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TARLETON AND HESKETH BANK
NEWS ARCHIVE - 2014

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14th December 2014
Hesketh Bank schoolgirl walking thanks to Mawdesley charity
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A schoolgirl from Hesketh Bank with special needs hopes be roller skating this Christmas thanks to the help of Rainbow House.

Katy Cookson, nine, was just a baby when she was diagnosed low muscle tone, epilepsy and global developmental delay.

But since attending Rainbow House in Mawdesley from the age of three, Katy’s life has changed.

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14th December 2014
Photo circa 1948/9 shore road C of E school
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Raymond Banister has submitted the following School Photo...

Hesketh Bank C of E School circa 1948

Raymond writes "Dear Editor, herewith  a photo of the past, circa 1948/9 C of E school, Shore Road. I am the one with the cricket bat."

"The people I remember, long time ago, are as follows. Front from left, Brian Eaton, the three girls I do not remember although I think one is my sister Mildred (FORSHAW), John Watkinson, Stanley Banister, unknown.

Back row from the right, Robert Eaton, John Coulton, Ken Measham, Ray Banister (me), Peter Watkinson, girl I cannot remember, Richard Cropper, behind Alec Baxter, unknown, unknown, Robin Iddon I think."


12th December 2014
Man targeted Booth's ‘after owner’s brag’
Source: Blackpool Gazette

A man who said he targeted Booths supermarkets after seeing the owner of the chain interviewed on television claiming to be rich has escaped a prison sentence.

Ian Coates told police he stole from the stores after the owner bragged he was “so rich he could afford anything.”

Coates, 42, of Brade Street, Southport, pleaded guilty to three offences of theft.

He was sentenced to 12 months supervision and ordered to pay £413 compensation by District Judge David Scanlon sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Coates was seen on CCTV stealing £150 of food from Booths in Hesketh Bank on October 31, but got away without being apprehended by store staff.

Click here for the full Blackpool Gazette story


7th December 2014
Village Maritime HISTORY DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE
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Maritime History of Tarleton and Hesketh BankDavid Edmondson has spent many years compiling "The History of Tarleton & Hesketh Bank and their Maritime Past" and has kindly agreed to make his work to date available as a download from this website.

We hope to make available future revised editions as and when more information is added.

The book is available as a 5,121kb pdf download by clicking here

If you have any observations, comments or additional information David would love to hear from you. His contact details are listed in the preface.


15th November 2014
CALL FOR SUPPORT FOR WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN
Source: West Lancashire Borough Council

West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership is supporting a campaign which calls on men to take a stand against domestic violence.

The White Ribbon Campaign is an international campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women. Organisers say that men need to join women and women's organisations in taking action to end the problem.

Over the last 12 months, 154 cases of domestic abuse in West Lancashire have been taken to court.

The Liberty Centre – formerly known as the Domestic Violence Support Services (West Lancashire) – helped 637 women and families between April and September 2014. Many of these were referred there by the police or other agencies, while others came themselves.  More than a third of them were deemed to be at a medium or high risk of domestic violence, and the centre is currently supporting 159 families.

The Liberty Centre offers a number of services to support victims of domestic violence, including a refuge for emergency accommodation, outreach services in the community, counselling, early intervention for young people whose mothers have been the victims of domestic violence, legal and welfare benefits advice and groups sessions to help victims move on. The centre’s helpline is Helpline number is 0808 100 3062.

White ribbons will be on available for a small donation from the Liberty Information Centre, Park Road, Ormskirk.

Click here to read the complete WLBC article

For more information on the White Ribbon Campaign please visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk


5th November 2014
SUZANNE's SEASONS IN A MAGIC WOOD
Reported by: i2i Publishing

Generations of children throughout the country are growing up entirely unaware of the wonderful natural world. 

Seasons In A Magic Wood by Suzanne WilsonSuzanne Wilson of Hesketh Bank has performed an invaluable service in addressing this problem with her delightful country tales that she hopes will arouse their interest in the secrets of the flora and fauna to be found just outside our towns and cities.

The book is divided into the four seasons so that teachers may use it during each main school term: likewise parents or grand-parents in the holidays.

Despite working part-time in the very different world of accounting, Suzanne Wilson was always determined to indulge her childhood interest in nature by writing this book.

The study of horticulture encouraged her engagement with the natural world and eventually she ran courses at a local agricultural college in Lancashire where she now resides.

Previously she lived in six different counties of England and spent fourteen years of her life on the Algarve.

She has also been a Special Needs teacher and shares, with her second husband, a family of six children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


12th November 2014
TCP Hold Their Own Remembrance Day Service
Reported by: Tarleton Community Primary School

Yesterday, Tuesday 11th November, the children and teachers from Tarleton Community Primary School made their way to the school hall to hold a very special Remembrance Day Assembly.

The Assembly was a culmination of all the hard work the children had done on Art Day the previous Monday where the whole school took part in various art activities and projects relating to the 100 year anniversary of the start of WWI.

Tarleton Community Primary School Remembrance Day Assembly

Placing a poppy wreath at the TCP remembrance assemblyIn the assembly, which was lead by head teacher Mrs. Angela Fleming, children read poems they had written and each class laid a poppy wreath that they had made at a model ‘Cenotaph’ which had been created by the Art club run for the Able, Gifted and Talented artists within the school. And of course a  minutes silence was observed at 11:00am.

Mrs. Nicky Forder, the Art subject leader said, “The assembly was a fantastic way of remembering this very special anniversary and also celebrating the wonderful art work that our children had created especially for the occasion.”

The school Eco Committee also laid a white rose in honour of those soldiers who returned from war with injuries and a white rose bush will be planted in the school garden to commemorate this event.


10th November 2014
BANK BRIDGE (A59) Repairs
Source: Lancashire County Council

Bank Bridge on the A59 near Tarleton has been badly damaged after being struck by a vehicle over the weekend. 

The incident has left a gap in the parapet wall on the Preston bound side of the bridge. For safety the road is currently being restricted to one-way traffic controlled by temporary lights while Lancashire County Council engineers carry out urgent repairs. 

Staff have been working hard over the weekend to recover the fallen stonework so that the damaged wall can be reconstructed as soon as possible. As the bridge is a Grade II listed structure, much of the original stonework will need to be reused. 

Engineers are now working to complete the job as quickly as possible, with the bridge due to be fully reopened by Friday 14 November. Drivers are asked to consider using other routes if possible to avoid delays, particularly during peak times.


10th November 2014
BANK BRIDGE A59
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Temporary traffic lights and emergency repairs on A59 Bank Bridge between Coe Lane and B5247 Carr House Lane.

A vehicle has collided with the bridge over the weekend and it is expected the restrictions will be in place until Wednesday at the earliest.


5th November 2014
TCP Glee Club Ready to Hit The Stage!
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The newly formed Tarleton Community Primary School Glee Club have certainly got their work cut out, with an ambitious plan of events this year. Having only been in rehearsals for two weeks they gave their first performance at the TCP Open Day for prospective new pupils on Friday 10th October (see photograph), but Glee Club director Philippa Russmann has her sights set on much bigger things for her 46 strong choir of children (with a few teachers thrown in!)

The Glee Club is an entrant in this year’s ‘Last Choir Singing’ competition organised and sponsored by True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners, and the children are working extremely hard for this event. Since becoming the ‘Glee Club’, earlier this year, the choir has doubled the number of children involved, and it is clear to see that a passion for music is in Philippa’s blood. Her mother is a singer and her father a professional guitarist. Philippa began singing and playing the piano when she was 4 years old, so it is no surprise that the choir has developed the way it has in her capable hands.

Tarleton Community Primary Glee ClubPhilippa and the children are very excited to be part of the ‘Last Choir Singing’ competition. The competition takes place in the spring and there are prizes of between £250 and £1000 to be spent on music for the winning schools. ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to showcase their talent and give them a sense of achievement and pride,’ says Philippa, but their plan to perform doesn’t stop there.

They are also joining in with Young Voices this year. This gives the choir an opportunity to sing with a live orchestra and 8000 other children at the Phones4U arena in Manchester. They are currently rehearsing the songs like mad for this...2 down, 13 to go, so they have a lot of hard work ahead of them, and to give them plenty of practice, they are also planning to do some more singing in the community this year - for example singing carols at the local nursing homes and performing at various community events this Christmas. Along with the carols they are learning a variety of pop and classic songs...this year they will also be learning to sing in Latin!

Tarleton Community Primary School is very proud of its new Glee Club. Both Philippa and Head Teacher, Angela Fleming, feel that it is very important for schools to offer children the chance to develop their singing ability. Philippa says ‘The children are utterly amazing and step up to the challenge each week of learning new songs and singing in 2-part harmonies. I can honestly say that I couldn't be more proud of them or thankful for the support from their parents.’

For further information about Tarleton Community Primary School and its Glee Club, please contact school on 01772 812547.


25th October 2014
APPEAL AFTER Tarleton NATWEST ROBBERY
Source: Lancashire Constabulary

DETECTIVES are appealing for information following a robbery at a bank in Tarleton.

At around 3pm on Thursday 23 October, a man entered Natwest on Church Road and demanded money from cashiers. A quantity of cash was handed over before the man left the bank and made off in a small dark red hatchback car which is thought to have been waiting for him outside.

Officers believe there were at least two offenders involved in the incident.

The offender who entered the bank is described as a white man aged in his thirties, quite tall with a stocky build and spoke with a Liverpool accent. At the time he was wearing a grey baseball cap with a flat peak, a dark blue hoody with the hood pulled over his cap, a fluorescent yellow high visibility vest which had a hole cut out of the back, dark Adidas tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the side and dark trainers.

Detective Sergeant Peter Reil of South CID said: “The cashiers have understandably been affected by what must have been a terrifying incident for them.  Enquiries are underway and we have had a really good response from local businesses and residents so far and I would like to thank them for their help."

“We have a team of detectives investigating this incident supported by local neighbourhood police officers and I would like to reassure people that this type of offence is rare in this area.”

Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 quoting crime number SC1400487.

Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


16th October 2014
Councillors pass alty's unanimously
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

Controversial plans to build 275 homes at the Alty’s site in Hesketh Bank were unanimously passed by planning committee members last week.

Councillors were due to grant the outline planning application last month, but decided to defer their decision until this month.

The application has been amended since it was first submitted, from a hybrid application which included details of the residential development, to a wholly outline application.

Read the complete Ormskirk Advertiser article here


15th October 2014
TOP SHOP TAKES NATIONAL "best News Retailer" AWARD
Source: Love Hesketh Bank

Carl Pickering collects the Best News Retailer Award on behalfof the team at Top ShopCongratulations to Carl & Katrina Pickering and their team at Top Shop News in Hesketh Bank.

They have won Best News Retailer at The National Federation of Newsagent Awards out of 16,000 entries.

Only the best for our village!


9th October 2014
275 home plan AT ALTYS BACK BEFORE WLBC PLANNING
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

Controversial plans to build 275 homes at the Alty’s site in Hesketh Bank are due to go before the West Lancashire Borough Council planning committee tonight.

Councillors were due to grant the outline planning application last month, but decided to defer their decision until this month.

The application has been amended since it was first submitted, from a hybrid application which included details of the residential development, to a wholly outline application.

The Alty’s site is designated as land for housing and employment in the recently adopted Local Plan but councillors were concerned not enough investigation work was done by developers regarding the ecology of the site and education provision.

Click here to read the complete Ormskirk Advertiser article


3rd October 2014
MERE BROW WW1 DISPLAY AND EXHIBITION
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The collection of photographs and memories of local families relating to WW1, recently displayed in the Methodist Chapel in Mere Brow, will now be on show again.

This display will take place in Mere Brow village hall foyer from Sunday, 1st November, until Sunday, 16th November. Normal viewing and opening hours are Mon-Thursday, from 5pm. Fridays from 4pm, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm. Also Tuesday and Fridays, 9.30am-11am.

If you missed this exhibition first time around or if, indeed, you wish to have another look at these fascinating documents, please come along, and bring your friends with you - it's well worth a visit!


23rd September 2014
HESKETH BANK SHOW RESULTS
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Cup Winners for the 2014 Hesketh Bank Village Show held 20th September:

Best Exhibit Flowers and Plants: Mrs J.P. Forshaw

Best Exhibit Floral Art: Janette Bradley

Best Exhibit Fruit: David Roberts

Best Exhibit Professional Grower: Robert Ball & Sons

Best Exhibit Amatuer Gardener: Lesley Fawcett

Best Exhibit Eggs: Susan Brookfield

Best Exhibit Home Baking: Holly Kirkham

Best Exibit Arts & Crafts: Mrs I.S. Hamilton

Best Exhibit Photography: Ashley Black

Best Exhibit Age 5 & Under: Scarlett Jones

Best Exhibit Age 6-8: BenClarke

Best Exhibit Age 9-16: Michael Bennet

Best Exhibit All Children 16 & Under: Adam Gregson

Best In Show: Mrs I.S. Hamilton

Click Here for a selection of photos from the 2014 Show

DIARY DATE: 2015 Village Show - Saturday 19th September 2015. For more details about this and many more local village activites please see the Events Page

22nd September 2014
Becconsall U3A Recruits 100th Member
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Following on from its successful launch last May and the Inuagural Meeting in July, the Becconsall U3A Group, serving Banks, Hesketh Bank and Tarleton, has maintained a steady increase in membership and was delighted to sign up its 100th member at the Hesketh Bank Village Show on Saturday 20th September.

U3A sign up their 100th memberThe University of the Third Age is a national movement which encourages retired or semi retired people to lead a full and active life by joining together in all manner of activities that they choose to follow - or lead, from Art to Zumba.

Already there are more than a dozen activities on offer within the Becconsall Group. These include:

Sports - Badminton, Golf and Table Tennis,
Leisure and Recreation - Art, Backgammon, Bridge, Crafts, Gardening and Walking.
Educational - French, IPad for Beginners and Italian for Beginners

In addition, a number of outings and social activities have been organised such as a Luncheon Club, Christmas Party, Theatre Trip and Coach Trip to a Christmas Fair.

If you think you might be interested in joining or know someone else who might benefit, a warm welcome awaits at the weekly Coffee Mornings at Hesketh with Becconsall Village Community Hall from 10.00 - 12.00 every Thursday.

You can also visit the website at becconsallu3a.org


16th September 2014
Local author and illustrator Launch Children’s book
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Madeleine Goes To The Moon by Peter Lynas and Charlie RobertsFirst time author Peter Lynas, of Hesketh Bank, and recently graduated illustrator Charlie Roberts (who now lives in Darwen but grew up in Hesketh Bank) have teamed up to create their first Children’s book together titled Madeleine Goes to the Moon.

Madeleine Goes to the Moon is a rhyming picture book for younger children and is intended to be read aloud.

It is about a young girl who travels to faraway places using only her imagination (when she should probably be doing something else instead). Kiddiroo have called it “A truly magical story which will capture the imagination of every child” and online reviewers Inkspokes commented that it is “Brilliantly illustrated. A fun-filled romp through a child’s imagination!”.

Madeleine Goes to the Moon  is being published by English Rose Publishing and will be released on 26th September.

Peter and Charlie are both keen to make this into a series of books and to work on other stories together too (Peter already has several other stories completed including Madeleine’s next adventure).

If you are interested you can find out more from Peter and Charlie on their website, www.PeteandCharlie.com. Alternatively, if you already know either of them just stop them and ask!

Peter and Charlie have the following events organised where they will be available to sign any books purchased on the day and answer any questions.

Saturday 27th September: Launch event and book signing in Waterstones Preston
Sunday 28th September: Book reading and book signing in Waterstones Blackpool
Wednesday 1st October: Stall at All Saints School Open Day in Hesketh Bank
Friday 3rd October: Book reading, Q&A session and discussion with the pupils at All Saints School in Hesketh Bank
Saturday 4th October: Book signing in Kiddiroo Tarleton
Saturday 11th October: Stall at Hesketh Bank PEEP’s (pre-school) fair.
Saturday 8th November: Book signing at Kiddiroo Wrightington

Please try and attend one of them and show some support!


15th September 2014
One cyclist a day is killed or injured on Lancashire’s roads
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

The risks to cyclists have been laid bare in new figures on the rate of accidents they suffer on county roads.

Latest police statistics reveal 105 cyclists were killed or seriously hurt after collisions on the county’s roads last year.

And following a Freedom of Information request by the Lancashire Evening Post, it was revealed that overall 461 cyclists were injured due to accidents involving vehicles across Lancashire in 2013.

Read the complete LEP article


15th September 2014
HB Hermes Parcel Service unavailablE AGAIN
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There was no Hermes parcel service today at the Hesketh Bank Tesco OneStop shop due to a lack of receipts.

This latest problem with the popular servce comes after a series of failures of Hermes to collect parcels left at this location leaving local small businesses having to apologise to their customers and the Tesco shop staff having to work around a very large stack of parcels. 

Hermes were asked for comment this morning. They promised to investigate but nothing has yet been received from them.


12th September 2014
Council defer ALTY's 275 homes decision
Source: Southport Visiter

Tensions ran high at the West Lancashire Borough Council planning meeting last week as councillors discussed plans for 275 homes in Hesketh Bank.

An unprecedented six speakers gave their views on the application before councillors on Thursday night.

Councillors were due to grant the outline planning application, providing various conditions were met, but decided to defer their decision until next month’s meeting.

The Alty’s site is designated as land for housing and employment in the recently adopted Local Plan but councillors were concerned that not enough investigation work had been done by developers regarding the ecology of the site and education provision.

Mike Ellis, who was representing Hesketh with Beccon-sall and Tarleton Action group, said: “We just don’t understand how this can be a sustainable development.

“There will be trouble with traffic on Hesketh Lane, the doctors and dentists will become oversubscribed, as will the schools.

“Local opposition to this development is intense and we demand a rethink. Too much is at risk if this development is allowed to proceed.”

Under the application, Persimmon Homes hope to first develop the greenfield part of the site and then develop the brownfield site.

Andy Pepper, who represented the applicant, said: “There has been no objection from the statutory consultees. Lancashire County Council did express concerns about drainage and we’ve worked to alleviate those concerns.

“We’ve also looked at developing those areas of the site that will be less complicated to develop first, but we are committed to delivering the site as a whole. We are just working within our concerns and constraints.”

Cllr Paul Blane, who expressed his concerns over the eight additional school places allocated, said: “I have been a governor of several local schools and I think provision for just eight places is ludicrous. The area’s primary schools are almost full and I know Tarleton High is also almost at capacity. We need more time to rethink this.”

Cllr Edward Pope agreed with Cllr Blane, saying: “There are lots of unanswered questions here. I, too, can’t understand the school provision and think the contaminated land issue needs to be looked at more closely.

“We have been elected by the public and they are clearly not happy about this proposal. They are confused about this application and we need more time to look into this. “ Councillors voted and agreed to defer the application for a month.

Assistant director for planning, John Harrison said: “You have made your decision but I am at a loss as to what more information I can bring you next month.

“The applicant has provided above and beyond the information required for an outline application and these questions should be answered at the reserved matters stage.”

View the complete Southport Vister article


10th September 2014
DEADLINE FOR HB SHOW ENTRIES
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Flower arranging at Hesketh Bank ShowThere are only 5 DAYS left to get your Hesketh Bank Village Show entry forms completed and submitted!

Please send completed entry forms to Hesketh Bank Village Show, Douglas View, 21 Guide Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6XS. Please enclose your entry fee with cheques made payable to Hesketh Bank Village Show.

The final date for entry forms to be received is Monday 15th September.

Visit www.heskethbankvillageshow.co.uk to download a show schedule and entry form.


4th September 2014
Objections raised to ALTY'S 275 House Plan
Source: Southport Visiter

Plans to build 275 homes in Hesketh Bank have been slammed by two parish councils and residents who live near the site.

The proposal to build the homes on the Alty’s site is due to go before West Lancashire Borough Council planning committee tonight.

