November 22, 2014

Southport Snooker League Results

Frank Lodge cup results

Fleetwood Hesketh B of the 3rd division beat Banks A of the 1st division by the tightest of margins, a single point, as the final aggregate scores finished 361-360. Although Banks claimed all six frames on the night, they just fell short of beating the lower divisional team, even with their last two pairings winning by a combined 82 points. Banks kept up with the handicap in the opening pairings, with Andy Bridge and Alan Hardisty pulling back 56 of the 180 they were giving. But fell behind of the 30-a-man start when Roy Cookson could only beat Brian Kimberly by 16 points, 31-47, and Trevor Wetton only beat Mike Orme by 24 points. With the difference now standing at 124-220, Banks needed Alan Sutton and Andrew Bintcliffe to make 84 back on the handicap to go through. In their way were Lawrence Renshaw and Phil Marrow, who gamely clung on to their aggregate lead and go through by that single point.



In one of the two Preliminary fixtures in the Frank Lodge, Les Dodds B beat Churchtown Cons B by only 6 points on the aggregate scores. With the Con club team yet to win a game in the league this year, they played well to win three frames on the night, but the damage was done by the opening pair for Les Dodds. Dave Mills and Andy Reynolds comprehensively beat John Barton and Dave Pritchard by a combined total of 134, which wiped out the 108 point handicap the Con club received on the night, to put Doddys on to path of victory. But the Con club showed a bit of fighting spirit by claiming three of the next four frames, even outscoring their opponents by 10 points, with Lawrence Richards, Paul Connor and Guy Hudson all recording wins. But in the end it was a case of so near yet so far. Churchtown now go on to play Tarleton C in the 1st round proper.

Bretherton A sneaked past St. Teresas B by 10 points after Harry Haslam produced a fine display in the last frame to beat Tom Weir by 50 points and take the match away from Teresas. The night had started well for Bretherton when Mick Powell and Ron Dickinson put 38 points between them and their 3rd division opponents. Dave Cottam then increased the lead to 92 after beating Anthony Quinn 74-19, with Teresas player Ryan Watts only beating Gordon Russell on the black. This meant that the Teresas side had 28 points to play with going in to the last two frames, of which John McGee helped along when beating Jim Holden by 12 points. But Harry had a night to remember when producing his best frame score of the season, 75-25, and so pulling off this 10 point victory.


Southport Cons A of the 3rd division beat 1st division Tarleton BC A by just 16 points but were made to work for their win after Tarleton pushed them all the way. Tarleton were giving 210 on the handicap and so needed a good start but it didnt turn out that way. Jeff Wainwright managed to beat Andy Bolton by 8 points, and Steve Mawdsley went down narrowly to John Nelson by 16 points, to see Tarleton only get back 8 points of the 210 needed. The middle frames provided a glint of hope for the 1st division side as Ste Harrison beat Colin Paul 58-14 and Chris Gill beat Peter Yates by 95-19 to leave the aggregate scores 134-262, a difference of 128. With both Chris Hoare and Arnie Sothern having to win by 82 points, it all seemed a possibility after Arnie raced away from Matty Pollock with breaks of 28 and 44. With both final frames approaching the colours it was in Tarletons hands if Chris and Arnie took the majority of the balls left on the table. Arnie took all but the green but Larry took the final brown, blue and pink and so left the margin too big to pull back.

Our Ladys defeated the S & B Cricket club by 33 points in a match that ebbed and flowed for both sides. After an opening brace of wins for Paul Heery and Mike Houghton, the Formby side held an advantage of 67 points, only for the Cricket club to respond in kind in the middle frames. Paul Parker scored impressively to beat Luke Marshall 90-25, and when league stalwart Barney Newton beat Phil Fellows the lead had been turned around. The Cricketers held a 33 point advantage and still needed to get a further 75 points back in the last two pairings to progress in the cup. The players entrusted to do this were their two top players this season, Dave Palmer and Russell Thornley. But they came up against a pair of old stallions in Alan Parker and Tommy Tickle, who nudged and nurdled their way through their frames to limit the scoring of Russell and Dave to see Our Ladys progress through to the 2nd round.

