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Local News Archive - 2010

25th December 2010
CHRISTMAS DAY 2010
Source: Hubmaker Media


24th December 2010
RIVER FREEZES OVER
Source: Hubmaker Media

The river Douglas has frozen over, damaging the pontoon and some of the moored boats.

River Douglas frozen over

Boats crushed by ice on the frozen river Douglas at Hesketh Bank


22nd December 2010
COUNCIL ABANDON BIN COLLECTIONS
Source: WLBC

As a result of the continuing severe weather, West Lancs Borough Council has suspended all refuse and recycling collections until 28 December at the earliest. Residents are asked not to present bins or materials for collection until that date.

If the weather permits, the collection service will resume from Tuesday 28 December as follows:

Tuesday 28 December to Friday 31 December: Every property in the borough will have a collection of grey household waste, even properties that would normally only have a recycling collection. There will be no recycling collections. Residents are asked to present grey bins/bags for collection on their usual day. (Homes which would normally have had a Monday collection will have a Tuesday collection). Extra bags of household waste will be collected. Please continue to separate your materials for recycling – don’t put it in with your grey waste.

Tuesday 4 January to Friday 7 January: The normal collection schedule will resume for household waste and recycling materials but there will be no green bin collections. Residents are asked to present grey bins/ bags and recycling materials for collection on their usual day with the exception of garden waste as there will be no green bin collections. (Homes which would normally have had a Monday collection will have a Tuesday collection). Extra bags of household waste and extra recycling materials will be collected.

Monday 10 January onwards: A full collection service will be provided. Green bins will be collected. Residents are asked to present grey bins/bags and recycling materials for collection on their usual day. Extra bags of household waste or recycling materials will be collected.

If the severe weather continues these schedules may be disrupted further. Residents are asked to be patient if ice or snow does cause more disruption.


16th December 2010
Outline planning permission granted for Mill developmenT
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

RESIDENTS have been told that the proposed Tarleton Mill development strikes “the right balance” between housing and employment.

Demick (Shipping) Ltd was granted outline planning permission for 70 homes and the creation of 3,450 square metres of business space at the Plox Brow Mill at a meeting of the planning committee last Thursday.

John Harrison, Acting Executive Manager for Planning, said that the building had no future in its present form and the proposal offered some affordable housing alongside the creation of new jobs.

Click here to see the complete Ormskirk Advertiser article


10th December 2010
COUNCILORS PUSH PLOX BROW DECISION TO PlANNING OFFICER
Source: Hubmaker Media

West Lancashire Planning Committee decided to delegate the decision about the controversial mixed development at the Tarleton Mill site to the Council Planning Officer at the meeting held last night.

The decision whether to grant planning approval has now been passed to the Acting Executive Manager Planning for WLBC, Mr Harrison.

For more information on the application see 2009/0598/OUT


9th December 2010
POINSETTIA PRIDE FOR DUNCAN
Source: BBC News

A nursery in Lancashire is working hard to provide traditional Christmas plants after fears there could be a national shortage of UK-grown poinsettias. Cheaper foreign imports mean British varieties are thin on the ground across the rest of the country as we approach the festive season. But Duncan Taylor, manager of Arden Lea Nurseries at Hesketh Bank, has grown 24,000 of them!

Click here for the full BBC article


8th December 2010
RESIDENTS OBJECT to Tarleton Mill Development plans
Source: Southport Visiter

RESIDENTS have written to West Lancashire Council strongly objecting to the plans to build 70 homes and create sites for businesses at Tarleton Mill.

Demick (Shipping) Ltd has submitted an outline planning application for 70 homes and create 3,450 square metres of business space at the Plox Brow Mill.

Click here for the full Southport Visiter article


2nd December 2010
Name change for Tarleton Band
Source: Crosby Herald

IT'S all change for talented young rockers Innuendo, one of the most hard-working and determined bands on our local live music scene.

After months of research and head-scratching, the Tarleton outfit have changed their name to Wasted Age. And to mark the occasion, their fans can now download their songs for free.

The lads (Aiden Hipwell, Matt Pye, Jonathan Parkes, Rob Unwin and Jack Fairbrother – all in their mid to late teens) explained: “Changing your name is not a decision any band takes lightly, but we felt Innuendo just wasn't original enough and made us sound like a Queen tribute band.

Click here for the full Crosby Herald article


1st December 2010
DEMOLITION NOTICE FOR BECCONSALL HOTEL
Source: Hubmaker Media

EMERERGENCY PUBLIC MEETING - “STOP D DAY AT THE BECC!”
7.15pm Wed 8th December Hesketh Bank Village (Back) Hall , Station Road

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1st December 2010
TRAGEDY OF THE BECCONSALL
Source: Southport & District CAMRA

The Southport & District Branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) heard earlier this year of the closure of the Becconsall Hotel, a magnificent ex Tetley’s house in Hesketh Bank.

The pub had suffered some past management difficulties (not unknown in the current climate), resulting in its closure, and the premises and land were both taken over by a development company for possible future housing use. The current situation is that the boarded up pub has stood idle for around 18 months and is gradually deteriorating.

The developers have bought an interest in the land, but it is believed that they don’t currently own it com-pletely. No Planning Application has been submitted to develop the land. CAMRA, who are the champions of Local Pubs and traditional ales, preferred the pub to be eventually retained and became involved in meetings with members of the community, who have a similar view. The residents are not keen on yet further house building in Hesketh Bank, which needs more community-based amenities.

Possibilities were examined and CAMRA met the local group regularly. Breweries, pub companies and interested investors were approached, but all of no avail at present. In some areas pubs have been placed into a local community scheme where members of the public both local and otherwise could buy shares, set up a management committee, and successfully continue run the pub.

These have been quite successful and a number of these are running efficiently thoughout the UK. Because of this CAMRA and residents representatives carried out a visit to investigate and report upon an example operating in Cumbria, with local advisors present.

The last and present government appointed Pubs Ministers, who are supposed to look into and support these community causes, enhanced by introduction of the Sustainable Communities Act, which delegates powers to Local Authorities to support these projects.

Against this background of delay, default, deterioration, and absence of a Planning Application the contractors acting for the developers recently cut down most of the mature trees on the site, apparently without any prior notification. They have posted a Notice of Prior Application to demolish the building later in December, without a Planning Application, and not exclusively owning the land.

CAMRA and the residents still support the reopening of the pub as a desirable community asset – there is no other pub in this large village – we wonder what has been going on behind the scenes with the West Lanca-shire District Planning Authority, developers and estate agents to allow the affair to drag on without result and then end up in this default situation without the future of the land being formally agreed. It appears most scandalous that the property can now be demolished against the wishes of the local residents.

CAMRA, professed guardian of pubs, now asks for a public enquiry to be carried out, involving the local authority, MP, Councillors and residents before this great pub is outrageously and prematurely demolished.

Please save the Becconsall!

Mike Perkins
On behalf of the Southport & District Branch of CAMRA

Save The Becc Website | Have your say on the letters page


29th November 2010
DEMOLITION NOTICE FOR BECCONSALL HOTEL
Source: Hubmaker Media

Notice to demolish the Becc at Hesketh BankHOLLINS STRATEGIC LAND LLP of King Street Manchester have applied for prior approval to demolish the Becconsall.

The company has applied to West Lancs Borough Council for 'a determination as to whether the prior approval of the authority will be required for the proposed method of demolition and any proposed restoration of the former public house known as the Becconsall.'

Demolition will commence on or after 23rd December 2010.

Anyone wishing to make representation on this application should do so in writing to: Planning Control, West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF

Save The Becc Website | Have your say on the letters page


28th November 2010
GaVIN BLYTH DIES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
Source: Click Liverpool

Gavin Blyth, who went on to become series producer of the ITV soap Emmerdale, has died at the age of 41 in hospital. Born in Southport, Gavin was raised in the village of Hesketh Bank, Lancashire, the son of the renowned Merseyside broadcaster and freelance journalist Roger Blyth.

He was educated at Tarleton High School and began a career in journalism in 1985 with his father's company, Mercury Press Agency, Liverpool, first earning plaudits as a sports writer and then moving into the fast-changing field of press photography.

Glowing tributes have been paid he father-of-three who lost a battle with cancer, diagnosed only a matter of weeks before his death at St James' Hospital, Leeds on Friday night.

Former workmates described him as a "tremendously talented man" and colleagues at Emmerdale praised the man won took-on the job of overseeing the Yorkshire-based soap in January 2009.

An Emmerdale spokesperson said:"It is with great sadness that we confirm our series producer Gavin Blyth passed away last night after a short illness.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this terrible time. He will be greatly missed by us all."

He leaves behind his wife Suzy and their Carter, aged 1, along with his children Tom, 15, Anya, 11.

Click here for the full Click Liverpool article


26th November 2010
MP Calls for UNIFied LANCASHIRE ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP
Source: Press Release

Tarleton resident Lorraine Fullbrook, Member of Parliament for South Ribble has spoken out in support of a unified Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Lancashire.

Lorraine Fullbrook MP speaking in WestminsterLorraine is disappointed that while in other regions of the North West, Ministers have approved bids for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Lancashire has missed out because three separate bids were submitted by local councils instead of a single unified bid. 

Speaking in a debate in the House of Commons, Lorraine argued for a consolidated approach to business in Lancashire urging Lancashire to submit one single, unified bid: “I submit that a united Lancashire is a stronger economic powerhouse than one divided into separate bids divided by geography.”

Lorraine argued that anything other than a unified pan-Lancashire LEP would compromise the economic potential of the region saying: “I hope that we can come together to protect Lancashire as a whole and as a brand.  Tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and professional services should unite and, regardless of parochial interests, work together to strengthen and enhance the great economic potential of Lancashire.”

Lorraine’s views about the importance of having a strong pan-Lancashire bid were echoed by the Minister, Mark Prisk MP, who said: “It would deliver the critical mass needed for Lancashire to compete with the likes of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and West Yorkshire, as my hon. Friend the Member for South Ribble (Lorraine Fullbrook) pointed out.”  

Speaking after the debate, Lorraine said: “It is disappointing that Lancashire’s LEP status has not yet been rubber stamped by the Government and it is really important that Lancashire now works together to ensure that it does not miss out on contributing and benefiting from the economic growth of the North West.  I believe that anything other than a pan-Lancashire bid will stifle Lancashire’s chance for development and growth.”

Have Your Say on the Local Politics Letters Page


25th November 2010
JOSH ASHCROFT SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL APPRENTICE AWARD
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

A Hesketh Bank teenager has been nominated for a national award after completing an apprenticeship.

Josh Ashcroft has been shortlisted in Honda’s Young Apprentice Of The Year award following a short -term training course with the company.

The 18-year-old, who works for T&H Power Products on Burscough Industrial Estate, will now travel down to Slough for the ceremony at the Honda Institute on Thursday, along with his family and boss Ted Thomas.

Click here for the full Ormskirk Advertiser article


25th November 2010
BURSCOUGH FIRE DESTROYS HB FAMILY'S POSESSIONS
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

A family’s move to Hesketh Bank has turned into a nightmare after all their possessions were destroyed in a huge blaze at a Burscough storage facility.

Chris Cottam, 27, and his wife Hayley, 27, were excitedly counting down the days before moving into the ideal home they had chosen to bring up their 11-month-old daughter Lexi.

But less than two weeks before they were due to move to Hesketh Bank, they received a call to say a fire had destroyed the lock-up in which they were storing all their possessions.

Click here for the full Lancashire Evening Post article


23rd November 2010
STILL SEATS LEFT ON SANTA SPECIALS
Source: WLLR

West Lancashire Light Railway Santa Specials – 12th,18th and 19th December

Passers by may have noticed lights twinkling and a flurry of activity at the Engine Shed at Hesketh Bank. Finishing touches are being applied to the engines at the West Lancashire Light Railway who are getting ready for their traditional Christmas celebrations

Working in the shed at West Lancashire Light Railway at Hesketh BankThe West Lancashire Light Railway will be operating Santa Specials this year on the 12th, 18th and 19th December 2010 from 11.30 to 16.30 hours.

When children and their parents come to travel on the West Lancashire Light Railway Santa Specials they will find two locos in steam and they will ride on the train to Toyland where the children will meet Santa Claus and receive a present. Drinks, soup, and hot dogs will be available at the railway.

This is a very popular annual event and to avoid disappointment intending passengers are advised to book their place in plenty of time. Philip Pacey, the line’s publicity officer said, “We still have empty seats on all days, if not on all trains. If you want to book seats, please download the booking form (pdf) and send it to us at the address on the form together with your cheque.

For further informationon the railway at Hesketh Bank please visit www.westlancs.org and for more local events in Hesketh Bank and Tarleton click here.

Our thanks and copyright acknowledgements to Southport photographer: Les Auld for the use of his picture.


20th November 2010
1960's PHOTO - CAN YOU Name Names
Source: Hubmaker Media

Bill Hull workers in the Cock & Bottle at Tarleton circa 1960's

Terry Harrison has submitted the above photo. Can anyone put names to the above gang who are believed to be WH Hull employees enjoying a (Christmas?) pint in the Cock & Bottle circa 1960-65.

