Dear Residents,
Our last Newburgh News was published (September 2011), and we offer our apologies for not having communicated sooner. I have to report that Brian Howard resigned his position at the end of October on the grounds of ill-health. The councillors entertained Brian and his wife Marjorie to dinner at which a retirement memento was presented to Brian in recognition of his services.          
The council is still very grateful to Councillor Mrs Jacky Citarella who volunteered to act as “Temporary Clerk” and who is acting as a guide to our new Parish Clerk in becoming familiar with our business. As the council had not engaged a permanent employee for the past 18 years, extensive employment and recruitment documentation had to be generated, public notices issued, and interview format constructed. We were extremely pleased with the quality and the quantity of responses to the advertisement and following interviews of the candidates, we were pleased to appoint Mrs Sandra Jones as “Parish Clerk”.
The press article I reported by Kyle Grantham in the last issue has been published and can be seen by going to “Twinning” on our website where there is a ‘pdf’ file, just ‘click’ on it.    
Reports of past events and notice of future events are contained in this issue, which I hope will be of interest to you, and look forward to meeting you at some of them.
Reg Porter, Chairman.
March 2012


Mobile Library

The mobile library comes to Newburgh on a fortnightly basis on a Tuesday.  The next visit is due on 27 March.  The timetable will be subject to change due to bank holidays and when the vehicle needs to be serviced, but the people using the service will be notified of any changes.

Stop                             Time

1 Sandy Lane                10.40-10.50
62 New Acres                10.55-11.05
1a Woodrow Drive         11.10-11.20
5 Ranleigh Drive            11.25-11.35

New Police Non-Emergency Number 101

101 is the new non-emergency police number to call when you want to report crime and disorder that is less urgent than a 999 call.  It does not replace 999.
101 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Calls (from landlines and mobile networks) cost a flat rate of 15p per call, no matter what time it is or how long you are on the phone.  Calls are answered by the control room of the local police force.  If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can textphone 18001 101.
For more information please see the police website at

Newburgh Fair Rose Queen, Rosebuds and Pageboys
If your daughter is in Year 6 she is eligible for selection as Rose Queen for Newburgh Fair (to be held on Sat 16 June). Selection will be decided by a member of the Fair Committee pulling a name out of a hat. If your child would like to be included please contact Hayley at Newburgh School on 462916 or Kelly on 463782 or mob. 07873 247521. Rosebuds and Pageboys are all from Year 1 – please also give names to Hayley or Kelly. 
Attendance at Newburgh School is not a condition for inclusion in this village event.

Random Teens Gifts
Newburgh resident Wendy McDowall has taken the brave step of setting up – a website selling novelty gifts for teenagers, students and young adults. The idea was inspired by her daughter who couldn’t buy an affordable gift for her friend’s birthday last year. After 6 months’ research, the website went live in October last year and has taken off. So if you’re struggling to know what to buy your teen, contact Wendy on or 0844 693 3247.

2nd Parbold and Dalton Rainbows
Rainbows are aged from five to seven and grow up to be Brownies!  We play games, have parties, make new friends and go on trips.  We currently have places available and would be happy to talk to anyone interested in joining us.  Please contact Julie Munro on 07889 371041.


Help Direct – may be able to help you
Help Direct is commissioned by Lancashire County Council and provides services for adults in West Lancashire.  Their aim is to assist people in getting extra support to enable them to stay independent, to keep healthy, to stay in touch with friends, to keep their home and garden in order and to take part in leisure activities.  A representative from Help Direct is available to give advice at Coffee etc (formerly Pear Tree Café) between 2pm and 4pm on the first Wednesday of every month.  For more information call the Help Direct advice line on 0303 3331111.

