October 2023

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

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In memoriam

James Keith Starkie, 1952-2023

This edition is dedicated to the memory of James Keith Starkie, who created Parish News in 2003, and produced it month after month for 14 years. This exceptional commitment was just one example of his many acts of public service. Beyond anything expected or required; a generosity of spirit that helped make our Pendleside villages better. Thank you James.

St. Mary’s Newchurch

New church facilities celebrated

The community of Newchurch in Pendle joined together recently to celebrate works at the village’s four hundred year old church to create a new community space for events and gatherings.

Recent additions to St Mary’s include the creation of a new small kitchen area, toilet and event/gathering space – and are the first significant works to take place at the church for over 200 years.

A special service led by Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Revd Philip North was held at St Mary’s Church to bless the works undertaken so far.

Members of Newchurch in Pendle Parish Council and the local community attended alongside Rt Hon Andrew Stephenson, Conservative …


Barley Parish Council

Playground, planning, wall repairs, James Starkie...

As we march in to October there is still no sign of better weather coming and that must reflect the number of residents I know that have been on holiday in September or planning to go in October. We don’t have storm chasers round here, only sun chasers.

The Council have been working on a playground improvement project for almost twelve months. The PC had invited four suppliers to participate in a playground “design and build” project setting out our aspirations and all four suppliers visited the site and initially showed great interest, but over time two withdrew stating that the site layout limitations were …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

Church, meetings, Bonfire Night, Santa...

  • St. Mary’s Church
    Work has now been completed to link the new Church waste pipes to the main sewer which runs under the park. An easement across the park was granted by the Parish Council to facilitate this link and all works were undertaken at the Church’s expense. In the next few weeks we should know whether the Church is available for village events including the Parish Council meetings – please keep an eye on the notice board for more news…
  • Parish Council Meetings
    At September’s meeting we were pleased to be joined by some residents wishing to raise an issue. As a reminder, the public …

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Roughlee Parish Council

James Starkie, replacement wall, speeding, panto...

I am sad to report the passing of James Keith Starkie during September. Our thoughts and prayers go to Janet and her family. Over the last 20 plus years James had a huge influence on our village. During this time he had been Chair of the Village Centre Committee and the Parish Council, he was was instrumental in designing and project managing the porch on the village centre and for commissioning “our Alice” (as he would say) statue in the village, amongst many other things. He also went on to successfully represent us as a Borough Councillor and then later on …


Roughlee Village Centre

Halloween Festival, Witch Wines, Dickens Christmas Fayre...

  • Pendle Halloween Festival – RVC’s Halloween festival is fast approaching, and once again a fun packed day awaits. In addition to Stone the Crows Border Morris dancers who will be performing at regular intervals throughout the afternoon, there will be a pumpkin carving contest, fancy dress competition, hot food and a licenced bar. If you fancy a break from all the excitement then take a stroll through the village and have a look at the all the Scary Scarecrows being displayed. So come along to the Roughlee Village Centre from 11am and join in the ghoulish goings on!

    Roughlee Villagers don’t forget to get your …

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RVC charity fundraising

£4,715 donated to good causes so far this year

After running successful events such as the Beer and Gin Festival and Pendle Pub Walk we are pleased to announce that Roughlee Village Centre Committee have been able to make the following charitable donations so far this year:

  • The British Heart Foundation £650
  • Prostate Cancer UK £650
  • Pendleside Hospice £3150

Additionally we raised £265 for the local charity DEPHER from the sale of the 2023 Village Centre Calendar. Look out for next year’s calendar which will be going on sale at our Xmas event and over the bar at the Bay Horse later this year.

Planning Applications

Applications validated in September 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

  • Ref. No: 23/0611/TCA – Sabden Great Hall, Sabden Fold – Removal of large diseased ash tree from south-west boundary, reduction of nearby isolated hawthorn on south-west boundary to hedge height and removal of small diseased ash tree from south boundary within a Conservation Area

Roughlee Booth parish

  • Ref. No: 23/0434/HHO – 8 Crowtrees Grove, Roughlee, Nelson, Lancashire BB9 6NE – Full: Insertion of first floor window to rear roof slope.

Roughlee CE Primary School

Extension, improvement priorities, garden, new applications...

