Welcome to the Parbold Community Website

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

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

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

We are on facebook. If you have any information or details of forthcoming events and wish to have them published, do contact us.

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News and What's On 

Events Calendar

With the easing of the lockdown, local activities are starting up and are being posted on the Events Calendar. If you have any new activities or events that are restarting, please let us know by using the Contact Us tab on the site.

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Parbold Seated Exercise Group Sitting and Standing Exercises for Men and Women.

11.15am-12.15pm MONDAY MORNINGS PARBOLD W.I. HALL

from 3rd OCTOBER until DECEMBER 2022. £3 per session

Seated and Standing Exercises, for Flexibility, Stamina, Strength, Balance, Co-Ordination and Much More.

Ring 01257 422238 for more details and to book your place

Exercise and Socialise .Have Fun, meet People, make Friends

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Parbold WI News – October 2022

The monthly meeting of the Parbold WI will take place in the hall on Tuesday 4 October 2022 at 7.30pm. The speaker this month will be Jackie Mafie, whose talk will be “Every Picture Tells a Story”. We have been very well entertained by Jackie Mafie on her previous visit. Visitors and prospective new members are welcome. If you wish to book the hall, it is available for weekly sessions for classes or for private parties: it is increasingly popular for birthday parties, wedding receptions and other events. Recent visitors have given very positive feedback on our improved facilities. Please contact Sylvia at sylvia.jwright@btinternet.com or ring the PWI booking line on 0798 4274802.

Lunch club @ the WI will take place on Tuesday 4 October, Tuesday 18 October and Tuesday 1 November 2022. This is open to all older residents, male and female, in the village and surrounding area and we would welcome new diners. We offer a two-course meal and drink for £6.50, serving from 12.30pm. If you are interested in joining our Lunch Club, please phone our booking line, 0798 4274802, as we need to know numbers for catering purposes.

Remembrance Poppy Event - The Members of the WI have worked to create a knitted Remembrance Poppy installation, which will be unveiled outside the WI Hall in the week before Remembrance Sunday. Refreshments will be available and there will be a cake sale. We invite you to join us to mark this event at 10.00am on Friday 4 November 2022.

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Parbold Hill is Now A Red Route

The A5209, Parbold Hill in West Lancashire has now been made into a designated "red route". This means there is no parking permitted at all within the red route which is clearly signed. This decision was made due to the number of accidents on this stretch of road and the large numbers of vehicles brought to the area from far and wide with the attraction of Fairy Glenn. The parking restriction is 24 hrs a day and mobile council enforcement cars with ANPR will be used and fines issued for offending vehicles.  Gordon Davies (Police,PC,Lancashire South NHPT)

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Support for Ukraine from the CVS 03/03 2022

Many of us are feeling overwhelmed this week by the devastating news coming out of Ukraine, and at a loss on how to help.

With so many initiatives, it's confusing to work out where best to give support, so we thought it useful to pass on information on those we are aware of.

please follow this link to their website Support for Ukraine (mailerlite.com) 

Anyone wishing to make a donation directly, can do so via the Disasters Emergency Committee website www.dec.org.uk where the UK Government will match pound-for-pound up to £20 million donated by this public appeal.

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Lancashire Volunteer Partnership - We are seeking volunteers in the Parbold and Newburgh area to befriend people who are experiencing loneliness. Our befrienders can offer either telephone conversation or arrange visits, perhaps to the persons home or to a cafe or library, some of our volunteers offer a mix of telephone and visiting support. We have 2 local Volunteer Officers based in West Lancashire, Lesley and Shaunna, they work to match potential volunteers with people with similar interests and remain as a point of contact to ensure volunteers are supported in their role. More information is available on our website https://lancsvp.org.uk/ or call 01772 416 417.

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Parbold Hill update from the Stop Parbold Hill Landfill Group 18 May 2022

Following the County Council deciding in favour of the planning application for tipping, the Stop Parbold Hill Landfill  Group, with the help of most gratefully received funding from the community, obtained a barrister’s opinion challenging the process and the decision. As a result the County immediately halted the process and didn’t issue a planning approval. Instead they advised the applicant that he must first apply to the Environment Agency for the permit which would also be needed before any tipping could be carried out. This permit is a more rigorous process and would expose the misinformation which the County Planners had failed to investigate.

