Brow Village News Archive 2005
is a 6 year old brown and white Leonberger
x Bernese Mountain cross breed. who has
been missing from Banks since November.
from Devon, he has been living rough since
escaping from his new owners and is described
as a shy dog, particularly of men.
there have been many reported sightings
around Tarleton and Hundred End he has still
not been caught. If you have any information
please ring 07769 865385.
MERGER PROPOSAL CONDEMNED
let local village policing be merged with Merseyside"
- warns Lorraine Fullbrook
Local Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman Lorraine
Fullbrook has called on the Government to think
again about proceeding with plans to merge the Lancashire
police force into one of just twelve giant regional
constabularies, at an "astronomical" cost
to the taxpayer.
a Commons debate on the merger the week before Christmas,
Lorraine has warned that the independence of Lancashire
police is at stake, along with their operational
effectiveness, stability, and essential links with
she has accused Home Secretary Charles Clarke of
seeking to force through the changes without adequate
debate: "Rather than being driven by operational
effectiveness, the changes are being driven by blind
belief in centralisation that defies the facts.
And rather than focusing on the needs of local people,
they are bound to be driven by an agenda of regionalisation
that this Government continues to pursue against
the will of the people."
Fullbrook stressed how the most successful recent
anti-crime drive was achieved in New York where
police teams were locally managed, directed and
warned how the proposed larger force responsible
for local policing in villages like Mere Brow may
cover Merseyside as well Cumbria and would be "too
huge to be effective" and result in some officers
having to drive for hours to reach their new regional
headquarters. Mrs Fullbrook also expressed alarm
at the likely costs of the shake-up - which she
warned could run into hundreds of millions of pounds,
while taking ages to implement.
my colleague David Davis pointed out in Parliament
, there is every chance that costs will go up, not
down. If nothing else, all experience shows that
the process of amalgamation itself will be a ferociously
disruptive and distracting exercise, probably for
several years...during which time neither the criminals
nor the terrorists will rest."
Fullbrook declared: "I am not opposed to any
change in the current structure of Forty Three police
forces, but I do believe there are very serious
problems with the current proposal. It makes policing
remote, when we should be making it local. It makes
policing unaccountable, when we should be giving
people greater control. It threatens massive costs
for local taxpayers with no extra benefits and it
is driven by a regional agenda which has already
been rejected by the British people.
we turn, the Government seem determined to organise
our lives on regional lines. Like the possible merger
of local Hospital Trusts this is all about saving
money, and breaking Britain up into euro-regions
and not about improving service.It would be a tragedy
indeed if we sacrificed good and effective policing
on the altar of regional dogma. It will be a tragedy
if the Government pushes through this hasty, ill-considered,
costly, disruptive, and dangerous plan. A tragedy
the people of Lancashire cannot afford."
WINTER FUEL BILL CAUTION
WINTER IN A DECADE SET TO ADD £600 MILLION
TO ENERGY BILLS
the Met Office set to confirm tomorrow that we are
expecting the worst winter in 10 years, leading
switching and comparison site uSwitch.com,
reveals that the arctic freeze forecast for this
winter is set to add £600 million to the nation’s
last time the UK suffered from an unusually cold
winter (1995/96) energy consumption swelled by 5%
per household. Based on today’s prices this
would bump up the nation’s energy bill by
£600 million. Furthermore, recent price rises
mean that consumers who wish to turn up their thermostat
by 1 degree to keep warmer, will have to pay an
extra £57 - 46% more than four years ago.
Tattersall, Director of Home Services at uSwitch.com,
states: “This could be the most expensive
winter people have faced for many years. Freezing
temperatures mean that the amount of energy used
just to keep warm and healthy this winter, would
result in energy bills soaring.
the end of this year, customers will have seen their
energy bill rise by at least 16% or over £100.
In addition, the poorest 10% of the population are
now spending 9% of their income (up 27% since 2001)
on their energy bills which is perilously close
to the industry definition of “fuel poor”,
which is 10%. We are concerned that further increases
in the New Year could see vulnerable groups struggling
to keep warm this winter.”
average consumer bill will have risen by over £100
by the end 2005 to a total of £770. In a double
whammy, energy customers should brace themselves
for price hikes in the region of 15% by major energy
suppliers as early as the first quarter of 2006
(possibly pushing the average fuel bill up by a
further £116). These anticipated prices increases
come in the wake of burgeoning wholesale gas prices
that have risen by 417% since the start of the year.
combined impact of a volatile market, price increases
by all major suppliers and a harsh winter means
that consumers who have never switched could pay
close to £1000 for their gas and electricity
by early next year.
