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Local News Archive - 2004
The very first newsletter from Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council launches today and should be distributed throughout Hesketh Bank tucked inside the Champion free paper. But if you just can't wait, then click here to download a pdf version now.
Christmas came early for the youngsters of Hesketh Bank as today saw the official opening of a new meeting point and shelter which has been provided specifically for the youths of the village.
New Youth Shelter at Hesketh Bank
Ian Cropper at the hand-over of the youth shelter

Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council and Hesketh Bank Village Institute have worked together on the £8,000 project and representation from both groups took part in the official hand-over to local youths this afternoon.
Youth Shelters are becoming increasingly popular with Councils, Residents and the Police alike and have in many instances helped to reduce petty vandalism and noise from youths who before their installation had only street corners to meet.
The new "Youth Shelter" has been installed in between the Village Library and the Band Hut on Station Road.

Council Clerk, Ian Cropper, said “The main problem for this project was finding a suitable site that wouldn’t annoy residents and also give the youth some degree of privacy. The Council consulted with some of the potential users of the facility and also local Community Beat Manager PC Phil Corrigan. All agreed that this was the best site and it was very rewarding when the Village Hall Committee subsequently voted to support the initiative.”

Source West Lancs District Council 17/12/04:

It is with great regret and sadness that we have to announce the sudden death of one of the North West's longest serving elected members, Cllr Robert Hodge.

Robert gave a lifetime of dedicated public service, serving on West Lancashire District Council, Lancashire County Council and also as a long-serving member of Tarleton Parish Council.

Robert was first elected to the District Council in 1973. He quickly rose through the ranks becoming leader of the Conservative Group and District Council, with a similar distinction as leader of the Conservative Group on Lancashire County Council.

Politically, Robert had many interests but his greatest passion was housing. One of his greatest achievements was the unparalleled range of sheltered housing accommodation provided for the elderly in West Lancashire, which was directly as a result of Robert's leadership. Robert's interest in this field was also inspired by his time spent in steering Skelmersdale through its early years when he was a senior member of the Skelmersdale Development Corporation Board.

Robert's record of public service also saw him serve many years as a Magistrate and as Chairman of the Chorley Bench. He was also a member of the old Health Authority.

His long service was recognised when he was elected Chairman of the Council. He was indeed "the father of the Council" and was often fondly thought of as "Mr West Lancashire".

While Robert's community achievements were many, he will be best remembered for his sheer humanity and friendship he displayed towards people. He was also a very committed Christian and he was a well-known preacher on the Methodist circuits.

Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very sad time.

Cllr Geoff M. Roberts, Leader of the Council, said: "Robert's passing away is an immense loss to the District Council. He was a guiding light for so many years. One of his unique gifts was not only to know what was the right thing to do but to do it in the right way. "

"He leaves a gap which will never be fully filled."



The second issue of the Tarleton Parish Council newsletter is now available.

Parish Councillors delivered over a 1200 copies of the "Village View" yesterday and the remainder are expected to be delivered throughout Tarleton over the next 10 days.

However, if you just can't wait to get your copy through the letter box then click here to download it now as a pdf file.

For more information on Tarleton Parish Council visit their website

Ey Up - T' Lancashire Nativity
A Lancashire Dialect Nativity from BBC Lancashire

'Th'unto us a lad were born' is a great little online video from BBC Lancashire.

Shot on location in Blackburn, you will recognise the story and the cheeky Lancashire twist is guaranteed to make you smile!

Watch it Now!


Residents were tonight out in force to ensure the Parish Council were left with no uncertainty about local opinion on the proposal to build 13 houses on the field opposite the junction of Moss Lane with Boundary Lane.

Speakers at Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council cited poor access, inadequate infrastructure, road safety and environmental issues.

Attention was specifically drawn to the recent flooding of houses down Moss Lane and the necessity of the need to mitigate any adverse impact of surface water run-off when considering a new development as stated in the WLDC's Replacement Local Plan. No member of the public spoke in favour of the proposal.

The Parish Council voted unanimously against the proposal.


Hesketh Bank has made a modest inroad into community Christmas decorations this year with some 14 Christmas trees, illuminated with modern LED lighting sets, being erected on the front of the trade premises in a joint scheme between Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council and local traders.

"The response from all the local proprietors and business people has been tremendous as has the feedback from the general public" said the Parish Clerk. "We hope that the few who, for various reasons, couldn't join in will be in a position to do so next year"

Friday night saw the officiall switching on of the Douglas Cardiac Trust (First Responders) Christmas Tree in Mark's Square which has been sponsored by local business and Tarleton Parish Council.


The Scouts at Hesketh Bank were told last night that the troop may have to close if a replacement Scout Leader cannot be found.

Hesketh Bank Scouts is a well established and thriving troop of 15 scouts with more younger scouts on the way as they move up from the popular Cub Pack.

Colin and Helen have been running the troup as Scout Leader and Assistant for the last 3 years but can no longer carry out the organisation of the troop and the scouting programme due to other commitments.

A new Scout Leader is saught urgently as, without a replacement, the troop will have to close. If you know of anyone who could take on this role please contact the Rector or email the editor who will pass on your details.


The controversial annual school "league" tables for England have been published, showing how well pupils did in their national curriculum tests.

The first table below shows how our local secondary schools compared to all the 93 schools that fall within the Lancashire Education Authority area.

Our second table shows the points attained by our local primary schools. Primary schools are ranked on their "aggregate" scores - the total out of 300 across all three test subjects. The average score for Lancashire was 243 with the national average being 237.

Click on the School name to go to a comprehensive breakdown of the results provided by the BBC.

Local Secondary Schools
Complete list LEA Secondary Schools
Rating (Out of 93)
Hutton Church of England Grammar School
All Hallows Catholic High School
Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Language College
Penwortham Girls' High School
Tarleton High School
Balshaw's Church of England High School
Priory Technology College, Penwortham
Burscough Priory High School
Glenburn High School
Worden High School

Combined Score
(LEA Av 243)
Little Hoole Primary School
Tarleton Holy Trinity CofE Primary School
Tarleton Community Primary School
Mere Brow Church of England Primary School
Rufford CofE School
Sue's Supporters Go The Extra Mile

An oncology nurse from Hesketh Bank who completed the gruelling New York Marathon earlier this month has been overwhelmed by people's generosity.

Sue O'Hanlon, 46, who has worked in cancer care at Whiston Hospital for over 20 years has now raised more than £5,000 for MacMillan Cancer Relief and money is still coming in.

"People have been very generous with their support for this cause and also sympathetic when I moan about my aching legs and feet"

Having previously completed the London, Manchester and Paris marathons in under 4 hours, Sue was dissapointed with her time of 4hrs 3 minutes but said the thrill of running in the Big Apple made up for it.

"The day was fantastic and it was just fabulous to be there. It is a great event and the Americans turned out in force to cheer us on but the course is quite a hard one especially as it was so warm on the day"

Sue is hoping for a place in the 2005 London Marathon and is already in training just in case.


The Do-It-Yourself Centre has been named Britain's Best Hardware Retailer at the Retail Awards 2004 event held in Manchester.

Edwin and Susan Miller founded the Church Road DIY Store seven years ago and have since opened a further outlet in Parbold. They now employ nine people between both the branches.

Edwin said "When we were told we were finalists in this award we decided to take our staff along to the event because any success we have is very much down to their hard work and enthusiasm." and added "We are very proud of our staff and they have all played their part in winning this accolade."

The glass trophy and other mementos from the award ceremony are presently on display in the Tarleton DIY Centre window.


Lancashire Constabulary’s Southern and Central Divisions have joined forces to open Lancashire’s second Public Protection Unit (PPU) as part of the Constabulary’s drive to protect people from dangerous offenders.

The Public Protection Unit will open on Monday 22 November and will operate initially from two sites one in Ormskirk serving the people of South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancs (Southern Division) and the second site from HQ serving the people of Preston (Central Division).

Following on from recommendations in the Victoria Climbie Inquiry Report and after a successful pilot in Accrington, the Constabulary, after an in depth evaluation is in the process of establishing a number of Public Protection Units. These units will bring together various disciplines including family protection, domestic violence and dangerous offender teams.

Approximately 26 officers from Southern, Central and Force Headquarters will work from the re-furbished accommodation at Ormskirk and HQ. The main aim of the unit is to protect the most vulnerable members of the community and to reduce the risk of abuse by those who present a significant threat.

For Detective Chief Inspector Graham Gardner and Detective Inspector Graham Herrmann the opening of the unit will play a crucial role in improving the exchange of information between officers working with vulnerable children and adults, victims of Domestic Violence and Dangerous Offenders. The new unit will also provide other agencies with a ‘one-stop’ point of contact in all three areas, which will aim to break down communication barriers and enhance information sharing.

DCI Gardner commented: “People who suffer these types of awful crimes are often the most vulnerable in our communities. Anything we can do to improve our service to them should be seized upon. The creation of a Public Protection Unit is the start point to closer working with other agencies and voluntary groups. We will continue to improve our efforts to arrest and imprison criminals intent on attacking those least able to defend themselves”

Detective Inspector Graham Herrmann said; “ The PPU will allow the Constabulary to have a better platform for implementing the recently introduced Crime and Victims Bill. The units over-arching principle will be to protect the most vulnerable members of the communities of the Southern and Central divisional areas and to prevent their abuse by those who present a significant risk or threat.”

Members of the public are advised that with effect from Monday 22 November they will be able to contact officers from the Domestic Violence Team, Dangerous Offenders Team and Family Protection Unit on the following telephone numbers:-

Southern Division
(Covering South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire)
01695 566321

Central Division
(Covering Preston)
01772 416232

The popular Hesketh Bank youth club, All Saints Crusaders, has been closed with immediate effect due to the increasing misbehaviour of youngsters who attend.

The behaviour of youths both inside and outside the church hall was cited as the main reasons for the closure.

Reverend Richard Plant wrote to all parents expalining the situation "In spite of numerous warnings and promises from the youngsters of better behaviour, the situation has become markedly worse and we have, sadly, after three years efforts, after due consideration and discussion, no option but to close the group."

A parent of one of the group said today "I fully support the decision of the Reverend and the leaders; if the kids will take no notice whatsoever of the youth group leaders, then they cannot be expected to exercise their duty of care. We tend to think of anti-scoial behaviour as an urban issue but here we are with a very popular Church led Youth Group closing due to unruly kids who hold little respect for those who give their time to help them. A sad day for the village."


On Sunday 14th November the West Lancashire Light Railway ran Steam Trains free of charge all day to raise money for Children In Need.

The passengers donated £309.90 for Children In Need compared to £201.38 last year ..... an improvement of over 50%!!

Peter Young, Hon Treasurer of the West Lancashire Light Railway Association wished to convey his thanks to all the customers who made the charity day a resounding success.

For more info on the Children In Need Appeal please Click Here

Pudsey Bear gets a ride on the front of "Irish Mail"

West Lancashire Light Railway Website


Speeding and bad driving in rural areas of the county have been identified by our community as a major concern which affects peoples’ quality of life. Tarleton & Hesketh Bank now have the chance to target problem motorists in the villages with a new pilot Roadwatch scheme.

Tarleton Community RoadWatch Team

The aims of the Roadwatch scheme are to address the problem of real or perceived speed related offending in partnership with the community, to assist in improving the wearing of seatbelts and also to deter motorists from using mobile phones whilst driving. The scheme has clear objectives: to reduce by five per cent the number of speed offences within 12 months of launching the scheme; to reduce by five per cent the number of drivers and or passengers observed not wearing seatbelts and to reduce the number of drivers observed using their mobile phone whilst driving.

The Roadwatch scheme will consist of active members of the local community joining together to monitor speed at selected locations with speed monitoring equipment. All volunteers will receive the appropriate training and will be supported by the local Community Beat manager and Police Community Support Officer. The volunteers can also assist with improving seatbelt compliance and deterring drivers from using their phones whilst driving. The volunteers will log details of offenders who will then be sent a letter explaining that whilst on this occasion no further action will be taken they could have been liable to prosecution for the offence they have committed.

The speed monitoring will only take place in areas with a 30mph or 40mph speed limit and not in an area with an existing safety camera. All monitoring sites will be assessed by a police officer before being used.

