Annual Parish meeting, maintenance, balsam bashing...
The Annual Parish meeting attracted almost 50 residents in early June and there were presentations from the Women’s Institute (Claire Grimshaw), the Village Hall (Sarah Hartley), the Chapel (Angie Hargreaves), the Barley Events Committee (Lee Hunt) and myself on behalf of the Parish Council. The Council was able to introduce the new Councillors and reflect on some of the key events over the last year including the introduction of permanent parking restrictions, parking enforcement on the Turning area and the successful application by residents for permit parking. We also discussed the major projects completed including the Village Green Drainage and Footway plus the car park drainage and surfacing works. It was also good to look back on the Platinum Jubilee and the Coronation Events which were enjoyed by all who attended.
The Council gave a finance report, provided updates on planning issues and outlined future projects, including an update on the playground and toilet block improvement projects plus the plans to spend more on general maintenance. The WI reported on events held and a growing membership, the Village Hall were looking for volunteers as events coordinators and the Chapel reported on dwindling attendances and the move to monthly from weekly services. The FoG club, Craft Fairs and other events plus the Table Tennis club are all going well. The Events Committee outlined their first thoughts for Xmas activities.
The evening was once again a great social event with residents enjoying a buffet and drinks. Thank you to everyone who attended.
Summer maintenance works are progressing well and you might have noticed that painting of the phone box, many benches and the chapel railings have just been completed. The Council are also continuing work with Pendle BC to improve the quality of the village green and it has recently been aerated and scarified followed by the spreading of loam and grass seed, we should start to see some benefit now that the rain has returned.
We will also be asking for some volunteers to help us out with some balsam bashing around the car park and village green embankment area soon.
Finally, congratulations and best wishes to Rob and Poppy Taylor on the birth of a baby boy, Henry in late June, we are all looking forward to meeting him on Barley Green.