Balderstone Parish Council

  • Horseshoe Bend, Balderstone

Balderstone Parish Council holds meetings four time a year usually in March, June, September and November. The AGM when the officers are elected takes place immediately before the normal meeting that occurs in May/June. The meetings are held at Mellor Brook Community Centre, BB2 7PR starting at 8:00pm. Meetings are open to the public and there is always an item on the agenda when members of the public can raise any issues that concern them. More info..

Bae Systems Samlesbury


BAE Systems Military Air & Information wish to invite residents from the Samlesbury, Balderstone and Mellor parishes to attend an open evening at its Academy for Skills & Knowledge on the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone.
The event will provide an opportunity to see inside the £15.6m facility which will be home to the company’s next generation of apprentices and graduates as well as providing lifelong learning opportunities for its wider workforce.

Venue: BAE Systems Academy for Skills & Knowledge, Sir Frederick Page Way, Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone.
Date: Tuesday, September 19
Time: 5pm-7pm

Please note: This event is not suitable for children.

If you are interested in attending the open evening, please email you name, address, contact telephone number and date of birth to using the subject: BAE SYSTEMS ACADEMY FOR SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE – OPEN EVENING
For further details around the Academy for Skills & Knowledge, please see here:—knowledge

Missing Cat – Mellor Brook Area

Ian Duxbury, a local resident has asked that we help to find his lost cat. If you have seen this cat please message us on this medium or e mail Many thanks

Meeting at MBCC regarding litter & Dog Fouling

Further to the recent meeting held at Mellor Brook Community Centre, chaired by Peter Mc George, Waste Management Officer, Ribble Valley Borough Council, please see minutes below.

“Just confirm some of the points and actions raised during the meeting:

Dog Waste Bins / Dog Fouling
The original complaints were directed at the lack of dog waste bins and the mess left behind by dog walkers. Environmental Health has responsibility for provision of dog waste bins and enforcement of dog fouling and that Heather Coar should address publicity and prevention. Similar issues have recently been addressed in Sabden with articles appearing in the Clitheroe Advertiser.

I confirmed that neither RVBC nor the Street Cleansing manager has any record of litter complaints relating to Mellor Brook.
It was also suggested that the comments were probably a knee jerk reaction to dog fouling issues.
No action was required.

I did explain that litterbins should not to be used as an alternative to dog waste bins. Trials are still being carried out in Whalley looking at the consequences of allowing dog waste to be disposed of in litterbins and will not to be extended to other parts of Ribble Valley until the results of the trials are known.
A review has been undertaken on the type and numbers of litterbins provided within each parish and it was agreed that the only action was as follows:
a) Replace the post mounted litterbin at the bus stop outside Fielden Arms (Mellor Brook) with a larger free standing litterbin. (Please note that this was exchanged today Friday 28/07/2017)
b) It was suggested that a litterbin next to the bench on Commons Lane may be required although Cllr Taylor will discuss with her residents the scale of the litter problem and report back.

Members were advised that a flytipping prevention strategy was to be presented to the Lancashire Waste Partnership this week seeking approval for the Strategy to be adopted by all Lancashire authorities. The strategy includes an action plan and communications plan which would hopefully raise awareness of the issues and reduce the number of flytipping incidents.

Grass Cutting
Grass cutting of verges etc within the parishes of Mellor Brook, Mellor, Balderstone and Osbaldeston is the responsibility of Lancashire County Council and does include the areas adjacent to Brookside.

It was discussed whether there was any mileage of employing a lengthsman by Mellor or in partnership to undertake additional works within the parishes. I have spoken to Angela Whitwell (Clerk to Sabden Parish Council ) who would be happy to explain to either parish councillors or borough councillors more about lengthsman. The funding she manages from LCC is only for areas designated AONB only so unfortunately it does not apply Mellor Brook etc. I have also spoken to David Hewitt the tree officer for RVBC who was involved at the start of the introduction of lengthsman and has provided the guidance attached. He is also willing to discuss the matter with you and suggests that there are opportunities for the parishes to seek support through other agencies/ organisations.

I hope that I have covered all the issues, however should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.”

St Leonard the Less Samlesbury

Samlesbury & Cuerdale Parish Councillor Glen Clayton has requested that the opening times for St Leonard the Less are published as below. The October date is Harvest Festival


Sand & Gravel Extraction – Samlesbury

This is confirmation that the draft proposal and background documentation with regard to the proposed sand & gravel extraction will be on display to the public at Samlesbury Memorial Hall on the following days.

Sunday 2nd July from 15:30 – 18:00
Monday 3rd July from 9:00 – 11.30

Rugby Tots

Rugbytots Blackburn is a new venture.

We are trying to help John Taylor spread the word about this great activity for youngsters.

It’s about activity for 2 – 7 year olds with rugby in mind.

Contact John Taylor or 03453130281



Mellor Brook Community Centre

Mellor Brook Community Centre
Saturday 24th June 8.00 pm

Coope. Boyes & Simpson’s farewell UK tour comes to the Brook next weekend. Known for their close 3-part harmonies delivered in acapella style and for their social commentary with biting humour in their lyrics, the trio have been folk favourites for 23 years

Following the re-location of bass singer Jim Boyes to Belgium, it has become increasingly difficult for the trio to prepare for recordings and tours. They have decided to pursue separate musical paths, though not before one final album and tour. At Mellor Brook, they shall sing material from their new and final album Coda, as well as revisiting their extensive back catalogue.

all tickets £14
by sending s.a.e. and cheque payable to Janet Aspin to Shamrock Promotions, 53, Briar Road, Blackburn BB1 9TF
on-line via Eventbrite
in person at Britannia Gallery, Branch Road, Mellor Brook