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.

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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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Coffee Morning At Coffee Etc. 

On the 9th Feb at 12:00-13:00hrs, local officers will be at Coffee ETC. If you have any issues or just want to come for a natter head on down and we'll meet you then.

 

PCSO Andrew Critchley Andrew Critchley (Police, PCSO, Lancashire West, Skelmersdale )

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Regular events at the Parbold Library. Updated 23 Jan 2022

Book and a Brew - 1st Wednesday of the month 10:30 - 11:30. Enjoy discussing your latest read with others over a cuppa and a biscuit.

Poetry Group - 3rd Thursday of the month 10:30 - 12:00. Come along to read and/or listen to poems of your choice.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme - every Friday morning 9.30 - 10:00. Come along and enjoy songs, actions and rhymes with your baby/toddler.

Lego Club - 1st Saturday of the month 10.30 - 11.00. Bring your imagination and creativity and we'll supply the Lego.

No booking is required for the above events.

Seated Yoga for seniors on Tuesdays 2:00 - 2:45 - Get active and improve your wellbeing with a qualified Yoga Instructor.  Places limited -

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

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Join us on Saturday 29th January from 10:30 - 11:30 to celebrate Chinese New Year – Year of the Tiger. Listen to tiger stories, make a Chinese lantern and enjoy a quiz.  Suitable for 4-7 year olds. No booking required

Harry Potter Book Night Thursday 3rd February 5.30 – 6.30 pm. Come and celebrate this night with enchanting games, magical crafts and bewitching activities! Come dressed as your favourite character. Suitable for 6-9 year olds. No booking required.

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

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 West Lancs COVID-19 - local update – 21/01/22  

West Lancs Covid updates will start again this Friday but in the meantime here’s some information about drop-in vaccine clinics being held in West Lancs this week.  If you are on social media, please do share or retweet by clicking on the links below:

https://twitter.com/westlancscvs/status/1478692635086839810

https://www.facebook.com/wlcvs/posts/3088466894745162

Please visit: https://preview.mailerlite.com/g6f6w7r6n3 for the latest information. This site is updated weekly.

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Volunteering opportunities

Lancashire Volunteer Partnership (LVP) is working in partnership with the NHS to support the NHS run Covid-19 mass and local vaccination programme across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Are you aged 16 or above? Do you have a few hours spare each week to volunteer as a Covid Vaccination Centre Marshal?

We are recruiting volunteers as local NHS marshals who can volunteer at various venues across Lancashire and South Cumbria, 7-days a week.

If you are interested in becoming a Covid Marshal, click here to apply and e-mail Bethany Wood our Visitor Centre Manager at bwood@lancswt.org.uk

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and N.Merseyside

We are going to be opening our new welcome centre, shop and café at Mere Sands Wood and we’re looking for the right kind of people to volunteer in these areas to help us make sure that visitors thoroughly enjoy their visit. 

This is a lovely opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and help us to provide a friendly space for visitors to enjoy the wildlife haven that is Mere Sands Wood.

If you think this could be something you’d like to help with please and have a look at our role description, please click here

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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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Douglas Valley Creative Stitchers (Formally Parbold Embroiderers Group) 
We have now formed an exciting new creative stitch group, and we will be resuming our monthly meetings at Parbold Village Hall from September 11th 2021 (2.00pm for 2.30pm start and finish at 4.00p)
We are a very friendly bunch, who welcome newcomers of all levels of skills. Our programme up to December 2021 will include Hands-on sessions, a talk and a fun packed December meeting. It also includes a zoom day workshop in September and a talk in January 2022, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.
 
All meetings and workshops are listed in the Events Calendar
 
Please come along to our Inaugural meeting in September, meet the existing members, and view our varied work from ‘Lockdown’ 
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Rainbows small world play craft club

Parbold Women's Institute Hall, WN6 7NU. Beginning on Wed 23rd June. Session runs from 9.30 - 10.30am

Thyme on Yarrow Cafe in Croston. PR26 9RB. Beginning Friday 9th July. Session available 9.30 - 10.30 & 10.45 - 11.45  

One activity is £7.50 per session, two activities are £10 for the session.  

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

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

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Parbold Flood Groupupdate Jan 2021

We wish everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year. Chris Burdett has retired as a Flood Warden, we thank him for all he has done and he has agreed to stay on as treasurer. If you live alongside a brook and you see any rubbish/garden waste that could fall in please let us know it could cause flooding. If your flood barriers have Grub Screws (a headless screw) please ensure the screws are removed from the barriers as soon as possible after an event. Ask contractors on your property to remove waste safely not down the gutters or into the grids. If you are in an area that is higher up and does not flood please report blockages 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 In flood conditions the water has nowhere to go if the gullies/grids are blocked, help to keep all our property safe and dry please clear the gullies outside your home and put all waste in your garden waste bin. 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. We are looking for a couple of new committee members if you think you can help please send an email to parboldfloodgroup@outlook.com explaining what you could bring to the group.

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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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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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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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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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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. 

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Coffee Morning At Coffee Etc


Hello all,

Just a bit of news, on the 9th Feb at 12:00-13:00hrs, local officers will be at Coffee ETC. If you have any issues or just want to come for a natter head on down and we'll meet you then.

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