Welcome to the Parbold Community Website

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

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

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

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

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News and What's On

Surgery Closure date

We will be closed for staff training on Thursday 12th July from 1pm. If you need to see a Doctor whilst we are closed please telephone 111.

Charity Walk for Peace 

Dr Shams Mir, at Sunrise Veterinary Surgery, the Common, Parbold is going for a 13 mile sponsored walk for charity on 29 April.  It will be his 14th yearly walk, raising funds for British charities. He would be immensely grateful for your support.

Charity Walk for Peace is a unique charitable effort in that EVERY PENNY raised is donated to British charities, all administrative costs being borne by the organisers.

To sponsor Shams and to know more, please click on the link below.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shams-mir4

Parbold library                                                                                                                                          Trailblazers Reading Group. Commencing 1 March 2018. First Thursday of every month 5:00pm – 6:00pm. If you're in Year 3 to Year 6, love reading and talking about books, then join our monthly Trailblazers Reading Group. Come along and chat about books, play games, quizzes, crafts.                          See a member of staff or call us for more information. Tel: 0300 123 6703                                                                                                                                                   

Parbold Library - Courses and Events                                                                                   

Wednesday 4th July – Book and a Brew 10.30 – 11.30

Tuesday 10th July – A Taste of Spanish: Lifestyle, Food and Culture – 10.30 – 11.30

Saturday 14th July – Visit Susan and Jayne at the Village Show to find out more about the Library Service.

17th – 24th July Village Scarecrow Photograph display

Tuesday 31st July – Lancashire Reading Journey Science Event 10.30 – 11.30 - for ages 4– 12

Wednesday 8th August – Lancashire Reading Journey Culture Event 10.30 – 11.30 - for ages 4 – 12

Thursday 16th August – Lancashire Reading Journey Active Event 10.30 – 11.30 – for ages 4 – 12

20th – 31st August – Art Exhibition – Catherine Aubrey – Pre Festival Music and Parbold themed art

Wednesday 22nd August – Lancashire Reading Journey Reading Event – 10.30 – 11.30 – for ages 4 - 12

Tuesday 28th August – Lancashire Reading Journey Technology Event – 10.30 – 11.30 – for ages 4 – 12

Contact the Library on 0300 123 6703 for more information

Do you have any unwanted/unused/unloved Lego??  Parbold Library are hoping to start a Saturday Morning Lego Club for 5 – 12 year olds and we need your help.  If you would like your old Lego to go to a new home and be loved again please bring it into the library during our opening hours.

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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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Outreach Appeal - Refugee Week June 18th - 24th

Douglas Valley Outreach is a local charitable organisation 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.

If you would like to offer support, make a donation or find out more, contact:

Phil Roberts, Treasurer 462344/ Janet Decamp, Chair 07845493389 Email: douqlasvallevoutreach@qmail.com

Website and Just Giving link: www.douglasvalleyoutreach.com     

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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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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

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Parbold Residents Flood Action Group - Update July 2018 

We would like to thank Sue Halton for the Hi Vis tabards that she donated to our group. Thank you to all those who participated in our Flood Training on 2nd June and for taking the time to speak to our wardens and volunteers. They gathered vital information which will help us and residents in the future. We are hoping to arrange a meeting with Network Rail, the Environment Agency and representatives of LCC and WLBC to discuss flood prevention. If you have moved into the area within the last 3 months and would like a copy of our Household Emergency Plan, please email

Ros. Please do not put fat, oil or wet wipes down any drain/toilet. If you have builders on site, please ask them to keep all building materials away from all grids. Please make sure all gullies are kept clear of weeds and debris to help prevent flooding. To report blocked gullies contact:

parboldfloodgroup@outlook.com - tel:01257 463735 - please make a note of the house number/road or nearest lamp post number. Thank you.

NEW EMAIL: parboldfloodqroup@outlook.com tel:01257 463735 (answer phone when not in) please make a note of the house number/road or nearest lamp post number.

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

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

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Scarecrow Competition for the Village Show, we're doing it again The Scarecrow can be any theme, large or small as long as it is displayed outside your home from the 1st June. The Show Committee will arrange for all Scarecrows to be photographed during June. Therefore you must register your entry by emailing your name and address to glendoo@icloud.com or completing an entry form from Parbold DIY or Coffee Etc by 1st June latest.

This year a 'Scarecrow Map' will be produced and will be available from Friday 15th June at the Coffee Etc Cafe, Library and the DIY. Judging will be by public vote and the map will contain a voting slip. All the photographs will be displayed in the Show marquee.

At the Show the Winner's Trophy will be awarded, sponsored by Coffee Etc; your community cafe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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