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LINK-Thornton Editors Letter

May 2010

Contents

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he sun is shining on LINK and also on our beautiful part of the coast this month, the start of summer may have just arrived! Thinking of doing those jobs around the house then visit our property section for all the tips and trades required.

Property-Brighten Up Your Home

Dulux Design Service

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Where Am I?

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We also have a feature on motoring now which is becoming more popular, as well as local positive news, community pages and what's on.

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Motoring Ford Focus

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Just like to say thank for supporting and making LINK a great FREE local monthly read and resource, we rely on you the reader to send us anything you think that make be of interest, and use , so if you have anything to contribute get in touch.

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Beauty–Anti Ageing Myths

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Discount Beauty Treatments

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Congratulations LINK-Spotter Mrs Pillinge of Broderick Ave, Bispham who won our where am I competition £50 on its way to you!

Coffee Break Crossword & Sudoku

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Pensions By Nick Gray

Gardening Save The Butterfly

Thornton Cleveleys FC Update

Community What’s On

Community Useful Numbers

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Kids Corner

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Trade Directory

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Brighten up your home

colour

with Put on your sunglasses because today's rooms should be splashed with vibrant colour, otherwise they'll be sad and dated. Get clued up on colour with our guide.

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olour is back in fashion but even if you're immune to its dĂŠcor potential you might be won over by its power to change your mood. Just as the sight of sunny blue skies or vistas of green fields outdoors may cheer and soothe us, that same effect can be echoed inside our homes by using similar shades for walls or furnishings. "Choosing the right colour palette for your rooms is a vital part of creating a home," says author, Vinny Lee, who reveals the psychology of colour and gives practical guidance on choosing shades in her new book, The Colourful Home.

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Go for green Green has many hues and this year zingy lime greens are on trend. "Lime green is a bright, zesty colour that provides an eye-catching background to black and chrome and colourful accessories," says Vinny. "Olive green, traditionally the colour of peace, blends well with a natural palette using woods and brown, ochre and yellow shades. But check out a colour swatch in natural and artificial light as it can look predominantly green by day but muddy in electric light."

TOP TIP Dark green can be used to dramatic effect in a candlelit dining room or other areas used mostly in the evening. In a bathroom, it can give a feeling of enthusiasm and brightness to preparations at the start of a day.

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Vibrantly red

Follow Vinny's guide to colourful rooms...

Red never fails to have an impact but it's a powerful colour and care should be taken that it doesn't overwhelm especially in a small space. "Although red brings drama and excitement to a room, too much pure or undiluted red can promote feelings of overheating and anxiety," says Vinny. "It makes a good highlight colour though and can be effective for a focal point such as a chimney breast, in alcoves, or for a statement piece of furniture."

Red: "This hot, emotional colour is associated with energy, passion and desire," says Vinny.

The power of colour

Exposure to it is thought to induce physical changes, such as speeding up the metabolism, which may help improve poor circulation and raise energy levels.

TOP TIP If you paint a wall in red and it is opposite a window, the natural light will help to tone the shade down, whereas less light will make the chosen shade appear deeper.

Zesty is pre yellow one of th dicted to be e colours most popular for interi ors in 2010 as it's with pro credited m o ting cheerfu lnes positiv s and ity.

Yellow: Is associated with joy, happiness, intellect and energy. Blue: Traditionally associated with masculinity, this colour is believed to have the effect of slowing the metabolism and blood pressure and producing a feeling of calm. Green: Green links to nature and symbolises freshness, abundance, harmony and growth, and it's reputed to have healing powers. Purple: Light purple is associated with romance and nostalgia, while dark purple has royal connotations of wealth and solidarity, but may also be connected with feelings of sadness.

Cool blues

Passion for purples

Blues evoke images of bright skies or seaside landscapes. They can give a fresh feel for a bathroom and light blues particularly may suit bedrooms especially those for children. "Blues have a calming effect and are refreshing, but they can create a feeling of coldness, which could make a room feel depressing," warns Vinny. "So choose your shade carefully, and test it out in different lights. Pin up a blue rug or throw on a wall and gauge your reaction to it over a week or so."

Plums and purples can give an injection of richness and warmth to rooms "Purple is said to be a good colour with which to decorate a space where contemplation or meditation is to take place," says Vinny. Purple and black is a strong and striking combination and when combined with chrome, these shades can be used to create Art Deco period style. Light purple partners well with dark woods such as mahogany and cherry wood.

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Orange: Orange is a vigorous and vital colour, which represents readiness, enthusiasm and happiness and is a stimulating colour.

