Roughlee Parish News

Christmas 2020 – Parish News

This News covers the two months including Christmas and the New Year. Whilst I hope that most villagers will have something to look forward to, I expect that we will all be glad to see the back of 2020. Here’s hoping for much better things in the new year. One of the sad consequences of the present difficulties was the cancellation of this year’s Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch. This is always very well attended and will be returned next year. Meanwhile the Parish Council are looking at things we might do this year to bring a little Christmas cheer as an alternative to the lunch.

Remembrance Day

November 11th, Remembrance Day, was marked by a small gathering of villagers at the village war memorial. A short video on of the event is available on the village web site.

Village Green

Whilst we are keeping formal meetings to a minimum the work of the Parish Council continues. We are developing our proposal to designate the riverside opposite the school as a village green. This will change very little as the area is currently maintained by the Parish Council but it will mean that the recreational use of the area which has been enjoyed by generations of villagers will be preserved into the future.

Heritage Trail

Many of you will recall the presentation by the local history society to the Parish Gathering about three years ago. This revealed a number of fascinating facts about the village including the site of ancient mills at Thorneyholme and at Damhead on the site of the school. Work in connection with the footpath gates at Thorneyholme, which are clearly more than standard gates, has led us to do further research relating to village history. This could lead to the development of a Heritage Trail to bring our interesting past to the attention of present and future generations.


Sadly, there has been further fly tipping alongside the informal lay-by on Jinny Lane. In this case it appears to be residue from the drugs trade and the usual problems clearing the mess have resulted. It may be a sign of the times but if you see anything untoward please be careful but take note of any vehicle numbers and let us know.

Financial Officer vacancy

Most of you will know that Mary Reed our Parish Clerk is also the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) looking after money matters for the Parish Council. Mary works very hard at these dual roles and would like to reduce her burdens to spend more time on other things. We are therefore looking for someone to take on the RFO job. It would suit someone who is interested in Parish affairs and can spare a few hours a month looking after financial matters. Whilst a background in working with figures would be helpful this is not essential as full induction training will be arranged. The formal handover will be in April 2021 but some earlier integration would be useful.

So, back to the present. I hope that by the time you read this Bay Horse will be open again and things will be improving giving us all a better quality of life. I certainly hope so. Meanwhile the Parish Council send their very best good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council