Pierce supports local designer to create D-Day anniversary garden to be seen by the Queen

Pierce is delighted to be sponsoring its designer client John Everiss , to help create a garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show celebrating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

The ‘D-Day 75 Garden’ will be created by the Chorley-based designer to celebrate the lives of the Normandy veterans. It will be seen by the show’s 2.1 billion global media audience and 166,500 show visitors including HM the Queen.

The garden will be on display at the show between May 21-25 before relocating to a permanent site in Normandy in time for the D-Day anniversary on June 6.

This year is particularly poignant as it will be the final year the charity behind the garden, D-Day Revisited, will send veterans on a pilgrimage to Normandy.

Ben Smith from Pierce said: “John is a really talented gardener and as soon as we heard about his latest project, we knew we wanted to get involved. We’re really proud that our donation will go towards supporting a local business creating a lasting tribute to the D-Day veterans.

 “We can’t wait to see the finalised garden and the reactions of the veterans and the Royal family towards this tribute.”


Our Maddie – The Great North Run

Madeline Halstead

From:  Madeleine Halstead

As some of you may already be aware, this Sunday I will be taking part in The Great North Run ( Half Marathon ) on behalf of a charity that I have had close links with for a number of years, The Isaiah Trust.

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The Isaiah Trust is a charity working tirelessly on the streets of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya, to help rebuild the lives of some of the 70,000 street children currently suffering there.

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If you wish to know any more information about the incredible work being carried out by The Isaiah Trust please visit http://www.isaiahtrust.org/

I am politely asking for donations towards this cause and will take great pleasure in witnessing the results of any money donated when I visit The Isaiah Trust’s orphanage in Kenya next year.

I have a JustGiving page set up at


A huge thank you in advance to anyone who donates!

Walking on the edge

Walking on the edge – 1,168 ft high !

For the RSPCA

We are so proud of Paul Evans, son or our very own Linda Evans, who has completed the breath taking challenge of Walking on the Edge of the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada.

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EdgeWalk is CN Tower’s most thrilling attraction in its history, and the first of its kind in North America. It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground.


The RSPCA and Paul’s love of animals

Paul’s love of his dog Coco and his interest in the RSPCA spurred him on to overcome any fear of heights that he had in order to help distressed animals.

Linda says:

“Thank you very much to everyone who donated to Paul’s Just Giving page and also by cash donation.”

Click to go through to Paul’s Just Giving Page –


Paul has received a gold medal from Just Giving for being in the top 5% of fundraisers in July out of 64492 fundraisers.



EdgeWalk is CN Tower’s most thrilling attraction in its history, and the first of its kind in North America. It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground. Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides will encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them.

Designed with the highest international safety and security standards in mind, EdgeWalk runs for 1.5 hours, with the outdoor walk lasting approximately 30 minutes. Tickets cost $195 CAD and include a keepsake video, printed photos and certificate of achievement. Participants also receive a Tower Experience Ticket which includes access to LookOut, Glass Floor, SkyPod, and attractions.

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Whats New?

Are you taking part in the RSPCA BIG WALKIES on at Witton Park in Blackburn on Sunday September 27th? This is going to be the nation’s best dog walk ever! Find out more here.  (Places are limited.)


Please invite your animal loving friends to like our Facebook page. We are finding that the Facebook community of East Lancashire are really happy to help with our appeals – and our animal photo-books are really boosting adoptions. This is absolutely fantastic, so please help us by spreading the word!

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The Budget 2015 in full

The Budget 2015 in Full

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Read the Budget document in full.

Download our detailed budget report as a pdf.

UPDATE: Download the presentation slides from our budget breakfast review.

The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament – here’s a summary of what was announced.

1. The UK had the fastest growth in the G7 in 2014

The UK economy had the fastest annual growth among G7 economies in 2014, and the strongest annual growth since 2007. At the end of 2014, employment had reached its highest ever level, unemployment has been falling in every region across the UK, and inflation is at a record low.

But risks still remain and there is still more to do to support businesses and boost p

Read the Budget document in full.

2. Debt will be falling as a share of GDP in 2015-16

Debt will be falling as a share of GDP from 2015-16. This is a year earlier than forecast at Autumn Statement.

By 2014-15, the deficit is forecast to have fallen by half, from 10.2% at its peak in 2009-10, to 5% in 2014-15.

In 2018-19, the government will have a surplus (will raise more in taxes than is being spent) of £5.2 billion.

Access the Treasury’s set of Budget infographics, explaining some of the key announcements.

3. The tax-free personal allowance is being increased in April 2017, to £11,000

To make work pay and ensure families keep more of the money they earn, the tax-free personal allowance – the amount people earn before they have to start paying tax – will rise to £10,800 in 2016-17, and £11,000 the year after.

The increases to the personal allowance from £6475 in 2010, to £11,000 in 2017-18 will save a typical taxpayer £905.

To make sure the full benefits of the personal allowance increase are passed on to higher rate taxpayers, the government will also increase above inflation the point above at which higher earners start paying 40% tax. It will increase by £315 in 2016-17, and by £600 in 2017-18 – taking it to £43,300 in 2017-18.

