• Not council's job to act as water debt collector

    THERE have been two letters from Alderman George Stokes printed recently on these pages in which he expressed his concern at the decision by Warrington Borough Council to collect charges for North West Water from council tenants as part of their rent.

  • Rugby remembered

    A MONTH ago you printed a letter in the GUARDIAN, on behalf of myself and Phil Nicholas, of Ebbw Vale, South Wales, requesting photographs of the 1913 Cup Final that both our fathers played in. On the Saturday morning, after the GUARDIAN Converted for

  • Good news

    It was so nice to see a good news story on the GUARDIAN's front page last week. Often we read about families breaking up, so to read about this couple rediscovering their romance was a cheering change. Name and address supplied Converted for the new archive


    SWIMMING champion Dan Wilks has made a major stride in his bid to recover from a serious back injury. The 19-year-old took first place in the 50 metre freestyle and finished third in the 100m freestyle at the Student Nationals in Leeds. It was a big step


    WARRINGTON twin brothers Daniel and Clive Dunbabin are the joint leaders of the 1999 Skoda Trophy one-make rally championship. They took overall victory on the two-day Vauxhall Rally of Wales, the first and second rounds of the series at the weekend.


    Rylands Sharks u7 28 Portico u7 8 THE Sharks' superb defence laid the foundations for this win. Tries came from Daniel Phillips, two, Jason Brookes, two, Jonathan Digby, Jamie Howard, Joe Clarke. Special award winner was Digby. Top tackler was Phillip


    MARQUIS booked their place in Warrington Sunday Soccer League's President's Cup final when they were 3-0 victors over Eight Towers. Ian Wilkinson, Carl Greenwood and Steve Almashoor hit the target in the semi-final. Howley put pressure on top of the table


    WARRINGTON Centre for Gymnasts' total number of national finalists has now hit 20 in four years. Four of the centre's young stars qualified for the nationals in Birmingham in May at the Compulsory Age Group Championships held at Southport on Sunday. Eight-year-olds


    THERE is no stopping Damien Whitehead, who helped Town reach the Second Division Trophy final with two goals at Curzon on Saturday. The Town striker took his total for the season to 34 strikes when he netted twice against Colne in North Western Trains


    Woolston Rovers 22 Queens 12 AN ugly brawl marred Woolston Rovers' passage to the quarter-finals of the BNFL BARLA National Cup on Saturday. A 'free for all' flared at a scrum after 20 minutes with virtually all players involved. Spectators ran on to


    TEENAGE ice hockey wizzard Andrew Marlow is feeling pucker after being called up for the North of England squad. The 13-year-old will travel to Holland at the end of the month to take part in a five nations tournament against Sweden, Germany, France and


    WARRINGTON Wolves' scholarship scheme is shaping up well. Chief scout Jimmy Reader was doing all the recruitment of young players before I came to the club but I felt we had to rationalise a bit. We had our successes with the likes of Lee Penny, Mark


    Bradford Bulls 52 Warrington Wolves 16 THE honeymoon period of Warrington's new era is well and truly over after this disastrous Challenge Cup quarter-finals performance at Odsal Stadium on Sunday. Warrington's impressive three-match unbeaten start to


    WARRINGTON Wolves will be looking to bury the memory of their Odsal Challenge Cup disaster when they entertain unbeaten Castleford Tigers. Coach Darryl Van de Velde, in his search for pre-Bradford form, will juggle around his team for Sunday's first Super

  • Memorial peace walk

    A WARRINGTON peace group is stepping out on a symbolic walk to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Bridge Street bombing. The Community Peace Walkers group was formed in the wake of the atrocity and every year organise the walk to remember those

  • Shopmobility leads the way

    A PIONEERING project which gives people with mobility problems independence is being championed as a model for other towns and cities. Shopmobility, based in Golden Square, provides services from electric scooters to walking sticks - enabling people to

  • Rebuilding of wall of memories

    FAMILIES whose relatives are remembered at Newton Cemetery are being asked to come forward to ensure that the memory of their loved ones will not fade away. A Wall of Remembrance bearing the names of hundreds of people who were cremated is to be demolished

  • Rising sports stars strike gold

    NEWTON's rising sports stars can soon go for gold thanks to a new scheme allowing free use of council leisure facilities. The town's most promising sportsmen and women will be able to apply for gold keycards admitting them to the region's fitness facilities

