NEWBURGH NEWS September 2012

Dear Residents,
As previously announced on our noticeboard, a vacancy has occurred for a Parish Councillor.  There have been no applications made to the WLBC for an election to be held, so the Parish Council is able to fill the vacancy by co-option. Interested electors of this parish and those within the appropriate boundary limits can apply by e-mail to the Parish Clerk, stating their full name, address and telephone number, together with a brief C.V. and a short note describing why they would wish to become a Parish Councillor. The closing date for applications is Midnight, Sunday 28 September, 2012, following which applications will be reviewed, and applicants notified for interview by the council.
You may have noticed that the grassed areas have been regularly cut and trimmed, the Parish Council have an annual meeting with the Street Scene dept of the WLBC, and this appears to have a beneficial result.   Various maintenance tasks have been performed on bus shelter roofs and bench seats. Although there is still some work to be done all the bus shelters are scheduled to be repainted during the next year.
Due to Government cuts, the annual grant we receive from our Borough Council will be reduced by 15% in 2013, and a further 15% in 2014. This will be taken into account when the Parish Finances are reviewed in January 2013.

Reg Porter

Village Store and Tearoom
In 2008 the village mounted a strong and successful campaign to save its post office, village store and tearoom.  Now the business is calling for your support again. Like many other businesses the village store and tearoom are struggling and all parts of the business need to be successful if the whole business is to survive. From the end of September lottery tickets will be on sale and may help to increase custom.
But there is one thing everyone can do that would really increase the chances of survival
Could each household consider leaving one item off their weekly shopping list and buying it from the village store instead? We stock local products such as free range eggs,milk,freshly baked bread, wine and everyday products eg Fiesta Kitchen Roll at £1.19; Domestos £1; Baby Wipe £1; two large Cokes £3. We are not over-priced – in fact, many of our items are pre-priced by the manufacturers.
You fought so hard to keep us open in 2008, will you do it again to help us survive in 2012?
Thank You
Irene and Paula


“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.

Christ Church Newburgh
Sunday September 25, 9am and 10.30am, Back to Church Sunday for people interested in returning to church after an absence.
Sunday October 7, 9am and 10.30am, Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Sunday October 7, 6.30pm, Harvest Songs of Praise Service
Saturday, October 13, 7.30pm, Harvest Supper
Sunday, October 14, 6.30-7.15pm, Quiet Service of prayer and reflection
Sunday November 11, 10.30am, Remembrance Sunday service followed by wreath laying at War Memorial
Saturday November 24, 12 noon, Christmas Fair in Newburgh School
Sunday December 2, 4pm, Christingle Service
Sunday December 2, 6.45-7.15pm, Quiet service of reflection and meditation
Thursday, December 6, 7.15pm, Carols on the Village Green
Sunday, December 23, 6.30pm, Carols By Candlelight
Monday, December 24, 4pm, Crib Service
Monday, December 24, 11pm, First Communion of Christmas
Tuesday, December 25, 103.0am, Family Communion for Christmas Day


Douglas Valley Bonfire & Fireworks
Douglas Valley Lions annual bonfire will be held at the Red Lion field on Saturday 3rd November - fire lit at 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7pm.


Cut Your Hedges
Now in August and through September is a good time to cut hedges because:


If you have a hedge next to the highway or pavement it may have grown out to the extent that it is causing an obstruction.  Please make sure that your hedge is not a nuisance. 
For deciduous hedges such as beech, privet and hawthorn: Cut the hedge a few inches more than you need to prevent the hedge becoming wider and taller each year and to avoid the need for more drastic renovation in the future.
If you hedge already needs the drastic treatment, the deciduous shrubs can be cut back hard.  This sort of work is probably best done in the early Spring when subsequent growth will be vigorous. Conifers such as leylandii will not regrow from old/brown stems. Take care not to cut back beyond the green or you will be left with ugly bare twigs.  This is one reason why such hedges often get out of control.  If you have one between you and a neighbour please talk to them about it before actions cause friction and dispute.

