Campbell and Bobby Walker, both aged 17, received an award
on Thursday 4th December on behalf of the Tarleton Youth
Action Group at the 'Taking A Stand' ceremony at the House
of Commons. The award was presented by the Home Office
Minister Hazel Blears. Simon and Bobby were hosted by
Colin Pickthall, MP for West Lancashire and had a tour
of the House of Commons as part of their day. For more
info see news archive
27/11/03 and the TYAG webpage.
1st December the Boundary Committee for England published
their Draft recommendations for unitary local government
in Lancashire and are now "consulting" on the
draft options put forward for a period of 12 weeks until
23 February 2004. Click
Here to view the full report. The recommendations
are founded on the findings of a "statistically robust"
Mori Poll of 300 West Lancashire residents. Click
here for the Mori Report in full.
summary, the three options that the Boundary Commission
have proposed are:
1: We become part of a massive Lancashire County Council
2: We become part of a new "Sefton and West Lancashire"
3: We become part of a new "Sefton and West Lancashire"
bizarrely, our three options are actually only two. You
are asked to provide feedback on these proposals but,
to date, the supposedly convenient Online Feedback Form
on the Boundary Commission website does not work and so
any comments you wish to make must be made as best you
can using pen and paper and it will cost you the price
of a stamp. We have informed the Boundary Commission of
this oversight and are awaiting a response.
we have dusted off the Virtual Village Vote and will run
our own poll.
What do YOU think should happen -
CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW.
Facilities Directory for Tarleton
Village Design Group has obtained funding from Awards
for All North West to produce a community directory that
will help local residents find out about and access what
is available to them in the village.
Any 'not for profit' organisations that operate in Tarleton
who would benefit from being in the directory to either
publicise their organisation or encourage volunteers please
contact the Tarleton Village Design Group for more information
or click here
for the form (MS Word) which needs to be completed and
returned no later than Friday 9th January 2004.
Of particular interest are organisations who support carers
in the Tarleton area but are not necessarily based there
themselves. It is hoped that the final printed booklet
will be distributed to Tarleton households in mid to late
'not for profit' organisation in Tarleton,
Bank, Mere Brow,
Meols or Rufford
should also consider getting a themselves a free web page
on their local community website - just send in your details
and we will do the rest!
Village Design Group is working in partnership with Lancashire
Constabulary, West Lancashire District Council Home Safe
Scheme and Identislot to encourage those people aged 60
or over who live in their own homes to increase their
security to avoid bogus callers. The overall value of
the project to the area is £8,000 (£7,500
from West Lancashire District Council Home Safe Scheme).
Tarleton is being used as a pilot for this project which
it is anticipated to be rolled out to the whole of West
is a package of a security measures that will be made
available, free of charge, to people
who may be vulnerable to distraction burglaries. The package
mechanism that is fitted into the door which allows
an identity card to be passed from the caller to the
householder without the door being opened.
An intercom system that allows the householder to control
the contact with a caller through a viewcom.
Upgrading of front and back door locks to 5 lever mortice
systems, if not already fitted.
Fitting of window locks to all ground floor windows
and those accessible from flat roofs.
A bar system that allows the door to be left open for
ventilation or to view a caller without fear of intrusion.
A smoke alarm.
is quite a unique opportunity for older people to increase
security in their homes at no expense to themselves.
They will receive a visit from the West Lancashire District
Council Home Safe Scheme to assess their requirements.
project is presently for Tarleton residents only, however
if people from other parishes wish to register an interest
they can do so. The project is being coordinated by Dianne
Hignett and John Marriot Crime Prevention Officers at
Ormskirk Police Station who can be contacted on 01695
566353 or 566354. No names of any individuals wishing
to participate in the project will be shared with anybody
outside of the police and appropriate staff from West
Lancashire District Council and Identislot who will fit
the assessed equipment.
Agency's new Indicative Floodplain Maps provide
a general overview of areas of land in natural floodplains
and therefore potentially at risk of flooding from
rivers or the sea. The maps use the best information
currently available, based on historical flood records
and geographical models. They indicate where flooding
from rivers, streams, watercourses or the sea is
possible. However the maps do not show flood defences
which offer vital protection in many areas.
The Agency is making these maps widely accessible
to make it easier for people to find out if they
are in a flood risk area and what local flood warning
also inform planners and developers and are a key tool
in informing decisions on controlling development in floodplains.
For more information and the answers to frequently asked
questions about flood plain maps, the impact it has on
properties, the impact on property insurance and answers
to general questions about flood risk CLICK HERE
Youth Action Group Win National Award
London bound: Simon Campbell
Campbell and Bobby Walker both aged 17 will be traveling
down to the Houses of Parliament next week to receive
A Stand" award on behalf of the TYAG (Tarleton
Youth Action Group).
to British Crime Survey data, a third of people believe
anti-social behavior problems such as vandalism and
'teenagers hanging around' are a big problem which
can have a destructive effect on communities by creating
an environment in which more serious crime can take
were nominated for the prestigious national award
after they sought feedback from youngsters in the
village and subsequently built a new BMX track at
Carr Lane recreation ground with a view to directly
reducing the reports of nuisance in and around the
village especially Marks Square. The £1000 cash
award that accompanies the Taking
A Stand accolade will go towards the next phase
of the project which is hoped to include additional
lighting being installed at the track.
are looking forward to an exciting 2004 with many
trips, events and activities planned already.
at TYAG range from 11 to 18 with over 40 regular attendees
at their twice monthly meetings.
more info on the TYAG
page or if just want more details then please
to email TYAG.
of TYAG, Lauren Barton, keeps a tight rein on her
helpers; Nadine and Helen
Protest at Parking
today went on the warpath when, despite there being
plenty of room on the forecourt of Turpin's, the driver
of this vehicle parked right across the pavement for
well over an hour, apparently forcing pedestrians
with prams, walking frames and mobility carts into
the road if they wanted to get past.
resident who sent in these photos, who did not wish
to be named, said "It's about time the pedestrians
of this village declared war on the inconsiderate
drivers who treat our footpaths as their private parking
spaces. This is not the usual 'two wheels' on the
pavement that we have had to live with, this is a
display of utter arrogance by someone who feels their
convenience is far more important than the safety
this the worst example of parking in the village?
Send in your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
PARK - Outline proposal
Parks are intended to provide for informal countryside
recreation opportunities, including horseriding where
possible, as well as important cycling and pedestrian
links between communities for leisure, travel to school,
employment and shopping. Two new "Linear Parks"
have been proposed for West Lancashire; one down the
Canal and River Douglas Corridor and the other along
the Ormskirk-Skemersdale Railway Line. The following
text has been adapted from the Draft
West Lancashire Replacement Local Plan - A Development
Framework 2001 - 2016.(The complete original document
can be accessed on the WLDC website by clicking
Park - The
Canal and River Douglas Corridor in Tarleton and
Hesketh Bank. The
use of the river and canal is beginning to increase
since the creation of the Ribble
Link, which is a new canal linking the Lancaster
Canal via the Ribble Estuary and Tarleton Lock to
the Rufford Branch. There is scope to develop this
area as a linear park containing footpaths and cycleways.
