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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Shaping Care Together – information from West Lancs CVS - Feb 2021

Help shape the future of your local health services

Health leaders in West Lancashire want to hear your views and experiences of local health care, under the new Shaping Care Together programme which is designed to improve hospital services.

Views are being sought on what currently works well at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals as well as in primary and community healthcare services. They are particularly looking at what steps should be taken to improve the following:

  • frail and elderly care
  • urgent or emergency care
  • services for children (including those who have complex needs)
  • services for pregnant women and new-born babies
  • gynaecology
  • sexual health services
  • planned care, such as follow-up outpatient and/or subsequent admissions as part of ongoing treatment.

For full information and links,click here: health

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Parbold Library

Whilst in lockdown the library will remain open for the collection of Six of the best bags, reservations and for essential photocopying/printing only during the following hours

Monday closed,

Tues 10-12 and 2-4,

Wed 10-12,

Thurs 10-12 and 2-4,

Fri 10-12 and 2-4,

Sat 10-12.

Fines/charges are currently suspended and all loans have been extended to 1/04/2021

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

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Help us Help You - 19 Dec 2020

Across the region there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

Pharmacy Services

Several pharmacies will be open throughout the Christmas bank holiday period and the best way to find out which pharmacy is open and when, is to visit the CCG’s website and check out their Twitter and Facebook pages for on the day updates.

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to self-care and prepare for many common winter illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.

To find your local health services and to check pharmacy opening times in West Lancashire on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Boxing Day in Lieu (28 December 2020) and New Year’s Day, visit:  www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk

Managing your prescriptions

In West Lancashire you can manage your repeat prescription by contacting the POD. Please note the POD do not order prescriptions on behalf of Parbold Surgery, Hall Green Surgery and Beacon Primary Care, please contact these surgeries direct to order your repeat prescription.

The POD is available Monday to Friday, from 8.30am – 11.30am and from 2.30pm – 4.30pm by calling 01695 588 522. The team can be contacted to order prescriptions. If you require a GP appointment, please contact your GP practice. The POD will however be closed on the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays.

If you prefer you can also manage your repeat prescription by using the FREE Patient Access website and/or smartphone app, simply search ‘patient access’, on your smartphone or visit www.patientaccess.com and contact your GP surgery for registration details. If using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting The NHS website - NHS (www.nhs.uk) This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.

You can also get the NHS App on the app store or google play. The NHS App is the simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone and tablet.

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service on freephone 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines. You can also access NHS 111 online, by visiting the NHS website

NHS 111 will direct you to the right health service for you, which could include a walk-in centre, a pharmacy, or a booked time slot at a hospital accident & emergency (A&E) department. Remember, you should still dial 999 for a medical emergency, such as a suspected stroke or heart attack.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. A GP will be available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays (local GP practice times may vary). If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery.

The way you access your GP has changed to keep you and practice staff safe from coronavirus. So, please contact your practice by telephone, via its website or the NHS App. Your GP will then assess you by phone or video to decide next steps, and you will be offered a face to face appointment if you need it.

If you’re not sure where this is, you can call 0300 311 22 33.

Don’t delay in seeking advice about healthcare concerns from your practice.

GP Out of Hours Service

You can still speak to a GP even after your practice has closed by using the GP out-of-hours service. To access this service, simply call NHS 111 or visit the NHS website.

Walk-in Centre and Urgent Treatment Centre

To get help for minor illnesses and minor injuries the Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre (The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LJ) and the West Lancashire Urgent Treatment Centre (formally referred to as West Lancashire Walk-in Centre) in Ormskirk (Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ) operate seven days a week from 8am until 8pm, including Bank Holidays (Christmas Day times do vary).

Appointments must be made by phone in advance before attending to help keep patients and staff safe. Both centres can be contacted on 01695 402 180.

When you call, your problem may be dealt with by phone or video consultation, or a clinician may make an appointment for you or your loved one at an appropriate location following a telephone consultation. 

