Roughlee Parish News

October 2020 – Parish News

We begin the month with some sad news which is to report the loss of long-term resident Donald Almond who has died aged 99. Donald and his wife Betty lived in Straitgate Cottage and their immaculate garden was always a pleasure to see. Donald and Betty, together with their daughter and son in law, were regulars at the village Christmas lunch and I well remember his cheerfulness and charm from last year’s event. The Parish Council send all sympathies to Donald’s family.

Forest of Pendle Caravan Park

Works in and around the Forest of Pendle caravan park have been causing concern to villagers. These unauthorized works have damaged trees and blocked a public footpath. Fortunately the Borough Council have acted very quickly by serving a Tree Preservation Order and issuing a Stop Notice to prevent further unauthorized development.

Bay Horse Inn

Following Lancashire being placed into Tier 3 of the Coronavirus restrictions the Bay Horse pub has again been closed for an indefinite period. Whilst the restrictions would allow opening to serve food the pub management have apparently decided against this. I have written many times about the importance of the pub to village life and this further closure is much regretted.

New Village Green

The 19th October saw another Parish Council Meeting via Zoom. There was a busy schedule and we are following up a number of items relating to the upgrading of village notice boards and improvements to local public rights of way. We also agreed to pursue the designation of the riverside below the school car park as a village green. This is a small area but has served many generations of the village as a recreational area.

Remembrance Sunday

The Borough Council have just announced that there will be no formal ceremonies on Remembrance Sunday, 8th November but people are asked to observe 2 minutes silence at 11am in their own homes. Traditionally the village has observed a small local ceremony on Armistice Day, 11th November. This may still take place on a strictly limited basis and details will be announced in due course.


Finally to make you aware that there have been a number of burglaries in our area recently, mainly from outbuildings. The police are aware of these but please be vigilant.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council