Christmas Food Sellers

Residents are advised to make sure any Christmas treats and other food they buy is purchased from a business registered to sell food, even if it is a small operation they see on Facebook.

West Lancashire Borough Council wants people to be careful as it is aware of a trend in small food operators increasingly advertising their services on Facebook and other social media.

A number of these are selling Christmas cakes and other festive party food.

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety, said: “Any person or business that sells food to the public on a regular basis must be registered with the Council, even if they are an individual making food in their kitchen at home to sell. This is so they can be checked to make sure they are complying with food hygiene regulations and, where appropriate, given a food hygiene rating.

“Whilst we would advise residents to check if any food business is registered for their own peace of mind, the Council wants to support legitimate local business and I would strongly recommend anyone thinking of operating a food business to contact the Council’s Food Safety team for advice.”

People can check if a business they buy food from is registered and inspected by visiting the Food Standards Agency National Food Hygiene Ratings website at

Any one selling food to the public should register with the Council 28 days before they open for business. More information, including how to register a food business, can be found at


Scarisbrick Village Hall

Scarisbrick Village Hall is a wonderful amenity for the local community and the surrounding areas. The building contains a large hall with a stage, kitchen, smaller meeting room and toilets and cloakroom. Outside there is a large recreation field, basket ball/ five a side court and a children’s playground. There is plenty of parking.


The hall is ideal for a wide variety of activities. There have recently been children’s parties, Christenings and evening family celebrations. There have been dog shows and seminars and caravan rallies.


There is a rich programme of regular weekly events including U3A dancing, bridge and indoor bowling during the day. In the evenings there is dog training.


The WI use the hall on a monthly basis for their meetings and there are monthly sequence dances and JB social dances.


The hall is run by a very small management committee of volunteers who meet at the hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. New members would be most welcome.


There are still slots available during the week for new activities and weekend slots are usually available. If you wish to hire the hall please contact Lesley Cooke:


or leave a text or voice message on 07505668335.

Scarisbrick Village Hall.
Smithy Lane,
L40 8HH.



Outdoor gym for Scarisbrick?

Funding has become available through Section 106 planning contributions and Scarisbrick Parish Council is exploring the possibility of installing outdoor gym equipment in the grounds of Scarisbrick Village Hall. A bid is being formulated that will require approval by West Lancashire Borough Council.

What is Section 106 funding?

Under the provisions of Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 contributions can be sought from developers to be put towards the costs of providing community resources. The purpose of these contributions is to enable communities to provide and improve open spaces, sport, recreation or outdoor facilities. The level of contributions is negotiated between developers and West Lancashire Borough Council during the planning application process. Funds are allocated to parish projects through a grant system.

What are the limitations on how the money is used?

Section 106 funds should not be regarded as “free” money to use as we please. West Lancashire Borough Council is accountable for how Section106 monies are spent. They are legally bound to allocate the funds in accordance with the agreement they entered into with the developer. Failure to do so could result in funds being reclaimed.

Section 106 money may only be spent on facilities where the new development has, at least in part, contributed to the need for the facilities. Funding is available for capital projects only and cannot be used to fund general running costs.

Funding will normally be invested in the same parish in which the contributing development is located. However, if Scarisbrick fails to come forward with a suitable bid the funds can be allocated elsewhere within the Borough.

Why outdoor gym equipment?

There is strong scientific evidence that regular physical activity is one of the most important contributors to health. It increases overall physical and mental well being and diminishes both the risk of illness and premature death. Even modest increases in physical activity give improvements in quality of life.

Cost and lack of access are often cited as two of the main barriers to people not participating in regular physical activity; the provision of outdoor gyms combats both of these factors.

Gym equipment can be used by people of all ages and is suitable to be used by families and groups of friends. Equipment for disabled use is available. Users of such gyms find them to be enjoyable and beneficial for their health.

What happens next?

Applications go through a detailed assessment process at West Lancashire Borough Council. Evidence has to be put forward that an assessment has been made of local community need, including public consultation. Failure to demonstrate that there is public backing for the project will ensure that the bid fails.