exacerbate the issue, data from the Met Office between
1971 through to 2000 shows that February has, on
average, the coldest minimum temperatures - suggesting
that the worst of the weather is still to come.
help mitigate this and ensure that people keep warm
this winter, uSwitch.com
recommends the following measures:
Switch to save £££’s
Switch supplier and you could make savings of
up to £170 a year. Use an independent
energy price comparison service to ensure
you get a like for like comparison
Claim your rightful benefits. Everyone over
60 should claim the Winter Fuel Payment and
there are many other benefits and grants to
which you may be entitled. Call SeniorLine to
find out more: 0808 800 6565
Apply for energy
savng grants and programmes. There are many
free products and services designed specifically
for older people, such as the British Gas 'Here
to HELP' programme. Contact major energy suppliers
to find out what they offer.
Inadequate insulation could cost UK consumers
£1.9 billion in unnecessary energy use
this winter, according to figures from the Energy
Saving Trust. Save up to £250 by making
some simple energy efficient changes such as
investing in loft insulation, using a draft
excluder and changing normal for energy efficient
your home between 21 and 24 degrees –
this is the optimum temperature recommended
to keep you healthy. Keeping heating on longer
at a lower temperature is also cheaper than
putting it on for shorter periods at a higher
ADVICE TO BEAT WINTER CAR THIEVES
across Lancashire's Southern Division are warning
car owners to take more care over their car
security in an attempt to cut down on incidents
of auto-crime over the winter months as the
frosty mornings set in. They are again stressing
the following messages to motorists across the
frosty mornings do not leave your insecure
car unattended whilst defrosting. Many
motorists will start their car and leave
it running with the fan turned on to help
the defrosting process whilst they go
inside. If you cannot garage your car
overnight, either stay with it whilst
the windscreen clears or cover it with
a protective sheet so that the windscreen
does not get frosted up.
Last Friday at approx 7.40am a Mazda MX5
was stolen from Kilsby Close in Walton-le-Dale
in exactly this way.
the engine running whilst out of the car
on a public highway is an offence but
this also gives criminals the opportunity
to take the vehicle. Quite a few people
do this whilst calling into a newsagents
first thing in the morning but will also
leave their keys in a switched off vehicle
when filling up with petrol – an
open invitation to an opportunist thief.
companies request details of auto crimes
from the police to assess each individual’s
claim. These details help to establish
whether the aggrieved has been contributory
to the loss and ultimately whether the
insurance company will pay out.
the run up to Christmas do not leave valuables
on display in your car and avoid leaving
bags of presents on view. This also applies
not only to Christmas presents but other
items such as laptops and bags –
if you don’t need it don’t
leave it in your car.
your car is safe, secure and properly
alarmed at all times. Leaving high powered
and valuable vehicles on driveways attracts
attention and incidents have happened
recently where thieves have broken into
insecure properties and stolen the keys
to vehicles – these crimes have
not just happened overnight. Keep your
property secure and your car keys out
Superintendent Chris Weigh commented, “We
are in our first real cold snap of the winter
and offenders have already seized opportunities
whilst owners defrost their vehicles. Please
don't think that they won't visit your area
- thieves travel everywhere to carry out these
type of offences and unfortunately they are
usually successful in finding what they are
looking for. It is far easier for them to steal
a vehicle with keys than without."
NIGHT DRINKING THREAT TO LOCAL VILLAGES
Fullbrook, the Conservative Parliamentary
Spokesman for the South Ribble constituency,
which covers Tarleton, Banks, Hesketh Bank
and Rufford, and soon to include Eccleston,
Mawdsley and Croston, has re-affirmed her
opposition to the Government’s new licensing
laws, which are due to come into full effect
on 24 November.
new Licensing Act will allow pubs and night
clubs to apply for whatever opening hours
they wish, abolishing the old 11pm closing
time and 20 minute ‘drinking up’
time. The new laws come at a time when violent
attacks across West Lancashire have risen
by 123% in the last three years.
explained that although responsibility for
licensing is being transferred from magistrates’
courts to local authorities, councils have
very little discretion to refuse late licences:
are automatically granted unless an objection
is made, but only certain people are allowed
to object. Residents can only object if
they live in the immediate ‘vicinity’.
are not allowed to object to applications
in their ward in their own right.
must follow the 180-page Whitehall guidance,
which prevents councils from staggering
closing times across an area.
cannot object to ‘Temporary Event
Notices’, such as controversial raves
or festivals for up to 500 people.
are few powers to hold pubs and clubs responsible
for rowdy or drunken customers once outside
their premises, even if the serving of alcohol
caused the nuisance.
a time when violent crime is rising, weakening
the laws on late licensing threatens to increase
crime, nuisance and disorder even further.
