NEWBURGH NEWS December 2013


Hallo everyone,
Season’s Greetings to all, nice to see the Christmas tree on the green, and lit up as well.  I do hope you will be supporting the “Carols on the Green” event on the green on 19th December, weather permitting. 
It’s been an interesting year, with lots of activity for the Planning group to analyse and advise the Council of possible comments and actions, most of which have been successful.  The Brownies group based in Newburgh recently celebrated their 60th anniversary, congratulations, and keep up the good work.  On behalf of the Parish, I congratulate the “Best Kept Garden” judges for their results, Cllr Mrs Maureen Turner for organising the event, also all those taking part, we can’t all be winners, but I would have appreciated a greater attendance at the prize-giving evening, however, the quality was there, even if small in number.
On behalf of the Parish Council, I wish a very Merry Christmas, and a Prosperous New Year to you all.
Cllr Reg Porter


Post Office, Village Store & Tearoom
It’s that time of year again and we have introduced the Newburgh Village Store Christmas Hampers, full of Christmas goodies including Christmas cake, chutney, pickled onions, chestnut stuffing, cranberry and port sauce and crackers. All the items are also available separately.  Our Christmas Gift Cards now on sale can be spent in many different shops including Argos, Boots, Top Shop and Wallis. Also available now is the Health Lottery which costs only £1.

It has been a hard year and we are trying our best to keep the Post Office, Store and tearoom open.  We would both like to thank you for your support.

Irene and Paula


Newburgh Fair 2014
For your Diary!
The Newburgh Fair Committee has decided that next year’s Fair will be on Saturday 21 June. 
The theme is 'Educating Newburgh', to reflect the tercentenary of the founding of Newburgh School.
Enquiries to Hazel Flight:
Tel 01257 463239



Newburgh School News
We approach Advent and Christmas with all the usual excitement and preparations going on. We have a Key Stage 2 Carol concert with appropriate readings, a Key Stage 1 Nativity, and a Nursery sing along and Nativity. As well as this we have our usual visit to the pantomime in Southport and our Christmas parties, with a visit from Father Christmas for the younger children.
As we move into 2014 preparation gets underway for our tercentenary celebrations with the week beginning 7th July earmarked for the bulk of activities – more information in the New Year. If anyone has any memorabilia or photographs from the past we would love to include it in one of our exhibitions.
May I take this opportunity to wish you a Joyful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
God Bless
Janice Reynolds


Newburgh Parish Council Dates
18 December 2013
22 January 2014
26 February 2014
26 March 2014
23 April 2014


“Room at the Top”
“Room at the Top” meet regularly at the Red Lion on a Monday evening, upstairs, at around 8.30 pm, where you can listen, join in, play music, sing, read poetry, perform a monologue, or whatever you can bring along.
The normal range of Christmas trees and wreathes are available at the Strawberry Farm. Free local delivery.

Christmas concert
There will be a Christmas concert in church on Saturday evening, December 14, in aid of church funds, featuring the Cantique choir together with pupils from Newburgh CE School. Tickets are available from church members.

Christmas Services at Christ Church Newburgh
Sunday, December 1 (Advent Sunday): 10-30am, Posada Family figures begin their journey around the village.
Sunday, December 1: 6-30 to 7-15pm, Quiet Service of prayer, meditation and reflection.
Sunday, December 8: 10-30am, Toy Service to receive gifts of unwrapped toys for distribution by West Lancs Women’s Refuge and Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre.
Sunday, December 15: 10-30am, new-look Family Service in school hall. Toddlers and children especially welcome!
Thursday, December 19: 7-15pm, Christmas Carols on the Village Green.
Sunday, December 22: 6-30pm, Carols by Candlelight in the church.
Tuesday, December 24: 4pm, Crib Service and return of the Posada Family figures.
Tuesday, December 24: 11pm, First Holy Communion of Christmas.
Wednesday, December 25: 10-30am, Holy Communion for Christmas Day

Cobbs Brow Nurseries
Christmas trees and planters are now on sale. Several varieties and heights of tree are available with a free local delivery service.


Red Lion Hotel
Bring the children to Breakfast with Santa at 10am on Saturday 21 December.  Face painting, balloon art, breakfast and a present.  Tickets are £7.95.
New Year’s Eve buffet and a glass of fizz from 7pm. Tickets are £10.

New Blue Bins
Residents should have received a new blue wheelie bin, which can be used for recycling tins, jars/glass and bottles instead of the blue box. However, residents can still use their blue box if they prefer. Paper and cardboard can be put in the blue bag.

Random Teens Gifts
Newburgh resident Wendy McDowall has expanded her business to include stalls at Edge Hill University on Tuesday and Thursday and at Ormskirk market on Saturday.  The internet business continues to grow apace.

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.
Individual Electoral Registration
Residents may have seen information in the local and national press regarding Individual Electoral Registration, which is due to start in 2014.  The current system where the head of the household is responsible for submitting an application for all members of the household to vote will end.  Instead, people will be required to register to vote individually. It is hoped that this new system will be quicker, easier, more secure and will be more up to date.  For the first time, online registration will be available to everyone.
People will need to provide their name, address, date of birth and NI number to confirm their eligibility to go onto the new register.  Existing electoral registers will be compared to the DWP database and those that match will be transferred automatically.  If your records match you will not need to do anything else.  If your records do not match you will be invited to apply for the new register. 


Lions Help
Are you in need of assistance with things you can no longer manage? Have you had an operation and are temporarily incapacitated? Douglas Valley Lions Club members may be able to help.
If you think we may be able to help please contact Chris on 463848 or Dave on 462224. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.

Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society

Visitors are welcome to come along and share knowledge with local gardeners. 
18th Dec – Xmas Decorations: Jacqueline Iddon
15th Jan – Gladiolus: Terry Morris
12th Feb – Just Hostas: Ken Green
Meetings are in Parbold W.I. Hall at 8pm
For further information, contact David Pennington 01704 821984

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.
16th Dec – Christmas Party - Saggy Bottom Girls
20th Jan – Miles of Smiles: Karen Rainford
17th Feb – The History of Soap: Matthew Lapp
Further information about our WI from Patsy Hey on 01257 463171

Douglas Music Parbold
14th Dec: Pemberton Old Wigan DW
Brass Band – ‘A Christmas Truce’
11th Jan: Martin Carthy – the greatest
English folk song performer and writer
8th Feb: Sunwook Kim, piano – plays
Bach, Scriabin and Schubert
Concerts at Parbold Village Hall
Start time 7:45pm        
Box Office:  01257 498452 and 01257 462382



Parbold Picture House at Parbold Village Hall
8th Dec – NO cert 15
15th Dec – Little Women cert U
5th Jan – Hitchcock cert 12
19th Jan – Side Effects cert 15
Admission on the door £3:50 per ticket
Doors open 6:30 for refreshments, screenings start at 7pm
Front Row – live transmissions
3rd Dec - Frankenstein (National Theatre)
30th Jan - Coriolanus (National Theatre)
27th Feb – War Horse (National Theatre)
Contact 01257 463878 for more information
Talking Pictures – film circle meets Wednesdays at 2pm ) 463493


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