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Recreation Ground

A Working Group, comprising of residents and Councillors, hs been set up to come up with suggestions and designs to improve the Recreation Ground. The designs will, hopefully, include a small number of allotments on the northern boundary to the Field. The Group will look at the current play area and equipment and see whether a recent request for skate park equipment from our younger residents can be incorporated

The entrance area with the five bar gate has been revamped, with a pedestrian gate being installed and two trees which obscure the view of the play area are to be removed for security purposes.

The Council is very well aware of the need to improve the Play Area, however the vast majority of funders require either match funding or a significant contribution for the applicant. The Council has considered cosmetic improvements to the Area but decided it is preferable to retain the funds to support grant applications.

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Speed Indication Device

 The Parish Council's new SID is up and running and logging information regarding vehicle speeds on three sites around the village. The data provided includes numbers (amount - not registration no's!) speed and times and if the readings reveal problems with speeding they will be passed on to the Police with a request for enforcement action.

County Councillor Mike Otter, Lancashire County Council’s Champion for Parishes, very kindly provided a grant of £550 towards the cost of the Device and the Parish Council would like to thank him for this.

The Council's share in the original Device, which was a basic version and did not record the information, has been sold on to our partner Parish Councils.

County Councillor Mike Otter presenting the cheque to Parish Council Chairman Anne Peet

Tree Spree for Croston

The Parish Council is proposing to apply for funding to run a Tree Spree next year. A Tree Spree is not a new idea, put very simply it is a celebration of an areas trees and tree heritage. There are a number of elements to a Tree Spree, these are all highly dependant upon the nature of an area and the opportunities and interests of the community delivering the project.

At first glance Croston is a well wooded, well treed village. However during the 1970s and 80s we saw the demise of Elm trees from our hedgerows, Two recent harsh winters have also made their mark on the local tree population. In addition, we now know that the Horse Chestnut is currently under threat nationally, from Bleeding canker, and could soon disappear from the urban and rural landscape.

Many of our existing tree mature trees, the big ones that we all recognise are all of an even age. What is likely to happen is that all these will mature and come to the end of their natural life at a similar time, so the time is absolutely right to find appropriate sites toplant the next generation.

A key component of the projectl will be to instigate a programme of community based tree planting. The main activity will be to focus planting where trees will be most visible, where the maximum number of people will see and enjoy them. This could be in school grounds, sports/recreation grounds and along main highways and in front gardens. There is a need to restock with a diverse range of trees to provide for the next generation.

To be successful with grant funding our project has to involve local people and we hope to involve as many local people as possible. Involvement in the project could mean help with events and activities, tree planting, delivering leaflets or compiling information.

The Parish Council would like to thank Croston resident, Tim Blythe, who has offered his own time to lead and coordinate this work.  Tim works for Lancashire County Council's Environment Directorate and his expertise in grant funding, environmental planning and community led regeneration will provide a valuable contribution.

Our timetable is for planning work and activities to take place next summer (2012) with actual tree planting taking place during the winter of 2012/13. If you would like to know more, or like to be involved on a working group then please get your details to Tim Blythe either by;

Phone – 603339

email - tim.blythe@lancashire.gov.uk

Post a note at - 7 Out Lane (red door)

Moor Road Housing Development

Representatives from Chorley Community Housing and Chorley Council attended the September Parish Council meeting to quash unfounded rumours regarding the lettings criteria for the affordable homes, which will be known as Dalton Fold, currently being built on Moor Road.

A legal agreement attached to the planning permission gives priority to applicants with a demonstrable Croston connection.

10th Birthday Celebrations

April 2011 sees Croston Old School celebrating it’s 10th birthday. Funded by a National Lottery Grant of almost half a million pounds, the Community Resource Centre has seen a wide range of events over recent years - everything from wedding receptions to meditation classes!

The Trustees are currently planning a series of events to mark this milestone throughout April and May so keep watching for further details on local information boards or check out our website at:

www.croston-old-school.org

The Old School has also recently embarked on a second season of entertainments, which kicked off on 25 February with local band ‘Strawhead’. The c oncerts enable the local community to access good quality, professional entertainment whilst also helping to raise funds towards the running of he Old School

Further details about the concerts can also be found on the Old School Website.

Route Changes to Bus Service 112

The 112 , Croston to Preston Service, is now travelling in a clockwise direction around the village.  This is to enable residents to travel in the opposite direction to Bus Service 7, Croston to Chorley, which runs anti-clockwise.