There is also a proposal to develop a Regional Park
based upon the River Ribble, and this proposal fits
in with this concept.
early consultation on the Local Plan revealed strong support
for the improvement of the area alongside the Rufford Branch
of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and the River Douglas in Tarleton
and Hesketh Bank. The route also contains the former track
bed of a branchline down to Tarleton off the former Southport-Preston
creation of a cycle route through the linear park accords
with the District Council’s Cycling Strategy, and
will provide links to the main secondary school in Tarleton,
as well as between the main centres of Tarleton and Hesketh
Bank, avoiding the busy main road. A route along the river
will also link in with the creation of the Southport-Preston
section of the National Cycle
Network, which is currently being developed by Lancashire
County Council. This may involve a new river crossing in
the vicinity of Alty’s Brickworks.
of the land is in private ownership and further consultation
and feasibility work is required before a detailed scheme
can be drawn up. It is expected, however, that there are
several potential sources of funding which can be used to
develop this proposal further.
terms of the Alty’s Brickworks site, this is considered
to form a pivotal role in the development of the park. This
could form the interchange of the cycle and pedestrian route
to the south and the National Cycle Network and Coastal
Footpath which may cross the River Douglas at this point.
The former brickworks site already contains the West Lancashire
Light Railway and a large area of water, as well as small
scale employment uses. These could potentially be developed
further to create a more focussed tourist attraction which
would complement the linear park and the wider Ribble Regional
Park. Any development here, would however, need to ensure
that that there are no detrimental effects upon neighbouring
residential property, or that traffic generation does not
adversely affect the local highway network.
is still some feasibility work which needs to be done on
bringing together this linear park proposal, and the District
and County Councils are currently liaising on these matters.
Discussions will also need to take place with private landowners
who own parts of the line. Potential sources of funding
include the Local Transport Plan, derelict land monies and
landfill tax monies.
Lancashire District Council have approved the change of
use of 93, Church Road, Tarleton to a dry cleaning shop
which will include an ironing & seamstress service.
letters of objection were received from neighbours and people
employed locally about the change of use proposed for the
music school but, after a site visit, the Planning Committee
granted the application submitted by Stuart Sinclair.
proposals include the use of the site initially as a dry
cleaning agency only, but with a longer term view to install
dry cleaning machinery and washers/dryers within the building.
In addition, sewing machines and steam-presses would also
Council Planning Committe were assured that the dry cleaning
machinery proposed will not give off any nuisance noise
or toxic smells (all chemicals would be recycled within
the machine and thus requiring no external ventilation/extraction
or flues) and it was accepted that although the drying machines
would require exhaust flues, the output from the flues would
be of a non-noxious nature.
off for Hesketh Bank AFC facilities
Proposed new facilities for Hesketh Bank AFC
Lancashire Planning Committee looked favourably on the outline
planning application by Hesketh Bank Football Club for sports
facilities including a floodlit all weather sports surface,
changing facilities and a club house with fitness rooms
and recreation hall.
AFC Chairman, Peter Leigh, said today "This is possibly
one of the biggest steps forward Hesketh Bank AFC has made
since it's formation in 1922. The proposed facilities will
provide a much needed focus for the Football Club as well
as providing the essential training facilities that the
Club needs to develop football for the youth of Hesketh
Bank and also achieve FA Charter Status. The sports facilities
proposed will be a great asset to the village and will fully
compliment the other sports initiatives underway in neighbouring
Bank Football Club is one the the largest and most successful
football clubs in Lancashire. This season the club boasts
233 registered football players, and fields a total of 14
teams ranging from under 8's through to 'veterans'. Over
50% of Hesketh Bank's players are under 18. For more information
White Vans Wanted
members of the public are asked to be on the look-out
for the following 2 vehicles. They have been seen recently
acting suspiciously and it is also believed they have
been seen throughout the West Lancs area. The vehicles
are both White Transit vans:-
The whereabouts of these vehicles are wanted by both Lancashire
and GMP Police. One vehicle is believed to be involved
in theft of motorcycles. Please be on the look-out for
both these vehicles. Any sightings should be reported
to the Police immediately.
application to extend Tarleton Health Centre, Gorse Lane,
has been made to West Lancs planning. The proposal is
for a first floor extension on the front elevation and
storey extension to the rear.
claim to have taken on board the comments made at the
public meeting and will revise their plans accordingly.
The revised application is likely to go to before West
Lancs Planning Committee early December.
Murphy, Parish Council Chairman, tonight outlined the
major changes we should expect to see in the application:
"Linked Shopping" footpath 2.5 meters wide
will now be included down the side of Country Larder
one way system will operate in the car park. The car
park will cater for 104 places, will be free and will
be a shoppers car park with any abuse (parking all day
etc) will be 'dealt with'.
recycling centre will be sited on the car park
Computers are to move to the old off licence. The
Chemist Shop is still "in negotiations"
mini roundabout has moved slightly up the hill in order
to accommodate the Linked Shopping footpath
pedestrian crossing points are now promised; one outside
Bargain Booze and one opposite No. 11 Station Rd.
of the bridge crown was investigated but considered
impractical owing to the adverse impact on the Top Shop
bus shelter (recently demolished by Safeways) would
not be replaced and a Lay-by created similar to that
outside Nevins in Tarleton. A bus stop sign would be
placed outside No 11 Station Rd. Additionally the bus
stop near the HSBC would moved up the hill and a "top
of the range" bus shelter placed to cater for both
directions of bus services.
Parish Council Meeting
Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council is classified as
This November Follow the Parish Council
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is not advisable to allow children to approach Parish
No matter how attractive a proposition it may seem
at the time, NEVER throw a Councilor.
THE PARISH COUNCIL CODE AND ENSURE
A SAFE NOVEMBER PARISH COUNCIL MEETING This is a public service announcement
brought to you by HeskethBank.com
from The West Lancashire Neighbourhood Watch Association
are warning the public about bogus officials who have been
gaining entry to elderly persons homes by posing as water
board officials who want to check water pipes. Once in the
home the offenders have stolen property.
of two offenders seen are males early 20's one of whom had
red hair and spoke with a stammer. He was wearing a white
anorak. Do not let persons into your home without seeing
proper authority or them having made a written appointment.
problem concerns telephone calls to elderly residents, saying
that the Environment Agency wishes to make an appointment
to call. Their reason is to give advice on Crime Prevention,
mentioning security alarms in the conversation. These calls
do not have any connection to any Professional body.
do not let anyone into your home without first checking
their identity. If you require information on Security alarms
please contact the Crime prevention officers at your local
Police station. If you wish to contact the Police please
ring 0845 1 25 35 45 or in an emergency dial 999.
you wish to pass on information anonymously about this or
any other incident and then you can contact Crime Stoppers
on 0800 555 111.
Sports Committee have announced a successful bid for lottery
funding to upgrade the sports facilities at Carr Lane with
a Grant Offer of £176,036 from The Football Foundation.