4. A new Personal Savings Allowance will take 95% of taxpayers out of savings tax altogether

From April 2016, a tax-free allowance of £1,000 (or £500 for higher rate taxpayers) will be introduced for the interest that people earn on savings.

If they are a basic rate taxpayer and have a total income up to £42,700 a year, they will be eligible for the £1,000 tax-free savings allowance.

If they are a higher rate taxpayer and earn from £42,701 to £150,000, they’ll be eligible for a £500 tax-free savings allowance.

Access the Treasury Personal Savings Allowance one page explainer factsheet.

5. Introducing the Help to Buy ISA – every £200 people save towards their first home, the government will put in an extra £50, up to a maximum bonus of £3000

The government has already helped people to buy a home with Help to Buy, which allows people to purchase a home with just a 5% deposit.

The government is now going further. To help first time buyers save for a deposit, it is introducing a Help to Buy ISA.

People will be able to open an ISA, save up to £200 a month towards their first home, and the government will boost it by 25%. That’s a £50 bonus for every £200 people save, up to £3000.

Access the Treasury’s Help to Buy: ISA one page explainer factsheet.

6. People will have complete freedom to take money out of an ISA and put it back in later in the year

ISAs are being reformed so that instead of being able to put up to £15,240 in the 2015-16 tax year into an ISA in total, people can take out their money and put it back in within the same year, without losing their ISA tax benefits – as long as the repayment is made in the same financial year as the withdrawal.

7. £1.25 billion for children’s’ mental health services

An extra £1.25 billion will be spent on mental health services for children and new mums – helping more than 110,000 people.

8. Cancelling the fuel duty increase scheduled for September

Fuel duty will be frozen again; since 2011, the government has cut and frozen fuel duty, saving a typical motorist a total of £675 by the end of 2015-16.

By the end of 2015-16 fuel duty will have been frozen for five years, resulting in the longest duty freeze in over 20 years.

9. Cutting beer duty for the third year in a row

There will be another penny off a pint, a 2% cut for spirits and most ciders, and a freeze on duty on wine.

10. Up to five million pensioners will be given the freedom to sell their annuity for a cash lump sum

From April 2016, people who already have an annuity will be able to now effectively sell it on, so that they too can benefit from the pension freedoms announced at last year’s Budget.

Currently, people who have bought an annuity are unable to sell it without having to pay at least 55% tax on it. From April 2016, the tax rules will change so that people who already have income from an annuity can sell that when they choose and will pay their usual rate of tax they pay on income, instead of 55%.

11. Charities will be able to claim more gift aid on small donations

The amount of small donations charities can get an extra 25% top up payment on in gift aid without needing any paperwork is increasing from £5,000 to £8,000 a year.

The government expects 6,500 charities to claim in full the higher new cash boost of £2,000 a year – nearly double the current amount.

12. Farmers will have more time to average their profits for income tax

This extends the period from two to five years, and will give farmers additional security as they typically have volatile profits due to uncontrollable factors such as the weather.

13. We will abolish the annual tax return

Millions of individuals will have the information HMRC needs automatically uploaded into new digital tax accounts. Businesses will feel like they are paying a simple, single business tax – and again, for most, the information needed will be automatically received.

14. Support for all regions across the UK

Working with Transport for the North, the government will look at rolling out better roads, quicker journeys and improved rail connections between the major cities of the north, as part of the government’s plan to build a Northern powerhouse.

The government is also giving even more powers to local areas, with a new devolution deal for things like transport, business support and skills for West Yorkshire, and more planning powers for London.

Ten Enterprise Zones across the country are also being supported to go further to create growth and jobs.

The government is also working on a Cardiff city deal and opening negotiations on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

15. Making sure banks pay their fair share

The government is increasing the rate of the bank levy (one of the taxes that banks pay) from 1 April 2015.

This will raise an additional £900 million a year.

16. Increased support for the oil and gas sector

The oil and gas sector provides highly-skilled jobs, energy security and makes a significant contribution to the UK economy.

To encourage further investment in the North Sea, the government will introduce a new Investment Allowance and reduce the supplementary tax charge on oil and gas companies further, from 30% to 20%, from 1 January 2015.

The rate of Petroleum Revenue Tax paid on older oil and gas fields will also be reduced from 50% to 35%.

These changes are expected to increase oil production by around 15% by 2019, and drive £4 billion of new investment over the next five years.

17. Faster broadband and better mobile networks

The government is investing up to £600 million to deliver better mobile networks, and is announcing a new ambition that ultrafast broadband of at least 100 megabits per second should become available to nearly all UK premises in the country.

18. Introducing postgraduate research loans

Loans up to £25,000 will be available for postgraduate PHD and masters research students.

The government will also conduct a review into how the government can strengthen its funding for postgraduate research.

19. Further investment in science and innovation

Future economic success depends on future science success. The government is investing £140 million in world class research on the infrastructure and cities of the future, and £40 million in research into what is known as the Internet of Things. This is the next stage of the information revolution, connecting up everything from urban transport to medical devices to household appliances.

