Trawden Forest Parish Council
Trawden Forest Parish Council
The Trawden Arms Pub
You may be aware that the Trawden arms is currently up for sale.
As it is registered as an Asset Of Community Value, the Parish Council have been made aware of the listing, and have until 15th January to register an interest with the Local Authority.
The Parish Council would like to see this remain as a pub as it is in the centre of the village and is well used as an eating establishment and function venue. It is also a common meeting place for residents and visitors alike.
A bid can be made to purchase the premises, but this would mean that there would need to be a commitment from the community to raise the funds required and set up a leadership group for the acquisition and beyond. There are many complexities with running a pub, some of which I know would like to opportunity to do.
If you think that you can give these commitments, please do so, in writing to by 4th January 2021 and the Parish Council will then assess the interest and make a decision about what to do going forward.

Roots of Remembrance

This National Tree Week, we are inviting community groups, schools, businesses and local authorities to plant trees in memory of those who have lost their lives during the pandemic.

What began as a tribute to the late Bill Blackledge, passionate horticulturist and former Chair of North West in Bloom (NWiB), has blossomed into a UK-wide effort to mark this difficult period. Many groups in the region have planted trees and even orchards in his honour, spurring on the idea for a national tree planting campaign. 

Anyone who would like to remember a loved one who passed away during the pandemic is invited to join in and plant a tree (or trees) in tribute, which will be added to a new RHS Roots of Remembrance tree map

A fitting tribute to fellow gardeners, a tree also allows a physical place to visit, reflect and celebrate a loved ones for generations to come, while benefiting nature.

The pandemic has touched all of us, one way or another, and you couldn’t have a more fitting tribute to someone close, or someone who has been affected, than a tree – it’s life. 
Bernard Pendleton, new Chair of NWiB

By adding the trees to the RHS map, it’s a great way for people to see what they are part of – a fantastic legacy for future generations.

Trees can be any size, shape or variety in order to suit everyone's budgets and capabilities. When trees are planted, we ask that you complete our survey, letting us know where the tree will be.

The information will be used to populate a map of the UK displaying all the trees that have been planted. The map will represent the living legacies created in tribute to those we have lost, and the contributions made to the natural world in their memories.

We would love to hear a bit more about your tree and who it is planted for. You might like to use this downloadable plaque to write your loved ones’ name on, and share a picture of your tree planting on social media, using the hashtag #rootsofremembrance. Or, you could email your photo and a short description of your tree and who it remembers to

The Woodland Trust, is offering free tress to community groups and schools, with the next delivery in March, which should still offer you a good planting window. Apply by January 5th to take up this offer, and please mention the RHS when applying for your trees.



Remembrance Day in Church footage 2020
As we are unable to hold the Service in Church for Remembrance Day this year, the Service has been pre-recorded so that it is available for all at 10.40am on 8th November 2020. The footage will remain so that it can be viewed by anyone at any time.
Thank you to each and every one of you for viewing this and special thanks to Rev John Knott, Sheila Walker, William Walker, Paul Wilson and Lisa Burnham for allowing us to work together to produce something collectively for this day.
MP4 video/audio file [83.9 MB]
This is the footage of the 2 minutes silence, last post and wreath laying at the War Memorial on 8th November 2020. Thank you to those who attended and observed the social distancing guidance.
Remembrance Day 2020.docx
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Contacting the Parish Council

The Parish Council would like to remind residents that your first point of contact should be the Councillor who is local to your area. Many people are contacting the Clerk direct, through her own Facebook page and messenger, and direct to her house (as she is currently working from home).
Councillors for Trawden are: Barry Hodgson, Paul Reyner, Beverley Robinson, Ruth Crompton, Emma Jane MacDonald and David Barritt.
Councillors for Cotton Tree, Winewall and Wycoller are: Clare Storey, David Storey, Andrea Beswick.
The Council are fully aware that we are in a very unusual time at the moment, and thought that a timely reminder of the procedure for contact should be posted.
The Clerk is available during the published working hours, via telephone or email and is always happy to help. Please be aware that the Clerk works part time and will not always be able to answer your queries immediately.
If you have issues with the highway (ie potholes, blocked drains etc), you can report these online via the Lancashire County Council website.
If you have an issue with bins that need emptying, this can be reported via the Pendle Council website. refuse
If you have spotted someone who is not picking up their dog fouling, this can be reported via the Pendle Council website.
And, as always, if there has been a crime of any sort, this MUST be reported direct to the Police via their 101 line, or their online reporting system.
If it is an emergency, always call 999.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Face Masks in Pendle

Pendle Council have let people know about the new measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Pendle. These include the need to wear face masks in enclosed public spaces such as shops and supermarkets from NOW (20th July 2020) in Pendle –

Lane House Lane Playground

The playground continues to be open and is Covid safe.  It does not need to close in Lockdown 2.0.