The funding boost will allow the Tarleton Sports Committee
to provide a new pavilion at the Carr Lane ground, housing
eight changing rooms for male and female players and match
officials alongside social areas and spectator facilities.
In keeping with Foundation policy all facilities will be
fully accessible for disabled fans and players.
money will also allow the organisation to install a new
drainage system for nine junior and senior pitches. With
the new facilities the club hope to expand opportunities
to local players of all ages and abilities and expect over
15 new teams to be established, particularly from amongst
local junior players and girls.
Football Foundation is dedicated to revitalising the grass
roots of the game, constructing modern football facilities,
developing football as a force for social cohesion and as
a vehicle for education in communities throughout the country.
Funded by the FA Premier League, The Football Association
and the Government, the Football Foundation is the nation’s
largest sports charity with £83m already invested
into the heart of football.
Chief Executive, Peter Lee, welcomed this latest funding
boost for Lancashire: “Over £3m has already
been invested in Lancashire alone, funding over 40 projects.
This latest grant will ensure that football in and around
Tarleton will continue to flourish and that everyone will
now have the opportunity to play our national game. Our
sincere congratulations go to the Tarleton Sports Committee
for this superb initiative.”
of Tarleton Sports Committee and Tarleton Parish Council
Cllr. John Hodson, outlines the total project: “ This
is tremendous news! Tarleton Sports Committee is a partnership
arrangement between Tarleton Corinthian Football Club, Tarleton
Cricket Club and Tarleton Parish Council. We have been working
towards this goal for the past 2 ½ Years and the
result is a true endorsement of partnership working. The
total Project amounts to £287,00.00 with contributions
from the Sports Clubs and Tarleton Parish Council. I would
like to personally thank all the ‘team’ who
stuck with the job and achieved such a remarkable result
in such a short space of time. We aim to start works early
in the new year with the first phase starting with the new
Pavillion and changing rooms. The second Phase will be the
Pitch improvements. This project will provide up to date
modern facilities not just for Football but also Cricket
and Parish Council uses. With the sharp rise in population
over the past few years this is the first true step in bringing
facilities in line with that increase. This is a proud day
over 'Visiter' Mistake
a result of inaccuracies in the "Fork Lift Kills Boy,
8" cover story on the front of today’s Southport
Visiter, Karen and Mark Baybutt of Moss Lane and also Tarleton
Holy Trinity Primary School have been bombarded with calls
and enquiries from parents and the media.
and Mark have asked us to convey a clear statement that
their son, Tom Baybutt, is fit and well.
Tom Baybutt who was tragically killed in North Wales and
the subject of the report in the Southport Visiter, is however
known and related to the local Baybutt family and so the
extensive media intrusion has been an unwelcome burden to
both of the families involved.
Responds - Open Letter
am writing to apologise profusely for a mistake which appears
on the front page of today's Southport Visiter (Friday,
Frank Baybutt, aged 8, who died on Wednesday, was a pupil
at Kingswood College and was not Thomas Baybutt, aged 8,
a pupil who attends Holy Trinity Primary School. I promise
I will make this clear to our readers in the next edition
of the newspaper.
mistake was made when a Visiter reporter contacted Holy
Trinity School on Thursday evening to enquire whether Thomas
Baybutt, 8, was a pupil at their school and was told that
he was, and that the school did not wish to comment further.
The police refused to confirm any details other than Thomas'
name, age and the fact he lived somewhere in the Southport
imagined Tarleton Holy Trinity may have had a pupil of the
same name and age at their school, but understand this will
not lessen any distress. I have just been out to deliver
letters of apology to: Frank and Andrea Baybutt, the parents
of the late Thomas Frank Baybutt, Mark and Karen Baybutt,
the parents of Thomas Baybutt, Mrs Gray, headteacher at
Tarleton Holy Trinity CE primary school, and Mr Barowski,
headteacher at Kingswood College, separately.
again I wish to apologise wholeheartedly for my error, and
the upset it undoubtedly will have caused.
Assistant editor, Southport Visiter
I please extend my most sincere congratulations through this
web site to Christine Farrington who has just been elected
to represent HwBPC as a Parish Councillor.
Christine, as we know, is more than fitting
to be the representative of local views. The overwhelming
response that a local member of the community has received
is truly encouraging.
The recent developments at HwBPC are truly
deplorable and I am sure that Christine will contribute
a degree of stability and decorum to future proceedings.
There will be developments in Tarleton in
the very near future which will place tremendous pressures
upon HwB PC. HwBPC will be required
to act efficiently and effectively to these changes. I sincerely
believe that this can be achieved trough partnership working.
Certainly confrontation and loutish behaviour does nothing
to move things forward! We live in the modern world and
presumably can act in a civil manner toward
each other. You know, we are not so different us Hecky Bonkers'
Let's hope that in the next few years we
can start to talk to each other like the civilised adult
citizens we are and move things forward. Best wishes,
with Becconsall Parish Council Election
Farrington was this evening elected to the Hesketh-with-Becconsall
turnout of voters was around three times that anticipated
which was put down to the good weather and the increased
level of interest in the Parish Council following
recent events at Parish Council meetings (see
Returning Officer declared Christine Farrington with
358 votes, Gail Hodson with 56 Votes and 3 votes spoiled.
Police are reminding everyone, once again, of an increasing
crime trend in rural areas of West Lancashire. These are thefts
from garages, farm buildings and driveways of heavy equipment
such as sit-on lawnmowers and farm equipment including trailers.
It is believed the offenders are from the travelling community
and are using white transit vans as well as a dark coloured
They are calling at premises offering landscape gardening
services. Within half an hour of their call equipment has
been stolen. Please be aware of these offences and exercise
caution with any unknown callers on your property. If you
are suspicious please notify the Police.
SHORE ROAD SKATEPARK?
large public attendance (25) at tonight's Parish Council
meeting really put the Parish Council on the spot with regards
to the lack of youth facilities, the unsociable behavior
of some youths and the lack of police action when things
get out of hand. The message was clear: Enough talking -
start doing! A skatepark being built on the parish council
owned land on Shore Rd was proposed as a realistic example
of what could be done. The suggestion was taken on board,
with a feasibility study and rough estimates noted as actions.
Watch this space!
but four of the public had left the meeting before the almost
inevitable personal abuse started in earnest. Fueled by
the Chair "not providing a report" after a visit
to the Standards Board, comments from Cllr Ball left him
in breach of "Standing Order 28" and thus excluded
from the rest of the meeting. Spying his chance, (as technically
he was no longer present and so any further comments could
not be minuted) Cllr Ball launched a tirade of expletives
at the Chair. The fracas ended with a nose to nose "debate"
and fisticuffs being threatened. Happening only moments
after the Parish Council had discussed the merits of attending
a £500 course in effective communication and conflict
management, the irony seemed to pass most by.
The 6ft high concrete fence to required to replace the felled
trees around the Station Rd pitch will cost £3,100.
