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Sporting fun in Sefton parks during Easter holidays

The night’s alright for young people as Sefton’s parks come to life with sporting activity over the Easter holidays. 

Park Nights is a new programme from Active Sefton, giving young people aged 10-16yrs the chance to try new sporting activities for free in their local park.

Park Nights are taking place at:

  • Derby Park, Bootle, 6pm-8pm, March 26 (street golf and football)
  • Killen Green Park, Netherton, 5pm-7pm, March 27 (ultimate frisbee and fodgeball)
  • North Park, Bootle, 6pm-7.30pm, March 28 (zorb football)
  • Crosby Coastal Park, 6pm-8pm, March 29 (climbing wall and games)
  • Derby Park, 6pm-8pm, April 3 (street golf and football)
  • Derby Park, 5pm-7pm, April 4 (ultimate frisbee and dodgeball)
  • Marian Gardens, Netherton, 6pm-7.30pm, April 5 (zorb football)

For more information, contact the Active Sefton team on 0151 288 6286.


Young people in Sefton recognised at award ceremony

Young people from Sefton were recently recognised for their achievements as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 

Over 500 young people were presented with their awards at an annual celebration event, which took place March 15 at the Floral Hall in Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Over 1,000 young people took part in the award over the last year, where they volunteered, learned new skills, enjoyed physical activity and a camping expedition.

Guests of honour at the prestigious ceremony included The Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Mark Blundell DL, The High Sheriff of Merseyside Stephen Burrows DL, and The Mayor of Sefton, Councillor David Robinson who presented the young participants with their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities at Sefton Council said:

“It is fantastic to see young people in Sefton using their free time to improve themselves and their communities through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, especially during this, Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer. They have shown true commitment and endeavour to achieve their goals. They are a credit to Sefton and themselves.”

There are 35 registered Duke of Edinburgh Award’s centres in Sefton providing young people, aged 14 to 24yrs, with the opportunity to take part. For more information ask at your local youth club, school or community centre or call Sefton Council’s Integrated Youth Support team on 0151 934 4899.

Sefton joins alliance to boost confidence in reporting child abuse

Sefton Council is asking local residents to be vigilant on the signs of child abuse and report instances when they suspect them.

Using the mantra “If you think it, report it”, the council is joining Government and local authorities, police chiefs and charities across the United Kingdom in its support for the latest phase of ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’, a national campaign led by the Department for Education (DfE), with support from national charity, the NSPCC.

Recent research has found that among parents of under 16s questioned by YouGov, almost a third (31%) had worried about child’s welfare, or about abuse or neglect in their local area, but just over half (57%) went on to take any actions or raise their concerns.

This stage of the campaign will see the local authority and its partners sharing key themes across their communications channels, including the signs of abuse and how to spot them, who you can talk to about child abuse and the four different types of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and neglect).

Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families said:

“The safeguarding of children and young people is of paramount importance to Sefton Council and we fully support the critical messages of this campaign.

“I encourage anyone who sees the campaign messages to really think about them, be aware of the signs of child abuse, and of course report them to Sefton Council when you see them.”

To find out more, visit the campaign website.

To report a child or young person at risk, visit the Sefton Council website



New mental health facility good for business

Businesses in Sefton are being invited to come along to discuss exciting new work opportunities with top buyers who are keen to use local traders for building a new mental health facility in Southport.

MerseyCare NHS and Farran Heron Joint Venture (FHJV) are working in collaboration with Invest Sefton  and Sefton at Work to host the Meet The Buyer event at Bootle Town Hall, February 22, 9.30am – 12nooon.

The new facility will open in 2018 and gives local businesses the potential to pitch for contracts covering a wide range of needs, including:

  • External works
  • Windows, doors and curtain walling
  • Building supplies
  • Building trade
  • Construction and finishing trades
  • Fixtures and fittings

Attendees will learn about joint working and supply chain opportunities, while also gaining useful insight into the timescale of the build. They will also benefit from learning how contractor FHJV chooses its suppliers and free support from Invest Sefton and Sefton at Work, who will provide assistance to those businesses selected for Meet They Buyer to register for the FHJV supplier portal, bidding for public sector contracts and recruitment support.

Meet The Buyer is a ticket only event. In order to secure a ticket for your business, contact Invest Sefton 0151 934 3452 or by email

There is more than meets the eye with local war hero

An heroic centenarian was recently recognised for his exploits during World War Two in a special ceremony at Bootle Town Hall.  

Cyril Askew, 100, late of the King’s Regiment, now the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, holds the very rare distinction of having serving in two theatres of war during the same conflict.

He was hosted by The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr. Dave Robinson in the Council Chambers on December 5 as he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur for serving at Normandy in World War Two.

Cyril, who hails from Litherland, was typically modest in his account of his exploits:

“I returned home in 1944 having served 7 years as a regular soldier in the 1st Battalion of The King’s Regiment in India.

“I was then attached to the 2nd Battalion of The Lincolnshire Regiment. I was in France from 6 June to 22 July 1944, where I took part in the successful capture of the chateau at Lion-sur-Mer and liberating Caen.

“I was then involved in Operation Goodwood until 20 July, where the Battalion suffered 250 casualties.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr. Dave Robinson said:

“It is very humbling to spend time in the company of Cyril and other members of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. It was a great privilege to present him with his medal for his selfless role in Normandy.

“While it has rightly been an honour to recognise Cyril for his role in France, it is only one part of the story. He was also a Chindit as part of the 1st Battalion of the King’s Regiment in India. To have done both is a very rare feat in indeed, in what was a remarkable military service.

“We really are proud to say that a man as rare and brave as Cyril is one of our own.”

Cyril is the latest Sefton recipient of the Legion D’Honneur. Former flying ace Len McNamara was honoured with the same accolade at Southport Town Hall earlier this month.

Below: Cyril receives his medal from Cllr. Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton 


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