Roughlee Parish News

Oct 2021 – Parish News

For the second month in a row I begin this Parish News on a very sad note which is to report the loss of Brian O’sullivan who together with his wife Joyce has been a stalwart of the village for many decades. Brian and Joyce have lived in the village for 54 years from the year they were married. A quiet but immensely popular man Brian served on the Parish Council for ten years and on the Village Centre Committee for a further ten years. Our greatest sympathies go to Joyce, the family and to their many friends.

Brian’s funeral has been arranged for 1st November and as a consequence the next Parish Council meeting which had been arranged for that date has been postponed for one week until 8th November.

Parish Gathering

On a happier note the Parish Gathering on 27th September saw a good turnout of villagers who enjoyed a number of interesting presentations including one by the Bythell family who are all talented hockey players and helped to explain the intricacies of what, to many of us, is perhaps a minority sport. Thanks are due to all those who took part in the presentations. The wine reception at the end of the Gathering was also very well received!

CCTV & Heritage Trail

Progress has been made on two projects for which we have Capital Programme support from the Borough Council. The new CCTV cameras have now been installed at the Happy Valley crossroads. These will give much improved surveillance of vehicle number plates after dark which should help to reduce the incidence of fly-tipping and other crimes. Also the artwork for the Industrial Heritage plaques is progressing and these should be in place before the end of the year.


Friday 15th October saw significant congestion in the village at school pick-up time. As a result there was a grid-lock from Crowtrees Grove to Happy Valley. Whilst this particular problem was not entirely due to the school traffic it serves to illustrate a growing problem doe to the number of children who are brought to the school by car or larger vehicles. The Parish Council are keen to see the school continue as a thriving institution and a vital part of the village. We have offered support to the Head Teacher to explore solutions to the traffic difficulties.

Bay Horse Inn

October 17th was the last day of the Bay Horse tenancy for the Swarbrick family. Given all that they have had to cope with due to the corvid 19 restrictions the pub has continued to provide a relaxing and enjoyable refuge. I would like to record my personal thanks and those of the many other people who have enjoyed their hospitality over the past few years. Particular thanks go to the friendly and helpful staff most of whom are moving on to pastures new.

At the time of writing it has just been announced that a new tenant has been appointed and has been named as Adam Marshall, the current operator of the Cross Gaits. No firm opening date has been announced but things are looking promising and we hope that the pub will be open before the end of October. The darker nights only go to emphasise how important this haven is to the life of the village.

Village Centre

Meanwhile the Village Centre continues to deliver a programme of events. Look out the Witch Wines evening and the Halloween celebrations on the 29th October, including the scarecrow competition. For further details see the village web site and notice boards.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council