West Lancashire pupils make
a splash at Disability Swim Gala
YOUNGSTERS from schools across West
Lancashire scored a haul of silverware after swimming their way to success at
this year's SPAR Lancashire School Games Disability Swimming Gala.
Over 200 children representing schools across the county joined together at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, in Lancaster, on 15 March 2017, to go head to head in a bid to
achieve sporting glory.
Team West Lancashire stormed to success, bringing home an impressive 11 medals
including:- 3 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze.
West Lancashire Community High School represented the district at the event,
amassing titles in a number of swimming disciplines; races aimed to give each
pupil the opportunity to have fun and compete.
Amy Standrell did the school proud, coming first place in the key stage three
50m front crawl race, while Keegan scooped gold in the boys' key stage four 25m
breast stroke competition.
Team West Lancashire's success was also helped
by Libby Ledbetter, who impressed spectators after snatching silver in one of
the competition's most fought after titles; the key stage 3 25m breast
The gala was kicked off by an energetic dance performance courtesy of students
from Our Lady's Catholic College, before the Mayor of Lancaster Robert Redfern
delivered an inspiring speech to begin the games. He was joined by Councillor
Darren Clifford, Fiona Addison, marketing manager at James Hall and Co Ltd and
Rachel Atkinson, management trainee at James Hall and Co Ltd to cheer the
Young sports leaders from Lancaster and Morecambe College and Our Lady's
Catholic College were on hand to help coordinate the event and encourage the
pupils, along with the Lancashire Lion, the official school games mascot.
Fiona Addison, marketing manager at James Hall
& Company Ltd, said:- "The Disability Swimming Gala is always a highlight
of the SPAR Lancashire School Games calendar and a thoroughly enjoyable event
which enables children of all abilities to participate in competitive swimming.
It demonstrates the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and
how the fantastic work done by Team GB continues to inspire all children to
engage in sport. There were some fantastic performances and excellent sporting
spirit on display both in and out of the pool, so well done to everyone
Chris Hart, school games organiser for West
Lancashire, added:- "It was brilliant to see such enthusiasm on show at
this year's Disability Swimming Gala, with everyone putting in a lot of effort
in the hope of securing a medal. Well done to all our competitors, and a special
thank you must go to our young sports leaders and volunteers without whom we
wouldn't be able to deliver such a successful event."
Organised by the Lancashire Sport Partnership, the SPAR Lancashire School Games
is an inclusive scheme providing competitive sporting opportunities for all
school children across the county. It is sponsored by James Hall and Company Ltd,
SPAR distributors for the North of England.
The Disability Swimming Gala is the 1st of 2 main events in the programme,
with schools across Lancashire now competing for a place at the county finals
which will be held at Blackpool's Stanley Park, on 4 July 2017, where over 2,000
children are expected to battle it out for glory in a range of sports including
gymnastics, football and athletics.
Now in its 11th year, the competition is implemented by the county's school
games organisers. Over £128m of National Lottery and Government funding has been
invested into the school games programme.
It's a #CrimeNotToCare when
it comes to getting rid of your rubbish
THIS week, Wirral Council is supporting
Keep Britain Tidy as it launches a campaign to tackle the epidemic of
fly tipping that is affecting communities up and down the country.
Wirral Council receives an average of 250 reports of fly tipping every month;
that's around 8 every day. More than 70% of these reports are about fly tipping,
on highways and in back alleyways, and most involve household waste.
#CrimeNotToCare aims to educate householders about the right thing to do with
their rubbish and to reduce the amount of household waste that is fly tipped by
rogue traders who offer to take people's waste away for money and then dump it.
The campaign aims to get the message across that if an individual's waste is
fly tipped, even if they gave it to a ⅓ party to dispose of, they can be
prosecuted and end up with a fine and a criminal record.
Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environment, said:-
"Fly tipping and alleyway dumping has a really detrimental impact on our
neighbourhoods. We understand that people are naturally keen to seek the best
possible price when it comes to paying someone to take away unwanted bulky items
in their van or truck. However, they need to be aware it could end up proving a
really costly mistake to make unless they make the necessary checks on the
people they employ. If you are getting rid of any waste, be that garden waste,
any old household items such as a sofa, mattress or washing machine or just
extra bags of rubbish, you need to check that the company you are using is a
registered waste carrier. Unlicensed waste carriers are more likely to cut
corners and fly tip, which is why they can offer lower prices unfairly
undercutting legitimate businesses who take their environmental responsibilities
seriously. Not only are they avoiding their responsibility and charges for the
proper disposal of waste, but by fly tipping waste they are leaving an unsightly
mess and causing additional costs to the Council or Pprivate Landowners who have
to clear up after them."
