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North Meols 2005 News Archive
MISSING DOG APPEAL

29/12/05

Missing Dog Amadeus last seen in Tarleton

AMADEUS is a 6 year old brown and white Leonberger x Bernese Mountain cross breed. who has been missing from Banks since November.

Originally from Devon, he has been living rough since escaping from his new owners and is described as a shy dog, particularly of men.

Whilst there have been many reported sightings around Tarleton and Hundred End he has still not been caught. If you have any information please ring Angela on 07769 865385.

POLICE MERGER PROPOSAL CONDEMNED

28/12/05

"Don't let local village policing be merged with Merseyside" - warns Lorraine Fullbrook

Local Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman Lorraine Fullbrook has called on the Government to think again about proceeding with plans to merge the Lancashire police force into one of just twelve giant regional constabularies, at an "astronomical" cost to the taxpayer.

Following a Commons debate on the merger the week before Christmas, Lorraine has warned that the independence of Lancashire police is at stake, along with their operational effectiveness, stability, and essential links with local communities.

And she has accused Home Secretary Charles Clarke of seeking to force through the changes without adequate debate: "Rather than being driven by operational effectiveness, the changes are being driven by blind belief in centralisation that defies the facts. And rather than focusing on the needs of local people, they are bound to be driven by an agenda of regionalisation that this Government continues to pursue against the will of the people."

Mrs Fullbrook stressed how the most successful recent anti-crime drive was achieved in New York where police teams were locally managed, directed and financed.

She warned how the proposed larger force responsible for local policing in villages like Banks may cover Merseyside as well Cumbria and would be "too huge to be effective" and result in some officers having to drive for hours to reach their new regional headquarters. Mrs Fullbrook also expressed alarm at the likely costs of the shake-up - which she warned could run into hundreds of millions of pounds, while taking ages to implement.

"As my colleague David Davis pointed out in Parliament , there is every chance that costs will go up, not down. If nothing else, all experience shows that the process of amalgamation itself will be a ferociously disruptive and distracting exercise, probably for several years...during which time neither the criminals nor the terrorists will rest."

Mrs Fullbrook declared: "I am not opposed to any change in the current structure of Forty Three police forces, but I do believe there are very serious problems with the current proposal. It makes policing remote, when we should be making it local. It makes policing unaccountable, when we should be giving people greater control. It threatens massive costs for local taxpayers with no extra benefits and it is driven by a regional agenda which has already been rejected by the British people.

Everywhere we turn, the Government seem determined to organise our lives on regional lines. Like the possible merger of local Hospital Trusts this is all about saving money, and breaking Britain up into euro-regions and not about improving service.It would be a tragedy indeed if we sacrificed good and effective policing on the altar of regional dogma. It will be a tragedy if the Government pushes through this hasty, ill-considered, costly, disruptive, and dangerous plan. A tragedy the people of Lancashire cannot afford."

COLD WINTER FUEL BILL CAUTION

23/11/05

COLDEST WINTER IN A DECADE SET TO ADD £600 MILLION TO ENERGY BILLS
With the Met Office set to confirm tomorrow that we are expecting the worst winter in 10 years, leading switching and comparison site uSwitch.com, reveals that the arctic freeze forecast for this winter is set to add £600 million to the nation’s energy bill.

The last time the UK suffered from an unusually cold winter (1995/96) energy consumption swelled by 5% per household. Based on today’s prices this would bump up the nation’s energy bill by £600 million. Furthermore, recent price rises mean that consumers who wish to turn up their thermostat by 1 degree to keep warmer, will have to pay an extra £57 - 46% more than four years ago.

Alan Tattersall, Director of Home Services at uSwitch.com, states: “This could be the most expensive winter people have faced for many years. Freezing temperatures mean that the amount of energy used just to keep warm and healthy this winter, would result in energy bills soaring.

“By the end of this year, customers will have seen their energy bill rise by at least 16% or over £100. In addition, the poorest 10% of the population are now spending 9% of their income (up 27% since 2001) on their energy bills which is perilously close to the industry definition of “fuel poor”, which is 10%. We are concerned that further increases in the New Year could see vulnerable groups struggling to keep warm this winter.”

