Monday, 26 December 2011

Longridge Pram Race 2011

Just two of the competing teams in today's Longridge Pram Race - Team Maclaren and The Space Aliens Capturers! Well done, everybody! And a few more photographs can be seen HERE

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Longridge Library - a Sneak Preview

When our refurbished library opens tomorrow (0930 - Monday, 19 September), residents are going to be amazed at just how smart it is I have just had a look and it is a total transformation from what it was before it was closed for a revamp. It is so bright and light!

According to Lancashire County Council, improved community facilities and up-to-date technology will be on show, following the library's £200,000 makeover.

Manager, Audrey Taylor says: "People will hardly recognise it. As well as new windows and roof, there is a completely fresh layout with new flooring and modern comfortable furniture. We now have moveable shelving so we can make room for community events and activities, and Wi-Fi access will allow people to use their own laptops.

"To help make borrowing or returning items even easier, we've installed a new self-service machine. We also have lots of new stock. Then there are public toilets, baby-changing facilities and a new vending machine – all of which add up to a more welcoming, user-friendly feel. 

"The overall effect is very impressive. The refurbished library really is a great facility for local people of all ages," she said.

There will be ten People's Network computers available for library members to use. These offer free access to the internet and the National Grid for Learning, together with email and Microsoft Office applications.

Staff were relocated to other Ribble Valley libraries while the building work was taking place, and volunteers kept the home library service running throughout the closure.

Activities such as children's story time, bounce and rhyme and toddler rhyme time sessions were held every Tuesday morning at Longridge Hospital.

Longridge Library was refurbished using funds from Lancashire County Council's Regenerate scheme, a programme for modernising libraries and making them more accessible to local communities. 

Here's a sneak preview of what's on offer. It's going to be great!

New automatic doors will make entry and exit much easier

Part of the bank of ten computers that will offer internet access

See how the bookshelves are on castors.
This will make it easy to clear a space for library events

A view down the library past the bank of computers

One of several seating areas for users

These computers will be well-used!

Looking across to the library reception area (left)

Thursday, 15 September 2011

It's a Beautiful Day 2

Just a hour later and the sun is having an impact on the mist, making it rise up - almost obscuring the spire of Mellor Church (photo 2).

It's a Beautiful Day!

Good morning, Longridge! It's a beautiful day - try to take advantage of it. Here are a couple of views across the Valley at 0630 this morning. It must, and still is at the time of writing, have been a little dull for all the ducks on the river! Click on the photographs for a closer look.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Longridge Library Opening Date

After several months of renovation work, the refurbished Longridge Library is set to reopen its doors to readers on Monday, 19 September.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Longridge Plans Submitted

I noticed that plans for housing between Lower Lane and Dilworth Lane have been submitted. Click HERE for more info. I note the site is described as 'neglected'. When I walked past the other evening, it looked like a field to me!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

A Book-Lover's Journey: Let's begin at the beginning


A Book-Lover's Journey: Let's begin at the beginning: "In my mother's arms (1937) , with my father and grandparents on the left, and my great-grandparents on the right When we are born, wh..."

Monday, 13 June 2011

Longridge Police Station set to close its door to the Public!

Longridge police station is set to close it's door to the public under plans announced today. Aim of the plan is to close the front desks of some police stations and sell off others. So, once the public consultation has taken place, and our local station is closed to us, where do we go to report a crime or discuss local problems? Preston? Blackburn? Who knows. Will we keep our monthly Public and Communities Together (PACT) meetings? The next is on 15 June at 7pm in the Royal British Legion Club  As the Longridge Police page says: You can pop in and see the team or write to them at Longridge Police Station. For how much longer, I wonder?

Friday, 3 June 2011

Chris Bell - Read All About It!

Here is a fascinating interview with Chris Bell - until recently, the head chef at the Longridge Restaurant - published by the Staff Canteen. Click HERE to read it.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Sunday, 29 May 2011

A Windy Day on the Fell!

