FOCC Clitheroe - Charity 1071169
Clitheroe is in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire and is a market town. It is surrounded on
three sides by picturesque villages, the fourth side being Pendle Hill
Group Coordinator: Heather Whittaker - tel. 01200 429112 - email
Our 2010 visit was blessed with lovely
weather. This meant that any time we had a spare hour, which wasn’t often, we could walk the 5 minutes to the
castle playing fields where our Belarusian boys fancied their chances at fighting 13 year old English kids.
Fortunately, an international incident was averted.
We took the children on a guided tour of
Blackburn Rovers football ground where they played indoor football and all received a replica kit. We also visited
Legoland at the Trafford Centre, Manchester, played 10 pin bowling, had lunch out at an Italian restaurant, visited
a fire station where a helper fell of an engine a fractured a couple of ribs, visited a primary school, a wildlife
park and a petting zoo. The highlight for the kids, though, was the trip to Blackpool, visiting the tower and its
circus. Blackpool fascinates most children, especially those from a landlocked country. We had people come to us to
train us in pot making and juggling. We also swam and danced each week and the final party went a storm with a well
rehearsed Michael Jackson Thriller routine.
Since the visit, our attention has turned to
fundraising, an increasingly difficult activity. We have an annual raffle at a local supermarket, an Easter
treasure hunt on foot around our castle, a soup and sandwich lunch on our main street and a kitchenware party.
These raise about £2,000, far short of the £10,000 needed each year.
During this year’s visit we are having the
children bag packing at Sainsbury’s. The brownies collected £500 in 4 hours when they did it recently, so we are
hoping to emulate this.
With regard to this year’s visit, we are
going to a children’s adventure centre for a day, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Harewood House, Leeds and
a local Community Centre and a Sheltered Housing development. We are also going to Stonyhurst College, a public
school in an ancient, beautiful building for a barbecue lunch, cricket and rounders. That should be quite a culture
shock and not just for the children! As usual, we will be attending a local church where the children will sing
their little hearts out.
I have not
mentioned the full programme but it is quite a busy one. We are always looking out for supervisory help, so
please contact me if you can offer us any services.
25th anniversary of Chernobyl this year. On the news, we hear of the Japan disaster reaching Maximum
alert level 7 at the time of writing. They then say that the Japanese pollution is only one tenth of Chernobyl.
It makes you think!! People are still becoming ill and dying in Belarus. We must keep doing our
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