Blackpool charity is set to expand its youth centre

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A Blackpool youth charity is set to build an extension to its centre after seeing a spike in demand for its services.

 

The Boathouse Youth group is to extend its Grange Park Youth Centre after just 18 months in residence.

The charity currently support up to 1,000 children and young people across Blackpool each year by unlocking the barriers to participating in a variety of different activities and experiences designed to boost-confidence, restore self-esteem and, above all, bring happiness to the children’s lives.

It was founded in 2009 and operates in the Grange Park and Bloomfield areas where it estimates more than 50 per cent of children are in families living below the breadline.

How the Boathouse Youth centre at Grange Park will look after the building is extended

How the Boathouse Youth centre at Grange Park will look after the building is extended

The former Horsebridge Day Centre has become popular as a youth facility on the estate with more than 500 individual youngsters having accessed the base since January 2020.

The centre had previously been the target of a series of vandal attacks that left windows repeatedly broken and doors damaged.

Now the plans have been approved and it will mean the team can add a new break-out hall, reception area, a one to one mentoring room and adjacent storage facility to the existing building.

The group had previously been hosted by Boundary Primary School while a pilot scheme was undertaken to see if there was a need for the youth facilities in the area.

Boathouse Youth provides a range of services and activities both indoor and out for children in Blackpool

Boathouse Youth provides a range of services and activities both indoor and out for children in Blackpool

Laurance Hancock, chief executive officer of Boathouse Youth said “Needless to say, it was, and our level of financial investment in the area has reflected this.

“Early in the year we adopted the services of another Blackpool children’s charity – Aspired Futures – who made the decision to close their doors post-Covid.

“More than 40 young people with complex needs attended The Boathouse Youth’s new Pathway Programme from Aspired Futures meaning there became an immediate need for additional space.

“The break-out hall will have interconnecting doors to the existing hall. This means we can have a very large space or two smaller spaces, allowing for multiple group activities to run concurrently. Naturally we are very excited at the prospect.”

How the Horsebridge building looks at  present

How the Horsebridge building looks at present

Blackpool offers some of the best chances in country for an outstanding school place

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These figures were calculated by a mortgage brokering firm as secondary school application season nears an end.

 

With secondary school applications for September 2022 closing in three weeks times, on October 31, new data has revealed that pupils across Blackpool have some of the best chances in the country of securing an outstanding primary or secondary school place.

The research from mortgage broker Mojo Mortgages analysed the number of three and ten year olds in each local area against the number of outstanding primary and secondary schools, based on Ofsted’s latest inspection reports.

Blackpool placed fourth in the overall rankings for having the best access to outstanding schools, with 19 outstanding schools (13 primary and 6 secondary) within five miles of the centre of Blackpool catering for 3,277 pupils aged three and ten-year-olds, which equated to 172.5 pupils per outstanding school.

New research places Blackpool fourth in terms of outstanding school places available per pupil.

New research places Blackpool fourth in terms of outstanding school places available per pupil.

Norwich (111.3 pupils per school), Newcastle (144.7) and Liverpool (163.3) completed the top three, whilst on the other end of the scale, Swindon (2,905 pupils per school), Peterborough (1,536) and Bath (1,333) had the most competitive catchment areas.

Nearby Lancaster placed 19th in the rankings, with 9 outstanding schools (7 primary and 2 secondary) within five miles of the centre of the city catering for 2,972 pupils aged three and ten-year-olds (330.2 pupils per school).

More specifically, Blackpool places fourth for outstanding secondary school places and fifth for primary school places.

As well as providing insight for parents on their chances for September 2022, the research also looked at how an outstanding school catchment area can affect homeowners with experts at Zoopla suggesting it can add an extra £29,000 to a property’s value.

Richard Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder of Mojo Mortgages, said: “While the 2021/22 academic year may have only just begun, for the parents of three and ten year olds across the country, thoughts will already be turning to applications for September next year.

