Welcome to the Parbold Community Website

Parbold is a small township in West Lancashire, situated 4 miles from Junction 27 of the M6.  It can also be accessed via the regular rail service which runs between Wigan and Southport. The name Parbold is drawn from Old English and means the "Pear Orchard".  Its’ name still reflects its’ quiet and rural atmosphere. Nestled in the countryside of West Lancashire, the area around Parbold is full of beautiful views, quaint villages, and plenty of great places to visit and eat out. The village of Parbold is in the valley of the River Douglas and with the Leeds Liverpool canal passing close to the town centre.

Dominating the area is Parbold Hill where a little below its summit is a monument that was originally erected to commemorate the Reform Bill of 1832 and it is unusual as it is somewhat bottle shaped, known locally as Parbold Bottle. From here though the views are splendid and the more energetic can take advantage of the myriad of pathways and walks that are well signed to appreciate the incredible scenery. Parbold has plenty to offer both the resident and visitor, the canal is popular with anglers and ramblers whilst the village boasts a number of good pubs and local shops. With two churches, primary schools and other facilities it is easy to appreciate why Parbold is such a popular location.

This website will show you all that's happening in Parbold and the latest news on our village community and events.  This website has been created specifically for residents and visitors of Parbold and surrounding villages to create an electronic hub for all that happens in our beautiful village.

We are on facebook and Twitter. If you haveany information or deatails of forthcomming events, do contact us

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News and What's On

Parbold Library

Parbold library is reopening on Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 9am.   

The library will be reopened by Councillor May Blake, West Lancashire Borough Council and County Councillor Peter Buckley, Cabinet Member for Community and Cultural Services. There will also be the opportunity to find out about the Lancashire 50 Book Challenge.

Parbold Library. The Common, Parbold, Wigan, WN8 7EA. Tel: 0300 123 6703 Email: parbold.library@lancashire.gov.uk

Opening times from Tuesday 21 November 2017:

Monday               Closed

Tuesday               9am - 5pm

Wednesday         9am - 1pm

Thursday              9am - 7pm

Friday                   9am - 5pm

Saturday              9am - 1pm

Sunday  Closed

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PARBOLD RESIDENTS FLOOD ACTION GROUP

Our Flood Warden Training will take place in November thanks to the Environment Agency (EA) and Groundwork (GW), GW have also agreed that when the training is completed they will fund the Waterproof Emergency Clothing. We went on a walk with the EA and GW to show them where Dock Brook runs and it proved extremely useful to them, not at all like looking at a map, a special thank you to residents who opened up their gardens to allow us access. Jenny Jones, Emergency Planning Officer at WLBC has asked to speak about our Emergency Plan at the Parish Clerks meeting and to share our plan as ’Best Practice'. We are still waiting to hear about our early warning system for Dock Brook.

We owe a very big thank you to Liz and Geoff Foster who have supported our group with a meeting room for the last 23 months. To report blocked gullies contact: ros.wess@btinternet.com - tel:01257 463735 (answer phone available) please make a note of the house number/road or nearest lamp post number. We really appreciate your continued support.

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A new meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous is now being held at The-Hut-On-The-Hill every Saturday morning 11am until 12 noon. If you think you have a problem with alcohol you are welcome to attend. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop.All meetings are confidential. No appointment necessary. The last Saturday of each month is an open meeting when non-alcoholics may attend. Call Harry R: 01257 463223 or 07528 550054 for further information.

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New activity at the Village Hall. Wild'1 Sunday Socials. Line Dancing and live Country Music. Sun 23rd July with Nigel Slater, country music artist. 1pm - 4.30. Entry £5, BYO drink, tea and coffee available. For further information, please contact Jo Wild on 07834 594517

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Parbold badminton Club Want to get active, learn a new skill or get back into badminton?

The club, through Active West Lancs, is offering free taster sessions including basic coaching for adults at Parbold Village Hall starting in September 2017 until the end of the year. Racquets and shuttles provided.

So, if you want an opportunity to learn how to play badminton or brush up your old skills in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, give Chris Hiley a ring on 01257 464134 to book a place. Places are limited.

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Surgery News:  We will be closed for staff training from 1pm. Wednesday 11 October 2017. If you need to see a Doctor whilst we are closed please telephone 111.

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The Cameo Lunch Club. Come and meet each other’ every fortnight in Parbold Wl and enjoy a traditional two course lunch cooked for them on the premises. There are a few vacancies and older people in the Parbold area who think they might like to come are invited to ring Daphne Gelder, 01257 462716. Their first meeting after the summer break is on Tuesday 5th September at 12.30p.m. 

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Lathom and Parbold Dry Docks Restoration Project. The villages of Lathom and Parbold owe much of their growth and development to the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Both villages had dry docks built at the time of the canal construction and both have a unique place in the history of the canal. The Lathom dock is a listed structure within a local conservation area at the junction of the Leeds and Liverpool canal and the Rufford Branch. The Parbold dock, although not a listed structure, is a major part of the canal history as it is the remainder of the original planned route of the canal, although this was later changed.

Both dry docks are in a sorry state these days and it is difficult for any visitors to understand or visualise their original purpose.

The main aims of this joint project are to clean up both docks, removing overgrown vegetation, later non-original additions and providing historical and heritage information about the docks.

The Lathom dock is approximately half a mile east of Burscough and Parbold another 3 miles along the towpath. Once the project is completed this will link both villages with a walk worth making, bringing more visitors into both villages and improving the environment for the local community.

Burscough Heritage Group and Parbold Heritage Group are working together with the Canal & River Trust for this project.