Cheryl Gradwell, Road Safety Advisor for Lancashire Constabulary said “This is a really positive step forward in tackling peoples’ driving behaviour. All too often the police are criticised for persecuting motorists and what this scheme demonstrates is that the police are assisting local people to address an area that concerns them and affects their quality of life.”

“The scheme will be piloted initially in three areas but if successful we would look to roll this out across the county, empowering more people to take action against speeding and bad driving where they live.”

The Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety has supported the three pilot schemes by providing funding through the Community Action Grant which is a special fund set up by the Partnership whereby communities can apply for funding for local road safety initiatives which target speed, drink driving or seat belt issues.

Tarleton RoadWatch Coordinator Gavin Simpson said "Our main objective will be to visibly demonstrate that we are all part of one community. It's all about re-education of motorists about what their own community considers acceptable behaviour. Speeding certainly isn't acceptable. With police assistance we can do something about the things that concern us most - in this instance, it's speeding."

Tarleton & Hesketh Bank Police & Communities Together (PACT)


There are a number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in and around Tarleton and Hesketh Bank but more are required. If you live on Hesketh Lane, Station Road or on one of the many roads either side of this thoroughfare and would be prepared to act as a co-ordinator please get in touch with the Crime Prevention Officer, Dianne Hignett, on 01695 566353 (direct line), who will set the wheels in motion for you.

If you are concerned that it will take a lot of work– don’t be! The co-ordinator’s role is to liase with the Police on an irregular basis; the bulk of the work is done by the Police who send out a recorded message to all members of Neighbourhood Watch about any particular criminal activity particular to their area.

Crime reduction and crime prevention are most successful when they involve everybody, not just the Police. You may even receive a reduction on your home insurance premium!

Crime in our local environment reduces our quality of life. Why not get involved and to do something positive to help create a safer neighbourhood for all.

Tarleton & Hesketh Bank Neighbourhood Watch Webpage


A partnership project between Neighbourhood Watch, Tarleton Village Design Group, Lancashire Constabulary, WLDC and Identislot is to again encourage those people aged 60 or over who live in their own homes to increase their security to avoid bogus callers.

There 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 consists of:

• A 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.
• Upgrading of front and back door locks to 5 lever mortice systems, if not already fitted.
• A viewing ‘spy hole’
• 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.

Residents of Tarleton are also entitled to additional security which has been funded by Tarleton Parish Council and Tarleton Village Design Group:

• An intercom system that allows the householder to control the contact with a caller through a viewcom.

This 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.

The package is supplied by West Lancashire District Council Home Safe Scheme. Tarleton was a pilot for this project last year and now the package is available to the whole of West Lancashire.

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.


We decided to go straight to having a "letters" page rather than mix any letters received in with the news: The new feature opens with a letter from Andy Parkinson, who rues the passing of the Forum, and one from Mike Winrow who feels it was the Administrator who should be blamed for the demise of the forum. Click here for the Letters Page


The popular village forum has been closed down after repeated postings that were considered incompatible with the image and standards this website wishes to maintain.

Whilst many people have kindly offered their services as forum moderators there was only one way we could GUARANTEE that no further inappropriate or offensive postings are made. We deeply regret this course of action but felt we were left with no alternative.

If you do wish to continue to share your views on the village news and issues, then please consider emailing a Letter to the Editor. Please include your address and telephone number (these will not be displayed). Initially they will feature on the News Page but if we get enough we will start a separate letters page.


Without any ceremony or fanfare the Hesketh Lane speed camera was officially declared open by Community Beat Manager (CBM) Phil Corrigan. Phil advised that the camera was loaded in yesterday and is now operational. Be warned!

In a complimentary move, the CBM and Sgt Tonge positioned the new Speed Trailer (a mobile version of the much praised speed warning equipment sited at Rufford) 300 meters inside the 30mph limit on Moss Lane. We watched a random sample of 10 vehicles who all approach the device at speeds between 36 and 42mph yet every vehicle slowed down to under 30mph as the device flashed their speed. It really does work!

Speeding was retained as the top priority for November at the PACT surgery held last night at Tarleton High School. The community also requested underage drinking and inconsiderate parking be also targeted by the CBM.


Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council tonight rejected a request made by the Police to consider funding a laser speed camera for use by our Community Beat Manager.

It had been proposed that the laser speed measurement device which costs £2750 (plus an annual fee of £200 for calibration) be shared by Banks, Tarleton and HwB Parish Councils.

Councillors were collectively vocal in their frustration with the Police proposal and the massive 19% increase in their 03/04 element of the council tax was cited as an untennable backdrop to the request; "It is a Police responsibility to deal with speeding - we should not be charged twice".


As part of the major refurbishment at the Tarleton Health Centre it is necessary to install a complete new telephone system. Installation is to be carried out on the afternoon of:

Wednesday 3rd November 2004
The Practice will be closed from 12 noon and the telephone lines will be switched off.

If you require to speak to a doctor during this time, please contact the Out Of Hours service on 01695 571551 or alternatively telephone NHS Direct for advice on 0845 4647. Normal service is expected to resume at 08:30 am on Thursday 4th November.

£80 Fines For Firework Misuse
Police in West Lancashire will be launching Operation Cascade this week to target and reduce juvenile nuisance and anti-social behaviour throughout the Halloween and Bonfire season.

Using new legislation that came into effect last week, the police are warning that the misuse of fireworks can not only be damaging to your health but to your pockets too, since officers can now fine youngsters under the Fixed Penalty Notices for Disorder (PND’s) scheme.

The scheme introduced in April 2004, takes account of the new firework legislation and means that £80 fines could be issued to anyone committing the following offences:-

• Throwing Fireworks
• Breaching a fireworks curfew
• Being in possession of a category 4 firework (a display type firework)
• Being under 18 and in possession of an adult firework in a public place

Inspector for Skelmersdale, James Lee commented,” Police will be using this new legislation and those people found to be committing these offences can expect to receive a fine for £80. We want people to be able to enjoy Bonfire Night in safety and this is why any anti-social behaviour and juvenile nuisance will be dealt with appropriately.”

As well as enforcing this new legislation, Police will be working in partnership with local Fire Chiefs, Local Authorities and Trading Standards Officers to reduce the nuisance caused by fireworks and the number of offences committed. This will involve all retail shops licensed to sell fireworks in the West Lancs area being jointly visited by police and Trading Standards. Details of the initiative will be provided along with the enforcement of the legislation in relation to the storage and sale of fireworks. Any shops found to be selling fireworks to persons under the age of 18 will be referred to Trading Standards for investigation and possible prosecution.

Information regarding unauthorised “bonfire sites” will be forwarded to the relevant agencies who will attend and assess the bonfire.

Letters will be sent to schools informing them of Operation Cascade as well as advising on firework law and safety. The Emergency Services Community Support Officer will also visit some primary schools to talk to the children about Firework safety.

The police will also be using their Ringmaster messaging system to send messages to Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators giving details of the initiative and requesting the assistance of neighbours in the identification of apparent breaches of firework legislation and bonfire sites.

Inspector Phil Melling, Geographic Inspector for Ormskirk and Burscough commented, “Police officers, Special Constables, CBM’s and PCSO’s will be working together and conducting extra high visibility patrols of areas that have been indentified as “hotspots” in relation to incidents of nuisance and disorder. Fireworks will be seized from those people under the age of 18 who are in possession of a firework in a public place. Relevant details will be obtained for the juvenile referral scheme and where appropriate fixed penalty notices will be issued.”


British record for Giant Pumpkin Growing

Visitors to the event witnessed 21 massive pumpkins entered for this year's weigh off with Dave Turley from Dune FM kindly doing the honours on the Mike. Radio Lancashire and Northwest Tonight were both recording so watch and listen for more pumpkin updates. James and Liam said they looked forward to bringing a 1000lb pumpkin to next year's competition.

Novice pumpkin growers James O'Hanlon (10) and Liam Cupit (8) from Hesketh Bank not only beat off all comers at the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition but also smashed the official record for the heaviest pumpkin ever grown in the UK. The monster pumpkin registered 915lb on the Mere Brow competition scales and has been validated by a Guiness Book of Records Judge at 912lb. The previous record for a UK pumpkin was 819lb. Lauren Whiteside, also of Hesketh Bank, completed the kids' takeover bid with a very credible 3rd placed 486lb pumpkin.

Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition Results More pictures and the weigh in results will be available shortly on

Funding Lost
Dear Editor,
Following the awaited announcement from Chief Superintendent Chris Weigh on the proposed Police Operations Centre in Tarleton, I can confirm that the Police have decided not to proceed with the Project. Naturally I am disappointed that consensus could not be reached which now means that Tarleton and the Northern Parishes has lost out on £200k of funding for this high profile proposal. I certainly can’t blame the Police for reaching their decision after the intense lobbying by a vocal minority whose only agenda was to wreck the project from the outset. I look forward to continuing the good working relationship with the Police and will look to alternative ways in which to increase Police presence in the rural areas.

Cllr. J.E.Hodson
Chairman Tarleton Parish Council

Plug Pulled on Police Proposal

Chief Superintendent Chris Weigh, Commander for Southern Division today announced that the decision had been made not to proceed with the project of building a new rural Police Operations Centre in the village of Tarleton.

Commenting today, Chief Superintendent Weigh said, ”Myself and senior police colleagues have been involved in the final decision process and we are really disappointed that we have had to take this decision. I can assure residents that this has been reached after lengthy and careful consideration.

A consultation exercise was conducted earlier this year with local residents and over 360 people took the time to reply to our questionnaire to let us know their views. The analysis of these answers revealed a divergence of views regarding the suitability of the Church Road site and in particular people’s concerns over traffic congestion and road safety issues. After listening to these views the decision has been made not to proceed with this project. Views and comments have also been taken on board from Councillors, Parish Councils, the Over 60’s Club and local shopkeepers.

I would like to take this opportunity of reassuring the residents of Tarleton that this decision will no way affect our policing of the village. We remain 100% committed to the village and it’s residents and evidence of this can be seen everyday by the presence of the local Community Beat Manager. We will now be looking at further ways in which we can increase our accessibility within the village.

The current police station situated on the A59 will remain for the foreseeable future and will undergo refurbishment. I would like to personally thank those people who have written to us independently with their views all of which were taken on board in reaching our final decision.”

Firefighters Solve Pumpkin Puzzle
Tarleton Firefighters in action

The press, radio and TV all turned out last night to see Tarleton Fire Brigade attempt to solve the problem of how to move the giant pumpkins grown by local schoolboys Liam Cupit (8) and James O'Hanlon (10).

The firefighters eventually succeeded in manovering the massive pumpkin and got it safely out of the greenhouse and loaded onto a pallet in readiness for the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition which will be held this coming Saturday.

This is the 10th year of the annual Giant Pumpkin competition and the proceeds are being donated to the Air Ambulance. For more information click here to visit the competition website.
Primary School plants 1000's of Bulbs

Today saw the children of Hesketh with Becconsall All Saints CE Primary School begin their ambitious project to rejuvinate the grounds of the school.

Headteacher Mr Lawrence Smye-Rumsby said "All the children are currently involved in planting over thirty thousand bulbs, both in our grounds and on adjacent Parish Council land. The latter is aiming to produce a meadow area to encourage insect life such as butterflies, while the former planting is aiming to improve our grounds."

This project is linked to other plans to develop other aspects and areas of the school grounds which include an area for Infant Educational Play, fencing of the entire site, planting of border hedging, the planting of more trees, the creation of a newly defined playground for the younger children, the planting of specific areas within the school grounds, the installation of a bike rack facility, the positioning of benches and new seating areas and the installation of both children’s 3D art and a story teller’s chair.

Funding for these ambitious plans have come from several sources including LEAF, the Alan Titchmarsh garden fund, local companies, N’Trust landfill monies, individual families and the Educational Business Partnership fund.

The School Secretary, Deborah Johnson, added "The Friends of our School have also contributed considerably to these Grounds’ Development Projects. A grant of £3000 was also forthcoming from the Small Schools Site Land Reclamation Grant. Our overall collective aim (teachers, support staff, church and Governors) is to further improve our grounds as much as possible, both for aesthetic and educational reasons. We want our outside environment to provide a peaceful and rich learning resource for our children and community."

Hesketh Bank Primary School
Hesketh-with-Becconsall All Saints CE School Website

PACT Gets Underway
The PACT (Police and Community Together) surgery is a newly introduced extension of a scheme that has previously been piloted in Burscough. The purpose of PACT is to allow local residents to have a say in the priorities they feel the police should be addressing in the neighbourhood.