In the timetable, the times for Bishop Rawstorne and Station Road will be reversed. Bus stop signs are to placed shortly .

Whilst on the subject of buses, the Parish Council is negotiating with Lancashire County Council for the installation of a shelter for the stop on Highfield Road at Bishop Rawstorne College.

Hopefully, the bus stop will be supplied by LCC under its Parish and Town Council Bus Shelter Grant Scheme where LCC provides funding for the shelter and the Parish Council takes on the ongoing cleaning, maintenance and costs of a power supply.

Parish Council Tax Down

Croston Parish Council has announced a 4.25% reduction in the cost of the Parish Precept to residents for the next financial year.

In view of the current financial climate the Parish Council wanted to make sure the burden on our council tax payers will not increase this year. Despite the reduction the services currently provided by the Council will be unaffected and funds have been included for the purchase of a Speed Indicator Device which will log traffic speeds to identify problem areas, which will be notified to the local Police.

Services provided by the Parish Council include the Village Lengthsman, who picks litter from the major routes through the village, ongoing maintenance of the Recreation Ground and Play Area and the Village Green, mowing of the Recreation Field and the Village Green and grass verges throughout the village. The Council also provides the Christmas lights on the Village Green and opposite the War Memorial, spring and summer planting of the tubs and beds around the village, wayside seats, the existing (shared) Speed Indicator Device, emptying of dog waste bins and the requisite insurance cover.

Our other local authorities, Lancashire County Council and Chorley Council recently announced zero increases.

Croston Arts Festival - Help needed!

Following on from last year’s successful event, visual and performing arts will once again be top of the bill as Croston’s second Arts Festival takes place on Sunday 15 May. But, to ensure the event runs smoothly, help is needed both in planning the event and on the day!

Getting under way around noon, the festival will have something for all the family to see and do across various venues throughout the village.

Plans are underway to include a range of different performances from the 2010 event, which will include theatre and drama and musical dance acts. Circus performers, children’s entertainers and musical bands are likely to feature again in the festival.

The Festival will also include art displays in St Michael and All Angels C of E Church and Trinity Methodist Church, including work prepared by pupils from Bishop Rawstorne High School and local Primary Schools.

During the Festival the Trinity Methodist Church Meeting Room and the Old School Hall will again feature as Fairtrade Cafes.

As well as the many cultural events, the festival’s main supporter, the Co-operative Group will illustrate key Membership and Social Goals messages and an opportunity to take part in a free prize-draw. 

The festival will also provide the opportunity to visit art, craft and a variety of other trade stalls.

Admission to the festival, exhibitions, entertainment and activities will again be free and to help cover the festival’s costs, a raffle will be organised with a range of excellent prizes.

If you would like to help in planning the event and/or can help on the day, please contact Terry Chaplin on 01772 603403 or email: tgc@co-opcom.com

Croston Flooding

Local resident, Peter Fenemore, has volunteered to co-ordinate an overview study to try to identify the relative extent of the different causes of flooding in the village and look at possible options for reducing the severity. The study will also look at ways to provide more specific and relevant prior warning of flooding.

The Environment Agency website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk) provides updates on the level of the Yarrow. For details, click on ‘River and sea levels’ in the ‘At home and leisure section’, click 3 times on the ‘ North West’ map to enlarge and click on the green ‘Croston’ dot.

Data for the predicted tide heights and times at Southport are available at

www.pol.ac.uk/ntslf/tides/?port=0447

Croston Community Flood Plan

The third Community Flood Plan meeting took place on 25 January 2011. Laura Travers, from The Environment Agency, advised residents on the next stage in the formulation of our own Plan for the village to deal with problems caused by flooding. Residents were encouraged to fill in a contact sheet, if they wished to help in the event of flooding in the village.

The first, and most important message, is that the flood defence of a property is the responsibility of the occupier! Outside agencies such as the Borough Council, Police, Fire Service etc will provide help when they can but it is ultimately down to each householder to protect their home.