The average consumer bill will have risen by over £100 by the end 2005 to a total of £770. In a double whammy, energy customers should brace themselves for price hikes in the region of 15% by major energy suppliers as early as the first quarter of 2006 (possibly pushing the average fuel bill up by a further £116). These anticipated prices increases come in the wake of burgeoning wholesale gas prices that have risen by 417% since the start of the year.

The combined impact of a volatile market, price increases by all major suppliers and a harsh winter means that consumers who have never switched could pay close to £1000 for their gas and electricity by early next year.

To exacerbate the issue, data from the Met Office between 1971 through to 2000 shows that February has, on average, the coldest minimum temperatures - suggesting that the worst of the weather is still to come.

To help mitigate this and ensure that people keep warm this winter, uSwitch.com recommends the following measures:

  • Switch to save £££’s
    Switch supplier and you could make savings of up to £170 a year. Use an independent energy price comparison service to ensure you get a like for like comparison
  • Claim your rightful benefits. Everyone over 60 should claim the Winter Fuel Payment and there are many other benefits and grants to which you may be entitled. Call SeniorLine to find out more: 0808 800 6565
  • Apply for energy savng grants and programmes. There are many free products and services designed specifically for older people, such as the British Gas 'Here to HELP' programme. Contact major energy suppliers to find out what they offer.
  • Inadequate insulation could cost UK consumers £1.9 billion in unnecessary energy use this winter, according to figures from the Energy Saving Trust. Save up to £250 by making some simple energy efficient changes such as investing in loft insulation, using a draft excluder and changing normal for energy efficient light bulbs.
  • Keep your home between 21 and 24 degrees – this is the optimum temperature recommended to keep you healthy. Keeping heating on longer at a lower temperature is also cheaper than putting it on for shorter periods at a higher temperature.
POLICE ADVICE TO BEAT WINTER CAR THIEVES

22/11/05

Police across Lancashire's Southern Division are warning car owners to take more care over their car security in an attempt to cut down on incidents of auto-crime over the winter months as the frosty mornings set in. They are again stressing the following messages to motorists across the division:-
  • On frosty mornings do not leave your insecure car unattended whilst defrosting. Many motorists will start their car and leave it running with the fan turned on to help the defrosting process whilst they go inside. If you cannot garage your car overnight, either stay with it whilst the windscreen clears or cover it with a protective sheet so that the windscreen does not get frosted up.
    Last Friday at approx 7.40am a Mazda MX5 was stolen from Kilsby Close in Walton-le-Dale in exactly this way.
  • Leaving the engine running whilst out of the car on a public highway is an offence but this also gives criminals the opportunity to take the vehicle. Quite a few people do this whilst calling into a newsagents first thing in the morning but will also leave their keys in a switched off vehicle when filling up with petrol – an open invitation to an opportunist thief.
  • Insurance companies request details of auto crimes from the police to assess each individual’s claim. These details help to establish whether the aggrieved has been contributory to the loss and ultimately whether the insurance company will pay out.
  • In the run up to Christmas do not leave valuables on display in your car and avoid leaving bags of presents on view. This also applies not only to Christmas presents but other items such as laptops and bags – if you don’t need it don’t leave it in your car.
  • Ensure your car is safe, secure and properly alarmed at all times. Leaving high powered and valuable vehicles on driveways attracts attention and incidents have happened recently where thieves have broken into insecure properties and stolen the keys to vehicles – these crimes have not just happened overnight. Keep your property secure and your car keys out of sight.
Chief Superintendent Chris Weigh commented, “We are in our first real cold snap of the winter and offenders have already seized opportunities whilst owners defrost their vehicles. Please don't think that they won't visit your area - thieves travel everywhere to carry out these type of offences and unfortunately they are usually successful in finding what they are looking for. It is far easier for them to steal a vehicle with keys than without."
LATE NIGHT DRINKING THREAT TO LOCAL VILLAGES

04/11/05

Lorraine Fullbrook, the Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for the South Ribble constituency, which covers Tarleton, Banks, Hesketh Bank and Rufford, and soon to include Eccleston, Mawdsley and Croston, has re-affirmed her opposition to the Government’s new licensing laws, which are due to come into full effect on 24 November.

