Learning more at libraries
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.