January 2024

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

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Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

From the Church Wardens

St. Mary's Newchurch

Suddenly 2023 is at an end and even though we know about this, it still takes some of us a bit by surprise having to write 2024. It has been such a year – recovering from the impact of Covid, major international wars, economic problems, weather which has gone from one extreme to another, and many more changes in our lives.

At St. Mary’s we now have a church with a toilet, kitchen, and meeting area, and it has made life so much easier. It has given us more opportunities to talk and plan, and share food and ideas. Julie has left us to go back …


Barley Parish Council

Christmas Fayre & Carols, Thanks, Road Closure...

The wonder of Christmas came to Barley in 2023. On 10th December a lovely traditional Christmas Fayre in the Village Hall kick started an awesome event with carols around the tree, Christmas lights switch on, Barrowford Community Choir and Ava Hunt filling the air with beautiful singing, a magical sleigh brought Father Christmas with his helpful elf to a spectacularly decorated grotto (a.k.a. the bus shelter!) and lots of delicious Christmassy food and drink. The Christmas lights competition, judged by MP Andrew Stephenson, was won by the Cosway-Kirk family from the Bullion – never has a bin store shone so brightly! The day was rounded …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

A Very Happy & Healthy New Year To All!

I trust you have all had a wonderful and peaceful Christmas with your loved ones and friends as we step into the new year…

What a fabulous year 2023 has been as the Parish welcomed new residents, celebrated the King’s Coronation & summer event, welcomed Radio Lancashire to Newchurch park, and hosted the first annual pumpkin carving competition!

This is all on top of the usual shenanigans of bonfire night, gardening days, Christmas carols, lights switch on and Santa Comes to Newchurch. I’m sure you’ll agree the Events Committee have done a fantastic job and have raised even more money for Pendleside Hospice and Open Door (Colne).

The …


Roughlee Parish Council

Seniors' Lunch, Blue Plaques, Planning, Thanks...

I am guessing that whilst reading this months edition, that you will be either feeling sorry for yourself due to over-indulgence in the last few days, glad it’s all over or not looking forwards to returning to work in the the near future. Whichever one it is I would like to wish a Happy New Year and all the best for 2024.

During December we hosted our annual Seniors’ Christmas lunch which I believe from the comments received was a success. My thanks must go out to the extended team who make this event the success that it is. Now for a confession, I was …


Planning Applications

Applications validated in December 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

  • Ref. No: 23/0823/HHO – Barley Green Cottage Barley Green Barley Lancashire BB12 9JU – Full: Replacement of existing timber door and windows with painted timber and slim double glazing.
  • Ref. No: 23/0821/LBC – Barley Green Cottage Barley Green Barley Lancashire BB12 9JU – Listed Building Consent: Insulation of internal walls and second floor bedroom ceilings, reinstatement of internal joinery, replacement of missing rainwater goods, replacement of existing windows and doors, replacement of defective window stonework, external wall cleaning and repointing, alteration of second floor window opening and internal alterations to first floor and second floor.
  • Ref. No: 23/0814/TWR – Boothman Park Barley New Road Barley Lancashire BB12 9LF – There is 30 ash trees to dismantle and remove which have ask die back. Replanting of 30 native trees will take place after work is complete. These trees are hanging over private roads and activity areas.
  • Ref. No: 23/0780/HHO – Overhouses Lower Barn Barley Lane Barley Lancashire BB9 6LH – Full: Erection of an extension to existing outbuilding.

Goldshaw Booth parish

  • Ref. No: 23/0822/VAR – Spenbrook Mill Spenbrook Road Newchurch In Pendle Lancashire BB12 9JH – Variation of Condition: Vary Condition 2 to alter Plot 3 to include a rear extension of Planning Permission 13/13/0531P.

Roughlee Booth parish

  • Ref. No: 23/0842/TPO – 2 Thorneyholme Hall Barley New Road Roughlee Lancashire BB12 9LH – T25 Sycamore – Crown Reduce 50% back to suitable growing points and T26 Sycamore – Remove.
  • Ref. No: 23/0819/FUL – Sunnybrae Noggarth Road Roughlee Lancashire BB12 9PT – Full: Formation of 2 no. car parking spaces.

St. Mary’s CE Primary School

Rotakids, Christingles & Nativity, Elf-ercise...

Thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas shoebox collection for the local womens’ refuge, we had 38 shoe boxes donated and a cash donation. We are so very proud of our Rotakids for organising this and thinking of those less fortunate than themselves.

The children had an amazing time making Christingles in school followed by a service in Church with Father Paul. Also thank you to the parents that arranged the Christmas Crafting session in school this was a great success and the children got to take home a variety of homemade Christmas decorations.

Our fabulous infant children thoroughly enjoyed performing in the Wriggly Nativity! …


Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw

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

  • 1st prize £50 – no. 18, Martin Hermansen
  • 2nd prize £25 – no. 35, Joanne Hunt
  • 3rd prize £20 – no. 31, Moira Mortimer
  • 4th prize £15 – no. 83, Lisa Forrester

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

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Events in Barley: Jan 2024

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 17th January, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – A presentation by Brian Jeffery on “The Rubbing Mills of Rossendale”. Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. Email →
  • Barley WI – 1st Wed of the month, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – December we had a packed meeting full of food & festivities but the highlight was definitely our cheque presentation to Pendle Hospice for £1000. A huge thanks and well done to our members and supporters raising a fantastic amount. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 3rd January when we start 2024 – the Chinese Year of …
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Diamonds in the Landscape Exhibition

Forest of Bowland's 60th anniversary

Originally designated in 1964, the Forest of Bowland celebrates 60 years in 2024 and starts the New Year with a new name – Forest of Bowland National Landscape. To mark the anniversary of this very special area, Clitheroe Castle Museum will host the launch of a brand-new photography exhibition in February.

Entries for the exhibition have been chosen from images submitted to the National Landscape Partnership’s recent Diamonds in the Landscape competition.

From far-reaching moorland vistas and stunning wildlife shots to majestic woodlands and atmospheric pastoral scenes, the talented photographers have perfectly captured the variety and beauty of the Bowland landscape.

The exhibition will run from 9th February until the 28th April, before going on to tour selected venues across Bowland during 2024.

February will also see the return of the annual Bowland Dark Skies Festival from 10th to 17th. Stargazing, photography tips, family crafts – even a dark-skies inspired food tour – are all on the menu this year. And don’t worry if you miss the main event: there’ll be more opportunities to explore Bowland’s starscapes in autumn as part of the wider Festival Bowland 2024 programme.

For more details about the exhibition and Bowland Dark Skies Festival go to www.forestofbowland.com

St. Mary's Church

January 2024 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 7th January – 9.30am – Communion Service Epiphany; 4.00pm – Coffee and Cake and Carols and Kings
  • Sunday 14th January – 9.30am – Holy Communion Baptism of Christ
  • 18th-25th January – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Sunday 21st January – 9.30am Morning Prayer Epiphany 3 at St Mary’s; 11.00am – Barrowford Churches Together Joint Service for Christian Unity at St. Thomas’
  • Sunday 28th January – 9.30am – Holy Communion, Candlemas

Contact Fr Paul Payton for more details on 07866 696 891 or email frpaulp@yahoo.com.