Rosie Cooper MP joined club members at Ormskirk Rugby Club for their NatWest RugbyForce weekend.
The club’s Chairman Brian ‘Biscuit’ Stevenson invited MP Rosie to the club to take part in the weekend and learn about the history and ambitious future plans for Ormskirk Rugby.
Recent years have seen the club invest thousands of pounds in improving their changing areas and social facilities.
Over the RugbyForce weekend, volunteers worked on painting the goal posts, weeding the car park area, painting the internal walls, building a functional new scrum machine and most importantly laying down a new patio area at the rear of the club.
The patio is already proving popular with members who can sit out and have a drink, and is ideal for barbecues.
Rosie Cooper MP said of her visit:
“I’d like to thank Brian for inviting me down and showing me around the club and introducing me to so many hard-working community volunteers. They are the lifeblood of these organisations and do it free of charge in their own time.
“The improvements the club has made in recent years are evident with quality player changing facilities and a lovely bar area for events and socialising.
“Ormskirk Rugby Club has been part of this town for nearly a hundred years and I look forward to supporting it in any way I can in the future, as they look to continue their recent growth and success building the club, and translating that as they improve on the pitch as well.”
Ormskirk Rugby Club Chairman Brian Stevenson said:
“We’ve done well in these volunteer events in recent years and securing a grant from NatWest RugbyForce in conjunction with the RFU was really useful, which allowed us to purchase the materials to carry out some of the improvement works.
“I’m very grateful to our Member of Parliament Rosie Cooper for taking the time to visit us, and giving us her backing to our ambitious plans to improve the club and area and be an asset to the local community.”
Plans to save the state of the art 3G football pitches on the former Glenburn Sports College site have taken a positive step forward that could see school pupils and the wider community using the pitches once again.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined Jo Whitfield of Delph Side Community Primary School, Kevin Davidson of SHARES, sports coach Jack England and Councillor Terry Aldridge for an onsite inspection of the facilities to assess their current condition having not been maintained since the closure of Glenburn Sports College.
This follows Delph Side Community Primary School’s meeting with Lancashire County Council officers during which they were informed that ‘from an estates point of view we are happy for you to have the equipment.’ This breakthrough keeps hopes alive that the football pitches in the heart of the town can be saved for the benefit of the community.
Initially Lancashire County Council and Delph Side Primary had received conflict advice on whether the football pitches could be relocated preventing any progress.
Now the way has been cleared for Delph Side Primary and partners, including SHARES, to pursue the planning permission required to relocate the facilities and equipment. It will also allow for the appropriate work to establish what works will be required to move the facility across the Delph Side school’s grounds in Tanhouse.
MP Rosie will be working with the school on securing the funding necessary to prepare the new site for the transfer of the 3G pitches and equipment, such as fencing, floodlights and goalposts.
Speaking after the site visit MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The possibility the football pitches could be saved for the local community is great news. Though there is still a considerable amount of work required to make this a reality.
“Delph Side Primary have been proactive in their pursuit of saving these facilities. The hard work hard of Jo and her colleagues has paid off.
“During our pitch inspection we discussed the importance of securing funding to save the facility. I am committed to working with Delph Side and SHARES to secure the monies needed to make this relocation happen.
“We all share the same commitment and determination to protect the 3G football pitches as Skelmersdale has already lost too many of its sports facilities.
Jo Whitfield, business manager at Delph Side Community Primary School said:
“Being able to keep such state of the art sports facilities within our community here in the centre of Skelmersdale would be a massive boost to local school pupils and the whole community.
“There has been a considerable amount of work just to get to this point where Lancashire County Council have been willing to even consider the relocation of the football pitches.
“We now want to move quickly with securing planning permission, establishing the practicalities of moving the equipment and what it will cost to do so.
“This is our one real opportunity to have fantastic, high-quality multi-use sports facilities available to local schools for years to come.
“It is great to have the support of our MP Rosie Cooper, Councillor Aldridge and our partners, such SHARES, in working with us to save these much-needed sports facilities for Skelmersdale.”
Kevin Davidson, chief executive of SHARES, commented:
“There is no question keeping these sports facilities so they are once again available to the people of the town and located in central Skelmersdale will be transformational.
“SHARES are committed to doing everything we can to support Delph Side on this project that is about more than football pitches. It is about the health and wellbeing of individuals, encouraging them to be active.
