NALC statement on Handforth PC

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is aware of the recent news regarding Handforth Parish Council’s Planning and Environment Committee meeting going viral.

Most of England’s 10,000 local (parish and town) councils are run well by councillors, clerks and council staff, who collaborate to deliver their communities ambitions. People get involved in their local councils because they are passionate about their communities and committed to making a difference.

NALC is aware of the negative impact poor behaviour can have. NALC is committed to promoting and supporting good governance and the highest standards of conduct and behaviour in local councils, by councillors, clerks and council staff. NALC also continues to call for the strengthening of the standards regime by introducing sanctions, a single code of conduct and mandatory training.

Local councils and their 100,000 councillors play an essential and growing role in democracy, delivering public services and building stronger communities. They have continued to evolve, take on additional responsibilities and innovate by tackling challenges such as health, housing, climate change, transport and public spaces. Local councils mobilised quickly to be at the forefront of the national coronavirus response, stepping up to support local communities by using the flexibility of remote meetings, which NALC called for, to continue to make decisions and engage with their community.

Communities thrive when people volunteer to get involved and come together to take action on local issues. The upcoming local council elections in May 2021 provide a fantastic opportunity for more people of all backgrounds and experiences to stand as councillors and make a change in their community.

Cllr Sue Baxter,

National Association of Local Councils

changes to bus times

The Pendle Wizz Burnley/Skipton service now no longer operates on Sundays and is reduced to two hourly on Saturdays. 

I understand these reductions were introduced from Sunday on a temporary basis and are a direct result of the latest English lockdown.

The Preston to Skipton 280 is, however, continuing to provide a full service seven days a week and is available to all those needing to travel to/from work or make other essential journeys.

There are hourly services on weekdays and Saturdays and every two hours on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

First and last buses TO Skipton are as follows :

MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS            0824/1755

SATURDAYS                                0829/1749


FROM Skipton first/last buses operate as under :

MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS            0910/1820

SATURDAYS                                0910/1815


Full details of the timings can be found online or in the printed Lancashire County Council/Stagecoach timetable dated July 2020.

Village Litter Pick – Cancelled

Due to the current situation, the village litter pick has now been cancelled. We will look at holding it later in the year. In the meantime, follow the guidelines and please look after yourselves and your neighbours.

Parish Council meeting

The next Parish Council meeting is on Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 7pm in the village hall. All welcome. Please see the Parish Council page for a copy of the agenda.

Tuesday Crafters

Normally meet in the village hall on the First Tuesday of each month
from 7.00pm until 9.00pm.

This Venue might change whilst building work is carried out

The aim is to enable everyone to learn new or brush up current handicraft skills of all varieties  which others may be proficient in.

Each session is dedicated to a different craft skill with the option of readdressing it at a later date.

Future activities for 2019 :

5th March   Mechanical Cards

2nd April   Decorated Easter Eggs

7th May       Felting

4th June   Patchwork

2nd July  Patchwork continued

August No meeting

3rd September  Water colour Painting

1st October  Weaving

5th November   Christmas tree Pod decorations

3rd December  Christmas Swags

Thornton Village Trust

This small charity is once again offering a sum of money to help existing not-for-profit groups and activities within the village to Thornton-in-Craven.

It is currently able to offer up to £120 in the year 2018 as a start-up grant for new activities, or to help existing groups to function.

If you are interested please contact Christine Macintyre on 01282 841569, by the end of September 2018.

Join the national campaign and become a bell ringer in 2018

To commemorate the 1400 bell ringers who died in the First World War, a national campaign has been launched to recruit 1400 new bell ringers.

Many bell ringers joined the war effort, and many lost their lives. Research by The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has revealed that in total some 1400 bell ringers lost their lives in the Great War.

Bells rang out for the Armistice

When the bells rang out on the 11th November 1918 they announced the end of the most catastrophic war the world had yet seen. At the time, bells were at the heart of the community, marking events of great significance and communicating to people long before modern technology connected us. Bellringing has always had a much wider function than its role in the church, but most of us today are not aware of its broad and inclusive service.

 Join the project and become a bell ringer today in memory of the 1400 who lost their lives.