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28th January 2015
Phoenix Rebels named UK's best Country club
Source: Southport Visiter

Phoenix Rebels Country Music Club has been named as the ‘UK’s Best Club’ in a national country music competition.

Awarded by, the title celebrates the best of the UK’s country music scene.

A judge from the radio station, known as ‘Big Jack’ visited the venue and gave it a gold award for ‘The UK’s Best Country Music Club.’

The venue, which opened in 2000, is run by husband and wife team Fred and Julie Jorden, who say they’re “very proud” of the award.

They said: “We’re all very proud with the award. We’ve come such a long way - we started off with around 50 members 15 years ago. Now, we have around 200 members.”

56-year-old Mrs Jorden says Phoenix Rebel’s "all round friendly atmosphere” is the secret to their success.

“We’re always very welcoming to newcomers, and we have such a mix of people that everyone feels welcome. We’re a really friendly bunch and that must be why we’ve been successful

“We don’t worry whether or not country music is popular at the moment - it’s all we’re interested in and so to us it will always be popular,” she added.

Originally, the club was known as ‘Riverside Rebels’ situated at Hesketh Bank Bowling club, however a change of circumstances meant that the club re-located to its current site at Leisure Lake, earning its new name ‘Phoenix Rebels.’

Phoenix Rebels Country Music Club is based at Leisure Lakes Caravan Park and is open on Friday and Saturday nights.

It holds a weekly ‘casual night’ every Friday, with free entry, line dancing, drinks and music, with Saturdays dedicated to live music hosting a different live act each week.

Click here to read the complete Southport Visiter article

28th January 2015
Reported by: Jonathan Spencer

Rare footage of the Hesketh Bank station in the 1960s when the West Lancashire Line was still runnng. Stations shown in the footage include Hesketh Park, Churchtown, Crossens, Banks, Hesketh Bank, Hoole, New Longton and Penwortham Cop Lane. The film also follows the West Lancs line to Ormskirk, Burscough and some stations beyond.

20th January 2015
The BAY HORSE INN at Hesketh Bank
Reported by: Peter Ball

Here is a photo of the Bay Horse Inn at Hesketh Bank. The date is unknown. The photo is taken from the corner of Becconsall lane looking across to the Bay Horse inn, situated on the corner of Newarth Lane / Station Road.

Bay Horse Inn at Hesketh Bank

Following the closure of the pub, years later, it was used as a joiners workshop by Hugh Abram before being demolished to be eventually the plot for the bungalow which still stands today.

Submitted by Peter Ball

More 2015 news can be found in the 2015 News Archive

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