September 2023

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

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Notes from a Churchwarden

Church changes and a wedding...

On Sunday 6th August around twenty members of St Mary’s and St Thomas’s congregation went along to the Diocese of York, Celebration of Ministry, with the collation and induction of The Reverend Julie Lesley Smith as Vicar of the Parish of St Mark, Marske-in-Cleveland. I am sure everyone enjoyed the service, with rousing hymns, plus lovely refreshments afterwards.

At St Mary’s we have been experiencing quite a lot of changes in church – a brand new boiler fitted in the tower area, several pews have been removed at the back of church, a new floor put down and reflagged over and a mini kitchen has …


Barley Parish Council

Drainage, parking, planning, fish...

It was just one year ago we were completing drainage works on the Village Green and they have been tested this last couple of months, the north west having its wettest July since records began back in 1891. The only comfort we take is that the drains were put in last year and not this year – hopefully we will have an “Indian Summer” with better weather in the autumn.

The County Council have told us that the resident parking could be operational in September and I am sure this will be welcomed by many residents. Once installed we will see more frequent enforcement officer visits …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

Come along...

The next Parish Council meeting will bring discussion about the snagging and completion of the Access-4-All pathway in Newchurch park and the planning of events over the next few months. We are looking at: Bonfire Night; Santa Comes to Newchurch; and the switching on of the Christmas lights – all dates and arrangements will be confirmed on the Goldshaw Booth Parish Council FB group and in next month’s Parish News.

Imminent is the St. Mary’s Church blessing of the refurbishment works creating the new Narthex (with kitchen and toilet). The area will be available to the village for events and could well be the new …


Roughlee Parish Council

Capital bids, BKV final, thefts, Seniors' Christmas Lunch...

Last month I reported that we had applied for capital grants from Pendle Borough Council and I am very pleased to confirm that we were successful with all of the bids that we made. A new gas tank for the village centre, perimeter fencing for the village centre (to keep people in) and planters for the corner opposite the bus shelter at Happy Valley. This is a bit of a project as the site needs weeding and hedges need cutting back before we can commence. Hopefully will have it sorted before the end of the year so that we will benefit from Spring bulbs. …


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Please mention Parish News to them!

If you have any neighbours or friends that have just moved to the area, or who might not be aware of this newsletter, please can you mention Parish News to them. We’re now on 720 email subscribers across Barley, Newchurch and Roughlee so are definitely reaching the majority of households, but it’s an ongoing job to let people know when there’s no longer a physical copy being delivered and not everyone will see the adverts on noticeboards. Thanks for your help!

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Roughlee Village Centre

Halloween Festival Sunday 29 Oct...

Pendle Halloween Festival – Sun 29th October – Choose your spot and start preparing your spooky scarecrows! Get them up by 10am for judging at 11.30am. If you don’t live on the route, scarecrows can be placed at bus stops, benches, railings or larger plots at Roughlee Village Centre.

During the afternoon of Sunday 29th October there will be spooky fun for all the family at Roughlee Village Centre – further details in next month’s Parish News, and get it in your diary now!

Future autumn and winter events for your diary:

  • Witch Wines (date TBC – more details next month)
  • Dickensian Xmas Fayre Fri 1st Dec in conjunction …
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Planning Applications

Applications validated in August 2023

For full details, or to comment, please enter the reference number, keyword, postcode or address on the Pendle Borough Council Planning system:

Barley with Wheatley Booth parish

  • No new applications

Goldshaw Booth parish

  • No new applications

Roughlee Booth parish

  • Ref. No: 23/0546/HHO – Sunnybrae Noggarth Road Roughlee Burnley Lancashire BB12 9PT – Full: Erection of a single storey extension to rear and porch to front and insertion of dormer windows to rear

72 Seasons

2 – 7 September: The Orange Leaves Start to Show

This season it’s time to look out for orange in the leaves around. Can you see a lot or a little? Are some leaves in a state of change? Where does the orange begin? Who knows, you might even manage to catch a falling one.

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: …


Events in Barley: Sept 2023

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 20th September, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – A presentation by Mike Clarke titled “Coal, Canal and Cotton”. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal in East Lancashire. Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. Email →
  • Pendle Patchers – 12th & 26th Sept, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – Patchers have continued to get some work done as well as chatting. Jenny’s quilt is ‘work in progress’ and although she says progress is very slow, we all thought it’s looking good. Please note the ‘flying geese’ at the top and bottom which, although have been the cause of …
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Prehistoric Bowland

The Lord of Bowland's 12th Annual Lecture

  • Delivered by Dr Rick Peterson – Reader in Archaeology, University of Central Lancashire – Tues 3rd Oct, 7.30pm–9pm, Tithe Barn, Browsholme Hall

Since 2011, the University of Central Lancashire has been excavating newly discovered prehistoric sites around New Laund Hill in Whitewell. With the final season of excavation completed in 2021, we are now starting to see how this landscape was used from the Late Mesolithic (around 7000 years ago) until the Middle Iron Age (around 2500 years ago).

This lecture will review the results from the project and include recent work such as the discovery of a whole new Middle Iron Age settlement site and a …


St. Mary's Church

September 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.

Services will take place on the following dates:

  • Sunday 3rd Sept – 3pm – Special service (see below)
  • Sunday 10th Sept – 9.30am – Education Sunday
  • Sunday 17th Sept – 9.30am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 24th Sept – 9.30am – All age worship

The Bishop of Blackburn will lead the special service taking place on Patronal Festival weekend at 3pm on 3rd September, to celebrate building works progress for St Mary’s Narthex. He will be blessing the works complete so far – including the brand-new toilet! Afterwards celebrations will continue with a Barbeque Feast at Chris and Val’s. Cost is £15 each and all are welcome. Small number of places still available – please let them know asap if you’d like to join.

Contact Douglas or Gin for more details on 07907 458 894 or 07887 844 025. Alternatively email or