NEWBURGH NEWS           March 2011

Dear Residents,

Welcome to this first edition of the Newburgh News following the severe
cold and snowy winter, which must have tried the best of us.

One of the foremost items in the minds of many of our residents has to be the status of Round O Quarry and the vehicles passing through Newburgh. We have already reported on the Quarry planning applications decisions. Our attention is now turning to establishing with County Council how the Conditions of the planning permissions on routing, vehicle numbers etc. will be enforced and to considering how, if necessary, the village can monitor enforcement.
Continuing on the Planning theme, the Farm Shop on Course Lane has been granted a Variation in Business, which will allow trading in another form.

Looking back at last year, the Carols on The Green event was successful and we thank the Red Lion Hotel for their hospitality afterwards. We now welcome the new management team of Helen and Dave and wish them every success in the future.

So, with spring now upon us, we look forward to Easter, which is late this year and the Civic Service in May.

Reg Porter,
Newburgh Parish Council. .

Parish Council Precept.
This is the amount residents pay to provide local representation through your Parish Council.

The Parish Council has managed to contain increases over the last few years but for 2011/12 we have had to increase the amount by £500 to meet certain commitments. The Precept is, therefore, £10545, which works out at an increase of just over £1 per year per household.

Christmas tree on The Green.
We received 87 household replies to the Questionnaire that we delivered to residents last year. 80 of these supported the continuation of the current arrangements and we will, therefore, arrange for the tree and lights to be in place this Christmas and our budget for 2011/12 reflects this.

Parish Council Meetings.
Residents are welcome to come along and raise any issues of concern. Meetings are held in the School, Back Lane at 7.30pm on the following dates; -

23rd March, 27th April, 25th May,
22nd June and 27th July.

Parish Council Minutes.
A reminder that, if you wish to know about the decisions we take, Minutes can be inspected on the Parish Council website and at the Post Office.


Best Kept Village Competition.

In our October 2010 edition of Newburgh News we reported that the village was awarded a creditable Highly Commended Certificate.

The Judges’ Report is now to hand and below is an extract: -

“The village was very neat and tidy, with an almost complete absence of weeds and litter. Private properties were well maintained with colourful floral displays and tidy gardens throughout.
The Village Green was immaculate and the Best Kept Village Presentation seats in good order.

The Sports Club and field were all excellent and although there was a cricket match taking place on one occasion when the Judges visited, there was still no litter around.

The Post Office/Café was neat and tidy with the Competition plaques won in previous years, clean and in good condition.

The Church and graveyard were a credit to the congregation, especially the wild area between the Church and the road.

The War Memorial was well kept and the School grounds were tidy with no weeds or litter to be found.

The impression of the Judges was a very well cared for village, which was a credit to the residents. A few small, easily rectified, features could improve Newburgh’s position next year.”
In the light of these favourable comments, the Parish Council has decided to again enter this Competition in 2011. More details about what the Judges are looking for, will be provided in the next newsletter. In the meantime, may I draw your attention to two matters:
We have observed dog faeces in the village particularly on the grass verge on Course Lane. Will dog owners please remove these deposits as not doing so could lead to a large fine.
Litter can still be a problem and picking items up in your own locality and placing material in bins will help to keep the village litter free. If you see any fly tipping or material left after the weekly collection, contact the Borough Council with details on 01695 577177.

Hoscar WWTW.
If you have concerns over unpleasant odours or other problems emanating from Hoscar Works, contact United Utilities as follows: -
Key Customer Unit, 0845 3094098

2011 Census.
Your 2011 Census questionnaire will arrive in March. It is vital that you complete your confidential Census questionnaire as the statistics are used to make decisions about our community. Our area receives funding from Government, based on the number of people living here, funding that can be used for example on schools, hospitals, transport and refuse collection.
It is all confidential, so no one will see your personal information. Find out more at


Civic Service.
This will be held in Christ Church, Back Lane at the Sunday Morning Service at 10.30am on 15th May.
The Mayor of West Lancashire and other Civic Dignitaries will be invited and residents are also most welcome to attend the Service and afterwards in the School for light refreshments.

Vehicle parking.
The Parish Council has received complaints about cars being parked in positions that cause difficulty in passing. Will all residents please be considerate when parking their vehicles in the village.