                Christmas Day       Boxing Day        Boxing Day in Lieu (28 December 2020)  New Year’s Day

Ormskirk         9am – 5pm      8am – 8pm             8am – 8pm                                             8am – 8pm

Skelmersdale   10am – 2pm    8am – 8pm             8am – 8pm                                             8am – 8pm

Times are subject to change. Please check with your respective centre when calling in advance of attending.

Mental Health support

If you are feeling anxious, depressed or simply need some to talk to, help is there.

You can contact Mindsmatter, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm on 01695 684 177 or online: Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust | Self referral, Mindsmatter (lscft.nhs.uk)

Mindmsatter will not be open on the Christmas Bank Holiday’s but you can contact the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on freephone 116 123.

Dental

For emergency treatment when your dentist is closed, call 0300 1234 010.

Think you have coronavirus?

If you have any coronavirus symptoms:

•             a high temperature

•             a new, continuous cough

•             a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test and stay at home

If you need medical advice about your symptoms visit the NHS website.

There are two testing sites at Westgate, Skelmersdale and the tennis courts at Edge Hill, Ormskirk. The sites are open seven days a week from 8am – 8pm. However, times over the Christmas Bank Holiday’s will vary.

                     Christmas Day   Boxing Day          Boxing Day in Lieu (28 December 2020)  New Year’s Day

Westgate        9am – 3pm       8am – 8pm           9am – 3pm                                             9am – 3pm

Edge Hill        9am – 3pm        8am – 8pm           9am – 3pm                                             9am – 3pm

Bank Holiday opening times are subject to change.

Further information is available online: www.westlancs.gov.uk/more/emergencies/coronavirus/testing-sites-for-coronavirus

Dr Gregory continues: “If you are not sure what to do and need medical advice fast, call NHS 111 or go to NHS 111 online. You will be assessed, given advice, and directed straightaway to the local service that can best meet your needs, including a GP if you need one. If you are in a life-threatening situation or emergency such as choking, chest pain, or having severe difficulty in breathing, call 999 straight away.

“As the restrictions change and some families form Christmas bubbles of up to three households between 23 and 27 December it’s important that we don’t un-do all of our hard work and we continue to wash hands, cover our face and make space to limit the spread of the virus and protect loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable.”

If you have any Coronavirus symptoms – such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a change or loss to your taste or smell then self-isolate and book test as soon as possible. You can book a test online or by calling 119.

Your local health services:

To find your local pharmacy, visit: the NHS website.

To find your local health services and to check pharmacy opening times in West Lancashire, visit: the NHS website.

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Parbold Community Association Annual General Meeting - update 30 Nov.       

Guidelines for charities mean that the AGM can take place as usual. Considering the current lockdown and
closure of the hall, the meeting will be in January. 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.

The Community Association wants to thank all our sponsors and contributors to the Newsletter.
None of it would be possible without our amazing team of distributers to deliver it to our readers
Very best wishes to you all for the Christmas season and let us hope for a much better 2021                                       

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

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Reynolds Butchers continue to offer delivery free of charge to the local area For ordering your meat or a combined order for meat, fruit and vegetables (from Paolo's) telephone 01257 367654, Mon-Sat 9-5. Orders can also be emailed to reynoldsbutchers@gmail.com or you can order online at www.reynoldsbutchers.com

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Cedar Farm, Mawdesley will be opening on Wed 2nd Dec. Visit their website https://www.cedarfarm.net for more information.

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Parbold Parish Council Notes - Novemver. Please click here.

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Stop Parbold Hill Landfill: Update - 30/11/20

Lancashire County Council Development Control Committee 21.10.20 ignored the advice they sought and paid for, from Jacobs Environmental Consultants and their own Ecologist, as well as over 1,000 objections from the public, coupled with very strong objections from 6 Parish Councils and West Lancs. Borough Council and other Agencies.

The Committee narrowly voted to give Maybrook Developments an entrance in order to tip inert waste at Parbold Hill Landfill, subject to certain Highways conditions and others being met. This was despite there being no independent proof that the claimed 88,000 cubic metres to be tipped is the actual minimum required to address the alleged problem.