Signs have been erected following the government guidance I have received.  Please remember to social distance, and if the playground is busy, you may wish to return a little later.

We hope that you can now enjoy the playground knowing that it is safe.  It will be sanitised every week until further notice.

VE Day Celebrations 8h May 2020 
I've seen lots of pictures of residents celebrating VE Day - and what a fabulous time everyone looked like they was having.
The Church Bells rang out for 30 minutes at 7pm to mark the momentous VE occasion.  Thank you to the Walker family for doing this for the Parish. It is very much appreciated.

Information and Help


I've received a link from Lancashire County Council with the details of all the help contacts during this time. Please do take a look and contact someone should you need to:

Update from Lancashire Police regarding scams
With all the information around about the Coronavirus and all the Government advice and guidance, there is also sadly a lot of incorrect information, along with several scams going around.
I have received the latest National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) & Action Fraud information and their supply chain network alerting people to latest online cyber security threats, along with the current guidance to stay safe online whilst working from home.
If you are uncertain about clicking on the links – please go directly to both the NCSC and Action Fraud websites;
If you would like to receive regular updates on this type of information; please go to the latest newsletter to subscribe.


The 2020/21 budget

As the new Council Tax bills have been distributed to all households, I thought it important that the Parish Council shows you what we have budgeted for the year 2020/21.

The Councillors decided that, in order to protect Ball Grove Park, we should take ownership from Pendle Borough Council as soon as we are pleased with the quality of the maintenance on the Park. With this in mind, the amount of precept that the Parish Council has requested has risen from £52922 to £90000. The hope is that we can maintain Ball Grove for less in 2021/22 so the precept would be adjusted accordingly next April. All others areas of the budget have also been increased as the Councillors see fit in order to deliver the services that we do for the next year.


I have attached a pie chart showing the division of funds and an explanation sheet of what the actual money would be spent on.

Please see the pie chart and details in the attached files below.


Budget 2020 2021 Pie Chart.pdf
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Budget April 2020 details for pie chart.[...]
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Community Benches

Last year, we were lucky enough to secure funding for 2 community benches. One of these is at Boulsworth Drive, and the other is behind the Community Shop and Library.

Here are some pictures of how the one at the back of the Shop is currently looking. It's a real sun trap and is used regularly.

Thank you to our Borough Councillors and Pendle Council for the funding for these benches. Sarah Cockburn-Price Margaret Foxley, Paul Foxley



Pendle Council is taking a tough line with people who are putting general rubbish in their recycling bins.


Our recycling crews will be stepping up their efforts to check the blue bins for paper and card recycling for contamination.


If people put things we can’t recycle in their recycling bins we won’t empty them until they’ve removed the wrong things which contaminate our loads.

This is because Pendle Council has had 156 tonnes of paper and card rejected for recycling because it was mixed up with other rubbish including nappies and food waste!

This is almost a month’s worth of paper and card recycling which has been wasted and put into landfill.


It costs £130 per tonne for landfill. So for a 156 tonne amount the cost to Pendle taxpayers is a staggering £20,280.


To help tackle this problem, our crews will be putting stickers on the bins asking people who’ve put the wrong things in the wrong bin to remove them.


People can recycle it right by checking on their recycling calendar or look online on our website:


Dog Fouling

The most complaints that the Parish Council receive are regarding parking and poo! As we always get an increase in the amount of complaints about dog poo at this time of year, at the recent Parish Council meeting, the Councillors decided that the issue should be highlighted.

As a result, I have purchased 10 cans of orange forestry paint (so that it washes away), to spray dog fouling around the Parish and then post the pictures. Hopefully this will make offenders aware that it is not acceptable, and then we can ask Pendle Council to monitor the areas with the biggest problems more often.

Here are the first few that have been taken since Thursday last week (12th December 2019).....


As Craig McBeth has missed 6 months worth of meetings in 2020, the law states that he should be removed from the Council.  This action has now taken place, and the Councillors will be filling the vacancy in due course.

In the meantime, please still be aware that Trawden Forest Parish Council would like to make it clear that, the actions, comments and political affliction of Craig McBeth in no way represent those of Trawden Forest Parish Council.


