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STALL APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2016

posted 16 Jun 2015, 14:09 by Neil Martin   [ updated 5 Sep 2016, 12:54 ]

Please visit our stall application page to book your place for trading at this years event. Click here for more info

Please note: Any application without full payment 2 weeks after application, or by the 1st November 2016 (which ever is soonest) will have the application cancelled and the application will have to be completed again. The stalls are are a first come basis, as long as all the requirements are met.

No Applications for fairgrounds or mobile trading trollies are accepted, using this form. Please email stalls@whalleypickwick.org.uk for more information.

Committee Post Event Statement - Whalley Pickwick Festival 2013

posted 13 Dec 2013, 01:17 by Neil Martin

Whalley celebrated a quarter of a century of its annual Whalley Pickwick Night . Despite the attempts of the weather and the storms to wash out the party, that hit the Ribble Valley earlier in the day, the 25th Anniversary of the famous event went ahead almost as planned.
A few issues did occur during the setting up of the event earlier in the day due to the gale force winds and rain. A few attractions and stalls planned where unable to attend due to the high winds and due to local road closures and traffic
issues on the regions motorways.

Despite this the event has been deemed a success. Over 3000 people attended the festival, and they where treated to top class entertainment including a rendition of “The Christmas Carol” from Ribcaged Productions and supportive festive singing. Even the Accrington Pipe Band joined in
on the action and entertained the crowds and the actors on the Main stage with their festive bagpipe tunes. The high street was also thronged with visitors all wrapped up for a crisp evening, with lots of seasonal fare on offer.

Malcolm Hebden managed to make the event just in time for the opening ceremony, despite being held up in traffic on his way
back from the ITV studios at Media City in Salford. After the Carol Service he proclaimed the event opened and joined the VIP’s from the stage to talk to
the general public and visit the shops and stalls throughout the village. Malcolm was also joined by Ribchester’s Dave Moretta, who in the run-up to the
event, completed 18 marathons in 18 days. 

The Whalley Pickwick Committee regret that due to the earlier confusion with Malcolm Hebden being late to
the opening ceremony and the fact the event management team where running 3 hours behind on their preparations due to the weather, that much more
was not made of Dave’s recent achievements. Personal apologies have been made to Dave Moretta regards this mix up and they wish to extend this to the visitors who expected to see more of Dave.

The committee also regret the lack of children's rides. This was due largely to the inclement weather, which rendered it impossible to erect the planned giant ferris wheel. The weather also accounted for the withdrawal of a number of other stallholders; the individuals and organisations. The committee are very sorry that they had to miss the event and apologise to everyone who had looked forward to
visiting them.

Despite the unforeseen issues, Pickwick 2013 was an enjoyable experience for most people, and the committee have received a lot of very positive feedback following the event. Some of the kindest words came from a previous Whalley resident Anne Ellwood who attended Whalley Pickwick this year with her Olympic Torch.

Anne said “I feel quite humbled that I have been able to fetch the Torch back to the village and to share that experience, as it was the community of Whalley that help shape my sporting career without which I certainly would not have achieved my sporting ambitions. Which led to me being given the fantastic honour of carrying the Torch.”

Plans are now afoot to arrange the 26th Whalley Pickwick Festival being planned for the
Thursday 4th December 2014. The event management committee are already looking forward to
it next year!

LATEST STALL HOLDERS UPDATE: 11th Nov 2013

posted 11 Nov 2013, 13:09 by Neil Martin   [ updated 11 Nov 2013, 13:10 ]

All applicants will be informed by no later than November 13th 2013 by email regards their accepted applications. All cheques will also be banked after this date. If no notification is received by the 15th November please email stalls@whalleypickwick.org.uk with your name and contact details and we will contact you to confirm receipt or non-receipt of your application, risk assessment and payment. Messages can also be left at 0845 388 1031. This is a messaging service only so please leave your name and contact details.


WHALLEY PREPARES FOR ITS ANNUAL PICKWICK FESTIVITIES, CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE FAMOUS DICKENSIAN THEMED EVENT

posted 11 Nov 2013, 13:07 by Neil Martin

Whalley celebrates a quarter of a century of its annual Whalley Pickwick Night . To mark the event Malcolm Hebden, known as ITV’s Coronation Street “Norris Cole”, will be present to officially open the 25th Pickwick Festival in Whalley.

Plans are well underway to reflect and celebrate the 25 years of the annual Christmas event. The event organisers are delighted welcome Whalley’s own resident Soap Star, Malcolm Hebden, as its special guest who will be will be present at the grand opening ceremony at 6pm on Thursday 5th December. He will be joined by Dave Moretta a former solider who bids to raise money for the Royal British Legion by completing 18 marathons in 18 days. They will be in the company of other VIP guests and dignitaries.