The application has been amended since it was first submitted, from a hybrid application which included details of the residential development, to a wholly outline application.

Protestors are objecting to the development on several grounds including the impact on the road network, concerns that the sewerage system is already at capacity and the impact on the wildlife that surround the site.

To read the complete Ormskirk Advertiser article click here

Update 5th Sept: At the WLBC Planning meeting on the evening of the 4th September the Alty's application was "Deferred for further information"


26th August 2014
Tarleton Council School Photograph 1958
Source: Graham Rigby

Another school photo for you to spot friends, relatives or perhaps even yourself!

Tarleton Council School photograph 1958

Tarleton Council School 1958

Back Row:
William Jones, Roberta Jones, Cynthia Crabtree, Michael Wilkinson, Barry Walker, Ann Tiffin, William Cropper, Colin Leadbetter, Valerie Trowbridge, Julie Taylor

3rd Row:
Ruth Parsons, Linda Baldwin, Pauline Bond, Jack Wilkinson, Bill Johnson, Joan Parkinson, Rosemary Johnson, Valerie Forshaw, Jean Wilson, Alan Barker

2nd Row:
Bobby Bell, June Pickavance, Bobby Banks, Margaret Harrison, Henry Boardman, Connie Melling, Stephen Rigby, Melvin Parkinson, Marjorie Oldfield, Alan Shepherd

Front Row:
Alan Rae, Maureen Ball, Philip Rigby, Elsie Kenyon, John Forshaw, Vera Iddon, Peter Coggins


21st August 2014
INTERACTIVE MAP DETAILS ROAD FATALIITES
Source: BBC

Using official data recorded by police the BBC have mapped every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010.

The map shows 73 people died on the roads of West Lancashire during this period.

Road fatalities in West Lancashire from 1999 to 2010

For more information on this and other areas please Click Here

Have your say on road safety here.


20th August 2014
LEISURE LAKES 18 HOLE GOLF COURSE APPROVED
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

A new 18 hole golf course has been given permission to open at Leisure Lakes in Mere Brow.

It is the latest in a series of plans to redevelop the recreational site, which will also see 50 chalets built in woodland, and a new central amenity building.

The complex already has a nine hole golf course and 18 bay driving range, which currently operates as Southport Golf Academy.

But bosses say the additional 18-hole course is necessary to stop young talent leaving the area.

Leisure Lakes owner Philip Whitter said: “The academy is superb, the best in the area, and we get 350-400 new golfers coming through it every year.

“The nine-hole course is fantastic to practice on, but when you get better, it’s too easy.

“We lose a tremendous amount of players to other courses, so we’re very pleased that this will allow us to attract more people into Leisure Lakes, boosting the local economy.

To read the complete LEP article click here


19th August 2014
PUBLIC NOTICE - TARLETON ENDOWED SCHOOL TRUST
Source: Secretary to the Tarleton Endowed School Trust

The Trustees of Tarleton Endowed School Trust invite persons under the age of 25 who are, or who have a parent or parents, resident within the boundaries of Tarleton Parish, and who are in need of financial assistance, to apply for a grant towards their educational (including social and physical) training costs.

Youth Clubs and similar charitable organisations, based within the Parish of Tarleton that provide services to the target group outlined above, are also welcome to apply for a grant. However, it must be noted that the Trustees will give a higher priority to individual rather than group applications.

Application forms, for individuals and groups, are available from Tarleton Library.

Completed forms must be received by the Secretary, at the address shown above, by Tuesday 30th September 2014.

The Trustees will consider all applications in early October. The funds available to the Trust are limited and if you have not heard from the Trustees by the end of October 2013 you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

The Trustees decision is final and no correspondence and/or dialogue will be entered into regarding individual applications.


13th August 2014
QUAD BIKES AND MORE AT Southport Town & Country Fair
Source: Garden Festivals Company

The ‘Adrenaline Tour’ quad-bike show: four-times more fun at the Ex-world championship motocross rider Jason Smythe will be wowing the crowds with his amazing ‘Adrenaline Tour’ at this year’s Southport Town & Country Fair at The Leisure Lakes, the Gravel, Mere Brow, on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25.

Jason performs some of his display on motorcycles but is most famous for his unique quad- bike stunts and routines – including quad freestyle, rarely seen in the UK – featuring huge jumps over ramps.

As if simply hurling himself and his machines more than 30 feet into the air, Jason somewhere manages to provide a running commentary via a helmet-mike and is able to catch items of memorabilia while airborne . . . which he later presents to the spectator who gives him the loudest cheer !

“I think I have pretty much performed all around the world,” said Jason, “But this is my first time in Southport and I am really looking forward to giving the crowd something to cheer

The three-day show runs from August 23 – 25 but Jason is only appearing on the final day – although he will be giving two performances. And when he’s not in the air spectators are encouraged to visit the ‘Adrenaline Tour’ stand to meet Jason and the team.

While organiser Kelvin Pye added: “Our move to the Leisure Lakes last year was really successful and gave us the opportunity to enlarge our Main Arena . . . and we are certainly going to need the extra space this time around.”

Building on last year’s successful formula there will be a number of themed areas within the overall site, such as:

Dog arena: fun dog shows (Sunday only 13.00), Flyball and Scurry (Sunday & Monday) plus a Siberian Husky Parade on all three days.

Creature House: ever-popular favourites include the North West Reptile Society, ‘Bug House’, Banks Homing Pigeon society, ferrets and, new-for-2014 the Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire.

There’s a veritable A – Z of Country Pursuits to be found throughout the site: alpacas (Sunday only), carriage-driving (Saturday), donkeys (Saturday and Sunday); gundog demos and scurry courtesy of the local Mere Brow Gundogs, pig racing and Indian Running Ducks racing, sidesaddle riding demonstrations (Sunday) and stickmaking.

Other attractions range from Jema Leopold’s Performing Horses and Ponies to a display of Ford side-valve vintage cars (Monday only), and from aerobic gymnastics (Sunday) to stamp collecting and air-rifle shooting.


13th August 2014
Grave at All Saints Church repeatedly vandalised
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

A heartbroken widower has spoken of his distress after his wife’s grave was desecrated.

James Blyden, 67, lost his wife of 44 years, Rebecca, three years ago. Rebecca, who died aged 61, is buried at All Saints church in Hesketh Bank.

For the past two years flowers and ornaments that adorn her grave have been consistently stolen. Her headstone was also egged on one occasion.

Click here for the full Ormskirk Advertiser article


8th August 2014
CAR JACK KILLER jailed aGAIN
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

A reckless criminal who killed a dad-of-three in a bungled airport car-jacking ten years ago is back in jail after admitting he had returned to stealing cars.

Craig Abbott, 31, was locked up in 2004 after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Michael Howard, whose car he tried to steal as the 57-year-old businessman unloaded luggage outside Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

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1st August 2014
BRETHERTON BAKERY READY TO Re-Open
Source: Chorley Guardian

A family-run village bakery is set to reopen after a truck ploughed into the shop.

The Old Bakery, on South Road, Bretherton has been closed for 11 weeks due to the severe damage.

The repair costs have totalled just short of £100,000, which included a Mercedes which was hit just before the shop.

Now, after a major refurbishment, the popular bakery will open its doors once again at 9am on Thursday, August 7.

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26th July 2014
10k VIP Charity Walk Fundraiser

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On Sunday 7th September at 11am, staff and volunteers of Villages in Partnership are undertaking 3 separate 10k sponsored walks to raise funds and will all meet up at Croston Sports Club, Westhead road.

Walks will start from our shops in Longton, Eccleston and Burscough.

We would like to invite other individuals & groups to join us.

Entry fee is £5.00 per person, which enables you to join the walk and raise money for your chosen group or charity.

For more details and an entry form, contact the shop manager, email: vip@villagesinpartnership.co.uk or telephone 01257 452698


24th July 2014
“HIDDEN GEM” GARDEN OPENS FOR CHARITY

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John and Elizabeth Caunce will open their beautiful Wild flower Gardens for the first time ever under a Charitable garden scheme and one of its beneficiaries will be the Clatterbridge Cancer Care Charity.

The event in partnership with The National Garden Scheme known as NGS Open Gardens will be open from 1030 to 5-30pm on Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th of July

All proceeds from the opening will go to the NGS and Clatterbridge

NGS Becconsall, Holmes, Tarleton, LancashireThe one acre private gardens called Becconsall in Holmes,Tarleton features wild flowers, a fountain, with beautiful herbaceous borders and raised vegetable beds along with a Rill.

The wild flower gardens are this year dedicated to WW1 and its forgotten heroes.

The event will feature entertainment over both days from 2pm with Tarleton & District Brass Band on the Saturday and climaxing with Holmes Brass Ensemble on the Sunday.

John Caunce who is also Secretary of the local Mere Brow Village Hall stated” Over the years we have raised over £5000 for various good causes by hosting smaller events in our garden but this year with the generous support of the public we aim to raise substantial funds for Clatterbridge.

We hope you enjoy our “Hidden Gem” and look forward to meeting you all”

There will be delicious refreshments of teas, cakes and wine and there will be plenty of seating inside a large marquee and outside ,and the green fingered hosts cordially invite visitors to bring chairs and rugs to sit on the lawn as well.

A resident plant and herb stall will be offering plant sales. There is ample free parking and entry is only £3-00 per adult with children free. Disabled parking is also available.

Look out for the NGS Yellow signs from the A565 – the open garden is situated on Hunters Lane, Tarleton, PR4 6JL

For further details contact Elizabeth on 07739 297 248


23rd July 2014
Casualties increase in 20mph zones

Source: IAM

The number of serious accidents on 20mph roads has increased by over a quarter (26 per cent) last year, according to analysis of government data by road safety charity, Institute of Advanced Motorists.  Slight accidents on 20mph roads increased by 17 per cent. 

In the same year, there was a decrease in the number of serious and slight accidents on 30mph roads and 40 mph roads.  Serious accidents went down nine per cent on 30mph roads and seven per cent on 40 mph roads. There was a five per cent reduction in slight accidents on 30 mph roads and a three per cent decrease on 40 mph roads.

