Parish Gathering DATE CHANGE (now 3 July), Queen's Canopy opening...
Due to a clash with other events scheduled for the Village Centre it is necessary to change the date for the Parish Gathering from 22nd June to 3rd July. The Gathering is an important event in the village calendar as it allows all residents of the village to come together and meet with Parish Councillors, to hold the Council to account, to receive presentations on current local matters of interest and to enjoy a glass of wine and snacks at a concluding social. We look forward to a good turn out from villagers.
REMEMBER – THE NEW DATE FOR THE GATHERING IS MONDAY 3rd JULY at 7pm
Also on matters relating to the Parish Council the formal Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday 18th May at 7pm. This is the meeting at which the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Council are elected and follows on from the local Council elections which will be held on 4th May. From next May membership of the Parish Council will be increased to nine and elections to the Parish Council will only be held if the number of candidates exceeds nine. Nominations for the elections close on 4th April and at the time of writing there are fewer than nine candidates for Parish Council.
The Parish Council meeting on 6th March was attended by PC Lorna Bolton who is the neighbourhood police contact for Pendleside. She attended to deal with local concerns but, despite advance publicity, no villagers attended to discuss police matters. Concerns were raised by Parish Councillors about the school parking problems and steps will be taken, yet again, to try to improve the situation. However, enforcement is mainly the responsibility of the County Council rather than the police.
On 17th March a good number of villagers attended a short ceremony to celebrate the planting of trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy which was established as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Five trees were donated by village residents and have been planted on the river bank near to the stepping stones. Preparing the site took a lot of hard work by FORA and volunteers and thanks are due to all concerned.
Also relating to FORA the approach of Spring leads on to a significant amount of work towards the Best Kept Village competition. As a first step a village spring-cleanup is scheduled for 1st April.
Finally a reminder that the Coronation weekend and the Pendle Pub Walk will bring a very busy time to the Village Centre. Please see below for details.