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Ormskirk Latest News

Council agrees to invest in residential care for vulnerable children by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Councillors have agreed plans to improve services for some of Lancashire's most vulnerable children, ensuring that a range of specialist support and   Read more ...

Xmas tree recycling raises £4k for charity! by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A Recycle your Christmas Tree service not only saved people time and hassle last weekend, but also raised £4,000 for the Rainbow Hub, in Mawdesley,   Read more ...

Views wanted on police budget in Lancashire by Tom Martin (January 2021)

West Lancashire residents have been asked to give their views ahead of setting the police budget for the next financial year. Lancashire's Police and   Read more ...

Council has 'generally positive outlook' on finances despite pandemic by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Lancashire County Council claim there is a “generally positive outlook” for their finances, despite some uncertainty due to the ongoing Covid-19   Read more ...

Council to recruit more occupational therapists by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Lancashire County Council is recruiting more occupational therapists as part of its plans to deal with winter pressures and the ongoing coronavirus   Read more ...

Council education chief not calling for 'blanket closure' of primary schools by Henry James (January 2021)

LANCASHIRE’S director of schools is not calling for a “blanket closure” of primary schools in the county.Teaching unions for primary school pupils   Read more ...

Freemasons help give huge donation to food banks by Henry James (January 2021)

WEST Lancashire Freemasons have helped raise £40,540 and donated 82,653 food items to help local food banks.Throughout the North West, individual   Read more ...

Edge Hill student launches her own games development studio by Henry James (December 2020)

A CREATIVE Writing student at Edge Hill University has turned her talents into a career after launching her own games development studio.Masters   Read more ...

MP joins forces with dog welfare charity calling for stop to illegal importation of puppies by Henry James (December 2020)

THE borough’s MP Rosie Cooper has joined forces with the UK’s largest dog welfare charity to call on the Government to stop the illegal importation   Read more ...

Blood donors being urged to attend as normal if they are fit and healthy by Henry James (December 2020)

BLOOD, plasma and platelet donors in all Tiers are urged by the NHS to keep attending as normal if they are fit and healthy.Giving blood and plasma –   Read more ...

Council leader angry at ‘lack of consultation’ as borough is moved into Tier 4 restrictions by Henry James (December 2020)

the leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, Ian Moran, claims there was a “lack of consultation” after the county was moved into Tier 4 for   Read more ...

University tutor gathers 100 lockdown stories to publish in new book by Henry James (December 2020)

AN Edge Hill University tutor and her partner have collected 100 powerful stories and poems from people all over the world about lockdown and put   Read more ...

More than £1.2m distributed to households who are most in need by Henry James (December 2020)

THE county council has said that more than £1.2m of help has been distributed in two weeks to households across Lancashire who are most in need this   Read more ...

Labour claim key workers are to be hit with 'real-terms' pay cut by Henry James (December 2020)

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak will hit every key worker earning more than £18,000 in England with a real-terms pay cut next year, new analysis by Labour has   Read more ...

Council release details of refuse and recycling during Christmas break by Henry James (December 2020)

WEST Lancashire Borough Council has released details of how the waste and recycling collection days change for the Christmas period.Residents will   Read more ...

Residents asked to give feedback on county council’s highways service by Henry James (December 2020)

RESIDENTS can give feedback on the county council’s highways service via an online survey.The authority claim their highways team has made marked   Read more ...

MP supports Guide Dogs’ work helping families to access children’s support by Henry James (December 2020)

CHILDREN with sight loss and their families have been telling West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper about their experiences of education and specialist   Read more ...

Are you willing to try out a simpler life with no technology? by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

ARE you looking to live a simpler life, in rural Britain, away from modern technology?Five Mile Films are making a brand-new TV series next year for   Read more ...

Woodlands looking for a home for two cats by Henry James (December 2020)

WOODLANDS Animal Sanctuary in Holmeswood is looking to find a home for two cats.They are called Noodle and Peanut and are black and black and   Read more ...

Care homes to get share of £15m fund to help reduce spread of virus by Henry James (December 2020)

CARE homes, supported living providers and organisations in Lancashire that support people with complex needs are being given extra funding to help   Read more ...

Council leader and mayor of West Lancashire Borough Council issue Christmas messages by Henry James (December 2020)

THE council leader and mayor of West Lancashire Borough Council have issued Christmas messages which reflect how coronavirus has affected all our   Read more ...