The government is also launching a new UK research initiative into the future potential of digital currency technology, supported by a £10 million increase in funding in this area.

20. The government will consult on a tax relief for local newspapers

Local newspapers are a vital part of community life, but they’ve had a tough time – so the government is announcing a consultation on how to can provide them with tax support.


Macmillan Coffee Morning – Result!

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Result!

A great big thank you to all those that contributed to the Macmillan Coffee morning we held on Friday 26 September and an even bigger thank you to all the bakers who made it happen!


Thank you to Coffee Concepts (Whalley) Limited who supplied the very rare Kopi Luwak coffee for those with a discerning palate.


Thank you to

Lancashire Telegraph

for featuring our event and those of the many firms and organisations who joined in

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

We have raised a grand total of £577.70 which the directors of Pierce have generously agreed to match, meaning that our donation this year to Macmillan Cancer Support is



What’s the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning about?

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event. They ask people across the UK – and sometimes further afield – to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2013 154,000 people signed up to coffee morning, raising a record £20 million for charity.

How did it start?

The event started in 1990, when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning where people came along to meet and mingle – as they might ordinarily do – but donate the cost of their coffee to Macmillan in the process.

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The idea seemed such a simple, yet effective one that they suggested the model be taken up nationally. The first National World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was in 1991, when 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then it has raised over £113 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support.




Fred and The Great North Run

From: Fred Green

The Great North Run 2014


Earlier this year when it all seemed too far away to be real, I decided to run the Great North Run (half marathon) on Sunday 7th September – to motivate me towards this and to do something for a good cause, I am raising money for the RSPCA. More specifically for Greater Manchester Animal Hospital – a hospital run by the RSPCA that receives no government funding, yet treats more than 30,000 animals a year.


I am politely asking for donations towards this cause, and any money donated would be greatly appreciated.


I have a JustGiving page here www.justgiving.com/Fred-Green7/ .

Huge thank you in advance to anyone who donates, and also a massive thank you to those of you who have already donated on the Justgiving page.



The Bupa Great North Run

Thanks for the Paul Hunter Charity Golf Day

Paul Hunter Charity Golf Day

Mark Maden-Wilkinson would like to thank the organisers of this event.

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He said “We are pleased to support a nice event. We were delighted with our third place in the competition and would like to congratulate the winners Accrington Stanley with Peter Ebdon


We understand that the snooker professionals did well in the 888 World Snooker Shoot out in Blackpool over the weekend.

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Announcement from the web site of:  Accrington Golf Club

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Accrington Golf Club are proud to announce that they hosted a Paul Hunter Charity Golf Day on Friday 24th January 2014.

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Many top snooker players including several former world champions supported the event playing in 4 man sponsored teams. Steve Davies, Willie Thorne and John Parrot joined current top players in a great event for this worthwhile charity.

The winning team were sponsored by Accrington Stanley with Peter Ebdon, their professional snooker player. For full details go to 


The Club would like to thank the organisers for selecting Accrington for their venue. You too can play our course by contacting our secretary Paul Wright on 01254 350112 or fill in the enquiry form in the contact us section

Top Snooker Pro’s & Pierce at Paul Hunter Charity Golf Day

Top Snooker Pro’s & Pierce Team at Paul Hunter Charity Golf Day

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The Paul Hunter Foundation

The aim of the foundation is to give disadvantaged, able bodied and disabled youngsters an opportunity to play snooker

The specific aims of the charity would be to fund local snooker activities across the UK and Ireland.

The primary target would be in developing the interest of snooker in the 8 -12 year olds age bracket and specifically targeting under privileged and disabled children in their infancy of playing snooker.

The Day – 24 January

Play 18 holes of Golf with a World Champion Snooker Player. The Paul Hunter Foundation is holding a charity event  at Accrington District Golf Club. Eighteen Professional Snooker Players & Sportsmen are coming to the region to take part in raising funds for a worthy cause. Each Sportsmen will be joined by three players to make a team of four.

Eighteen teams will commence playing on a shotgun start at 11.00am on Friday 24th January 2014.

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We are delighted that the Pierce Team has been allocated top professional Joe Perry.

The other members of our team being:

Pierce Director: Mark Maden-Wilkinson

And Owner/Directors of Bespoke Complete Services Limited in Darwen

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Lee McMahon and Stephen Waddicor

Other Sponsorship Teams include




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Eighteen teams will commence playing on a shotgun start at 11.00am on Friday 24th January 2014.

There are only 500 spectator tickets available, so don’t delay buy today.

Tickets are £5 online at Eventbrite.co.uk CLICK HERE

or £10 on the gate.

Refreshment Kiosks and Food Vendors will be available at the event.

WC facilites will be onsite.

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All proceeds from the charity golf day will go to the Paul Hunter Foundation which was established in 2006 in memory of Paul Hunter to give disadvantaged, able bodied and disabled youngsters an opportunity to play snooker.

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The Venue

Accrington & District Golf Club

Devon Avenue





Tel: 01254 350 112

Email: info@accringtongolfclub.comwww.accringtongolfclub.com