26th Feb 15

AGM Memorial Hall
The Annual General Meeting of the Memorial Hall will take place on Monday 23rd march at 7.30pm. All are invited to attend. At this meeting the committee is elected and are always on the look out for new members. If you feel that you would like to help our hall survive and prosper in this difficult economical time please contact Niall Macfarlane 01254 826125.

Fairtrade Service
At 11am on Sunday 1 March 2015 St John’s Church are holding their “Fair Trade” Service in St John’s Old School instead of the Church. During the Service there will be Tea, Coffee and juice served and the opportunity to taste chocolate, biscuits and cakes. Whilst enjoying goodies we will learn how Fair trade food helps the poorest food producers and guarantees them and their communities better opportunities in life. Come along and enjoy an hour of food, fun and reflection. There will be a “Fair Trade” stall, courtesy of Oxfam Clitheroe, giving everyone the opportunity to buy some of the goodies sampled during the service.

3 in 1 Coffee Stop
The Coffee Stop at St John’s Old School is open as usual on Monday 2 March between 2pm and 4pm. As well as the usual free refreshments there will be a “Fair Trade” Stall selling goods provided by Oxfam Clitheroe. Come and drop in at this popular community event. Orders are also being taken for people to buy “Real” Easter eggs. “Fair Trade ” chocolate eggs with chocolate sweets inside and a Christian Message about Easter.

W.I.
The next meeting of Hurst Green W.I. is Thursday 26th February. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

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12th Feb 15

St. John’s News
All are welcome to “Church goes Wild!” on Saturday 15th February at 3pm. This will be all about endangered species with cards and masks to make. The session will end with a Jacob’s Join tea. In order to help the organiser plan please contact Clare 01254 878402.

Coffee Stop
Come and join in the fortnightly fun at the Coffee stop. Hot drinks and cakes, stalls and good company on Monday 16th February from 2-4pm at St. John’s Old School.

Flea Market
Hurst Green Bowling Club’s famous Flea Market will take place on Sunday 22nd February at the Memorial Hall. Many bargains plus first class home made refreshments.

W.I.
The next meeting of Hurst Green W.I. is Thursday 26th February. Visitor and new members are always welcome.

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29th Jan 15

Seniors’ Party
This annual village event was a huge success with excellent food and festivities in addition to some hoofing entertainment provided by our waitresses! Fran Aherne had ensured that the village hall looked really special with flowers and candles which changed colours and festive tables. Background music played by Tom was a foil to the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen. There were some brilliant comments from the seniors as they left indicating that they had thoroughly enjoyed ‘A reet good do!’ A very warm ‘thank you’ to all concerned making this a real community effort. Extra special thanks go to Phil and Bunty who kindly donated all the raffle prizes and for Bunty’s puddings which are now famed throughout the village. To Peter Holden who provided our wonderful turkey feast and to St. Peter’s Club and the Parish Council who gave donations. Our local café “Millies” kindly donated roast potatoes and many from the WI cooked, baked and waited on. Without all this fabulous good will parties such as this could not take place.

Coffee Stop
The next Coffee Stop will be held on Monday 2nd February from 2-4pm at St. John’s old school. All are welcome to share coffee and cake and meet friends and neighbours.

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22nd Jan 15

W.I.
The next meeting of the W.I. will be this Thursday 22nd January at the Memorial hall. At this meeting subscriptions for the next year are due this year this is £36. Barbara is also appealing for any old W.I. photographs. Please bring along to the meeting any photographs you have of past W,I, events. Period clothes from any decade of the 1900 to the present day are also required for the fashion show. If you have anything you think may be suitable please bring it to the January meeting. The competition for the meeting is an amusing new years resolution.

Over 65 party
The annual over 65 party will be held in the Memorial Hall on this Saturday 24th January at 7.30pm. Anyone who lives in the village and is over 65 is very welcome. Please contact Barbara Herd (826350) or Margaret Carrington (826095).