UPDATE 1st December from Clifford Hey:
John Riding - John Quinlan - Clifford Hey - Alan Sheppard - David Suthern


19th November 2010
Trees at the Becconsall
Source: Hubmaker Media

Following the recent cutting down of mature shelter belt trees and the grubbing out of the former orchard at the former Becconsall Hotel site, West Lancashire District Council have stepped in and issued a tree preservation order (TPO) in respect of seven sycamore trees, with immediate effect.

The trees in question stand between the former entrance and exit to the pub and on the northern boundary when the pub backs onto houses on Sidney Avenue.

Google Earth shows an aerial view of the site prior to the recent work giving readers an opportunity to form an opinion as to its extent.
 
The  imposition of a Tree Preservation Order does not guarantee the remaining trees safety in perpetuity but it does mean that no further work liable to prejudice the trees can take place without the informed consent of the arboricultural officer at West Lancashire District Council. Details of their activities and contact data can be found on their web site.

Tree Preservation orders are enforced by the local authority with penalties for both owners and contractors of up to £20,000 per tree. West Lancashire does have a track record of prosecuting offenders.


18th November 2010
DRIVERS NEEDED FOR COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME
Source: Hubmaker Media

Do you like driving and volunteering at the same time? Then Lancashire’s Volunteer Community Car Scheme is the opportunity for you!

You would be giving your time for people in your own community who are unable to use public transport, have no regular access to a car nor can afford a taxi on a regular basis. All you need is you, a car, full UK driver’s license, a CRB, observed drive and you are good to go!

Any time you can afford to be available would be welcome. You will be reimbursed for your expenses at £0.40 per mile. Please call Derrick (tall, ex-sailor) or Julie (small, very polite) on; 01772 516 208 (08.30-16.00 Mon-Fri). You will be sent an information pack and then we’ll arrange a short interview and take it from there.

At present, we have only one volunteer in the Tarleton / Hesketh Bank area so we do look forward to hearing from you.

Preston Community Transport is a charity – # 1114100, we administrate this scheme and are funded by Lancashire County Council to do so. We also have other volunteering opportunities for drivers.


15th November 2010
Hesketh Bank Band Newsletter
Source: Hubmaker Media

Click to download the November newsletter from Hesketh Bank Band (pdf)


11th November 2010
BOOTHS OPENS
Source: Hubmaker Media


10th November 2010
NEW BOOTHS SUPERMARKET READY FOR BUSINESS
Source: Booths

Booths brand new Hesketh Bank store on Station Road opens for business tomorrow (Thursday 11th November) at 10am.

The opening will start when Chairman of Booths, Edwin Booth pulls into the car park driving the Booths horse and carriage. He will be followed in convoy by three bright red 1930s/40s fruit and vegetable trucks. (A 1943 Austin Vintage Truck, a 1950 Bedford Vintage Truck and a 1936 Leyland Vintage Truck). Each truck in turn will drop off Property Director Graham Booth, Fresh Food Director Simon Booth and Store Manager Matt Welsh at the entrance where they will be met by local suppliers. The old trucks have been supplied by Huntapac, a long serving supplier of Booths, and were used in the past to deliver fresh produce to stores.

Along with members of the Booth family, two very special producers will be on hand to officially open the door. William Hunter of Huntapac and John Molyneux of Molyneux Farms have both been suppying Booths for over 30 years.

In addition, the West Lancashire Light Railway will open especially for the opening day and be running free train rides on their steam train between 10.30am and 4pm when customers show their receipt from the Hesketh Bank store.


10th November 2010
RESIDENTS ANGRY OVER TREE CARNAGE
Report by Una McBride

WHO DESTROYED ALL THE LOVELY OLD TREES AT THE BECCONSALL?

Tree removal at the Becconsall Hotel siteShocked residents on Cherry Vale did their best to stop an unidentified gang of workmen, who swept into Hesketh Bank early on Saturday morning 30th October. In just 30 brief minutes, they felled all the beautiful mature trees around the Bowling Green of The Becconsall.

These lovely old trees had graced The Bec grounds for the best part of 100 years, adding beauty to the vista for all and the habitat for many birds and wildlife. Gone forever!

Who is responsible for this wanton environmental destruction in our village? Without warning, notices or safety barriers, big heavy machinery and equipment tore over the grounds surrounding The Bec.

Local people watched aghast as within minutes, workmen with unmarked vehicles, destroyed all the big old trees which are so familiar to all the community of Hesketh Bank. Then they destroyed the Orchard at the back too. As some residents tried in vain to stop the tree carnage, they were ignored by the workers intent on destruction. They tried to find out who was in charge, who was employing them, all without success.

Read the full article on "Save the Becconsall"


5th November 2010
RICCADONNA FIGHT TO KEEP GANGMASTER LICENCE
Source: Southport Visiter

Riccadonna is fighting to keep its Gangmaster licence after allegations over pay and conditions.

Former workers at Riccadonna Produce claimed that while picking leeks and cabbages, they were paid £40 for three weeks work, toiled for up to 90 hours a week and were evicted from their homes with little notice.

The Gangmaster Licensing Authority, which regulates the industry, investigated the allegations and warned Riccadonna, run by the Edge family in Hesketh Bank, that it intended to revoke their licence.

However, the farm denies any wrong doing and has lodged an appeal. Click Here for the full Southport Visiter article


1st November 2010
FRIDAY FUN NIGHT
Source: CFAG

The next Hesketh Bank family fun night will be held on Friday 5th November at the Village Hall (back hall) 7-11pm.

It will feature all the regular favourites: cash prize Play Your Cards Right, quiz and bingo, finishing the evening with karaoke and disco.

Admission is FREE but don’t forget to bring your own picnic!

The Family Fun Night events are organised by Hesketh Bank Community Facilities Action Group (CFAG) and Village Hall and proceeds go towards refurbishments.


28th October 2010
BOOTHS CONFIRM OPENING DATE FOR STORE
Source: Hubmaker Media

Booths have confirmed that the new Hesketh Bank store will open at 10am on Thursday 11th November.


26th October 2010
BANK CALLS WARNING
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards

Lancashire Trading Standards service has received complaints relating to unsolicited phone calls to consumers, where the caller states that the call is from the 'Fraud Credit Line'.

The caller then claims to be ringing on behalf of a named bank. They ask the recipient for their credit card number and other personal information, but do not ask any of the usual verification questions or give the caller's name when requested. The caller asks for the consumer by his or her full name including middle names, but when challenged refuses to give any contact details for the consumer to check on or call back on, and ends the conversation.

We can only assume this is another bogus company attempting to obtain personal information and advise extreme caution when contacted unexpectedly in this fashion.

Please refer any complaints to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 55 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs PR1 3NU via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If anyone has received threats or lost money they should contact the police.


25th October 2010
TARLETON FIRE SERVICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Source: Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were nominated best Fire and Rescue Service in the country in 2009, and part of the reason we are best is that we work closely in all our communities, helping to make Lancashire safer!

To help achieve this we are recruiting volunteers to join their community teams in Tarleton.

Many people think the Fire and Rescue Service is all about responding to emergency incidents, lights flashing and sirens wailing. Whilst this is an important role, prevention is the best protection and as a service we are trying to help people better protect themselves should the worst happen.

Alongside the commitment of time, Volunteers bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to our service and Communities. We are looking for individuals from within the local area and from all manner of backgrounds for a variety of roles.

All new recruits will be supported with training packages designed to help them carry out their roles effectively. Applications should be received by Service Head Quarters by November 19th.  Full details and application forms are available from www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk  or alternatively contact: Linda Guise, Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01772866722

Whatever your age, gender or ethnicity, if you have time to give and enthusiasm to share, we would like to here from you. Just a little of your time can mean a lifetime of safety for someone in your community.


21st October 2010
4,300 mile COASTAL RELAY RUNS THROUGH VILLAGE
Source: Hubmaker Media

Coasters GB Runners 2010 coastal relay team at SouthportA team of over 400 runners have come together to complete a relay around the coast of Great Britain.

The 4,300 mile CoastersGB challenge started in Blackpool on May 9th and will end in Blackpool on the 23rd October.

Todays leg of this marathon achievement started at the Plough roundabout at Crossens, through Banks, Hesketh Bank and Tarleton.

"Barry" the batton was handed over to the next leg runners at Bank Bridge on the A59.

Runners Sue, Dave and Chris are pictured leaving Southport with Barry the Batton.


21st October 2010
MORE FROM FILEY: BIG CHARLIE THE ELEPHANT JOINS TARLETON CREW
Source: Hubmaker Media

Pickfords deliver Big Charlie The Elephant to Butlin's Filey Amanda Carr writes "I loved the picture re Butlins! [See NEWS 20th Oct 2010]

My Grandad (Bill Taylor) is one of those named and I hope I can add a little more to the story!...

Funnily enough I had been looking at the pictures in my grandparents (Bill and Alice Taylor) own 'Filey' album just the other week, having listened to the Radio 4 book of the week feature re 'Big Charlie' arriving at Filey!

I realised that I had pictures of this event and have since sent a couple to the author. So my picture attached is of Charlie the elephant rather than the people in the picture on your website (my Nana's album has similar people pics to the one you put on the website)

From the reading on the radio, it is obvious that all those Tarleton people were there at Filey having a good time, but also witness to an interesting and historic event!"

Pier Productions, who created the programme for Radio 4, summarise "Colonel ‘Elephant Bill’ Williams’ amazing story of how, in the summer of 1957, the largest elephant in captivity – Big Charlie – was moved from Butlin’s Holiday Camp in Ayr, Scotland, to Butlin’s, Filey, Yorkshire.

In May 1957, an advertisement in The Times caught Elephant Bill’s eye. Butlin’s Ltd was offering £1,000 in cash for the immediate safe transport of the largest elephant in captivity from its camp in Ayr, to its camp in Filey – a distance by road of 350 miles. Colonel J.H.Williams had earned his sobriquet, ‘Elephant Bill’ as a result of his experiences working with elephants in the jungles of Burma, and, intrigued by the advertisement, he volunteered his services.… As did 3,500 other people, for the problem of moving Big Charlie, a 5½ half ton male elephant, and one of the finest tuskers in captivity, had captured the popular imagination.

Some of the suggestions for moving the elephant were eccentric in the extreme; but not long after the advertisement appeared, Elephant Bill found himself engaged as elephant consultant, with very ill-defined duties, to help Mr Willie Wilson of Glasgow transport Big Charlie.

Although Big Charlie was accompanied at all times on the journey by his gentle and devoted mahout, Shaik Ibrahim, the job was made much more hazardous by the fact that Big Charlie was on ‘musth’ – or in season – and that Billy Butlin’s demands for constant publicity posed tricky problems for all concerned…"

More Old Photos | More Local History | More Local Genealogy


16th October 2010
MERE BROW GIANT PUMPKINS RECORD SMASHED
Source: Hubmaker Media

Mere Brow Giant Pumpkins 2010The Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin competition record was smashed when the winner tipped the scales at over 1000lb.

Mark O'Hanlon's giant pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 1138 lb (516kg) breaking the previous record of 915 lb (415kg) which was set in 2004 by James O'Hanlon and Liam Cupit.

Second place also went to Mark with a 972 lb (441kg) pumpkin and third place went to the event organiser, Trevor Wilson who grew a personal best 760lb (345kg) pumpkin.

For more information on the show and a complete list of the 36 weigh off entries please go to www.merebrowgiantpumpkins.com

The 16th Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition was held at Gravel Farm, Banks held on 16th October and compered by Dave Turley of Dune FM. Many local firms also contributed sponsorship to the event which is an annual fundraiser for the Norh West Air Ambulance.

For more photos from the 2010 Mere Brow Pumpkin Competition click here!


12th October 2010
COUNCIL ANNOUNCE APPRENTICE JOB VACANCIES
Source: Hubmaker Media

Two new recruits will soon be working at the West Lancashire Investment Centre as the council hunts for suitable candidates to become apprentices.

West Lancashire Borough Council is boosting its workforce by taking on the apprentice economic development clerical assistants.

The new recruits will support the Regeneration and Estates Division with a wide range of administrative tasks as well as working with other public partners and private organisations. The 12-month contract will also see them training towards an NVQ in a related subject.

Councillor Adrian Owens, portfolio holder for Regeneration and Estates, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for apprentices to develop their skills and learn. These positions offer the opportunity to gain real hands-on work experience during the programme. In a tough job market, the council was determined to give two people a boost on the career ladder and we hope other employers will boost their apprentice numbers too.”

The closing date for applications is October 17. Click here for more information.


8th October 2010
CURTAIN CALL FOR OLIVIA
Source: Hubmaker Media

After being ‘talent spotted’ by her ballet teacher, seven year old Hesketh with Becconsall All Saints pupil, Olivia Andrews, is very excited about her first stage performance.

