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Mrs Louise Taylor of Granville Avenue was voted onto the Council to fill the existing vacancy at the October meeting of the Parish Council.


A Message From West Lancs Borough Council About Christmas Bin Collection Changes Dec 2022

Good afternoon,
We would like to share with you information about the scheduled changes to waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period.
The changes will affect grey, blue and green bin collections.
From Tuesday 27th December to Friday 30th December, collections will be one day later than the normal collection date, due to the bank holiday on Tuesday 27th December.
Revised Collection Dates
• Tuesday 27 December will now take place on Wednesday 28 December
• Wednesday 28 December will now take place on Thursday 29 December
• Thursday 29 December will now take place on Friday 30 December
• Friday 30 December will now take place on Saturday 31 December
Please continue to follow other presentation advice which remains unchanged by presenting your bins with handles facing outwards by 7am, then returning the bin to your property promptly after collection.

Garden Waste collections
As usual, all garden waste brown bin collections will be suspended during the week commencing Monday 26 December 2022 and week commencing Monday 2 January 2023. Normal service will resume on Tuesday 10 January 2023.
Over the Christmas period, any urgent updates regarding collections will be posted on the Council’s refuse webpage here


Hesketh Bank Parish Council has today announced its ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ award winners for the sixth year running.

The campaign, celebrating what is great about the village, launched on 14th February 2014.

In these individual awards, introduced in 2016, the Parish Council is recognising those that have made an outstanding contribution to the village, showing their love for Hesketh Bank.  It is therefore fitting that the winners are announced each year on St Valentine’s Day.

There are twelve winners this year as follows:

  • John Birchall, who is at the Allotments every day not only tending to his plot but has been helping others with theirs whilst they have been unable to do so.
  • Mike Ellis, who designed the Helping Hands newsletter that was set up to reach out to residents with useful information.
  • Diane Mackley and Vivien Mumford, who are behind the Tarleton and Hesketh Bank Helpers which was set up to provide support to those self-isolating.
  • Suzanne Stephenson and Linda and Mark Hawksley, the mainstays in the Helping Hampers food parcel initiative.
  • Margaret Harper and Val Carter, who have been making masks.
  • Tony and Valerie Barrow, who maintain a community garden in Sydney Avenue.
  • Denise Johnson, who has been picking up litter on her daily walks.

Speaking about this years’ awards, Paul Sergeant, Chairman of the Parish Council, said “This last twelve months have been difficult for everyone and there are so many people who have stepped up and helped our village in lots of different ways.  This is our way of recognising those efforts and saying thank you on behalf of Hesketh Bank.”

If you would like to nominate someone for the 2022 awards contact the Parish Clerk on 01772 812681 or clerk@heskethbankcouncil.uk

Work on upgrading the Glen Park Drive Play Area and Public Open Space is now complete and was re-opened on Monday 17th August. The cost of the work, which included drainage improvements, was subsidised with a £10,000 grant from the Borough Council. During the coming weeks, the Parish Council’s CCTV system will be extended to the site to improve security.20200818_125910

FLY TIPPING (June 2020)

Every single Council-tax payer in the village pick up the costs of disposing of the rubbish that lazy people fly tip!

At the January meeting of the Parish Council it was resolved to give the go ahead for a complete refurbishment of the Glen Park Play Area including the provision of sustainable drainage and CCTV.  

Parish Councillor Norma Goodier laid a wreath on behalf of the whole community at the Remembrance Day Service on 13th November at the Parish Church.
ACCESS Granville Ave – Sidney Ave (August 2019)
Private land at the end of Granville Avenue giving access to Sidney Avenue has now been fenced and the actual path rebuilt and metalled to give safer access for pedestrians. The land was generously gifted to the Parish Council by the Etough and Plant Family. The pathway has been widened to an unimpeded standard 1.5m width to allow access for Mobility scooters and horse riders.
This year’s “Best Kept” awards have now been announced:-
Best Kept Front Garden – May Cottage on Meadow Lane
Best Kept Street – Rose Gardens
Best Kept Allotment – Plot 37
There are five winners this year to mark the fifth anniversary of ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ as follows:
  • Darren McDonald, who tirelessly tended the new Hesketh Bank Football Club pitch during the six-week heatwave we had last summer.Darren LHB
  • Richard Shirres, who recently retired from the Environment Agency but still supports our award-winning Hesketh Out Marsh development.
  • Brian Parkinson, who is always on call to help with keeping the village looking spic and span.
  • Geoff Warminger and David Baines, who led the new Poor Marsh Allotments Peace Garden project.

At their meeting in December, the Parish Council, along with ten other West Lancashire Parish Councils, resolved to support the “CPRE“s objections to the proposed “Preferred Options” currently out to consultation. The deposition can be downloaded HERE.


