March 2024

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

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Pendleside Community Climate Change Action Day 4th May

Beacons not Bystanders

It all started with an idea of Father Paul’s to hold an event on climate change and environmental issues. The seed was set and meetings convened, involving people from local churches and interested residents. Hoping the event will inspire local action we are setting up a free community event on 4th May at St Thomas’ Church, Barrowford (taking advantage of the larger venue).

The day starts with a keynote address by a national expert, followed by a programme of workshops and activities. We will hear about the Trawden experience setting up and running community services, a case study from Simonstone will illustrate what can be achieved …


Barley Parish Council

Playground, Wall, Planning...

An unwanted milestone this week is that the war in Ukraine has now been going on for two years. Watching the images of the bombing and the misery the people are suffering on TV, and with similar from Gaza, are what mainly dominate the news programmes. As distressing the images are, they are far away places from our living rooms but it will be a great day when these wars eventually come to an end and these people can at least enjoy the peace we sometimes take for granted. Puts some of our gripes in to perspective.

We have now been working on the playground improvement …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

Welcome aboard!

At February’s Parish Council meeting, and after a round of interviewing applicants, the appointment of our new Clerk was confirmed. We would like to welcome Neil Corry (resident of Spenbrook) to the team. Neil is semi-retired after years of experience as a civil servant and he is approaching the role with gusto! You can contact Neil with enquiries at the email address below.

As we march towards Spring we are looking for volunteers to help with two outdoor projects. The creation of a garden area in Spenbrook and some tree work in Sparable Wood. The garden will echo the rockery feel of the plots at …


Roughlee Parish Council

Holes, Blacko Bar Road, School, Grants...

”Huzzah”, Spring has finally sprung (I hope). It’s been great to see and feel some warm sunshine, very little wind and for once no precipitation. Lambs have started appearing in the fields and the spring bulbs are thriving. It might not be too long before the grass needs cutting. It’s been another exceptionally quiet month in the village which is great, but it makes it very difficult to write this article, hence the rambling.

Highway barriers have once again appeared in the village around the damaged railings running along side of the river. These have been damaged in two separate incidents and we have been …


Planning Applications

Applications validated in February 2024

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: 24/0095/HHO – Far Banks Farm Cross Lane Barley Lancashire BB12 9JS – Full: Replacement of an existing single-storey extension, erection of a single-storey outdoor store for plant; creation of a first floor external terrace with walkway; various minor fenestration changes and the relocation of an existing garden pod.

Goldshaw Booth parish
Roughlee Booth parish

  • No applications received

Roughlee Village Centre

2024 Dates for your Diary

Roughlee Village Centre’s 2024 calendar of events is now available – get the following dates in your diary:

  • March 2nd – Race Night * TICKETS SOLD OUT *
  • April 27th – Friends of Roughlee Appearance (FoRA) fundraiser
  • June 7-9th – Beer, Gin & Music Festival
  • July 20th – Walking with Witches
  • Sept 7th – Duck Race
  • Oct 27th – Halloween Festival
  • Nov 9th – Witch Wines
  • Dec 6th – Dickensian Christmas Fayre

Barley Village Hall

Volunteers Needed!

BARLEY VILLAGE HALL are seeking some help from new local village volunteers!

Roses are red, violets are blue,
We need volunteers, could that be you?
At Barley Village Hall, we’re seeking a crew, To help with upkeep, there’s so much to do!

Setting up rooms, for events so grand,
Pitching in, lending a hand,
From races to projects, we need a plan,
To keep our hall, in tip-top demand.

So if you’re willing, and have the time, To join our team, it’d be sublime,
Together we’ll shine, our efforts align,
At Barley Village Hall, where hearts entwine.

If you want to help out, drop Tom an …


A Diamond Year to Discover Bowland

Forest of Bowland National Landscape

2024 marks 60 years since the designation of the Forest of Bowland as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and coincides with celebrating our new name as a National Landscape, making this a fantastic year to explore and enjoy this beautiful area.

As the Forest of Bowland launches its 2024 ‘Discover Bowland Guide‘, rural businesses in the area’s Sustainable Tourism Network are emphasising the year-round appeal of this beautiful area and a warm welcome for everyone.

As well as offering practical advice and information on making the most of holidays and short breaks in the area, the Discover Bowland Guide also highlights the increasingly …


Roughlee CE Primary School

Reading Month, Tracksuits, Breakfast Club, Bake Off...