Olivia's treads the boards at Southport Little TheatreOlivia has a starring role as an urchin in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical ‘The Likes of Us’ being staged by Birkdale Orpheus Society at Southport Little Theatre this week (9 – 16 October). The Likes of Us tells the story of the life of Dr Thomas Barnardo and his evangelical, entrepreneurial and philanthropic crusades to rescue children living on the streets.

It was written by Lloyd Webber at the tender age of 17 but has only recently been released to amateur theatre. Olivia, one of the youngest of 16 children who form part of a huge cast of over 50 people, has been working hard in rehearsals over the past few months and practising confidently in front of her proud parents, sister and grandparents.

Mum and Dad, Vicky and Dave say they are delighted that Olivia was chosen to star in the performance. ‘We didn’t realise just how talented she is. She certainly didn’t get her artistic ability from us!’

Headteacher, Lawrence Smye-Rumsby added, ‘We were delighted to hear about Olivia embarking on her stage career. It certainly seems to have boosted her confidence. Her classmates are looking forward to seeing her in costume and make up. We are used to seeing a smart little girl in school uniform, not a scruffy little urchin!’


8th October 2010
CHANGES TO ORMSKIRK MARKET BUS (2C) TIMETABLE
Source: Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council

Bus Service 2C Banks - Hesketh Bank - Tarleton - Holmeswood – Ormskirk (Weekly Market Bus)

As a result of requests from local users, Lancashire County Council will revise the timetable From 4th November 2010 amending the departure time of the return journey from Ormskirk to 13:45 and operate 45 minutes later throughout.

The morning journey will be unaffected and Holmeswood Coaches will continue to operate the service on behalf of Lancashire County Council.


5th October 2010
ENTER THE 'RACE FOR INFINITY' TO UPGRADE OUR TELEPHONE EXCHANGE
Source: Hubmaker Media

Over the next five years BT is rolling out superfast fibre optic broadband across the UK.

The 'Race to Infinity' gives us the opportunity to fast track the Hesketh Bank telephone exchange (which serves Tarleton and Hesketh Bank) to get BT Infinity next. The five areas with the largest percentage of votes by December 31st 2010 will win the chance to bring superfast broadband to their area.

BT will also donate £5,000 of computer equipment to a local community project. Whether you're big on social networking, gaming, streaming, uploading or downloading, prepare to have your life transformed with superfast speeds.

To vote simply go to www.racetoinfinity.bt.com and click the 'VOTE NOW' button. Don't forget to make your friends aware.


28th September 2010
MAYOR OPENS HESKETH BANK 'MUGA' Ball ParK
Source: Press Release

Residents of Hesketh Bank welcomed a new addition to their community facilities this weekend with the official opening of the new Multi Use Games Area on Sunday 26th September 2010.

West Lancashire Mayor, Councillor John Baldock, officially opened the new ball court at 3pm, supported by representatives of the Parish Council and Hesketh Bank Village Hall, who have overseen this exciting development.

Mayor opens new MUGA ball park

Members of West Lancashire Borough Council Sports Development Team were also on hand to organise activities on the court for those who wanted to be first to use the facility, including a fiercely competitive penalty shoot out between the Mayor and Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Steve Kirby. Steve Kirby said “We are very lucky to have won the funds to bring this facility to Hesketh Bank, which I am sure will be used a lot by residents of the village and surrounding areas.”

The Ball Court has been funded by a grant from the Big Lottery made to West Lancashire Borough Council. The Parish Council has supported the project by paying for necessary infrastructure work, installing CCTV and will be fitting gates at the front of the Village Hall site to improve security.

The Village Hall Committee has provided the land and will be staffing access for the court. In addition they are also hosting a new youth group in the Front Hall to be run by the Sports Developed Team on Thursdays, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, from the 30th September.

For more information or to book the Multi Use Games Area please contact the Booking Secretary: Maureen Baldwin, 01772 814457.


24th September 2010
PEDESTRIAN CrOSSING CAUSES PARKING PROBLEMS
Source: Hubmaker Media

The new pedestrian crossing at Hesketh Bank has caused serious concerns for shop keepers and motorists after the law with regard to reversing over zig-zag lines was pointed out by a local resident.

Pedestrian Crossing at Hesketh Bank causes parking chaosRegulations state that motorists are allowed to stop on zig zag lines if they are turning left or right, but only if they are driving forwards. As motorists are not allowed to stop on the crossing or reverse over the zig zag lines, the new road markings present a serious problems for shoppers.

The new layout means that from Bargain Booze to the Post Office you are not allowed to reverse on to the Station Road frontage.

Whilst you can drive forwards on to the shop front to park, you cannot legally reverse off afterwards. Motorists risk a potential 6 points and a fine.

Shop holders, already nervous about the impact Booths may have, greeted this additional concern with dismay. Lancashire County Councilor for the area, Mr Malcolm Barron and Hesketh Bank's WLBC Councilor Mr Martin Forshaw (Portfolio holder for planning) are both aware of the situation and are investigating.

Motorists hoping that some discretion may be applied and a blind eye be turned should keep in mind a similar case earlier this year when a Cumbrian man was fined after police caught him reversing into his own driveway over zig zag lines. Click here for the Daily Mail report.

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23rd September 2010
CATS TEST POSITIVE TO POISON
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

A woman described her shock after two of her cats were poisoned to death with anti-freeze. The owner from Hesketh Bank described the pet killers as “evil” and wants to stop other people’s pets being preyed on.

It was her husband who first noticed something was wrong with one of her cats. Initially the vet said it could have had diabetes but then her other cat became ill four days later and blood tests revealed it had been poisoned with anti-freeze. More...


20th September 2010
BUTLINS TRIP REMEMBERED
Source: Hubmaker Media

Richard Hodson submitted the attached photo taken 1957 / 1958 on arrival at Butlin's, Filey.

Village trip to Butlin's Filey 1957

Richard lists the unlikely bunch as:

Back Row Left to Right, Ray Hodge, John Mee, Keith Eccleston, Jim Scambler, Jim Whittle, Terry Harrison, John Aughton, Harry Procter, Eric Forhaw, Bob Johnson, Ken Eatough, Ray Abram.

Front Row Left to Right, Ray Bannister, Dick Aughton, Dick Hodson, Peter Watkinson, Chalet-Maid, Bill Taylor, Mike Pickup, Henry Taylor, Neil Taylor.

More Old Photos | More Local History | More Local Genealogy


18th September 2010
APPLE PIE TAKES TOP PRIZE AT HESKETH BANK SHOW
Source: Hubmaker Media

Hesketh Bank Village Show "Best In Show" Apple PieShowers failed to dampen spirits as Hesketh Bank Village Show saw a record number of entries. More categories had been added to the competition schedule to include flowers, plants, vegetables, home produce, arts & crafts and photography.

A massive 800 exhibits were entered this year.

The baking section stole the show with the judges selecting Rosemarie Stewart's fantastic apple pie as "Best In Show".

Rosemarie Stewart wins Best In Show at Hesketh BAnk Village ShowThe 2010 Best Exhibit category winners were:

"Flowers and Plants" - Holly Kirkham
"Floral Art" - Mildred Taylor
"Professional Grower" - W&R Pope
"Amatuer Gardener" - Margaret O'Hanlon
"Eggs" - Jillian Young
"Home Baking" -Rosemarie Stewart
"Photography" - Mark O'Hanlon
"Age 5 & Under" - Henry Cookson
"Age 6 - 8" - Codie Kenny
"Age 9 - 16" - Alice Burns
"Children All Ages" - Daniel Bond

All the proceeds raised from the show are for All Saints Church and a big thanks go out to all the Village Show organisers and helpers who work so hard before, during and after the show making it all possible.

The date for the 2011 show has already been set so competitors should diary Saturday 17th September 2011!

Hesketh Bank Village Show Website | More photos from the 2010 Hesketh Bank Village Show | More Local Events


16th September 2010
MERE BROW FARMER IN COURT
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

A FARMER was ordered to pay more than £1,000 in court costs after failing to dispose of a dead cow properly – telling trading standards officers he would feed the carcass to his dogs.

Timothy Edwards, of The Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, was found guilty of failing to dispose of the carcass in line with government guidelines after a hearing at Ormskirk Magistrates Court. More...


15th September 2010
Fraudulent Loan Applications Warning
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards

Complaints have been received regarding letters received by consumers from MCO Capital Limited about a repayment of a loan. It is believed that MCO Capital Limited is a legitimate loan company and that a number of people from across the UK have had their identity stolen in order for fraudsters to take out loans, in various names, with MCO Capital Limited.

If you have received one of these letters and have not taken out a loan, DO NOT IGNORE IT. It may affect your credit rating and you may find bailiffs on your doorstep if you do not take action to inform MCO you did not request this loan.

MCO have asked that complainants should write to them to confirm that a loan has not been requested and payment has not been received. Their address is Imperial House, 15-19 Kingsway London WC2B 6UN.

Anyone receiving such letters may also wish to conduct a credit reference search (with an agency such as Experian) to ascertain if any fraudulent applications have been made against their name and address. There will be a charge for this service.

If you have lost money to a fraudster, please report it as soon as possible. Please refer any complaints to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 55 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs PR1 3NU via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If anyone has lost money they should contact the police. If you need any more advice contact Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.org.uk or call 0300 123 2040.


11th September 2010
LAST CALL FOR HESKETH BANK SHOW ENTRIES
Source: Hubmaker Media

It's the last chance for entries to the Hesketh Bank Village Show so download a show schedule and entry form, and see what categories you can compete in.

Entries cost just 50p per category and forms must be submitted to Hesketh Bank Village Show, Douglas View, 21 Guide Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6XS by Monday 13th September.

The Village Show will be held next Saturday, 18th September. Organisers are hoping to exceed the 2000 visitors the show attracted last year.

Hesketh Bank Village Show | More Local Events


10th September 2010
Mick McCluskey Cancer Research FUNDRAISER
Source: Southport Visitor

TARLETON man Mick McCluskey, 52, is cycling the equivalent of the distance from John O’ Groats to Land’s End – 874 miles – on an exercise bike at his local gym, BodyPulse Fitness, located in Hesketh Bank.

After suffering from a double stroke, the former fireman was left unable to walk more than a few feet unaided.

Mick added: “My dad passed away at the age of 49 after battling with cancer, and it inspired to me to do my best and make sure that as many other sufferers as possible had a chance to live full, happy lives – I raise money only for the benefit of others.” More...


9th September 2010
TRADING STANDARDS WARNING - TARMAC
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards

Consumers are warned to beware of traders targeting rural Lancashire residents, by offering to tarmac roads and drives using material allegedly left over from council work.

On one occasion an older farming couple in the Hyndburn area was told that the men were working on a neighbouring road and had ordered too much tarmac, which is not believed to be true. They were charged over £2000 to cover their drive with tarmac.

On a second occasion a cold caller used a similar story and told a farmer in the rural outskirts of Chorley that he was working for the council and had left-over tarmac to use up, which was offered at £2.50 per square foot.

These individuals are not council contractors and Lancashire County Council would like to make it clear that they are not carrying out official work on the highways.

A fake address in Sheffield is given and the work is overcharged and consists of a surface skim which is unlikely to last long. One of the men has an Irish accent and drives a silver car.

Please refer any complaints to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 55 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs PR1 3NU via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506


7th September 2010
BREACHES ADMITTED OVER fatality
Source: The Bolton News

A CHEMICAL company and its director have admitted health and safety breaches which resulted in the death of a worker who fell into an industrial blending machine.

At Bolton Crown Court yesterday, Radcliffe-based Building Chemical Research Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees under the Health & Safety At work Act 1974.

Company director Stuart Reich, aged 62, of Newarth Lane, Hesketh Bank, pleaded guilty to a similar charge under the same act. More...


6th September 2010
Vicki's Kilimanjaro Charity NighT
Source: Hubmaker Media

On Friday 3rd September the Locker Room Restaurant held a Charity Night in aid of Vicki's Kilimanjaro Trek.

The evening was a great success raising over £500 towards her target. Vicki Maher is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of "Aspire, Supporting people with spinal Injuries" on September 16th 2010.

The night consisted of a DJ and a live singer who gave their time generously free of charge. A raffle was also held with prizes all contributed by local business's.

Thanks to everyone who attended and gave so generously. To donate for this worthwhile cause please click here


3rd September 2010
Bowler Ernie CELEBRATES 100th Birthday
Source: Southport Visitor

A SPRIGHTLY pensioner has proved you are only as old as you feel by refusing to give up his favourite hobby – despite reaching his 100th birthday.

Crown green bowling stalwart Ernie Iddon, from Tarleton, celebrated his centenary on August 31. The former Vulcan Motors worker is the oldest player in Southport Veterans and the Aughton and District Men’s League.

Friend Stuart Atkinson, who has played alongside Ernie for 12 years, said: “Ernie is an absolutely cracking guy. “He gets on well with everyone and has still got a great stance for bowling despite his age.”

