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: Tuesday February 5th          

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

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Library events

Don't forget Baby Bounce and Rhyme every Friday 9.30 – 10.00

Tuesday 19th February 10:30 – 11:30 – Half Term fun – Harry Potter Wizard School for Beginners

Wednesday 20th February 10:30 – 11:30 – Half Term fun – Harry Potter Wizard School for Beginners

Thursday 21st February 10.30 – 12.00 - Poetry Group – Share your love of poetry with like-minded individuals; read, listen, enjoy.

Friday 22nd February - Digital Safety drop in sessions with Natalie from NatWest from 3.00pm

I-Pad and Tablet 6 week course commencing Friday 1st March 1.30 – 3.30 - If you are new to using a tablet device you may want to expand your knowledge and use more of its features. Come along and learn more about what your iPad and android tablet can do - how to choose, install and use a wide variety of Apps (such as TV catch up, bus/train timetables,  maps, games, music, news and social media), use iCloud and review security features and settings – Age 19+

Every Friday 9.30 – 10.00 – Baby Bounce and Rhyme. Every Tuesday 2.30 – 4.30 - Learn My Way Computer Basics

Saturday 2nd March – from 10.30 – Family Lego Club - Bring your imagination and creativity, we'll supply the Lego.

Wednesday 6th March – 10.30 – 11.30 – Book and a Brew- chat with like- minded people about the books you're reading and add your reviews to our 50 Book Challenge

Saturday 16th March 9 – 12:45 – The Big Little Train Show - For one day only, Chorley and District Model Railway Club will be holding their Big and Little Train Show at Parbold Library. There will be a range of exciting layouts for all train enthusiasts both young and old to enjoy.

Wednesday 20th March – 9.30 – 12.30 – Drop in Session with Galloways - An event to help people living with sight loss gain confidence in the use of technology that can help everyday life.  We can help with phones, tablets and software queries

Saturday 23rd March - 11.00 – 11.30 Sharing Stories - This thirty minute Storytime is for all the family with children and adults sharing the fun and learning through wonderful stories. Suitable for children aged 5 – 7

Saturday 30th March 10:00 – 12:00 – FoPL Children's Poetry event with Paul Cookson - come along and meet Paul, listen to some of his poems and join in the poetry workshop. £6.00 per child, must be accompanied by an adult.  Suitable for children in Y1 – Y6

Thursday March 14 – 6pm. Fiends of Parbold Library. AGM 6pm.

Parbold Library Library service Lancashire County Council T: 0300 123 6703 W: www.lancashire.gov.uk

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Parbold Action Flood Group - update February 2019

Parbold Flood Group. It has been brought to our attention that debris is still blocking gullies - a serious threat to flooding, please help by clearing it all away outside your home. If you have builders on your property, please ensure they clear their rubbish. Please note if you are within 400 metres of the River Douglas you must notify your insurance company. Please go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk flood risk. If you are just outside the recognised flood area, please enter Parbold rather than your postcode you can register and should receive a warning. The Flood Hub: We would greatly appreciate it if you could further promote the Flood Hub by linking to it on your own website, social media channels, you can use this link: www.thefloodhub.co.uk. To report blocked gullies please contact parboldfloodqroup@outlook.com please 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 6.30 to 7.30pm, Starting 13th February at the Village Hall.

FREE TASTER SESSIONS: Wednesday 6th February 6.30-7.00pm & 7.00-7.30pm (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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Choir/Musical Director required 1st April or sooner: Sing4Fun are a community choir in Parbold, Wigan. You would be working with an exceptionally talented accompanist and the most relaxed and friendly group you could ever wish to be a part of. Whilst we thoroughly enjoy making a great sound, we also pride ourselves on the additional benefits offered from choral singing and being able to provide a service to the community, through membership and performances. If you would like to hear more about us or would like to attend a rehearsal and meet / listen to us, please don't hesitate to get in touch. parboldsing4fun@gmail.com / Jo: 07753 628752

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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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Wild About Story

World-class storytelling comes to Parbold

Outrageously enjoyable storytelling for grown-ups by the best performance storytellers in the UK and beyond

Wed 27th February, 7.30pm. Parbold WI Hall, 2 Station Rd, Parbold, WN8 7NU Tamar Elunid Williams performs Tri o Bob Tri/Three Around Three. For programme details and booking information, visit: www.wildaboutstory.co.uk Tel: 07305 806741 | Facebook wild about story. Further dates: 29th May & 26th June. Artists to be confirmed - see our website for the latest information.

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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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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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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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

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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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