Youth Club
This next meeting of St. Joseph’s Youth Club will be Friday 23rd January at 7.30pm. Meetings take place at the Memorial Hall, new members over 9 are always welcome and parents are always needed on the rota.

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15th Jan 15

W.I.
The next meeting of the W.I. will be Thursday 22nd January at the Memorial hall. At this meeting subscriptions for the next year are due. Barbara is also appealing for any old W.I. photographs. Please bring along to the meeting any photographs you have of past W,I, events. Period clothes from any decade of the 1900 to the present day are also required for the fashion show. If you have anything you think may be suitable please bring it to the January meeting. The competition for the meeting is an amusing new years resolution.

Over 65 party
The annual over 65 party will be held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 24th January at 7.30pm. Anyone who lives in the village and is over 65 is very welcome. Please contact Barbara Herd (826350) or Margaret Carrington (826095).

Youth Club
This next meeting of St. Joseph’s Youth Club will be Friday 23rd January at 7.30pm. Meetings take place at the Memorial Hall, new members over 9 are always welcome and parents are always needed on the rota.

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8th Jan 15

W.I.
The next meeting of the W.I. will be Thursday 22nd January at the Memorial hall. At this meeting subscriptions for the next year are due. Barbara is also appealing for any old W.I. photographs. Please bring along to the meeting any photographs you have of past W,I, events. Period clothes from any decade of the 1900 to the present day are also required for the fashion show. If you have anything you think may be suitable please bring it to the January meeting. The competition for the meeting is an amusing new years resolution.

Over 65 party
The annual over 65 party will be held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 24th January at 7.30pm. Anyone who lives in the village and is over 65 is very welcome. Please contact Barbara Herd if you wish to attend (826350)

Hurst Green Memorial Hall
This building which was built as a facility for the whole village has availability through the week and at weekends. The large hall is ideal for medium to large celebrations and has been used in the last year for weddings, birthdays, markets and dances. The hall also has a medium sized meeting room. There are kitchen facilities. Please contact Kath Molyneux for availability and rates. 01254 826898.

St. John’s Old School
This building is available for parties, weddings, meetings and so on. There is a hall, small meeting room and a well equipped kitchen. Enquiries and bookings contact 01254 826686 or e-mail mack@talktalk.net.

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25th Dec 14

Trail race
Many thanks to all who helped out at the trail race on Sunday 14th December. The race was a fantastic success with 200 participants. There was lots of praise for the race organisation from the runners so thank you to all the Marshals who gave up there time and got thoroughly cold. We made about £150 on cakes and hot drinks and received a donation from Chris Barnes the race organiser of £200 for supplying the wonderful marshals.

Friends of St. Joseph’s School
The Friends of St. Joseph’s Primary School organised and ran a bumper Christmas raffle to raise funds for the school. This raised an unbelievable £907.44 an amazing amount for such a small school and testament to the hard work of the parents and Adam Hayhurst who chairs the fund raising group

Carols around the Village
On Friday the 19th December 2014 the community carol singing in and around Hurst Green raised the amazing sum of £428.17. All the monies will go to the charity ‘Thomas’ in Blackburn to support people who are homeless and those escaping the chaos of alcohol and substance abuse. A big thank you to the people of Hurst Green and the customers and staff of the Shireburn Arms, The Three Fishes, The Aspinall Arms and The Bayley Arms for their generosity.

St. John’s Christmas Worship
A Christingle will take place at 4pm on 24th December. On Christmas day there will be communion at 10am and on 27th December there will be a celtic evensong at 4pm followed by a Jacob’s join supper.

St. Peter’s and St. Joseph’s Christmas Worship
On Christmas Eve there will be a vigil mass at 5.30pm at St. Peters. Mass will also be held at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve at St. Peter’s. On Christmas Day there will be a Mass at 10am at St. Joseph’s.

Hurst Green Memorial Hall
This building which was built as a facility for the whole village has availability through the week and at weekends. The large hall is ideal for medium to large celebrations and has been used in the last year for weddings, birthdays, markets and dances. The hall also has a medium sized meeting room. There are kitchen facilities. Please contact Kath Molyneux for availability and rates. 01254 826898.

