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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. If you have any information or details of forthcoming events and wish to have them published, do contact us.


News and What's On 

Events Calendar

With the easing of the lockdown, local activities are starting up and are being posted on the Events Calendar. If you have any new activities or events that are restarting, please let us know by using the Contact Us tab on the site. 


NHS. OWLS - Enhanced Health Checks coming to Parbold Village Hall every Monday from 17th June

Cholesterol Checks Diabetes Check Blood Pressure Check Blood screening Weight Management & Mental Health Support Financial Health Check Signposting & Referrals. Contact 01695 660394 Iscicb-wl.ehcowls@nhs.net


Parish Council Meeting

Please note the the PPC meeting date has moved from 5th July to 12th July


Parbold Village Hall - Solar Solution Project 

The £50,000 project for the installation of Solar Panels backed-up by SolarEdge Battery Storage is now in place and in operation. The installer reports it is working better than predicted. It was funded by an almost £40,000 grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund to Parbold Community Association [PCA}, with nearly £5,000 contributed by the Parbold Parish Council and over £5,000 in generous donations from the people of Parbold via fundraising at the PCA’s indoor markets, activity and social groups, films and concerts. The public raised their total in less than a month and their support has hearted the PCA volunteers who help with events and activities at the Village Hall. The volunteers send their grateful thanks to the people of Parbold. The solar panels are generating energy to make considerable savings on the sky-high energy costs that predicted a bleak and difficult future for the hall and its activities. In addition, the battery system will store low-cost electricity overnight for use during day-time or evenings when most PCA activities take place.


South West Lancashire Independent Community Advice Network

MONEY-GO-ROUND

Join our FREE Short Course

Would you like to get financially fitter?

•    Are you facing challenges or struggling with the increasing cost of living?

•    Maybe you are paying too much for your Water Rates?

•    Can you get a cheaper deal for your Utilities?

•    Do you want to learn how to take control of your debts or even have them written off!!

Tuesdays: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
at The Ecumenical Centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LU. Also a drop in service at Parbold Village Hall on Wednesdays 10am - 12 noon however they will make appointments if needed.

11th June 2024 - Introduction to Household Management

18th June 2024 - Setting a Budget

25th June 2024 - Utilities - How to make savings

2nd July 2024 - Financial Security and Recap-Where to go for Advice

FREE courses for West Lancashire Residents

To find out more or to register: Tel: 01695  726269 or E-mail: admin@swlican.org Or go to https://swlican.org/courses.php Apply online using https://rb.gy/jmgblj


New Year – New Volunteering?

Do you have an hour or two spare every week? Would you like to give back to your local community?

Lancashire Volunteer Partnership is always on the lookout for volunteers to support a wide variety of settings within West Lancashire. We provide volunteers in Libraries, Homes for Older People, Adult Disability Day Centres and Children and Young People's Centres.

We also provide a Community Support Befriending service for lonely and vulnerable people of all ages. Our volunteers visit their clients on a weekly basis to provide meaningful conversations and an opportunity to access the community. This service makes a huge difference in many people's lives. We have several people in West Lancashire looking for volunteer support. Could YOU be the person to provide this vital service?

If you would like more information on this or want to discuss volunteering opportunities in your area, you can ring Dave Warren, the volunteer officer for West Lancashire, at 07958156850 or our central helpline at 01772 532312.



The Trusselltrust. Food Bank                                                                                                                                                 Following the closure of Coffee etc the Village Hall has offered to be a collection point for donations to the food bank at the following times:

Monday 9.30-10.30am, Wednesday 1-4 and 6-8pm, Thursday 3-8pm, Friday. 9.30-10.30am and 6-8pm

Please continue to donate whatever you can as your donations are vital to help our families in need. If you or someone you know needs help or support they can contact the food bank in strictest confidence. Contact details:

Email: Burscough@skelmersdalefoodbank.orq.uk Facebook: Parbold Village Group Skelmersdale & District food bank


Lose Weight & Feel Great At Parbold Library!

New Course starting soon! Tuesday’s 10-11am - Cost: FREE Average weight loss 8-10lbs in 7 weeks!

Face to Face Weight Management Courses Duration - 7 weeks (this includes a 'one to one' session wk1. and wk.7)

Examples of session content include: portion control, food labelling, making right choices, fats, sugars, etc.