The Group are in close contact with the EA but to date no permit application has been made and the time series monitoring needed to support an application has not even been carried out. It is currently unclear whether or not the tipping scheme will be progressed. However, if a permit application were to be made it would be publicised locally and representations could be made to the EA. The County Council would also need to reconsider their previous decision and again representations could also be made. John Sloane

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Bloom Baby Classes (baby development and sensory classes) at Parbold WI Hall on Thursdays
Busy Bees for babies aged 5/6 months to 14 months at 9:45am
Caterpillar Club for babies aged 6 weeks to 5/6 months at 11:00am
Book at www.bookwhen.com/bloomsthelenswigan or find out more via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bloomsthelensandwigan/ or contact me at rachelm@bloombabyclasses.com

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Regular events at the Library - September/October 2022

Get Online Learn My Way course –2 sessions available Friday 2pm – 3pm and 3pm – 4pm – A six week course, which includes basic computer skills, using the Internet and more.  A free course, booking required.

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

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

Friends of Parbold Library – Friendship Coffee Morning 3rd Wednesday of the month 10:00 -11:00 – Join us for a coffee and a chat.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme Friday mornings 9.30 - 10:00 (term time only) – Come along and enjoy songs, actions and rhymes with your baby/toddler.

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

Build and Play 2nd Wednesday of the month 9:30 – 10:30 – Let your little ones get creative with Mega Blocks and Duplo - suitable for ages 18 months – 4 years

No booking required for the above events.

Special Events in September/October Call out to all children - Join us over the summer to help protect the planet and our environment.  You can do this by completing a number of fun challenges at our special events

Tuesday 13th September, 11am – 2pm. Healthwatch Lancashire.   Health watch are a registered charity and act as the public voice for health and social care in Lancashire. They will be on hand to talk with people and raise awareness of who they are and what they do and how they can help in the community.  Pop in to meet Emmy and her colleague and discuss any health and social care concerns you may have.

Tuesday 20th September, 10am to 12 noon. Prevent Identity Theft      This taster session will provide you with a starting point of what you need to know and do in order to protect yourself from identity theft over the internet.  Booking required.

Saturday 24th September, 10am – 11am. Planet Savers Celebration and certificate presentation. We'll be presenting certificates to those of you who have completed all the tasks.  If you've missed any of our events and would like to make a wind chime or flowers from old books, this is the event for you.  

Thursday 6th October, 4.30 – 6.30 pm - Ozbots

This fun filled course with Lancashire Adult Learning introduces families to coding and programming with ‘Bit’ the Ozobot, a tiny robot with BIG technology! Working together to learn its simple colour language and create games and adventures for ‘Bit’ to explore. For parents/carers and children aged 6+ in KS1 and KS2. Parents/carers must attend with their children, preferably one adult to one child.

Friday 7th October 2-3 pm - When I was a Child
Join us for a tea party with local school pupils where adults and children can share their experiences of everyday living and school.  Also listen to a short story called 'When I was a Child'.

Crime Week
Wednesday 12th October 11am – 12 noon. Crime Correspondent Talk.
An interesting talk by Angela Danby about her former role as a crime correspondent.

Thursday 13th October 1.30pm – 3pm. Murder Mystery Workshop – Chris Martin          

Thursday 13th October 7.30 pm Murder Mystery Evening. 'Shot in the Rockies' An evening of fun and entertainment hosted by the Friends of Parbold Library. Guess 'whodunit' and win a prize. Tickets £15 which includes a light buffet. Bring your own drinks.

Thursday 20th October 4-6pm. Keep Your Child Safe Online                                      

This course with Lancashire Adult Learninggives parents/carers with children in KS1 and KS2 an overview on how to keep their children safe online including parental controls, privacy settings and apps. For parents/carers and children in KS1 and KS2. Booking is required for all the events – please call into the library.

We also have a new regular event that we'd like promoting:

Weekly Coffee Morning - Wednesday from 10:30am – Pop in enjoy a warm drink in a warm friendly space and meet other members of your community whilst also borrowing a book or two.

Parbold Library, Cultural Services, Lancashire County Council, T: 03001236703, W: www.lancashire.gov.uk

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

Further information on all of our events is available on the Lancashire Libraries website in the 'What's On' section – www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries

Library Opening Hours

Monday               Closed

Tuesday               9:00 – 5:00

Wednesday        9:00 – 1:00

Thursday             9:00 – 7:00

Friday                    9:00 – 5:00

Saturday              9:00 – 1:00

Just a reminder that the Library is closed from 9:00 – 10:00 the 1st Wednesday of every month for staff training.

