May 2024

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

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From St Mary’s

Thank you Kathleen

Kathleen Wilkinson has been a warden at St Mary’s for 27 years! Wow!

She has decided to take a back seat from this post after this year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting, but is continuing to be our Church Warden Emeritus, with sacristan and verger duties. What an amazing lady! She has been interviewed to find out more abut her life in the church and St Mary’s.

Born in Sabden Fold, part of the Newchurch area over 80 years ago, Kathleen was baptised at St Mary’s at 4 weeks old (yes, she is on the Baptismal Roll) and has been part of the church since then. She …


Barley Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting, Playground, Dates for your Diary, Best Kept Village, WI Pre-loved Sale, New Bench...

Hotly anticipated each year, some say more than Eurovision, it’s the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 14th May in Barley Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. All residents of Barley with Wheatley Booth Parish are very warmly invited to attend. Local groups and the Parish Council will talk about what they’ve been up to during the last year as well as discussing plans for the year ahead. Parish Council Clerk Caroline tells me she has polished off her stop watch to make sure it lasts about one hour before serving FREE fine wine and high class hors d’oeuvres (aka booze and snacks). We aim for it …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

Onwards and Upwards!

The Parish Council was pleased to welcome a number of residents to the April meeting. Due to varied interests and concerns the public forum time was extended to make sure everyone had chance to speak. A wide range of topics were covered and, as a group of people living in the same Community, a general sentiment of satisfaction was expressed as the meeting closed. Personally I welcome such open discussion as it often leads to overall understanding and Community cohesion. As always the Minutes for the meetings will be available online and on the Parish noticeboards.

We look forward to welcoming more members of the …


Roughlee Parish Council

Defibrillator training, Best Kept Village, FORA, Stang Top Road...

In the middle of April we held a very successful Defibrillator (AED) and basic CPR training course at the village centre run by the North West Ambulance Trust NWAS. This was the second time we held such an event and was very well attended by villagers and those from our surrounding communities. This session gave us invaluable skills which we hope that we will never have to use in ‘anger’. Thanks to Meg Davey for organising this. Just a reminder that we have two defibrillators located in the village, one at the Bay Horse and one at the school.

We have once again entered the Best …


Planning Applications

Applications validated in April 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
Goldshaw Booth parish
Roughlee Booth parish

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Climate Change Action Day

Beacons not Bystanders - Sat 4th May, St Thomas’ Church

This is probably our last chance to encourage you to sign up for this free event on 4th May. We have a fantastic programme of speakers, starting at 11am with our keynote speaker Emeritus Professor Rick Battarbee.

Tickets are free but please register online here.

The workshops will enable you to:

  • Find out how Whalley are using water flow to generate electricity and money for eco projects
  • Learn about the wonders of organic farming and off grid energy
  • Find out how the Trawden team is managing to run the shop at the heart of their community
  • Hear about the work going on all round us by Forest of …
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Roughlee Village Centre

Music, Beer & Gin Festival (7-9 June)

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 diary. Open Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturday 1pm-11pm and Sunday 1-6pm.

    Other 2024 dates for your diary:

  • July 20th – Walking with Witches
  • Sept 7th – Duck Race
  • Oct 27th – Halloween Festival
  • Nov 9th – Witch Wines
  • Dec 6th – Dickensian Christmas Fayre

Forest of Bowland: Springtime Events

Dates for your diary in May...

The Forest of Bowland National Landscape is BURSTING with springtime events. Full details of all the events below, including how to book, are available on the Forest of Bowland National Landscape website.

  • Bumblebee ID: Friday 3rd May, 12 noon- 1pm (Online) – free
    Grab some lunch, make yourself comfortable, and join us for this Hay Time online session to learn all about Bowland’s seven most common bumblebee species
  • Diamonds in the Landscape Photography Exhibition: 4th May to 30th June (The Folly, Settle) – free entry
    2024 marks 60 years since the designation of the Forest of Bowland as an Area of Outstanding Natural …

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Barley Village Hall

Thanks & Fundraising

Firstly a thankyou for our appeal for new volunteers. Phil Hartley who lives in the village came along last month and is happy to lend a hand with the upkeep of the Hall – we’re pleased to say he passed the test!! We’ve had a good productive month at the Hall. In April we hosted various events including the recent fell race. We supplied cakes, tea and coffee to the runners and raised over £350 for the Hall, which is fantastic. However to put this into perspective our electricity bill last month was £125, so the money raised doesn’t go far! This month we’ll be …


From the archives

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.

