Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Crystal Ball Gazing for 2009 ?

To see if the 'Wesham Forum' mind reading skills are working well click here.

Wishing all our readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR !

Monday, December 8, 2008

'Wesham Stirs' A Public Meeting Viewpoint

Readers of the Wesham Billboard especially those who attended the recent Public Meeting about the potential housing development may be interested to read an article ' Wesham Stirs' recently published on 'Counterbalance'.

It can be found by clicking here

Friday, November 28, 2008

Public Meeting Outcome

The Public Meeting, previously reported on the Wesham Billboard, called by Medlar-with-Wesham Town Council, was held on Thursday 27th November, to hear the views of the public about a potential additional housing development in Wesham.

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


A Public Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 27th November at Wesham Community Centre to discuss the Potential Housing Development on the land at the rear of the Fleetwood Road recreation ground. A notice has been issued to every household in Wesham together with the recently completed Parish Plan.
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

Wesham Pays its' Respects on Remembrance Sunday

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

Wesham Skateboard Park Official Opening

Wesham's new skateboard park has been officially opened by the Mayor of Medlar-with-Wesham , Cllr Michael Devaney. The event took place on Thursday evening (6th November 2008) attended by members of Wesham Town Council; Lancashire County Cllrs, Bernard Whittle and Liz Oades; Fylde Borough Cllr, Linda Nulty; former Chairman of Fylde Children and Young People's Group, Richard Nulty; Executive members and Officers of the Local Strategic Partnership; Fylde Borough Officers; local skateboarders and mountain bikers.
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

Remembrance Sunday Service

The Annual Commemoration Service will take place on Remembrance Sunday (9th November) at The Wesham War Memorial. The congregation will assemble at the War Memorial from around 10.20am to then march through the Town returning to the Memorial for the Remembrance Service. The service will be led by Rev Alan Rawe. Everyone will be most welcome to join the congregation and, if they wish, to lay a wreath.
(Please contact Alan Clayton 683712 if you would like to lay a wreath)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

New Scout Centre Opening

The Mayor of Medlar-with-Wesham and Town Councillors were amongst the many invited guests to the official opening of the new Scout Centre on Friday 24th October. The Scout Centre, built with the help from many local businesses, was formally opened by Michael Jack M.P, ably assisted by Master Sam Clegg (Cub Scout).
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

Potential Planning Application Mowbreck Lane

PUBLIC MEETING 27th November 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

North West In Bloom

Wesham receives an award in the 2008 North West In Bloom Competition!
Click here to see the Award Certificate and News

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

Glimmer of Hope for Kirkham Baths

CAMPAIGNERS are stepping up their determined efforts to take over the running of Kirkham Baths.
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

Murder Night !

Christ Church Wesham are holding, by popular demand, a 'Murder Mystery Night' on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October. All tickets are now sold for Saturday but there are still some available for Friday 3rd.
For further details click here
Ticket Booking and enquiries : Alan Clayton 01772 683712
or Ron Stamper 01772 682648

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


We were judged today for our entry in the North West in Bloom competition. On behalf of the WCPT I wish to thank everyone that helped in any way to make Wesham look as good as it did.

Thank you,

Alan Clayton
Chairman Wesham Community Pride Trust

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


July 2008


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!

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!

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.


Pupils from the school add colour by planting tubs and hanging baskets in the front playground.

Well done !

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Vacancies - September 2008 for 2 ½ to 5 years old.

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

Tragedy at Family Home

Fire struck a family home on Weeton Road on Wednesday afternoon leaving a bungalow severely damaged.

The road was closed for several hours until the Fire Service were satisfied the fire was completely out.

