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Roughlee Parish Council

Best Kept Village results, Seniors' Christmas Lunch (7th Dec), Remembrance, speed checks...

As I write October has proved to be one of the quieter months in the village. The “wall” has finally been finished and the road open as normal, with the bus service being reinstated. A long drawn out repair, but, I think worth it, as the new wall looks very well and will look even better when it has “weathered” in.

Our BKV team were represented at the awards ceremony where we came worthy runners up to Grindleton. Roughlee Village Centre was joint runner up in the Public Building category (out of 24 entries). The Bay Horse came joint 7th in Public House category (31 entries). A special mention was made of the Bay Horse and the attractive area around it.

I know that this has caused some disappointment amongst the extended team, but don’t be too despondent. Having seen the judges report their findings on the whole were fair, so step back and look at the magnificent work that you did and continue to do, with pride. The village has looked resplendent throughout the summer.

Last month I reported in conjunction with our local PCSO that we would be having unannounced random speed checks at appropriate times of the day throughout the village. Be warned this is still planned. A similar activity took place in Newchurch earlier in the month with interesting results.

At our last PC meeting we were asked about commemorative benches and what our policy is. We are very open to these, but due to the amount of cost and work that the PC has to put in to maintain them over their life we would propose that any new ones should be of recycled or composite materials.

The Seniors Christmas lunch planning is well advanced and will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 7th December, as previously reported we are applying a small charge of £7.50 in advance for this event. Invitations and menus will be distributed to our over 65’s in early November.

If you fall into this category and haven’t received an official invitation by 24th November, please raise your hand to either Gail, Mary or myself so that we can rectify this. Guests that don’t qualify can still attend for the cost of £15.00 per head. It promises to be a good do and the children from Roughlee School will be once again be attending to sing carols both old and new.

Every year we have the opportunity to apply for grants from Pendle Borough Council for small(ish) projects that benefit the community. Previous successful applications have been for the Village Centre green house, safety fencing for the garden area to the rear of the VC, the planters attached to the railings throughout the village and the new planters at Happy Valley. We would welcome any input for ideas for next years potential grant application.

We will also being laying a wreath on Remembrance Day Saturday 11th November at 11:00 am at our memorial (near Alice) and will be represented at the service in St. Mary’s Newchurch on 12th November at 9:15 am. Please feel free to attend any one or both of these events.

Finally, keep your “eyes peeled” for information on the up and coming Panto – see the RVC entry below!

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