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Senior coroner retires from post after 20 years-service.

Senior coroner, Christopher Sumner, has retired from his post after 20 years-service.

Mr Sumner, 75, took up the role on October 10, 1998 and following two decades as senior coroner for Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley, is stepping aside to enjoy his retirement.

Christopher, who has two sons Stuart and Edward with his late wife Marjorie, started his career as a teacher at Croxteth Comprehensive School after studying at Durham University.

A career in law beckoned and he completed his articles at Goldrein & Company Solicitors in Liverpool and continued in criminal law in the city.

Mr Sumner later moved to Southport and worked within different legal firms before opening his own practice within the resort.

From there he become Senior Coroner for Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley and has presided over more than 5,100 inquests.

A Coroner is an Independent Judicial Officer empowered to enquire into sudden, unnatural or violent deaths.

Christopher Sumner, said: “It has been a real honour to be Senior Coroner for 20 years serving bereaved families at the most difficult of times.
“My role is to help establish how people have died, and during my time I hope I have been able to give families answers and some form of closure following the loss of a loved one.
“A lot of hard work goes into the Coroner’s service and I could not have done my job without the help and support of so many people who I am eternally thankful for.”

In his spare time Christopher dedicated more than 30 years to the Scouts Association working in various roles within Southport and became the District Commissioner for Formby Scouts.

He has been a member of Southport Links Rotary Club for over 25 years, giving his time and support for the local community and international projects. He became the District Governor of District 1180 which covered the whole of North Wales, Cheshire, Wirral, Liverpool up to Southport.

On retirement he intends on spending more time with his family and wife Bernadette, continuing his membership at Hillside Golf Course, Rotary, quizzes and pursuing his beloved Everton FC.

Mr Sumner will be replaced by Graham Jackson who will become the acting Senior Coroner for Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley.

Sefton named global age friendly community

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed Sefton into its Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

This milestone has been achieved thanks to the collaborative work of Sefton Council and Sefton’s Older Persons’ Forums.

The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide.

Sefton’s admission into the network is a result of its dedication to promoting healthy and active ageing and a good quality of life for its older residents.

As a member, the borough will be part of a growing global movement of communities, cities and other sub-national levels of government that are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents.

By joining the Network, Sefton commits to sharing and promoting the values and principles central to the WHO Age-friendly approach, implementing the four steps to create age-friendly local environments, and actively participating in the Network including the sharing of experiences with other members.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Earlier this year, Sefton joined the UK Age Friendly Network and I am now delighted to also join a global network of cities and communities that are dedicated to creating environments that support our older residents.

“In Sefton, 27% of our residents are aged over 60 so it is extremely important that we continue to support our aging population with initiatives that help them to live the lives that they want to live.”

Merseyside Recycling Centres switch to shorter winter hours

Merseyside’s Recycling Centres are set to switch to their shorter winter opening hours.

From this Monday 1st October the Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm* – changing from the summer hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm.

There are 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the region. They are operated by resource management company Veolia on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).
 
Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said:

“We shorten the hours over the winter to coincide with the darker nights over the forthcoming months. Merseyside householders can use the Centres to recycle a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, large plastics, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and more.”

If you’re planning to visit a Recycling Centre in a van or with a long trailer then you will need a Permit to get in – visit www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or call 0151 236 0305.

Famous faces join in well wishes as Bootle turns 150!

A host of famous faces are set to join residents across Sefton in wishing Bootle a very happy 150th birthday.

From Monday October 22 to Saturday October 27 all eyes will be on Bootle as the town celebrates its 150th year of incorporation with a week long series of events, talks, celebratory party and the unveiling of a special exhibition.

It’s part of a number of special occasions across South Sefton as both Bootle Strand Shopping Centre and the Girobank building mark their fiftieth birthdays.

Bootle’s 150th celebrations will include the unveiling of the refurbished Town Charter which was signed in 1868 and has not been seen by the public for decades.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “I can’t wait for everyone to see the refurbish Charter, which has been lovingly restored by the fantastic team at the Atkinson, Southport.

“It is set to be a fantastic six days of celebrating Bootle turning 150 years old with lots of different events including a special history talk, a themed tea dance by Sefton O.P.E.R.A. performances by the North West Charity Singers, and a huge 150th bash which includes performances from Rachael Russell & George Gallagher!

“I’ve also called on a few famous Bootleians to send special well wishes to their hometown on this landmark occasion so keep your eyes peeled!

“The fact that we are able to celebrate 150 years of Bootle at the same time as the Strand and the Giro bank building turning 50 makes this an extra special occasion for us all.”

An exhibition displaying artefacts from Bootle’s history will be open from 10am-5pm on Monday-Friday (October 22-Friday 26).

Scavenger hunts for children and tours of Bootle Town Hall, done personally by the Mayor of Sefton on Monday 22nd & Wednesday 24th at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm will also be held.

The full list of ticketed events at the Town Hall are:

Monday 22: Sefton OPERA 150th Themed Tea Dance (1.30pm)
Tuesday 23: North West Charity Singers (1pm)
Wednesday 24: ‘From Bootle to Broadway: It’s Coming Home’ Theatrical performance by SPACE Project (4pm)
Thursday 25: Bootle History Talk with Hugh Hollinghurst (10:30am & 2pm)
Friday 26: Waterloo & Crosby Theatre Group 150th Themed Bingo (7pm)
Saturday 27: 150th Celebration Party including Buffet, Bar & live music (6:30pm)

For more information or to book tickets please call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

Ditch Those Stabilisers back by popular demand!

Back by popular demand during the October half term school holidays, Sefton Council is proud to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in both Litherland and Southport.

The events, which take place a number of times throughout the year, always have a very high success rate, as staff from the Council’s highway safety team offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential.

Join in the fun at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, October 23 between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, October 25 from 9am to 12pm.

To register, please call on 0345 140 0845.

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