“We all want to give our children the access to the best possible education and a place at an outstanding school is an obvious way to maximise chances of doing this. However, it’s clear that the opportunities to secure a place at one of these schools does vary quite drastically across England.

“For those living in the most competitive areas and hoping to use catchment areas as a means of securing a place it’s important to be realistic about your chances of finding a property in the coming months. Whereas for homeowners in these areas thinking about selling in the near future, this could be a prime opportunity to make your home even more attractive to families before it goes to market.”

Applications for September 2022 entry for secondary school places close on Sunday 31st October 2021, while for primary school places you have until Saturday 15 January 2022.

To find out more about the findings, click here.

 

 

Blackpool headteacher replaced after quitting to work full-time in football at FC United of Manchester, the club set up in protest at the Glazer family’s ownership of Man Utd

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Former deputy headteacher and acting head at South Shore Academy, Rebecca Warhurst, has been given the job full-time.

 

She will replace Neil Reynolds, who this year quit to work full-time at FC United of Manchester as head of football and academy principal.

Ruth Coupe, executive principal at the school, in St Annes Road, told parents yesterday Mrs Warhurst would take up the post “with immediate effect”.

She said she “stood out as an exceptional candidate” during a “rigorous selection process”.

Rebecca Warhurst, the new headteacher at South Shore Academy as of Monday, October 11, 2021

Rebecca Warhurst, the new headteacher at South Shore Academy as of Monday, October 11, 2021

“Her extensive experience, passion and commitment to the pupils and to our whole school community, together with her relentless drive to continue to raise standards, will ensure we continue our journey of excellence,” Mrs Coupe said.

FC United of Manchester, which was set up in protest at the Glazer family’s ownership of Man Utd, said Mr Reynolds would “help develop our academy, working with schools and young people across Manchester”.

Mr Reynolds, who started his new job at the start of September after announcing in July he would be leaving South Shore Academy, said: “I knew as soon as I walked through the door at FC United that this is a special club.

“I’ve always wanted to move into football full time, so to do that at FC United really is a dream come true.”

Now a semi-professional club playing in the Northern Premier League Premier Division – the seventh tier of the English football league system – FC United of Manchester was founded in 2005 by Man Utd fans opposed to American businessman Malcolm Glazer’s takeover.

 

 

Former Blackpool Tower and Winter Gardens owner Trevor Hemmings passes away at the age of 86

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Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings has died at the age of 86, it was announced on Monday night.

 

Trevor Hemmings

Trevor Hemmings

Hemmings owned North End outright from the summer of 2010 but his involvement at Deepdale went back to the early 1970s when he joined the board of directors.

A statement released by PNE read: “Preston North End Football Club can sadly confirm the devastating news that its owner Trevor Hemmings CVO has passed away this evening 11th October 2021.

“A further statement will be made in the coming days but in the meantime his family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”

Tributes paid to Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings

Over the years he made regular cash injections into North End to keep the club financially stable, clearing outstanding debt to outside parties.

Since buying the club, share issues – his favoured way of investing – has totalled around £37m.

He was a major figure on the horse racing circuit, owning three Grand National winners – Hedgehunter in 2005, Ballabriggs in 2011 and Many Clouds in 2015.

Born in Woolwich, London, Hemmings moved to Lancashire as a youngster with his family and settled in the Leyland area.

Hemmings made his fortune in the building trade and twice owned holiday camp chain Pontin’s.

His business empire included housing and the hospitality sector. For a time he was owner of Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens.

In recent years Hemmings had been based in the Isle of Man, controlling his business interests from there.

He attended most of North End’s home games until the pandemic and over the last few months had re-started his regular visits to PNE’s training ground at Euxton.

According to the latest Sunday Times Rich List published in May this year, Hemmings was worth £1.115 billion – a gain of £90 million compared to 2020.

Hemmings was heavily involved in charitable organisations.

