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Ormskirk Latest News

Vaccines to be cut by a third next month by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Covid-19 vaccine supplies in the North West will be cut by a third in February. The NHS confirmed the weekly supply will be reduced to 200,000 by the   Read more ...

Woman to make a ceramic pet for charity! by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A woman from Holmeswood is offering people the unique chance to have a ceramic made of their pet to raise money for sight loss charity   Read more ...

University teams up with arts project by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Edge Hill University has joined forces with a Liverpool arts project to help find the next generation of artists and creative thinkers. The   Read more ...

'Targeted community testing' to begin in West Lancs by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A targeted community testing initiative is to begin in West Lancashire from tomorrow to help drive down Covid-19 transmission rates.The testing   Read more ...

Community groups given share of £70k by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Four local groups in West Lancashire will share a windfall of almost £70,000 awarded through the Whitemoss Community Fund.The fund provides grants of   Read more ...

Ormskirk Street Pastors get £3,000 donation by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Ormskirk Street Pastors has been given a £3,000 donation to help their work in the community.The local group has benefited from a fund by   Read more ...

Feedback wanted on plans to improve Ormskirk town centre by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Local residents have been asked for their thoughts on plans to improve Ormskirk town centre.West Lancashire Borough Council want to hear your views   Read more ...

Three men jailed for murder of Robert Beattie by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Three members of a gang who doused a man in petrol and set him ablaze in Skelmersdale have been jailed for a total of almost 60 years for his   Read more ...

Sharkie the police dog passes away by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A retired police dog who served under Merseyside Police and Lancashire Police has passed away.A spokesperson for Lancashire Police Dog Unit said:   Read more ...

Freya runs in memory of beloved pet dog by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A youngster who was left devastated after her furry best friend passed away is raising money in his memory.Freya Procter, 11, whose family are from   Read more ...

Virtual careers fair to help Lancashire residents by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A Virtual Careers Fair is being held next week to support Lancashire residents looking for employment, retraining or volunteering   Read more ...

'Significant' postal delays in Ormskirk and Burscough by Tom Martin (January 2021)

There are “significant delays” to the postal service in the L39 and L40 postcodes of Ormskirk and Burscough after a large number of staff at the   Read more ...

'CCTV should be used at flytipping hotspots' by Tom Martin (January 2021)

CCTV equipment should be used at flytipping hotspots across the borough, according to Our West Lancashire. Blair Piggin, Scott ward spokesman for Our   Read more ...

Lancashire's new top cop reveals his vision for policing by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Lancashire’s new top cop has revealed his vision for the future of the Force.Chris Rowley, who will replace current Chief Constable Andy Rhodes in   Read more ...

More than 400 employees sign up for leadership programme by Tom Martin (January 2021)

More than 400 employees from across 220 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Lancashire have signed up to participate in one of the county’s   Read more ...

Charity CEO reveals 'devastating' impact of lockdown by Tom Martin (January 2021)

The CEO of Age Concern Central Lancashire has warned of the “devastating” impact which the Covid-19 pandemic is having on charities.The warning comes   Read more ...

New 4G masts may cause Freeview interference in Skelmersdale by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Some Skelmersdale residents may experience problems with their Freeview box due to new 4G mobile services being switched on in the area.Because 4G   Read more ...

Council prepare for flooding issues in West Lancs by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Lancashire County Council's highway teams say they are ready to respond to any problems with flooding on the roads this week.Many residents in West   Read more ...

Manchester bombing: Saffie could have survived if treated faster, inquiry hears by Tom Martin (January 2021)

The youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing, Saffie-Rose Roussos, could have survived if she had received faster medical treatment from   Read more ...

Manchester bombing: Saffie could have survived if treated faster, inquiry hears by Tom Martin (January 2021)

The youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing, Saffie-Rose Roussos, could have survived if she had received faster medical treatment from   Read more ...

Postal votes 'would be safer' for May elections by Tom Martin (January 2021)

All people should be sent an early voting postal application for the local elections in May to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 at polling   Read more ...

MP wants vaccine priority for key workers by Tom Martin (January 2021)

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has signed an open letter to the Government Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment, which calls for priority to be   Read more ...

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 ...

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