Casualties in 20mph zones also saw a rise.  Serious casualties increased by 29 per cent while slight casualties went up by 19 per cent. 

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “The government and councils need to take stock on the effectiveness of 20mph signs.  Recent advice, guidance and relaxation of regulations has all been about making it easier for councils to put 20mph limits in place.

“More and more roads are being given a 20mph limit but they do not seem to be delivering fewer casualties.  The IAM are concerned that this is because simply putting a sign on a road that still looks like a 30mph zone does not change driver behaviour.  More evaluation and research is needed into the real world performance of 20mph limits to ensure limited funds are being well spent.  In locations with a proven accident problem, authorities need to spend more on changing the character of our roads so that 20mph is obvious, self-enforcing and above all contributes to fewer injuries.  In Europe, it is long term investment in high quality segregated or shared surfaces that have led to a much safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians.”


15th July 2014
new village trail - Walk the first mile
Source: Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council

Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council are developing a village trail, to be launched as part of their Love Hesketh Bank campaign later this year.

To get it kick started they are asking villagers to take part in ‘Walk a Country Mile’ this Sunday, following a path that will become the first part of the trail.

Marking the last day of National Countryside Week, residents are asked to report to Booths on Sunday 20 July for a 2pm start to Walk a Country Mile in support of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

“This is a great way for us to test the first part of our village trail,” said Councillor Steve Kirby, who is heading up the project “and we thought it would encourage more people to get involved in Walk a Country Mile.”

Participants are asked to donate £3 each, the walk will take approximately one hour covering 1.5 miles in total from Booths to the old church and back, taking in points of interest along the way including West Lancashire Light Railway - which is offering a free train ride if your feet need a break. Refreshments will be available upon returning to Booths.

The whole of 2014 will play host to the Love Hesketh Bank campaign in which all residents and businesses are being asked to take pride in the village and care for their surroundings.

Click here to find out more about Walk a Country Mile.


14th July 2014
all-new Country Fair Race Day!
Source: The Garden Festivals Company

And the winner by a short-head, snout, bill, nose, long-horn, antennae and even snail-shell is . . . the all-new Country Fair Race Day at the The Leisure Lakes, the Gravel, Mere Brow, on Sunday July 20, 2014.

Because ALL of them are to be found on competitors of different size and species in this fun-filled and action-packed family event.

Doors open at 10.30 and there will races at approximately 20 minutes intervals throughout the day until they close again at 19.00. There will be an on-course ‘bookie’ available for those who like a flutter – with a donation made from profits to a local charity.

On the ‘Cards’ for the day are Shetland Pony Racing, National Hunt Pig Racing – over mini-hurdles – Indian Runner Duck Racing – on the flat naturally – sheep and goat racing, ferret racing, ‘Flyball’ (team dog events over hurdles) and even Formula 5nail racing, for those who don’t like life in the fast –lane.

The show is the brainchild of local businessman Kelvin Pye, who runs the very successful Southport Country Fair and Town & Country Fairs – both of which moved to the The Leisure Lakes in 2013.

“We had pig-racing at an event I used to run in Preston several years back and it very entertaining and a real crowd-pleaser,” said Kelvin, “But as far as I am aware no one has done all these things in a single day before, so it’s a bit of an Animal Olympics. I can’t pretend Formula 5nail is the fastest or most exciting thing I have ever seen . . . but usually you can go for a cup of tea and a bit of a walk round, come back and still not have missed the finish.

In addition to the various races throughout the day there will many other displays and attractions. These will include a horse and pony ‘Liberty’ performance by circus-trained, Jema Leopold, who has been running her own display team since 2006, Stanley High School’s very own Animal Farm, Gun Dog Demo and Scurry by the Mere Brow Gun Dogs and an air-rifle shooting range.

The show is extremely dog-friendly so feel free to bring along the family’s best friend for a Fun Dog Show and have-a-go agility test – starting at 13.30 after the Fun Dog Show.

Adult tickets are £4.00, (or £3.50 if booked in advance via the Ticket Hotline on 01704 212734), OAPs £3.50, and children (over three years) £1.00 or just £10.00 for a Family Ticket covering two adults and up to three children.


9th July 2014
HOLY TRINITY BELL RINGING KIDS CLUB
Source: Southport Champion

The children at Tarleton Holy Trinity CE Primary have found a rather unique extracurricular activity.

Although they still have the chance pursue the usual hobbies such as: netball, rugby, cross country, choir, tennis and even sewing; Headteacher Stephen Smith has started up a club that every Tuesday sees the children climb into the bell tower to have a go at ringing the church bells.

Under the guidance of Father Nicholas and Father Martin the children were put through their paces and taught the skill, which dates back hundreds of years.

Stephen said: "At the moment they are just learning ‘the ropes' but will soon be ringing in rounds!"

Click here to read the full Southport Champion article


2nd July 2014
TARLETON'S WORLD CHAMPION WORM CHARMERS
Source: Southport Visiter

A family of worm charmers from Tarleton became world champions this weekend after coaxing a staggering 394 worms out of the ground.

Taking part in the World Worm Charming Championships held in Cheshire were the Bowden family – comprised of dad Andrew, mum Jayne, son Dale and daughter Georgia.

With more than 144 teams from all over the world taking part in the annual event – in a three metre by three metre square, charmers have just 30 minutes to get as many worms out of the ground as possible.

Click here to read the full Southport Visiter article


30th June 2014
NEW U3A LAUNCHED IN HESKETH BANK
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Following a successful launch meeting on 21st May, the residents of Hesketh Bank, Tarleton and Banks are all set to have a U3A to serve their own area starting with an Inaugural Meeting at 2.00 p.m. at All Saints Church Hall in Hesketh Bank on Wednesday 9th July.

The newly formed group is to be known as the Becconsall U3A and will hold regular meetings on Thursday mornings at the nearby Village Community Centre in Station Road Hesketh Bank.

U3A Launches in Hesketh BankChairman, Terry Baldwin, said, "I think there is a clear demand for a U3A in this area. The U3A movement has provided a wonderful lifeline for people who are retired or semi retired to pursue a host of educational, recreational and leisure activities with like minded folk and it also offers the companionship that everyone needs, but some people may lose after retirement, redundancy, bereavement or divorce. It can be a real life changer"

Secretary, Janet Yates added, "We already have a range of activities lined up as chosen by the people who attended the launch meeting. These include, walking, cycling, table tennis, badminton, crafts, theatre trips and choral singing. We expect to extend the number of activities after the inaugural meeting depending on what other interests are identified and who steps up to the plate as an activity leader. We have generated quite a lot of interest since the launch meeting with leaflets and displays in Tarleton Library and Booths Store in Hesketh Bank".


26th June 2014
MISSED GREEN BIN COLLECTIONS
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WEST LANCS BOUGH COUNCIL update:
If your green bin was not collected on Tuesday the advice from WLBC at 5pm this evening is to leave it out as they intend to try and catch up.

The delay is being blamed on breakdowns and traffic problems on Hesketh Lane.


24th June 2014
Tarleton High School - Class of 1965
Reported by: Graham Rigby

School Photo - Tarleton High School 1965

Tarleton High School – Class of 1965
Back Row: Robert Johnson, Graham Rigby, Andrew Bennett, Kenneth Gilyard, Roger Walker, Peter Iddon
3rd Row: Julia Johnson, Janice Iddon, Barbara Hawthornthwaite, Hazel Mook, Linda Measham, Doreen Baxter
2nd Row: Roy Becconsall, John Heaton, Tony Twist, Colin Tennant, Geoff Walmsley, Willi Flomer, Frank Somerville, Edwin Cookson, Miss McNicholls – Form Teacher
Front Row: Marion Bibby, Margaret Forshaw, Kathleen Dickinson, Glynis Elderkin, Jennifer Bassett, Margaret Iddon, Margaret Coulton, Anne Silcock, Brenda Cropper

More local photos...


17th June 2014
POWER SUPPLY UPGRADE UNDERWAY
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

A major £1million scheme to boost electricity supplies to thousands of residents and businesses is now under way .

The investment by the region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, is to reinforce the power supply to 11,800 local customers by installing 10.5km of new improved underground cables in Penwortham and Tarleton.

Both projects will help increase the reliability of electricity supplies to customers now and in the future, but will mean road disruption for several months.

Tim Groom, major projects manager for Electricity North West, said: “Both schemes are vital to ensure local residents and businesses continue to receive a reliable and efficient power supply.

“They are large projects and unfortunately there is no way to install underground cables without some disruption, but I hope drivers and residents in the area understand the need for this vital work which will benefit customers for many years to come.”

Work to install 7km of underground cable between Tarleton and Croston began on Monday, and will last until October.

Click here for the complete Lancashire Evening Post Article


7th June 2014
Public notice
Reported by: Crème de la Crème Delicatessen

It has come to my attention that the Sports Bar/Locker room of Hesketh Bank has recently been using the name Crème de la Crème delicatessen in promoting their function room facilities.

I would like to make it clear that Crème de la Crème delicatessen is not providing a catering service at this establishment.

If the general public would like to hire the function suite at the sports bar/locker room and would like Crème de la Crème to provide the catering, please call in at the delicatessen on Mark Square Tarleton and speak to us direct about your catering requirements. We will endeavour to meet all your requests, but I would stress again, unless you deal directly with the delicatessen, we are not responsible for any catering that is currently being served at the Sports Bar/locker room.

Andrew Lund
Owner, Crème de la Crème Delicatessen


6th June 2014
LEISURE LAKES WINS APPEAL FOR 49 Holiday Homes
Source: Place North West

MAZE Planning Solutions and Urban Green have secured detailed planning permission for 49 holiday homes at Leisure Lakes in Tarleton, West Lancashire, on behalf of the owner, Leisure Lakes following an appeal.

The proposed holiday homes are situated in 7.2-acres of woodland with a lakeside setting and form part of planned improvements being carried out to facilities at the outdoor pursuits, water sports and caravan park.

