Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 21, 2018

20 Years Of West Lancashire Pensioners’ Forum Dignity

On Tuesday 19 June the West Lancashire Pensioners’ Forum (WLPF)  celebrated 20 years of dignified representation of, and campaigning for, older people in West Lancashire. They did so in the presence of some special guests, Councillor Joan Burrows, Older Persons Champion for Lancashire, LCC/WLBC Nikki Hennessy, and LCC/WLBC Terry Aldridge. In the past year they have supported us by approving our grant applications which have helped to keep our very popular group solvent and enabling the afternoon to be a gift to our members. as a ‘thank you’ for their constant support.

As Veronica Prescott, Secretary of the Forum said, “the Forum, which was originally founded by Mr Charlie Denton, met in St Anne’s Parochial Hall to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, provided by two very funny ladies ‘Senior Moments’, delicious food from “Yummies”, followed by bingo, a raffle and a quiz.

“We also received a £600 Grant towards the event from The John Laing Foundation and were extremely grateful to have been awarded this funding. Full marks too to Father Godric of St. Anne’s who allows the group to meet there free of charge. It was a very successful afternoon and we are already planning another trip in September”.

Margaret Boulton is Chair of the Forum, supported by Veronica as Secretary, Reg Prescott as Treasurer, Thelma Culshaw vice Chair, Shirley Hughes vice Sec, and Jim Bevan our past Treasurer, all on our current Committee. The vice Treasurer is Stella Connor who provides a special link to the past, as she is the daughter of founder the late Charlie Denton. 

It’s worth remembering some events the WLPF was involved with, especially fighting against the disgraceful removal of the travel concession that led to a four-fold increase in Dial a Ride and the start of social isolation for many elderly and disabled residents.

WLPF also supported the joint campaign with Rosie Cooper MP for a cemetery and crematorium provision in West Lancashire, raising the 2,000+ name petition. As Rosie said “I welcome the hard work and effort of West Lancashire Pensioners Forum to raise awareness of this awful situation”

. This pic of the dignitaries is by Roger Blaxall who attended to report the event in his own inimitable QLocal style. We hope the WLPF continues for another 20 years.

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