Only 3 people turned out to the first Tarleton and Hesketh Bank PACT surgery held last night but from their input the Police have been asked to recognise the following issues as priorities of local residents:

  • Speeding - Gorse Lane, Hesketh Lane, Moss Lane, Station Road & Shore Road
  • Inconsiderate and obstructive parking
  • Cycling without lights and cycling on and off the pavements

If you want to have your say then make a note of the next PACT Surgery which will be held on Wednesday 3rd November at Tarleton High School.

Click here for more information on Hesketh Bank and Tarleton PACT

Getting back to work
Dear Editor

I work for Shaw Trust as a Personal Adviser covering the West Lancashire area.

Shaw Trust is a national charity established over 21 years ago. Our aim is to support people with disabilities or health issues into training/employment.

As you may or may not be aware, these people face many barriers when trying to find work, not only from employers and other organizations, but also due to a lack of confidence, work experience or low self-esteem.

We at Shaw Trust are committed to supporting these people in every way we can so they can gain, not only employment and income, but independence and self-worth and a chance to live their lives as an integrated part of society.

If a person is in receipt of any of the following benefits then they are eligible to get one on one support from Shaw Trust Employment.

• Incapacity Benefit
• Severe Disablement Allowance
• Income Support with a Disability Premium
• Housing or Council Tax with a Disability Premium
• War pension with an Un-employability Supplement
• Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit with an Unemployment Supplement
• Disability Living Allowance

Shaw Trust Employment can support individuals with any of the following steps:

Access between £20 - £200 when the client starts work.
Identifying a career or education path to pursue.
Financial support for training, clothing for work, equipment and travel to and from interviews.
One to one support in completing application forms, writing letters of application and creating an updated CV.
Liaising with benefit providers to protect benefit payments once the client starts work.
Service of an Occupational Psychologist
Permitted work extension from the normal 26 weeks to 52 weeks
Ongoing support for up to 6 months when in employment plus a sustainability award

Anybody wishing for further information can call freephone 0800 085 1001 or check our website.You can also find out more about our services via your Disability Employment Adviser at your local JobCentrePlus office.

Janet Gaskin
Shaw Trust

Tarleton Fire Service Car Wash UPDATE
Despite having two "shouts", Tarleton Firefighters raised over £400 for the Benevolent Fund at the Car Wash today.
Tarleton Fire Service Car Wash

Take the strain out of washing the car by taking it down to Tarleton fire station TODAY between 10:30 and 4pm.

The Tarleton Fire Service will be only to pleased to wash your car in exchange for a donation to the Fire Service Benevolent Fund.

The National Car Wash Day is the charity’s largest singular fundraising event of the year.

Tarleton Police Station - Decision Within Weeks

It was stated tonight that the Police anticipate making a final decision on the Police Operations proposal within 2 weeks although it may take a further week for the announcement to be made public.

Attendees at the Lancashire Police Authority meeting held tonight at Tarleton High School heard reassurances that no decision had yet been taken and that the Police had an open mind about all the proposals and suggestion made but would now take stock of the feedback and conclude what they intend to do.

Refurbishment of the present Police house on the A59 was confirmed as an affordable option.

TYAG start recycling project fundraiser

Tarleton Youth Action Group have begun a collection and recycling project for old Ink Jet cartridges and Mobile Phones.

Mobile phones, mobile phone batteries, chargers and old ink jet printer cartridges are all being collected to raise funds for the group and whilst also helping protect the environment.

TYAG will collect the items from you (Tarleton area only) and additional collection points will hopefully be established within local shops to help with this initiative.

If you have any Ink Jet cartridges or mobile phones that you would like to donate or would like to act as a collection point please contact Helen on 01772 816648 or 07971 527520 or Nadine on 01772 811552 or 07973 701585. Alternatively please drop them in at 10 Coe Lane or 9 Kearsley Avenue.

Don’t bin it, donate it

Volunteers Needed

Helpers and volunteers needed for local Girlguide

Girlguiding is the largest organisation for girls and young women in the UK. Today it is as popular as ever with waiting lists of girls wanting to join all the local units. You can help the women of tomorrow by volunteering today by helping out with our local Rainbows, Brownies or Guides.

If you would like to help in any way or would like more information on what is involved, please call Sue Rigby, 07754 203701

HwB Parish Council News

Work starts this week on replacing three of the popular wayside seats around the Parish and the refurbishing of the remainder.

Also, watch out as well for the new larger modern notice board adjacent to the local Spar Shop; we'll be using this to keep our electorate better informed of what's going on, details of Council Meetings and how you can contact the Clerk.

Finally, work starts next month on the total refurbishment of the Glen Park Drive Play Area, here are some computer simulations of what it will look like:

Glen Park Drive Play Area visualisation

Glen Park Drive Play Area visualisation

The Parish Council Play Grounds Committee are now busily preparing plans for the Shore Road Recreation Ground; this will include a new wider path from Delta Park and a new fenced Play Area with both refurbished equipment and new attractions. In addition, the primary school will be taking over the embankment at the back of the car park and developing this as a wild flower garden.

Pumpkin Power

Whilst veteran giant pumpkin growers are blaming the wet weather and the lack of sunshine for the poor performance of their pumpkins, two lads from Hesketh Bank are hoping to take first prize with their very first attempt at the “sport”

Trevor Wilson, organiser of the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition and long time competitor told our reporter “we have tried very hard to encourage more people to get involved in growing giant pumpkins and so it is interesting to note the progress these lads have made.”

A potential prize winner in the annual Mere Brow Giant Pumpkins Competition?
Liam and James guard their very first attempt at growing a Giant Pumpkin.

“Growing giant pumpkins is a carefully honed craft and can often take many years to perfect the technique. It would be a very big upset if a couple of Johnny-come-lately types walk off with the coveted silverware at their very first attempt.”

Referring to the rumours of espionage and even sabotage that surround the annual event, Trevor cautioned “there is still some time to go until the competition and many an unfortunate accident could yet befall this pumpkin. The lads had better keep their eyes peeled.”

The 10th Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition will be held on the 16th October at Brandreth Barn, Tarlscough Lane, Burscough with all proceeds going to the Air Ambulance.

For more information on the competition weigh-in event, the competition rules, advice on growing giant pumpkins and some photos of previous winners please visit the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkins website. Additional sponsors for the event would be very welcome.

Many Visitors to St Mary's Old Church

Heritage Weekend was wetter this year than last, but around 180 people still visited Tarleton's Georgian gem. Decorated elegantly with wild flowers, and with memorabilia on display, the light, airy building was really appreciated by the visitors, many of whom had never been inside before.

Musicians from the congregation played (and pedalled!) the American organ at intervals throughout the weekend, and the whole event closed with the choir singing hymns chosen by those present in a 'Your favourite hymns' session at dusk on Sunday. This was the last occasion at which the Rev Tony Jeynes officially led an event in the Old Church, and he expressed his great enjoyment of the building over his eight years at Tarleton.

Proms Honour for Peter

At the Hesketh Bank Band's Last night at the Proms at All Saints Hall on Sat 4th Sept, Peter Watkinson was presented with a piece of silverware to celebrate fifty years of service to Hesekth Bank Silver Band.

Peter Watkinson recieves an  long service award from Hesketh Bank Band

When asked what his most memorable moment was, he answered in an instant. "Winning the National Championships at the Royal Abert Hall. It was absoloutely fantastic."

The Proms evening was a great success; "It was good to see many younger people in the audience sing Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory".

For more information on the band, future events and the Bands long history visit the Hesketh Bank Band website

Kerbside Recycling Collections To Increase

West Lancashire district council is about to send out leaflets to residents flagging up a new multi-material kerbside recycling service that will be provided for three quarters of the district from October.

The council has used a £300,000 Defra grant to purchase two new kerbsider vehicles and 40,000 blue-and-yellow boxes for households to deposit cans, glass bottles and jars and plastic bottles each fortnight.

Announcing the new service, the council's environment portfolio holder, Cllr John Baldock said: "Recent public consultation confirmed that the people of West Lancashire are concerned about their environment and want to be able to recycle their waste.

"This initiative shows that we are committed to providing even more opportunities for residents to help preserve the environment."

The council already collects green garden waste from about 10,000 homes in the Rufford, Aughton, Banks, Tarleton and Hesketh Bank areas each fortnight, providing residents with wheeled bins. Fortnightly blue bag collections for paper were extended and re-launched for 38,000 homes in 2002, with a special mobile service for parts of Skelmersdale that were unsuitable for the collection service.

The council recycled about 8.5% of its household waste in 2002/03, and said it is "well on the way" to achieving a 27% target rate by 2005/06.

Listen Radio Lancashire on t'internet

Radio Lancashire is the latest local radio station to go live as part of the BBC putting all local radio stations available over the internet. So expat 'Ecky Bonksers'' and Tarletonians can Click here, wait few seconds for it to load and then listen to Radio Lancashire live over t'internet wherever you may be. If you do experience any problems getting BBC radio over the internet please click here for help.

BBC Radio Lancashire - live local radio over the internet

Alty's Arrogance Fails To Impress
Attendees at tonight's public meeting failed to be swayed by the Managing Director of Alty's pleading that the proposed development of 83 dwellings was necessary as he was "trying desperately to find a way of preserving the 48 jobs" at Alty's.
Despite the Alty's site not being identified for residential development on the brand new West Lancs Local Plan, the Reverend Fairbairn continued "We no longer have the income from the tip [the tip was apparently closed on the 9th May 2004] and we no longer have the income from various rental properties because they will be replaced by the Booths site. One way or another we have to increase our income."
Residents of Hesketh Bank and Tarleton opposed the proposal from Altys and Morris Homes
The dramatic increase in traffic, poor access and lack of supporting infrastructure were the main issues tabled against the proposed residential development at the Alty's site.
Land Manager at Morris Homes
The Senior Land Manager at Morris Homes "wants to listen" to the concerns of residents but unfortunatly had not yet had time to familiarise himself with the ongoing problems at Poppyfields.

The obvious question as to why they then sold the plot to Booths if it was such a critical source of income for Alty's was swiftly dismissed as "a daft remark" by the Reverend Fairbairn.

Amidst the many many comments about the disadvantages of the proposal only two supposed benefits to the village were noted: The potential traffic calming effect of the two new mini roundabouts and a footpath on both sides of the Station Road bridge.

Of those eligible to participate in the vote at the close of the meeting, there were 0 in favour of the proposal and an estimated 140 against. 1 person abstained.

Many attendees commented that the comprehensive planning application seemed to be primarily addressing government policy and ignoring the planning guidelines laid out in the new local plan, almost as if it was written with an appeal in mind.

It was stressed by local councilors at the meeting that for the maximum impact in the planning process or at any subsequent appeal, any comments, positive or negative, should be fed back to West Lancs directly by individuals in their own words rather than via petitions or pro forma submissions.

Comments should be made prior to 31st August and sent to:


FOOD FOR THOUGHT - The last accounts Alty's filed (4 March 2004) show the company made a net profit before tax of £375,678 an increase of £111,113 over the previous year (42%). The company had a tax charge of £77,227 leaving a profit after tax of £298,451. Of this net profit it would seem that only 40% was kept to finance the future business because a very healthy dividend of £179,706 was paid to the shareholders; the dividend being 70% more than the year before.


Sun Shines on St Mary's

The sun shone on Tarleton Parish’s "Old Church Sunday" at the ‘Old Church’ of St. Mary on the Windgate last Sunday (22nd August).

Sandwiched between a week of rain (well, it was Southport Flower Show!) and the beginning of another, Saturday turned fine to let the ‘graveproud’ finish tidying their relatives’ resting places, and Sunday itself was gloriously sunny.

There was an 8 am Prayer Book Holy Communion, and then at 10.30 am a Sung Eucharist, with the church almost full. The Rector, the Rev’d Tony Jeynes, delivering what was the last sermon he will give in the Old Church, commented on how the good the singing was in this compact space with the choir in the centre, and reflected on the continuity of worship St Mary’s represents.

At the end of the service there was a presentation to Pat and Lew Stott who have moved to Earby and who have done much for the church in Tarleton, Lew’s contribution especially linked to St Mary’s, as he has led the churchyard team for a long time, mowing and strimming every year.