The site lies within the green belt and much of it is within a biological heritage site covered by a woodland tree preservation order, which planners said raised a challenging set of land-use planning issues.

West Lancashire Council refused to approve the detailed design for the holiday homes in May 2013, but the scheme has now been approved following reconsideration by a government planning inspector.

The planning inspector's decision draws a six-year reserved matters planning application process to a close after negotiations between Leisure Lakes, West Lancashire Council and Lancashire County Council faltered.

Manchester-based consultants Urban Green were commissioned in the latter stages of the project to prepare a woodland management programme, construction management plan and arboriculture assessment, as well as landscape design proposals for the holiday homes.


31st May 2014
BANK BRIDGE REPAIRS
Source: Southport Visiter

Work will take place next weekend to repair Bank Bridge on the A59 near Tarleton after it was hit by a car in March.  

Bank Bridge carries the main A59 Liverpool Road over the River Douglas. It was badly damaged when struck by a car, resulting in a length of the parapet wall being demolished.  

Lancashire County Council recovered the fallen stonework earlier this year and is now ready to reconstruct the wall.  

The road will need to be restricted to one-way traffic controlled by temporary lights while the repairs take place, but engineers will be working overnight to minimise disruption and complete the job as quickly as possible, while keeping the bridge open during the day.  

Work will start at midnight on Saturday June 7, with the road being reopened at 9.00am on Sunday June 8. Work will then begin again at midnight on Sunday June 8, with the road being reopened at 5.00am on Monday June 9.  

Click here for the full Southport Visiter article


27th May 2014
BRETHERTON BAKERY SMASH
Source: Chorley Guardian

A family-run village bakery has been devastated by a truck ploughing into the shop. Fortunately no one was injured in the early-morning incident on Saturday.

However, had it happened just half an hour later, baker Simon Moulton would have been on the premises.

Now, he is worried his business – The Old Bakery, on South Road, Bretherton – will be hit because it has had to close while the serious damage is repaired.

Mr Moulton, 46, who is chairman of Bretherton Parish Council, said it could be up to six weeks before the bakery is open again.

“Will people come back to us and the use the bakery once it’s up and running?” he asked.

Lancashire Police said a man was arrested and charged with drink driving in connection with the incident. He was bailed to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court on June 9.

Click here for the full Chorley Guardian article


26th May 2014
EU Election ResultS FOR NORTH WEST ENGLAND
Source: BBC

Party Votes % MEPs change+/-
Labour 594,063 33.86(+13.46) 3 +1
UK Independence Party 481,932 27.47(+11.62) 3 +2
Conservative 351,985 20.06 (-5.56) 2 -1
Green 123,075 7.01 (-0.68) 0 0
Liberal Democrat 105,487 6.01 (-8.25) 0 -1
British National Party 32,826 1.87 (-6.13) 0 -1
An Independence From Europe 26,731 1.52 (0.00) 0 0
English Democrats 19,522 1.11 (-1.31) 0 0
Pirate Party 8,597 0.49 (0.00) 0 0
NO2EU 5,402 0.31 (-1.12) 0 0
Socialist Equality Party 5,067 0.29 (0.00) 0 0

MEP's
  • CON Jacqueline Foster
  • CON Sajjad Karim
  • LAB Theresa Griffin
  • LAB Afzal Khan
  • LAB Julie Ward
  • UKIP Louise Bours
  • UKIP Paul Nuttall
  • UKIP Steven Woolfe

24th May 2014
Freestyle Motocross Feature at Country Fair
Source: Garden & Countryside Festivals

Freestyle Motocross has become a leading spectator attraction since it took-off just a few years ago and is now one of the country’s leading crowd-pullers.

And anyone unfamiliar with it need look no further than the new-look Southport Country Fair at the Leisure Lakes, The Gravel, Mere Brow, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 30 - June 1, 2014.

Broke FMX freestyle motocross show at Mere BrowThe Broke FMX team will be giving three, breath-taking, displays on the Sunday of the show and with the riders performing acrobatic stunts: at up to 35 feet above the ground, or around the rooftop height of an average house and over ground distances in excess of 100 feet; they will literally be impossible to miss!

And just in case you don’t believe what you are seeing the riders even provide an on-board commentary while performing some of their hair-raising stunts.  While between displays show-goers can visit the Broke FMX interactive stand, meet the riders and a get a close-up of both them and their machines.

Leader of the team, John Pearson, commented: “We have spent around ten years traveling the world, pushing the boundaries of FMX and setting new, high, standards for other motorcycle display teams to follow.

“This is our first time at Southport and we are really looking forward to putting on a show that people will remember for years to come.”

While organiser Kelvin Pye added: “Our move to the Leisure Lakes last year was really successful and gave us the opportunity to enlarge our Main Arena . . . and we are certainly going to need the extra space this time around.”

There will be a packed programme of events over all three days including: alpacas (on Sunday), bug house, Donkey Show competition and rides, ferret racing gun dog display, (Saturday and Sunday), homing pigeons, honey bees (Sunday), North West Reptile Society, Parade of Hounds courtesy of the Holcombe Hunt (Friday), rabbits, sheepdog demonstrations (Friday and Saturday), Side Saddle Association and competition, ‘Steve Woofs Beginning Dog Agility and a Dog Show and Flyball demonstration by Dogs Fun Zone (Friday).

8th Southport Country Fair - 10.00 - 17.30, Friday, May 30, Saturday and Sunday, June 1 - 2, 2014, The Leisure Lakes, the Gravel, Mere Brow, PR4 6JX.  Friday tickets just £4.00 for adults and children (over three years) FREE.  Saturday and Sunday tickets: £6.00 for adults - or just £5.00 if booked in advance via the Ticket Hotline on 01704 212734 – OAPs £5.00, children just £2.00 until 12.00 on Saturday.


23rd May 2014
WLBC Election Results
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Iain Ashcroft holds Hesketh Bank, John Mee and James Kay hold Tarleton.

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21st May 2014
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HESKETH BANK LITTER PICK
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Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council are organising a litter pick as part of their Love Hesketh Bank campaign. A village wide tidy up began in April with the embankment on Station Road undergoing a clearing, pruning, levelling and seeding operation which included replacing three dead trees and fencing repairs by Lancashire County Council.

The council is now turning its attention to the wider village area and would like as many residents as possible to lend a hand for the Litter Pick planned for Saturday 31 May.

“Not only do we just want to take pride in our village, we would really like to improve our rankings in the Best Kept Village competition this year,” said Councillor Julie Lancaster, who is leading on this project. She continued “We want to show our love for Hesketh Bank by sprucing it up before the competition commences.”

Volunteers are invited to report to the village community centre on Station Road at 09:45 on Saturday 31 May, all equipment will be provided including gloves and high visibility jackets and the litter pick will run from 10:00 until 13:00.

The whole of 2014 will play host to the Love Hesketh Bank campaign in which all residents and businesses are being asked to take pride in the village and care for their surroundings.

"Tell us what you love about Hesketh Bank on facebook.com/loveheskethbank or @loveheskethbank"


20th May 2014
HESKETH BANK AFC DO THE DOUBLE
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Hesketh Bank completed the league and cup double in the West Lancashire Football League Division One for the 2nd time since they joined the league in 1987.

They won the Presidents Cup for a record 5th time when they beat Hurst Green FC 2-1 in the final at Charnock Richard’s ground.  Pictured below is the team celebrating alongside the Clubs under 8’s team who acted as mascots for the evening.

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Two weeks later they won the title after needing to win their last game of the season. Pictured below are Manager James Smith and Captain Dan Birkby proudly holding the championship trophy aloft.

HBAFC - James Smith and Dan BirkbyThe majority of the squad have made their way up through the Junior Section of the club and they will now be promoted to the top division in the West Lancashire League which places them into the FA’s Step 7 of the National Football Pyramid.

To cap a wonderful season for the club the reserves finished a creditable 4th in their division and the newly formed Sunday Team were champions of their division in the Lancashire Sunday League.

For the record the team played 30 league matches winning 22, drawing 5 and losing just 3. They scored 83 goals and conceded 28. Leading goal scorers were strikers John Stead with 24 goals and Dan Birkby who scored 21 goals.

The Senior Section of the club is holding their Presentation Evening at the Capricci Bar & Grill Restaurant on Saturday 14th June and the Junior Section have their Presentation afternoon on Sunday 22nd June at Our Lady’s Catholic Hall.

For up to date information please visit the club’s website www.heskethbankafc.co.uk


13th May 2014
TEAM LOVANIA ON TARGET TO TACKLE 10K
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On Sunday 20th July staff from Lovania Nurseries Ltd in Tarleton will head to Blackpool to take part in this year’s Summer 10K.

Last year Lovania entered the run with 12 people taking part, this year the number has grown to 36! Organiser and team manager Paul Rossington said "Word spread around the nursery after last year’s run about what a good course and what a fun outing we had, this year when I asked who’d like to take part I couldn’t believe the response".

The team is made up of all abilities, from first time runners to those who have completed triathlons & even a marathon; and ranges from office staff to nursery employees. Even the General Manager Charmay Prout is donning running shoes for the first time!

Team Lovania will take part in the 2014 Blackpool 10k to raise money for charity

As last year, Lovania are fundraising but this year it is for to charities, both of which have a special connection with members of the team. The Central Manchester University Hospitals Trust Charity raises money to help children & their families admitted to Manchester Childrens Hospital’s ICU, in particular helping family members stay overnight at the hospital to be close to their children. 

The Multiple Sclerosis Society raises money to support those suffering from the condition and their families, and funds research into treatments and a possible cure.

Both are worthy causes, and all money raised will be shared evenly between the two.

‘Team Lovania’ as they have named themselves have set up a fundraising page (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TeamLovania), any donations made will be gratefully received.


6th May 2014
GERARD SIGNS PORTRAIT FOR BLIND VETERANS CHARITY
Reported by: Matthew Rhodes

Steven Gerard PortraitMy name is Matthew Rhodes and I'm a member of the Blind Veterans UK charity having been blinded in 1995 whilst serving with the British army. I moved to Fermor Road, Tarleton, just over two years ago.