 

Lorraine Fullbrook MP

Member of Parliament
for South Ribble

held an informal advice surgery in Croston on Friday 10 December 2010, from 2.00pm at Croston Methodist Church, Westhead Road Croston

Local residents were able to talk to Lorraine and discuss issues which they felt she may be able to help with as the local Member of Parliament.

email: info@lorrainefullbrook.com

telephone: 020 7219 7217

post: Lorraine Fullbrook MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Christmas Festivities

Croston Village Festivities Group invited everyone to this year's Christmas Festivities, starting at 1.00pm on Sunday 12 December. Santa will be arriving via Out Lane and will go along Town Road to the Old School.

The Cairngorm reindeer werel be located near St Michaels.

At 5.30 pm there was a torch lit parade to Croston Park followed by a Carol Service at St Michaels

North West in Bloom Awards 2010

Once again the Village fared very well in this year’s North West in Bloom Competition. Councillors Kath Almond and Anne Peet, along with Beryl Williams from the Croston in Bloom Group, travelled to the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre for the Awards Ceremony on 21 October 2010 to receive the Silver Gilt Award (joint second place behind eventual winners Woolton in Bloom) on behalf of the Village.

The North West in Bloom 2010 Judges visited the Village on 29 July 2010 and their report, in awarding a Silver Gilt Medal, highlighted and complemented many features and areas of the village.

In the Horticultural Achievement Section The Old School, Village Green, St Michaels Church, Friends of Croston Station, Chainsaw Carvings, Bishop Chester’s Wood, Croston WI’s work at the entrance to the Recreation Area, Church Street, front gardens at St Michael’s Terrace, carvings throughout the village by Croston Carvers, the quality containers at the river walk and the numerous flower boxes and hanging baskets across the village were all praised.

The Environmental Responsibility Section highlighted the Heritage Trail as “an excellent example of making good use of what you’ve got”, wood sculptures on the Croft Field and the recycling site at the Station. Particularly pleasing to the Council were the Judge’s comments that “the Village had a high standard of cleanliness throughout” - further testament to the efforts of our Village Lengthsman, Kevin Greenhalgh.

Trinity and St Michaels School’s ‘Eco Warriors’ drew particular praise in the Community Participation Section with the “very productive vegetable garden which has been providing excellent produce for the School kitchen”. Again, in this Section the Judges noted that “it is clear that the Bloom initiative has wide support within the local community. The entry reflects this growing commitment”.

In the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards 2010, Church Street received the following accolades from the Judges on the way to a Level 4 (out of 5) Award: - “an excellent example of community participation. The joint work of residents has transformed the street. The baskets and tubs were many and excellent. Well done to all involved”.

Again in the Neighbourhood Awards, the Judges praised residents of 14 - 24 The Orchard for “some very good displays of containers and baskets. The lawns were well maintained. The whole area was very clean and tidy. A very good effort by the residents to brighten up their local area”.

The Parish Council would like to thank each and every resident who assisted with this years entry by helping to generally keep the village clean and tidy and providing hanging baskets and other floral displays.

Thanks also to Jamie Carson and the Team at Chorley Council for collecting the ‘Clean Up’ waste bags.

To see the Judge's Report for the Village in full click here

To see the report for Church Street click here and for The Orchard click here

Council Tax Reduction

At the January meeting the Council set the budgets for the forthcoming financial year. The Parish Precept, which is collected via resident’s council tax bills, was set at £21740, representing a reduction of £130 on the 2009-2010 figure. This comes on the back of a zero increase last year!

Given the current financial climate the Councillors felt they should assist residents wherever possible so, by careful budgeting and prudent financial management, the Council has been able to manage this reduction.

Despite the decrease there are no planned reductions in services provided by the Parish Council. In fact, some funds will be set aside for a major project to improve the Recreation Ground. We shall also be seeking grant funding towards this project and, if we are unsuccessful in our applications, we will have to build funds up for the project over the coming years.

Services provided by the Parish Council from the Parish Precept include the Village Lengthsman, the ongoing maintenance of the Recreation Ground and Play Area and the Village Green, mowing of the Recreation Field and the Village Green and a number of the grass verges throughout the village. The Christmas Tree and lights, spring and summer planting of the tubs and beds around the village, wayside seats, emptying of dog waste bins and the relevant insurance cover are all also provided by the Parish Council.

Bollards

Lancashire County Council has recently installed three bollards on the pavement outside the Bank, requested by the Parish Council as part of the Highways Allocation Budget from last year.

There has been a delay to allow discussions to take place with the Bank’s security company, who preferred to pull up outside the front door. The Parish Council has, all along, felt the safety of pedestrians should always come first and for this reason another bollard was requested at the junction of Out Lane and Town Road.

