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 have any information or deatails of forthcomming events, do contact us

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News and What's On 

Coronavirus 

All event cancellations received from organisations have been deleted from the Events Calendar on this site. You are advised to check with the relevant organisations for any future changes. When events are confirmed, they will be listed below and posted on the Events Calendar.  

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.

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COMING SOON in MAY 2021 Pilates classes. Building strength, coordination, and flexibility, alongside improved posture and mental wellbeing.

At the Wl in Parbold.

SENIOR CHAIR PILATES Wednesdays 12.30 - 1.30 pm , £5.

BEGINNERS/ INTERMEDIATE PILATES Fridays 5 - 6 pm ,£8 or £35 for 6 classes.

At the Rise Wellbeing Studio in the Northern Diver Unit, Appley Bridge.

BEGINNERS/ INTERMEDIATE PILATES Wednesdays, 9.30 - 10.30 am £8 or £35 for 6

classes.

MUM AND BABY PILATES Wednesdays 11am - noon, £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.

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Coffee Etc is acting as a 'drop off point for donations to Skelmersdale Food Bank. The response so far has been great. Please keep them coming and continue to support the foodbank. With Easter coming up they would like to include Easter Eggs in their parcels in time for the holiday so if you can help please do so.

Many thanks for the support from our community.

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Stop Parbold Hill Landfill     Not Seen But Heard

Update. 22 March 2021 

Residents will have noticed excavators removing vegetationh on Parbold Hill. This is NOT landfilling!  The Environment Agency required maintenance work so they can monitor the gas infrastructure.  The Planning Permission (Decision Notice) has not yet been finalised. This means the Applicant: Maybrook Developments, owned by Peter O’Dowd, cannot start excavating an entrance or importing inert waste.

THE FIGHT TO STOP LANDFILLING AT PARBOLD HILL CONTINUES….

With help from the Community Association and donations from local parish councils and residents SPHL have engaged David Forsdick Q.C. and launched a legal challenge to the granting of permission.

SPHL aided by expert reports have forced Lancashire County Council to listen to residents and expensive professional advice, in order to reconsider the Application in the light of new evidence.

QC Forsdick concluded “I consider that there are multiple inconsistencies, inaccuracies, misunderstandings and misconceptions underlying the resolution to Grant – and a clear failure to test propositions of fact put forward by the Applicant but which appear to be unsustainable and/or misconceived. Permission has not yet been granted and the Council thus has an opportunity now to reconsider on a correct, factual, legal and technical understanding. I have no hesitation in recommending that they should do so.”

Enjoyment of the beauty spot and amenity of Pabold Hill is vital for the continued mental and physical health of the whole community. Parbold Hill transcends politics and SPHL is not associated with any political party. We thank you for your continued support. Your donations are essential and appreciated. Together we can safeguard our beauty spot for future generations.

Cheques to be made payable to: Arrow North West, and posted/left at Coffee Etc Community Café, 3, Station Rd. Parbold

Bank transfer: Arrow North West,   sort code   09-01-27  Account No.  86448262

Email          info@StopParboldHillLandfill.org

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PCA announcement

Following the government announcement on Monday 22nd February the PCA will be carefully looking at the guidance for the safe opening of the Village Hall.

Several of our groups will not be able to return yet due to the ongoing social distancing rules.

Over the last few months, the PCA and Parish Council have replaced the heating system in the Main hall with underfloor heating and a ventilation system. Making our hall suitable for most activities and concerts.

Step 2 - 11th April at the earliest sees the “opening of gyms and community centres” which gives us great hope for some classes to resume. This of course is subject to there not being an exponentially higher rate of infection.

The PCA have kept the hall up to a high standard and are ready to open when given the guidance to do so, more information will be in the April newsletter. We hope to welcome you all back soon.

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Parbold Douglas Music Lancashire

We are hoping to have a launch matinee concert in July, when we will announce our proposed 2021/2022 season with major international concert stars.

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Over 50's Exercise Class.

It is hoped to be able to restart on Monday June 7th at the new time of 10:00 am. We will still have Covid restrictions, so our numbers are limited to a maximum of 15. The charge is still £5. Remember to bring your water bottle! Looking forward to seeing you.

Anyone interested in joining please contact Daphne on 01257 462716.