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Motoring

FORD FOCUS ECONETIC STOP-START The new Econetic Focus offers the right mix of characteristics and qualifies for the lowest road tax band.

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here's no point in beating around the bush. The big news from Ford is that the new Econetic Focus equipped with a Stop-Start system produces 99g/km CO2. That means that it qualifies for the lowest road tax band, costing the owner nothing per year. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Somewhat confusingly the other big news is that there is no other big news. Major changes have taken place out of sight but, as far as the rest of the model goes, it's business as usual. That is very good news indeed as, until recently, the Ford Focus was the best selling car in the UK. For this to be the case it clearly offers the right mix of characteristics; tampering with the recipe too much would be a bad idea. It's worth noting that it was an internal power struggle.

The Focus was deposed by the Ford Fiesta. Smaller but cheaper, more efficient and offering a more attractive deal for many under the scrappage scheme - these factors surely helped knock the Focus from top spot. The new Econetic models claw some of that ground back, without sacrificing the space and creature comforts that car buyers in their thousands have come to expect from the class-leading B-segment hatchback. Based on the popular Zetec model there has been little scrimping on equipment or trim. Dual zone air-con, electric front windows and electric mirrors are standard fit. Alloys wheels, sat-nav and parking sensors can all be specified. In fact the only option not carried over from the Zetec model is the heated front windscreen.

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MOTORING The Focus staples remain; a well proportioned boot with a large portal, a particularly spacious cabin with good rear legroom, uniformly generous headroom and a robust, family friendly and neatly styled interior are all carried over. If you're willing to sacrifice Stop-Start and 5g/km, launching yourself back into the tax-paying category (but only just), then you can even have an estate version.

elsewhere in the range, and the ride quality is more than acceptable despite being slightly firmer.

It's around town that drivers will notice the major change in the form of the Stop-Start system. It cuts the engine when the car comes to a halt with the clutch pedal up, as long as it has enough charge in its modified battery system to start it again. An additional battery ensures that creature comforts will rarely impact on the system's Power comes courtesy of a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel ability to kick into life. unit. It's an engine that's proved popular for deployment Dipping the clutch or throttle is enough to restart the in eco-models from more than one manufacturer and powered the previous Focus Econetic model, too. Producing 107bhp and a very reasonable amount of torque it allows the Focus Econetic to reach 62mph in a respectable 10.9 seconds, but still returns an official combined consumption figure of 74.2mpg. engine. It's a quick fire-up, although audible and Naturally, gear ratios have been adjusted to maximise accompanied by a little vibration in the cabin. It's fuel economy potential. Third fourth and fifth gears in certainly not uncomfortable however, and occupants will the five-speed box have been given a longer ratio to quickly learn to ignore it. drop the revs. It remains surprisingly tractable despite the longer gearing, with no requirement to shift down Elsewhere, some clever new belt drive technology unduly on long uphill drags. A thinner transmission oil allows for less tension in the system, reducing engine lessens resistance in the gearbox itself but there's no strain and fuel consumption, while a regenerative noticeable change in the quality of the gear change. charging system stores otherwise wasted kinetic energy from coasting for re-use in electrical form. The driver The same can be said of the Focus's much admired can keep an eye on their success in saving fuel and handling. If anything, it should be marginally sharper recovering kinetic energy using an Eco Mode in the trip thanks to the lowered suspension settings that work computer that rewards economical driving. alongside a modified grille to improve aerodynamics. A few simple calculations will determine whether the With respectable but modest performance on tap it's not Focus Econetic Stop-Start adds up as a personal, work really possible to exploit the chassis to its fullest, but to or fleet choice, but rest assured there's little sacrifice to do so would frankly defeat the point of purchasing an be made in terms of comfort or practicality. Econetic model in the first place. Rest assured the model feels as surefooted as

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FACTS AT A GLANCE Model: Engine: Transmission: Performance: CO2 emissions: Economy:

Ford Focus Econetic Stop-Start, ÂŁ19,995 (@15% VAT) OTR. 1.6-litre diesel unit developing 107bhp and 177b/ft of torque. 5-speed manual transmission, driving the front wheels. Maximum speed 119mph, 0-62mph 10.9 seconds. 99g/km. 74.2mpg.

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beauty

BUSTING

anti-ageing MYTHS Roll back the years with our alternative guide to anti-ageing...

