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.  

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Parbold Village Hall closure. The hall wil be closed until 2nd December

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Parbold Community Association Annual General Meeting.                                                    Guidelines for charities mean that the AGM can take place as usual. It will be at the end of November or early December. If you wish to attend, please contact the secretary on 464533 or Sue Halton on 463707. Paperwork for the meeting will be sent to those who make contact. Membership paid for 2020 will be carried over so no new fees will be payable.

Carols around the Christmas tree                                                                                      Unfortunately,this event is cancelled for 2020, but hopefully will be back in 2021

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Parbold Parish Council Notes - Novemver. Please click here.

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Stop Parbold Hill Landfill

Campaign Newsletter November 2020

**** THE FIGHT GOES ON ***

Dear All!

It was, of course, a massive disappointment when Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee voted to approve landfilling at Parbold Hill on October 21st. However, two cabinet members issued a press statement to say that West Lancashire Borough Council is considering working with residents on a legal challenge.

READ the October 29th article ‘Inside the fight to overturn controversial Parbold Hill Quarry decision’  HERE

The Stop Parbold Hill Landfill Campaign is not giving up the fight to protect our green belt beauty spot. And judging by the thousands of angry and frustrated reactions on social media to the announcement it had been given the go-ahead, we know we can count on your support!

So, what can you do? 

The most effective way you can help right now is to GET WRITING:
1) You can encourage West Lancs Borough Council to support the campaign financially by writing to the media
Please write to the Lancs Live editor rachel.howarth@reachplc.com to make your support for a legal challenge known. This will hopefully encourage anyone at West Lancs Council who is hesitant.
2) Please contact editors about articles which missed a crucial point
Articles in Wigan Today and Lancashire Live include quotes that wrongly imply that the additional tipping will reduce pollution. The plan was not supported by the Environment Agency.
Here are two crucial points to include:

NOT THE SOLUTION! Parbold Hill Landfill was deliberately designed to be like a leaking bucket or colander to dilute and flush polluting leachate into the ground below. Piling 200,000 tonnes of inert waste on top will not stop landfill pollution any more than it would stop a leaking bucket!

IF IT AIN'T BROKE - WHY FIX IT? The Environment Agency has NO RECORDS OF POLLUTION from Parbold Hill Landfill because, as they say, “No monitoring of leachate quality or quantity is currently undertaken on site.” 

If the old landfill does need repair, this should be based on evidence rather than a plan about which the Environment Agency says, “We would not approve or support this application through the planning process.”

Addresses for your emails to editors

The more letters editors receive on a subject, the more articles they are likely to produce about that issue. Even if your letter is not published, it will have a significant effect.
 

The Champion mentioned that the Environment Agency thought tipping was unnecessary - but the article was misleading because it gave prominence to the developer’s incorrect claim that more landfilling would reduce pollution. Email editor@champnews.com about their October 28th article ‘Quarry site work go-ahead is ‘blow to beauty spot’ on the front page.

SPECIAL REQUEST - So that we can gauge people's opinions and levels of support it would be great if you could CC info@stopparboldhilllandfill.org on your emails to the press. This is entirely optional.

Lastly, a legal challenge is a very large and expensive undertaking often requiring £80,000+ in legal fees.

It would need to be an alliance between residents, the Borough Council, 7 supporting Parish Councils and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.

If you can offer a donation or help with active fundraising to help protect the precious resource at Parbold Hill from unnecessary destruction, please get in touch at  info@stopparboldhilllandfill.org

Thank you for all your support  - we look forward to hearing from you.

Del, Karen, Penny, Mark, Martin, John and all campaign members at Stop Parbold Hill Landfill

Call Del Ellis: 07891 744723 

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Organisations and events rescheduled to start

Parbold Douglas Music Lancashire are hoping to start their season’s events in January 2021 but subject to change. No bookings are being taken until 1st December. Please see website for details. 

