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26th May 2015
Source: Southport Visiter

A man from Tarleton, West Lancashire has been jailed for his part in a gang that stole £200,000 worth of Toblerones.

Graham Ascroft, 55, of Higher Lane, Tarleton was found guilty by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court today.

He was part of a group that received sentences totalling more than 25 years for their individual roles in three thefts which took place in April 2013.

In the first, high-value whisky worth £23,000 was stolen from the trailer of a lorry parked in a haulage yard in Dover.

The lorry driver only discovered the pallet of alcohol had been taken when he arrived at the Port of Dover bound for mainland Europe and found the seal on his trailer had been tampered with.

Investigations at the haulage yard found a pair of latex gloves and two holes in the perimeter fence near to where the lorry had been parked.

Lee Gilmore, 33, of Sidney Powell Avenue, Kirkby, pleaded guilty to his role in the theft while Graham Ascroft, 55, of Higher Lane, Tarleton, West Lancashire, was found guilty by a jury.

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22nd May 2015
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Health leaders from the NHS in West Lancashire are holding a series of informal events across West Lancashire and inviting local residents to share their experiences of local community health services.

The events, which work on a drop in basis, will be attended by senior representatives from NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, and will focus on ‘community health services’.  This means anything outside of hospital, for example, GPs, district nurses and community matrons, mental health services, podiatry, dieticians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists etc. 

Greg Mitten, board member of NHS West Lancashire CCG who oversees patient and public involvement, said:

“We hold these events to give everyone a chance to raise their views on community health services.  We don’t just want to hear about what’s gone well, but would also welcome any feedback on what’s not and where we can improve. The events are open to all ages, but we are especially interested in hearing from individuals who are 65 years old and over, with one or more long-term conditions.  Each event runs for two hours but you can drop in any time for as long as you like.  We look forward to welcoming your views.”

Please come along to Tarleton Library between 10am-12pm on Friday 26 June.

21st May 2015
Tarleton WI Celebrate 100 years with Nigel Haworth
Reported by: Anne Ball, Vice President Tarleton WI

On May 20th 2015, Tarleton WI in Lancashire and 130 guests celebrated 100 years of the WI in the British Isles by enjoying canapés and a glass of wine in the company of Lancashire's Michelin starred chef, Nigel Haworth.

We watched, fascinated, as he demonstrated the brilliance which has made him one of the country's top chefs. Nigel is Chief Patron of the multi-award winning, iconic Northcote Manor in Lancashire and is a familiar face and voice on television and radio cookery shows. He has also been The Winner of the Great British Menu.

During the hugely successful and enjoyable evening, Nigel entertained us with stories of his life and career, cooked mouth watering food and answered the sort of questions we always want to ask famous chefs.

Nigel Haworth helps Tarleton WI celebrate 100 years of the WI
Tarleton President and Vice Presidents with Celebrity Chef Nigel Haworth

There is a saying "Always leave them wanting more" and that is exactly what Nigel achieved. If the ladies of the WI of 1915 had walked through our door, they would surely have felt the evening to be an appropriate way of celebrating what they began.

18th May 2015
Trials bike champion to headline Southport Country Fair
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In the high-octane, high-risk world that is international trials bike riding Steve Colley has won just about everything there is to win

And now the Isle of Man based rider will be show-casing his incredible skills at the 9th Southport Country Fair at the Leisure Lakes, The Gravel, Mere Brow PR4 6JX, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 29 - 31, 2015.

Steve, who is known as ‘Mr Showtime’ for his ability to really make things happen when it matters, began his career a two-times winner of the BBC Junior Kickstart competition.  Other titles gathered along the road and down the years have included:

3 times British Solo Trials Champion
4 times winner at Scottish Six Days Trial
11 times winner Manx National Two Day Trial
Winner 2007 Tough One Trials Challenge
3 Times winner Paris Bercy Trials Master Indoor
4 times winner Val De Isere Mountain Pursuit Trial

‘Mr Showtime’ – who is appearing on Saturday and Sunday only - is equally at home riding his bike over cars and even buses indoors as he is up and down seemingly impossible mountain courses.

“This is my first time at Southport,” he said, “But I understand it’s a very friendly and knowledgeable crowd I am hoping to give them something they will remember for years to come.”

Also new for 2015 are a Falconry Display and other Birds of Prey (Friday and Saturday only), budgerigars and parakeets courtesy of the Southport Budgie Society, a display from the Southport Original Cruisers Motorcycle Club.  While for those who tastes are a little more historic there will antique and Egyptian artifacts stalls.

As usual there will be a packed programme of events over all three days including: air-rifle shooting with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion, alpacas (Sunday), Creature House – featuring reptiles, homing pigeons and bees - Donkey Rides and a Show (Sunday), ferret racing, gun dog demos and ‘scurry’, Pony Club Games and musical pony rides (Friday - provisionally), Side-Saddle displays (Sunday) and the Show’s very own Fun Dog Show (Friday and Sunday)

Friday tickets are just £3.00 for adults; Saturday and Sunday tickets: £6.00 for adults - or just £5.00 if booked in advance via the Ticket Hotline on 01704 212734 – OAPs £5.00.  Children (over three years) are FREE all day Friday and up to 12 noon on Saturday and £1.50 thereafter.

More 2015 news can be found in the 2015 News Archive

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