Please be aware that there have been complaints from older residents about a caller who telephones to inform them that they are entitled to an extra amount on their Winter Fuel Payment or an extra Christmas Bonus.
The caller then asks for personal details such as date of birth claiming that they need to confirm they are talking to the right person. They then ask for bank account details.
These calls are not genuine and no official service would contact a customer and ask for bank details in this way.
Please refer any complaints and further information to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506.
3rd December 2009 Council Tax Rebate SCAM Source: Lancashire Trading Standards
Lancashire residents are warned that they may receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be from The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) or The Local Council. Consumers are informed that they have been identified as being eligible for a rebateon their council tax and are asked for credit card or bank details so that an "admin fee" can be taken to process the refund or so the refund can be put into their account.These calls are bogus and residents should not provide any details to the caller.
Trading Standards have had reports of these calls being received in West Lancashire but believe residents throughout the county may be at risk. A spokesmen for VOA has confirmed that they would never ask for financial details.
27th November 2009 TARLETON TOTS SHOCK CLOSURE Source: Southport Visitor
Tarleton Tots nursery has closed down without notice leaving its staff jobless in the run up to Christmas.
Staff at the Tarleton Tots nursery in Hesketh Lane arrived at work to find it had been closed and the locks had been changed. The centre’s six staff say they are still owed six weeks’ wages.
Two other nurseries have also been closed by owners SSA Childcare who were unavailable to comment.
26th November 2009 VANDAL ATTACK - ChURCH WINDOW APPEAL Source: Hubmaker Media
St Michael's Church Hoole Window Protection Appeal - Target 10000
A recent attack by missile throwing vandals damaged 37 panes of glass in fourteen of the windows in the historic St Michael's Church at Hoole.
The repair of the stained glass windows will cost in the region of £5,000. This fortunately is covered by insurance.
To prevent a recurrence of this unfortunate incident, protection of all the windows with clear poly-carbonate (Plastic) sheets will cost a further £10,000 which is not covered by insurance.
If you feel that you wish to make a monetary contribution toward this expense please send a cheque made payable to the Friends of St. Michael's Church C/o Mr. Clive Elphick, Carr House, Carr House Lane, Bretherton, PR26 9AR.
If you enclose your details you will receive a personalised certificate to recognise your generosity.
23rd November 2009 Christmas Family Fun Night Source: CFAG Press Release
The Hesketh Bank family fun nights, that have been going since September, are having a bigger and better event on 4th December to celebrate Christmas.
Featuring cash prize Play Your Cards Right, quiz and bingo then finishing the evening with karaoke and disco the Family Fun Nights have “Really taken off,” said Tony Earles, spokesperson for the organising group and DJ for the events. “So to get us into the Christmas spirit we will also be having fancy dress and a hotpot supper.”
The Family Fun Night events are organised by Hesketh Bank Community Facilities Action Group (CFAG) and Village Hall and proceeds will go towards refurbishments.
The Christmas Family Fun Night will take place on Friday 4th December at Hesketh Bank Village Hall 7-11pm, entry is £5 for adults (under 16’s go free) and includes entry for the quiz and bingo. Hotpot is £2.50 per person and bring your own drink!
21st November 2009 CADET QUITS AFTER POPPY PARADE REFUSAL Source: Lancashire Evening Post
An air cadet has quit her job in disgust after being told she couldn't start work 30 minutes late to attend a Remembrance Sunday parade.
Vicki Maher, 18, asked bosses at Boots in Preston for half an hour off to attend the parade with the Air Training Corps but the student's request was turned down as she had used up all her holidays and the store, in Fishergate, was too busy.
Vicki, from Hesketh Bank, said: "I had to leave. I couldn't have gone back because of how they treated me. It would have been too awkward."
November 2009 TARLETON PROPERTY SEARCHED Over abandoned chemicals Source: BBC News
A property in Tarleton has been searched after three men were arrested in connection with dumped dangerous chemicals.
Nearly 100 barrels of acids, solvents and pharmaceuticals were found in lorries left abandoned in Shropshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire.
The Environment Agency and the police raided homes and offices in Lancashire, Teesside and Merseyside after a six-month investigation.
The men, aged 37, 41 and 48, are suspected of environmental offences.
Properties and offices at nine sites, which include six between Preston, Leyland, Tarleton and Skelmersdale, Lancashire, two in Hartlepool and one in Moreton, in the Wirral, Merseyside, are being searched.
Senior environmental crime officer Eddie Platt said: "Dumping waste illegally puts human health and wildlife at risk - and undermines the legitimate waste industry.
"These are dangerous chemicals that need to undergo a number of specialist treatments before disposal to prevent harm to the environment."
Dumping waste illegally carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and an unlimited fine.
October 2009 HESKETH BANK AFC HOST ARMY CUP SEMI FINAL Source: Hubmaker Media
Captain Paul Mitchell of the 4th Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment has been searching locally for a football ground to host the semi final of the annual reservist football tournament.
Each year 42 (North West) Brigade hold a Football Tournament which is contested amongst the Reservist Units based in the North West. The winners of the area competition then go onto represent this region in the Nationals.
The 4th Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (4 LANCS) (our local Infantry TA Regiment) have been drawn against LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY OFFICER TRAINING CORPS (LUOTC) in the semi-final of this year’s competition.
Hesketh Bank AFC together with the owners of the 3g all weather pitch, Sally and Mark Atkinson, offered the free use of their facilities which was gladly accepted by Captain Mitchell.
The match will be played this coming Sunday 15th November 2009 with a 1.30pm Kick off. In the event of inclement weather the match will take place on the adjacent 3g all weather surface although confirmation is still to be received from LUOTC that this is acceptable.
Admission to the fixture is free so come down to the Centenary Sports Ground on Station Road, Hesketh Bank and give your support to your local Infantry TA Regiment.
October 2009 WLBC CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLOR RESIGNS THE WHIP Source: Hubmaker Media
In a letter to the Banks Village Website, Councillor Dr David Vickers has announced that he has resigned the conservative whip at West Lancashire Borough Council.
Cllr Vickers said "The reason for this is that I cannot reconcile what I believe to be my first political priority, which is to represent and fight for my ward members, and my loyalty to the Conservative Party."
He has asked the people of Banks and the wider 'Northern Parishes' to continue to support him as an independent councillor.
In resigning the whip, Cllr Vickers has removed himself from the discipline of the controlling conservative party and can now vote freely.
Cllr Vickers added "I will continue to support the Conservative Group on the council providing that their proposals are not, in my view, detrimental to the residents of North Meols in particular and the Northern Parishes in general."
October 2009 SAVE THE BECCONSALL - UPDATE Source: The McBride Family
Dear Village Friends,
Mrs Mc’s campaign to “Save the Bec for the Community” was born at the end of July 2009. Since then much has happened and we wanted to update you on our progress to date. The Hesketh Bank Parish Council have been updated at each stage and the press are interested in what we as a community do to make a difference. We see this campaign in steps:
Step 1: ... was sending out the letter from the McBride Family, to express our upset and sadness at the decline and closure of The Bec and concern that this historic, lovely building may be knocked down to make way for another housing estate. We wanted to speak out before bulldozers arrive, as they have at Greaves Hall and it is too late. (Copy of Mrs Mc’s Letter attached)
Step 2: ... was to check out if other people care about this too and invite the community for their ideas for the future of The Bec. You are the community. Over 700 signatures and rising on The Save the Bec for the Community Petition, has established that people do care, people are upset and concerned about more houses. Several ideas have been put forward, however, many people don’t know what to do to make a difference and feel powerless on their own.( If you have not signed the Petition yet, please see Petition attached)
Step 3: ... was to call a first Public Meeting which was 30th Sept at the Village Hall. Everyone in the community, had the opportunity to come and voice their concerns and put forward their ideas. From this meeting, we established that local people ideally want the beautiful Bec Building to be saved and restored to its former glory and standard as a family pub. A unanimous vote of those present, showed that people do not want more houses on this site. (See full Report attached)
Step 4: ... was the first meeting of volunteers to create an Action Group, which was held Mon 26th Oct at the Village Hall. This team of concerned local people, are giving practical support in many different ways. It is “homework” time to find a realistic option to work towards. Currently, the Action Group Team are researching different possibilities for the future of The Bec. They are collecting information to support us all as a community, to make an informed decision of the best direction go forward. From this research, we intend to decide a clear objective to put forward as a proposal to the powers that be, as a realistic proposal. (See full Report attached)
Step 5 Future: ... will be, for the Action Group Team to meet again 9th Nov, with feedback and results of their research. From this we hope to have a clearer picture of what is realistic and possible. This will support us to clarify our objective to work towards and decide appropriate next steps, including a second Public Meeting date. Everyone is welcome to join the Public Meeting. (Please check in local press, shops and on HB web site events page for date)
What is clear, is whatever happens to The Bec site, will have a majorly positive, or negative impact on the future of the whole village and everyone in it.
What is also clear, is that The Bec is in great danger of being destroyed forever and covered with houses, yet some villagers still may not realise the seriousness of this situation, or believe they are powerless to stop this. This is untrue - Together we become Powerful!
HB Villagers have a simple choice;
1/ Do nothing and complain to each other when The Bec has gone = this is easy = a dead duck and a done deal!
2/ Get active, speak out, team up, complain where it counts, let your elected officials know how you feel and what you want them to do on your behalf for the good of the whole village = this requires a little effort = together we have a chance!
This is your village, your voice counts. Please wake up!