  • Now Mo starts work on Peace Centre

    MO MOWLAM, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, is returning to Warrington tomorrow, the sixth anniversary of the Bridge Street bombing, to turn the first sod at the site of the town's peace centre. The determined minister has always supported Warrington's

  • Woman's street attack ordeal

    A YOUNG woman was punched in the face and indecently assaulted as she walked home after a night out in Warrington. The 20-year-old victim was attacked by a lone male as she walked along Lord Nelson Street, Howley, at about 2.15am on Sunday. The attacker

  • More than 350 new jobs coming to town

    IT'S A GOOD news week for job-hunters with the announcement of more than 350 new vacancies for Warrington workers. Nearly 300 part-time openings are being made available at the BT call centre at Gemini Business Park - and 80 fresh opportunities are being

  • Police still optimistic man will be indentified

    A HIGH profile appeal to help track down a violent robber who has targeted Warrington's elderly has so far failed to provide any strong leads. Photographic stills were released in the GUARDIAN, as well video footage on regional television, in a bid to

  • Game plan to encourage reading

    EDUCATION chiefs are hoping to score a literary triumph with this month's topic for the National Year of Reading. A range of activities will be taking place to encourage people of all ages to pick up a book or create their own work. Birchwood Leisure

  • Forum test for communities

    PIONEERING work to unite a Warrington community is being carefully watched by borough leaders. Supporters of the Latchford Community Forum - a pilot initiative - say the group has given residents a real voice and given people the chance to meet their

  • Special playroom gives couple new hope for autistic son

    A NEWTON couple say their autistic son's life has been transformed by a special room they have created at home. Nicola and Russell Prior have been fundraising to send four-year-old Curtis to the Option Institute in Sheffield, Massachusetts. The centre

  • Red nose record breaker

    WARRINGTON folk painted the town red last Friday as people played their part in a red nose record-breaker. Comic Relief '99 smashed previous totals collected during previous years' chuckle-a-thons by raising more than £16 million. Young and old made sure

  • Warm welcome for Cold Feet stars

    WARRINGTON is about to become one of the hottest filming locations in the country despite the latest famous visitors getting Cold Feet. Cast and crew from the acclaimed ITV comedy series arrive in town on Monday to start filming the new series. Stars

  • Brenda's plea to send special message to dying friend

    A WOMAN is appealing for help to send a little bit of Warrington to her dying friend on the other side of the world. Brenda Crooks, of Howson Road, Orford, hasn't seen her former work colleague Isabel Spencer for 21 years. The pair were nurses at Winwick

  • Plans to reform housing benefit

    RADICAL reforms planned for the housing benefit system could save Warrington more than £400,000 a year. The Government plans to overhaul the fraud-riddled system in a bid to beat benefit cheats and save the country an estimated £1 billion every year.

  • Clean up needed around superstore

    LAST Saturday we drove home from town (it was a rare visit to Warrington town centre because living in Winwick we find it difficult to get there due to the traffic!) but as we approached Winwick, what do we behold? The eye sore that is the B&Q developments

  • The other side of the postman's tale

    OVER the period of the past three weeks the postal service has come in for some severe criticism in the readers' letters column. I think it is time to redress this issue. Let's look at some facts. Royal Mail is not allowed to deliver before 7.00am. Postmen

  • Night sky should be preserved

    WHY is it, that when someone mentions the Millennium, for the lack of imagination or diversity, all you hear is "Light something up!"? I'm writing in reaction to the letter in the GUARDIAN on February 26, titled "Let There Be Light" where the anonymous

  • Interested in lighting

    I WOULD like "Proud Warringtonian" who wrote regarding "lighting up Kingsway Bridge" in a recent Warrington GUARDIAN, to contact me on the address below as I am also interested in lighting up the bridge. MR E. GREEN 7 Percival Street, Howley, WA1 2JE

  • No water pay choices

    I HAVE received a letter from the Rent Office that from April 5 I will pay my water rates in with my rent. If I don't agree with this I will get my tenancy terminated and be given two weeks notice to quit. Last year I had four ways to pay my water rates

  • Prudent manager of finances

    WARRINGTON Borough Council's Council Tax will increase by 4.3% in April 1999. This compares favourably with the average increase in other authorities. For example, the English Counties will increase by 8.4%, the Metropolitan Authorities 5.7% and London


