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Our village comes to a standstill to for 'Our Hero'

Our Local Area NewsPosted by Tx Mon, September 13, 2010 10:51:47

TEARS of sadness were lost among the rain as Earby came to a standstill for its fallen hero soldier today.

The heavens opened for the full military funeral of Lance Corporal Jordan Bancroft at All Saints Church, Earby, on Friday, almost three weeks since he died in a gunfight on a security operation in Afghanistan.

The 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regiment soldier was given an emotional send-off from a church packed full of 300 family and friends and hundreds more watching on a big screen outside.



Village Hero Funeral Date Set

Our Local Area NewsPosted by Tx Mon, September 06, 2010 11:58:47

AN EAST Lancashire described as a ‘Lion of England’, who was killed by insurgents in Afghanistan, is set to be buried next week with full military honours.

Thousands of mourners are expected to descend on All Saints Church, in Earby, on Friday, from 11am, as family, friends, and the community pay their last respects to Lance Corporal Jordan Bancroft, of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

The 25-year-old former West Craven High School pupil’s parents Tony and Sheila, of Kenilworth Drive, said of the service: “It is what Jordan would have wanted.”

He was shot dead while providing cover for elders and international peace-keeping troops in Sayedebad, central Helmand, almost two weeks ago.

Following the funeral there will be a private burial, at Salterforth Cemetery, for the ardent Burnley FC fan, and a reception for family and friends at the Rolls Royce Club, in Barnoldswick, later.

Friends who are unable to attend the Friday ceremony are being given the chance to light a memorial candle to Jordan, which can be left at All Saints’ between 6pm and 9pm.

In a statement, Mr and Mrs Bancroft added: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their cards, gifts and kind words, which have been of comfort during this most difficult time.”

Jordan, who served with Anzio Company in the regiment’s 1st Battalion, leaves two brothers, Paul and Leighton, and a sister, Toni, and was setting up home with his girlfriend Lauren O’Hara.

Parish councillors have said they will be making arrangements to inscribe Jordan’s name on the newly-extended cenotaph for Earby in Sough Park.

Local Soldier Returns Home

Our Local Area NewsPosted by Tx Wed, July 07, 2010 10:42:54

Local soldier 2nd Lieutenant Theo Gill returned to his former school this week to tell students in the Lower Sixth Form about life in the Army and his experiences in Afghanistan, where he recently completed a seven-month tour of duty.

26-year old Theo is with the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, the Green Howards, and spoke to boys and girls at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn, about the training and selection procedures he had gone through before passing out at Sandhurst and his present regimental commission.

In Afghanistan, he was part of the Operational Mentoring Liaison Team, meaning he was leading not only 10 British soldiers but also 120 Afghan soldiers on patrol, guarding against attacks by the Taliban.

"Gaining the trust and respect of troops whose culture is completely different from ours was a real challenge," he said, but one which he thoroughly enjoyed and for which his military training stood him in good stead.

After answering questions put to him by students, 2nd Lt Gill encouraged anyone, male or female, who was considering a military career to find out more about it from local careers information sources and the internet, and for those at university to look to take advantage of the Officer Training Corps that operate at most major universities.



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Our Local Area NewsPosted by Tx Wed, July 07, 2010 10:35:09


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Nations Biggest Cycle Race

Our Local Area NewsPosted by Tx Wed, July 07, 2010 10:07:19

Local Company Cottages 4 You Sponsor Nations Biggest Cycle Race.

Cycling fever is breaking out in Pendle following the launch of the National Road Race Championship. A group of local riders and top national cyclists were joined by Olympic gold medallist, Chris Boardman to test out the road race circuit for the first time this weekend.

The riders were treated to clear blue skies and stunning snow covered scenery, with Pendle Hill as the majestic backdrop while testing out the technical and hilly 7.5 mile route located less than 10 miles from the cottages4you offices. Local cyclist and cottages4you employee Caroline Palmer also joined the riders on Saturday. “It’s going to be a very heroic winner on this tough hilly course. I can’t imagine how they will feel after completing 15 laps – I was exhausted after one circuit.”

cottages4you have signed up as headline sponsors for the Pendle Cycle Festival and National Road Race Championships to be held on the 26th and 27th June in the village of Barley, Lancashire. Geoff Cowley, Managing Director of cottages4you said, “Pendle is going to look amazing when the big race is televised on Sunday 27th June. It will bring thousands of new visitors which will be good for local tourism.”

We will also be joining in the action at the cycle festival by entering a team into the National Sportive ride on 26th June. Training will be starting in earnest as soon as the snow has disappeared! Watch this space for more information on the cottages4you Pendle Cycle Festival.


NUTTER!

Our Local Area NewsPosted by Tx Sat, June 19, 2010 08:55:17

A BURNLEY student is throwing everything into a charity fund-raising mission – including the kitchen sink!

Richard Starkey (31), who is studying documentary film-making at the University of Wales, Newport, will be carrying a sink across Europe in an epic 2,000 mile race to the Atlas Mountains to raise £10,000 for Water for Africa.

"We'll be carrying the kitchen sink as a metaphor for the basic water infrastructure that is lacking in Africa," said Richard, who will make the journey with fellow film students Christian Britten and Adam Scott.

"As we're studying for a degree in documentary film and television, we'll also be making a film about our trip."

The lads will travel the 2,000 miles in two weeks, setting out from Cardiff Castle on Saturday, June 19th.

"I've been involved with fund-raising before, but wanted to do something more creative," said Richard. "We discussed the idea of a race and then chose Water for Africa, as they're a small charity and the money is spent on local people and communities. After we finish the race, we're going to travel to the Gambia and make a second film showing how the money we're raising is going to be put to use and all the lives it's going to change."

Bird Drama at Earby Chippy!

Our Local Area NewsPosted by Tx Wed, May 26, 2010 10:45:52



Our pictures show typical fish and chips and a Blackbird! One is still on the menu across Earby and the other used to be.....


FIREFIGHTERS were called to a takeaway in New Road, Earby, on Saturday afternoon to rescue a blackbird trapped in ducting on the side of the building.


The bird had flown into the ducting and down a 20ft drop at the side of Dino's Takeaway and was unable to out.

Watch manager Chris Nuttall said: "We managed to free the blackbird pretty quickly and it flew away without any injuries".

Earby Village Images

Our Local Area NewsPosted by Tx Wed, May 12, 2010 16:13:35

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