If everyone who cares about their own village, does a little bit, together we can make a positive difference to our whole community and the Village of the future. If you want something better than more houses, please, send your letter of concern to the HBP Council asap. (A Sample Letter as a simple guide is attached to make this easy- just takes a few mins.)
If you are a local historian who has knowledge of the full history of The Bec and H.Bank, we would love to hear from you.
If you have contacts, or would like to support in any way, you will be very welcome! Please contact Maureen Baldwin on moandterry (at) talktalk.net or 01772 814457
We wish you well and encourage you to take action and send your letter today!
With warmth and respect,
The McBride Family
October 2009 FOOTBALL ACADEMY OPENS IN HESKETH BANK Source: Press Release
Pro-Vision 3G Football Academy opened its doors last week at 3G Football Centre in Hesketh Bank
The Academy’s main aim is to provide young players that have been released by professional clubs or missed by the talent scouts an opportunity to regain their confidence and get exposure to other professional clubs Nationally and Internationally.
Pro-Vision 3G Football Academy is part of the organization called Global Academy Partnerships Limited, which manages Academies globally for several investing Premier League and Football League clubs. It is the policy of the Academy to assist every player to become associated with a Professional football Club, Academy or Centre of Excellence.
As well as having the ability to place players at the investing professional football clubs Pro-Vision 3G Football Academy also plays showcase games throughout the season at many Premier League and Football League clubs. If you want to be part of this great program go to www.pro-vision3gfootballacademy.co.uk
October 2009 KINGSFOLD PUPIL STARS IN TV SITCOM ROLE Source: Lancashire Evening Post
A young actor is hoping to bring magic and mischief to the small screen with a lead role in a new sitcom.
James Ainsworth, 13, is starring in Jinx, a BBC children's comedy series about Lulu, a girl with a magical cookbook. James plays the part of Lulu's michevious stepbrother Torquil, who enjoys playing practical jokes on her but is outwitted when she turns him into a zombie.
James is from Longton and is a pupil at Kingsfold Christian School in Hesketh Bank. He started acting at an early age, attending summer theatre schools, and later started acting classes with Guildhall Productions in Preston. He won the part of a Lost Boy in Guildhall's production of Peter Pan two years ago and was spotted by agent Melanie Ash. He is now signed up with Manchester-based agency, Linton Management.
Jinx is not James's first foray onto the small screen. He starred in acclaimed Channel 4 drama series, Red Riding, earlier this year. The first episode of Jinx will be screened on CBBC on October 31. It runs until Boxing Day.
22nd October 2009 BUSY DAY FOR AIR AMBULANCE Source: Hubmaker Media
The North West Air Ambulance had a busy day with call outs to Banks and Tarleton this morning and Hesketh Bank later this afternoon.
Established in 1999 the North West Air Ambulance has been flying life saving missions throughout the North West region from its operational base at Blackpool Airport for the past nine years. It costs £3.5 million per year to maintain the two aircraft, all of which is generously donated by members of the public.
October 2009 FAMILY FUN NIGHTS GOING STRONG Source: CFAG Press Release
The Hesketh Bank family fun nights are going from strength to strength. The last event featured Play your cards right which went down well but there wasn’t a winner so the prize pot has rolled over to the next, which will be on Friday 6^th November.
Residents of Hesketh Bank are invited to attend the monthly Friday Fun Nights at the village hall, which feature bingo, quiz, play your cards right, karaoke and disco – so something for all the family!
The events are organised by Hesketh Bank Community Facilities Action Group (CFAG) and Village Hall and proceeds will go towards refurbishments.
Tony Earles, spokesperson for the group and DJ for the events said “We want villagers to come along, get into the community spirit and enjoy each others company. The September event was great and we thought we’d spice Octobers up with more chances to win with Play your cards right, which everyone enjoyed.”
He continued: “Since the closure of our local pub we have not had a quiz night in the village, which used to be a firm favourite in the weekly calendar so we are trying to attract those quiz people back and bring in new faces. The bingo is a selling point too, so perhaps we will see more eyes down at the next two events!”
The Friday Family Fun Nights take place on 6th November and 4th December, the Village Hall 7-11pm, entry is £5 for adults (under 16’s go free) and includes entry for the quiz and bingo. Bring your own picnic and drink!
October 2009 Maurice BOND WINS GIANT PUMPKIN CONTEST Source: Hubmaker Media
Maurice Bond grew the biggest pumpkin at the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin contest which was held at Gravel Farm, Banks.
The 785 lb giant pumpkin won both the NFU All England Shield and the Mere Brow & District Shield. Hedley Roberts from NFU Mutual Insurance presented Maurice with his trophy. The Dickinson Family pumpkin came second and last year's winner Gerrard Wright came third.
17th October 2009 HESKETH BANK MAN ADMITS POSING AS A VET Source: Formby Times
A MAN has admitted posing as a vet and a qualified doctor to carry out a string of frauds.
Russell Oakes, 43, forged references and a fake degree from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, to apply for membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Once he secured the paperwork, the bogus vet then tricked the owners of a respected Formby equine centre into allowing him to practice there, working with horses and riders.
At the same time Oakes also established a clinic in Standish claiming to be a qualified doctor to treat a string of people. He used his fake status to defraud unsuspecting animal owners and patients into handing over a total of about £10,000.
Oakes, of Shore Road, Hesketh Bank, near Southport, appeared at Liverpool crown court yesterday when he admitted a total of 42 charges, including obtaining services by deception, obtaining property by deception, using a false instrument, forgery, fraud and perverting the course of justice. The charges date between July 2005 and March 2008.
The court heard on one occasion Oakes pretended to have a veterinary emergency to appeal against a speeding ticket. He also provided a letter claiming to be a consultant to help his partner Joanne Conroy escape a speeding ticket, saying she had a medical emergency.
Conroy, also of Shore Road, Hesketh Bank, was charged with perverting the course of justice. But the 39-year-old pleaded not guilty to the allegation and Henry Riding, prosecuting, told the court the charge would be allowed to lie on the file at the next hearing.
He said it was accepted Oakes had been the “prime mover” in the scam.
He said Oakes, a qualified osteopath, had originally been charged with a total of 85 counts, but this had now been reduced.
Among the charges Oakes originally faced were sexual offences, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and cruelty to an animal.
Oakes also denied an offence of assault by penetration and sexual assault on a teenager between September and October 2006.
Mr Riding said the crown was prepared not to proceed with these charges, which related to examinations Oakes carried out on the girl while posing as a doctor.
He said: “This is a particularly usual aspect of this case. It would not be possible to represent to the court these offences were carried out with the motivation of sexual gratification, more like he was seeking to keep up the pretence to all and sundry he was a qualified doctor.”
Mr Riding added that after consultation with the complainant and her mum it was decided it was not in the public interest to proceed with a trial on those charges.
Christopher Stables, defending, confirmed Oakes was a qualified osteopath who was previously of good character.
He asked for sentencing to be adjourned so reports could be carried out, adding: “This is very unusual case with very unusual circumstances.”
Judge David Swift granted Oakes conditional bail until sentencing on November 20. He said: “I need full information about you and your background and circumstances so I can decide what should happen.”
16th October 2009 FINE FOR HUNTAPAC AFTER 11,000v ShoCK Source: Safety Media Ltd
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged outdoor workers to take extra care near overhead electricity lines following the successful prosecution of Huntapac Produce Ltd in relation to an incident at Marsh Farm in Hesketh Bank where two men suffered 11,000-volt electric shocks and burns.
Huntapac was charged with two health and safety offences. It was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,881 at Ormskirk Magistrates Court on 15 October 2009.
The court heard that two employees were lifting a metal ladder into a water pump shaft on 12 December 2007 when it made contact with the 11,000 volt overhead power lines. One of the men fell unconscious and suffered electrical burns to a hand and both his feet. The other man's feet were also badly burned.
11th October 2009 SUPPORT FOR BRITISH LEGION MANIFESTO Source: Press Release
Lorraine Fullbrook, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for the South Ribble constituency, has pledged to do her bit for the British Armed Forces family.
Lorraine met with representatives from The Royal British Legion at the recent Conservative party conference in Manchester where she was presented with a copy of the Legion’s manifesto for the next general election.
The manifesto sets out priorities for the next Government to improve conditions for the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It encourages MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) to “do their bit” for Service Personnel and their families, the bereaved, veterans and dependants.
Kevin Shinkwin, the Legion’s Head of Public Affairs, said, “We’re really grateful to Lorraine for making the time to meet with us and listen to our concerns. Our message to every candidate standing at the general election is very simple: ‘It’s time to do your bit’.
“The entire Armed Forces family needs the support of politicians from all parties,” he added. “Our manifesto outlines practical ways the next government can help, and we hope all the parties will give it serious consideration”.
Lorraine Fullbrook who lives in Tarleton said, “I was delighted to meet with The Royal British Legion. They have an important role to play in highlighting the needs of the whole Armed Forces family. I have pledged to do my bit and would encourage everyone to do the same by visiting the general election manifesto website – www.timetodoyourbit.org.uk - to find out more.”
30th September 2009 GANG 'RESTRAIN' BRETHERTON WOMAN Source: Lancashire Evening Post
A gang of men burst into a Lancashire home and stole £300 in a terrifying night-time robbery. Detectives are appealing for information after a woman at the home, at Plocks Farm, Liverpool Road, Bretherton was "restrained" by the raiders as they stole the cash.
28th September 2009 SUN SHINES ON FUNDRAISING BBQ Source: Press Release
A ‘window’ in the weather at the end of the summer favoured a fund raising BBQ for the South Ribble Constituency Labour Party in aid of the next general election. Hosted by John & Gail Hodson, the hugely successful event was held at Douglas House on the bank of the River Douglas in Tarleton.
