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Southport BID confirms 60ft digital tree for Christmas celebrations

This Christmas Southport is set to get a breath-taking LED conical Christmas Tree this festive season, funded by Southport Business Improvement District levy payers.

The tree, which will be one of the largest in the UK will be the centre piece of Christmas in Southport.
The custom built tree will be a new and exciting experience for Southport and is capable of sophisticated light displays.

Visitors will be able to witness over twenty thousand sequenced sparkling lights and will even be able walk inside the tree itself to witness the magical light shows!

Taking three days to build, the stunning tree will sit in Town Hall Gardens. Work will begin on the installation early next week ahead of the BID’s big switch on event on Sunday the 18th.

The switch on will be headlined by 90’s Superstars S Club, 911 and Livin’ Joy with a full afternoon of entertainment planned. CBeebies Cook & Line will be putting on a hilarious show in the afternoon and a huge programme of entertainment from 1pm onwards along with fairground rides, street entertainment and more.

An artist’s impression of how the tree will look

When the lights themselves go on at 5.30pm the audience will be stunned by a breath taking light display on the tree as fireworks explode from the roof of The Atkinson, all set to Christmas music.

The festive fun doesn’t end there, from December the 7 to January 5, Town Hall Gardens will be transformed into and open air ice rink surrounded by a host of Christmas Chalets.

Delivered by Sefton Council and Southport BID the Winter wonderland will allow families to skate underneath the spectacular tree to the sound of Christmas music.

The BID is also funding two days of festive street entertainment on the 8th and 15th of December.

Hugh Evans of the BID says “We wanted to really make this Christmas in Southport one to remember. Each year we install over 400,000 individual Christmas lights in the town, but this year we wanted to go one step further and make an impact with something spectacular. The tree is something completely different for the town and we hope it will create a real buzz for Southport”

Waterloo charity shop seeks new volunteers

Would you like to volunteer in a fun and friendly environment where you get to meet new people on a daily basis?

Crosby Housing Association’s Charity Shop, on Lorne Road in Waterloo, is looking for new volunteers.

Volunteers can take part in a variety of duties at the shop, from staffing the tills and serving customers, to behind the scenes work such as sorting and pricing donated stock, arranging displays in the shop and stock control.

“Volunteering at the shop can be great fun,” says Kerrie Smart, Shop Manager “As well as gaining retail experience, our volunteers also get to meet lots of local people who visit the shop. As well as casual shoppers, we have our loyal regulars who often pop into the shop for a catch-up as well as to pick up a bargain!”

Crosby Housing Association are unique as a housing association, to have a charity shop that has been established for nearly 50 years. The Charity Shop is run by 3 paid members of staff and a team of volunteers and raises valuable funds that support the work of the Association across a range of tenant welfare, environment and community initiatives across Sefton.

The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4.30pm. Any time that a volunteer can give would be most welcome, but the shop is particularly keen to hear from people who can cover half-day or full-day shifts.

For more information, please contact Hannah Wilson, Crosby Housing Association’s Corporate Resources Officer, on 0151 920 7300 or by emailing Hannah.Wilson@crosby-ha.org.uk

Sandway Homes revealed: Find out about Sefton’s new Housing Development Company

Sandway Homes is the official name of the newly created Sefton Council owned housing development company.

Last year councillors agreed in establishing a company to develop new housing across the borough.

Sefton Council’s Cabinet has just approved the new company name and arrangements for its board of directors. The newly formed company is now moving forward with developing detailed designs and proposals for priority house build sites across the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “When we consulted on the 2030 Vision, ‘growing living and ageing well’ and ‘making Sefton a great place to live, work and play’ came through as two strategic outcomes that residents wished the council to prioritise and the establishment of the Housing Development Company is key to this.

“We are delighted to be at the point of announcing the official name of Sandway Homes for our new housing development company.

“The name Sandway is inspired by the unique 22 miles of coastline in Sefton and the logo mark is derived from the family crest for the Sefton Molyneux.

“Our mission now is to create quality, ambitious housing in a purposeful, ethical, and sustainable way that puts real people at the centre of everything. This will contribute to providing more housing choice right across the borough and unlock value from unused sites. The funds generated in this way will be used to support other Sefton Council projects and services.”

