Hallo Everybody,
You can tell it’s the start of a New Year the weather is all over the place. I hope you all had a nice celebration over Christmas and the New Year holidays. It was nice to see the Christmas tree on the green, the first that we have had to purchase for many a year, and on your behalf I thank the donor of those trees in previous years.
Since the last issue of N-News, we have performed several counts (I say “we”, thanks to those anonymous residents for their assistance) on the volume of Round O traffic through the village (see Round O article for details).
I am happy to inform you that the precept will be maintained at the same level as last year, i.e., no change to the amount you actually pay, and no, we have not fiddled the accounts.     Reviews have been undertaken to cut costs by better use of technology and grants have also been obtained towards the costs of various items and functions, which have enabled us to make savings in our outgoings.
For instance, the painting of the posts and the pump on the green (in the next quarter), and the maintenance costs for the bus shelters and benches have each been the subject of specific grants from WLBC.   Otherwise these costs would probably have meant a small rise in the precept.
I ask residents to please make sure their recyclable waste is properly secured in their containers when placed out for the WLBC operatives, a lot of time is spent by our Village Assistant recovering stuff lost/blown away, it should not be necessary to do this, and it’s not the Assistant’s job.

Reg Porter

Newburgh Fair
Newburgh Fair has had a highly successful Craft and Flower Show for many years now. The present team who have organised it for the past 15 years have now decided that it requires new blood and have thus stepped aside. Please contact Hazel Flight on 01257 463239 to volunteer your services, if you feel that you could take on this very satisfying task with a group of friends.
We are particularly keen to build on the enthusiasm of the children who have produced very imaginative work in recent years particularly in the Craft section and hope that someone will rise to the challenge.

!!! Newburgh Cricket Club Needs You!!!
We are looking for new players to join our junior teams: Y4 to Y11. It doesn't matter what standard you are, as we will be offering comprehensive coaching. Enthusiastic girls and boys are welcome to join our friendly club.
For further details, please ring Andy Coomber 07846172328

Spring Festival
The Parish Church is to hold its first Spring Festival over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday, April 27/28. Local organisations have been invited to take part in the Saturday’s event to be followed by an evening concert by Cantique, a choir which has performed all over the country, including St Paul’s Cathedral. More details will be published nearer the time.

Newburgh School Success
 At Newburgh School our aim is to make sure that all our children do as well as they can, whatever their ability, so we don't obsess about league tables. We were however very proud to find ourselves amongst the top two hundred schools in the whole country in lists produced by the BBC and The Daily Telegraph on the basis of the 2012 SATs results and average points scores.  We were similarly pleased to find that our results put us at the top of a table of Lancashire schools judged Outstanding by Ofsted.  We remain committed to our Mission Statement “Our aim is to provide a good all-round education in a caring, Christian environment in which each individual is valued and respected so that all are enabled to reach their full potential.”

Douglas Valley Lions
Douglas Valley Lions Club has signed an agreement with the Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways, now a charity) to adopt a two-mile length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The agreement is for 12 months and Lions members will pick up litter on a length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from the Appley Bridge road bridge to the Parbold road bridge. As the project becomes established Lions hope to co-operate with Canal & River Trust and local communities on projects such as re-painting railings and fences, making the canal area a better environment for the public with materials and supervision being provided by Canal & River Trust. Douglas Valley Lions contact details: 08458335739 or

New Church Toilet
The entrance porch at the Parish Church was demolished in the autumn and rebuilt to include a toilet suitable for the disabled, allowing the church to reopen just in time for Christmas. For nearly 50 years, the Church has been trying to solve the puzzle of siting a toilet within the Church and hopes this will be welcomed by local people and visitors alike.