The new Licensing Act will allow pubs and night clubs to apply for whatever opening hours they wish, abolishing the old 11pm closing time and 20 minute ‘drinking up’ time. The new laws come at a time when violent attacks across West Lancashire have risen by 123% in the last three years.

Lorraine explained that although responsibility for licensing is being transferred from magistrates’ courts to local authorities, councils have very little discretion to refuse late licences:

  • Applications are automatically granted unless an objection is made, but only certain people are allowed to object. Residents can only object if they live in the immediate ‘vicinity’.
  • Councillors are not allowed to object to applications in their ward in their own right.
  • Councils must follow the 180-page Whitehall guidance, which prevents councils from staggering closing times across an area.
  • Councils cannot object to ‘Temporary Event Notices’, such as controversial raves or festivals for up to 500 people.
  • There are few powers to hold pubs and clubs responsible for rowdy or drunken customers once outside their premises, even if the serving of alcohol caused the nuisance.

“At a time when violent crime is rising, weakening the laws on late licensing threatens to increase crime, nuisance and disorder even further. I am all in favour of people having a good time out, but a licensing ‘free for all’ threatens to create not a café culture, but a yob culture in our village centres.

“Labour’s new licensing laws fail to give local residents and councillors a strong enough say to decide what’s best for our local community. The whole legislation needs a complete overhaul to stop the upsurge in yob behaviour, to lighten the burden on village halls and community facilities, and give local councils far more discretion to take into account the concerns of local people.”

WLDC START BIN BAG CLAMPDOWN

30/09/05

West Lancs District Council today announced that it has issued over 100 fixed penalty notices to litter bugs in West Lancashire in the last three months alone. All of the £50 fines were issued for either throwing litter in the street or out of car windows or for putting bin bags out "too early".

The news release then goes on to name and shame the 32 people who have already paid their fines (including the unlikely named "Mr Firwood Timber") but makes no reference to those who did not pay up.

The clampdown comes in advance of the controversial cut in refuse collections set to be introduced in October whereby "grey" waste collection will be halved without any change as to what or how much recyclable material will be collected.

Critics of the proposed change claim that the average household will have to deal with over 4 bin bags of refuse a month that will remain uncollected under the new arrangements and this will inevitably lead to an increase in fly tipping.

Many residents have already applied to the Council for additional bin space but as each request is to be dealt with individually, the unexpected demand made on the Council department has meant that the home visits to establish requirements have not yet started.

SPANIEL FOUND

28/09/05

Good news - Bryn the spaniel is back home! He was found asleep in the hedge at the Anchor Inn at Hutton.
Joyce said "He is very lucky dog in every way. Please thank everyone for us as they have been so kind. We have had people who we have never met before walking the fields for us and wanderered about looking for him. We have had phone calls and emails about him beeing seen, and calls asking about him."
"He is fine but has a bit of a limp and is very tired. He has been checked out by the vet and was fit enough to come home. I just can't say thank you enough times"

LOST SPANIEL UPDATE

21/09/05

Joyce has asked us to pass on the following update about her spaniel who went missing last Saturday:
Please let folk know our spaniel was sited on Monday asleep in the grass verge on the Longton bypass by the lolipop lady for Walmer Bridge school but, being frightened, shot across the road down Dob Lane. He was again sited today (Wednesday) at Midge Hall at the cross roads leading to Bretherton and Leyland. He seems to be following the roads to find his way home so please keep a look out for him. After six days he must be getting quite weak.
If you have any information at all please contact Joyce Walmsley on 01772 81xxxx.

SPANIEL LOST

18/09/05

A white and brown springer spaniel was lost in Tarleton yesterday (Saturday 17th September). The dog is described as small size, still has his tail and can be skittish towards men.

