Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
It can be found by clicking here
Friday, November 28, 2008
Cllr Linda Nulty began the discussion by outlining the current situation regarding a potential application on land to the north of the Town.
It was stressed that the discussion should be, at this stage, considered as 'in principle' , as no detailed plans were available.
The Community Centre was packed with residents and interested parties who collectively indicated later that they did not want any more housing in Wesham.
"Wesham has had more than its' fair share of housing in the Fylde"
It was reported that a developer was in discussion with Fylde Borough Council concerning land north of Mowbreck Lane. Whilst no specific plans have yet been lodged with Fylde Borough Council, it seems that there is an intention to put an application in to build around 200 houses.
Medlar-with-Wesham Town Council, when they were made aware of the potential planning application being submitted, decided to call a public meeting to give residents an opportunity to express their views.
Many arguments were put forward by the meeting protesting about the potential plans. In a show of hands the vast majority of the audience indicated they would oppose any plans. Nobody spoke in favour of the idea of having even more housing in the Town.
The following comments were a sample of those made:
- "There are already enough houses in the town and that existing developments remained unsold"
- Fears were raised the additional building would put more pressure on roads and schools, and lead to the loss of open space.
- "The by-pass is already really busy at rush hour and parking at the train station is inadequate. I don't think the road tructure or the railway can handle any more commuters"
- "Any building would severely affect the wild life and the biological heritage site in this area".
Reference was also made to the Housing Section in the recently completed Parish Plan which reinforced the views of the residents as indicated in the responses to the questionnaire issued during the year.
A member of Medlar-with-Wesham Town Council, at the conclusion of the meeting said that the views expressed on the night would be taken into consideration when the Town Council prepare their response to any any plans if and when they are submitted.
Any further views may be made to any Medlar-with-Wesham Town Councillor, or via the 'comments' link below.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Page 19 of the Plan (viewable by clicking here) covers a section on 'Housing' and gives a flavour of the current feelings of Wesham Residents.
Also on the Agenda will be the Parish Plan itself and the way to take it forward, Kirkham Baths and the Fleetwood Rd Skateboard Park.
See also the recent Press Releases:-
Gazette Monday 24th Nov
Lytham St Annes Express 20th Nov
All residents are welcome.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Officiated by Rev Alan Rawe, Wesham's Community attended in large numbers at the Remembrance Day Service .
Wreaths were layed on the memorial by the following organisations:-
Medlar-with-Wesham Town Council; Fylde Borough Council;The Armed Forces; Christ Church Wesham;Lancashire Constabulary;St John Ambulance;The Scout Association;The Guide Association;St Joseph's Catholic Primary School;Medlar-with-Wesham C.E Primary School;Wesham and Treales Christ Churh Youth Group;Kirkham and Fylde Rural Lions; Mrs Linda Higham and Wesham Community Pride Trust.
The Service was a truly Community spirited mark of respect in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars.
The Remembrance Day Service has, over the years, increased in numbers attending at the Memorial. For the organisers it was particularly pleasing to see so many young people attending and laying wreaths.
During the service hymns were sung by the congregation accompanied by Carr Hill High School Band, the last post being played by a band member prior to the minutes silence.
"They shall not grow old,
As we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning,
We will remember them"
A poem was read by Councillor Linda Nulty during the service:
I speak for the dead, the dead of all the wars,
They were our parents, our children and the friends of mine and yours.
I speak for those who perished, who died for the common good,
Doing what they had to, in the only way they could.
Don't say that they were heroes, that they sacrificed their all;
They went because they had to, not to answer Britain's call.
And they didn't give their lives away; they were slaughtered where they stood,
Doing what they had to in the only way they could.
No knights in shining armour, defending what was right;
They were ordinary mortals, often petrified with fright.