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f your beauty cabinet is brimming with half-used anti-ageing products that once promised to be the next big thing in zapping wrinkles, you're not alone. The quest to diminish frown lines and crows feet from our faces is big business and in Britain we spend an estimated ÂŁ700 million a year on moisturising creams. But when eye creams and DIY facial massages just aren't enough, beauty gadgets can be a pain-free alternative to the Botox needle.

But are such wonder gadgets

too good to be true? Leaf & Rusher TX Our skincare experts offer their take on the at-home treatments that claim to help hold back the years...

Olay Total Effects Mask ÂŁ18.99 for five (Boots nationwide). The claim: Fights seven signs of ageing. Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Expert opinion: Dr Stefanie Williams, dermatologist at the European Dermatology London (www.eudelo.com), says: "This mask does contain some ingredients that, in principal, make sense for improving age spots and fine lines.

Roller Dermal Roller ÂŁ90 (www.simplebeauty.co.uk). The claim: Locks in skin-building nutrients and supports collagen and elastin repair. Expert opinion: "Microneedling has been proven to be very effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage and stretch marks," explains Dr Ravi Jain, cosmetic dermatological surgeon at Riverbanks Clinic (www.riverbanksclinic.co.uk).

"However, the main issue that I have with anti-ageing masks in general is that their contact with skin is neither long nor frequent enough to do any real good."

"Combing with skin nutrients is a good idea as long as they are prescribed by your skin care professional. However, for best results you need to have treatments which have needles long enough to reach the deeper layers of the skin and these will need a local anaesthetic to be applied in a clinic setting. Home kits are great for maintenance and minor improvements."

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Slendertone Face £300 (www.slendertoneface.com). The claim: A face lift from the inside out. Boosts muscle volume to lift and plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Expert opinion: "This causes muscle stimulation which will increase tone and tighten the area, but only to a limited degree," says Dr Patrick Bowler, medical director of Court House Clinics (www.courthouseclinics.com).

Lotion larder If you're a moisturiser traditionalist, you'll be spoilt for choice with the latest antiageing lotions and potions on the shelves. Here are some of the newest wrinklebeaters on the block that have the beauty world talking: L'Oreal Youth Code, from £14.99 (nationwide): The first range of anti-ageing products available on the supermarket shelves based on breakthrough research on skin genes.

"I would advise those expecting the same results as a facelift to be wary. The Slendertone Face does have clinical trials to back up the product and whilst it is known that muscles rapidly relax after toning, regular and long-term use may induce a longer tightening of the area."

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Serum, £19.75: The British Journal of Dermatology name-checked the beauty product and declared it "rare" to find such anti-ageing benefits in an over-the-counter product.

The Nifty Wrinkle Wand £29.99 (www.theniftyfacelift.co.uk). The claim: Banishes fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, and under eye puffiness using electro therapy and muscle stimulating technology. Expert opinion: "As we have 32 different muscles in the face, a non-professional needs to have a clear understanding of the muscles that they will be working on," warns Vicky Dallimore, senior instructor at The International Dermal Institute (www.dermalinstitute.com).

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, £37.50 (Selfridges nationwide): Shown in clinical tests to give results in diminishing age spots equal to hydroquinone a prescription strength cream for pigmentation irregularities.

"We would highly recommend seeking professional treatments in this capacity so that maximum results may be obtained."

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Coffeebreak Crossword

Sudoku Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. It's fun. It's challenging. It's addictive!

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1. Corrupted (11) 9. Fasten (3) 10. Assemble (9) 11. Beverage (5) 13. Scaled (7) 14. Happens (6) 16. Feverish (6) 18. Droll (7) 19. Fame (5) 20. Lay face down (9) 21. Zodiac sign (3) 22. Absolutely sure (4,7)

2. Expire (3) 3. Exalted (5) 4. Adorn (6) 5. Greed (7) 6. Showed (9) 7. Doctor's instrument (11) 8. Ancestor (11) 12. Rot (9) 15. Narrated (7) 17. Gratify (6) 19. Genuflected (5) 21. Hawaiian garland (3)