“There is great social and community benefits that can be achieved through people participating in sports activity, in bringing people together, in a town that has already lost vital local sports facilities."
If anyone would like to support the development of this project, be it professionals with experience in this area, members of the local business community or Skelmersdale and Up Holland residents, your support would be welcomed. Alternatively, if there are groups that would like to access the facility in the future please call us now. Speak to either Jo Whitfield at Delph Side Community School (01695 721881) or Kevin Davidson at SHARES Lancashire (01695 729897).
On Friday 9 December West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper officially opened Burscough Bridge Methodist Primary School’s outdoor learning and play area.
MP Rosie was joined on the day by headteacher Mrs Jenny Kennedy, staff, pupils, their parents, grandparents, and school governors.
MP Rosie’s visit began with a tour of the new facilities. Funded by a successful National Lottery bid, the outdoor learning and play area is specifically for the pupils in the infant’s class. The space has been designed to provide a cross-curricular outdoor learning space. Pupils learn as well as enjoying the recreational play area. Children from the pre-school, Jigsaw, also will have access to this new play area.
Alongside the new learning facilities, Mrs Kennedy and her team have been focussed on creating a positive learning environment both in school and outside in the playground.
In recognition of their work, Burscough Bridge Methodist School has been awarded the Gold Standard Lancashire Behaviour Quality Mark. This is a behaviour scheme that provides external accreditation of a schools performance in all aspects of behaviour in the school.
Speaking following the visit, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Burscough Bridge Methodist School is an incredible hive of activity when it comes to establishing high standards of learning and behaviour for their pupils.
“It was certainly a great pleasure to officially open their new outdoor learning and play area.
“Having the opportunity to learn outside gives the children the chance to explore, experiment and discover beyond the classroom, as well as being active and healthy.
“Creating the best possible learning environment is absolutely essential for a school if they are to encourage, nurture and develop a child’s desire to learn.
“Congratulations to everyone at the school on their success in achieving the gold standard for behaviour
“At Burscough Bridge Methodist school the investment in the learning facilities along with the emphasis on good behaviour is providing a positive learning environment.
Mrs Jenny Kennedy said:
“We would like to thank Rosie Cooper MP for visiting our school and for officially opening the outdoor learning and play area.
“The children were very proud that their Member of Parliament visited their school. They were delighted to show Rosie what they are learning and where they are learning it.
“We are also thrilled and excited to have achieved the Gold Behaviour Quality Mark.
“Through the willingness of the pupils, the hard work of the staff, and the support of parents and governors there are important changes taking place at Burscough Bridge Methodist School.
“Changes that are building on the high standards of learning and personal development the school providers for its pupils.”
On Thursday 8 December 2016, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper had the privilege to officially opened Delph Side Primary School’s new library and intervention centre, in the heart of Skelmersdale.
MP Rosie was joined by Liz Ormerod (headteacher), school council members, school governors and a child’s story favourite, the Gruffalo, at the event.
The new library provides a state of the art finger print ID book loan system, a massive selection of books and a brand new interactive projector to create a valuable learning space. Located underneath the library are two new intervention rooms, where pupils can get one-to-one tuition and a private space in which to work and learn.
Funding for the new learning rooms came through a combination of fundraising events organised by the school’s Parent, Teacher and Friends Association, which included summer and Christmas fairs. A successful ‘Awards for All’ funding bid supported the project costs, as well as disability funding for the provision of a lift to make the mezzanine level library fully accessible.
Following the official opening, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It was fantastic to officially open Delph Side School’s new library and intervention rooms.
“A huge congratulations and well done to all the people involved in making this project happen. It has taken an army of pupils, parents, families, friends, staff and governors supporting this project with their time and money.
“Access to such high quality learning rooms and a library can only benefit each child’s education.
“Being entertained whilst watching the school act out the Gruffalo story, which was brilliantly done, was a great end to a great visit.
Headteacher, Liz Ormerod said:
“Thank you to our MP Rosie Cooper for coming along to officially open the new facilities.
“This has been an exciting project for Delph Side, involving a lot of hard work from many individuals, I can’t thank the team enough.
“We wanted to do this because our new library ensures reading is at the heart of our school.
“We believe it will make a difference to our children and enhance their learning experiences - the children are incredibly excited.”
