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.

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.

Parbold Coffee Association Our first morning was a great success please come along to our next fortnightly coffee/tea morning at Parbold Village Hall our next dates are Tuesday 11th & 25th April 9.30 until 12. We will be serving toast, tea cakes, crumpets and of course cake!! A place to meet and have a chat everyone’s welcome.

Play Bridge: Come and play bridge at Parbold Village Hall Studio. Thursday mornings, 10-12. Starts from 13 April. Open to all.

The Trusselltrust. Food Bank Following the closure of Coffee etc the Village Hall has offered to be a collection point for donations to the food bank at the following times: Monday 9.30-10.30am Wednesday 1-4 and 6-8pm Thursday 3-8pm, Friday. 9.30-10.30am and 6-8pm. Please continue to donate whatever you can as your donations are vital to help our families in need. If you or someone you know needs help or support they can contact the food bank in strictest confidence.               Contact details: Email: Burscouqh@skelmersdalefoodbank.orq.uk Facebook: Parbold Village Group Skelmersdale & District food bank

Parbold Coffee Association  Come along to our new fortnightly coffee/tea morning at Parbold Village Hall starting Tuesday 14th March 9.30 until 12. We will be serving toast, tea cakes, crumpets and of course cake!!, A place to meet and have a chat everyone’s welcome.

Parbold Parish Council and Parbold Community Association Would like to invite PARBOLD residents the chance to celebrate the King’s Coronation with an afternoon tea on Sunday 7th May 2pm at the Village Hall. Tickets are limited and can be requested by contacting - Sue Halton, 01257 463703 (answerphone available) or e-mail - Suehalton10@gmail.com

Play Bridge: Starting in April, Parbold Village Hall Studio, Thursday’s 10am – 12 noon. Open to all, experienced or beginners, pairs or singles. Text Tessa 07854 285191 or Carole 07943 551468

Parbold Village Show It may seem a long way off but your new committee are already busy getting on with your Show. Marquees are booked, entertainers lined up and we'll have loads more chairs from which to enjoy a drink and enjoy the festivities. Show Tent categories should be available online in March and a printed schedule with full entry details will be distributed to every home in Parbold & Newburgh in April. We've also something special being planned for the Friday night. It's not the Barn Dance (boo!) but something that we think will be enjoyed just as much (hooray!).Want to know more? Want to get involved (you're very welcome)? Want to volunteer (amazing)? Got a suggestion (yes please)? Contact parboldvillageshow@gmail.com

Parbold Seated Exercise Group, Monday mornings at the PWI, 11.15am to 12.15pm, £5. Restarting 9th January 2023. Ring 01257 422238 for more details and to book your place

Bikini-Body Bootcamp at Parbold Village Hall - Brand new Monday night session at 6.30pm, “burn” is a combo of weights and cardio giving you a huge calorie burn. Other sessions include Monday 9.30am hiit, Wednesday 9.30am weights and Friday 9.30am burn. No need to book, just turn up. Each session costs £6 or monthly plans for unlimited sessions available for just £42. Please contact Michaela for more info or check out the Facebook page Bikini-Body Bootcamp. contact Michaela 07812 060002

Parbold WI News – April 2023                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The monthly meeting of the Parbold Wl will take place in the hall on Tuesday 4 April 2023 at 7.30pm. The meeting will take the form of a Games Evening. 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 svlvia.iwriqht@btinternet.com or ring the PWI booking line on 0798 427480.

Many thanks to all those who supported the Murder Mystery Evening at the Wl Hall on Saturday 11 March. It was a very enjoyable evening. Keep an eye out for announcements about further events planned for the coming months.

Talking Pictures’ film club open to all.  Wednesdays 2pm Parbold Village Hall, £2.50 per person. www.parboldpicturehouse.org; Contact Tessa Rowe 01257 463493.  Spring Season opens Wed 11th January 2023

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)

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.

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

Parbold Library Special Events – March and April 2023 

Thursday 23rd March and Thursday 30th March – Creative Ways to Improve your Wellbeing with Lancashire Adult Learning – 9.30am – 12.00pm. A  2 week course on Thursday 23rd and Thursday 30th March delivered by Lancashire Adult Learning. Participating in Art activities is known to relieve stress, reduce anxiety and create an increased sense of personal wellbeing. Art is also a well-recognised form of relaxation and has many wider benefits to your wellbeing. During this practical course, learners will be guided through a series of demonstrations using a range of practical techniques, reviewing the connections to the 5 ways to wellbeing throughout. All techniques and activities have been selected because of their connection to wellbeing and they will be suitable to do with limited materials and resources. This event is free to all adults over 19. Places are limited, please telephone, e-mail or pop into the library to book.

Tuesday 4th April – 2pm – 3pm – Meet the author - Join local children's author Rachel Lyon for storytime and crafts. Suitable for ages 3 – 7

Thursday 13th April 10:00am to 10:30am – Come and meet the characters from 'Little Steps', our new reading scheme for ages 2 – 5 and have fun with stories and games.

Wednesday 19th April 10:30 – 11:30 –  Coffee Morning  - The Brick - The Brick Project is a growing charity that delivers big results for the community it serves.

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

Wednesday 19th April - Story Workshop (Pre-School) - 9.30am to 11.30am A session delivered by Lancashire Adult Learning for parents/carers with children in the Early Years foundation Stage (Pre-School). Learning to read can be difficult for children and stressful for parents, however once you foster a love of reading the opportunities are endless. Come along to this session with your child and take part in a range of fun, inspiring and engaging activities. Access to quality texts and resources will up-skill and inspire you to develop your child's reading and engagement skills.

Reading with your child will become your favourite time of day! Parents/carers must attend with their children, preferably one adult to one child. This event is free. Places are limited, please telephone, e-mail or pop into the library to book.

New regular events for our younger customers:

LibraryClub.  Every Friday from 15:45 – 16:30 (term time only)  Every Friday from 15:45 – 16:30 (term time only). Calling all 7 – 11 year olds! Come along and share a range of exciting books and fun activities, drop in for a warm welcome.

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

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:-


or www.parboldonline.info

The Friends of Parbold Library 

The Friends of Parbold Library are pleased to host a talk by Lathom Park Trust. Friday 31st March 2:00-3:00 pm, Parbold Library.                                                                      The History of Lathom Park 1190-1925 by Dorothy Broady Hawkes Includes royal connections to Lathom Park – Henry VII, Charles II, Queen Victoria and George V. FREE - Booking required - call into the library or email parbold.library@lancashire.gov.uk

AGM shall be held on Thursday 16th March at 6pm in the library. ALL VERY WELCOME. Come and find out all about what we do to support our local library

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

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


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.

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

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

Parbold Flood Group – contacts

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


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. 


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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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