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28th June 2015
NHS & Macmillan event for people affected by cancer
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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is joining forces with Macmillan Cancer Information at a free health and well-being clinic in Southport on Thursday 9th July.

The event at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre is an opportunity to find out how to access local support, information and advice to help patients and their families adjust to life with and beyond cancer. It will run from 4pm to 6.30pm.

Jackie Brunton, the Trust’s Cancer Services Manager/Lead cancer Nurse, said: “We’re delighted to join forces again with the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, building on the success of previous health and well-being clinics.  We would also be delighted to welcome friends and family to come along as we understand how a cancer diagnosis affects not just the person with cancer.”

Cancer nurse specialists will be on hand to offer advice and support along with local organisations including Sefton Active Lifestyles, local benefits advisors and Sefton/West Lancs Carers Support.

Information on fitness, walking groups, diet, benefits, stopping smoking, and carers’ support will also be available as well as the opportunity to talk to other people living with and affected by cancer. Refreshments will be provided and interactive sessions will include:

  • A presentation on the benefits of physical activity during and after cancer 
  • A tai chi taster session
  • Mini make-up classes from Boots No7
  • Healthy food demonstrations
  • Hand massages from Sefton OPERA (Older Persons Enabling Resource and Action)

Barbara Flowers, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager, said:

“We understand how patients can often feel they lose the safety net of support they receive while attending the hospital regularly for treatment. These events are designed to help people to return to everyday activities and make the most of the good things in their life. If you have any questions, we are here to help.”

Places are free but limited, booking is essential. For information or to book a place contact Helen, Barbara or Sarah at the Southport Macmillan Information and Support Centre on 0151 288 6893 or

A further event will be held on Thursday 12 November between 1pm and 3.30pm.

24th June 2015
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The first weekend in July sees the second Tarleton Beer festival, organised by The Rotary Club of Southport Links, held at Tarleton Bowling Club on Sutton Lane in Tarleton.

Tarleton Beer FestivalStarting at 1.00 pm on Friday July 3rd, with special guest Simon Grayson, Manager of this year’s promotion winning Preston North End, plus members of the squad officially opening the festival between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

This is the fifth Beer Festival organised by Southport Links Rotary, and they have raised in excess of £20,000 which has gone to help local charities such as Queenscourt Hospice and the Heart Scanner Appeal at Southport Hospital.

All profits from the weekend this year will fund local and national charities including the Prostate Cancer Fund in conjunction with "Menunited", a cause close to the heart of Simon Grayson.

The weekend promises to be full of fun, with two local bands playing – Suttons of Swing on the Friday Evening and the Jules Dutch Band on the Saturday Evening, over 30 real ales, ciders and lagers, a wine bar and excellent food provided by Lisa Hunter from Tastebuds in Rufford.

On Saturday afternoon there is a bowls tournament where the winner will walk away with £100 in cash.

For more information, visit the Tarleton Beer Festival website and come along, join in a cracking weekend and help some good causes.

24th June 2015
Tickets to Southport Flower Show up for grabs
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Hesketh Bank Parish Council has announced that prizes for its ‘Best Kept’ competition will be tickets to Southport Flower Show.

The Parish Council has again submitted an entry to the Best Kept Village Competition this year.  As part of that, and its continued Love Hesketh Bank Campaign, they are running their own ‘Best Kept’ competition too.

The Hesketh Bank ‘Best Kept’ competition will see judges tasked with finding the best front garden and business premises in the village.

Residents will be pleased to know that they do not have to do anything – other than keep their gardens and businesses looking smart – and the judges will do the rest.  They will have a completely open criteria for their choice but the judges will be asked to give an explanation for their decision. 

Judging will take place during the first three weeks in July and winners will be announced at the end of July with tickets to Southport Flower Show as prizes.

17th June 2015
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The most traditional of ‘cutting-edge’ technologies, the ancient art of scything, will be show-cased at the brand new, one-day, Southport Garden Festival at the Leisure Lakes, The Gravel, Mere Brow, on Sunday, June 28.

Scythe association demo

The Scythe Association of (Britain and Ireland) will not only be staging demonstrations of scything but also ‘peening’: cold-forging the blades using a hammer and anvil to bring them to the razor’s-edge of sharpness necessary for precision cutting.

Jez Hastings – one of the three-man demonstration team – reckons scything is quicker, more efficient, eco-friendly and even safer than using strimmers or lawnmowers.  And he should know.  Jez, who lives in Pitshill in the Peak District has learned to scythe almost 30 years ago.

He was one of the founding members of the Association – a professional order representing scythes-men and scythes-women set up just five years ago - and only about 2,000 years after the arrival of the scythe on our shores.  Then there were only around a dozen members, but today there are 230 spread throughout the British Isles.

At the Festival Jez and his colleagues will be working in and around an over-grown ditch, but Jez says the scythe is ideal for a range of uses from meadows and crops to allotments and even lawns.  He even appeared, briefly, in the film ‘Anna Karenina’ as part of a team mowing the lawn of a country estate with scythes.

“Before moving to the Peak District I lived in the Hebrides for a while and the scythe was still in everyday use.  Done properly it is not hard work and is extremely satisfying” he said, “On one hand there is a group of allotment-holders in Goven in Glasgow, that I was involved with, who have chosen to use scythes as their ‘management tool’.  On the other Prince Charles is obviously known for being very eco-friendly and so scythes are in regular use on his Highgrove estate.”

While harvesting and cutting are obviously important so is planting and growing.  The Association’s chairman, Richard Brown, produces wildflowers and seeds, and so the team also hope to have some available to sell on the day.

A packed programme for the day will also feature falconry and ferrets, a fun dog show – so make sure you bring your family’s best friend along – an unusual display of pig-herding from Jema Leopold, and a pony display set to music.  Plus music from the Ceilidh Folk Band and a stalls ranging from rare and unusual plants, vegetables and fruit trees, to local wildlife organizations and even Egyptian artifacts and antiques.

1st Southport Country Fair - 10.00 - 17.00, Sunday, June 28, The Leisure Lakes, the Gravel, Mere Brow, PR4 6JX.  Tickets £4.00 for adults or £3.50 if booked in advance via the Ticket Hotline on 01704 212734.  OAPs & Disabled £3.50.  Children (over three years) just £1.00.  Family Ticket, covering two adults and three children, only £10.00

15th June 2015
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The Environment Agency will shortly be serving notice on five satellite pumping stations marking the beginning of a two year period before closure.

The stations involved include Rufford, Clay Brow, Boundary Brook, Kew and Banks Marsh.

The Agency is holding a series of engagement events for those directly affected.

The first meeting is aimed at farmers and landowners and will be held on: Thursday 2nd July, 2015, 7.00 p.m. at the NFU Offices, 1 Moss Lane View, Skelmersdale, WN8 9TL.

14th June 2015
Hesketh bank Village Show Schedule Announced
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Hesketh Bank Village ShowLocal gardeners, growers, bakers and crafters can start to plan which categories they are to compete in as the Hesketh Bank Village Show shedule is now available to download.

The show will be held on Saturday 19th September and will include categories for cut flowers, pot plants, floral art, fruit and vegetables, home produce, baking, preserves and arts and crafts.

For more information, a show schedule and entry forms please visit

Download the village show schedule

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