Dementia Information

Lancashire County Council have produced a newsletter from the 50+ Assembly and Older Peoples Champions with details of support, groups and events for people with dementia.  Please take a look at the newsletter below....

Dementia Special Newsletter LCC.pdf
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I know that there is a lot of talk about potholes on various pages, but I thought it would be useful to post the link to the County Council's page for reporting them, and the phone number to request a claim form if you've had your car damaged. They are:
Report a defect:…/fault-search.aspx
Claim form: 0300 123 6780 or email highways@lancashire,

Make sure that you take a picture of the pothole that you've damaged your vehicle on, and you'll need to get a quote for the repairs to your vehicle.

Ball Grove Website

Ball Grove have a new website.  Why not take a look?  There's lot of information and some fabulous photo's on there.  The link is

Council Tax - 2019

For those who haven't already seen this, you'll be pleased to hear that the proportion of your Council Tax paid to Trawden Forest Parish Council has only been increased by £400.  This is a 0% rise to the whole bill as there are more properties in Trawden to share out this amount to.
As many of you know, the Parish Council are already responsible for ensuring delivery of some services within the Parish. These are currently all of the bus shelters, Lanehouse Lane Playground, roadside seating, Christmas decorations (the big tree at the Community Centre, the star at the Church and the star at Winewall) We also have to pay for the Countryside Footpath service, and have acquired the garage sites at both Cotton Tree and Ash Villa's on Colne Road.

The Parish Council also supply the dog fouling bags on the Recreation Ground and near to the school in a bid to combat the ever increasing issues of people not picking up after their pets.  More signs have been recently erected to remind people that they must pick up after their dogs.

We also support the fantastic work that the volunteers of Trawden in Bloom do, which keeps our villages looking their best. This, of course is reflected in the prizes that the group win year after year.
From April, we will be contributing 75% to the maintenance costs of Ball Grove as Pendle Borough Council will cut back on the service it provides if not. We have also been transferred various parcels of land around the village that now require the Parish Council to pay for their mowing.  The Parish Council also now owns the full length of the tram tracks.
We also support the fantastic work that the Community Centre trustees do, and have already helped financially to the set-up of the new building as it is an asset to the whole village.

The Parish Council have recently sub-contracted a new Lengthsman to do the jobs around the village that, would otherwise get left.  So far this year, he's rebuilt part of a wall, cleared out gullies and drains on Colne Road, and made some huge in-roads to the overgrown Harambee Surgery Garden.  Please take the time to have a look at this garden; it really is surprising how big it is.
If you would like any more information about anything we do, please do get in touch

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Parish Councillors

Councillors have an active interest and concern for their local community. They represent local people and work in partnership with them and others when necessary. They help facilitate the provision of local services and facilities and take decisions that form the policy of the Council.
Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare their financial interests in the parish. Councillors must also declare a personal or prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meetings.

     Parish Services


Click the links below for information


Police News & Information

Duties & Powers 


Additional Responsibilities

As well as the Statutory responsibilities that the Parish Council provide, some services have been transferred from Pendle Borough Council to the Parish Council.  If the Parish Council did not take on these services, they would have disappeared.  These Services are:

* Bus Shelters

* Lanehouse Lane Playground

* Roadside Seating

* Some grassed areas which require mowing

* The parking area to the side of the Victorian Toilet

* The whole length of the Tram Tracks from Church Street to the bus terminus

* 75% of the maintenance costs for Ball Grove

There are obviously costs attached to these services, hence your Council Tax increase for us. 

We also pay for the Christmas Tree at the Community Centre, the star at the Church and the star at Winewall


   Your Parish Councillors

The Parish Council is made up of 10 Councillors:

Cllr Barry Hodgson - Chairman

Cllr Paul Reyner - Vice Chairman



Cllr Barry Hodgson

Cllr Ruth Crompton

Cllr Emma Jane MacDonald

Cllr Paul Reyner

Cllr Beverley Robinson

Cllr David Barritt

Winewall/Wycoller & Cotton Tree

Cllr David Storey

Cllr Clare Storey

Cllr Andrea Beswick

1 vacancy


If you would like to contact any of the Councillors, please use the 'Contact Form' and your query will be dealt with

Councillors photo's
Here are pictures of all of the Parish Councillors
Cotton Tree Complete Poster for Display [...]
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Planning Applications

The Parish Council plays an active part in all local planning issues. It is probably the area of the Council's role that is best known to the community and which can be of the most importance.

Click here to go to the Local Council Planning Portal and enter the planning refrence number into the text based search system to show the application.



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