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PENSIONS Personal (Pension) Accounts A new incentive to save for Retirement In the UK, we are now living longer and having fewer children. As a result, workplace pension schemes have come under increasing pressure because they have to cover more people who retire for longer and with less income. At the same time however, more of the nation are not saving enough for their retirement on their own initiative so, the Government is getting increasingly worried about its own ability to cope with state pension payouts. Consequently, the Government has decided it is time to try and persuade more individuals to start saving towards their retirement using a private pension. Their latest measure is the ‘Personal Account’, set for implementation in 2012 and designed to encourage both a greater level of saving by the population for old age and to open up access to saving for individuals who do not currently use or have access to a worthy workplace pension scheme. As from 2012 therefore, all eligible workers who are not already in a workplace scheme will be automatically enrolled either into their employer’s scheme or into a Personal Account. Individuals will have the opportunity to opt out from this if they so wish, but it will be their responsibility to do so and in so doing they would miss out on some of the incentives which the Government has attached to them. Employers should note The Pensions Act of 2008 obliges them to enrol eligible employees into a goodquality workplace pension scheme. So Personal Accounts could offer the opportunity to provide a practical solution for both employee and employer alike. Personal accounts are aimed primarily at low-to-moderate income earners aged from just 22 right up to state-pensionable age. Employees

Nick Gray

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Financial Advisor

will be required to contribute a minimum of 4% of their earnings between £5,035 and £33,500 to the scheme. While this means take home pay will be reduced, they will also receive a corresponding 3% contribution from their employer (which will attract corporate tax relief) and a further 1% in personal tax relief from the government, thereby doubling their contribution. A choice of branded pension savings accounts will be available alongside a default account for individuals who do not wish to make a specific investment choice. The aim is for Personal Accounts to be simple, inexpensive and administered with the best interests of members in mind. There are still a number of unanswered questions on how exactly they will work and be administered both by the Government and employers but, while the structure so far looks a little hazy and perhaps somewhat complicated this is the first step to ensuring everyone makes some provision for their retirement. Whether Personal Accounts will be the most suitable pension arrangement for you as an individual depends on your own personal circumstances, but it is worth looking closely at the options and getting ready now for the opportunities which lie ahead. The Personal Accounts Delivery Authority have a useful background leaflet (Key Facts and Myth Buster) which is easy to read and useful background information; if you want a copy please let me know. NB: This information is based on my current understanding of the Personal Account arrangements and while primarily aimed at individuals and employees I am equally as happy to provide employers with any further advice help or additional information they feel they need. And don’t

forget, local independent financial advisers are able to offer professional and friendly advice to both employees and employers alike.

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YOUR GARDEN CAN HELP SAVE THE

BUTTERFLY

Attracting wildlife to your garden is still on the agenda of top designers, as horticultural shows are demonstrating this year – with butterflies very much in the picture. As certain butterfly species decline, including the High Brown Fritillary, Wood White, Duke of Burgundy and Pearl Bordered Fritillary, exhibitors at Chelsea Flower Show have been promoting plants and habitats to help them. Show gardens displayed 'butterfly mounds' and plantings of nectar-rich, traditional annual bedding plants such as nemesia and cherry-pie plant (heliotropium) to attract hoverflies and butterflies.

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A good garden might be visited by 22 species of butterfly and hundreds of different moths each year, depending on where you live. Yet three-quarters of the 59 resident butterfly species that remain in Britain are in decline, including the most common ones: the large white, small white, red admiral, peacock and small tortoiseshell. Now PlantforLife, an initiative run by the Horticultural Trades Association to help people make the most of their gardens, has teamed up with environmental charity Butterfly Conservation to launch a public awareness campaign to encourage people to attract butterflies into their garden.

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gardening Butterfly Conservation president Sir David Attenborough said earlier this year: "Almost unbelievably, much of Britain's countryside is a no-go area for many favourite butterflies. Habitat has been ploughed up or become overgrown. Anybody who's been for a country walk recently will tell you butterflies are a rarity. Scientists fear that in some areas we're entering a post-butterfly era."

In late summer and autumn some species need to build up their reserves in preparation for winter, so benefit from late-summer bloomers including buddleia, sedum, ivy, Michaelmas daisy, mint, scabious and thyme.

The campaigners have now produced a guide, Making Your Garden Flutter, which offers tips to help preserve these creatures. Butterflies love heavily-scented flowers, so plant Sedum spectabile and Verbena bonariensis to attract them into your garden. Nectar-rich plants such as

High Brown Fratillary butterfly

Early flowers are great for butterflies just emerging from hibernation, such as aubrieta, bluebell, clover, forget-me -not, pansy, primrose and wallflower. Creating a wild area within your garden can encourage butterfly species to breed. Simply allow grasses and wild flowers which are already there to grow, or supplement them with extra plants. In the first year of growing the wild area, cut it several times to allow the wild flowers a chance against other competitive grasses. Making Your Garden Flutter can be picked up from participating garden centres and nurseries or downloaded free from www.plantforlife.info/butterflies.

cowslip (Primula veris), bugle (Ajuga reptans), lavender and honesty flowers will also encourage them in. Many good nectar plants are hardy, perennial and easy to grow.