▼ “The photograph shows Newchurch village, outside the Lamb Inn. This could be the annual Rush Bearing ceremony, or perhaps the Whitsuntide Walk. Looking at the clothes the photograph seems to date from before WWI, although the Lamb Inn does not appear in the 1911 trade directory. However, it does appear in a Kenton’s postcard of 1915.”

ENE20151127004 – Rushbearing Newchurch in Pendle (c.1920)

Roughlee CE Primary School

Skateboarding & Scooting, Garden, Book Exchange, Events...

  • Skateboarding and Scooting
    We recently welcomed the fantastic Team Rubicon into school to teach our children how to skateboard and scoot safely. Oliver from Team Rubicon said that the children listened really well and did a fantastic job. We hope that the children will have lots of fun skateboarding and scooting in the future.
  • Garden Appeal
    We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents, children and staff who have helped to do a fantastic job getting our school garden ready for Spring/Summer. I’m sure you will all agree, it is looking fabulous. We are always looking for volunteers to …

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Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw

The Friends of Newchurch 100 Club draw took place for April. The winners are:

  • 1st prize £25 – No. 9 Pauline Nightingale
  • 2nd Prize £20 – No. 87 Jenifer Booker
  • 3rd Place £15 – No 18 Martin Hermansen

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who takes part!

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 – …
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Events in Barley: May 2024

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 15th May, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – Business Meeting with items of interest. Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00. The group is holding an exhibition at Barley Village Hall on Saturday 29th June and ask that local residents to get in touch if they have any items to display such as local photos, documents, pottery or artwork. Please be mindful of not infringing copyright when offering items. Contact Wendy Stansfield – Email →
  • Pendle Patchers – Tues 14th & 28th May, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – Pendle Patchers are busy with a variety of projects and one of our members has finally finished a really large quilt she has been working on, amongst other projects, for a long time. It is an amazing piece of work which puts some members of the group totally in the shade. Congratulations to Christine! If you would like to join the group, don’t be put off by such high standards, we have a range of talents and abilities, including the ability to chat and drink a brew at the same time – anyone is welcome to come along. Contact Gil on 01282 602449 / Email →
  • Table Tennis Club – every Wed, 7-9pm at Barley Chapel, £3 – Great way to keep fit, everyone welcome
  • FOG Club – Thurs evenings, 6.30pm-7.45pm at Barley Chapel – For children aged 6-11 years. Contact Angie on 07967 121031 or just come along
  • Barley WI – 1st Wed of the month, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – New members are always welcome, first three meetings are free so you can make sure you like it! The WI isn’t just a monthly meeting – we have sub groups which include Walking, Crafting, Dining Club (The Sticky Toffee Pudding Club!) along with two book clubs.
  • Card making class – 1st and 3rd Mon of each month, 1-3pm at Barley Village Hall – for details contact Valerie on 01282 691850
  • Coffee and Chat – 2nd Wed of each month, 10am-12pm at Barley Village Hall – All welcome, not just the old folk – £2 gets coffee (or tea) and cake!

St. Mary's Church

May 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:

  • Saturday 4th May – Beacons not Bystanders: Climate Change Action Day at St Thomas’, 10:30am-8:30pm
  • Sunday 5th May – 6th Sunday of Easter/Rogation Sunday
  • Saturday 11th May – Lambing Service for Pendleside at Moss Nook Farm, 2.30pm; Music in May with Pendle Ladies Choir at St Thomas’, 7:30pm
  • Sunday 12th May – Ascension Sunday (Morning Prayer)
  • Sunday 19th May – Pentecost/Whit Sunday United Benefice Service at St Thomas’, 11.00am (NB – No 9.30am service at St Mary’s)
  • Sunday 26th May – Trinity Sunday

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