Ernie, who first set foot on a bowling green about 80 years ago, was brought up on a farm at the Brew in Hesketh Bank. He had seven brothers and one sister and left school at 14 to help one of his brothers with a painting and decorating business.

In 1925, aged just 15, he became an apprentice at Vulcan Motors, where he worked on car and lorry production and also helped build the bodies of Southport Corporation Buses. More...


27th August 2010
'BEST EVER' GCSE RESULTS FOR TARLETON HIGH SCHOOL
Source: Southport Visitor

Tarleton High School is celebrating their best ever GCSE results.

Students and staff at the school celebrated their record breaking year when the results were announced this week. The number of pupils gaining A* and A grades has risen to a high of 29 per cent this year and Year 11 pupils equalled the schools best ever results with 80 per cent achieving five or more A* to C grades.

Some of the students at the school achieved particularly outstanding results, most notably Tom Cowin who gained 11 A*s and three As, Sian Butler who achieved 10 A*s and six As and Aiden Hipwell who got seven A* and seven A grades. More...


23rd August 2010
MP WARNS OF POSTAL SCAMS
Source: Press Release

Local MP for Tarleton, Banks, Hesketh Bank and Rufford, Lorraine Fullbrook is this month highlighting the issue of Postal Scams, that are increasingly trapping local people.

Commenting on her concerns, Lorraine who lives in Tarleton said… “I was recently visited at my one of my local surgeries by a local Crime Prevention Officer and an independent member of the South Ribble Older People’s Partnership. The issue they discussed with me is an extremely serious one which has been raised on many occasions over the years by both the local and national newspapers and news – but as these unscrupulous people become more inventive in how to steal money from people, we must all continually make people aware of this horrendous practise. The Crime Prevention Officer presented me with a 6-inch high pile of mail which contained many different examples of letters delivered by post, personally addressed local people. In one individual case, there must be over 250 letters to just one elderly lady. Many of the letters are repetitive but here are some examples:

  1. "The visions I have had of you will radically change your near future...In total over 50 million pounds destined for your bank account in less than 3 months" This one is telling the woman that she is going to win the Euro Millions lottery draw three times in three months – the letter concludes by asking for a payment of £45 via cheque or postal order.
  2. Another type of letter - again supposing to predict the future - attaches little fake coins or "amulets" advertising their “power” to bring "immense wealth". This one asks for credit card details with number-security code, date of birth and a signature. Many of the letters are headed with photographs of supposed "famous/celebrity" psychics with daft names such as Ircan Mage or Jackie Stallone.
  3. The scare-tactic letters: "We know your life lines. We know what can happen. This is also why we have to warn you...we are very concerned. We see you in big danger" This particular letter vaguely requests a sum of £27= as a contribution to save a person from harm or danger.
  4. Then there are some of the more standard ones: "High End Prize Agency of Western Europe Match-Up...we have located the owner of £1,280,856.00". This particular type of letter says that "you are under no obligation" but ask the recipient to sign and return the form. Please be aware that this can be used as a signal of intent and gauges how persuadable or vulnerable the recipient is in order to send further letters which do ask for money OR to call a telephone number at an exorbitant charge per minute of the call.
  5. A further example is a letter or postcard advising the recipient that they have a parcel awaiting delivery – which the recipient has never ordered – and requests that a telephone call be made to arrange delivery. There is no parcel; there is no delivery waiting but the telephone charge can be in the region of £6.00 per minute.

Some of these letters are of very poor quality print, but one can only imagine these being very frightening to receive. All in all there are so many different variants of these bogus and scam letters. They range from correspondence by fake "psychics" to fake firms assigning "cash prizes" amounting from thousands to several million pounds - often, if not always, asking for the person's credit card details at the most extreme level.

What is particularly concerning is that all of these letters affected just one of my constituents. Many of us receive the odd one of these letters and we just throw them away. However, for some of our more vulnerable people, they can escalate devastatingly. They become frightening to receive, and they are far easier to be taken in by than many of us realise.

It is important to remember therefore that if the contents of these letters appear too good to be true, they almost certainly are.” Please help me to raise awareness of this despicable practise. Please talk to your family, friends and neighbours.

This is beyond a disgrace and together we can all play our part and do our bit to do all we can to make life as difficult as possible for these thieves and help stop this al together.

I will be raising this issue with my parliamentary colleagues for them to spread the word to their constituents – and I will be raising this matter in the House of Commons to try and stop it”.


19th August 2010
Be Brassy With Hesketh Bank Silver Band
Source: Hesketh bank Silver Band

If you can play brass or are a persussionist or even if you can simply read music and live locally, then Hesketh Bank Silver Band wants to hear from you.

The band are looking for players of any age and standard, we rehearse in our band room and are a succesful and active 4th section band.

Visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/heskethbanksilverband or website www.heskethbankband.com for more information or if you are interested please call Neil Walsh on 07890967115. Instruments and tution can be arranged; come along and have a good time playing exciting music!

Rehearshals are Thursday 8pm - 10pm at the band hut behind the Village Hall, on Station Road, Hesketh Bank


19th August 2010
Free ELECTRIC BLANKET CHECK
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards

Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards Service will be running Free Electric Blanket Testing early September 2010.

The testing will be offered to Lancashire residents on a strict appointment only basis. Please contact us on the telephone number below to book a slot. You will then be directed to a convenient drop off point where you can leave your blanket. It will then be tested and, if it passes, returned for you to collect. This may be at a later date.

Residents should telephone Trading Standards on 01772 533569 to book a slot. All electric blankets over 3 years old should be regularly tested. Members of the public, particularly the elderly, are urged to get their electric blankets checked.

It is an important safety check which could save someone’s life. By getting them checked out you can have peace of mind that it is safe.


12th August 2010
Free FIRE SAFETY CHECK
Source: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Promote Free Home Fire Safety Checks Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service offer free Home Fire Safety Checks to every householder in the county.

These checks involve a crew visiting your home and giving fire safety advice, as well as fitting smoke alarms where necessary. Any resident within Lancashire can request one and they are completely free of charge.

The Home Fire Safety Checks include:

• Providing and install FREE 10-year smoke alarms where necessary.
• Giving life saving advice in the event of a fire in your home.
• How to make a fire escape plan for you and your family.
• Practical advice on identifying fire hazards in the home.

All Home Fire Safety Checks are carried out by employees of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service who will show identification when they arrive.

To book a free Home Fire Safety Check, please contact us by calling Freephone 0800 169 1125 quoting SA003


11th August 2010
Free Learner Drivers support scheme
Source: Lancashire County Council

Do you take a learner driver out for extra practice sessions or know someone who does? Have you heard about Lancashire County Council’s FREE Pre Pass Support Scheme?

What is it? The FREE award-winning course is designed to help anyone who takes a Learner driver out for extra practice sessions. It will help mentors understand how they can provide the best support and advice for the Learner alongside their professional driving lessons.

When and where is it? The course is held on a Saturday at our Road Safety Training Centre in Leyland. We are running the course on the 14th August, 11th September and 9th October 2010.

How much does it cost? Nothing! The course is totally FREE and we will also provide you with a FREE lunch and refreshments.

What happens on the course? There is a theory and practical session which both the Learner and Accompanying Driver can attend. The course gives friendly support and advice so you both get more out of extra practice sessions. There is also an interactive workshop for the Learner which will provide lots of useful tips to help them prepare for their test.

Contact us now to book your place on a course Call Chris Dunderdale on 01772 534593 Email chris.dunderdale (at) lancashire.gov.uk


3rd August 2010
BOOTHS ROUNDABOUT - PLANNED ROAD CLOSURES
Source: Hubmaker Media

With reference to the alterations to Station Road to construct the entrance to the new Booths supermarket, it is intended to reduce the disruption to the local community by completing the road planning, surfacing, road markings and antiskid application on Sunday 5 September and the subsequent following evening / night time closure detailed below:

Sunday 5 September 2010 08:00 hrs – Monday 6 September 2010 06:00 hrs
Monday 6 September 2010 19:00 hrs – Tuesday 7 September 2010 06:00 hrs
Tuesday 7 September 2010 19:00 hrs – Wednesday 8 September 2010 06:00 hrs
Wednesday 8 September 2010 19:00 hrs – Thursday 9 September 2010 06:00 hrs
Thursday 9 September 2010 19:00 hrs – Friday 10 September 2010 06:00 hrs
Friday 10 September 2010 19:00 hrs – Saturday 11 September 2010 06:00 hrs
Saturday 11 September 2010 19:00 hrs – Sunday 12 September 2010 06:00 hrs

During times when the road closure is necessary (within the above window) the diversion shall be as follows. A signed diversion route will be via Station Road, Shore Road, Hundred End Lane, Taylors Meanygate, Gorse Lane, Church Road and back to Hesketh Lane.


2nd August 2010
TRADING STANDARDS UPDATE
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards Service

JOB-HUNTERS are being warned that some adverts for mystery shoppers, offering earnings of £300 per week, which have recently appeared in newspapers, are likely to be a sophisticated way to acquire bank details. When responding to an advertisement consumers are then asked for personal details and up-front payment.

This is yet another home-working scheme designed to part job-hunters from their money while offering very little in return. We are strongly advising people not to get involved with anything involving the words "Mystery Shopper".

When applying for any home-working job, the moment there is any mention of asking for up-front payment people should walk away.

Trading standards officers are also warning residents to beware scams involving tickets for the 2012 Olympic Games. Be aware that tickets will not be available until 2011 and will only be sold through the official website and authorised ticket resellers.

Residents may pre-register for tickets free of charge from the official 2012 Olympic website although pre-registering does not guarantee tickets. You will not be asked to pay money or sign a contract till 2011. If any website offers bargain tickets before 2011 it will be fraudulent.

Please refer any complaints and further information to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506


31st July 2010
LOOK, THERE! ... QUICK !... IT'S GONE!
Source: FBOC

Perhaps partly due to numerous TV programmes, wildlife photography has become one of those activities that looks easy. Birds and animals are all around us, if not these days in the numbers that they once were, and to capture that magic instant seems simply a matter of "point and shoot" at the right moment.

The result, of course, is most likely to be a blur the size of a pinhead in a close-up of foliage, or a wide expanse of grass without so much as a tail in sight.

The right moment, in other words, can prove as elusive as the subject itself, and the craft demands considerable skill, endless patience and even, sometimes, remarkable courage. All of which serves to introduce the next visitor to Becconsall Old Church. On Sunday 8th August, starting at 2.30pm, Philip Boardman will be showing some of his splendid photographs of local wildlife.

Come along to be delighted and surprised at how much there is to see, if only we knew where to look, and had the patience to stand and stare.

Admission is £4, half-price for children, a price which includes refreshments and, if you need it, that ride on a vintage coach from the parking spot at Hesketh Bank All Saints Church Hall.

More local activities...

Friends Of Becconsall Old Church


30th July 2010
August Summer Fun Night
Source: CFAG Press Release

Hesketh Bank family fun nights, that have been going strong since September 2009, will hold their next event on Friday 6th August.

The Summer Fun Night will have all the regular favourites, including cash prize Play Your Cards Right, quiz and bingo then finishing the evening with karaoke and disco. The events are organised by Hesketh Bank Community Facilities Action Group (CFAG) and Village Hall and proceeds will go towards refurbishments.

Hesketh Bank August Summer Fun Night takes place on Friday 6th August at Hesketh Bank Village Hall (back hall) 7-11pm, entry is FREE and bring your own picnic.

For more information contact Diane Earles 07850 802 899

More Village Events...


29th July 2010
POPULAR LOCAL SHOP CLOSES
Report by: John Nairne

The Country Garden fruit and vegetable shop in Hesketh Bank will close this Saturday, 31st July. The shop's owner, Kathleen Watkinson, is retiring after running the business for 17 years.

This little shop will be missed by many, perhaps particularly the elderly and infirm to whom Kathleen made deliveries, as well as the regular customers.

This was a friendly place where people always had time for a chat and was a very good source of local news as well as fresh, and often local, produce. 

Good though the Booths store may prove to be, it is unlikely to serve the community in quite the same way,  and  The Country Garden's going represents a loss to the village community.  Its replacement will apparently be a takeaway pizzeria.


26th July 2010
HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA TEACHER ACCUSED OF GROPING STUDENT
Source: Liverpool Echo

Ian Bagley has been charged with abusing a position of trust and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at Tarleton High School, where he worked as head of drama.

The offence is alleged to have taken place between May 1 and December 31, 2009.

More...


21st July 2010
FURTHER POLICE APPEAL AGAIN FOR CRASH WITNESSES
Source: Lancashire Constabulary

POLICE have issued a further appeal for witnesses after a 35 year old man died following a road traffic collision in Much Hoole near Preston.

The collision happened near to San Marco's restaurant at 3.40pm Sunday 11 July 2010 on the A59 Liverpool Road at the junction with Liverpool Old Road.