I am all in favour of people having a good
time out, but a licensing ‘free for
all’ threatens to create not a café
culture, but a yob culture in our village
new licensing laws fail to give local residents
and councillors a strong enough say to decide
what’s best for our local community.
The whole legislation needs a complete overhaul
to stop the upsurge in yob behaviour, to lighten
the burden on village halls and community
facilities, and give local councils far more
discretion to take into account the concerns
of local people.”
MIDGLEY CROWNED GIANT PUMPKIN CHAMP
very own John Midgley took the crown of heaviest
giant pumpkin grower at the Mere Brow Giant
Pumpkin Competition which was held today. The
702lb pumpkin is also believed to be the heaviest
pumpkin weight recorded this year at any of
this seasons UK competitions.
Dave Turley from Dune
FM presents the coveted Mere Brow
Giant Pumpkin Shield to this year's
competition winner - John Midgley
Turley, first time giant pumpkin grower
and Dune FM DJ proudly displays the
local radio station's own entry which
weighed in at a very respectable 301
John last won the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin
Competition in 2001 with a 454lb Pumpkin.
record 32 giant pumpkins were entered
into the famous Mere Brow competition
which was again compered by the tireless
DJ Dave Turley of Dune
FM. The proceeds of the event are
to be donated to the North West Ambulance.
O'Hanlon / Liam Cupit
& Hollie Bond
O'Hanlon / Liam Cupit
& E. Langton
& K. Midgley
START BIN BAG CLAMPDOWN
Lancs District Council today announced that
it has issued over 100 fixed penalty notices
to litter bugs in West Lancashire in the last
three months alone. All of the £50 fines
were issued for either throwing litter in
the street or out of car windows or for putting
bin bags out "too early".
release then goes on to name and shame
the 32 people who have already paid their
fines (including the unlikely named "Mr
Firwood Timber") but makes no reference
to those who did not pay up.
clampdown comes in advance of the controversial
cut in refuse collections set to be introduced
in October whereby "grey" waste
collection will be halved without any change
as to what or how much recyclable material
will be collected.
of the proposed change claim that the average
household will have to deal with over 4 bin
bags of refuse a month that will remain uncollected
under the new arrangements and this will inevitably
lead to an increase in fly tipping.
residents have already applied to the Council
for additional bin space but as each request
is to be dealt with individually, the unexpected
demand made on the Council department has
meant that the home visits to establish requirements
have not yet started.
news - Bryn the spaniel is back home! He was
found asleep in the hedge at the Anchor Inn
said "He is very lucky dog in every way.
Please thank everyone for us as they have
been so kind. We have had people who we have
never met before walking the fields for us
and wanderered about looking for him. We have
had phone calls and emails about him beeing
seen, and calls asking about him."
is fine but has a bit of a limp and is very
tired. He has been checked out by the vet
and was fit enough to come home. I just can't
say thank you enough times"
has asked us to pass on the following update
about her spaniel who went missing last Saturday:
Please let folk know our spaniel was sited
on Monday asleep in the grass verge on the
Longton bypass by the lolipop lady for Walmer
Bridge school but, being frightened, shot
across the road down Dob Lane. He was again
sited today (Wednesday) at Midge Hall at the
cross roads leading to Bretherton and Leyland.
He seems to be following the roads to find
his way home so please keep a look out for
him. After six days he must be getting quite
If you have any information at all please
contact Joyce Walmsley on 01772 81xxxx.
Kept Village Awards For Tarleton And Mere Brow
annual Best Kept Village competition has declared
Tarleton the winner of the Large Village Class
and also awarded the accolade of Most Improved
Small Village to Mere Brow.
formal presentation of the awards will be
made on the 15th October and each village
will be given Garden Centre vouchers as prizes.
white and brown springer spaniel was lost
in Tarleton yesterday (Saturday 17th September).
The dog is described as small size, still
has his tail and can be skittish towards men.
is a small dog for a springer, has white/brown
patches and still has his tail. He had no
collar on at the time when he was last seen
late afternoon down Moss Hey. The dog warden
and police have been informed and posters
have been put around the village and in local
is a much loved pet and the owner would like
to hear from anyone who has any information.
Please contact Joyce Walmsley on 01772 81xxxx.
