Rigbys Insure the Village Blooms Again

Thank you to Rigby Insurers for looking after Bloom planters.


Tomorrow we’ll be out and about in the middle of Rainford planting 🌱 the planters that would have normally been done by the amazing volunteers at Rainford in Bloom but because their members are shielding due to Covid-19 have not been able to do this, this year. We have decided to try and do our bit by purchasing the flowers 🌺 and offering to plant and maintain until they are in a position to look after them again! #doingourbit #community #rainfordvillage


We are still here to give a Helping Hand

Help is a hand from your neighbours. Local volunteers have come forward to help you with shopping, posting letters, being someone to talk to on the phone, or any reasonable request.

If you have Facebook or WhatsApp, we can all communicate that way, but if not, don’t worry, we’ll get in touch with you any way we can to help.

SHOPPING: Write a list of what you need. Put pack sizes, brands and how much you usually pay, remember that the person doing the shopping doesn’t know what you usually get. We’ll come and collect your list, buy your items and drop them off. Please bear in mind that whoever gets your shopping may not be able to get in right away, they might be picking it up after work, so please be patient. Please be aware, the brand you have asked for may not be in stock, so you may receive the closest substitute available.

SOMEONE TO TALK TO: Self-isolation needn’t be isolating. If you live alone and want to have a chat, we have a phone number you can ring. It be either a volunteer or another self – isolator. Please let me know if you can help.

WELFARE CHECKS: if you just want someone to knock on the door to make sure you are OK.

DOG WALKING: self -isolation does not mean you can’t go outside! You can continue to walk your dog as long as you are avoiding contact with other people. If you have difficulties with walking your dog please get in touch.

DATA PROTECTION: we will need your name and address, and maybe your phone number or email address. We will restrict the use of these as much as possible, and will not use them for any other purposes than those stated.

If you need, or if you can provide assistance to other people there are a number of ways that you can contact Council and Village Hall staff, main office number is 01744 884709 social media pages, email us at Clerk@rainfordparishcouncil.com and our mobile which is 07410 132073.

Waste Collections Including Green Bin

Waste Collections will be returning to normal, this Wednesday 10th June is for recycling only.

Wednesday 17th June is Brown Bin and recycling.

Wednesday 24th June is Green Bin and recycling.

Permits for Green Bins have been extended to the 28th August 2020




A message from Councillor David Monk, Chairman of Rainford Parish Council

We have now passed the landmark figure of 100 households receiving support from our Rainford Volunteers. Each volunteer is providing essential help to dedicated recipients so they have become familiar faces. Shopping and collecting prescriptions are among the important tasks but, if you are someone living alone, just a phone call can make a huge difference in lifting spirits.

A lot is spoken about the community spirit in Rainford and how residents come together when needed. Our volunteers have demonstrated the Rainford character at its recognisable best; a quiet decency, generosity and an overwhelming desire to help others.

On behalf of all in the village, I offer a heartfelt thank you to the volunteers for their selfless dedication and enormous support in these challenging times.

Corpus Christi charity ‘Our Warm Welcome ‘ have teamed up with Teardrop and St Helens Food Bank to get supplies to those in our area who are really struggling.
If you are able to support them, please use your exercise time tomorrow, (Tuesday 7 April), to take what you can to Corpus Christi Church Garden between 1pm and 3pm or 6pm and 8pm. The list below are things that are particularly needed, but any food will be very gratefully received and distributed to members of our wider community who are particularly affected by the current situation.
Many thanks

UHT Milk
Long Life Orange Juice/ Cordial
Tinned Rice Pudding/ Custard
Tinned Tomatoes
Tinned Vegetables
Tinned Potatoes
Instant Mash
Tinned Fish
Long Grain Rice
Tinned Meat
Instant Coffee
Packets of Savoury Rice/Pasta in Sauce/ Super Noodles
Tea Bags
If you can help Our Warm Welcome local charity based at Corpus Christi Church are accepting donations at the church garden Tuesday 7th April 2020 1-3 pm and 6-8pm

Well Done Rainford High

The school’s science department gathered the available aprons, goggles and gloves, and has given them to the North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, where one student’s parent works.

The donation will help support the NHS staff in Greater Manchester, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan.

Ian Young, principal of Rainford High said: “We are so grateful for the all the hard work of NHS staff during the pandemic. Currently our PPE supplies are not required and so we are delighted to help those on the frontline who are saving lives.”

Cemeteries and Crematrouims

Restrictions in place at crematorium and cemeteries

In the interest of public health, St Helens Council has taken the decision to put restrictions in place at the borough’s crematorium and cemeteries.

St Helens Borough has two cemeteries – one on Rainford Road, St Helens, which has a crematorium – with the other in Park Road South, Newton-Willows, for burials only.

Funerals and burials will still go ahead as planned, with a current limit of no more than ten immediate family members permitted to attend, in accordance to government social gathering and distancing guidelines.

While public access to both cemeteries is still available, it is asked that residents refrain from visiting the grounds until it is safe to do so.

St Helens Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, Councillor Andy Bowden, said:

“The council is having to make some really difficult decisions in light of the rapidly-changing developments around Covid-19, and given the sensitivity linked to this particular service – this was one of the harder decisions we’ve had to make, but i hope an understandable one if we are to do what we can to stop the spread of this deadly virus.

“It is extremely important that we consider the health of both mourners and staff – but we will continue to work closely with funeral directors and monitor how we continue to deliver services as respectfully as possible at this difficult time.”

The main office on site has been closed until further notice – however the Bereavement Service team can still be contacted by calling 01744 677101 or emailing sthelenscremetorium@sthelens.gov.uk

Chairman’s Announcement

We want to inform you of the steps we are taking to help our community through these unprecedented times.
We aim to have our Volunteer Service up and running within the next few days and will update you all on how and when to register as volunteers or if you are someone who needs assistance. Our concern is the safeguarding of both the volunteer and the vulnerable.
It is important that those requiring help do not engage anyone not known to them unless they are in possession of Identification.
Some local businesses are providing a home delivery service and we will shortly be publishing their details.
We will continue to follow Government advice as the situation develops and keep you updated on any changes that affect our community.
Please contact us 01744 884709 or 07410 132 073 if you have any particular concerns and, in the meantime, we wish you well.

Councillor D Monk
Chairman of Rainford Parish Council