County Council have confirmed they will be reducing the speed limit on Dawson Lane to 40 mph later this year.  The 40 mph zone will be from the A6 to the junciton with Worden Avenue.  A weight restriction was also requested but this was refused.

Find below the latest Winter Bulletins released from Lancashire County Council:

2015 Final Bulletin (9th April 2015)

Temperatures have started to rise again and the lowest temperature recorded this week was +2.4°C  in East Lancashire. So far, we have used 93 tonnes of salt in April, compared to a total of 3,541 tonnes in March. There has been no gritting activity across the county this week, however as always our gritters are on standby in case temperatures drop again.  This will be the last winter bulletin email for winter 2014-2015, however you can still follow #lancswinter on Twitter and Facebook to find out if we are out gritting again.

24hour weather forecast

It will be fine and dry through much of Friday afternoon. Increasingly cloudy Friday evening, with some light rain overnight. Cloud and rain clearing towards the end of the night, then fine, dry and breezy through Saturday morning. Remaining dry with clear spells through Saturday evening and overnight.

Keeping you updated…

To keep updated on #LancsWinter and to find out if we are gritting find us on:


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Over 100 top cyclists from across the country will descend on Chorley at Easter as the borough kick starts the British elite road racing season.

​Chorley Council has teamed up with British Cycling to host the Chorley Grand Prix that will see professional riders take on circuits around the borough in the first race of the season.

The prestigious event will bring thousands of visitors into Chorley and build on the borough’s enthusiasm for cycling. 

The Chorley Grand Prix, will be held on Saturday 4 April and take in a 100-mile route over 5 laps. The start and finish line will be in Chorley town centre with the road race taking in Chorley, Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Whittle-le=woods, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley.

The riders will complete five laps of the circuit but there will generally be rolling road closures in place, which will mean very minimal disruption to traffic.  There will also be plenty of opportunities for spectators to see and cheer on the cyclists.  The event will be broadcast on Eurosport.

The route through Whittle-le-woods will take the riders off the A674, down Moss Lane, onto Preston Road and then right down into Buckshaw Village.  A route map can be found here

The Whittle le Woods Health Walk will start on 6th Feb 2015.  The meeting point is at the war memorial car park at 9:30am and the walk is intended to take around an hour.  There will be tea & coffee afterwards at the church.

Chorley Borough Council are looking for some people to volunteer to become Health Walk leaders - anyone who volunteers for this will be given full training & will get time credits for the hours they volunteer.  Contact Natalie Holt at Chorley Borough Council, or the Parish Clerk if you are interested.



Lanchashire Constabulary have launched a new webiste and informaition service called In the Know.  By registering on the system you can keep in touch with the things that concern you and your community.

The interest groups that are available for members to sign up to are as follows:

  • Watch groups
  • Coastline crime
  • Rural crime
  • Schools, colleges and university groups
  • Recruitment and volunteering opportunities
  • Neighbourhood Watch News

As a registered recipient you will not only benefit from two way messaging but may also hear about positive police action in your community, help identify suspected or wanted criminals or learn about community groups, events or meetings in your area.


Find out more and register at


Brindle Lane will be temporarily closed from 24/11/2014 until 28/11/2014 to allow emergency utility works to the water main to take place.

An alternative route for vehicular traffic afffected by the closure is via:

Birchin Lane - Copthurst Lane - Town Lane - Chorley Old Road - Hill Top Lane - Birchin Lane - and vice versa.

More information (including maps of affected areas) can be found at:



Lancashire County Council have given notice of the closure of Back Lane, Clayton Green from 1900 hours on Thursday 20th November 2014 until 0000 hours on Wednesday 10th December 2014, or until completion of the works if earlier to allow emergency sewer repairs to be carried out.

The closure will effect the length of Back Lane from its junction with Carlton Avenue to its junction with Fiddlers Lane, Clayton Green, Chorley.

An alternative route for vehicular traffic affected by the closure is via: - Fiddlers Lane - A6 Preston Road - Back Lane and vice versa.

More information on this and other local road closures can be found at



Do you have the oldest Christmas tree in the village?

The tree pictured has been used in a Whittle-le-Woods house for about 100 years!

The owner's grandmother bought it at a second hand sale in the village around 1920.

It has been used every year since, meaning it has probably seen 100 Christmas celebrations. The bauble decorations and candles are also original.

Is it the oldest in the area or do you know of one older?








The text below is slightly edited from a Chorley Borough Council email dated April 2015:

The Healthy Streets project in Whittle is being developed in partnership with Chorley Council and the local community to include opportunities for cycling and walking. There are already some great opportunities for local residents to get involved with. These include the health walk which takes place on Friday every week and starts at the memorial car park at 9:30am. It is around an hour in length is a fun sociable time and finishes with tea and coffee afterwards at the church.