Services at Christ Church Newburgh
Sunday, March 10, 10-30am: Mothering Sunday
Sunday, March 24, 9am and 10-30am: Distribution of palm crosses on Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 24, 3pm: Open-air Bible reading on the Village Green
Thursday, March 28, 7-30pm: Maundy Thursday Communion service
Friday, March 29, 10-30am: Good Friday service. Noon to 3pm church open for private prayer
Sunday, March 31, 9am and 10-30am: Easter Day Communion services
Sunday, April 7, 6-30 to 7-15pm: Quiet service for prayer and reflection
Sunday, April 21, Noon, church’s annual meetings
Saturday, April 27, Spring Festival displays in church during day; Cantique concert in evening
Sunday, May 5, 10-30am Civic Service
Thursday, May 9, United Benefice service for Ascension Day at St James’ Westhead
Sunday, June 2, 6-30 to 7-15pm: Quiet service for prayer and reflection


Planning applications
Residents considering making planning applications for alterations to buildings, landscaping, driveways, boundaries and trees are advised always to check with West Lancashire Borough Council’s Planning Department before starting an application in order to understand what consents may be required.  The simplest way is via the website or via the Council’s call centre on 01695 577177. If your property is in the Conservation Area, or if your building is listed, special regulations apply. These are on the Newburgh website - go to Conservation Area page and click the link to controls at the bottom of the page.  See also the Heritage and Environment section of the WLBC site.  The Newburgh site also has a map showing the properties in the Conservation Area.

Easter Themed Bingo Night
Everyone is welcome to join us for a fun night at Newburgh Sports Club on Saturday 6th April at 7.30pm. Buy your bingo tickets at the club from 7.00pm, refreshments available. For further details, please ring Jeanette 07974170675

Newburgh Parish Council Dates
28 March 2013
24 April 2013
22&23 May 2013
26 June 2013
24 July 2013
25 September 2013
23 October 2013
27 November 2013
18 December 2013

Round O Quarry
Recent observations have shown that volumes of HGVs travelling to and from Round O Quarry have considerably exceeded the numbers allowed per day under Planning Permissions granted last year. Total movements should be no more than 100 a day (equivalent to 50 lorries going in each direction), but monitoring by the Parish Council and residents has on occasion recorded volumes of well over double this level.
The Parish Council has made strong representations to Lancashire County Council which granted the permissions and is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the conditions agreed by the quarry. We have submitted our own detailed data on lorry movements for comparison with quarry records and have asked that Lancashire County Council reviews the monitoring procedures, ensures robust controls are immediately enforced and reports the results to Newburgh Parish Council so that residents may be kept informed.  Both our Borough Councillor and County Councillor are helping to put our case, most recently submitting detailed analysis to LCC Councillors responsible for planning control.
In the meantime residents along the route (Ash Brow and Cobbs Brow Lane) are asked to contact the Parish Clerk (01704 892520 or email ( ) if you have evidence of excessive HGV volumes (e g from lorry counts).

Newburgh Women 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.
18th March – Stories of Favourite Perfumes
15th April – Birthday party: Have guitar, will travel
20th May - Dream
Further information about our WI from Mavis Sudworth on 01257 463242

Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society

Visitors are welcome to come along and share knowledge with local gardeners. 
13th March – AGM and Thermal and Geological Wonders of Yellowstone Park
Future meetings on 10th April and 8th May 
Plant Sale – Saturday 11th May at W.I.
Meetings are in Parbold W.I. Hall at 8pm
For further information, contact David Pennington 01704 821984

Douglas Music Parbold
8th March: Andrew Wilde, piano playing Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin
6th April: Xuefei Yang, guitar plays Walton, Bach, Schubert and Britten
4th May: Noriko Ogawa & Philip Smith:
Four hands at the piano play the
Carnival of the Animals and the Rite of
Concerts start at 7:45pm at Parbold Village Hall  Box Office: 01257 498452


Parbold Picture House at Parbold Village Hall
3rd March – A Separation cert PG
17th March – The Commitments cert 15
Admission on the door £3 per ticket
Doors open 6:30pm for refreshments, screenings start at 7pm
Front Row – live transmissions
21st March – People (National Theatre)
26th March – Madame Butterfly (Sidney Opera House)
16th May – This House (National Theatre)
Contact 01257 463878 for more information


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