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Armed Forces Night tickets now on sale

The first in a series of Sefton Council funded events has been announced to help commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.

The Royal British Legion’s Netherton and Sefton Branch will be holding a special Armed Forces night featuring live music and food on Friday October 26 from 7pm to mark one hundred years since the end of the Great War.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, will be present to officially open the evening.

 Other events throughout the coming months will include poetry readings, themed lunches and quiz nights.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This year marks the centenary of the end of World War One and we are proud to be able to support the various local legions in supporting our communities.

“These events go hand in hand with our Beyond The War Memorials campaign as we look to honour our WW1 heroes and heroines from across the geographical area which now makes up Sefton.

“We’re also looking for budding poets and writers to get their thinking caps on and compile emotive, thought provoking and fitting poetry for our BTWM project.”

The Armed Forces night takes place at the Netherton and Sefton Royal British Legion Club, Fleetwoods Lane, Netherton from 7pm on Friday October 26.

For more information or to book tickets please call the Royal British Legion branch office on 0151 931 3239 on Fridays between 10am and 12pm.

Statement: Chapel Lane Trees

Works are due to start to remove two dying trees from Chapel Lane in Formby.

The unavoidable works are to be carried out in order to ensure public safety as both trees have been identified as unsafe.

All options, including the possibility of remedial works, have been explored but none of the options identified would immediately reduce the significant health and safety risk the dying trees are causing.

In order to ensure the public highway is kept safe for both pedestrians and motorists the two trees concerned must now be removed.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Sadly due to the extent of decline of both trees, any remedial works would have no effect on the longevity of them.

“As the highway authority, we have a statutory duty of care to make sure Chapel Lane is a safe area and we have taken the decision to approve the removal of these trees.

“The tree in front of Cassidy’s greengrocers is dying and no amount of maintenance works will improve the trees health, while the tree outside Boots is suffering from a considerable amount of decay within the crown leading to major structural concern.

“Both trees have the potential to drop considerable limbs in windy conditions and if left would pose an unacceptable Health and Safety risk to users of the public highway.

“Formby Parish Council and Ward Councillors are fully aware of this decision and, despite some public comments, significant and proactive talks have taken place between all parties.”

Work to remove both trees are expected to take place between October 4 and October 15. 

Chapel Lane will be closed to traffic while these works are taking place. Diversions will be in place via Elbow Lane, Duke Street, Three Tuns Lane and vice versa.

Excitement grows for Sefton’s 2018 Allotment Fortnight!

Excitement is growing for Green Sefton’s Allotment Fortnight celebrations 2018!

For the second year running Green Sefton, the Local Authority’s team who look after parks, greenspaces and our coastline, have been busy sprouting plans for a two week celebration of all things allotments between August 27 and September 9.

Working along side self-managed sites, Allotment Fortnight will highlight various community projects, activities and food bank donation schemes across a number of allotments in the borough.

Community open days will take place at 14 allotments, including Altcar Road in Formby, Scape Lane, Crosby, Beach Road, Litherland and Gardener Avenue, Bootle.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Last years Allotment Fortnight was a huge success and we want this year to be even better.

“The event is a great way for us to really celebrate our fantastic communities and the work they do at allotments all across Sefton.

“We have more than 1,100 allotment plots over 14 sites across Sefton so they really are the cream of the crop!

“During Allotment Fortnight residents are invited to come down between 10.30am and 2.30pm on each open day and learn more about the sheer wealth of what we do at our sites.

“Council staff will be on hand throughout all the sites to meet with tenants and those interested in getting more involved with our allotments scheme.

“We’ll also be running a number of food bank collection points during each open day where we encourage anyone with spare fruit, vegetables and produce they may have grown to donate to a local good cause.

“Our allotments are not just about growing fruit and veg. They are a brilliant community resource.”

If you are a resident of Sefton and would like to rent an allotment call 0151 934 2943 for more information. Spaces are currently readily available at Browns Lane in Netherton.