The event in recent years has held host to about 5000 visitors. This year various activities and entertainment are planned. Further details will be released in the coming few weeks, via the event website www.whalleypickwick.org.uk and the local press.

To give a taste of what to expect the following activities are being planned:

  • Live festive music
  • Live acts and entertainment
  • Children’s entertainment and activities
  • Dickensian Street theatre
  • Over 35 stalls ranging from Gifts, Cards, Christmas Fare, Festive Foods, Hot Foods, Games and Tombola’s
  • Christmas Lights, Trees and Decorations

All stall holders and businesses open on the night will be joining in the celebrations, just as they all did at Whalley’s 1st ever Pickwick Night in 1988. Many will be dressed in Dickensian themed costume, bringing a real Victorian Styled feel to Christmas in the beautiful setting of Whalley. 

The focus of the event will be Community Spirit, raising funds for many local good causes and charities. Many local groups are supporting the celebrations including Blackburn Lions, Whalley in Bloom and the local Churches. Bell Ringing, Singing and Good Food and Mulled Wine are being planned by these groups to bring a festive atmosphere to Whalley.



DATE FOR THE 25th ANNIVERSARY WHALLEY PICKWICK FESTIVAL

posted 6 Oct 2013, 15:12 by Neil Martin

The event is held annually, this year we are celebrating the 25th year of Pickwick on Thursday 5th December 2013, between 6pm and 9pm.

Whalley is preparing for a birthday celebration festival. To mark the 25th year of the Whalley Pickwick Event, many things are planned to reflect the Dickensian theme celebrated each year, and these
 are well underway to make it a spectacular event. 

All Applications for Stalls are being taken and we ask for all completed forms and payment to be sent back to us by the 1st November 2013 to assure your trading place. Click stalls to the left to view more details about trading at Whalley Pickwick.....

LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL - Passenger Information 6th December 2012

posted 4 Dec 2012, 02:16 by Neil Martin

Whalley Pickwick Night

 

From 17:30 to 21:00

on THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER, 2012

Whalley, King Street will be CLOSED

 

During this period Bus Services 22, MAINLINE, 280, X80  

will avoid Billington, Whalley and Barrow

 

Last journeys departing Whalley

NOT affected by the Closures;

 

Service 5; 15:32 to Clitheroe, 16:18 to Chipping

Service 14/14A; 17:17 to Clitheroe, 16:16 to Blackburn

Service 22; 17:01 to Clitheroe, 16:53 to Blackburn

Mainline; 16:30 to Clitheroe, 16:19 to Burnley

Service 25; 16:47 to Clitheroe, 17:18 to Blackburn

Service 280/X80 16:44 to Clitheroe, 16:40 to Preston

 

Passengers are requested to board at Station Road(5 & 25), Bus Stops on A671 Accrington Road junction Portfield Road(14, 14A & Mainline).

 

From 16:30 to 21:00 Whalley Bus Station will be CLOSED A Temporary Stop on King Street next to the Bus Station will replace Stands A, B, and C from 16:30 to 17:30.

 

Normal Service will resume when King Street reopens.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

WHALLEY AND BILLINGTON ROYAL LEGION USE PICKWICK NIGHT DONATIONS

posted 27 Nov 2012, 02:19 by Neil Martin

The Whalley and Billington branch of the Royal British Legion was formed on the 23rd September 1921. Each year the local branch of the Royal Legion host Remembrance Day tributes and earlier this year they received a £500 donation from the Whalley Pickwick committee to assist in the hosting of the 2012 remembrance parades.

The streets fell silent in Whalley and Billington on Sunday 11th November, as residents and uniformed organisations turned out for Remembrance Day services. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month locals joined in the national Act of Remembrance to honour the memory of those who had died in conflicts past and present across the world.

Ernie Whiteoak from the Whalley and Billington Royal Legions thanked the Pickwick Committee for the donation saying “Money was needed along with other donations to cover the cost of Remembrance Day for Whalley and Billington, providing a full day of tributes and parades. This is to make sure that the past sacrifice of local people which is still going on today is kept alive particular young people who come to the services with all the various youth groups”.

The Whalley Pickwick Committee where delighted to assist in the 2012 remembrance services, using funds raised at Pickwick Night in 2011.The Committee chairman Neil Martin says “We appreciate the amount of work that goes into arranging events such as Remembrance Day in Whalley and Billington. Also the cost of arranging such activities can be significant so using the funds raised on Pickwick Night in 2011, we have helped the local Royal Legion in planning for the recent remembrances on the 11th November”.

The Whalley Pickwick Committee is a voluntary run organisation, who arranges and hosts the Famous Pickwick Night Festivities.  Any profit made on the night and other various fundraising activities are put back into the local community, through good causes and local good needs.