Ormskirk’s ‘Outstanding’ Moorgate Nursery School continues to offer high quality education for Ormskirk’s children and their families.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with headteacher, Nicola McDonagh, to put to rest any confusion over the future of the Nursery School and Munchkins Childcare. This follows Lancashire County Council’s decision to close the adjoining Children’s Centre and move their services to the library.
MP Rosie and Mrs McDonagh discussed how this does not affect the availability of nursery education provided by Moorgate Nursery school and childcare places provided by Munchkins Childcare.
Moorgate Nursery has been providing education in Ormskirk since 1946 and will continue with this provision in to the future.
Following her most recent visit to the nursery, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Moorgate Nursery School provides ‘Outstanding’ learning and development for local children.
“Following my visit I wanted to address this confusion about its future.
“Finding excellent nursery provision that is right for their child is one of the most difficult decisions parents face.
“This year Moorgate Nursery School has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors. I congratulate them on achieving their outstanding rating for the fourth consecutive inspection.
“It is important to use and protect the only local authority maintained nursery school that we have here in Ormskirk, to ensure local children and their families continue to benefit from attending Moorgate Nursery School.
“Having visited Moorgate Nursery School on several occasions as the MP, I have witnessed for myself how much the children enjoy their time there.
“I know the headteacher has ambitious plans for the future of the nursery school to keep it growing and developing for the benefit of its children, families and the community.
“I would encourage parents who were unsure after hearing rumours about the future of Moorgate Nursery School to get in touch with the headteacher Nicola McDonagh to discuss the provision and availability of places.”
Nicola McDonagh, headteacher of Moorgate Nursery School and Munchkins Childcare said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome Rosie Cooper to visit us again here at Moorgate.
“I want to reassure parents that Moorgate Nursery School is continuing to provide a safe, fun and stimulating learning environment for our children.
“Our ambition is for the children attending the nursery and childcare to attain the best start in life.
“I am happy to speak to any parents currently considering Nursery education for their children about the ‘Outstanding’ service we can offer here at Moorgate Nursery School.”
Moorgate Nursery School is open 38 weeks of the year, providing Nursery School education places for children from the age of 3 to 4."
It provides morning (9am to 12pm) and afternoon (1pm – 4pm) nursery sessions up to five days a week.
Parents are able to use their free 15 hours a week of government funded education, to access places. The school offers flexibility in the uptake of places, to support parent and family needs.
Through their Munchkins childcare, which is open for 50 weeks per year, from 7.30am to 6pm, Moorgate Nursery school is able to provide childcare places and wrap around care for children from the age of 2 to 8 years.
The curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012 and 2014) providing the following Prime Areas:
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Communication and Language
• Physical development
Specific areas are:
• Understanding of the World.
• Expressive Arts and Design.
For more information visit www.moorgatenurseryschool.co.uk or twitter @Head4Moorgate and Facebook.
Headteacher, Nicola McDonagh can be contacted on 01695 573470.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has dropped by to support Tesco Burscough’s Neighbourhood Food Collection to help support those most in need this Christmas.
The annual winter food drive takes place between 1st and 3rd December. Working in partnership with the FareShare and Trussell Trust charities, Tesco customers can kindly donate long-life food to help people in need.
Tesco tops up customers donations by 20%. Since collections began in 2012, this is the ninth collection with Tesco donating over 38 million meals.
MP Rosie said:
“The kind and generous donations made by West Lancashire shoppers, Tesco staff and Tesco themselves are a lifeline for so many others. Every can and meal donated will make a real difference, especially at this time of year.
“Thank you to everyone who donated and to Tesco for their support in collecting the food and topping up all these donations.”
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“The generosity of our customers every time we run the Neighbourhood Food Collection is outstanding. This is now our ninth collection and we want to once again support as many people in need across the UK this Christmas.”
Tesco also has over 600 permanent collection points across the country where customers can donate food each week.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, following a visit to Crow Orchard Primary School in Skelmersdale meeting pupils and staff, said:
“It was a real pleasure to meet the pupils and staff of Crow Orchard primary school.
“Clearly the year 3 class I met were extremely enthusiastic about the current biography project. Their questions to me showed they understand what makes an interesting biography.
“The topical discussion with the pupil parliament members was well-informed and interesting. It was evident that we have a shared desire for how each of us can help to improve our community and do so by working together.