    WEATHERWISE it could not have been better for anglers at the weekend and Lymm Angling Club's waters fished steady. The usual favourite waters had a lot of attention from members taking advantage of the last couple of days of the season. With the majority

  • 25lb salmon netted from Severn

    THE end of the coarse fishing season on the River Mersey finished with some cracking roach around 10ozs, topped by a specimen fish of 2lbs. I know that there is a lot of natural food in the river so anything is possible on here for Waerrington Anglers


    THE cricket scene in Warrington is set to undergo further upheaval as the North West Counties League amalgamates with the Manchester and District Association. Rylands, Grange, Culcheth Daten and Glazebury will all be effected when play-offs to decide


    RISING karate stars from Warrington became national champions on Sunday as a feast of medals was won by two of the town's top clubs. It just gets better and better for Cheshire Martial Arts' Ross Lawton, the Warrington under 16 Sports Personality of 1998


    Tetley Walker 0 Squires Gate 3 DESPITE dominating for long spells Tetley Walker slumped against high flying Squires Gate at Long Lane on Saturday. It was against the run of play when Squires Gate opened the scoring after 38 minutes. Walker failed to clear


    Rossendale RUFC 8 Warrington RUFC 33 AFTER Warrington Rugby Union side maintained their push for promotion with a comfortable victory at Rossendale on Saturday their attentions are switched to the Lancashire Trophy. On Sunday Warrington entertain Wigan


    IT will be a repeat of last season's GUARDIAN Cup final on Easter Monday as holders Crosfields and Whiston Cross won their semi-final matches. Holders Crosfields beat East Leigh 4-1 thanks to goals from Mark Caven, two, Ian Pickett and Andy Astley. In


    Angling Lymm Angling Club results: Wednesday's Old Quay Canal match: 1, Phil Unsworth, 7lbs 6ozs 0drms; 2, Dennis Knight, 5-3-8; 3, Dave Forbes, 4-11-0; 4, Dave Machin, 4-9-2. Thursday's Sankey Canal match, Tip Road: 1, Dave Machin, 4-14-12; 2, Ray Boden


    PREVIOUSLY undefeated world title kick boxing hope Warren Brown was sensationally overturned by a fellow Warrington fighter in a major upset at the weekend. Relatively little known 19-year-old Mark Matthews, in only his sixth professional fight, took


    WARRINGTON Sports Personality of the Year Mark Kinch got to grips with The Grisly as he warms up for his defence of the British Fell Running Championship. The Bingley Harriers runner from Padgate fancied his chances at The Grisly, reputed to be one of


    WARRINGTON coach Darryl Van de Velde said after Sunday's shocker at Bradford that his side's season will not collapse on the back of the disappointing defeat. He said: "It hasn't broken our back. It's history now, gone!" The Australian pointed out that

  • £100,000 lottery cash will help victims of violence

    A PROJECT aimed at tackling domestic violence has hit the jackpot after scooping a huge grant from the National Lottery. The Warrington Domestic Violence Forum has been granted almost £100,000 from the Lottery's Charities' Board to fund its work over

  • Back on track

    COMMUTERS in north Warrington may soon be able to let the train take the strain if plans for a new railway station are approved by council bosses. Proposals have been made to reopen Kenyon Junction railway station, Wilton Lane, and to build a link road

  • Club's tribute to biker Eric

    BIKERS from Warrington paid a special two-wheeled charity tribute to a former member in aid of St Roccos. The BFA Motorcycle Club raised £800 for the hospice in memory of keen biker Eric Jones, who died suddenly from cancer last year. Club member Brian

  • Horror road crash on Mother's Day

    A MOTORCYCLIST died and a 56-year Warrington woman was trapped in a car after a horror crash on Mothering Sunday. Firefighters from Stockton Heath cut the woman free from a red Audi car, which was involved in a head-on collision with a Honda bike on the

  • River of Life honoured

    WARRINGTON'S distinctive River of Life has been honoured in a national award ceremony. The Civic Trust Awards, announced last night at a function in London, acknowledge the best in British architecture and design. And the town's tribute to Warrington

  • Chairman defends new home plan at Peel Hall site

    CONTROVERSIAL attempts to build hundreds of homes at a wildlife haven have been defended by a planning chief. Proposals to create up to 1,100 homes at the massive Peel Hall site, off Radley Lane, Hougton Green, home to the greater crested newt and the