Recruiting for this new role is now underway. If you think this is something that you would like to get in volved with, follow the This Link.

The Parish Council has today signed up to a new initiative with the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership which will see “Uniformed Local Community Champion Volunteers” out and about around the village and at local events. The role of the Champion is about building resilience, encouraging social action and empowering local residents to help each other to resolve local issues of concern.

From the 12th of October until 13th December 2018, The Borough Council will be consulting on their plans and options for the development of the Borough over the next 30 years. To see what is being proposed and have the option to give your views CLICK HERE.

The Hesketh Bank Football Club’s new £60,000+ pitch and drainage system at the Council’s Centenary Sports Ground was christened on the 1st of September with a 2-1 win over Coppull United. The  3 month scheme, entirely financed by the club and expertly managed on behalf of the Council and Club by Darren McDonald, should see the cancellation of matches due to a waterlogged pitch being a thing of the past.
First Match 2018-9

This year’s winners have been announced by Cllr Steve Kirby.

Best Kept Large Garden –
Jumps Farm, 3 Rose Gardens – Karen and Dave McDonnell

Best Kept Small Garden –
6 Woodlea Road – Derek Cookson

Best Dressed Cottage

Fisherman’s Cottage, 39 School Fold – Linda and Phil Stringer

Best Kept Street 

Pardoe Close (Off Chapel Lane)

Community Garden of the Year 

Barrow Gardens, Sydney Avenue

The long list for judging was produced by Margaret Kirby and the short list was decided by Councillor Ron Tyson and his wife Liz. The final judging was done by Duncan Taylor of Arden Lea 

LOVE HESKETH BANK AWARDS 2018 (February 2018)
This year’s winners are:-
Mary Scambler, who has been a driving force in the community from youth clubs to improving the general area around All Saints Church and Church Hall.
Trish Whitehead for all the good work she does as a Friend of Becconsall Old Church.
Tarleton Fire Fighters who bravely serve Hesketh Bank and the surrounding villages.

Work will commence by the end of the month on replacing the faulty land drain outfalls servicing the Council’s Recreation Grounds, Play Area and Car Park at Shore Road. This will necessitate the closure of the Car Park  for up to five working days; access will also be unavailable from the Delta Park Drive path to Shore Road. This is part of the major works costing some £37,000 to overhaul the park including the previously completed major pruning works to the Crack Willows copse and the major reduction of the hedge to School Fold.

At the December meeting of the Parish Council, a grant was made to the Village’s own Silver Band to assist in the purchase of  new instruments.

This month, a new Editor, Cllr Mike Ellis, takes over the job of producing the Council’s Quarterly newsletter.
We owe a big thank you to Cllr. Diane Earles who was the instigator of the new style publication which 18 months ago took over from the “Shoreline Summary” first launched in 2005. The “Love Hesketh Bank” newsletter was just part of a campaign which Diane conceived and launched on behalf of the Council to encourage ‘ownership and pride’ in our village and has included the highly successful “Best Kept” annual competition for gardens, business premises and allotments.

LOCAL PLAN (November 2017)
A special “Working Group” of the Council met in November to consider the merits of sites put forward for possible development in the next review of the “Local Plan”. Some twelve sites put forward were considered in  depth which the Council will discuss with the Borough Planners in January 2018.
The sites being considered can be viewed by clicking  HERE

WAR MEMORIAL (October 2017)
Historic England has added the  Village War Memorial to the List of “Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest” ; it is now listed as Grade II.

SPEEDING (October 2017)
The Council, at their October Meeting, approved the installation of  Vehicle Monitoring and Recording equipment to be installed in Moss Lane. The Device will not only warn motorists if they are speeding but also record vehicle details, time and speed; the information will be passed to the Police.

Approval was finally given for the development of the former brickworks site
by the West Lancashire Planning Committee at their October meeting. The scheme provides for some 212 houses of various sizes spread across two distinct areas of the Alty site. The permission is subject to a S106 agreement to provide affordable and specialist housing for the elderly, on-site public open space and phased development of the land designated for employment.

HESKETH OUTMARSH (East) (September 2017)
Following a presentation by the Environment Agency, RSPB and Natural England, the first breach of the former outer sea wall was successfully completed this month returning a 154ha area of land to salt  marsh.

The Parish Council, at their July meeting, agreed to provide a new Bus Shelter for Preston bound buses to the benefit of residents on Chapel Road and Greenfields. Subject to consultation, this should be completed in August.

The 2017 winners have now been announced, they are:-
Best Kept Front Garden – 34 Becconsall Lane
Best Kept Business Premises – Leighton Watkinson Oils
Best Kept Allotment – Plot 15
The winners will each receive two tickets to the “Southport Flower Show” as main sponsors of the competition.

