Hi Everyone

Although as I write this the temperature is freezing and there are occasional sleet showers, it is the 1st of March and therefore officially Spring!  With this in mind I want to highlight the network of footpaths which centres on the village.  The Council is currently up-dating the guidance relating to these paths which will be available shortly.  In the meantime our website features a couple of walks and details of local walking groups.  We have a village footpath group which checks the paths regularly and cuts back growth when they become obstructed.  Please report any problems to one of the councillors.

We have produced an analysis of the 2011 census figures which give a picture of the village then but also identifies trends which may develop as time passes.  We want to publicise the analysis as widely as possible and are in the process of arranging a meeting to which all residents will be invited to hear the information and register their comments.

As always we are interested in your views on any aspect of village life so do contact any of us to tell us what you think or come along to one of our meetings.

Kind regards
Jacky Citarella

Red Lion Hotel
Welcome to Zoe and Andrew Butler who are now running the Red Lion.  They come with 15 years’ experience of the pub and hotel business in Rochdale, the Lakes and Australia!

Post Office, Village Store & Tearoom
All day every day a full English breakfast is available with tea/coffee and toast for just £4.99.
We have a highly recommended dry cleaning and repair service with a Tuesday/Friday turnaround.
We also still do the Lottery, Health Lottery and Scratch cards.

Dog Fouling in the Village
There has been an increase in dog fouling in the village recently, especially on the path leading to the school. A sign has been put up on the path asking dog owners to clear up after their dog.  Dog fouling is not only unsightly it is also dangerous to anyone who falls/slips on it.  Please be a responsible dog owner and clean up after your dog.

Recycling collection request
Please can residents putting out papers for collection and disposal by WLBC on their fortnightly rounds ensure that papers etc are securely boxed/tied to reduce the amount flying around when there is a wind, particularly at this time of year.


Newburgh Fair 2015
June is only four months away and preparations for the Fair are well under way.  The date of the Fair is Saturday 20 June.  There will be the usual run up of events leading to the Saturday including the Douglas Valley Lions, Ladies Night, Talent Show, the Saturday Ball and Songs of Praise finishing off the week on the Sunday.  There will be further information regarding ticket sales in the next newsletter.  If anyone would like further information or would like to book a stall, please contact Hazel Flight on 07801 427856 or email,

The Fair is a non-profit making village event which supports a number of charities through regular stall holders and any extra income raised.  This year we were able to give donations to some local worthy causes.  On average it costs £18,000 to run for the week and we rely heavily on people’s participation, support and the weather.  The committee is made up from volunteers most of whom hold down full time jobs.  We are constantly looking for new volunteers to help us, especially on the Saturday but if anyone can spare any extra time throughout the week, it would be gratefully appreciated.  We are also looking for a couple of people who may be willing to take on a role in the immediate future so if you have some spare time and would like to become more involved please contact Hazel on the above number.

Christ Church Newburgh
CHRIST Church, Newburgh, will be holding a Spring Festival on May 9th and 10th when the church will be decorated by village organisations. The church will be open for viewing from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday and from 1pm to 4pm on the Sunday. Refreshments will be available in the vestry. There will be the usual 9am and 10.30am services on the Sunday morning. There will be a concert, given by Aughton Male Voice Choir, in church at 7.30pm on the Saturday evening. Tickets will cost £8 and can be obtained by telephoning 01257 462529, 01704 896391 or 01257 464210.

THERE will be an ecumenical service to mark the international Women’s World Day of Prayer at 2pm in Christ Church Newburgh on Friday, March 6. All women from the village are warmly invited. Men are also welcome!

OTHER special services include:
Sunday, March 15, 9am and 10-30am: Mothering Sunday when mothers are celebrated and remembered. The 10-30am service will be in the school hall.
Sunday, March 22, 9am and 10-30am, when the work of The Leprosy Mission is supported
Palm Sunday, March 29, 9am and 10-30am, when palm crosses are distributed
Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7-30pm, Holy Communion.
Good Friday, April 3, 10-30am Morning Prayer, 12 noon to 3pm, church open for private prayer
Easter Sunday, April 5, 9am and 10-30am, Holy Communion to celebrate Easter Day
Sunday, April 19, 12 noon, the church holds its annual meeting and election of officers
Sunday, April 26, 10-30am, Civic Service for Newburgh Parish Council, local dignitaries and organisations
Sunday, May 24, 10-30am, Service of Hope to support the bereaved

QUIET services of prayer, reflection and meditation will be held in church from 6-15 to 7pm on the following Sundays: June 7 and August 2

ON the third Sunday of the month, we hold a Family Service in the school hall at 10-30am. This is attractive to families with children too young to enjoy our traditional church services or our Sunday School classes, which also meet in school on this day. This service is very informal and features modern songs and music.

Newburgh Sports Club
Newburgh Sports Club on Cobbs Brow Lane is a perfect venue for special occasions such as birthdays, christenings, engagement parties and much more.  With our large function room, kitchen facilities, licensed bar, car parking and open field we can provide for any occasion.
To make an enquiry, please call 01257 463715 or 07825 558665.

Room at the Top
We now meet earlier at 8.15pm on a Monday at the Red Lion and due to more participants, we are able to offer more varied and interesting mixed activities, such as mini workshops involving individuals and their selected instruments and get togethers with everyone participating.

Young Musicians Showcase 2015
The showcase will be held on 19 June.  If you are interested in performing please email you name, age, phone number and instrument to or call 01772 386682

Help Direct
Help Direct is a support and information service for the people of Lancashire.  We offer guidance on any topic and can support you to access the things you need.  We can see people face to face at various community venues, at home if you can’t get out and about, or we can offer over the phone/email support.  People come to us with enquiries ranging from help to fill in a form to obtaining a blue badge or information about where to practice a hobby.

To contact us please call on 0303 333 1111 (local rate) or drop in to our office on Moorgate, Ormskirk, L39 4RY (opposite Happy Hippo’s play centre), email :
You can also book us to visit a group to give a short talk on the Help Direct service – this takes around 20 minutes and we will bring along information for you to keep.


Newburgh Parish Council Dates
25 March 2015
22 April 2015
27 May 2015
24 June 2015
22 July 2015

Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society

Visitors are welcome to come along and share knowledge with local gardeners. 
11th March: AGM & Talk by a Member
Future programme of speakers and events will be announced at the meeting. 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 Mar: Mindfulness, Reiki and Holistic Healing
20th Apr: Birthday Party & Belly-dancing
18th May: God will Provide – Midwife/Nurse
Further information about our WI from Mary Grant on 01257 463553


Douglas Music Parbold
7th March: Anna Fedorova, piano
18th April: Katona Twins, guitar, ‘From
Madrid to London’
9th May: Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie
Wood ‘In a Sentimental Mood’
Concerts start at 7:45pm at Parbold
Village Hall.     
Box Office:
 01257 498452 and 01257 462382


Parbold Picture House at Parbold Village Hall
8th Mar – Mr Turner cert 12A
22nd Mar – Leviathan cert 15
5th Apr – A Most Wanted Man cert 15
19th Apr – Nightcrawler cert 15
3rd May – ’71 cert 15
Admission on the door £3:50 per ticket
Doors open 6:30 for refreshments, screenings start at 7pm
Front Row – live transmissions 7pm
12th Mar – Behind the Beautiful Forevers (NT Live)
24th Mar – Hamlet with Maxine Peake (Encore)
16th Apr – The Hard Problem (NT Live)
21st Apr – A View from the Bridge (NT Live)
14th May – Man and Superman (NT Live)
Contact 01257 463878 or  464533 for more information. Talking Pictures – film circle meets every 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
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