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County Councillor Mark Perks


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County Councillor Mark Perks

Phone: 01257 279209

Mobile: 07917 627354


Home Address:
8 Bracken Close

Buckshaw Youth Association

Buckshaw Youth Association


The association was formed back in 2009 when local residents and local Astley & Ward borough councillors got together to provide activities and support for young people living in Buckshaw Village.


The trustees formed a charity based association and the current officers elected at the April 2013 AGM are :-


Chairman County Cllr Mark Perks

Vice Chairman Neil Aspinall

Secretary Paul Thomas (resigned July) * new secretary Alan Platt appointed August 2013

Treasurer Aidy Riggott.


Note * At the August meeting of the trustee's following the resignation of the secretary the trustee's appointed Alan Platt as the new secretary.


Members celebrate work experience and AQA qualification success


Spring 2014 activities


Buckshaw Youth Association BYA Spring 2014 2nd half term programme

Buckshaw Youth Association programme of activities at Buckshaw Village Community Centre re start Friday 28th Feb and continue until Friday 11th April


Buckshaw Youth 1st Spring 2014 Half term programme of activities

Buckshaw Youth Association  have launched their Spring half term programme of activities Friday evening 8 to 10pm Buckshaw Village Community Centre.


  Buckshaw Youth Association 2014 February Half Term Holiday Programme


BYA will be running a February half term holiday programme based at Buckshaw Village Community Centre. It will be running both Art & Craft activities and also indoor sport activities. Commencing Monday 17th February to Friday 21st between 10 am and 3pm. It is aimed at primary school ages Year 3 through to Year 6


Places are strictly limited on a first come first served basis a booking form & payment is required.


2014 February Half Term Booking Form


New -  Saturday Mornings Open Community Football Sessions


Buckshaw Youth Association in partnership with Astley & Buckshaw JFC  runs a Saturday morning open community football coaching session for young people aged 8 to 11 years old at Buckshaw Village astro pitches between 9.30 and 11 am.


These sessions are aimed at young people who want to learn some skills and then play mini sided games following the iniital coaching session. The session is suitable for young people who do not play for junior football clubs.

Cost £ 4.00 per session

Re commences Saturday 4th January 2014.



Details of Buckshaw Youth Association's activities can be accessed via the link below:-


We re open on Friday 10th January 2014 see details of Youth offer below :-


Autumn 2013 Youth Offer to December 2013


Autumn 2013 Youth offer programme up to 25th October


Buckshaw Youth 2013 - 2014 membership form 


Details of the 2013 Summer programme - June 2013


BYA Spring 2013 Youth Offer - 9th Jan 2013


BYA 2012 Spring and Summer Programme - 16th January


Wildlife Garden Project Gets Green Light- 19th December


BYA Media Links  Twitter  Facebook - 18th December 


3rd Annual Christmas Tree Light Switch On - 26th November


Buckshaw Youth Association Facebook - 5th November


Live Band Night Success - 7th October


BYA Latest News


 Autumn Programme Re starts 9th September


July 2011 News.


Summer holidays and restart dates


The youth association football sessions ended on Friday 1st July and will re start Friday 9th September 2011.


The youth association community centre session will stop for a summer break on Friday 22nd July and re start Friday  9th September 2011.


Volunteers Required.


The association in order to extend its activities and expand its membership is looking for some adult volunteers to assist on a Friday evening from September if you would like to know more details please contact Mark on 01257 279209.


Big Lottery and Green Partnership Funding- Jan 2011




In establishing the group and obtaining informations on what young people wanted or would like to see in their community. The trustees consulted directly with young people in Buckshaw Village walking around visiting the areas where young people congregated and discussed issues affecting them. This was carried out over a period of 6 weeks. 


The main issues identified at the time were :-


No designated youth areas.

No place to meet.

No group offering facilities or activities

Prevented from using local sport facilities.

Lack of public transport to travel into either Chorley or Leyland


The first action taken by the local residents and councillors was to form an association with charity status with a group of trustees, aims and objectives.


The first activity involved submitting a bid to LCC Young People's Service for PAYP funding ( Positive Activities For Young People ) a grant was obtained and this allowed BYA to book and provide football activities between 8 and 9 pm on a Frdiay evening - these started in the winter of 2009.


The youth association to encourage young people to take an active part in their community also organised the first ever community Christmas Tree Lights switch on and Carol singing evening in Main Square at the heart of the village. Over 300 people attended this event which was repeated again in December 2010. It is now planned to become an annual event.


When the local community centre opened in the summer of 2010 the youth association applied for a grant from Chorley Council to run weekly youth sessions from the centre.


A grant of £ 1000 was awarded and these sessions have been running since the summer of 2010, between the hours of 8pm and 10 pm on a Friday evening with an admission charge of £ 1.


The sessions offer basketball, badminton, table tennis, snooker, computer games, music and have a tuck shop.


The association has also organised four trips to Pizza Hut, Washington Fire Training Centre, Ten Pin Bowling/ Lazer Quest and a Snooker event where young people receive a master class from 6 times world snooker champion Steve Davis.


For those young people liking the 5 a side football this has also continued up at the astro pitches and runs between 8 and 9 pm on a Friday evening this cost £ 1 and also allows admission to the youth session down at the community centre.


BYA now aims to increase their activities including more community projects, two funding bids have been submitted in the hope that  if successful funding with allow them to do this.






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