  • Reading Month
    Throughout February, our children have participated in ‘Reading Month’ in order to promote a love for reading and reading for pleasure. Families were invited to ‘Stay and Read’ with their children once a week. They participated in a Sponsored Read, where they set themselves a goal to read for a certain amount of minutes per day, with funds raised being spent on new reading materials. Finally, there was a reading competition, where children who read every day with an adult, were rewarded with a trophy. We are super proud of all our children and we hope that this has inspired them to …

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From the archives

Volunteers Needed - Keeping East Lancashire in the Picture

‘KEEPING EAST LANCASHIRE in the Picture’ is a new two-year Lancashire Archives and Local History project that will make the wonderful collections of historic photographs in East Lancashire Libraries more accessible. We need volunteers to digitise old photographs so that people can enjoy them online, and at exhibitions and events. We also need help researching the images. Could you help identify people, places, and events? For more information email us or call 01772 533819.

▼ “This is a slide from an original postcard. The car in the distance would seem to suggest a date of c1920. On the right is the Friendly Inn which was run by Thomas Wyld in 1923, William Green, the previous publican died in 1917. Beyond it is the building which was the Lamb Inn. The Friendly Inn does not appear in trade directories after 1923. The car is parked on Cross Lane which leads to Barley.”

ENE20151127003 - Newchurch in Pendle (c.1920) 1200-min
ENE20151127003 – Newchurch in Pendle (c.1920)

▼ “Lambert’s Happy Valley, Roughlee – Walter Lambert had this grocer’s shop at the end of the 19th century and into the early 20th century. In the 1950’s and 1960’s walkers could get refreshments here and there was a tea gardens in the field across the lane.”

ENE20150819010 - Lambert's Happy Valley, Roughlee (n.d.)
ENE20150819010 – Lambert’s Happy Valley, Roughlee (n.d.)

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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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Events in Barley: March 2024

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 20th March, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – A presentation by Lavinia Tod – “Seven Robert Peels – Rise and Fall: farmer, millionaire, prime minister, gambler, thief, car salesman and sailor”. Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. Email →
  • Pendle Patchers – 12th & 26th March, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – February Patchers meetings have seen an overemphasis on food (Pancake day and our annual Jacob’s Join) so we are getting down to serious patching and knitting in March. Also, full disclosure, the beautiful wall hanging that has appeared in the Terrace Room at the …
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Farmer Group

THE FOREST OF Bowland Farmer Group has been granted another year of funding to enable it to continue to run until the end of March 2025. The group provides the Forest of Bowland National Landscape team (formerly the AONB) with the chance to stay in contact with farmers, offering support during the agricultural transition, and helping them prepare for the changes happening in the industry. This is done through regular email updates and newsletters containing relevant farming news, local training opportunities, available grants and funding etc, hosting regular in-person meetings discussing farming topics, and putting farmers in contact with people who …


St. Mary's Church

March 2024 – Lent, Holy Week and Easter Services & Events

Dear Friends, Since I last contributed to this Parish News much has happened to confirm my original impression that the life and witness of your parish church is a vital aspect of our shared sense of community. Playing host to special events alongside regular services St Mary’s is committed to serving the spiritual, cultural, educational, pastoral and ‘civic’ needs of the parish. Our soon-to-be-completed Narthex with toilet and kitchen facilities will allow for greater flexibility in the use of the church building for a range of events and activities. We are delighted that the Parish Council is now using the space for its monthly meetings. Please contact us if you would like further information about hiring the Narthex.

As we journey through the season of Lent towards Easter we extend a warm welcome to you all to join us for any of the services and events listed below.

Check out our Facebook and A Church Near You pages for the latest information.

Best and blessings,
Fr Paul

All services are Holy Communion at 9.30am unless indicated otherwise:

  • Sun 3 March – Lent 3
  • Sun 10 March – Lent 4 Mothering Sunday & 7pm – Benefice Occasional Singers Rehearsal (hosted by Gin Crewe)
  • Sat 16 March – 10am – Quiet Morning (at Shekinah)
  • Sun 17 March – Lent 5 Passiontide & 7pm – Benefice Occasional Singers Rehearsal (hosted by Gin Crewe)
  • Sun 24 March – Palm Sunday & 7pm – Benefice Occasional Singers Rehearsal (hosted by Gin Crewe)
  • Tue 26 March – 6.30pm Passion Play for Pendleside at St Thomas’
  • Fri 29 March – 10am Good Friday Children’s Workshop at St Thomas’ & 1:30pm – Newchurch Walk of Witness and Word (meet at St Mary’s)
  • Sat 30 March – 7pm Quiet, Compline and Tenebrae at St Thomas’
  • Sun 31 March – 6am – Easter Day Sunrise Service and Bucks Fizz Breakfast & 9:30am – Easter Day Holy Communion and Easter Egg Hunt

Contact Fr Paul Payton for more details on 07866 696 891 or email