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21st August 2014
Source: BBC

Using official data recorded by police the BBC have mapped every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010.

The map shows 73 people died on the roads of West Lancashire during this period.

Road fatalities in West Lancashire from 1999 to 2010

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20th August 2014
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

A new 18 hole golf course has been given permission to open at Leisure Lakes in Mere Brow.

It is the latest in a series of plans to redevelop the recreational site, which will also see 50 chalets built in woodland, and a new central amenity building.

The complex already has a nine hole golf course and 18 bay driving range, which currently operates as Southport Golf Academy.

But bosses say the additional 18-hole course is necessary to stop young talent leaving the area.

Leisure Lakes owner Philip Whitter said: “The academy is superb, the best in the area, and we get 350-400 new golfers coming through it every year.

“The nine-hole course is fantastic to practice on, but when you get better, it’s too easy.

“We lose a tremendous amount of players to other courses, so we’re very pleased that this will allow us to attract more people into Leisure Lakes, boosting the local economy.

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19th August 2014
Source: Secretary to the Tarleton Endowed School Trust

The Trustees of Tarleton Endowed School Trust invite persons under the age of 25 who are, or who have a parent or parents, resident within the boundaries of Tarleton Parish, and who are in need of financial assistance, to apply for a grant towards their educational (including social and physical) training costs.

Youth Clubs and similar charitable organisations, based within the Parish of Tarleton that provide services to the target group outlined above, are also welcome to apply for a grant. However, it must be noted that the Trustees will give a higher priority to individual rather than group applications.

Application forms, for individuals and groups, are available from Tarleton Library.

Completed forms must be received by the Secretary, at the address shown above, by Tuesday 30th September 2014.

The Trustees will consider all applications in early October. The funds available to the Trust are limited and if you have not heard from the Trustees by the end of October 2013 you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

The Trustees decision is final and no correspondence and/or dialogue will be entered into regarding individual applications.

13th August 2014
QUAD BIKES AND MORE AT Southport Town & Country Fair
Source: Garden Festivals Company

The ‘Adrenaline Tour’ quad-bike show: four-times more fun at the Ex-world championship motocross rider Jason Smythe will be wowing the crowds with his amazing ‘Adrenaline Tour’ at this year’s Southport Town & Country Fair at The Leisure Lakes, the Gravel, Mere Brow, on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25.

Jason performs some of his display on motorcycles but is most famous for his unique quad- bike stunts and routines – including quad freestyle, rarely seen in the UK – featuring huge jumps over ramps.

As if simply hurling himself and his machines more than 30 feet into the air, Jason somewhere manages to provide a running commentary via a helmet-mike and is able to catch items of memorabilia while airborne . . . which he later presents to the spectator who gives him the loudest cheer !

“I think I have pretty much performed all around the world,” said Jason, “But this is my first time in Southport and I am really looking forward to giving the crowd something to cheer

The three-day show runs from August 23 – 25 but Jason is only appearing on the final day – although he will be giving two performances. And when he’s not in the air spectators are encouraged to visit the ‘Adrenaline Tour’ stand to meet Jason and the team.

While organiser Kelvin Pye added: “Our move to the Leisure Lakes last year was really successful and gave us the opportunity to enlarge our Main Arena . . . and we are certainly going to need the extra space this time around.”

Building on last year’s successful formula there will be a number of themed areas within the overall site, such as:

Dog arena: fun dog shows (Sunday only 13.00), Flyball and Scurry (Sunday & Monday) plus a Siberian Husky Parade on all three days.

Creature House: ever-popular favourites include the North West Reptile Society, ‘Bug House’, Banks Homing Pigeon society, ferrets and, new-for-2014 the Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire.

There’s a veritable A – Z of Country Pursuits to be found throughout the site: alpacas (Sunday only), carriage-driving (Saturday), donkeys (Saturday and Sunday); gundog demos and scurry courtesy of the local Mere Brow Gundogs, pig racing and Indian Running Ducks racing, sidesaddle riding demonstrations (Sunday) and stickmaking.

Other attractions range from Jema Leopold’s Performing Horses and Ponies to a display of Ford side-valve vintage cars (Monday only), and from aerobic gymnastics (Sunday) to stamp collecting and air-rifle shooting.

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