NEWBURGH NEWS December 2012


Hallo Everybody,
It’s round to December again, another year gone!  Weather-wise it hasn’t been great shakes, good job we didn’t have “Open Gardens” this year, but even so the “Best Kept Garden” competition was affected according to the judges, I wouldn’t know, I am no gardener!
While we are on competitions, the Judges report from the Best Kept Village has been received, with some remarks on various aspects of the village that will need to be addressed for the next year’s entry.   Re some of the comments, I am happy to report that certain items have been remedied, and a maintenance schedule created, with funding for materials obtained by grants from L.C.C.
Soon we will be experiencing the new 20 mph speed limits in residential areas off of Course Lane and Cobbs Brow Lane, and we have requested that part of Cobbs Brow Lane from the junction with Course Lane to Tabbys Nook to be included in that scheme, but we are still awaiting the outcome on that issue.  Hopefully it would provide some form of traffic calming in that area.
Meetings have been held recently re the possible establishment of allotments at the Eco-Centre on Cobbs Brow Lane, and further progress will be reported as and when it occurs.
As said above, it’s December, so look out for those “Merry Christmas” events and gatherings, please try to attend if possible, a lot of effort goes into putting these events on, and it’s nice to see them succeed.
Parish Council representatives attended the L.C.C. and Parish and Town Councils Conference, and the AGM of the Lancashire Association of Local Councils,both held in Preston on the 12 Nov, reports on both meetings will be made at the next Parish Council meeting.
It’s good to see the Post Office has gained another facility in providing access to the “Lottery”, let’s hope that having fought to retain the Post Office, that this feature will help sustain it’s viability.
We are still short of a Councillor, and wish to fill the vacancy, and would be pleased to receive enquiries from any interested parties.  It’s not an onerous job, it’s interesting, it’s voluntary, it only takes the time you wish to give, you get to meet a lot of other people, and you would be providing a service to the Parish.  Ask any Councillor for any information you may need.
On behalf of the Parish Council, I wish you all a “Merry Christmas” and a “Prosperous New Year!”

Reg Porter

Over 60’s:
The “Over 60’s” had a very entertaining afternoon in their November meeting, with a presentation and talk on “Railways in Lancashire”, followed by tea etc.  Next meetings are 7th Dec, at 2.00 pm, with guest speaker John Halton, and “Gardeners’ Question Time”, and 14 Dec, at 1.30 pm, “Christmas Party”, both events at the School, Back Lane. Contact is Margaret Swift,  on 462629.

“Room at the Top”, meets at the Red Lion every Monday evening, 8.30 pm ‘ish, if you are into Music of any sort, play an instrument, sing, read poetry, come along, join in if you like, or just listen, you will be welcome!

Christ Church Newburgh
Please note some of these services may be held in school during building work at the church
Sunday December 2, 10.30am Posada service, 4pm, Christingle Service
Sunday December 2, 6.30pm, Quiet service of reflection and meditation
Thursday, December 6, 7.15pm, Carols on the Village Green
Sunday, December 23, 6.30pm, Carols By Candlelight
Monday, December 24, 4pm, Crib Service
Monday, December 24, 11pm, First Communion of Christmas
Tuesday, December 25, 10.30am, Family Communion for Christmas Day
Sunday, February 3, 6.30pm Quiet Service of reflection and meditation
Sunday, March 24, 3pm Palm Sunday reading from Scripture on the Village Green
Sunday, April 7, 6.30pm Quiet Service of reflection and meditation


Newburgh Play Area
We are delighted that the Play Area in Back Lane is so well used by village children. The annual RoSPA safety inspection has been carried out, with all equipment and surfaces meeting the required standards. Some minor maintenance (eg replacing the slide ladder grips) has now been undertaken to keep the equipment in good order.
Could everyone please note that the land behind the public play area is the property of the school and is not for general use.  Also, if you drive to the area, please try and avoid parking opposite driveways as this can make access difficult.

Headquarters Hair & Beauty
Newburgh customers will be pleased to know that following her maternity leave Sarah has now returned to work.

Red Lion
New Year’s Eve disco and karaoke with hot and cold buffet and free glass of champagne. Starts 8pm. Tickets £10.

