More than 100 years of caring for spinal injured patients by three NHS staff was recognised this month with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Consultant surgeon Bakul Soni, Sister Sandra McCarthy and occupational therapy lead Julie Jones were honoured at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s ninth annual Pride Awards. The awards came […]

Lifetime honour for spinal team as centre hosts international conference


Skelmersdale West County Councillor, Julie Gibson, has backed plans to maintain a bus service for Ashurst residents after Arriva Merseyside announced plans to withdraw the 313 service which serves the area, despite the fact that 85,000 passenger trips are taken per annum. Cllr Gibson said: “The County Council received notice […]

Skelmersdale County Councillor backs proposal to retain bus link for ...


The SATs effect: teachers’ verdict – Summer Term 2017, a survey of 2,300 National Union of Teachers primary members, shows that the vast majority of teachers believe the primary assessment system is broken. The survey shows a widespread lack of confidence in the Government’s system of assessment and accountability as […]

NUT survey: SATs having damaging consequences for both children and ...



Skelmersdale Police are appealing for any information you may have in relation to a recent burglary within the Skelmersdale area. At 01:25am on Monday 12th June, two males have gained entry into K&H Hives Convenience Store in Tanfields, Skelmersdale and stolen a large quantity of cigarettes and £20 in cash. […]

Appeal for information following burglary in Skelmersdale


This Saturday, the Concourse’s local, independent retailers are getting in to the spirit of Independence Day by celebrating their own take on the word, ‘independents.’   We all think about Independence Day as 4th July and America commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. However, here in Skelmersdale, we’re celebrating […]

Concourse Shopping Centre’s Independent Retailers’ Day Event


This Saturday’s annual NUT Supply Teacher Conference will hear that employment prospects for supply teachers are getting tougher, as schools increasingly use unqualified staff in place of qualified supply teachers to cover teacher absence. The NUT’s 2017 supply teacher survey, which received a record 1,300 responses, shows that 41% of […]

Schools increasingly using unqualified staff to cover teacher absence