NEWBURGH NEWS.               May 2011


Dear Residents,
Well, who would have expected a spring like this one, temperature in the high teens, virtually no rain, so possibly a hose pipe ban coming but hopefully, not! I trust all this fine weather will not be posing future problems for those residents who have agreed to open their gardens to the public later this summer.

I wish to commend the voluntary efforts of resident Sandy Beswick and his helpers who have renovated the Course Lane/Sandy Lane bus shelter and our Village Assistant for the re-decoration. It is intended to refurbish the Notice Board and other items before the judging takes place for the Best Kept Village Competition
Will residents please assist by removing any rubbish they see deposited in the village.

A reminder, the Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 25th May at 7pm, all are welcome to attend.

Also, note the Newburgh Fair event, rand that the Best Kept Garden Competition will be independently judged during the summer.

I take this opportunity to wish all residents an enjoyable summer.

Reg Porter, Chairman,
Newburgh Parish Council.

See inside this Newsletter for important information about the Local Plan, Planning Proposals.


Annual Parish Meeting.
This will be held on 25th May in the School, Back Lane commencing at 7pm. This is your opportunity to question the Parish Council about its activities over the year.
The Chairman, will present his Annual Report and with this Newsletter, is a copy of the full Annual Report 2010/11 which may stimulate some ideas for you to bring up at the Meeting.

Parish Council Meetings,
Residents are always welcome to come along to our Meetings, which are held in the School at 7.30pm on the following dates: -
22nd June and 27th July.
Minutes of Meetings can be seen on the Newburgh website and at the Post Office. The Agenda is placed in the Notice Board and on the website in good time prior to each Meeting.

Best Kept Garden Competition.
This popular event is again being held and our Judges once more will be Mavis Woods and her colleague.
We trust that residents will make that special effort with their front gardens to impress the Judges as there is no doubt that attractive, colourful and well-tended gardens provide much pleasure to all.

Open Gardens Event.
We hope you have placed 10th July in your diary so that you can visit the nine gardens which will be open on that date. Details available after the Newburgh Fair has been held.

Best Kept Village Competition.
As we reported in the last Newsletter, we have decided to again enter this Competition. Judging will take place before long so please ensure that your property is in good order to impress the Judges on their visit to the village. The Judges will be looking at the overall tidiness of the village including maintenance of private properties, gardens, hedges, fencing, walls and outbuildings.
Let’s see whether we can improve on last year’s Highly Commended.

Newburgh CE School.
The themes for the Summer Term are already provoking some very interesting questions. Key Stage 1 are studying The Seaside, looking at holidays in the UK and abroad. It has been lovely to watch the children investigating how holidays were spent in the past and how leisure has changed.
Key Stage 2 are studying The 60’s, it is hard to believe that this is almost ancient history! One of the children actually asked me if any of the Beatles were still alive! The areas for investigation have come from the children and it makes them really enthusiastic when they are finding out for themselves.
Following on from our successful Science Week, we have been holding a series of eight Mad Science sessions after school, children have clearly enjoyed them.
June will be a busy month; we have been involved with the events surrounding the canals at Burscough Wharf and Newburgh Fair.
God Bless,
Janice Reynolds,

The Grove Activity Scheme.
If you are aged 8 to 13, there is no need to worry about being bored in the summer holidays. Once again there will be lots for young people to do at The Grove Activity Scheme.
The centre is open for 4 days per week for the whole 6 weeks of the school holidays from 10am - 3.30pm.

The programme is still being planned but there will be the usual choice of arts & crafts, cooking, drama, dance.
There will be trips to the Sports Centre, mini bus trips to swimming, days out to Camelot, ice skating and many others still to be arranged.

The cost per day in the Centre is only £5 but there are additional charges for trips and other activities. We hope to provide free mini bus transport from Newburgh to Burscough.
Leaflets will be sent out later via schools giving more details. For more information contact Liz or Sue at The Grove on 01704 896424.

Christ Church Community Venture
Residents are being invited back to school one afternoon per month. Headteacher, Janice Reynolds has agreed to the school’s old Victorian classroom being used for a village get-together for people over the age of 60. The first meeting will be held on Friday, 10th June from 1pm - 3.30.
This is being organised by the Church’s Social Committee, which says it is intended to be an activity for the whole village, not just for church goers. It is hoped that speakers and demonstrators can be organised for the future but in the meantime, men and women aged 60 and over will be welcome on 10th June.

