This year, Burscough Parish Council teamed up with the VISIT project to stage a series of free Heritage Walks, to compliment Burscough Heritage Week. The weather was kind and walkers enjoyed learning about the history of the canal, the pubs, military history and transport from knowledgeable speakers on each subject.
Below: Walkers listen to local Military Historian, Richard Houghton talk about war time defences.
Above: Almost 40 walkers enjoyed a Friday evening walk over 4.5 miles
Below: Walkers take a leisurely ride back to Burscough following tea and scones at and tour of Merseyside Transport Trust.
|As part of the week's events, children were invited to submit a poem and the fantastic winning entry this year is from Katy Rebecca Court
Burscough Heritage Group 2014
Winner of Best poem from All Schools
Katy Rebecca Court
St. Johns C of E Primary School
Burscough; fortress in the wood,
A place thats welcome and all is good.
The farmers grow potatoes, wheat and oats,
A canal runs through with colourful narrow boats.
The railway connects from Wigan to Southport,
Remembered brave men in Great Wars they fought.
A trophy winning football club,
Shops, businesses and a brewery in a pub.
The past is brought to life through the Wharf,
The old mill stands tall; the land it dwarfs.
A priory that’s no longer here,
But geese they fly to Martin Mere.
Burscough a great and historical place,
Views and sites full of beauty and grace.
Children grow, learn and play,
Burscough come and visit today.
To book onto a tour, please contact Laura Travers, on 07917 580 679, from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00. The tours will last for about an hour each and are at the following times:
Hard work is paying off for Burscough Juniors FC who have been successful in their bid to Sport England for £65,000 grant funding towards the costs of bringing Abbey Lane Playing Fields up to scratch.
The £65,000 grant is being added to the £100,000 pledged by West Lancs Borough Council, but there is still a further £100,000 to find to cover the estimated costs of approximately £250,000 for drainage improvements on the site.
The site, which has six adult pitches, a cricket pitch and pavillion with six sets of changing rooms, has been out of commission for more than two years, causing some local teams to have to travel far and wide to play home games.
Chairman, Elliot Cosgrove is now working with the Football Foundation to develop a proposal for the final £100,000 but there is lots of work still to do. The Parish Council are supporting the bid which if successful will see Burscough Juniors take over management of the Thomas Galvin Sports Ground at Abbey Lane, providing a home ground, Club House, and much needed pitches for young people in Burscough.