For more information/to book onto a course, please contact:

Email: craig.baxter@serco.com Tel: 01695 585145  www.westlancs.gov.uk Lancashire County Council


Parbold Coffee Association Come along to our coffee/tea mornings at Parbold Village Hall. Next dates 11th & 25th June. Lunch Club: 4th June.

We will be serving toast, tea cakes, crumpets and of course cake!! A place to meet and have a chat everyone’s welcome. Come along to one of our fortnightly coffee/tea mornings at Parbold Village Hall. (See calendar for dates).  We have started our Lunch Club. This will run on the first Tuesday of each month, offering a 2 course light lunch (including Tea and Coffee) 11.30-1.30pm for just £6.50. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. To book call 01257 463703 and leave a message on the answer Machine


Play Bridge: Starting in April, Parbold Village Hall Studio, Thursday’s 10am – 12 noon. Open to all, experienced or beginners, pairs or singles. Text Tessa 07854 285191 or Carole 07943 551468


The Monday Movers This exercise class in the WI Hall on Mondays from 11.15 – 12.15                                                        Everyone welcome – improve your stamina, strength, balance, co-ordination and much more.  Exercises involve sitting and standing. Phone 01257 422238 for more details.  £5 per class


Parbold Pink Panthers - Friendly inclusive running club for women of all ages and fitness levels. Local club runs twice a week. For further details contact Jane Warner iane.warner29@qmail.com


Bikini-Body Bootcamp at Parbold Village Hall - Brand new Monday night session at 6.30pm, “burn” is a combo of weights and cardio giving you a huge calorie burn. Other sessions include Monday 9.30am hiit, Wednesday 9.30am weights and Friday 9.30am burn. No need to book, just turn up. Each session costs £6 or monthly plans for unlimited sessions available for just £42. Please contact Michaela for more info or check out the Facebook page Bikini-Body Bootcamp. contact Michaela 07812 060002                                                            


Lancashire Volunteer Partnership - We are seeking volunteers in the Parbold and Newburgh area to befriend people who are experiencing loneliness. Our befrienders can offer either telephone conversation or arrange visits, perhaps to the persons home or to a cafe or library, some of our volunteers offer a mix of telephone and visiting support. More information is available on our website https://lancsvp.org.uk/ or call Dave Warren, the volunteer officer for West Lancashire, at 07958156850 or our central helpline at 01772 532312.


Bloom Baby Classes (baby development and sensory classes) at Parbold WI Hall on Thursdays
Busy Bees for babies aged 5/6 months to 14 months at 9:45am
Caterpillar Club for babies aged 6 weeks to 5/6 months at 11:00am
Book at www.bookwhen.com/bloomsthelenswigan or find out more via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bloomsthelensandwigan/ or contact me at rachelm@bloombabyclasses.com


Parbold Library Special Events – June

Parbold Library special events

Author, Helen Sharpe, nee Bennett is thrilled to announce the launch of her debut young readers novel, "Captain Black. Heart & The Ghosts of Sea Cove Bay," Drawing Inspiration from her childhood in Parbold. To celebrate the book's launch, Helen will be hosting a special event on Saturday, June 8th, 2024, at Parbold Library from 10-12am.

Talking Tables Wednesday 19th June and every 3rd Wednesday of the month 10.30 -11.30 am

Sit around our new tables which have been donated by the Friends Of Parbold Library to enjoy free refreshments and lively conversations with other customers.

We are looking for a volunteer to run a Knit and Natter session at the library for an hour once a month (Wednesday morning or Friday afternoon).  This is a role within Lancashire Volunteer Partnership which would entail a small amount of e-learning such as health and safety.  Please call in to the library for further information.

All our regular and special events are listed on the Lancashire Libraries website - http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries in the Events section - What’s On. Parbold Library, Cultural Services, T: 03001236703, W: www.lancashire.gov.uk

New Regular Event

Councillor Surgery - First Saturday of every month 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Drop in to speak to Councillor Robert Bailey of West Lancs Borough Council. Residents are welcome to attend if they have any matters that they would like to discuss or bring to the Councillor's attention.

Other Regular Library Events are posted on https://www.parboldonline.info

Build and Play - Every second Wednesday of the month 9:30-10:30am. Bring your little ones along for building fun with Mega Bloks and Duplo. Next session is on Wednesday 12th June.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme – Every Friday 9:30-10am. Enjoy lively sing-along songs, gentle movements, and rhymes with your baby, plus meet and chat with other parents and carers. Suitable for babies up to around 18 months of age, but older pre-school siblings are very welcome.