Altcar Road, Formby – August 27
Blundell Lane, Southport – August 28 
Dunningsbridge Road, Bootle – August 29
Scape Lane, Crosby – August 30
Birkdale Irrigation, Birkdale – August 31
Hatton Hill, Litherland – September 1
Hoggs Hill, Formby – September 2
Sherwood Road, Crosby – September 3
Netherton Community Garden. – September 3
Browns Lane, Netherton – September 5
Town Lane, Southport – September 6
Beach Road, Litherland – September 7
Queensway, Crosby – September 8
Gardener Avenue, Bootle – September 9

War hero’s family found in time for Victoria Cross commemoration

Genealogy detective work by Sefton Council has successfully led to finding the long lost family of a Victoria Cross hero from Seaforth.

Earlier this year the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, asked for help to trace the family of Arthur Evans VC ahead of a special event in his honour next month.

The appeal went global with potential family links being unearthed in Australia, but for Sefton’s super sleuths, the family tree trail ended in success a little closer to home.

Now Arthur Evans VC’s first cousin, twice removed, Stuart Kirkland from Aigburth, will join Mayor Robinson and members of the Armed Forces to pay tribute to the Seaforth war hero.

Arthur evans

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “Arthur is one of five local Victoria Cross recipients who are being honoured with a special commemorative stone and I am delighted that we have been able to find a family member to be part of this momentous occasion.

“Arthur’s stone will be laid at Bowersdale Park on Friday September 7. Present will also be members of the Duke of Lancaster’s (Kings) Regiment and also the Anglian Regiment, under which Arthur served.

“Arthur was a true hero and his actions on the battlefield of Etaing, France, are something of legend.”

All are welcome to attend the unveiling of the commemorative stone from 11am on September 7 at Bowersdale Park, Seaforth.

Animal volunteers reveal secrets behind caring for creatures great and small

Volunteers at an animal rescue centre in Sefton have revealed the secrets of what it’s like to help and support a vital service as part of the Year Of The Volunteer.

August is Animals month in Sefton’s Year Of The Volunteer campaign we met with a number of volunteers at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre who told us that they absolutely adore what they do day in, day out.

A spokesperson for Freshfields said: “We are really happy to be part of this initiative by Sefton Council which celebrates the incredible contribution made by the volunteers across the borough.

“Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do here at Freshfields, and they fulfil the values and principles of our charity every day in helping abused, abandoned and unwanted animals across Sefton.”

Below are just a few of the many volunteers who give up their time each day to help care for unwanted, sick or homeless animals…

Gabi- Ambulance Driver 

Gabi is extremely modest and, like all our volunteers, seeks no recognition for what she does and gives the credit to others. Gabi is totally committed to saving the lives of the foxes.

She said: “I love volunteering for Freshfields. The dedication you all put in is just amazing. Paul, Freshfields’ resident Fox Man, is great, and he pulled me through my first ambulance rescue tears when the fox died. I feel honoured to volunteer alongside such heartwarming humans!”

Dave Cox & Friends – Volunteer

Dave, who volunteers from Barclaycard, said: “I first became involved with Freshfields in about 2010 when we adopted a cat. They were going through the recession and staff were explaining how it hits them hard.

I obtained a £100 donation from our Barclays charity fund, but I wanted to do more.

I spoke to Helen and explained I wanted to do a Barclays EV (Employee Volunteering) Group. I was expecting about 5 people to sign up, I got 30. 

Barbara Calvert – Wildlife Volunteer

Barbara has dedicated her time to working in the Wildlife Unit at Freshfields for over 10 years.

No job is too big or small for her and she is full of compassion and care for these vulnerable creatures,.

A spokesperson for Freshfields added: “We were rather sneaky and surprised an astonished Barbara when Bill Esterson called her up to the stage at our recent White Rabbit Day and presented her with our 2nd ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award.”

The Year of the Volunteer is a joint campaign between Sefton Council and Sefton CVS designed to celebrate the wonderful work that thousands of volunteers do every day of the year across Sefton. 

To watch an interview with fellow Freshfields volunteer Kim, who looks after the cattery, click below!

 

 

 

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