MAY 2016.

2015/6 has been a year of progress on several fronts.We have  continued to develop  the work,visual amenity and social opportunities in the village,we have tried to develop new initiatives and we have taken a wider role in local government and Ribble Valley affairs.

It is particularly appreciated that all Councillors and the Clerk  have played a part in our achieve-ments ,giving their time and skills.
Regular events such as the Garden Competition(Thanks to Mrs Kelly and the Garden Centre)Civic Sunday(we welcomed Revd Robert Fielding and Family)Parish Christmas Tree raising and blessing(thanks to Jay,Nicholas,Daniel Roger plus guides ,brownies ,pupils ,parents and Father Christmas ,despite torrential rain and high winds) Members and friends planted spring bulbs on the main roads to the village,plus reviewing footpaths and roads were maintained.

We ventured into new areas too;A Community Directory was produced at the turn of the year;a great effort especially by Greera Norse and her Daughter,We placed two new rubbish bins;both on School lAne;we still seek to place one on Whins Lane,The refurbished Signpost was delivered on Blackburn Road ;thanks to the restorer and LCC for contributing.We placed a Commemorative Bench in the Parish Garden in January to commemorate HM The Queen becoming longest serving British Monarch,we supported the British Heart Foundation to place 2 defibrillators in the village at the Church and Business Park,we supported a village walk themed on The First World War on 7th  September,lead by Mr Brian Jeffery ;this type of event will be repeated in April 2016 with a Civil War theme.we arranged a play for the village in November;My Brilliant Divorce;over 50 residents and friends attended.The cost was underwritten by the Ribble Valley Village Halls Association.Again another play is due in May 2016.
Turning to the Parish Plan,we met LCC and Ribble Valley Councillors and Officers to identify potential pedestrian crossing sites for the A671;we have met Borough Council,Housing Providers,Landlord about the possible provision of Housing suitable for older residents;Martholme Greenway;the Council have joined this initiative to open the former Railway Trackbed in the village to walkers,bikers and general social use;it is gratifying that TESCO  Awarded £10000 towards costs and the support of public and staff and students from Blackburn College is appreci-ated.All three  these items are ongoing.

Beyond the Parish CouncilThe Tour of Britain Cycle Race passed through the village on 7 September,We joined the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Board the Village Halls Association(we presented the Play and Community Directory at a Showcase event)the Parish Liaison Committee The Government of Canada placed the Councils effort regarding the War Memorial on its Veterans Website .Governance of the Council was a key issue that took our attention;we reviewed Audit arrange-ments,reporting arrangements and delegation matters.

Throughout the year both visibly and invisibly ,Roger Hirst ,our Clerk has worked hard and tireless-ly;we have been fortunate to welcome Lesley our new Borough Councillor ,new  Parish Councillors Jayne,Sue,Greera and Joanne (who has now left us due to time commitments)to existing mem-bers,Graham,Geoff and Denise .The Church,School and a number of villagers have given their time and I thank you and they all.

I present my report for 2015/16.

David Peat.