March 2023

Your official monthly newsletter for the Pendle villages of Barley, Newchurch, Roughlee, Sabden Fold & Spenbrook.

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Vicar’s Letter

Remembering the ladies

In my Christmas sermon I mentioned that Christmas 2022 was what is known as a Vicar’s Christmas because 25th December fell on a Sunday (in theory less work for the Vicar!). One of the suggestions from the excellent Roots resource that the church uses was to think about how Christmas isn’t just for Christmas. Each 25th of the month we are invited to think of an aspect of Christmas that can inspire us to do something for ourselves, the local community or the wider world.

25th March is a special day in the Christian calendar. It goes by the rather fancy title of ‘Annunciation of Our …


Barley Parish Council

Car Park resurfacing updates, Fell Race (4 Mar), Craft Fair (18-19 Mar)...

This week was the one-year anniversary of Russia invading Ukraine and much to my surprise, Ukraine still stands. We have all felt the impact of the war in our pockets as commodity prices have increased but the war is robbing the people of stability, safety, friends, family and hopes for the future. A different, but equally sad plight, for many Syrians and Turks following the devastating earthquake back on 6 February, I am sure life is at the very least as bad there as it is in the worst areas of the Ukraine.

Not meaning to sound cynical, but the press would have us …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

#CommunityMatters - Coronation Big Lunch, BKV, Spenbrook Mill...

A resident recently commented that we ‘never see anyone in Winter’ and that she was looking forward to the warmer, lighter months and to chatting with people around the parish again… On this I think we can all agree!

We can look forward to spending more time outside and as we start making plans for the parish; the gardens, woodland and park, and the annual Community events, the PC are mindful to provide for the needs of as many people as possible. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas (either through the Facebook group, by chatting or by coming along to …


Roughlee Parish Council

Police Q&A (6 Mar), elections, planning appeals, Parish Gathering...

First, to let you know that our next Parish Council meeting is on Monday 6th March at 7pm in the Village Centre.

We are expecting that the meeting will be attended by our local police officers who will be able to answer questions and deal with your local concerns. So if you have things you wish to discuss with the police please attend at 7pm.

Also on matters affecting the Parish Council, you may be aware that local Council elections will be held on 4th May 2023. These elections are for Pendle Borough Council and for Parish Councils including Roughee. At the moment Roughlee has 7 Parish …


Roughlee Village Centre

Lots going on at Roughlee Village Centre as usual, some highlights below:

March 4 – Panto Launch breakfast meeting, come along to the RVC at 10am on 4th March for a brew and a breakfast buttie and find out more about our very own panto and how you can get involved!

March 4 – RVC is delighted to be hosting another Race Night. 8 races, tote betting, pie and pea supper, music ’til late, bring your own drinks. Tickets at the bargain price of £10, order by 1 March from Glen on 07849 774438. You don’t want to miss out, so get your tickets soon.

Save the date Saturday 6th May: Roughlee Village Centre is hosting our very own Coronation Party. We’re keeping the details top secret for now as we don’t want to spoil the surprise but please hold the date in your diaries for one heck of a party!

Save the date – Roughlee Beer & Gin Festival, 2-4 June 2023 – 3 days of hand-pulled beer, craft gins, live music and hot food with iconic beers – award winners of the last 20 years. Open 2pm-11pm, £3 entry / CAMRA members and children free.

Barley Chapel Craft Fairs

This year Barley Chapel will be holding a number of Craft Fairs over the next few months. The funds raised are for the running of the Chapel so please support us.

The dates are:

  • Sat 18th & Sun 19th March
  • Sat 17th & Sun 18th June
  • Sat 19th & Sun 20th August
  • Sat 21st Oct & Sun 22nd Oct

Variety of craft stalls including home made jam and cake stall, Tombola. These weekends allow us to meet together as a community and catch up which is really important for our village.

Each weekend we will also be selling Takeaway Afternoon Teas for £7.50 (adult) / £5 (child) – please give Angie a call to order on 07967 121031.

Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw

The Friends of Newchurch School 100 Club draw took place for February, the winners are:

  • 1st prize of £25 – number 84, Douglas Bull
  • 2nd prize of £20 – number 83, Lisa Forrester
  • 3rd prize of £15 – number 45, Claire Nutter

Thank you to all who take part in the monthly draw, it is very much appreciated.

