Friday, 31 December 2010

Jobless Support

Job Trials are looking into providing workshops to support out of work adults in Longridge. Please get in touch if you feel you would benefit from the support, telephone Liz Cook on 01254 825008 or 07964 435464 or email her at

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Full Steam ahead for new Longridge Book!

A fascinating new book records the story of the Preston to Longridge branch line from its opening in 1840 through to the last remaining segment of the branch in 1994. David Hindle's latest book details the fascinating and complex history of the combined mineral and passenger line which was only the second railway to open around Preston. One of the most striking chapters evokes nostalgic memories of the integrated and unique Whittingham Hospital Railway.

All Stations to Longridge will undoubtedly become a railway classic. If you are interested in the history of our town, you should make a space on your bookshelves for this book. It will make an ideal present for a loved one. You can save £5.63 on the £16.99 cover price by clicking here.

David Hindle is the author of seven books on natural and social history including Twice Nightly: an Illustrated History of Entertainment in PrestonGrimsargh: The Story of a Lancashire Village, and From A Gin Palace to a King’s Palace: Provincial Music Hall in Preston. He lives in Preston.

Press Coverage of Longridge Pram Race

Just a note to let everyone know that there is coverage of the Pram Race, today, in:

Flickr                                  Ninety photographs on display

Longridge Life blog           Various reports and pictures

Longridge News                  Photo spread

Lancashire Telegraph         Photos (4) and article in Page 39

Lancashire Evening Post    Photo

Blog Preston                      Extensive slideshow

Facebook                             Pram Race Photo album

Get your copies before the shops close today!

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Longridge Pram Race sets New Record!

This year's Pram Race was won by the 'Kiss Heavy Metal Band' team, with the 'Poison Ivy' entrants winning the Fancy Dress prize. A record-breaking sixty-six teams, comprising 452 people, took part - well up on last year.

Dave Radford, a spokesman for the organising team, told Longridge Life: "There were very many good fancy dress teams and choosing a winner was very difficult." Up to £3,000 is likely to have been raised.

The Winning Team!

On the Move

Monday, 27 December 2010

Severe Weather Warning NW England

Attention Longridge! Met Office North West have just issued a severe weather warning - check it out here.

Longridge Pram Race 2010 3

One last view of the Pram Race - click here to see the whole series on Flickr. If you know people who took part or watched the race, be sure to get them to visit, please! Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Walt Disney World!


Little White Chapel

Longridge Pram Race 2010 2

Much later than I thought, here is a link to 90 photographs of today's Pram Race. Click here to view them. Click on the photos for a larger image.

Chain of Office

A Mixed Bunch

Well Turned Out
This Group Went Bananas!

Longridge Pram Race 2010

Longridge Pram Race took place today and the teams are working their way slowly - very slowly - round the town's numerous watering holes! First pictures here. I will be posting more here throughout the day - all images will end up on Flickr here: Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Fans of KISS

Toy Story!

Creating Pictures in my Mind: Blog in the Spotlight

Creating Pictures in my Mind: Blog in the Spotlight: "Do not put this bear in the bin Originally uploaded by Le Fromagier Extraordinaire As I prepare to dust off the scanner and start posting ..."

More of the White Stuff!

As Victor Meldrew used to say: "I don't believe it!" More snow, although just a light dusting so far. The forecast is for heavier snow later - groan!

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Greeting

To all of you in Longridge - the gateway to the Ribble Valley - have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year. Cheers!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Can it get any worse?

Berry Lane pavements are still approached with care, although some work to clear a route through is noticeable. That said, except for the traders who have cleared in front of their premises, there is a distinct path of slush - dirty brown slush. Ughh!

Hopefully, over the next few days the snow will melt. However, tonight's weather predictions suggest it will be minus 10 C tonight and tomorrow night, but only minus 6 C during the day tomorrow. Remember to wrap up warm if you are venturing out to do some last minute shopping tomorrow. Also, there might be light snow on Monday. Oh joy!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

What Birds?