“David Borrow MP has done a tremendous amount for South Ribble and indeed for Tarleton and we just want people to know that he has the support and help of a lot of people at the next general election. We were very pleased to assist David and look forward to raising further funds running up to the General Election and beyond” said Mr. & Mrs. Hodson.
A record amount was raised from the Northern Parishes Branch of the South Ribble Constituency Labour group on a fun day enjoyed by all.
22nd September 2009 HELPFUL LOCALS Source: Hubmaker Media
I would like to thank the 3 local people who stopped & gave me assistance after I'd been knocked off my disability scooter on Station Road today (22 September).
It's lovely to know that my neighbours care for others & make the time to help. I'm pleased to say that, after a check-up at A&E, I am no worse for my fall & my dog, Basil, has completely forgotten his close shave!
Thanks once again.
September 2009 HESKETH BANK VILLAGE SHOW Source: Hubmaker Media
Best In Show - A. Roe
Flowers & Plants - B. Sparkes
Floral Art - M. Taylor
Vegetables Professionals - H&J Scambler
Vegetables Amatuer - A. Roe
Homebaking & Preserves - C. Smith
Arts & Crafts - J. A. Bennett
Photography - B. Sparkes
Eggs - H. Jackson
Childrens under 5 - H. Hemsworth
Childrens under 8 - M. Rimmer
Childrens 9 plus - M. Hesketh
Childrens all ages - C. Wrigley
September 2009 PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT! Source: CFAG Press Release
The next Hesketh Bank family fun night promises to be even better than the last with the introduction of Play your cards right!
Residents of Hesketh Bank are invited to attend the monthly Friday Fun Nights at the village hall, which feature a disco, karaoke, quiz and bingo and the organisers have just announced a special cash prize for Play your cards right.
The events are organised by Hesketh Bank Community Facilities Action Group (CFAG) and Village Hall and proceeds will go towards refurbishments.
Tony Earles, spokesperson for the group and DJ for the events said “We want villagers to come along, get into the community spirit and enjoy each others company. The September event was great and we thought we’d spice Octobers up with more chances to win with Play your cards right, which everyone can get involved in.”
The Friday Family Fun Nights take place on 9th October, 6th November and 4th December, the Village Hall 7-11pm, entry is £5 for adults (under 16’s go free) and includes entry for the quiz and bingo. Bring your own picnic and drink!
September 2009 MYeRSCOUGH ANNOUNCE FOOTBALL
COURSES AT HESKETH BANK Source: Hubmaker Media
College have announced that football courses will be run at one
and two year the 3G All Weather facility on Station Road. The
one and two year full time courses, First & National Diploma
in Football Studies will begin in September.
for any interested in participating on either course will be held
at the 3G All Weather Centre on Tuesday 1st September and Wednesday
2nd September from 11.00am - 1pm.
First Diploma Football Studies
This course provides a comprehensive
induction to sport and football. It is extremely popular with
school leavers who want to combine practical based training with
sound theoretical knowledge.
As well as having plenty of opportunity
to participate in sports activities, students undertake six taught
• Health, Safety and Injury
• Practical Sport
• Nutrition for Sports Performance
• The Body in Sport
• Technical skills and Tactical awareness for Sport
• Fitness for Sports Performance
Course Length - 1 year full time
Entry Requirements - Students need
to be aged 16 and over and have some level of achievement in their
GCSE’s, or relevant Further Education Qualifications.
Progression - This course would
be an entry qualification for progression to the two year National
Diploma course Sport and Exercise Studies or National Diploma
National Diploma Football
This 18 module course is designed
for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of the
sports industry, with a specific focus on football and football
coaching. The course encourages the development of playing skills,
whilst also providing a good foundation in training, tactical
and coaching techniques.
The course areas covered are:
• Psychology for Sports Performance
• Sports Nutrition
• Training and Fitness For Sport
• Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
• Analysis of Sports Performance
• The Athlete's Lifestyle
• Working with Children in Sport
• The Body in Action
• Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
• Sports Coaching
• Talent Identification and Development in Sport
• Sports Injuries
• Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
• Sport and Exercise Massage
Course Length - 2 years full time
Entry Requirements - Four GCSE’S
Grade C Or above, including Maths and English Language or an Intermediate
Level Course (e.g First Diploma at Merit or above) or equivalent
How to apply for these courses
- Tel Ritchie Semple, Coordinator of Football Studies on 07909921551
or e-mail rsemple (at) myerscough.ac.uk
August 2009 HELP NEEDED FOR HESKETH BANK
SILVER BAND Source: Hubmaker Media
Hesketh Bank Silver Band are looking for individuals
or groups of people who are interested in assisting their local
The bandroom, down Station Road, has been recently renovated however
there is all sorts of jobs to assist with. e.g. sorting music,
arranging programmes, sorting band jackets, general organisation
of the bandroom, handing out/collecting in music. The band would
be very appreciative of anyone who could help out.
Also, if any local social groups or organisations
are looking for tasks/activities for their group, the band would
love to work in partnership with you.
Contact Katie Spencer at spencergals (at) hotmail.com or 07730
August 2009 SPEED CAMERA DAMAGE 'NOT SUSPICIOUS' Source: Champion Newspapers
Officers from Lancashire Constabulary have said
this week that they are not treating damage to a speed camera
near Holmeswood as suspicious.
Insp David Robinson told The Champion on Monday
(August 23) that police officer's covering the force's Southern
Division had inspected the damaged camera, on the B5246 between
Rufford and Mere Brow, but believed a passing vehicle may have
caused the damage.
"The police attended just before 3pm on August 23 to investigate
a damaged speed camera but the circumstances surrounding the incident
are still being investigated," he said.
Tim Barnacle has lost 9st in weight so he can
sail his very own Nordic ship on lakes and rivers across the country.
Named as Slimmer of the Week on a regular basis by his local slimming
club, Mr Barnacle said: "I can now sail her without the risk
of her capsizing."
Tim stores 'Ratatosk' - named after a Norse
red squirrel - in his back garden in Hesketh Bank. The 20ft (6m)
boat has cruised across the Marine Lake in Southport, meandered
down River Blackwater in Essex and sailed round Tatton Mere in
He bought the boat from a craft shop in Formby
in 2000 - "I'm desperate to know where she was built, when
she was built and her whole history really. I believe she is about
20-years-old and modelled on a Viking ship dating back to the
6th August 2009 500 SCOTTIE DOGS TO ATTEND BRETHERTON EVENT Source: This is Lancashire
Around 500 Scottish terriers are set to gather in a Chorley village this weekend to raise awareness for an animal welfare scheme.
This is the second year that local Scottie enthusiast, Cath Marchbank, from Bretherton will be holding the fundraising event in her own back garden after years of working for Scottish Terrier Emergency Care Scheme STECS, a charity which rehomes over 100 neglected Scotties a year.
Mrs Marchbank herself owns eight Scottie dogs from the programme and works tirelessly to promote the cause all year round.
She said: "Last year’s event was great fun and we’re confident that this year will be just a successful.
"We’ve got dog owners, and their four legged friends, coming from all over the UK to visit and they’ll be plenty of fundraising activities running throughout the day to help raise awareness and support for our charity.
3rd August 2009 DATA PROTECTION WARNING Source: Lancashire Trading Standards
Companies need to be alert to the fact that DPA Registrations (Data Protection Act Registrations), giving a PO Box address in Blackpool, has been sending notifications to companies throughout Lancashire requesting a fee for assistance in registering their business with the Information Commissioner.
The DPAR is not an official agency and businesses are under no obligation to register with this company.
Although it is a legal requirement for most organisations processing personal data to register with the Information Commissioners Office, this is easily done by calling or emailing to request a registration form, and costs only £35 for a business to register itself. More information is available on www.ico.gov.uk or by contacting the ICO on 01625 545740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
30th July 2009 HESKETH BANK FUN NIGHTS ANNOUNCED Source: CFAG
Residents of Hesketh Bank are in for a family fun time with monthly Friday Fun Nights at the village hall. The evenings of disco, karaoke, quiz and bingo will start on Friday 4th September.
Organisers, Hesketh Bank Community Facilities Action Group (CFAG), have committed to running regular events since the storming success of their ‘one off’ events in 2008. Tony Earles, spokesperson for the group said “We want villagers to come along, get into the community spirit and enjoy each others company.”
He went on to explain: “The 2007 Parish Plan survey showed that a high percentage of the resident wanted a wide variety of community facilities available to them in the village. With this in mind CFAG was set up and to date the group has produced a full colour 2009 calendar featuring activities in the village and organised a number of one off events.
“Our current concern is that the Becconsall Pub is closed and we have lost a place for villagers to get together. Therefore we are putting on these events in conjunction with Hesketh Bank Village Hall to trying to offer a local family night out.” The Friday Family Fun Nights take place on 4th September, 2nd October, 6th November and 4th December, the Village Hall 7-11pm, entry is £5 for adults (under 16’s go free) and includes entry for the quiz and bingo. Bring your own picnic and drink!
For more information see the Local Events page or contact Diane Earles 07850 802 899 or email diane(at)dianeearles.co.uk
30th July 2009 PRESTIGE 'BARBIE' HORSEBOX FOR KATIE PRICE Source: Lancashire Evening Post
Katie Price is in the pink – and it's all thanks to Prestige Horseboxes of Hesketh Bank.