You don't realise how windy it is until you walk from Jeffrey Hill through Thornley Hill Fell to the trig point (350 metres above sea level) at Spire Hill. It was all right going with the wind behind you but coming back, it was another story!

I was amazed at the spectacular aerobatics and cries of the Curlews on Jeffrey Hill and the brightness of the White painted trig point. I wonder who decorates the latter? Every so often, the mechanical sounds of the Chipping Steam Fair could be heard. Remember to click once, and then again, for a closer look at each photograph..

The large white mass, towards the top right, is the massed marquees of the Chipping Steam Fair

The path alongside the stone wall en route to Spire Hill.
At last, the white-painted trig point on Spire Hill comes into view.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

ALARM ALARM! Longridge under attack - again!

Residents on the south side of Longridge have been targeted with a leaflet to provide members of the local community with an indication of a development proposed by Rowland on land (the grassland behind Houghton Road) which is located between Lower Lane and Dilworth Lane. Rowland homes, says the leaflet, are now seeking to acquire the site with a view to bringing forward a planning application in the near future for a housing development of 49 family homes. The developers are welcoming residents comments so that a planning application can be prepared taking account of your views.

Now, forgive me if I am wrong, but isn't this a new departure? I thought firms put in a planning application to a council and then the council invited residents to comment on the proposal? Is this a sharp business practice or the norm? What are your views on this move? I'd be interested to know!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Longridge Library Closure

Longridge Library will close after business on Saturday 4 June for approximately ten weeks for an extensive refurbishment to improve and update the library.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Longridge - Cow on the Alert

Walking back through the fields by Lower Moss Farm, I saw this cow relaxing on the grass. Something had obviously caught its eye, but I know not what . . .

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Longridge Library to Close!

Have you heard the news? Longridge Library is to close for up to three months in May to allow refurbishment. Unfortunately, when it reopens, it will have those awful, infuriating self-service machines installed. Is nothing sacred?

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Super Moon from Longridge

I looked at last  night's images again and came across this one shot of the Super Moon - only 221,000 miles away!

Super Moon!

P1090284 by the_ephemeral_dog
P1090284 a photo by the_ephemeral_dog on Flickr.

Well, at least someone got a decent shot of the Super Moon last night but they had to go up on Winter Hill to do so. Probably explains the interference on my telly!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Longridge Past 2

Another recent addition is this hand-tinted postcard of Tootal Height, Longridge which was posted in East Dulwich, London on 28 November 1923. How on earth did it get there? Click on the image for a closer look.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Longridge Flood Risk Project Completed

Work on a project to reduce the risk of flooding in Longridge has now been completed. Well done United Utilities!  Click here for details.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Longridge Past 1

A recent addition to my collection is this fascinating old postcard showing Kay's Entry on Tootell Height. Click on the image for a closer look.

On the reverse of the card, which was written on Thursday afternoon July 4, 1918, is this message:

My dear Harry, you will see by the postcard that I am at Longridge. Mary and I cycled here this afternoon. We have had quite a nice time. We have been on the top of Tootell Height, on the park. There are quite a lot of people here. We have just had our tea. You know we have some friends at Longridge where we come to stay.

You will have to have a day here when you come home. Goodbye Harry for now. With love from Nellie XXXXXX Cheer up.

[I presume Harry was serving with the Forces at the time]

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Quick Guide to Longridge Pubs!

A quick guide to Longridge Pubs has just appeared on the web. Do you recognise your favourite watering hole? Click HERE to find out.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Longridge Book Fair Dates 2011

Dates for this year's book fairs at Longridge Civic Hall have been confirmed as 23 April and 19 November. Organised by NorthWest Book Fairs, door open at 1000.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Start your business drop in session

John Ball's Blog: Start your business: "Are you thinking about starting your own business? Have you got the germ of a business idea? Don't you know where to start? Drop in session at Longridge Station on 23 February 1330 - 1600 - click link for details."