Scarisbrick Parish Council is now consulting residents on the proposal, your responses will be extremely important to the outcome. The Council would be grateful if residents could download and complete the following questionnaire (also to be found in the next edition of Scarisbrick Village Matters).

Questionnaire (MS Word)

Questionnaire (pdf)

Completed questionnaires should be returned to the parish clerk at the address given below. Alternatively, please simply write to (or e-mail) the parish clerk in response to the questions. The council will need responses to be returned by 26th May 2017.

Mr Thomas Houghton.
137 Smithy Lane,
L40 8HH.


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Flooding – be prepared

Fortunately, the local flooding experienced at Christmas 2015 was not repeated this year. However, we cannot be complacent as we move into the New Year.

Lancashire County Council has produced some useful advice on its website about how people can be more prepared for flooding. Flooding can never be totally prevented but, if you are prepared, the impact to people and property can usually be reduced.  The information can be accessed at and includes the following contact information:

Lancashire Police – 999If there is an immediate risk to life call the police.

Environment Agency Floodline – 0345 988 1188 – To report a flood or if your property is at risk of flooding from a reservoir, river or coastal water.

United Utilities – 0345 6723 723 – If flooding is from sewers or burst water mains.

Power cuts – 105 – To report a power cut or get updates if your electricity has been cut off. 

Lancashire County Council – 0300 123 6780 – If flooding is from highway drainage, surface water, groundwater or watercourses.


The following video contains some practical advice:


Flood investigation report – December 2015 floods

Lancashire County Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, has now published district level reports which provide affected communities with information about what the relevant risk management authorities are doing in their areas to help manage the risk of flooding from a variety of sources.

The reports provide information on investigations undertaken at each of the affected locations, flood risk improvements already completed as well as opportunities for further investigation and investment in flood-prevention measures.  They also provide information for concerned homeowners and businesses on what they can do to help protect their own properties from flooding in the future.

The West Lancashire District Flood Report was published in November 2016 and can be found at

Scarisbrick Parish Council would be interested to hear your views on the report.



Bus-shelter update

Scarisbrick Parish Council is continuing with its rolling programme of bus-shelter replacement. Some of the Council’s current timber shelters are more than 40 years old and maintenance costs are increasing. They are particularly susceptible to rot where the bases make contact with the ground. This often involves the structural framework of the shelters and is difficult to repair.


Timber shelter (Image care of Rept0n1x at Wikimedia Commons).

Although timber bus-shelters have been a distinctive feature of the Parish for many years the decision was taken to replace with modern aluminium framed shelters. These are more durable and cheaper to maintain than their timber counterparts and are therefore more in keeping with the Council’s responsibility to obtain value for money. Visibility is also much improved as buses can be seen from inside the shelter and bus drivers can see waiting passengers. The shelters should also be more resistant to vandalism.

Budget constraints mean that we are able to replace one (possibly two) shelters per year without unacceptable increases in the precept. This is being done in order of priority based upon information from regular asset inspection. Up to now the shelters at Otterstye, St.Mark’s School, New Hall Drive, and Carr Cross (Ormskirk direction) have been replaced. The latter two shelters have recently benefitted from the addition of front panels to protect from prevailing winds.

The shelter at the lower end of Bescar Brow (almost opposite Woodlands Avenue) has been identified as the next priority. This will be a semi-enclosed bus-shelter to protect from the wind. It will have a tinted polycarbonate roof. The front, side and rear panels will be glazed with toughened safety glass which is hard wearing and vandal resistant. Perch seating is included. An order was placed just before Christmas and there is an expected lead time of two to three weeks for installation.


Drawing of proposed bus-shelter on Bescar Brow.

The shelters at Heatons Bridge and the Elephant restaurant have been identified as the next priorities for the new financial year. The shelter on Moorfield Lane has been removed following collision by a vehicle. This is currently subject to an insurance claim and should be replaced soon.


Damage to Moorfield Lane shelter.


Scarisbrick National Services Club

Scarisbrick National Services Club is something of an institution in the parish having been established in 1946. Set up after the Second World War to provide well-deserved recreation for servicemen, it has served the local community ever since.