Two vehicles, a red Honda Civic and a silver Kia Sedona, both travelling in the direction of Preston, collided before leaving the carriageway. Sadly, the driver of the Civic, who was from Euxton, was pronounced dead at the scene. His three year old daughter who was also in the car suffered a fractured collar bone and was treated at Royal Preston Hospital.

Having reviewed CCTV of the area from the time of the collision, police are keen to trace the drivers of three scooters that were travelling from Tarleton towards Preston along the A59. The three are seen overtaking a double decker bus, ending up behind the Honda and the Kia.

It is not clear where they have continued onto following the collision and police are keen to speak with them as they could be key witnesses to what happened.

Sergeant Alan Baron said: "A full investigation into this collision remains underway and I am very keen to speak with the three scooter drivers as they could have vital information that could help us piece together exactly what happened.

"I would also renew the appeal to anybody else who may have witnessed anything to come forward."

Anybody with any information should contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


19th July 2010
THIEVES HIT NEW OUTDOORS SHOP
Source: Hubmaker Media

POLICE are investigating after the Trek Outdoors shop on Church Road, Tarleton was broken into in the early hours of this morning.

Thieves smashed the front door and got away with around half of all the stock which included outdoor jackets, fleeces, t-shirts and walking trousers.

The attack comes only four weeks after the shop opened. Owner Jason Andrews said "we had enjoyed a good start to our business but this is a real setback".

Trek Outdoors | Local Business Directory


12th July 2010
FATAL CAR CRASH - WITNESSES SOUGHT
Source: Chorley Citizen

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 35-year- old Euxton man died following a road accident.

The collision happened yesterday in Much Hoole near to San Marco’s restaurant at 3.40pm on the A59 Liverpool Road at the junction with Liverpool Old Road. More...


9th July 2010
Lorraine Fullbrook MP - Maiden SpeEch
Source: TheyWorkForYou.com

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to make my maiden speech today. I congratulate you on your new role. I also congratulate my hon. Friend Richard Drax and MrsGlindon on their fascinating and excellent maiden speeches.

It is a great honour to be in this Chamber representing the people of the South Ribble constituency, and I wish to pay tribute to my predecessor, David Borrow. For 13 years, he worked hard for his constituents and he was renowned for his support of many local charities and organisations, particularly those involved in the developing world helping those suffering from HIV and AIDS.

I feel very proud in being the first woman Member of Parliament for South Ribble, but I follow in the illustrious footsteps of Edith Rigby from Penwortham in my constituency, who was a founding member of the Hutton and Howick women's institute. In 1904, she joined the Women's Social and Political Union, popularly known as the suffragettes. She was arrested and sentenced to a month in prison for taking part in a march to the Houses of Parliament. She went on to serve a total of seven prison sentences, and her activities culminated in her planting a bomb in the Liverpool cotton exchange.

South Ribble can be divided into four distinctive areas and locations, each with its own beauty and rich history and, under this new Government, a better future ahead. Leyland, of Leyland Motors fame, is the main town of South Ribble and has its past in both the cotton and engineering industries. The Cromwell tank was built in Leyland in 1943 by Leyland Motors, which was a world-beating engineering firm of its time, exporting lorries and buses around the world, including to Cuba. The Leyland cotton mills wove fine cambrics and fancies for many fashion houses of the day, in addition to cotton bandages, woven and bleached in Leyland to supply the military front lines of British campaigns around the globe.

Although the heavy engineering and cotton mills of the past have long ceased, these industries have been replaced by highly skilled, technical engineering companies such as Clean Air Power and Torotrak, providing hi-tech solutions for the reduction of CO2 emissions from large haulage vehicles and articulated lorries. In the case of Clean Air Power, CO2 reductions of 50% to 60% are the norm. Leyland is also the home to Schwans, which makes the famous Chicago town pizza.

The people of Leyland and I strongly agree that regeneration is the key to the future success of local business, along with improved infrastructure and leisure facilities. I am delighted that, under the leadership of Councillor Margaret Smith, the leader of the Conservative South Ribble borough council, the Leyland regeneration board has been formed. The board is made up of prominent local businessmen and women with a wealth of local expertise, but more importantly, this is being carried out through the private sector and is not hamstrung by the red tape and bureaucracy of the public sector. All in all, the future for Leyland is a million miles from humdrum.

The villages of Tarleton-where I live-Hesketh Bank and Banks were where the Normans "harried" the north in 1069 and they were allowed, under law, to continue their recreational violence of slaughtering any Saxons whom they came across in the "freelands". The fenlands, or marshes, surrounding the villages are now home to a 2,000 acre bird sanctuary and conservation area in the Ribble marsh estuary.

Fortunately, the "freelands" are now some of the richest agricultural land in the country, which supports the horticulture, or growing, industry, producing crops that are an important source of the nation's food. That is one of our largest industries, with the growers supplying the major multiple retailers in both the UK and other parts of Europe. However, these companies, both large and small and employing large numbers of local people, feel weighed down and burdened by the rules, regulations and taxes imposed on them by the previous Administration. They, like many other businesses, feel pummelled by ever increasing business taxes, vehicle excise duties and fuel duties, and I welcome this Government's measures to help private business and enterprise flourish. The growers are desperate for new infrastructure to enable them to get their food crops from the growing fields to the main road network. In the bonfire of the quangos, the horticultural industry is looking to this Government to set fire to one of the last remaining dinosaurs of its type-the Agricultural Wages Board.

Other villages of South Ribble are famous for many past and varied pursuits by the locals. Albert Pierrepoint, Britain's last official executioner, after his retirement owned the Rose and Crown public house in Much Hoole, the pub being affectionately known by its patrons as "the drop in". Jeremiah Horrocks, the curate of St Michael's church in Little Hoole, accurately predicted and witnessed the transit of Venus, last seen-after 121 years-in 2004. Mawdesley was the centre of basket-making in Lancashire, thanks to the fine willow grown on the banks of the River Yarrow. The village of Eccleston was once famous for growing more than 200 varieties of apples, and I am delighted that the community has recently come together to replant apple trees in gardens, on the green and in other public spaces.

Small and medium-sized businesses are the mainstay of employment in South Ribble and the risk takers and innovators of our economy. These business people will certainly benefit from the measures outlined last week by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer and fellow north-west MP, through his freedom, growth and enterprise agenda, and thanks to the new Government's regional growth fund, I am delighted that businesses in South Ribble will benefit to the tune of up to £5,000 per employee in national insurance contributions for the first 10 new employees.

My constituency is home to many highly skilled and specialist employees in the defence industry in the north-west-one of the UK's pre-eminent defence industrial areas. BAE Systems, Europe's largest defence contractor, has a strong presence in my constituency, with many constituents having a deep-rooted and strong interest in the future of the Typhoon fighter aircraft and tranche 3B of the programme; in the Mantis, one of the world's leading unmanned air vehicles; and, of course, in the F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft, which is a Lockheed Martin programme with BAE Systems as its main partner. No one can pre-judge the outcome of the strategic defence and security review, but it will come as no surprise to the Front-Bench Defence team that I will be campaigning hard and fighting for my constituents for the Typhoon tranche 3B project to go ahead.

I am very pleased to be making my maiden speech in this important debate on the progress and prospects in energy efficiency. It is with great regret, however, that the previous Government's Warm Front initiative has not been the success that was envisaged. Indeed, a number of my constituents, including a wheelchair-bound, 81-year-old gentleman, have come to me for help, following both initial consultations and installations by Warm Front agents in the north-west. They all have a sorry tale to tell-from being without hot water and heating for months on end after Warm Front carried out work on their properties, to vastly excessive charges over and above the £3,500 grant, appalling and shoddy workmanship and faulty equipment installed with no further responsibility from the companies involved.

After a particular constituent was advised that he would be required to stump up an additional £8,000 to replace a boiler and central heating system in a two-bedroom bungalow, I contacted a local and well respected Corgi-approved heating engineer to give me a quote. That came in at a total cost of £2,800-£700 less than the grant of £3,500-for the same specification as Warm Front's agents. I implore the Minister to review the Warm Front scheme urgently, as I believe there to be unscrupulous companies exploiting both the taxpayer, who is certainly not getting value for money, and my constituents, who in many cases are families with young children and elderly and vulnerable individuals. I respectfully request that the Minister ensure that the Government's excellent green deal programme does not go the same way.

Above all, the people of South Ribble wanted the Government off their backs and on their side. They believe that they know how to spend their hard-earned money better than any Government, and they voted for power to be handed back to the people. It is with great pride that I am in the House representing the people of South Ribble. I have vowed to put it on the map and to be South Ribble's voice in Westminster, and not the Westminster voice in South Ribble.


7th July 2010
HOSEPIPE BAN ANNOUNCED
Source: United Utilities

We have announced that we will impose a hosepipe ban following the driest start to a year since its records began. It is the first hosepipe ban in the North West for 14 years.

The ban will come into force on Friday July 9 at 6am.

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6th July 2010
WEST LANCS GUM CRIME CRACKDOWN
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Tarleton and Hesketh Bank pavements blighted by chewing gum stains are to be cleaned up West Lancashire Council using a jet-powered cleaner to blast the gum off.

The council is also warning that anyone caught throwing their gum away could be hit with a £75 fixed penalty notice. Coun Paul Greenall, portfolio holder for street scene services, said: “Dropping gum in the streets is not only a disgusting habit – it’s an offence.

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3rd July 2010
POLICE & COMMUNITIES TOGETHER (PACT) UPDATE
Report by: Phil Corrigan PC 980

Have you got problems with anti-social behaviour, crime, or traffic related issues in your neighbourhood?  Are you not sure who to report them to or where to start?  Would you just like to be involved more in the local community? Come and tell us your views – We want to listen…

The Neighbourhood Policing team attend a monthly PACT meeting and we are actively looking to engage with more members of the community to ensure that we are delivering the right services for all members of the community. All members of the community are welcome at the meetings.

In addition to the PACT meetings the Neighbourhood Policing team is currently collating contact details, notably email addresses, of any local people wishing to receive updates about important local policing issues. If you wish to be on this mailing list then please contact PC Chris Thompson with your details. 0845 125 35 45.


18th June 2010
HIGH SCHOOL VICTORY IN CYPRUS
Source: Southport Visitor

Pupils from Tarleton High School returned home victorious from Cyprus.

Years 7, 8 and 9 students travelled to the Mediterranean island to take part in three swimming galas against two British Military Schools. [See News 4th June 2010]

The pupils returned home unbeaten in every race. More...


17th June 2010
Burglary at Hesketh Lane Pre-school
Reported by Jean Taylor

Twice in three weeks our pre-school has been broken into. Fortunately not a lot of damage has been done but quite a lot of cash has been taken.

I cannot understand the mentality of someone who will steal from a charity working to improve the life and education of the young children in our village.

I have worked at this pre-school for over 20 years and nothing like this has ever happened before. I hope the person who committed this crime feels ashamed of themselves but I know that this is just me being naive.

If anybody heard or saw anything suspicious on the evenings of the 1st June and 16th June at Hesketh Lane Methodist Chapel I would be grateful if they could contact me  on 01772 814891. Thank you.

Jean Taylor (Manager)
Hesketh Lane Pre-school


16th June 2010
VC10 FLIGHT TRIALS
Source: BAE Systems

You may have again seen a large aircraft completing a number of ‘circuits’ in and around BAE Systems’ Warton facility. The aircraft in question is an RAF VC10, which is used by the RAF as a transport aircraft and for air-to-air refuelling.

This particular aircraft is currently flying from Warton for BAE Systems to undertake some trials for the RAF before it returns to operations. Wherever possible the trials are conducted at high-altitude and away from urban areas, however part of this particular trial requires the aircraft to be flown at low altitude, at varying speeds, and close to specialist test equipment which is permanently fixed at the Warton facility – one of only two places in the country.

Bill Ovel, Chief Test Pilot for Nimrod and Strategic Aircraft at BAE Systems explains: “The trials we are undertaking play an important role in getting the aircraft back into RAF operation as soon as possible. With the VC10 being large and sometimes noisier than other large aircraft regularly flown out of Warton, and with the requirements of this trial, some local residents may become more aware of our flying activity than usual. “To complete all the necessary test points we need to fly the VC10 in a wide range of configurations, as well as at a wide range of airspeeds, which results in a large number of circuits being required.

We recognise this causes some disturbance and inconvenience, for which we apologise, but the information being collected is essential to support RAF front line operations. “We are keeping the flight trials around Warton, and therefore the impact on the local community, to a minimum and we will aim to complete the trials during normal working hours where possible.

The team have so far completed a third of the flying and aim to have the remainder completed in the next few weeks, using as few flights as possible.


11th June 2010
APPEAL FOR WITNESSES AFTER FATAL CRASH
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died following a collision. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at around 5.45am on Blackgate Lane, Tarleton.