Local Plan – Have Your Say.
West Lancashire Borough Council has issued planning proposals for the next 15 years for consultation. A summary leaflet on the proposals “Your West Lancashire 2027 – Have Your Say” has been distributed to all residents with The Champion or by post. The full details, in a document called the “Core Strategy Preferred Options Paper”, are available online at or at Newburgh Tea-room or Parbold Library.
This is an important consultation with the results affecting our – and our children’s – lives for many years to come. Residents are now invited to send their comments on the proposals to the Council (see the Have Your Say leaflet on how to do this). If you have not received a leaflet, it is available from the Council (Tel: 01695 585046).

Newburgh Website.
Visitors to the village website: - increased by 19% last year with hits averaging more than 3500 a month. The most popular page is What’s On, a list of events in Newburgh throughout the year. If you have an event to publicise, go to the website, click on Contact Us and send the date, time and place to the e-mail address provided. Alternatively, call Chris Moore on 01257 463471. The entry in the calendar is free!

Round O Quarry.
 We are still awaiting the issue of the new Planning Permissions for the Quarry infilling and recycling operations that were agreed by the County Council in February.
Meanwhile, the Parish Council has agreed to take part in the Liaison Committee, re-instituted with the quarry owners and Lancashire County Council. This will provide a continuing opportunity to raise any matters of concern about the quarry operation and the movement of vehicles through the village.

Christ Church, Newburgh.
Throughout the summer, the Church will be open from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for villagers and visitors alike who want to experience a place for prayer or a quiet refuge.
Dates from the Church Diary: -
Sunday, 29th May.
Rt. Rev’d Richard Blackburn at 10.30 administers confirmation.
Thursday, 2nd June.
To be held at St. James’ Westwood,  7.30pm. United Benefice Ascension Day Communion. All welcome.
Sunday, 5th June.
Quiet Service of reflection & prayer from 6.30pm to 7.15pm.
Sunday, 12th June.
Service in Newburgh Fair marquee at 10.30am. All welcome,.
Saturday, 18th June.
Church Book Club Trip to Howarth.
Friday, 8th July.
Strawberry Tea at The Willows, Course Lane at 2pm to 5pm.
All welcome.
Sunday, 7th August.
Quiet Service of reflection & prayer from 6.30pm to 7.15pm.
Sunday, 18th September.
“Back to Church Sunday”.
9am & 10,30 Services. All welcome

Enquiries: -
Rev’d Graham Milford on 463267.

Newburgh Fair: Two Reminders!
Get your Ball Tickets before it is too late. Get in touch with: -
Kelly Fleming on 01257 463782.

Obtain your Craft Show schedules from the Post Office and decide what to enter this year!

Newburgh Sports Club.
We are running two senior teams on a Saturday and also on a Sunday. We run an under 11’s, under 13’s, under 15’s and under 18’s junior teams. All are welcome, boys and girls. Contact Andy Coomber on 07846172328 or visit our website on
Nomads – Harrock Hill Race Series.
4 off-road races of 5 (and a bit) miles on the 4th Wednesday of May, June, July and August. Registration at the  Farmer’s Arms, Bispham Green. £3 per race or £9 for the series. Start time 19.30. Lots of prizes! Contact Wally Coppelov on 01695 580955 or

Newburgh Women’s Institute.
A friendly group of women who enjoy monthly meetings with speakers and a variety of trips. Meetings are held in Newburgh School at 7.30pm: -
20th June – The Halle and Me
                  Anne Smith.
18th July – Members’ Night.
Information from Mavis Sudworth on 01257 463242.

Dog Faeces in the Village.
We have noticed more incidents of dog fouling on footpaths. Please be responsible owners and pick up and dispose of deposits. It is an offence not to do so.
Parbold Picture House.
Films are shown at Parbold Village Hall as follows: -
5th June.    The Town.  Cert. 15
19th June.  Biutiful.     Cert. 15
26th June.   Inside Job Cert. 12A
The above screenings are at 7pm.
3rd July.     Gone with the Wind
Early start at 6pm, intermission with refreshments.

Admission on the door £3 per ticket. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm shows and refreshments.
Contact 464533 for more information

Newburgh & District Garden Soc.
Visitors are welcome to come along to the following: -
2nd June.  Trip to Ness Gardens
8th June.   Perennials – C. Yates
14th Sept. Hardy Plants – J. Iddon
Meetings in Parbold W.I. Hall at 8pm
Contact Tom Forster on 462647 for further information.

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.