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.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Ruth is offering puzzles:

I wondered whether any people who are self-isolating/social distancing might be interested in a jigsaw puzzle or two to borrow during the lockdown?  I have some nice ones – “Memories” of sweets/products in the 40s, 50s, 60s – Brands of Britain etc.  I have a jigsaw roll up mat?  Also a couple of Rupert Bear jigsaws (a 50 piece and an 80 piece) that younger children

I could make them available if anyone wanted something to do – I seem to have amassed board games over the years, too.  

Call Ruth on 01282 931064 at Windy Ridge TIC or email

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.

Six Nations

Six Nations

England V Wales

Thornton Village Hall on the big screen and the bar TV

Saturday 7th March

Doors open 16:30 KO 16:45

Tea & coffee

Drinks from the bar

Bingo Night

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Saturday 14th March in the Village Hall

After the success of the first T-I-C Bingo Night we have been ask to do it again.  Its A fun night for everyone (children welcome with an adult).  Why not bring your friends and family along – the more the merrier.

There will be 6 games per book (£3 per book) with cash prizes for a line and a full house on every game.  The last game of the night is a flyer (£3 each) for a full house only where you can win a substantial cash prize.

Doors open at 7.30pm for ticket sales and  eyes down 8pm. Bar open 7:30 till 11:00

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.