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Ormskirk Latest News

Council's housing firm has new face in charge by Tom Martin (February 2021)

West Lancashire Borough Council has announced the appointment of Mark Kitts as Managing Director of Tawd Valley Developments.Mark is a field-leader   Read more ...

Study aims to put Lancashire economy back on track by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Lancashire's leaders have commissioned a new study of the local economy to ensure they're in the best position to help the county recover quickly   Read more ...

Innovative modern slavery training returns to Lancashire after success by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner and a theatre company are set to deliver more innovative digital training for organisations across the   Read more ...

Student gets place at Oxford Uni - after saying he had 'no chance!' by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A student from Winstanley College has been offered a place to study Law at Oxford University.Ben Ledwith, 17, hopes to become a barrister in the   Read more ...

Man arrested after indecent exposure in Burscough by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A man has been arrested after an intruder broke into a house and indecently exposed himself in Burscough.Police were called at around 1.35am on   Read more ...

Special lunch guide launched for children in Lancashire by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Lancashire schools who receive free school meal parcels via Lancashire County Council Schools Catering Service, have received a special lunch guide   Read more ...

Appeal after break in and indecent exposure by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Police have launched an investigation after a man broke in to a house in Burscough and indecently exposed himself.CCTV images have been released of a   Read more ...

Lancashire bids to become City of Culture 2025 by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Lancashire is bidding to become City of Culture in 2025; the first time a county-scale cultural programme will compete for the title and the first   Read more ...

Forensic investigation into 'polluted' river in Skelmersdale by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A forensic investigation will be carried out into reports that the River Tawd in Skelmersdale is polluted.Some residents have raised concerns after   Read more ...

Charity goes virtual to offer fun activities for children by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Rainbow Hub’s children are enjoying an energetic start to their weekends with the new fun and fitness virtual sessions introduced by trained   Read more ...

Magazine launched to support West Lancashire students by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A new magazine designed to help college students in West Lancashire to choose their next career steps has been launched by Future U.‘The U’ will be   Read more ...

Lancashire Police to recruit more officers by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Lancashire Police want to recruit 80 new officers to help “keep Lancashire a safe place to live and visit.”After recently announcing they have met   Read more ...

Drug smugglers jailed after cocaine plot ended in North Sea rescue by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Two men from Skelmersdale have been jailed after they were caught stranded on a jet ski in the North Sea with £200,000 worth of cocaine in a back   Read more ...

Marketing Lancashire launches a county-wide recovery plan by Tom Martin (February 2021)

With so much uncertainly still facing the tourism and hospitality industry and as the country awaits the government roadmap that we hope will at   Read more ...

School praised for sending gifts to home learning pupils by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A primary school in Skelmersdale has been praised by parents for their efforts in keeping up morale for their children after personalised teddy bears   Read more ...

£4m boost for Lancashire care homes by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Care homes across Lancashire are to receive funding to support them with their Covid-19 testing activities. The Government is providing more than   Read more ...

90-year-old Dennis runs 7 miles in memory of friend by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A 90-year-old from Lathom has run seven miles in memory of his friend who passed away from cancer. Dennis Adelsberg didn’t let his age get in the way   Read more ...

Alt Crossens pumping stations extended until 2023 by Tom Martin (February 2021)

The Environment Agency will be writing to landowners in the Alt Crossens area to confirm they will continue to operate pumping stations that manage   Read more ...

West Lancs residents reminded to register for postal vote by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A number of important local elections are taking place on 6 May 2021 and registering for a postal vote is quick and easy if you prefer not to attend   Read more ...

Council looks to reduce risk of 'local flooding' by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Lancashire County Council is asking for people's views on a new strategy which outlines their plans to reduce the risk of local flooding.  They have   Read more ...

MP looks for business support in export event by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Rosie Cooper MP is inviting West Lancashire businesses to attend a series of events she is hosting that aims to show firms how to take advantage of   Read more ...

Review started of 'Action on Climate Emergency' plan by Tom Martin (February 2021)

West Lancashire Borough councillors are looking into reviewing 'Action on Climate Emergency' which will also encompass 'Exploring how we use our   Read more ...

Lancashire County Council sets its budget by Tom Martin (February 2021)

An extra £17million is to be spent on roads, flood defences and walking and cycling schemes by Lancashire County Council after the authority set its'   Read more ...

DJ to release new remix track by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A DJ and producer from Skelmersdale isn’t letting lockdown get in the way of his work as he releases new music. Kyle Johannessen, 23, has remixed   Read more ...

Could you be a Covid tester? by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Lancashire County Council is looking to recruit people to help with its SMART testing programme to help identify people who have Covid, but don't   Read more ...

Older residents show their love ahead of Valentine's Day by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Residents living at Brookside extra care scheme in Ormskirk have been given a special project to fill their hearts this Valentine’s Day.   Colleagues   Read more ...

Laptops needed for local children by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A project has been launched in West Lancashire to repurpose old IT equipment and deliver them local families. SHARES Lancashire has set-up their   Read more ...

Teddy bears keeping spirits high for children! by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Children from a primary school in Skelmersdale have been given specially made teddy bears to keep up their spirits during lockdown.Staff from Crow   Read more ...

Could you become a county councillor? by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Lancashire County Council is inviting anyone who may be thinking of standing in the council elections in May to find out more by attending an online   Read more ...

Care home residents enjoy in-house supermarket! by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Residents at a local care home, who are missing the experience of going to the supermarket, were treated to a much-needed shop without leaving their   Read more ...

Public invited to online CCG meeting by Tom Martin (February 2021)

People living in West Lancashire are being invited to see local NHS decision-making in action – albeit in a virtual setting.NHS West Lancashire   Read more ...

Virus mutation found in Lancashire by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Residents in West Lancashire are being urged to get a Covid test if they're feeling unwell, after cases of the new mutation initially found in   Read more ...

Flooded subways need a 'permanent solution' by Tom Martin (February 2021)

MP Rosie Cooper has renewed her calls for a “permanent solution” to the repeated flooding of subways in Skelmersdale.  At Prime Minister’s Questions   Read more ...

Caught on camera: Police break up student party in Ormskirk by Tom Martin (February 2021)

This is the moment police broke up a large party in Ormskirk, which resulted in the organiser being handed a £10,000 fine.Police went to the address   Read more ...

Student gets offer to study Medicine at Oxford by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A student from West Lancashire College has received an offer to study Medicine at the University of Oxford.William Skelton, who is a former pupil   Read more ...

Wetland and wellbeing guide is launched by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), the conservation charity which runs Martin Mere Wetland Centre, in partnership with leading mental health charity   Read more ...

Student cancer survivor wants more support for young patients by Tom Martin (February 2021)

An Ormskirk student, who was diagnosed with cancer aged 20, is urging people not to forget about young people with the disease during the coronavirus   Read more ...

Concourse reveal plans for 'indoor entertainment venue' by Tom Martin (February 2021)

The Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale is aiming to become a leading entertainment hub in Lancashire after unveiling ambitious plans for an   Read more ...

New community centre marks 100 years of Village Halls by Tom Martin (February 2021)

The Trustees of Hesketh Bank Community Centre are celebrating making their dreams of a new hall a reality this week, which just happens to coincide   Read more ...

Edge Hill to host vaccine centre by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Edge Hill University has joined forces with a local pharmacy to support the Covid-19 vaccination programme.Aspire Pharmacy will be managing the new   Read more ...

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