LCC did us proud on this and even went so far as to install an extra one at the junction, again to prevent vehicles mounting and driving along the pavement in this area.

John Kearton

Members of the Council joined a large number of family members, residents and friends for the funeral service for Councillor John Kearton, who sadly passed away on December 19 2009. St Michaels and All Angels Church was packed for the service, demonstrating how highly John was thought of in the village. John’s brother, Ron, and Cllr Kath Almond both spoke of John’s contribution to village life, and particularly to the younger members of the community.

From the Council’s point of view John will be best remembered for all his work towards the North West in Bloom Competition entries, for his dedication to the younger residents of the village and his straightforward and forthright views which he often expressed at the meetings.

John will be sadly missed by all.

Recreation Ground

‘Having attended to the Village Green seating areas we now intend to move on to our next project - to completely revamp the Recreation Ground area.

On the Young Childrens Play Area we plan to renovate the equipment and fence, and resurface the area, repaint the Youth Shelter and resite it on a solid base with the entrance facing Station Road, provide a Multi-Use Games Area and install 4 low energy lighting columns, which would direct light downwards to cover both Areas and the Youth Shelter.

We also intend to re-establish the hedge to the north boundary, the footpath behind the properties on Station Road, and provide a picnic area on part of what is now the football pitch, which will be replaced with a smaller pitch.

We would welcome resident’s views on our initial proposals.

 

 


Click on the plan below to enlarge the view.

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More Awards

‘Croston was placed joint second in the Large Village Category in the North West in Bloom 2009 Competition. The Village also picked up the Tidy Britain ‘Clean Sweep’ Award which is awarded to the cleanest area in the Competition - a testimony to the hard work of our Village Lengthsman, Kevin Greenhalgh, and the efforts of residents.

In the ‘Neighbourhood  Awards’ the village picked up 2 further awards - Church Street was awarded an ‘Outstanding’ certificate (this means it picked up more than 180 points out of a possible 200) and 10-14 The Orchard was awarded a ‘Certificate of Merit’, the equivalent of 2nd place. Trinity and St Michaels School received an Environmental Award for Schools, for the work the School is doing to raise awareness of environmental issues.

In the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition, Croston was placed 4th overall in the Champion Village Class. The Friends of Croston Station’s Noticeboard took the award for Best Noticeboard and the Old School, both Jubilee and St Michaels Terrace A lmshouses, Croston Corn Mill and the Cricket Ground all received ‘Highly Commended’ Certificates in their respective categories.

A huge thank you to all who helped our village achieve these fantastic results’.

In The Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition 2009 the Village was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Champion Village Class and, in the Certificate of Merit Awards The Friends of Croston Station noticeboard in the Station Car Park won the Notice Board Class.  

Highly Commended Awards were received by Croston Old School (Public Hall Section), Croston Sports Club (Cricket Field), Croston Corn Mill (Industrial/Commercial Premises), St Michaels Terrace and Jubilee Almshouses (Sheltered Accommodation).

Congratulations to all award winners and thank you to all who helped by keeping areas neat and tidy.

 

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Picture (l-r) Kath Almond, Beryl Williams, David Sandwell and Anne Peet with the North West in Bloom Certificates and Trophy

Village Green Project

The project to improve the seating and noticeboard areas on the Village Green is now virtually complete.

The old concrete slabs for the seating area at the front of The Green have been replaced with Indian stone, and all that remains is for a couple of seats to be added. A block paved path has been laid to the seating area at the rear of The Green. The work, with a total cost of £6600, was part funded by a grant of £3600 from Awards for All, for which we are extremely grateful and our thanks also go to Steve Wignall and his workers for an excellent job.

Project photos

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5 March 2009 - area marked out 13 March 2009 - area dug out and base laid 2 April 2009 - work in progress 21 April 2009 - finished article

Parish Council Chairman Anne Peet and Steve Wignall (contractor) Click to enlarge

How it was 5 March 2009 - digging out for the paved area 13 March 2009 - work in progress with laying the stones

2 April 2009 - View of finished areaClick to enlarge

In the Finals - 2009

The Village, and The Orchard and Church Street, have been nominated to receive awards in their respective categories of the North West in Bloom 2009 Competition. The final results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony held on 22 and 23 October 2009. The Awards Ceremony is a little like the Oscars as, until awards are announced, participants are unaware as to who has won.