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

More information on all of our library events is available on What's On. This is part of the Lancashire County Council website.  The link for events at Parbold Library is:-

https://events.lancashire.gov.uk/search/index.asp?q=&area=allVenue&venue=Parbold&daterange=

or www.parboldonline.info

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The Friends of Parbold Library are pleased to host a grisly crime week in our library.

Wednesday 12th October 11am(just turn up). Angela Danby, an investigative crime journalist, will talk about her interesting career.

Thursday 13th October 1:30pm(just turn up). Chris Martin – author talk. How to write a Whodunnit!

Thursday 13th October 7:30pm(please buy a ticket). Who shot the Sheriff?  Shot in the Rockies!! Saddle-up ‘n ho-down for this Wicked Wild West Murder Mystery! 

Tickets £15 available from Parbold Library. Light buffet included. Bring own drinks.

Saddle-up ‘n ho-down for this Wicked Wild West Murder Mystery! Shot in the Rockies!!

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Volunteering opportunities

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

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

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

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

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At the Wl in Parbold.

SENIOR CHAIR PILATES Wednesdays 12.30 - 1.30 pm , £5.

BEGINNERS/ INTERMEDIATE PILATES Fridays 5 - 6 pm ,£8 or £35 for 6 classes.

At the Rise Wellbeing Studio in the Northern Diver Unit, Appley Bridge.

BEGINNERS/ INTERMEDIATE PILATES Wednesdays, 9.30 - 10.30 am £8 or £35 for 6

classes.

MUM AND BABY PILATES Wednesdays 11am - noon, £8 or £35 for 6 classes.

Contact Holly on 07789 717414 , hollvmountainfitness@gmail.com

Relax and Rejuvenate. Follow me on facebook or get in touch to find out more details.

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Rainbows small world play craft club

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

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

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

Choose the venue and number of activities you wish to book. Discount available if you wish to book both craft and play dough activity.

Sessions can be booked In advance on https://rainbowssmallworld.pembee.app

Please get in touch for more information. Emma Morris 07901 557003

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Parbold Parish Council Notes - Please click here to see current Parish Council Notes for March 2022.

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Parbold Flood Groupupdate May 2022

We must thank three initial members of our team, Rab, Jeff and Ashley without whom there would not have been a Flood Group. After the 2012 flooding they walked every inch of the River and all the Brooks and found many faults along the way producing copious notes for me, thanks lads. LCC and the EA are now putting a plan together and hopefully we will get the flood defences we deserve. Please note the information below, it is very important you need to know what to do in an emergency. If you live alongside a brook and you see any rubbish/garden waste that could fall in please go to www.westlancs.gov.uk follow the link for fly tipping as it could cause flooding. Ask contractors on your property to remove waste safely not into the gullies. If you are in an area that is higher up and does not flood please clear any leaves from the blocked grids/gullies as water will always find the lowest level. Go to www.lancashire.gov.uk – Click on1) Report a highway fault. 2) blocked drain/gullies, send any photographs, follow the link. To report Property/Garage/ Garden flooding go to highways@lancashire.gov.uk To receive flood warnings: www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings and enter your Post Code or Parbold. Vision Link Cameras adjacent to the railway line www.vision-link.co.uk/parbold/ the pairing code is 462909. The Flood Hub www.thefloodhub.co.uk contains a wealth of information including KS2 for children. parboldfloodgroup@outlook.com Take care, stay safe. Ros Wess

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Openreach

Around 1,500 premises can now order fibre to the premise as network upgraded by Openreach

Openreach engineers have built a new faster, more reliable and futureproof broadband network in Parbold and Newburgh. Around 1,500 homes and businesses can now access this new network with more in the vicinity to follow. It is known as Fibre-to-the-Premises technology (FTTP) or full fibre  as it delivers fibre optic cables all the way from the local exchange right to residents and businesses front doors.

It’s a once-in-a-generation upgrade that will enable people to connect to any platform or device, to each other, and to the world – reliably, for decades to come.

How can I find out if full fibre is available in my area?

The first step is to use our fibre checker to see if fibre is available in your street: www.openreach.co.uk/fibrecheckerpr

Just enter your postcode and the fibre checker will tell you what’s available in your area.

