New Mayor takes up the chains in South Ribble

Farington Parish Councillor Graham Walton, whom is also a South Ribble Borough Councillor, has been installed as the new Mayor of South Ribble with his wife Karen, also a Farington Parish Councillor, as Mayoress.

Councillor Graham Walton, who was first elected in 2007, has spent a year learning the ropes as deputy mayor under retiring first citizen, Councillor Dorothy Gardner.

The father-of-three, who represents Farington West, last night received the mayoral chains and robe in front of a packed audience at the Civic Centre.

The semi-retired roofer, who played for PNE as a lad, said: “It is a huge honour to be chosen as the new mayor for South Ribble.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my year as deputy and meeting a whole host of people from different walks of life.

“That is the one thing that I am truly looking forward to this year – getting out and meeting different groups, organisations and residents from right across South Ribble and seeing the wonderful work that they do.”

Councillor Walton, who will be joined by his wife Karen as mayoress, has chosen St Catherine’s Hospice, the North West Air Ambulance and RNLI as his mayoral charities for 2014/15.

He added: “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that one day I would be chosen to be mayor and I just wish that my mother and father were still here to see it as they would have been extremely proud.

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Farington Remembered – Less We Forget

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Bristol Avenue Police Street Surgery 4th February

Your local police team will be holding a street surgery at Bristol Avenue shops on Tuesday 4 February between 16.00 – 18.00 to offer crime prevention advice and discuss any concerns.

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Fly Tipping East Street & School Street Farington

Further to the fly tipping and rubbish accumulating in East Street and School Street.

South Ribble Borough Council have now cleaned up the area with the help of the community payback team.  They have sent a letter out to the residents and this is attached for your information.

fly tipping – East St and School St

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Farington Community Fund £100,000 provided by Lancashire County Council and South Ribble Borough Council

We support good causes in Farington

Lancashire County Council has made available £100,000 to support the Farington Community Fund. The scheme is managed and administered by Lancashire County Council in partnership with South Ribble Borough Council. The fund is available to support community and environmental activity within the parish of Farington and for the benefit of residences of Farington.

Farington Community Fund

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Farington Park Bench

During the refurbishment the original seats from Farington Park were removed prior to the new paths being constructed, one of the seats was a memorial to Cllr Rick Richardson.  Therefore, we are having an identical plaque manufactured and fitted to a new seat on the new path which is closest to the location of the original seat.

Greg Clark SR Lanscape Officer.

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Vandalism – Our wonderful Farington Park

Please absorb the impact of the deliberate damage inflicted upon the trees in our Park.

If anyone has information that could help the Parish understand why the trees were destroyed please contact your local Councillor Mike Otter or parish Clerk

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Central My Neighbourhood Forum

Why not spend an hour of your time helping to improve where you live?

Your Neighbourhood Forum gives you the opportunity to have a say in your local community – we want you to tell us what you think would make your neighbourhood a better place.
Come along and………..
• Meet other people from your area
• Influence decisions on how money is spent
• Share your ideas for local improvements
• Be a part of making things better

The forum for Central area covers: Tardy Gate, Lostock Hall, Farington Moss and Farington

Venue:   St Gerard’s Parochial Centre, Brownedge Road, Lostock Hall, PR5 5AA

Date:      Thursday 31st  January 2013 at 7pm

Chair:    Cllr Graham Walton

For more information, please contact your lead officer, Suzanne Simpson on 01772 625377 or at

Central Poster

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Parish Christmas Gifts

Mike Otter presenting the Parish £200 gift for Farington Pensioners to Tony Murphy and Father Christmas ( Bernard Almond).

Mike Otter visiting St Catherine’s R.C. Church, Farington and presenting a £200 cheque for the church to Father Simon Henry.

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Christmas Gift from The Parish

Councillor Mike Otter visited the residence of Bashall Grove last week and presented them a £200 Christmas gift from Farington Parish Council.

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