Sefton Remembrance Services: All you need to know

The Mayor of Sefton, councillors and council officers will all attend Remembrance Day services taking place across the borough next week

They will all remember those who died in conflict at services being held on Sunday, November 11.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, will attend a morning service at the War Memorial, King’s Gardens, Bootle at 10.50am and an afternoon service at Holy Trinity Church, Formby at 3pm.

Councillors and other Sefton Council representatives will be present at a total of 11 services being held on Sunday, November 11 throughout the borough.

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These will be held at other locations in Aintree, Ainsdale, Crosby, Hightown, Ince Blundell, Litherland, Maghull, Southport and Waterloo.

As with previous years members of the public are asked to arrive at a service in plenty of time. This is due to the high volume of residents expected to turn out to pay their respects.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “Each year Sefton councillors, officers, members of the public and our armed forces are rightfully present at the many emotional commemorative services taking place across the borough.

“As Mayor I am always very proud to attend to pay my respects and I as many people as possible will do the same on what is a very poignant and important day.

“Remembrance services give us the opportunity to spend some time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women over the years in various conflicts.”

Cllr Bobby Brennan, Sefton Council’s Armed Forces champion, added: “The services we hold in Sefton are very important as we remember those who lost their lives in conflict past and present.

“We owe a huge debt to every single one of the fallen for the peace and freedom we currently enjoy today.”

 

Services

Aintree: Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 (10.30am)
Ainsdale: Village Green War Memorial (10:30am)
Bootle: King’s Garden’s War Memorial, Stanley Road (10.25am)
Crosby: Alexandra Park War Memorial Garden, Coronation Road (10:30am)
Formby: Holy Trinity Church, Rosemary Lane (2.50pm)
Hightown: St Stephen’s Road War Memorial (10:35am)
Ince Blundell: Lady Green Lane War Memorial (12:05pm)
Litherland: Sefton Road War Memorial (10:30am)
Maghull: St Andrew’s Church, Damfield Lane (9.50am)
Southport: Lord Street War Memorial (10:25am)
Waterloo: Five Lamps War Memorial, Gt George’s Road (10:30am)

Sefton welcomes Criminal Behaviour Order for nightmare Maghull neighbour

Sefton Council and Merseyside Police have welcomed a five year Criminal Behaviour Order for a Maghull man who made his neighbour’s lives a misery. 

Charles Robert Wall, 48, of Eastway in Maghull was handed the order at South Sefton Magistrates Court on October 29, banning him from using threatening behaviour, causing an obstruction to neighbouring properties and from revving his motor engine after 6pm.

The judge’s decision was welcomed by Sefton Council’s Localities team after neighbours said they had been put under a great deal of emotional stress by the actions of Mr Wall. 

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This nightmarish anti-social behaviour had gone on for a considerable amount of time and we have had cause to deal with Mr Wall on numerous occasions to try and mediate this behaviour.

“We are resolute in protecting a good quality of life for all of our residents and we will always, along with our partners, work hard to tackle all forms of anti-social behaviour.

“We believe this court case sends out a strong message to everyone that appalling behaviour will not be tolerated and we would like to thank those residents who have found the strength and courage to speak out about their ordeal.”

Community Policing Chief Inspector Jerry Harris said: “Criminal Behavioural Orders are an extremely effective tool in tackling persistent offenders.

“The successful application for a Criminal Behaviour Order for Wall shows our commitment, working alongside Sefton Council, to dealing robustly with repeat offenders who have a negative impact on the community.

“In this case, Wall is the definition of a nightmare neighbour and we are pleased he has been dealt with accordingly.

“We are committed to ensuring the people of Maghull and across Sefton are able to live, work and visit the area free of any harassment, distress and abuse.

“Any breach of this order will result in further action being taken against him, and we will robustly act on all information provided should Wall breach any of these conditions.”

The Criminal Behaviour Order will now be in place until 2023 and breaching this type of order can result in a custodial sentence.

For more information, help and advice on how Sefton Council can help tackle anti-social behaviour, please visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

Anyone with information on anti-social or abusive behaviour is asked to speak to local officers, contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress, or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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