Birkdale Cons B bounced back from their 5-1 league mauling to Bretherton B last week to inflict a 40 point victory over Mere Brow B. The Con club went into the match with a 126 handicap, and got off to a good start by only losing the opening frames by 10 points, so Mere Brow had to respond well in the middle frames. Paul Crabtree junior helped get some of the handicap back when beating John Mullard 87-17, but Reg Dobson fought well to beat Dale Roberts 60-38 and so leave the aggregate difference at 58 points. It was now left to Matthew Greenwood and Harvey Webster to pull out all the stops and beat their 3rd division opponents, something they just could not do. Matthew did beat David Robinson by 47 points but Harvey Webster could do nothing to stop Geoff Tyas take the frame and match with a good potting display in his 56-37 victory.


Banks D made the short trip down the road to Tarleton to play the Tarleton BC B side in a match where sinking pints was more appealing than sinking balls. Captain Coakley seems to have instilled a happy go lucky style to his playing style and captaincy as he hobbled his way around his frame, laughing and joking with his opposition even when he was getting battered. It was probably the best way to deal with defeat as it started badly and got worse as the night went on. Ian Gautrey ran up a score of 108 points to 10 against Barry Foster to get most of the handicap back, and Gerry Stone lost 67-27 to Andy Marsden. The middle frames were a bit closer and so gave the 3rd division side a 43 point advantage, but that was with the handicap added on. Jason Swarbrick redeemed himself for last weeks debacle by beating his first opponent of the year, Dave McDonnell 59-34. But that 43 point advantage had already disappeared as John Gautrey beat Laughing Captain Coakley 72-8.


Churchtown Cons D won all six frames on the night against a Scarisbrick B team who even with a 120 point advantage lost by 72 points. After the opening frame victories for Mick Pickles and Dave Quinn, Churchtown had clawed back 90 points of their handicap and must have thought it was going to be their night. Russ Walsh and Billy Pye beat Colin Rimmer and Eric Stockley by small margins, but it all added up to increase their advantage. And with the last two frames yet to be played the aggregate scores between the teams saw Scarisbrick already 122 points behind sitting at 254-132. Al Graham made sure of the victory when he comfortably beat John Hardisty 75-25 with Steve Mentha gaining a 20 point victory over Ian Lowry.
Banks C struggled to cope with Birkdale Cons C as they lost by 82 points. The 144 handicap proved too much for the 2nd division side even if they did take an early advantage of winning the opening frames. Their season seems to be stalling at the moment in the league and so it proved again here as the usually high scoring players from Banks struggled to put any distance between themselves and Birkdale. Phil Horan and Paul Rimmer both gained wins for their side as they eased into the next round with a bit to spare.


Argyle where knocked out by a Scarisbrick A by 99 points, but the story of the night was the on the unfortunate Colin Coffey in his match against Norman Hallsworth. Things couldnt have started better for Argyle as Steve Forshaw found his form to beat Ian Tinsley 89-19, but the good form of John Holms eluded him and he eventually lost to Chris Starkie on the black 39-44. For Colin Coffey, laughing was probably the only thing he could do as things went from bad to worse when he gave Norman Hallsworth nearly 30 points in fouls in his 101-23 defeat. One bad touch to another for the Argyle player made him question if he had stood in anything before the match as everything went horribly wrong. In offs, potting colours when just potting a red, flicking balls to snooker himself, he had a nightmare. Even with Paddy Tyndall, Ryan Curry and Brian Jarrett all wining well, they just found the gap between the sides too big to bridge.




Churchtown Cons A made very light work of Bretherton B beating them very easily 407-291. Even with the 108 handicap start Bretherton could not stop their visitors taking advantage of every missed pot to defeat them by twice the start they received. Colin Boston starred on the night beating Steve Fiddler 80-9, but to be fair to the Con club side they all played well on the night.


In the other preliminary match Churchtown Cons C beat an out of sorts British Rail side by 126 points on the aggregate score. Jim Bradley doing the most damage when beating Steve Naylor 112-29 to help his side go through. Only Colin Peet and Paul Varney won for the Railwaymen in a match where four of the frames were decided by just ten points. Churchtown now go on to play Waddington Cons B in the 1st round proper, where the Railway side just have to lick their wounds and look forward to getting their league form back on track.
Waddington Cons A beat St.Teresas A, I have not received the card yet.
Birkdale Cons A beat Les Dodds A, I have not received the card yet.
These games have yet to be played
Churchtown Cons C v Waddington Cons B
Tarleton BC C v Churchtown Cons A
Waddington Cons C v Mere Brow A
Fleetwoood Hesketh A v Les Dodds C

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November 22, 2014

Southport Lifeboat In Sea Rescue.

The Southport Lifeboat crew were tasked to sailing vessel aground west of Formby Point last night.



The 27ft yacht, with two persons on board, was making way from Preston to Liverpool when it came in to difficulty north of Taylors Bank, Formby.

