NEWBURGH NEWS September 2015

Dear Residents
Welcome to this Autumn edition of Newburgh News, your Parish Council’s newsletter.
I am pleased to let you know that we have filled one of our vacancies.  Phil Atty was formally co-opted as a member of the Council and attended his first meeting in July.  I know that Phil’s knowledge and experience will prove a great asset to the Council’s work.  We do have a further vacancy to bring us up to full strength so please give some thought as to whether you would be willing to serve the community in this way.  If you would like further details about any aspect of the work involved in being a Councillor please do not hesitate to contact any of us to have a chat.
After a good few hiccups along the way (mainly bureaucratic!) the new village noticeboard was finally installed at the end of July.  It is constructed from low maintenance materials and provides more space for passing on Council information and publicising local events.  We are grateful to both the Borough and County Councils for grants towards the cost which enabled us to go ahead with the replacement.
At the end of March the Council made donations to each of the village groups catering for children and young people – further news inside.

Kind Regards

Jacky Citarella

Post Office, Village Store & Tearoom
All day every day a full English breakfast is available with tea/coffee and toast for just £4.99.
We also still do the Lottery, Health Lottery and Scratch cards.

Newburgh Fair
A slideshow of this year’s Fair in now on the Newburgh website –  Go to home page and click on the link.

Newburgh Parish Council Dates
23 September 2015
28 October 2015
25 November 2015
16 December 2015

 Time for Jazz
The Red Lion Hotel is having a jazz evening at 7pm on Friday 2 October.


Newburgh School News
The end of the school year saw us saying goodbye to 13 year six pupils who all did extremely well in their end of key stage Sats. As our numbers are up again, our intake this time is 20, we will have six classes in the morning and five in the afternoon, thus keeping the teacher to pupil ratio very low indeed. Governors did not take this decision lightly as it has serious implications for our budget, but it was decided that this was the best way forward for our pupils.

The themes for the autumn term are: Key stage 1 Memory Box, Bright Lights – Big City (Great Fire of London/London Landmarks and the Royal Family). Key Stage 2: Year 3&4 Tremors and Potions, Year 5&6 Earth & Space, To Infinity & Beyond. We continue with our creativity whilst ensuring that we meet the demands of the National Curriculum, this ensures that we keep our pupils motivated, engaged and active in their own learning.

Huge congratulations to our ALL Round Care provision who gained an OUTSTANDING in all areas following their recent Ofsted inspection. The percentage of settings gaining OUTSTANDING is very low as it is so difficult to achieve so a huge WELL DONE to NEWBURGH ALL ROUND CARE.

Christ Church Newburgh
Harvest Festival
The Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday, October 4, with Holy Communion at 9am, a service of Praise and Worship at 10.30am ad a Harvest Songs of Praise at 6.30pm.  The Harvest Supper will be held on Saturday, October 10, with a hot pot supper and games evening.  It will begin at 7.15pm and supper will be served at 7.30pm prompt.  Tickets costing £7 are available from members of the Church social committee. 

Remembrance Sunday
Remembrance Sunday on November 8 will begin with Holy Communion at 9am followed by the service of Remembrance with Parish Council members, uniformed groups and local organisations at 10.30am.  Wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial following this service.

Christmas Services and Events
The Christmas Fair will be held at School from 12 noon on Saturday, November 28, when there will be the usual stalls, refreshments and Father Christmas.

Christmas celebrations begin at 7.15pm on Thursday, December 17, with Carols on the Green.  There will be carols by candlelight in church at 6.30pm on Sunday, December 20.  The crib service will be at 4pm on Christmas Eve, with the first Holy Communion of Christmas at 11pm, followed by Christmas Day Communion at 10.30am.


Prayer and Reflection services
There will be quiet services of prayer and reflection from 6.15pm -7pm on Sunday October 11 and December 6.


Parkside Colliery Choir Concert
There will be a concert by the Parkside Colliery Male Voice Choir in church at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 5.  Details are available from members of the Church Social Committee.


The Over 60’s Club
The Over 60’s group now meets in the Church vestry from 1.30pm-3pm on the second Friday of each month. 

Dogs on Leads
Following recent incidents, the Church Council has asked dog walkers to remember that their pets should be kept on a lead while in the churchyard and any fouling cleared up and taken away, not placed in churchyard bins.


Newburgh Parish Council donations to Youth Organisations
Newburgh Parish Council was delighted to give donations to local youth organisations at the end of March.  The Parish Council had a balance in a reserve specifically for the
young people in the village and it was decided that this was the fairest way to distribute the money.  Residents will be pleased to hear that the money has already been put to good use and spent by the groups on items such as camping equipment, cricket equipment and activities undertaken to gain Brownie badges.

Recycling collection request
The Street Scene team at West Lancashire Borough Council have asked us to request that residents only put out blue and green bins for collection if they are over half full.  Although there is a temptation to put them out automatically on the given day, having to deal with lots of nearly empty bins creates a time problem for the kerbside crews and causes delays to them completing their schedule and dealing with any additional incidents.  Residents are assured that if they do not put out their recycling bins for collection one week, they will NOT be ignored or forgotten on the following pick up a fortnight later.


Moorcroft House vacancy
A first floor flat is now available in Moorcroft House, Newburgh’s almshouse situated opposite the village green.  This is for an elderly person in need of such accommodation, with preference being given to people already living in the area.  Residents pay a Weekly Maintenance Contribution (which is normally taken as the rent for those receiving Housing Benefit).  Further information is available from David Gelder, who is the Clerk to the Trustees of the Ormrod & Hackney Home (Reg. Charity no. 507677), by
telephone on 01257 462716 or via email

Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society

Visitors are welcome to come along and share knowledge with local gardeners. 
7th Oct: Hardy Fritillaria and Orchids: Kevin Pratt
18th Nov: Gardening for Birds: Chris Tynan
16th Dec: Flower Power: Alan Foxall
Meetings are in Parbold W.I. Hall at 8pm
For further information, contact David Pennington 01704 821984


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.
19th Oct: AGM & Ormskirk Bygone Times Display: Christopher Bentley
16th Nov: Death of a Village – Oradour 1944: Steve Williams
21st Dec: Christmas Party & Saggy Bottom Girls
Further information about our WI from Mary Grant on 01257 463553


Douglas Music Parbold
3rd Oct: Janina Fialkowska, piano
31st Oct: Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, traditional and modern folk music
21st Nov: Nikolai Demidenko, piano
12th Dec: Leyland Brass Band
Concerts start at 7:45pm at Parbold
Village Hall.     
Box Office:
 01257 498452 and 01257 462382


Parbold Picture House at Parbold Village Hall
4th Oct – Testament of Youth cert 12A
18th Oct – Far from the Madding Crowd cert U (1967 version)
Admission on the door £3:50 per ticket
Doors open 6:30 for refreshments, screenings start at 7pm
Front Row – live transmissions 7pm
15th Oct – Hamlet (NT Live)
19th Nov – Of Mice and Men(NT Live)
26th Nov – A Winter’s Tale (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company)
8th Dec – Jane Eyre (NT Live)
14th May – Man and Superman (NT Live)
Contact 01257 463878 or  464533 for more information.
Talking Pictures – film circle meets every Wednesdays at 2pm  ) 463493

A large print version of this newsletter can be made available on request.
Parish Council Contacts:
Reg Porter                    01257 462463
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
Borough Council
Eddie Pope                   01704 894540
County Council
David Westley              01704 840681

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