As the congregation left the church, they were greeted by the church wardens with ‘Wine and Nibbles’ and much relaxed conversation took place in the sun.

The day closed with a traditional Evening Prayer at 6.30 pm, lead by the Rector, and at which the organist and honorary assistant Priest, Rev’d Tom Taylor, rose from the pedaled harmonium to preach.

St Mary’s is used just once a year for the normal parish services, always on the fourth Sunday in August, but will be open again as part of the Hidden heritage weekend, September 11/12th – see the village events notices for fuller details.

Massive Gas Price Rise

BBC - British Gas is set to increase its prices for the second time this year as it UK energy supplies dwindle and wholesale prices rise ever higher. The group said it was passing on its costs to customers saying it had "absorbed as much of these additional costs as we could".

The increase, which will affect approximately 18.4 million customers - 12.2 million with gas and 6.2 million with electricity - come on top of a 5.5% rise in both bills which came into force in January.

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83 Houses on Alty's - Public Meeting Announced

Henry Alty Limited and Morris Homes Ltd have now formally submitted their planning application to develop the land on the old Southport – Preston railway line and the adjacent brick works site off Station Road.

The planning application is for the redevelopment of the land for mixed use of employment and residential incorporating the erection of a building and use of land for storage, display and sale of building and horticultural supplies, erection of a block of individual business units, provision of associated car parking and vehicle manoeuvring areas, erection of 83 dwellings, new access roads and provision of public open space.

In response to the application, Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council have called a Public Meeting.The Public Meeting will be held at All Saints Parish Church Hall on Thursday 26th August at 7:30pm at which the Parish Council will gather public opinion and evidence from the electorate of Hesketh with Becconsall in order for the Parish Council to make an informed response to West Lancashire District Council, the Planning Authority for this application.

Activity Holiday - "It was the best holiday of my life!"

33 Young People from Tarleton Youth Action Group recently enjoyed an Activity Holiday at a centre in Hauteville Sur Mer a small seaside resort in Normandy.

The centre specialises in Group holidays and focuses on developing personal skills of young people through a variety of activities. The holiday involved team building activities as well as initiative building tasks.

The purpose of the holiday was to develop individuals in the group and prepare them for community capacity building tasks in the village. This was achieved through participation, working as a team and most of all having fun.

The group who were aged between 12 and 19 participated a variety of activities Over the 6 full days at the centre the group was split into 4 activity groups and each group participated in 10 different activities and had a day off.

The holiday was subsidised by a grant from Awards for All Northwest and the own group members fundraising activities.The Group are planning a return visit next year, but this year they will not be able to get a grant and have to fund raise the full cost of £320 per person. The group is looking for sponsorship from local businesses and support on their fundraising activities. If you would like to help towards these young people having a worthwhile group holiday please contact the group by e-mail (Click Here) or ring 01772 811552.

For a full report of the activity holiday please visit the Tarleton Youth Action Group Website

Hesketh Bank " Trees Row" back in the news

Daily Post August 13th 2004
Tree felling sparks monster row
By Deborah James Daily Post Staff

THEY have been dubbed the "monsters" of middle England's gardens.

Now the notoriously tall Leylandii trees are the centre of a row between the parish council and amateur football club bosses in Hesketh Bank, near Southport.

A decision to axe the line of trees at Hesketh Bank Football Club has led to threats of legal action by the club against the council, which leases out the ground.

It also prompted a call for the resignation of the then chair of the parish committee Raymond Ball, who lives opposite the ground and had previously called for the trees to be felled after complaints by residents.

Now the football club's chairman Paul Sergeant, is facing suspension as a parish councillor after he admitted failing to declare a conflict of interest during two meetings about the trees.

Cllr Sergeant is to face a disciplinary Standards Board hearing in Ormskirk todayafter he failed to reveal he was then vice-chair of HBFC, at two parish council meetings on March 10 and 31.

Last night it emerged the man who reported his alleged rule-breaking, former councillor Raymond Ball, is also being investigated by the local government watchdog following seven complaints about his professional conduct. Evidence submitted to the Standards Board show Cllr Sergeant called for Mr Ball, who failed to get re-elected in June, to resign at the March 10 meeting.

The football club chairman accused his colleague of pushing through a decision to fell the trees at an earlier on February 10, 2003.

But he never told fellow committee members about his own personal interest.

Documents seen by the Daily Post reveal there was speculation that the football club could lose money if the view into the ground was left open, and that the club would have to foot the bill for a replacement fence.

Last night Cllr Sergeant told the Daily Post: "My conscience is clear. Several members of the football club wanted to take the council to court immediately after they removed the trees and I acted as a mediator. I have saved the public a lot of money by persuading the club not to take the council to court. It is quite obvious that a lot of the councillors were against the trees being taken down and voted against it."

"If I have broken the rules in any way, it has only been in the best interests of all persons concerned."

But Mr Ball denied the accusation, and told the Daily Post: "It was a unanimous decision to remove the trees and I stand by that." "Two members of the council now deny they voted for it. But I know what I did was right." "The police recommended the trees be taken down because of the drug-taking at the back of them."

The council has since admitted it had no right to fell trees, which had been planted at the ground in memorial to a former player, and has agreed to replace them.

The leylandii, or leyland cypress, is the most hated hedge variety in the country.
It grows at a rate of 1metre (3 feet) each year, eventually maturing to its fully fledged height of 30 metres (100ft).

By Deborah James, Daily Post Staff - Article Submitted by A. Wright, Rufford

For more info on the trees saga, see the 2003 local news archive.

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Fireworks thread to fizzle out?

Contributers and watchers of the village forum Fireworks thread should be pleased with a fireworks curfew with penalties up to a £5,000 fine and six months' jail which comes into effect this coming Saturday.

The ban on fireworks between 2300 and 0700 is part of a range of measures introduced by the government to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.
Exceptions have been made to the ban for major events such as New Year's Eve and bonfires on 5 November.

The measures also make it illegal for anyone under 18 to carry fireworks in public places and restricts shops to selling fireworks with a noise level less than 120 decibels. New Year displays will be allowed to continue until 0100, but Bonfire Night fires must be out by midnight.

The BBC reports consumer minister Gerry Sutcliffe as saying: "Fireworks can be fun but can also cause misery". "Introducing a curfew and a noise limit balances the law to ensure that people can still enjoy fireworks whilst cracking down on their anti-social use."

Craft exhibition well attended

On the afternoon of Sunday 18th July, in rare summer sunshine, a half-hourly bus service operated on Becconsall Lane to deliver passengers to an exhibition of crafts in Becconsall Old Church. A steady flow of visitors enjoyed a range of work including some exquisite egg decoration and clever card-making as well as the more traditional skills of embroidery and beadwork. They watched the making of corn-dollies and relished the clatter of the spinning wheel, while some were even encouraged to try their hands at lace-making. The vintage bus used on these occasions comes courtesy of Mr Bill Hunter, and its driver Jimmy, judging the event by the volume of chatter behind him on the homeward trip, reckoned it had been a great success. So did we: more people had been to enjoy the old building and the Friends' funds had been helpfully boosted. For more Becconsall Old Church news & events please visit the FOBOC Website

Football Club clean up Mayor Pit
Boys from Hesketh Bank Football Club have restored the old and neglected pit known locally as the Mayor Pit.

The lads who spent a day removing a trailer load of rubbish from the water are Josh Walker, Jake Campbell, Sean Royle and Joseph Caunce.
Parish Council Changes Announced

Hesketh with Becconsall Council amended their procedures this week in the hope that the general public can contribute more to the workings of the Council. Meetings will now commence at 7:30pm with a 15 minute Public Forum when parishioners will have the opportunity to air their views on any subject, or ask questions of the Council. This replaces the old "Public Participation" which could occur at varying times in the evening dependant on the business on the Agenda. The Council hopes that this new arrangement will allow parishioners who do not wish to stay for the whole meeting to make their contribution more easily.

In addition to this, a "Surgery" will be held at 7:10pm before the meeting, when parishioners who want to make a contribution to a specific Agenda item will be able to speak with one of two Councillors who will be there for that purpose. In addition PC Corrigan, duties permitting, will also be present.

These new arrangements have come about as a result of a proposal from the Annual Parish Assembly, and will be provisional until reviewed later this year.

Taleton PRC - 200 Questionnaires returned so far

200 questionnaires have been returned so far in response to the consultation exercise that local police are carrying out into the proposed Rural Police Operating Centre at Tarleton.

Volunteers from Aughton Police Station as well as the local Emergency Community Support Officer, Jan Dobson and other members of police staff, dispatched questionnaires to a sample of properties, including commercial properties and households in Tarleton on Thursday 17 June.

Anyone who has not returned the questionnaire are encouraged to do so this week before the closing date of Friday 2nd July. Anyone who has not received a questionnaire and would especially like to take part in the consultation exercise is asked to phone 01772 415423 where they will be asked to leave their name and address. A questionnaire will then be dispatched to them within 24 hours.

Musical Moments at Becconsall Old Church

The Wind Band from Tarleton High School Community Technology College yesterday gave a "Musical Moments" concert in Becconsall Old Church.

Taking full advantage of the splendid acoustic, Gillian Bould led the young players, augmented on this occasion by a few adult musicians, through a very well-received programme.

The audience enjoyed old favourites like Liberty Bell as a rousing opener and closer, Moon River, Rainy Days and Mondays and a delightful arrangement of Londonderry Air, as well as some original pieces, less familiar perhaps but no less striking.

The quality of the soloists and the enthusiastic skill of the ensemble were remarkable, and the event underlined once again the suitability of the Becconsall Old Church for small scale musical events.

The next public event at the Old Church is a Craft Exhibition and Demonstration, which will be open from 2.30pm on Sunday 18th July. The local crafts people taking part include a lace-maker, a painter of eggs, a damsel at a spinning wheel, a maker of corn dollies, a wood-turner and a card-maker; there will also be a display of embroidery and bead work.

Tarleton PRC - Police Commence Consultation

Police in Lancashire Southern Division have now commenced their consultation exercise into the proposed Rural Police Operating Centre at Tarleton to canvas the views of local residents.

Volunteers from Aughton Police Station as well as the local Emergency Community Support Officer, Jan Dobson and other members of police staff, dispatched questionnaires to a sample of properties, including commercial properties and households in Tarleton yesterday – over 760 altogether. Posters have also been displayed around the village to inform residents that this is taking place.

Chief Superintendent Paul Harry, Commander for Southern Division commented, ”We are hoping for a good response rate from the residents of Tarleton to our questionnaire which allows people to record their views. Once this exercise has been completed and results analysed we will hold a public meeting to notify those that are interested as to the results.”

Anyone who has not received a questionnaire and would especially like to take part in the consultation exercise is asked to phone 01772 415423 where they will be asked to leave their name and address. A questionnaire will then be dispatched to them within 24 hours. All questionnaires need to be completed and returned in the pre-paid envelope provided by Friday 2 July, 2004.

Latest Planning Applications

Planning Applications received between 09/06/04 to 15/06/04 are now posted on the West Lancs District Council website - click here to view.

Phone Box Threat

BT have outlined a request to remove one of the five public payphones in the Tarleton area.

The public phone at Green Lane Farm, Sollom has been targeted by BT for removal as it's usage is limited and has become financially unviable.

Tarleton Parish Council will write to BT expressing a wish to retain the 'phone if at all possible.

PRC - Police Consultation will start this Thursday

Lancashire Constabulary will this week begin their public consultation into the proposed Rural Operating Centre at Tarleton.

A comprehensive questionnaire has been drawn up with input from market research professionals to canvas the views of local residents that live in the village of Tarleton. The document will also be accompanied by a letter from Chief Superintendent Harry, a 'Frequently Asked Questions' document as well as a pre-paid envelope for replies.

The mailshot is scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 June and posters and a media release will also be used to advertise the fact that this is taking place. For residents that wish to participate but do not fall within the sample chosen, a telephone number will also be advertised for address details to be left and a questionnaire will be sent to them.

Latest Planning Applications

Planning Applications received between 02/06/04 to 08/06/04 are now posted on the West Lancs District Council website - click here to view.