But the highest place in Heaven, if the Lord is truly good,
Is for those who did what they had to, in the only way they could.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Cllr Devaney paid tribute to all those involved in achieving the new facility for the youth of Wesham and Kirkham and he outlined the work and funding that had gone into the project by the Local Strategic Partnership, particularly the Play Partnership as part of the Children and Young Peoples Group, Fylde Borough Council and a small sub committee of Wesham Town Council .
After the formal opening, the skateboard was put to good use by local youngsters anxious to demonstrate their skills!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
(Please contact Alan Clayton 683712 if you would like to lay a wreath)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
John Barnes's dream came to reality after many years of planning. John, who layed the foundation stone was given an emotional standing ovation when he received a certificate in recognition of his efforts. John, a life long Scouter has been actively involved with the First Kirkham and Wesham Scout Group for over 30 years also received recognition for his exemplary service to the Scouting movement.
An excellent audio presentation was given by Mr Geoff Sumner who had recorded the entire process from demolition of the old 'Scout Hut' to the fine purpose built 'Scout Centre' .
Further work is anticipated to complete the building once the final funding can be achieved. The Scout Group are currently raising the remaining £14,000 necessary and would value and appreciate any contributions towards their goal.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Arranged by Cllr Linda Nulty, Wesham Town Councillors recently held an informal meeting to discuss a potential planning application for housing on the land at the rear of the Fleetwood Road recreation ground, (yet to be submitted to Fylde Borough Council.) It was agreed that at the next Medlar-with-Wesham Town Council meeting (held on 21st October) it would be proposed that a 'Public Meeting' would be arranged to give residents an opportunity to be made aware of the potential proposals and to listen to their views.
At last nights Town Council meeting (21st October) Cllr Nulty proposed that the meeting would be held at Wesham Community Centre on THURSDAY 27th November, at 7.30pm. All Councillors agreed.
Further details will be circulated in a leaflet to be delivered to every household.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Chairman and Secretary of Wesham Community Pride Trust, Alan Clayton and John Westmoreland, were delighted to accept the award at the prestigious North West In Bloom civic pride event held at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Tuesday 7th October.
They were presented with the award of Best Small Town Joint Second Runner Up by the Lord Lieutenant for Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead and the Mayor of Trafford in front of 500 invited guests.
In making the award the judges took into consideration not just our magnificent floral displays, but also the efforts made to encourage community involvement and pride in our local environment. They were particularly impressed with the facilities for children and dog walkers at Doorstep Green, and also the high standard of gardens throughout Mowbreck Park. The judges also took into account the contributions of Operation Cleansweep and the Best Kept Gardens Competition to the appearance of the town.
The award is also a well-deserved recognition of the high standard of work by the Fylde Borough Council Parks Team in planting and maintaining our floral displays throughout the year.
Wesham Community Pride Trust would like to thank everyone who has played their part in improving our town and achieving this award!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
There will be a Public Presentation at Kirkham Community Centre on
Tuesday 7th October 2008 at 7pm
If you are supportive of keeping the baths open go along to hear from the Rural Splash Team what progress has been made and what the future holds.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Rural Splash, the local group formed to save the baths, are set to present their business plan and design illustrations to all rural Fylde town and parish councillors at Kirkham Community Centre next Tuesday, September 30. The plans will then be presented to Fylde Council on October 7 before they are unveiled to the public. The baths have had a reprieve after being identified for closure by Fylde Council which operates the facility. The council-run pool at St Annes was not so lucky and closed at the end of July. Run by a dedicated group of professionals, Rural Splash members believe that they can save the baths, improve the facility and provide up to date leisure facilities for rural Fylde if their plans are accepted and agreed by Fylde Council.
The group are hoping the council will hand the facility over to them to operate, in conjunction with the YMCA.
Campaigner, Kirkham ward councillor Liz Oades said:-
"We would love to see many of the rural Fylde town and parish councillors on September 30 and hope that they will welcome our plans. "Kirkham Baths is a dearly loved facility in the rural Fylde and it is imperative that it is saved for future generations."
