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, 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

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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

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Parbold WI News – Feb 2023                                                                                                           

The monthly meeting of the Parbold WI will take place in the hall on Tuesday 7 February 2023 at 7.30pm. The speaker this month will be Mark Cameron, an actor, whose talk will be entitled “Soap Suds”. 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 427480.

Pancake Tuesday Parbold WI invite you to join us at the WI Hall to celebrate Pancake Tuesday on Tuesday 21 February 2023, from 10.00am to 12pm. On offer will be tea, coffee and pancakes with a range of accompaniments. All 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 13 December 2022.  Dates for January 2023 will be advised nearer the time.  Lunch club 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 hot 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.

Parbold WI Pantomime

The Parbold WI pantomime, “The Wizard of Oz”, will be performed at the WI hall from Tuesday 24 January to

Saturday 28 January 2023 at 7.30pm, along with a matinee performance on Saturday 28 January at 1.30pm. 

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 5 December 2022 in the DIY shop in Parbold, £8 for adults and £6 for children.  Don’t delay, get your tickets today!

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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

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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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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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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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Parbold Library Special Events – Jan, Feb and Mar 2023 

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

Friday 27th January. Holocaust Memorial Day. 2 - 3 pm. Talk by Dr. Michael Paris, War against the Jews'

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

Thursday 2nd February - Bedtime Stories with Wee Willy Winkie – 5.30pm - 6.30pm                   Celebrate National Storytelling Week with a fun, interactive story time with professional storyteller Rogan Mills. Get comfy in your PJ's, bring your favourite cuddly and enjoy wonderful stories from Wee Willy Winkie.Organised by the Friends of Parbold Library. Suitable for ages 3 - 6. Free, but places are limited, please telephone, e-mail or pop into the library to book.

Friday 24th February – A Taste of Spain 10:00am – 11:00am A session delivered by Lancashire Adult Learning. Suitable for beginners, this course will introduce you to the language and lifestyle of Spain. You will learn to say a few words and phrases and you will have the opportunity to learn about the way of life in the country, the main traditions and festivals.

This event is free to all adults over 19. Places are limited, please telephone, e-mail or pop into the library to book. Parbold Library, Cultural Services, Lancashire County Council, T: 03001236703, W: www.lancashire.gov.uk

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.

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:-

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 celebration of Lancashire

Join us for music stories and more with the fantastic Tacklers Tales with Mark Dowding and Sid Calderbank

Parbold Library, The Common, Parbold, Wigan WN8 7EA

Thursday 24th November 2022 7:30pm

Hot pot and apple pie included. Please advise of dietary requirements Bring your own drinks and glass

Tickets £15 available from the library and are limited.

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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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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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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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