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Be Aware of Scam Mail

Royal Mail have asked for the Parish Council’s help to raise awareness of scam mail in the local community. This type of mail is illegal and targets the most vulnerable in society. Please see the details provided for further information.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit of Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2018

The audit of accounts for Rainhill Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been completed and the accounts have been published. The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Rainhill Parish Council. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounting records for the financial year. Please click the links below for the relevant documents.

Notice of Conclusion 2018.
Annual Internal Audit Report; Annual Governance Statement; and Accounting Statement
External Auditors Report 2018.

Paper copies are available to inspect between the hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, on application to:
Gillian Pinder
Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to Rainhill Parish Council
12 Toftwood Gardens
L35 0QX
Copies will be provided to any person on payment of 10p for each page of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return.

Merchant Navy Day - Flag Hoisting Ceremony 2018

This year Merchant Navy Day will be commemorated on 3rd September.

Rainhill Parish Council are organising a flag hoisting ceremony to mark the occasion. The ceremony will be held around the flag pole at St.Ann’s Church, View Road, Rainhill, starting at 6.00pm weather permitting. (If inclement, we will transfer the ceremony to inside the Church). The ceremony is scheduled to last no longer than 30 minutes followed by a small tea and coffee reception in St.Ann’s Millennium Centre, with donations going to Seafarers UK. Everyone is welcome to join in.

If you would like further details about the campaign please click here

Heritage Open Day, Rainhill Library, September 2018

There are some great events planned at Rainhill Library to celebrate Heritage Open Days. including two local author talks. Please see the attached leaflets for details.

St Helens: The Great and the Good (and a few of the not so good!) - A talk by the author Brian Leyland, 5.9.18
The History of Oakdene Hospital by Rainhill Civic Society, 13.9.18.
Community Archives Scanning.

Something Spooky in the Garden 2018

Rainhill Eco Garden will be hosting an event on Sunday 28th October 2018, 5.00-6.00pm to mark Halloween.

See poster for more details.

Warrington Road improvement works commence on Monday 6.8.18

Motorists who use A57 Warrington Road, Rainhill are advised to plan alternative routes, as road works begin at the junction with Longton Lane and Old Lane on Monday 6 August, lasting four weeks.

Plans to widen lanes as part of a traffic signal and junction improvement scheme mean that cabling and utilities under the road must be diverted, resulting in four weeks of closures at the junction. Diversionary signs will be in place throughout.

St.Helens Council apologises for any inconvenience these remedial works may cause.

If you have any queries regarding these works please contact St Helens Council on 01744 676789 or email roadworks@sthelens.gov.uk, quoting reference LA283723.

Car Sales Business, Station Street, Rainhill

It has been brought to the Parish Council's attention that a new car sales business has appeared adjacent to Rainhill Railway Station. Cllr Joe DeAsha has reported this to St.Helens Council to investigate the potential breach of planning regulations. We will keep you informed of any progress with the investigations.

Village Hall Improvements Begin

Refurbishment work at Rainhill Village Hall has started. The works funded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund will see the central heating boiler replaced, the heating system upgraded, and the fascias and soffits replaced. For details of the refurbishment, please see the Village Hall's press release.

UK Government Smart Meters Rollout 2020

The UK Government plans to have all homes and businesses installed with smart meters through their national rollout that is currently in progress. In conjunction with the smart meter authorities nationwide, we are working to ensure that all residents have all the up to date information available to give you a more informed idea of your options. The Government have issued two guides: one to domestic , and one for non-domestic smart meters, which provide further information.

Christmas Lights Switch On 2017

The 2017 Christmas Lights Switch On Event took place on Friday 24th November. The lights were switched on by Cllr Trisha Long, Chair to the Parish Council, followed by a performance of Christmas songs by Oakdene School Choir.

The Parish Council would like to thank Oakdene School for their brilliant performance, Councillor Terry Shields for his help and the Victoria Hotel.

Good Citizenship Award 2018/19

In 2001 the Parish Council introduced a "Good Citizenship Award". The award has been a great success in as much as it rightly recognises those Rainhill residents who contribute so much to our community.

The Parish Council are seeking nominations for the 2019 “Good Citizenship Award”. Any resident, voluntary organisation, or indeed individual members of organisations, may make nominations provided the official nomination form is used.

The closing date for 2019 nominations is 16th November. Please telephone 07565 524414 or send an email to rainhillpc@hotmail.co.uk, if you require further details about this award.

