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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.
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.
In April 2010 we were informed of the death of one of our dearest members, Colin
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.
Hover your cursor over the small picture to see in more detail Colin James meeting
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
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.