He is a small dog for a springer, has white/brown patches and still has his tail. He had no collar on at the time when he was last seen late afternoon down Moss Hey. The dog warden and police have been informed and posters have been put around the village and in local shops

He is a much loved pet and the owner would like to hear from anyone who has any information. Please contact Joyce Walmsley on 01772 81xxxx.

AWARD FOR BANKS BOBBY

14/09/05

Chief Superintendent Chris Weigh has presented PC Alec Carter with the Shrievalty Rose Bowl today, at a presentation held at Divisional Headquarters.

Each year the High Sheriff of Lancashire examines all the successful community safety initiatives funded by LANPAC (Lancashire Partnership Against Crime) and selects the one that is believed to have had the biggest impact on crime reduction/community safety. The winner is then presented with the Shrievalty Rosebowl.

This year two schemes were selected as winners and the rosebowl was jointly awarded to Northern and Southern Divisions. Northern Division has held the trophy for 6 months and have now handed it over to Southern Division.

PC Alec Carter received the award for his "Fair Play Scheme" which was set up as a result of complaints from local residents in the Banks area, that children were causing problems by playing football and ball games on their local housing estate. In his role as rural beat officer for Banks, PC Carter working in partnership with North Meols Community Leisure Centre, set up a unique club at the centre where children could go to play sport for free. If they were found to be playing football on the street in between this time they were awarded a yellow or red card and prevented from attending the sports centre for a period of time.

The scheme was run for 6 months without any funding and in partnership with West Lancs District Council before funding was obtained from LANPAC for £500. In the first 12 month period of the scheme no further complaints were received from the local community.

Chief Superintendent Weigh commented,” PC Carter did a fantastic job setting up this scheme with very positive results and rightly deserves this recognition.”

PC Carter has now moved to a new role within the police working at HQ and is replaced by PC John Massam as the new rural beat bobby for the area.

BANKS PIV POSSE LAUNCH SUMMER SCHEME

17/07/05

Thanks to funding from the Local Network Fund and North Meols Parish Council, Banks Piv Posse are able to run a comprehensive Summer Scheme for young people aged between 10 and 17.

Activities will take place between Tuesday 9th August and Thursday 18th August.

Activities are Circus Skills, Video Skills, Football Training by an FA qualified coach, Golf, Outdoor Pursuits at Rock and River Mawdesley, Raw Art (Graffiti), Clog Dancing, Modern Disco Dance, African Drums, Arts and Crafts and several sessions of Outdoor Games.

The activities are open to any young person from Banks, Tarleton, Hesketh Bank or Rufford and any young person who attends Tarleton High School. Most activities are being run from 10am to 3pm, although some sessions are only 2 hours.

Volunteers running the scheme have been CRB checked and the majority are trained in Youth and Community work.

The cost is 50p a session for young people from Banks and £1.50 for anyone else.

For further information please email or ring and leave a message on the answerphone on 01772 811552.

Programmes and booking forms are available from all schools in the area, the drop in at Hesketh Avenue, Banks, on Thursday 21st and 28th between 6pm and 10pm and Tarleton library.

This is an excellent opportunity for young people to learn new skills and have fun at affordable rates.

The final event on Thursday 18th August which is for all those who have participated in the scheme is a Bar B Q and fun session.

MORE SUMMER HOLIDAY TRIPS ANNOUNCED

10/07/05

Lancashire Youth and Community Service are offering 4 trips during the summer holiday period. The trips on the dates below are for young people aged between 11 and 16 from the Tarleton, Hesketh Bank, Banks, Rufford, Holmeswood and Mere Brow areas.

Tuesday 2nd August Ice Skating Cost £8
Tuesday 9th August Rhyl Sun Centre Cost £8
Tuesday 16th August Bowling and team activities Cost £8
Tuesday 23rd August Alton Towers Cost £15

Pick up points will be at central points in each village and a packed lunch or money for food is not included in the above price. Application Forms are available from Tarleton library, by contacting tyag@tarletonvillage.com or ringing 01695 585761.

SUMMER FUN CLUB - ENROL NOW!