The collision also involved a red Ford Fiesta and a transit van. Both drivers were uninjured but treated for shock. The Fiesta driver - a 79-year-old from Leyland - and the van driver - a 26-year-old from Bolton - were both arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The road was closed for six hours whilst accident investigators carried out their work. Sergeant David Tonge, Senior Investigating Officer from Lancashire Road Policing, said: "I appreciate that this incident happened very early in the morning but people would have been around commuting to and from work at that time. "I am keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, or who saw any of the vehicles before the collision to come forward. "We know the red Fiesta left Huntapac and we know the blue Yamaha motorcycle had travelled from Tarleton in the direction of Southport. "We are in the process of informing the victim's next-of-kin and we have specially trained officers on stand by to support the family. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 01772-614444. More...


9th June 2010
Rufford Tip To Close
Source: BBC

Lancashire County Council has announced the closure of Rufford recycling centre.

A total of four recycling centres are set to close; Langho, Padiham, Rufford and at Everest Road in St Annes in a bid to save £1m every year.

Councillor Geoff Driver said it should not lead to rubbish being dumped illegally as several other recycling sites are nearby. He said: "The average person goes to one of these centres between one and three times a year. "The fact that they might have to go an extra three, four or even five miles to a site is not going to lead them to fly-tip." More...

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4th June 2010
Cyprus TRIP FOR High School Swimming Team
Source: Tarleton High School

On Sunday 6th June, a party of seventeen from Tarleton High will be leaving to travel to Cyprus to take part in a swimming competition with the two military high schools on the island. They are King Richard School Dhekelia and St John’s School, Episkopi. This groundbreaking initiative came from a discussion last summer between the two headteachers of the schools.

“Before he became the Head of the two schools in Cyprus, I had known Martin Ainsworth for a long time, especially as Head of Wellfield High, Leyland. He came to talk to a group of Heads about his schools. We discussed the possibility of a sporting competition between our schools and the opportunity for our young people to meet and learn more about each other. Some of  Martin’s pupils have parents who are about to go out to Iraq or Afghanistan and so they have a very different experience from most of our pupils.” said Anthony D Hardiker, Head of Tarleton High.

Following the agreement in principle between the two Heads, the PE staff from the schools agreed that a swimming competition between the three schools would be held. In addition, Tarleton’s Dance teacher, Miss Jody Kelly, was also asked to lead dance sessions with the military schools which will culminate in a final night celebration.

Mr Ian Roberts, a PE teacher, at Tarleton set about finding his swimming team, As pupils from the school are the District Swimming Champions, there was fierce competition for the ten places which were selected from competitive heats. Three boys and three girls  from each of Years 7, 8 and 9 were automatically selected after swimming breast, backstroke and crawl heats and the four fastest losers were also chosen.

The schools also agreed that the trip should be filmed and so interested Tarleton pupils were given the opportunity to make a DVD about a Day in the Life of the school so that the best two could be selected for the trip. Ten pupils produced DVDs and from them, Tom Ramsden, 14, and Will Thompson, 15,  were chosen.

Tarleton High is a High Performing Specialist School with an emphasis on Leadership. This provides opportunities for the school’s young people to show leadership in sport and in other areas of the school. From these young leaders, Maddison Brown, 15,  was selected through a rigorous interview process to be the Team Leader.

Matalan has provided a team uniform for the Tarleton group. Mr John Rimmer,  Manager of the St Helens’ Matalan store was instrumental in ensuring that the whole team will go out in a uniform for the Mediterranean summer temperatures. Mr Ian Roberts commented, “We would like to thank John for ensuring that the team looks very smart when travelling  and on the pool side. Without Matalan’s generous gesture, the team would not look so professional.”

“This is a very exciting opportunity for our young people.” said Mr Hardiker,” They will be living on military bases and will also get the opportunity to meet with young people whose experience of life is very different from theirs. However, whatever differences may exist between them, will be overcome through the swimming competition. I have told our pupils that they must go out to win! On the third day, however, there will be a final swimming competition consisting of three combined teams made up from all three schools. In that way, there will be healthy competition but also a great opportunity for the pupils to come together. Hopefully, we will all create memories which will last a lifetime.”


29th May 2010
TARLETON RUGBY CLUB TO REPRESENT ENGLAND IN ITALY
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Tarleton Rugby Club will represent England in a “friendship” tournament at the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the Great War.

A side from the Rugby Club has been invited to Northern Italy in September to compete against clubs from other countries caught up in the 1914-18 conflict.

The people of Montebelluna never forgot the sacrifice made by young soldiers from the UK protecting their country from overthrow by German-backed Austro-Hungarian forces. And following a recent rugby tour to the region by staff and pupils of Hutton Grammar School, an invitation has arrived for Tarleton to compete in the Memory Cup in September, an event which brings together teams from 18 nations who fought in World War One.

“It is a tremendous honour to be invited to represent the UK,” said Tarleton first team coach Paul Mahon. More...


21st May 2010
SCHOOL ANNOUNCES SWIMMING POOL REFURBISHMENT PLANS
Source: Tarleton High School Press Release

Tarleton High School’s popular swimming pool will be given a much needed refurbishment this summer.

A major water leak had threatened the closure of the pool due to the cost of the repairs needed. The school has worked closely with Lancashire County Council’s Property Group to jointly fund the refurbishment that will cost over £250,000.

The Hesketh Lane school pool closes on Sunday 30th May with the works continuing through the summer. The pool has a target reopening date in early September if everything goes to plan. Most of the work will be underground and so will not be obvious to swimmers.

The refurbishment includes; excavating the existing pipe work on the pool side and replacing it, replacing the filters, pumps and pipe work in the plant room and retiling the pool itself. This will stop the water leak, increase the water quality for bathers and reduce the energy costs by making use of available technologies. The swimming pool is used for swimming lessons by hundreds of children from the surrounding areas and is a valuable local resource in an area surrounded by waterways and canals.

In addition, local swimming clubs and groups use the facility for training. The pool is also popular with locals who can hire the pool for swimming parties or use the pool during the public access sessions.


20th May 2010
HaLF TERM SOCCER SCHOOL
Source: Hubmaker Media

Preston North End goalkeeper and UEFA Licensed Coach Roy Tunks, is hosting a Soccer School for footballers from 8-11 years at Penwortham Leisure Centre during the half term holidays.

If any junior players are interested, pleasecontact the Penwortham Leisure Centre on 01772 747272 at the earliest as places are limited.


17th May 2010
PET FOOD FACTORY EXPANSION PLANS PASSED
Source: Place North West

Chorley Council has approved planning permission for the expansion of the GA Pet Food Partners factory.

The approved proposals involve a masterplan for a 66-acre site and 190,000 sq ft of extensions and modernisation, involving the introduction of facilities on the green belt site, in between the villages of Bretherton and Tarleton.

Proposals involve the replacement of the existing production facilities and construction of a new extrusion line, creation of on-site storage, an odour control system, waste-heat recovery system and rainwater recycling facilities, together with plans for improved waste management and disposal. In addition, a biomass boiler will generate energy locally, which has been fuelled by willow grown on the company's land.

Roger Bracewell, GA Pet Food Partners' chairman, said: "At every stage, we have developed our investment plans sensitively to consider their impact on the countryside and the local community and kept all stakeholders fully informed. We are also grateful to the support of Chorley Council and to the council members who visited the site."

The factory also held public open days, and 2,500 brochures were sent to local residents to explain the company's plans for the site.

GA Pet Food Partners, has an annual turnover in excess of £50m and employs a 120-strong local workforce.


14th May 2010
WINDING UP ORDER FOR PNE
Source: Reuters

Preston North End have received a winding up petition from HM Revenue and Customs.

"The Board of Preston North End... have received a winding up petition from HM Revenue and Customs, following failure to pay certain liabilities," a club statement read.

Managed by Darren Ferguson, son of Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, Preston finished just seven points clear of relegation this season in 17th place.

The Lancashire club, founding members of the Football League in the 1888/89 season when they were the first English champions and also won the FA Cup to clinch the double, are considering available options and will make a further announcement soon.


14th May 2010
ORMSKIRK MARKET DAY BUS SERVICE TRIAL
Source: Hubmaker Media

It has been decided to introduce a Thursdays Only bus service to for a trial period of three months starting Thursday 3rd June:

BANKS Hoole Lane 0930
HESKETH BANK Shore/Chapel Roads 0938
TARLETON Cock & Bottle 0945
MERE BROW Legh Arms 0951
HOLMESWOOD Methodist Church 0956
RUFFORD Hesketh Arms 0959
BURSCOUGH War Memorial 1005
ORMSKIRK Bus Station 1015

The return journey will leave Ormskirk around 1300-1330 allowing for approximately 3 hours in Ormskirk.

The service is a trial and the uptake will be assessed. The continued operation of the service is estimated to need a minimum of 15-20 passengers on the service.


13th May 2010
ALASTAIR TO OPEN 2010 SCHOOL FAIR
Report by: The Friends of Tarleton Holy Trinity

The Friends of Tarleton Holy Trinity present THE SPRING FAIR 2010 to be held on the school field, Church Road, Tarleton on Saturday 22nd May.

The theme this year is 'Tarletons Got Talent' and we are proud to announce that Fair will be opened by local boy Alastair Postlethwaite, star of BBC's 'So You Think You Can Dance'

The Spring Fair opens at 12pm and attractions include Bouncy Castle & Giant Slide, Donkey Rides, Cafe, Cake Stall, Hot Dogs, Crepes, Beat the Goalie, Tombola, Face Painting, Ice Cream, Candy Floss, Vegetable & Plant Stall, Tug of War and a Grand Prize Draw.

During the afternoon we are holding open auditions to be judged by Alastair and others, to see if Tarleton really has got talent. Entry forms can be collected from the School Office or you can enter on the day. The show will start at around 1pm. Entrants must be 12 or under, up to groups of five and supply their own music etc on CD.

It promises to be a fantastic day for all the family so come along and support your local school and come along to meet Alastair Postlethwaite who is very keen to meet all his fans and say thankyou for all the support he has received from the village.

For more events and activities in the village see the EVENTS PAGE


12th May 2010
TRADING STANDARDS WARNING - INTERCOM SALES
Source: Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service

Please be advised that a number of complaints are being received relating to cold calling by men selling intercoms systems to residents of sheltered accommodation and local authority housing throughout the Leyland, Preston, Lancaster and Burnley/ Pendle areas.

Various reports have been received and there are believed to be two companies currently operating in this way. One company, which gives a Blackpool address, advises residents that the cost of the intercoms is usually £80 but will cost £40 if purchased through the Council. Sometimes residents believe the intercoms are linked to police schemes, or to their housing provider, none of which is true.

A second set of two salesmen, sometimes giving Lancaster addresses, are operating in the east of the county and appear to be charging around £250 for intercoms systems. Residents are led to believe the company is connected with the housing provider and are shocked at then having to pay. Please be aware these companies have no official links, the products may not work, and damage may be caused to doors etc when a drill is used during the fitting.

We would be grateful to receive any further intelligence on these salemen, especially if they are currently trading in an area. Please refer any complaints to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 55 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs PR1 3NU via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506 and ask them to pass the information to trading standards straight away. If there is any fraud or criminal damage the matter should also be referred to the police.


10th May 2010
Hesketh Bank Silver Band need your help!
Source: Hubmaker Media

Are you a brass or percussion player? The Hesketh Bank Silver Band are looking for new players to join the band whether you want to learn or have played before we‘d like to hear from you.

Instruments and tuition is available and we play a wide variety of music ranging from march to musicals, Hymns to film music such as James Bond. We also have a busy diary throughout the year including walking day’s, steam rally’s and the annual Botanic Gardens Concert

Rehearsals are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm Thursdays. We’re easy to find in-between Hesketh Bank All Saints Church and the new Bodypulse Gym. For more information visit www.heskethbankband.com or contact Neil Walsh on 07890967115 for more details.


21st April 2010
BOOTHS PLAN SHOWCASE ECO FRIENDLY SUPERMARKET
Source: Champion Newspapers

Booths are well underway with work on creating a store to serve residents of Hesketh Bank, Tarleton and the surrounding areas, and have said that its new site on Station Road is going to be an eco-friendly showcase for the firm with a local twist when it opens in November.

“For a smaller place such as Hesketh Bank, the new store is going to have a big impact, and give the people of Hesketh Bank and Tarleton an opportunity to buy quality, locally-made foods without having to drive out to Southport or Preston.

"It's a smaller site than some of the other stores we have opened recently, but we've tried to give it as many eco-friendly features as possible, which we're looking to incorporate into our other stores in the future,” said Mike Thomson, Estates Manager for Booths. More...


21st April 2010
SUNDAY SCHOOL TAKE ON SNOWDON
Source: Southport Visitor

A group of 15 women are taking on Mount Snowdon to raise money for much needed improvements at Mere Brow Methodist Sunday School.

The women came up with the idea at last year’s harvest tea after deciding they wanted to do a challenging sponsored event. Since then they have been regularly pounding the countryside in preparation for the climb.

The money raised will fund new railings at the Sunday school, which celebrates its 150th anniversary next year. More...


16th April 2010
CANDIDATE'S CAR DAMAGE AND POSTER THEFT
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

A would-be Lancashire MP and her husband fear they are being targeted by yobs after both their cars were damaged in a 10-day spate of criminal damage.