What a busy start to the year! We have been pleased to welcome new Reception children to Roughlee this month and it has been a pleasure to watch the children settle into their new routines and lessons. It has also been wonderful to watch them interact and play with their friends – school is a very happy place to be.

September is a very exciting month indeed, as our long awaited extension is due for completion. We would like to say a huge thank you to our neighbours and the local community for being so understanding and patient while the building works have been …


St. Mary’s CE Primary School

New term, Friendship, Commando Joe's...

What an exciting start back to the Autumn Term, our reception children have thoroughly enjoyed the good weather whilst playing in our outdoor area, we have also had a focus on friendship and it’s been wonderful how our Yr 6 pupils have mentored the new Reception pupils and helped them settle in to school life.

This Term we have a commando in from Commando Joe’s to work with the children on their problem solving skills, resilience and self confidence.

As always we have a range of after school clubs for the children to enjoy, including Handball, Yoga and mindfulness and gardening club.


Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw

The winners of the Friends Of Newchurch 100 Club Draw for August and September are:


  • 1st Prize £25 – No. 92 Pia Lyle
  • 2nd Prize £20 – No. 83 Lisa Forrester
  • 3rd Prize £15 – No. 58 Karen Hatfield


  • 1st Prize £25 – No. 75 Amanda Moffat
  • 2nd Prize £20 – No. 86 Charlotte Simpson-Jones
  • 3rd Prize £15 – No. 98 Claire Chilton

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone for taking part!

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Please mention Parish News to them!

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72 Seasons

28 September – 2 October: Black Elderberries Dance in the Wind

Do you make an elderberry cordial? It’s supposed to be very good for immune systems, but you do have to be careful with elderberries as they are poisonous if not treated correctly.

This is the season where not only are the berries about, but they also dance in the winds. Have a look and see if you can spot some movement?

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, …


Barley Methodist Church

Pet service, craft fayre, FOG club...

  • 1st October – Pet service, 4pm
    Bring your pet along to the service. Afterwards there will be a pet parade and a refreshments
  • 21st and 22nd October – Craft Fayre, 11am to 4pm
    Wide variety of stalls with some great Christmas gifts available, refreshments available, free admission. There is also an exhibition of old photos of Barley.
  • FOG Club
    Christian youth club for children aged 6 to 12 (older children welcome to come and help), Every Thursday in term time. 6.30-7.45pm in the schoolroom at Barley chapel

Ring Angela Hargreaves for more details 07967 121 031 or just come along.

Events in Barley: Oct 2023

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 18th October, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – Business Meeting with items of interest. Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. Email →
  • Barley Chapel table tennis club (adults) – Tuesdays 7 to 9pm. Just come along
  • Pendle Patchers – 10th & 24th Oct, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – Pendle Patchers have continued to have a healthy attendance during the school summer holidays, despite grandparenting duties and trips away. Now the evenings are drawing in, talk is around Christmas projects, whether patched, crotcheted, knitted or embroidered, in the hope of getting things completed in time. We have …
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Barley Classic Christmas Fayre

Sunday 10th December

With Santa’s Grotto, carol singing, Christmas lights competition, Barley to Bethlehem and more!

12pm-4pm: Village Hall Christmas Fayre, Christmas craft and gift stalls, refreshments; 4pm: Christmas light switch on and carol singing at the turning circle; 4pm-5pm: Father Christmas village parade and grotto; 5.15pm: Barley to Bethlehem; 6.30pm: Christmas carol karaoke and drinks at the Pendle Inn

Hot food and drinks supplied by the Cabin on the turning circle from 4pm onwards.

Everybody welcome!

St. Mary's Church

October 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 1st October – 9.30am – Service of the Word
  • Sunday 8th October – 9.30am – Harvest Festival
  • Sunday 15th October – 9.30am – Service of the Word
  • Sunday 22nd October – 9.30am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 29th October – 9.30am – Holy Communion
  • HAIL! BRIGHT CECILIA – An Informal Evening of Music in Celebration of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music and Musicians
    St Mary’s Church, Newchurch-in-Pendle
    Wednesday, November 22nd at 7.30pm
    Programme to include a varied assortment of jazz, folk, and classical music, followed by refreshments. No Tickets – Retiring Collection & Donations – All Welcome

Contact Douglas or Gin for more details on 07907 458 894 or 07887 844 025. Alternatively email douglas@douglasbull.co.uk or familycrewe@hotmail.com