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Libraries re-opening update from Lancashire libraries - 07/04/2021

We are pleased to announce that our libraries will re-open on Monday 12 April.
You will find full information at:
http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus/our-services/libraries

All our reopened libraries will revert to their usual opening hours except that they will close for lunch from 1pm-2pm. The lunch hour will not apply if the library is opening later in the day, for example 1pm-7pm.

You can browse and borrow without an appointment, but may have to queue.
If you aren't comfortable coming into the library you can return your items at the door. If you still want to use our Six of the Best collection complete the request form with details of the type of book you like to read and the number you would like to collect or phone 0300 123 6703 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Parbold library is open 10 - 12 & 2 - 4 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 - 12 on Wednesday and Saturday.

These services are being offered:

Six of the Best collection of books at the door Collection of reservations at the door. Use of computers for people who have no internet access.

To order Six of the Best collection

On the website www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries. By asking staff during the hours above. By phoning 0300 123 6703 Monday to Friday 9-5.

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Reynolds Butchers continue to offer delivery free of charge to the local area For ordering your meat or a combined order for meat, fruit and vegetables (from Paolo's) telephone 01257 367654, Mon-Sat 9-5. Orders can also be emailed to reynoldsbutchers@gmail.com or you can order online at www.reynoldsbutchers.com

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Parbold Parish Council Notes - April 2021 Please click here.

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Parbold Flood Group - updated 23/4/2021

Trainee Wardens - two of our wardens are not available and at the present time we may not be able to cover the Flood Risk area in an emergency, can you train as a warden? please email parboldfloodqroup@outlook.com

A very big thank you to D. V. Lions for the £200 donation it is very much appreciated. If you see a blocked gully even if you are in an area that is higher up and does not flood, please report it, as water will always find the lowest level. Go to www.lancashire.gov.uk - Click on1) Report a highway fault. 2) Flooding/blocked drain. Give the address or nearest lamp post number, description of the fault, your email address and any photos’ if available. In flood conditions the water has nowhere to go if the gullies are blocked, help to keep all our property safe and dry. Please clear the gullies outside your home and put all leaves in your garden waste bin. If during heavy rain your garden floods will you please let us have your postcode/address and if possible photographs, we are keeping a record to send to LCC.

We would remind you of the following contacts:- to receive flood warnings: www.qov.uk/siqn-up- for-flood-warninqs and enter your Post Code or Parbold. Cameras adjacent to the railway line www.vision-link.co.uk/parbold/ the pairing code is 462909. The Flood Hub www.thefloodhub.co.ukcontains a wealth of information. Thank you. Ros Wess parboldfloodqroup@outlook.com

 

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Parbold Myth-makers, Story time. Updated 01/4/2021

 

Our next creative lockdown activity is now available for reservation.

Devised and created by local professional writer Sarah Schofield, we are offering members of the community a chance to reserve a free creative writing activity bag*, which includes a writing pad with pen, plus guidance and inspiration suitable for all ages to explore the art of writing.

* subject to availability

To reserve your creative writing activity bag please contact us at either mvthmakersparbold@gmail.com or text Sharon - 07458 359552 to receive details regarding availability and collection times from Parbold library.

Yet again, a big thank you to all at Parbold Library for their assistance in helping us to distribute our Art in a bag activities during these challenging times.

 

Best wishes from the Parbold Myth makers team.

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Time Out at Parbold Station

Flummoxed at Fairy Glen? Harassed at Harrock Hill? Bored by the Beacon? Friends of Parbold Station recommend a visit (masked and spaced please) to Parbold or Parbold for Newburgh (if you prefer the older style) station. Our ‘down’ line to the coast at Southport and ‘up’ line to Wigan and Manchester opened in 1855. From these early days people commuted to Wigan or Manchester or enjoyed a trip out to ‘Sunny Southport, England’s Garden City’ although goods traffic was equally important. The original Lancashire and Yorkshire station buildings were restored in 2004 by Lancashire County Council. Work carried out included roof repairs, replacement mullion windows, and gutter restoration. In the ticket office (open weekday mornings only) there are some interesting press cuttings about the station. Outside it you can see the 1877 grade 2 listed cabin. The L&YR uniquely referred to their signal boxes as cabins and Parbold Cabin is the only one still to carry such a designation. In both directions you will spot the traditional semaphore signals that the box controls. Our station is there for everyone thanks to a lot of volunteering! Coming shortly - a History Poster for platform display.

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Our Rainbow Units in Parbold are in danger of closing. Can you help?

