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Mayor Musings- From the Citizens 4 Good Awards to attending the Clarence House Art Exhibition

I had another rather busy week in which I had the pleasure of attending 7 engagements which varied from giving out certificates at the Citizens 4 Good Awards evening to attending the intriguing Clarence House Art Exhibition.

Tuesday 10th July (13:30): Bootle Older Person’s Forum Tour – BTH

It is always a pleasure to give a guided tour of our splendid Bootle Town Hall and Tuesday was no different. Group tours our always an honour to do as it gives me the opportunity to show how proud I am of being the Mayor of Sefton and show off this fascinating building with all its history.


Wednesday 11th July (18:30): Sefton Sports Awards

I and the Mayoress always look forward to awards events as it gives us the opportunity to show everyone how proud we are of all of their hard work and dedication as well as to celebrate with them as well. I had the honour of giving out both the School of the year as well as the Female Sports Personality of the Year. It also gives us the opportunity to get to know how much work goes into these award nights and how much work the nominees put in, it’s a fantastic way for me and the Mayoress to congratulate and show recognition of all of the effort which takes place in the community.

Thursday 12th July (16:45): Citizens 4 Good Awards

The Citizens 4 Good awards is a program ran by Sefton4Good and my Mayoral  Office in which all the ‘unsung’ heroes of the community who don’t get much recognition for all their hard work for charities or even just by helping someone out on their own accord. This is again a fantastic opportunity for me and the Mayoress to congratulate and celebrate with all of the nominees for all of their unseen hard work and dedication to all of the charities or even just for helping out massively within the community.

Thursday 12th July (18:30): Bedford Primary Finale Show

The Bedford Primary Finale Show has been an engagement I have been looking forward to ever since I attended my first show a couple of years ago as the Primary School is such a great family orientated place and it was with great pleasure to attend this year’s Bedford Primary Finale Show. The Bedford Primary Finale Show sums up the general togetherness and ‘family feeling’ which gives you so much warmth when doing an engagement associated with Bedford Primary School.

Friday 13th July (11:15): Clarence House Art Exhibition

Clarence House is a charity which aims to be the voice of the voiceless working with underprivileged and disadvantaged people of all ages. The art exhibition gave some of the students the opportunity to express themselves and show people what they are made of. However it was tainted with some sadness this engagement as due to low pupil numbers this school will unfortunately be closing in the next few months.

Saturday 14th July (10:20): Sefton Sea Cadets 75th Anniversary

It was with great pride that I accepted the invitation of coming along to the 75th Anniversary of Sefton Sea Cadets and I was pleasantly surprised when they gave me the opportunity to open the ceremony. The day was celebrating the 75 years that volunteers have been supporting young people in the community. Events such as Dragon Boat Racing as well as Cadet Drill Formation Teams also took place during the day.

Sunday 15th July (15:00): Crosby Charity Committee Afternoon Tea

Charity Committee Teas are a great way of relaxing and finding out how and why people choose to raise money for charity as well as giving myself the opportunity to for myself to congratulate and appreciate all of the hard work which is put into charity events as well as what charitable events have took place and which ones have been planned for the near future.C

Mayors Musings

Welcome to the latest Mayor’s Musings! I had another busy week as I attended 9 engagements which varied from the spectacular Rowan Park School Musical to the Southport Charity Committee Coffee Morning. It was an honour to be invited to all engagements which I again want to take the opportunity thank for the invitations and hospitality.

Monday, July 2: Rowan Park School Musical  

Myself and the Mayoress were both looking forward to another delightful School Musical at Rowan Park School having attended last year’s wonderful show.  We were met with great pleasure by Cathy Harley who then introduced us to where we would be situated for when the show begun. Once the show had finished, we were given the opportunity to congratulate and applaud the students as well as the staff for making the night such a huge success and also congratulate them for their hard work and commitment.  Myself and the Mayoress were also given the opportunity to have some refreshments after the show before we left. Both of us would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole of the Rowan Park School for inviting us, in fact we enjoyed ourselves that much, I have been invited to their leavers Assembly on July 17!

 Tuesday, July 3: Dementia Friends Training Session

The Dementia Friends Training Session was an engagement which myself and the Mayoral officer took pride in being a part of due to Dementia being such a huge part of the community.  The event was organised by Athena Healthcare and it really was an interesting course that taught me a great deal about how people with this condition see things.