 The Village was also announced as one of the finalists in the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition 2009. The Old School, Community Centre, Almshouses, Croston Corn Mill, Subscription Bowling Green, Cricket Ground and village notice boards were also nominated as finalists in their own sections.

 A second round of judging was carried out in mid - August and the results will be announced in September. The Parish Council would like to thank all residents who assisted by keeping the area tidy.

Our thanks go to all residents who assisted with both competition entries, and all the members of Croston in Bloom and Croston Residents Environmental Workforce.

The Parish Councils special thanks go to John and Annabel Pearson, Kath Almond, Anne and Martin Peet, Beryl Williams and David Sandwell for all their work with the planting etc.

North West in Bloom 2009

Judging of the Village took place on Wednesday 14 July 2009 and the results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony held on Friday 23 October 2009. We now face an anxious wait until the end of August to hear whether we have been nominated for an award.

Judging began on the Village Green and moved onto Church Street, which was entered into the ‘Neighbourhood Category’ for the first time. The judges met with residents, who had collaborated to produce an excellent result with hanging baskets and window boxes.

Next came Bishop Chesters Wood, where pupils from Year 1 at Trinity and St Michaels School were involved in the Forest School Initiative.

The tour moved through Croston Park to Trinity and St Michaels School, via the War Memorial which had undergone virtually a complete replanting. At the School the Judges met with the pupil members of the Eco Committee and visited the Eco Garden.

It was then into a car to visit the rest of the village, starting with the new disabled access footpath at the Black Horse Bowling Club followed by the Station, where members of the Friends of Croston Station were waiting to greet the Judges, who were mightily impressed with the work which had taken place.

It was then onto 18-24 The Orchard, again entered into the Neighbourhood Category, to meet the residents responsible for working on the grassed areas and planting. Finally a trip along Grape Lane to Croston Corn Mill before returning to the Village Green.

The Judges appeared to be highly impressed with the work which had gone in and the Parish Council would like to thank everyone who had joined in. Special thanks go to John and Anne Pearson, Alan Powell, Clive Barbour, David Sandwell, members of the Croston Residents in Bloom (CRiB) and Croston Residents Environmental Workforce (CREW) and, of course, Councillors Kath Almond, John Forrest and Anne Peet for the time taken to take the judges around.

Village Green Project

The project to improve the seating and noticeboard areas on the Village Green is now virtually complete.

The old concrete slabs for the seating area at the front of The Green have been replaced with Indian stone, and all that remains is for a couple of seats to be added. A block paved path has been laid to the seating area at the rear of The Green. The work, with a total cost of £6600, was part funded by a grant of £3600 from Awards for All, for which we are extremely grateful and our thanks also go to Steve Wignall and his workers for an excellent job.

Village Green Project photos

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5 March 2009 - area marked out 13 March 2009 - area dug out and base laid 2 April 2009 - work in progress 21 April 2009 - finished article

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How it was 5 March 2009 - digging out for the paved area 13 March 2009 - work in progress with laying the stones 2 April 2009 - View of finished areaClick to enlarge

 

Christmas in Croston

The display of Christmas lights in the village excelled itself this year. In addition to the Parish Council lights on the Village Green and grass verge opposite the War Memorial, a number of silhouette lights were put up along Town Road, starting at Croston Park Care Home, taking in the Old School and the river wall.

Thanks go to Councillors John Forrest and Steve Parkinson for erecting the lights, and also to the Care Home, Old School and residents of Town Road for supplying the power.

The Christmas festivities took place on Sunday 14 December and proved to be a great success.

The Festivities began at 1.30pm with the arrival of Santa, by horse and carriage, and culminated with a torch-lit, carol singing, procession to Croston Park followed by a Carol Service at St Michael’s Church.

Attractions during the day included Santa’s Train Ride, Santa’s Grotto, Market Stalls, Children’s Funfair, Hog Roast, Mulled Wine and Roasted Chestnuts, a raffle with fabulous prizes, Local Brass Band and Community Choir.

The Christmas Festivities were arranged by the Croston Village Festivities Group, a group of local volunteers, determined to deliver a non-profit making event which brings our community together through the spirit of the festive season.

Thanks go to The Croston Festivities Group, for all their hard work.