Conservatives strengthen control of WLDC

Cllr John Mee and Cllr Martin Forshaw celebrate their election success at the 2004 Local Government Elections
Cllr John Mee and Cllr Martin Forshaw 2004 election success

The returning officer announced this morning that John Mee and Martin Forshaw were duly elected for the WLDC wards of Tarleton and Hesketh with Becconsall respectively.

Taking 47.4% of the total vote, Conservative control of the Council was increased by 1 seat to 29 with Labour getting 36.9% of the vote and 25 seats.

The following were elected to Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council: Iain Ashcroft, Christine Farrington, Norma Goodier, Lesley Standish-Gore, Stephen Kirkby, Tony Murphy, Richard Plant, Paul Sergeant, Stephen Trippier, Hiliary Tompkins & Joan Witter. More Info

Jubilee Medals Presented

Over eighty villagers met at All Saints Church hall yesterday evening at a presentation to honour the recipients of the Queen's Jubilee Medal.

Councillor Tony Murphy, Chairman of Hesketh Bank Council presented nineteen Medals to members of the community to mark their contribution to the life of the village.

The recipients were:

    • Nellie Iddon
    • Brian Birkby and the late Joan Birkby
    • Derek Oates
    • Pat Hankin
    • Andy Simpson
    • Ray Jones
    • Jennifer Wright
    • Don Hand
    • Paul Sergeant
    • Ernie Wignall
    • Harry Edmondson
    • Dorothy Trippier
    • Joan Witter
    • Peter Watkinson
    • John Baxendale
    • Frank Blundell
    • John Southern
    • John Parry
    • Alan Baxter
HB Band take honours at the JJB

At the March and Hymn tune Brass Band Contest held yesterday at the JJB stadium, Hesketh Bank Band came away with the first prize in the hymn tune competition. It was a lovely day. The sun was shining and, after a minutes silence for the heroes of D-Day sixty years ago, the band got to play in the centre circle in a beautiful stadium and came home with a trophy and some prize money. A grand day out!

Latest Planning Applications

Planning Applications received between 26/05/04 to 01/06/04 are now posted on the West Lancs District Council website - click here to view.

Morris Homes plan to develop Altys Site

Extracts from Alty's Newsletter Issue 1 - Jun 04:

Planning Permission - Passed
"We were all very relieved and thankful to finally get planning permission for the new horticulture warehouse. This will now be built with the utmost urgency"

Morris Homes Development
"Everyone is very well aware that our other buildings are very old and completely inefficient. To modernise the whole company will be very expensive. In view of this we are putting in a planning application jointly with Morris Homes to reconstruct the site. This will include two further warehouses one for timber and all other building materials and the other to be partitioned into units for renting to our tenants, along with housing and possibly some leisure facilities."

Morris Homes back in town
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A copy of the plan is now on view in the reception area of Alty's offices at Hesketh Bank

Further Recognition for Tarleton Youth Action Group
Tarleton Youth Action Group meet Pat Taylor, Chairman of West Lancashire District Council

Seven of the nine members of Tarleton Youth Action Group who recently received a Lancashire Young Citizen Award 2003 were invited to a reception at the Derby Street Offices by Pat Taylor Chairman of West Lancashire District Council.
The members of the group received the award in March from the High Sheriff of Lancashire and the Chief Constable of Lancashire at an awards ceremony at Hutton.

Simon Campbell, Bob Walker, Rob Marshall, Sam Iddon, Chris Cardinal, Daniel Edwards and Stephen Edmondson attend the reception held last night. Charlz Sharpe and Anthony Elliot who also received an award were unable to make the reception.

The group enjoyed the visit to the Council Offices and chatted about what they had achieved and what their personal plans were for the future.The group received the award for the volunteer hours they have put in upgrading and extending the cycle recreation area at the Carr Lane Playing Fields.

The group approached Tarleton Parish Council just under 12 months ago presented their ideas and plans for bringing this area up to date and were given the approval and some funding to help them on their way.They have put in over 250 volunteer hours and moved the focus of youth activity away from the village centre. It is hoped that when completed the area will be lit, have seating and shelter and form part of the outdoor sports area at Carr Lane that can be accessed free by any member of the community.

These young people are a credit to themselves and the organisation they are part of. Those that received the Lancashire Young Citizen 2003 award are some of the older members of the group who will be embarking on university, college courses or who are already in employment and the accreditation they have received from being members of the group will hopefully form part of their personal portfolios for their future lives.The group are still seeking funding to complete their project and any donations will be gratefully received. Please email or ring Nadine Ashcroft on 01772 811552.

Hesketh Bank take the 2004 Medals

Hesketh Bank 'A' team were rewarded for a remarkable performance throughout the competition when they won the 2004 Medals sponsored by Abram Brothers Builders at Station Road last night.

In a closely fought final Barry Rimmers team, which is actually Hesketh Bank's 3rd team made up of the classic mixture of youth and experience, defeated Tarleton Corinthians 1st team 1-0 after extra time.

Played in front of a large crowd in perfect conditions the match was hardly a classic with very few chances created. Almost inevitably the match drifted into extra time and a penalty shoot out looked the likely outcome to separate the two sides.

However with 5 minutes remaining David Pinckard went down after a clumsy challenge in the area and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Young Andrew Chapmen stepped forward to smash the ball home to score the winner.
Latest Planning Applications

Planning Applications received between 19/05/04 to 25/05/04 are now posted on the West Lancs District Council website - click here to view.

"Medals" derby final tonight

Tonights 2004 medals final will be a local derby with Tarleton Corinthians first team up against the Hesketh Bank 'A' team. The match kicks off at 7pm at the Staion Road ground. Spectators are reminded that an entrance fee of £2 for Adults, £1 for OAP's and 50p for under 16's is payable.

Jubilee Medals Presentation

During the recent Golden Jubilee, the country celebrated fifty years of Service, by Her Majesty the Queen.

The Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council noted that many people in the local community regularly gave of their time and resources to ensure that voluntary groups and clubs prospered. It was also recognised that others, by their very presence and neighbourliness enhanced the life and well-being of all whom encountered them.

It was resolved therefore, to mark this by presenting the ‘Queen’s Jubilee Medal’ to those local people that the Council and electorate considered should be recognised for their 'Service'. Such a list could never be complete, especially as many kindnesses and good works go un-reported. However, nineteen of our friends and neighbours have been nominated to receive this token of the communities gratitude and to that end, a small presentation will be held by the Parish Council at All Saints Church Hall on Tuesday, the 8th of June at 8pm.

Latest Planning Applications

Planning Applications received between 12/05/04 to 18/05/04 are now posted on the West Lancs District Council website - click here to view.

Latest Parish headcount information

The count of all people and households in the ONS-2001 Census key statistics.

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Latest Planning Applications

Planning Applications received between 05/05/04 to 11/05/04 are now posted on the West Lancs District Council website - click here to view.

HwB Parish Council name four potential sites for PRC

Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council this evening discussed the following sites as potential alternatives to that proposed at the over 60's at Tarleton. Discussions with the police will be defered until after the local elections:

1)The Parish Council Land at Shore Road

2) The Millenium Garden

3) The Village Institute/Library plot

4) The Church Field, Station Rd.

Council offer 30% MORE car parking AND Police centre

In the face of critics who have been adamant that the proposed Police Resource Centre development will reduce the "Over 60's" car parking slots to only eight, the Chair of Tarleton Parish Council, John Hodson, has made public the two options for car parking arrangements which are being considered by the Parish Council.

Cllr Hodson commented "Cllr. Gavin Simpson of Tarleton Parish Council has drafted a number of possible layouts for the Parish Council Car Park to maximise the potential of the site with regard to the number of possible Car Park spaces in conjunction with the new Police Station."

Proposed Car Park Layout at Tarleton Over 60's with the new Police Resource Centre
Please click here for a larger image

In the draft proposals released, Layout A shows the Police Station situated where the existing Toilet Block currently sits and has a provision for 33 car parking spaces - only one less than the current car parking arrangements.

Layout B shows the car park extended to embrace all of the Parish Council land, (i.e. removing the side bollards and combining car park access and rear access to the shops). This improved layout would provide 44 similarly sized spaces, an INCREASE of nearly 30%!

Cllr Hodson added "This would allow us to make provision for reserved Police parking, larger disabled spaces and a bicycle rack. We hope that these draft layouts will allay people’s fears that have been fuelled by rumours and recent reports."

He continued "The old Toilets are in a very poor condition with the entire fabric of the building at the end of its design lifespan. West Lancs. District Council, who own the Toilet Block, have budgeted to spend some £30k on the Toilets to try and improve them. We will approach the District Council to review whether the money would be better spent on providing additional facilities, perhaps elsewhere in the village. The new publicly accessible toilets in the Community Room would more than adequately provide for the number of people who currently use the old toilets. With careful design the site can accommodate everyone’s wishes - without a loss of spaces."

Local Elections: Your Nominations Are -

With all submissions having to be with the Returning Officer by 4pm yesterday we can report that 18 people have put themselves forward for the 10th June elections to the 11 seats on Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council, 3 people for the HwB ward WLDC position and 2 for the Tarleton ward West Lancs District Council position:

C Iain Ashcroft
Chandlers Croft, Hesketh Bank
Raymond C Ball
Station Road, Hesketh Bank
Brian Birkby
Rankin Avenue, Hesketh Bank
William Cohen
Becconsall Lane, Hesketh Bank
Christine Farrington
Guide Road, Hesketh Bank
J Robert Foster
Station Road, Hesketh Bank
Norma M Goodier
Fermor Road, Tarleton
Lesley Standish-Gore
Foxglove Close, Hesketh Bank
Gail Hodson
Hesketh Lane, Tarleton
John Hodson
Hesketh Lane, Tarleton
John Hunter
Langdale Avenue, Hesketh Bank
Stephen Kirby
Shore Road, Hesketh Bank
Anthony P Murphy
Glen Park Drive, Hesketh Bank
Richard Plant
Silverdale, Hesketh Bank
Paul J A Sergeant
Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank
Stephen Trippier
Shore Road, Hesketh Bank
Hiliary J Tompkins
Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank
Joan Witter
Church Road, Tarleton


Nadine Ashcroft
Coe Lane, Tarleton
Martin Forshaw
Becconsall Lane, Hesketh Bank
Judith Hanlon
Higher Lane, Upholland

John Hodson
Hesketh Lane, Tarleton
John Mee
Church Rd, Tarleton

Council offer 30% MORE car parking AND Police centre

In the face of critics who have been adamant that the proposed Police Resource Centre development will reduce the "Over 60's" car parking slots to only eight, the Chair of Tarleton Parish Council, John Hodson, has made public the two options for car parking arrangements which are being considered by the Parish Council.

Cllr Hodson commented "Cllr. Gavin Simpson of Tarleton Parish Council has drafted a number of possible layouts for the Parish Council Car Park to maximise the potential of the site with regard to the number of possible Car Park spaces in conjunction with the new Police Station."

Proposed Car Park Layout at Tarleton Over 60's with the new Police Resource Centre
Please click here for a larger image

In the draft proposals released, Layout A shows the Police Station situated where the existing Toilet Block currently sits and has a provision for 33 car parking spaces - only one less than the current car parking arrangements.

Layout B shows the car park extended to embrace all of the Parish Council land, (i.e. removing the side bollards and combining car park access and rear access to the shops). This improved layout would provide 44 similarly sized spaces, an INCREASE of nearly 30%!

Cllr Hodson added "This would allow us to make provision for reserved Police parking, larger disabled spaces and a bicycle rack. We hope that these draft layouts will allay people’s fears that have been fuelled by rumours and recent reports."

He continued "The old Toilets are in a very poor condition with the entire fabric of the building at the end of its design lifespan. West Lancs. District Council, who own the Toilet Block, have budgeted to spend some £30k on the Toilets to try and improve them. We will approach the District Council to review whether the money would be better spent on providing additional facilities, perhaps elsewhere in the village. The new publicly accessible toilets in the Community Room would more than adequately provide for the number of people who currently use the old toilets. With careful design the site can accommodate everyone’s wishes - without a loss of spaces."