It took the Moss Lane firm two months of hard work in top secret to handcraft her latest purchase – a custom-built £120,000 "Barbie" horsebox. The eye-catching luxury van was delivered to Katie, aka Jordan's, Brighton home personally by David Beckett, the general manager.
29th July 2009 WHAT’S HAPPENING TO “THE BEC”? Source: The McBride Family
Is it, Good Bye to The Becconsall forever and Hello more Houses?
How sad for Hesketh Bank if so. The Becconsall used to be the heart of our village...what happened? The death knell of The Bec, impacts the whole community. If you care about this too, please read on...
Dear Village Friends,
I am writing on behalf of Mrs McBride and family because we care about Hesketh Bank, The Bec and hope you do too. It’s got to the point where we feel compelled to say something before it’s too late. My Mum feels very sad and upset about how The Becconsall Hotel has been allowed to go so far down hill and is now derelict and closed. We are increasingly concerned, especially after the recent break into the pub and the little railway shop. Neglected, the Bec, once the happy heart of our village, is falling into rack and ruin before everyone’s eyes, yet we say nothing. How very, very sad.
Mum and Dad retired from running The Bec, 22 years ago. After 25 years of loving care, hard work and happy memories, it’s hard to watch this lovely historical building die a slow, lingering death and not be upset. The Pavilion Dad built is vandalised and destroyed, the flowers gone, the beautifully kept Bowling Green ruined, turned into a football pitch, car boot sale venue and is now overgrown.
Could it get any worse? Yes, it could. The Bec is owned by Twirl International based in Panama City... not very local. Rumours abound and it could be D Day for The Bec, if faceless developers are allowed to knock this lovely historical building down, to cover the land with yet more houses. Money! Money! Money! In whose pockets? As a community, do we simply know the PRICE of everything, yet the VALUE of nothing? Again, how very sad, especially for future generations.
Once it’s gone, it’s gone! That lovely building, the green space and your village heritage, wiped out forever. Please ask yourself, “Is this what I want for my village? Is it a step forward, or a step back?”
For those villagers who remember the many happy times at The Bec, are you sad too? How will you tell your children The Bec has gone, because we took it for granted, then all stood by and said nothing.
For those new to the village, when you chose to move here, you may have driven past The Bec thinking, what a lovely building, that pub could be fab! Don’t you feel sad too? The Bec was fab and encouraged community spirit. A locals pub at the heart of our village, with a history of village weddings, parties, christenings, an Egon Ronay recommended restaurant and everyone enjoyed spending time there. Maybe they could again.
We invite you to consider this, even though the days of big pubs have gone, if you knew it was possible for the whole community to come together, the old HB families and new villagers, to “SAVE THE BEC!”, bring it back to its former glory for the benefit of all the community, what ideas might you be open to, or suggest? There are 3- 4000 people in HB and each one has a voice. Your voice counts! Unless you are happy to risk seeing The Bec destroyed and replaced by houses, it’s time to use your voice now. It’s not enough just to complain to each other, together as one, we potentially have up to 4000 voices which can make quite a noise to the powers that be!
What are we waiting for? What a shame if we stay silent until it’s too late and shame on us, if we let The Bec just die without even trying to save it.
We suggest it’s time to consider some new possibilities as a community venture. Everything has to start somewhere and together we may find a practical realistic solution.
For example; Perhaps The Bec could be bought by the community, to become a fabulous Community Social Enterprise and create more jobs. Part pub, restaurant, function room, hotel with facility for children, and special focus on supporting older and disabled locals. Imagine Hesketh Bank taking the lead with innovative ideas for other villages to follow!
What are your ideas? This village is full of hard working, talented people, full of creative ideas, let’s bring them together and create something fantastic as a community! Let’s put Hesketh Bank on the map for recreating The Bec as a wonderful legacy for everyone to be proud of and future generations to enjoy!
Do we have any right to complain, if we choose to ignore the reality of what is happening around us, yet still sit back, say and do nothing constructive? If you care about this community too, it’s time to take action. It’s time to speak out, before other faceless people decide for you what will happen next. Dad flew in Sterling Bombers in the war, he put up the first flag pole in Hesketh Bank and flew the Union Jack with pride outside The Bec, let’s fly a flag for The Bec again now! Wake up Hesketh Bank! We invite you to take action today before it’s too late.
How? It’s easy! If you are concerned about the possibility of destroying The Bec to build more houses, just choose any one, or all of the following:
1/ You could...Visit Carl at: TOP SHOP Newsagents HB to sign a Petition: “SAVE THE BECCONSALL FOR THE COMMUNITY!” (It takes 2 mins). Or, Pop your ideas re The Bec, into the suggestion box there.
2/ You could... Speak to Ian Cropper Parish Clerk: Tel: 01772 978256
23rd July 2009 CHURCH STEEPLE FUNDRAISING BOOK SALE Reporter: Ian Wells
Sharp eyes will have spotted the ladders on the south side of the Steeple at Holy Trinity Church. They have been there for some time, first for a routine inspection, then for a full engineering survey, and will now be used as the problem is made good. The supports under the tiles have to be replaced, and the top of the spire with the weathervane needs attention.
Work on the Steeple at Holy Trinity, Tarleton, has just started and well over half the expected bill of £15,000 has already been raised.
Money has come from Parish efforts, including an open day, a very successful jazz concert, and the Open Gardens Day, and with a grant of £2,500 from the LCC Gateway scheme, that leaves less than £5,000 to be raised.
On Saturday 8th August, from 10am to 2pm, there will be a second hand Book Sale in the Parish Room (at the south-east corner of the church: the opposite side from the school and back from the road.) There will be hard backs and paper-backs, including some classic Penguins and Pelicans; prize winning fiction; the usual detectives, thrillers, and romantic novels; children's books; general non-fiction, and cookery, craft and gardening.
17th July 2009 SPORTS HALL SUMMER OFFER Source: Tarleton High School
Tarleton High School have launched a summer special offer - Hire the Sports Hall for just £10 per hour between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
The offer is available between Wednesday 22nd July and Wednesday 2nd September. Please ring 01772 817907 for more details and terms & conditions.
The swimming pool will also be available for public use; please click on the link below for the summer opening times.
15th July 2009 SWINE FLU UPDATE - THS AUTHORISED ABSCENCE Source: Tarleton High School
Following indications that a small number of pupils and staff were displaying swine flu-like symptoms yesterday, we liaised with the North West Health Protection Agency. We were asked to send you a letter from Dr John Astbury, who is the Consultant in Health Protection. As you will see in that letter, the advice from the Health Protection Agency is that the school should not be closed because such action would fail to reduce the spread of the virus within the community or to pupils and staff.
A number of parents have contacted the school to inform us that they would prefer not to send their children to school during the current time. Clearly, such a decision is only for parents to make, however, if you should take that decision then we will authorise the absence. I would be grateful if you could inform us when you take the decision to keep your child at home so that we can amend our attendance records.
Our ability to keep Tarleton High open is pre-dominantly dependent upon the effects of the virus upon the staff. As of today, four members of staff have reported illnesses which suggest swine flu-like symptoms though only two have been definitely diagnosed as having the virus. We are monitoring closely the effects of the virus on both the pupils and staff. If we reach a critical point at which we have insufficient staff to safeguard the children’s welfare then I may have to close the school either partially or in full. If that occurs then I will inform you immediately of the consequences of that decision.
May I remind you of the advice from the Health Protection Agency that, providing they are well, pupils should continue to attend the school as normal. If, however, pupils show fever or flu-like symptoms they should stay at home and you should contact NHS Direct on 08454647 or their GP by phone for advice.
14th July 2009 TARLETON JOINS GREY SQUIRREL CONTROL ZONE Source: Formby Times
Red squirrels are bouncing back from the verge of extinction with conservationists reporting the region’s population has survived a savage 85% decline to between 100 and 150 since 2006.
The controversial culling of grey squirrels responsible for the reds’ decline is being extended with the control zone around the Formby Point reserve being more than doubled to take in St Helens, Kirkby, Ormskirk, Burscough and Tarleton.
Joshua Perry, of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, said: “Until now all has appeared doom and gloom – but at last the reds are fighting back.
“For the first time we are seeing not just a stabilisation in their population, but the signs of growth.”
13th July 2009 HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRM SWINE FLU Source: Hubmaker Media
Tarleton High School have today confirmed that a member of staff has been clinically diagnosed as suffering from swine flu.
The Health Protection Agency has concluded that as swine flu is now present and spreading locally it recommends that the school should not be closed as this would fail to reduce the spread within the community.
Children who are suffering flu-like illness should stay off school for a minimum of seven days from the beginning of their flu symptoms and not be sent back to school until they are fully well.
4th July 2009 HIGH SCHOOL MEMORABILIA SOUGHT Source: Tarleton High School
We are a small group of staff and pupils at Tarleton High School who would like to find out about its history. Do you have any photos or memorabilia (old exercise books or items of uniform maybe?) from days gone by at the school? What was the uniform like? What subjects did you study? What buildings were there? What rules do you remember? What happened when rules were broken? What were lessons like? What were the highlights?
We are especially interested in the first decade of the school, when it opened at Tarleton County Secondary School in the 1960’s. Were you among the first pupils? We are also interested in memories from the 1970’s and 1980’s.
If you can help in any way, possibly even be willing to visit the school and talk to pupils sometime, then please get in touch.
Any photos can be sent to Ms Lund, Tarleton High School, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, PR4 6AQ. We can be e-mailed on email@example.com or telephoned on 01772 812644. We hope to begin our project on Tuesday 14th July.
Leisure Lakes has won its appeal to allow motorbikes to be used on the site in Mere Brow.