07/07/05

The excitement is growing at Tarleton High School, as preparations are nearing completion for the very first Summer Fun Club to be held in the brand-new £1.2million Community Sports Hall.

The fun packed programme has something for everyone this summer with sports such as football, basketball, badminton, swimming, gymnastics and trampolining scheduled in an extensive programme that runs through to September. Organisers stress the need to enrol for the activities to avoid disappointments

The Fun Club will feature 3-day football camps to offer in-depth training with FA qualified coaches. In addition, multi-sport camps will follow the same format, but offering badminton, basketball and swimming sessions in the school’s pool.

West Lancashire District Council will be offering a chance for children aged 8-14 to try a variety of sports in their activity days on 25th July and 15th August from 10am-3pm. For just £6 children will be able to spend the day practising Tri-Golf as well as other fun sports!

Gymnastic classes will be held every Friday, with a two-hour session for both beginner and intermediate gymnasts.

The schools Sports Hall and Swimming Pool are open to the public at evenings and weekends year round and will be available throughout the summer holidays.

The complete Timetable of Events is available as a pdf file - CLICK HERE
For bookings and enquiries for all activities, please call Steve James on 01772 817907

Fundraiser Fanfare
09/05/05

Thanks to the sterling efforts of Marc Wright, the Banks Piv Posse is a whopping £170 better off.

Soon after Marc joined the group he came up with an idea to raise money to get extra equipment for the summer scheme the group is hoping to hold in August. He put £50 in a picture frame and went round selling raffle tickets to friends and neighbours.

He quite quickly reached his target of £150 and a kind resident who heard of his efforts added £20 to bring the total to £170. The draw took place at the drop in at Hesketh Avenue pavilion and the £50 prize was won by a resident of Meols Court sheltered accommodation in Banks.

Marc is an experienced fund raiser who has raised thousands of pounds over the last few years.

The young people who attend the Drop In are willing to help themselves by raising funds and when they raise money they can nominate what they money is spent on.

Joan Draper, Chair or North Meols Parish Council, presented Marc with a certificate of achievement to acknowledge his effort in raising the funds and commented on what a remarkable young man Marc is.

Marc Wright receives Certificate from Joan Draper, Chjair of North Meols Parish Council

POSSE RIDES OUT
21/04/05

Six young people and two of their parents turned out on a cold Saturday to complete the Boundary of Banks and Tarleton Sponsored Cycle Ride, raising funds for the PIV Posse youth group trips and activities.

They were joined by two members of Tarleton Youth Action Group who had cycled from Tarleton to meet up with their Banks counterparts.

The weather was somewhat kinder than it was for last years event and despite part of the route being a little windy, across the moss roads, the 20 miles was completed in less than two hours.

The cyclists each received a certificate to prove to their sponsors that they had completed the bike ride and a gift for being so ‘community minded’ from Joan Draper Chair of North Meols Parish Council. She praised the young people for putting in the effort to help themselves and raise funds for their activities.

Banks Piv Posse raise money with a book sale
Fund raising wasn't limited to the sponsored bike ride as even more members of the group set up shop on Hoole Lane for the first 'Book Sale' event. Eight young people worked for over 3 hours to set the stall up, sort and sell the books, sell raffle tickets and talk to members of the public about the group. The event raised a further £100 for the youth group.

Thanks to more volunteers coming forward the "Banks Piv Posse Drop In" will now open for two sessions per week with effect from Thursday 21st April. The new sessions will both take place on a Thursday night, the drop in will be open from 6pm to 8pm for those aged between 9 and 12 and from 8pm to 10pm for those aged over 13.

More volunteers are still required, particularly as the summer months are upon us when the group hope to have outside activities as well as those inside. For further information please ring 01704 533281 or 01772 811552 or click here to email.

SATURDAY BOOK SALE
10/04/05

There will a secondhand book sale between 10am and Midday outside Greenalls on Hoole Lane Banks. People are asked to bring along their unwanted books as donations and treat themselves to a ‘new to them’ book or two.