Latest Planning Applications

Application No.:8/2004/0561
Location: 99, Blackgate Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Alterations to roof to provide first floor living accommodation including 2 no. dormers at front. Single storey side extension. Detached double garage. Conservatory at rear.
Applicant: Mrs G Taylor, 99 Blackgate Lane, Tarleton

Application No.:8/2004/0565
Location: Nursery Adjacent, Cedars, Boundary Meanygate, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Construction of security and screen mound.
Applicant: R & J Baybutt, 416 Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank

Application No.: 8/2004/0567
Location: Land adjacent, 91 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Erection of detached dormer bungalow.
Applicant: Mr & Mrs S Muskett, 80 Moss Road, Halsall, PR8 4JQ

Application No.: 8/2004/0569
Location: 81, Station Road, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Two storey side extension
Applicant: Mr P Rogers, 81 Station Road, Hesketh Bank

Application No.:8/2004/0581
Location: Montrose, 99, Shore Road, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Single storey extension at front. Detached garage.
Applicant: Mr R S Bradshaw, Montrose, 99 Shore Road, Hesketh Bank

Application No.: 8/2004/0584
Location: 140, Chapel Road, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Single storey side extension. Conservatory at rear.
Applicant: Mr P Allison, 140 Chapel Road, Hesketh Bank

Application No.: 8/2004/0585
Location: 16, Rankin Avenue, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Single storey rear extension
Applicant: Mr & Mrs J Waterworth, 16 Rankin Avenue, Hesketh Bank

2004 Elections

We will be voting by post this year, not only for Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council (eleven in total) but also for a District Councillor for West Lancashire and nine members for the European Parliament for the North West Region.

It's time to put up or shut up!
Are you going to stand for election?

Nomination Papers for Parish Councillors can now be obtained from either the Parish Council Clerk (Tel: 01704 506795) or the Electoral Services Manager at West Lancashire District Council at Ormskirk (Tel: 01695 577177). Papers for District Councillor or queries in either case should be addressed to The Electoral Services Manager at Ormskirk.

To qualify as a candidate, you need to have attained the age of 21 years and be a Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community. You also need to be one of the following:-

  • Registered as a local government elector for the Parish.
  • Have your principal or only place of work during the last twelve months in the Parish.
  • During the whole of the last twelve months resided within 3 miles of the Parish

Nomination papers need to be returned to the Returning Officer at Ormskirk no later than 4pm on Tuesday 11th May.

We will be running an 2004 Election page where each candidate can formally state their message to voters (see 2003 Parish Council election as an example)

Latest Planning Applications

Application No.: 8/2004/0489
Location: 115, Church Road, Tarleton
Proposal: Display illuminated fascia & projecting sign on front elevation.
Applicant: Halifax Plc, Trinity Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2RG

Application No.: 8/2004/0353
Location: Land at Mayo Farmhouse,17, Plox Brow, Tarleton
Proposal: Incorporation of land into residential curtilage and formation of driveway
Applicant: Bertram Sheppard Ltd, Globe Mill, Midge Hall Lane, Midge Hall, PR26 6TN

Application No.: 8/2004/0466
Location: Barn at Bank View, Shore Road, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Conversion of barn into dwelling and the erection of detached double garage.
Applicant: Miss L Jones, C/O Anadale, Shore Road, Hesketh Bank

Application No.: 8/2004/0467
Proposal: Erection of detached dwelling house.
Location: Holmeswood Garage, 201 The Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, Tarleton
Applicant: Mr S Ryding, 201 The Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0469
Location: Tarleton Rugby Union Football Club, Carr Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Single storey and first floor extensions to provide additional changing rooms, cafe &
kitchen on ground floor with club room, committee room, office, store & balcony on first floor.
Applicant: Tarleton Rubgy Union Football Club, C/O Hugh Paterson, Croftland, Moss Lane, Burscough, L40 4AZ

Application No.: 8/2004/0473
Proposal: Single storey extension and conservatory at side and rear
Location: 2A,Chandlers Croft, Hesketh Bank
Applicant: Mr & Mrs A White, 2A Chandlers Croft, Hesketh Bank

Application No.: 8/2004/0478
Location: 8, Mayo Drive, Tarleton
Proposal: Single storey side extension. Replace existing flat roofs at side and rear with hipped
Applicant: Mr & Mrs B G Davenport, 8 Mayo Drive, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0486
Location: 2, Meadow Park, Tarleton
Proposal: Conservatory to side of mobile home
Applicant: Meadow Park Ltd. The Bungalow, Westcliffe Drive, Morecambe, LA3 3NP

Application No.: 8/2004/0490
Location: Land at 186, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Outline - Erection of four dwellings.
Applicant: Mrs J Iddon, Ivanhoe, 186 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0517
Location: Long Acres, Guide Road, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Pitched roof to replace flat roof over existing detached garage/workshop
Applicant: Mr G Twigger, Long Acres, Guide Road, Hesketh Bank

Application No.: 8/2004/0524
Location: 64, The Gravel, Mere Brow, Tarleton
Proposal: Two storey extensions to side and rear
Applicant: Miss L Crompton, 64 The Gravel, Mere Brow, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0533
Location: Unit 1, Mayo Farm Barn, Plox Brow, Tarleton
Proposal: Conservatory at rear
Applicant: Bertram Shepherd Ltd, Globe Mill, Midge Hall Lane, Midge Hall

Application No.: 8/2004/0537
Location: Dental Surgery,133 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Single storey extension at rear to provide new entrance with access ramp, waiting room and reception.
Applicant: Dental Surgery, 133 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0539
Location: 21, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Conservatory at side
Applicant: Mr R L & Mrs J B Fairhurst, 21 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0545
Location: Ashcroft Farm, 32 Carr Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Erection of double garage.
Applicant: Mr H Ruttle, Heskin Hall Lodge, Heskin, Chorley, PR7 5PA

Application No.: 8/2004/0546
Location: Ashcroft Farm,32 Carr Lane,Tarleton
Proposal: Erection of 4 car garage block.
Applicant: Mr H Ruttle, Heskin Hall Lodge, Heskin, Chorley, PR7 5SP

Police Resource Centre Public Meeting

The public meeting held tonight to discuss the proposed Police Resource Centre on the Over 60's Car Park was attended by over 85 members of the public and press.

Local resident and ex police officer Jim Kay chaired the meeting which began with a tape of the Radio Lancashire interviews made earlier today being played after which questions were taken from the floor and answered by a panel of 5 (Conservative) Parish and District Councilors.

Public Meeting at the Cock and Bottle

West Lancashire District Councillors Rosie Evans, Martin Forshaw and Iain Ashcroft

At the close of the meeting a straw poll on the resolution : 'Location of a Police Resource Centre: Not on this site' with an estimated 62 people in favour, (85-23). Of the 23 people who didn't vote in favour, 7 wanted the facility on the Over 60's car park and 6 actively abstained from the vote. Have your say

Police interviewed over proposal

There has been extensive coverage of the proposed Police Resource Centre on Radio Lancashire today.

Speaking in advance of tonight's public meeting at the Cock & Bottle on the topic, Paul Harry of Lancashire police (who is overseeing plans for the proposed development) clarified the building location, footprint and also the impact on parking.

He said that he hoped that the public would support the proposal, but felt it inappropriate for the Police to be drawn into the local politics that currently surrounded the project. He commented on the amount of "engineered opinion" he was receiving and confirmed that the Police would undertake extensive public consultation in June after the local elections. Have your say

TV Fame for Tarleton Newsletters

Following the news article "Home Front News now available on the internet" (see below), the Granada News team have been in the village today filming an item about Reverend Forse and the Tarleton Newsletters which were sent to serving parishioners throughout WWII. Members of Mere Brow Local History Society and local veterans who received the newsletters during the war were interviewed by Fred Talbot for the news item.
The article will go out at approximately 6:20 either this evening or tomorrow night. Read the WWII Newsletters

[The footage was actually broadcast on May 14th- Ed]

Fred Tablot interviews WWII Veterans on the significance of the Tarleton Rector's Newsletters

Hesketh Bank AFC Division 1 League Champions

Hesketh Bank Football Club complete the double- Division 1 Champions and Presidents Cup winners
Hesketh Bank AFC 1st Team - "The Double" winners 03-04

The first team clinched the Division One title at a sundrenched Station Road last Saturday defeating Lytham St. Annes 4-1 with goals from Lee Gray (2), Paul Rimmer and Kevin Kirby.
The league title gives Hesketh Bank "The Double" having also won the Presidents Cup last week.
The annual Fermor Hesketh Medal Competition begins this week. More Info

"Home Front" News now available on the Internet

Mere Brow Local History Society’s team of volunteers recently completed over 2 years of intensive work transcribing each of the 310 “Rector’s Weekly” World War II newsletters in order to make them accessible to everybody over the internet.

The much acclaimed newsletters were originally sent by the Rector of Tarleton, Reverend L.N. Forse, to all the local men and women serving with the forces during World War II. The newsletter provided regular updates of events “back home” in the villages of Tarleton, Hesketh Bank, Mere Brow, Sollom, Rufford, Bretherton, Hoole and Banks and also provided a conduit by which contact with family and friends also serving their country could be maintained.

Recognition of the work of the Rector and the significance of the newsletter to its recipients was widespread and similar initiatives were later introduced in many more villages across England. Over 78,000 copies of the Tarleton Rector’s weekly newsletters were posted out between 1940 and 1946. These important historical documents which captured the events, thoughts and emotions of a rural Lancashire village as the war unfolded are now available for all to read at

A handful of the newsletters remain elusive and the History Society is hoping that the raised awareness of the project may well flush out the few missing issues and, probably for the first time ever, allow a complete set of the Newsletters to be available for reading.

Hesketh Bank AFC win 2004 Presidents Cup


Hesketh Bank 2 Millom 1
Hesketh Bank AFC First Team won the Presidents Cup in last nights final at Lancaster City's ground. Two goals from Barry McKenzie either side of half time was enough to defeat Millom who had taken the lead early in the first half.

Whilst promotion is already guaranteed, the First Team can also complete the 'double' if they take all three points in their last match of the season at home to Lytham St Annes which kicks off at 3pm.

Hesketh Bank AFC Website

Capital Grant of £9,000 for Hesketh Bank Play Areas


Tony Murphy, Chairman of Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council, was delighted to announce at the monthly meeting held last night, that the Council had been successful in it’s bid for funds to regenerate the villages Play Areas. Along with the £18,500 allocated in this year’s budget, the Council would now be spending £27,500 this year in the first phase of the Play Area regeneration. First on the list is Glen Park Drive where quotes for new equipment are already being obtained. Hesketh with Becconsall received the biggest grant of any of the West Lancs District Council Parishes.

Other evidence of the Council’s improvement schemes could also be seen this week with the replacement of two more bus shelters on Station Road.

Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council Website

Latest Planning Applications


Application No.:8/2004/0458
Location: Willow Grove,1 The Walk,Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of two storey detached house with detached double garage.
Applicant: Mr M Winstanley, Bridgegate, Ridley Lane, Mawdesley, Ormskirk L40 3SX

Application No.:8/2004/0462
Location: Tarleton C of E Primary School,Church Road,Tarleton
Proposal: Siting of metal storage cabin.
Applicant: School Governors, Tarleton CE Primary School

Tarleton Police Operations Centre Poll Results

The results of the consultation exercise undertaken by Tarleton Parish Council show a clear majority of residents in favour of the Police Operations Centre to be sited on the over 60's Car Park.

The poll came as a result of an earlier Community Audit which identified that "residents felt that an increased police presence in Tarleton would go a long way to increasing their quality of life and peace of mind".

A consultation slip requesting feedback from the community was included in the Tarleton Parish Council Newsletter; the 'Village View' . Over 2250 copies of the Village View Newsletter were delivered to households in the village with six sealed collection boxes placed around the village for collection of votes and comments. 158 slips were received, a return of 7% :

Option 1 - [A police Operations Centre] To be situated on the Over 60’s (which will remain) Car Park with the old toilet block demolished to provide room.
New toilets would be provided. The Parish Council would lease the ‘footprint’ to Police who will in turn fund and build a new Station incorporating a Community Resource Centre.
Option 2 - No Police Station at all. Do not agree in principle.
Comments only - no vote cast



Sue O'Hanlon completes the 2003 London Marathon

Local athlete Sue O’Hanlon, 45, from Hesketh Bank is taking on the world's most popular marathon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief, as part of Team Macmillan.

Sue will be traveling to the USA in November to run the 26.2 miles of the ING New York City Marathon. She will be one of 30,000 people taking part, with over 100 running for Team Macmillan.