To see the roll of honour of previous winners please visit our Good Citizenship page in the Rainhill tab.

St.Helens Council Local Plan Preferred Options Consultation

As you will be aware consultation on the St.Helens Council Local Plan Preferred Options closed on 30th January 2017. The Parish Council would like to thank all residents who forwarded copies of their comments or attended the Parish Council Meeting. A letter was forwarded to St.Helens Council, reiterating the views of residents, see below.

Letter to St.Helens.

Celebrate the 190th Anniversary of the Rainhill Trials

The Rainhill Trials 200 Group, which is a partnership between Rainhill Parish Council and Rainhill Railway & Heritage Society, are preparing a programme of events centred around the Whit weekend, 25th-27th May 2019, to celebrate the 190th anniversary of the Rainhill Locomotive Trials.

A meeting has been held with local organisations, and there is great community support for the event.

Please see the presentation of progress so far.
If you would like to become involved in this exciting opportunity to celebrate Rainhill’s unique place in history, please contact Gillian, the Parish Clerk, on 07565 524414 or rainhillpc@hotmail.co.uk.

Police Launch Messaging Service

The Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a new free community messaging service which allows the public to receive personalised news and crime updates in their local area. 'MerseyNow' will be used to send out appeals, crime prevention messages, offer support to victims and give advice about ongoing incidents. Members of the public can register for the free service and then control the way in which they receive messages - either via text, email or voice message. They can also choose which updates they receive based on the topics that are of interest to them, such as crime prevention and burglaries. It is also possible to choose how many areas they wish to receive information about such as where a relative lives, a school or workplace. Accounts can be managed online so preferences and information access can by updated any time. To register all that is needed is either an email address or a mobile number. Register for free today: (http://www.merseynow.org)

Election of Parish Councillors 2015

The Returning Officer for St Helens has confirmed that all candidates nominated for each of the Wards covered by Rainhill Civil Parish have been elected as Parish Councillors without contest. The relevant notice for each ward has been displayed on the Parish Council Noticeboard and is available here by clicking on the link.


Armed Forces Community Covenant

Rainhill Parish Council has signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant. Copies are available by contacting the Clerk. Rainhill Parish Council also supports Armed Forces Day, for further information on events and how you can support Armed Forces Day go to: (www.armedforcesday.org.uk)

Annual Parish Meeting 2017

The 2017 Annual Parish Meeting for the Township of Rainhill was held in Rainhill Village Hall on Wednesday 26th April 2017. A copy of the draft minutes is available from the Parish Clerk on request, or can be downloaded from the meetings page.

Rainhill Sustainable ECO Garden Project

Rainhill ECO community group secured funding for the development with significant grants from Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority/Veolia Environmental Services and Cory Environmental Trust, along with funding from Rainhill Rotary, Rainhill Parish Council, Rainhill Councillor Improvement Fund and others.

The garden was officially opened on Sunday 2nd November 2014 by Mr Andy Reid, and is now available for use. Rainhill ECO are always looking for more volunteers to help with the garden project, so please get in touch if you would like to find out how to get involved. Their email address is rainhillecogarden@outlook.com

Selected Older News

Cathy Wilson Memorial Plaque

A short ceremony took place at the disabled access gate at Rainhill Railway Station on Friday 21st September 2012 to unveil a plaque placed on the disabled access gate in memory of the late Cllr Cathy Wilson and of her work on behalf of the disabled and in particular in improving disabled access at the station. Cllr Lynn Glover said a few words by the plaque where family members had gathered together with other members of the Parish Council and representatives of local groups that Cathy had been associated with.

Mike Doyle Arts Centre

Cllr Julia Doyle was guest of honour and opened the Mike Doyle Arts Centre at Rainhill High School on 19th October 2011. The Parish Council Chair, Cllr Lynn Glover, and other members of the Parish Council also attended the event.

Water Tower at Turris Heah

On 15th October 2010 the Parish Council was successful in preventing the loss of part of Rainhill's heritage by getting the Water Tower at Turris Heah listed, at designation Grade II, by English Heritage.

Rainhill War Memorial

On 21st August 2010 representatives of the Parish Council attended a rededication service at Rainhill War Memorial. The Parish Council has provided a new plaque to remember those who have died while serving in the forces since WWII. The name of A/CPO Simon Roger Owen, who died while serving in The Gulf in 2004, has been included on the plaque.