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Worthy of Note


With every Society there will be members, events and occurrences which are particularly Worthy of Note. Members who have contributed greatly to what we do, events which change the way in which we do things, and so on.


This page will act as a memorial, or record, of some of these highlights.


Just to the left, you will see a list of ACS members who are Worthy of Note. Click on each name to take you to their memorial.

Ron O’Nions


It is with great sadness that Ainsdale Civic Society records the death of Ron O’Nions in November 2011.


Ron was a founder member of the Society and until his poor health prohibited him from attending, came to almost every meeting over the past decade.


A keen cyclist and strong advocate of the sport, despite his progressive illness, he raised thousands of pounds by undertaking many cycling marathons such as Manchester to Blackpool in aid of the Parkinson’s Disease Research Fund.  Unfortunately in 2006, due to an accident he was unable to undertake any more long rides.


Even when his illness prevented him from riding his beloved bike, he acquired  a very laid back tricycle which he would ride all over Ainsdale.


A man of great intelligence and an inquiring mind, he was always one of the first to put his hand up to ask a question of the speakers at our meetings, he also had a great sense of humour and always had a twinkle in his eye.


Ron will be missed and we send to his wife Maureen and her family our sincerest condolences on their sad loss.

Colin James


In April 2010 we were informed of the death of one of our dearest members, Colin James.

Colin will be remembered by many from the talks he gave about his work on behalf of Rotary in many third world countries.  

In March 2009 he stepped in for us when a speaker failed to turn up and gave a talk about his work supplying the “Jaipur Foot” to amputees throughout India and Asia and he has spoken about his work with the supplying of AquaBoxes, water pumps and wells in remote villages.


When the tsunami hit Indonesia in 2004 Colin, together with Ted Mason, was at the forefront of coordinating the Rotary fund raising relief effort in Southport, together with Southport Lions Club, and Colin was then tasked with supervising the building of the Rotary Village in Panadura, Sri Lanka. In fact he was to speak to us at the April meeting about his work and update us on the progress of the Tsunami Village.


Colin was always very active in the Society, he organised a Car Rally Treasure Hunt for members and together with Sylvia Wentworth organised a bike ride for members. He was a member of the Beach Focus Group with Ted Mason and Jaro Kellet and, if he was in England, he was there to help us on Edwardian Day and the Ainsdale Show.


There are many other things he has done such a taking photographs for us on Edwardian Day and supplying information as required on a variety of subjects.


Colin had many friends within the Society and I know he will be very sadly missed by many of us.

Ron O’Nions

Colin James

Peter Simpkin

Hover your cursor over the small picture to see in more detail Colin James meeting Mother Theresa

Peter Simpkin


Many people will have noticed the dedication plaques on the flower troughs at Ainsdale Railway Station and wondered who is Peter Simpkin.


Peter was a founder member of the Ainsdale Civic Society and was involved in just about everything we did, but he was the inspiration behind the original flower troughs at the station.  He was the person who negotiated with Pontins for sponsorship of the troughs.


Peter was also the person who played a big part in the successful application to have a notice board placed in the Village for the use of residents and to keep them informed of local activities.


Peter loved life and always had a smile on his face and we were lucky to have him as a member. He passed away suddenly in July 2006.