Box Office www.parbolddouglasmusic.org T: 01257 498452 E: tickets@parbolddouqlasmusic.org

Talking Pictures - Parbold’s Wednesday afternoon film circle is planning to start on 23rd September at 2pm For details phone 01257 463493

Parbold, Newburgh & District Garden Society Parbold Wl Hall at 8pm.16th Sept: Phillip Dunnett: '    The Gardening Year' Contact John 01257 462514 or David 01704 821984

Parbold Seated Exercise Group is restarting in the WI hall on Thursday 3rd September at 9.45am.    One hour for £5. For further information 01257 427038

Over 50s Keep Fit It is intended to restart classes on Monday September 7th at 1:30pm. We will have to observe Social Distancing and other rules due to Corvid 19. Because of this we have no access to the kitchen, so don't forget your water bottle. If you plan to attend, could you let me know (01257 462716) as numbers are limited. You will need to wear a mask when accessing the Hall but not whilst exercising. Hope to see you, Daphne.

Parbold, Newburgh and District U3a Most activities are cancelled, please check website for current information. www.u3a.org.uk/parbold-newburgh or Val Little 01772 300407, E: littleval1858@icloud.com

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Organisations whose events are cancelled until further notice.

It is with a heavy heart that Douglas Valley Lions Club have to announce that due to the current virus situation the annual Fireworks and Bonfire event normally held on the Red Lion field has been cancelled.

DVLC thank everyone for their support over the years and, hopefully, conditions will change to allow the event to go forward in November 2021.

In the meantime, DVLC continues to provide support to individuals or groups in need of help. Please contact Lion Keith Rudd on 01257 462459 or Lion David Pryer on 01257 462176 for assistance.

Embroiderer's Guild, Village Hall. Cancelled until further notice.

Contact: E: parbolditrep@embroiderersguild.co.uk Web: http://www.peqstitchers.blogspot.com

Parbold & District Flower Club at Parbold Village Hall. Cancelled until further notice.

For more information and tickets call Eileen Martin on 01704 893124.

Red Lion Railway Circle is cancelled until further notice John Sloane 01257 462641

Unruly Tongues. Word Class Storytelling. Cancelled until further notice.

For information contact wildaboutstory@gmail.com

Parbold & District Ramblers cancelled until further notice. For information see www.parboldonline.info ('Walks') or contact Carole 01695 633138

Parbold, Newburgh and District U3A

Most activities are cancelled, please check website for current information

www.u3a.org.uk/parbold-newburgh or Val Little 01772 300407 littlevall858@icloud.com

Parbold Picture House In view of the changes to local guidelines, we are delaying our opening.

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Parbold Wl News - updated 25/10/2020

The next meeting for Wl members will take place on Tuesday 3 November at the usual time of 7.30 pm. The meeting will take the form of an online Zoom meeting and the speaker will be Gwyneth Millard. Her talk is entitled Finding my Husband’s Aunt Eliza. You will be sent an email with a Meeting ID and a Passcode link which you will be able to access from 7.15 pm. We are very much looking forward to seeing you all again.

Unfortunately, the Hall is still unable to accept bookings for parties and social gatherings. However, if you are thinking about starting a tutor led regular class in the future please phone our dedicated booking line (07984 274802) to discuss your requirements.

Support your Wl Hall

The Committee is proposing to hold a Cake Stall in Aid of the Wl Hall on Friday 4 December between 10.00 am - 12.00 noon. This will be held on the forecourt of the Wl and we would very much welcome everyone’s support. As Covid restrictions are altering on a daily basis, posters will notify any changes to these arrangements.

The Ladies of the Wl would like to thank all those who gave their support to the Macmillan Coffee Morning, which was held outside the Wl hall on Friday 25 September. The sum raised was an impressive £790.00, which will go to Macmillan Cancer Care, to further their work helping people facing the challenges of cancer.

