Learn­ing more at li­braries

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

ON Tues­day, Septem­ber 19 I was in­vited to an open evening at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic En­gi­neer­ing Col­lege in Skelmers­dale.

It was great to meet the staff and to see the dif­fer­ent fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in school.

At this time of year par­ents and Year 6 chil­dren are in­vited into sec­ondary schools as they choose which school to attend from next Septem­ber.

Here in West Lan­cashire, we have ex­cel­lent schools with a ded­i­cated work­force who can of­fer great ad­vice and sup­port. This is an im­por­tant de­ci­sion for these chil­dren and it’s great that par­ents can attend schools be­fore de­cid­ing.

On Satur­day, Septem­ber 23 we at­tended a Dis­trict Gath­er­ing of Orm­skirk Scout Group’s week­end camp at Rock & River in Mawd­s­ley.

My wife and I re­ally en­joyed our visit.

It was great so see hun­dreds of chil­dren from across the area tak­ing part in a whole range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing canoeing, rock climb­ing, high ropes and archery.

Well done to the or­gan­is­ers for put­ting on such a su­perb camp and pro­vid­ing so much for the chil­dren to en­joy.

Later on we at­tended the 50th An­niver­sary Steam Gala at West Lan­cashire Light Rail­way Trust in Hes­keth Bank.

It was great to meet the trustees and vol­un­teers who have so worked hard to main­tain these lo­co­mo­tives and equip­ment for peo­ple to en­joy.

The event was very busy with plenty to see and do for all the fam­ily.

I wish them well in the fu­ture with their work.

LAN­CASHIRE li­braries will be tak­ing part in a week-long cel­e­bra­tion of li­braries from Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 9 to Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14.

Li­braries around the county will take the op­por­tu­nity dur­ing the week to demon­strate the ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties they of­fer, in­clud­ing show­cas­ing their dig­i­tal re­sources, learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

This year’s theme of dis­cov­ery aims to en­cour­age peo­ple to learn some­thing new at their lo­cal branch.

A num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties will also take place as part of the event, in­clud­ing a chance to find out about the on­line Red Rose Col­lec­tions, where you can ex­plore images of Lan­cashire peo­ple, places and events.

County Cllr Peter Buck­ley, Lan­cashire County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity and cul­tural ser­vices, said: “We’re tak­ing part in the na­tional week to cel­e­brate all that we of­fer in our muchloved li­braries. I hope that peo­ple see this as an op­por­tu­nity to take a fresh look at their lo­cal li­brary, dis­cover what’s on of­fer and en­cour­age their friends and fam­ily to do the same.”

You can call in at your lo­cal li­brary to find out more in­for­ma­tion about Li­braries Week, and events and ac­tiv­i­ties that are tak­ing place.

Or you can visit www.lan­cashire. gov.uk/li­braries-and-archives or call 0300 123 6703.

Li­braries Week is sup­ported by the UK’s li­brary and in­for­ma­tion as­so­ci­a­tion, CILIP, the Arts Coun­cil, the So­ci­ety of Chief Li­brar­i­ans, the Read­ing Agency, the School Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion and the Li­braries Task­force.

Any­one who lives or works in Lan­cashire can join a Lan­cashire li­brary, ei­ther on­line or by vis­it­ing in per­son.

Mem­ber­ship is free and there are no age re­stric­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.lan­cashire.gov.uk/li­braries or call 0300 123 6703.

The Mayor and May­oress at the scout week­end camp in Mawd­s­ley

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