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton added:- "#CrimeNotToCare
is an important campaign for our country and we are delighted that Wirral is
partnering with us on it. There are almost a million fly tipping incidents in
England every year and cleaning it all up costs us more than £50 million a year.
It blights communities and our countryside and is a menace. We need the public
to understand that their rubbish is their responsibility and they must do the
right thing with it. Giving it to a 'man with a van' who offers to get
rid of it cheaply could prove costly for people and result in them getting a
criminal record. They have a duty of care and this campaign will help explain to
them exactly what that is and how to protect themselves."
Heaton's Bridge Military
Vehicle Group open weekend
THE Heaton's Bridge Military Vehicle
Group is holding another open weekend with military vehicles and displays at the
Heaton's Bridge Inn, Burscough, on 1 April 2017 to 2 April 2017. the group say that the public are welcome to
come, there are no admission or other charges involved, and there will be a
range of military vehicles on show of all eras from WW2 onwards. Anyone with a
military vehicle of their own would be more than welcome to join them and to camp over
for the weekend. All you need to do, should you wish to being a vehicle is to Paul Connolly,
on:- 01704 545 786.
The Military gatherings at Heaton's Bridge Inn Burscough have now become
yearly events (courtesy of proprietors Steve and Jacqui Winrow) and this is the
first event for 2017 (a 'crank up').
The Heaton's Bridge Inn has a great range of real ales and food all given names
to reflect the military theme. The vehicles which attend include Willys, Ford,
Hotchkiss and Austin Champ Jeeps, Landrovers, 'Whistling Rio' and Bedford RL 4 ton trucks, a Saracen armoured personnel carrier, military motorbikes, and
military staff cars. Kevin Reilly will be bringing some of his range of
'big guns' which includes a mighty Howitzer, an Abbot self propelled gun, and the
Mighty Antar tank transporter.
We never know exactly what he will bring along
so there's always a surprise waiting! Members' displays include a range of militaria including:- various firearms, bayonets and other weapons, uniforms,
radio equipment and field equipment.
A regular part of the display is also a 25
pounder field gun rig belonging to Frank and Angela Brown (our Secretary)
comprising a Morris Quad tractor unit, which tows an ammunition limber behind,
and the field gun itself behind that! Frank and Angela provide demonstrations of
the team operation of the field gun and have been known to take the entire 3
part rig across the off road hill course at Burscough airfield. Quite
something!! The rig is featured on this year's event 'flyer' for the
The Inn itself is located on the canal at Heatons Bridge and the grounds still
retain the World War 2 freestanding brick pillbox which formed part of the
home guard defence provisions. We hope to set up a small home guard display
inside the pillbox again to give some feel for how a guard might have had to
'hole up' there.
Why not come along and share the atmosphere of a Military Display for free with
the enthusiasts who would be pleased to answer any questions you may have?
Peter Kay's Car Share at Vue, in support of Comic Relief
ON Friday 31 March 2017,
from 19:45 hours, VUE are presenting a very special night of Peter Kay's Car
Share... This will be just for 1 night only and will be shown in over 250 cinema
screens across Britain, in support of Comic Relief, alongside an exclusive Q&A,
with Peter Kay and Sian Gibson answering questions put to them by the public.
The night will also feature never before seen footage and outtakes from the BAFTA award winning series as well as the exclusive premiere of 2 brand new
episodes of the highly anticipated second series.
All net profits from ticket sales will be donated to Comic Relief.
Tickets on sale
Comic Relief founder, Richard Curtis, said:- "Peter has been a
long standing supporter of Red Nose Day, from honing his miming skills for the
'Amarillo' single, to taking on his toughest challenge, 'Sit Down for Comic
Relief', and the amazing Phoenix Nights Live which made over 5 million pounds.
We're always bowled over by his generosity and the originality of the stuff he
does for us. The 1st series of Car Share was genius and so we're completely
thrilled that he is offering up a special broadcast of the new series across the
UK to help raise cash for Comic Relief this year." Peter Kay said:- "I'm so excited that we're able to premiere some of the new
series and raise money for Comic Relief. I really hope people enjoy this very