A full report of the story can be found at

Monday, June 16, 2008

Parish Plan Questionnaire Draw

As advertised in the Kirkham and Wesham Advertiser, the free draw for the Wesham Parish Plan Questionnaire was held on Saturday, 14th June 2008 at the Club Day Field event. The winning tickets were drawn by the Wesham C.E. Rose Queen, Holly Taylor, witnessed by the Vicar, Rev Paul Bennett.
The prizes; 1st £50.00; 2nd £25.00 and 3rd £10.00 were awarded to:-
1st Mr Simon Bloom of Market St
2nd Mr Brian Fare of Station Road
3rd Mr and Mrs Lund of Belgrave Ave
Our thanks to all who completed the questionnaire and our congratulations to the winners!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Change Your World in 50 Words!

Swap just one car trip between 30 June – 5 July and Change Your World. Walk, cycle, use public transport or stay home instead, but join in and help us reduce car traffic by 10%. Take your first step now at and for a chance to win great family prizes.

Change Your World in 100 words >>>>
Imagine a world with cleaner air, quieter streets and more space for kids (and big kids) to play.
It’s easier to achieve than you think. Amazingly, if we all drove just one less journey a week we’d reduce car traffic by 10%. Fancy giving it a go? Swap any car trip between 30 June-5 July and walk, cycle or use public transport instead, or don’t make the trip at all.
Take your first step now at and for your chance to win a Center Parcs family break and other great prizes.
Change Your World is run by Sustrans
Charity number 326550 (England & Wales) SCO39263 (Scotland)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Help from the National Probation Service

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

Medlar-with-Wesham Parish Plan Questionnaire Update

The results of the Medlar with Wesham Questionnaire will be circulated to all residents in the next few weeks. The final touches are currently being added prior to printing and distribution.

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

Installation of New Mayor and Mayoress of Medlar with Wesham

The new Mayor and Mayoress of Medlar-with-Wesham for 2008/09, Cllr Michael Devaney and Mrs Caroline Devaney were installed at the Town Council meeting held on 20th May 2008.
Cllr Linda Nulty was installed as Deputy Mayor.
At his initial meeting the New Mayor expressed his thanks to the outgoing Mayor and Mayoress Cllr David Ogden and Mrs Evelyn Ogden for the exemplary way they had carried out their Mayoral duties during the past year. On handing over the Mayoral chain Cllr Ogden thanked the Clerk, Mr Allan Sharples and the Council for their support throughout the year
The Council wish to congratulate Cllr Devaney and Mrs Devaney and hope they have an enjoyable year in office.
(Click on the picture to enlarge it)

Sunday, May 18, 2008


A joint effort of Fylde Borough Council, our local Police Officers, Wesham Town Council and Wesham Community Pride Trust was deemed to be a great success on Sunday morning. Over 20 volunteers responded to the challenge, resulting in the removal of enough rubbish to fill an 8 Ton Skip!

The organisers were particularly pleased to see so many young people joining the group who worked extremely hard all morning.

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

Two images of Wesham.....................

Click on aerial picture to enlarge and 'Find your house'!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Wesham Welcome The Victorious Return!

On a warm sunny evening hundreds of Wesham people turned out to welcome home Kirkham and Wesham Football Club after their win at Wembley on Sunday.

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 and Wesham Football Club win the FA Vase at the Wembley Final.
Kirkham & Wesham 2
Lowestoft Town 1

The team will leave Kirkham Market Square at 6.30pm on Monday (12th May) touring Kirkham and Wesham to arrive at Kirkham Community Centre, Mill St, Kirkham for a Civic Reception.
Thanks to Kirkham Town Council, Medlar with Wesham Town Council and Fylde Borough Council for sponsoring the reception.
See full report here

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Funded jointly by the Mayor of Medlar-with-Wesham, Cllr David Ogden, Medlar-with-Wesham Town Council and Wesham Community Pride Trust, the Town now has a new notice board at the old fire station.

Friday, April 18, 2008


'The Big Splash'
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.
A new Web Site dedicated to Saving Kirkham Baths has now been commenced which can be viewed at

How can you help ?

Click here to find out how

Friday, April 4, 2008


Arrangements have now been finalised between *WCPT , Wesham Town Council, Community Beat Manager PC Gary Cross and Fylde Borough Council to arrange for this years' Operation Cleansweep which will be held on Sunday 18th May, starting at 10.00am at Wesham Community Centre.