Tuesday, July 3: Citizenship Ceremony

It is always a pleasure to welcome new people into the UK citizenship – in particular to our wonderful borough. The latest Citizenship Ceremony welcomed 8 new people into Sefton.





Wednesday, July 4: Southport Charity Committee Morning

It was a delight to be at such an event which thrives on hard work and dedication from the people of the community. The Charity Committee Coffee Mornings are always a fantastic opportunity to get to know the community more and find out a little bit more of an insight of which charities are most community driven as well as finding out why and how specific charities started.

Wednesday, July 4: Licensing Ceremony of Rev David Andrew Stott

It was with great pleasure and honour to be invited to welcome a new Reverend to the community in Reverend David Andrew Stott. I believe that he will take great pride in his job and complete his job with great pleasure.

Saturday, July 7: Grange Primary 50th Anniversary Party

Grange Primary School has been a huge part of its community for the best of 50 years this year and I and the Mayoress were delighted to be invited to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of this great communal building. Grange Primary school isn’t just a place where children go to school and people go to work, it’s also a place in which the community comes together to help of families and charities in need by holding coffee mornings as well as many more charitable events.

Saturday, July 7: St Joseph’s Hospice Garden Party

The Mayoress and I took great pride in accepting our invitation to join St Joseph’s Garden party as well as even being judges for their special event of the teddy bears parade! This event is another fantastic example of the community pulling together in order to help out others.

Sunday, July 8: Crosby Lions Carnival

The Crosby Lions Carnival provides an opportunity for the community to gather together to raise much needed funds as well as providing a great day out for the Crosby families. Crosby and District Lions Club is a member of Lions Clubs International which is the largest service organisation in the world with nearly 1.5 million members ano over 200 hundred countries including China.

Metro Mayor Announces Bus Discount Scheme for Apprentices, Saving £420 a year

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, will today announce one of the country’s most generous discounted bus travel schemes for apprentices, as part of a speech exploring the future of bus services in the city region.

The scheme, brought in after working with Bus Alliance partners Stagecoach and Arriva, will introduce half-price weekly and four-weekly bus passes for all apprentices aged 19 to 24.

Prices will be in line with Merseytravel’s already great-value Solo bus tickets for under-19s, which means that any apprentice up to the age of 25 will get half-price travel on buses, saving up to £420 per year.

The announcement is part of a major speech in which the Metro Mayor will talk about the importance of buses to local people, businesses and the economy as a whole.

He will emphasise that the Liverpool City Region has some of the best bus services in the country, bucking the national trend to increase bus use by 16% to 147 million journeys a year, last year, with 92% of users happy with their experience.

However, he will warn that in spite of this high performance, the city region cannot afford to rest on its laurels and will set out how he will use additional powers over bus services granted to areas with a Metro Mayor through the Bus Services Act to deliver the best possible service.

The Metro Mayor will announce a significant big bus conversation with the public and all stakeholders with an interest in bus services to help shape the future of buses in the city region.


Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “Buses are the backbone of our public transport system, with more than 400,000 journeys in the city region every day, making up 82% of all public transport journeys.

“More than £40 million has been invested in our bus fleet, making it as good as any outside London.  We know that we have one of the highest satisfaction levels in the country, with 92% of people happy with their bus journeys last year, but we know there are areas where we can do better.

“For example, the cost of travel has been putting some young people off taking-up apprenticeship opportunities, which is why I am so pleased that we have been able to introduce this new discounted scheme, which will provide apprentices up to the age of 25 with half-price bus travel, potentially saving them up to £420 a year.

“Devolution gives us the opportunity to do things differently, to take greater control of our buses, and deliver a better bus service.  We want the people of the city region to be part of that process, which is why I am announcing a big conversation about bus travel, to help us lay the foundations of a 21st century public transport system.”


Iain Finlayson, Business Performance Director at Liverpool ONE, said: “We know that bus travel is essential to our customers and staff and to the retail industry in the Liverpool City Region. 7.6 million customers a year visit Liverpool ONE by bus and a quarter of our 4,200 staff depend on the bus to get to and from work.

