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Planned Road Closures – February 2024

Pool Hey Lane: Friday 2nd February to Monday 19th February.

The closure will not accommodate pedestrian traffic
across the level crossing but a dial a ride shuttle service is being provided by
Network Rail to shuttle pedestrians around the closure while this is in place.

For further information click here and here. Map and diversion is available here and here

WEST LANCASHIRE ARMED FORCES COVENANT

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My name is Paul Hennessy and I am the Armed Forces Champion for West Lancs, one of my responsibilities is delivering the Armed Forces Covenant for West Lancashire Borough Council.

The armed forces Covenant is a promise to the nation that the armed forces community should be treated fairly and face no disadvantage when accessing public and commercial services.

The covenant was established in 2011 and since then thousands of businesses, organisations and local authorities have signed into this.

Building on this the armed forces act 2021 is now creating a legal obligation on specified bodies in all four home nations of the UK, this is known as the Armed Forces Covenant Duty.

This though is only a part of my remit. I am also trying to reach out to all veterans and members who have served in the armed forces.  You may just want to talk to like-minded people, you may have issues that were part of your service and do not know who to contact or what help you can get.  Or you may just have questions?

If so, please contact:

Email: Cllr.p.hennessy@westlancs.gov.uk

Tel: 01695423872

SCARISBRICK SCARECROW COMPETITION 2023

The judging of the Scarisbrick Parish Council Scarecrow Competition took place on Saturday 29th July. The theme of the competition was “Sunny Scarisbrick in Coronation Year 2023”

The judges were impressed by the originality of the entries and the effort that had been put into them.

The presentation of the winning trophy and certificates will take place from 7.00pm on Monday 4th September 2023 at St Marks Parish Hall (prior to the start of the parish council meeting).

The winning scarecrow was:

Miss Kitty –  The Mouse Catcher

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The runner-up scarecrow was:

Mr Messy

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SCARISBRICK SCARECROW COMPETITION 2023

SCARISBRICK PARISH COUNCIL

2023 SCARECROW COMPETITION: SUNNY SCARISBRICK IN CORONATION YEAR 2023

FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF SCARISBRICK

Closing date for entries is Monday 24th July 2023.

For details of entry requirements please click here

For an entry form please click here

Judging will take place on Sunday 30th July 2023.

SCARISBRICK GARDENING COMPETITION 2023

SCARISBRICK PARISH COUNCIL

2023 GARDENING COMPETITION

FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF SCARISBRICK

Closing date for entries is Monday 24th July 2023. For an entry form and further details please click here

Judging will take place on Saturday 29th July 2023.

PETER LATHOM’S CHARITY

PETER LATHOM’S CHARITY

Historical research appears to show that Peter Lathom of Bispham was born in 1651, the son of William Lathom of Haigh, and died in October 1701 unmarried and with no apparent heirs. Of the present day Charities for the county of Lancashire, one of the most widely operative, and to have retained its original identity, is that known after its founder as Peter Lathom’s Charity.

Growing up during some of the most disturbed periods of English history he saw the confiscation of the Parbold, Wrightington and Allerton estates; he witnessed the extremes of poverty into which this confiscation had thrown the Lathom family and he saw some of them practically worthless both as to goods and lands, constantly harried by religious and civil strife.

Although little is known of the founder’s life and much is shrouded in a degree of mystery, Peter Lathom’s choice of Executors – 6 described as gentlemen and only two as ‘husbandmen’ appears testament to the fact that he had made his mark in society and amassed a considerable estate by the time of his death, represented in the main by land, no doubt acquired through shrewd investment of his profits.

The main thrust of Peter Lathom’s Will was to direct his Executors to apply the rents and profits from land and premises which he owned at the date of his death situated inter alia in Mawdesley Bispham Lathom Burscough Wrightington and Parbold for the benefit of the poor in specified townships in West Lancashire. The current Scheme of the Charity specifies the areas of benefit as Ulnes Walton, Eccleston, Newburgh, Lathom, Welch Whittle, Heskin, Wrightington, Dalton, Parbold, Bispham, Mawdesley, Skelmersdale, Bickerstaffe, Ormskirk, Scarisbrick, Rufford, Croston and Burscough.

Interestingly in a report of the Charity Commissioners of 1828 distributions to the poor, in accordance with the terms of Peter Lathom’s will made between 1826 and 1827 were set out in some detail and include the distribution of linen “amongst such poor persons belonging to the Township as are considered proper objects and who have not received parochial relief within 12 months.”

The discovery of coal under lands owned by the charity in Skelmersdale, in the late 1820s and into the 30s proved to be a milestone in the history of the charity. Leases were granted to two companies to work the mines namely Crow Orchard Colliery and White Moss Colliery. The mines were successfully worked for many years until they became either unworkable or exhausted in value, toward the end of the 1890s, beginning of the 1900s. Revenue from the extraction of coal and in consequence the income of the Charity increased dramatically.

The work of the Charity continues to the present day; the current trustees endeavour to identify and provide assistance within the terms of the Scheme,  to apply the Charity’s income in relieving persons resident in their respective districts who are in need, hardship or distress. Yearly distributions also include benefits to schools and to individual pupils meeting the eligibility criteria under the Scheme.

General enquiries to be addressed to the Clerk to the Peter Lathom Charity c/o 71-73 Hoghton Street, Southport PR9 0PR