July 2024

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

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This Thursday, YOUR vote decides.

The Choice is Yours: Who will be our MP for Pendle and Clitheroe?

A poll for the election of a Member of Parliament for the Pendle and Clitheroe Constituency will be held on Thursday 4 July 2024, between the hours of 7am and 10pm.

  • ON THE DAY – You’ll need photo ID to vote at a polling station (check the list of accepted forms of photo ID). You must vote at your assigned polling station. If you are registered to vote, but you don’t have your poll card, you can go to the polling station and give them your name and address.
  • POSTAL VOTES – The deadline to apply to vote by post has …
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From St Mary’s

A week in the life of the new Church Warden...

A few months ago, Fr Paul casually wondered aloud who would be the next warden at St Mary’s.

  • Last week was the first full week of your writer being officially signed in as church warden alongside the experienced warden, Douglas. On Saturday we set up and held a concert of amazing local talent, loud music and lights and free food(cake!) and wine.
  • On Sunday we had a service outside to celebrate the end of ‘Cherish Your Churchyard’ week, a well-attended baptism and an afternoon of Cherishing Our Churchyard activities and more cake, oh and Fr Paul, on his way to the hustings, asked …
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Barley Parish Council

Playground, BKV, Village Green, Boothman Wood...

Residents will have noticed that the new playground upgrade is nearing completion. At the time of writing the equipment and the safety carpets have been installed by Kompan and another contractor is currently installing three new access footways inside the playground area. These are a requirement to ensure that children can safely move around the playground outside of the range of the three sets of swings. We lost a week waiting for the contractor to be available then the works were further delayed due to inclement weather. The footway works have proved challenging due to limited widths and resolving level issues but the works are …


Goldshaw Booth Parish Council

Tidying, Councillor Vacancies, Clerk, Spenbrook Mill...

Despite the inclement weather, it has been a joy to see so many residents turn out this last month, to tidy up the villages. The big team effort with the weeding, strimming, planting and cleaning has really paid off and huge thanks to everyone. As well as showing off our picturesque surroundings to their full potential, it also brings people together for conversation and friendship.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Stephen Mahon from Newchurch is newly recruited to GBPC. With boundless energy and positivity, he is already making an impact and has launched the new Goldshaw Booth WhatsApp Group. We still have two …


Roughlee Parish Council

Parish Gathering *TONIGHT 7pm, RVC*, BKV, Sink hole, Grants...

The more avid and astute readers of this item will realise that today (1st July), we are holding our annual Parish Gathering. To those who are not, well you missed it. 7pm Monday 1st July in the village centre. Come and have a glass of wine and some nibbles on us.

The FORA team and many others have been working especially hard to get and keep the village shipshape and pristine for the best kept village competition judging, that is, or has been, taking place. So fingers crossed that we are progressing. However, on a sour(ish) note we seem to be currently inundated with lots of …


Hanging Basket / Planter Competition

Open to all residents of Roughlee!

Three prizes of Garden Centre Vouchers: 1st Prize £20, 2nd Prize £15, 3rd Prize £10

Sponsored by Salterforth Nurseries & Garden Centre

Enter by email – imort@hotmail.com

Closing date 14th JULY

Roughlee Village Centre

Walking with Witches (20 July), Macmillan fundraiser (12 July)...

Roughlee Village Centre Committee would like to thank everyone who attended or worked at the highly successful Beer, Gin and Music Festival. Camra members on block agreed it is the finest of it type anywhere local. The event not only boosts the centre’s funds but was supporting our efforts to make money for Derian House Childrens Hospice and local business came forward in numbers to boost that total.

The next event at the centre is a Macmillan Cancer Support fundraiser on Friday 12th July including quiz and pie and pea supper. Tickets are required and can be obtained at tonight’s Roughlee Parish Gathering or from Glen …


Planning Applications

Applications validated in June 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

  • No applications received

Roughlee Booth parish

  • Ref. No: 24/0377/HHO – 1 Old Hall Close Roughlee Lancashire BB9 6ND – Full: Erection of porch extension to front elevation.
  • Ref. No: 24/0260/FUL – 9 Thorneyholme Square Barley New Road Roughlee Lancashire BB12 9LQ – Full: Change of use from agricultural land to domestic curtilage including erection of post and wire fence.