If you would like to be involved, become a member, volunteer or just keep up to date with events please give your contact to a Group member or email us at one of the addresses below.

Burscough Heritage Group - mallenpost@live.co.uk Parbold Heritage Group - kathryn.georgeson@btintemet.com

 

 

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Unwanted mobility equipment. West Lancashire’s Brighter Future Workshop Ltd. are asking local residents to donate any mobility equipment such as wheelchairs and walking frames they may have lying around their homes that are no longer used, so that it can be refurbished and distributed to people in need.  (They do not accept NHS owned wheelchairs etc.) To arrange for equipment to be collected: Tel: 01695 724 361 or email sales@bfworkshop.com. Website: http://bfworkshop.rit.org.uk/

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Parbold Residents Flood Action Group – update Sep. 2017 We are now approaching that time of year when autumn leaves come tumbling down, they look great on the trees but when they fall and block the grids/gullies not so pretty! Can we ask that you clear leaves and unsightly weeds from outside your property as they can contribute to flooding? Our Flood Wardens have met with Groundwork and we hope to arrange a meeting with all our Flood Volunteers in the near future. Even if your property does not flood please think of others and ask builders etc. to be considerate and not brush their debris down the gullies. If you see a blocked grid/gully please contact: lancashire.gov.uk and click on report it and follow the links/ or ros.wess@btinternet.com tel: 01257 463735 (answer phone when not in) please make a note of the house number/road or nearest lamp post number. We really do appreciate your continued support.

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Fly-tipping. If you think that waste has been disposed of illegally, then you can report it to WLBC either by phone on 01695 577177 (8.30 - 5.30, Mon to Fri) or on their website www.westlancs.gov.uk/flytipping

Water leaks should be reported to 0800 330033 or online form at www.unitedutilities.com

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Parbold Station. Parbold station platforms are in need of some care from local garden societies and keen gardeners.  Pots, planters can be used on the platforms but must be secured and in line with Health and Safety regulations. The platforms can be restored to their former proud state with a little organisation and hard work from willing volunteers. Local Primary schools are designing posters which will be proudly displayed soon.

Unfortunately there is no funding currently for this work but I understand no budget is available at Hindley station and that looks fabulous, Parbold can compete.

If you are interested please call in and see Anthony at the station, from 06:30 to 13:00 - Monday to Friday.

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Odour reporting system for Parbold residents. As some of you may know United Utilities at Hoscar have been working to improve the odour reporting system for Parbold residents.  They now have a direct email link which allows them to see every complaint in real time but it is still in the testing stage and has some limitations.  However they are happy to share it with us and hope, that in future, residents will use it each and every time they experience offensive odours.

This development is a direct result of the meetings we have held with United Utilities and is a positive step forward

Please try out the new system if you experience any odours and could you feedback any comments on the reporting link directly to me so we can help improve the reporting procedure. 

When it (the link) is used it will provide more targeted and consistent information which will help us understand more precisely what is happing, why and to help us tackle the underlying causes." http://unitedutilities.odour.sgizmo.com/s3/

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Lathom and Parbold Dry Docks Restoration Project

The villages of Lathom and Parbold owe much of their growth and development to the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Both villages had dry docks built at the time of the canal construction and both have a unique place in the history of the canal. The Lathom dock is a listed structure within a local conservation area at the junction of the Leeds and Liverpool canal and the Rufford Branch. The Parbold dock, although not a listed structure, is a major part of the canal history as it is the remainder of the original planned route of the canal, although this was later changed.

Both dry docks are in a sorry state these days and it is difficult for any visitors to understand or visualise their original purpose.

The main aims of this joint project are to clean up both docks, removing overgrown vegetation, later non-original additions and providing historical and heritage information about the docks.

The Lathom dock is approximately half a mile east of Burscough and Parbold another 3 miles along the towpath. Once the project is completed this will link both villages with a walk worth making, bringing more visitors into both villages and improving the environment for the local community.

Burscough Heritage Group and Parbold Heritage Group are working together with the Canal & River Trust for this project.

If you would like to be involved, become a member or just keep up to date with events please write your contact details below and pass this to a Group member or email us at one of the addresses below.

Name.............................................................................................................................

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I would like to become a member..................................................................................

I would like to volunteer................................................................................................

I would like to be added to your mailing list for updates...............................................



Burscough Heritage Group - mallenpost@live.co.uk
Parbold Heritage Group - kathryn.georgeson@btintemet.com


Douglas Drama Group

MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL

Or rather, it’s Nigel making plans for his mates, for his muckers in “THE REUNION” by Peter Gordon and is the forthcoming production by Parbold’s very own DOUGLAS DRAMA GROUP, to be performed on three consecutive nights on 30 November, 1 & 2 December at Parbold WI Hall. The doors will open at 7.00 on each night and it Curtains Up at 7.30. Tickets, all very reasonably priced at £7, will go on sale from Saturday 7 October and, once again you will be able by them from the DIY Centre Parbold, or from any member of the group. So come along and see how Nigel’s best laid plans start to fall apart amongst the mayhem that ensues when he meets up with old mates Malcolm, Thommo and Mugsy for the first time in 25 years. Add a dash of the fairer sex in the shape of Kay, Shirley, Jenny and Lorraine and what could possibly go wrong ? In a word, EVERYTHING !!

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page for regular updates, as well as archive material going back around 50 years or why not pop into a rehearsal and say hello - we’re always on the lookout for new members, acting, non-acting and social. We don’t make a crisis out of a drama.

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