We are working hard towards completition of the WW2 Airmen project in the Forest of Bowland. Long delays on this project have been mainly caused by the objection to the Memorial boulder by the AONB. This was eventually overcome and supported by the local plannng Authority the Ribble Valley Borough Council and then the Government Planning Inspector but this took nearly a year and a half. Funding applications as always have been submitted for positive, healthy and challenging activities. We hope to complete the WW2 project by September 2015.
A meeting has taken place between ourselves and Ribblesdale School who we hope will maintain our websites and can be used and supported by their students for years to come.
We are grateful to the Lottery for awarding us £6,695.00 towards various activities. This took some doing and far harder to obtain and we needed the help of the Community Voluntary Service in Accrington to help with the extensive forms so many thanks Dorothy or we couldn't have managed this.
Type of activities will be Ice Skating, Dj/MC, Fashion and Theatre visits.
We have been working with the East Lancashire Motor Driving Club for 14-17 year olds to do pre-driving with their qualified driving instructors. These currently take place in Blackburn. The number of road deaths and accidents not only locally but nationally is on the increase and we wish to put young people on these well established courses. For 3 x 3 hour sessions this costs £75.00 per young person so this is rather expensive so as ever we are seeking funding. 4 members from our youth group have taken part in a pilot project and have already learned so much. These were Thomas Stirzaker, Zac Robinson, Jordan Rawcliffe and James Barnes. Well done lads. Since then we have had a number of youth members on this project. Here we see from left to right Sophie, Noah and Jasmine.
We obtained funding support from the Lancashire County Council Youth Services for two activity days with the Simonstone Activity Centre. We went canoeing near Barnoldswick on Saturday 24th March and then rock climbing and other activities near Darwen on Saturday 31st March.
We have now had several meetings with Martin James during October 2011 and November following a fishing day at Barrow with kind permission of the owners and-presentations with other organisations concerned with this activity such as the Environment Agency, Conservation and Habitat for East Lancashire and the Ribble Valley Borough Council have taken place.
Through these talks the RVBC have moved the free fishing area for young people from the Low Moor area which wasn't practical to the Edisford stretch of water now marked by two posts. Permits must be obtained from the Council at the information offices at the Information Offices, Platform Gallery. Those aged 12 must show a rod licence. Those aged 11 and under must have an adult with them.
The above photo shows Conner Ingham landing a large carp helped by Michael Osliffe (April 2012). Nice one lads. Over forty young people attended our Easter fishing programmes.
Our thanks to Sported, Ribble Valley Homes and Clitheroe Town Council for help with funding these sessions.