There are also some Sky Ride local free rides that take place covering the Whittle area. Visit and search for rides close to Whittle-le-Woods by entering your postcode. These rides are led by experienced leaders from British Cycling who are working in partnership with Chorley Council.

In the future we are also hoping to set up a health walk aimed at families in the local area and would love for individuals to get involved. We are also hoping to develop a Breeze ride programme in the Whittle area. This programme has the aim of helping women become confident in bike riding and will be aimed at all abilities ( If you passionate about walking or cycling and are interested in volunteering to become a Health Walk Leader or a Breeze ride leader feel free to contact the Parish Council Clerk who could further refer you.  If we get sufficient demand then we will look at how we can best support this in the future

We are looking for women and girls to get in touch so that we can help to establish the Breeze rides. The health walk is now advertised in the link here as well, and other opportunity in the borough to get active can be found here :'s-get-active-and-Get-Up-and-Go-in-Chorley.aspx or by and click on get up and go.





In 2014, the Parish Council arranged for the raised bed at Waterhouse Green to be planted in a union jack flower display to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Parish Council also provide lamp post baskets at strategic locations throughout the village, plant up numerous troughs and containers around the village with bedding plants and bulbs, on an annual basis plant up daffodil bulbs provided by Chorley Borough Council, They also provide hanging baskets to business addresses at Preston Road and Chorley Old Road,

All of this ensures that Whittle-le-Woods is a very colourful place to live. 



Commemorative services at the Clayton and Whittle-le-Woods War Memorial were held in 2014.

On Monday the 4th August at 11am, a service was held at the War Memorial site off Factory Lane to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war with Germany. Quite a few people joined us, along with the vicar from St John's, Reverend Venables. Ten children from three of our primary schools read out the names of the lads killed in the 1st World War—109 of them. A bugler played the Last Post and later the National Anthem. It was a nice little service, and the Parish Council laid a wreath, along with one from the British Legion and the War Memorial Committee.

A service was also held on Sunday 9th November at the War Memorial. 





When previous manager Andy Hardman decided to step down after a successful period including a cup win and winning the league title last season, Dylan Southern and myself were asked to step up from being players to player/managers, and we duly accepted.

This season was to be different from all previous seasons, as the Chorley Alliance league became Division 4 of the Mid Lancs league. The season started off with an opening 4-3 win away to Chorley Athletic, with a Chris Blundell screamer the pick of the goals. This was followed up by an impressive 5-0 home win against neighbours Clayton Brook. The first dropped points of the season came at home against bogie team International Allstars, who claimed a point after a thrilling 4-4 draw. A routine 4-1 win away to bottom club Hop Pocket put us in a strong position going into the first big clash of the season against our main rivals Eagle FC. Being in good form I fancied our chances and a brilliant performance from the boys meant we came away with all 3 points after a nail biting 3-2 win. Two further wins against Chorley Athletic and Clayton Brook, 7-3 and 6-1 put us in a really strong position just before Christmas.

Unfortunately the horrendous weather we had during December and January meant we didn't play for over ten weeks. The break really hit us hard. We never regained the momentum that had put us in such a good position before Christmas. So after a long break we played Eagle in a crunch game at home in which they ran out 3-2 winners in another closely contested affair. Our form returned briefly against bottom club Hop Pocket in a 6-1 home win, but in the next game away to 2nd bottom Eccleston we could only manage a 1-1 draw despite dominating and missing many good goal scoring chances. The following week we again faced Eccleston in the reverse fixture and we came out 2-0 winners.

After a long, hard and interrupted season we went into the final game against International Allstars needing a win to secure the title but a number of factors left them 7-0 winners. So a disappointing end to the season meant we finished runners up to a good Eagle team. But promotion to Division 3 has to be seen as progress and a successful season. We are in the semi final of the John Haydock cup in which we have a chance of revenge against league winners Eagle. With our strongest 11 available I really fancy our chances of a win and a date in the cup final!!

Chris Mc Menamin



Known then as the Halfway House:

The season was badly affected by the inclement wet weather we had in the first part of the season which meant no league games were played for several weeks. The second part of the season has been somewhat massive as the team only played 5 games from the start of the new year. The league now faces a large backlog of fixtures and one can see the season running to the end of May— not ideal but onwards and upwards! Two of the games played have been semi-finals, - for the Chorley Nissan Sunday Shield and the Sunday Trophy Shield. Both games went to penalty kicks and fortune was with us as we won both. The first final was played on 13th April at Chorley Football Club, Victory Park. Our opponents were The White Horse FC from Adlington and what a hard fought game this was as both teams kept a tight grip breaking down attacking options. The second period saw the Halfway House make two good substitutions which led to the only goal of the game. The goal came from a neat pass through the middle and Richard Coley latched onto the ball and neatly finished to give his team a 1-0 win to lift the trophy. Another final is just around the corner on the 27th April versus Springfield FC from Coppull at Victory Park. Let's hope we can once again do the double as this would round the season off really well. Our league position as this issue goes to press—we lie in second place as our opponents Springfield FC top the league and they need to drop points to give us a chance of any league glory. We can only play our games and with so many night games to play one never knows. May we take this opportunity to thank The Halfway House for their help over the season and to any supporters who have watched the team.

