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Barley Parish Council

Coronation plans - 7th May, parish council changes and vacancies...

Barley Events Committee are planning their first couple of events on Sunday 7th May and what a day it promises to be! From 11am on 7th May, the Village Green will be transformed into a fun filled Coronation Event. This event is aimed at families, with a variety of wholesome games and activities which can be enjoyed by young and old. Activities include hook a duck, coconut shy, beat the goalie, plus much more!

Our very own parish councillors have also been great sports so for a limited time only and for a small fee, you can have some fun thoroughly soaking your council representatives whilst they are in the stocks!

This is a resident with families and friends’ event but non-residents will be able to purchase tickets on the day. Tickets for residents need to be prebooked by 2nd May and are free of charge. Any tickets on the day will cost £2.

The Cabin will be hosting a BBQ with pulled pork and hot beef. You can also pre-order an afternoon tea in a box. The WI will be selling tea, cakes, and crafts.

The Chapel is putting on a range of activities for the day, including crown making and children’s sports day type games. We just need everyone to cross their fingers that the weather holds out for us, and it should be a wonderful event.

In the evening of Sunday 7th May, there will be a resident only event at the Pendle Inn from 7pm. All tickets for this must be ordered and paid for in advance by 2nd May. The price of a ticket is £5. This can be done at the Pendle Inn or by contacting Joanne at joanne@underpendle.com.

The pub will be closed to the public, so we will have the entire place to ourselves. It will be an evening for all residents to enjoy. With a quiz provided by Phil Hartley and a buffet provided by the Pendle Inn, it should be a fantastic community event. There will be music and dancing until late. This event is aimed primarily at adults but children that are aged 10 and over are welcome to attend but tickets must also be ordered and paid for the same as adults.

We will be holding a raffle in the evening; tickets will be on sale at both the day and evening event. All prizes have been donated by local businesses and residents and we are very appreciative of this.

Barley Events Committee would like to thank everyone for all their support and offers of assistance so far – especially the Pendle Inn which have provided both the marquee and buffet free of charge. We look forward to seeing you all there!

There will be no Parish Council election on 4th May since only five candidates were nominated for seven vacancies. Those continuing in to the next term are Councillors D. Heap, D. Gouldsbrough, J. Connor and L. Hunt and they will be joined by a new member, Jayne Harthan who lives in the parish. We therefore have two vacancies which we hope to fill by co-opting two parishioners who have an interest in taking the village forward. The vacancies are being advertised on the notice board, if you want to know more, please give me a call.

Rita Seymour, Nigel Dewhurst and Tim Cartmell are standing down from the Council. Rita has served a full term on the Council and Nigel and Tim were co-opted on to the Council in Nov’21 to help us out when we needed it. Rita took the lead on planning matters and Nigel and Tim were lead Councillors on the Village Green, Toilets and Car Park projects; they were all confident decision makers. On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank them for their service and to personally thank them for the support they gave to me at important times.

I am sure you have all seen the new flagpole in the Turning Area. I think it adds to defining our village centre along with cobblestones, flower gardens, red phone and post box, war memorial, benches and now a flagpole. Various flags will be flown from time to time to commemorate special events such as Remembrance Day

Finally, I would like to thank Janet and Bob from Whitehough for the support they have given the village for many years. They adopted the shelter on the car park and have swept and cleaned it regularly along with helping the WI maintain the garden. Volunteers who went quietly about keeping part of the village tidy, two of a small handful, and I mention them today because age dictates it is time to hang up their tools. Thank you very much.

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