Open Gardens event.
We last held this event in 2009 when a valuable contribution was made to the funding of the new Play Area. We have decided that the time is right to have another event this year and this will take place on 10th July.
Look out for full details nearer the time.

Newburgh Fair Week, 7 – 11 June.
The theme this year is DISNEY!
It is time to choose the 2011 Rose Queen, Attendants, Rosebuds and Pageboys. Girls need to be in Year 6 or Year 2, boys in Year 2.
If you would like to take part contact Kelly Fleming on 01257 463782.
Newburgh Fair Week events: -
As well as the Saturday Fair Day there will be a Douglas Valley Lions evening on Wednesday, Ladies Night on Thursday, Newburgh’s Got Talent on Friday and on Saturday in the evening, The Mad Hatter’s Ball.
The children will have their own Ball after school on Tuesday.
Watch out for more details.
The Fair Committee meets regularly, so if you would like to be involved please let us know as new members are always welcome. Help us make this year’s Fair another one to remember! Contact Hazel Flight on 01257 463239 for information.

Newburgh CE School.
I received a telephone call from the newspapers last year asking for my comments about our excellent SATs results. I duly replied that as usual, all pupils and staff had worked extremely hard and the results were down to this and to be honest, we had not really thought much about it since, as so much goes on in the life of the school. Imagine our surprise then to find that we were top of the league tables for the whole of Lancashire. We are very proud of this wonderful achievement, however, I still stand by the premise that if every child does their best we cannot ask for more.
In some cohorts, children have gifts in areas that are not tested and this needs to be recognised just as importantly. This was evident in our end of year productions where all children had huge smiles on their faces as they so much enjoyed performing.
We managed to stay open despite the snow and many parents were extremely glad about this as they had their own work commitments.
We move forward into the year ready for the challenges that we will face, secure in the knowledge that top of the league tables or not, we are all working towards a common goal.
God bless.
Janice Reynolds,

Christ Church, Newburgh.
For further details of the following events, contact: -
Rev. Graham Milford  01257 463267
Rev. David Burrows   01257 462948
Rev Christine Draper 01704 893081

Mothering Sunday 3rd April.
Family Service, 10.30am.
Prayer and Meditation, 3rd April.
6.30pm to 7.15pm in Church.
Maundy Thursday, 21st April.
Holy Communion, 7.30pm.
Good Friday, 22nd April.
Service, 10.30am. Church open for prayer and meditation from noon to 3pm.
Easter Sunday, 24th April.
Family Communion, 10.30am.
Bacon Buttie Morning, 14th May.
The Croft, back Lane.
Parish Council Civic Service 15th May
10.30am in Church.
Family Service, 22nd May.
10.30am in Church.
Confirmation Service, 29th May.
10.30am in Church.
Prayer and Meditiation, 5th June.
6.30pm to 7.15pm in Church.
Newburgh Fair, 12th June.
Morning Service, marquee 10.30am
Family Service, 26th June.
10.30am in Church
Prayer and Meditation, 7th August.
6.30pm to 7.15pm in Church.

Local Bus Services.
The success of these depends on passenger usage and it is important that residents try a trip to Ormskirk, Skelmersdale or Chorley and enjoy the experience.
Service details are shown at the bus stop by the Red Lion Hotel or phone 0871 2002233 or visit website: -
What Do Brownies Do?
Brownies do it all!
They are always busy trying cool new things, from games and crafts to sleepovers and adventures. Brownies make heaps of friends and have lots of fun.
Brownies are aged from 7 to 10.
To find out more about us contact: -
Sarah Hayward on 01695 556166 or
Julia Santi on 01257 462757.

Help Direct.
Don’t know who to ask for information you need?
Help Direct has the answers.
For more information telephone: -
0303 333 1111.

District Garden Society.
The AGM with Members’ Favourite Plants at 8pm at Parbold W.I. Hall on 16th April l2011.
Admission £3 (£1 for members).


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
Alex Sunderland.        01704 893116
Maureen Turner.         01257 462970
Borough Council.
Eddie Pope                 01704 894540
County Council.
David Westley             01704 840681
Published by Mr B. Howard, Clerk, Newburgh Parish Council.
Tel: 01257 462423.