Alistair Cudworth (Manager)



Last season was one of the best we've had in a long time. We won both cup competitions and came runners up in the league! The 1st cup final played at Victory Park was against White Horse from Adlington. The game was a very tight affair with both teams cancelling each other out in the 1st half. The 2nd half started in a similar vein, until a couple of our substitutions pushed the game in our favour. At 75 minutes the sub Richard Coley pounced on a loose ball in the box to shoot the only goal of the game into the roof of the net. Two weeks later it was the 2nd cup final, this time against Springpit from Coppull. This was a very different affair with our team taking an early lead with another goal from Richard Coley. The early goal gave us a massive boost and two further goals were scored before half time by Ian Curwen and Steve Almond. The 2nd half began with a lot a early pressure from Springpit, which resulted with a early goal for them. At 3:1 we managed to weather the storm, and were to score two further goals—by Richard Coley again and Sam Bolton—and completed our 5:1 victory. This season we unfortunately started with a defeat to Chorley Saints 3:0 but then managed to win our next four games. One of those was to beat last year's champions Springfield, who went all last season unbeaten in the league. We have some important matches coming up so your support for our games would be much appreciated.

Alastair Cudworth, Manager Ley Inn FC



The 2014 season was sometimes excellent, but sometimes left us despondent. This was especially true for the First Eleven who were never really prospects for promotion and who finished in the lower half of the league. There had even been a relegation possibility till three successive victories saved them—including against the champions Kirkham & Wesham. The team had an excellent cup run and reached the quarter finals with wins over Great Eccleston and Penwortham—in which game an opening partnership of well over 200 was posted by Captain Chris MacMahon and John Huckfield, both of whom recorded centuries! Outstanding through the season were Alex Proctor, who has developed into a first–rate opening bowler, Stuart Barnish and Farouk Shabdu—stalwart members of the club and accomplished all-rounders.

The Second Eleven, under the astute captaincy of Dave Forrest, might at one point have gained a second successive promotion. The unsteady start to the season (losing two of their first three games) soon settled and the accomplished and hard-working unit coped even with losing members to the First Eleven. In the end they finished fourth in the league, not helped by five occasions when the weather forced a recording of "no result" when they were in good control of the game. An obvious example was the away game to White Coppice when the team posted a remarkable score of 313 with Paul Evans hitting an unbeaten 174! Then came the rain, with the opposition struggling with four wickets down. Cruel. Dave Forrest, Stephen Moore, Tom Miles, Edward O'Donnell, Elliott Haylock and George Tyler all deserve a mention, as does Matt Kenyon who epitomised the team spirit and dedication needed in amateur sport, both bowling and fielding brilliantly.

The life blood of the club this season has undoubtedly been the Junior Section with both Under 15s and Under 17s being pitted against stronger and wealthier clubs. More games were lost than won to such clubs but when equally pitched the Juniors have been successful. Without the Junior Section the Second Eleven would have been hard pushed to fulfil fixtures as between two and six Juniors have played in Second Eleven games that we won. They are some great players.

We should like to thank those who have helped with club finances— always a battle. Ageing machinery which requires replacing and the need for higher standard facilities as per the Palace Shield's requirements, mean we are forever battling to keep the club afloat especially when vandalism undermines our efforts.
On a more sombre note, the ups and downs of this season were put into context by the sudden death of the outgoing captain Stephen Connor and the long-term serious illness of Nigel Peel, both of whom are much missed. Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact myself, John Cowley, or the Secretary/Treasurer, Frank
John Cowley

Contact John Cowley (Chairman) 07932 992784 / 01257 268029 or Bill Yates 07762 773729 / 01257 274637

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As I pointed out at the end of last season, 2013 was, on the whole, pleasing. The First Eleven's position was always safe, the Second Eleven were excellent and finished as League Champions, and the Under Fifteen Juniors reached the semi-final of the cup, knocking out some big clubs on their way. Undoubtedly the most crushing blow for the club was the untimely death of Stephen Connor, the First Eleven captain. Universally admired and respected, Stephen had become a cornerstone of the club, throwing himself wholeheartedly into all its aspects: a talented player, a keen
committee member, a Junior coach, an organiser of functions—you name it, and Stephen would be involved.
So long, dear friend from all at Whittle and Clayton-le-Woods Cricket Club.

