April 2023

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

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Vicar’s Letter

Easter blessings

What is Easter you may ask? Easter is when we celebrate that Jesus is risen from the dead. In the church seasons Easter lasts for many more days than Easter Sunday. In fact Easter lasts for 50 days, with the joyful tone set at the first Easter service (in St Mary’s this will be at 6.00am on Easter Sunday 9th April) is maintained for the next seven weeks until the day of Pentecost (28th May Joint service at St Thomas 10.30am) where the promised arrival of the Holy Spirit completes and crowns the Easter season.

There are many Easter customs around the world. Here are a …


Barley Parish Council

Coronation plans (Save the Date - Sunday 7th May!), grant awards, project updates...

With the coronation of King Charles III scheduled for Saturday 6th May we have an event and a bank holiday weekend to look forward to. On top of that, Barley will be celebrating with a fun-filled family event the following day, hopefully on the Village Green, followed by a night time extravagance with buffet, drinks, quiz and dancing till late at the Village Hall. It is going to take a massive effort to make this happen and we desperately need volunteers on the day and over the weekend to prepare the village and decorate…..and this means the younger group this time….please contact Joanne at [ READ MORE → ]

Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

God Save The King!

It’s only a matter of weeks until the Coronation celebrations for King Charles III. What are you up to?

Goldshaw Booth Parish presents the Coronation Picnic on the Park, 7th May at 12noon…. For more details see Cllr. Anthony Dawson’s article below and Chloe’s fab poster. Just bring your own picnic!

The Coronation Picnic takes place on Newchurch park – the perfect event to celebrate the new park facilities; King Charles III Pavilion, Castle climbing frame / slide play unit, refurbished swings, magic toadstools and the Access-4-All pathway – all funded by the Section 106 (Open Spaces) fund as part of the planning permission agreement for the …


Newchurch Coronation Picnic on the Park & 'Access for All' Grand Opening

Save the Date - Sunday 7th May, Newchurch play area

On 7th May we shall be celebrating the grand opening of the new pathway in the Newchurch play area, which signifies the completion of the Access for All project we have been underway with. This makes the park more accessible to anyone who requires a more even surface with a gentle gradient, including pram users and residents! We shall also be enjoying the newly-installed King Charles III Pavilion, which signifies the last spending of the Section 106 money (derived from the developers undertaking the Spenbrook residential development which also nears completion).

Join us in the park to celebrate the Coronation but don’t forget your picnic hamper!

Roughlee Parish Council

Parish Gathering DATE CHANGE (now 3 July), Queen's Canopy opening...

Due to a clash with other events scheduled for the Village Centre it is necessary to change the date for the Parish Gathering from 22nd June to 3rd July. The Gathering is an important event in the village calendar as it allows all residents of the village to come together and meet with Parish Councillors, to hold the Council to account, to receive presentations on current local matters of interest and to enjoy a glass of wine and snacks at a concluding social. We look forward to a good turn out from villagers.



Roughlee Village Coronation Day Show Event & VIP Experience

Saturday 6th May

Roughlee Village Centre

Coronation Event, Beer & Gin Festival, Pub Walk, Cinderella Panto...

  • 6 May – Coronation Event (see the adverts above for full details): Show Event 2-11pm including live entertainment from Inner Frenzy, Jake Dixon, The Real Village People, Roughlee Ruffians, Barrowford Choir, Sam & Fran, Malkin Morris and DJ; and a VIP experience from 11am to watch the coronation live on a big screen plus superb afternoon tea and prosecco. Roughlee residents get priority until 12th April, then tickets on general sale from 13th April. See Glen or ring 07849 774438 before they sell out.
  • 2-4 June – Roughlee Beer & Gin Festival: 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.
  • 17 June – Pendle Pub Walk: As always Roughlee Village Centre and The Bay Horse will be official venues and putting on the usual great show of live entertainment with delicious food and beverages available. Watch this space for more details.
  • 12-13 Jan 2024 – RVC Panto Cinderella: We are full steam ahead with our panto Cinderella after a hugely enjoyable launch meeting, followed by a production meeting and first read through of the script for our aspiring actors. We are delighted to announce that the RVC Panto performance dates are Friday 12th Jan 2024 at 7pm and Saturday 13th January 2024 at 3pm. There is still time to get involved so if you are interested in being part of the panto company either on or off stage then please get in touch. Our next casting read through is on 5th April and we still have some parts which need filling.
  • From April the Bay Horse will be open for breakfast, see their Facebook page for more details.

Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw

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

  • 1st prize of £25 – number 61, David Lowcock
  • 2nd prize of £20 – number 86, Charlotte Simpson-Jones
  • 3rd prize of £15 – number 58, Karen Hatfield

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

Malkin Morris - May Day session

Monday 1st May, 7pm

Malkin Morris invites you to a special May Day session at 7pm on Monday May 1st 2023, May Day, in Roughlee Village Centre to try out maypole dancing, free. If fine we shall be outside the Centre in the car park and if inclement we shall use a broom handle maypole inside the Centre. No previous experience is necessary as full instruction will be given if required.

After that we hope to repair to the Bay Horse for our usual informal music session- newcomers always welcome.

If you’ve always wanted another go at maypole dancing after doing it at school, or wondered if it it is as complicated as it looks (it isn’t!) come and try it out. After all, it will be May Day!

Further details from Gin Crewe, familycrewe@hotmail.com / 07887844025, our facebook page or just turn up

72 Seasons

31 March - 4 April: Daffodils Dance in the Breeze

Daffodils are often seen as symbols of wealth. In Wales they are referred to as ‘Lent Lily’ and it is said they if you spot the first daffodil of the season, your next year will be filled with wealth, so keep your eyes peeled! Will that be the wealth of enjoying nature or actual wealth! What do you think?

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 www.72seasons.co.uk, or follow along on social media and explore the rest of the 72 Seasons: Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

St Mary’s CE Primary Academy

Boat race fundraiser - Fri 21st April, 3.45pm, Barley Picnic Site

Friends Of Newchurch School are holding a boat race to raise funds for St Mary’s CE Primary Academy, Newchurch.

Friday 21st April 2023, Barley Picnic Site. Boats will be released at 3.45pm.

Boats are £1 each and can be purchased from either the school, The Pendle Inn or The Cabin, Barley. Cash prizes to be won for first, second and third place. Please help support our school.

Events in Barley: April 2023

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 19th April, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – Business meeting and items of interest – Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. Email →
  • Pendle Patchers – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in the month, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – Pendle Patchers have had a quiet couple of meetings in the last month with no workshops or excuses for celebrations in the form of cakes or teas, so we’ve been getting our heads down and getting on with our own various projects. We’re delighted to have had two new members come to the group who are both experienced in sewing but new to patchwork, which they are going to try out. If anyone would like to come to the group, we will be meeting again on Tuesdays, 11th and 25th April from 1pm at Barley Village hall. You are welcome to come with any sewing or knitting craft, or none at all, and enjoy a brew and chat. 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

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 April 2023

  • 2nd April (Palm Sunday), 9.15am – Palm Procession followed by 9.30am BCP Holy Communion
  • 9th April (Easter Sunday) – 6.00am Sunrise service, 9.30am Holy Communion
  • 16th April, 9.30am – BCP Holy Communion
  • 23rd April, 9.30am – All Age Communion
  • 30th April, 9.30am – Morning Prayer

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