The enforcement notice has been quashed and the permission from the council comes with various conditions including the provision of car parking at the site and specific times when the bikes will be able to race.
The site should be used only for motorbikes, quad bikes, 4x4 buggies, 4x4 road vehicles and motorcross training bikes.
However, Leisure Lakes lost their appeal to allow land to be used for storage and caravans for war games and re-enactments by the Phoenix Rebels Western group.
2nd July 2009 MANOR GARDEN MUSIC FESTIVAL Source: Hubmaker Media
Rock, indie, jazz, acoustic and folk bands are gathering in Hesketh Bank for a repeat of last year’s highly successful Manor Garden Music Festival.
As well as being a well known horticulturalist, Keith Dickinson was a huge fan of live music, and attended countless festivals and concerts throughout his life. So last year when he lost his battle with a brain tumour, his family and friends rallied round to organise a music festival on the land behind his house in Shore Road, Hesketh Bank, to raise money to support further research into the illness.
This year they are building on the success of the first event to continue to help Marie Curie Cancer Care and The Brain Tumour Trust, and keep Keith’s memory alive. Around 20 bands and musicians will entertain the crowds at two stages between midday and midnight on Saturday July 18. Keith’s gardens will also be open, and a range of craft, produce and health stalls will sit alongside children’s entertainment and games.
A range of food and drinks will be on sale, including a tea and cakes stall and a licensed bar, with profits going to the charities.
LINE UP SO FAR...
Jackpot Golden Boys
Jelly’s Last Jam
Jump in the Woods
The Scurvy Dogg
What The Funk
Resuss JUST ADDED!
Loveless JUST ADDED!
Alan St John
Tickets are £5, from the ticket line 07932 586287, Top Shop newsagents in Hesketh Bank, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the gate for £7.50. More details about the festival and the latest line-up news can be found at myspace.com/manorgarden.
2nd July 2009 GYMNAST CLUB MEDALS WIN Source: Tarleton High School
Tarleton High School Gymnastics Club recently entered their second gymnastics competition in Eccleston and the 38 gymnasts that took part won a very impressive 30 medals! This is just after 11 gymnasts previously won 6 medals on the first competition they entered.
All the gymnasts did extremely well.
Club Coach, Julie Sawyer was full of praise and delighted at the well deserved success. The club will have future competitions in its sights!
Tarleton High School Gymnastics Club is open to all young gymnasts from pre-school upwards with no experience necessary. With 7 classes per week, new members are always welcome. Please call 01772 817907 for more information.
1st July 2009 YOUNG AT HEART CLUB Source: Press Release
Would you be interested in joining a new “Young at Heart Club” in Hesketh Bank aimed at providing an opportunity for people who don’t “get out much” to meet together?
The Club will meet at Hesketh Bank All Saints Church hall on a Tuesday afternoon each week; we are holding a launch meeting at All Saints Church Hall on Tuesday 14th July at 1:30pm.
We will be serving refreshments and then holding a short meeting to agree the Club’s Constitution and elect a small committee to run the Club. Once established, we will be able to apply for grant funding to help us run activities for members.
The aim of the Club is to enable everyone who comes along to meet new friends and get out of the house for a couple of hours each week, We hope to have some fun, and be open to new ideas from anyone who might like to come along and suggest them.
We plan to run a variety of activities and have demonstrations of various kinds or simply just have a cuppa and a chat. If the club takes off we can discuss together what else we all might like to do. If you are interested in joining, please ring Pauline Sutton on 01772 813424
Boys and Girls - Under 6,7,8 & 9 age groups (Current School Years, Reception, 1, 2 & 3) are invited to attend coaching sessions to be held every Thursday evenings @ £3 per child at 6-7pm on the excellent 3g All Weather Pitch at Station Road, Hesketh Bank with a view of forming teams at under 7’s & under 8’s and joining the existing under 9’s squad for season 2009-10.
Also required any budding coaches to help run the teams. HBAFC will fund the Level One FA Coaching QualificationFor Further Information Contact: Paul Sergeant 814009 or Mobile 07713 158393
19th June 2009 MIDSUMMER BALL A SUCCESS FOR HB SCHOOL Source: Friends of All Saints Primary School
Almost £4000 was raised at a Midsummer Ball held by Friends of All Saints, Hesketh with Becconsall C of E Primary School. The event, held at Mere Brow Village Hall, was heralded a great success. Guests were greeted with the photographer, Michele Lund, and a Champagne Reception sponsored by H. Edmondson of Hesketh Bank.
Everyone enjoyed a wonderful evening of dining, dancing and fundraising with some competitive bidding in the Auction. The lucky winners in the Grand Draw are looking forward to their stay at the Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale.
Headteacher, Lawrence Smye-Rumsby, says 'The event was so well organised and had quality written all over it. Everyone, without exception, enjoyed themselves.'
Summer Ball Organisers:
Vicky Andrews, Liz Odgers, Jillian McKean, Kate Robinson and Janet Pope.
1st June 2009 'BUY A BRICK' RAFFLE Source: Maureen Baldwin
Hesketh Bank Village Hall
Registered Charity No 521118 'Buy a Brick' Raffle Tickets
£5.00 per book or £1.00 each
One prize only of £100
Winning Ticket to be drawn at Hesketh Bank Village Show 19th September 2009
(Monies raised will be used for the refurbishment of the Village Hall)
Tickets available from Country Garden, Top Shop, Shore Road Post Office
or Village Hall Committee Members
Promoted by Maureen Baldwin, 5 Rankin Avenue, Hesketh Bank Preston PR4 6PA
27th May 2009 LOCAL MP EXPENSES Source: Hubmaker Media
2nd Home Allowance
Stationery & Postage
22nd May 2009 WEST LANCASHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBERS EXPENSES Source: Hubmaker Media
The total sums paid by the District Council to each Councillor in the financial year 2008/2009 are as follows:
AINSCOUGH, C S
ASHCROFT, C I
BAILEY, R M
BALDOCK, J T
BLAKE, M D
COLLINSON, R J
CROPPER, W J
DUFFY, D M
FORSHAW, M H
FOWLER, A P
FUREY, N S
GARTSIDE, P H
GRANT, I D
GREENALL, P V
GRICE, S J
GRIFFITHS, D J
HAMMOND, R G
HANLON, S J
HENNESSY, N J
JONES, S J
KAY, J J
LEA, P N
MCKAY, D I
MEADOWS, D J
NOLAN, R B
O'TOOLE, D M
OWENS, A E
PENDLETON, R A
POPE, E G
PRATT, G E
RICE, A T
ROBERTS, G M
ROBERTS, J A
ROBERTS, W G
STEPHENSON, D J
TATTERSALL, M H
VICKERS, A D
WEST, D M E
WESTLEY, D A
WESTLEY, F M
16th May 2009 LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS EXPENSES Source: Hubmaker Media
Members' Allowance Scheme 2008/09 - payments
Travel & Subsistence
M R BARRON
T E BURNS
T W BURNS
M C CALVERT
M P CASE
C W CHEETHAM
W J CROPPER
W B DWYER
K R ELLARD
P R ELLIOTT
H W GORE
C J HOLTOM
A W JEALOUS
A P JONES
S J LARGE
R J LAWRENSON
M E LIVESEY
J D MEIN
D M O'TOOLE
E A OADES
L T ORMROD
V A PATEL
R A PENDLETON
N D PENNEY
A E PIMBLETT
K V RILEY
G W ROPER
S J SERRIDGE
T E SHARRATT
J S SHEDWICK
R H SHEPHERD
S A SHORROCK
J S SUTCLIFFE
M J WELSH
D M WHIPP
B J WHITTLE
G A WILKINS
R A WILKINSON
F J WILLIAMS
V M WILSON
J E YATES
K A YOUNG
16th May 2009 COMERCIAL DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR MICHELLE Source: Hubmaker Media
'Low Load' driver Michelle Cubbin, from Delta Park, Hesketh Bank is winner of the ‘Commercial Driver of the Year’ Award
The winners of the second annual MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards were announced recently, highlighting the successes of the women who are making strides in this dynamic and global industry which has been traditionally dominated by men.
Michelle Cubin, Low Load Driver for J. Mallinson (Ormskirk) Ltd was chosen as the winner in the ‘Commercial Driver of the Year’ category in these prestigious awards, presented at a luncheon ceremony held at the Marriott, Grosvenor Square, London last Thursday.
Michelle started working for Mallinsons as a temporary summer job but her diligence in these early weeks meant she was taken on permanently by the Company. Michelle really feels that she has shown strength of character and determination, being the first female in this role within the company, proving to her employer that she can step up to the challenge and thus being accepted by her colleagues. Michelle is highly motivated and has put forward ideas to encourage retail staff in warehouses and shop floors to have open days where they can try out driving vehicles for the day and have the opportunity to apply for licences and funding.
15th May 2009 LEISURE LAKES WIN FOOTBALL APPEAL Source: Southport Visitor
ADULT football will return to Leisure Lakes after campaigners won a legal battle with West Lancashire District Council.
Football was banned from the site last October after West Lancashire District Council planning officers received complaints from a number of local residents. No planning consent had ever been granted for adults to play football on the Tarleton site but permission was granted for children to play football there earlier this year.
Leisure Lakes appealed against the planners’ enforcement notice regarding adult football and learned this week they had been successful. However, a government planning inspector has ordered that if Leisure Lakes does not carry out works to re-locate the pitch then adult football should cease once again.
11th May 2009 YOUR BAND NEEDS YOU! Source: Hesketh Bank Silver Band
Your village band, The Hesketh Bank Silver Band, are looking for new support and players.