“That’s why we fully endorse the Metro Mayor’s initiative to deliver the very best bus services possible and will be contributing to the Big Bus Debate over the coming months.”


Paul Askew, Chef Patron of The Art School restaurant and Co-Chair of the Hospitality Association, said: “The city region’s bus network is particularly important for its restaurants, pubs and cafes, enabling our staff to get to and from work, and our customers to get out and about and enjoy themselves.  While we have seen significant improvements in buses locally in recent years there is always room for improvement and I would encourage everyone to have their say in the Big Bus Debate.  I’m also very pleased to hear about the discounted tickets for apprentices – it is vital that we continue to attract young people into our industry and anything that removes barriers to people taking up apprenticeships is to be applauded.”


Marcus Magee, General Manager of the Liverpool One Hilton Hotel and Co-Chair of the Hospitality Association, said: “Hotels are a vital part of the city region’s visitor economy, which brings in £4.3 billion and is the city region economy’s second biggest sector.  Buses are vitally important to our sector, whether by enabling visitors to get around, or getting staff to work and back home, and we are committed to supporting this attempt by the Metro Mayor to ensure that we have a bus network that works as well as it can for everyone.”


Sue Higginson, Principal, Wirral Met College, said: “Transport costs can be the first barrier to success and this initiative will ensure that by offering discounted bus travel for young apprentices, we remove that barrier and ensure that young people who learn through a vocational route get the same level of support that is already available to those who have chosen an academic route.”


Howard Farrall and Rob Jones, the Area Managing Directors for Arriva and Stagecoach, said: “Liverpool City Region is blazing a trail with the Bus Alliance, a voluntary partnership with operators and Merseytravel that has invested more than £52 million in the bus network since it was formed, leading to real improvements for passengers. Bus patronage has bucked the national trend with a 16% increase to 147 million journeys a year and with independent surveys showing that 92% of bus users are satisfied with their journeys and 93% of 19-21 year olds being satisfied, up over 10% in 2017.

“As bus operators we are pleased to see bus travel being given the level of priority it deserves by the Metro Mayor and are committed to taking part in the ongoing debate about how we can make bus the best it possibly can be.”

Domiciliary Care Contracts

Sefton Council’s current Home Care/Domiciliary Personal Care contracts have been in place since 2012 and will come to end with some new providers running services from August 1, 2018.

A fair and open tendering exercise was undertaken to retender these contracts, and the outcome of this process was approved by elected members.

Sefton Council will continue to ensure a range of good quality home care support services are provided for vulnerable people across the borough and the new contracts will provide better, more flexible services

Every effort is now being made by the Council and new providers to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for services users and their families.


Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “While some service users will soon receive care from different providers, we feel in no way should it affect the quality or standard of care. In fact the new contracts will deliver a number of improvements to the service provided in Sefton.

“The transfer of existing work to a new provider is covered by TUPE legislation, so that where appropriate care workers can transfer to the new provider and the relationship between service user and care worker can continue.

“We will continue to work closely with new and existing providers to ensure as little disruption as possible during this transition period.”

Anyone who requires further assistance in relation to this should call 0345 140 0845.

The Southport Palette Club’s 92nd Annual Exhibition

TheSouthport Palette Club’s 92nd annual exhibition will open on 28 July this year. 

This popular event is now part of the larger Sefton Open, a large vibrant exhibition, which includes work from many clubs and societies involved in the visual arts across the whole of the Sefton area. The exhibition offers artists an excellent opportunity to show case their work, and the Palette Club will again be selecting the very best artwork to display from open submission. 

 Artists are invited to submit work for selection to the exhibition at The Atkinson on Thursday 19 July 2018 between 10.00 am and 

7.00 pm. Entry forms with all details can be found on the Atkinson website 

The exhibition provides the ideal opportunity to purchase high quality art from local artists at affordable prices. All artists living or working in Sefton were eligible to submit works. 

The Southport Palette Club exhibition was launched in 1921. It has built up a reputation for excellence over the years. 

Club chairman Peter Owen said: “We are confident that the 92nd exhibition will continue to build on previous successful exhibitions and we look forward to welcoming both regular and new exhibitors. The Sefton Open is free to view and will run from 28 July to 25th August 2018.

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