Losing 80% of the beautiful panoramic views from the lay-by FOREVER is a bleak prospect. SPHL are seeking legal advice to explore the possibility of contesting this decision.

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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 30/11/2020

The next meeting for Wl members will take place on Tuesday 1 December at 7.15 pm (please note earlier start). The speaker will be Kate Bradley and her talk entitled From Arthur Askey to Victoria Wood. We are all hoping that this will be as entertaining as it sounds and will provide us with a little light relief during lockdown. Our January meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 5 January at a similar time. The speaker is Jackie Mafi and her talk is called Sweet Memories. Both of these meetings and also our weekly Wednesday Afternoon Tea sessions at 2.00 pm will take the form of online Zoom meetings and links will be forwarded to you approximately 15 minutes before the start of each meeting.

Support Your Wl Hall

As the lockdown is due to end at the beginning of December the Committee are still holding the Cake Stall in Aid of the Wl Hall on Friday 4 December between 10.00 am - 12.00 noon.

There will also be some hand-made Christmas items for sale. This will take place outside the Wl and stringent Covid restrictions will apply. The Wl are very much hoping for your support as our income has been drastically reduced this year and we are trying out different fundraising activities. If successful we will be holding another special Valentine Cake Stall on Friday 12 February 2021 at the same time. We will post further details regarding this in the February Newsletter.

Unfortunately, the Hall is still closed during this second lockdown and we are unable to accept bookings for parties and social gatherings. However, if you are thinking about starting a regular tutor led class in the future please contact Joanna on (07766 406761) or Sylvia at (sylvia.jwright@btinternet.com).

 

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Parbold Flood Group - updated 30/11/2020

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 our vulnerable residents needing help you will be dealt with as in the past. Leaves block drains! Wherever you live clearing the leaves outside your home and putting them in the brown bin will help to stop the gullies getting blocked and stop flooding. If you see any blocked gullies please go to www.lancashire.gov.uk make a note of the house number/road or nearest lamp post number, click on report a highway fault then click report it. If you have not signed up to the Environment Agency go to www.qov.uk/siqn-up-for- flood-warninqs or flooding from the brooks go to http://www.vision-link.co.uk/parbold/ the pairing code is 462909. Flooding and you and the top legal questions: www.environmentlaw.orq.uk/rte.asp?id=105

A big thank you to our Wardens, Elaine, Raouf, Jenni, Paul and their family members for delivering the information leaflet and to Andy at Newground for printing them for us. Please take care, stay safe, our best wishes to you all. parboldfloodqroup@outlook.com

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Myth Makers - Create - Celebrate - update 30/11/20

In light of our Arts funding award from the Covid Community Support Arts Fund, we are ready to roll out the first our *’Art in a bag’ activities created for members of our local community.

The first of these activities is a decorative festival lantern.

The art in a bag will include all the materials required for you to create your very own decorative artwork. Please note that these festival lanterns are for decorative purposes only and are designed to be used during one of our street arts festival events.

If you would like an ‘art in a bag’ activity please email us at mythmakersparbold@gmail.com for details on how to reserve your pack.

Once reserved we will inform you via e mail when your art in a bag activity is ready for collection from Parbold library, whilst continuing to adhere to national and local Covid guidelines.

*LirnitecLavaiiabitity - subject to demand

In addition to the above we plan to showcase the work of our very talented choral groups and musical individuals who have been working incredibly hard under the energetic and enthusiastic guidance of Jo MacRae and Gary Smith in putting together a festival ** Choral piece for everyone’s enjoyment.

“The Spirit of Christmas”: The pre-recorded choral work can be heard via a decorated van, ‘travelling through many of Parbold’s streets, to be heard from the safety of your own front door, during the early evening of Sunday 13th December.

If you’d like to take part, remotely, in the recording of the songs, whether you can sing, or play; then please visit www.parboldsing4fun.com where you can find the backing tracks and instruction and for further details or queries please contact us on the above email address.

** Subject to weather conditions.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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