The group hope to get as many town and parish councillors as possible along to Tuesday's meeting. They also want as many members of the public to attend a public meeting arranged for October 7, after the presentation to Fylde councillors at 6pm. A Fylde Council spokesperson said: ""We are very pleased that the group are looking at all possible ways to keep the pool open. We too are striving to do all we can to keep the pool open and will look at the plans with an open mind and assess its merits and feasibility.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
For further details click here
Ticket Booking and enquiries : Alan Clayton 01772 683712
or Ron Stamper 01772 682648
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
WORKING TO MAKE OUR TOWN A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE AND WORK
NORTH WEST IN BLOOM COMPETITION JUDGING
The judges will visit Wesham on Wednesday 16th July to judge our entry in the Small Town category. They will view our floral displays and areas of special interest, including Doorstep Green and Mowbreck Park. Hanging baskets, tubs and hayracks are in place and a new display bed has been constructed on Weeton Road at the bypass roundabout. Please help to keep the town tidy and free of litter for the judging!
WESHAM BEST KEPT GARDENS COMPETITION 2008
Judging of the annual Best Kept Gardens Competition will take place during the last two weeks of July. Prizes will be awarded for: . Best Overall Garden . Large Garden . Medium Garden . Small Garden . No Garden – window boxes, pots, tubs etc. . Colour . Hard Landscape – gravel, slate, paving etc. . Meritorious Area – to which a number of residents have contributed. So get busy working on your gardens!
KIRKHAM & WESHAM STATION ENHANCEMENT
The Trust and Kirkham in Bloom are organising much-needed improvements to the appearance of the railway station. This will include clearing vegetation from the platform, re-painting the seating, installing raised planting beds and floral display stands, and paintings by local school children in the booking hall. A grant towards materials has been awarded from the Fylde Community Projects Fund, and a meeting with the Northern Rail station manager was held recently to discuss the project.
WESHAM C.E PRIMARY SCHOOL
Pupils from the school add colour by planting tubs and hanging baskets in the front playground.
Well done !
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Full Daycare 9.00-3.30 available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Morning Sessions 9.00-12.00 available Monday to Friday
“Good” Ofsted Report (click here for full report)
First class facilities and economic rates
Nursery Education Grant funding may be available
Ring Linda on 01772 683929 to discuss your childcare needs, visit us at Wesham Community Centre at any time during operational hours 01772 682090, or e-mail:
Wesham Playgroup and Pre-school is a not-for-profit community group registered with the LEA and Ofsted as a Provider of Early Years Education.
For further useful information click here
Friday, June 20, 2008
The road was closed for several hours until the Fire Service were satisfied the fire was completely out.
Monday, June 16, 2008
2nd Mr Brian Fare of Station Road
3rd Mr and Mrs Lund of Belgrave Ave
Monday, June 9, 2008
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Saturday, June 7, 2008
Wesham Community Pride Trust are delighted with the efforts of the National Probation Service (Blackpool section)
for their work in repainting the Pergola and pruning of the shrubs.
New hooks have been fitted in readiness for the 6 hanging baskets scheduled to be installed in the next day or so.
This is another good example of the work of the Probation Service for which we are most grateful.
Friday, May 23, 2008
The prize draw winners will be announced at the Wesham Club Day sports and field day event on June 14th at the field to the rear of the Community Centre.
There will be 3 prizes of M&S Vouchers: 1st £50; 2nd £25 and 3rd £10.
Thanks to all who took the time to complete and return the questionnaire to help the committee to shape the future of Wesham.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The weather was kind to the valiant team who donned high visibility jackets and gloves to visit almost every road in Wesham including back alleys, removing a variety of rubbish. A good Community Spirit was felt by all at the end of the session, when the evidence could be clearly seen in the 8 ton skip!
PC Gary Cross and PCSO Jacqui Marwick had drawn up 6 maps identifying areas for the groups to deal with, and with the help Fylde Borough Officer, Bryan Ward, cleaning equipment was supplied and distributed.
