November 1, 2014

Serious Fire Norwood Road Southport

The emergency services were called to a property on Norwood Road Southport at approximately 2.00am today after fire broke out.A caravan was totally destroyed in the blaze which also severely damaged the side of the property.

A the moment it is not known if the fire was an accident or arson.An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause.

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November 1, 2014

Solution in sight for Kew residents thanks to Liz

Residents on a Kew estate are increasingly frustrated by road closures. Folkestone road and Town Lane have been closed since the start of September due to the proposed new housing development.

Liz Savage, Southport Labours Parliamentary candidate, has been speaking to residents affected by the closure and stated, Ive been talking to residents for the past couple of months on the Kew estate and feelings are running high, Ive written to John Fairclough, Sefton Councils Cabinet member for transportation to see if we can help the residents.

Its not just the disruption of them not being able to use the road but friends and courier deliveries finding it difficult to locate their houses from other directions.

One resident told me that he has had two courier deliveries for his business unable to be delivered as the Sat Nav failed to locate their property without using the Town Lane approach.

Cllr Fairclough has now confirmed to me that he has spoken with the developers and he has assured me that if work does not begin next week that the road will be re-opened.

The road has been closed so that a pre-development clear up could begin as soon as possible.

Janet Harrison, Labours spokesperson for Kew ward said, Residents have found themselves in a situation where the road has been closed so that development can occur close to their properties, not only will they have the disruption of building when it finally begins but theyve had an added two months of inconvenience.

We sympathise with residents who feel this is just not acceptable. Im working with Liz and with Sefton cabinet members to see if we can have this road re-opened until development begins

Liz added, Im really pleased that there now seems to be a solution in sight, and hopefully residents will be able to either get back to their normal way of life or will at least see a reason for the road closure.

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November 1, 2014

High Tides Due

Due to predicted high tides, Sefton Council will close Ainsdale beach for car parking on Thursday 6 November. The beach car park will re-open on Saturday 8 November.

Alternative parking is available at the Ainsdale Discovery Centre, and Lifeboat Road Car Park in Formby remains open with boardwalk access to the beach.

As a general guide, parking is unavailable at Ainsdale Beach when tides of 9.5m and over are predicted.

Please note the beaches may be closed to parking at other times for reasons such as severe weather or organised events.

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October 31, 2014

New Mind shop opening very soon

Shopfitters have this week moved into the new Mind shop on Aughton St. which will be opening very soon as the town's 12th charity shop.

Andrew Vale, MD of Mind Retail told QLocal: "There has never been a greater need for Mind.

"By 2020, depression will be the leading cause of health problems in Europe while in the UK an average of 15 people take their own lives each day.

"Minds new shop in Ormskirk will become a community hub, offering a safe environment for meeting people from the area. Information booklets about mental health, and services in the area will help people to make informed choices about how they live and recover.

Money raised will fund the charitys work such as Minds free Infoline, information and advice services," he added.

"Over 20 per cent of funds will directly support Local Mind Associations in England and Wales, such as Lancashire Mind, which delivers care and support for people experiencing mental health problems," Mr Vale said.

More than 1700 people volunteer for Minds shops across the country because they are keen to contribute to their local communities and can be central to keeping high streets busy and thriving.

"Money raised in our shops helps support the one in four people who experience a mental health problem every year and we are incredibly proud of the role our volunteers play in making an important contribution to society, he concluded.

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October 31, 2014

Food for thought at Ormskirk Foodbank!

by Rachel Wheble

Ormskirk Foodbank has been open for over 18 months and in that time has helped feed over 700 people.

October has been a very exciting time; we are pleased to be working with Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative to bring a basic cookery course to Ormskirk, to offer the opportunity to learn cookery, budgeting and nutrition with some fun and laughter along the way!

The classes consist of an initial meet and greet session for everyone to get to know each other and a chance to discover how much cooking they do, what they and their families enjoy eating and what they would like to learn to make.

The following three classes take place in the kitchen in the wonderful Ormskirk Civic Hall and are all centred around cooking and learning:

Class 1 Tasty topped fish with roasted vegetables

Class 2 Delicious chilli with rice

Class 3 Fresh vegetable curry, fresh vegetable soup and eggy bread we slightly over ran on this class because we were having so much fun!

All participants get the food they have cooked to take home and also the basic ingredients so they can cook that meal again.

Each class begins with a brew so we can catch up on the week and have a chat about the class ahead.

During the class we cook and also learn about the Eatwell plate, food labels and learn about what food we are eating and how we can perhaps change our diets, plan our meals and budgeting and enjoy being in the kitchen. The budgeting and nutrition element as exciting and interesting as the cooking and all the participants thoroughly enjoy it.

We are really excited that more courses are planned for November and February next year; in addition, we have a baking class planned for the October and November basic cookery participants to give an opportunity to bake cakes and biscuits and enter the Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative bake off on 10th December. Its an opportunity to bake, which many havent done since school, and an excuse to get together for a bit of fun and laughter.

At the end of the basic cookery course all the participants received a fabulous certificate and an apron kindly donated by Marks and Spencer's Ormskirk store.

We are extremely lucky to have the support of several local businesses with whose help we can hopefully host more basic cookery sessions and build on the first steps that these people have made.

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October 31, 2014

It’s getting desperate at The Lion, Burscough

Is there a hint of desperation as Enterprise tries to attract new owners to a once thriving village pub?

These posters have appeared at The Lion on Liverpool Road which has lain empty for the almost a year after popular landlord 'H' from South Africa left.

A curssory check by any prospective takers would reveal it's 'bookended' by the revived Bull and Dog up the road and Mike McCombe's very popular Hop Vine in the village centre.

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October 31, 2014

A warm Ormskirk welcome for Russian choir

A small but appreciative audience gathered in Ormskirk Parish Church on Sunday night for a very special concert by Russia's Resurrection Choir.

Some 35 people enjoyed the event which featured sacred and folk music with the party adjourning to New Church House afterwards for a delicious fish and chip supper!

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October 31, 2014

Chairman bids farewell after eight years at Trust

Sir Ron Watson CBE has retired as Chairman after eight years at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Sir Ron chaired his final Board meeting on Wednesday and welcomed the new Chair, Sue Musson, who will officially take up the position on 1 November.

During his time with the Trust, Sir Ron has seen many changes including the creation of the Integrated Care Organisation in 2009, which saw the Trust take responsibility for community health services.

Sir Ron, said: I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Trust and Ive always been impressed with the commitment, skill and hard work all the staff put in to make the Trust a success and deliver the best care possible for our patients.

The Trust will face challenges over the coming years, as will the entire NHS, but I have confidence in the team to ensure the local community continues to receive the best service possible under changing circumstances.

I will certainly miss my contact with everyone but will continue to give my absolute support as the Trust moves forward on its journey to foundation trust and beyond.

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