LAUNCH SUMMER SCHEME FOR LOCALS
to funding from the Local Network Fund and North
Meols Parish Council, Banks Piv Posse are able
to run a comprehensive Summer Scheme for young
people aged between 10 and 17.
will take place between Tuesday 9th August and
Thursday 18th August.
are Circus Skills, Video Skills, Football Training
by an FA qualified coach, Golf, Outdoor Pursuits
at Rock and River Mawdesley, Raw Art (Graffiti),
Clog Dancing, Modern Disco Dance, African Drums,
Arts and Crafts and several sessions of Outdoor
activities are open to any young person
from Banks, Tarleton, Hesketh Bank or Rufford
and any young person who attends Tarleton High
School. Most activities are being run from 10am
to 3pm, although some sessions are only 2 hours.
running the scheme have been CRB checked and the
majority are trained in Youth and Community work.
cost is 50p a session for young people from Banks
and £1.50 for anyone else.
further information please email
or ring and leave a message on the answerphone
on 01772 811552.
and booking forms are available from all schools
in the area, the drop in at Hesketh Avenue, Banks,
on Thursday 21st and 28th between 6pm and 10pm
and Tarleton library.
is an excellent opportunity for young people to
learn new skills and have fun at affordable rates.
final event on Thursday 18th August which is for
all those who have participated in the scheme
is a Bar B Q and fun session.
SUMMER HOLIDAY TRIPS ANNOUNCED
Youth and Community Service are offering 4 trips
during the summer holiday period. The trips on
the dates below are for young people aged between
11 and 16 from the Tarleton, Hesketh Bank, Banks,
Rufford, Holmeswood and Mere Brow areas.
2nd August Ice Skating Cost £8
Tuesday 9th August Rhyl Sun Centre Cost £8
Tuesday 16th August Bowling and team activities
Tuesday 23rd August Alton Towers Cost £15
up points will be at central points in each village
and a packed lunch or money for food is not included
in the above price. Application Forms are available
from Tarleton library, by contacting email@example.com
or ringing 01695 585761.
FUN CLUB - ENROL NOW!
excitement is growing at Tarleton High School,
as preparations are nearing completion for the
very first Summer Fun Club to be held in the brand-new
£1.2million Community Sports Hall.
fun packed programme has something for everyone
this summer with sports such as football, basketball,
badminton, swimming, gymnastics and trampolining
scheduled in an extensive programme that runs
through to September. Organisers stress the need
to enrol for the activities to avoid disappointments
Fun Club will feature 3-day football camps to
offer in-depth training with FA qualified coaches.
In addition, multi-sport camps will follow the
same format, but offering badminton, basketball
and swimming sessions in the school’s pool.
Lancashire District Council will be offering a
chance for children aged 8-14 to try a variety
of sports in their activity days on 25th July
and 15th August from 10am-3pm. For just £6
children will be able to spend the day practising
Tri-Golf as well as other fun sports!
classes will be held every Friday, with a two-hour
session for both beginner and intermediate gymnasts.
schools Sports Hall and Swimming Pool are open
to the public at evenings and weekends year round
and will be available throughout the summer holidays.
complete Timetable of Events is available as a
pdf file - CLICK
For bookings and enquiries for all activities,
please call Steve James on 01772 817907
A BIG THANK YOU.
We have our dog back... Yip Heeee. Many thanks
to all the businesses in Mere Brow who were more
than happy to have our posters in the shops regarding
the missing dog, the dog walkers on Leisure Lakes
who I bumped into, the local school for putting
a notice on the Notice board. Boarding Kennels
and Caravan Park.
She was found a mile from Leisure Lakes by Mr.
Pimlott of Banks Southport while walking his friends
dog. She had made her bed in a dry ditch on a
local farm, and lived rough for 10 days, I don't
know how much longer she would have lasted living
rough with little or no food. A big thank you
to Mr. Pimlott and to Vanessa your local Dog Warden
for returning her to us.
Our family is now complete.
Bev Forber, Prescot, Merseyside, 23rd
LANCS CANDIDATE ANNOUNCED
BBC reports that a former Liberal Democrat councillor
who defected to Labour in 1997 has been chosen
as a prospective candidate for West Lancashire.
MP Colin Pickthall, 60, who has represented the
seat for the last 13 years, is stepping down.
councillor and Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Rosemary
Cooper, was chosen on Sunday to represent Labour.
I lost a 1yr old Doberman bitch chocolate in colour
at Leisure Lakes on Sunday 9th January at 11am,
we only rescued her from a Dogs Home the previous
week. She bolted and came out of her lead and
collar, but she is micro- chipped I have contacted
the police and dog warden's for West Lanc's and
Sefton. And given contact numbers out to local
shops and schools. She will be very frightened.
If anyone comes into contact with her even if
running loose in a certain area could they please
contact me on 0151 545 5083 (8.30am - 5pm) 0151
430 7313 Home or Moble 07976 510830. I have two
children who are very upset.
Bev Forber, Prescot, Merseyside 11th January