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Sefton Council’s Active Workforce team are excited to bring a brand new sporting challenge to Southport – and it’s open for everyone. 

On Sunday, September 10, there will be a new Aquathlon event consisting of a 250m swim at Dunes Splashworld, followed by a 2.5km run around Victoria Park.

The race will start in waves from 9am onwards and costs just £15 per entry. Active Workforce members pay a reduced rate of £10. Participants can also complete the event as a relay team of two, with one person completing the swim and the other completing the run.  

All competitors will receive a free t-shirt and medal, and there will be a trophy for the first female, first male and first relay team. Water will be available throughout the race.

Free parking is available for all Aquathlon competitors and spectators in the Paddock in Victoria Park, entrance from the Esplanade PR8 1RX, and changing rooms, showers and lockers will be available in Dunes Splashworld.

Complete the online form to register your place at or call the team on 0151 934 2079. Payments can be taken securely over the phone with credit or debit card details or alternatively at Dunes leisure centre reception.

Liverpool’s Legend Steven Gerrard back’s City Transformation Bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Liverpool Football Club U18 manager and club legend Steven Gerrard has today given his backing to Liverpool’s bid to become the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Gerrard, former club captain and UEFA Champions League winner, has backed the bid for his hometown city and believes it would be fantastic to see the city host the Games. Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club, will be hosting Rugby 7s and ceremonies during Games time.

Gerrard joins a host of elite athletes who are backing Liverpool’s bid, including former teammates Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler, Olympic heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, World boxing champion Tony Bellew and Commonwealth and Olympic Games medallists Steve Parry and Beth Tweddle.

Liverpool was this week named the ‘UK’s Greatest Sporting City for 2017’ in a study released by ESPN and the University of Bath, and is proposing a transformational Games vision that will accelerate up to £1bn worth of investment in the city’s docklands area.

Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard, said:

“I am delighted to be able to back the city’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Liverpool is a city with a rich sporting heritage with its two football teams, boxing stars and global sporting events such as the Grand National and the Open being hosted on Merseyside.

“As a Scouser, it would be fantastic to have another global event like the Commonwealth Games in Liverpool and would help showcase to the World what a great city Liverpool is.”

Liverpool 2022 bid chair, Brian Barwick, added:

“It is great to have Steven Gerrard so positively backing Liverpool’s Bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. During his career at Liverpool FC Steven was recognised as a world-class star of a world-famous football club.

“To have both Steven and Liverpool Football Club so firmly behind the Bid is a further indication of just how determined the city is to win the right to host the Games.”

Residents Share Aspirations for Future of Formby Coast

Residents joined National Trust staff and volunteers at the Gild Hall in Formby on Monday 17 July to share their thoughts and aspirations for the future of the Formby Coast.

The Open Day explored ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit both the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its homes here. The event came as the National Trust continues positive conversations with Sefton Council about the potential transfer of 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care.

Over 150 people joined in conversations with Trust staff and volunteers during the Open Day and the preceding Formby Festival. Workshops also ran on a range of topics. Views were sought on everything from what people would like Formby Point to look like in 50 years time and the threat posed by coastal erosion, to how to tackle the challenges of parking on busy days and improve nature conservation for rare wildlife including Natterjack Toads and Red Squirrels. Many suggestions were made for solutions to these challenges and areas for the Trust to consider as it moves forward with developing future plans.

Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:

“We were really pleased by the number of people who attended to share their thoughts, aspirations and concerns about how we manage this special place for the benefit of future generations. We are committed to continuing to work closely with the community to enhance Formby Point and to tackle the challenges facing this dynamic and constantly evolving landscape. We have also held separate stakeholder meetings to talk to individuals and groups representing all aspects of the local community and businesses. The insight gathered at these events will help shape our thinking at Formby and we will be holding similar events in coming months as our plans shape up.”


In addition to the Open Day and stakeholder meetings, the National Trust has also established a Community Involvement Panel. This working group includes a cross-section of local people whose role is to represent the local community. The Panel will play an important role in ensuring that the voice of the community is heard throughout the development of any future plans for the coast.

Future public opportunities for residents to get involved in shaping plans for Formby will be announced via the media, on the National Trust’s social media sites and online at

A Great Little Place Becomes Part of The Atkinson Family

The Award-winning social enterprise A Great Little Place is opening a new café in The Atkinson.

From September A Great Little Place, run by Autism Initiatives, will take pride of place in its new home in the Lord Street venue that welcomes 500,000 visitors a year to its Museum, Galleries, Library, Theatre and Shop.

For The Atkinson it will mean working with an established local brand that is known for its high quality and value for money. We are able to work with A Great Little Place to maximise the programme with pre-show meals, themed events, festival food and more.

The two organisations have shared values and vision. They will be an extension of The Atkinson family and together we will be able to provide the best in quality to visitors.

Sue Yarnell, Manager of A Great Little Place said:


We’ve steadily been growing our reputation and customers from our first café in 2010, so moving to such a central and historic location is a fantastic development. It will provide even more opportunities for the people with autism we support in work placements.”

Emma Anderson, Director The Atkinson said: This is a really exciting partnership between two organisations who have a track record in working to improve lives in Sefton. A Great Little Place has a fantastic reputation and we are delighted to have them as part of our offer. They will be a massive asset to our visitors and will mean we can offer the very best food and beverage experience for day visitors, as well as increasing our capacity for pre-show meals and corporate events.”


This partnership is about more than just a café – its also about working together to improve the lives of people with autism and their families and by having the organisations together , new opportunities for training, work experience and training are going to be explored.

A Great Little Place will relinquish its lease on Houghton Street and staff will be relocated to the new town centre venue.

On Saturday 30 September at a special Coast themed Family Fun Day the actor, writer and producer Henry Normal (The Atkinson’s new patron) will officially open the cafe and the new Museum corridor that brings the story of the coast and all its creatures to life. 

Keep an eye out in local press and online at  or  for more information on the new partnership and the opening event

Lost Medication- Marina Park, Waterloo

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after medication was lost in the Waterloo area today, Tuesday 18 July.
It is believed that the medication was lost in the Marina Park area during Monday 17 July.

The medication is believed to comprise of 3 x 28 5mg Diazepam tablets. These tablets should not be taken under any circumstances unless prescribed.

Officers are warning that people that take any medication which has not been prescribed can be very dangerous and, in some circumstances fatal.

Anyone who finds the medication should immediately hand it into any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number.

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