Help Direct
Help Direct is a free service for all adults in Lancashire (18+) offering information and guidance on any topic.  We have a team of Advisors on hand to support people to stay in touch with their families, friends and local community and to access services they might need to stay independent and healthy. We work in partnership with a whole host of organisations, service providers and local voluntary, community and faith groups to make sure that everyone has access to whatever they might need including debt advice, form filling and benefit enquiries, Safe Traders to complete jobs at home, learning and leisure opportunities and much more.  Enquiries range from looking for a local activity club to help at home for a loved one.  To get in touch with Help Direct call on us 0303 333 1111 or email Help Direct is funded by Lancashire County Council.


Twin Town News
Visiting Newburgh on 07 & 08 September will be Josh Hood and Nathan Stamps, from Newburgh Indiana, who are presently studying at Harlaxton Hall, Grantham, Lincs, and will be the guests of Reg & Shirley Porter. Also presently at Harlaxton, are Newburgh Ind. Councilman William Kavanaugh and his wife Wanda, and they are assisting their daughter Professor Melissa Rea and her family to settle in for the (4) months Professor Rea will be lecturing there.


Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Free Home Fire Safety Checks
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service offer free Home Fire Safety Checks to every Householder in the county. These checks involve a crew visiting your home and giving fire safety advice, as well as fitting smoke alarms where necessary.  Any resident within Lancashire can request one and they are completely free of charge
All Home Fire Safety Checks are carried out by employees of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service who will show identification when they arrive.  To book a free Home Fire Safety Check please contact us by calling Freephone 0800 169 1125 or visit:

Parbold Picture House at Parbold Village Hall
30th Sept – Midnight in Paris cert 12
14th Oct – Once upon a Time in Anatolia cert 15
Admission on the door £3 per ticket
Doors open 6:30 for refreshments, screenings start at 7pm
Front Row – live transmissions
25th Oct – Turandot (Sydney Opera House)
11th Oct – The last of the Haussmans  (National Theatre)
Contact 01257 464533 for  information

Douglas Music Parbold
6th Oct – Intrada Brass Ensemble
27th Oct – Stephen Hough – piano
24th Nov – Karina Lucas – A Tribute to Kathleen Ferrier
Concerts start at 7:45pm at Parbold Village Hall  Box Office: 01257 498452


Public Defibrillator
Thanks to the generosity of the Douglas Valley Lions and residents, the Parbold and Newburgh Community First Responders have installed a Community Public Access Defibrillator on the wall of the Red Lion for use in an emergency when a cardiac arrest is
suspected ie when the casualty is not breathing.  Access to the equipment can only be gained after calling 999 and asking for an ambulance, when its early use may help save lives. By using the latest technology prior experience of a defibrillator is not essential as the equipment gives voice commands to the user, backed up by the full support of ambulance personnel on the phone. During the three years since Parbold and Newburgh Community First Responders were formed many local residents have been helped prior to the arrival of an ambulance.  This valuable role requires more volunteers to meet the needs of our community, day and night. If anyone is interested in being part of the team (no prior medical knowledge required as full training is given), please contact: Adam Clammer 07723 406139 or Alan Rudge on 01257

Lions Help
Are you in need of assistance with things you can no longer manage? Have you had an operation and are temporarily incapacitated? Douglas Valley Lions Club members may be able to help. If you think we may be able to help please contact Chris on 463848 or Dave on 462224. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.


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.
17th Sept – Experiences of a Private Investigator – George Hughes
15th Oct – Tales of a Wedding Toastmaster – Mr B. Wroe
19th Nov – Eggstra-Ordinary Eggs – Trish Bugeja
Further information about our WI from Mavis Sudworth on 01257 463242

Thursday 20th September 11-30am until 3-00pm ECO Centre Launch Day at THE ECO CENTRE, RED APPLE NURSERY, COBBS BROW LANE, NEWBURGH WN8 7SF


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
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