Sue says: 'I am running for Team Macmillan because I have been a Cancer Nurse for over 20 years and have met so many brave people who have been helped by Macmillan'

'This is the first time I've done the ING New York City Marathon. I can't wait - to experience the fitness challenge of a lifetime in the city that never sleeps. And to be part of Team Macmillan, surrounded by people who, like me, want to help make a real difference to people living with cancer - that will keep my energy and spirits high, all the way.'

Last year, Team Macmillan raised over £260,000 through the event and this year, hopes to better that total. The money raised will help fund specialist Macmillan nurses and doctors who deliver the best in cancer care; build vitally needed treatment centres; give financial help to those who need it most; and provide a range of cancer information both locally and nationally. To take part in the New York City Marathon for Team Macmillan call the hotline on 020 7840 7878, or to support Sue in her fundraising, call 01772 812445 (home) 0151 430 1687 (work) or click here to email Sue

Plant Your Pumpkin

Late April to early May is the time for potential giant pumpkin growers to start nurturing their prize winning pumpkins if they hope to compete at the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition in October.

To encourage more novice pumpkin growers to take part in the competition two new categories were introduced last year; one for local pumpkin growers and one for juniors. These have been retained and so the 10th Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin event will again have the three separate competitions with prizes for the winner and runners up:

Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition - October 2004

The All England Shield - Open to Anyone
The Mere Brow & District Shield - 10 mile radius of Mere Brow
Junior Shield Open to under 14s

A very warm welcome is extended to our regular contestants and novice pumpkin growers alike and it is hoped to see more of the local schools joining in the friendly rivalry this year.

For more information on the competition weigh-in event, the competition rules, advice on growing giant pumpkins and some photos of previous winners please visit the website:

Latest Planning Requests

Application No.: 8/2004/0388
Location: 15, Carr Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: First floor extension and conservatory at side
Applicant: Mr & Mrs G Pilkington, 15 Carr Lane, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0391
Location: 26,Merlecrest Drive,Tarleton
Proposal: Conservatory at rear
Applicant: Mr N D Poulton, 26 Merlecrest Drive, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0401
Location: Balls Farm, Carr Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Conversion of barn to dwelling including single storey porch extension at side;
Applicant: APA Developments Ltd, 43 Stanah Gardens, Thornton, Lancashire

Application No.: 8/2004/0402
Location: Arch House Farm, Guide Road, Hesketh BankProposal: Removal of agricultural occupancy condition imposed on planning permission 8/89/1507.
Applicant: Mr & Mrs H Benson, Arch House Farm, Guide Road, Hesketh Bank

"Disgrace" of Tarleton Play Area

Carr Lane Play Area a "disgrace"

Brocken bottles in the play area at Tarleton

After visiting the Carr Lane play area with her four year old son, Angela Cropper was so shocked by the state of the play area that she has taken action to highlight the problems to the Parish Council.

Angela said " Not only are there two old mattresses dumped there but there was broken glass spread all around the wooden climbing structure and the slide."

"I was so concerned about the Health and Safety issues that could arise from the state of the children's Play Area that I returned home to collect not only a plastic bag but also my camera. I returned to the play area and in a period of twenty minutes collected half a carrier bag of broken bottles and glass fragments"

"The bark area itself is also in an unsafe state as the bark has eroded leaving a safety hazard of ripped blue plastic poking through which a child could very easily trip over. It must be a concern to both play area users and local residents that the general air of dilapidation may in turn act to attract undesirable elements and lend to further deterioration."

Angela has now highlighted the issues to Tarleton Parish Council. "I know that the Parish Council is responsible for the upkeep and safety aspects of the Children's Play Area and I do hope that the matters I have outlined are dealt with quickly as the locals schools break up on the 2nd April for two weeks holidays. I am concerned that it is only a matter of time before a child is injured in this Play Area."
Tarleton One Way System Gets Approval
The Department for Transport today announced approval for the introduction of a one way system to alleviate the worsening traffic problems in Tarleton village. It is claimed that the so called "clockwise only traffic scheme (COTS)" will dramatically improve traffic flow on the village roads especially at peak times times and thus alleviate the need for further restrictions on on-street parking to be implemented.
The Tarleton Ring Road: a new one-way system to alleviate congestion on village roads

In summary, the proposal will mean:

  • Traffic coming into the village will enter at the Tarleton traffic lights and use Church Rd, Gorse Lane and Taylor's Meanygate.
  • Traffic Leaving the village will use Moss Lane, Hesketh Lane and Coe Lane
  • The small length of road between the Marks Square Car Park entrance and the end of Hesketh Lane will be pedestrianised.
A local councilor commented "At face value the one-way system sounds like a good idea but I would have preferred there to have been that at least some discussion about the proposal to have occurred before such a significant decision was taken by the DfT" and added "I suppose this announcement does go some way to explaining the unannounced arrival of the traffic camera on Hesketh Lane, the sudden interest in the quality of the Tarleton Moss roads and, if the priority is to change, the reluctance to 'waste money' repainting the road markings at the end of Moss Lane." Keen observers also noted the good fortune of Booths in choosing a site that will now have the benefit of at approximately double the passing trade previously anticipated. Perhaps, one might say, a most spectacular stroke of luck.

What do you think? Have your say on the Village Forum

Village Vote Closes - Results

Firstly a big thanks to the 122 people who took the trouble to share their views on our March 2004 'village vote' topic of Traffic Cameras:

We Asked:
"All things considered, should we have any Traffic Cameras in Tarleton & Hesketh Bank?"

The results:
1. Yes
2. No

Unfortunately a topic for the April Village Vote has not been submitted.
If you do have an idea for a topic then please submit it to the editor.

Three remanded over carjack death

The BBC reports:
Two men and a youth have appeared in court charged with the murder of a man during an attempted car jacking at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Michael Howard, 57, of Hesketh Bank near Preston in Lancashire, was killed when thieves ran over him in his own car on 6 January.

The three, all from Speke, Merseyside, were remanded in custody at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday. The case was adjourned until a directions hearing on 13 May. Craig Abbott, 21, from Carley Walk, Neil Dolan, 20, from Yeardon Walk, and a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons spoke only to confirm their names.

Mr Howard was unloading luggage from his car as he challenged a youth who tried to drive his vehicle away. Mr Howard, who worked for Salford-based pharmaceutical company Mawdsley-Brooks, was with his wife Elaine at the airport for an early morning holiday flight to Malaga. Fire crews tried to release Mr Howard from beneath his Volvo car, but he died at the scene.

Plastics Blaze visible for miles
© 2004
Sunday 29th March - Fire at Plastics Recovery as viewed from Hesketh Bank

The plume of toxic smoke coming from a massive fire at the Plastics Recovery factory on the Moss Side Industrial Estate in Leyland was visible for many miles across the surrounding area. Fire crews were called just before 7pm yesterday evening to tackle the fire and worked through the night to control an estimated 100 tonnes of plastic which were ablaze. Police have been advising residents to stay indoors and keep doors and windows shut.

Latest Planning Requests

Application No.: 8/2004/0362
Location: Land rear of 165, Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Variation of Condition No.s 1 & 2 imposed on planning permission 8/98/0237 to allow two HGV's to leave the premises before 08.00 hours Monday to Saturday.
Applicant: W & J Witter (Produce) Ltd, 165 Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank

Application No.: 8/2004/0363
Location: Land at Hesketh New Marsh, Guide Road, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Outline - Erection of agricultural workers dwelling including details of siting.
Applicant: Mr J Hesketh, Westlands Cottage, Grange Lane, Hutton, Preston, PR4 5JH

Application No.: 8/2004/0348
Location: 29, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Single storey extension at side and rear
Applicant: Mr & Mrs C Irving, 29 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0352
Location: 1, Windgate Fold, Tarleton
Proposal: Detached wooden garden building for use as pool house
Applicant: Mr C Jarvis, 1 Windgate Fold, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0357
Location: Land adjacent 121, Blackgate Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Erection of glasshouses incorporating canteen, toilets, office, store rooms & pump room; formation of irrigation pit; alterations to vehicular/pedestrian access; provision of concrete yard and landscaping.
Applicant: Gro-Well Salads Ltd, Chestnut Lea Nurseries, Blackgate Lane, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0370
Location: 12,Becconsall Lane,Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Two storey side extension.
Applicant: Mr & Mrs B Wignall, 12 Becconsall Lane, Hesketh Bank

Application No.: 8/2004/0371
Location: 12, Fermor Road, Tarleton
Proposal: Conservatory at rear
Applicant: Mr & Mrs Balshaw, 12 Fermor Road, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0372
Location: 2, The Green, Hesketh Bank

Proposal: Two storey side extension.
Applicant: Mr B Mawson, 2 The Green, Hesketh Bank

Boundary of Tarleton Sponsored Cycle Ride

Organised by the Tarleton Youth Action Group, the Boundary of Tarleton Sponsored Cycle Ride took place on Saturday 20th March.

20 people took part in the cycle ride 12 of whom had received sponsorship. It was nice to see that some people just came along for the exercise. The weather on the day got steadily worse and the cyclists had to cycle against gale force winds but this did not deter the determination to succeed and finish the course. Just as the cycle ride was coming within 2 miles of finishing the intrepid cyclists were subjected to a hailstorm but all participants arrived back in Tarleton in one piece, if not somewhat wet and battered.

Funds in excess of £800 were raised for Tarleton Youth Action Group’s holiday to Normandy and Sheila Bowes from Banks raised over £150 for Derian House Childrens Hospice.

What was wonderful to see was the determination of the young people to succeed although some of them thought about giving up they all arrived back in Tarleton on their bikes. Every participant was presented with a certificate to show to their sponsors and refreshments were served at Carr Lane Sports Pavilion and even though their shouldn’t have been any steam to let off after over 2 hours cycling everybody had a tale to tell about how they had got on.

If anybody would like to support Derian House or the TYAG for their efforts on Saturday further donations will be accepted and put to good use. Donations should be sent to Nadine Ashcroft, 10 Coe Lane, Tarleton, Nr Preston, PR4 6HH. Receipts will be sent to any person or organisation wishing to make a donation.

Latest Planning Applications

Application No.: 8/2004/0321
Location: Land adjacent, Nook Farm, Chapel Road, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Detached house
Applicant: Mr L Marlor, 64 Canberra Road, Leyland, Preston, PR25 3ET.

Application No.: 8/2004/0330
Location: 76, Blackgate Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Erection of detached building incorporating garage with storage above and 2 granny flats
Applicant: Mr & Mrs M McClusky

Brownies help First Responders
Copyright Gordons of Formby

On 4th March, the 1st Hesketh Bank Brownie Unit held a Promise Night Celebration and presented a cheque for £149.30 to the Tarleton, Hesketh Bank and Banks First Responder Team. The money was raised by the Brownies and parents at a recent Table Top Sale. Five new Brownies took their Promise on this night.
Sue Rigby, who was the original Team Co-Ordinator for the First Responders, would like the money spent on much needed "Jump Suits", (First Respoder Uniforms) which must be purchased from Lancashire Ambulance Service.
The Brownies hope to raise more money for local charities on a regular basis.

Police Presence Welcomed

The new Community Beat Manager, Phil Corrigan and the new Community Support Officer, Jan Dobson, continued their local introductions with a visit to Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council last evening.

Jan explained her broad role which covers Ambulance (First Responder), Fire (Community Fire Officer) and Police (Community Support Officer) covering Tarleton, Hesketh Bank, Banks and Rufford, or at least will do when her car arrives.

Phil repeated his request for donations towards the £600 cost of his push bike (see archive). Cllr Ball pertinantly observed that in addition to the normal sources of funding the Police enjoy, the Police House in Hesketh Bank was sold only months ago and pondered why such a request for additional financial support needed to be made to the local community. Nontheless, the Council indicated agreement to a £100 donation.

Mr Corrigan's humiliation was complete when he also confessed that he would need to pass his Cycling Proficiency before being allowed out on his new bike.

The council did convey their support for the two officers and welcomed the visibility they were already providing.

Internet bombarded by new Netsky.D virus wave

A wave of new computer worms and viruses has been sweeping cyberspace over the past few days, and has now reached epidemic proportions worldwide. MX Logic, a security firm based in Denver, Colorado, said the Netsky.D worm "has reached a critical threat level, with one in every 71 emails infected by the worm". The British firm mi2g called the latest outbreak a "tsunami" of malicious computer code, or malware, saying it is "overwhelming both its victim organisations as well as anti-virus toolkit companies and security professionals across the world."