The club boasts a first class crown green bowling green. The green is well-maintained and located conveniently behind the clubhouse from where it can be easily accessed. In winter months members can make use of two indoor short mat bowling strips. For those who prefer green baize, the clubhouse also has three match-standard snooker tables.

Crown green bowling at SNSC.

Crown green bowling at SNSC.

These days membership is open to all residents of Scarisbrick and surrounding areas. Benefitting from a licensed bar and free car parking, members can enjoy a diverse range of facilities including:


·        DARTS




·        RACE NIGHTS

·        QUIZ NIGHTS

New members are always very welcome. Those with a competitive edge can join the club’s bowls and snooker teams, competing in local leagues. Others may choose to take a more relaxed approach and simply use the facilities to chill out. The choice is yours.

Match standard snooker tables.

Match-standard snooker tables.

The club’s spacious lounge is also available to hire for special events and parties. It can accommodate up to 100 people in this pleasant rural setting. A warm welcome always awaits you.

SNSC hosts a number of special events throughout the year

SNSC hosts a number of special events throughout the year

The club quite rightly prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and active social calendar. Upcoming functions are posted on the events section of this website. Why not drop in and see for yourself!  

For further information please visit the club which is situated at Bullens Lane, Scarisbrick, L40 9RR . Alternatively, you can telephone 01704 880288 (evenings only).   


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Scarisbrick WW2 Roll of Honour

Scarisbrick’s roll of the Fallen of the First World War was published on Armistice Day. We now remember men and women of the Parish who gave their lives in the Second World War.

 (With thanks to Paul Charlesworth)


BROOKES, Wilfred

Sergeant, RAF Volunteer Reserve; died 2 June 1942



Fusilier, Lancashire Fusiliers; died 9 May 1944


CHARNOCK, James Francis

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy (HMS Hermione); died 16 June 1942



Guardsman, Welsh Guards; died 10 September 1944



Aircraftman, RAF Volunteer Reserve; died 17 November 1943


GINGER, Gabrielle

Died 19 March 1945


HAMILTON, Ian Graham

Pilot Officer, RAF Volunteer Reserve; died 9 August 1943



Private, Durham Light Infantry; died 8 June 1944


HENDRY, Douglas Matthew

Seaman, Merchant Navy (SS Scottish Trader); died 6 December 1941



Guardsman, Irish Guards; died 17 September 1944


LOCKETT, Stanley

Sergeant, 240 Sqdn RAF Volunteer Reserve; died 23 December 1941


ROBINSON, John Ernest

Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps; died 8 March 1945


TAYLOR, Arthur Dawson

Captain, Army Dental Corps; died 18 December 1945


WELLS, James Francis

Second Lieutenant, Royal Artillery; died 1 December 1941


WHELDON, John Neville

Sergeant, RAF Volunteer Reserve; died 9 January 1941


WILSON, Donald Corbett

Driver, Royal Army Service Corps; died 7 May 1942


Scarisbrick WW1 Roll of Honour

The following is a roll call of 64 Scarisbrick men who lost their lives during the First World War and are named on the new war memorial at Scarisbrick Village Hall.


ABRAM, George Thomas Sumner

Corporal, Royal Engineers; died 12 February 1919


ACKERS, John William

Acting Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery; died 22 February 1917



Private, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment); died 1 October 1915


AUGHTON, Edmund Wadsworth

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy; died 31 May 1916



Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 23 October 1918

Brother of:

BALDWIN, Thomas     D.C.M.

Serjeant, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry); died 8 October 1918


BALL, Henry

Private, Royal Welsh Fusiliers; died 1 October 1917


BANKS, James

Private, Machine Gun Corps; died 28 September 1918


BANKS, Richard Edward

Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 30 April 1918



Lance Corporal, Royal Warwickshire Regiment; died 19 July 1916


BOND, Thomas Harper

Serjeant, Lancashire Fusiliers; died 7 November 1920


BRADE, Isaac

Private, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment; died 11 April 1917


de CASTÉJA, Count Marie Emmanuel Remy  FCdeG (French Croix de Guerre)

Sergeant, 20th Chasseurs a Pied; died 10 October 1915



Lance Corporal, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 21 December 1917



Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 30 September 1917



Sergeant, Canadian Infantry; died 26 September 1916



Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 28 September 1915


FOSTER, Robert

Private, Manchester Regiment; died 13 May 1917



Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 12 August 1916


HARTLEY, Leonard

Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry; died 6 September 1918



Driver, Army Service Corps; died 1 December 1917


HIGHTON, Charles Luke

Gunner, Royal Field Artillery; died 26 May 1917


HIGNETT, Charles

Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps; died 22 November 1917

Brother of:

HIGNETT, William

Private, Connaught Rangers; died 22 January 1916


HURST, Richard

Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 8 October 1918


HUYTON, Edward

Private, Royal Welsh Fusiliers; died 15 March 1917


HUYTON, John Royle

Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 27 March 1917


JACKSON, Richard

Private, Royal Army Service Corps; died 11 October 1920


JOHNSON, James     M.M.

Gunner, Royal Field Artillery; died 1 July 1917



Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 12 October 1916



Private, Army Ordnance Corps; died 29 October 1918


LONGTON, Christopher

Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 13 August 1916


LYDIATE, Joseph Richard

Rifleman, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 9 April 1918



Rifleman, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 20 September 1917

Brother of:


Lance Corporal, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 2 August 1917


MARSHALL, James Edward

Serjeant, Royal Engineers; died 21 February 1919


MASSAM, Thomas

Gunner, Royal Field Artillery; died 18 September 1918


MAYOR, Walter

Private, Coldstream Guards; died 22 August 1918



Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 8 April 1916



Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 26 December 1917


PRESCOTT, Charles Stanley

Private, 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish); died 2 September 1917

Brother of:

PRESCOTT, Joseph James

Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 11 December 1918


RIGBY, Edward Andrew

Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps; died 30 October 1918


RIGBY, John Thomas

Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 28 March 1918



Private, Canterbury Regiment (N.Z.E.F.); died 12 October 1917


RIMMER, John Jeffrey

Private, Lancashire Fusiliers; died 3 May 1917


SAINT, Peter Thomas

Private, South Wales Borderers; died 4 November 1918



Private, Lancashire Fusiliers; died 3 May 1917



Private, Scots Guards; died 17 September 1917



Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps; died 6 March 1917



Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 12 July 1917


SUMNER, Walter

Private, Lancashire Fusiliers; died 31 July 1917


SUTHERN, Bertram

Private, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry); died 24 April 1917



Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 12 January 1918



Corporal, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 21 March 1918


TURNER, Arthur Sidney

Rifleman, Rifle Brigade; died 16 May 1920


TWIST, Robert

Rifleman, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 21 June 1918


USHER, Herbert

Private, Manchester Regiment; died 26 October 1917



Lieutenant, Royal Welsh Fusiliers; died 28 October 1917



Corporal, Royal Field Artillery; died 11 August 1918



Staff Serjeant, Army Service Corps; died 21 October 1916


WITHINGTON, Charles Edward

Corporal, Royal Defence Corps; died 10 October 1918


WOODS, Sandford

Lance Corporal, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 30 October 1918


WRIGHT, Richard

Private, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); died 7 November 1915


First World War memorial installed

Scarisbrick’s memorial to the Fallen of the First World War has now been installed at the Village Hall. Dedicated to the memory of sixty-four men from the parish who lost their lives during the conflict, the memorial is constructed of eye-catching polished black granite with white enamelled lettering and is set amongst natural sandstone paving.


In addition to carrying the names of the Fallen the monument includes a frieze depicting a horse drawn plough together with poppies entwined with sheaves of corn. This highlights the link between the agricultural heritage of the parish and the sacrifice of its men, many of whom had strong connections with the land prior to the conflict. One such man was John Halewood, a former pupil of St Mark’s School who worked as a horseman at a local farm on Hurlston Green. This year marks the centenary of his death during the Somme offensive, one of the bloodiest battles of the war which eventually took the lives of over a million men. In his last letter he poignantly writes of home. In so doing he describes the nature of the sacrifice made by the Fallen, and emphasises why it should not be forgotten:

I do not know if I shall see either of these places again, but their memory only serves to help me on through these trying times, and make me all the more determined to do my duty, so that my friends and relations may never have cause to be ashamed of me”.