72 Seasons

1 - 5 March: Plants Show Their First Buds

As the warming sun begins to caress the Earth, the cold colours of winter begin to be replaced by the natural colours of Spring. Many plants begin to bud, turning the Earth green. We can’t resist touching them, from sticky to soft, this is a season to caress!

Werner’s nomenclature of colour is a book, first published in 1814, which Charles Darwin used to describe the colours of the natural world in his observations. You can have a go yourself as the book is available online. Why not have a look at Werner’s Greens for this and compare them to your surroundings.

How do you feel about the descriptions and titles of the colours? Do you agree, or do you have your own ideas?

72 Seasons is a creative project, which can encourage a deeper connection to nature and improve wellbeing at the same time. In addition to the seasons profiled each month in Parish News, you can find out more about the project in detail at, or follow along on social media and explore the rest of the 72 Seasons: Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Roughlee CE Primary School

Easter Fair - Thurs 30 Mar, 1.30-3.30pm

Roughlee CE Primary School Easter Fair will take place on Thursday 30th March 2023 1.30pm – 3.30pm. The children will be busy making items that will be on sale alongside a variety of stalls being run by school. The fair will be an invaluable source of fundraising for school and will help us to buy resources for the children and take them on fantastic free school trips. You are all welcome to attend.

The Great Pendle Witch Country Photo Hunt

Congratulations to Karen Riley who won our first £20 Bay Horse Voucher for the month of January, correctly identifying Four Lane ends at Annel Cross Moor.

Thanks to all for your entries in helping to support British Heart Foundation.

Why not have a go in our March Competition? This can be found on the following Facebook link:

Events in Barley: March 2023

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 15th Mar, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – A talk by Geoff Crambie, “Colne’s Incredible, 14 Freemen” – Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. Email →
  • Pendle Patchers – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in the month, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – The Pendle Patchers group enjoyed a wet felting workshop this month when 9 of the members made bowls. Who knew that a pile of wet wool could become a bowl that didn’t collapse in a soggy heap? It was a most enjoyable afternoon and a new experience for all who took part and entertainment for those who looked on while doing their sewing. Our group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in the month, from 1.00pm in Barley Village Hall, we’d be pleased to see anyone who wants to join us or just drop in to see what we do. Contact Gil Beeke on 01282 602449 / Email →
  • Barley WI – 1st Wed of the month, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – a great age span from 20 somethings to 80 somethings so ladies please come along and spend an evening with us and try before you buy
  • Card making class – 1st and 3rd Mon of each month, 1-3pm at Barley Village Hall – for details contact Valerie on 01282 691850
  • Coffee and Chat – 2nd Wed of each month, 10am-12pm at Barley Village Hall – All welcome, not just the old folk – £2 gets coffee (or tea) and cake!
  • FOG Club – Thurs evenings, 6.30pm-7.45pm at Barley Chapel – Call Angela Hargreaves on 07967 121031 for more information

Calling all farmers!

Introducing the new Bowland Farmer Group

A new Bowland Farmer Group has been developed by the Forest of Bowland AONB and is now open for farmers to sign up. It aims to act as a contact group for Farmers within the Forest of Bowland AONB during the agricultural transition to offer support and connectivity, and to promote new friendships and contacts across the area. The group will run ‘on-farm’ events with key speakers attending, send quarterly e-newsletters, and regular email updates with potential funding opportunities, local training events and information on relevant farming news. There is no charge for becoming a member, and you can sign up by emailing or visiting the website.

St. Mary's Church

Our Parish Church exists to be the people of God, through faith in Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, worshipping Him, making disciples and serving others.

Services in March 2023

  • Sunday 5th Mar, 9.30am – 2nd Sunday of Lent BCP Holy Communion
  • Sunday 12th Mar, 9.30am – 3rd Sunday of Lent Holy Communion
  • Sunday 19th Mar, 9.30am – Mothering Sunday BCP Holy Communion
  • Sunday 26th Mar, 9.30am – 5th Sunday of Lent A Service of the Word

Contact Revd. Julie Smith for more details on 01282 613206 or by email →