As, I hope, most of you will know, the Village Website is now up and running and has been very well used by both villagers and visitors. Thanks to Simon and Mary for their efforts. As well as my monthly contribution to the written Parish News, which will continue to be circulated at the end of each month, I will add updates to the website news page so that it remains fresh and topical.
The Bay Horse Inn
The Bay Horse and attempts to save it as a village pub continue to be the main topic of interest. The formal designation as an Asset of Community Value has now been confirmed by Pendle Borough Council and a public fundraising meeting, chaired by Paul Dawson, was held on 6th April. Over 50 villagers attended the meeting and support for the retention of the pub was evident. Fundraising is progressing well but there is still a little way to go. If you can help, even in a very modest way, it could make all the difference in our efforts to save the pub. This is a live, realistic project but a little more support is needed. For further information, please talk to Paul, 07810 698694, to see if you can help.
Progress on bringing super-fast broadband to the village now looks more promising. Geoff Hook, whose home based business relies on broadband, has been in touch with the CEO of Openreach with the result that the service is now promised for July / August this year. Let us hope this happens.
Habitats in Roughlee
Following some discussion at the last Parish Council meeting a few of us held a meeting with the Pendle Hill Partnership to hear about their work relating to natural habitats in Roughlee. Whilst much of the open land within the Parish boundary is improved grassland used for grazing there are areas of woodland and river bank which are important habitats for both plants and animals. We have a public duty to protect and improve these habitats and further work will be commissioned to help us assess what is required. In many cases these habitats overlap with adjoining parishes so we will be looking at where joint working and co-operation is needed. I will report back when I we have more details.
Annual Parish Meeting – 5th June
I have recently attended a meeting of Pendleside History Group to discuss arrangements for their presentation to our Annual Parish Meeting to be held at 7pm on 5th June. Did you know that Roughlee once had five mills? How were these powered? Not what you might think. There is much of great interest to learn about the history of our village and 5th June should be a great starting point. More details later but please make sure keep the date free for a good night out!
Hanging Basket Competition
Arrangements for this year’s hanging basket competition will be sorted out at the FOR A meeting on 26th April so are not available as this News goes to press. However, judging will take place in early July and two prizes of Salterforth Garden Centre vouchers are on offer. Please look out for further details which will be on the website shortly or contact Nigel Brotherton on 07913 805871.
Next Parish Council meeting
Finally, please note that due to the Bank Holiday falling on a Monday our next regular Parish Council meeting, which will include the formal business AGM will now be on 15th May. Villagers are welcome to attend and contribute.
— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council