Dear Resident
I am pleased to let you know that Hazel Flight has joined us on the Council so we are now back up to full strength after several years!  I know that Hazel will add a valuable extra perspective and enthusiasm to our work.
The village was affected by the floods around Christmas.  We collected details of those affected and communicated information about the relief finance being offered by the Borough Council.  We are currently seeking feedback from both the Borough and County Councils about their lack of emergency contact details and will pass this on when we have a satisfactory response.
The situation regarding the buses that service the village is still unclear.  After the County Council budget meeting which was supposed to decide the issue, it seems that the whole policy is now under review – watch this space and we’ll keep you informed.
As ever, get in touch with any issues you want to raise.  We are here to serve as your representatives.
Kind regards
Jacky Citarella

March 2016

Village website
The Newburgh website, which is run by the Parish Council, has had its half yearly update.  If there are additions you would like to make (or any errors you spot) please email chris.moore14@btinternet.comEntries are free for Newburgh residents.

Volunteers for Community Car Scheme
Did you know? West Lancashire Dial a Ride runs a volunteer Community Car scheme in addition to its familiar red and white accessible minibuses. The Community Car scheme works by local car owners volunteering their time to drive elderly or disabled residents to appointments or to the shops.

We need more car drivers. Would you consider volunteering? Volunteers can choose how much time they are willing to offer and are paid a generous rate for the mileage they cover on the scheme. No special driving licence or insurance is required. Applicants must undergo a driving assessment and security check. If you would like to know more ring Dial a Ride direct on 01704 893373.

Newburgh Sports Club
The recently refurbished Club Room is available to hire for social functions or group events.  Ring 01257 463715 or contact Douggie Birks on 07825 558665.


Rio comes to Newburgh
This year’s Newburgh Fair will create a vivid splash with its procession themed on the 2016 Olympics. It will be called “Rio de Newburgh” and will be held on Saturday 25 June with a packed week of celebrations beforehand.
New to the fair this year will be a Lancashire evening with Tacklers Tales, a quiz and karaoke night for teens and beyond, and a Carnival night finale. There will also be the ever-popular ladies night and a bingo evening run by Douglas Valley Lions.
The hour-long “Rio procession” through the village will culminate with the crowning of the Rose Queen. This year there will also be a King and Princes competition.
The traditional craft fair for children and adults will again be organised together with entertainment in the ring and a wide range of stalls. The event will be rounded off with a service of family praise in the fair marquee on Sunday afternoon.
The Fair Committee is also beginning to plan a major Fair for 2017 which will be the fortieth anniversary of the event.
Further information: Fiona Casey Tel 01257 463837


Easter Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day 
Newburgh Sports Club on Saturday 26 March from 2 – 5 pm.
Hop over for an afternoon filled with fun.  Hunt for eggs (bring your own basket!), join the Easter Bonnet parade contest, see the special appearance of the Easter Bunny.
Face Painting – Arts and Crafts – Raffle Draw – Prizes – BBQ – Refreshments
Price £4 for ages 1 – 11.                      Proceeds will go towards the running of Newburgh Fair.
RSVP by e-mail to to book in advance or pay on the day.
39th Newburgh Fair Rose Queen
Year Five Girls, if they live in Newburgh and/or go to Newburgh school, are invited to nominate themselves as candidates for the 39th Newburgh Fair Rose Queen.  The crowning of the Rose Queen will take place after the procession, on Saturday 25th June, 2016.
Nominations should be sent by 23 March, 2015 to the Newburgh Fair Chair either by email –  - or at 23, Clovelly Drive, Newburgh, WN8 7LY, or handed in to Newburgh School.  All nominations are placed in a hat and the successful candidate’s name drawn out by the Fair Committee.
Christ Church Newburgh
CHRIST Church, Newburgh, will be holding its annual Spring Festival on April 23rd and 24th when the church will be decorated by village organisations and individuals on the theme of “Anniversaries”. 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 during the weekend.

Blackpool Tower organist Mr John Bowdler will give a concert in the church at 7pm on the Saturday evening.  The tickets will cost £10.  Please ring 01247 462629 or 01704 896391.

OTHER special services include:
Maundy Thursday, March 24: 7-30pm, Holy Communion celebrated at our sister church St James’ in Westhead.
Easter Sunday, March 27: 9am and 10-30am, Holy Communion to celebrate Easter Day
Sunday, April 3: 6.30pm, Quiet service of reflection and prayer

Over 60’s group: in the vestry on Friday March 11, at 1.30pm when Paul Kenyon will be giving a talk on the history of Lathom.  The group meets on the second Friday of each month.

Newburgh Parish Council Dates
23 March 2016
27 April 2016
25 May 2016
22 June 2016
27 July 2016


Newburgh School
It’s hard to believe that we are more than half way through the year; it’s going way too fast.
Nursery continues to flourish and numbers are good. Following Mrs Banks’ retirement, Mrs Duthie now oversees all of foundation (nursery & reception) and we have a new member of staff, Miss Renner in All Round Care.
Key Stage One completed a fantastic topic on London and many of the children visited the capital at half term because they were so desperate to see the places they had learned about.
In Key Stage Two the year three and four children have been looking at predators and have discovered lots of fascinating facts.
Year five and six children have now moved on to the Victorians and were very fortunate to take a trip to Tatton Park to experience a day in the life of a
Victorian servant. All of class Venables dressed up in Victorian clothing and had a wonderful day living as a Victorian. They had an all access tour of Tatton Park and they said it was amazing to see the house and the different design features much of which is not open to the public. The children had a fantastic experience and it was an excellent sparkling start to the topic.
With Easter being so early this year, Lancashire has adopted a different
holiday pattern and school will just be closed for Good Friday and Easter
Monday, with the two week break for the end of term beginning on Monday 11th April
Janice Reynolds


Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society

Visitors are welcome to come along and share knowledge with local gardeners. 
6th April: Spring into Action
4th May: Open Gardens and the National Garden Scheme
15th June: Society Members Garden Answers
21st Sep: Over Wintering Fuchsias
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.
21st March: ‘My Life as a Journalist’: Angela Danby
18th April: Birthday Party & ‘Senior Moments’
16th May: ‘Hong Kong Where East meets West’: Norman Harris
20th June: Members Night 
Further information about our WI from Mary Grant on 01257 463553

Douglas Music Parbold
9th April: Martin Bickerton, guitar
30th April: Young Musicians’ Invitation Concert.
14th May: Peter Donohoe, piano
18th June: Anna Federova, piano
19th June: Julian Gregory, violin and BBC
Concerts start at 7:45pm at Parbold
Village Hall.  Call 01257 498452
Box Office:
Parbold Picture House at Parbold Village Hall
Parbold Picture House at Parbold Village Hall
20th March – Lady in the Van cert 12A
3rd April – Brooklyn cert 12
17th April – The Martian cert 12
Admission on the door £3:50 per ticket
Doors open 6:30 for refreshments, screenings start at 7pm

Front Row – live transmissions start at 7pm
7th July – Romeo & Juliet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company)
27th Oct – The Entertainer (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company)
Contact 01257 463878 or 464533 for more information. Talking Pictures – film circle meets every Wednesdays at 2pm until 6th April ) 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
Phil Atty                        01257 463469
Hazel Flight                  01257 463239
Borough Council
Eddie Pope                   01704 894540
County Council
David Westley              01704 840681
Published by Newburgh Parish Council
Mrs S Jones, Clerk
Tel: 01704 892520