Our warmest thanks to all of you who came and bought coffee and cakes. This year particularly it was wonderful to see our community responding with such generosity.

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Parbold Flood Group - updated 25/10/2020

COVID 19 - Please note, if there is a flood warning - wardens will knock on your door, wait for an answer, and then walk away. For those vulnerable residents on our residents needing help list you will be dealt with as in the past.

Your property and its contents are your responsibility, if you have not signed up for the Environment Agency Warnings please go to www.qov.uk/siqn-up-for-flood-warninqs and for the cameras on the brooks http://www.vision-link.co.uk/parbold/ the pairing code is 462909.

To report blocked gullies please contact, www.lancashire.qov.uk click on report a highway fault then click report it. Please take care, stay safe, parboldfloodqroup@outlook.com

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Myth Makers Arts group - ‘Art in a bag project’

We are pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Covid Community Support Arts Fund for local art-based activities to take place over the winter months.

We aim to provide local people with a Covid safe ‘Art in a bag’ initiative to include festival lantern making and various textile arts.

Having missed out this year on our celebrated street arts festivals, we decided to create a programme of arts activities that individuals could make in the safety of their homes, with a longer term view of showcasing their artistic creations at a later date during a street festival.

Look out for details of when and where the ‘Art in a bag’ scheme will be available in the December newsletter.

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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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Eden Tearoom & Galleries. Course Lane, Newburgh WN8 7UB

Following lockdown we are very excited to finally be able to open our doors on 11th July. Apart from our beautiful tearoom we have our first exhibition "Beyond The Window-an exploration of nature after lockdown". We will of course be following COVID guidelines to protect our visitors & staff, but very much looking forwarding to welcoming people to this free exhibition of work by national and local artists'. 

Also our creative hub will have regular workshop events, yoga groups, farmers & artisan markets etc that would also be great to share with your group if possible.

Artisan & Farmers Market 1 August 2020

For more information, visit 

https://www.instagram.com/eden_tearoom_galleries/

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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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COVID-19 UPDATE - HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES IN WEST LANCS 7 APRIL 2020

LOCAL NHS leaders are advising members of the public what health services are available and how to access them.

Dr Peter Gregory, local GP and chair at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“We know this is an unprecedented time and acknowledge the fear and anxiety many of us will be feeling across West Lancashire. We would like to offer some reassurance to you that we are working tirelessly to get this right and be as prepared as we can. This, however, means delivering services differently to how you are used to. This could be anything from asking you to visit an unfamiliar building, to discussing your health needs over the phone or video, or to not receiving visits as frequently when you may normally rely on them to manage your health and wellbeing”.

GP practices All practices have moved to telephone and video consultation and will only do face to face treatment when necessary. This is likely to be at a different site in West Lancashire.  Please continue to access your practice by calling their normal number. Please note – GP practices in West Lancashire are open over Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Community services Community health services are working closely with GP practices in a blended way to ensure patients are supported during the pandemic. All patients will be screened by phone first. Please contact the ‘Single Point of Access’ with any queries: vcl.westlancs-spa@nhs.net 0300 247 0011.

A&E Children’s A&E in Ormskirk is closed 10pm until 8am daily. Any patients requiring an ambulance will be diverted to Alder Hey. Southport A&E remains open.

Walk in Centre and Urgent Treatment Centre Urgent Treatment Centre in Ormskirk and Walk-in Centre in Skelmersdale will be treating minor injuries only and have moved to booked appointments. Call 01695 402180 first.

Pharmacies Pharmacies are currently open and will also be open Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Medicine Please only order your repeat prescription if it is due in seven days. Please continue to order your prescriptions in the usual way. Please do not stockpile medicine. Please contact your pharmacy if you are unable to collect your medicine in person.

