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Visit By BBC Television August 2010

BBC Television Monday 9th August 2010

BBC TV visited Clitheroe on Monday 9th August to film snippets of our project for the live National Lottery Finals which will be shown on the evening of Saturday 4th September. The winners of the Lottery Good Causes will be announced during the Lottery Draw. Our organisation have been invited to send down several representatives and we will set off at about 7am to get to London for a run through and what we can and can't do etc. We are certainly looking forward to the occasion but do need your votes to support our chance of winning. Lines open from 09.00am on Monday 26th July until Friday 13th August at 12noon. The number to ring is 0844 686 5959 which will register automatically for Clitheroe Youth. The website link is www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards then click on Clitheroe Youth -Heritage project but several letters need to be typed in before the vote is registered

The BCC finally finished filming in Whalley at 8pm. This was a long but productive day. Our thanks go to everyone that was involved.

More details to follow.

Searching For Soldiers Headstones


Searching For Soldiers Headstones 2nd September 2010

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Several of the Junior Members in the Clitheroe Cemetery

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Junior members in the Catholic Cemetery at Brungerley, Clitheroe.


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BBC Radio Lancashire

BBC Radio Lancashire 14th April 08.20am

It was an early start as BBC Radio Lancashire invited us to speak on the radio about our National Rotarian Award and our World War Two project which Morgan Rawcliffe, Bailey Moss and Harry Ellis did us proud. We must have been on the air for a good ten minutes..Nice one.

Edward Jones

Edward Jones

It is with the deepest of regret and sadness that we have to state that Edward Jones has recently passed away (Tuesday 28th September 2010).

We only recently met and filmed Edward Jones of Hazel Grove, Clitheroe as part of this project. Was formerly Private E Jones of the East Lancashire Regiment during World War Two who was seriously wounded in Normandy during the D Day landings. Second son of Mr and Mrs J Jones of Beech Street at that time and formerly of Woone Lane (as reported in the local paper) was taken originally to a hospital in South Wales on his eventual return to the UK. His brother Alfred as reported in the paper went to visit him there. Edward was part of a Bren Gun Carrier (Driver) and ordered to go forward after landing on the beaches and silence a German machine gun post. After advancing several hundred yards through the thick of enemy fire the crew had to abandon the carrier owing to the difficult terrain. Edward also mentions that one of his pals was killed by a sniper at this point. Shells began to burst around them and as they threw themselves flat on the ground Private Jones felt something hit his right shoulder but did not think anything of it and carried on. This was in fact the first of his injuries.By now Private Jones and his comrades had got near to the machine gun post and sweeping it with fire from their bren guns, they effectively silenced it. To make sure that the Germans were not foxing, Private Jones and his sergeant went forward, under covering fire to discover that they in fact, silenced eight Germans for ever.

Ribble Valley Mayor shows support

Ribble Valley Mayor shows support for Clitheroe Youth project

Members of the Clitheroe Youth Forum Remembrance project attended a civic ceremony on Monday given by the Mayor of the Ribble Valley, Cllr Mrs Lois Rimmer. This was to acknowledge the project’s achievement at having gained a National Lottery Finalists Award. The Mayor told the young members of the group that their project has done great service to the Ribble Valley, and that they should feel proud of their achievement.
The Mayor was given the opportunity to look at the two Books of Remembrance listing the Clitheroe casualties of World War II that had been commissioned by the project. One was in Braille and had been created by Chris Tattershall of Braille IT, an accredited  service that provides free tuition for the visually impaired with branches in Clitheroe, Blackburn, Burnley and Chorley.
The other book is a traditionally styled handwritten Book of Remembrance and Roll of Honour bound in red leather. It has been created by local calligrapher, Norman Kelly, and his design is based on the Roll of Honour that was done in the 1930’s to commemorate the casualties of the First World War.
Both books are to be dedicated at a special service at Clitheroe Parish Church on Monday 13th September at 7.00 p.m. The service will be conducted by the Priest in Charge, Andy Froud, and is open to all who would like to attend.

Presentation Late Stanley Smith Pollard

Monday 9th August Church Service - Presentation Late Stanley Smith Pollard

On Monday 9th August a Church Service and Medal presentation took place at St Mary's Church, Clitheroe which commenced at 2.30pm. This was for a Mrs Kath Brooks and Marjorie Preston (who lives in London) who lost their brother Stanley Smith Pollard who was aged 19 and serving as a coder in the Royal Navy when he was killed in 1945 through enemy action. Stanley Smith Pollard is buried in Norway. The family have never had any medals and through our project we have recently been able to obtain these from the MOD. This service and presentation was open to members of the public. The service was kindly conducted by the Reverend Dr Peter Shepherd who we wish to thank for his kind help on this important occasion. His guidance and assistance at every stage of this process was invaluble. The service concluded at 3.15pm.  Refreshments were then taken at the Grand.

Death of Mrs Kath Brooks (nee Pollard)

Sadly we have to announce that Mrs Kath Pollard has passed away. Please click to see our separate article.

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