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Read all about Sefton’s Home Library Service!

Do you know somebody who could benefit from Sefton’s popular Home Library service?

Set up to help residents who can no longer get to their local library for health reasons, the Sefton Council Home Library Service is asking if more people want to sign up to the service.

Lesley Davies, Development Manager at Sefton Libraries Service, said: “Sefton’s Home Library Service is for less able members of the Sefton community, who may be unable to get to a local library due to age or ill health.

“To use the service people do not have to be housebound. They may, for instance, have difficulty walking, making use of public transport, or just carrying their books.”

Users of the service include Mrs Lilian Dash, a sprightly 102 year old and an avid reader , who loves to receive her library books each month.

Lilian really looks forward to the monthly visit by Rita Addison, who has volunteered for the library service for over 28 years. 

To find out more about this free service, please contact your local library or email library.service@sefton.gov.uk .

Palm oil update: Dog walkers need to be on alert despite decline in debris

Sefton Council Coast and Countryside staff are urging dog walkers and beach goers along the Sefton coast to keep reporting any discoveries of potentially harmful palm oil.

There appears to be less palm oil debris washing ashore but it is still present.

Teams from Sefton Council Coast and Countryside team, along with its partners have been collecting the material for the last few weeks after it began washing up in volume.

A spokesman for the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership said: “Palm oil debris is harmless to humans, but it can be fatal to dogs if eaten.

“Unfortunately dogs are attracted to the smell of the stuff, so pet owners are advised to remain vigilant if walking your dog on the coast, especially around tidelines.

“Approximately 20 tons of palm oil debris have already been removed from the coastline so far, and it is being treated as an ongoing issue by coastline managers.”

Sefton promises festive fun for all the family!

A host of festive treats, fun filled activities and shopping bonanzas are in store this Christmas across our beautiful borough.

Sefton has already started to buzz with merriment as thousands of residents get into the Christmas spirits, whether it be sampling wonderful Christmas markets, donating to the Mayor’s Toy Appeal, enjoying a day out at Splashworld or taking advantage of late night local shopping!

We’ve put together all the info you need to know to make sure you have the most wonderful time of the year!

Shopping

Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of South Road, the bargains of Bootle Strand, the boutiques of Lord Street, Formby’s Chapel Lane or Central Square in Maghull, Sefton is a huge shopping spree waiting to happen all year round.

And it’s no different at Christmas! A number of retailers across the borough are taking part in Late Night Shopping hours on Thursday evenings in the run up to Santa’s arrival, while local businesses are well prepared for a surge in present buying, last minute scrambles and a flurry of winter buys.

A Christmas Market on Chapel Street, Southport runs until December 17 with festive tipples and yuletide treats galore!  The market will compliment Southport’s other vibrant shops, stunning Christmas lights and the arrival of the Southport BID supported ice rink which will be open from December 1-31.

In Formby Chapel Lane is already buzzing with festive shoppers while South Road, Waterloo is the perfect place for a mouth watering meal and a warming drink!

Toy Appeal

Christmas is a time for giving. And what better way than to donate to the Sefton Mayor’s Toy Appeal?

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, is asking as many people as possible across the borough to get behind this year’s Christmas gift appeal. 

The annual request asks all residents in Sefton to try and provide presents for some of the borough’s most deserving children and make this Christmas extra special for them.  

Gifts, for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library, leisure centre or Asda in Southport and Bootle by Wednesday, December 20.

Splash World

Dive right in and take full advantage of Splash World’s reduced prices this December with all adult and junior standard tickets reduced to £5 and all adult & junior gold tickets reduced to £7.50.

Splash World is open as usual every weekend on the run up to the festive period until December 17.

During Christmas, Splash World will have a temporary change to its opening times. It will be open:

December  23: 11am-3pm

December 29: 11am-3pm

December 30: 11am-3pm

January 2: 11am-3pm

January 3: 11am-3pm

January 4: 11am-3pm

January 5: 11am-3pm

 

Libraries 

Libraries across Sefton will come alive with Christmas cheer and fascinating workshops. Musician Tony Crotty will enchant library users with a magical music recital of Christmas songs.

Tony will play a series of historical Instruments and discuss their origins. The session are free but booking is advisable. He will perform at:

Crosby Library (December 13) at 2pm (0151 257 6401)
Bootle Library (December 14) at 2pm (0151 934 5781)
Formby Library (December 19) at 2pm (01704 874177)

All Sefton Libraries host Story and Rhyme times for young children and their carers. In the run up to Christmas the stories take on a festive theme, with snowmen, reindeer and a jolly man in a red coat featuring. More information on this is available via the Sefton Library Facebook page

Registrars open to the public during Christmas period

Sefton’s registrars will continue to operate during the Christmas shutdown period.

Registrars will be available at Southport Town Hall from 9.15am to 4pm on December 22, 27, 28 and December 29 by appointment only to register a death in the borough.

A limited number of marriage notice appointments will also be available during this period. 

For more information or to book an appointment call 0151 934 2011.

 

Next of Kin appeal for Bootle man with Scandinavian links

Liverpool and Wirral Coroner’s Office is appealing for the family of a man who recently died in Liverpool.

Alexander Jan C Winter-Hall was 45 years old and died on Thursday, 23 November. He previously lived in Milton Street, Bootle. Mr Winter-Hall lived in Liverpool and previously in Norfolk. He is also believed to have family in Sweden.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Winter-Hall’s death.

Anyone who can help the coroner identify and trace any potential next of kin should call 0151 233 0132 or email karen.gregory@liverpool.gov.uk

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