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.

▼ “This photograph is taken the ridge of land between Cross Lane and Ogden Clough stream. The row of buildings in the foreground are Barley Green, which appear on the 1st edition of the Ordnance Survey 6″ maps from the 1840’s. Beyond the barn is a row of modern houses called the Bullion. These appear on a 1994 Ordnance Survey map.”

ENE20151202011 - Barley Village (1990)
ENE20151202011 – Barley Village (1990)

Have you got a new neighbour?

Please mention Parish News to them!

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 800+ email subscribers across Barley, Goldshaw Booth 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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Reuben Burton Trust Fund

Applications invited

Former pupils of Newchurch and Roughlee Schools, who are undertaking a course of study at University or other Higher Education Centre, are invited to apply for a small grant from the Reuben Burton Trust on sending details of their intended course and post academic career before 1st September 2024 to Mrs M Kobak, 145 Gisburn Road, Barrowford, Nelson BB9 6HQ, email MKobak81@hotmail.com.

The grant is payable at the end of the year’s study, subject to confirmation of successful completion, and candidates may apply for each year of the course duration.

Friends of Newchurch School

100 club draw

The results of the Friends of Newchurch School 100 Club draw for May and June were as follows:


  • 1st prize £25 no. 2 Margaret Hope
  • 2nd prize £20 no. 87 Jenny Booker
  • 3rd prize £15 no. 9 Pauline Nightingale

  • 1st prize £25 no. 83 Lisa Forrester
  • 2nd prize £20 no. 96 Michael Lowcock
  • 3rd prize £15 no. 92 Pia Lyle

Thank you to everyone who takes part!

Announcing the Parish News Archives

Revisit local stories right back to 2004

Parish News has been the official local newsletter for the Pendle villages of Barley, Goldshaw Booth and Roughlee for over 20 years.

We’re very pleased to be able to announce the release of the full archives of Parish News online, dating right back to 2004. It’s a treasure chest of local stories and interesting nuggets: the time the centre of Newchurch was covered in cement from a leaky wagon; the quick drink Ann Widdecombe enjoyed at the Bay Horse Inn; or the proposal for the creation of the super-parish Barchurchlee – dive in and enjoy some fond local memories!

You can view the …


Events in Barley: July 2024

Dates for your diary...

  • Pendle Forest History Group – Wed 17th July, 7.30pm at Barley Village Hall – A presentation by Denise North titled ‘History of the British Red Cross’. Members £2.00, Visitors £3.00 – Email →
  • Pendle Patchers – Tues 9th & 23rd July, from 1pm at Barley Village Hall – It was nostalgia time at Pendle Patchers recently when a member brought in a spectacular quilt which had been made pre-Covid by a former patcher who has sadly since died. Rosy was an expert quilter whose work had been displayed at national exhibitions and she had done this quilt entirely by hand. None of our current group have yet reached this standard, so if you’re thinking of coming along, don’t be put off. Contact Gil on 01282 602449 / Email →
  • Table Tennis Club – every Wed, 7-9pm at Barley Chapel, £3 – Great way to keep fit, everyone welcome
  • Craft fair – 13th & 14th July, 12-4.30pm at Barley Chapel – 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.
  • 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!

Charity Quiz Night - 12 July

In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Quiz – Includes Pie and Peas – Raffle

Roughlee Village Centre, 12th July
Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Bring your own drinks

Tickets available from Glen on 07849 774438 or Jayne on 07958 556632

St. Mary's Church

Open Church & Summer Hospitality

    Following the recent need for us to close the church for H&S reasons during the building work on our new Narthex, we are now pleased to announce that from 30th June our lovely church will be open each day throughout the year from 9.00am until dusk.
    Also, from Sunday 30th June the church will be staffed by volunteers once a month between 2pm and 4pm to offer free hospitality, refreshments, and guided tours. Dates are Sun 28th July and Sun 25th August. If you would be prepared to provide refreshments and/or volunteer to be ‘on duty’ to welcome visitors please contact Doug or Gin, wardens, or Ruth White, secretary to PCC.

Save the date for Sunday 8th September – please join us to experience Choral Evensong at the Cathedral in the Forest aka St. Mary’s Church.