"The first two months of this year have been marked by an unrelenting onslaught of mass mailing worms and their variants, including Mydoom, Mydoom.F, Bagle and Netsky.D. We are convinced that the frequency and potency of mass mailing worms and their variants is likely to increase - making it critical that email users take every precaution to protect their inboxes," said Scott Chasin, chief technology officer, MX Logic.

Over the past days, virus fighters have battled a number of new releases of the Bagle and Netsky internet worm families, and Tuesday afternoon some 10 per cent of all emails in Europe were contaminated by bugs, statistics showed. In contrast to most other viruses, Netsky.D does not have an expiration date, and it will therefore remain a menace for some time to come, experts pointed out.

Changes Implemented after Brownies Risk Assesment

The 1st Hesketh Bank Brownie Unit has announced changes to the way in which children are collected as a result of a recent 'risk assesment'.

Brownies will no loger be allowed to leave the hall unescorted and so, with immediate effect, ALL parents/guardians must now come into the back of the Church Hall to collect their daughter at the end of each meeting.

Latest Planning Applications

Application No.: 8/2003/1258
Location: Green Lane Farm, Liverpool Old Road, Sollom, Tarleton.
Proposal: Single storey rear extension and conversion of former piggery into garage & store.
Applicant: T Brown, Mill Farm Barn, Moss House Lane, Much Hoole

Application No.: 8/2004/0219
Location: Back Lane Farm,Chapel Road,Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Conversion of former agricultural building (including ground floor extension) to provide granny annexe on ground floor and farm office/store to first floor.
Applicant: Mrs Francis Wareing, Back Lane Farm, Chapel Road, Hesketh Bank

Application No.: 8/2004/0226
Location: 226, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: New pitched roof over existing flat roof at side and rear to provide new office space and store.
Applicant: Bernard Dickinson, 226 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0231
Location: 34,Kearsley Avenue,Tarleton
Proposal: Single storey rear extension
Applicant: Mr & Mrs P Howard, 34 Kearsley Avenue, Tarleton

Application No.: 8/2004/0233
Location: Land rear of 15, Station Road, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Change of use of garden into car park for use in connection with the adjacent business at No. 19 Station Road.
Applicant: Mr & Mrs Finn, 19 Station Road, Hesketh Bank

Application No.: 8/2004/0236
Location: 5 Gorse Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Erection of replacement dwelling with attached garage.
Applicant: Roland Bardsley Homes Ltd, Globe Square, Dunkinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4RG

Application No.: 8/2004/0238
Location: 7, The Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, Tarleton
Proposal: Replacement detached brick garage
Applicant: Nicola Ollerton, 7 The Marshes Lane, Longfold, Mere Brow

Village Vote Closes - Results

Firstly a big thanks to the 346 people who took the trouble to share their views on our 'village vote' topic of the Boundary Commission proposals.

The results:

1. Stay as we are - keep LCC and WLDC
2. Do away with WLDC and just keep LCC
3. Do away with WLDC and join with Sefton
4. Do away with WLDC and join with South Ribble

Which means:
With 41% of the votes, the most popular option was to join with South Ribble and the least popular, with an emphatic 96% against joining with Sefton.
Interestingly, a massive 63% want to see a change from the present arrangement and get rid of WLDC which is in stark contrast to the "central" views presented by various groups in Ormskirk where favour for the status quo is said to be in excess of 90%. Now why would that be? Answers on the Message Board please!

Boundary of Tarleton Sponsored Cycle Ride

Tarleton Youth Action Group are carrying out a sponsored Cycle ride on Saturday 20th March to raise funds for the groups trip to Normandy In July. The idea is to cycle the boundary of Tarleton, which is 15.3 miles, have some fun and in the process raise some funds.

Any member of the community who wishes to join the cycle ride, whether to raise funds for any worthy cause or just the exercise, is more welcome to join the group.

The cycle ride will depart Mark Square at 11am on Saturday 20th March and will finish at Carr Lane Sports Pavilion for a well deserved brew.

For sponsorship forms or further details please contact Nadine Ashcroft on 01772 811552 or Helen Randle on 07971527520 or email

Stables sought

Application No.: 8/2004/0193
Location: Land at Middle Meanygate,Tarleton
Proposal: Erection of stables building
Applicant: Mr J Mee, 8 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton

More Office Space

Application No.: 8/2004/0191
Location: 7-9,Station Road,Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Single storey extensions at side and rear to provide additional office accommodation.
Applicant: Andrew Turpin & Co, 7-9 Station Road, Hesketh Bank

New Greenhouses wanted

Application No.: 8/2004/0188
Location: 330, Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank
Proposal: Erection of greenhouses.
Applicant: T & E Forshaw, Glendale Plants & Shrubs, 330 Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank

Great Wall of Mere Brow

Application No.:8/2004/0173
Location: Mere Brow Village Hall, The Gravel, Mere Brow, Tarleton
Proposal: Erection of 1.5m high entrance wall incorporating bench seat.
Applicant: Mere Brow Village Hall, 65 The Gravel, Mere Brow

Organic Packhouse Proposed

Application No.: 8/2004/0172
Location: Huntapac Produce Limited, Blackgate Lane, Tarleton
Proposal: Extension to existing chiller building to provide organic packhouse.
Applicant: Huntapac Produce Limited, Blackgate Lane, Tarleton

Riverside Planning Permission Sought

Application No.:8/2004/0205
Location: Riverside Caravan Park, Southport New Road, Banks
Proposal: Certificate of Lawfulness - Use of land as caravan site for the stationing of up to 450 static caravans.
Applicant: Riverside Touring & Holiday Home Park, Southport New Road, Banks

Beat bobby bike appeal

Representation was made at the meeting of Tarleton Parish Council tonight for financial assistance towards the cost of a push bike for Phil, the new Beat Bobby (Community Beat Manager) who is hoping to start patrolling Tarleton and Hesketh Bank from the 1st of March .

The Council agreed to a £100 donation towards "getting the bobby a bike" with a further £100 contribution anticipated to be provided from Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council.

Nominations sought for medals

Following on from the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002 which marked fifty years of service to her Country, the Council resolved to acknowledge the service given by members of the local community to their Village. Commemorative Medals, marking the Queen’s “Fifty years of Service” have now been purchased by the Council to be presented to our local stalwarts of the community.

In addition to the medals which will be nominated by the Council, Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council are also asking for proposals from members of the Public. Nominations can be for any reason, whether through dedication to their work or voluntary contributions to sport, youth, the churches, the elderly, the wider community – even the Council or any cause which you think is worthy.

Please send your nominations to the Clerk by email or give your local Councillor a note – but please do so by the next Parish Council meeting on the 8th of March.

Filling up Fermor Road

Application No.: 8/2004/0130
Location: Land adjacent 48,Fermor Road,Tarleton
Proposal: Outline - Detached bungalow (including details of siting and means of access).
Applicant: Mr H Sutton,
268 Badminton Road, Downend, Bristol, BS16 6NT

Caravan storage company seek planning permission

Application No.:8/2004/0134
Location: Banister House Farm, Mere Lane,Tarleton
Proposal: Use of land for the storage of caravans, motor homes & boats.
Applicant: Banister House Caravan Storage Ltd,
Banister House Farm, Mere Lane, Mere Brow, Tarleton. PR4 6JR.

Concrete Fence Rejected By Residents

A proposal to reinstate the Hesketh Bank Football Club boundary with a 6ft concrete fence met with an emphatic thumbs down from local residents.

Households with a direct view of the Sports Ground have been consulted by Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council about their proposal to erect a 6ft high concrete fence along the frontage of the Station Road pitch as the first step in a three stage remedial plan to replace the trees which were controversially felled by the Parish Council last year (see 2003 news archive).

Residents complained that the proposed concrete wall would be appear far to "industrial", be inappropriate for the main thoroughfare through the village and would be a blank canvas for graffiti.

Residents also asked for clarity on two key points:
1) As the Parish Council claimed that the trees had been removed on Police advice (to prevent anti social behavior and drug abuse) then why will erecting the proposed concrete fence be less problematic than the trees were?
2) The Parish Council claimed that the wall was required on Health & Safety grounds in that it would prevent footballs from going on the road. A number of residents queried how much more effective a 6ft wall would be in achieving this over and above the existing hawthorn hedge.

The Parish Council eventually agreed that they should meet with the Football Club to discuss the sentiments of the people living close to the ground as the next step.

The total cost of the Hesketh Bank Tree Saga is estimated to approach £10,000.

Booths Application goes to planning

A meeting of the West Lancs Planning Committee will be held in the Council Chamber, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk on THURSDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2004 at 7.30 pm. Item 11A on the agenda is the Outline planning application for the proposed Booths supermarket at Hesketh Bank. The application is presented to the committee with a recommendation that the application be granted.
Click Here to download the full report to the planning committee

Ball Bounced

Cllr Ray Ball was once again excluded from the remainder of a Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council meeting. The Chairman invoked 'Standing Order 28' after several warnings about his behavior at the Parish Council meeting this evening.

Boundary Deadline Looms

Are things alright as they are or is it time for a change? Would joining Sefton really be the end of the world or would South Ribble be the best? Will any of it make a difference or will Tarleton and Hesketh Bank be ignored by whoever is in charge?

Judgment Day nears for West Lancs District Council with only two weeks remaining in which you can submit YOUR views and feedback to the Boundary Committee on their much publicised proposed changes. Enter your feedback here.

Don't forget to cast your vote on the Village Vote; it is only for fun but it does provide an invaluable "exit poll" type of barometer for local feeling. Have your two penneth on the topic in the discussion forum - you won't be alone!

'The Medals' 2004

Hesketh Bank AFC are inviting clubs to apply to enter this years Medal Competition. All matches will be held at Station Road, Hesketh Bank during April & May with evening kick offs. For further details and application forms please contact the secretary, Don Hand on 01772 813247. The closing date for entry is 26th March 2004.

The Fermor Hesketh Challenge Cup or as it became to be known "The Medals" has been held for over 80 years. The winners cup was originally donated by Major Fermor-Hesketh in 1920, and is the very same cup presented to this day. Click here for more information and a list of Medals winners.

Room for two more?

Planning Applications submitted to West Lancs District Council......

Application No.: 8/2004/0026
Location: Land adjacent 29 & 31, Fermor Road, Tarleton
Proposal: Erection of two detached bungalows and garages.
Applicant: Mr A F Crivaro,
29 Fermor Road, Tarleton.
Date Valid: 16/01/2004

Booths closing local supermarkets

Booths have announced they are considering closing supermarkets at Liverpool Rd, Penwortham and Towngate, Leyland blaming adverse trading conditions. We have no information on any impact this may have on the proposed Booths supermarket at Hesketh Bank.

Airport Murder Charges

Three people have appeared at Liverpool Crown Court charged with the murder of Mike Howard who was killed at Liverpool Airport whilst trying to stop an alleged car thief.

Craig Abbott, 21, Neil Dolan, 20 and a 17 year old youth spoke only to confirm their names. No pleas were entered and all three were remanded in custody until March.

Phone Box Attack

Saturday night saw the latest attack on phone boxes in the area with the one outside The Becconsall incurring the wrath of the individuals responsible.

Why is this happening? What can be done to prevent it?
Have your say on the village forum Click Here


Additional man charged

A fourth man has now been charged with conspiracy to steal in connection with the events that lead to the death of Michael Howard at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Added 14/01/04 - The BBC reports "Mr Jamie English, 19, from Camp Road in Woolton, Merseyside, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address. The charge against him relates to a conspiracy to steal a Volvo car from an address in Halewood, in Merseyside. The court heard the alleged attempted theft took place 20 minutes before the incident at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. No plea was entered and Mr English was remanded in custody until 21 January when he will appear at Liverpool Crown Court."

Three Charged With Airport Murder

Three men have been charged with murder following the death of Michael Howard who died after being run over at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Father-of-three Michael Howard, 57, of Moss Lane was due to go to Spain with his wife when he died under the wheels of his own car as he tried to stop it being stolen last Tuesday.

Craig Abbott, 21, from Carley Walk; Neil Dolan, 20, from Yeardon Walk and a 17-year-old youth were also charged with conspiracy to steal. The three, all from the Speke area of the city, are due to appear at Liverpool magistrates court on Monday.


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