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

2011 Census - A Date for your Diary!

The 2011 Census will take place on 27 March. This time you can do it online! Click HERE for more details. wants your help!

Preston, Fylde, South Ribble, R. Valley - wants your help. It wants to be your local news service - so what do you want in it? Tweet @ribbletv and let them know.

Crime Map UK - The big Crash!

As one of those lucky enough to try out the new Crime Map UK before it crashed, I can tell you that the area around Longridge recorded 39 crimes in December 2010. Two were burglaries, while the remaining 37 involved anti social behaviour. They were spread across a wide area, not just the usual hotspots. Does that tell us anything? I'll let you draw your own conclusions . . .

Evidently, 75,000 of us have been trying to access the new website every minute. After four million people tried without success to log on, the site crashed. The Home Office advises people to keep trying! When it is up and running again, log on to Enjoy!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

20mph Speed Limit - Make your Views known

As Lancashire County Council intends to introduce a 20mph speed limit on residential roads, you can make your views known by clicking HERE!

Lancashire speed limit to be cut to 20mph!

Lancashire County Council has announced it intends to cut the speed limit on residential roads to 20 mph by 2013. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? What do you think? For more on the subject click HERE.

BBC Radio Lancashire Turns 40!

BBC Radio Lancashire celebrates its 40th anniversary tomorrow. In recent months, it has given Longridge a good amount of coverage. Thank you BBC and happy birthday! To read more about it, click HERE.

How Big is Big, How Small is Small?

A remarkable demonstration of the Scale of the Universe. Click HERE to view the Interactive Scale of the Universe Tool. I am not too sure where Longridge sits on the scale - what do you think?

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

IT Crash Course for Beginners

There is going to be an IT Crash Course for Beginners running at The Longridge Station. To find out more click HERE

A Chance to do more with your Photographs!

Good news! Longridge Station is organising a Photo Editing taster session on 15 Feb. Cost is £8 per head.
To book a place: 
telephone 07729-617683
or call at Reception at The Old Station.

Dance Classes Recommence!

 Reeders Dance StudioClasses recommence at Longridge Civic Hall on Wednesday 09 February 2011 at 2000. Intermediate level. Lessons includes Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence. 

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show

Don't forget that this year's Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show takes place on July 9. Put the date in your diary, now!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The View from Jeffrey Hill!

I saw this short film of the panoramic view from Jeffrey Hill on YouTube and thought you would enjoy seeing it. Enjoy! PS click the X on the advert box to close the advert.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Longridge Life Facebook Page is Now Open!

The Longridge Life Facebook Page is now up and running and, more importantly, open to all. You can post messages to the Wall such as publicising your Society or Organisation, list Events such as lectures, jumble sales and other fundraising events, take part in Discussions on various topics and even mention Lost Pets so people can keep an eye out for them. I'll see you there! Click HERE to visit.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Snowing in Longridge

0937 - it's snowing in Longridge. I guess the snow lovers won the Mind over Matter experiment, but as there is so little snow so far (famous last words!) it must be a very close run thing at the moment!

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Will it Snow on Friday?

Mind over Matter, Longridge.

Will it snow?
Like snow? Will it SO!

Will it snow?
Hate snow? Will it NO!

We await the results.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Snow and Bramblings

Originally uploaded by tom_charles
Well, waking up to snow in Longridge (again) was a shock, but not unexpected as Met Office NW had kindly pushed out a flash warning on the subject late last night. Thankfully, it is already melting. That said, I now have even more Bramblings ground feeding beneath the bird table. There are, currently, 24 male birds feeding with not a female bird in sight. I wonder why?

This excellent photo was taken by Tom Charles who posted it on Flickr this morning. Well done, Tom!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Creating Pictures in my Mind: Worry! Worry! Worry!

Creating Pictures in my Mind: Worry! Worry! Worry!: "Now that the snow is thawing, I am starting to worry. What about, you might ask? Well, this afternoon, I came across a melting snowman on a ..."

Saturday, 1 January 2011