The Parish Council has once again submitted an entry to the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition, which it faired well in last year and is now hoping to do better  As part of that, and its continued ‘Love Hesketh Bank Campaign’, we are once again running our own ‘Best Kept’ competition too.
The local competition will see judges tasked with finding the best front garden, business premises and allotment in the village.  Residents will be pleased to know that they do not have to do anything other than keep their part of Hesketh Bank tidy.Judging will take place between 3rd June and 16th July, and winners, who will receive two free tickets to Southport Flower Show, will be announced from 25th July. All those shortlisted will also receive two free tickets to the ‘Hesketh Bank Show’ on 16th September.

The 3 Parish Councils of Hesketh Bank, Banks and Tarleton have now concluded a 3 year deal withB&C Shelters’ of Burscough to be their preferred supplier of Bus Shelters. These quality shelters represent excellent value for money and will include perch seating and timetables. The first examples can now be seen on Station Road, Hesketh Bank opposite Rankin Avenue, and at Hoole Lane Banks opposite the Fleetwood Arms. The agreement also provides for rapid response maintenance and repair.

NHS England (Lancashire & South Cumbria) and NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have put arrangements in place to ensure patients of Viran Medical Centre have continued access to primary medical care services after June 30, 2017.

They have now (as of 30 May 2017) identified a new provider Beacon Primary Care to deliver GP services for the patients of Viran Medical Centre from Monday 3 July 2017. This arrangement will be a short-term contract of 12 months, with the potential to extend it by a further six months, while more permanent arrangements are put in place.

When the new provider takes over the running of the service, the practice will relocate to new temporary premises. This will be a Care Quality Commission approved, medical grade temporary unit, which will be located in the car park at Tarleton Health Centre, approximately one mile away from the current practice premises.  The CCG say that this is a temporary solution while they work to identify a permanent arrangement for the practice.

The Council has awarded Contracts for the three year period commencing April 2017 as follows :-
Grounds Maintenance                         Brian Parkinson Maintenance
Lengthsman Functions                       Brian Parkinson Maintenance
Quarterly Play Area Inspections     Yates Playgrounds Ltd
Annual Play Area Inspections          The Play Inspection Company
Newsletter Printing                              Rufford Printing Ltd
Tree Safety Inspections                      WLBC
Wireless Internet  Provision              Virair Networks Ltd
CCTV Maintenance                               Unity Wireless Ltd

“LOVE HESKETH BANK” 2017 AWARDS (February 2017)
The 2017 winners are:

  • Martin Forshaw, who ‘badgered’ the Council for new kitchens in Cropper Gardens when he was a Borough Councillor.
  • Andy Simpson, for his involvement with the Scouts for over 30 years.
  • Pat Hankin and Jennifer Wright, for their involvement with Cubs.
  • Maureen Baldwin, who stood down last year from the Parish Council and Hesketh Bank Community Centre after many years of service.
  • Terry Baldwin, who will stand down as the first Chairman of Becconsall U3A this year, which now boasts 140 members.
  • Harry Edmondson, who does a lot to support the community including sponsoring Hesketh Bank Football Club.

Speaking about the winners, Paul Sergeant, Chairman of the Parish Council, said “All eight are very worthy winners and have put a lot into Hesketh Bank over the years.  This is our way of recognising those efforts and saying thank you on behalf of all the residents.

ARCHIVES (January 2017)
In the Council’s quest to source local historical information, Chairman Paul Sergeant has been pleased to receive an original copy of the “Great Sale” of 1915 when the Hesketh Estate offered for sale some 2,590 acres of the village on the northerly side of the former West Lancashire Railway. Click on the “Library” link above to view a copy of the document. The photographs contained in the prospectus will be published on this site in due course; the complete original will be deposited with the Lancashire Records Office in due course.

At the January meeting of the Parish Council, the Precept for the 2017/2018 financial year was set at £41.08 for a Band D residence; this is just a 40 pence per annum increase on last year and is in fact lower than the charge ten years ago in 2007.