  • Close shave is a snip too far

    A TEENAGER'S Red Nose Day stunt landed him in hot water with his school. Robert Taylor, of Manchester Road, Vulcan Village, had joked with teachers about shaving his head for Comic Relief. The 15-year-old went ahead and cropped off his locks drumming

  • Mad hair day raises £125 for Comic relief

    WACKY wigs and manic mohicans were the order of the day at Newton District Junior School last Friday. More than 400 children joined staff to raise £125 for Comic Relief when the school held a Mad Hair Day to tie in with the TV chuckle-athon. A school

  • Great family day out at Town show

    COMMUNITY organisers are promising a spectacular family day out at the 37th Newton Town Show. The event, now scheduled for Saturday, August 14, will begin with a carnival procession around Newton, ending at St Aeldred's school field. On the field will

  • Lady luck strikes at Glazebrook store

    A NEWSAGENT provided a whole lotto luck for one fortunate customer - in her 13th week in the job! Magic must have been in the air when shopkeeper Carole Ogden - just minutes before the National Lottery's deadline - sold a ticket which earned Marjorie

  • Pounding the streets of London

    A CULCHETH teacher will be taking to the streets of London to raise money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Brian Malone, a science teacher at Culcheth High School, has overcome a knee injury to take part in this year's marathon. He has been

  • Don't suffer in silence - Lifeline can help

    DRUGS - it is a word that every parent dreads and a subject that can be as difficult to talk about with children as the birds and the bees. Drugs are something that are always in our consciousness. We are surrounded by horror stories of the latest recreational

  • Dear Devena, It's been a long time...

    PEN-PALS who lost touch nearly 30 years ago can now begin their transatlantic correspondence once again - thanks to GUARDIAN Midweek readers. Our story last week told how American letter writer Devena Cook wanted to trace Doreen Massey, who she had exchanged

  • ID card plan for young people

    COUNCIL chiefs are considering introducing a proof of age card for young people to help cut illegal sales of age restricted products. The scheme would involve teenagers carrying a picture identity card that could be produced when trying to buy products

  • Hospital set for more A & E cash

    WARRINGTON Hospital's Accident and Emergency Department is to get a further cash boost from the Government. The cash is part of the £80 million new money for health announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown in last week's budget. This is the second grant for

  • When wind is in the wrong direction...

    VISITORS to Warrington Hospital may have problems parking their cars - because of the wrong type of rain! It appears that the hospital's pay and display machines just don't seem to like the North West's normal climate conditions - wet and windy. Car users

  • 'No further action' against dismissed governor

    A GOVERNOR at Warrington's "boot camp" for young offenders has been sacked from his post after allegations of fraudulent expenses claims at another prison. Liam Doyle was dismissed from his position within Thorn Cross's High Intensity Training department

  • Euro MP welcomes resignation

    WARRINGTON'S Euro MP has welcomed the resignation of the entire European Commission. Brian Simpson described the mass resignation as a victory for the democratically elected European Parliament and said the Commission had no alternative. The whole Commission

  • Jobs go at Central Station

    JOB losses at Central Station have been heavily criticised by borough councillors and union officials who say cuts will mean a worse service for travellers. Three station staff will go following a decision by operator First North Western to axe more than

  • Cash gifts in memory of Callum help newborns

    DONATIONS in memory of baby Callum are to be used to give seriously ill children a chance of life. The newborn boy's death a year ago moved many residents to donate cash to help pay for a proper funeral service. Callum was finally laid to rest at an emotional

  • Pupils building bridges with Ireland

    PADGATE schoolchildren have been building bridges with their Irish counterparts on an exchange trip to Londonderry. The team of 19 pupils from St Oswald's Primary School met children from a protestant and catholic school on the three day trip to the St

  • Making a new base is child's play!

    BLUEPRINTS for an Orford supercentre - where youngsters can work, rest and play - have become a reality. Young minds have been working overtime to help create a new base for the Children's Society - brainstorming about everything from the carpets right

  • Students press for more youth action

    WARRINGTON'S abundance of pubs and clubs have come under scrutiny from students at Sir Thomas Boteler High School. The Year 10 Youth Action group, with the help of teacher Nick Thomson, surveyed the town centre to highlight the number of nightspots and