Rainbows are girls aged 5-7 years - the youngest part of the Girlguiding family. Parbold has been lucky enough to have 2 successful Rainbow units for several years, catering for up to 30 girls at a time. Most Rainbows move on to Brownies and then into Guides. A number of girls who started in Rainbows are now enthusiastic Young Leaders. Our Guiding units have not been able to meet in person because of the Covid pandemic. Our Brownies and Guides have been meeting virtually via zoom and we are all hoping to be able to meet face- to-face in September, subject to Government Guidelines and Girl guiding’s requirements to ensure that girls and Leaders can meet safely.

Our Rainbow units have been struggling to find new Leaders for some time and, of course, the pandemic has disrupted all of our plans in this regard. We need young women aged 18 and over or maybe older women who might be suffering from empty nest syndrome - any women who have some time to give to their community - to come forward and stop these units closing for lack of Leaders. DBS checks are required and some training, but these can be carried out in person or via the internet during the summer break.

Experienced Leaders would support these new volunteers to ensure a safe handover and to help them work through the Girl guiding Leadership Qualification. If you enjoy working with children and being part of a team, this could be just the challenge you need to take you into a new world of fun and friendship. Girl guiding’s vision is an equal world where are all girls can make a positive difference, be happy, safe and fulfil their potential. Can you help us to achieve that? For more information ring Jenny Ellis 0791 751 8509.

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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. 

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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

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PATIENTS ADVISED HOW TO ACCESS MEDICINES. NHS West Lancashire CCG. 20 April 2020

LOCAL health leaders are advising patients how to access medicine during the pandemic.

Patients are being urged to order prescriptions in the usual way they did pre-pandemic, which includes online apps such as MyGP or Patient Access. For patients who used to order their repeat prescriptions using a paper script, all prescriptions will now be issued electronically to your nominated pharmacy, if you do not have a nominated pharmacy you will be asked to select one. Paper prescriptions will only be issued in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of your GP practice.

The Prescribing Ordering Direct (POD) Service continues to be open but patients should only call if their repeat prescription is due within the next seven days. (Some frequently asked questions are below).

If patients are in one of the clinically vulnerable groups and have no support network from friends, family or neighbours to collect medicine, they should speak to their nominated pharmacy to request delivery. 

Dr Peter Gregory, local GP and chair at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We want to reassure patients that there is no need to stockpile medication and urge them to order their repeat prescriptions in the usual way as they did before the pandemic. Our POD and local pharmacies are receiving overwhelming demand so it’s important we all access these services sensibly. It is also crucial that those most in need also ask for help where needed”.

Patients are also being reminded of the importance of not presenting at a pharmacy if you or someone that you live with is showing symptoms of Covid-19, in order to help keep local people and staff safe.

Frequently Asked Questions to the Prescribing Ordering Direct (POD) Service:

Q. Can I have an inhaler?

A. Unless you have a confirmed diagnosis of a chronic respiratory condition (such as asthma) pharmacies cannot accept requests for inhalers.

Q. Can I take ibuprofen?

A. If you currently use anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) for non-Covid-19 related conditions (such as arthritis) you should continue to do so.

Q. Can I have some paracetamol?

A. Paracetamol will only be provided if it is already routinely prescribed as part of a repeat prescription.

Q. Is it safe to take ibuprofen to treat Covid-19?

A. There is insufficient evidence linking ibuprofen and Covid-19, and whether it can help or hinder recovery. However, it can be used alongside paracetamol to help ease some of the symptoms of Covid-19, such as fever and headache. Please follow correct guidance for usage when taking over the counter medicines and follow NHS advice if your symptoms worsen.

Q. Can I have a rescue pack?

A. You should not contact your GP practice, pharmacy or POD for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel that you have symptoms of Covid-19 you should go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.

Q: My B12 injections is no longer available, what can I do?

A.B12 injections have been stopped to protect staff and patients. We recommend patients who normally receive an injection take high dose B12 tablets 1mg (1000mcg) a day.  Available to buy from pharmacies or online.

To find out what health services are available in West Lancashire and how to access them during the Covid-19 pandemic, please visit the CCG’s website: https://bit.ly/CCGCOVID

You can follow West Lancashire CCG on Twitter and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHSWestLancsCCG and www.twitter.com/WestLancsCCG

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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

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Parbold Surgery News – Corona Virus Covid-19. If you have a persistent new cough and/or a high temperature (over 37.8) do not enter the surgery. Go home and follow the advice to self-isolate at home for 7 days. If you feel you cannot manage your symptoms use the online 111 service or telephone 111.

