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26th July 2014
10k VIP Charity Walk Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

For more details and an entry form, contact the shop manager, email: or telephone 01257 452698

24th July 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further details contact Elizabeth on 07739 297 248

23rd July 2014
Casualties increase in 20mph zones

Source: IAM

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

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

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

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

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

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