The bus shelter opposite Alty's which was destroyed by a
Safeway lorry (see news
archive) will cost £1736 to replace. Hopefully
this sum will be recovered through insurance although apparantly
the driver 'forgot' to report the incident; an oversight
which has made sorting out the claim even more difficult
than usual. Not such a good advert for Safeways.
promoted to Section Two, Hesketh Bank Band came away with
a third prize from the North West Counties Brass Band Championships
which were held at Fleetwood yesterday. An excellent performance
for the first contest in the higher division.
Band played a piece called Resurgam by Eric Ball. The adjudicator,
Mr. Richard Evans said, “This was a very brave performance
with some fine musical directing.” Well done to MD
Band also received a trophy for last season’s achievements,
a lovely piece of glassware with 2002-2003 Third Section
NorthWest Champions written on it. Here’s to the next
prize hopefully not long off!
Smith Avenue "People Farm" Approved
OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE HELD ON THURSDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
2003 8/2003/0275 Gilbert Johnson Esq
Land at Smith Avenue, Tarleton.
Use of land for stationing of 5 static caravans for occupation
by seasonal agricultural workers during the months of March
through to October. DECISION - APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS
White Van Man
farms and Neighbourhood Watch members are asked to be on
the lookout for the following vehicle:- A white Transit
Van reg. no. S817 SRJ.
vehicle was seen in suspicious circumstances in Bickerstaffe
at around 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon. It is thought they
may have been attempting to steal a caravan but when challenged
the driver( who spoke with an Irish accent) said they were
cutting hedges and then made off towards Rainford. About
2 hours later a shed was reported broken into when lawnmowers
and other property were stolen. Please be on the look-out
for this vehicle and report any sightings to the Police
immediately. To repeat:- A white Transit van reg.no. S817
and Shame Update
the villian himself hasn't come forward we do have
an update from a eye witness who tells us that, rather
worryingly, the bus shelter was vandalised by a reversing
Safeway lorry at 10:00 am last Sunday morning. What
on earth a Safeway lorry was doing trying to reverse
down Station Rd is anybodys guess.
is a lack of places available to paying school children
on the buses running to Tarleton High School. After two
years of being able to catch the 724 service which runs
down Chapel road in Hesketh Bank to the High School, my
Son (aged 13) has now been told he can't get on because
there's no room this year as the number of children with
school passes has exceeded the buses capacity (if this is
the case, then the bus is unlawfully carrying more people
than it should. I think the current bus has a capacity of
73, and there's 76 passes been issued).
of local Council funding, Chapel Road is not gritted during
winter, there's usually a few accidents, and plenty of near
misses to watch on freezing mornings, the thoughts of my
Son walking to the High School, or trying to get another
bus from the junction of Chapel Road and Station Road (741
service) isn't appealing. Especially when the 741 arrives
at 7:56am and leaves the child at the school around 8:15am.
That's a long wait for lessons to start.
is not alone, there are few other children who are now having
to either get parents to add to the traffic problems by
providing lifts, or risking themselves on bikes, or walking.
There are even pupils from Crossens who pay and are now
also having difficulty getting to and from school.
to the School Travel help line on 01772 849111 and they
were very good in trying to find alternative bus routes.
They were also good enough to fill a form in over the phone
to pass on to the Council regarding the bus situation. The
main argument being the dangers during winter for children
anything to be achieved it's going to take all the parents
impacted by this problem to fill in the form.
Bank Band's "Last night at the Proms" at All Saints
Hall was a roaring success. The Band, under the direction
of MD Stuart Pullin, played a wonderful programme, encompassing
a huge range of music, from the traditional Florentine March
to start the evenings entertainment, through the theme music
from Batman The Movie, Nimrod from The Enigma Variations,
Montagues and Capulets from Romeo & Juliet, Time To
Say Goodbye made famous by Andrea Berccelli & Sara Brightman,
Famous British Marches and not forgetting the 1812 Overture
evening was made complete by our two returning heroes, our
guest soloists Paul Turner & Dean Wright. Both of these
fine musicians used to play for Hesketh Bank before moving
to bigger things. (BBC Phil. & Welsh Nat.Opera Orchestra.)
Both of them brought the house down. Paul playing on the
whole range of percussion with the band and soloing with
Drummers Delight and piece featuring the Glockenspiel, Forgotten
Dreams. He then encored by playing the kit alla Paul Turner
on The Theme From The A Team. Dean Played the very famous
Nessun Dorma and Rule Britannia with variations. All the
were played to perfection. It was an honour and a privilege
to have them both back "home" on the All Saints
evening drew to its finale by the traditional playing and
singing of Jerusalem and Land of Hope And Glory complete
with flag waving, party poppers and streamers. The hall
was decorated in Union and St.George's flags and bunting,
which all combined made it a very special night for Hesketh
Bank. Sadly some people had to be turned away because they
had no tickets and the hall was full to capacity and some.
We can only say sorry. Next year make sure you have tickets.
to next year's Last Night At The Proms!
the people who did this are extremely proud of their
handiwork and would wish to publicly take the credit
for such a gesture. We will happily publish their
names, photographs and addresses if they would be
so kind as to get in touch.
the successful launch of the Tarleton Village Plan at the
Cock & Bottle on Monday night you can now download a
copy of the excellent document and browse at your leisure
the Village Vision, and hopefully get involved - you can
really help with the activities that will turn the Action
Plan into reality. Download a copy by clicking the link
below. You will need adobe acrobat to read it - click the
link to get a free copy of the software from adobe.
Parish Council tonight decided to return the £50,000
loan taken from the Public Works Loan Board earlier this
year. The controversial loan (see
news archive) was for the supposed purchase of land
in Hesketh Bank for sports and public recreational use.
In a letter clarifying the options open to the Parish Council,
the PWLB confirmed that returning the money would not jeopardize
any later application but this very brief encounter with
the world of high finance will cost the Hesketh-with-Becconsall
ratepayers a £567.20 in interest charges with nothing
at all to show for it.
Parish Council news The
proposed car park at Booths will be an amenity for the village
and not just for Booths shoppers (but watch out for any
parking "constraints" which may creep in at the
detailed planning stage).
advert has apparently delivered seven applicants for the
Clerk position which means there are at least six people
who will have cause for celebration when the interview panel
makes its selection.
position on the Parish Council vacated by Cllr Birkby will
go to a by-election in October so now is the time to get
your application in! If you want to stand and would like
to send in your mugshot and your "election speech"
we will set up a page especially for the candidates.
took umbrage at "the tone" of the letter from
the Parish Council regarding the request to reconsider
the newly introduced razor wire now topping sections
of their perimeter fence (see
news archive) and wrote back to the Parish Council
telling them as much, explained how they took legal
advice before erecting the razor wire and in any case,
possibly only did it because the Fly Fishing Club had
asked them to. Rumours that the fence will now also
be electrified and a minefield laid are clearly not
No.: 8/2003/1028 Two storey side extension
Location : 71, Chapel Road, Hesketh Bank.
Applicant : Mr D J Bamber
71 Chapel Road
No.: 8/2003/1033 Horse exercise track together with associated
reception/stable block & trailer park.
