Ribble Valley is made up of vast swathes of land designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty (75%).
It is one of the largest parliamentary constituencies, stretching across hills from Gisburn to Farington, into sparsely populated rural seclusion. There are 800 farms, ranging from large dairy units to small hill farms. The Parliamentary Constituency of the Ribble Valley takes in the area of Ribble Valley Borough Council with a proportion of South Ribble with the following wards:
Ribble Valley- Alston & Hothersall, Billington & Langho, Bowland, Brockhall & Dinckley, Chatburn, Chipping, Clayton-le-Dale & Salesbury, Derby & Thornley, Dilworth, East Whalley, Read & Simonstone, Edisford and Low Moor, Gisburn & Rimington, Hurst Green & Whitewell, Littlemoor, Mellor, Primrose, Ribchester, Sabden, Salthill, St Mary's, Waddington, Bashall Eaves & Mitton, West Bradford & Grindleton, Whalley & Painter Wood, Whalley Nethertown, Wilpshire & Ramsgreave, Wiswell & Barrow.
South Ribble- Walton-Le-Dale (W & E), Bamber Bridge (W & E), Farington (W & E), Samlesbury and Walton, Lostock Hall, Coupe Green and Gregson Lane.
There are approximately 77,500 people living in the Ribble Valley and South Ribble constituency, of whom about 38% work in manufacturing, 28% in the service sector (including the NHS) and 4% in agriculture, fishing and forestry. The largest employer is British Aerospace (which has two plants in and just outside the constituency). The South Ribble Borough Council area of the constituency is more populated by density than the Ribble Valley and covers Bamber Bridge, Lostock Hall and Higher Walton and the semi rural and rural area’s of Samlesbury, Coupe Green and Gregson Lane and Farington to the west of the main body of the constituency.
The Association is self-financing and is fortunate to have the support of Branch Committees within the Constituency. All Conservative supporters are encouraged to join and engage in either political or social activities. Running a Constituency is a time consuming task. There are very few paid employees in any Constituency Association. We have to rely on the goodwill and enthusiasm of our members in every activity we undertake. The Association Office requires the help of volunteers with the running of the office and clerical work. There are times when additional clerical help is needed, such as when a large mailing is to go out, and at those times we call upon members to come in and help stuff envelopes.
The branches are responsible for a large amount of the work of the Association, in campaigning and fundraising. They undertake canvassing, deliver literature, and organise events, as well as holding frequent membership drives. Supporting our fundraising activities is as important a way of helping the Association as any other. We run a constituency-wide 200 Club raffle each year, as well as holding appeals for money to go towards our fighting fund for each election campaign. It might seem that we are always asking for money, but most of the Party’s money comes from the subscriptions and the efforts of our members.
If you would like to become actively involved in any way, get in touch with the Chairman or one of the other officers of your branch, or, if there is not an active branch in your area, contact the office. Any offer of help is always gratefully received