The Surgery will be open as usual on Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday for patient to book and have telephone consultations.

The Surgery is closed in the afternoon for training from 1pm on Tuesday 7th April 2020 If you need to see a Doctor whilst we are closed please telephone 111.

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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.

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Local help is available from:

The Wayfarer is offering a Take-Away service. Please call 01257 464600 to order your favourite meals.

Paolo’s Fruit & Veg are doing free deliveries and are now open Sundays 10-3. T: 07495 429563. E: fruitandvegatparbold@gmail.com

Anyone wishing to avoid coming out due to Coronavirus can have food delivered free and we take contactless and all precautions are taken. Phone or text Dave on 07495 429563

Reynold’s Butchers will deliver meat and vegetables from Paolo’s together with other perishables

Phone 367654 or 07508 678723

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GALLERY ANNOUNCEMENT, PROVENCE EXHIBITION UPDATE

WE REMAIN OPEN FOR BUSINESS ONLINE AND OVER THE PHONE

In line with regulations, the gallery doors will remain closed until further notice. Nothing is more important than the safety of our community and this is the right thing to do. As much as is safely possible however, we are still operating online and over the phone. It’s difficult to know how long this will last but we are determined to weather the storm and still be here when things are more settled.

My new exhibition of paintings of Provence – ‘Last of the summer wine’, will now NOT go ahead in its physical form, though I have decided it will still go ahead ONLINE. All paintings will be available to view from Saturday 4th April, with framed images available upon request. Click here to see full exhibition

 

It’s disappointing to not be able to stage the exhibition in the gallery, not least because of the missed conversations with all of you who come to see it! Whether you recognise the exact spot in the painting, or you like the way it’s done, or maybe you’ve even painted one similar yourself! Whatever the conversation is, please feel free to pick up the phone and have a chat or get in touch by email. I look forward to answering any questions or simply discussing the work, so let’s not be any more isolated than we need be!

If you have any questions about the exhibition or any other matters, please get in touch with me (James) directly on 07711 709200 or email info@jamesbartholomew.co.uk

Deliveries of any paintings sold will be coordinated with safety in mind, as soon as this is possible.

Mill House Gallery. The Old Windmill . Mill Lane . Parbold . Lancashire . WN8 7NW

Tel: 01257 462333. info@mill-house-gallery.co.uk

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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.

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Paolo’s Fruit & Veg is still open

Please support this local shop. Vinnie is ensuring quality by introducing the new owner to his suppliers    Free local delivery. See Facebook: Paolo’s Fruit & Veg Parbold. T: 07495 429563. E: fruitandvegatparbold@gmail.com

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Surgery News: The Surgery is closed in the afternoon for training from 1pm on Tuesday 7th Apr 2020.  If you need to see a Doctor whilst we are closed please telephone 111

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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.

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Parbold Tree Warden Group need help! We maintain the Jubilee Garden and the gardens around the Village hall. We would love someone else to join us for the summer when we get a bit overwhelmed! We are also responsible for the planters outside the Village Hall. Would anyone like to take these over and do them in their own time?  We normally meet on a Monday at 9.30 am at the Village Hall. For more info:  tel.01257 462909  Email:abelchris@talktalk.net

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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. We’ll be performing at ‘Parbold Sings 2019’ on Saturday 30th March, Parbold Village Hall.

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SING4FUN! says a huge “THANK YOU” ... to all the community of PARBOLD, for their continuous support over the past 5 years. Our 2 main public events this year, “PARBOLD SINGS 2019”, held at the Village Hall in March and most recently, our joint singing event with the “Pearl of Africa” Choir, held at Our Lady & All Saints R.C. Church this month, raised a total of £1,067 through ticket sales and voluntary donations. This amount has now been presented, on your behalf, to the ‘Pearl of Africa’ (our chosen charity this year) to help ‘...raise money for them to go to school’.

As we begin our 6th year of Community Singing in January 2020, we have recently set up ‘SING4FUN! Youth’ (for young people aged 8-18) We always welcome new members. Contact details: Jo MacRae 07753 628752 parboldsing4fun@gmail.com / 

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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.

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Community Cars are for any journey when you can't use the bus. For door to door journeys call 01704 893373. For informal information call Clare Gillard, a volunteer driver for the service, on 01257 464533

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