In poor weather conditions the crew of the vessel had become unsure of their location and both Southport and New Brighton lifeboats were tasked to help.

Brighton Lifeboat located the casualty at C4 buoy in the River Mersey and transferred a crew member on to it. The vessel had drifted over the training wall and into the shipping lane at a busy state of tide.

Both lifeboats escorted the vessel up the river towards Liverpool Marina, as it was too dangerous to attempt a tow.

After safely navigating a number of large ships entering and leaving the Port of Liverpool, the Southport Lifeboat left New Brighton Lifeboat finish off the escort after reacing the Brazil buoy at New Brighton, where shelter from the land made for much safer sea conditions.

Southport Rescue returned to station at 20:40. Well done to all involved.

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November 22, 2014

Disciplined councillor returns but ‘investigated’ colleague missing

A councillor disciplined for using his official computer for porn-browsing has returned to public duties. Veteran Crosby Conservative Councillor Peter Papworth was back on the Tory benches at this week's Council meeting at Southport Town Hall. But the Southport Conservative councillor now being disciplined and investigated for his activities was absent.



Councillor David Barton, who is facing investigation under disciplinary procedures after misusing the Council's official wreath at the Cenotaph for political publicity purposes, was not present as councillors debated the prospect of our town being ruled by a Liverpool 'executive mayor'.

Councillor Barton's actions on Remembrance Sunday, highlighted initially on QLocal, also included several attempts to 'jump the line' in the official Party's formal procession to the Cenotaph which is meant to be ordered by seniority. Councillor Barton, the most junior councillor in Southport, also jumped ahead of more senior councillors when the official party left for the Town Hall steps at the end of the Remembrance Service.

After the ceremony was over, Councillor Barton went with a colleague to the Cenotaph, picked up the Council's wreath and took a smiling photograph which he put up on his Conservative Facebook Page.

Councillor Terry Jones said that Cllr Barton " has been reprimanded and told to apologise. It is a regrettable incident which is being investigated and responded to in accordance with party disciplinary procedures."

Councillor Barton said:

"I realise now that this photograph has regrettably caused some offence and, in hindsight, that such a photograph should have been taken either before or during the wreath laying ceremony."

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November 21, 2014

Rubbish Friends Under Pier Clean Up

Rubbish Friends are out and about cleaning up tomorrow - this time we are tackling the area under the Pier.



We would be delighted if anybody with an hour or so free would come along and lend a hand.

We are meeting at 10:30am by the Miniature Railway station on Ocean Plaza. Gloves and equipment will be provided.

For further details please call either Cllr Sue McGuire 07766 968162 or Cllr Pat Keith on 07735005802

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November 21, 2014

Ormskirk community event was smiles better!



An Ormskirk sheltered housing scheme threw opens its doors on Tuesday for a celebration of inter faith week.



Mandy Kaur, (centre) manager of Riverside ECHG sheltered scheme off Chapel Street along with Chapel Court tenants decided to organise an Equality and Diversity event with residents and guests enjoying celebrations on the wonderful diverse society we live in.







They were welcomed by the beautiful music from the Liverpool Harmonic Gospel choir, and the afternoon then featured a performance from Aughton St. Michael's School on Mayan Civilisation.









There was information stands from HelpDirect, a cultural awareness stand, and a visit from Guide Dogs from the blind with Queenie brought along by Julie and David Oliver.



Tenants and visitors then had a chance to try their hand at Bollywood Dancing, African Dancing and Samba!



There was a selection of exotic foods to try and Wiltshire Farmfoods also provided a selection of hot meals from around the world, and a raffle then raised funds for Guide Dogs and the NW Air Ambulance.

Ron Moseley (Chapel Courts tenant rep.) told QLocal: It was a huge success and the tenants of Chapel Court are looking forward to organising another event.

He also thanked the Scheme Manager and the tenants of Chapel Court for all their hard work in making it such a success.

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November 21, 2014

Lancashire Day events and activities




The following Lancashire Day events will be taking place during next week.

Thursday 27th Nov,Botanic Gardens,Churchtown,Southport,10.45am-2pm ,Lancashire Day and First World War commemoration,local school children will sing a collection of songs about Lancashire and World War One.At 11am,local man Alan Foxhall will read the Lancashire Day Proclamation at the gardens and guests will be invited to lay poppies in remembrance.