St. John’s Old School
This building is available for parties, weddings, meetings and so on. There is a hall, small meeting room and a well equipped kitchen. Enquiries and bookings contact 01254 826686 or e-mail mack@talktalk.net.

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11th Dec 14

Trail race
It’s the trail race on Sunday and the Memorial Hall committee usually have a cake stall, therefore any donations of cake would be gratefully accepted. Please bring to the hall anytime after 11.30 on Sunday or they can be dropped at Kath Molyneux’s or Nancy Bailey’s.

3 in 1
The 3 in 1 coffee stop will be having its annual Christmas Treats on Monday 15th December. As well as all the usual attractions sherry and mince pies will be served.

Carols around the Village
Once again villagers and parishioners from both churches will be getting together to sing carols around the village to raise money for T.O.M.A.S. Everyone is welcome with enthusiasm more important than musical talent! Meet on Friday 19th December at 7pm, St. Peter’s Club.

St. John’s Christmas Worship
There will be a carol service on Sunday 21st December at St. John’s beginning at 7pm. A Christingle will take place at 4pm on 24th December. On Christmas day there will be communion at 10am and on 27th December there will be a Celtic evensong at 4pm followed by a Jacob’s join supper.

St. Peter’s and St. Joseph’s Christmas Worship
On Christmas Eve there will be a vigil mass at 5.30pm at St. Peters. Mass will also be held at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve at St. Peter’s. On Christmas Day there will be a Mass at 10am at St. Joseph’s.

Hurst Green Memorial Hall
This building which was built as a facility for the whole village has availability through the week and at weekends. The large hall is ideal for medium to large celebrations and has been used in the last year for weddings, birthdays, markets and dances. The hall also has a medium sized meeting room. There are kitchen facilities. Please contact Kath Molyneux for availability and rates. 01254 826898.

St. John’s Old School
This building is available for parties, weddings, meetings and so on. There is a hall, small meeting room and a well equipped kitchen. Enquiries and bookings contact 01254 826686 or e-mail mack@talktalk.net.

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20th Nov 14

3 in 1 coffee stop Ebola Fundraiser
This fund raiser at the 3 in 1 Coffee Stop in Hurst Green on Monday 17th November raised an amazing £884.63. This money will be forwarded to the Mary’s Meals charity who work directly with communities in west Africa affected by e-bola. A huge thank you to all who supported this initiative. It was an inspiring example of what our community can achieve when we come together to support those in great need.

Trail race
Once again the annual Turkey Trot is approaching taking palace this year on Sunday 14th December. This trail race starts on the Dene and goes passed Greengore and half way up Longridge Fell. It then traverses the fell and comes back down to the road, then retraces its steps to Greengore, then back through Sand Rock to finish just before Stonyhurst gates. In order for the race to run smoothly marshalls are needed. Chris Barnes the organiser of the race will give a substantial donation to the Memorial Hall in return for a team of marshalls. If you can help for a couple of hours 12-2pm ish then please let me know, Nancy Bailey, nancy@rivers-mead.co.uk or 01254 826903.

WI
WI AGM will be Thursday 27th November at the Memorial Hall. Bring your own crockery, cutlery and a glass, supper is provided by the committee. This is also the time to bring your payment for the Christmas Meal which will be held at the Shireburn on Tues 11th December. Guests are welcome, phone Barbara for details 01254 826350. The W.I. also have tickets for the Stonyhurst production of “Oh What a Lovely War.” On 4th December, contact Barbara for details and to reserve a ticket.

Hurst Green Memorial Hall
This building which was built as a facility for the whole village has availability through the week and at weekends. The large hall is ideal for medium to large celebrations and has been used in the last year for weddings, birthdays, markets and dances. The hall also has a medium sized meeting room. There are kitchen facilities. Please contact Kath Molyneux for availability and rates, 01254 826898.

