Old News 2005

Freckleton News

Freckleton Half Marathon in top ten
The runners have spoken and Runners World web site have announced the top races based on the ratings received from runners in the events. <more>

Freckleton C.E. Primary School Headmaster
Mr. Les Turner has taken over from Mr. Gary Worthy as the headmaster of Freckleton C.E. Primary School as from the 5th January 2006. We wish him success in his new position.

The Ship Inn
The Ship are now taking reservations for the Christmas and New Year period. All the menu's are available in PDF format <more>

Lorenzo's Restaurant
Lorenzo's have recently introduced a new al a carte menu as well as a Seasonal Gourmet Special. For more details see our Restaurant page.

Tom Crofts Car Park - 18.11.05
The gate from the car park into the school is now open, although I'm not sure how many people have noticed! The school have issued a questionnaire to parents to obtain feedback on how it is going. Don't forget to let them know. My mini survey suggests the new car park layout is universally disliked.

Remembrance Sunday
A lovely morning, if a little cold. Attendance was high this year. The Freckleton Band were there as were representatives of most of the village organisation's.

Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
Freckleton has been awarded three winners prizes in this year’s competition:-
1. Most improved large Village.
2. Public Playing Fields – for the Memorial park
3. Special features – for the Roundabout on Preston New road.

In addition, highly commended certificates were awarded to:-
1. Threlfall Transports – Commercial & Industrial section
2. At Balderstone – Notice board section
3. Cenotaph – War memorial section
4. Large Village Class

Congratulations to all concerned in making the village look so nice this year. More information can be found on the Parish Council website.

Halloween Party - Update
Reports are mixed. The event was obviously targeted at the older age group. The younger children arrived and left quickly. There was no gazebo, only a groundsheet. Face painting was on offer later in the evening, even if it was done by torch light. Some of the older children report having a great time, despite the lack of facilities. Perhaps better planning and notification in the future might be a good idea?

Halloween Party - 01.11.05
All in all not a good showing for anyone. There was no gazebo, only a 12x12 groundsheet. Its also hard to paint faces by torch light. Surrounded by older youths talking foul language most of the youngsters who turned up left after a very short time. From what I saw a lot of the kids had gone to a great deal of effort and some of the costumes were really good. I don't know what went wrong, but 'questions will be asked'.

Heart of the Community Competition
The Younger years Committee would like to express their most grateful thanks to everyone who voted for them in the recent Heart of the Community Competition run by the Lytham St.Annes Express. They are extremely pleased to announce they were joint 3rd place winners and received £125.00 in prize money. Yet another step closer to their goal of a Youth Club in Freckleton has been achieved.

Update on Tom Crofts Car Park
Fencing and barriers have been added to the new path. The health and safety check has been done. The gate into the school remains locked until the re-cycle bins have been relocated.

Freckleton Brass Band
Our congratulations go to the band for winning the North West Counties Brass Band Association competition in Fleetwood on Sunday the 2nd October 2005. The band is ranked amongst the top 50 in the WORLD and will be representing England at the Scottish Open competition in November. They will also be releasing their 3rd CD recording in mid November, entitled "Faith, Folk and all that Jazz". It will feature several soloists and pieces requested from their popular and entertaining concerts. More details can be found on their web site

Public Toilets Re-opened
The public toilets near the Memorial Gardens are now open again during the day. Still disgusting, but when 'needs must'.

Heart of the Community
A competition is being run in the Lytham St Annes Express to give cash grants to local groups and charities. The Freckleton Younger Years Committee, who are raising money for youth facilities in the village, are in the final of this competition. Please buy a copy of the paper and vote for them. Closing date is Friday October 7th.

Neighbourhood Watch
A number of residents have expressed interest in establishing a Neighbourhood Watch. More information how to set up a scheme can be found on the government crime reduction site. Freckleton.org will be happy to support any such initiatives.

Police Report
The police report at the last Parish Council Meeting concluded that it has been a quite summer break with very few problems reported. Dog fouling remains a problem. People have been playing golf on the playing field, which is against the law. There are problems with parking on pavements but as long as sufficient room is left for the passage of a pram/wheelchair then it is a problem for Parkwise not the police. Complaints have been made about drinking and motor offences on Lower Lane Estate.

Public Toilets Closed
It appears that the pubilc toilets near the Memorial Gardens have been closed. Whilst all will agree that they are pretty disgusting, closing them down does not seem to be a good solution. Express your opinion to both the Freckleton Parish Council and Fylde Borough Council (Fylde Borough being the responsible party).

Changes to Tom Crofts Car Park
The car park on School Lane (behind the library) has beem rearranged and a new gate to the school has been added. There are obviously problems with the new layout as the gate into the school has remained locked..

Baby Bounce and Rhyme Sessions
Starting in the Autumn, the sessions will be held in the Freckleton Library. Aimed at children ages 6-36 months <more> (76Kb PDF)

Skills for Life
Skills for Life Workshops are being held at Strike Lane School on Tuesdays 09:15 to 12:00 during term time<More> (116Kb PDF).