Thursday 27th Nov,Barons Bar,Scarisbrick Hotel,Lord St,Southport will be featuring Lancashire beers at only 2.10 per pint.
Lancashire Day Proclamation at 1.00pm read by West Lancashire Town Crier Don Evans

Thursday,Nov 27th,Guest House,Union St,Southport.A selection of Lancashire beers.

Thursday 27th Nov,Inn Beer Shop,657,Lord St,Southport Lancashire beers & food board,entertainment,Proclamation at 6pm read by Iona Lock-Edwards,a student of Dominique Fuentes.

Thursday 27th Nov,Tap and Bottles Micro Pub,Cambridge Walks off Chapel St/Lord St,Southport,Lancashire beers,food,proclamation,Lancashire themed quiz, live entertainment afternoon and evening, from 12 noon-11pm.

Thursday 27th Nov,Hop Vine,Liverpool North,Burscough present a Lancashire Night with Lancashire beers,complimentary nibbles and Burscough Brewery Beers at 1.50 per pint,proclamation and loyal toast at 9pm by Mike McCombe.Charity raffle of Lancashire Goodies in aid of Alzheimers Society.

The Cricketers,24,Chapel St,Ormskirk,Monday 24th Nov,Lancashire themed quiz night,Thursday 27th Nov,Lancashire beers at 2.50 per pint,Lancashire hot pot at 6,charity raffle of Lancashire Goodies in aid of Alzheimers Society.

Thursday Nov 27th,Legh Arms,Mere Brow,Lancashire Night with Burscough brewery beers and nibbles.

Thursday Nov 27th,Hop Inn Bier Shoppe,Burscough St,Ormskirk,Lancashire Night with Burscough brewery beers and nibbles.

Thursday 27th Nov,Ship Inn,Wheat Lane,Lathom,Nr Burscough,Lancashire themed quiz night from 8.30pm.

Thursday Nov 27th-Sun Nov 30th,Homestead Farm and Restaurant,Wiggins Lane,Holmswood,Nr Ormskirk,Selection of Lancashire produce in shop and Lancashire menu in restaurant.

Sunday,23rd Nov,The Grapes,Croston,will be celebrating Lancashire Day with some great local producers.Delway cheese will be selling their Lancashire cheeses,and the Old Bakery Bretherton with their fresh bread and cakes also Fiddlers Lancashire Crisps.Entertainment includes Traditional Lancashire Morris Dancers including The Southport Swords and Stone the Crows,Great local & traditional music from the Wigan Ukulele Club,Great Lancashire dishes on the menu,along with outdoor "stall" serving Lancaship hotpot,sausages,and hot cider.Six real ales and The "Lancashire Day Proclamation".Wrap up warm this is an outdoor event-why not make a day of it and visit the Christmas Tree Festival at St Micheal & All Angels Church.

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November 21, 2014

Southport Man James Gelling Escapes From Court

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to help trace a 27-year-old man who escaped from Court today Friday, 21 November.



James Gelling

James Gelling from Southport appeared before South Sefton Magistrates Court to face charges of assault and criminal damage.

At approximately 12.36 pm, police were notified by the court that he had escaped.

Patrols attended and an extensive search of the area is underway.

Gelling is described as white, 510 tall with ginger hair.

Anyone who sees him is advised not approach him but to contact Merseyside Police on 999 immediately.

Police would also like to remind people that anyone found to be assisting or harbouring Mr Gellings is committing a criminal offence and could lead to imprisonment.

Officers would ask anyone who knows of his whereabouts, to contact Merseyside Police on 101 and quote Log 530 of 21/11/14 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111

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November 21, 2014

Bishop of Liverpool scores after ‘fantastic’ visit to Ormskirk



The new Bishop of Liverpool has spoken of his fantastic visit to Ormskirk earlier this month.

Bishop Paul Bayes came as part of his pre installation tour where he was getting to know the diocese.





He visited Edge Hill University at the invitation of the Chaplaincy. There he met John Cater and the senior management team, staff and students and was given a guided tour. Highlights of which included a game of table football as well as examining the Better at Home suite.

After a visit to Oaks Church in Skelmersdale where he heard about the challenges facing the church and toured the estate, Bishop Paul rounded the day watching his favourite football team train, and was delighted to be presented with his own Ormskirk West End Juniors shirt!

He told QLocal: "I think it is very important to get around the whole of Liverpool and the surrounding areas, because Liverpool City is important, but it is so much bigger than just the city.

I have been to so many different places this week, St Helens, Southport, it has been wonderful.

It has been fantastic in West Lancashire. I know the vicar of Ormskirk very well, so I have been to the town centre a few times.

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