2014: During the coming season the club will run the normal First Eleven and Second Elevens. Both teams will have new captains and vice-captains. The First Eleven will be led by Chris McMahon, with Stuart Barnish as vice-captain. The captain of the Second Eleven will be Dave Forrest, with Kurt Hilton as his aide-de-campe (that sounds appropriate, David being not long out of the Forces!). In addition to the two Senior teams, Under Fifteen and Under Seventeen teams will participate at Junior level.

Unfortunately, at the moment we do not have enough young people to form Under Eleven and Under Thirteen sides. Let's hope the season is successful for all concerned.

New members: New Members are always welcome at the Club, whether as Junior or Senior players, as are Committee Members who are willing to help with the day-to-day running matters that arise.

Finances: Finances remain a constant running sore with regard to the survival of the club. There seems to be an unending demand on finances made by the Moore & Smalley Palace Shield regarding the upgrading of facilities, the quality of the square, the outfield, and matters in general, all of which we strive to meet. Serious attempts are made at fundraising, but as can be seen from the number of appeals from charities that arrive through everyone's front door, the goodwill of people is constantly being stretched, and competition for financial support is intense.

Local tradesmen: A suggestion was made at a recent meeting that a plea should go out to local tradesmen who might be able to help with ground improvements and the upgrading of facilities. It is now being made. We hope someone is listening!

Contacts: John Cowley (Chairman) 07932 992784 / 01257 268029 and Bill Yates 07762 773729 / 01257 274637.

By John Cowley



In 2013, we gave primary schools in Clayton and Whittle a few of the names of lads killed in the 1914-1918 war and we asked them to research their lives and the contribution they made.

The final results were excellent, with three books being made, which were displayed at Clayton library from the 21st July 2014.

The photo was taken when I presented the winner at Manor Road School.

Parish Councillor Bell (Chairman War Memorial Committee)



Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council held their annual fishing competition for under 16s on Saturday 2nd August, 2014, at Curwen's Fishery, Low Mill Lodge in the village. The competition was held from 9:00am to midday and eight keen competitors were ready for action. The morning was mixed with showers and a slight wind blowing but the six boys and two girls set about in enthusiastic fashion. Each competitor was awarded a prize of various fishing equipment. The first prize was awarded to Harrison Boyd-Moss aged 11 with his sister Danielle Boyd-Moss aged 9 in second place. Arran Curwen aged 10 was in third place. Parish Councillor Peter Higham presented the prizes. Thanks must go to all the parents and grandparents for giving their support and transporting the children.



The following information has been taken from the Chorley Borough Council website on 17/11/2014.  For further details follow the link here:

Spice and the Young Foundation are working with Lancashire County Council and Chorley Council to introduce Time Credits to Lancashire. Time Credits are a way of enabling local people to make a difference in their communities and local public services. The scheme in Lancashire was launched in September in Chorley, and has a broad health and social care focus.

Time credits are a way of thanking people for the time that they give to their local community. If a person gives 1 hour of time to a community organisation, they earn 1 time credit that can be spent on a range of activities in the local area for example, an adult learning course, a museum visit, a physiotherapy session or a show at the local theatre.

As well as recognising the value of individual contribution, Time Credits strengthens and builds communities by engaging those who may not normally get very involved in their local area. The scheme encourages people to be involved in different ways and it helps to build local networks, by linking community groups, organisations and individuals.

Time credits are similar to bank notes but have no monetary value. They have a standard back in all locality areas with the front localised. In Chorley there is a picture of Astley Hall on the front of the note and the Lancashire Rose can be seen faintly in the fore ground. The notes are designed and printed to make imitation or fraud extremely difficult.

Chorley Council logoChorley Borough Council is subsidising a seven-day-per-week Meals on Wheels service which includes hot meal provision and delivery.

They can also provide assistance with small jobs round the home.

This can be available up to three times each week for a subsidised cost of £3.65 for a meal and dessert.

More information is available on the Chorley Borough Council website here:

Eligibility conditions apply so contact Chorley Council on 01257 515151 to find out more.



The Annual Duck Race took place on Spring Bank Holiday Monday as usual. The rain in the morning was disappointing but as it brightened up after lunch, many people turned up.
Unfortunately, because of the wet weather, the bouncy castle had to be cancelled but all the other events took place with the usual BBQ, tombolas, cake stall, face painting and coconut shy. Stone the Crows Morris Dancers entertained us as they did last year.
There was adequate water in the river to ensure the ducks progressed at a reasonable rate. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and we raised over £2000 towards the village hall funds.




Parish Councillor Bell was the Mayor of Chorley from 2003/4.  An event was organised to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first canal boat to come through the tunnels at Whittle-le-Woods. The boats only went to Walton Summit, then the load was transferred onto railway wagons, they went through to Preston then back onto canal boats to journey to Lancaster etc.