The proceeds from the sale will go towards the weekly running costs of the group. Prices are likely to be in the region of 50p for paperbacks and £1 for hardbacks.

It would be nice if people could come along and support their local youth group and get a good book to read as well. If the sale goes well it is intended to have them on a regular basis.

If you have a local event you wish to publicise then let us know!
Please email editor@northmeols.com with your news, events or articles.

Essential Girls Night Out
31/03/05
Banks PIV Posse - makeup by Essentials of Tarleton

Girl members of Banks Piv Posse had a treat when Carly and Maxine from Essentials in Tarleton paid a visit to the club and showed the 16 girls who had come along how to look after and decorate their nails.

An array of different colours of polish, nail art decorations and nail care products where available for the girls to use. At the end of the night 16 girls went home with sparkling nails having had a great night.

The staff from Essentials were absolutely fabulous with group members and spent over two hours pampering to their needs. Group members want the Essentials team to return and give demonstrations on make up and facial care.Hopefully this is the start of a series of girl only activities and the girls showed their appreciation of the success of the evening by giving Carly and Maxine each a card and a gift.
Sponsored Cycle Ride Around Banks & Tarleton
31/03/05

Following the success of last years boundary of Tarleton sponsored cycle ride Banks Piv Posse and Tarleton Youth Action Group are joining forces to do it bigger and better this year.

The boundaries of Tarleton and Banks form the route for this years event which will take place on Saturday 16th April. The cycle ride will start at Mark Square at Tarleton and follow a route to Banks and meet up with youngsters from Banks at Hesketh Avenue Pavilion, the two groups will complete the leg from Banks to Tarleton together where the Tarleton Group will finish and the Banks group will cycle back to Hesketh Avenue.

The groups are hoping to raise funds for a variety of things including an activity holiday to Normandy, new equipment for the Banks Youth Drop In and for the proposed Tarleton Youth Drop In, football kits and for summer activities.

The cycle ride will leave Mark Square at 11am, a briefing will take place at 10.45am, and Hesketh Avenue Pavilion at midday.

Local residents are welcome to join the groups on the cycle ride either just for fun or to raise funds for their chosen charity.

For further information please contact
Helen Randle on 01772 816648 or 07971 527520
Nadine Ashcroft on 01772 811552 or 07973 701585
or email
Banks PIV Posse or Tarleton Youth Action Group

PIV POSSE VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
14/02/05

Due to unprecedented demand for a Youth Club, Banks Piv Posse is looking for more volunteers to help supervise the sessions held at Hesketh Avenue pavilion where there is a variety of indoor sports equipment and table top games.

The group takes it membership mainly from Banks and encourages young people from Year 6 at schools in Banks and those aged between 11 and 18 who live in Banks or in the Meols area who attend Tarleton High School to be involved.

The demand from young people has been far greater than expected and volunteers are needed to run two sessions each week. We want all the young people to enjoy themselves when they attend the club and this will be made possible by people coming forward to help run the club. Volunteers would be asked to supervise only one two hour session per month.

It is hoped that trips and activities over and above the regular sessions at the pavilion will take place. Volunteers will help members of the group to come up with ideas of what they want to do and if volunteers wish they can help supervise the trips .

The group would really like to hear off you if you are interested in volunteering. Volunteers will need to have a CRB check carried out, will receive an induction and any other training support they wish.

The young people in Banks are good fun to work with and they are full of enthusiasm and ideas. Please help us to provide this popular facility for an additional two hours per week by volunteering.

When sufficient volunteers come forward it is our intention to run two 2 hour sessions on a Thursday night, the first session will be between 6pm and 8pm for those aged under 13 and between 8pm and 10pm for those aged 13 or over. Ideally we are looking for people to run the earlier session but we can accommodate individual wishes.

For further information please ring 01704 533281 or 01772 811552 or email bpp@northmeols.com.

BANKS EVERGREENS LEAD THE WAY
13/02/05

Banks Evergreens are a group of 25 OAP’s – average age 84 - who meet at St. Stephen’s Club at 2 p.m. every Thursday.