Library Club – Every Friday 3:45-4:30pm. 
Come along to our Library Club every week to share a range of exciting books and fun themed activities.
Drop in after school for a warm welcome. Suitable for children of primary school age.

Lego Club – First Saturday of every month 10:30am-11:30am. Calling all master builders and Lego enthusiasts! Come and share your passion and amazing creations at our Lego Club.

Book and a Brew – First Wednesday of every month 10:30-11:30am. Share your love of reading in a relaxed space with a brew. Take advantage of the opportunity to discuss any of your recent reads with other avid readers.

Monthly Coffee Morning – Every third Wednesday of the month 10:30am-11:30am. Join us for our monthly coffee morning where local community groups and organisations are often on hand for a chat. Enjoy free refreshments and meet members of your community in a friendly space whilst borrowing a book or two!

Poetry Group – Every third Thursday of the month 10:30am-12:00pm. Do you enjoy poetry? Come along to our poetry group to read and or listen to poems of your choice.

Learn My Way – Every Friday 2-3pm or 3-4pm – BOOKING REQUIRED. Free help to learn digital skills to apply for jobs, use online forms and email, follow your hobbies and use public services.

Further information on all of our events is available on the Lancashire Libraries website in the 'What's On' section – www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries


Library Opening Hours

Monday               Closed

Tuesday               9:00 – 5:00

Wednesday        9:00 – 1:00

Thursday             9:00 – 7:00

Friday                    9:00 – 5:00

Saturday              9:00 – 1:00

Just a reminder that the Library is closed from 9:00 – 10:00 the 1st Wednesday of every month for staff training.

Please contact the library on 0300 123 6703 or e-mail parbold.library@lancashire.gov.uk

More information on all of our library events is available on What's On. This is part of the Lancashire County Council website.  The link for events at Parbold Library is:-

https://events.lancashire.gov.uk/search/index.asp?q=&area=allVenue&venue=Parbold&daterange=

or www.parboldonline.info

Parbold Library – May 2024 will be the Local and Community History month in the Library.

The Friends of Parbold Library will be organising speakers and displays of photos during the month. Also on display will be the Rolls of Honour, which consist of 3 books containing the names and details of local people from Parbold and Newburgh who were killed in action during the two world wars.

If any residents have photographs or information about families mentioned in the Roll, these could also be put on display during the month.  

More information on the programme for the month will be available nearer the time.

For more information contact Mark Dowding email mark@markdowding.co.uk or call into the library and ask the staff.


Parbold Evangelical Church Youth Club

Fridays: 7:30 - 9:00pm (fortnightly) Year 6 upwards £1.50 entry

Drinks and quality food and snacks provided. Christian themes discussed & guest speakers
Games - including: table tennis, pool, table football, air hockey, darts and more.

Competitions - including: limbo, volley ball, tug o' war, rounders etc.
Trips

Quizzes and crazy games
Special themed nights such as movie nights.

Lots of fun

For more information, including date of next session, contact David Taylor on: 07786 401121


At the Wl in Parbold.

Beginners/ Intermediate Pilates Fridays 5 - 6 pm £8 or £35 for 6 classes.

Contact Holly on 07789 717414 , hollvmountainfitness@gmail.com

Relax and Rejuvenate. Follow me on facebook or get in touch to find out more details.


Rainbows small world play craft club

Parbold Women's Institute Hall, WN6 7NU. Session runs from 9.30 - 10.30am

Thyme on Yarrow Cafe in Croston. PR26 9RB.

Choose the venue and number of activities you wish to book. Discount available if you wish to book both craft and play dough activity.

Sessions can be booked In advance on https://rainbowssmallworld.pembee.app

Please get in touch for more information. Emma Morris 07901 557003


Parbold Parish Council Notes - Please click here to see current Parish Council Notes. 


Parbold Flood Group – contacts

Please note the information below, it is very important you need to know what to do in an emergency. If you live alongside a brook and you see any rubbish/garden waste that could fall in please go to www.westlancs.gov.uk follow the link for fly tipping as it could cause flooding. Ask contractors on your property to remove waste safely not into the gullies. If you are in an area that is higher up and does not flood please clear any leaves from the blocked grids/gullies as water will always find the lowest level. Go to www.lancashire.gov.uk – Click on1) Report a highway fault. 2) blocked drain/gullies, send any photographs, follow the link. To report Property/Garage/ Garden flooding go to highways@lancashire.gov.uk To receive flood warnings: www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings and enter your Post Code or Parbold. Vision Link Cameras adjacent to the railway line www.vision-link.co.uk/parbold/ the pairing code is 462909. The Flood Hub www.thefloodhub.co.uk contains a wealth of information including KS2 for children. parboldfloodgroup@outlook.com Take care, stay safe. Ros Wess