Once available, the next step is to choose the company you’d like to supply your internet. Then you should contact them to order your chosen broadband package.  It’s important to point out though that you won’t be automatically upgraded, and you’ll need to get in touch with your broadband provider to see if it offers a service over the new network.

If you’re not currently in scope, you can register your interest on our “Expression of Interest” tool.  It’s part of our fibre checker – once you’ve entered your postcode and found your address, just scroll down to “Register Your Interest” then enter your personal details so that we can see that you’re interested in full fibre. 

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FOCUS ON YOURSELF AND YOUR WELLBEING

NHS West Lancashire CCG have published a number of resources people can access for free.

Active West Lancs will resume its programme of health activities when it is appropriate to do so. Keep an eye on the Active West Lancs website https://activewestlancs.org/ for any online activities and courses it may run in the near future. In the meantime the Sport England website has some great exercise tips and advice https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout

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Home Library Service – If you enjoy reading but struggle to get to the Library because of ill health or mobility problems, then the Library can bring the service to your home.  For more information contact the Library on 0300 123 6703 and ask for Parbold Library. Alternatively, e-mail parbold.library@lancashire.gov.uk

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Message from John Halton Pharmacy. To our much-valued customers, Due to a huge surge in demand for our services, please give us longer to dispense your prescription than you usually would. If you need your medication urgently, please call us and we will be happy to assist you.

We would strongly encourage anyone to please get in touch with their relatives in the village, friends or neighbours who are over 70, to offer to collect their prescriptions from us.

We do have a delivery service, but currently need to reserve capacity for those who have a diagnosis of corona virus or are normally housebound.

We thank you for your patience and your custom during this very difficult time.

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Photographic Memories of Parbold

If you have any photos of Parbold, for any period e.g. Street views, old or new buildings, School photos etc. Please get in touch with Parbold Library, 0300 123 6730, who will arrange for them to be copied and used in the Library archives.

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The Friends of Parbold Station are a local voluntary group who carry out enhancements at the station including planting, hanging baskets, seasonal decoration and the construction of planting boxes and welcome signs. We also arranged for the recently erected village map to screen the ugly bike shelter. Funding for our work has come from several sources including Northern, the Douglas Valley Lions, and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships. The contact for the group is John Sloane on 01257 462641.

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Parbold Tree Warden Group need help! We maintain the Jubilee Garden and the gardens around the Village hall. We would love someone else to join us for the summer when we get a bit overwhelmed! We are also responsible for the planters outside the Village Hall. Would anyone like to take these over and do them in their own time?  We normally meet on a Monday at 9.30 am at the Village Hall. For more info:  tel.01257 462909  Email:abelchris@talktalk.net

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Your local not for profit community choir, Sing4Fun! are starting a new choir for children aged 8-18 / Yr3- Yr13; Sing4Fun!Youth Monday 5.30-6.30: Our Ladies and All Saints School, WN8 7HB Contact:

s4fvouth@gmail.com/ www.s4fyouth.wixsite.com/mvsite / 07753 628752. 1st session free, normally £3.00 pay as you go. We’ll be performing at ‘Parbold Sings 2019’ on Saturday 30th March, Parbold Village Hall.

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SING4FUN! says a huge “THANK YOU” ... to all the community of PARBOLD, for their continuous support over the past 5 years. Our 2 main public events this year, “PARBOLD SINGS 2019”, held at the Village Hall in March and most recently, our joint singing event with the “Pearl of Africa” Choir, held at Our Lady & All Saints R.C. Church this month, raised a total of £1,067 through ticket sales and voluntary donations. This amount has now been presented, on your behalf, to the ‘Pearl of Africa’ (our chosen charity this year) to help ‘...raise money for them to go to school’.

As we begin our 6th year of Community Singing in January 2020, we have recently set up ‘SING4FUN! Youth’ (for young people aged 8-18) We always welcome new members. Contact details: Jo MacRae 07753 628752 parboldsing4fun@gmail.com / 

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UPHOLLAND TAWD VALE LIONS are seeking donations of second-hand furniture, household goods, ornaments and toys for resale at the ‘Lions’ Den’ Charity Shop in Skelmersdale. Contact Chris Lawn on 01257 462283 to arrange collection.

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Community Cars are for any journey when you can't use the bus. For door to door journeys call 01704 893373. 

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