Location : Land at Dib Road, off Shore Road, Hesketh
Applicant : Mr C Haughton
3 Woodland Ave, Scarisbrick
No.: 8/2003/1036 Two storey extensions to side and rear
Location : 23, Meolsgate Avenue, Tarleton.
Applicant : Mr and Mrs T Rimmer
28 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton
No.: 8/2003/1039 Incorporation of land into residential curtilage.
Location : 415, Blackgate Lane, Tarleton.
Applicant : Mr & Mrs Clayton
Hollydene, 415 Blackgate Lane, Holmes
No.: 8/2003/1059 Change of use to dry cleaning agency incorporating
ironing & seamtress service.
Location : 93, Church Road, Tarleton.
Applicant : Stuart Eric Sinclair
2 Fulwood Avenue, Tarleton
No.: 8/2003/0986 Provision of car park at front & playground
Location : Tarleton Community Primary School, Hesketh
No.: 8/2003/0990 Erection of animal shelter & construction
Location : Land at Johnsons Meanygate, Tarleton.
Applicant : Craig Parkinson
24 Fermor Road, Tarleton
No.: 8/2003/1002 First floor and two storey side extension.
Location : 122, Chapel Road, Hesketh Bank.
Applicant : Mr J Calvert
122 Chapel Road, Hesketh Bank
No.: 8/2003/1003 Conversion of garage to study and conservatory
Location : Ledaig House, 1F, The Green,
Applicant : Mr & Mrs E James
Ledaig House, 1F The Green, Hesketh Bank
Two storey and single storey extensions.
Location : Becconsall, Hunters Lane, Tarleton.
Applicant : Mr and Mrs J Caunce
Becconsall, Hunters Lane, Holmes
Tarleton & Hesketh Bank website yesterday delivered
its 100,000 page of information to a reader yesterday.
With the trend continuing upwards and with your continued
support we hope to hit the 1 million mark in the near
Saints Church Hall was packed last night with around 140
local residents, shopkeepers and traders from Tarleton and
Hesketh Bank attending the Public Meeting called by Hesketh-with-Becconsall
Parish Council to gather views on the proposed development
of a Booths Supermarket on land to be sold by Alty's.
no one from Alty's or Booths attended the meeting (at least
in an official capacity) but, to the anger and frustration
of many at the meeting, no one from West Lancashire planning
was in attendance; the invitation declined with the department
claiming that in order to retain a "neutral" outlook
they could not attend. How listening to the pros and cons
as seen from the perspective of local residents rather than
the developer detracts from this ideal was not explained.
speakers at the meeting were evenly divided in their views
but a straw poll at the end of the meeting determined a
majority in favour of the development in principle.
issue crossed the divide; the potential adverse impact of
the development on traffic in the village(s). It was a clear
wish that the conclusions of an independent traffic assessment
be made public and serious consideration be given to improving
the proposed road layout in the area of the development
in advance of detailed planning permission.
Waterways have now installed stop planks between Bridge
36 and Giants Hall Aqueduct to enable repair work on the
200 year old embankment to proceed as quickly as possible.
The Rufford Branch is still closed due to lack of water
following the breach, in which around 100 million gallons
spilled on to adjacent land. A dedicated team of engineers
is on site working to repair and re-water the stretch
of canal around the breach, which is now less than two
miles in length.
craning point for boats wanting to travel from the west
to east of the breach is located at Mayors Boatyard at
Tarleton. The craning point for boats wanting to travel
from the east to west of the breach is located at White
Bear Marina, Chorley. Boaters are asked to telephone Vaughan
Jones at White Bear Marina on 01257 481054 for a current
status report and to take advantage of the craning facility.
Boaters planning to travel from the Lancaster Canal are
asked to telephone Anne Marie Mount at BW’s Galgate
Office on 01524 751888.
reports that local painter and decorator Mick McCluskey
of Blackgate Lane has suffered a serious accident have
been confirmed. Whilst details are still vague it would
seem that Mick fell through a roof at Len Wrights.
was taken by air ambulance to Preston this morning and
has apparently suffered injuries to the head, pelvis and
elbow. Our thoughts are with Mick and Sue at this anxious
minutes of last nights Parish Council meeting starting,
the public, press and the Clerk were excluded whilst the
council discussed their position regarding the Clerk.
The Clerk was later called into the private meeting and
then left altogether. On resuming with the public present,
the Chair advised the meeting that the Clerk had been
dismissed with one months notice given. Cllr Hunter agreed
to take the minutes and a motion to advertise the position
of Clerk to the Parish Council was carried.
note leaked after the meeting detailed a long list of
reasons why the named Councilors were dissatisfied with
the Clerks execution of his duties. We also understand
that the Clerk has already involved ACAS and is considering
a claim of unfair dismissal.
the Clerk had left with all the correspondence and details
pertaining to the bulk of the agenda it quickly got around
to public participation which centered around two themes,
the outline planning proposal from Booths and the ongoing
drainage problems within the Poppyfields and the surrounding
From those who spoke, the sentiment on the outline proposal
was most definitely against, with traffic issues and the
detrimental impact to existing shops topping the bill
but with Alty's rather than Booths on the receiving end
of the frustrations of the parishioners and Councilors.
It was agreed that a public meeting would be held on the
18th of August at 7.30pm in All Saints Church Hall to
allow comments from the public to be noted but also to
hear from a Planning Officer how current planning policy
impacts or enhances such a proposal and, hopefully, we
will also hear from our WLDC Councilors on their reaction
to that tabled.
was noted that the Parish Council had not been given a
copy of this planning request as apparently is custom,
and that any comments that the parish council would wish
to make about the proposal were required to be submitted
to WLDC PRIOR to when the HwB PC was scheduled to next
meet. For once, the nasty odour in the room was not from
the Poppyfields drains.....
As for the long suffering Poppyfields residents, who remain
at the mercy of Morris Homes and WLDC who apparently STILL
haven't resolved the long outstanding issues over the
suitability and thus the subsequent adoption of the drains
(first raised as a problem in 1997). Mr Arthur Fowler
again raising the matter as an utter
disgrace and a total failure of the processes, legislation
and elected representation which is supposedly in place
to protect home buyers from such a situation ever arising.
The Parish Council vacancy created by the resignation
of Cllr Birkby has apparently appeared on some notice
boards around the village with responses from the public
dictating that the vacancy will require an election rather
than a co-opted selection.