Steven Gerrard has just signed a painting I did of him and this will be auctioned in the beginning of 2015 for my charity, BVUK.

Steven wrote this about my painting; Liverpool Captain, Steven Gerrard said: "I was really impressed with the painting and I think that Matthew did capture a good likeness of me. His talent and technique is illustrated in this piece, which I was more than happy to sign."


6th May 2014
U3A COMES TO HESKETH BANK!
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Hesketh Bank is about to open its doors to a new age of opportunity for older residents with the launch of a local U3A Group. As there is currently no U3A Group in the local area, Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council, with support from the Third Age Trust has agreed to set one up.

For those who may not have heard of it U3A stands for the University of the Third Age. The Third Age refers to the period of time after the First Age - the age of childhood dependence and the Second Age, which, for most is one of full-time employment and / or parental responsibility. The Third Age is one of greater independence and freedom to pursue activities of our own choosing. It can be a time of great creativity and fulfilment for older people.

A U3A is a learning cooperative of people in the Third Age who get together in groups to study subjects they find interesting, where learning is interpreted in the broadest possible sense with topics that can range from Art to Zumba with all manner of activities in between, including singing, dancing, walking, scrabble, trips to the theatre etc. It all depends on what activities those involved in the local U3A choose to pursue.

Anyone in the Third Age can join the U3A and this includes people who are working part time. No qualifications are needed and none are given. There is no lower age limit for membership.

Moreover, those who are recently retired, redundant, divorced or bereaved can often find themselves feeling isolated. Having a U3A Group in their local area can provide these people with the prospect of greater companionship, whilst at the same time offering the opportunity to share many educational, creative and leisure activities with like minded folk.

One in four of the UK population is in the Third Age and there are currently more than 900 U3As in the country providing for over 320,000 members - but, until now anyone wanting to join a U3A from around here has had to travel further afield to get involved, e.g. to the thriving Aughton and Ormskirk U3A, which has nearly 2,000 members and a huge range of activities.

The launch meeting will be held at 2.00 p.m. on Wednesday 21st May at All Saints Church Hall. To find out more contact Steve Kirby on 07766 367550.


28th April 2014
Hesketh bank VILLAGE SHOW SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
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Hesketh Bank Village ShowLocal gardeners, growers, bakers and crafters can start to plan which categories they are to compete in as the Hesketh Bank Village Show shedule is now available to download.

The show will be held on Saturday 20th September and will include categories for cut flowers, pot plants, floral art, fruit and vegetables, home produce, baking, preserves and arts and crafts.

For more information, a show schedule and entry forms please visit www.heskethbankvillageshow.co.uk

Download the village show schedule

28th April 2014
WLBC ELECTION NOMINATIONS
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The nominations for the West Lancashire Borough Council elections for Hesketh Bank and Tarleton wards are on our 2014 Elections page. (Please note that candidates may withdraw their nomination).

All candidates seeking election are invited to submit an election statement for publication.


14th April 2014
They Came, They Sang
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Seventy five people gathered at Holy Trinity, Tarleton on April 12th, the Saturday afternoon before Palm Sunday, to rehearse and then sing Stainer’s Crucifixion. They came from Blackburn, Bolton, Kirkham, Leyland, Southport, and places in between, with one from Edinburgh – though she has family in Preston – to join members of the choirs of Holy Trinity and St Mary the Virgin, Rufford.

The massed choristers were conducted by Canon Ian Garden (organist and choir master at Tarleton and Rufford) with organ accompaniment by retired cathedral organist Hugh Davis, and the soloists were local RNCM postgraduate student Philip Clieve, and Brian Lancaster, from Lancaster.

After an afternoon of strenuous rehearsal, the choristers re-assembled for the start at 7.00pm, and as many people again arrived to listen and to join in the hymns that are an essential part of Stainer's 'Meditation for choir, soloists and congregation.'

The event was a fund-raiser for The Leprosy Mission and raised at least £640. Ian Wells, Reader at Holy Trinity and local voluntary speaker for TLM, who with his wife Sue set up the event, said: “It was a marvellous evening: the singing was superb. One chorister said on leaving: 'It was the best performance of Crucifixion I've sung in.' A member of the congregation said quietly: 'That was very moving.' Thanks to all who took part and donated.”


8th April 2014
Hesketh Bank gets all loved up
Reported by: Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council
Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council have got all loved up and funded three new kissing gates to replace old stiles on the river Douglas path through the village.

The brand new kissing gates, which are part of a wider project to set up a village trail and ultimately a Linear Park, were installed in response to feedback from residents that the stiles were old and difficult to use.

New kissing gates for access to the River Douglas at Hesketh Bank“In this year of our Love Hesketh Bank campaign, we are pleased to be able to make such improvements in the village for the benefit of everyone who loves Hesketh Bank,” said Steve Kirby, Parish Councillor.

Aptly fitting in with the Love Hesketh Bank campaign, kissing gates are so named because their hinged part touches, or ‘kisses’, both sides of the enclosure rather than being securely latched like a normal gate. However, that hasn’t stopped the first person through such gates using them to demand a kiss in return for closing the gate for the next person to gain entry.

The whole of 2014 will play host to the Love Hesketh Bank campaign in which residents and businesses are being asked to take pride in the village and care for their surroundings.


8th April 2014
WLBC COUNCILLOR RESIGNS
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WLBC announced this afternoon that, with immediate effect, Conservative Member, Andrew Cheetham, has resigned as Councillor for the Tarleton Ward.


3rd April 2014
Badminton Players Needed
Source: HBBC

Hesketh bank Badminton Club have three teams in the Southport League and want to expand!

We are looking for new members (ladies and men) of all ages with some playing experience.

Keep fit, meet new people …..have fun !!!.

Interested? Contact John Edwards on 07801816986


21st March 2014
Cuadrilla announceMENT FOR Becconsall site
Source: Cuadrilla Press Release

Cuadrilla will be applying for an extension to the current planning permission in order to allow time to carry out measurement of the pressure of the gas in the shale rock at its Becconsall well, near Banks.

The well will not be hydraulically fractured. Following the pressure measurement programme it is planned that the well will be sealed and the site returned to its former condition next year.

Andrew Quarles, Cuadrilla’s Technical Director, said:

“A week’s work at the site is required, during which a small rig will install pressure gauges and isolate a section of the well for measurement.  The rig will then be removed and the gauges will be left in place, recording pressure for approximately 12 months. We then plan to seal and return the site to its former condition.”

The planning application for the work will be submitted to Lancashire County Council.


21st March 2014
hesketh bank cricket club sponsored bike ride
Reported by: Hesketh Bank Cricket Club

On 18th April (Good Friday) this year, members and friends of Hesketh bank Cricket Club will be participating in a sponsored bicycle ride. The route will take us from Hesketh Bank Cricket Club to Croston, Burscough, Ormskirk, Scarisbrick, Rufford, Mere Brow, Tarleton and back to Hesketh Bank and will be approximately 50 miles in total.

The club would like to take this opportunity to invite you all along to join us on the ride, and help make the day as resounding a success as last year’s event. Whilst 50 miles might sound daunting, the route has been carefully chosen to make for a fairly easy ride, and there are plenty of pubs etc dotted around the route where you can stop for valuable refreshments! This isn’t a race, and whilst some participants will be trying to beat their best times, most will be enjoying a pleasant days cycling with friends and colleagues.

The purpose of the event is to raise money, and most of our members will be getting sponsored, with proceeds going towards projects at the club, including improving junior cricket facilities and running Under 11 cricket training and teams. We appreciate however that you might wish to raise money for your favourite charity, so any sponsor money that you wish to raise through sponsorship you are free to use as you wish – all we ask is for a £15 entry fee  (or £20 on the day), which will go to the club. This covers your admission, and you will also receive a certificate on completion, refreshments for the ride, and Pie and Peas at the club after the ride! Those raising £50 or more for the club will receive a free Tee Shirt, or you can purchase one for £5.

It might be the case that you are unable to ride with us on the day, but still wish to support us, either with sponsorship or in some other capacity, such as by providing bottles of water or energy bars for the riders.  If this is the case, please contact us on one of the numbers below.

If this is something you feel you would like to be part of, or you can help us with, we’d love to hear from you; you can contact us via email on hbcricketclub@hotmail.co.uk, or through our Facebook page.


21st March 2014
hesketh bank cricket club sponsored bike ride
Reported by: Hesketh Bank Cricket Club

On 18th April (Good Friday) this year, members and friends of Hesketh bank Cricket Club will be participating in a sponsored bicycle ride. The route will take us from Hesketh Bank Cricket Club to Croston, Burscough, Ormskirk, Scarisbrick, Rufford, Mere Brow, Tarleton and back to Hesketh Bank and will be approximately 50 miles in total.

The club would like to take this opportunity to invite you all along to join us on the ride, and help make the day as resounding a success as last year’s event. Whilst 50 miles might sound daunting, the route has been carefully chosen to make for a fairly easy ride, and there are plenty of pubs etc dotted around the route where you can stop for valuable refreshments! This isn’t a race, and whilst some participants will be trying to beat their best times, most will be enjoying a pleasant days cycling with friends and colleagues.

The purpose of the event is to raise money, and most of our members will be getting sponsored, with proceeds going towards projects at the club, including improving junior cricket facilities and running Under 11 cricket training and teams. We appreciate however that you might wish to raise money for your favourite charity, so any sponsor money that you wish to raise through sponsorship you are free to use as you wish – all we ask is for a £15 entry fee  (or £20 on the day), which will go to the club. This covers your admission, and you will also receive a certificate on completion, refreshments for the ride, and Pie and Peas at the club after the ride! Those raising £50 or more for the club will receive a free Tee Shirt, or you can purchase one for £5.

It might be the case that you are unable to ride with us on the day, but still wish to support us, either with sponsorship or in some other capacity, such as by providing bottles of water or energy bars for the riders.  If this is the case, please contact us on one of the numbers below.