Lots of Bramblings on the bird feeder and a Great Spotted Woodpecker on the fat ball. @theboygriffin on Twitter is reporting many Redwings in his garden. What are you seeing in yours?

Don't panic! Not in my garden, just my photo album . . .

Total Lunar Eclipse December 21, 2010

And if you lived in America, this is what you saw! And what did we see in Longridge? Nothing, unless of course, you know otherwise!

The Earth Moved!

Did you feel the earth move last night? Probably not, but just after 2300 last night, an earthquake took place in Cumbria and was felt by people in neighbouring counties, including Lancashire, It measured 3.6 on the Richter Scale and its epicentre was in Coniston. There is some good coverage on BBC Lancashire which can be viewed here. If you did feel anything, let us know. We'd like to hear from you.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Eclipse Eclipsed!

Well, that was disappointing. Clear skies all night until the eclipse was due and then what? Clouds roll in. I feel cheated by the weather. Roll on the next one - many, many years into the future . . .

Monday, 20 December 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse!

It seems that we are about to experience the first total lunar eclipse that coincides with the Winter Solstice for almost 400 years. BBC Radio Lancashire has been telling listeners about the total eclipse of the moon tomorrow morning. I think we will see some of it here in Lancashire - a partial but not total eclipse. Evidently, the event causes the moon to turn red. According to John Mason of the British Astronomical Association:

'Observers should go out at about 6.30am when, if the sky is clear, the moon will be visible in the western sky, and they will be able to watch as more and more of the southern part of the moon becomes immersed in the Earth's shadow.

They can continue watching until the eclipse becomes total at 7.40am, and hopefully for a little while after this time, if they have an unobstructed western horizon. The brightness of the eclipse depends on the conditions in the Earth's upper atmosphere through which all light falling on to the shadowed moon has to pass.

For observers in the British Isles, the very low elevation of the moon during the total phase means that it is not possible to predict just how dark the moon will be when it is eclipsed, or what colour it will appear. One will just have to go out and have a look.'

To find out more, click here and here. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusion about the second link!

This is the hazy moon shining on Longridge this evening. Yes, I know it isn't that clear, but that is the effect of the extreme cold down here on Earth. Besides, it is many thousands of miles away! 

Night Sledgers!

As I drove past the scene of yesterday's reservoir sledging tonight, I was amazing to see a group of locals sledging . . . in the dark! Seemed a bit risky to me. Are they insane or what?

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Reservoir Sledges!

The snow covered banks on some of Longridge's many reservoirs proved ideal for sledging today. Longridge Life visited one of them to take an image or two for this blog. Besides the sheer enthusiasm of adults and children alike, one of the highlights was seeing a group of young men arriving with a very large wooden door and an equally big wooden drawer. The chest of drawers that the latter had must have come from must have been enormous! Well done, lads!

The slopes proved popular
Board? Not us!
Backwards and forwards!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Walking with Poles!

When I walked into town this morning, I couldn't help but notice just how many people were using walking poles to help them negotiate the snow-packed pavements of Berry Lane. Very sensible. I bought a pair of walking poles about three months ago after resisting them for years. They really do make a real difference. If you are carrying a rucksack, the poles help spread the load and reduce the weight put on a person's hip, knee and ankle joints.

A word of warning, though. Don't over do it to begin with. I decided to test drive mine by using them to walk out from Longridge up the long slow incline past the Golf Club to Jeffrey Hill. I flew like a rocket at unbelievable speed and got there in no time at all. Trouble was, I hadn't realised that I was expending all of my energy in getting there. End result? I found the return journey very hard work, even though it was downhill virtually all the way. Now I pace myself and get myself there and back without too much effort.

Taking things to the next level, some people joing nordic walking classes. Nordic walking is a really good way of getting fit. Click here to find out more. I know Alston Hall often runs courses (the next is in March).

Don't forget to Feed the Birds!

And whatever you do, please don't forget to feed the birds. I'm off now to clear the snow from the bird table - lots of Bramblings are hovering about waiting for food. Now, where did I leave my wellies? Not outside, I hope!


