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Notice of Period for the Exercise of Public Rights Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2018

Rainhill Parish Council's Annual Governance and Accountability Return needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounting records for the financial year. Please click the links below for the relevant documents.

Annual Internal Audit Report; Annual Governance Statement; and Accounting Statement
Notice of Public Rights 2018.
Summary of Electors Rights.

Fatal Shooting on St.Helens Linkway 5.5.18

The Parish Council have spoken with Merseyside Police regarding the shooting incident on the linkway on Saturday 5th May. It has been confirmed that there are not considered to be wider public safety issues.

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.

Merchant Navy Day - Flag Hoisting Ceremony

This year Merchant Navy Day was commemorated on 3rd September. All local authorities were invited to fly the Red Ensign to show support for the seafarers on which the UK depends.

Rainhill Parish Council held a flag hoisting ceremony at St.Ann’s Church, View Road, Rainhill on Friday 1st September 2017, to raise public awareness of our ongoing reliance on seafarers and shipping.

The Parish Council would like to thank all those who supported the event, especially guest speakers Canon Rev Bob Evans and John Wilson, and Rev J Williams.

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

Good Citizenship Award 2017/18

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 2018 “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 2017 nominations is 17th 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.

Design a New Logo for Rainhill Parish Council

As part of our preparation for the Rocket 190 celebrations, a competition was held to design a visually strong logo for the Parish Council, reflecting our railway heritage.

The closing date for entries has now passed and submissions are being considered. Our thanks go to all those who entered.

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. 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.

What's On at Rainhill Library

Another year is upon us and the library remains busy as ever, being a focal point in the community. Events for both young and old, including the introduction of Bears Reading Adventures, “Storytellers Aloud” sessions, Homework Club, and on-line magazines and comics, means Rainhill Library is a busy, vibrant place where you can be sure of a warm welcome, a great read and the chance to try something new.

Call and see us to find out more or see our leaflet.

For further information, call 01744 677822 or email rainhilllibrary@sthelens.gov.uk.

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.

Changes to Bus Services

Following the Liverpool City Region strategic bus network review, Rainhill Parish Council have received several complaints about the withdrawal of service 137, which provided a direct link between Rainhill Stoops and St.Helens Town Centre. An objection has been submitted to Merseytravel on resident’s behalf, to be taken into consideration at the post implementation review. The response received from Merseytravel can be viewed here.

If residents wish to make similar objections they should be made to:

Post: Jeanette Townson, Bus Development Manager, Merseytravel, Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
Email: jeanette.townson@merseytravel.gov.uk

Christmas Lights Switch On 2016

The 2016 Christmas Lights Switch On Event took place on Friday 25th November. The lights were switched on by Cllr Jim Carroll, Chair to the Parish Council at 4.30pm, followed by a performance of Christmas songs by St.Ann's School Choir. The Parish Council would like to thank all those involved in making this a successful event and to all who supported it.

Rainhill Parish Council Accounts - Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Notice is hereby given that the audit for the year end 31 March 2016 was completed on 12 August 2016. The accounts are now available for inspection by local electors in accordance with Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountablility Act 2014. The annual return, including the external auditor's certificate, together with the notice of conclusion of audit can be found below, in accordance with Section 13 (1) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015.

Anyone wishing to view the accounts should contact the Clerk to Rainhill Parish Council, on tel. 07565 524414 or email rainhillpc@hotmail.co.uk.

Click on the following links to view:
Completed Annual Return 2016
Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2016
Issues arising report 2016

Opening of Rainhill Gala

Rainhill Parish Councillor, Trisha Long, opened the Bank Holiday event in beautiful sunshine.

Councillor Long commented:

“The Gala is a fantastic demonstration of what makes Rainhill such a great place to live. On behalf of the Parish Council, I would like thank the businesses, voluntary bodies and, of course the Gala committee and volunteers who made it all possible.”

Councillor Long, who is a Head of Learner Services and Safeguarding at Knowsley Community College is a long-standing Rainhill resident.

Parish Council Chair 2017/18

At the Annual Meeting of Rainhill Parish Council on 15th May 2017 Cllr Jim Carroll completed his one year term of office, and thanked the Council for its support. Cllr Trisha Long was elected as the new Chair.

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.