If this is something you feel you would like to be part of, or you can help us with, we’d love to hear from you; you can contact us via email on hbcricketclub@hotmail.co.uk, or through our Facebook page.


21st March 2014
BAND LOVES HESETH BANK
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Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council have funded smart new ties for Hesketh Bank Silver Band as part of their 'Love Hesketh Bank Campaign.  Wearing them with pride at the launch of Love Hesketh Bank last month, the band showed their appreciation for their ties by pitching up and playing one Friday night in Booths cafe.  “We were thrilled that the Silver Band could support our campaign in this way,” said Diane Earles, Parish Councillor, “which is what Love Hesketh Bank is all about.”

Officially receiving the new ties on behalf of the band that night was Peter Watkinson, President of Hesketh Bank Silver Band.  “We are grateful for the continued support of the Parish Council,” he said “and the new ties, bearing the Parish Council logo, will mean we will look the part at our forthcoming competition engagements.”

Love Hesketh Bank - Hesketh Bank Band

The whole of 2014 will play host to the Love Hesketh Bank campaign in which residents and businesses are being asked to take pride in the village and care for their surroundings.


20th March 2014
COME AND SING STAINER'S CRUCIFIXION
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On Saturday 12 April, the eve of Palm Sunday, choir members from around Lancashire and Southport, will be arriving at Holy Trinity, Tarleton, to join local choir members of Holy Trinity and The Blessed Virgin Mary, Rufford. They will be coming to rehearse for, then perform, Stainer's Crucifixion: [A meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer, with hymns for the congregation.]

Registration and rehearsal for choir members is at 2.00pm, and the performance will be at 7.00pm. This is a fund-raiser for The Leprosy Mission. The organ will be played by Hugh Davies, the soloists will be Brain Lancaster, (bass) from Lancaster and Philip Clieve, (baritone) from Tarleton, and the conductor is Ian Garden, choir master for Holy Trinity and The Blessed Virgin Mary, Rufford.

If you would like to sing with the choir, there is still time to register: ring Ian and Sue on (01772) 813267 and you'll get full details, including good places to eat in Tarleton village in the break between rehearsal and performance.

There is no need to book to hear the performance – just arrive before the 7pm start time.


17th March 2014
HESKETH BANK CRICKET CLUB SEEK NEW PLAYERS
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Hesketh Bank Cricket Club is currently looking for new village cricket players to join the club for the 2014 season.

Players are required from 13 year olds upwards for the First and Second teams that play in the Southport & District Amateur Cricket League on Saturday afternoons.

The club would really be interested in hearing from anyone looking for a change in club / scene along with any young players looking to play competitive senior cricket.

They also now have a new junior section and are looking for players for their Under 11s team.

There are opportunities for volunteer coaching roles and coaches are encouraged to enquire. For any further information e-mail hbcricketclub@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/heskethbankcricketclub or search for Hesketh Bank Cricket Club on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @HeskethBankCC


7th March 2014
Queenscourt Hospice 'MAKE A Will Month'
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Solicitors in Southport and West Lancashire have teamed up with Queenscourt and are giving their time to write a standard Will or amend an existing one in return for a donation to the Hospice.

Have you been putting off making or updating your Will? It’s a fact that over 70% of the UK population don’t have a Will, even though it may be one of the most important documents you’ll ever write.

‘Make a Will Month’ is an invaluable opportunity to help protect your family’s future. All you have to do is make an appointment with one of the participating solicitors any time between the 1st and 30th of April. The solicitor will not charge you for their time but will invite you to make a suggested donation to Queenscourt of £90 for a basic single Will or £135 for a joint Will or £40 if you require an existing Will changing.

Carolyn Lowry, Fundraiser at Queenscourt Hospice said “We are delighted to have the support of so many local solicitors for this campaign. Having a Will professionally written is such an important thing to do and the only way to make sure that your wishes are carried out after you die. This is a great opportunity and anyone taking part in Make a Will Month will enjoy the added feel-good factor of knowing they have also helped their local hospice.”

Solicitors taking part in the campaign include Breens, Brighouse Wolff, Brown Turner Ross, Cockshott Peck Lewis, Cook and Talbot, Ellen Fay, Hodge Halsall, J O’Neill & Co, Kirwans, Richard Jacklin & Co and Steve Davies Solicitors.

Ensure those you love and care about are provided for and help Queenscourt to plan for the future.

For full details please either call fundraising on 01704 417420 or visit our website www.queenscourt.org.uk


25th February 2014
ALTYS BRICKWORKS PUBLIC MEETING UPDATE
Source: Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council

Earlier this month, the Parish Council held a Public Meeting to enable residents of Hesketh Bank to tell Members of their concerns or issues regarding this proposed development of some 275 houses on the old brickworks site.

The Parish Council has today issued a report of the meeting which can be found here.


17th February 2014
COUPON SCAM WARNING
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards

Lancashire Trading Standards Service is warning Lancashire traders and consumers about counterfeit money-off coupons.

A large quantity of fake coupons for money off well known brands has recently been discovered in Lancashire. The coupons appear to be copies of genuine coupons and were purchased by a Lancashire consumer over the internet. The consumer used the coupons in a supermarket to buy groceries but when the supermarket discovered the fakes, the Police were called and the consumer's groceries had to be returned to the store.

Consumers are being warned that coupons available to buy on the internet may be fakes. If they are purchased and used to buy products in shops or supermarkets, consumers may find that they are trading an illegal product and may lose money.

Retailers are asked to be vigilant when accepting money-off coupons in exchange for products as they may not be redeemable if they are found to be counterfeit, causing a loss to the business.


17th February 2014
"Love Hesketh Bank" Campaign off to a Flying Start
Source: Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council

Love Hesketh Bank Campaign off to a Flying Start _The Love Hesketh Bank campaign was launched by Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council on Friday 14th February, Valentine’s Day. The year-long campaign got off to a flying start with local shops giving away bags, car stickers and key rings whilst sporting Love Hesketh Bank badges. Hesketh Bank Silver Band also helped villagers get into the spirit by playing on Friday night in Booths cafe. “We were delighted with the overwhelming support we got from local businesses,” said Council Chairman, Paul Sergeant. He continued “We couldn’t have asked for a better day and we’re really going to enjoy 2014 with this positive campaign.”

The whole year will play host to the Love Hesketh Bank campaign in which residents are being asked to take pride in the village and care for their surroundings a bit better.

Wearing his Love Hesketh Bank badge with pride, Top Shop News owner Carl Pickering said “This is a great idea and we’re happy to support it,” he added “I love that you can bank on Hesketh Bank.”

Love Hesketh Bank is supported by a Facebook page (facebook.com/loveheskethbank) and Twitter account (@loveheskethbank) and residents are encouraged to use them to communicate what they love about the village. In addition, activities that normally happen during the year, such as The Best Kept Village Competition, will be branded with the Love Hesketh Bank logo.


13th February 2014
CHARITY SEEKs NEW members for Board of Trustees
Source: Villages In Partnership

Villages in Partnership is the trading name of the Rural Community Partnership Trust, Charity Number 1111237, which is based in Eccleston. We work in the rural communities within the Borough of Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire. The aim of the Charity is to improve the Social, Environmental, Health and Economic Quality of Life for the residents of villages within these areas.

      • Banks, Bispham, Bretherton, Burscough
      • Charnock Richard, Coppull, Croston
      • Eccleston, Euxton
      • Hilldale, Hesketh Bank, Heskin, Hutton
      • Longton, New Longton, Mawdesley, Much Hoole
      • Parbold, Rufford, Scarisbrick
      • Tarleton, Ulnes Walton
      • Walmer Bridge, Wrightington

We also run Three Charity Shops to support the organisation.

The Villages in Partnership Board of Trustees are a group of people who are there to govern and oversee the charity’s activities to ensure we are compliant with charity law. They are also responsible for setting our short and long term strategic aims and objectives.

Our board is made up of individuals with a broad range of experience and knowledge, personally and professionally. We appreciate our board’s dedication and admire their compassionate approach to the role, which they do on a voluntary basis.

Trustee duties and responsibilities:
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the charity and is ultimately responsible for everything the charity does. The Trustees’ fundamental role is to determine:

      • the overall direction of the charity
      • provide leadership
      • uphold the charity’s fiduciary responsibilities

Villages in Partnership would like to add more Trustees to their board. By becoming a trustee you will be joining the charity at a time of growth and development. We are looking for an individual with the skills, energy and passion to assist with continuing the boards’ work in taking the charity forward. This role requires attendance at the monthly meeting of the trustees, which are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Trusteeship is a serious responsibility and should not be taken lightly. You must be prepared to give the necessary time for reading board papers, attending meetings, keeping yourself informed about the charity’s activities, and keeping up to date with regulations including charity law and company law.

For further information and details of how to apply, please contact vip@villagesinpartnership.co.uk or telephone 01257 452698.


12th February 2014
Rose bushes installed in Hesketh Bank Village Centre Garden
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Hesketh Bank Village Community Centre Garden will be much brighter this summer when four roses that have been installed will hopefully blossom.

But these are not ordinary rose bushes. Three of the rose bushes, which will bear red tea rose flowers, were re-homed from the site of Becconsall public house the day before bull dozers moved in to flatten it for Becconsall Gardens housing estate.

Village Community Centre Chairman, Anthony Earles, said “We consulted with the land owners who gave permission for us to remove the bushes and we nursed them between the demolition of the Becconsall and completion of the new Village Community Centre garden. It is wonderful to know that a little bit of our history will remain and live on in the village and hopefully bring a smile to residents and visitors.”

In addition, the fourth floral instalment is a rose named Dorothy, which the Village Community Centre has bought to plant in memory of the late Dorothy Trippier who passed away last year. Mr Earles said “We thought it was only fitting to commemorate Dorothy’s hard work as a long standing Parish Councillor and well-loved resident of Hesketh Bank in this way.”


7th February 2014
COUNCIL FREE BOILER SERVICE SCHEME
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West Lancashire Borough Council are now receiving applications for their West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme which includes free gas fire servicing, boiler servicing and free boiler replacement. The scheme runs from 20 January 2014 to 31 March 2014.