All right, there wasn't that much snow around when I last did a post on the subject. Last night was different. The back garden looks very different this morning!

0900 17 December 2010

Friday, 17 December 2010

Allotment hopes dashed at first hurdle?

If there is something that Longridge really needs, it is more allotment plots to allow residents to grow their own vegetables. The Ribble Valley Strategic Partnership group spotted, reported the Lancashire Telegraph, an opportunity for a growing scheme at a former bowling green behind the Indian Lounge Restaurant in Longridge. 
The land behind the eating place, better known to residents as the Dog Inn, has evidently been derelict for some fifteen years. But Partnership chairman and Longridge councillor Rupert Swarbrick said when he contacted the landowners, Enterprise Inns, he was told they would not endorse the scheme.
A spokesman later, reportedly said,  they are "currently reviewing their options for the land at the back of the pub with regards to what is best for the local community and for the business in the long term.
Funny how the land has remained overgrown for so long, but the review allegedly commenced when people showed an interest! Let us hope that their review conclusion does not involve selling the land for a block of flats to be built when setting the land aside for allotments would be such a valuable contribution to us locals! What do you think?
For more on the article, click here

Snow falls on Longridge again!

Well, the BBC Lancashire weather page forecast light snow for Saturday and heavy snow for Sunday. In reality, it snowed this evening - Friday! As much as I admire the team at BBC North West Tonight, I sometimes wonder about their predictions!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Farmers' Market

This coming Saturday sees the final Grimsargh Farmers Market of 2010. See you there, snow permitting!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Town or Village?

I've been thinking. All right, I know it can be a pretty dangerous thing to do, but are you as confused as me?

If you read articles about Longridge in such earnest publications as Lancashire Life and Lancashire Magazine, those featured - usually shop and restaurant owners and . . . estate agents (!) - refer to village life/villagers etc.

In reality, we have a town council so what are we? Town or village! Is the description of Longridge just a clever marketing ploy to attract visitors to the 'Gateway to the Ribble Valley'? What do you think? Your comments are welcome. Make your views known here!

Friday, 3 December 2010

Early morning mist

Now, Sue Bristo is a seriously good landscape photographer. I am full of admiration for her work!

The Cold Continues!

The car temperature guage read -5 C this morning. By the time I got to Grimsargh, it read -9 C. Not much fun at all!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Snow in Longridge

Somone asked for proof of the snow in Longridge. Here is a view of one local road on 30 November. Brrrrr!

Monday, 29 November 2010

It's Snow Joke!

It's no joke - snow fell today on Longridge. Is this the shape of things to come. Let us hope we don't have a bad winter. What ever you do, don't forget to feed the birds!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Last of the Year

Today was the last car boot sale of the year. I felt for the three hardy car booters outside in the car park. My, they must have been cold! Next year's first car boot sale takes place on January 23, 2011. See you there!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Sunrise over Longridge

Sunrise over Longbridge (23 Nov) was impressive. Not often you see the world in natural black and white!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

A New Kid on the Block

Welcome to Longridge Life. Enjoy!

No 65 - Is There Anywhere Finer?

Saturday's usually involve a visit to No 65, Berry Lane. Eating out here is a real joy - fabulous food, friendly staff and a relaxing astomosphere. Try the Cheese and Pate plate with scrumptious freshly warmed bread and a tangy pickle. Bliss!


Went to Sunday's Car Boot sale at the Civic Hall. Lots on offer, but was rather shocked at the attitude of one seller. As I was looking at some military ephemera, she complained loudly about potential customers 'flicking through the paperwork'. Thanked her politely before moving on. Response? Stony-faced stare and no speech. The incident left me speechless. Not like the people I have normally meet in Longridge - smiling and friendly! Has anything similar happened to you?

Jeffrey Hill

Early November - a wonderful sunny afternoon's walk from Longridge up to Jeffrey Hill. I was amazed at the number of para-gliding enthusiasts sailing through the sky. At one time, there were nine in the sky at once.