A project close to his heart was Rainbow House, a conductive education centre in Mawdsley, near Chorley, which supports children with disabilities.

 

 

Affordable private GP service in Blackpool and Fylde

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As winter draws nearer, coughs, colds and more will make NHS appointments trickier to get than ever – but this local hospital could have the solution.

 

Fast, easy access to see the Spire GP service offering a 30 minute face-to-face service within days.

Fast, easy access to see the Spire GP service offering a 30 minute face-to-face service within days.

A private hospital is offering affordable private GP services with face-to-face appointments at a time to suit you.

Spire Fylde Coast Hospital knows the pressures the NHS system is under, and the stresses that puts on the community of Blackpool and Fylde.

Whether you want a chat about a more minor condition that’s troubling you, or you’re worried your symptoms may need urgent referral, having to wait for a GP appointment causes an extra layer of anxiety.

The private GP can refer you on if needed, either for tests, scans and further treatment or back to your NHS GP.

The private GP can refer you on if needed, either for tests, scans and further treatment or back to your NHS GP.

Now Spire Fylde Coast has introduced its private GP service, where you can book an appointment online or by phone and be seen face-to-face by a fully qualified GP within days.

Dr Farzaneh Mani offers 30 minute appointments with all the usual GP services on offer – including health screening, cholesterol and blood pressure checks, blood and smear tests and more – backed up by the full facilities of the private hospital.

Tracy Jackson, Hospital Director at Spire Fylde Coast, said: “We know that people get anxious if they have to wait too long for a GP appointment. Our affordable service makes healthcare accessible when you need it.

“If you do need additional treatment or investigation, you have the option of following a private healthcare pathway and having those appointments here, often on the same day as your initial consultation. There are numerous conditions that have long waiting lists on the NHS, and Spire Fylde Coast can help you fast-track your way to the help you need.

“For those wanting to stay on the NHS care plan, Dr Mani simply sends her report back to your GP, requesting you are referred for NHS treatment. Everything is shared with your NHS GP, so nothing vital is missed.”

Either way, appointments with Spire Fylde Coast do not impact on your registration with your local NHS practice, and you will remain a patient of theirs for the future.

Spire Fylde Coast offers a range of services beyond its new GP clinic which private patients can use. There are three operating theatres, 27 en-suite bedrooms with satellite TVs, free Wifi and a personal nurse call system. There’s an on-site pharmacy, x-ray department, MRI, CT, mammography and ultrasound services.

The on-site physio department will help you on the road to recovery.

You are able to self-refer for all of the above services, or ask your NHS GP to refer you.

 

 

Cleveleys O’Hara Hair Salon is double award-winner at British Hair and Beauty Awards 2021

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A hairdresser from Fleetwood who opened her Cleveleys salon during the first lockdown of the pandemic has won two awards at the British Hair and Beauty Awards.

 

Natalie Dean-Wenlock, 31, left her job as a hairdresser at a Bispham salon to go it alone at O’Hara Hair Salon in Victoria Road West, Cleveleys on July 4 last year – despite salons nationwide being ordered to close at the drop of a hat by the government during the pandemic.

But it was not her first time owning a business, and her creativity and skill shone through again with the help of senior stylist Brodie and junior stylist Becky.

The team scooped an award for the salon – and Natalie won one for her own talents – at the British Hair and Beauty Awards (BHBA) 2021.Natalie said: “I used to own Hairs and Graces near Spen Corner, but I sold it when I found out I was pregnant with my son Archie, who is now two.

Natalie Dean-Wenlock has won two awards at the British Hair and Beauty Awards. Pic: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Natalie Dean-Wenlock has won two awards at the British Hair and Beauty Awards. Pic: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

“Then I went to work for a salon in Bispham but during lockdown I didn’t really know what I wanted to do or whether I wanted to go back. I realised I wanted to own my own salon again.