We're Blooming Again

Croston took 3rd spot in the Large Village Category of this year’s North West in Bloom Competition behind Woolton in Bloom, eventual winners of the Gold Award in the Britain in Bloom Competition, and Wrea Green.

Chairman, Anne Peet and Councillors Kath Almond and John Forrest attended the Awards Ceremony in Liverpool to collect the certificate.

This is a highly creditable result, particularly in view of the relatively miniscule amount of money spent by the Council on floral displays and planting, in comparison to many of our competitors, which is more than made up for by the efforts of a few willing volunteers.

The Judges were particularly impressed by the baskets along the roadside, Church Street, Croston Station, the Bowling Green, Bishop Chesters Wood, recycling and, last but by no means least, the cleanliness of the Village - once again a tribute to the efforts of our Lengthsman, Kevin Greenhalgh.

The Parish Council would also like to thank the residents of the Village for their help in achieving this result.

Chairman Anne Peet, Cllr Kath Almond and Cllr John Forrest collecting the Award at the ceremony

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Summer Flower Displays - Click photos to enlarge

 

Daffodils donated by Chorley Council - planted by members of Croston Scout Group
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Highways Inspection

In June Cllr John Forrest and the Clerk walked around the village with County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson and Ian Hornby (LCC Highways) to view some problem areas. The route took in Town Bridge, Town Road, Station Road, Moor Road, The Orchard and Out Lane. Cllr Tomlinson and Mr Hornby took note of several problems including poor road surfaces on Station Road and Moor Road, a large pothole on The Orchard, the railings outside the Former Methodist School, the ‘SLOW’ sign on Highfield Road by the entrance to Bishop Rawstorne (which had never been reinstated following resurfacing work) and the streetlight opposite the Wheatsheaf which had been reported as not working as long ago as March.

Typically though, our main intention, which was to show the congestion along Town Road, failed miserably as we appear to have chosen the quietest day, traffic-wise, on record!!

The streetlight has temporarily been replaced as we await the fitting of a matching one and we hope some of the other problems highlighted will be attended to in the near future.

Our thanks go to Matthew and Ian for taking the time and effort to visit the Village.

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Left to Right:

Ian Hornby, County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson and John Forrest

Flooding

We were very grateful for the assistance provided by Officers from Chorley Council during the floods on the 21 January.

Several of the Officers were still in the village at 10.00 pm distributing sand bags and assisting residents.

Chorley Council is to hold a meeting of Borough Councillors and Officers to look into possible future action/preventative maintenance.

 

 

Welcome Stefan!

At the November meeting, the Parish Council was pleased to welcome Stefan Mosalki to the Council.

 

 

North West in Bloom 2007

The Council was extremely disappointed to learn that, despite all the effort put into this year’s entry, Croston was unplaced in this years competition.

The Village was awarded a total of 154.9 points, out of a possible 200, this year as opposed to 158.6 in 2006. Positives from the Judges Report were a repeat of the full marks awarded for cleanliness of the centre and other public areas - a testament, once again, to the work of our Village Lengthsman, Kevin Greenhalgh, and increased marks for Residential Front Gardens and Community Involvement . The Small Town Category was, once again won by Garstang, followed by Kirkham and Freckleton.

Highlights from the Judges Report included being impressed by ‘the overwhelming support of many residents in helping to make this town a better place to live and work and a sense of civic pride’ and ’community involvement was outstanding in keeping their town a picture and colourful place for visitors and townspeople’. The main area where points were lost were in the management of natural areas and other nature projects created to encourage wild flowers and wildlife - which we will hope to improve on for next year.

The Council would like to, once again, thank each and every single person (and horse) who assisted in this years competition by keeping the Village generally tidy, providing hanging baskets, floral displays and planters.

 

Village Christmas Tree

Our thanks go to:

Graham and Cath at Drinkhouse Service Centre for kindly donating the tree

Cafe Rendevous for the coffee and biscuits

The Merry Band of helpers for putting up the tree and lights.

Special recognition must go to the aptly named Cllr Gibbons for his remarkable tree climbing demonstration!

 

 

North West in Bloom 2007

The date for the judges visit for this years North West in Bloom Competition has been set for 3 July 2007.

We have received a marvellous bonus in the form of the plants and planters running the length of the river wall railings on Town Road, provided by John Pearson and Annabelle from the proceeds of trips around the village in a horse drawn carriage and thanks go to both, but with the main thanks going to Duke and Graf (the horses) who did all the hard work.