When they heard of the Tsunami they made enquiries in the village to see if there were any Events being planned to support the cause. They could not find any so they decided to do an Event themselves.

They held several fund raising events and collected donations from members and friends, raising a magnificent sum of £800

The Evergreens would like to thank all the people who supported them with donations and Raffle Prizes.

FOOTBALL SPONSOR FOUND
24/01/05

Banks Piv Posse 6 a side football team played their first game on Saturday with players sporting brand new kit donated by Banks resident and Liverpool businessman Geoff Johnson. The kit bears the name of the company Geoff runs in Liverpool, Chemcare Liverpool and is in the company colours of navy blue and orange.

A team of young people led by Carl Halsall from Southport answered the call for a team to play against the newly formed Banks team and he brought his team Rotton Row Athletic to Banks. The game was a closely fought match that was reflected in the final score of 3 – 3. Rotten Row Athletic have invited the Banks team to play them on their own turf at Victoria Park. It was brilliant to see 14 young people and their supporters on a cold Saturday morning enjoying themselves.


Any team who would like to play against the Piv Posse should ring
01772 811552 or text 07843 852074.

The Piv Posse are extremely grateful that Chemcare Liverpool came forward, recognised their enthusiasm, their talent and provided them with the superb kit.

Banks Piv Posse meet every Thursday 7pm to 9pm at Hesketh Avenue pavilion where there is a variety of indoor sports equipment. Anybody aged between 11 and 18 who lives in the Banks or lives in the Meols area and attends Tarleton High School can join the group.

DOG FOUND!
23/01/05

Dear Editor,

A BIG THANK YOU.
We have our dog back... Yip Heeee. Many thanks to all the businesses in Mere Brow who were more than happy to have our posters in the shops regarding the missing dog, the dog walkers on Leisure Lakes who I bumped into, the local school for putting a notice on the Notice board. Boarding Kennels and Caravan Park.

She was found a mile from Leisure Lakes by Mr. Pimlott of Banks Southport while walking his friends dog. She had made her bed in a dry ditch on a local farm, and lived rough for 10 days, I don't know how much longer she would have lasted living rough with little or no food. A big thank you to Mr. Pimlott and to Vanessa your local Dog Warden for returning her to us.

Our family is now complete.

THANK YOU.
Bev Forber, Prescot, Merseyside, 23rd January 2005

 
FOOTBALL KIT SPONSOR SOUGHT
17/01/05
Banks PIV Posse

Report by Erika Conyngham age 12

Banks Piv Posse’s is an organisation for teenagers which started in the Autumn of last year. The group has successfully received football goal posts that have come about because residents complained about footballs bashing against the fence on Hesketh Avenue playing fields.

North Meols Parish Council was approached by PC Alec Carter on behalf of residents to see if football posts could be put in place to avoid the fences being used as goal posts. The Parish Council arranged for the goal posts to be placed on the playing fields and they have proved to be extremely popular.

The budding footballers would like to start a five-a-side football tournament and are looking for sponsorship from local businesses for football kits. The group are looking for other teams who would like to join the five-a-side tournament.

Banks Piv Posse meets regularly at Hesketh Avenue pavilion where there is a variety of indoor sports equipment. Anybody aged between 11 and 18 who lives in the Banks or lives in the Meols area and attends Tarleton High School can join the group.

It is hoped that trips and activities over and above the regular sessions at the pavilion will take place. Volunteers will help members of the group who come up with ideas of what they want to do plan the activities and trips.

The next Piv Posse meeting will be 19th January between 7:00 and 9:00pm anybody wants to join should come along.

For further information or if you would like to sponsor kit for the footballers please ring 01772 811552 or email bpp@northmeols.com.

WEST LANCS CANDIDATE ANNOUNCED
17/01/05

The BBC reports that a former Liberal Democrat councillor who defected to Labour in 1997 has been chosen as a prospective candidate for West Lancashire.
Labour MP Colin Pickthall, 60, who has represented the seat for the last 13 years, is stepping down.
Former councillor and Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Rosemary Cooper, was chosen on Sunday to represent Labour.

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