The band rehearses on a Thursday at 8pm till 10pm, playing a vast range of exciting music. We are based next to the village Library and Happy Day’s. We are currently looking for, Trombone, Baritone, Bass, and percussion. A highlight of our playing calendar is the Botanic Gardens Concerts in Churchtown, the band will be playing on Sunday 30th August 2009 at 2:15pm.
If you are interested in learning to play or joining the band please contact Neil Walsh on 07890967115 or come and listen to one of our practices’.
8th May 2009 STATEMENT RE PROPOSED FENCED BALL-COURT Source: Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council
Some confusion seems to exist regarding the proposal to erect a fenced "Ball Court" between the old Library Building and the Band Room at the Village Hall site on Station Road, Hesketh Bank.
In October 2008, the possible opportunity arose to build a Ball-Court in Hesketh Bank through a partnership with West Lancashire District Council and a £58,000 grant from the Big-Lottery; as such a Ball-Court had been envisaged in the Village Hall Committee's plans for the redevelopment of the complete site, a bid was put in which subsequently proved successful.
As mentioned above, a Ball Court had been featured in the Village Hall plans and when an exhibition was staged at the hall two years ago, the plans were viewed with enthusiasm by many members of the public. The inclusion of a Ball Court by the Village Hall Committee had been in response to an identified need for a facility for younger teenagers.
The "REAL" survey carried out in 2004 and the "Parish Plan" survey carried out in 2007 both identified a total absence of facilities for younger teenagers.
The Police, at a PACT meeting at the time, showed their general support for the scheme acknowledging that it would be a useful asset although a formal request for support was not requested or received.
In view of the above, the Parish Council were delighted to have secured the Grant on behalf of the Village Hall and started to determine a way to proceed. It was decided that a consultation exercise should be carried out and the residents of Station Road between Chapel Road and The Nurseries were written to by hand delivered letters; in addition, an article asking for comments and/or help was placed in the Council's newsletter which is distributed to 92% of Hesketh Bank households and is also made available in "Top Shop" and the Shore Road Post Office. The consultation letter clearly stated that as well as informal use, play workers would visit the site to assist in managed sessions and also train local volunteers. The letter also stated that should the scheme proceed, lighting and CCTV would be installed.
A total of four objections were received from the whole village; sadly, no offers of help were received despite the large number of responders to the Parish Survey who believed that Hesketh Bank was short of such facilities.
The objections can be summarised as follows:-
Facility not needed because of the new nearby Sports Centre being built - The Sports Centre is for organised sport and training:The proposed Ball Court is for play and recreation.
The Ball Court will bring people together - This is the purpose of the Scheme.
General complaint re the existing condition of the site - The proposed Ball Court is part of the Village Hall's ambitious plan to radically improve the site.
The scheme will generate noise in the evening -It has already been agreed that the site would be closed at 9:00pm. The possibility of fencing the complete frontage is being looked into with a view to locking gates at 9:00pm
Existing nuisance from youths with bikes, scooters etc. - By tidying the site, adding facilities, increasing security with fencing and gates and monitoring (including the adjacent football ground) with CCTV, the Village Hall would hope to turn a problem area into a village asset.
Car Parking spaces will be lost - The designated car park (18 spaces) is to the rear of the Band Room and is untouched by the proposed Ball Court. In addition, it is planned to place additional car parking at the front of the building.
Another site should be used - Neither the Council nor Village Hall Committee have other sites available and none have been suggested by objectors. At present, the Parish Council has, on behalf of the Village Hall, applied for Planning Permission to install the facility. Members of the public are now free to notify their views or concerns to the Planning Officer at West Lancashire District Council (Application number 2009/0314/FUL).
If Planning Permission is granted, the minutiae of managing the facility will be fully reviewed in the light of comments received before any work is undertaken.
In offering to provide and manage this facility at considerable personal commitment, the Village Hall Committee have willingly responded to the need expressed by a large number of residents of all ages and the Parish Council has similarly responded by agreeing to provide financial backing.
7th May 2009 PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING APPLICATION 'CONFUSION' Source: Hubmaker Media
Station Road residents have spent two consecutive nights trying to establish the facts about the new Fenced Ball Park proposed for the car park between the Village Library and Band Hut.
The proposed site of new Ball Park at Hesketh Bank - "No parking spaces will be lost"
The proposed site is known to the Police as a hot spot for trouble and has previously had to have all the seating removed to discourage youths gathering there. Residents also recall the infamous
£8,000 Youth Shelter which the Parish Council installed
on the same site but removed it after
only a few weeks following a surge of vandalism
and anti-social behavior in the area.
After a frustrating 'Public Participation' session at the Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council on Tuesday night residents were out in force at last nights PACT meeting to directly challenge the Police over the claim made by the Parish Council that the facility had the full backing of the police.
PC Corrigan confirmed his support for the proposed facility on condition that it was supervised when in use, locked when not in use, floodlit and had monitored CCTV installed. To avoid any later misunderstandings, PC Corrigan assured residents that these conditions of support would be re-iterated to the Parish Council.
Residents claim that the planning application submitted by the Parish Council requests a facility that has fundamental differences to that described in earlier public consultation. They also claim that the concerns they previously raised had been swept aside. The issues raised about the application included:
The planning application claims neighbours have been consulted about the proposal - Neighbours claimed that they have not been consulted about this proposal as it is fundamentally different than anything discussed previously - The application is now for open access in addition to supervised access
No indication or limit on hours of use is offered in the proposal.
There is no mention of the promised CCTV in the application
The proposal claims that column mounted floodlights already exist on the site - the site has a single lamp-post.
Although being built on the car park, the proposal claims that the construction of the facility will not reduce car parking.
Local residents vowed to challenge their Parish Councillors to explain the 'factual oversights' in the planning application at the earliest opportunity.
One resident said "The village already has a similar facility to that proposed next door but one. Another ball park hidden behind the Village Library will add little to the village other than worsen the problem of anti social behavior."
Another added "It is an incredible lack of joined up thinking that has the Parish Council halving on site car parking to just 18 spaces at a time when the Village Hall Committee is proposing to expand their facilities to hold ballroom dances once the Compton Organ is in place. Do they not understand that this will push car parking onto Station Road further inconveniencing local residents and creating a hazard for both traffic and pedestrians".
A final comment was "It really is time the two groups worked together and came up with a plan to develop the whole site for the community rather than this continuing spend of public money on niche self interest projects".
7th May 2009 West Lancs 'Poor Relation' on bus pass scheme Source: Hubmaker Media
Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, yesterday raised the matter of concessionary bus travel schemes and the potential
for fraudulent issuing of tickets by bus companies in Westminster.
She said "My aim is for pensioners to get a fair deal on concessionary transport. Older people in West Lancashire look on with envy as their neighbours in Wigan and Southport travel for free on buses and trains, often into West Lancashire. They, too, would like the chance—and the choice—to hop on a train and visit their friends and relatives and to take full advantage of the social and leisure opportunities in Liverpool, Southport and Wigan.
I have taken to the streets alongside local pensioners, and our petition has collected more than 2,500 names, which shows clearly the strength of local feeling. We have met council officials to discuss the issue, and pensioners have protested at the district council’s budget meeting, holding posters saying, “We don’t want to be Merseyside’s poor relations”, but all to no avail."
On the claims of fraudulent bus tickets being issued she said "I am aware that bus companies are issuing tickets to concessionary passengers that do not reflect their journey. In a more reprehensible practice, bus drivers issue tickets from a pre-printed roll.
I often joke that, as a new MP, I was not issued with the two things that I would have found most valuable: tarot cards and a crystal ball. However, it seems that that is not so for some bus operators. Are they telling me that they are able to predict each customer’s journey in advance, thus allowing them to pre-print their tickets? I would be surprised if that were so. I have complained to local bus operators about these practices and their response has been to change their ticketing policy so that the ticket states the destination. They no longer issue tickets from pre-printed rolls. I have made statements in the local press to raise awareness of such practice and encouraged people to complain if it happens to them."
She continued "Lancashire county council’s internal audit report on the matter was supposed to go to committee on 30 March, many months after the matter was brought to its attention, but there is still no news, no understanding of the scale of the problem, and no idea of the action to be taken or how quickly. The council must act soon to ensure that it gets real value for every pound that it pays, especially if it is underfunded, as it claims. There is no question but that those practices must be stopped."
For a complete transcript of the debate click here
4th May 2009 HB AFC ANNounce death of Club Secretary Source: Hesketh Bank AFC
Hesketh Bank AFC is deeply saddened to announce the death of the club secretary Don Hand. Don died peacefully in hospital following a short illness. He leaves his wife Sandra, son Paul, daughter Debbie and granddaughters Jade, Danielle and Abbi. The funeral is at Southport Crematorium on Friday 8th May at 1pm.
4th May 2009 WATER SUPPLY FAILS AGAIN Source: Hubmaker Media
Residents are again without a water supply this morning after a burst at the junction of Southport Road with Pool Hey Lane in Scarisbrick. At the time of writing this report (7:30 am) United Utilities cannot confirm when the supply is likely to be restored. Postcode areas PR8, PR9 and PR4 are impacted.
9:30am Update - A temporary supply is being put in place to restore water supplies.