After this success, for the second year, plans will be put into place for this to become at least an annual event.
Our sincere thanks to all who participated
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The final score:
Kirkham and Wesham 2
Lowestoft Town 1
Well Done Lads!
The open top bus then made its' way to Kirkham Community Centre to be welcomed by thousands of well wishers, after which a Civic Reception was held.
Presentations were made to the successful team by the Mayor of Kirkham, Cllr Liz Oades, supported by the Mayor of Wesham Cllr David Ogden, to the delight of the supporters.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Kirkham & Wesham 2
Lowestoft Town 1
Thanks to Kirkham Town Council, Medlar with Wesham Town Council and Fylde Borough Council for sponsoring the reception.
See full report ..click here
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
The first meeting of the working group committed to the saving and restoration of Kirkham Baths took place in Kirkham on April 9th, chaired by Raymond Green, Chairman of the Friends of Kirkham Baths. Members of the working group include the Mayor of Kirkham Councillor Liz Oades, representing Kirkham Town Council and neighbouring parishes, Councillors Elaine Silverwood and Peter Hardy, Trust Lawyers Dickson Haslam , Croft Good and John Rowe both local architects, a builder, marketing consultants, and other experts. Their brief is to prepare a robust business plan for presentation to Fylde Borough Council, which will enable Kirkham Baths to be transferred from the ownership of Fylde Borough Council into a Trust for the community of Kirkham and surrounding parishes. Raymond Green said: 'We have got off to a flying start, with an incredible array of talent on the working group, all of whom are giving their time and effort for nothing to this major project. When the Group has completed its study and Business Plan this will be presented on behalf of the community to Fylde Borough Council, so that the Council can fulfil its promise to pass the facility over into safe hands. We will be looking to establish charitable status which will free the Baths from 90% of its rates burden and will render it eligible for grant aid. We will be looking to Fylde Borough Council for a capped subsidy and will exploring all avenues for revenue including donations grants and fund raising events. We intend to ensure the future of the Baths for Kirkham and surrounding district for decades to come. I would urge the public to support our efforts. The first fund raising appeal will be to 'buy a brick' and this will be launched soon, so that people can go on record as having supported this worthy cause. One of the best ways to support your local baths is to use them. Please, please swim, buy a season ticket if possible, and take your children swimming. This is a fantastic facility on our doorstep. Don't lose it!' The working group have adopted the logo KIRKHAM SPLASH (Kirkham and District Swimming Trust) and you will be seeing much of this in the near future.
Friday, April 4, 2008
It is anticipated that colleagues of PC Cross, *Wesham Community Pride Trust Members, and Wesham Town Councillors, will form part of the volunteer force. Any members of the public will be most welcome to join us to perform this 'Community Event' with the aim of tidying up our Town.
Do you wish to identify a specific area requiring attention?
If so and for further information please contact Cllr Alan Clayton via the feedback form at the bottom of this page.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
KIRKHAM and Wesham FC are off to Wembley following their crucial victory against Needham Market.
The final score in the FA Vase semi final was Needham Market 0 - KWFC 1.Kirkham and Wesham will now face Lowestoft Town at Wembley on May 11.
The Manager Mick Fuller commented "The FA Vase has been such an incredible journey and I would like to thank everybody associated with the club."It is a dream for every footballer to play at Wembley and, for amateurs, the opportunities are few and far between."
Friday, March 28, 2008
Jonathan Brook lives in Kirkham and is a young man who is in desperate need of a special type of wheelchair which will cost in the region of £8,000.
The tickets are only £5-00 each and this is to include an "Hot Pot" supper. You will also get £15,000 of "Funny Money" to gamble.
Further details and tickets are available from Cllr Geoff Dixon; Telephone 01772 686504 or by contacting any Wesham Town Councillor (For contact details click here).
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Cllr Mrs Linda Nulty was elected as Deputy Mayor. The hand over from the current Mayor , Cllr David Ogden will be at the annual 'Mayoral Installation' meeting on May 20th.
