A massive thanks to everyone who attended the centenary celebrations at the village hall last Sunday. We started with bacon butties in the morning and received the entries for the childrens competitions. The duck race was held on the river at 1pm with everyone coming back to the hall for afternoon tea, where the winner for the childrens competitions and the duck race winners were announced

The duck race was won by Christine Seward with the first prize being £100. For a full list of winners please click here

Special thanks go to Bill and Susan Pinder for allowing us to use their field and also to Gulliver Cox for providing drone footage of the duck race. To see the footage click here

Parish Clerk Vacancy

Newton in Bowland Parish Council – Ribble Valley

A Vacancy for the Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer role has arisen.

Newton in Bowland Parish Council seeks a motivated, enthusiastic person to take on the post of Clerk to the Council and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO).

The post involves attendance at scheduled Parish Council meetings, plus additional meetings that may arise from time to time.

Expenses including a payment of £100 per scheduled parish meeting are paid.

The candidate must be IT literate and have access to their own computer equipment. Must be able to store files securely at their home address and be available to attend Council meetings 4 times per annum, usually within the Parish at 7:30pm,  plus any additional meetings that may arise from time to time. The Council is flexible and, should this be unachievable, an alternative evening could be adopted subject to availability of the Village Hall or other venue.

Duties will include acting as advisor to the Council, minute taking, and compilation of correspondence, filing, administration of the Council parts of the Parish Website, liaising with LCC and RVBC and financial accounting as the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) for the Council.

Prior relevant experience is an advantage but not essential. Training from the exiting Clerk will be provided and the council will consider funding  a CiLCA qualification.

Local knowledge is an advantage as the parish is a small community and the majority of work is on local issues.

Starting date [ASAP] to allow for briefing, handover and transport of materials from the current acting Parish Clerk

The application form, job specification and person specification are available from:

Newton in Bowland Parish Council,


Closing date for applications 30th October 2021

Village Hall Centenary Celebration

Newton Village Hall will be celebrating its 100th birthday this year. The plan was to host a number of events but due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to scale things back.

So that it doesn’t go unnoticed there will be a social day on Sunday 19th September, starting with bacon butties in the morning, a display of memorabilia, the duck race at 1pm and childrens competitions along with refreshments and of course the bar will be open. Take a look at the childrens competition details and if you are interested please join in. Aldwyth will be in the village hall tomorrow night and each Monday between 7-7.30pm, so if you would like any tickets please call in and see her, alternatively you can message me and I will sort it for you.

For details of childrens competition click here

For duck race tickets Email


Ribble Valley Borough Council have the plans for the HARP project on the planning application website.

Can I please urge you to look at these, if passed they will have a huge impact on our lives for many years to come.

The parish Council are planning to hold an open meeting to discuss all aspects of the application before a formal response is made and I will let you know when a date has been arranged, the first thing is to try and take in the plans and believe me there is a lot of it to take on board, which in itself shows the size of the project.

The plans can be viewed by visiting Planning Application – Ribble Valley Borough Council

Please look and come back to us with any comments you would like to be made.


The Haweswater Aqueduct supplies fresh drinking water to people in Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester. To ensure that we can secure the quality and resilience of these water supplies, vital work is required to replace six sections of the pipeline amounting to one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the North of England.

We have been busy consulting with local authorities, councillors, communities and their representatives about our plans as part of our pre-application consultation, including physical exhibitions and an online virtual exhibition, engaging with over 12,500 people and receiving over 2000 feedback responses. We would like to say a big thank to everyone who took part!

Taking into consideration the feedback we have received as much as possible, we have now developed our latest proposed plans for the Bowland and Marl Hill sections which you can view by visiting the updated section of our virtual exhibition at

We are also running a live webinar on Thursday 3 June at 6pm, where members of our team will be talking through our latest plans and the virtual exhibition updates. If you would like to join this event you can register by visiting the virtual exhibition home page and following the online instructions.  

We will be submitting planning applications for these latest plans to Ribble Valley Borough Council and Lancaster City Council later in June 2021.

Best wishes,

HARP Stakeholder Relations


The Parish Council meeting due on 12th May has had to be rearranged due to government legislation. For the last 12 months due to Covid-19 we were able to meet via remote means however from 7th May we will be unable to do so and our meetings need to be held physically.

Due to this change, running alongside the current covid rules the plan is to hold the meeting on Wednesday 26th May at 7.30pm in Newton Village Hall.

The meeting is open to everyone, but we ask if anyone wishes to attend they let us know in advance, so that we can adhere to the distancing rules.

Please let the clerk know if there are any items to go onto the agenda and if there are any changes to the meeting we will let you know in advance


The annual meeting for Newton-in-Bowland Parish Council is due to take place on Wednesday 12th May at 7.30pm. If you would like anything to be placed on the agenda please let Sandra know.

The meeting is due to take place via Microsoft Teams, if you would like to join in please let me know and a link will be sent.

contact Sandra tel 448289, email


There is to be a large convoy of vehicles on Monday 15th march heading over Waddington Fell through Newton to Slaidburn. This is a trial run to see that the vehicles can safely pass through. If there is a good result large machinery will follow the same route on Tuesday. Be prepared for slow traffic. Click here for more details


Please click here to see a list of Q&As following a meeting with RVBC and United Utilities



The Parish Council are asking all dog owners to be considerate when walking their dogs.

They ask that dogs are kept on a lead at all times when passing through fields when livestock are present. This is important at all times but especially at this time of year when sheep are due to lamb, dogs chasing them can cause them to abort and after lambing may cause the lambs to  become upset and separated from their mothers, sometimes even rejected.

Also remember to clean up after your dogs, please use the bins situated in the village or take it home to your own bins, please do not leave it in a bag tied to a fence. Leaving this in fields can affect livestocks health.


We seem to be having a lot more litter thrown onto our grass verges as more visitors have been coming into the area over the last few months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some of our residents have suggested that as they are walking locally they are happy to pick up litter as they go along, in an attempt to keep our parish tidy.

The Parish Council have acquired some litter pickers . If anybody would like to join us in keeping the village tidy and become one of the Newton Wombles please contact Sandra Tel 448289 or email


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