Do you know anything about this Memorial Plaque?

A member of the public is trying to find the current location of a memorial plaque
which was dedicated to James Atkinson, a former member of the Foulridge Ambulance Division of the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade. He died in South Africa, during the Boer War in 1902, and the plaque was unveiled in  the “Ambulance Hall,” in
1903. The Ambulance Hall became the Village Hall in the late 1950s. The plaque cannot be found in the Village Hall.

The following is the full article from the Burnley Express, Wednesday 21st October 1903:

An interesting ceremony took place in the Ambulance Hall on Saturday, when a memorial plate was unveiled, which had been unveiled to the memory of James Atkinson, a former member of the Foulridge Ambulance Division. He went out to South Africa during the war, but succumbed to enteric fever at Clanwilliam Hospital, June 24th, 1902, after six months’ service. There was a large gathering of people, including the family of the deceased, members of the Foulridge, Colne, and Barnoldswick Ambulance Divisions. Councillor Ed. Carr, J.P., president of the Foulridge Ambulance Corps, presided, and was supported by Dr. Thompson, district chief surgeon, of Oldham; Dr. Dickey, Colne; Mr. Marquis, Colne; and the Rev. D. H. Hall.
Councillor Carr said they were met under somewhat melancholy circumstances. It was no mean sacrifice their comrade had made, and he trusted that the force of this beautiful example would not be lost upon them. He had heard duty’s call, and had obeyed and died in his country’s service. The Foulridge Ambulance Division had been able to send six of their brothers in that far-off clime. He considered it was a good proportion, taking into account the size of the corps and village.
Dr. Thompson congratulated them upon having sent out during the late war the largest percentage of members of any other corps in Lancashire. He then unveiled the memorial plate, the inscription on which was as follows: – “In affectionate remembrance of James Atkinson, one of our late esteemed members, who died of enteric fever whilst serving his King and country, at Clanwilliam Hospital, Cape Colony, S.A., June 24th, 1902. Erected by the members of the Foulridge Division.”
(Burnley Express, Wednesday 21st October 1903)


The judges had a difficult time deciding on the successful entries but after much deliberation from over approximately 50 entries
the Christmas Card Competition results are;

1st prize:Wendy Veevers

Runner up: Elaine Stephenson

Childrens’ entry: G Teasdale

Thank you to all who entered.




Parents, please be aware that at the Winifred Lane Play area in Aughton yesterday, razor blades/knife blades were attached to the side of the children’s slide.

We would ask everyone to be vigilant and check any play equipment before you let your child use it. Please report anything suspicious or any similar incidents to us by calling either 101 or Crimestoppers, 100% anonymously, on 0800 555111.

If anyone has any information about this we’d urge them to contact us as soon as possible. Whoever did this could have caused serious injury to a child – please be assured the police are fully investigating this matter.


OK, all you crafty people out there in Foulridge;
here’s a challenge for you and I know that you will just be raring
to get going and enter this competition!

Click on the link below to view the poster


 More Terms & Conditions below

  • Entry is FREE!
  • Send as many entries as you like
  • Open to all Foulridge residents of any age
  • First prize is a £20 voucher & certificate.
    Runner-up – £10 voucher & certificate
  • Hand-crafted Christmas cards only.
  • Send the actual card/s (not photos) to;
    Xmas Card Competition,

    Foulridge Village Hall,
    Parkinson St, Foulridge, BB8 7PS

Closing date is 5.00pm Frid 30/11/18

Successful entries contacted Friday 7/12/18.

Unfortunately we will not be able to contact unsuccessful entries.

Foulridge Parish Council reserve the right to publish the winning card.

Sort out your scissors, glue & fancy papers and get crafting!

Dogs not allowed in the Play Park

 A resident has informed the Parish Council that increasingly, there are more people using the play area as a short cut or actually spending time on the park with their dog despite being told that no dogs are allowed and the resident having to leave the play area  as a result. They say that this is becoming a real problem. They would like the signage bigger and for people to be made aware of the problem.

A post has been put on Facebook and  as new signage is in progress, FPC will consider the size.