Lorraine Fullbrook, the Conservatives' prospective Parliamentary candidate for South Ribble, and her husband Mark, say both their cars, a Volvo and a BMW, have been kicked and dented outside their home in Tarleton and a total of 50 campaign banners have been stolen from gardens across South Ribble in the past five days, they claim.

The incidents have been reported to police, who are investigating. More...


13th April 2010
CHARTER STATUS FOR HESKETH BANK AFC
Source: Hubmaker Media

After many months of effort Hesketh Bank AFC has finally been awarded Charter Standard Status by the Football Association (FA).

As a benchmark for quality, the Charter Standard Scheme is a best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League.

The football club now wishes to attain Development Club status and has plans in place to achieve this next step.

HB AFC Chairman Paul Sergeant wished to thank everyone who had been involved in this achievement saying "Well done to everyone"


3rd April 2010
MORE BUS SERVICE REDUCTIONS FOR HESKETH BANK
Reporter: Bob Robinson

Further to the news concerning the 202 bus route [see news 31st March below], that is not the end of the changes.

In future whilst there will be a twenty minute clock face service from Preston to Tarleton, from the Cock and Bottle two buses will go forward to Hesketh Bank with a gap of twenty and then forty minutes between services. Only one of these buses will then operate beyond Hesketh Bank to Southport.

Commuters and shoppers will need to study the timetables carefully to avoid long waits in the cold and rain.

Lancashire County Council have announced that bus service changes affecting passengers from Tarleton and Hesketh Bank will be introduced on the 11th and 12th April 2010:

X2  Preston - Southport - Liverpool (Leaflet 253)
From 11 April 2010 Stagecoach in Lancashire will revise the timetable increasing the Sunday daytime frequency to run every half hour.  There will also be an additional stopping place introduced at Bretherton Toll Bar on the A59.

2/2A  Preston - Longton - Tarleton - Southport/Ormskirk (Leaflet 254)
From 12 April 2010 Stagecoach in Lancashire will revise the route and timetable, partially restoring Service 2A, by increasing the Monday to Saturday daytime service between Preston and Tarleton, via Higher Penwortham, Hutton, Longton, Walmer Bridge and Much Hoole, from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes.
From Tarleton, two Service 2 buses per hour will continue to Hesketh Bank, with one extending hourly through Banks to Southport.  New Service 2A, in partnership with Lancashire County Council, will then continue hourly through to Ormskirk via Rufford and Burscough, replacing Service 202.
The 2330 journey from Preston to Hesketh Bank will be reinstated on Friday and Saturday nights.

202  Ormskirk - Burscough - Rufford - Tarleton - Hesketh Bank (Leaflet 303)
From 12 April 2010 Lancashire County Council will withdraw this service.  It will be replaced with Stagecoach in Lancashire's new Service 2A, which will run hourly Monday to Saturday daytime between Preston, Tarleton and Ormskirk (please refer to Leaflet 254).
As a result, the direct link between Hesketh Bank and Ormskirk will be removed.  The new Service 2A is coming from Preston and it is not feasible to additionally serve Hesketh Bank.  Daily passenger journeys making this link are very low and connection opportunities will be available at Tarleton Cock & Bottle by utilising Service 2.

3A  Ormskirk - Burscough - Parbold - Skelmersdale - Wrightington Hospital (Leaflet 303)
From 12 April 2010 Lancashire County Council will renumber Service 203 together with revising the route and timetable.
The service will still run from Ormskirk to Wrightington Hospital via Burscough, Newburgh, Parbold, Skelmersdale, Hall Green, Roby Mill and Appley Bridge.  As part of the changes to replace Service 202 with Stagecoach's Service 2A, the County Council will revise Service 203 as follows:
Maintain the joint 30 minute headway, during Monday to Saturday daytime, between Ormskirk and Burscough with Stagecoach's new Service 2A, with joint ticketing to ensure customers continue to receive the same level of service;
Amend the route in Burscough to additionally serve the Manor Avenue and Hesketh Road estates, in place of Service 337 and the withdrawn Service 202;
Amend route in Skelmersdale to additionally serve the Leisure Centre and a section of Ormskirk Road not currently served by public transport.  These are two elements residents have requested but were not possible within the previous timetable;
Renumber the route to Service 3A to provide coordinated publicity with Service 2A.

337  Ormskirk - Burscough - Parbold - Mawdesley - Eccleston - Chorley (Leaflet 264)
From 12 April 2010 Lancashire County Council will revise the route in Burscough, no longer serving Manor Avenue, which will now be served by revised Service 3A.

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31st March 2010
Hesketh Bank TO LOse 202 Bus Service
Source: Champion News

The 202 bus service, which runs between Hesketh Bank, Tarleton and Ormskirk, will cease calling at stops in Hesketh Bank and start at Tarleton instead from next month.

The 202 service is currently operated by Southport-based company Cumfybus on behalf of Lancashire County Council, but plans to see the services switch to Stagecoach would mean the services missing out Hesketh Bank.

"It's unfair that the people of Hesketh Bank are being targeted unfairly by the change in the service,” said Chapel Road resident Rose Green. “There's a big population of the elderly in Hesketh Bank who use the service to get to appointments at Ormskirk Hospital, and it's used by young people who have jobs in Ormskirk too. I've spoken to lots of people who use this service and they're all up in arms about the changes. They're having their choices in travel taken away from them.”

David Borrow, MP for South Ribble, said that while the changes would be good news for residents living in Tarleton and other parts of Lancashire, it meant Hesketh Bank would be left without a direct link to Ormskirk. “This is causing problems for people travelling to Ormskirk, especially for Market day and access to the hospital. Ive already raised this with Lancashire County Council on behalf of local residents,” he said. “I asked if they have any plans in place to help the elderly residents who rely on this service. I'm waiting for them to reply as soon as possible as I want the Council to understand that people care deeply about this issue.” View the full Champion Article

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29th March 2010
Hesketh Bank Family Fun Night
Source: CFAG

The next Hesketh Bank Family Fun Night will be held on Friday 2nd April and this time it is FREE entry for all.

The Fun Nights have been going since September 2009 and are now a regular monthly feature in Hesketh Bank. With cash prize bingo, quiz and Play Your Cards Right then karaoke and disco until late there really is something for all the family.

Tony Earles, spokesperson for the organising group and DJ for the events said: “We are delighted that the events have taken off and to encourage more people to join in the fun we have decided not to charge for entry this Friday."

The Family Fun Night events are organised by Hesketh Bank Community Facilities Action Group (CFAG) and Village Hall and proceeds go towards refurbishments.


24th March 2010
BNP TO STAND FOR ELECTION
Source: Champion News

The British National Party has announced that BNP activisit Rosalind Gauci will be fighting for the South Ribble seat, which covers the Banks, Hesketh Bank and Tarleton areas, at this year's election. More...


22nd March 2010
WAVE OF TROUBLE HITS HESKETH BANK
Source: Hubmaker Media

A week of trouble and harassment around Hesketh Bank culminated in the theft of equipment from Hesketh Bank Band Hut.

Vandals smash windows in Hesketh Bank Band HutOn Wednesday evening around 30 youths were asked to move on from behind the Village Hall and also from the grounds of All Saints Church.

On Thursday night, a tall youth with a smaller companion were chased after being caught throwing stones at the Band Hut and cars in the village hall car park.

Friday night saw six windows of the Band Hut smashed. Three windows of the Band Hut were fixed only two weeks previously.

On Saturday night the Band Hut was broken into and a photocopier and trombone were stolen from an internal store room. The thieves are believed to have entered the building through a broken window. Police found blood on a curtain inside the building and "good quality" footprints were recorded at the scene.

An eye witness reported seeing two youths picking shards of glass out of a window frame. At about 6:30pm a girl was seen jumping out of the band hut window and the police were called. The two youths left the site at about 6:50pm. One was described as a male of about 15 years old with close cropped hair, dressed in navy blue. The girl was described as 14 to 15, very dark black hair, dressed in navy blue with a pale blue lining to her hood.

Over the weekend youths were also reported to be causing trouble around the new all weather pitches and on the Cricket Pitch. A large white sight screen was overturned into a ditch and a large amount of beer cans and spirit bottles left strewn all over the facility.

Local residents have long complained about the problem of gangs of youths roaming the village causing damage.


18th March 2010
CRAB & LOBSTER RESTAURANT TO RE-OPEN
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

A restaurant which was once a popular haunt of the rich and famous is to re-open nearly 15 years after it closed. Football and television stars were among the people who frequented the Crab and Lobster in Mere Brow during its heyday. Proprietor Kay Flood was extremely popular with the clientele and there was uproar when the venue closed in October 1995.

Now former policeman Gerald Consett and his wife Pat are re-opening the eaterie and are hoping to bring back those glory days. The couple took over the Legh Arms next door three years ago and have spent 18 months and more than £150,000 on refurbishing the Crab and Lobster. More...


15th March 2010
70 Houses Proposed for Plox Brow SITE
Source: Hubmaker Media

Plans to develop the Tarleton Mill site down Plox Brow have been submitted to West Lancashire Borough Council.

Outline permission is requested for a mixed use development comprising 3,450sqm of employment space (Class B1), 70 dwellings including 7 affordable units and public open space. More...


10th March 2010
CALLS FOR A59 Speed Limit CUTS
Source: Lancasire Evening Post

The speed limit on one of the main routes into Preston is to be slashed by 20mph after two deaths.

Highways chiefs at County Hall want to cut traffic speed on the A59 to 30mph and 50mph between Penwortham and Longton.

Campaigners claim the speed reduction doesn't go down far enough. and want a 50mph limit from as far away as where the San Marco restaurant in Much Hoole. More...


25th February 2010
GREENFIELD HOUSING ALLOWED FOR TARLETON & HESKETH BANK
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

West Lancashire Council is looking to allow more housing in rural settlements and provide more affordable homes. The new policy aims to maintain a five year supply of housing land as required by the Government.

It proposes that housing development will be allowed on brownfield sites of any size, and on greenfield sites for up to 10 units in the following villages: Tarleton, Up Holland, Parbold, Hesketh Bank, Banks, Appley Bridge, Halsall Village, Haskayne, Newburgh, Rufford, on New Cut Lane and Segars Lane (Halsall), Brown Edge (Scarisbrick) and Tontine.

Other plan policies will remain the same, for example the very tight restrictions on new development in the Green Belt. The greenfield sites are sites that have not been built on previously but are within or adjacent to exisiting developments. More...


15th February 2010
SCAM UPDATE
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards

Residents are advised that there are several scams and possible unfair practices hitting Lancashire at the moment.  

South Ribble- consumers have complained about a cold caller who phones, saying that he is from British Telecom, and that he is offering a new service called "Do Not Call".  For a one off payment of £9.95 the consumer can take advantage of a life-long service banning cold calls.   Financial information to pay for this service is then requested over the telephone.  Consumers are warned that these phone calls are not made on behalf of BT, and asked not to give personal information to companies they do not know over the phone.

South Ribble, West Lancs- "Supporting Arms" bags have been left for collection at various locations, asking for unwanted goods.  These are not left on behalf of a registered charity, and unfortunately the collections sometimes coincide the collection of other bags left by properly registered charities.  Please be aware that the profits from sales of goods given to such companies as Supporting Arms are likely to go to support private businesses rather than charitable enterprises. 

Throughout Lancashire- consumers selling goods on ebay are warned that after notification by ebay that a sale has been successful, you may receive a fake email, very official in appearance and purporting to be from Paypal, requesting that you post the item and send them the tracking number.  The email states that payment has been received but is in a holding account till paypal receives the requested information, at which point they will release the money.  Believing that the email is genuine, the seller then posts the item abroad, only to find later that the paypal email is fake when no payment is received.   Please be very careful when sending any goods abroad, especially to Africa where many of these scams originate.

Throughout Lancashire- Businesses, schools and nursing homes across the county are being warned to watch out for bogus invoices that claim to be from directory publisher Yell in relation to its products and services.  The warning comes after a number of complaints, including one from an Accrington primary school that recently received a bogus £500 invoice. The scammers seek to mislead Yell customers into signing up to fake advertising contracts which sometimes result in repeated requests for payment by phone. Some people may be duped into thinking they are taking out Yell advertising or renewing existing advertising programmes. Bogus order forms are sent by e-mail or fax and contain look-alike "Yellow Pages" branding. Customers who return the form subsequently receive invoices and requests for payment. Some have even received threatening telephone calls. In one instance, scammers set up copycat websites resembling Yell.com. Yell customers should be particularly alert to any correspondence they receive containing contact or bank account details in Holland or Germany. Some of the names to beware of are:
Yellow Page UK or Yellow Page AG, which displays an inverted "walking fingers" logo.
Yellow Pages 24.
UK Yellow Guide.
Anyone receiving contact from these traders or anyone similar should ignore any order forms and should not pay any invoices.