The Parish Council is again marking Christmas with illuminated trees on most of the commercial premises in the centre of the village along with decorative features on the village centre lighting columns. Our thanks to those traders who have again supported the scheme. Our sincere thanks also to Duncan Taylor of Arden Lee Nurseries for supplying and fitting the beautiful festive wreaths on the lighting columns.xmas-lights-2016-cropped

Hesketh Bank Parish Council has announced its winners for this year’s ‘Best Kept’ Competition. The judges, Liz Tyson of “Landsdowne Camping”, Duncan Taylor of “Arden Lea” and David Rose, Chairman of “Southport Flower Show”, were tasked with finding winners in three categories as follows:

Derek and Maureen IrvingBest Kept Front Garden From a shortlist of ten, the judges felt that 7 Meadow Lane was a worthy winner and also awarded highly commended to 24 Silverdale and 189 Moss Lane.  Liz Tyson said “As we were presented with such a long list of nominations this year it was very difficult to get down to ten, and then to decide on an overall winner took quite a bit of debate.  Therefore, the gardeners at 7 Meadow Lane should be very proud of their achievement.

roy-and-janet-wrightBest Kept Business Premises The judges unanimously agreed that “R&J Wright Haulage” was the outright winner from the shortlist of three.  Duncan Taylor said “The winners clearly take a lot of pride in their premises and is very well deserving of the recognition.


Best Kept Allotment From a shortlist of seven, the judges chose, for a second year running, Number 15, with highly commended being awarded to number 9.  David Rose said “The most difficult part was understanding the numbering system of the allotments, but after several circuits we finally tracked them all down which made for an enjoyable afternoon.

In addition, but not on the shortlist, the judges wished it to be noted that there were some roads that were a credit to the village

Pardoe Close GreenThese were Pardoe Close, Cropper Gardens and Rose Gardens, which they felt was an example to which the whole village could aspire. The winners will each receive two free tickets to ‘Southport Flower Show’, which takes place between 18th and 21st August. Councillor Diane Earles, who led the working party for the project said “We would like to thank our judges for their hard work and deliberations.  It is clear that we have a lot of people who take pride in their part of Hesketh Bank, which is what this competition is all about.”  She continued, “Congratulations to the winners and to everyone in the village for making it a pleasant place to live.

LOVE HESKETH BANK (March/April 2016)

The “Love Hesketh Bank Campaign”, designed to celebrate what is great about the village, launched on 14 February 2014 and this year the Parish Council has introduced Annual Awards to continue this work. With these new awards the Parish Council is recognising individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the village, showing their love for Hesketh Bank. Badges are being presented by Cllr. Diane Earles on behalf of the Council.

Speaking about the winners, Chairman of the Parish Council, Paul Sergeant said “This is our way of recognising the efforts of individuals who have put a lot in to Hesketh Bank over the years and saying thank you on behalf of all the residents.

Dorothy and Mike HindDorothy and Mike Hind were presented with their awards in recognition of their hard work in running the village Post Office for 31 years.  They are pictured here in front of the store, from which they retired in 2015, wearing their ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ pin badges. Upon receiving the award, Dorothy, whose parents ran the Post Office for 30 years before that, said, “The village has changed so much since 1984 when we took over the shop, and before that when I was growing up just next door.

Lawrence Smye-Rumsby

Lawrence Smye-Rumsby was presented with his award in recognition of his hard work as Head Teacher at All Saints School for 15 years.  He is pictured here in front of the school, from which he retired in 2015, wearing his ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ badge.  Upon receiving the award, Lawrence said, “I am very happy to receive this award, but want to point out that it represented the efforts of the whole team that I had the privilege to lead up until last August.

Duncan Taylor

Duncan Taylor was presented with the award for brightening up the village with hanging baskets and Christmas decorations, which he has done for many years for the Parish Council.  He is pictured here in one of his greenhouses at “Arden Lea”, the business his father started and his two sons now run, wearing the ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ badge.

Barry DawsonBarry Dawson was presented with the award for the Hesketh Bank Village Show, which is now in its ninth year in its present incarnation.  He is pictured here with the bill board announcing this year’s show on 17th September wearing the ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ badge.

Steve KirbySteve Kirby was presented with the award for leading the Heritage Trail project, which was launched in 2015.  He is pictured here in front of the trail notice board, wearing the ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ badge, and holding a village trail leaflet, these are available from “Booths Café” and “Tarleton Library” or can be downloaded on this WebSite.

Carl PickeringCarl Pickering from “Top Shop News” was presented with the award for putting Hesketh Bank on the map when he was pronounced the national ‘Independent Newsagent of the Year’.  He is pictured here in his shop wearing the ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ badge.


Hesketh Bank narrowly missed the awards in the “Best Kept Village” competition coming in 4th place in the ‘Large Village’ section. We were however successful in being awarded the “Certificate of Merit” along with the ‘Pendle Shield‘ for the Council’s Public Garden in front of the Community Centre on Station Road. “Booths Foodstore” also collect a Certificate and the ‘Horsfall Trophy‘ for their Station Road premises. The Certificates of Merit were won against 71 other entries.


The Winners of the Best Kept Garden was announced as Allan and Nan Clark of 34 Becconsall Lane and John Birchall for the Best Kept Allotment who cultivated Plot 15 on the Poor Marsh.

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