The scheme is targetted at owner-occupiers living in West Lancashire who have not had their boiler serviced in the last 12 months and who do not have a plan covering service and repair (for example British Gas Boiler Cover).

Applicants must also be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Based ESA
  • Guarantee Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit (with an income of less than £15,860)

If you are not in receipt of one of the benefits listed above but are on a low income and have a long-term illness that is affected by the cold, you may still be considered for the scheme.

For more details and an application form, please visit West Lancs Winter Warm or telephone Help Direct on 0303 333 1111 quoting 'West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme'


5th February 2014
FREE FIT CLUB STARTING IN TARLETON
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Two local Herbalife distributors, Anna Bonner and Toni Cadwell have joined forces to offer free fit clubs within West Lancashire. The fit clubs will focus on offering general exercise and activities that anyone can partake in for free. Herbalife is a worldwide nutrition company which advocates a healthy active lifestyle and Anna and Toni are seeking to promote this message throughout their local communities. Starting with power walking, they are offering an hour of power walking on a Tuesday evening in Tarleton.

Anna said, “Depending on demand we are looking at extending the groups to include a jogging and running option and will hopefully add in different activities and include some weekend sessions.

They will be fun, free sessions where people can get active and hopefully enjoy and make some new friends too.”

After the fit club on the Tuesday evening, there will be the opportunity for members of the group to have a free wellness assessment, body analysis or body fat test to see how healthy they are, and be able to monitor any improvements.

The fit club starts next Tuesday (11th February). For more information and to reserve your place contact Anna on 07970647403 or email herbalise.yourself@gmail.com

For more local activities visit the events page


27th January 2014
WALKING DAY UNDER THREAT FROM POLICE CUTS
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

A Lancashire councillor fears traditional village parades across Lancashire are in jeopardy owing to police cuts.

Now Coun Malcolm Barron has tabled a motion to the next full meeting of Lancashire County Council on February 27.

He is responding to complaints from churches and other organisation that police may no longer marshall parades and walking days owing to economic and staffing cuts.

Lancashire police says each case is considered on its own merits.

Coun Barron, whose area covers Hesketh Bank, Tarleton and Banks, said he had been approached by a number of concerned organisations.

Coun Barron’s motion reads: “Lancashire County Council regrets reports that the Lancashire Constabulary will no longer marshal traditional parades and walking days which contribute so much to the traditions and life of the county.” He asks “the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner to reconsider this action and requests that in future they will continue to marshal these parades.”

Coun Barron said: “These are important local events and a great public relations opportunity for the police to be seen mingling with the community.

“If they refuse to marshall these events it will be a real shame. I hope to get all party support.”

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said: “Due to the significant resourcing implications in attending the numerous events and parades held across the area on an annual basis it has become necessary for us to review all occasions where we provide policing services.

“We understand that there has always been a perception and expectation that it is the police’s role to provide resources and manage the events, however this is not the case and it is the responsibility of the event organiser to ensure the safety of those attending and to undertake all stewarding and traffic management requirements. We are more than happy to continue our engagement with events organisers who require guidance on their responsibilities when organising a community event or parade.”


27th January 2014
TARLETON Autograph Book CIRCA 1908
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20th Century autograph book from TarletonHazel Adam from Manchester has sent in an autograph book in the name of G. H. Boston of 'Holly Garth', Tarleton circa 1908.

The book contains entries from many "local" surnames including Rimmer, Moss, Tiffin, Bryant, Robinson and Midgley so it may well be of direct interest to the families concerened or those conducting family history research.

For more details please click here for more details on the autograph book or click on the links for more local history and genaelogy.


18th January 2014
Fracking: Community Consultation ~ Theory vs Reality
Source: REAF

Ribble Estuary Against Fracking are back in 2014 to continue raising awareness locally and nationally on the negative impacts to communities resulting from the commercial development of High Volume High Pressure Slick Water Hydraulic Fracturing aka FRACKING.

The next information event will be held on Sunday the 26th of January at the following venue :- Mere Brow Village Hall 65 The Gravel Mere Brow Preston PR4 6JX

Start time is 1pm and the event will run until 5pm. There will be members of REAF on hand to answer questions as well as a variety of media available.

There will also be a presentation entitled Community Consultation: Theory vs Reality at 3pm by REAF Member Eve McNamara, followed by an open Q & A - so be there just before 3pm if you can (Refreshments available!)

If you cannot make the meeting you can still share your views by filling in the groups online survey. For more information contact info@reaf.org.uk or phone 07582 809722


17th January 2014
INVITE TO HOSPITAL TRUST BOARD MEETING
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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust hospital trust Board is going on the road to bring greater transparency to its decision-making processes.

The directors of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will meet at the Salvation Army’s new building at 65, Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AJ at 9am on Wednesday 29th January.

Graham Slee, acting-chairman of the Board, said: “We know more and more people want to attend our board meetings. So, we intend to hold some future meetings at community venues where we can accommodate more members of the public and bring the business of the Trust closer to local people.”

The agenda will be available on the Trust website in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be available on the day.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on 01704 704714.


13th January 2014
Cuadrilla launches community benefit piloT SCHEME
Source: Cuadrilla Press Release

Cuadrilla Resources has today announced an agreement with the Community Foundation for Lancashire under which the Community Foundation will run a pilot scheme managing community benefit funds at upcoming Cuadrilla shale gas exploration sites in Lancashire.

The pilot will be run independently by the Community Foundation, which is part of the network of UK Community Foundations. The organisation is an independent registered charity experienced in engaging and consulting with communities in Lancashire, receiving and administering funding applications and evaluating their success. Since 2003, the Community Foundation has distributed funds of £9 million to over 1,900 community groups, charities and social businesses across Lancashire working in partnership with donors, funders and philanthropists.

A community benefit of £100,000 will be paid by Cuadrilla for each exploration wellhead where hydraulic fracturing takes place. This payment will be made into the community fund as drilling operations commence on each well that we intend to hydraulically fracture. The Community Foundation will be responsible for coordinating a consultation into how local residents and community groups would like to see that funding distributed for public benefit and will administer the scheme to ensure a transparent process that delivers benefit to the community.

The pilot is part of a scheme announced today by the industry’s representative body, the United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG) working in partnership with the UK Community Foundation.

Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive, said: “Cuadrilla is delighted to be able to make this announcement today. The Community Foundation for Lancashire is an excellent partner with a strong track record of working with communities to help identify appropriate causes and means of disseminating these community funds.

“We are committed to being a good neighbour and it will be for local people to decide for themselves - with the help of the Community Foundation for Lancashire - how this money will be spent.”

Cathy Elliott, chief executive of the Community Foundation for Lancashire, said: “Community Foundation for Lancashire is an impartial and independent charity and will manage the funds independently of Cuadrilla and entirely for the benefit of the local communities for whom each fund is intended, within Charity Commission guidelines.

“Work on any fund will commence after the full planning and regulatory approval process has been completed and all necessary approvals have been given.

“We will work with and for local communities in a robust, effective and fully transparent process, supporting local people to define local priorities, including the appointment of a community panel to decide how the money will be spent. We will ensure that funds are effectively managed to deliver the greatest possible social benefit. ”


7th January 2014
Love Hesketh Bank Campaign Launches
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Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council wants 2014 to be the year that their residents really take pride in the village.  Revealing their Love Hesketh Bank logo today, the Council announced that January is the run up to an official launch of the campaign to be held on Valentine’s Day, Friday 14th February.   “The whole year will play host to our Love Hesketh Bank campaign,” said Council Chairman, Paul Sergeant.

He continued: “Being born and bred in Hesketh Bank I have witnessed significant changes to the village.  Most notably the population more than tripling in my lifetime - for example when I was a young boy there were no 'estates'.  I used to travel on the train to my primary school in Preston from the age of 5 until the line was closed when I was 7 and I remember how long it seemed to take on the bus!  Rose tinted glasses mean we all look back and say things like 'it was better in my day' - but it’s just not true.  Just look at how the village centre has been transformed with the arrival of Booths, the on-going development of Becconsall Gardens and we look forward to the development of a Linear Park   Above all, and despite the influx of people, the village of Hesketh Bank has always been a relatively 'safe' place for families to move into and for their children to grow up and prosper.”

The Council is using this campaign to celebrate the great place that is Hesketh Bank and encourage residents young and old to appreciate their surroundings.  Focussing on positives the Love Hesketh Bank campaign will ask residents to share what they love about the village and ask everyone to care for their surroundings a bit better.

There will be a Facebook page (facebook.com/loveheskethbank) and Twitter account (@loveheskethbank).


3rd January 2014
TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Source: Southport Champion

A COMMUNITY group held a Christmas Day meal for any elderly or lonely residents who could have ended up spending the day alone.

The Cropper Gardens Community Centre group in Hesketh Bank held the meal at the Hesketh Bank Christian Centre - and organisers Pam and Dave Nickson praised the ‘true spirit of Christmas’ shown by the volunteers. 

Pam said: “It was lovely to see the helpers, both young and old, who gave up their time on this very special day, by assisting in the kitchen, waiting on, clearing away and providing transport to and from the venue – it really showed the true spirit of giving at Christmas time. 

"They also aim to keep in contact with the guests by organising additional events for them throughout the year - it is important to us that people don’t feel lonely throughout the year and for them to be left feeling that the next event for them to attend would be a meal next Christmas. The guests have welcomed this idea and are really looking forward to meeting up again soon.

"We would like to pass on our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those who so generously supported this wonderful event. People kindly donated gifts, money, food, transport and their valuable time in order to make this event happen – you all know who you are and we thank you so much."

"Guests were delighted with the venue, food and gifts given and some guests even said that this was the best Christmas Day that they had ever had."


21st December 2013
GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS
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Villages In Partnership has opened up applications for small grants from community groups within its catchment area.

For further information please email vip@villagesinpartnership.co.uk. The deadline for applications is noon, Thursday 6th February 2014.

The charity also helps organisations look for other areas of funding and will assist in the search for funding and completion of any grant bid and can be contacted if you require support in this area.


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