Councilors reviewing planning requests noted applications
totaling a further 20 (TWENTY) caravans to house seasonal
Bank 2 Fleetwood Hesketh 1
Bank stormed to success last night, beating their newly
promoted arch rivals Fleetwood Hesketh in a pre season
friendly game at Station Rd. Looking resplendent in their
new kit, the premier league Fleetwood Hesketh failed to
impress on the pitch and lost convincingly to an upbeat
1st Division Hesketh Bank. During the good humoured post
match drinks at the Becc, the FH coaching staff claimed
it was "the taking part and not the winning"
that really mattered which, of course, is absolutely correct.
you want to sponsor the Winning Side
contact Peter Leigh or Don Hand Click Here for contact
HALL A STEP CLOSER
plans have now been submitted for the new £1.3m
Sports Hall, changing facilities, additional car &
cycle parking and a new access route at Tarleton High
new Sports Hall is needed to provide improvements
to sports and games facilities at the school necessary
to meet the curriculum needs of the 900+ pupils
but will also be available for use by the local
proposal outlines a 900m2 ‘4 Court’
Hall to be built on what is currently the All Weather
pitch, enclosing the current car parking area for
a large outdoor area where pupils can gather at
break and lunch times with minimum supervision.
The new access is proposed to run in parallel with
contributions by the local parish councils to Lancashire
County Council (the main funding source) have ensured
ongoing local community access and also representation
on the new “Community Users Sports Committee”
which will oversee and manage the access and involvement
of local clubs and associations in partnership with
the High School.
plans pertaining to 12-22 Station Rd, have now been submitted
for the erection of food store 1765 square meters plus
car parking, service area, new access and extension to
the existing shop.
New access is understood to mean a mini roundabout approximately
opposite the Post Office/Johnson's Tool Shop, the car
park will be at the front with the store at the back and
the boundary extending from the rear of the HSBC through
to HB Computers (Mcleods). Booths apparently will submit
a traffic impact survey within the next week or so.
you wish to take the opportunity to inspect the details
contact West Lancs Planning Office 52 Derby St Ormskirk
(Mr A. D. Wells 01695 585270). If you do have any comments
you wish to make about this application then you have
21 days to respond in writing or email email@example.com
is the possibility of a public meeting to discuss. Whether
you feel that we should or shouldn't hold a public meeting
you should vote now. The Parish Council will take stock
of the voting at the end of July and act accordingly.
resignation, prospects of police involvement, lots of
shouting and a (rumoured) sacking - it can only be a HwB
Parish Council meeting........
1 Cllr Brian Birkby submitted his resignation from
the Parish Council by letter, citing a long list of recent
issues and problems that have plagued the council as his
reasons. The Council accepted his position and paid tribute
to the work he had done on behalf of the community.
matters arising from previous minutes and after 20 minutes
of allegation and counter allegation about cheque books,
cheque stubs, inter-meeting payments etc, a proposal by
Cllr Ball to bring in the police regarding the parish
council accounts was passed.
subset of the Parish Council reported back after a meeting
with the Football Club over "The Trees" in summary
proposing that in order to restore the usability of the
pitch they have asked the parish council to consider:
the hawthorn hedge such that it can regenerate and,
in the long term, hide the...
high concrete panel wall to be installed along the Station
Rd end of the pitch and join up with that proposed to
be installed behind the Village Hall
temporary netting behind the Station Rd end goal and
a small row of conifers to the rear of the goal as both
a memorial and as a longer term solution to the temporary
are to be requested for the work outlined
Ball submitted the observation that razor wire had appeared
on the boundary at the rear of Alty's woodyard and the
Boatyard. He went on to report that the RSPCA had already
been out to deal with a badly injured swan who had been
severely cut by the wire. The council recognised the danger
that this presented to any children playing in the vicinity
and to wildlife and asked the clerk to write to Alty's
requesting the removal of the razor wire.
Standish-Gore made a plea for a permanent speed camera
to be sited on the approach into Hesketh Bank on Shore
Road as the speed with which traffic pass the primary
school is far from acceptable. Whilst an assessment is
made of the most suitable traffic calming measure, a temporary
speed camera may well appear without notice SO BE WARNED
- SLOW DOWN.
The Council went into the so called Part II of the meeting
midway through the agenda; the public and press ushered
outside to wait for the main meeting to resume. Raised
voices (understatement) could be clearly be heard outside
prompting the suggestion that the agenda item be renamed
Round 2. On being allowed back in there was no official
statement made about the agenda items discussed during
the closed door session or any comment on any decisions
made, but rumours circulating after the meeting suggested
that the session may have been to discuss the termination
of the Parish Council Clerks services.
3 Items of interest in the Finance section centered
around the first repayment of our £100k loan (see
news archive) which was in excess of £1600 and
a solicitors bill received for £146 for legal advice
taken by the Clerk and previous chairman.
meeting closed prior to agenda item 13. The REAL Project
update. We hope to be able to bring an update to you directly
rather than wait for the next Parish Council meeting which
is currently scheduled for September.
bad news for local farmers as planning permission was recently
refused for agricultural buildings at Rimmers, Blackgate
lane, at Harrisons on Hunters Lane and also at Hazeldene
Foods on Taylors Meanygate. Certificates of Lawfulness were
also refused at Suttons on Southport New Road and Johnsons
at Banks (click
here to read more). One application that did meet with
approval was from Henry Iddon & Sons Ltd for the erection
of three detached houses with garages on Chapel Road, Hesketh
Old Church Sunday
annual All Saints "Old Church Sunday" service was
blessed with beautiful weather (More
Photos) and later, The Friends of Becconsall Old Church
together with many visitors to the church enjoyed a concert
by Tarleton Brass Band. Walkers venturing down to the banks
of the Douglas saw 26 Narrow boats heading for Tarleton lock
after navigating the Ribble
Link on the afternoon high tide.
Trouble at t' tip
to Deposit Household Waste Click
on form for enlarged image
our story yesterday we had a full inbox this morning with
many of you commenting on the "job creation scheme"
surrounding the administration of the new access policy
to the Recycling Centres and the detrimental impact this
will have on recycling initiatives.
many householders are annoyed by the introduction of this
policy, the lack of communication with regard to it's necessity
and purpose and also the knock on impact to the environment
(fly tipping) and recycling (large volumes of green waste
diverted to landfill that would have otherwise have been
that the situation has already been raised with our County
Councilor, Robert Hodge and we warmly extend a right of
reply to all parties involved.
a lighter note, we observe that within their permit numbering
system, LCC have made provision for over 1 billion unique
permits to be issued for Rufford tip. Imagine the queues
on a bank holiday!.
still have not had sight of a permit for a pedestrian
- could you be the first? IF
YOU NEED A PERMIT
Ring 0845 0500957
LCC waste opportunity
Council have confirmed they will go ahead with plans which have
been described as 'making a bureaucratic mountain out of a recycling
molehill'. In readiness for the 1st of July, LCC have begun administering
and issuing permits for visits to the Recycling Collection points.
Trailers longer than 3m long are banned altogether
4 wheeled trailers of any size need a permit
A van or pickup of any size needs a permit Even a pedestrian needs a permit A permit will allow only one visit per
council claim that the new measures will reduce the amount of
trade waste being processed through their domestic waste facilities
although no one has yet been able to offer an explanation as to
how the number of wheels on a trailer correlates with its contents.
Incredibly, the LCC Environment Directorate did confirm that if
anyone removes two of the wheels on a four wheel trailer (presumably
one from each side - Ed) then a permit would not be required.