“After opening on July 4, we had to close in November for another lockdown, we reopened for Christmas and then had to close pretty much straight away with very little notice. So I was shocked when I had an email from the BHBA saying someone had nominated me for North West Hair Salon of the Year and for North West Hair Stylist of the Year – I still don’t know who it was!”

Natalie won Gold at the online awards ceremony for Hair Salon of the Year, and silver for Stylist of the Year in the North West regional categories.

In 2017, her former salon Hairs and Graces also bagged Hair Salon of the Year, as well as Salon of the Year at the Radio Wave Culture and Lifestyle Awards.

Natalie Dean-Wenlock has won two awards at the British Hair and Beauty Awards. Pic; Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Natalie Dean-Wenlock has won two awards at the British Hair and Beauty Awards. Pic; Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Natalie continued: “I couldn’t have done any of this without my clients, they are all fantastic and they’ve won these awards for me.

“My mum Irene and dad Bill helped me out so much – they really pushed me to just go for it, they’ve been amazing. none of this would have happened without them.”

 

 

Council asks public for their views on restarting sand extraction at Fylde coast beach

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Residents are being asked for their views on proposals to restart sand extraction from a Lancashire beach.

 

Fylde Council has launched the consultation Fylde Council as part of the process to begin sand extraction at St Annes beach, which has been in operation since the 1970s.

The operational access is via a track to the beach off Clifton Drive North, near Thursby Nursing Home and Dune Point, where there is a small, fenced compound.

Sand taken off-site is used locally in the manufacture of ready-mix concrete products for use in housebuilding and construction. The site itself has become a very important regional supplier of sand, particularly due to diminishing reserves of land won sand and gravel within Lancashire.

Sand dunes off Clifton Drive North, St Annes, near where sand extraction could restart. Fylde Council is asking for the public's views before it gets the go-ahead.

Sand dunes off Clifton Drive North, St Annes, near where sand extraction could restart. Fylde Council is asking for the public’s views before it gets the go-ahead.

The operation now requires a fresh planning permission from Lancashire County Council (LCC) and a Marine Management Organisation (MMO) Licence to allow it to restart.

Following an initial meeting between Fylde Borough Council (FBC) officers and LCC in January 2020 to explain the background to the scheme and seek feedback from LCC officers, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping exercise was undertaken with LCC and the MMO. Assessment work has since been progressing during 2021.

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Coun Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council said: “Once again we would like to gain the views and feedback of our residents across Fylde to be included as part of the evaluation of re-starting sand extraction from the beach here in St Annes.

“Sand extraction has taken place for many years; however, we would like to ensure that if it continues it is in the best interests of everyone involved. This includes ensuring the income from the licence is re-invested across the Fylde Borough.

“All feedback will be considered as part of the scheme going forward and I would strongly encourage everyone to have their say on the matter.”

The survey is available at www.fylde.gov.uk/consultation.

 

Four teens arrested in Ansdell after police helicopter swoop

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Four teenage boys were arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle following a police operation in Ansdell.

 

The swoop by officers in the early hours of Friday involved the police helicopter and a senior officer apologised afterwards to any residents who might have been disturbed by the sound of the craft overhead.

Divisional commander Chief Supt Karen Edwards said on the Blackpool Police Facebook site: “I apologise if the helicopter kept you awake but I want to give you an update on the incidents that were taking place.

“Following community feedback across the Lytham St Annes area, we carried out some additional proactive work and identified that a number of vehicles had been tampered with in Ansdell, with one broken into.

The incident happened in the early hours of Friday

The incident happened in the early hours of Friday

“We deployed air support and dog units, resulting in the arrests of four teenagers from Blackpool who are currently in police custody.

“I promised residents that my officers would take more proactive action in relation to community concerns.

“This is a great example of this approach and this is just the beginning.”

The boys – aged 13, 13, 16 and 16 – were all arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle. They were taken into police custody where they were questioned by detectives.

Police later confirmed the arrested boys are all from the Brunswick area of Blackpool.

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