Red Lions Help
Reminder: If you are in need of assistance with things you can no longer manage
Douglas Valley Lions Club members may be able to help. Please contact Chris on 463848 or Dave on 462224 (in confidence).
Please also support our stall at Parbold Flea Market on December 9th.

Good Neighbours
With the party season on us, residents are asked to be mindful of neighbours and to keep noise to acceptable levels and times!


PACT Christmas Advice
At the last PACT meeting the police urged us to be mindful of potential Christmas burglary. Please everyone, we love to see your tree in the window but beware of wrapping up expensive items and putting them underneath it.  Keep the new computers in the cellar and put the socks and bath salts under the tree.



Post Office and Village Store

                                                      Many thanks for your support – Irene and Paula

AB Autos
New business in Back Lane offering servicing of any model and make of vehicle and all aspects of mechanical work. MOTs arranged.  Collection and delivery available.  Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 12.30pm.  Tel 01257 463249 or 07747 066002

Cobbs Brow Nurseries
Christmas trees will be on sale from the first week in December. Several varieties and heights will be available with a free local delivery service.
I would like to thank everyone for their support at the Bank Holiday plant sale – we will be doing the same again next year – Phil Jordan.

The normal range of Christmas trees and wreathes will be available from Giltrees at the Strawberry Farm from the last week in November. Free local delivery.


Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service
With the winter fast approaching, many of us are spending more time indoors, tucked away from the cold and trying to keep our homes warm and cosy.  But winter brings along many risks and often leads to an increase in accidental fires.  We regularly see an increase in house fires caused by unsafe heating of the home, open fires, blocked chimneys, candles and overloaded electrical sockets caused by extra appliances & decorations we use during the winter period.

We at Lancashire Fire & Rescue can provide information and advice to help keep you and your home safe this winter.  Our FREE home fire safety check service offers the help and advice you may need to prevent fires from occurring, but also life saving information of what to do if a fire occurs.  We can also fit 10 year smoke alarms free of charge if required.

Please also take the time this winter to think of the safety of your neighbours, particularly the elderly who may not be able to get out of the house in poor weather or who are using unsafe methods to heat their homes.  Are they safe?  Do they have smoke alarms? 
If not we can help!
To book your free home fire safety check you can contact Skelmersdale Fire Station on 01695 723853 or FREE on 0800 169 1125 and quote code SA068. 
All visits are completed by fire service personnel who will show ID cards on arrival.

Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society

Visitors are welcome to come along and share knowledge with local gardeners. 
16th Jan: Gardening for Bees – M. Little
13th Feb: Mosses under the Microscope – M. Keenan
Meetings are in Parbold W.I. Hall at 8pm
For further information, contact Tom Forster on 462647  

Parbold Picture House at Parbold Village Hall
9th Dec – Jean de Florette cert PG
16th Dec – Manon des Sources cert PG
6th Jan – James Bond (Champion competition winner)
20th Jan – The Reader cert 15
Admission on the door £3 per ticket
Doors open 6:30 for refreshments, screenings start at 7pm
Front Row – live transmissions
17th Jan – The Magistrate (National Theatre)
Contact 01257 464533 for more information

Douglas Music Parbold
8th December: Alan Barnes & David Newton – Jazz in Concert
12th January: Martin Roscoe, piano playing ‘Sublime Sonatas’
Concerts start at 7:45pm at Parbold Village Hall
Box Office: 01257 498452


Newburgh Women’s Institute.
A friendly group of women who enjoy monthly meetings with speakers; members enjoy a variety of trips.  Meetings are held in Newburgh School at 7:30pm.
17th December: Christmas Party with Skelmersdale Community Singers
Further information about our WI from Mavis Sudworth on 01257 463242


A large print version of this newsletter can be made available on request.
Parish Council Contacts:
Reg Porter                    01257 462463
Jacky Citarella               01257 463621
Clare Gillard                  01257 464533
Chris Moore                  01257 463471
Jean O’Keefe                01257 463630
Rebecca Richardson     01257 463942
Maureen Turner              01257 462970
Borough Council
Eddie Pope                  01704 894540
County Council
David Westley               01704 840681

Published by Mrs S Jones, Clerk, Newburgh Parish Council.
Tel: 01704 892520