Victorian Day & Parish Gathering
The Victorian Day at the Village Centre on 10th June was a well-attended and highly enjoyable day in glorious weather. On the following day, Monday 11th June, we held our formal meeting of the Parish, known as the Roughlee Parish Gathering, which involved reports by the Parish Council on past and proposed activities followed by presentations by guest speakers on topics of local interest. Some sixty villagers were present beating last year’s attendance and the evening concluded with wine and nibbles. Feedback from the Gathering has been very positive but the Parish Council would welcome any thoughts and ideas on our activities and how we can be more responsive to local needs.
Pendle Pub Walk
Another busy weekend took place on 16th / 17th June when the Pendle Pub Walk was followed by Fathers-Day at the Bay Horse. Both the pub and the Village Centre were geared up for the pub walk and hundreds, if not thousands, of walkers stopped off at the two venues which is good news for these vital local facilities.
Interest in local habitats is growing and updates are posted on the Village Website. Following the talk at the Gathering on Wild Food Foraging we are hoping to arrange a local walk to explore what we have in our Parish and to relate this to the protection of local flora and fauna.
On a related note we are hoping for support from the Borough Council capital programme to refurbish the riverside planters opposite the Bay Horse. These will be planted with wild flowers to encourage pollinators whilst significantly improving the appearance of this neglected area.
In conjunction with Barley Parish Council we are also seeking capital programme funding to repair the footpath between Thorneyholme and Whitehough. Undermining by the river has caused damage in three areas to the point where collapse of the footpath is a real risk. This is an expensive scheme and we will need funding from a number of agencies and bodies. The aim is to start work this year but a phased approach may be required.
Best Kept Village
We are again taking part in the Best Kept Village Competition and hope to improve on last year’s runner-up position. Thanks to the volunteers who are again working hard to keep our village in a wonderful condition.
Hanging Basket Competition
The hanging basket competition organised by FoRA is being held again this year. Entries are technically closed but judging will be in August so late bids may be acceptable. See the website for details.
Events this month: On the 1st July the Village Centre is hosting the Mayor and Mayoress’s At Home in aid of their charities. The annual Duck Race is to be held on the afternoon of Sunday 29th July.
Have a wonderful summer.
— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council