Community Marketplace bid to strengthen Longridge voluntary sector

Longridge Civic Hall
Longridge Civic Hall

The Community Marketplace Event, set to bring greater awareness and volunteer success to Longridge’s town and community, will be held at Longridge Civic Hall on Tuesday, April 19, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Volunteer organisations this week welcomed the initiative, which aims to promte the town as a community hub.

A Longridge Heritage Centre spokesperson said volunteers were always needed at the centre.

Meanwhile Scout leader for 13 years Pam Hooghkirk revealed that none of the officers at its latest meeting now had children in any of the sections.

In the invitation the CME team – led by town mayor Coun Sarah Rainford – said: “We are hoping that representatives from clubs and groups, service providers, service users, people with venues for hire will attend the Community Marketplace Event.

“We know that the efforts of volunteers are essential to many people in our community.

“They play an important role in the growth of our society and sometimes the local economy because they have local experience and knowledge of the needs in our local area.

“This is a unique event, tailor-made for those involved to build connections and knowledge for sustainability, project success and the possibilities of attracting more funding and volunteer support.”

Those intending to support the Marketplace Event are asked to register their interest and reserve a free Market Place table and seating online at

There would be no cost to groups for attending, refreshments would be available, but providing group information, contact details, activities and planned events would be necessary.

A presentation by the Community Voluntary Service would be about opportunities open to community groups.

Information about Longridge Town Council grant scheme will be available and all groups attendiong will receive a free entry into a draw with the prize being a free place on a ‘ Successful Bid Application’ training event funded by Longridge Town Council.