Mental Health Wellbeing and mental health helpline (all age) 0800 9154640 between 7pm-11pm Mon-Fri and 12pm-12am Sat/Sun.A list of useful resources to support mental health and wellbeing are available online https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/MentalHealthSupport

Further help If you need further practical support for example with food, please contact West Lancs Together www.westlancs.gov.uk/westlancstogether 0800 616 667 7am-7pm, daily.

ALL patients are reminded to follow national NHS advice around staying at home and what to do is symptoms occur – Stay Home, Protect The NHS, Save Lives.

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Important notice from Parbold WI

The WI are aware that some members of the local community will feel very isolated and vulnerable during the next few months.  The Committee have suggested that they are willing to provide a limited service to shop for essential grocery items from the local shops for those who are unable to do so themselves.  Please phone the Booking Line number 07984274802 for further information between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm.

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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 Community Association is co-ordinating between people who are self-isolating and those prepared to offer help. Please call 463703, 464533 or leave a message on the hall phone line 463878 (messages are picked up daily). At the hall, we are monitoring the situation carefully and are sorry that Karate, Pilates, Slimming World, Parbold Badminton Club and the Flea Markets are all cancelled. Other groups’ details are within. The re-opening of groups will be publicised in the Newsletter when possible

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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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CVS News and Events                                                                                                                                  Groups supporting West Lancashire We are working in partnership with West Lancashire Borough Council to support our local community.  If you are a voluntary or community group (including Parish Councils, village halls, charities, community centres), please complete the  online form on the council’s website so that we know what work is already happening in our communities to support our residents, such as delivering food parcels, cooking food and shopping etc. We will then be able to see what support is needed for these groups to continue their work, as well as which areas and people are not being reached currently. The more information we have, the more effective support can be. We can also help with volunteers as well as supplies. Read more . If you have any questions, please contact the CVS. 

If you would like to volunteer, please register via register via the council's website. If you are an individual in need of help, or are aware of someone who needs support, please request support through the online form or the council's free-phone helpline - 0800 616 667 (opening hours: Monday – Sunday 7am-7pm).

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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

 

A NEW mental health support centre is to open in Skelmersdale in February 2020.

The Ennerdale Centre is at Ennerdale, Skelmersdale WN8 6AN. An open day will be taking place on Friday 14 February 2020 from 12.30pm, where members of the public and interested partners can come to look at the new site. Please contact Birchwood Centre for further details 01695 717 115.

Initially the centre will provide this support to people aged 18 and over. However, in the future plans are to extend this service to children and young people.

Accessing the centre can be done by a range of referral pathways, including self-referral, by calling the centre on 01695 720 128.

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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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Stop Parbold Hill Landfill Campaign Newsletter February 2020 update

To anyone who has been following the Stop Parbold Hill Landfill Campaign over the last seven months, it might seem that we went rather quiet there for a bit. Sorry!

We hold our hands up and while you might not have heard from us for a while, please be assured that we have been fighting harder than ever against a new application that has been submitted.

Thankfully we have made some serious headway. That is why we think now is a good time to update you on the campaign’s progress

Please do go to our WEBSITE http://stopparboldhilllandfill.org/ where links to the most up to date information can be found. Facebook: https://bit.ly/2x7km4u

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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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FREE WELL-BEING TASTER CLASSES!

At 2.00pm on Monday 9th September at Hilldale Village Hall and at 9.30am on Friday 13th September at Parbold W.I., I’m holding two free well-being taster sessions with an introduction to techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises, effective habits, gratitude and lots more!

Limited places - booking essential via www.remarkableresilience.blog/classes

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New class - Arunima Sadhana Yoga

Monday evenings 6pm. Parbold Douglas School. 90 minutes practice. Mixed ability class, £9.00, £8.00 concession. Contact Dawn 07841520999 if you are interested. May be a beginners class starting in the coming weeks.

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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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Library events for March/April 2020

Please note that from today (10 Mar 2020) all regular and special events have been cancelled with the exception of the Thursday 5.00 – 6.00 – Quiet hour, until further notice. The library will be open as normal. The Home library Service is not affected. 

