Welcome to Longridge Town Council

Please note the home page of this website is now dedicated to providing information that may be useful during the current Coronavirus outbreak.  

As a temporary measure Longridge Town Council News is now accessible via the drop down box underneath the Home heading at the top of this page.


Help Longridge

Community Corona Virus support


Help Longridge are delighted to announce that with funding provided by Longridge and North Preston Rotary we are now able to provide a befriending/buddy service for those residents that are worried and/or lonely during this coronavirus pandemic. If you would like someone to talk to, give us a call and we will arrange contact with a volunteer befriender.

The number to contact is 07552 680591 or email helplongridge@gmail.com

which is available seven days a week from 8am to 9pm.

Help Longridge is still providing assistance with prescription delivery and shopping for the vulnerable and/or isolating.


With immediate effect there is a dedicated phone number (07552 680591) and email (helplongridge@gmail.com) for anyone in the Longridge area requiring assistance with shopping and/or collection of prescriptions.

With the assistance from volunteers in the community the phone and email account will be available seven days a week from 8am to 9pm, with assistance being provided as soon as practically possible.

Town Clerk - Longridge Town Council



Here is so information on local deliveries which has very kindly been provided by community volunteer

There are a number of businesses helping us to stay safe at home, by providing food delivery services. Here are some basic details of their offer to deliver to Longridge, Grimsargh, Chipping, Goosnargh and Ribchester:


Ribble Farm Fare - Offering a large Vegetable box for £16.50, and/or a fruit box for £8.50, delivered for free with orders of £25.00 or more. Deliveries are contact free and payment is taken over the phone when you place an order or you can collect from their premises. They are open for orders between 9.00am - 4.00pm, contact pat@ribble-farm.co.uk for services and price list 01772 783386 or 01772 782 693

Gary Rowles butchers - Offering fresh meat, cooked meat, eggs, cheese, pies and sausage rolls, unbaked pies and sausage rolls for your freezer, packs of barm cakes and batons, milk and orange juice. Deliveries are contact free and payment can be taken on the phone at the time of order or paid in cash or contactless card on delivery. For free delivery there is a £10.00 minimum order amount. Open 7.00am to 5.00pm. Contact number 01772 786308. Delivery to Longridge, Ribchester, Chipping etc.

Little Town Dairy - Offering fresh meat, cooked meats, pies, eggs, yoghurts, cakes, fruit and vegetables, wine, beer, bread, animal feed and Calor gas. Payment is organised on the day of delivery and there is a £30.00 minimum order charge with free delivery. Contact number 01772 786198. Open for NHS careers 7-8pm Tuesday to Saturday

Brendon Anderton's butchers - Offering a range of prepared fresh meat hampers starting at £25.00 with contact free delivery. Deliveries take place on a Wednesday or Saturday. Please place an order online on their website, or call if this is not possible. They have teamed up with Ribble Farm Fare so you can order your meat and vegetable and fruit boxes via their website. Contact number 01772 783321. Order online for collection or delivery. Free delivery Wed and Sat to PR and BB postcodes

Anjis - offering treat boxes, prepared hampers of cakes and biscuits etc either £10 or £15. Can be paid in advance over the phone at time of ordering 01772780003 orders delivered Tuesday and Thursdays.

Swifts - at present. Delivery of gardening supplies, 01772 784250

So plants - Delivery of garden supplies (Compost, bedding veg and fruit plants), Home delivery service to Longridge and surrounding villages within 5 miles of shop. Michelle on 01772 784010 or 07756171878. Large product list on Facebook

Booths Longridge - range of hampers, such as fruit and veg, meat boxes, ready meals - see website for more details. Click and Collect Service now available.

Tina’s Corner Bakery, Bread, cakes, pies, 01772 782514.

Ferraris Country House, Large selection of takeaway ready meals, Collection or delivery free locally (10% discount for collection) on Facebook - very comprehensive menu

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses, Cheese shop, food and drink, Delivery fruit, veg and cheeses, Butlers Hesse’s co.uk/shop

Farm2fork direct, fruit and veg boxes, Preston Free delivery over £35

Sunflower Kitchen, Home baked, deserts, Free delivery PR and BB postcodes, Order by direct message on Facebook

The Cheesecake, 07757 796313, Cheesecakes delivered, Needs 48 hours notice

Baked, Homemade baking brownies and cookies to order, Bakedbycj@gmail.com

Tim’s Ribble Valley Catering, Pies, 07881 455500, Free delivery to Longridge, Goosnargh, Chipping on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Oh Sew Crafty Sewing and alteration service Email oh-sewcrafty@btconnect.com

