May 2023

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

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Vicar’s Letter

King of Kings

At his Coronation King Charles III will be presented with a Bible – which is hand-bound in red leather and decorated in gold leaf. He will  place his hand on it when he takes his coronation oath. A Bible has been presented to the monarch this way since the joint coronation of William III and Mary II in 1689.

Archbishop Justin Welby commissioned Oxford University Press (OUP) to produce the work of Christian scriptures which was hand-bound and decorated by London bookbinders Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe.

The Archbishop said: “The Bible which will be presented to His Majesty the King is a reminder that Scripture is not …


Barley Parish Council

Coronation plans - 7th May, parish council changes and vacancies...

Barley Events Committee are planning their first couple of events on Sunday 7th May and what a day it promises to be! From 11am on 7th May, the Village Green will be transformed into a fun filled Coronation Event. This event is aimed at families, with a variety of wholesome games and activities which can be enjoyed by young and old. Activities include hook a duck, coconut shy, beat the goalie, plus much more!

Our very own parish councillors have also been great sports so for a limited time only and for a small fee, you can have some fun thoroughly soaking your council representatives whilst they are …


Barley Village Hall Spring Clean

In May, the Village Hall committee members will be having a “spring clean”, we’ll be going through all our cupboards, store rooms and the loft to tidy up and clear out some bits that are no longer used. We appreciate that over the years some groups may have stored things in the Hall that they use from time to time. If this is you, then please let us know so we can keep hold of it. If we don’t hear back from you, there is a good chance that these items could be passed to charity shops or the tip to be disposed of. If you believe you have some bits at the Village Hall that need keeping then please email and we’ll keep them to one side! This will include the PC that uses the Hall. Thank you

Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

Days for your diary…

  • Sunday 7th May, 12 noon – Coronation Picnic on the Park
    Join us as we celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III and the opening of the new Access-4-All park. Bring your own picnic and sun hats. Activities and fundraising for Pendleside Hospice.
  • Monday 8th May, 11am – Village Tidy-Up
    Join us for 1-2 hours of tidying, litter picking and maintenance, in preparation for the Best Kept Village competition. Meeting points at St Mary’s School carpark and the post box (Sabden Fold). Refreshments and equipment provided.
  • Thursday 11th May, 7pm – Annual General Meeting
    Join the Parish Council for discussion about the Parish. What …

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Roughlee Parish Council

Vacancies, school, Parish Gathering and a fond farewell...

As previously announced local council elections will be held on 4th May. The existing seven members of the Parish Council have all indicated their wish to stand again and as the Council now has places for nine members and there were no new nominations the existing Parish Councillors have been reappointed to serve. This does mean that there are vacancies for a further two Councillors and we would welcome expressions of interest from interested villagers.

As this will be a busy period following the elections and the Coronation weekend, the formal Annual Meeting of the Parish Council will not take place until 18th May. This Annual …


Roughlee Village Centre

  • May
    Tickets are selling fast for RVC’s coronation extravaganza! The general event runs from 2-11pm and includes live entertainment from Inner Frenzy, Jake Dixon, The Real Village People, Roughlee Ruffians, Barrowford Community Choir, Sam & Fran, Malkin Morris and a DJ; In addition there might be a few tickets left for the fabulous VIP experience starting at 11am to watch the coronation live on a big screen and includes a superb prosecco afternoon tea. See Glen or ring him on 07849 774438 for all tickets before they sell out.
  • June
    RVC is delighted to be hosting the Roughlee Beer & Gin Festival with Iconic Beers, from 2-4th June. This now famous 3 day event offers hand-pulled beer, craft gins, live music and hot food. Open 2pm-11pm, £3 entry / CAMRA members and children free.

    Also in June we have the Pendle Pub Walk where the RVC and the Bay Horse are both official venues. As you’ve come to expect it will be a great afternoon filled with live entertainment and delicious food and beverages available to provide sustenance to the weary walkers.

Roughlee Village Coronation Day Show Event & VIP Experience

Saturday 6th May

Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw

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

  • 1st prize of £25 – number 4, Ruth White
  • 2nd prize of £20 – number 30, Laura Lane
  • 3rd prize of £15 – number 12, Rosemary Hartley

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

Roughlee Church of England Primary School

Building update, book exchange, garden, coronation...

Building Update – As you may be aware, the contractors have finally started work on our much-needed extension. Unfortunately, they have encountered problems with some structural tree roots for our protected tree, which has caused slight delays. However, the project is still due for completion during Summer. We apologise for any inconvenience caused throughout the build process and we would like to sincerely thank you for your understanding and support.The purpose built extension will enable us to provide wrap-around care provisions, which will reduce congestion and parking issues outside school. Throughout the school day, the new extension will be utilised as an additional teaching space …


St Mary’s Primary Academy

Chick hatching, talks, t-shirt competition...

We have enjoyed another very busy half term, but the highlight for everyone at school was the 10 Day Chick Hatching Programme. We had a school full of very excited children watching and waiting for 10 embryo eggs in an incubator to hatch. The children learned many skills caring for the chicks afterwards – it was a very enjoyable experience for all involved.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service came into school to talk to Years 2 and 6 to discuss what to do in the event of a fire and how to develop home evacuation plans.

We enjoyed a very interesting visit from the Canals …


72 Seasons

30 April - 4 May: Trees Turn Green

After the bare, browns of winter trees, now is the time that they begin to regain their green colours. Do you know the old saying ‘If the ash comes out before the oak, there’ll be a summer soak. If the oak comes out before the ash, there’ll be a summer splash.’ Why not have a look and see which is first in your area?

The Woodland Trust, have a free app for identifying British trees, which is available to download for Android & iOS. For more information, see here →

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.

Events in Barley: May 2023

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 17th May, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – “The Great Northern Eclipse” – A Grand Day Out! A presentation on the 1927 solar eclipse by Martin Lunn MBE FRAS. 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 met twice during April to patch, knit, crochet, embroider and persevere despite the vagaries of the boiler at the village hall. We will be meeting again on Tuesdays, 9th and 23rd May from 1.00pm in the Terrace Room at Barley village hall and would welcome anyone who would like to pop in to see us or join us with their own work. A couple of people in the group are patchwork beginners, so if you would like to try making something and are not sure how to start, we have helpful and kind experienced patchers who can give guidance and ideas. 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 May 2023

  • Sunday 7th May, 9.30am – A service of Holy Communion to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III. Crowns optional but feel free to come wearing red, white and blue
  • Sunday 14th May, 9.30am – Said Service of Morning Prayer followed by refreshments and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting
  • Saturday 20th May, 2.00pm – Lambing Service in Barley Methodist Chapel
  • Sunday 21st May, 9.30am – Said BCP Holy Communion Service
  • Sunday 28th May – No service at St Mary’s. Joint service at St Thomas Church Barrowford at 10.30am for Pentecost

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