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Paralympian is Special Guest at this year’s Sefton Sports Awards

The date for the next big sporting occasion has been set and the region’s sporting stars and unsung heroes will be celebrated once more.

Sefton Council is proud to host the Sefton Sports Awards 2017 which will once again held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 12.
The annual awards ceremony recognises and rewards the outstanding talent, dedication and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools supporting grassroots sport across the borough over the last 12 months.
Organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio, this year welcomes guest of honour, Paralympian Lora Fachie MBE.
Born with a hereditary sight condition, para-cyclist Lora lost her sight at the age of 5. Lora won Paralympic gold with Corrine Hall at Rio 2016, and is also a two-time world champion on the road. Add to that a silver and bronze medal in the pursuit at the Track World Championships.
Tina Pilkington, Development Manager at Sefton Council, said:

“We’re so pleased to welcome Lora as our guest speaker to. I’ve no doubt that this brilliant athlete and role model will inspire the youngsters at the event.

“The awards night is always a wonderful celebration and we’re certain this will once again be a night to remember.

“If you know a volunteer or coach who has given up their time to support others or a sports club or person that has been really successful, we urge you to submit a nomination.”

Nominations are now open and can be made in the following categories:
• Club Of The Year
• Coach Of The Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• School Of The Year
• School Team Of The Year
• Sports Personality Of The Year
• Supporter Of The Year
• Team Of The Year
• Volunteer Of The Year
• Young Volunteer Of The Year
Nominations can be made at sefton.gov.uk/seftonsportsawards. The deadline for entries is June 5, 2017.

Get On Track with the Sefton Circular Cycle Route

To mark the launch of a brand new cycle route, the Sefton Active Travel Team is holding a cycling day to encourage more people to get on their bike and explore the borough.

The new Sefton Circular cycle route covers 24 miles, 20 miles of which is traffic free and is officially launched on Sunday, May 21. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend and complete all or part of the route.
On the day there will be three main starting points: Formby Railway Station, Mecycle Café in Ainsdale and the main hub on the day will be Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. Here participants will be able to access further information about cycling as well as refreshments throughout the day.

Ride registration will take place at 10am at each of the three start points and ride leaders will be on hand to start you off on the route at 10.30am. Riders will then be free to cycle the route in a clockwise direction at their own pace. The theme of the day is participation, and while participants will be encouraged to cycle all 24 miles, people are also invited to ride just a section.
The event will be self-led but all riders will receive a map of the route, including turn by turn directions. There will also be directional markers along the way and cycling marshals will be patrolling the route all day.

The launch of the route coincides with ‘2017 the year of Sefton’s Coast’ a celebration campaign to recognise, promote and enjoy the superb Sefton Coastline; the Sefton Circular route takes in many miles of the coastal path, before heading inland along the Cheshire Lines towards Maghull and eventually the Leeds Liverpool canal, bringing you back to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre via Rimrose Valley.

All riders will receive a map, a bottle of water, an energy bar and medal for taking part.

If you’re interested in attending on the day, registration for the ride is now OPEN! Follow the link or call 0151 934 4576 today. 

The Sefton Circular – FINAL MAP

 

Seafront Gardens to unveil new Toposcope

Members of local community group Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens will be unveiling the latest addition to Adelaide Garden this week – a new toposcope which will take pride of place in the historic gardens.

Image courtesy of Waterloo Seafront Gardens Facebook (Carl Davies)

Thanks to a generous donation from a local resident, and with the support of a local stone mason, the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens have organised a replacement for the long- lost toposcope

The original toposcope – which is a mounted directional plate, and similar in appearance to a sundial – was removed from the seafront gardens in the early 1970s. Volunteers were unable to locate any photographs of the original plate and have had to re-design the details.

The toposcope itself shows the directions and distances to local land marks and places further afield, with a Waterloo or Liverpool connection.

Cllr Veronica Webster will be unveiling the new version at the top of Adelaide Garden steps at 10.00am on Tuesday 25th April 2017.

Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens are inviting local residents to attend to the unveiling, and guests are welcome to join the group in at Waterloo Place café for refreshments afterwards.

If you wish to know more about the work of Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens, please visit their website at www.fowsg.co.uk or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofwaterlooseafrontgardens. For anyone wishing to donate online, the group have a local giving page at www.localgiving.com/charity/fowsg

The National Trust Celebrates Fifty Years In Fabulous Formby

The National Trust is celebrating 50 years caring for the coast at Formby.