Openreach

Around 1,500 premises can now order fibre to the premise as network upgraded by Openreach

Openreach engineers have built a new faster, more reliable and futureproof broadband network in Parbold and Newburgh. Around 1,500 homes and businesses can now access this new network with more in the vicinity to follow. It is known as Fibre-to-the-Premises technology (FTTP) or full fibre  as it delivers fibre optic cables all the way from the local exchange right to residents and businesses front doors.

It’s a once-in-a-generation upgrade that will enable people to connect to any platform or device, to each other, and to the world – reliably, for decades to come.

How can I find out if full fibre is available in my area?

The first step is to use our fibre checker to see if fibre is available in your street: www.openreach.co.uk/fibrecheckerpr

Just enter your postcode and the fibre checker will tell you what’s available in your area.

Once available, the next step is to choose the company you’d like to supply your internet. Then you should contact them to order your chosen broadband package.  It’s important to point out though that you won’t be automatically upgraded, and you’ll need to get in touch with your broadband provider to see if it offers a service over the new network.

If you’re not currently in scope, you can register your interest on our “Expression of Interest” tool.  It’s part of our fibre checker – once you’ve entered your postcode and found your address, just scroll down to “Register Your Interest” then enter your personal details so that we can see that you’re interested in full fibre. 


FOCUS ON YOURSELF AND YOUR WELLBEING

NHS West Lancashire CCG have published a number of resources people can access for free.

Active West Lancs will resume its programme of health activities when it is appropriate to do so. Keep an eye on the Active West Lancs website https://activewestlancs.org/ for any online activities and courses it may run in the near future. In the meantime the Sport England website has some great exercise tips and advice https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout


Home Library Service – If you enjoy reading but struggle to get to the Library because of ill health or mobility problems, then the Library can bring the service to your home.  For more information contact the Library on 0300 123 6703 and ask for Parbold Library. Alternatively, e-mail parbold.library@lancashire.gov.uk


Message from John Halton Pharmacy. To our much-valued customers, Due to a huge surge in demand for our services, please give us longer to dispense your prescription than you usually would. If you need your medication urgently, please call us and we will be happy to assist you.

We would strongly encourage anyone to please get in touch with their relatives in the village, friends or neighbours who are over 70, to offer to collect their prescriptions from us.

We do have a delivery service, but currently need to reserve capacity for those who have a diagnosis of corona virus or are normally housebound.

We thank you for your patience and your custom during this very difficult time.


Photographic Memories of Parbold

If you have any photos of Parbold, for any period e.g. Street views, old or new buildings, School photos etc. Please get in touch with Parbold Library, 0300 123 6730, who will arrange for them to be copied and used in the Library archives.


The Friends of Parbold Station are a local voluntary group who carry out enhancements at the station including planting, hanging baskets, seasonal decoration and the construction of planting boxes and welcome signs. We also arranged for the recently erected village map to screen the ugly bike shelter. Funding for our work has come from several sources including Northern, the Douglas Valley Lions, and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships. The contact for the group is John Sloane on 01257 462641.

Showcasing Parbold Station: This month (Feb. 2024) Ray Thaw's photographic exhibition will move from the Southport Platform to Hoscar Station. It will be replaced by a display by local artist David Barrow. Why not visit both? Friends of Parbold Station as well as keeping our station green and tidy are responsible for two other cases courtesy of Community Rail. One case is for the History Poster and the other usually contains this newsletter in a larger font. Friends of Parbold Station.


Your local not for profit community choir, Sing4Fun! are starting a new choir for children aged 8-18 / Yr3- Yr13; Sing4Fun!Youth Monday 5.30-6.30: Our Ladies and All Saints School, WN8 7HB Contact: s4fvouth@gmail.com/ www.s4fyouth.wixsite.com/mvsite / 07753 628752. 1st session free, normally £3.00 pay as you go. 


UPHOLLAND TAWD VALE LIONS are seeking donations of second-hand furniture, household goods, ornaments and toys for resale at the ‘Lions’ Den’ Charity Shop in Skelmersdale. Contact Chris Lawn on 01257 462283 to arrange collection.


Community Cars are for any journey when you can't use the bus. For door to door journeys call 01704 893373. 

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