The annual Parish Meeting for all Medlar with Wesham Residents will be at 7 pm on Tuesday April 29th followed by the normal Town Council meeting at 7.30pm.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
It was indicated that Fylde Borough Council would be "minded" to pay a subsidy during the set up period. It was made clear to the meeting that a large sum of money would be needed annually to maintain the operation of the baths but if successful it would remove the annual uncertainty of possible closure. The concept of donations/subscriptions/fund raising were discussed and in general, support was expressed. Councillor Oades and fellow Councillor Elaine Silverwood were delighted at the expressions of support from the meeting....Mr Green added that he thought the proceedings were "very positive".
With the aim of taking the plan forward to form a Trust, around 12 members of the public volunteered to be part of the process.
A resident of Kirkham, who was part of the organisation team who arranged for the protest march, was also delighted with the progress and said "I think the idea of a trust is definately the way forward."
It was agreed that as much publicity as possible should be given to the proposals in order to encourage residents to consider supporting financially. Further plans will be put forward after various legal issues concerning covenants and leases have been checked over.
It is intended to create a 'KirkhamBaths' stand alone website. The necessary arrangements are currently being worked on. Once established, links will be set up to and from http://www.wesham.org.uk/ and the Wesham billboard.
Monday, March 17, 2008
The contents of the site are well worth a visit. For ease of locating it, click here
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Representatives from Parish Councils and members of the public are invited to attend.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
St Annes Baths
The recent crisis with the closure of the St Annes pool has galvanised many people from Kirkham, Wesham and St Annes into questionning the cabinet's decision. If you are frustrated by the current situation then this site can be used to express your feelings.
An interesting quote found by a contributor to the 'Politics Show' :-
"If you govern without the consent of the people, they will, eventually, rise up and revolt against you".
Thank you for visiting.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The Independent Group fought valiantly at last nights' Borough Council meeting to save BOTH of the pools. Despite submitting several workable amendments with sensible budget rearrangements, to save both pools, the Conservative group were having none of it and were determined to implement their amendment (delivered only 5 minutes before the meeting) to keep Kirkham open but to close St Annes.
Whilst Kirkham will remain open it must be remembered that this is just "a stay of execution" as stated by a cabinet member. No doubt this stay of execution will remain in place until after the County elections next year!
Feelings ran high from the (enforced limited) number of members of the public who described the proposition put by the ruling group, as being "shameful". Protestors claimed that the only reason that Kirkham was saved was because of the County Council elections in 2009. Throughout the 5 hour proceedings, the public enthusiastically applauded the amendments put by opposition Councillors, to try and save the St Annes pool as well as Kirkham's pool.
A spontaneous roar of approval was heard by the public when there was a vote of no confidence of Cllrs Coombes, Rigby and Ashton on the grounds of total mismanagement of the budget.
No such applause or sounds of approval was ever heard for any speeches made by the ruling group. Indeed the Mayor had to call a temporary halt to the meeting because the public felt so strongly against what was being suggested by the Cabinet members. They made vocal comments to indicate their anger.
At the times of voting, which became a predictable outcome, sounds of "baah baah" was overwhelming each time the conservative group raised their hands in unison.
It was also extremely noticeable that hardly any conservative Councillor, other than the Cabinet, made any comment throughout the 5 hours, clearly it was "a done deal".
The majority party were able to win at every stage demonstrating a severe lack of democracy with this appalling cabinet system.
The cabinet members certainly capitalised on their position......it is said that a picture counts for a thousand words! Put your own interpretation on the picture!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Only joking !!!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Kirkham and Wesham was on Saturday morning (March 1st) witness to an overwhelming display of support from residents from Kirkham, Wesham and the surrounding Parishes. The march was organised to make their feelings known to the ruling group at Fylde Borough Council of their concern for the current proposal for the two swimming pools to be closed, to plug the £1.2M defecit.