4:00pm Update - Repairs on the water main are ongoing
1st May 2009 BOOTHS SUBMIT NEW PLANS FOR HESKETH BANK SITE Source: Hubmaker Media
Booths have submitted a new planning application for their intended Hesketh Bank store. The details can be seen on WLDC Planning ref: 2009/0435/FUL
1st May 2009 POLICE SEIZE STOLEN CARAVANS AT LEISURE LAKES Source: Southport Visitor
POLICE officers have recovered eight stolen caravans worth a total of £100,000 from the Leisure Lakes in Mere Brow, Tarleton.
Officers seized a stolen caravan located at Leisure Lakes Caravan Park at Mere Brow. Following a search of the site a further seven were discovered.
The caravans have been stolen from various locations in the UK. Officers believe sold on by the thieves to innocent members of the public who have been duped into buying them.
25th April 2009 HESKETH BANK HOME FOR COMPTON CINEMA ORGAN Source: Hesketh Bank Village Hall
When Chorley Compton Organ Society was asked by Chorley Borough Council to take their 1938 Compton Cinema Organ out of the Town Hall the society thought that another venue for the instrument would never be found. But the organ, which started life in the Grand Cinema, Lord Street, Southport, has found a home at Hesketh Bank.
Hesketh Bank Village Hall is currently embarking on an extensive refurbishment programme of the back hall, which will see an organ chamber and additional storage facilities added to the current building. Bricking out of the building will provide a modern, up to date image for the hall. Additionally, with an Interior redesign the hall will provide a wonderful venue for the Compton, with hopefully a sprung floor to ensure that dancers will have the best facilities possible.
The Society is currently running monthly ballroom dances [see the local events listings] at the nearby All Saints Hall, with music provided by an electronic instrument. This new venue for the Compton will provide a facility that will enable the Society to up-grade the instrument by adding extra ranks, which will provide a more varied sound worthy of being played by top professional organists. Once the upgrading of both the organ and the village hall has been completed the building will be a splendid venue for concerts, dances, organist training and practice and one day, hopefully, a community cinema.
All these plans will require considerable investment. However the end result will be a facility that will be a credit to the community and a valuable resource in a rural area and to reflect the change of home for this beautiful instrument the Chorley Compton Organ Society will soon change its name to ‘West Lancs Cinema Organ Trust’.
Anyone interested in this project should contact
Maureen Baldwin (Treasurer, HBVH) on 01772 814457 or
Helen Sephton (Secretary Chorley Compton Organ Society) on 01772 812296
21st April 2009 HELP REQUESTED Source: Hubmaker Media
Locals have recently been asked to help out with three topics:
John Dickinson is seeking any old photos of the Bernard Dickinson Shop which was originally located at what is now the Bang Bang Outfitters before relocating to the Mission Room on Hesketh Lane. More....
John Curran who is the Chief Flying Instructor at Sligo Aero Club in Ireland is trying to locate Margaret Coulton who was related to a Capt. Arthur Wignall who was killed in an air accident in 1984. A 25th anniversary commemoration service is to be held next weekend. More....
Carolyn Gander is researching her family history and has written in for assistance with any information relating to the Miller Family who lived in the Plox Brow / Coe Lane area of Tarleton. More....
Local clay pigeon shooting organisers want to calm residents’ fears over a planning application for their club to continue shooting at their Dib Road site in Hesketh Bank.
Derek Webster of Webton Field Sports said: “We have applied to use the site for seven days but we only intend on using it as we have been using it for the last 10 years."
“We want to have shooting on Sunday between 11am and 3pm and we would like to use it on other days depending on whether we have groups booked in. But we wouldn’t use it every day.”
The application was made after West Lancashire District Council wrote to Webton Field Sports bosses, Derek Webster and Chris Houghton, and landowner, George Bond, telling them to stop shooting on the site.
9th April 2009 HB RAILWAY JOINS FORCES WITH FRENCH RAILWAY Source: Ormskirk Advertiser
The West Lancashire Light Railway, based on Station Road in Hesketh Bank, has joined forces with the Rillé railway, near Tours in the Loire valley.
The two railways are remarkably alike – both were founded by enthusiasts, the West Lancs in 1967, the Rillé in 1977; both are run by volunteers and supported by a relatively small association, with the West Lancs currently made up of 107 members and the Rillé of 130 members; and both are built to the same gauge, or near enough for the same trains to run on both railways.
Both groups also have similar collections of historic locomotives. The West Lancs currently has four steam locomotives in working order and three undergoing restoration, whereas the Rillé has two operational locomotives and two more undergoing restoration.
Residents are asked to be wary about a CCTV installer currently operating in the Preston area and believed to be targeting sheltered accommodation.
Three men have been knocking on doors with a view to selling and installing a CCTV camera which they claim will allow residents to view who is at the door via a link to their TV set. They all wear ID badges on yellow neck-straps, leading residents to believe the men were from the Council.
Elderly residents are told lots of people are having the installations in their area, and are pressurised into having the work done even if they say they are not interested. A camera is then installed in the porch and a wire is sent through the UPVC doorframe, along the carpet, into the lounge and then connected to the TV.
The charge is £300 cash and only basic, handwritten receipts are issued.
Before leaving one resident's house they said they would be back the following day to finish off, but they did not return. The system does not appear to be working at the moment and the workmanship is of an extremely poor standard. No Cancellation Notice was issued to the resident- a criminal offence.
Descriptions of the men are as follows
The “Electrician” – 40’s , 5 ft 8,slim build, short dark hair, fawn coloured jacket
The “boss” – 40’s ,shorter, medium build , leather jacket (shaded brown) , dark hair
3rd man – taller 5ft 9 – 6ft , thick set, fair skin, fair hair, navy blue suit, brief case
We advise residents never to deal with cold-callers, to ensure you obtain full name, address and landline details from all workmen, and to double-check identification and references from other customers- do not assume credentials are genuine. Also ensure any price you are quoted is fair and genuine by obtaining estimates from other traders, and by ensuring the work agreed and the price to be charged is written down on a quotation before you agree to the work starting.
Consumers agreeing to deal with traders where the contract is agreed at the consumer’s home should be aware that they will have a seven-day cooling off period to cancel any work agreed to, or any purchases made over £35, although in certain circumstances the customer may have to pay for any goods installed or work carried out so far. Also be aware that the contract will not be enforceable against the customer unless information about your right to cancel is given in writing.
Please refer any complaints and further information to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If there is any threat or fear of burglary contact the police at once.
25th March 2009 NIFTY FIFTIES SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER Source: Hubmaker Media
Following on from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics look out this year for the Special Olympics which are to be held in Leicester between the 25th - 31st July.
Mark Goulder, a local lad from Banks is representing us at Botcia (an Italian version of bowls). Mark belongs to the Southport and Formby Special Athletics Club, run by Chris Ratcliffe, which meets every Sunday morning at the Southport College Sport Centre between 10 and 12 am (new members are always welcome).
Gareth Sweet, chairman of the 'Nifty Fifties" fitness club in Banks says:- " Mark comes to our club along with his Mum and we are all so proud of his acheivements that we want to raise money to help Mark and other members of his club with the cost of their stay in Leicester. We are holding a fundraising coffee morning at the Meols Court Centre, Swartzman Drive, Banks on the 28th April from 10 - 12am and we hope to get as many people as possible to meet Mark and learn all about the Special Olympics"
19th March 2009 APPEAL FOR 'PINK TIE & TIARA' SPONSORS Source: Hubmaker Media
Tarleton Young Farmers are desperately seeking Table Sponsors, Raffle Prizes and donations for the auction for the annual "Pink Tie and Tiara" Dinner Dance to be held Saturday 29th Auguust.
The Dinner Dance will be held at Waterfront Suite in the new conference centre attached to Southport Theatre with this years chosen charity being Derian House Children's Hospice.
The dinner dance held last year raised almost £3500 for Tarleton Young Farmers which included a £900 donation to the North West Air Ambulance. The Young Farmers organisation is solely financed through the clubs fundraising activities such as fetes, shows and social events.
Organiser, Amy Foster said "Business’s that sponsored us last year, said it was great advertisement and thought it was well worth it. We would really appreciate both previous and new business’s to get involved and help us to reach our target this year.
If you can help with any sponsorship, prizes or donations or require any further information please contact Amy on 07872 998892
18th March 2009 22-1 CHELTENHAM CHAMPION TRAINED AT SOLLOM Source: Champion News
Punjabi, the horse who made headlines by winning the Cheltenham Champion Hurdles as a 22-1 outsider was born to be a star, his former owner says.
Captain Jim Wilson bred and trained Punjabi on his farm in Sollom, near Tarleton, before selling him to renowned trainer Nicky Henderson two years ago.
He was "elated" when the six-year-old won last week's famous race, delighting bookies by beating 6-4 favourite Binocular.
17th March 2009 AWARD FOR TARLETON HIGH SCHOOL PROGRESS Source: Hubmaker Media
Tarleton High School, a Community Technology College, received a prestigious award last week in London. The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust held a celebration dinner to recognise schools that have achieved high performance in their 2008 GCSE results. The Specialist Schools and Academy Trust recognised Tarleton High School as one of the top 21 schools which had made most progress between 2007 and 2008. The pupils at the school had achieved 70% five or more A*-C including English and Mathematics representing an increase of 18% over twelve months
The dinner was held at The Royal College of Physicians on Tuesday 10th March and the guest speaker was Dylan Wiliam, Deputy Director at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Elizabeth Reid, Chief Executive of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said:
“High performing schools are playing a major role to ensure that every young person receives an education fit for the challenges of the 21st century. I congratulate these schools, their teachers and students for this significant achievement and the contribution they make to their local communities. By partnering with other schools and sharing best practice through the SSAT’s networks, they are also helping to deliver improvements across the country.”
