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www southribble gov uk Spring 2009 FORWARD 9

                                                                                                                                       Spring 2009    FORWARD 9

                                                                                                                                                                       Make sure
                                                                                                                                                                       you’re up
                                                                                                                                                                       to date on
                                                                                                                                                                       the register
                                                                                                                                                                       IT IS important to ensure
                                                                                                                                                                       your details are up-to-
                                                                                                                                                                       date on the electoral
 Streets                                                                                                                                                               register.
                                                                                                                                                                          If you have moved

 ahead!                                                                                                                                                                home, are coming up to
                                                                                                                                                                       18 or are just not on the
                                                                                                                                                                       register, all you have to
LIVING with litter is not something                                                                                                                                    do is complete a Voter
that Robert Cochrane from                                                                                                                                              Registration Form.
Bamber Bridge is prepared to do.                                                                                                                                         As well as ensuring
  Keen to keep his neighbourhood                                                                                                                                       you are available to vote
clean and tidy, Robert (pictured)
                                                                                                                                                                       in the European and
spends every morning picking
up rubbish from the streets                                                                                                                                            Lancashire County
around his house.                                                                                                                                                      Council elections on
  Come rain or shine Robert,                                                                                                                                           June 4, anyone looking
who lives independently with                                                                                                                                           for credit or a new
help from support workers, can                                                                                                                                         mobile phone contract
be found collecting takeaway                                                                                                                                           should confirm their
cartons, cans and sweet                                                                                                                                                details are correct, as
wrappers that have been                                                                                                                                                companies now use the
dropped by litter louts. He told
                                                                                                                                                                       register as a first point
FORWARD why he does it.
                                        BELLY GOOD EXERCISE: Sana Virdi (right) and Cheryl Ward get into the swing                                                     of reference.
What’s your motivation for                                                                                                                                               You can, ideally by

                                       Dancing away the
picking up everyone else’s                                                                                                                                             prior appointment,
rubbish?                                                                                                                                                               check the Electoral
It’s simple really. I care about my                                                                                                                                    Register during normal
neighbourhood and I want it to                                                                                                                                         office hours at the Civic
look tidy. Nobody wants to look                                                                                                                                        Centre, in West Paddock,
out of their window and see a                                                                                                                                          Leyland, or contact the

                                       Arabian nights
rubbish tip. I feel much happier
knowing my neighbourhood
                                                                                                                                                                       Democratic Services
looks clean and cared for.                                                                                                                                             team, who will check
                                                                                                                                                                       the register for you, on
What’s your routine?                                                                                                                                                   01772 625278.
Every morning I head out at
around 7.30am and pick up all
the litter from St Mary’s Road
                                       WOMEN have found a                     performance. My aunt Nuhad             Syria, Jordan and the surrounding
                                       cultural way of keeping fit in         would join me with her graceful        areas. She left Beirut when it was
and Aspden Street. Then I head
along Station Road to                  the Western Parishes.                  walk and flexible hips. My mother      torn by civil war, and found herself
Somerfield and back down to               An art form steeped in tradition    sat watching on the doorstep with a    in Lancashire.
my starting point. The council         has brought both mental and            smile on her face, and my                 “I spent my first days in England
has given me some gloves, a            physical health benefits to            grandmother always said ‘dance         crying,” she said. “Everything was
high-visibility jacket and a litter    participants in Walmer Bridge.         with your heart and your body will     so different. It was very cold and it
picker so I am well equipped for          Traditional Arabic dancing,         follow’.”                              rained all the time. I longed for the
the job. I have an agreement
                                       known in Europe as “belly                 As a form of exercise, belly        blue sky and the stars at night.
with the council that I can leave                                             dancing can burn as many calories      Feeling homesick, I would put my
my bags in a certain spot so
                                       dancing”, was introduced to South
                                       Ribble by Sana Virdi, who is           as light jogging, swimming or          Arabic music on and dance.”
they can pick them up.                                                        riding a bike.                            It led her to set up The
                                       originally from Beirut, in Lebanon.
                                          She said: “I have been dancing to      It provides a good cardio-          Phoenician Dancers, and she now
Is litter a big problem where                                                 vascular workout and helps             leads classes throughout the area.
you live?                              Arabic music and singing Arabic
                                       songs from the day I started to        increase both flexibility and          The group now takes part in
I’m close to Station Road which
                                       walk and talk. It is part of the       strength. Many styles emphasize        performances, shows and
has lots of takeaways. People
often walk along the street            culture and a way of life.             muscular "isolations", teaching the    charitable events, raising money for
eating their food and then just           “My grandfather loved to smoke      ability to move muscle groups          Derian House and St Catherine’s
drop the packaging when they           his nargileh (water pipe) and listen   independently.                         Hospice.
have finished. We also get             to his old Arabic songs. My               A non-impact and non-weight-           The Walmer Bridge group meets
drivers pulling into side streets or   grandmother often joined him and       bearing exercise, it is considered     at the village hall every Thursday,
parking at the top on Station          sang, clapped her hands and            especially good for women, as it       from 8pm until 9pm. If you would
Road to eat their takeaway food        circled her wrists in the air.         can reduce the risk of osteoporosis.   like to get involved, or simply want
and then dumping their litter                                                    Sana was in a Lebanese dance        to find out more about traditional
                                          “She used to invite me to the
when they’re done. Some days I                                                group when she was a student,          Arabic dancing, call Sana on
collect as many as four bin bags       centre of the courtyard for a full
                                                                              performing all around Lebanon,         07837 219543.
full of rubbish.

What do you think of litter
                                       looking back                                                          
They make me angry. I see
people dropping litter and it
makes me wonder what their
own homes must be like. They
                                                                                                       Do you remember
should all be caught and made
to pay expensive fines.                                                                                the roundhouse?
How do people react when                                                                               PEEPING through the foliage in this old
they see you?                                                                                          photo is a remarkable roundhouse which
People often tell me I am doing
a good job, which is nice to                                                                           stood on Sod Hall Meanygate at the point
hear. I have great neighbours                                                                          where it crosses from the Longton Moss to
and they appreciate what I do.                                                                         the Leyland Moss.
I’ve got a good relationship with
the council, and their cleansing
                                                                                                         The Meanygate, which survives as a popular
teams tell me they’re grateful                                                                         footpath, was the first direct route built over the
for my help.                                                                                           moss and the roundhouse may have been a point
                                                                                                       where tolls were collected.
Do you ever have a day off?                                                                               It was a timber, reed and thatch construction
Hardly ever! To be honest I enjoy                                                                      that was built no later than the 1760s and
doing it. It’s my daily exercise
routine.                                                                                               survived until 1982.
                                                                                                          The path today stands many feet above the
Do you know a community                                                                                surrounding farmland, reflecting the great depth
hero or heroine whose                                                                                  of peat that has been cut for fuel and agricultural
efforts to take pride in their                                                                         uses. The very latest research dates the onset of
local area, community or                                                                               peat formation on the mosses of the Western
environment deserve a
mention in FORWARD? Call                                                                               Parishes to about 3500BC.
Lisa Gillibrand on 01772                                                                                 Do you have a snippet of South Ribble history to
625312 or email                                                                                        share? Call us on 01772 625312 or email                                                                   

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