Dear Parishioners

Last week someone brought to my intention a cutting from the local paper about what could happen in Ormskirk if we do not express our views. Another parishioner has drafted the following for your consideration.

West Lancashire Borough Council is currently consulting the public on a review of its policy for the licensing of sex establishments. Parliament has made it lawful to operate a sex establishment, and a national licencing scheme has been created for applications to set up any of these businesses, which include sex shops, sex cinemas, lap dancing bars and live sex shows.

The Council policy at the moment has set a limit of zero such establishments, However, it is now canvassing public views on its new proposed policy, which remains largely unchanged.

The only thing needed for evil to succeed, is for good people to do nothing, so now is the time for individual Catholic voices to be heard. The revised policy can be found on Go to 'consultations under way' and click "sex establishment policy". Thankfully the council wants to keep a zero limit, but they need public feedback to justify this. No doubt there will be people who want to see such places in Ormskirk.

To make your views known, email or write to West Lancashire Borough Council, Licensing service, Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 8EE. The person dealing with this matter is Mr. Paul Charlson. Time is short, as the consultation period closes on 29 September 2017.

There are many empty shops in Ormskirk. If you would rather not see one (or more) of them occupied with this type of business please feel free to make your views known to the Council.

The Council will not take a moral stance on this matter, but they will take into account detrimental effects on children and young adults, damage to the character of the Borough, exploitation and reinforcing of damaging stereotypes, and that it could prevent further commercial potential in the area.

Be Brief - Be Polite - But Be Heard

Godric OSB

Advance Notice!

Next month we shall be holding a series of hour long sessions for anybody who is interested in knowing more about the Catholic Church. We shall distribute a leaflet inviting people to come along to a first gathering on Wednesdays 18 October in St. Anne's Pastoral Centre. Please share this information with friends, family members - anyone you think might be interested.

Live Simply - Grow a Garden

The Scouts have begun to turn a plot of derelict land at the side of the Parish Centre into a garden. The plot is all enclosed -a walled garden that can be seen from the windows of the lounge - and full of sun. Click here for further information.

Ormskirk Catenians Annual Clergy Night

Ormskirk Catenians hosted their ever popular annual Clergy night at Hurlston Hall. Attracting 30 local Priests and 35 Ormskirk Circle members. Bishop John Rawsthorne was the Principal Guest speaker, John originally from Crosby studied at St Josephs Collage in Upholland and was ordained in June 1962. John was appointed the Bishop of Hallam( Sheffield) Diocese in 1977. on his 75th birthday in 2011 in accordance with canon law John offered his resignation as Bishop of Hallam to Pope Benedict XVl but was refused and remained in office until official retirement in 2014.

(picture from left to right: Ormskirk President Tony Charnock, Bishop John Rawsthorne, Ormskirk St Anne's Priest Father Godric, Ormskirk Vice President John Gannon)


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23 Prescot Road, Ormskirk, Lancs, L39 4TG
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