Roughlee Parish News

Nov 2017 – Parish News

Bay Horse Inn

Work towards reopening the Bay Horse is progressing well. A combination of village volunteers, professional tradesmen and the new tenants has done an amazing job to refurbish both the ground and first floors. The fire damaged kitchen has been restored and is ready for use. The Swarbrick family from the village have signed a lease and the grand re-opening is planned towards the end of November. Keep an eye on the village website and the local press for news of the opening arrangements. Jack Swarbrick will be the General Manager ably supported by Brett Nichols, formerly of the Crafty Pig in Manchester. The Head Chef will be Paul Fox who is described as an experienced, hugely enthusiastic force of nature. Things are definitely looking good!

Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch

Arrangements for the annual Senior Citizens Christmas lunch are now well in hand. The date is Thursday 14th December in the Village Centre. We will be joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle and the village school will sing for us following the meal. The event is open to all residents of Roughlee who are 60 or older. Invitations will be sent out within the next few weeks but if you have not received an invitation by the end of November but would like to attend please contact me or any member of the Parish Council.

Superfast Broadband

At long last some progress is apparent with the provision of super-fast broadband in the village. I say this based on the number of Openreach vans that are now visible around the village. There have also been a couple of meetings arranged by Geoff Hook and Simon Cronshaw which reviewed the current situation and pressed Openreach to give us a firm programme for implementation. The latest news is that super-fast broadband should be available by Christmas 2017. Whilst this may seem to be optimistic there are incentives for Openreach to meet this target. The Parish Council will continue to help to achieve this target.

Best Kept Village

We now know that Roughlee has received an award in this year’s Best Kept Village competition. An award ceremony is scheduled for 23rd October after which we will know the outcome. The village will be represented by members of FoRA who deserve all credit for their efforts during the past year. By the time you read this the results will be out but I will report on the outcome in the next Parish News.

Funding Opportunities

As reported last month the programme to improve five stiles in the village has been satisfactorily completed using money from the Pendle Borough Council capital programme. A further small amount is now available to improve the appearance of the riverside retaining walls opposite the Bay Horse. It is expected that we will be able to access further capital programme funding in the next financial year. To help the Parish Council put together a bid for funding we would welcome ideas from villagers for schemes to improve facilities or the appearance of the Parish. If you have any suggestions please let me know or speak to any Parish Councillor.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council