July 2023

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

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Vicar’s Letter

Farewell and a prayer

Last month I spoke about the mystery of the Trinity and this month I’m thinking about time which seems appropriate as my time as Vicar of Barrowford and Newchurch in Pendle is coming to an end.

When Mike and I arrived (from the other side of the Pennines no less… Yorkshire born and bred!!) in October 2017 we were made very welcome.

The Bible has over 140 verses about time, one of the most famous is Ecclesiastes 3:1 ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens’. (NIV)

As humans we attempt to order our lives and make plans but sometimes God …


Barley Parish Council

Annual Parish meeting, maintenance, balsam bashing...

The Annual Parish meeting attracted almost 50 residents in early June and there were presentations from the Women’s Institute (Claire Grimshaw), the Village Hall (Sarah Hartley), the Chapel (Angie Hargreaves), the Barley Events Committee (Lee Hunt) and myself on behalf of the Parish Council. The Council was able to introduce the new Councillors and reflect on some of the key events over the last year including the introduction of permanent parking restrictions, parking enforcement on the Turning area and the successful application by residents for permit parking. We also discussed the major projects completed including the Village Green Drainage and Footway plus the car park …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

Dry stone walling, Summer Fair, crime updates...

Firstly, a massive thank you to Howard Hartley (Lancs. County Councillor) for getting stuck in! Howard demonstrated dry stone walling to our very own Frank and between them they repaired the Newchurch park boundary wall – well done both and THANK YOU!

There is re-modelling work ongoing at St. Mary’s church. The creation of a more flexible indoor space plus toilet facility means work is necessary for drainage. This will be joined to the village drainage in Newchurch park and is funded by the Church.

The Friends of Newchurch School are at it again (well done Laura and Team!) raising funds for the school. The St. Mary’s …


Roughlee Parish Council

Parish Gathering (3 July), FORA, Blacko Bar Rd closure...

June has been another busy month for the village both in terms of social events and village issues. The first event was the Music, Beer & Gin Festival which proved to be a great success with the profits being split equally between the charities of Prostate Cancer and the British Heart Foundation. Well done and thanks to all of those involved. The second event was the Pendle Pub Walk which once again from a financial point of view was hugely successful with profits being split equally between Pendleside Hospice and our own Village Centre. However, when taking into account some of the problems this …


Roughlee Village Centre

Future dates for your diary...

Roughlee Village Centre’s calendar for the second half of 2023:

  • Aug 12th (Sat pm) – Duck Race
  • Oct 29th (Sun all day) – Halloween Festival
  • Nov 11th (Sat pm) – Witch Wines
  • Dec 1st (Fri pm) – Dickens Christmas Fayre
  • Dec 22nd (Fri pm) – Roughlee Village Christmas Party

Roughlee Village Centre would like to thank all those who attended, worked tirelessly at, and performed at events we have held in the first half of this year. Your support is invaluable and we are truly grateful. For such a small village we certainly pack in a busy events schedule, and can’t wait to launch into the second half of 2023!

Roughlee Church of England Primary School

Summer Fair, History & Geography Week, Rubbish Day...

It was fantastic to be able to hold our annual Summer Fair again following the pandemic. Our families enjoyed a range of outdoor games, a tombola, face painting, some delicious food and our famous ping pong plunge. The Summer Fair is an invaluable source of fundraising for school so thank you to everyone who donated prizes and their time to make the Summer Fair another huge success. Thank you again to the Bay Horse and the Village Centre for allowing us to use their car parks. We look forward to doing it all again next year!

At school we regularly do ‘themed weeks’ and the children …


St. Mary’s CE Primary School

SATs, summer production, fundraising, retirement...

We have been very busy at school especially the Yr 6 children who have sat their SAT exams, we are extremely proud of how dedicated the children have been and how hard they have worked in the lead up to their exams.

Friends of Newchurch organised a Boat Race, the cost was £1 per boat and they managed to sell over 500 boats, raising £542 (after prize money deductions.) Thank you Friends of Newchurch for your continued support of our school and thank you to the riverside volunteers and all the people that came to cheer the boats along!

The KS2 children are very excited as …


Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw

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

  • 1st prize of £25 – number 15, Grace Scott
  • 2nd prize of £20 – number 62, Mary Bland
  • 3rd prize of £15 – number 87, Jennifer Booker

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

72 Seasons

27 June - 1 July: The Scent of Roses Fills the Air

There are over three hundred species of rose, though it is argued by some horticulturists that some of the species are so similar to one another, that they could in fact be a variation of the same species. Roses are used in a number of different ways, such as for perfume, in food and drink and in medicine, among others. Smell a rose, let the floral scent wash over you. Does it trigger any flash memories? Do you have a favourite rose?

72 Seasons is a creative project, which can encourage a deeper connection to nature and improve wellbeing at the same time. In addition to …


Events in Barley: July 2023

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 19th July, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – A talk by Linda Sawley titled “Elizabeth Parker of Browsholme Hall”. Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. Email →
  • Pendle Patchers – 11th & 25th July, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – The Pendle Patchers were delighted to welcome back one of their members after her recent operation and to see her first ever quilt! She had completed it pre and post op and was proud to show us all. It looked beautiful, and a great achievement for a first effort. The occasion was further enhanced by coinciding …
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St. Mary's Church

July 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.

  • Saturday 1st July, 2pm – Rushbearing: Meet at school before processing to the centre of the village for the crowning followed by a service in church and refreshments
  • Sunday 2nd July, 9.30am – Common Worship Holy Communion for Rushbearing
  • Sunday 9th July, 9.30am – Common Worship Holy Communion
  • Sunday 16th July, 9.30am – BCP Holy Communion
  • Sunday 23rd July – NO service at St Mary’s. Joint service at St Thomas 11am Common Worship Holy Communion for Revd Julie’s last service
  • Sunday 30th July, 9.30am – Morning prayer

Please join us at St. Mary’s for our special service at 3pm on 3rd September. The Bishop of Blackburn is leading the service which is for our Narthex and he will be blessing the toilet. We are continuing our celebrations on the 3rd with a BBQ at Chris and Val’s so do come and join us. The cost is £15 each and please let them know by Sunday 27th August.

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