Police 'Summer Nights' Operation
Two officers will be on duty in and around the parish every evening during the school break as part of the Summer Nights Operation. They will be looking out for anti-social behaviour.

Sports Outreach
Sports Outreach will be organising sports on the Bush Lane playing fields for 8 to 16 year olds every Wednesday in August between 4:30pm and 6:00pm. The first event will be held on the 3rd August.

Freckleton Parish Plan completed
The Parish Plan has been completed and delivery to every household is in progress. The report from the Parish Council meeting suggests that most households have already received a copy, with only a small number waiting to be delivered. Every household in the parish should have received one by the weekend (10.07.05). A PDF version of the report can be downloaded from the Parish Plan Web Site

Freckleton Club Day - a big thank you
Following the enormous success of the Freckleton Half-Marathon on Sunday 19th June, I wish to express my gratitude to you all for the support that you gave the race..... Brian Porter
To see the full text of the letter <click here> (62Kb PDF)

Changed Menu's
Our regular visitors will have noticed that we have changed the main menu and replaced 'Council' with 'Community'. Under the new menu you will find the Parish Council pages, the Police and Communities Together (PACT) pages,Contacts page for Organisations and Clubs and our Younger Years pages.

Mr Harry Robinson MBE
Our congratulations go to Mr Harry Robinson who was awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list for services to the community of Freckleton.

Lower Lane Closure
Lower Lane between Freckleton and Kirkham will be closed from Monday 27th June to Friday 8th July inclusive for road repairs.

No more Fuel
The Lower Lane Texaco garage is no longer selling fuel (June 2005). The service garage and car sales will remain open. The rumour is that the distance from the shop to the pumps did not comply with EC regulations. Despite the garage being profitable, the cost of complying with the regulations is too high!!!!

Changes on the A584
There are now big red 50mph road markings on the dual carriage way (June 2005). The police will also be using the mobile speed camera to monitor traffic speeds.

Parish Council Annual Assembly
The annual assembly was held in the Rawstorne centre on Monday the 4th April 2005. A public members report can be found by <clicking here> (96Kb PDF).

Linda Law Closed April 2005
Linda Law Fruit and Veg has closed down. We believe that she is still doing flowers from elsewhere, but we don't currently have any details.

New Estate Agents April 2005
Taylor Phillips Estates have opened a new shop on Lytham Road.

Freckleton Village Singers Quiz Nite 22.04.05
Come and form a team for a fun and enjoyable evening. Refreshments available. £1 entrance fee.
Freckleton Memorial Hall. Friday 22nd April at 7:30pm.

Rose Queen Social 22.04.05
Come along and enjoy music and entertainment provided by the children of Freckleton C of E school on Friday 22nd April at 7:00pm. Refreshments are available. All welcome. Free entrance. The event will last approximately one hour.

Parish Organisation Flyers
The Parish Plan Steering Group are offering to deliver flyers for parish organisations along with the Parish Plan Results. Note: This offer was withdrawn.

Want a FREE car?
Advertised in our classifieds is a FIAT Uno 1.0ie. FREE to whoever wants to collect it!

Freckleton & Warton Taxi Service
Freckleton now has its own locally based taxi service. Airport runs, Long distance, School runs, Private Hire. Call 01772 631115 for a quotation.

Fun Run
This will be held on Sunday 19th June. Approx 2.15pm start, Fun Run will begin after the Half Marathon runners have left the field. All ages, £1.50 entrance fee. Entry forms available from Alvys Entwistle or you can enter on the day. You can also use the same entry form as the Half Marathon. Distance is approx. 2 miles and the course is marshalled.

41st Classic Freckleton Half Marathon
Entries are now being accepted for the 2005 41st Classic Freckleton Half Marathon. A copy of the entry form can be obtained by <clicking here> (58Kb pdf).

Parish Council Meeting 07.03.05
A public members report of the Parish Council meeting held on the 7th March in Rawstorne Sports Centre (48Kb PDF) <more>.

North at War
The forthcoming North at War exibition at the Imperial War Museum North makes reference to the 1944 Freckleton tragedy. Click here for an early press release (100Kb pdf).

Easter Bingo
To be held on Wednesday 23rd March at Freckleton Sports and Social Club, Eyes down at 8pm. 28 bingo prizes and many raffles prizes. Proceeds towards Childrens Sports. This is always a good event.

Site Update (January 2005)
Our regular visitors will have noticed the rework of the website layout and style. We hope you like it.

OOmpah Band
The Club Day Committee has organised an OOmpah Band event on Saturday the 26th February in the Village Hall. Bring your own drinks. A Hot-pot supper will be provided. Tickets are £10.00 and are available from committee members or telephone Sue (632587) or Alvys (631183). A fun night with lots of audience participation.

freckleton.org email
Our ISP has been having major problems with their email server. If you have sent us an email between the 1st and 5th of February we probably haven't received it. Please accept our apologies and resend your email.

Police Authority Community Meeting for Fylde
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 10th February at 7.30pm at the Freckleton C of E Primary School.

Lorenzo's Pizzeria Ristorante are holding a Burns Night. Pizza and Haggis?