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.

Thank you

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Kirkham and Wesham Football Team, Good Wishes from Medlar with Wesham Town Council

The Mayor, Cllr David Ogden, and Councillors of Medlar with Wesham Town Council would like to wish the Kirkham and Wesham FC every success at the final on May 11th.........Good Luck!

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

The "Jonathan Brook" Wheelchair Appeal

A Charity Evening is being organised by The Lions in aid of The "Jonathan Brook" wheelchair appeal. The event is being held at The Wesham Community Centre on Sat 19th April and this is in conjunction with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Community Centre.
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

Mayor Elect Nomination

At the recent Wesham Town Council meeting, held on Tuesday 24th March 2008, Cllr Michael Devaney was unanimously voted to be the Mayor of Medlar with Wesham for 2008/2009.

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

Plans For Operation Cleansweep 2008

Wesham Community Pride Trust were delighted to be nominated for a Respect award in 2007 following their involvement with the 2006 Operation Cleansweep.
WCPT are again offering their help in support of Medlar with Wesham Town Council.
The initiative has already been discussed with officers at Fylde Borough Council who have offered resources.
The final arrangements are to be discussed at the the next Wesham Town Council Meeting.
If you would like to volunteer to help to improve the appearance of Wesham please e-mail WCPT at the feedback panel at the bottom of this page.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


A public meeting called by the Mayor of Kirkham, Cllr Liz Oades on Tuesday 19th March was held to investigate how the baths can be run after the 1 year period of grace offered by Fylde Borough Council. At a packed meeting at the Kirkham Community Centre outlines of a plan drawn up by Cllr Liz Oades, Cllr Linda Nulty and Cllr Richard Nulty, to create a Trust were put forward by Cllr Oades. The plan was supported by the Chairman of the Friends of Kirkham Baths, Raymond Green. Various options for the funding were discussed including the support from Parish Councils. Wesham Town Council indicated their support and several other Councillors agreed to report back to their respective Councils' seeking their agreement.

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 and the Wesham billboard.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Politics Show BBC1 TV : Baths Closures

On Sunday 16th March 2008, The Politics Show , covered an item about the closure of swimming pools , in particular, St Annes baths. During the presentation a very eloquent young lady (aged 13) was interviewed when she expressed her concern at the closure of the baths and made reference to a web site she has constructed.
The contents of the site are well worth a visit. For ease of locating it, click here

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Michael Jack MP to Quit his Seat

Michael Jack has announced that he is to stand down at the next General Election. For full story click here

Thursday, March 13, 2008


A Public Meeting, arranged by the 'Friends of Kirkham Baths', is to be held on Tuesday 18th March 2008 at 7.30pm at KIRKHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE. The purpose of the meeting is to create a committee to research funding streams and best practice on pool management to prepare for any further cuts in Council Funding.

Representatives from Parish Councils and members of the public are invited to attend.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Wesham Community Pride Trust Next Meeting

The next Wesham Community Pride Trust meeting will be held on March 26th 2008. Committee members will be informed of the Agenda in due course.

We have recently been reminded that attention is required at the Everest Court Pergola. I am pleased to report that this item along with a number of other projects are already included on a rolling work programme for the summer months. We, the WCPT, are most grateful to the Probation Service who have agreed to help us and include this and many other projects in this years' programme.

During the winter months the Probation Service have removed all the wooden benches from the Town and they have been painted and repaired as necessary. The benches are scheduled to be replaced in the next few weeks.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

A True and Accurate Report of the Fylde Borough Budget Meeting

For a precise summary of the disgraceful events that took place at the Fylde Borough Council Meeting held on Monday 5th March 2008 Click Here

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Increasing Usage of the Wesham Billboard

I am pleased to report that the numbers of new and returning visitors to this site are increasing day after day. If you find the content of value and informative, would you consider e-mailing your friends to advise them of 'The Wesham Billboard' ? (click on the envelope below)

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

Fylde Borough Council Cabinet .................