Thanks also to Michael Coxhead (Coxheads Nurseries) who donated the plants, John Henry Mayors of Ulnes Walton for the donation of the timber for the planters and the Probation Service in Preston for the unpaid work for the assembly, local farmer Lawrence Bamford for the soil and local residents Erica Woods and Jackie Anderton for their ongoing assistance with the watering of the plants.

Same Again (again)!!

At the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council in May Anne Peet was elected Chairman of the Council for the fifth successive year, with Beryl Thompson as Vice Chair for her fourth term.

North West in Bloom 2006

The Village was placed a highly creditable second in this years competition - once again behind Garstang.

The result is even more notable when the Parish Councils budget for plants and floral displays is taken into account. The budget for this year is £500 - a figure paling into insignificance when compared to many entrants into the competition. The result represents a tremendous achievement by the village as, unlike some of our close rivals, it is achieved by hard work and help from residents as opposed to large amounts of spending.

Thanks to everyone who helped get this award by placing hanging baskets outside their houses or business premises, keeping their gardens, and the area in general, tidy and watering the floral displays.
Thank also go to Cath Wilson for supplying the plants for the Parish Council beds and tubs.

Special thanks go to John Pearson, who kindly chauffeured the Judges around in his carriage and horses. The Judges were very impressed with this novel, environmentally friendly mode of transport.

Lancashire's Best Kept Village Competition

Unfortunately the runaway successes of last year were not repeated in the Lancashire’s Best Kept Village Competition (sponsored by Lancashire County Developments Ltd). As a result of winning the Medium Village Class in 2005 the Village has to enter into the Champions Class this year (and for the next five years). The class is made up entirely of ex-award winners and the competition is incredibly fierce. The winner this year was Newburgh and runner up was Tarleton.

 

 

Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition

The Parish Council has again entered Croston into the Best Kept Village Competition (sponsored by Lancashire County Developments Ltd). Following the success of last year, as winner of the Medium Village Class, Croston will, for the next six years, compete in the Champion Class which comprises of previous award winners.

One or two areas came in for a small amount of critcism in last year's Judges Report including several pub car parks and surrounds and some hedges obstructing footpaths, however the summing up read as follows: "Croston was a delight to judge and is well cared for. To be admired are the refurbished police station, which has been turned into apartments, the cemetery, playground area and the charming hidden snickets only to be found when on foot." Also noted was the fact that there was little litter present in the village - a testament to the work of Kevin, the Parish Council Lengthsman. The Judging Period is between 29 May and 7 July and any assistance residents and businesses can provide by keeping the area around their homes and premises will be most appreciated.

 

 

North West in Bloom 2006

Croston has also been entered into the North West in Bloom Competition.

The Village has finished in the top three for a number of years now and residents and businesses can help by providing some additional colour in the village, either hanging baskets or tubs.The judging date for the competition has yet to be announced.

 

 

Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council

At the recent AGM Councillor Anne Peet was re-elected as Chair of the Council and Beryl Thompson Vice Chair for a third successive term.

 

 

CHRISTMAS TREE ...

A year of awards for the village culminated with the Christmas Tree being declared the Lancashire Evening Post 'Top Tree'.

The tree scored top marks for 'straightness of planting and use of effective blue lights'.

More important to the Council however, was the positive reation of residents.

The vast majority of villagers, who let the Council know their views, were very positive. Heartened by these views, the Council will try to enhance the effects for next Christmas.

 

 

CHAMPIONS...

Best Kept Village (sponsored by Lancashire County Development Ltd) News Update - The village won the Medium Village Class and Croston Park Nursing Home won the Residential/Nursing Home category. The Sports Club, 14 to 24 The Orchard, The Old School and the Parish Council noticboard on the Village Green were all Highly Commended and receive certificates of achievement.

North West in Bloom News - The village came joint runner-up in the small town class of this years competition. The Judges commented very favourably on the village with mention being made of, 'colourful hanging baskets and tubs with Church Street being particularly colourful'. Also, the Croft Field site was described as an excellent conservation project which is providing a good learning opportunity for both adults and children and the garden at the Corn Mill was well maintained and planted.

The judges also commended the village for the very high standards of cleanliness and for organising clean up events.

Suggestions for improvement included more special/imaginative planting/floral displays and focal points at key areas. The Parish Council is about to embark on a village entrances improvement project which will hopefully go someway to addressing this.