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                                                                                                                             

Surgery closure dates. Tue 6th Aug 2019. The Surgery is closed in the afternoon for training from 1pm. Please could all patients of Parbold Surgery make sure their contact details are up to date.  - Home phone number, - Mobile phone number, - Email address

Lisa Cunliffe. Office Manager, Parbold Surgery. Tel No: 01257 514020. Fax No:  01257 514004

For all closure dates this year click on Health

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Buzz IT: helping people to go online - August update

This project aims to link up volunteer digital champions and build support around local places with internet access. If you are confident with the internet and interested in becoming a volunteer, you are welcome get in touch with Helen Jones helenj@wlcvs.org (tel.01695 733737) for more information.

A recent Charity Digital Skills Report revealed that more than half of charities (52%) do not have a digital strategy and that more than two thirds of charities (67%) want to use digital to increase their impact. A summary of the Charity Digital Skills Report here. As part of the project, Helen has developed a 'start up' pack for digital planning and recruiting/supporting volunteers. She is available to meet local groups who would like to start, or develop, work on a digital plan. Contact  helenj@wlcvs.org (tel 01695 733737) if you would like her to visit, give a talk, or provide a short workshop.

Through the Library you can learn about Online Basics, Public Services Online, Improving Your Health Online and more.

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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 August/ September:

Regular Events

1st Wednesday of every month - 10.30 – 11.30 – Book and a Brew – Share your love of reading in a relaxed space with a brew

Every Friday – 9.30 – 10.00 – Baby Bounce & Rhyme

1st Saturday of every month – 10.30 – 11.00 – Family Lego Club

3rd Thursday of every month – 10.00 – 12.00 – Come and share your love of poetry with others over a brew, read or listen to favourites and original work

One-Off Events

Thursday 12th September – 9.30 – 11.30 - Getting to know your I-Pad/Tablet - Tablets, whatever the make or model, are a key tool for functioning in society today. This course will help you to understand the layout of the tablet you are using, how it works, how to maintain it and how to download Apps to customise it to suit your life. Age 19+

Saturday 14th September – Roald Dahl CElebration – Come and join in the fun from 11:00 – 12:00

Thursday 25th July – SCART Club Thursday – come and join us for SCART themed activities – Every Thursday throughout July and August.

These fun events will help you gain your stickers in your SCART Club booklet.

25 July - Science and Technology

1 August - Culture and Technology

8 August - Active and Technology

15 August - Reading and Technology

22 August - Technology and SCART

29 August - SCART activities

 

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

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Friends of Parbold Library

Due to the popularity of the Louis de Bernière’s event on September 24th at 7pm, we have had to change the venue from Parbold Library to the Parbold WI Hall, Station Road, WN8 7NU where the event will now take place. A few tickets are still available from the Library. 

Murder Mystery.  The Friends of Parbold Library would like to thank everyone who attended this event at the library in June.  It was a great success and the Pantomime crew gave an excellent performance of Chris Martin’s play entitled ‘Murder most Fowl’.  If you would like to get involved with the Friends group, please contact:  friendsofparboldlibrary@outlook.com

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Douglas Valley Historical Society 

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that after 51 years the Society is closing.  The Chairman & Committee would like to thank all members past & present and the many visitors for their support over the years.

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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: June Update. Three and a half years after the flooding which devastated 118 homes and 3 businesses’ we are still waiting for the report from Lancashire County Council into what happened and more importantly what happens next? We want to be able to tell you what happens next but unfortunately it is out of our hands! In a recent letter from Mr Stephen Young LCC he stated "Although in the early stages we tried to provide a timeline for publishing the report, this has proven unrealistic owing to competing priorities. Unfortunately, we cannot provide the definite date that Mrs Wess would like however please rest assured this is being treated as a priority". We have never asked for a definite date! It is that time of year when the weeds are growing extremely well in the gullies, will you please help us by removing the weeds outside your home. A new website for those of you who have Riparian ownership - https://www.qov.uk/quidance/owninq-a-watercourse

To report blocked gullies please contact, parboldfloodqroup@outlook.com please make a note of the house number/road or nearest lamp post number, thank you, Ros Wess

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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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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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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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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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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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

These fun events will help you gain your
stickers in your SCART Club booklet.

Every Thursday from 11am - 12pm

Science and Technology - 25 July
Culture and Technology -1 August
Active and Technology - 8 August
Reading and Technology -15 August
Technology and SCART - 22 August
SCART activities - 29 August


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