Dear Resident
It already seems a long time since the last newsletter and the celebrations of the festive season. In January, Reg and Shirley Porter left the village which left us with a Councillor vacancy.  You will have received a leaflet giving information about being a Councillor and I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you to think seriously about getting involved with our work.
After discussion about filling Shirley’s role as village assistant (and taking into account changes in grass cutting arrangements etc) we are undertaking a review of the whole area of work.  This will involve producing an up-to-date definition of the role and will also look at whether we can involve volunteers in fulfilling any of the duties.  As an interim measure, Councillors are litter picking their leaflet delivery areas and also reporting any problems to Sandra, our Parish Clerk.
This summer will see the 40th anniversary of Newburgh Fair and we are confident that the anniversary will be celebrated in style!  As always, volunteers are key to the success of this popular village event, so come and join us!
Kind Regards
Jacky Citarella

Parish Councillor Vacancy
A leaflet has recently been circulated to residents confirming the current vacancy on the Parish Council. Although no deadline was specified on the leaflet, we would like to hear from anyone interested in joining us by 31st March 2017.  If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk or any of the Parish Councillors.

 Planning Applications now on the Newburgh website
Current planning applications affecting the village are now available to view on the Newburgh website:
Go into the Parish Council section and click on the Planning Applications heading link at the top of the page. 
Each planning application contains a link to the direct page on the Borough Council website giving access to all relevant documentation.

 Newburgh Parish Council Dates
22 March 2017
26 April 2017
24 May 2017
28 June 2017
26 July 2017
27 September 2017


Newburgh Fair News
Tickets are selling fast for the Houghton Weavers concert on Wednesday 21 June at 7.30 in the Marquee on Back Lane.  Please contact Mark on 01257 464215 to reserve.  Tickets are £10 each.

Easter Egg Hunt & Raffle
Newburgh Sports Club
Saturday 1st April from 2 – 5 pm for ages 1 – 11 years
Join us for our 2nd Easter Egg Hunt.  An afternoon filled with family fun with face painting, arts and crafts, prizes, BBQ and Easter cake stall.
It starts with an Easter hunt through the village searching for clues to unlock the key to the “garden of eggs”.
Don’t forget your Easter bonnet for the parade contest at 4pm and our special guest – the Easter Bunny! Tickets are £4.
Raffle tickets are available for an Easter egg draw.  The draw will be on Easter Saturday (15th April) and the tickets are £1 or book of 5 for £5.  Available from or 01257 463837

Parbold & Newburgh U3A
Meet 2nd and 4th Tuesday between 1.30pm – 3.30pm every month at Hut-on-the Hill, Parbold.
Membership is £13.50 per year.
There is something for everyone with our interest groups such as art, bridge, Sunday lunch, theatre trips, country walking and more!
Contact Pam Ashton on 01257 400254.

Christ Church Newburgh
Sunday  26th February: Leprosy Sunday at 9 am and 10.30am Services.
Saturday 18th March: Ukelele night in school at 7.30pm  with hotpot
Sat/Sun - 13/14th May: Spring Festival in Church
Sat/Sun - 24/25th June: Newburgh Fair.
For details of the above services, please see the Church noticeboard

The Gift Day we had last year to help towards our Parish Share arrears was a great success as we raised just over £7000, which has not solved the problem, but it is a wonderful start. (There is still about £35,000 to go!) Many thanks to all who contributed.

If anyone in the village would like to contribute to the running of the Church, please contact me on 01257 464833 and I will happily let you have a standing order authority and a Gift Aid form.
Brian Bardon, Church Warden

Good Neighbour Gardening
Concern has been raised about problems navigating some pavements in the village due to overgrowth of plants from gardens.  Now that spring is on the horizon, please can you check that nothing from your garden (both new growth and established plants) is causing an obstruction which may pose problems for users, especially those with prams and wheelchairs.  Thank you.

Newburgh School
Newburgh School continues to go from strength to strength. I told you in my last letter that we received a letter from Nick Gibb, Member of State for School Standards to say our school was in the top 3% of the country, in February we received another to say we are in the top 1% in the country. Superb accolades as I am sure everyone would agree and yes we are very proud but we pride ourselves on not letting these things be our total focus. The whole child is what is important at Newburgh, that they are happy and enjoying their primary education and that we continue to make it creative and fun is paramount.

The second half of the spring term sees us having reading challenges in school to raise parents awareness of how important reading is – it’s the key to most learning. This has got off to a great start and the aim is to continue this until the end of this year. In the summer term we plan to have an art exhibition in school and all are welcome to come and view this, look out for the posters advertising this.
God Bless
Janice Reynolds

Newburgh Footpaths
A reminder that you can download two walks round Newburgh's footpaths: www. The Bluebell walk will be particularly attractive in a month or so when the flowers are out.  If you find any problems when walking the paths please let Sandra know - .

Newburgh Sports Club
The clubhouse is open at weekends, if teams are playing at home. 
Fridays – Darts and Dominos
Saturdays – Football
Sundays – Junior Rugby

The Cricket season begins on 22nd April. For more information about opening times or booking the clubhouse for private functions, ring Douggie Birks on 07825 558665 or email


Newburgh Morris Dancers
We're delighted that we now have 15 dancers and an extensive music section. We have had 19 bookings over the past season.  We're looking forward to celebrating 40 years of Newburgh Fair on June 24, as we owe our team's existence to a challenge from its organisers twenty six years ago.  We still welcome new members - Tuesday 7.30pm at Hilldale Village Hall.  Contact Kath on 01772 786121 for more information.


Parbold Wildlife Group
We meet in the upstairs room at the Red Lion in Newburgh at 7.30pm and usually have a speaker and other events in the year. 
Dates for 2017 are 14th March, 23rd May, 19th September and 21st November.
Contact Margaret Abel on 01257 462909/email

Red Nose Night at the Red Lion Hotel at 8pm on Friday 24 March with music.

Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society

Visitors are welcome to come along and share knowledge with local gardeners. 
22nd March: AGM and Peter Cordall‘s talk is ‘A Lancashire Garden’
Future dates will be announced at the AGM
Meetings are in Parbold W.I. Hall at 8pm.  For information contact John 462514 or David 01704 821984


Newburgh Women’s Institute
You are welcome to join this friendly group who enjoy talks, events and outings
20th March: Fashion and accessories event with Fran & Co.
24th April: Birthday Party & Jim Lawson talks on ‘An Evening at the Cinema’
15th May: Joyce Holmes talks about ‘Experiences of a Public Speaker’
Meetings are held in Newburgh School at 7:30pm.
For information phone Mary Grant on 01257 463553

Douglas Music Parbold
11th March: Trio Apaches, violin, cello and piano
8th April: Yu Kosuge, piano
22nd April: Young Musicians Showcase
6th May: Amanda Roocroft, soprano and Joseph Middleton, piano
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
5th March: Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (12A)
19th March:Mustang (15)
2nd April: Nocturnal Animals (15)
16th April: The BFG (PG)
Admission on the door £3:50 per ticket
Doors open 6:30 for refreshments, screenings start at 7pm
Front Row – live transmissions start 7pm, tickets £12.50
9th March: National Theatre NT Live – Hedda Gabler
28th March: National Theatre NT Live – Saint Joan
25th April: Australian Ballet – Coppélia
16th May:National Theatre NT Live – Twelfth Night
Contact 01257 464533 for more information.

A large print version of this newsletter can be made available on request.
Parish Council Contacts:
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