Warrington Start of Spring Roundup

As part of the Clean for the Queen campaign, as mentioned in my Mid February post, I organised a litter pick along Winwick Road on the 12th and 13th March. I had two willing Volunteers join on Sunday 13th with John Shipley (Chair of Warrington Civic Society) and Joan Gascoigne from Lymm. Altogther we collected over 10 bags on  a grass verge near to Toby Carvery and Warrington Collegiate. It was a sunny day and I felt we cleared most of the verge and proud of what we achieved. I have litter pickers and bags to now use for future litter picks in the coming months.

Yesterday (20th March) marked the 23rd anniversary of the Bridge Street bombing which claimed the lives of his son Tim Parry, aged 12 and three-year-old Johnathan Ball, and injured Bronwen Vickers who later died.  Mr Parry, Tim’s father says the financial security of the Peace Centre, created as a living memorial to the two boys, are as “secure as they have ever been.”

“We have funding in place for around nine months whereas in the past we have been down to just three months. I would like us to have more but we can’t complain as we have consistent support from the government and other organisations,” he added. More on the service can be seen at:



The service of remembrance and celebration was led by the Rev Stephen Kingsnorth, who has himself been a leader in the peace and reconciliation work of the town since that fateful day on March 20 1993. This was his last service of remembering the tragedy before retiring in June.

I have visited and helped out a few times at the peace centre and know what fantastic work it does. the town may be War-rington by name but is definitely a town of peace.


The new branding for the new Warrington Market area has been unveiled keeping the existing Time Square name but adding a new logo and visual identity. This can be seen on the hoarding panels around the construction site, and was created by the partnership of Warrington Borough council, Warrington & Co, Muse Developments and D.S Emotion. Pictured is Leader of WBC Terry O’Neill and Deputy Leader of WBC Councillor Mike Hannon:



The business park Omega South by junction 8 of the M62 run by Omega Warrington Ltd (OWL) has a planning application for a £30 million Dominoes Pizza production, storage and distribution site. Andrew Sutherland, joint MD of Miller Developments, a partner in OWL, said: “Pending a positive planning determination and the completion of legal agreements, we look forward to welcoming another big brand to Omega South.

This would add a second manufacturer to the site with the French car parts production firm; Plastic Omnium. The site does seem to be moving forward in a positive direction for Warrington:


Lastly I will mention our two Sport teams Warrington Town for Football and Warrington Wolves for rugby league, who both had big wins over the weekend. Skipper Ciaran Kilheeney scored Warrington Town’s 100th league goal of the season in a 3-0 win at Prescot Cables on Saturday 19th. For rugby fans the Wolves produced an outstanding performance on Friday 18th, to move joint-top of the First Utility Super League beating Castleford 56-12 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Four days working at Sharples.

Last week from Monday 29th February until Thursday 3d March I had the opportunity to work shadow and learn about how the Sharples Group works, and where I could possibly fit in if I was to become part of the team. My first impression was of a small organisation with friendly staff, who work well together and offer quick and efficient repairs of office equipment to satisfied customers.

Sharples Group prides itself on being a successful, award winning, independent office equipment company based in Warrington. Since starting up in 1977 a small and fully trained team offers businesses, throughout the North West and beyond, advice on a range of office equipment including scanners, printers, photocopiers and multifunctional devices. The business also offers a fast, efficient service, which is friendly and personal, and therefore stands out against competitors. More information can be found at:


sharples group offices and vehicles

I came into contact with the Sharples Group through attending a Love Warrington Business breakfast at the Village Hotel in Warrington. Even though I didn’t get to chat to the Managing Director; Mark Brocklehurst at the event I got to know of him on Twitter afterwards. I then thought of asking about any vacancies or work placements, which is where these four days work shadowing and experience came about. Mark had mentioned a role he was thinking of and this four days was to be a trial to shadow members of the team. I feel Mark is an inspiring manager and gets involved in local charities, even by rowing across the Atlantic. This would be something I couldn’t imagine myself doing, but I would like to challenge myself in other ways, and have done fundraising and a 15 mile walk previously.

I thoroughly enjoyed my week and found myself chatting to many members of the team, both those who work mainly within the office, and the install team and engineers. These teams on call deliver and maintain the equipment for customers; both in the north west and sometimes beyond. I heard of members of the team delivering their great service when needed to London and the South East, although the suppliers of Toshiba, Lexmark and Oki amongst others would usually cover outside of the region.

I learnt a lot doing different tasks including watching the installs in  Warrington, Wigan, Manchester and Runcorn, and helping maintain a printer for a local company, by seeing how it is opened up and checked for any issues. I also spent some time in the office and learnt about how the system is kept updated with appointments and what has already been completed, including being contacted by a member of the engineer team about his next visit. I met many members of the team including David Griffiths (Mark’s Business Partner) and other members of the management team. I saw Sharples as a fantastic place to work with good morale and an atmosphere I feel could fit into. I really appreciated being offered this opportunity and will use it in the future and keep in touch wherever my work journey takes me.