Further general Information is available on www.butterfly-conservation.org/

Grow flowers in sunny, sheltered areas, as butterflies will seek out the warmest parts of your garden. Create shelter for butterflies by planting shrubs and small trees such as common honeysuckle around the edges of your plot, but make sure your flower beds remain in full sunlight. Keep a good variety of flowers which are available from early spring to autumn in your garden. Plants such as Buddleia davidii 'Harlequin' will give butterflies the fuel they need to keep them airborne.

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TCFC CHAMPIONS AGAIN Thornton Cleveleys FC clinched the first division title in the West Lancs League with a 3 -1 home victory over local rivals Norcross and Warbreck. The win sees them promoted to the West Lancs Premier League next season, a second successive promotion for manager John Mendonca and his team. Leading goal scorer Paul Bailey netted two penalties to get the party started, with Stuart Beech adding the other. The Reds had to put the champagne on ice on the previous Saturday having been beaten 2-1 away to third placed Slyne with Hest with Paul Bailey on target again. Thornton did not make the same mistake twice and in front of their home fans at New Bourne Park too, it made it all the sweeter. In his post match interview moments after the title clinching game, manager Mendonca commented “ I was quietly confident at the start of the season of gaining another promotion as we have some quality players .The lads have been superb all season and are a great set of lads to coach”

This season’s success has been great reward for all at Thornton Cleveleys Football Club and Mendonca is keen to pass on his thanks to players, assistants and all the backroom staff that make the club tick week in week out. “ There are too numerous an amount of people to mention by name but without all these people it would have been impossible to have the success we have achieved again this season.” John and his team were also keen to point out that a further factor for their impressive results this term have been down to their growing number of supporters. “ At each home game we have noticed the numbers of people we have coming to support us has been increasing week on week and is looking forward to even greater numbers coming to watch the 10/11 fixtures at New Bourne Park. I think football fans up and down the country are enjoying watching their local teams with local home grown talent rather than having to pay fortunes to watch the overpaid prima donnas in the Premiership and the likes. We have had plenty of positive comments from football fans who have come and watched us play for the first time and have really enjoyed what they have seen and come back again and again. Playing in front of all the new and old fans gives me and the lads a real buzz to go out there and perform even better.”

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community WHITE ARROW its on every Thurs night at 8-00pm its 4 pounds in and its including raff all the money will be donated to p.d.s.a also to s.c.b.u and its at ASHLEY CON CLUB IN THORNTON Telephone Simon 07979383735

What's On Thornton Library Events

Spot's Garden Party This month we are celebrating Spot's 30th birthday. We are holding a big garden party Friday May 14th Thornton Cleveleys Operatic Society's Summer Fair from 2-3pm.Blackpool Circus School will be teaching Venue St Martin's & St Hilda's Church Hall, Carleton (near circus skills for all the family, plus games, stories and the Castle Gardens Pub) Saturday 26th June Time 11.00am-2.00pm. Come and join us for lunch with goodies. Tickets are free from Thornton library stalls, games and fun for all the family! Blackpool Circus School also hold classes regularly Further information - Mrs Helen Edwards, tel : 01253 855591 at Fleetwood Sports School on Fridays 5-6pm during term time. Cost £1. Suitable for all ages from 7 Feeling a bit lonely? "Just Good Friends" social group onwards (40's to 60's age group) meets Thursdays from 8.15 pm at Cleveleys ex-Servicemen's Club, Victoria Rd. Tel 869519. Many thanks, Lynn & Scarlett May Fair at Northfold Primary School, Ringway Saturday 15 May, 10am to 1pm Fun for all the family including stalls, refreshments, games, bouncy castle and raffle Cost: Free Info: Judi Todd 01253 866287 Fleetwood & District Choral Society - Haydn's Creation Saturday 15th May 2010 Held at Marine Hall, Fleetwood. 7.30pm. Tickets: £8. Further Information: Kate Condron 01253 855655 Wyre Home Organ Society Thursday 20th May 2010 Electric organ concert given by a professional guest player at Ashley Conservative Club, Victoria Road East, Thornton. Time: 7.45pm to 10.30pm. Members £4.00, Visitors £5.00. Further Information: Margaret Marsden 01995 605244