Kiln and Craft, Arts and Craft shop, kilnandcraft@gmail.com

Pipkins, Delivering or posting gifts, toys, clothing, educational. 07468575054

Heights Farm Pet Foods, Door to door delivery, 07963376999

Taya Young, fruit, veg, bread, cheese,meat and ready meals, Online services 07866517429

Janet’s cakes and pies, Message Janet’s cakes page on Facebook

Potters Barn, Ribchester, 01254 878431 or 07970261703, Pottery gifts. Meal delivery Ribchester, Longridge, Chipping

Butlers Larder, Speciality food delivery, 01772 781500

Fullaloves, Wines, beers, hampers, gifts. Free local delivery 6 bottles or more. fullaloveswine.co.uk

The Ribble Valley Gin Company Wine/spirits 01772 597791 Www.ribblevalleygin.co

Tom Wood Artisan Butcher, Blackburn 01254 669133


I am aware there are many more businesses offering other delivery services and I will update as more information is received.




Samaritians – freephone 0800 116 123

Mental health access line – 24 / 7 help on NHS 111

Lancashire Listening service 0800 915 4640

CALM – Campaign against living miserably – 0800 58 58 58

Papyrus – Young people help and support – 0800 068 4141

Text service – Text ‘SHOUT’ to Crisis 85258

CALL – Community advice listening line – 0800 123 737

Mind infoline – 0300123 3393

SANEline 0300 304 7000



UPDATED 01.04.2020

With immediate effect the Foodbank will not be open on Fridays at St. Paul's.

If you would like to request a food parcel please telephone 07849 534431 and arrangements will be made to deliver one to you.



In order to support socially isolated and vulnerable people at this time Lancashire Volunteer Partnership (LVP) is providing a telephone befriending service. If you wish to volunteer to help with this you can join here https://lancsvp.org.uk/opportunities/ you will need access to the internet and ideally Skype too.

Should any people be identified by our befriending volunteers as needing support such as food, medication, deliveries etc or maybe they are looking to get involved in an online keep fit class, craft making or music group for example, they will be referred to an Our Lancashire staff member who will try and put them in touch with someone offering those services, either through the neighbourhood hubs or through groups that we know about.

Therefore, we are asking ANYONE offering a service to the community at this time, to register with Our Lancashire and create a group making it a central and easy place for all to see what is going on in their areas and for us as engagement officers to connect people to those groups.

Joining is simple. Visit www.ourlancashire.org.uk and click “Join Our Lancashire” in the top right corner, input your details and you will be sent a verification email – sometimes this may go to a spam folder, so check there if you do not receive it.

Once you have verified your email, you need to visit the website and log in, from your dashboard you can then “Create A Group”. This is where you will tell people about who you are and what your offer is. If for example it is an online keep fit class be sure to make that clear in your text (so people don’t think they have to visit your location) however we will check each listing to make sure it is suitable, relevant and clear and will publish once we have verified it.






Selective Longridge Bus Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Rotala Preston Bus - http://www.prestonbus.co.uk/

Stagecoach – https://www.stagecoachbus.com/


From Monday 30th March 2020 until further notice, the county council tendered bus services will be revised to operate as follows:

Service 5: Clitheroe – Whalley – Ribchester – Longridge

Service 45: Preston – Broughton – Longridge – Ribchester – Blackburn

These services will operate to the Saturday service times throughout Monday to Saturday.

Service PR1: Preston - Walton-le-Dale Park & Ride

This service will be temporarily suspended.

Service 45: Preston – Broughton – Longridge – Ribchester – Blackburn

These services will operate to the Saturday service times throughout Monday to Saturday. 


Ribble Valley Borough Council Paper Sack Collection

The above service has been temporarily suspended due to Covid-19. 

Ribble Valley Borough Council Community Hub are working in partnership with residents, businesses, partners and the voluntary sector to provide free help and support with everyday needs such as:

•             Obtaining food parcels

•             Collecting prescriptions

•             Preventing loneliness

•             Housing advice

•             Financial and debt advice

•             Help with shopping

•             Meals on Wheels

Anyone needing support can call 01200 414597 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 Further information can be found on  RVBC web-site:




  Email received from RVBC 05.05.2020


Good Morning,

Please see below information about the new Bounce Back Loans launched by the government yesterday.

The Bounce Back Loan scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.

The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.

Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.

The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.


You can apply for a loan if your business:

· is based in the UK

· has been negatively affected by coronavirus

Who cannot apply

The following businesses are not eligible to apply:

· banks, insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers)

· public-sector bodies

· state-funded primary and secondary schools

If you’re already claiming funding

You cannot apply if you’re already claiming under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

If you’ve already received a loan of up to £50,000 under CBILS and would like to transfer it into the Bounce Back Loan scheme, you can arrange this with your lender until 4 November 2020.

How to apply

The full rules of the scheme and guidance on how to apply is available on the British Business Bank website.