So long, Ssangyong! by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

GOODBYE, Ssangyong – and thanks for all the cars? Unless something dramatic happens between the time of writing this and the moment The Champion pops   Read more ...

Writer sets new novel in Ormskirk and surrounding villages by Henry James (December 2020)

A WRITER has set his new novel called The Return of the Black Magician in Ormskirk and surrounding villages.Richard Raftery has described the work   Read more ...

Enforcement move over blocked ditch in Aughton by Henry James (December 2020)

LANCASHIRE County Council is taking enforcement action  over a  blocked ditch causing flooding for Aughton residents.Following repeated flooding   Read more ...

Former cinema to become mixed use development by Henry James (December 2020)

THE former Regal Cinema building in Ormskirk is to be modified as part of proposed plans for a new development in Church Street.The proposal aims to   Read more ...

Network Rail submit new plan for substation in Aughton Green Belt after previous application blocked by Henry James (December 2020)

NEW plans have been submitted by Network Rail to build a substation in Green Belt in Aughton after protests by residents led to a previous   Read more ...

Top RAF pilot ‘very proud’ to be patron of cancer charity by Henry James (December 2020)

AIR Commodore Fin Monahan OBE DFC PhD has been appointed as the patron of a local cancer charity, the West Lancs and Merseyside Myeloma Support   Read more ...

All-party Parliamentary Group launched for county by Henry James (December 2020)

MP Rosie Cooper has been appointed as the Vice-Chair of a new all- Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Lancashire.It has been launched, with   Read more ...

Locals urged to use ‘Isolation Note Service’ if needed by Henry James (December 2020)

WEST Lancashire residents who need to  isolate due to  Covid  and miss work as a result are being reminded to use the NHS 111  online  Isolation   Read more ...

Champ readers thanked for response to toy appeal by Henry James (December 2020)

From page 1STAFF at the West Tower in Aughton have contacted the Champion to thank our readers for their support of their recent community   Read more ...

Lancashire Police believed to be first to use new cutting-edge body-worn cameras by Henry James (December 2020)

LANCASHIRE Police are believed to be the first force to use new “cutting-edge” body-worn cameras in their fight against crime.Police forces rely on   Read more ...

GPs “still there” for patients during coronavirus pandemic by Henry James (December 2020)

PEOPLE in West Lancashire are being reminded that although GP practices may be working a little differently because of the coronavirus pandemic, they   Read more ...

Help is on hand now for people experiencing all forms of domestic abuse by Henry James (December 2020)

DURING this time of the year the risk of domestic abuse increases but help is at hand for those who are suffering.In West Lancashire if people are   Read more ...

Barbara McCarthy becomes first resident in borough to have new Covid-19 vaccine by Henry James (December 2020)

WEST Lancashire GPs have begun offering the Covid-19 vaccine as part of the biggest NHS immunisation programme.Practices in West Lancashire are among   Read more ...

Councillors pleased public to be consulted on bus station revised plans by Henry James (December 2020)

OUR West Lancashire councillors have welcomed the move to bring revised plans for the redevelopment of Ormskirk Bus Station to a full public   Read more ...

Parents being reminded to apply for a school place for their child by Henry James (December 2020)

PARENTS whose children are starting primary school in 2021 are being reminded not to forget to apply for their school place.The closing date for   Read more ...

What do Picasso, VW Beetles and Ford have in common? by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

WHAT do Ford’s original C-MAX, Volkswagen’s Nineties rebirth of the Beetle, and Citroen’s Xsara Picasso have in common? If you’ve sussed it than   Read more ...

Mountain bike stolen from shed in Ormskirk by Henry James (December 2020)

IN the early hours of Friday, December 4, two sheds were broken into at a property on Pennington Avenue in Ormskirk.The offenders managed to get away   Read more ...

Ormskirk road named among UK streets where property prices vary the most by Henry James (December 2020)

A ROAD in Ormskirk has been named among the UK streets where property prices vary the most.Free online estate agents Strike revealed that in 2020   Read more ...

Drainage repair works now underway on flood hit Burscough site by Henry James (December 2020)

DRAINAGE repair works has started on Mill Lane in Burscough.After the heavy flooding  in  August  this year, which forced some residents of Mill Lane   Read more ...

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