The Parish Council meeting on 4th April was a busy affair and we were pleased to welcome the new police team who are now responsible for Barrowford and Pendleside. PC Lorna Bolton and PCSO Brad Burnie intend to hold local surgeries and to meet local residents. We have invited them to the Parish Gathering on 20th June where we can discuss local police concerns.
FORA is now back in action under the joint leadership of Meg Davey and Ian Mortimer. The first meetings have now been held and well attended. The Great British Spring Clean event was held on 2nd April. The event was very well attended and copious bags of litter collected. Future events include involvement in the Best Kept Village competition and the annual hanging basket competition.
For many years the grass areas of the village have been looked after by Michael Hitchen who we usually refer to as the village gardener. He always carried out his work with the minimum of fuss and quiet efficiency. Michael will continue to look after parts of the village on a voluntary basis but the Parish Council wish to record their thanks to Michael for his long and dedicated service to the village.
Industrial heritage trail
Two of the Industrial Heritage plaques have now been erected at Thorneyholme and Dam Head and the third plaque by the post box at the Village Centre should be in place by the time you read this News. Thanks to Andre Smales for his excellent work on the stonework. Thanks to those who have supported the project and in particular the hard work of the Pendle Forest History Group, on whose in-depth research the whole project was based. A video of their full talk can be found on the website at www.roughlee.org.uk/mills
Other matters of note over the past month include the successful relaunch of the luncheon club, now renamed Community Lunch, which is now held twice monthly at the Bay Horse. It now welcomes all ages as a friendly regular gathering of villagers, and the parish provides a small subsidy for those of pensionable age.
We have also held a further meeting to discuss parking problems at the school. Additional CCTV cameras have now been installed at the school to help monitor the problems.
Finally a reminder for two important events in June. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Pendleside will be held on 2nd June. A full day of events is planned and all three local villages are involved. Also, as mentioned, the Roughlee Parish Gathering will be held at 7pm on 20th June. A full programme of events is planned followed by wine and nibbles. We look forward to a very good turn out from the parish.
— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council