The Whalley branch of the Royal British Legion are seeking people to become members. New members who have not served in the services are just as welcome as ex-service personnel. If you can assist the branch in any way, even if it is only with your presence, especially at Remembrance time, please come along. Meetings are held at The Dog Inn, Whalley. For further information please telephone Norman Whitham, Hon. Secretary on 01254 246481.

WHALLEY PREPARES FOR THEIR ANNUAL PICKWICK FESTIVITIES

posted 23 Nov 2012, 02:05 by Neil Martin

Whalley is preparing for the biggest Pickwick Festival ever. To mark the 200 years of the birth of Charles Dickens the organising committee is encouraging visitors to dress up in their finest Dickensian style fancy dress. Spot prizes will be given to the best fancy dress on the evening.

The event is now in its 24th year, and plans are well underway to make it a spectacular event. Special guests from the Local Community will be present at the events opening ceremony at 6pm on Thursday 6th December, and they will be joined by young Sophie Holgate, and her mother Andrea. Sophie has the life threatening condition of Cystic Fibrosis. Sophie and Andrea are taking the opportunity to thank all who have locally helped with donating and supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. They will also be joined by Rob Edmond known as ITV1’s Biggest Loser Trainer, a former SAS Elite Trainer and Survival Instructor. They will part of the official opening which will be signalled this year by a firework display and local church bell ringing.

The event in recent years has held host to about 5000 visitors. This year various activities and entertainment are planned. This includes: 
Music from pipe and brass bands
Live acts on the main stage throughout the evening
Children’s entertainment including Punch and Judy.
Street Entertainment including a Glow Juggler and Jolly Jester
Over 35 stalls ranging from Gifts, Cards, Christmas Fare, Festive Foods, Hot Foods and Tombola’s
Late night opening of local businesses and shops

The Whalley Pickwick Committee is a voluntary run organisation, who arranges and hosts the Famous Pickwick Night Festivities.  Any profit made on the night and other various fundraising activities are put back into the local community, through good causes and local good needs. In 2012 various good causes have been helped from the Whalley Pickwick Funds, including:

Whalley Table Tennis Club, Langho Tots Group, The Royal British Legion, Whalley Christmas Trees

PRESS RELEASE 19th November 2012

posted 19 Nov 2012, 08:26 by Neil Martin   [ updated 19 Nov 2012, 08:29 ]

WHALLEY PICKWICK HELPS LOCAL TOTS GROUP WITH NEW TOYS AND EQUIPMENT

Funds raised from Whalley Pickwick Festival 2011, have been used to support Langho Tots Group. £500 was donated to help the group purchase new equipment and toys for local tots who attend the weekly sessions at the Parish Centre at St Mary’s Church on York lane in Langho.

The group was started 5 years ago by Liz Harrison, who could not find a mother and baby group locally in Langho. She started the weekly sessions in the Parish Centre at St Marys Langho, where a few mothers and toddlers would meet up and have the opportunity for the mothers to spend fun and time with their children over a coffee. The group has significantly grown over the years, and the Whalley Pickwick Committee are delighted to offer the group some financial support to purchase new toys, games and equipment for the children to use at the group.

Neil Martin the Pickwick Committee Chairman visited the tots group recently to see how the donation has been used. He was delighted to see the new equipment being used which included Wheely Bugs, A Wooden Kitchen Set and Play Food, A Train and Track Table, Various Puzzles, Hammer Bench and a Fire-Fighter Outfit.  Neil comments “It is a pleasure to be able to support such a lively and engaging toddler group locally in the Ribble Valley. This group is self-funded by the parents who use this facility and it’s great to see so many children benefiting from the new equipment purchased from funds raised from Pickwick Night in 2011”. Liz Harrison said “The kind donation has allowed the group to invest in engaging and educational equipment which will last for many years to come. The word has gone out over the summer that we have been able to invest in new things, and numbers attending have increased since, which is good news. It’s also great to see the children develop within the group, and I was moved in September to see one of our first tots start school next door”.

The Whalley Pickwick Committee is a voluntary run organisation, who arranges and hosts the Famous Pickwick Night Festivities .This year’s event is being held on the 6th December in Whalley.  Any profit made on the night and other various fundraising activities are put back into the local community, through good causes and local good needs. The Langho Tot Group meets each Monday between 9:30am and 11:30am at The Parish Centre at St Marys Church on York Lane, Langho.



