CHARITY FOCUS

Live Ribble Valley takes a look at the many and varied charity projects that are taking place in towns and villages across the region

CAMPAIGN ON TO SAVE CINEMA
A campaign to save Longridge’s historic Palace cinema has been launched. Owner Dorothy Williamson, who bought the cinema with her late husband John more than four decades ago, has put the property up for sale. However a group of local people are hoping to form a community interest company called the Palace Cinema Trust, in order to buy the building in a bid to keep it up and running as a traditional cinema. It is reported that a huge amount of interest has been shown in the property since it went on the market for £300,000. BBC North West recently reported on the sale, interviewing Mrs Williamson, who at 81, said it was time for her to retire.

FUND-RAISING FUN
Clearly Interiors is holding a charity Fun Day at their showroom in Burnley on Sunday 24th September. The day will feature free face painting, cocktails and canapes prepared in the state-of-the-art ovens by VZug, food from the Seafood Pub Company, live music and a chance to win a £6k bathroom or a £2k kitchen.
Tickets are available online www.clearlyinteriors.com or in store. The event is to raise awareness and funds for Pendleside Hospice.

LIONS’ GIN FESTIVAL
The first Whalley Lions’ Gin Festival is set to be held at the Atrium at Oakhill School on Friday 8th September from 7pm to 10pm. The event is in aid of Whalley & District Lions and all proceeds will go to support good causes within the community. Rare gins will be on offer, with local counties going head to head, with Burnley Batch gin taking on Ormskirk’s finest, Manchester gin, Nottingham’s Sir Robin of Locksley, Cuckoo and Cheshire gin all in the mix.
Tickets are priced at £10 per head, with early bird tickets available for £9 from the Whalley Wine Shop and Jack’s of Whalley.

NORTHCOTE AT THE ROVERS
Ewood Park will host Northcote Starlight Ball on Friday 6th October raising funds for East Lancashire Hospice and Cancer Research UK. The evening will include a champagne reception, a four course gourmet meal, an auction and live music. Over the past five years of hosting the Starlight Ball a tremendous £25,000 has been raised for Blackburn & District Cancer Research.
Tickets cost £75 – to puchase please call 01254 222244 or email: sales@northcoteattherovers.com
If you can’t make the night but want to help, please feel free to make a donation.

PICKWICK APPEAL
Whalley Pickwick event is appealing for volunteers for their 29th Pickwick night which will take place on Thursday 7th December 6pm till 9pm. Last year, following the floods, the number of volunteers on the organising committee became smaller and the team took the opportunity to hold the event on the village pub car parks and village hall. This meant the event was easier to run, taking less people to arrange, keeping visitors safer.
If you are interested in helping to organise this year’s event, or in joining the committee, new members and volunteers are always welcome. Help make Pickwick magical again! Contact: magstwist@gmail.com
For more information go to: www.whalleypickwick.org.uk

If you have any charity news please contact: jan.woolley@live-magazines.co.uk

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