Hallo everyone,
I trust we all enjoyed a good break and a Happy Christmas, on behalf of the Parish Council, I wish you all a Prosperous New Year.
It’s that time of year again, Half Term, not quite Spring Time, certainly not with the weather we have had recently, can’t really get out to do things, too early to start planting in the garden, and generally boring.
Some of you I know will have had weather oriented bad experiences with tiles, trees, fences etc. A tree had to be removed from the Play Area and pavement on Back Lane, luckily no damage to the area stone wall.  I thank certain parishioners for the speedy removal and excellent clean-up, a super job, no names, no embarrassment.
I think you may find some articles of interest in this issue of Newburgh News, if you have items you may wish to contribute, please contact any Parish Councillor or the Clerk, we will happy to receive them.
Reg Porter

 Post Office, Village Store & Tearoom
Happy New Year to you all!

The tearooms are now doing an All-day Breakfast consisting of two sausages, two bacon, egg, hash brown, beans, tomatoes, mushroom and toast for £4.99 with free tea or coffee.

Just to remind you, we have an excellent dry cleaning/repair service with a Tuesday/Friday turnaround.

National Lottery and Health Lottery tickets are available from the Post Office.

Hope to see you soon
Irene and Paula

Mushroom Farm, Course Lane
West Lancashire Borough Council has granted planning permission to allow the Mushroom Farm to be used for storage purposes. Previous applications for a small housing development were refused. The new application envisages low-key uses such as winter storage of caravans, vintage cars, logs etc.  The approval is subject to conditions including operating times, noise, size of vehicle and landscaping.  Full details are on the planning section of the WLBC website where the application reference is 2013/1192/COU.



Newburgh School News
The first half of the spring term has been very busy indeed with everyone, children and staff alike all working really hard to maintain the high standards we have come to expect here at Newburgh. Plans are underway to celebrate the school’s 300 year anniversary and we are hoping to have a weeklong (beginning on 7th July) exhibition of memorabilia and photographs as well as having a time capsule buried, a dress up day, various competitions, the rededication of the school and a commemorative book written. Plans have not been finalised yet but we will keep you posted. What we do plan to do is any materials we manage to collect together will be photographed and archived on a section of the school website. If anyone has any material or contact with ex pupils or staff please contact school.
God Bless
Janice Reynolds

Parbold, Newburgh & District U3A
Retired or semi retired? Looking for new activities or want to meet new people? HORIZONS is our twice monthly social meeting open to everyone, where you will be able to relax and find out more about what is on offer. Join us for refreshments and a chat every second and fourth Tuesday of the month between 1-3pm at the Scout Hut on Parbold Hill (next to Christ Church).  The next meetings are on March 11 and March 25.

Memories of Newburgh School
Did you go to Newburgh School in the 1960s, 1970s, 1990s or even more recently?  Do you have children or friends who did?
We are collecting memories of the school as part of a book celebrating 300 years of education in the village.  Thanks to those who have already contributed material from earlier days – now we would like to add some more recent memories. You can ring or e-mail – however small the incident, enjoyable or painful, if it was especially memorable.
If you have any memorabilia which could be part of the school display during the week 7 – 11 July – photos, certificates, school work etc then we would very much like to borrow it.  We hope to record everything in an archive attachment to the school website so it can be used afterwards by school pupils or anyone interested in village or family history. All material will of course be returned.
Rebecca Richardson 01942 463942


1st Newburgh & Dalton Scouts
We have been asked to convey the thanks of 1st Newburgh & Dalton British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts for the support from the community who donated various items for their fundraising.

Newburgh Parish Council Dates
26 March 2014
23 April 2014
7 May 2014 (Annual Parish Meeting)
28 May 2014


Christ Church Newburgh
We have begun a new monthly service aimed at families who find it difficult to bring very young children to church. At 10-30am on the third Sunday every month, we now hold an all-age family service in the School Hall. Young children can play with our toys while their parents worship with our congregation. Older children can join in our Jam Club lessons if they wish. It is a non-liturgical service with live music for modern hymns played by Tim Cornah in a very informal setting. Please come along and join us on May 18, June 15, and July 20.
Spring Festival
We are holding a Spring Festival on the weekend of May 10 and 11 with special events in church - details to be announced later.
Other major services include:
Sunday, March 30: Mothering Sunday: 9am Holy Communion and 10-30am Holy Communion.
Sunday, April 13: Palm Sunday, Distribution of palm crosses at 9am and 10-30am services.
Thursday, April 17: Holy Communion for Maundy Thursday (at our sister church, St James, Westhead), 7-30pm.
Friday, April 18: Good Friday morning prayer at 10-30am, church open for private prayer 12 noon to 3pm.
Sunday, April 20: Easter Day services of Holy Communion at 9am and 10-30am.
Sunday, April 27: Newburgh Civic Service, 10-30am
Thursday, May 29: Holy Communion for Ascension Day, 7-30pm.


Journey to Easter
A five-week Lent course for youngsters aged 12+ starts on Friday, March 14, from 7-15 to 9pm in the Parish Church’s Vestry. Please join us for as many as you can. Contact Chris Draper (01704 893081) or Suzanne Finch (01257 404321).

Energy Bills Clinics
Help Direct are holding Energy Bill Clinics where you can book a one to one appointment with an Advisor who will help you examine your options when it comes to paying for your energy. Clinics will be held at community venues - for those who cannot get out and about please call us and we will try to arrange alternative options – please bring your latest bill. For details of your nearest clinic - please quote Winter Warm West Lancs and call 0303 333 1111 or email:

Newburgh Cricket Club
The new season is almost here again, and Newburgh Cricket Club would like to welcome players of any age and standard to join our friendly club. We have four junior teams (under11s, 13s, 15s, 18s) and three senior teams playing in the Southport and District League.  Winter nets are taking place at St Bedes in Ormskirk on Monday evenings until Easter. Juniors are welcome from 7 to 8pm and seniors from 7.30 to 9pm. Outdoor training will be held at the club on Tuesday evenings during the season. For further details, please contact the club chairman Richard Aspinwall 01695 572643/ 07974263659.

Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society

Visitors are welcome to come along and share knowledge with local gardeners. 
12th March: AGM and Members Talk
See notice board for future subjects
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.
17th March: Street Pastors of Ormskirk - Dave Mutch
28th April: Birthday Party Monologues – Budge Grunsall
19th May: Trekking to Machu Picchu – Norman Harris
Further information about our WI from Patsy Hey on 01257 463171

Douglas Music Parbold
8th March: New Orleans Wiggle Band & Marilyn Middleton – play ‘Songs for the
5th April: Young Musicians Showcase – a chance to hear local talent
15th April: Craig Ogden, guitar – this will
be very popular
10th May: Alina Ibragimova, violin –
Winner of the Classical BRIT award 2010
Concerts at Parbold Village Hall
Start time 7:45pm        
Box Office: 01257 498452/ 01257 462382   



Parbold Picture House at Parbold Village Hall
2nd March – Captain Phillips cert 12A
16th March – Rush cert 15
30th March – Saving Mr Banks cert PG 
Admission on the door £3:50 per ticket
Doors open 6:30 for refreshments, screenings start at 7pm
Front Row – live transmissions
1st May – King Lear (National Theatre)
22nd May – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (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