Westhoughton Town Council Newsletter
REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE
On Sunday, 10th November, 2013, townspeople are invited to attend the Remembrance Day Service and Parade.
The Parade will assemble outside the St Bartholomew’s Primary School yard, The Fairways, at 9.20 a.m. and will depart at 9.40 a.m. for a service at the Parish Church of St Bartholomew at 10.00 a.m., followed by a short Service of Remembrance and the wreath laying at the War Memorial, and a Parade.
WESTHOUGHTON TOWN COUNCIL ANNUAL AUDIT
The audit of the Town Council Accounts for 2012-2013 has now been completed by BDO LLP, an independent, external Auditor, and there were no matters requiring attention.
The Town Council recognises the wonderful work of volunteers who give their time to support community projects and to raise funds for charity. Members of the public were recently asked to nominate people for Civic Awards. The Town Mayor, Cllr Chris. Peacock is to present Mrs Alice Rhodes and Mr Joe Hart with Civic Awards for their outstanding voluntary work and service to Westhoughton over the last 20 years. The Town Council is pleased to fund and arrange an Awards Evening, including supper for Mrs Rhodes and Mr Hart and their families and friends. This special evening is a very deserving tribute in recognition of their untiring voluntary and charitable work over the past years.
TOWN COUNCIL 2012-13
Below are listed some of the Town Council projects and achievements during the past year:
1. 5% reduction in the Precept in 2011-12 and no increases in
2012-13 and 2013-14 Precepts
2. Funding of a hire car for 12 months used as a Policing Team Vehicle
3. Funding improvements to Local Nature Reserves and Public Rights
4. The Get Active Westhoughton Youth Project
5. Free Town Guide delivered to every house
6. Town Centre CCTV scheme
7. Town Centre Christmas Lights
8. Organizing the Remembrance Day Parade, the Community Carol
Service and two Pretoria Pit Disaster Memorial Services
9. Civic Medals Awards for outstanding service to the community
10. Siting of Solar Powered Driver Feedback Signs
11. Employ a Homewatch Liaison Officer
12. Sponsors Daisy Hill in Bloom
The new Westhoughton Town Guide has been delivered to every house in Westhoughton. If you have not received a copy, can you please collect one from the Information Office, Westhoughton Town Hall or Westhoughton Library, or inform the Town Clerk Tel: 01942 819802
WELCOME TO WESTHOUGHTON BOUNDARY SIGNS
The Welcome to Westhoughton Boundary Signs were sited in 1992 and now require attention.
The Town Council is currently arranging the cleaning, repair and replacement of some signs
NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAM VEHICLE
The Town Council is entering into a partnership with the Greater Manchester Police Authority and is funding a hire car for 12 months, at a cost of £5,000, to be used as a Policing Team Vehicle in Westhoughton
NORTH WEST IN BLOOM
The Daisy Hill in Bloom entry has achieved an Improvement Award in the Large Neighbourhood category and the Town Council congratulates the Committee and volunteers on this award and volunteers on this achievement.
NEW POLICE NUMBER
Dial 101 for non-urgent calls and 999 in an emergency. Dial 999 in an emergency.
RENOVATION OF PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY
The Town Council has funded the £2,948 cost of renovating the Public Footpath - WES178, Lower Leigh Road- James Street, and Bolton Council has arranged the work.
COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE
Townspeople are invited to attend the lighting of the
Christmas Tree and displays by the Town Mayor, Cllr Chris. Peacock, at the front of the Parish Church of St Bartholomew, at 7.00 p.m., on Friday, 29th November, 2013. The Rotary Sleigh and Father Christmas will be present.
The Community Carol Service will then take place inside the Church. Reverend Gary Lawson will lead the service, Primary School choirs will perform Carols and refreshments will be served.
PRETORIA PIT DISASTER ANNIVERSARY
Saturday, 21st December, 2013 is the 103rd anniversary of the Pretoria Pit Disaster, in which 344 men and boys lost their lives.
The Town Council has organised two Services of Remembrance.
At 7.40 a.m., at the Pretoria Pit Disaster Centenary Memorial, Ditchfield Garden, Market Street, Westhoughton, a short Service of Remembrance, with maroons fired at 7.50 a.m., which was the time of the explosion at the Pretoria Pit. At 10.00 a.m., at the Parish Church of St Bartholomew, the usual Service of Remembrance will take place, followed by the laying of floral tributes at the Pretoria Pit Monument in the churchyard.
DAISY HILL IN BLOOM FLORAL DISPLAY COMPETITION
The residents of the following properties won prizes for their wonderful garden floral displays:
1st Prize—28 Southover.
Joint 2nd Prizes—12 Bentworth, 18 Rayden Crescent, 19 Chapelstead.
The following residents have received Civic Awards for outstanding service to the community: Mrs H Riley and Wingates Band received Civic Medals and Mrs J Cunliffe and Mr D Price received Certificates of Achievement. Nominations were made by local townspeople.
The Town Council is committed to crime prevention and the Town Council’s Homewatch Liaison Officer is based at the Police Post, Pavilion Square and organises Homewatch Meetings, assists with the formation of new Homewatch schemes and supports existing Homewatch Schemes. Homewatch Signs are funded and sited by Bolton Council.
If you are interested in forming a Homewatch Scheme or have any queries regarding Homewatch, please contact the Homewatch Liaison Officer,
Mr K Jackson Tel: 01942 842064
The Town Centre CCTV system has been upgraded in order to improve the effectiveness of the scheme. The Town Council and Bolton Council have jointly funded the £16,790 cost of the upgrade.
The Town Council funds the monitoring and maintenance costs.
The Town Council has funds available for schemes and projects which will benefit Westhoughton. Local organisations should apply to the Town Clerk for an application form
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