Gardening Gang All ages welcome to the gardening gang on Sat. 29th May from 11-12 noon. We shall be planting vegetables and flowers and planning what to grow during the summer months Murder Mystery The Windmill Players present a "Who done it" in the style of Poirot. Promenade around the library and follow the trail of bodies. Guess who did it at the end. Friday 4th June6.30-8.20 (with a 20 minute interval) £3 per ticket-includes a glass of wine or fruit juice Phone 869138 to reserve a ticket

Walk on the Wyreside Sunday 23rd May Come along and join us for a ranger-led sponsored walk (3 miles) in aid of Trinity Hospice in the Fylde and Brian House Children's Hospice. The walk will take place in the beautiful setting of the Wyre Estuary Country Park, Stanah, Thornton Cleveleys. Refreshments and certificates are provided at the end of the walk and there is a gift for all children completing the walk. Call or email for a registration form. Time: 10am - 12pm. angiehesketh@tiscali.co.uk Info: Sheila 01253 867276 Thornton Cleveleys Band Sunday 23rd May Performing at Thornton Little Theatre. 8pm. Tickets: £4, Children £2.Further Info: Judith Thorpe 01253 851682 Wyre Environment Family Open Day Saturday 5th June Held at the Wyre Estuary Country Park, Stanah, Thornton Cleveleys from 11am - 4pm. World Environment Day promotes ways to raise awareness of the environment. Join Wyre's Countryside Rangers in a variety of activities to celebrate this important event. Events include: wildlife conservation, country walks and talks and children's activities. This is part of the Wyre Environment Weekend. Log onto www.wyrebc.gov.uk/find/activewyre Further Information: 01253 887220

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community Cleveleys Police Station Rough Lea Road Cleveleys FY5 1BW 0845 125 35 45 NON emergencies Call 999 in an EMERGENCY ONLY, Fire, Police, Ambulance and Coastguard

Fire Safety Advice & FREE Home Fire Safety Check 0800 169 1125 Gas Leaks 24hr Service 0800 111 999 Electricity 01772 555995 Water Burst/No Water 0845 746 2200 United Utilities 0800 195 4141 Emergency Heating Repairs 0845 074 4002 24hrs Coast Guard Services 0151 931 3343 / 0151 931 3341 Duty Chemist Sundays - Morrisons Cleveleys Group Practice 01253 853992 Thornton Medical Centre 01253 821457

Useful Numbers Fylde Borough Council 01253 658658 www.fylde.gov.uk

Highways Agency 0845 50 40 30

Regenda Housing 0844 736 0066

Blackpool Airport 01253 343434

Environment Agency 0800 80 70 60 24hrs www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Manchester Airport 0161 489 3000 UK Passport Advice 0870 521 0410

Neighbourhood Watch www.neighbourhoodwatch.net

TV Licensing 0844 800 6772

Connect Young People Centre 01253 751047

Consumer Advice 0845 04 05 06 www.consumerdirect.gov.uk

Help the Aged 0808 800 6565

Tax Credit Helpline 0845 300 3900 www.hmrc.gov.uk

AGE Concern Shops Fleetwood 120 Lord St 01253 770557 Poulton 9 Church St 1253 899087 Bispham 155-157 Red Bank Rd Mental Health Helpline 0500 639 000

Wyre District Citezens Advice 01253 308400

Child Death Helpline 0800 282 986

R.S.P.C.A 01253 873616

Cruse bereavement Helpline 0844 477 9400

P.D.S.A 01253 838585

Drugs Talk to Frank 0800 776600 Alcoholic Anonymous 0845 769 7555 Childline 0800 1111 N.S.P.C.C Child Protection 0808 800 5000 Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222

Fleetwood Hospital 01253 306 000

National Debtline 0808 808 4000

Blackpool Victoria 01253 300 000

Christians Against Poverty 01253 875958

Rossall Hospital 01253 300 000 NHS Direct 24hrs 0845 4647 www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk Dental Enquiries - Fylde & Wyre 01253 306378 24hrs 7 days Out of Hours Emergency 01253 308105

Fair Trading & Consumer Helpline 01253 478395

Missing People 0500 700 700 24hr National Domestic Violence 0808 2000 247 Help Direct 0303 3331021 Tourist Information 01253 773953

Fleetwood Health Centre 01253 771136 Knott End Ferry 01253 891000 Smoking Cessation 0845 601 2186 Wyre Borough Council 01253 89100 Out of Hours 01253 895116 www.wyrebc.gov.uk Blackpool Council 01253 477477 www.blackpool.gov.uk

Blackpool Transport Buses & Trams 01253 473000 Stagecoach 01772 886633 National Express 0870 580 8080 National Rail 08457 48 49 50

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