Christ Church Newburgh
Sunday March 18 10.30am, Mothering Sunday Service
Sunday April 1 (Palm Sunday), 3pm Bible reading on the Green
Sunday April 1, 6.30pm-7.15pm –service of reflection in church
Friday April 6, 10.30am, Good Friday
Friday April 6, noon -3pm church open for private prayer
Sunday April 8, 9am and 10.30am, Easter Day Holy Communion
Sunday April 29, 9am and 10.30am, Leprosy Mission services with speaker
Sunday May 6, 10.30am Civic Service
Sunday May 13, 10.30am Archdeacon re-licences Rev’d Chris Draper and Commissions the Shared Ministry Team
Saturday June 2, 7.30pm in Newburgh School, Queens Diamond Jubilee celebration with special regal guest
Sunday June 17, 10.30am, family all age service in Newburgh Fair marquee

Plant sale
Cobbs Brow Nurseries is holding a plant sale over the May Bank Holiday weekend (watch for details of timing on signs at the entrance to the Nurseries).  Lots of bedding plants, basket and patio plants, shrubs etc will be available at less than garden centre prices.

“Room at the Top”
“Room at the Top” meet regularly at the Red Lion on a Monday evening, upstairs, at around 8.30 pm, where you can listen, join in, play music, sing, read poetry, perform a monologue, or whatever you can bring along.
Mark Dowding was involved in the “Lancashire Evening” held in Parbold on 10 March, a charitable event in aid of the Belarus children. The event was a great success and raised £2,000 towards replacing the mini-bus used to transport the outlying children for treatment etc.  

Over 60’s Club
This group held its first meeting in September last year.  We meet on the second Friday of each month at Newburgh school starting at 1.30pm. Normally we have a speaker, discussion and refreshments.  We have also had games sessions and are exploring the possibility of arranging visits to places of interest. For more information please contact Margret Swift (462629) or Jenny Heapey (464210). Come along and join us! STOP PRESS – There will be a Jubilee party on Friday 2 June at the school.


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 April – Birthday Party: Betsy, The Scullery Maid – Joanne Halliwell
21st May – Dogs Trust – Ellie Burns
Further information about our WI from Mavis Sudworth on 01257 463242

Dogs & Litter, from the Village Assistant:
A reminder for ALL dog owners, both “Good” and “Bad”, please, please, to pick up your dog’s poo, it’s unclean and irresponsible to leave it where it falls, there are plenty of dog poo bins,  they are coloured RED and don’t put your dog poo in the litter (GREY) bins. For those of us seeing  dog owners leaving their dog poo behind without care, report the incident to the WLBC, remember, the more reports, the more gets done about it.  There is a hefty fine when caught.

After the recycling waste collection has been around, would residents please collect up any items that have been blown away or inadvertently dropped and left by the operatives, it really does make a difference to the appearance of the parish.  Squashing or bending cans and plastic bottles stops them being rolled or blown away by the wind.

Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society

Visitors are welcome to come along and share knowledge with local gardeners. 
Future meetings will be on 11th April, 9th May and 20th June
Meetings are in Parbold W.I. Hall at 8pm.

Douglas Music Parbold
March 24th David Daniels, piano; Ben Smith, piano, play Gershwin, Joplin and Barber
April 14th Natalie Clein, cello; Alasdair Beatson, piano, play Debussy, Fauré and Brahms
May 19th Sunwook Kim, piano, plays Beethoven and Schubert
For further information, contact Tom Forster on 462647
Concerts start at 7:45pm at Parbold Village Hall  Box Office: 01257 421526

Parbold Picture House at Parbold Village Hall
Tuesday 27th March: West Lancs and Wigan on Film starts 7:30pm
North West Film Archive present films from this area
Sunday 1st April: The Help cert 12A
Sunday 15th April: War Horse cert 12A
Sunday 29th April: Margin Call cert 15
Sunday 13th May: The Artist cert PG
Sunday 27th May: My Week with Marilyn cert 15
Admission on the door £3 per ticket
Doors open 6:30 for refreshments, screenings start at 7pm
Contact 01257 464533 for more information


New U3A Group
A new U3A group will be opening for information and enrolment at 2pm, 29th March at the Hut on the Hill (behind Parbold Church). If you are over fifty, retired or semi-retired the U3A offers opportunities to pursue your social, physical and intellectual interests with likeminded people. No qualifications are needed, and none offered.
Enquiries before the meeting call 01257 464526.

Newburgh Food Guide p. 13
Parbold Fruit and Veg have moved to
1 The Common, Parbold WN8 7DA
( 01257 464900
Open: Mon – Thurs 9am to 5pm
Fri – 9 to 6 and Sat – 9 to 4


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 Mrs S Jones, Clerk, Newburgh Parish Council.
Tel: 01704 892520