Belthorn Village Committee
- Belthorn is a small moorland village of approximately 220 houses - mainly traditional hand-loom weavers and coal miners' cottages - situated along the boundary between Hyndburn and Blackburn with Darwen boroughs. It is considered to be one of the highest villages in Lancashire which allows superb views to the coast and the Yorkshire three peaks.
A village committee was formed over 25 years ago and today consists of approximately nine members with the aim of promoting and encouraging community spirit and improving village life for its inhabitants of all ages and abilities. Monthly committee meetings are held to which all villagers are invited and encouraged to attend to offer suggestions, discuss issues or merely observe. Bi-monthly PACT meetings are also held. A regular newsletter is produced by the committee “The Belthorn Link” which keeps villagers informed of school, church and village events together with general village news. It is partly funded by villagers' business adverts.
Traditional annual social events held in the village and arranged by the committee include:
- May Day Parade (with traditional maypole and May king and queen)
- Party in the Park (outdoor event held on the recreation ground or village school)
- Firework display
- Carol singing around the Christmas Tree
- Children's Christmas party
- Senior citizens Christmas party
- and environmental events held from time to time including: bulb planting and general garden/village pond maintenance.
Syke Mill garden was created, by funding secured by the committee, from a neglected plot of land adjoining the mill and is located on a key site, at the entrance to the bottom of the village. A well-attended village planting day was held to establish the garden which is now flourishing and is tended and maintained by the village committee, making a welcoming entrance to Belthorn.
The village pond is also a popular feature attracting dragon and damsel flies, heron, various types of birds and, of course, ducks. Villagers often visit the pond, which it is very popular with children who love to feed the ducks.
For more information on Belthorn please visit our village website