A High Performing Council ???
Not the opinion of the disgruntled crowds

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Kirkham and St Annes Baths .....An opinion

Despite the best endeavours of the Public and Opposition Councillors, the Conservative group have decided to close St Annes swimming baths.

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 is said that a picture counts for a thousand words! Put your own interpretation on the picture!

Cabinet members voting to close St Annes Baths and the Kirkham One Stop Shop

Monday, March 3, 2008


If the Speed Indicator Device currently being installed at various sites in Wesham, fails to reduce traffic speeds on our Roads, then I am planning to arrange for the latest 'Deluxe' (Look Closely!)version to be permanently fitted.

You have been warned!

Only joking !!!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Overwhelming Display of 'People Power' in Kirkham

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

Kirkham Baths Petition

An online petition has been created to go straight to the Prime Minister in an effort to make the Fylde Borough Council Cabinet comprehend the folly of closing the vital Public Baths in their Borough.
Please visit The Petition Page then sign up if you agree.

Add your name to the growing list!

Normal Service Resumed!

After a brief period of being 'Out of Service' the Town Clock has now been adjusted and reinstalled.
We apologise for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Wesham Town Council now have their own Speed Indicator Device up and running. The first installation was completed on 26th February at the Weeton Road site. The unit will later be rotated between this location and Fleetwood Rd. Arrangements have been made with Lancashire County Council for further locations to be identified within Wesham.
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

The Swimming Baths Saga Roll's On and on and >>>>>>

Further developments reported in the Blackpool Gazette may account for the reasons why the two Swimming Baths have been identified by the Cabinet as an easy option to close in order to recover the 'lost' funds (£609,000). Yesterday's apparent stage managed Cabinet meeting was nothing short of a farce with all Councillors apart from the 'few' being allowed to speak. Despite their best endeavors the Chairman ruled that no Councillor, other than the Cabinet could make a contribution, even to clarify a written question. Given the unbelievable budget crisis, many, many questions need much fuller answers than the rehearsed twaddle that was witnessed by the public yesterday.

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>>>>>

Medlar with Wesham Parish Plan

Watch out for the Questionnaire currently being delivered to every household in Medlar with Wesham.
Complete it and return it to enter the FREE draw with a chance to win Marks and Spencers' vouchers.
1st Prize £50
2nd Prize £25
3rd Prize £10
Wesham Post Office
Wesham Co-op Late Shop
Wesham Community Centre

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Kirkham Baths Update

The Lytham St Annes Express is currently reporting a "Victory for People Power" after Cllr Simon Renwick voted against the proposal to close the swimming baths. Whilst it is very encouraging to see support from the Medlar with Wesham Ward Fylde Borough Cabinet Member, it must not be overlooked that the motion put to accept the budget, and the resultant closure of the pools, was actually carried.

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

Lowther Car Parking Charges...a step nearer ?

The car parking charges at Lowther Gardens proposed by Cllr Simon Renwick seem to be a step closer despite public opposition. For a full account of the latest situation click here.

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!

Kirkham Baths Meeting

Hundreds of people turned out to the Kirkham Baths meeting to express their overwhelming concern for the potential closure of the swimming baths at Kirkham and St Annes.

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

New Tourist Guide Content

The new Fylde Borough Tourist Guide contains many interesting places to visit and explore and boasts many Family activities. What a great shame that due to the poor financial state at Fylde Borough, amongst the threats of closure are the boating lake at Fairhaven and the swimming baths.
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.

If you don't want to see the closure of these essential sites, make your feelings known at a Public Meeting to be held at Kirkham Community Centre on Tuesday 12th February at 7pm.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Normal Service will be resumed as soon as possible!

The Town Clock has been temporarily removed.
Since its' installation we have been monitoring the accuracy and found that over a period of time it has developed a +/- two minute discrepancy.
After examination it was found that this was due to a faulty gear mechanism which has now been sent back to the suppliers for a replacement. The new unit will be fitted as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.