Parbold Library - opening times

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

Monday. Closed. Tuesday 9am - 5pm. Wednesday. 9am - 1pm. Thursday. 9am - 7pm. Friday. 9am - 5pm. Saturday. 9am - 1pm. Sunday. Closed.                                                                                                                                                     

All our libraries will be closed on bank and public holidays and some extra statutory dates

Friends of Parbold Library.  Thank you to everybody who came to the Heritage Week at the library to have a look at the exhibition, and listen to the various speakers.  We hope to repeat this again in the future, with new photos which people have leant to the library.

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Villages Against HGVs on the Parbold to Rufford Road

The local Parish and West Lancashire councillors have launched a campaign to introduce an enforceable weight restriction which will reduce and legally limit the use of this road by the larger HGVs. The road is already signed as 'UNSUITABLE FOR HGVs'. The sign is largely ignored. Many people reference HGVs travelling at speed near Parbold Douglas C of E school, the narrow bends on Lancaster Lane and Chorley Road and into the sharp corners at Hilldale. Please email your support for this campaign, concerns and any recent or past incidents on this road to: stophgv@aol.com

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SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS YOUNG PEOPLES ADVENTURE GROUP FOR AGES 7-18 YEARS. We are based in Parbold run by volunteers with many years’ experience: Giving the young people opportunities to try various activities, climbing, archery, hiking, games, crafts, trips, camps, awards and much more; All in a friendly, safe and caring environment.

We have 2 sections Swallows are for aged 7-10 and Amazons 11 plus. Swallows are full now, but we are happy to add children to our Waiting List, there are a few places available in the older section Amazons.

If you think this is something your child may be interested in, please ring or text 07912 300821

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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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Parbold Flood Group – March update. To help us get a full picture of the recent flooding if you have any information/photographs/videos please send to the email below. If you have a brook or a stream on your property, then you have Riparian Ownership and can be held legally responsible for any damage that might occur. The legal term ’riparian’ is applied to landowners who own land adjoining or containing a river or watercourse. You have certain rights to use the water flowing across your land for your own purposes and in regard to flood risk management you also have a number of responsibilities, including the following: To maintain the bed and banks of the watercourse, and also the trees and shrubs growing on the banks; to clear any debris, even if it did not originate from your land. This debris may be natural or man-made; to keep any structures within your ownership clear of debris. These structures include culverts, trash screens, weirs and mill gates. If you do not fulfil your responsibilities, you may face enforcement action taken by the relevant risk management authority. To report blocked gullies please contact, parboldfloodgroup@outlook.com make a note of the house number/road or nearest lamp post number.

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NEW Pilates class in Parbold (For beginners/improvers)

Every Wednesday 6.15 and 7.15pm,  (pre-booking recommended due to limited places)   6-week course for just £30.00

Pilates builds strength, improves posture/ co-ordination and is a great way to relieve tension and stress. Suitable for all ages.

Contact Trish: TGWellness@outlook.com: fi Facebook TG Wellness - Pilates; Text/phone 07896 359175.

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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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Help Asylum Seekers and Refugees this Christmas. Douglas Valley Outreach is a charity supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wigan and Skelmersdale area.

We are appealing for volunteers and donations to support our aim: To relieve financial hardship, provide English Language education and skills training advice and support, offer a welcome and assist them in adapting within their new community. Come along to our AGM and Social, 7.30pm, Wed January 30th, Parbold Village Hall. Contact:  Phil Roberts, Treasurer 462344. Janet Decamp, Chair 07845 493389

Email: douqlasvallevoutreach@gmail.com            Website and Just Giving link: www.douglasyallevoutreach.com

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Travel for Life

Are you a member of an organisation or group who would be interested in receiving a FREE 40 minute road safety presentation?

