Roughlee Parish News

May 2018 – Parish News

The annual meeting on the Parish Council was held on 14th May 2018. The main purpose of this formal meeting was to receive reports from the Chairman, Vice- Chairman and Responsible Financial Officer on the previous year’s activities and to appoint the officers of the Council for the coming year. These reports can be viewed on the Village website and there were no changes to the membership or officers of the Parish Council. I will, therefore, be writing the Parish News for another year!

Parish Gathering

Looking forward to the 11th June we will be holding the Annual Parish Meeting, also known as the Parish Gathering, at 7pm in the Village Centre. This is open to all residents of Roughlee and we hope to beat last year’s event when just over 50 villagers attended. We will begin with a brief formal report on the Parish Council activities followed by a question and answer session. This is your chance to raise issues relating to the village. It helps us to give a sensible response if you give Mary advance notice of any complicated issues.
The main part of the Gathering will involve a series of short presentations on items which should be of general interest. These include an update on the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership, foraging from local plants, a short film on Clarion House and a talk by Simon Entwistle on the Pendle Witches. We will conclude with a wine and nibbles social event which is an opportunity for informal discussion and to meet friend and neighbours. Further details on the programme are elsewhere in this News.

Footpath Repair

Progress is being made on a fairly major scheme to repair the footpath between Thorneyholme and Whitehough which has suffered major damage due to river erosion in at least three places. This is one of the most highly used footpaths in Pendleside and is an important link in many circular walks. The route of the path is in both Roughlee and Barley Parishes and we are looking to make a joint bid to various bodies to fund the repairs this year. Nothing is certain yet but I am optimistic.

RAF Centenary Planter

The new planter to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and financed by the Clarice bequest is now in place adjacent to the Fishing Lodge car park. We are also progressing the refurbishment of the planters on the riverside across from the Bay Horse car park. The aim is to plant wild flowers to encourage pollinators.

Best Kept Village

By the time you read this the judging season for the Best Kept Village Competition will be underway. FoRA will be carrying out a series of clean ups and improvements but it helps if we all do our bit by removing litter and weeds in public areas.

Other issues

The on-going issues with pot-holes and superfast broadband have still to be resolved but we will not give up on our efforts to make progress.
Finally, to report that the Village Centre Committee is now under new management but the programme of events continues. Details below.


— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council