November 2023

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

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Notes from the congregation

St. Mary's Newchurch

“Would you write a column for the Parish newsletter?” “What me?” I asked. Feeling relatively new to ‘churchgoing’ I wasn’t sure I’d have anything notable to share. However the response was, “just write about why you go to church.” So here goes…

I’ve had fits and starts of attending church over the years. At one point to support the Beaver Scout group I used to lead, and on other occasions because it’s what’s expected when you have or seek to have your child attend a local church school. Yes – I’m one of those parents! It’s a contentious subject I know…

But what I’d like to share …


Barley Parish Council

Remembrance, Playground, Parking, Fell Race...

The Barley Remembrance Service will commence at 1055Hrs on Sunday 12 November at the memorial stone on the Turning Area. The service is well attended and so it should be, all are welcome and refreshments will be served in the Chapel afterwards. The Council will be flying the Armed Forces Flag prior to the event and after the event flags will be taken down and stored until the spring.

After the Remembrance Service the Events Committee are hoping to plant an oak tree on the Village Green embankment to commemorate the Kings Coronation and the village celebrations held in May this year.

In the last edition, I …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

Bonfire (4th Nov), Councillor vacancies, Dates for your Diary...

  • Laura Nutter
    Many thanks to Laura Nutter for her invaluable drive and continued contribution to the Events Committee. The committee organises the various events held throughout the year which, as well as being masses of fun, raise funds for various charities. Due to Laura’s commitments to this and her role as Chair of the Friends of Newchurch, Laura has sadly resigned her position as Parish Councillor. However, we look forward to the many more community events to come and the awesome cake! Thank you Laura.
  • Pretty Cool Pumpkins
    This Halloween saw the Parish’s first annual pumpkin carving competition with a display …

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Roughlee Parish Council

Best Kept Village results, Seniors' Christmas Lunch (7th Dec), Remembrance, speed checks...

As I write October has proved to be one of the quieter months in the village. The “wall” has finally been finished and the road open as normal, with the bus service being reinstated. A long drawn out repair, but, I think worth it, as the new wall looks very well and will look even better when it has “weathered” in.

Our BKV team were represented at the awards ceremony where we came worthy runners up to Grindleton. Roughlee Village Centre was joint runner up in the Public Building category (out of 24 entries). The Bay Horse came joint 7th in Public House category (31 entries). …


Roughlee Village Centre

Witch Wines (4th Nov), Dickensian Christmas Fayre (1st Dec), Cinderella Panto (12th-13th Jan)...

  • Witch Wines (4th Nov) – Once again RVC are delighted to be hosting Witch Wines on Saturday 4th November from 7.30pm at the Roughlee Village Centre. Some excellent wines will be offered for tasting, some delicious cheese and other nibbles and the now infamous “Play Your Cheese Right” will be making a comeback. Tickets are £15 and include food and wine tasting, and as they always get sold out for this event get yours early from Glen on 07849 774438.
  • Dickensian Christmas Fayre (1st Dec) – RVC & the Bay Horse will be getting in the Christmas Spirit on Friday …
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Diamonds in the Landscape Photo Competition 2023

Forest of Bowland's 60th anniversary

This month sees the launch of a special photography competition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of one of the region’s outstanding landscapes.

Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964, the Forest of Bowland AONB celebrates 60 years next year, and AONB Partnership staff are encouraging residents and visitors to share their very own “diamond” memories in photo form.

Bowland is a special place for many people; whether they live in this beautiful area or have visited with family and friends over the decades.

Hetty Byrne, Sustainable Tourism Officer with the AONB said, “The Forest of Bowland is often called a hidden gem …


Roughlee CE Primary School

Hello Yellow Day, Parents' Evening, Christmas Fair (8th Dec)...

What a fantastic first half term we’ve had! By the time you’re reading this, our children should have had a lovely week off school and be back in ready to start Autumn Term 2 and preparing for lots of Christmas fun.

At the beginning of this month, we all took part in Hello Yellow Day. Our children came to school dressed in yellow and explored a wide range of activities focused on developing their emotional wellbeing and a positive mind-set. The children enjoyed learning about the importance of positive mental health and the importance of talking to someone if they are feeling sad or anxious. At …


Planning Applications

Applications validated in October 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
Goldshaw Booth parish
Roughlee Booth parish

  • No new applications

Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw, Fashion Show (9th Nov)

The winners of the Friends Of Newchurch 100 Club Draw for October are:

  • 1st prize £25 – number 91, Susan Fletcher
  • 2nd prize £20 – number 46, Alison Loftus
  • 3rd prize £15 – number 88, Margaret Simpson

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

Fashion Show – Thurs 9th Nov, 7.30pm
Friends Of Newchurch School are holding a Fashion Show with EQ Woman of Clitheroe to raise funds for St Mary’s CE Primary Academy on Thurs 9th Nov at the Pendle Inn. Tickets are £15 and include a delicious hot supper. For tickets please contact All Welcome, please come along and support our school.

People of Pendle: George Fox

The Man, The Hill, The Vision: Mon 27th Nov, Barley Village Hall

Building Bridges Pendle invites you to join guest speakers Wendy Hampton and Ben Pink Dandelion for a look into local Quaker history and the life of a monumental figure in the ‘People of Pendle’ series, George Fox. Monday 27th November, 7-8pm at Barley Village Hall with doors opening at 6.30pm. Free entry with no need to book in advance. For more information email Shabaz

Further background reading on the Pendle Radicals website.

Forest of Bowland Farmer Group

Water, Woodlands and Natural Flood Management: Wed 15th Nov

The Forest of Bowland Farmer Group offers farmers within the AONB the chance to stay connected during the Agricultural Transition. It has delivered two on farm meetings since March, the first being held at Old Hall Farm, Roughlee themed Regenerative Agriculture, and the second at Croasdale Farm in Slaidburn themed Nature Friendly Farming in Bowland. The next meeting is on Wednesday 15th November at Tosside and will focus on Water, Woodlands and Natural Flood Management. If you would like to sign up to the group (no membership fees) then please contact Nichola Gill by email or on 01200 448 000.

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Events in Barley: Nov 2023

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 15th November, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – A presentation by Steve Ragnall on “James King of Clitheroe”. James King sailed with Captain Cook on his final voyage and recorded the official version of his death. Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. Email →
  • Barley Chapel table tennis club (adults) – Tuesdays 7 to 9pm. Just come along
  • Pendle Patchers – 14th & 28th Nov, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – Pendle Patchers are continuing to enjoy meeting up twice a month and to see how we’re all doing with our various projects. This month Jenny revealed …
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72 Seasons

28 October – 1 November: The Pumpkins are Carved

The tradition of carving faces into vegetables dates back to the Celts. As part of their autumnal celebration, they wanted to light the way to their homes for the good spirits, so they carved faces into vegetables such as turnips and squash. Or it could be from the tale of Stingy Jack, who is a character from Irish folk tales. Jack was said to be a blacksmith who tricked the Devil for his own financial gain. After Jack died, God didn’t allow him into heaven, and the Devil didn’t let him into hell. Instead, Jack was sentenced to roam the earth for eternity. The people …


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

November 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 5th November – 9:30am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 5th November – 4:00pm – All Souls’ Commemoration
  • Sunday 12th November – 9:15am – Remembrance Service + Holy Communion
  • Sunday 19th November – 9:30am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 26th November – 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 or