The project was launched in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the conflict. A community working group was formed and had its first meeting at the end of April. The plan was to establish a new memorial to the Fallen within the parish and to create memorial books to be held in local churches and schools. The monument at the Village Hall marks the completion of the first phase and has added about thirty names to those remembered in local churches. Many local names are represented on the monument with families still residing in Scarisbrick and surrounding areas. It is hoped that the memorial will help to provide closure for these families, given that circumstances often dictated that remains were not returned home.


The second phase is underway and should be completed by the end of the centenary. The books will also contain details of local men who served and returned home – a cohort that is often forgotten. It is estimated that the stories of about 200 men will be included and the working group would be pleased to hear from anyone willing to help in the compilation of the books. This website will also carry short biographies of each of the men which will link to the memorial by means of a QR code. The collection of biographies will increase as work is completed and it is hoped that names remembered on the memorial will appear soon.

A number of events have been staged over the last couple of years to raise funds for the project. Fundraising was launched with an exhibition at Scarisbrick Hall School and has since been supported by events organised by local schools, churches and groups such as the WI. There have been significant individual donations and an important financial contribution from the West Lancashire Heritage Association. Local firms have been involved in the construction of the memorial with stonemasonry being supplied by Ormsby of Scarisbrick and groundwork by Dave Finney Landscapes. The invaluable support of the management committee at Scarisbrick Village Hall is acknowledged in providing the site for the memorial. An ecumenical Service of Dedication is being planned for Armistice Day. This will include the Calling of the Names and reading of extracts regarding the lives of the Fallen by local schoolchildren.

Location of the monument at Scarisbrick Village Hall.

Location of the monument at Scarisbrick Village Hall.

Scarisbrick Parish Council has formally adopted the memorial, taking responsibility for its maintenance and insurance. The Council takes this opportunity to express its gratitude to all those who continue to contribute to the working group and who ensured that plans came to fruition.

The project aims to provide a touchstone between past and present. It affords a source of civic pride whilst reiterating the human cost of warfare, underlining the extra-ordinary sacrifice of a previous generation of Scarisbrick men.


Pumping Stations – notice of closure


Readers may be aware of plans to withdraw funding for drainage operations in the Alt-Crossens catchment and the potential effects that this will have on the region and Scarisbrick in particular.

The land in Alt-Crossens is low lying with a good proportion sitting below sea level. Water is taken off the land via a network of drainage ditches and raised watercourses. A series of satellite pumping stations propels the water to major pumping stations at Altmouth and Crossens where it is pumped to sea. The system of pumping stations, drains and watercourses maintains Alt-Crossens in its mainly dry state and prevents flooding.

The Environment Agency has had its budget cut and been instructed by DEFRA to invest its resources into the protection of residential and commercial property and to cease land drainage benefits. As a result, notice is about to be served on satellite pumping stations within the catchment.

These stations and watercourses are important to us because they remove water from the large agricultural area that comprises our Parish and on to Crossens. Across West Lancashire about 40,000 acres of grade 1 and 2 agricultural land will potentially be put at risk. This land currently brings about £230 million into our local economy, income the area can ill-afford to lose. The extent to which the infrastructure of the area will be affected is unknown with the effect on roads, railways and utility supplies being a major concern. There is also a degree of uncertainty regarding the extent of land that may potentially be affected.

The matter is now starting to come to a head. The Environment Agency will serve notice on five pumping stations by the end of July 2015. These include Rufford Causeway, Clay Brow, Boundary Brook, Kew and Banks Marsh. Others will follow. There will then be a period of 24 months prior to closure of pumping operations, a period in which a solution must be found.

Further updates and notices of events will be published on this website where there will also be a series of articles exploring the situation in more depth over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency is to hold a series of engagement days for those most likely to be affected. The first event is aimed at local farmers and landowners who are hereby invited to attend. The event will be held at 7.00pm on Thursday 2nd July 2015 in the local NFU offices (1 Moss Lane View, Skelmersdale, WN8 9TL).