June 2023

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

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Vicar’s Letter

The mystery of the Trinity

Musically I’m a child of the 80s, the 1980s not the 1880s as my children have suggested. I have danced round various handbags in various towns and can still remember all the words to songs from Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet etc!! One of my favourite stars was Toyah Wilcox and her song It’s a Mystery seems appropriate for my topic this month. In church circles one of the daunting preaching tasks is the Sunday where the church celebrates Trinity Sunday. This is a day (4th June this year) where we remember the nature of God rather than a specific historical event.

The Trinity refers to …


Barley Parish Council

Annual Meeting (8 June), resident parking, coronation...

The Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 8th June and you are all invited to attend. Local groups and the PC will be talking about what has happened in the village during the last year and what will be happening in the future for about one hour then we will finish with fine wine and high-class nibbles. This is a village social providing us all with the chance to catch up with those we do not see often enough and the local gossip – it is always a good night so please come along.

The Parish Council now has a full membership and I …


Barley Village Hall

New helpers needed!

Barley Village Hall are looking for new helpers! We have a core team of Trustees on the Committee, but we’re looking for people to join to help out give their time if they can. This may be helping out at the fell races, helping organise a social night, or even helping with some building and maintenance work we have planned. You don’t need to become an actual Trustee of the Hall, just a volunteer who is happy to give some of their time up a few hours a month, someone who we can call on for help! If you’re interested, then we meet on the …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

Dear Diary, What a fabulous May we had...

BBC Radio Lancashire joined us and four fabulous little ’uns, from St. Mary’s School, on the park. We chatted about the coronation, our super new play equipment and Access-4-All pathway… the interview can be heard here (the interview starts at 2:07:55).

On the Saturday a lot of us enjoyed watching King Charles III coronation on the TV and then on Sunday we all got together for a picnic on the park! What a day! Chloe opened the Access-4-All pathway, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, there were delicious cakes, bottles of fizz, balloons, games and lots wonderful people meeting old friends and new faces. …


Roughlee Parish Council

New Chair, village events, Parish Gathering (3 July)...

Due to Parish Council elections, our rather belated AGM took place in mid May. As previously reported no changes were made to the make up of the Parish Council after the election. Andrew Walker stepped down from his role as chair of the PC and I was elected as his replacement. I would like to thank Andrew on behalf of the PC for his hard work over the last 7 years and for the expertise and guidance that he has brought regarding planning applications and the associated difficulties this sometimes brings. Andrew still remains as a Parish Councillor so his experience is not …


Roughlee Village Centre

June 2023 events

  • Music, Beer & Gin Festival – 2-4 June
    RVC is delighted to be hosting the Roughlee Music, 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.
  • Pendle Pub Walk – 17 June
    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 …

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St Mary’s Primary Academy

Boat race, celebrations, SATS, swimming...

Life in school seems to have been very busy for everyone this month.

Children, parents and grandparents really enjoyed the Boat Race fundraising event organised by the Friends of Newchurch. We were lucky with the weather and the Cabin in Barley remained open so that children and parents could purchase ice-cream and coffees etc., which added extra sparkle to the occasion. It was a very successful event raising £547 for school resources, please can I extend a massive thank you to all involved.

Since the last edition of the Parish Newsletter, we have celebrated two very special dates with families and friends of our pupils …


Roughlee Church of England Primary School

Coronation, parking, Mad Hair Day, Summer Fair (30 June)...

  • Coronation Celebration Day
    On Friday 5th May, we held a Coronation Celebration Event in school. In the morning, the children enjoyed making lots of different arts and crafts to celebrate King Charles III and they all received a special commemorative Coronation badge. Then in the afternoon, we had lots of fun playing games with the parents, despite the poor weather!
  • Parking
    In one our recent newsletters, we thanked our families for their considerate parking in and around school. We also reminded them to promptly move their cars after drop off/collection to try to reduce congestion and free up spaces for other families. We would …

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Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw

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

  • 1st prize of £25 – number 86, Charlotte Simpson Jones
  • 2nd prize of £20 – number 42, Susan Lyle
  • 3rd prize of £15 – number 81, Natalie Lowcock

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

72 Seasons

31 May - 5 June: The Elder Flowers

Elderflowers bloom on mass from late May as hanging sprays of small white flowers. The flowers then develop into purple elderberries in late summer. Elderflower is delicious mixed into cordials, cakes, tarts, trifles and jams. It pairs particularly well with tart fruits such as rhubarb and gooseberries. Why not try your hand at an elderflower recipe? Would this be a new venture for you, or is elder flower something that you bake, cook or create drinks from regularly?

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 …


Events in Barley: June 2023

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 21st June, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – Business Meeting with items of interest. Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. Email →
  • Pendle Patchers – 13th & 27th June, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – The Pendle Patchers are still busy and enough members are managing to meet twice a month despite juggling holidays, medical appointments and grandparent duties. We’re expecting a bumper turn out for our meeting on Tuesday, 13th June as there’s a rumour that we might be having an afternoon tea from the Cabin, to celebrate the Coronation and/or midsummer, or both. We …
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St. Mary's Church

June 2023 Services

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.

  • Sunday 4th June, 9.30am – BCP Holy Communion for Trinity Sunday
  • Sunday 11th June, 9.30am – Holy Communion to celebrate Music Sunday
  • Sunday 18th June, 9.30am – BCP Holy Communion
  • Sunday 25th June, 9.30am – All Age Service of the Word

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