Throughout Lancashire-  Another lottery scam apparently based in Italy- the name given is Chic Express, giving an address in Piemonte- the unsolicited letters claim the consumer has won £66,000 but needs to send a £20 administration fee in the envelope provided.  The letters purport to come from Collins & Partners Practice, so-called experts in security & financial transfers.

Residents are strongly advised never to give out personal bank details in response to an unsolicited call or mailing.

Please refer any complaints to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 55 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs PR1 3NU via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If there is any loss of money the matter should also be referred to the police.

Warning issued by Dawn Robinson, Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service, please call 01772 532763 for further information.


13th February 2010
ALASTAIR OUT OF FINAL
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Ballet dancing star Alastair Postlethwaite will not be in the running to be crowned the winner of BBC's So You Think You Can Dance after all.

Alastair, 28, from Tarleton, was reported to be back in with a chance of the £100,000 prize on tonight's final. Alastair was primed to replace injured finalist, Robbie White, after he had to leave the competition with a dislocated shoulder but it was decided he would have too much to learn and rehearse in too short a space of time.

Alastair will now perform in one of the final routines, along with the other finalists. Finalist Tommy Franzen said: "We just realised that it was way too much for anyone to learn those six routines. It wasn't fair on him ." More...


10th February 2010
ALASTAIR BACK IN DANCE FINAL
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

Tarleton dancer Alastair Postlethwaite is back in the final of BBC's So You Think You Can Dance

Alastair has been put back in to the final of So You Think You Can Dance after one of the other contestants was injured. The classically trained ballet dancer was sensationally reinstated in to competition today after fellow dancer Robbie White discolated his shoulder in training and was unable to continue in the talent show. More...


7th February 2010
TARLETON DANCE STAR MISSES FINAL
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

So You Think You Can Dance star Alastair Postlethwaite was told he was "inspirational" as he was voted off the BBC1 show.The 28-year-old ballet dancer from Tarleton narrowly missed out on a place in next week's final when he left the show on Saturday night. More...


4th February 2010
SAVE THE BECC MEETING 'A GREAT SUCCESS'
Source: Hubmaker Media

Villagers consider the Possibilities of taking Power over the Future of The Bec Site.

Over 60 members of the public attended the second “Save The Bec” Public Meeting at Hesketh Bank Village Hall. Villagers heard that a planning application for more housing on the site was imminent and urged anyone who felt strongly to write to David Borrow MP to object.

Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council were asked to back the campaign, with the next steps to include researching the possibility  of creating a Community Social Enterprise on The Bec site, which might include a pub and also addressing other local social needs for elderly and disabled. More...


3rd February 2010
Man trapped in River Douglas airlifted to hospital
Source: Southport Visitor

A man fishing in the River Douglas at Hesketh Bank was airlifted to hospital after he got trapped in the river bank.

The man in his 60s, wearing waterproof gear, had gone fishing and became trapped on the bank around 1.30pm yesterday afternoon. The water rose above his wellies and he became hypothermic.

Southport Coastguard and a team from Lytham Coastguard and Lytham’s RNLI Lifeboat. arrived at the scene on Guide Road. The man was rescued from the river, taken on board the lifeboat, before being airlifted to hospital by North West Air Ambulance. More...


2nd February 2010
Tractor convoy backs ALASTAIR
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Fans of farmer's son turned ballet dancer Alastair Postlethwaite are revving up for his bid for primetime TV fame.

A huge convoy of tractors, festooned with banners and balloons, drove through Tarleton as the 28-year-old reached the final six of BBC1's So You Think You Can Dance. More...


29th January 2010
THE BILL SUPPORTS THE BEC
Source: Hubmaker Media

From Andrew Lancel

Before moving away from the area and way before I joined the cast of The Bill I lived in Tarleton and fondly remember the area, its people, its shops and of course its pubs!

The Bec being one of those pubs and Mrs Mc and the staff of The Bec being some of those people - a place and people who added to and matter greatly to the community.

I add my support to the 'Save the Bec' Action Group and hope it continue its priceless tradition.

With very Best Wishes,
Andrew Lancel
Detective Inspector Neil Manson in ITV's The Bill

Save The Becconsall


28th January 2010
POLICE APPEAL FOR HELP AFTER VEHICLES DAMAGED
Source: Hubmaker Media

Police are appealing for help to trace those responsible for a recent spate of criminal damage to vehicles in the Tarleton and Hesketh Bank area.

Overnight on Sunday 25th January a large number of vehicles were damaged. Police enquiries are continuing and patrols have been increased in the area.

Residents are asked to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the Police immediately.

If you see a crime in progress dial 999 or if you see any suspicious activity ring the non-urgent number 0845 125 35 45. Anyone who may be able to identify these offenders can ring anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555111


21st January 2010
DOUBLE CELEBRATION FOR ROAD SAFETY EXPERT
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

A Hesketh Bank road safety expert has been reward for his work in saving lives.

Neil Cunliffe, Lancashire County Council’s road safety manager has been presented with a Prince Michael International Road Safety award.

The award was handed over by Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of Mr Cunliffe’s use of innovative ideas to improve road safety.

This latest award marks a double celebration for Neil, who was also presented with an OBE earlier this month. More....


18th January 2010
Aughton Male Voice Choir comes to Hesketh Bank
Source: CFAG

Hesketh Bank Community Facilities Action Group (CFAG) and Village Hall are delighted to present, for one night only, Aughton Male Voice Choir.

They will serenade us with a programme of Love Songs to celebrate St Valentine’s Day at All Saints Church on Friday 12th February.

Aughton Male Voice choir was founded in 1974 by the Aughton Ratepayers and Residents Association and currently has a membership of over 60 singers, drawn from West Lancashire, Liverpool, Sefton and Greater Manchester.  One of those singers is Hesketh Bank resident Terry Baldwin, who has organized this event for CFAG and the Village Hall to help raise funds.  “The Choir gives between 15 and 20 concerts every year, and has toured the UK and Europe. I wanted to bring them to the village to help with all the good work CFAG and the Village Hall are doing for Hesketh Bank.”

Tony Earles, spokesperson for Community Facilities Action Group (CFAG) said “We are honoured to have the choir visit, I am sure it will be a superb evening for music lovers to celebrate Valentine’s Day and proceeds will go towards CFAG Action Fund and refurbishment of the Village Hall.”

Aughton Male Voice Choir sings Love Songs takes place on Friday 12th February 2010 at All Saints Church 7.30pm, tickets are £7 each and available from CFAG, Village Hall Committee Members and Top Shop Newsagents.

For details of this and more local events click here


17th January 2010
COMMUNITY OVERCOME GRITTING CHALLENGE IN BANKS
Source: Hubmaker Media

North Meols Parish Council teamed up with community spirited local businesses and residents to solve the snow clearance problem in Banks.

Whilst the residents and parish council are aware that snow clearance is the responsibility of Lancashire County Council they also recognised that the County Council would not have the resources to clear the roads of Banks let alone the footpaths.

The parish council sourced the grit and ordered 20 tonnes for immediate delivery and also passed a motion to authorise the purchase of 10 grit bins that will be sited conveniently around the parish. The £3,697 + Vat bill for the grit and the bins was taken from the Parish Council ‘environmental projects’ budget.

Mr Godfrey Crook offered the use of a spreader, small tractor and driver and facilities to store the grit. Mr Bill Abram, chairman of the resident’s group, then came up with two more spreaders, one from Baxters, and several volunteers to spread the grit.

Dr David Vickers, Chairman of North Meols Parish Council, said "We recognise that as there is a high proportion of more mature people in the village and we have a responsibility to ensure their safety when out and about. It was for this reason we took the decision to source the grit and do the job ourselves."

"The whole exercise is a joint partnership between local business, the resident’s group and the parish council all working together for the benefit of the village."

"We hope that LCC will supply us with more grit through the summer months so we can be ready if we have another winter like this one. We also need details of anyone else who is willing to help with the spreading should the need arise".


15th January 2010
BECC PLANNING APPLICATION "IMMINENT"
Source: Save The Becconsall Action Group

More housing in Hesketh Bank Village Centre will have a major impact on the whole village infrastructure and every household in the village. Urgent action by all villagers is required to block possible demolition of the historic Becconsall Hotel, to make way for more building on this site.

Please write in your concerns to MP David Borrows, a sample letter can be downloaded to support you.

A Public Meeting has been called by “Save The Bec” Action Group for 7.30pm  Monday 25th Jan 2010 HB Village Back Hall. Everyone welcome. See the Events page for more information

If you have difficulty travelling, please contact “Save The Bec” Action Group and we will do our best to arrange local lifts and transport to and from the meeting. More....

Mrs Mc & Save The Bec Action Group
Save The Becconsall


14th January 2010
BANK HALL PLANNING APPLICATION
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Moves are being made to restore a Lancashire landmark which dates back to the 17th century.

A planning application has gone to Chorley Council for work to Bank Hall in Bretherton to convert a large part of the building into private accommodation but the 1832 entrance hall, the hall behind it and the clock tower may be opened up to the public.


12th January 2010
BOGUS VET JAILED
Source: BBC News

A conman from Hesketh Bank who posed as a vet and nearly killed a pony by botching its castration has been jailed for two years.

Russell Oakes also masqueraded as a doctor, carried out an intimate examination and charged for false diagnoses, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The 43-year-old, of Hesketh Bank, admitted 41 charges of fraud, forgery and perverting the course of justice.

He bought a fake university certificate off the internet, the court heard. More....


10th January 2010
SCHOOL CLOSURES UPDATE
Source: Hubmaker Media

Tarleton High School will open on Monday 11th January for ALL PUPILS. Parents are asked to ensure the conditions of opening are observed.


8th January 2010
SCHOOL CLOSURES UPDATE
Source: Hubmaker Media

Tarleton High School will open on Monday 11th January for year 11 pupils.

The suituation regarding school opening for years 7, 8, 9 and 10 TBA


7th January 2010
SCHOOL CLOSURES UPDATE
Source: Hubmaker Media

Tarleton High School will be closed on Friday and a decision on opening next Monday will be advised as soon as possible.

Tarleton County Primary School will be open on Friday but there will be no drop-off zone because of the icy state of the parking area.


7th January 2010
BORROW ATTACKS HOON IN LEADERSHIP ROW
Source: Hubmaker Media

Two former Cabinet ministers, Mr Hoon and Ms Hewitt, have called for a Labour leadership contest claiming that unless the issue of the leadership was resolved, it could undermine Labour's general election campaign.

In reply to the email, South Ribble MP David Borrow responded:

"Dear Geoff,

Thank you for your e-mail. I am very disappointed and I disagree with you in every detail. I do not believe that the Parliamentary Labour Party is divided over the question of leadership, other than by a very few malcontents. I did not expect you to have become one of them.

Any leadership ballot (whatever the result) would be seized upon with glee by our political enemies and be immensely damaging to the Labour Party and our prospects at the forthcoming election. I believe you and Patricia have misjudged the mood in the PLP and I feel there is no pressure for a ballet only months before the General Election.

I would suggest, for the best interests of the Labour Party and your Parliamentary colleagues, that you now provide us all with a period of silence until after the next election."


6th January 2010
FURTHER SCHOOL CLOSURES ANNOUNCED
Source: Hubmaker Media

Both Tarleton High School and Tarleton County Primary School have announced they will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday the 7th January.


5th January 2010
EMPLOYMENT Tribunal judgment
Source: Hubmaker Media

The long running dispute between Mr Rod Sears (previous TPC Clerk) and Tarleton Parish Council has now been heard before an Employment Tribunal. The tribunal was held at the Cunard buildings in Liverpool on 17th December. Tarleton Parish Council employed the services of a solicitor, Mr Sears represented himself.

The unanimous judgment of the Tribunal was that Mr Sears was unfairly dismissed but his complaint of age discrimination was not upheld. Tarleton Parish Council has been ordered to pay Mr Sears £2,106 compensation. Your comments....


5th January 2010
SNOW JOKE FOR BRETHERTON SKIER
Source: Mirror.co.uk

Bretherton's Dave Ryding might be one of our big skiing hopes for this year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver - but he isn't happy when the snow began to fall in Britain.

He grumbled: "I wanted a break from my normal routine - I did not want to see any snow."

"I'm sick of the stuff. I was slipping all over the place. Transport was carnage.

Dave, 23, spends several months of the year training in Austria and is now rated as the British No.1 for slalom. More....


2nd January 2010
TARLETON DANCER IN BBC SHOW FINAL
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Dancer Alistair makes move for TV crown

A Tarleton farmer's son turned ballet dancer is to star in a new BBC TV talent search to find Britain's best dancer.

Former Tarleton schoolboy Alastair Postlethwaite, now 28, who won a place at the Royal Ballet School at the age of 11, is a finalist on new primetime BBC1 show, So You Think You Can Dance.

Alastair, who grew up on Longlands Farm, in Tarleton, and still stays with his parents between jobs, mucked out, herded cattle and worked on the family stall in Chorley Market in between working on his dance moves as a child. More....


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