Apply now




E-mail received from RVBC 20.04.2020

Good Morning,

As of this morning, employers are now able to make a claim under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – see link to Claim now.

Before you start, you will need to:

To make a claim, you will need:

  • to be registered for PAYE online
  • your UK bank account number and sort code
  • your employer PAYE scheme reference number
  • the number of employees being furloughed
  • each employee’s National Insurance number
  • each employee’s payroll or employee number
  • the start date and end date of the claim
  • the full amount you’re claiming for including employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum pension contributions
  • your phone number

See Claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS): A step by step guide for employers for guidance.


  Email from RVBC (17.04.2020)

I am writing to provide you with some updates, information and resources which may be of use.

Firstly, and importantly, I have been asked to share details of a free 1-hour online workshop looking at safeguarding mental wellbeing whilst working from home, organised by UCLan’s UpSkilling Lancashire project and delivered by mental health training provider ‘KNOW’, please see below for details.

Within this email you will also find an update from RVBC regarding the business grants, details of national and local business support helplines and various useful links from GOV.UK, from funding and support to managing your business and communicating with employees at this time of crisis.

Taking care of mental wellbeing whilst working from home

Whether you're a business owner, manager or employee currently working from home due to Covid-19, one thing we all need to take into consideration is our Mental Health. For this reason, UCLan’s UpSkilling Lancashire project have arranged a free 1 hour online workshop, split into two 30 minute bite-sized sessions, looking at how we can take care of the mental wellbeing of ourselves and others, whilst we navigate working from home during these unprecedented times. The workshop will be delivered via Zoom by Jon Myhill from mental health training provider ‘KNOW’, a link to the sessions will be provided beforehand.

The workshop is next week, the first session on Wednesday 22nd April, 10:00am – 10:30am, followed by Thursday 23rd April, 10:00am – 10:30am.

For more information and to book a place please click here. If you have any queries, please contact Matt Skidmore (UpSkilling Lancashire) – mskidmore1@uclan.ac.uk

RVBC Business Grants Update

By way of update on the business support grants, as of yesterday afternoon, RVBC had processed 1,226 grants totalling £13.7m which is around 75% of the businesses identified as potentially eligible. Due to the large sums of money being dealt with, it is imperative that we carry out the necessary checks to make sure we get it right. Rest assured that our Business Rates department are working through the grants as fast as they can so please bear with us if you are still waiting for yours to be processed.

For more information regarding the grants, please see Business Support Grant FAQ’s.

Support Helplines

Government Business Support Helpline

Contact the government’s business support helpline for free advice
Phone: 0300 456 3565
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

HMRC Helpline

HMRC have online help set up to help businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus.

The best way to get help from HMRC on any topic is to contact them online.

Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 0159 559

HMRC webinars

HMRC run free webinars on measures to support employers, employees, and the self-employed affected by coronavirus.

Watch a recorded webinar or register to attend future free webinars.

Boost – Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub

Boost has a dedicated #AskForHelp team ready to assist businesses affected by the coronavirus. You can call them on 0800 4880057.

Useful links from GOV.UK

Funding and Support

Financial support for businesses

Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Defer your VAT payments

Prevent your business from being evicted

Coronavirus support for business from outside governmentUseful resources and links to free webinars from practical guidance to help your business adapt to different ways of working, business to business support and advice from business leaders on how they are continuing to trade and succeed in difficult circumstances to tips for communicating with employees at times of crisis.

Additional government resources to support your business during coronavirus disruptions

Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations

Case studies and blog posts about coronavirus business support

Self-employed people and sole traders

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Self-employment and Universal Credit

If you cannot pay your tax bill on time

Carry out work in people’s homes safely (tradespeople)

Drivers’ hours rules relaxations

Negotiate a mortgage payment holiday

Your responsibilities as an employer

What you need to do and how to keep your employees safe

Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP): employer guide

Claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Find out what to do if your employee needs time off to look after dependants

Which expenses are taxable if your employees work from home

Apprenticeships: how they can continue

Guidance for Tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors of people affected by coronavirus

Managing your business during coronavirus

Cleaning your workplace safely

Handwashing advice posters

Rules that have been relaxed to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

Construction sites and safe working

Farmers, landowners and rural businesses

Food businesses

Freight transport businesses

Medical and healthcare industry

Shipping and sea ports businesses

Supported accommodation, residential care and home care

Transport businesses

Avoid and report coronavirus scammers

Business closures

Businesses that must close

If you’re staying open for business: safe working guidance

Closing holiday accommodation to temporary residents

Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

How you can help

Offer the help of your business





If anyone living in Ribble Valley have received notification that they are classed as extremely vulnerable, please complete the below form so that we can help and support in any way we can.

Ribble Valley Community Hub – Vulnerable Persons Survey