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Sefton OPERA hold afternoon of WW1 remembrance

Sefton O.P.E.R.A. are set to host a 100 Years of Remembrance event next month to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

The afternoon of remembrance will take place at Bootle Cricket Club on Wadham Road on Monday November 5 from 12.30pm.

Hosted in partnership with the Veteran’s Foundation and Adactus Housing, the afternoon features the Irish Guard Singers, talks, live entertainment and refreshments.

The event is totally free and for more information please call 0151 330 0479

Lest We Forget – A Night To Remember’ comes to Crosby

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

‘Lest We Forget – A Night To Remember’ will be hosted by The Royal British Legion’s Crosby Branch, in partnership with Sainsbury’s, and features music and poetry readings to evoke emotive memories of life during World War One.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, will be present to officially open the evening, which features war poets, songs to raise morale and poems and readings that help recall the most emotional recollections of the Great War.

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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 various local legions in supporting our communities.

“These events, from quiz nights to poetry readings, 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.

The poetry and music evening takes place at St Helen’s Church, Alexandra Road, Crosby on Friday November 2 from 7pm.

Tickets are on sale now from the customer service desk at Sainsbury’s Superstore, Liverpool Road, Crosby.

For more information please call the Crosby Royal British Legion branch office on 0151 924 0721 on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Bridle Road to close temporarily for carriageway works

Bridle Road in Netherton will temporarily close for five days to undertake carriageway resurfacing and hedge cutting works next month.

Due to the narrow width of the carriageway, Bridle Road will be closed to all through traffic for the duration of the works, which are due to begin on Monday October 15.

These works will be signposted accordingly and diversions are in place Via Dunningsbridge Road, Netherton Way A59, Hornby Road and Southport Road.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services said: “Unfortunately the nature of these works, including how deep the excavation of the carriageway needs to be, means that we have to close the road to through traffic.

“Access for pedestrians and emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times but we are asking residents and businesses to make adequate provisions for any deliveries as access may be denied due to site safety.”

For further information on road closures across the borough visit


Introducing Sefton’s positive mental health map!

A map of Sefton that highlights the best places in the borough to promote positive mental wellbeing has been launched by Sefton Council to conclude its 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign.

Now in its second year, the campaign uses the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10) to promote positive mental wellbeing across the borough.

This year, the Council encouraged residents to share their favourite places in the borough for their mental health and these submissions have helped to shape the positive mental health map. The campaign has been a huge success and has reached up to 250,000 people on Twitter and had the backing of Sefton’s own football legend Jamie Carragher.

Residents have used the past 30 days to tell inspiring stories of the places in the borough that have helped them in their times of need including various spots along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Southport’s Marine Lake and of course various locations across the Sefton Coast.

The map also features services available in borough to those who need additional support including Access Sefton, Ambition Sefton and the Life Rooms in Southport.

The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Living Well Sefton, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I hope that the positive mental health map will encourage people to get out and about across the borough and visit places on the map that have helped other residents.

“Unfortunately, social isolation and depression often come hand in hand so I’d like to think that over the past 30 days we have managed to reach people across the borough and made them aware of the services that are available to them and the places that they can go to feel better.”

To view the positive mental health map visit

Young Liverpool City Region boxers fly to Louisville as part of Cultural Exchange

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A group of six young boxers, representing all six of the local authorities which make up the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, are jetting off to Louisville today, as part of the next stage of a sporting and musical exchange between the Liverpool City Region and Louisville, Kentucky.

 The exchange celebrates and strengthens cultural links between the Liverpool City Region and Louisville, Kentucky, exemplified by the iconic photograph of The Beatles meeting Muhammad Ali on 18 February 1964.

 In the first part of the exchange, Carly Johnson, an up and coming singer from Louisville, travelled to the Liverpool City Region to play gigs at the legendary Cavern Club and the influential Liverpool Sound City festival.

 Now, the young boxers, aged between 15 and 17,  will travel to Louisville to train at the TKO gym and visit the Muhammad Ali Centre, whose mission is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.

 Talking about the exchange, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “In The Beatles and Muhammad Ali, Liverpool City Region and Louisville produced two of the biggest cultural icons of the 20th century.

“More than half a century on from the famous photo that brought these icons together, we are determined to build on those links to create a strong cultural and sporting partnership that will bring our two regions together, paving the way for future cultural and commercial collaborations.”

 Greg Fischer Mayor, Louisville Metro Region, said: “This exchange builds on the Transatlantic connection that Louisville and Liverpool established through the meeting of world-changing artists and a barrier-breaking athlete.

“The Champ and the Fab Four were committed to making the world a better, more compassionate place —  a common bond that’s always worth celebrating.”

 The young boxers have been brought together by the Amateur Boxing Association, which will also provide two coaches to lead the Liverpool City Region team.  

 Paul King, of the Merseyside and Cheshire Amateur Boxing Association, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these talented young boxers as they represent the Liverpool City Region.  They are really excited at the prospect of training in Ali’s home town and visiting the Muhammad Ali Centre, as well as going into local schools to meet young people from Louisville.  In addition to the benefits to the individual young people, this sort of exchange will also help to build bonds between our two areas.”

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