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13th Nov 14

Trail race
Once again the annual Turkey Trot is approaching taking palace this year on Sunday 14th December. This trail race starts on the Dene and goes passed Greengore and half way up Longridge Fell. It then traverses the fell and comes back down to the road, then retraces its steps to Greengore, then back through Sand Rock to finish just before Stonyhurst gates. In order for the race to run smoothly marshals are needed. Chris Barnes the organiser of the race will give a substantial donation to the Memorial Hall in return for a team of marshals. If you can help for a couple of hours 12-2pm ish then please let me know, Nancy Bailey, nancy@rivers-mead.co.uk or 01254 826903.

WI
WI AGM will be Thursday 27th November at the Memorial Hall. Bring your own crockery, cutlery and a glass, supper is provided by the committee. This is also the time to bring your payment for the Christmas Meal which will be held at the Shireburn on Tues 11th December. Guests are welcome, phone Barbara for details 01254 826350. The W.I. also have tickets for the Stonyhurst production of “Oh What a Lovely War.” On 4th December, contact Barbara for details and to reserve a ticket.

St. John’s Christmas Pantry
There will be a sale of home-made Christmas goodies at St. John’s Old School on Saturday 15th November 10am until 12.30pm. There will be jams, chutneys, pudding and cakes all ready for you to fill your cupboards for the festive period. Entry is £1 please contact Gill McDonnell 826378 for more information.

Coffee Stop
On Monday 17 November 2014 the ‘3 in 1 Coffee Stop’ at St John’s Old School Hall, Hurst Green is holding a fund raiser for the terrible Ebola crisis in West Africa.
There will be the usual tea, coffee cakes clothes and books on offer but in addition there will be a ‘Special cake’ stall and a tombola with loads of interesting prizes.
Any monies raised will go to support the work of the charity ‘Mary’s Meals’ who continue to provide food and assistance in the Ebola hit areas of West Africa.
If you can help with a tombola prize or cakes please contact David or Gill Jacques on 01254 878222. Please come along and support this Community effort to support those in the grip of this terrifying disease.

St. John’s Peace through dialogue
On Sunday 2nd November 2014 St John the Evangelist Church Hurst Green held a ‘Peace through Dialogue’ Church service. Special Guests at the service were Imam Ismael Daud from the Quwwatul Islam Mosque in Preston, a committee member from that Mosque, Ismael Bax and the Dialogue Development Officer from the Diocese of Blackburn, Anjum Anwar.
The service was attended by over 70 people from the Anglican and Catholic Community in Hurst Green including Father Peter Griffith the parish priest for St Peters Church.
The service was Lay led and included Prayers, Music and Readings with the theme of Peace running throughout. Imam Ismael Daud gave a talk on the true meaning of Peace and Love that is central to the Islamic Faith. Anjam Anwar also spoke about her work in Lancashire bringing Faith Communities closer together through friendship and dialogue.

Remembrance Sunday
The villagers of Hurst Green and surrounding areas turned out in great numbers earlier today to pay their Remembrance Sunday respects. Led by the Hurst Green branch of the Royal British Legion who were well supported by the Stonyhurst College Combined Cadet Force and the Stonyhurst Band, Regimental Sergeant Major Clare drilled the contingent to the village centotaph, a short walk away opposite the Shireburn Arms Hotel. Hymms were sung with the main reading being delivered by Lt. Colonel Barber of the Stonyhurst CCF.
The message was delivered by Rev. Gill Mack of All Hallows Mitton and St. John’s Church Hurst Green who was supported by clergy from St.Peter’s Church, Stonyhurst.
Wreaths were laid at the cenotaph by children from St. Joseph’s Primary School, Hurst Green along with representatives from many other local organisations.

St. John’s Old School
This building is available for parties, weddings, meetings and so on. There is a hall, small meeting room and a well equipped kitchen. Enquiries and bookings contact 01254 826686 or e-mail mack@talktalk.net.

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