Anthony Hardiker, Headteacher, said: “This award recognises the consistent hard work by the staff and young people who deserve this accolade. We believe that helping young people to achieve this benchmark enables them to safeguard their future in an increasingly challenging world. I would like to thank the young people, their parents, staff and governors for their immense contribution in making the school so special.
I was very proud to represent our school and it was a great privilege to receive the award on behalf of everyone at Tarleton”
13th March 2009 DOORSTEP TRADERS WARNING Source: Lancashire Trading Standards
Residents are advised that doorstep sellers have been operating in the Longton, Hutton and Penwortham areas of Preston, also in the Ormskirk area, in the last few days, selling tea towels and other items door to door. The group consists of a number of salesmen in yellow high-visibility jackets who will split up to cover a residential area, telling consumers they are trying to go straight after a spell in prison. They visit houses at up to 9 pm at night.
Anyone who pays cash at the door for any purpose should be aware that they are advertising that they keep cash in the house to any unscrupulous workmen and salesmen who may be around. Residents should also be careful not to let watchers take note of wallets, tins etc where cash is stored.
Although we have no information to suggest these particular traders are breaking the law, we strongly advise consumers never to deal with cold callers. However, consumers who do should be aware that they will have a seven-day cooling off period for any purchases made at the door costing over £35. Also be aware that a contract for over £35 will not be enforceable against the customer unless information about your right to cancel is given in writing.
Please refer any complaints or information about any doorstep practices including high-pressure sales techniques, claims that the trader's livelihood is in danger, refusal to leave when asked, or ignoring 'No cold calling' stickers in windows to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If there is any threat or fear of violence contact the police at once.
27th February 2009 ALL WEATHER PITCHES OPEN FOR BUSINESS Reporter: Paul Sergeant
Local footballers now have new facilities available in the form of all weather football pitches on land adjacent to the Centenary Sports Ground at Station Road in Hesketh Bank.
The pitches are normally set for five a side with three individual pitches but can also be played combined for seven a side games.
This new development is by the owners of 3G All Weather Football Ltd & Isherwood Investments Ltd, Mark and Sally Atkinson. Their son George plays junior football and they were well aware that facilities have been unavailable in the surrounding areas for football teams, soccer schools and schools in general.
Hesketh Bank Association Football Club and owner of the land, Ernie Wignall, first approached the new owners about the possibility of using the land at Hesketh Bank for such a facility. The new owners then approached Taylor Contractors and Envirolawn Sports to build a state of the art Football Facility of which they are all very proud to be involved with and when the project is completely finished with the club house, a gym, and changing facilities it will no doubt be of benefit to all, especially the people of Hesketh Bank and surrounding areas.
The superior advanced XPS synthetic grass surface offers outstanding playing characteristics with a sand / rubber infill specifically designed for football and five a side centres.
From early bookings and interest it looks likely that the new facilities will be very popular with local football teams and schools.
The new facilities are open from 9am to 10pm seven days a week - whatever the weather. Bookings may be made online from their website www.3gallweather.co.uk or by freephone 0800 612 6472. All the pitches are floodlit.
26th February 2009 SHORE ROAD MAN Faces 84 Charges Source: Lancashire Evening Post
A man accused of working as an equine vet without qualifications has been charged with 84 offences.
Merseyside police have charged Russell Lewis Oakes, 42, of Shore Road, Hesketh Bank with 84 offences relating to fraud by false representation as a medical doctor, fraud by false representation as a veterinary surgeon, deception, sexual assault, cruelty to animals, perverting the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice. The alleged offences relate to a period between October 2006 and March 2008.
Oakes is bailed to appear at North Sefton Magistrates Court on 20 March.
Joanne Conroy, aged 39, of Shore Road, Hesketh Bank, Preston, has been charged with perverting the course of justice and was bailed to appear before the same court on the same date
18th February 2009 Great British Fish and Chip Supper – Friday 15th May Source: Press Release
Want to do something different? Want to raise money where you live or work? Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 15th May 2009 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA’s information and support services.
You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre.
SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 7 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will raise at least £35.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA.
In 2009 SIA will celebrate its 35th Anniversary and being that Friday 15th May 2009 is Spinal Cord Injury awareness day and what a better way to raise funds than eating Fish and Chips and raising money for SIA.
The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to lead independent lives.
Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.
Donor Development Officer, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family. We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group.
2009 is the first year that SIA are running the suppers but we already envisage this to be one of our top fundraising initiatives in the SIA calendar over the coming years. Be a part of something special and make a real difference to help spinal cord injured people gain access to the information and support they need to enable them to live full and independent lives.”
27th January 2009 Man arrested after Hesketh Lane crash Source: Southport Visitor
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a road collision in Tarleton last night left the road blocked and two people seriously injured.
The incident happened at 8.30pm on Hesketh Lane, when a silver Subaru Imprezza collided with a green Volkswagon Polo.
The male driver of the Polo was thrown from the vehicle upon impact, suffering cuts to his left leg and serious strain injuries to his left side.A female passenger was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be cut free by Lancashire Fire and Rescue.
20th January 2009 FARMER'S MARKET POLL RESULTS Source: Hubmaker Media
The results of a recent poll carried out by independent researchers regarding the Farmer's Market were accepted by Tarleton Parish Council at last night's meeting.
Whilst the Parish Council have stated that they will not be running any further Farmer's Markets themselves, the market research will be used if a planning application is ever submitted by a third party to continue running Farmers Markets within the village.
15th January 2009 DAVID BORROW RAISES LOCAL Flooding ISSUES Source: Hansard
Following on from the local public meetings, South Ribble MP David Borrow has raised the issue of flooding and drainage in Westminster.
The Adjournment Debate covered many of the issues perceived as contributing to the problem (sewer capacity planning and maintenance, watercourse maintenance, the planning process) and the agencies who have responsibility for aspects of the problem (United Utilities, Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council, South Ribble Council, West Lancashire Council).
14th January 2009 COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME DRIVERS REQUIRED Source: Media-Newswire
COMMUNITY Car schemes across Lancashire are asking public spirited individuals to put their New Year's resolutions into action and become a volunteer driver.
Lancashire County Council provides funding for thirteen Community Car schemes across Lancashire and urgently needs drivers to get involved in order to continue providing this vital service. The schemes are run by a team of local volunteer drivers and provide a service for anyone who is unable to access public transport.
Volunteer drivers use their own cars to travel within a twenty mile radius from their home and receive support towards running costs which comes from both fares and from Lancashire County Council. Drivers are not tied to any regular commitment - as a volunteer the only commitment is when you agree to make each trip.
Elaine Winrow, Community Transport Co-ordinator said: "This is the perfect time to put your good intentions for the new year into practice to meet and help people in your local area. If you enjoy driving and want to use some of your spare time then we want you to get in touch with us. The Community Cars scheme not only makes a difference to the lives of our passengers but also our volunteers who enjoy getting involved."
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, Cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “This is a great chance to do something rewarding and help residents in your community who can’t get out and about easily to take part in a wide range of activities, including access to social clubs, shopping, leisure, visiting friends and family, or even to provide a link to access public transport.”
The Community Car schemes are currently recruiting in the Lune Valley, Lancaster, Morecambe, Over Wyre, Garstang, Kirkham, Tarleton, Hesketh Bank, Parbold, Eccleston, Wheelton, Withnell, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, Burnley and Pendle, so if you have a little time to spare and would like to help please contact 01772 536778 for more information.
13th January 2009 Mobile PhoNE StOLEN IN HESKETH BANK ATTACK Source: Southport Visitor
A teenager had his mobile phone stolen after he and his friends were assaulted by a gang of men on Saturday night (January 10).
The incident happened at around 7.30pm outside the Spar shop on Station Road when a group of friends were attacked by five men who pulled up in a 'distinctive' Vauxhall Corsa.
8th January 2009 TAX REFUND SCAM Source: Lancashire Trading Standards Service
Fraudsters are targeting taxpayers with thousands of scam emails in the run up to the 31 January Self Assessment tax deadline HM Revenue & Customs said today.
HMRC also warned the public to be aware of further fraudulent attempts to obtain personal information after the 31 January deadline has passed when many people will be waiting to hear about genuine tax refunds. The scams tell the recipient they are due a tax refund and ask for bank or credit card details so that the fictitious tax refund can be paid out.
HMRC is also aware of a growing number of telephone scams with fraudsters posing as tax officials arranging rebate payments.
All customers who provide their details to the fraudsters risk their accounts being emptied and credit cards used to their limit. The victim also risks having their personal details sold on to other organised criminal gangs.
HMRC strongly advises:
that any email appearing to originate from HMRC and which offers a tax refund should be forwarded unopened to email@example.com
Do not click on websites links contained in suspicious emails or open attachments.
6th January 2009 UNGRITTED ROADS & Pavements "TREACHEROUS" Source: Hubmaker Media
A Moss Lane electric pole was sheared off at its base overnight by a car skidding on the sheet ice that has formed on the road after days of sub zero temperatures and without any winter maintenance. Many other of the main roads in the area remain untreated with roads and pavements now being described as "treacherous".
Lancashire County Council are responsible for gritting the roads and pavements. LCC Councillor Malcom Barron has recently asked for Moss Lane to be included on the gritting schedule as it is a bus route. He said today "we will continue to ask for Moss Lane and Gorse Lane to be a priority. We have also asked for provision of salt bins for footpaths for the area after some people complained about slipping".
However the cold snap has provided a bright start to the New Year for our local builders merchant with Altys reporting sale of two pallets worth of bagged Rock Salt yesterday.