May 25, 2016

Ormskirk Catenians enjoy a ‘happy conference’ in Malta



Members of Ormskirk Catenians had fun in the sun attending their Association's International Conference in Malta this month.

1,000 members - and wives - flew there from around the world, with new President David Rowley installed.

The Catenians - an international body of proudly Catholic men who meet to enjoy each others company to strengthen family life through friendship and faith. - is now 100yrs old; originating from Salford in its early days, Circles are now world wide with the successful Ormskirk Circle approaching its 40th anniversary.

*For further details about the Association and its Ormskirk Circle, contact Andy on 07806 619485.

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May 25, 2016

Ormskirk Catenians enjoy a’ happy conference’ in Malta



Members of Ormskirk Catenians had fun in the sun to attend their Association's International Conference in Malta this month.

1,000 members and wives flew into Malta from around the world with new President David Rowley installed.

The Catenians - an international body of proudly Catholic men who meet to enjoy each others company to strengthen family life through friendship and faith. - is now 100yrs old; originating from Salford in its early days, Circles are now world wide, with the successful Ormskirk Circle approaching its 40th anniversary.

*For further details about the Association and Ormskirk Circle, contact Andy on 07806 619485

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May 25, 2016

Fraudster jailed for conning victims out of half a million pounds



A Lancashire man has been sentenced for defrauding a number of people out hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Neil Casson, 48, of no fixed address, previously pleaded guilty to 20 fraud offences against over 20 victims, fraud against Ferrari Finance and Black Horse Finance, as well as a money laundering offence. Today he was sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment.

His crimes saw him con potential love interests and acquaintances out of cash, the majority of which was used to fund his gambling habit.

He would target vulnerable women, convincing them to invest in his business, re-mortgage properties and buy expensive cars for him.

Despite being unemployed, Casson was able to buy himself a Ferrari 458 Spider from the profits of his dishonesty.

Most victims were from Lancaster but some were also from Blackpool.

Speaking after todays result, Sgt 3283 Steve Craig said: Neil Casson is a despicable con man who wove a web of deceit, targeting women and people he knew would provide him with cash to fritter away on his gambling addiction. He has at no point shown any remorse for what he has done or empathy for his victims.

One victim sold her house for him and was left almost penniless because of his lies. Others have seen their life savings taken which they fear they may never get back.

One common theme amongst most of those affected is that Cassons actions havent just left them financially affected but they say that they are embarrassed and humiliated that they were taken in by him. That is how good of a liar he was.

I hope that todays sentencing/ conviction will provide them with some closure so they can start to move on with their lives.

If you or someone you know has been affected by this type of crime, please come forward. I hope that this case reassures people that we will investigate and prosecute these types of offenders.

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May 25, 2016

New Dr Barnardo’s opens in Ormskirk



Locals are being asked to have a clear out and donate to the second new Barnardos shop in the town.

It opened Ormskirk's first charity shop 28 years ago and has been pleased by the reception for the newcomer which started trading on Saturday next to Poundland

Manager Veronica Morris (right) and staff are looking for two things - volunteers (what's new?) and donations of quality womens, mens and childrens wear as well as accessories including shoes and bags, bric-a-brac, toys, DVDs and books and games (ditto).





All money raised in the shop will be used to help vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people who are supported by the charity. This includes local children who are disabled, those who live in poverty and those who care for a sick or disabled relative.

The shop has a small, friendly team of staff and volunteers but needs more volunteers to help with the stock and on the shop floor.

Veronica told QLocal: "We've been made to feel very welcome in Ormskirk since we opened.

"People are saying how easy it is just to park on the retail park and drop stuff off to us.

"As well as much-needed donations, wed like to appeal for volunteers to come and help us in the shop. Volunteers are the backbone of our stores, we would not be able to do what we do without them.

Volunteering with Barnardos is a great way to make new friends as well as a chance to add to your CV. Were a very friendly small team and look forward to meeting those who have an interest in joining us, she added.

Please call into the shop for more details about volunteering. For more information about how Barnardos changes lives, please go to www.barnardos.org.uk.

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May 25, 2016

Say cheese! Booths charity fundraiser success



A charity night staged by Booths in Burscough was a sell out success on Thursday.







Tickets were snapped up for the event to raise money for Legacy Rainbow House in Mawdesley with visitors enjoying good food and good conversations - and an inspirational talk on the charity's work.

On offer was a selection of fine wines, cheese and meats in the cafe area.



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May 25, 2016

Southport Air Show Scoops City Region Award

The Southport Air Show was confirmed as the Peoples Choice winner at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards last week.



Taking place on Thursday, May 19 at St Georges Hall in Liverpool, the awards ceremony was hotly contested across a range of categories, with the Air Show winning via a public vote.

The Sefton Council run event was also shortlisted for Large Tourism Event of the Year and Tourism Experience of the Year while the British Musical Fireworks ChampSefton Council Tourism Teamionship was shortlisted for Small Tourism Event of the Year.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said, We are delighted that the Southport Air Show has won this prestigious award, especially as it is voted for by the public.

The team at Sefton Council work very hard throughout the year to deliver the event and this is a fantastic reward for their efforts.

Southport Air Show is part of a wider extensive events programme that brings thousands of people to the borough throughout the year, including the British Musical Fireworks Championship, Southport Food and Drink Festival and many more.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Air Show and we are looking forward to celebrating with the launch of Friday night flying!

The Southport Air Show highlights from 2015 include the historic and final flypast of the Avro Vulcan and the Royal Air Force Red Arrows.

For more information and to book tickets click on www.southportairshow.com or call 01704 533333.

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May 25, 2016

Meols Ward Advice Centre

Meols Ward Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and Jo Barton will be holding their next Advice Centre on Thursday 26th May.



They will be available from 10.30am-11.30am at BoxTree Kitchen for Queenscourt caf, Manor Road/Cambridge Road roundabout to assist residents with any local issues, problems or complaints.

Alternatively, the Lib Dem councillors can be contacted on the following:
John Dodd 510134, E-Mail: mail@johndodd.co.uk Nigel Ashton 538721,
E-mail: nigel.ashton@councillors.sefton.gov.uk Jo Barton 07779 384802,
E-mail: jo_is@talk21.com

Meols Ward covers Churchtown, Crossens and areas of Marshside.

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