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Nigel meets Tim Peake

Nigel Evans meets Tim Peake At a recent reception at Downing Street hosted by the PM Theresa May, Nigel Evans MP met Major Tim Peake, who recently returned from a six month trip aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Major Tim was making his first major public appearance since landing in Kazakhstan on the 18th June. Speaking at the reception, Tim said “It still seems fairly surreal that less than four weeks ago I was on board the International Space Station travelling at 25 times the speed of sound and looking down on planet Earth.” Nigel Evans said “For thousands of children and adults across Britain who have been following Tim’s journey, he is an inspiration and a fantastic role model”. Tim has engaged the nation’s schoolchildren by asking for their help in space experiments. Thousands of children will grow rocket seeds that were taken into orbit, and then compare their growth with seeds that stayed on Earth. Tim Peake was the first astronaut to successfully get a flower to bloom in space, researching into how astronauts of the future could grow their own food on voyages. Nigel praised this, saying “Tim Peake is not only a great champion of science, but a champion of Britain. He is the eighth British person to go into space, proving that we are a nation of scientists and explorers, and with a growing space sector we are going to have an even bigger role in the future”. During his time on the space station, Tim travelled more than 114 million kilometres, at a speed of over 17,000mph. One of Tim’s other notable achievements was to run the London marathon from space, which he completed in just over three and a half hours. In the time it took him to complete the race, the ISS had travelled over 53,000 miles.

Council concern over Racism following Referendum

At the Meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday 12th July 2016 Elected Members supported the following motion A Notice of Motion was proposed by Councillor Alan Knox: “We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. We, Ribble Valley Borough Council condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable. Ribble Valley Borough Council will work to ensure local bodies and programmes have the support needed to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia. We reassure all people living in Ribble Valley that they are valued members of our community.”  The Notice of Motion was seconded by Councillor T Hill and was then debated.

Ann Widdecombe as Guest Speaker

Ann Widdecombe will be the guest speaker at a dinner hosted by Ribble Valley Consevative Association - Chipping Branch. The dinner is being held at The Gibbon Bridge, Chipping on Friday 17th June at 7pm Tickets available - £37.50 from Christine in the Clitheroe Office tel 01200 425939 

Ribble Valley Association members visit The Houses of Parliament

Ribble Valley Conservative Association organsied a 3 day visit to London on 29th November last year. The visit included a visit to the Houses of Parliament. Over 20 association memebers and borough councillors attended the event that was hosted in Parliament by Nigel Evans. MP for South Ribble Seema Kennedy was also present.  


AN £8million redevelopment scheme for Clitheroe Market featuring a 60-room hotel, restaurant, café, seven shops, 67-space car park and revamped market with a hall, 50 units, 28 cabins and 22 stalls has been officially launched.

Conservative Group Support Combined Authority Consultation

COUNCILLORS in Ribble Valley have given the go-ahead for public consultation on the proposed Lancashire Combined Authority. A combined authority is a legal body that allows councils to work together more closely and with greater accountability.