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Graham Ashworth

Graham Ashworth

Sadly, Graham Ashworth, SWMH President passed away suddenly on 19th September 2015.

Graham joined the Management Committee some years ago and generously gave of his time, skills and contacts to drive forward plans to extend the Hall, the first phase of which has been the kitchen, so much used and admired.

His quiet steer and expertise on planning matters has been invaluable and Trustees were delighted when he agreed to be our Honorary Life President following his decision to stand down from the Managing Trustees Committee.

He will be sadly missed, not least for all he has done for the Samlesbury & Cuerdale wider community.

Heartfelt sympathy is sent to Gwyneth and all the family.

BAE Mock Emergency Exercise Friday 24th April

There will be a mock emergency exercise taking place at BAE Samlesbury on Friday, April 24th, which is being carried out in conjunction with a number of emergency services.

It is likely this will include up to eight fire engines, smoke machines and dummies being used to replicate a major incident at the aerodrome, and therefore it is possible it may come to members of the public’s attention.

For more information, please contact David Coates 01772 854636 email

Heritage Lottery Fund Award

Heritage Lottery Fund We have received £9,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, Samlesbury Soldiers from the Great War in the War Memorial Hall. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on commemorating each of the soldiers from the parish who lost their lives as a consequence of the Great War.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Samlesbury to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the soldiers who died through the First World War. Volunteers will collect photographs, war records, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like and make a permanent exhibition of their findings.

With help from professionals, the information gathered will be recorded, with an information board within the hall for each soldier and an archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the Fallen.

Commenting on the award, Brian Taylor (War Memorial Hall Chair of Trustees) said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and look forward to working with volunteers in remembering those who were lost 100 years ago.”

Oswald Barton

Sadly, Oswald Barton passed away on Wednesday 26th March 2014 peacefully at home.

As well as serving for quite a number of years as firstly a Trustee at SWMH, latterly as President, Oswald was the person who obtained our original Lottery grant for car park improvements, back in 1999.

He will be sadly missed by his family, and also the trustees of the hall; we have turned to him for his guidance so much over the years. He was a lovely, gentle, gentleman.

Our sincere thoughts, prayers & condolences go to his wife Lyn and all the family.

Bill Hartley

Bill Hartley

Sadly, Bill Hartley passed away on Boxing Day 2013 at home.

Bill had been a trustee at the hall for some time.

He will be much missed, for his Health & Safety advice and the support he has given in particular to Jim as Project Manager, his wisdom, advice and considered opinion and of course his dry humour.

Our sincere thoughts, prayers & condolences go to his wife Dot and all the family.

Environmentally Friendly Hall Improvements

Further improvements to Samlesbury War Memorial Hall have been carried out over recent months.

Green Earth Cavity wall and loft insulation have been installed as well as double glazed windows making the hall more energy efficient .

Additional heating in the entrance hall, loos, bar and storage rooms has been implemented and is operational. Adding the hot water system to the heating system has also improved efficiency and economy.

The insulation, double glazing and the fact that the core of the building is now heated is proving to be very successful.

A new septic tank, fitted with a sensor which monitors the efficient running of the tank has also been installed.

The Samlesbury War Memorial Hall environmental Policy states

"Samlesbury War Memorial Hall Committee (SWMHC) operates the facilities as sensitively and efficiently as possible, taking into account environmental issues, such as effect, impact, scale, legislation and regulations, with a commitment to continual improvement and review."

These improvements enhance our commitment to be environmental friendly where possible and also make our village hall a fantastic local facility.

Thanks to
  • Lancashire Environmental Fund
  • South Ribble Community Partnership
  • Lancashire County Council Councillors Fund (Tom Sharratt)
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Hall Improvements


SAMLESBURY Memorial Village Hall has been redeveloped with a new kitchen allowing us to host more events.

The hall is already well used with regular events.

kitchen extension The trustees secured over £40,000 worth of funding to expand and redevelop the hall, including the brand new kitchen. The redevelopment was arranged by the trustees led by Teresa Taylor.

Brian Taylor, the hall's chairman, said: "We were delighted to be awarded the funding, which will enable us to expand our food club and cater for larger functions."

kitchen extension County Councillor Michael Green, cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, said: "Village halls and community centres are an important part of life, especially in rural areas. We're very pleased that we could support Samlesbury Memorial Village Hall with their plans that will bring the community together with new and interesting local events."

South Ribble Borough Council is working as part of the Local Action Group to make rural businesses and community groups in the borough aware of the support available through the Rural Development Programme for England.

Councillor Phil Smith, South Ribble Borough Council's cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said:

kitchen extension “It’s wonderful to see one of our community facilities being developed. It’s great news for the rural area and South Ribble is happy to have supported this programme in helping local rural communities thrive.”

Funding came from the Rural Development Programme for England. The programme runs until December 2013 and is funded by the European Union’s Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It is managed by Lancashire County Council.

For information about bookings please contact Brian & Teresa Taylor on 01772 877248 or email

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