Coming soon – community food growing programmes

Coming soon!  The rolling 12 week programmes at Burscough Community Farm – ‘Fresh Air, Fresh Start’ and ‘Introduction to Organic Allotment Growing’ – are due to start in April 2017.

More details here.  Run in partnership with Active West Lancs.

Fresh Air, Fresh Start programme at Burscough Community Farm

Run by skilled and knowledgeable directors, members and associates of Burscough Community Farm, the ‘Fresh Air, Fresh Start’ Programme will consist of a rolling 12 week, half or full day training program, with access to the farm during the week for people to practise and enjoy what they have learned.

All the directors and members of Burscough Community Farm live by the knowledge that doing purposeful outdoor activities promotes your physical and mental health and wellbeing. This is backed up by hard scientific proof over many studies.

Each course will introduce a new theme and new range of skills designed to promote each person’s  health and broaden their knowledge; in short, to get them outdoors, fit and healthy.

Example courses will be:

  • Organic food growing techniques
  • Personal Wellbeing
  • Keeping chickens for eggs
  • Willow weaving project – making your own craft item
  • Making a ceramic pot
  • Wooden spoon carving
  • Outdoor cooking; from field to fork
  • Introduction to bee keeping
  • Nature Watching
  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • Introduction to movement, Yoga and Meditation
  • Cycling for transport and to a new way of life
  • Nutrition
  • Intentional living

All the courses will go through a program of accreditation to ensure that they meet and address a key set of objectives.

Burscough Community Farm CIC (Community Interest Company) is a ‘not for profit’ Social Enterprise. The purpose of the organisation is to grow environmentally sustainable food, promote health and well-being, teach organic growing techniques and rural crafts, grow community and preserve wildlife. All of this is done on an 18 acre smallholding spread across two fields in West Lancashire on the northern outskirts of Burscough.

To register your interest or to find out more, do contact us.

Longer monthly walks in West Lancs

The weekly Health Walks are up and running again for 2017, but if you fancy longer walks the Council’s Parks and Countryside Ranger Service organises regular countryside walks, including the popular Walking Festival, which runs throughout August.

There will be intermediate walks of about 5/6 miles on the first Monday of each month and a longer walk of between 8-12 miles on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

People taking part can explore beautiful countryside and discover the wonderful wildlife in West Lancashire. Walks coming up include:

  • Abbey Lakes Dean Wood Loop on 06/02/17: a five mile loop around Abbey Lakes and Dean Wood (meet at Abbey Lakes 9.50am for a 10am start).
  • Tarleton Circular Walk on 19/02/17: Enjoy some of our beautiful countryside in West Lancs with our Rangers on a 7mile walk through Tarleton.

For more information contact the rangers on 01695 622794.

Due to the advanced nature of these walks it is advised that you wear suitable sturdy footwear with ankle support and suitable clothing for the weather.

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit For more information on the health walks please visit

Health walks 2017

  • Stride out in the new year and walk your way to better health!
  • Let your feet hit the street in 2017 by joining West Lancashire Borough Council’s health walks
  • Grab some comfortable walking shoes and join our walk leaders for short, sociable walks across different locations in West Lancashire

Walks are open to all, are approximately one hour long and a well-earned ‘cuppa’ awaits you at the end of the walks. You don’t have to book in advance, so come along and get some fresh air into your lungs.

The weekly health walks start again for 2017 from the week beginning 9 January. The meeting points for the walks are as follows:

• Tuesdays, 10am-11am, starting from the bowling pavilion at Richmond Park, Burscough, L40 2XY
• Tuesdays, 10.30 – 11.30am meet at the Visitor Centre at Beacon Country park, Upholland WN8 7RU
• Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm, starting from the bowling pavilion at Coronation Park, Ormskirk, L39 3BY
• Thursdays, 10am-11am from Banks Leisure Centre, Banks, PR9 8BL

Walks will take in a mixture of on-street footways and off-street paths. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather and ground conditions.

For more information about the health walks, please contact Leisure Services on 01695 555804 or 01695 585145.

Skelmersdale junior park run

A new weekly park run has started in Skelmersdale – for juniors aged 4-14.

It is a 2k run held every Sunday at 9am and starts at Nye Bevan Swimming Pool, Concourse Shopping Centre, Southway, Skelmersdale WN8 6LT.

It costs nothing but please register before your first run. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder).

The aim is to have fun – you don’t need to be fast or super fit. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

For more information, go to:

Active West Lancs grants awarded

Active West Lancs has awarded its first grants designed to help groups in West Lancs get people more active

Funding can be applied for a variety of activities such as running free taster sessions, discounting subsequent membership fees for disadvantaged individuals or simply raising the profile of the activities that your organisation runs by improved marketing and publicity campaigns.  All the activity will be aimed at getting more people active and by so doing help to improve either their mental or physical health.

The following organisations have been successful in their applications:

  • Power of Music – has been awarded £500 towards the costs of setting up and running a new Community Choir in Hesketh Bank  This will follow on from the success of the Songbirds Choir which they have run in Ormskirk for the past four years, to provide an opportunity for those in the northern parishes to get active by singing.   For more information contact Jacqui on 07710 756894 or through their website.
  • West Lancs Fencing Club – has been awarded £409 towards the cost of promoting and running seven taster sessions.  These will be aimed at introducing 84 new people to the sport of fencing. For information contact the Club through their website.  For more information, contact the Club Secretary on 07716157904  or go to:

If your group is interested in getting a grant to help people become more active, applications can be made at any time by downloading a simple Active Grants application form here.

To apply for a grant you must be an Active West Lancs Associate Partner organisation.  Apply to be an Associate Partner here.

Dig In newsletter – Community Food Growing project

The December edition of Dig In has just been published!

The newsletter is published by one of Active West Lancs’s partners – the Community Food Growing project – which supports existing allotment sites and community food growing and helps create new ones.  It also encourages the development of school allotments and getting youngsters involved in understanding where the food comes from.

Read December’s newsletter here.

New ‘Move 4 Health’ Class

The Move 4 Health Class runs every Tuesday morning at Greenhill Community Centre from 11am till 12 noon.

The next class is starting again on Tuesday 10th January.

Find out about Move 4 Health here.

Do contact SCFI to book a pre-assessment appointment.

New ’12 Week Challenge’ dates

Fit Play Ormskirk

Fit Play is a project in Ormskirk that offers affordable fitness, health and wellbeing activities for parents with young children with a crèche so they can bring their children with them.

The project offers parents who are usually often isolated and stuck at home with young children the chance to not only build on their fitness and self-esteem, but will also offer the opportunity for their children to play and engage with other children in a safe and appropriate setting.

Fit-Play sessions currently take place at:  NXG Fitness, Unit 1A Malthouse Business Park, Malthouse Business Centre, 48 Southport Rd, Ormskirk Lancs L39 4QZ.

Tel 07511 450 516


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