A local farmer
added "it may well reduce the amount of trade waste at the
tip but by default these people have not made proper arrangements
for their waste and are highly likely to just chuck it out at
the side of the road if denied access"
from Green Waste Compost said "it is a shame that a council
who previously have been at the forefront of recycling initiatives
should discourage the very people who bring in large volumes of
domestic green waste over the summer months. If there is a problem
with trade waste then use some intelligence to tackle the specific
problem. Arbitrary measures that in any way reduce the amount
of green waste collected for recycling cannot be right for the
environment or for a council who has committed to meet stringent
targets in this area.
YOU NEED A PERMIT
Ring 0845 0500957
Public want £50k contribution
about procedure continued, the public voice at this evenings Parish
Council meeting was very clearly in favour of the HwB contribution
to the Tarleton High School sports facility. The contribution was
said to be less to do with ensuring parishoners access to the facility
but more to do with representation on the sports facility management
board thus ensuring Hesketh Bank is not left "picking up the
crumbs" after all the facility block bookings are let.
A move to
extend public participation to accomodate all members of the public
requesting to speak was voted down and many walked out clearly
Parish Council subsequently buckled down to business and, with
only a few minor skirmishes, made significant progress through
the backlog of issues listed on a two page agenda.
Trees" only just made it to the table and the meeting closed
after the PC agreed to seek quotes for netting to be placed behind
the goal at the Station Rd end of the pitch.
On a positive
note, Cllr Hillary Tompkins provided the Parish Council with the
much postponed update of the REAL project and outlined areas and
actions which need to be moved forward. This was extremely well
received by the Council and members of the public alike and we
hope to bring you a comprehensive update of the REAL project and
details of how you can get invovled in the very near future.
Harvest Help for farmers in southern Africa
Local business woman travels to Africa to find
of the food crisis in Africa over the past 18 months and their accompanying
relief efforts, many are asking how Africa will ever feed herself.
Christine Jackson, Director of Douglas Marine in Hesketh Bank, travelled
to Africa earlier this month to see the answer for herself.
spent ten days in Zambia, finding out more about the work
of Harvest Help. Harvest Help is a UK-based charity working
with poor farmers in southern Africa, helping them to feed
their families, earn a living and work towards self reliance.
Christine saw with her own eyes what this means for families
in the region. As she told us,
“The families I visited were so keen to show me their
grain stores, which are now overflowing with maize and other
crops they have just harvested. Last year, things were very
different. Many farmers only grew enough food to last two
or three months.”
that Christine met were using some of the improved farming methods
being promoted by Harvest Help. These basic and straightforward
methods can greatly increase harvests without harming the environment.
Of course, there is still much left to do and Christine was particularly
moved by her visit to George Hanamaila. As she reports,
“I was amazed to hear that families in this
region of the world were judged as being wealthy if they could
afford to eat three meals per day, all year round. So, I asked
George how many meals his family were eating. He was clearly delighted
to tell me that his children were now eating three meals per day
– but I soon realised that this meant George and his wife
probably weren’t eating three!”
Of course, Christine’s visit wasn’t
all plain sailing. The areas Christine visited did not have running
water or electricity and the poor state of the roads made journeys
long and uncomfortable. As Christine tells us,
“One of the worst moments was when one of
the tyres came off the vehicle. The road we were on goes straight
through a national game park and we were a little concerned, having
already been chased by one elephant, that we might have pushed
our luck too far this time. But we were all fine and it just brought
it home to me how difficult life really is in this part of the
If anyone is interested in supporting Harvest
Help or would like to hear more about their work in southern Africa,
please contact Christine’s daughter, Sharon Jackson, on
01952 260699 or visit their website at www.harvesthelp.org.
The Council that likes to say Yes
In yet another
tedious display of appalling behavior from people who should know
better it was nigh impossible to glean any facts out of the accusations
and counter claims flying about the room at tonight's Hesketh-with-Becconsall
Special Meeting - the actual financial status of the Parish Council
thus remains somewhat of a mystery to the mere mortals of the village.
"the trees" again featured as a topic worthy of many
minutes debate although the simple question of whether due process
was followed before spending in excess of £2300 of the parishes
funds remained unanswered (the council moved to continue this
discussion under part 2 of the agenda thus excluding public and
press) We would welcome a (preferably short) statement from any
councilor on the final outcome of this debate.
A later agenda
item did provided for some raised eyebrows; certainly amongst
the public present and possibly even amongst some of the Parish
Councilors themselves... seemingly the Hesketh with Becconsall
Parish Council has plunged the parish into debt by taking out
a loan out for £100,000 from the obliging
Public Works Loan Board (PWLB).
loan, a sum of £50k has apparently been transferred to Tarleton
Parish Council (as a contribution to the High School sports facility)
allegedly on the day before the last HwB PC meeting although,
amazingly, no one who knew of this (including the Clerk to the
council) felt it necessary to mention it at the last PC meeting.
Commenting on this oversight Cllr Ball tonight said "I didn't
get a chance to say anything".
£50k is apparently 'earmarked' to buy an as yet unidentified
and thus hypothetical recreation ground in Hesketh Bank. In anticipation
of this unlikely event the borrowed funds apparently languish
in the council coffers, slowly being eroded by the interest charges
already payable on the loan.
we extend an open invitation to the Parish Councilors and the
public to comment, put their own views or offer any clarifications
they feel necessary or appropriate. Email the editor
or go straight to the discussion board.
Signs for Hesketh Bank
Well not quite.....
but YOU CAN.
Bank AFC urgently require players for the following teams:
all ages are always welcome. If you want to find out more check
out the Who's Who at Hesketh
Bank AFC and give them a ring.
There will be
a 'special meeting' of the Hesketh with Becconsall Parish council
on Monday 16th June 2003 at 7.30pm at the village institute to discuss
the Parish Council Finances. This is not an ordinary Parish Council
meeting and the only agenda items are of a financial nature.
The next scheduled
meeting on Monday 23rd June stands and will be a "normal"
meeting with a full agenda.
Hesekth Bank Band are 2002/3 North West Counties Area Brass Band
Third Section Champions.
They will be presented with the trophy at the Fleetwood contest
in October. In the 2003/4 season they will now compete in Section
Two against the likes of Morecambe sponsored by Lancashire Life
magazine, Greenhalls (Yes the brewery.) and Bolton sponsored by
Hoover. Wish them luck and if there is anyone out there who fancies
seeing their name as the sponsor of Hesketh Bank Band get in touch.
Lies and Videotape
Parish Council Meeting 20th May, 2003. Summary of events:
7.30pm by the Chairman, Councilor Ray Ball
Councilor Tony Murphy elected to Chair
Councilor Paul Sergeant elected Vice Chair
to eject a member of the public, Mrs Hodson, who refused to stop
videotaping the proceedings when asked to do so by the Council.
The Police advised that the council could only have grounds for
asking someone to leave if the filming became disruptive.The meeting
resumed 8.06. Mrs Hodson plus another member of the public continued
filming the meeting.
followed through until Finance Report whereupon a number of observations
were made regarding the timing, authorisation, and process followed
for a number of recent payments made on behalf of the Parish Council.
