PARISH COUNCIL – Briercliffe Parish Council will meet in the community centre, Jubilee Street, Harle Syke, on Monday at 7-30 p.m. The first 15 minutes are reserved for questions from the public.

BRIERCLIFFE SOCIETY – The Briercliffe Society held its AGM at the community centre on Monday. Present were chairman Roger Frost and committee members John and Carol Bentley, Barbara Holsgrove and Stephanie Sutcliffe. Gwen Farmer was welcomed to the committee. Apologies were received from Susan Meeks, Pauline Frost-Hardwick and Marjorie Payne. About 30 members attended. The chairman paid tribute to the late former chairman, Canon John Edge. The minutes of the 2010 AGM were approved. In his report the chairman said that the Local History Group was going from strength to strength, but the Art Group, which meets twice a month, was in need of new members. Dr Duncan Bythell and Roger Frost’s publication “A Lancashire Weaving Company & its Community” was now in profit, was selling well and could be bought at Queen Street Mill Museum. The society newsletter was appearing regularly and the 101st edition was available. The chairman suggested that the society and the parish council might work together to produce a heritage information board which might be placed at Duke Street Garden.

ANNUAL DINNER – Members voted for the re-establishment of the Briercliffe Society’s annual dinner in late summer and agreed that the June Trail should be another evening canal trip from either Skipton or Foulridge. A party of members and friends would attend the forthcoming Burnley Light Opera production at the Mechanics. The society had had a successful year and this became evident in the reports from the treasurer and speakers’ secretary. Mrs Sutcliffe produced a favourable audited balance sheet and Mrs Holsgrove outlined the lecture and event programme for the coming year. The secretary could not be present but in a letter thanked members for all the help given in the last year.

ELECTIONS – The election of new committee members took place with John Bentley taking over as chairman. He thanked the committee for their work over the year, especially Mrs Holsgrove who was standing down as speakers’ secretary. The following were elected: Deputy chairman and chairman elect, Roger Frost; secretary, Susan Meeks; treasurer, Stephanie Sutcliffe; minutes secretary, Carol Bentley; speakers’ secretary, Pauline Frost-Hardwick; committee members, Barbara Holsgrove and Gwen Farmer. After the elections, members enjoyed a short illustrated talk on the history of Burnley by Roger Frost after which refreshments were served.

ART GROUP – The Briercliffe Society’s Art Group is to meet on the first and third Tuesdays at the community centre in Harle Syke at 2 p.m. New members will be welcome. For further information contact Carol Bentley on 425410.

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION – Briercliffe Residents’ Association will hold an open day at the community centre, in Jubilee Street, tomorrow morning when residents can meet committee members and share ideas about the way forward.