Roughlee Parish News

Mar 2020 – Parish Update: COVID-19

I had intended that this news would have been full of announcements relating to our Spring programme of events. Coronavirus has now changed everything and the timing of future events is quite uncertain. This News is being written against a backdrop of rapidly changing Government advice but the Parish Council will continue to monitor the situation and to keep villagers informed via the website.

As the virus situation began to worsen it was decided to close the Village Centre to all events. Whilst this caused some concerns our overriding consideration was to protect vulnerable users, particularly the elderly who attend the weekly luncheon club. Subsequent events have, I think, justified the decision but the ongoing uncertainty is recognised.

The key events which are affected are the Parish Council Meetings on 6th April and 4th May, the VE day celebrations on 8th May and the Annual Parish Gathering on 1st June. If things improve and the events can be reintroduced or alternative dates found we will announce this in good time. Please keep an eye on the website. At the moment it is our intention that the formal business of the Parish will continue, if necessary electronically, so items of business can be referred to the Clerk whose contact details are below.

Another casualty is the Annual Spring Clean which should have been held at the end of March. This has now been rearranged for September, details later. Also under threat is the Bay Horse pub which is so highly regarded by residents. At the time writing the pub is still open but it will need a great deal of support by all as things improve.

Clearly the next few weeks and months are going to be very difficult particularly for our older and more vulnerable residents. Whilst I am confident that neighbours will look out for each other the Parish Council will be looking at how we can help. The most obvious means is the website which we will use to keep you informed of local issues. For those of you who do not have easy access to the internet but have things requiring local help please contact the Clerk (Email or telephone 01282 611126), Chairman (Email) or members of the Parish Council.

Finally may I wish you all good health and happiness. Let’s hope that the virus gives Roughlee a wide berth. And remember, Spring will soon be here.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council