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Southport arts group to host Remembrance Weekend multimedia exhibition

As part of the ongoing 100 Years commemorations to mark the end of World War One, Southport based group Trinity Arts are putting together a special exhibition on the Great War.

This year marks the centenary of the end of World War One and, as a mark of remembrance, Trinity Arts, based at Holy Trinity Church on Hoghton Street, will be putting on a special display featuring Southport stories and photos of the time.

There will also be  dance, drama, talks, poetry, a special service, and silhouettes.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust granted the maximum number of Silhouettes for use, as part of its national aim to bring communities together to β€œremember those who went to war and did not return.”

Taking place on the weekend of November 10 & 11, the exhibition also includes:

  • Live poetry readings with people dressed as WW1 soldiers.
  • Original artwork
  • Items from WW1 on display including original cigarette boxes, a cartoon book featuring soldiers, medals and more.

Bob Ball, Secretary of Trinity Arts, said, β€œObviously this Remembrance is especially important as it marks 100 years since the end of World War 1 and we wanted to do something special to commemorate that moment.

“We had men from Holy Trinity go to war, and not return, and so the award of the Silhouettes is really wonderful as this will bring home to people the poignancy of those times.”

For more information visit www.trinityarts.org.uk.

Sefton helps hundreds of families to access school uniform banks

Generous residents across Sefton have once again helped keep vital school uniform banks topped up with donations.

This is the sixteenth year that Swops, Sefton’s school uniform bank scheme, has been running and it continues to go from strength to strength thanks to donations from people across the borough.

Clothing items both old and new are accepted at Sefton run libraries and Town Halls throughout the year and are then distributed to families and children in need.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In a perfect world we would not need food banks or school uniform banks but, sadly, they are a necessity.

“In the last academic year we helped over four hundred schoolchildren and their families get access to much needed uniforms, from shoes to summer dresses and shorts.

“This scheme would not be able to continue without the support of our kind hearted residents.

“Through their contribution we have been able to help those most in need and will continue to do so for as long as possible.”

To donate to Sefton’s uniform bank please visit one of the local authority’s library buildings or a Sefton Town Hall.

To access the scheme or for more information about uniform banks in Sefton please call 0151 934 3359.

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

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