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15th November 2014
Reported by: i2i Publishing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tarleton Community Primary School Remembrance Day Assembly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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