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Learn how to ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’

The ever popular free sessions helping children to cycle safely is returning on a number of dates during the Summer holidays.

‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ are aimed at children aged four and above to enable them ride a bike unaided.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will offer a range of practical support to young riders and their parents. 

Parents of youngsters that have taken part in previous sessions have said: “Thank you to you and your team for this morning’s cycling session. It was brilliantly run and the positive attitude and enthusiasm of you and your team was evident from the start. Great tips, great advice, and great results.” KW

“We have absolutely loved the session today and both Dylan and us have learnt the skills to carry this on and enjoy cycling together as a family. Thank you so much!” SN

Sessions will take place from 9am to 12pm on Tuesday 1st and Tuesday 22nd August at Litherland Sports Park Boundary Lane, Litherland L21 7LA, as well as Thursday 10th and Thursday 31st August at Shoreside Primary School Westminster Drive, Ainsdale PR8 2QZ.

Pre-booking is essential and you can register a place by calling Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845.

Tommy’s Trip Down Memory Lane

Southport golfing sensation Tommy Fleetwood is a shining example of the Sefton Sports Awards.

The Awards, which take place on Wednesday (July 12) at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, celebrate sporting success and achievement from teams and individuals across the whole of the borough. 

They are organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio. 

In 2008, a young Tommy Fleetwood won the Young Male Sports Personality of the Year Award at the Sefton Sports Awards for his golfing achievements.

Since then Tommy has excelled in the sport and is now ranked as the 15th best golfer in the world and a hot favourite for the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale later this month.

Ahead of this year’s Sefton Sports Awards, Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Tommy Fleetwood’s talents were recognised in Sefton back in 2008 and since then he has become a household name on the global golfing circuit.

 “His success so far is a perfect example to sports people in any field on what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

 “Who knows at this year’s Sefton Sports Awards we may have another superstar right in our midst?

 “Hopefully Tommy will have another successful time at this years Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale and we wish him all the best for now and the future.”

Lost Medication- Bootle/Crosby

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after prescription medication was reported to have been lost on Saturday (8 July 2017) between Bootle and Crosby.

Officers received a report that a sports bag had been left on the number 53 Arriva bus between Bootle New Strand and Moor Lane, Crosby containing clothing and medication.

The medication comprised pregabalin (300mg), carbamazepine (200mg), flupentixol (0.5mg), omeprazole (20mg) and zopiclone (7.5mg).

Officers are reminding people that taking any medication which has not been prescribed for them can be dangerous and, in some circumstances, can prove fatal.

Anyone who finds any of the medication is asked to hand it in to any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number.

Typhoon Confirmed

Visitors to this year’s Southport Air Show will be treated to a rare dusk display by the Eurofighter Typhoon on the Friday night (September 15).

As well as the Typhoon, there are a number of confirmed evening displays, LED lights, pyrotechnics and a grand firework finale during the event which launches three days of aviation action.

On the ground, there will be children’s entertainment, simulators, static aircrafts and trade and military displays.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Blades, Fireflies Aerobatic Team, OTTO the Helicopter and the Tigers Freefall Team have also been confirmed to display on Friday night. With special pyrotechnics and lights, these displays are quite spectacular.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “Already this year’s Air Show is shaping up to be a great weekend and I look forward to seeing the huge crowds across the three days. 

“With the Typhoon Eurofighter now attending all three days, this promises to be an exciting weekend for the Southport Air Show and the whole of the borough. If you are planning to attend one of the three days, please get there early and make the most of your visit to Southport.” 

Tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy now and start from £6.50 (including all fees). 

For more information or to book your tickets visit Southportairshow.com.

Ofsted Delight

Sefton Community Learning Service is celebrating its latest Ofsted report.

The Sefton Council run service offers a diverse range of high quality courses for Sefton residents aged 19 and above that are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Association (ESFA).

Following an Ofsted inspection, the service is now a Grade 2 (Good) provider in all four areas of Ofsted’s common inspection framework; Quality of Teaching Learning and Assessment, Outcomes for Learners, Leadership & Management, Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare.

Courses are run at more than 30 venues throughout the borough and are developed in response to the needs of Sefton residents to improve their prospects and raise achievement in the wider community.

Courses range from non-qualification courses for beginners up to accredited Level 2 qualification courses. Courses include English and Maths, ESOL, Employability, Family Learning, Leisure, Health and Well-being, Horticulture, Hospitality and Catering, Food hygiene, Hair and Beauty and many more.

Ofsted defined the service as a good adult education provider that has ‘highly effective relationships with a range of partners ensuring the service meets the needs of the community’.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by the Service and I would like to thank everyone who played a part in the successful outcome.

“Ensuring and encouraging further education opportunities for adults is key to enhancing skills for residents across the whole of the borough. It is also an important part of our growth agenda and by developing skills for local residents it helps provide opportunities when they are applying for jobs.

“The service offers so much and if you are looking to learn something new and develop your skills, you can easily find a course to suit you.”

 The full report will be posted on the Ofsted website and for further details on Sefton Community Learning Service visit sefton.gov.uk.

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