  
  
  
  

For immediate release: [19.11.12] WHALLEY PICKWICK HELPS LOCAL TOTS GROUP WITH NEW TOYS AND EQUIPMENT Photo opportunity: Please see photos attached Funds raised from Whalley Pickwick Festival 2011, have been used to support Langho Tots Group. £500 was donated to help the group purchase new equipment and toys for local tots who attend the weekly sessions at the Parish Centre at St Mary’s Church on York lane in Langho. The group was started 5 years ago by Liz Harrison, who could not find a mother and baby group locally in Langho. She started the weekly sessions in the Parish Centre at St Marys Langho, where a few mothers and toddlers would meet up and have the opportunity for the mothers to spend fun and time with their children over a coffee. The group has significantly grown over the years, and the Whalley Pickwick Committee are delighted to offer the group some financial support to purchase new toys, games and equipment for the children to use at the group.  Neil Martin the Pickwick Committee Chairman visited the tots group recently to see how the donation has been used. He was delighted to see the new equipment being used which included Wheely Bugs, A Wooden Kitchen Set and Play Food, A Train and Track Table, Various Puzzles, Hammer Bench and a Fire-Fighter Outfit.  Neil comments “It is a pleasure to be able to support such a lively and engaging toddler group locally in the Ribble Valley. This group is self-funded by the parents who use this facility and it’s great to see so many children benefiting from the new equipment purchased from funds raised from Pickwick Night in 2011”. Liz Harrison said “The kind donation has allowed the group to invest in engaging and educational equipment which will last for many years to come. The word has gone out over the summer that we have been able to invest in new things, and numbers attending have increased since, which is good news. It’s also great to see the children develop within the group, and I was moved in September to see one of our first tots start school next door”.  The Whalley Pickwick Committee is a voluntary run organisation, who arranges and hosts the Famous Pickwick Night Festivities .This year’s event is being held on the 6th December in Whalley.  Any profit made on the night and other various fundraising activities are put back into the local community, through good causes and local good needs. The Langho Tot Group meets each Monday between 9:30am and 11:30am at The Parish Centre at St Marys Church on York Lane, Langho.

PRESS RELEASE 6th November 2012

posted 19 Nov 2012, 07:37 by Neil Martin   [ updated 19 Nov 2012, 08:30 ]

WHALLEY PICKWICK GEARS UP TO CHRISTMAS AND SUPPORTS LOCAL TABLE TENNIS CLUB

Funds raised from Whalley Pickwick Festival 2011, have been used to support the Whalley Table Tennis Club. £500 was donated to help the club support their youth development, and purchase new training equipment.

A Table Tennis Ball machine, often known as a table tennis robot was purchased by the funds donated by the Whalley Pickwick Committee during the summer. The table tennis club currently supports 6 teams in the East Lancs Table Tennis League. Players start at 12 years of age, and they play alongside senior players at the club, the eldest being 82 years.  Neil Martin the Chair of the Whalley Pickwick Committee was recently invited by the table tennis club to witness the commission of the Table Tennis Robot, and show a demonstration of its training capabilities.

Neil Martin comments “It is a pleasure to be able to support a local sporting initiative, and help the young and older people of Whalley have the facility to take up indoor sporting activities which is lacking in the local area”. Eric Ronnan a senior member of the team said “This piece of equipment encourages young participation in the sport, and then allows them to engage with developing their table tennis skills. Without this training machine, young participants are moving out of the borough to train on other equipment supplied by other clubs and teams”.

The Whalley Pickwick Committee is a voluntary run organisation, who arranges and hosts the Famous Pickwick Night Festivities .This year’s event is being held on the 6th December in Whalley.  Any profit made on the night and other various fundraising activities are put back into the local community, through good causes and local good needs.

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For immediate release: [06.11.12] WHALLEY PICKWICK GEARS UP TO CHRISTMAS AND SUPPORTS LOCAL TABLE TENNIS CLUB Photo opportunity: Please see photos attached Funds raised from Whalley Pickwick Festival 2011, have been used to support the Whalley Table Tennis Club. £500 was donated to help the club support their youth development, and purchase new training equipment. A Table Tennis Ball machine, often known as a table tennis robot was purchased by the funds donated by the Whalley Pickwick Committee during the summer. The table tennis club currently supports 6 teams in the East Lancs Table Tennis League. Players start at 12 years of age, and they play alongside senior players at the club, the eldest being 82 years.  Neil Martin the Chair of the Whalley Pickwick Committee was recently invited by the table tennis club to witness the commission of the Table Tennis Robot, and show a demonstration of its training capabilities. Neil Martin comments “It is a pleasure to be able to support a local sporting initiative, and help the young and older people of Whalley have the facility to take up indoor sporting activities which is lacking in the local area”. Eric Ronnan a senior member of the team said “This piece of equipment encourages young participation in the sport, and then allows them to engage with developing their table tennis skills. Without this training machine, young participants are moving out of the borough to train on other equipment supplied by other clubs and teams”.  The Whalley Pickwick Committee is a voluntary run organisation, who arranges and hosts the Famous Pickwick Night Festivities .This year’s event is being held on the 6th December in Whalley.  Any profit made on the night and other various fundraising activities are put back into the local community, through good causes and local good needs.  Ends

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