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Creative Writing Course

The course got off to a flying start with 21 people attending many more than had been expected.

We were asked by the tutor Marion McCraith what experience we had in creative writing and what we wanted to get out of the course.  Some participants had written  plays, short stories, magazine articles and a few had even published novels.   Others found their experience was restricted to writing for themselves or perhaps family members.  Everyone wanted to develop their writing skills and hoped the course would encourage them to be more ambitious.

Family History Course. Possible change of date from 11th to 18th January

Due to building works Hornby Institute may be closed  during the first and  the second week in January 2018  which means moving the start date of the Family History Course from the 11th to the 18th January ( at the time of writing this is not certain).

 Therefore If you are interested in the Family History Course please register with Hornby Institute  on 015242 22227 and check the start date.

In The Know – Action Fraud – Your Chance To Surrender Unwanted Firearms

People in Lancashire are being urged to hand in guns and ammunition as part of a nation-wide firearms surrender which runs from 13-26 November 2017.

The surrender will run for two weeks, during which weapons can be surrendered at six Lancashire Police stations – Blackburn, Burnley, Blackpool, Lancaster, Skelmersdale and Preston.

During the last gun surrender in April 2016, 139 firearms were handed in; amongst them shotguns and rifles as well as high powered air weapons and ammunition. Officers are hoping for a similar success this year.

They say some people may hold firearms in innocence or ignorance of their illegality; or they may have older items in their homes which have been overlooked or forgotten. These can still be lethal if they get into the wrong hands so officers are encouraging people to take this opportunity to dispose of any firearms or ammunition they may have, however old.

Surrendering unwanted, unlicensed weapons avoids the risk of them becoming involved in criminality and means that members of the community can dispose of firearms in a safe place.

Anyone handing over firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous.

Superintendent Julian Platt from Lancashire Constabulary said: “Our aim is to keep Lancashire safe which we will do by working with partners and our local communities to prevent and detect crime.

“This nationwide surrender is a very good example of how members of the public can directly help us prevent harm to our local communities by removing the risk of weapons getting into the wrong hands.

“We want as many weapons as possible and would encourage people to use this opportunity to hand them in. We’d also encourage anyone who knows about weapons being kept illegally to tell us anonymously where there are and potentially help save a life.”

Supt Platt concluded: “One weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm or threaten our communities. We will use all of the powers and information available to us to locate this criminality and put a stop to it for good.”

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I fully support Lancashire Constabulary in their campaign to remove dangerous firearms from our streets

“There are a number of reasons that people may find themselves with a firearm they should not have, whether through inheritance or legally owned guns they have no more use for, and this is an opportunity to dispose of them safely.

“I am committed to tackling violent crime and ensuring residents feel safe and secure in their communities. Handing in these potentially fatal weapons is an important step and I would urge residents to make the right decision and hand over any illegal firearms they are in possession of.”

Weapons and ammunition should be surrendered at the designated local police stations but people are advised to check opening times first by visiting Lancashire.police/uk. Anyone who is physically unable to get to a station can call 101 for advice.

If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, report it online at it or call 101.

To find out more about the surrender please visit our website

Flower Club – 7th December

Our last session before Christmas is on Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm in Hornby Institute.  Our demonstrator is Ros Harrison who is going to ‘unwrap Christmas’  sounds interesting.  Do come along and enjoy the evening.

Cost £4.00   Refreshments.   Raffle

The Hornby Singers

Meet every Tuesday evening at 7.00pm – 9.00 pm in Hornby Institute. New members always welcome.   No audition, ability to read music not necessary just come along and have fun.

Further information from Pat on 015242 21449

In The Know – Action Fraud – Modelling Jobs Advanced Fee Fraud Alert

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models.

Once victims show interest in the job, the fraudsters contact potential victims on the false promise of a modelling career and subsequently advise the victims to come in for a test shoot.

The fraud can then potentially be carried out in two ways;

Firstly, the fraudsters can pressurise the victims in sending an upfront fee to book a slot for the test shoot. Once they have received the upfront fee, the victim will never hear from the fraudsters again.

The second possible method is that the fraudsters will take the advance fee that the victim sends for a photo shoot and arrange a photo shoot with the victim. After the photo shoot, the fraudsters will contact the victim after a few days and convince them that their shoot was successful and offer them a job as a model. The victim will then be asked to sign a contract and pay another upfront fee, usually to secure the modelling contract.

Fraudsters are also creating fake adverts for supposed modelling opportunities for children which do not exist. Fraudsters will inform parents or guardians that a potential career in modelling awaits their child. This tactic convinces the parent or guardian to sign up their child and send an advance fee.

The suspects will also convince the victim that in order to become a model, they will need to have a portfolio. The fraudsters will recommend a number of packages and stress that if a package is not paid for in advance, the process of becoming a model cannot continue.

Over a two year period (September 2015 – August 2017), an average of 28 reports of advance fee modelling frauds have been received per month by the NFIB. In August 2017, 49 Action Fraud reports of this fraud type were received and may continue to rise. The total loss in August 2017 alone was over £71,000.
Tips for staying safe:

  • Carry out your own research prior to paying any type of advance or upfront fee.
  • Be wary if you are asked to pay for a portfolio, as many legitimate agencies will cover that cost.
  • Don’t give your bank account details or sensitive information to anyone without carrying out your own research on the relevant agency.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Flower Club – 16th November

The next meeting  of the Flower Club will be on Thursday the 16th November when our speaker and demonstrator will be Liz from the Flower Bank Hornby.  Her theme for the evening will be a personal one,  entitled ‘My Journey as a Florist’.

Advance notice for December:  Please note the date 7th December.

Our demonstrator at our December meeting will be Ros Harrison who comes from Barrow.  Ros’s title is ‘Christmas Unwrapped’  so  I am sure we are in for a few surprises and hopefully a few imaginative ideas for Christmas .  The earlier date is to allow our members to engage in all the festivities in the run up to Christmas but not missing out on their Flower club meeting.

Cost £4.00   Refreshments.   Raffle

Hornby Singing Group – Tuesday Evenings

As there were fewer attendees at the afternoon sessions of the singing group and a growing demand for evening sessions  it was decided  to change to an evening only group.  We will now meet every Tuesday evening  in Hornby Institute at 7.00pm – 9.00pm.    By meeting weekly we feel that it will help the group develop musically and encourage new members.  Do come and join us we are learning Christmas music and we do have fun….. and refreshments.

No audition, no previous experience necessary and you do no need to be able to read music.

Cost £4.00

For further information 015242 21449