The conservation charity has cared for 210 hectares of this special stretch of coast since 12 April 1967, when it was safeguarded through the Neptune Fund, set up specifically to purchase and protect coast around the UK.

The stretch of coast at Formby is an area of great importance for its mobile sand dunes – some of the best in the entire UK – and the wildlife that lives here, including rare Natterjack Toads, sand lizards and red squirrels in the pine woods. It is also much loved by locals and visitors with its stunning views that stretch out towards Wales, the Irish Sea and the Lake District.

Volunteers and staff marked the occasion by blowing out the candles on a 50th birthday cake created by local Formby-based cake designer Lisa Lill, who runs Cake Amour by Lisa and featuring sugar models of the iconic dunes, pine woods and wildlife.

Justin Matthews, Ranger for the National Trust at Formby, commented:

“50 years is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud to reach this milestone. We couldn’t do it without our dedicated staff and volunteers and the support of our local community who work so hard to help care for the coast, managing it and maintaining it for generations to come. We’re looking forward to the next 50 years and hope that everyone will join in the celebrations by coming along to one of our events happening throughout the year or just taking time out to enjoy this special place.”

2017 is particularly significant because it marks Sefton Council’s Year of the Coast. It was  also recently announced that the Trust is in conversations with the Council about the possibility of caring for an additional 204 hectares of land, currently managed by Sefton.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We know how important the coast is and reaching 50 years in Formby is a significant milestone for the National Trust.

“With 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and the positive discussions taking place between National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of land in Formby, there is so much to celebrate. Here’s to the next 50 years as well!”

For more information about the National Trust at Formby please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby

You can also find out more about The Year of Sefton’s Coast at www.seftoncoast.co.uk. 

Marvellous Mascots!

Just under 500 entries were received as part of the 2017 – The Year of Sefton’s Coast Design a Mascot competition.

Lydia Orvice-Gibson, Primary School Winner

There were two categories in the competition (primary and secondary school) and the age range made for a brilliant array of designs. The judging panel consisted of representatives from Sefton Council, The Atkinson, Sefton Coast Lansdcape Partnership and Tick Media.

They sifted their way through some beautiful wildlife inspired mascots as well as some that took inspiration from the marine heritage of the 22 miles of Sefton coastline. Others gave a nod to Antony Gormley’s Another Place and marine life that you may find in our seas but the two winners really stood out for their celebratory nature.

The winner in the Primary category was Lydia Orvice-Gibson from St Oswald’s C of E Primary School in Netherton who came up with a wonderfully unique design which the panel agreed captured the nature of the whole coast. Her wave character stood out from the others from the word go due to the level of detail and the fun factor which she cleverly managed to weave in. Emma Murtagh, headteacher at St Oswald’s C of E Primary, said:

“When we saw this competition we couldn’t wait to get the children started and send in some entries so I am thrilled that a St Oswald’s student has won in the Primary category. Lydia is a lovely student who thoroughly enjoys art. Well done Lydia!”

Saskia Williams, Secondary School Winner with her Art Teacher Miss Hannah Jones

Saskia Williams, a student from Maghull High was the winner in the Secondary category and again her design was unique and imaginative and the panel felt that they could use the design across a range of platforms and materials. Judges felt they could see her seagull character used across a range of materials and maybe even used as a flag or a kite as part of the celebrations.

Saskia’s art teacher, Hannah Jones encouraged her art students to enter the competition. Hannah said:

“Saskia is a joy to teach as she always puts in such effort and throws herself in to whatever challenges I put to her. I was so happy when I found out that she had won in the Secondary category, well done Saskia. Art is a big part of Maghull High School and we are proud of what you’ve achieved.”

Representatives from the Year of Sefton’s Coast surprised the shocked winners in front of teachers and class mates at their schools. Both winners were presented with their certificate and fantastic prizes which included a family pass to the Southport Air Show, the Southport Musical Fireworks Championship and an adventure on the Sefton Coast with the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.

Both winners were also invited to Bootle Town Hall with their families to meet Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne, The Mayor of Sefton, who took them on a tour around the Mayoral chamber.

Keep your eyes peeled for the mascots who will be making an appearance on various materials in the coming weeks and find out more about 2017, The Year of Sefton’s Coast at www.seftoncoast.co.uk

Lydia Orvice-Gibson with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton
Saskia Williams with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton at Bootle Town Hall
The winners with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton at Bootle Town Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winning designs
The winning designs

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