The cabinet have already voted in favour of closing the baths but the final decision is to be made on Monday 3rd March at a meeting to be held at 5pm at the Fylde Rugby Club premises. The opposition group led by Cllr Liz Oades are ready to propose an alternative budget which they are hoping will save the pools.
Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting at Fylde Rugby Club to further indicate to Fylde Borough Councillors their concern.
Today's march commenced at 10.00am at the Market Square and made its' way to Wesham before returning to the Market Square.. The crowds stretched as far as the eye could see and organisers and local Councillors were delighted by the strength of support.
Special thanks MUST be made to our local Police Officers for the excellent support and handling of the march, which they provided in their own time.
Overall it was an excellent display of the Community Spirit enjoyed between the two towns to send a message to Fylde Borough Councillors, in particular the Cabinet and the ruling group.
and for more information visit the Blackpool Gazette's Report by clicking here.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Please visit The Petition Page then sign up if you agree.
Add your name to the growing list!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Cllrs Theresa Mcgardle and Alan Clayton will be monitoring the battery life of the unit over the next few days before arranging to move it to the other site.
After its' initial switch on, Cllrs McGardle and Clayton were pleased to see a calming effect on motorists who clearly slowed down once they were 'clocked' above 30mph and shown a 'Frowny Face'. The Yellow Jackets and Hard Hats may have also had an influence!
If you are aware of any 'hot spots' for speeding traffic please complete the feedback form at the bottom of this page for additional sites to be considered.
Friday, February 15, 2008
There is clearly a lot more to the story yet to be told!
Take a look at this link>>>>click here
Also take a look at what another observer makes of it all >>>>>>
And some more disgruntalled observers of the undemocratic process>>>>>
Wesham Co-op Late Shop
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Further investigations are now to be conducted before the Full Council Meeting (March 3rd) to devise a 'rescue package' to keep Kirkham Baths open. The same unfortunately does not appear to be in place for St Annes Baths.
Cllr Liz Oades, who represents Kirkham and as an independent councillor, says "it is a victory for people power".
Cllr Renwick, despite not being at the Kirkham Public Meeting, has clearly been made aware of the overwhelming response from the public to keep the baths open.
For there to be a truely "People Power" success, it is now essential that the Full Council agree to not closing Kirkham Baths. Be aware though that, at the moment, the Cabinet have actually recommended closure, despite Cllr Renwick's protestations, which unless it is overturned on March 3rd will be the end result!
The fight must continue to influence as many Fylde Borough Councillors as possible to take the same tack as Cllr Renwick.
A march to protest about the proposed closure of both the St Annes and Kirkham pools will take place on Saturday, March 1st in St Annes from 11am.
The public must not be lulled into a false sense of security by hearing that one member of the cabinet voted against the proposal to close the baths when the remainder of the Cabinet did so!
March 3rd is the critical date for the final decision.
Click here to read the Lytham St Annes Express Report
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
It also seems that Fylde Borough have to pay for their massive financial defecit somehow and they are trying to plug the gaps by commencing car park charges and then proposing to remove services such as the Swimming Baths , Fairhaven Lake and Lowther itself !
Lowther will no doubt survive!
Speakers encouraged residents to contact the Borough Councillors and in particular the Cabinet Councillors, to voice their concerns, before the Cabinet meeting, to be held on Thursday 14th February.
The Portfolio holder for Tourism and Leisure; Cllr Simon Renwick was unavailable to attend the meeting to indicate whether or not he is in favour of closing the swimming baths.
Further details can be found by clicking here.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
The threats of closure for the two swimming pools are:-
The St Annes Swimming Pool which is located on the Promenade adjacent to The Island. Catering for Public swimming, aquarobics, swimming tuition, swimming and lifesaving clubs, fun swims and also birthday parties.
Closer to home is the Kirkham Swimming Pool, located on Station Road, Kirkham
Similarly catering for Public swimming, swimming tuition (adult and child), aquarobics, swimming and lifesaving clubs, fun swims and birthday parties.