£30,000 grant awarded for King George’s playing field

Wyre Council is delighted to announce that its application for a grant of £30,000 for improvements to King George’s playing field in Thornton has been approved.

The grant comes from the Lancashire Environmental Fund and will be used to carry out a first phase of work to the site to encourage greater use by the local community and visitors alike.

The playing field forms a vast area of public open space at the heart of Thornton. Last year those who use the site and live locally were invited to share their ideas on how the area could be improved. Wyre Council then created proposals based on feedback that would allow more people in the local community to make use of the playing field.

Dedicated to the memory of King George V, the playing fields were first formed in the 1930s before being further developed under the design direction of the famous Thomas Mawson practice in the 1960s. Today there’s a floodlit pitch, children’s play area, woodland area, pond, miniature railway and disused pavilion.
Subsequently, a masterplan was designed for the site with a number of features including a play, fitness and habitat trail around the site with a new main entrance off Fleetwood Road North, the installation of seating and picnic tables, environmental improvement of Royles Brook, improved drainage and planting of trees, shrubs, meadow areas and bulbs.

An application to the Lancashire Environmental Fund has now been approved for a project to undertake the first section of the trail, a new entrance and to create some of the areas for play and gym equipment, seating and planting.

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council and Portfolio Holder for Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces comments, “There’s so much we want to do in terms of improving King George’s playing field. We want to create an attractive green space that can be enjoyed by all. This funding is a great start and allows us to begin the first phase of work. This has been a community led project from the start and the improvements will enable more local people to make use of and enjoy the area.”

Jenifer Phillips, Chair of Thornton Action Group comments, “We have always had the improvements to King George’s Playing Fields on our ‘wish list’. We have been delighted to co-operate with Wyre Council in consultations and planning for the exciting developments which will transform the open space into a welcoming park with trees, paths, play and gym equipment, picnic areas, as well as improved sports pitches. Tranquil green spaces in a densely populated urban area will provide the opportunity for improved mental and physical wellbeing for adults and children. This is such a good news story!”

If there are any local businesses or residents who would like volunteer their time to help with planting work or caring for the woodland, or make a contribution towards further development of the site, please get in touch with the parks team at the council on [email protected] or 01253 891000.

Free Holistic Healing Sessions

Free Holistic Healing sessions with Dr Sheelagh Donnelly 10th March 2018

Dr. Donnelly is a GP and a Healer member of The Healing Trust which is a non-denominational professional healing organisation. She had an article entitled ‘Working as a General Practitioner and a Healing Practitioner’ published in the Careers section of the British Medical Journal in 2002. Her medical practice began in 1985.

She was the Medical Adviser to Vine House (Cancer Help) in Preston which provides free complementary therapies, support and advice to people with cancer and Medical Director of the East Lancashire Hospice in Blackburn from 2005-2008.

Dr. Donnelly is a qualified spiritual healer and aromatherapist. No charge, however donations are welcome.

Phone: 01253 343701 or 07909 254604 for an appointment.

WHC – World Healing Centre

Blackpool Carers Centre fundraising Spring Ball

The fundraising Spring Ball is the highlight of their fundraising calendar and they are hoping for another ‘sell-out’ event.

The event will be held on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at the Village Hotel, Blackpool from 6.45pm until 2.00am.

The evening programme includes:

  • Fabulous Fizz and canapé reception
  • Superb 4-course meal including cheeseboard, coffee and chocolates
  • Half bottle of wine per person
  • Live entertainment from ‘Smooth Chalk’ and Disco until 2.00am
  • Fun events throughout the night including ‘Open the Box’, Lucky Balloons, Casino Tournament, Raffle and Charity Auction
  • Bacon butties available at 1am!

Tickets £50 per person.

They are hoping to raise £25,000 to provide a programme of essential respite activities for local carers and their families, enabling them to create friendships, build self-esteem, strengthen their resilience and make happy memories. Their service is often a lifeline for many carers, some as young as 5 years old, who would otherwise feel isolated and unable to cope.

To book or for further information please contact Kay Soper, details below.

Tel: 01253 393748

Fax: 01253 393450

Email: [email protected]