April 2024

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

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From St Mary’s

Moving Forward

By the time you read this we will have travelled the path to Easter, surrounded by the optimism of the Risen Christ and the brightness and colour of increasingly longer, warmer days. I hope you saw the beautiful daffodils in bloom round the churchyard, planted by children from St Mary’s Academy?

Preparing for the appointment of the next vicar, the Parochial Parish Council (PCC) is drawing up a snapshot profile of the parish for applicants. It is really encouraging to look at all the work going on and record the achievements, whilst acknowledging there is still much to do.

This year at St. Mary’s we are celebrating …


Barley Parish Council

Village Hall improvements, Playground, Pendle Inn...

Over the last month, visitors to Barley Village Hall will have noticed the new wooden panelling works that have now been completed in the lower main hall. This is part of the Committee’s ongoing improvements to the Hall, and the second project to be completed after the new air conditioning that was installed in the two main rooms. The work was completed by Andrew Read Bespoke Joinery Ltd who did a fantastic job from start to finish. We hope you all agree that it looks superb!

The next phases of our improvement plan will include some new flooring in the downstairs corridors and new lighting throughout. …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

Here Comes the Sun!

Join us to plant the Parish gardens! We have donations of elderberry, gooseberry and raspberry bushes as well as funds for the Gateway to Spenbrook garden and for trees in Sparable wood. Fresh air and exercise followed by brews, butties and buns – what’s not to like? Look out for dates on the FB page.

The Best Kept Village Competition is here again. Last year Sabden Fold was noted as a runner-up. This year, with our new garden team and increased community effort, the Parish might be in with a shot?!

  • Events
    Plans are building across the UK to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings …

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Roughlee Parish Council

Spring Clean, Litter Pick, New Railings, Flower Tubs...

In the last two issues of this publication I have commented on the improving Spring weather, this I obviously got wrong so I apologise and as a consequence have resigned from the Roughlee Weather Forecasting Bureau.

Planning applications seem to have turned into buses, in that we have had none for several months and then three turn up all at once, details listed below. All of these are being given the due consideration that they require.

Work has already ready started to make the village look great again, flower beds are being tidied and one of our community litter picks took place on the 23rd run …


Planning Applications

Applications validated in March 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

  • No applications received

Goldshaw Booth parish

  • Ref. No: 24/0194/HHO – Meadow Top Barn Well Head Road Newchurch In Pendle Lancashire BB12 9LP – Full: Erection of a part single storey and part two storey side extension.

Roughlee Booth parish

  • Ref. No: 24/0184/HHO – Lower Croft House Farm Jinny Lane Roughlee Lancashire BB12 9LL – Full: Erection of first floor extension and re-build stone porch.
  • Ref. No: 24/0165/HHO – 8 Crowtrees Grove Roughlee Lancashire BB9 6NE – Full: Erection of dormers to North & South elevations.
  • Ref. No: 24/0153/HHO – Pendle Lodge Pasture Lane Roughlee Lancashire BB9 6NR – Full: Replacement of a small outbuilding and decked area with composite decking and surrounding balustrade, Indian stone paving over patio area and replacement of 2 no. adjoined garden outbuildings with a single free-standing garden pod.

Roughlee Village Centre

FORA Beetle Drive (27 April); Music, Beer & Gin Festival (7-9 June), Photo Competition...

Spring has sprung and Friends of Roughlee Appearance (FORA) will be hosting a fun Beetle Drive on Saturday 27th April from 7.30pm at Roughlee Village Centre. Tickets are £10pp and available from Chris & Steve Worrell at 1 Old Hall Close or on 07924 947003 (closing date Wed 24th April). The event is BYO drinks and glasses but the ticket price does include a delicious pie and pea supper. Definitely not one to be missed!

7-9th June sees the return of the Music, Beer & Gin festival. With delicious food, hand pulled beer, artisan gins and live music. Make sure you pop the date in your …


Barley Village Hall

Volunteers Needed!

Barley Village Hall Committee would like to thank John Connor for his many years of service. After 20 years John has decided to step down from the Committee, over the years John has been instrumental in helping complete various projects and helping putting on events. He was always on hand to nip down to help out whenever a problem arose. You’ll be truly missed by the Committee – thank you!

With this in mind, we have some vacancies for some new members to join the Committee. I understand time is valuable these days, especially for those with young families, but we do need a few more …


Climate Change Action Day

Sat 4th May, St Thomas’ Church

Wow, thank you for all the support with the crowdfunding for this event. Along with support from Lancashire County Council we managed to reach our target of £1500, enabling the event to be delivered free of charge. This event is aimed at everyone with an interest in climate change, from those who want to find out how to reduce their carbon footprint at home, to those with an appetite to explore innovative ideas around community energy and transport, recycling and plastic free initiatives.

The event will be hosted by St Thomas’ Church in Barrowford and will be opened by keynote speaker, Rick Battarbee, Emeritus Professor of …


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.

▼ “The boating Lake was originally the lodge for Judson’s Mill on the left. In the early twentieth century the lake and pleasure gardens were a popular day out for the workers in nearby towns. The mill was demolished in 1961 and the lodge has recently been a trout fishery.”

ENE20150819004- Roughlee boating lake - Stanley Bracewell Collection (n.d.)
ENE20150819004- Roughlee boating lake – Stanley Bracewell Collection (n.d.)

Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw

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

  • 1st prize number 54 Valerie Roberts
  • 2nd prize number 6 Frankie Lawson
  • 3rd prize number 36 Sam Hooper

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

  • Boat Race – Friday 19th April, 3.45pm at Barley picnic site – The Friends of Newchurch School are holding a boat race to help raise funds for St Mary’s CE Primary Academy. All boat entries are £1 and are available from Hailey Hermansen & Laura Standring. Cash prizes for the winners, kindly donated by Anthony Dawson Real Estate.

Barley Chapel

2024 Dates for Your Diary...

Barley Chapel has a service on the first Sunday of the month at it would be lovely to see you at one or all of the services. Pets welcome.

  • 5th May – Minister Tony Graff
  • 2nd June – Family craft service
  • 15th June – Outdoor service on picnic area at 2pm followed by Dads V Lads football and unveiling of the Commemorative plaque for King Charles Coronation
  • 13th/14th July – Craft fair 12-4.30pm – If you would like a stall please contact Lorraine (07966 261520), takeaway afternoon teas (£7.50 adult £4 child) Please call Angie (07967 121031) or Lorraine (07966 261520) to order.
  • 7th September – Barley Fete
  • 15th December – Barleys Christmas Celebration Day including Barley to Bethlehem
  • 22nd December – Carols by Candlelight

The Chapel is also available to hire with reduced rates for villagers – contact Angie (07967 121031).

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Events in Barley: April 2024

  • Table Tennis Club – every Wed (from 3rd April), 7-9pm at Barley Chapel – all welcome
  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 17th April, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – Business Meeting with items of interest. Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. Email →
  • Pendle Patchers – Tues 9th & 23rd April, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – Pendle Patchers had a very successful Jacob’s Join lunch recently, it was good to see some members of the group who had been unable to attend for a while but managed to pop in to see everyone. For our meetings we will be concentrating on …
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St. Mary's Church

April 2024 Services

Everyone is welcome to join us for worship. There are activity bags for children.

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

  • Sunday 7th April – 2nd Sunday of Easter
  • Sunday 14th April – 3rd Sunday of Easter
  • Sunday 21st April – 4th Sunday of Easter – including Annual Meeting
  • Sunday 28th April – 5th Sunday of Easter – Morning Prayer

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