Roughlee Parish News

July 2019 – Parish News

Not so many years ago the first two weeks in July were a very quiet period in the local area. Factories were closed, schools were on holiday and, generally speaking, the weather was terrible. Things have changed and this year and the terrible weather has moved into June although this does not guarantee better weather in July. Interesting though there is a residual quietness as we move into high summer but the Parish Council will be kept busy with the Best Kept Village competition, balsam bashing and the hanging basket competition.

June Events

By contrast June has been very busy. The Victorian Day on the 9th was a successful fun day. The Village Centre was open on Saturday 15th June to cater for the many people taking part in the Pendleside Hospice Pub Walk. Local villagers ran a highly efficient drinks and food service which will allow a good contribution to Hospice funds and will greatly help the Village Centre funds.

Parish Gathering

The annual Parish Gathering, more formally known as the Annual Parish Meeting, was held on Monday 17th June and was attended by some 50 villagers. The formal part of the meeting allows residents to hold the Parish Council to account and to receive a report on our activities. Traditionally this is a somewhat dry agenda and for the past three years we have added in a varied programme of presentations followed by wine and nibbles.

This year the programme had two main strands. One allowed local businesses to tell us about their activities. The Hartley family were represented by Mark who explained the detail of their farming and caravan park enterprises. These are two truly impressive businesses which are so important to the character of the Parish. The Swarbrick family have taken on the challenge of running the Bay Horse and Chris explained their determination to support the vital local pub with a quality restaurant. Many villagers invested time and money to rescue the pub after the 2016 kitchen fire but future success will depend on the Swarbricks who have taken on the tenancy. Things are going well but ongoing local support is vital. Chris emphasised the importance of spreading the word to encourage friends and acquaintances to visit the pub.

The second strand was to report progress on the local habitat project and the work of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. Of particular interest is the new habitat display panel which has been fixed inside the bus shelter adjacent to the Bay Horse. Please have a look. Also the development of the village website was explained. We hope these measures will create interest and support for local habitat protection measures. Please let us have your comments.

The final presentation was somewhat different. A history of the Pendle radicals was followed by a singing session by Janet Swan and the East Lancs Clarion Choir. Some villagers joined in the singing and that was even before the wine which followed shortly afterwards!

I think the Parish Gathering events are much appreciated by villagers but we welcome feedback and ideas for future events. Please let us have your comments.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council