The Grindleton Pavilion is available for your events!
We welcome all enquiries for private or public events. Bookings and associated enquiries can be made using firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning Peter Norcliffe on 07805 714217. For enquiries of a more general nature about the Pavilion, please contact Anne Huson (01200 440141).
Commemorative Oak Tree planted in Grindleton
Cllr Michael Ranson, Mayor of the Ribble Valley, planted an oak tree in Grindleton in memory of the fallen of the First World War. This is one of many trees being presented by the Borough Council for planting in towns and villages throughout the Ribble Valley.
The ceremony was held at the Grindleton Recreation Ground and was attended by local residents of Grindleton and children from St Ambrose C of E Primary School. In his address the Mayor spoke of the torch of those who died in Flanders Fields being carried forward in remembrance by each new generation.
Grindleton lies in the valley of the River Ribble, between Pendle Hill and the rising fells of the Forest of Bowland. It is a historical village, identified in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Gretlintone.
The Parish Council
Welcome to the Grindleton village website. The site has been developed by the Parish Council. Our aim is to offer residents and visitors a focus for events and activities taking place in the village and its environs, to enable access to Parish Council documents and to advise residents of local issues. Information is also available from organisations such as the police and local charities.
We also seek to promote the village to visitors and to support local businesses.
The website highlights to residents and visitors alike, the opportunities for recreation and exercise in our beautiful surroundings.
The fells and valleys of the Forest of Bowland AONB, Pendle Hill and the Ribble Valley are internationally recognised as outstanding landscapes.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on 5 Jan 15.
A Dickensian Christmas will take place at the Pavilion on 21 Dec 2014; details here.
Are you interested in events such as Mother & Toddler Group, Tai Chi, Yoga (details), Zumba, Photography etc.? ... the schedule of regular classes and other events is available on the Pavilion web-page (updated 3 Sep 14). From 3 Oct 14 a Friday Club will take place to bring together all ages; details here.
The Village Diary lists the principal village events, including notable public events at the Pavilion; the Village Diary is here. It does not list regular monthly or weekly events such as WI meetings and church services. For regular events at the Pavilion, such as exercise classes etc., consult the Pavilion Diary.
St. Ambrose Parish Church events are principally on the Churches web-page.
Grindleton Pavilion...now open
Grindleton CE Primary School
A list of the public bodies and charities that sponsored the project are on the Pavilion web-page. This project was part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. Villagers and potential users raised over £80,000.
Many thanks to all who have contributed with their time or financially. John Moore & Son completed the development in November 2012 and the Pavilion was open for business in December.
On this website
310,000 sheep in Bowland
Some of the features available are:
- Download Parish Council minutes, the Parish Plan, Parish Actions and other documents related to the Council's desire to strengthen its links with the community;
- View the Village Diary;
- View comprehensive information on the facilities at the Grindleton Pavilion, check availability online for your events, and contact details;
- View a list of activities available in the village and other local communities;
- Get advice on the ways to contact the police and our Emergency Community Support Office;
- Support the Recreation Ground Charity by attending publicised fund-raising events;
- Acquire information on outdoor activities, and view a gallery of the village and fells;
- Through Google mapping, view and navigate active satellite images and maps of the area;
- A history of the village and download our village Heritage Trail.
An abridged history
Grindleton is one of a series of villages on a terrace above the River Ribble. Our neighbours are Sawley, West Bradford and Waddington. Clitheroe is about three miles away, and Chatburn is situated across the river close to the foot of Pendle Hill.
The historical character of the village is farming, and cottage-based hand-loom weaving. Grindleton is a planned Saxon village. The Main Street is linear, climbing up towards the fell, parallel to Grindleton Brook.
The village is famed for a 17th century non-conformist religious sect - the Grindletonians. Jam making was a local industry and damson trees still grow in a number of gardens.
Grindleton's mills are now gone. Gandhi visited the area in 1931 as part of his visit to the Lancashire cotton industry. He came at the invitation of the Secretary of State for India to see for himself the impact of the Indian National Congress' policy on the boycotting of English cotton goods.
The remains of Sawley Abbey are a short distance away.