Aimed at Lancashire residents aged 50+, with advice on how to stay safe and independent whilst travelling, the presentation is delivered by Lancashire Road Safety Partnership facilitators at a time and place to suit you (subject to availability).

THIS SHORT INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION IS DESIGNED TO BE ENJOYABLE AND INCLUDES TOPICS SUCH AS:

Keeping yourself and others safe on the roads Causes of road casualties in Lancashire Vehicle safety - for you, your passengers & pets Maintaining your fitness to drive Licence renewal and informing the DVLA of medical conditions How do alcohol, drugs & medication affect your ability to drive? Have a look at life through a pair of beer goggles! Alternatives to driving in Lancashire

For further information contact:

Lancashire County Council Safe & Healthy Travel Team.

Email: safertravel@lancashire.gov.uk Telephone: 01772 537960

Senior Road Users Workshop 

Presentations from road safety professionals, plus enjoy a marketplace of information & freebies. FREE lunch & refreshments. Come along to find out all you need to know about staying safe and independent whilst travelling. Attendees must book in advance, limited places available.

lancsroadsafety.co.uk/travelforlife (01772) 537960 safertravelteam@lancashire.gov.uk

The links below give more information about other similar events and can be used to book on the workshops.

BLACKBURN 1ST OCT = www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/senior-road-users-workshop-blackburn-tickets-49380434208

PRESTON 4TH OCT = www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/senior-road-users-workshop-preston-tickets-49380922669?aff=es2

LANCASTER 16TH OCT = www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/senior-road-users-workshop-lancaster-tickets-49381077131?aff=es2

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Super-Smart Families Wanted!

The popular prime time quiz show 'Britain's Brightest Family' is hopefully coming back for another series. So if you think your family's got what it takes to be in with a shout of being crowned 'Britain's Brightest Family’ and winning a FANTASTIC CASH PRIZE then apply now!

We're looking for FAMILY TEAMS OF 3, consisting of a child aged between 11-16 and two adult family members aged 21 or over to take part.

To apply email your name and number to: castina@gamefacetv.co.uk ASAP!

All data will be used and stored in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulations and all relevant UK legislation. To view our privacy policy please go to gamefacetv.co.uk/privacy.pdf    

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SAY GOODBYE TO THE WAITING TIMES WITH THE GP EXTENDED ACCESS PILOT

HEALTH chiefs in West Lancashire are reminding residents over the festive period, that they can now visit a GP or practice nurse in the evenings and weekends at a time that suits them.

Your local GP should always be your first point of contact for any non-emergency illnesses that can’t be treated yourself through self-care. In West Lancashire a GP will be available from 8am to 6.30pm on weekdays (although local practice times may vary). However, to address the concerns of residents who may find it difficult to see a GP at a time that suits them, the extended access pilot has been rolled out across West Lancashire.

The extended access pilot is a result of NHS England’s General Practice Forward View, which is a national guide for primary care services over the next five years. Within the guide, it states that GP access in England is to be improved to provide greater GP access to the population at evenings and weekends within the next five years.

In West Lancashire, patients can now visit a GP in the evenings and weekends at certain times. The practices and times are as follows:

  • Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Skelmersdale Family Practice
  • Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Matthew Ryder Clinic in Upholland
  • Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Tarleton Group Practice
  • Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8pm at the West Lancashire Health Centre in Ormskirk
  • Saturdays from 10am to 4pm at the Sandy Lane Health Centre in Skelmersdale (GP, nurse and blood clinic)
  • Sundays from 10am to 2pm at the Sandy Lane Health Centre in Skelmersdale (GP and nurse only)

Making an appointment to see a GP in the evening and at weekends is as simple as calling your local GP practice and making an appointment through the reception as you would do normally, patients can choose which practice they visit from those that are offering this service when making their appointment.

If residents are not currently registered with a GP, you can find out where your local GP surgery is at

https://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx or by calling 0300 311 22 33.

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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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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 a</

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