December 19, 2014

Bags of support for St Anne’s Scouts

The town's biggest and busiest supermarket supported a bag pack last night by Scouts from St Anne's, Ormskirk.

Anne Gilham from the Ormskirk 37th troop told QLocal's Roger Blaxall they were hoping to make hundreds of pounds from generous customers with bag packing and a coin and note collection by the store's Christmas tree.

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December 19, 2014

Homeless gifts from local churches

There are still folk who believe it's better to give than just to receive - especially at Christmas time.

And on Monday, members of assorted evangelical churches in Aughton, Southport, Liverpool and Wigan met at The Hub in Sherratt St., Skem. to pack over 50 parcels for the homeless in Liverpool.

Every Sunday night men and women without a roof over their heads meet at Gladstone's cafe in the city centre to hear the 'glad tidings' of the gospel.

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December 19, 2014

Ormskirk house shines brightly for charity!

'House' this for a great fund raising idea?

Big hearted Tony Toal and his wife Carol are once again raising money for charity after festooning their house in lights!

And you can't miss their Gore Drive home which is all lit up with a myriad of decorations from top to bottom.

Tony told QLocal's Roger Blaxall that he spends around 150 on new decorations each year but the money's nothing compared to the joy it brings to locals who make special trips to see it.

Last year the couple raised over 100 for Queenscourt in Southport and are hoping to top that this year.

Not all the decorations cost that much, either; Tony's favourites are angels (above) bought from a Maghull garden centre a few years ago for just 3...

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December 19, 2014

Folk flock to folk dance

St Bede's RC High resounded to the sounds of folk dancing on Saturday night when the town's Folk Dance Club hosted a very successful evening there.

Almost 100 folk met for a three hour dance with Judith Veevers the caller and Julie and Chris Dewhurst travelling from Lichfield to play.

The club's now hosting meetings at Ormskirk Emmanuel Church every Monday evening; for more info. call 01695 422971/726696, or e-mail and click here to visit their website:

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December 19, 2014

Westhead goes festive to great acclaim

Report and photos by Paul Kenyon

There's been praise all round for the first Westhead Christmas tree festival which was a great success.

The event was a resounding success with over 300 visitors over the weekend; the church wardens and helpers provided refreshments with home made cakes and jams on sale.

An amazing 25 trees plus exhibited by local businesses and volunteer groups along with the village school.

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December 19, 2014

Poignant awards evening for Ormskirk School

Ormskirk's magnificent Parish Church was the impressive backdrop to another memorable awards evening for Ormskirk School on Monday evening.

And it was made all the more poignant for many pupils as a musical interlude - 'Wintersong' by Amber Forshaw - was performed in memory of tragic Hannah Wilson who died suddenly earlier this year.

Young organist Harry Lilley (bottom photo) set the scene for the evening, playing for the entrance of guests who included local Mayor Doreen Stephenson and her consort John, guest speaker Dr. Barry Johnson, High Sherriff for lancashire, Vicar of Ormskirk, Rev. Chris Jones, governors and foundation governors including chair George Slawinski and Headteacher, John Doyle.

A vote of thanks was given by deputy head boy and deputy head girl Andrew Francomb and Kathe Guy respectively.

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December 19, 2014

First class! Burscough PO wins ‘best dressed shop’ award

Report by Anne Rimmer

Burscough shone brightly on Wednesday afternoon as the ACTS group from Burscough St John the Baptist Church judged the village's Christmas Shop Window competition.

ACTS is a social and activity group for people who find life difficult* and after much deliberation members chose the Post Office display as a winner.

They thought it showed some imagination, was bright and eye catching, was informative (displaying the last posting dates) and had used a theme and materials relevant to the business.

Postmaster John Emison is pictured proudly receiving the award from Alan Bullen, Chairman of Burscough PC which organises the competition.

*ACTS meets meet on the second Saturday of every month in St Johns Church Hall at 2pm.

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