“Thank you to everyone at the school for such an enjoyable visit.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has visited local residents in Ashurst, Skelmersdale, to see first-hand the damage and destruction caused by the floods in June. Floods that left one resident living in a caravan, and an 81-year-old resident having to dispose of his belongings.
A combination of excess water from a culvert running down from Ashurst Beacon and blocked grids forced the water on to a former children’s playground, which then overflowed down on to the residential estate.
Residents described to Rosie how the play area was filled with six feet of foul water containing raw sewage.
In trying to stop the flooding residents built a makeshift dam out of scrap wood - the only line of defence between the residents of Long Hey and the pool of filthy water building up behind their properties.
Neighbours had to help an 81-year-old council tenant whose home was flooded load his damaged belongings into a skip.
Following the visit MP Rosie said:
“It was absolutely dreadful to see first-hand how residents’ homes had been utterly devastated by the flood waters.
“Forced out of their homes. Possessions, some of sentimental value and irreplaceable, being thrown in a skip.
“It is simply appalling what these residents have had to endure through no fault of their own. Still when they turn to the responsible authorities there is little help tackling the problem or support in the clean-up.
“Every time there is a flooding incident it only highlights the lack of meaningful leadership in responding and supporting local residents in their time of need.
“I have raised my concerns following the visit with each of the relevant authorities. We have to find a way to really help residents.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with children and parents of Crawford village to discuss their plans and fundraising efforts for a new play park.
Rosie met with members of the Crawford Playpark Committee and local children. MP Rosie was given a short presentation by the children outlining the committee’s plans in the village.
Residents already have the land required for the play park. Now they are in the process of trying to raise the funds necessary to purchase the equipment, complete the groundworks and for the future maintenance of the site.
Given the village’s location on the borders of West Lancashire there is no easily accessible play facilities for the community. Residents have come together with a plan to provide a safe place for children and families to play and for people to exercise.
Speaking after the visit, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Having met with local residents and children in the village it is clear how important this scheme is to them and their willingness to work hard to make it a reality for the benefit of the whole community.
“It is great to see the way in which the local community in Crawford has come together, across the generations.
“The committee members along with significant local support have made great a start in their fundraising efforts that will pay for all the work and equipment needed.
“This is a real community effort and I will continue to work with local residents as they seek to secure the sixty thousand pounds they need to realise their great community plans.”
West Lancashire Women’s Refuge is one of many refuges facing an uncertain future as a result of government spending cuts, warns West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper.
Rosie’s comments came during a Commons debate on the potential reduction in housing benefit payments for those in supported living. For victims fleeing domestic violence they often rely on these housing benefit payments to cover the cost of renting a room in a women’s refuge giving them safety and sanctuary.
Making cuts to these housing benefits will heap further financial pressure on refuges that are already collapsing under the strain of government spending cuts to local authorities forcing them to remove funding, essential to keep the refuge doors open.
Funding from Lancashire County Council, the £10 million Supporting People fund, is used to staff the nine refuges in the county. In having to make £262 million of budget cuts, Lancashire County Council have proposed ending this funding for refuges. Alongside the housing benefits cuts this would leave West Lancashire’s Women’s Refuge facing the threat of closure.
Speaking after the debate, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The government talks about its commitment to protecting the victims of domestic violence. Talk is all it does it seems.
“In cutting funding to local authorities and cutting welfare support to victims of domestic violence the government’s actions on domestic violence tell a different story.
“These refuges, including West Lancashire Women’s Refuge, offer a safe place and an escape to many women and their children in West Lancashire.
“On the housing benefits for supported living the minister offered a review. By the time this review is complete the refuges will have closed their doors for the final time. Government needs to commit to protecting this support for some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
“The consequences of losing the refuges and the lack of an alternative really does not bear thinking about. It puts women back in harm’s way, with the threat of abuse and violence. This is a backwards step in tackling domestic violence in Britain in 2016.”
In response to this dire situation West Lancashire Women’s Refuge has started a petition in fighting for their future. The petition makes an appeal to Lancashire County Council to “review their decision to withdraw funding for all nine refuges in Lancashire.”
It continues, “we want Lancashire County Council to reconsider their position and look again at keeping funding available for these vital services.”
On the petition campaign, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I’ve put my name to the petition. I would strongly urge everyone in West Lancashire who believes in protecting victims of domestic violence from harm to put their name to this petition too.”