Maghull – Alan Charnock RIP

Having read in this week’s edition of the Aintree & Maghull Champion that Alan Charnock had passed away my thoughts went back to 2012 when I nominated him for Maghull’s Civic Award. Here’s the nomination detail:-

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Nomination of Mr Alan R Charnock for Maghull’s Civic Award

Alan has been involved in helping to run Maghull & Lydiate Homewatch for many years and has been its Chairman/Leader/Coordinator for a long time. He cares about our community and always tries his best to help and support it.

If the Council chooses to honour Alan with its Civic Award it will also be saying a big thank you to the many volunteers who have worked alongside Alan over many years to try to make our community safer and raise awareness of the things that householders can do to make their homes more secure. Presently there are 4,618 households that are members of Homewatch across Maghull & Lydiate; a significant proportion of our local community.

Homewatch is a vital part in making Maghull a pleasant community where people want to come alive and we can be rightly proud of the work of our local group.

Under Alan’s Chairmanship Maghull & Lydiate Homewatch has thrived and unlike many other similar groups operating under Homewatch/Neighbourhood Watch banner they have consistently and regularly delivered Homewatch newsletters to as many local properties as they can year in year out.

Alan has often approached councillors for help and advice or sometimes funding to assist with a Homewatch project such as Smartwater protection for the homes of elderly residents.

By the time the Civic Award Committee meets to decide on this year’s award Alan will have retired as our Homewatch Chairman at his Association’s October AGM.

But Alan has been involved in other community issues as well. His long term friend John Johnson (himself a local C of E lay preacher, Scout Master and volunteer for Sefton based charity Autism Initiatives) tells me that:-

* Alan has previously fund raised for Guide Dogs for Blind in Maghull by organising raffles, sponsored walks etc. with at least 8 guide dogs being handed over. The former Everest Pub displayed photo’s of Alan’s endeavours for this charity.

* Alan successfully worked to try to resolve problems with the A59 underpass.

* Alan is a life Governor of the RNLI

I think that to present him with Maghull’s Civic Award in his retiring year from Homewatch would be a fitting tribute to someone who really does fit into the ‘Mr Maghull’ category for his hard work and dedication to our community.

Cllr. Tony Robertson
1st October 2012

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History tells us that Alan did indeed win the Civic Award that year and his name is on the honours board in the Council Chamber of Maghull Town Hall.

I also recall Alan, as does Keith Page, from his Friday evening visits with a group of friends to the Derby Arms Pub where we often had a laugh and a joke with him about many things. And talking of pubs Alan would regularly have a meal at the Stanley Arms and I know how the staff there looked after him especially in his latter years when he was far from well.

RIP Alan, ‘a quiet guy who just got on with what he had to do and was respected in the community’ to quote his friend John Johnson who gave me background information in 2012 that I included in the Civic Award nomination.

Maghull – So who were/are the people who have made a difference to the community and won the Town’s Civic Award?

Two honours boards in the Council Chamber of Maghull Town Hall tell part of the story about who has won the Town’s Civic Award since its inception in 1981. But for how many of those winners do I know the reason why they won the award (as the boards do not give such detail)? Here’s a couple of photos of the boards – Click on each board to see it enlarged:-

Well here goes with my recollections:-

Neil Burslem –
Anthony J Brooks –
Joseph Fay – For his long membership/service to Maghull Town Band
Mark Thompson –
Arthur Dwyer – heavily involved with the youth at St. Andrews Church – Sunday School and Scouting. Also a Burma Star Veteran *
Elizabeth Supple –
Patricia Minshull –
Joan Currall – for her Guiding work where she was County Commissioner *
Andrew Settle –
Mable Lone – For her work with the former Maghull Pensioners Association
Patricia Donnelly –
George Parker – For his volunteer work for Maghull Air Training Corps ATC
Stephen Quilliam – For his volunteer work with Maghull St. John Ambulance
David Fearn – For his volunteer work with Maghull British Legion
Eric Deacon – For his Lifesaving swimming tuition
Arthur Bailey – For his campaign to stop the demolition of the former Whinbrook House old peoples home
Jacqueline Whalley –
Nicola Smith – for her volunteer work with Maghull & District Youth Council and Maghull Youth Coffee Bar
Tim Ashley – For his volunteer work with the Scouts
Pamela Edwards – Helping to set up a nursery within Woodend Primary School
Dr. John Rowlands – For his work as a local historian publishing local history books
John Johnson – For his work as Chair of Governors at Deyes High & Lay Preacher at St. Andrews Church *
James T Baldwin – For his volunteer work with St. John Ambulance
Paul & Sue Clare – For their volunteer work with the Scouting movement *
Alan Bentley –
Mark Andrew Thomas –
George Baker – For is volunteer work with Maghull in Bloom
Nigel Winchester – For his work with Maghull Station Volunteers
Bill Howarth – For his volunteer work with Maghull University of the 3rd Age
Liam Cunningham – For his work with local youth
Steven Heron –
Alan Charnock – For his volunteer work with Maghull 7 Lydiate Homewatch
Lynn Billingham – For her many years volunteering in the swimming and lifesaving arena *
Anne & John Hill – For their volunteer work with Maghull in Bloom
Year 6 Pupils at At Andrews C of E Primary School –
David Hughes –

So the question is can you fill in the gaps i.e. tell me what good works the people did that I can’t personally recall the detail of? Any additional information I receive will lead to another blog posting as all these people certainly did more than their bit for my former home town of Maghull.

Comments can be left on this blog site or you can e-mail me at t3robertson@gmail.com

* Stop Press – Many thanks to Mary and Mike who have separately provided information which has enabled me to add to the list above in respect of Lynn Billingham and Sue and Paul Clare.

Thanks also to Eileen Pritchard for her information about Arthur Dwyer, Joan Currall and John Johnson.

Maghull – Two ‘In-Bloomers’ get Civic Award – £6,000 for Woodlands Charity

Thursday evening last saw Maghull Town Council run its annual Civic Awards night and a good time was had by all.

The evening started off with Maghull’s Mayor, Joan Deegan, presenting Woodlands Hospice with a cheque for £6,000 from her fund raising activities.

This year the winners of the Civic Award were husband and wife team Anne and John Hill who do a great deal for Maghull in Bloom.

I have known this dynamic pair for a number of years so was delighted to both nominate them for the award and to hear that my fellow councillors had supported the nomination. In accepting the award from the Town Mayor Joan Deegan John Hill said that they saw it as an award for all the Maghull in Bloom volunteers. He is of course right as it is team work that brings success year upon year for this excellent community group.

They are pictured her left to right – Madeleine & John Harrison, Doreen Prescott, John and Anne Hill – celebrating with fellow In Bloomer Volunteers.

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And the Maghull volunteers also won a gold medal at the North West in Bloom awards for 2014!