Who we are

Ormskirk Community Partnership is a voluntary association, established in 2009 as a "Voice for Ormskirk" , which seeks to involve local people in what goes on in our town - to give residents a chance to have their say.

Our members are all local people who know they can make a difference.

  • Our objectives are:- 
     To pursue proposals developed through the Ormskirk Market Town Initiative.
  • To act as a charitable organisation to promote community events, activities and developments in Ormskirk.

OCP is non-party in politics and is non-sectarian in religion.

What we do

Our priorities have been decided after widespread consultation with residents and local business. 

We launched the Ormskirk Gingerbread Project in 2016, with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and have continued to run it as an annual free family event. 

There are many more things we plan to do but we need more people to make things happen.

If you want to make Ormskirk an even better place to live and work, please contact us through this web site or at the address or phone number on our Contact Page.

Our town

Ormskirk is a great place to live, to work and to visit.  Famous for its market, held here on Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as events from Spring to Autumn on Sundays, including craft markets and festivals.

Historically known for its gingerbread, our town centre today has a fine selection of places to enjoy a wide range of food and drink.

Discover Ormskirk has up-to-date information about the town.

Ormskirk parish church, with its distinctive tower and steeple, is an immediately recognisable landmark that symbolises the town.

What we've done

Here are some of the things we've done since we started in 2009:-

  • In 2022, after a two year break because of Covid, we brought the town centre alive with our most successful Gingerbread Festival yet.  Even more people flocked into Ormskirk Town Centre when we repeated the event on 9 July 2023.
  • In 2022, we helped to launch a support group for local people who are hosting families fleeing war in Ukraine.
  • We have worked with local businesses to improve historic alleyways in Ormskirk Town Centre and plan to do the same throughout the town centre.
  • In 2021, we organised a talk and cookery demonstration by Sam Bilton, author of "First Catch Your Gingerbread".
  • We created and promoted the Heritage Trail around the town centre.
  • We successfully lobbied for better regulation and enforcement of pedestrianisation in the town centre, which has been greatly improved by the installation of gates across three of the ways into the central area.
  • We organised the town's first Gingerbread Festival in 2016, and repeated the festival in 2017, 2018, 2019 and again in 2022 and 2023.
  • We have worked with local businesses to promote themselves using the theme of Gingerbread Men.
  • We have run several projects for our local primary schools; including one on the history of Ormskirk Gingerbread, one on "healthy living" and another on the theme of "local environment".
  • We helped run three festivals in Coronation Park.
  • We persuaded Marks and Spencer, and Network Rail, to tidy up land in their ownership.
  • We successfully lobbied the County Council to introduce new parking and waiting restrictions near to Edge Hill University.
  • We successfully lobbied the Borough Council to refuse planning permission for a development by Edge Hill University in the green belt.
  • We produced and distributed Ormskirk's first ever Town Guide. and then produced a new edition three years later.
  • We worked with the County Council to make changes to parking restrictions in an area south of the town centre that benefits both residents and visitors.
  • We worked with the Police, Borough Council, and University to address anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
  • We organised public meetings at which outside speakers addressed issues of concern to local people.
  • We organised hustings prior to the General Election in 2015, jointly with other local organisations.
  • We produced and distributed newsletters containing information about our activities and local events

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