[Legal advice prevents us from offering further comment at this
10pm midway through the agenda Item Finance Report
Meeting June 23rd. Be there!
maintain an open invitation to all councilors or members
of the public for comments or articles for publication firstname.lastname@example.org
no such thing as bad publicity.....
residents again wake up to find their Council making the news for
the wrong reasons (see news archive
and 'Annual Bash' below). In an excellent article, the Village Visitor
gets right behind the long suffering public who are weary of the
childish games being played by certain councilors and extremely
concerned at the way in which our parish funds are being
Village Visitor Today
again the antics of Parish Councilors make the news.
information on the expected standards of behavior and how
to make a complaint go to the Standards
turn out for Caravan Debate
of the public came out in force to raise awareness of the problems
they have observed with two specific sites used to accommodate
Seasonal Agricultural Workers. Tarleton Parish Council extended
the public participation agenda item to allow a wide section of
people to speak in order to gather material to be tabled at a
County Council review of the Gorse Lane and Smith Avenue sites
this coming Thursday.
60's... 1 Tarleton Parish Council... 0
a move possibly unrelated to recent attempts to absorb the Over
60's into a new Police House/function room, the Over 60's Club
have taken an advanced booking for the next twelve months on
a Monday evening - traditionally the day on which the Parish
Council meets. In a motion carried by the Chair's casting vote
and with the exception of the 4 statutory meetings, the Parish
Council will now meet on an ad hoc basis at various venues all
decided from meeting to meeting!
do the business
Trophy Final at Villa Park Sunday, 18th May 2003
Burscough... 2 Tamworth... 1
The above date, the most memorable in the club's long history,
will remain firmly etched in the minds of all Burscough supporters
for evermore. The "Impossible Dream" came to glorious
reality as the Linnets took the FA Trophy (from odds of 400-1
at the start of the competition) against the champions of the
Dr Martens Premier League, Conference-bound Tamworth. Click
Here for the full match report.
More submissions of possible titles for Mr and Mrs Hodsons forthcoming
video release (See Annual Bash below):
The 'Esket' Chain Saw Massacre
Keep Your Eye On The Ball.
- Modern - Tap - Jazz
Starting Soon on Wednesdays at Rufford Village Hall
Classes for all ages
Fun Adult Tap
Children prepared for Examinations and Theatre Performance
RAD & ISTD Syllabus
Fully qualified and friendly teachers
For more information call
01257 271417 - 07810 602386
of the public who attended the HwB Parish Council
Annual Meeting report little newsworthy items; the
meeting sadly being branded "little more than
yet another slanging match".
the appearance at the meeting of Mr and Mrs Hodson
with a video camera (for reasons unspecified) has
prompted a light-hearted distraction from recent events
as people ponder the possible title of the forthcoming
Hodson's video production. Submissions so far include:
Gone With The Wind II
I'm A Councilor, Get Me Out Of Here
Our favourite suggestion to date is a possible remake
of the ever popular 1937 Laurel & Hardy classic:
Way Out West (Lancashire)
next meeting of Tarleton Parish Council is on
Monday 19th May at 7.30pm in
the Over 60's
the convenience of the Clerk, the next meeting
of HwB parish Council is on 20th May
at 7:30pm in the Hesketh Bank Library. "The
Vote" is on the agenda!
& Clerk walk out
only seven minutes of tonights Parish Council meeting
had elapsed the Chairman, Clerk and a number of councilors
got up and left after the Chair "closed"
the meeting amid yet another debate
over the necessary procedure required to be followed
to allow a vote of no confidence in the Chair to take
remaining councilors immediately took legal advice
by telephone and established that they could proceed
with the meeting. After the appropriate protocol had
been conducted the meeting re-opened and the much
postponed 'normal business' resumed in a much welcomed
dignified and respectful manner.
council graciously extended the Public session and
a number of issues were tabled, ranging from the tree
felling incident to the still ongoing problems with
drainage on the Poppyfield development. In a much
revitalised spirit, the quorum of remaining Parish
Councilors jointly expressed a wish to make parish
council meetings more inclusive by extending awareness
of the date, location and agenda of forthcoming Parish
Council meetings together with more accessible access
to the meeting minutes. We hope to have links to these
documents from heskethbank.com as soon as this occurs.
The Village Vote For April closed with the following
you believe the Chairman
of the Parish Council should step down?
would seem to unquestionably make
Councilor Ball our very own 'Ace of Spades'
Just Spectate - Participate!
this weeks news we feature the Southport Champion
Article highlighting the ongoing alignmement of Hesketh
Bank AFC with Everton as a "feeder club"
- fantastic news for the players and the ground as
much needed funds will be raised.
the third season Everton will be involved with Hesketh
Bank junior teams through its Coaching in the Community
initiative (which has already produced a couple of
players in the area of a standard to warrant an invite
to Everton's Youth Accademy.
Hesketh Bank and Everton Saturday Soccer Clubs are
for children aged five to fifteen and will run for
twelve weeks from May 3rd until July 26 inclusive.
For more details ring Dave Sherwood on 816044
many weeks of protracted political posturing (see
archive) at last a sense of normality returns
to the village with Hillary Tomkins getting the front
page of the Village Visitor to highlight the two sides
of the debate around the proposed Booths supermarket
- worth a read!
residents have expressed concern over the wellbeing
of Cllr John Hodson after he failed to appear in this
weeks paper. I am assured he is fine and looking forward
to many appearances in the near future.
of course, extend an ongoing welcome to any villager
who would wish to write a weekly column or article
- failing that you can always Have
your say on
our message board.
This weeks Village Visitor again wins hands down in
providing the village with some controversy in reporting
that Tarleton Parish Council apparantly claim that
our population of migrant workers are currently "living
in squalor" and believe their lot would be dramatically
improved if they were to be housed "in some of
the empty council houses of Skemersdale".
"A practical solution that adresses a real problem"
and "Tarleton Parish Council has no mandate for
such a vile and racist 'not in my back yard' position"
are the two extremes of conversations overheard today.
attention unfortunatley continues to dwell on the
public slanging match between certain members of the
HwB Parish Council. Many feel this to be a convenient
distraction from the issues raised by parishoners
who cannot grasp how it could be possible for the
necessary legal obligations under the landlord/tennant
relationship and the defined procedure for expenditure
of parish funds on this scale (quotations, tendering
etc) to have been fulfilled in the matter of hours
between 'the vote' taking place and the trees being
felled? A simple question for which a Yes/No answer
should be forthcoming as an official statement from
the Parish Council.
public humiliation of Hesketh with Becconsall Parish
Council reached a new level with the Village Visitor's
front page report on the latest antics of the Parish
Council. A parishoner today commented that "It
is very sad to see our council brought into such disrepute
but I guess this is the price we must pay for our
apathy when selecting our councillors. In any case,
and as any parishoner who has attended any of the
recent Parish Council meetings will tell you, the
report in the Village Visitor actually grossly understates
the appalling behaviour on display at these meetings."