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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 “remember 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, “Obviously 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.”

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Aquathlon heads back to Southport!

Sefton Council’s Active Workforce team are excited to bring it’s successful Aquathlon challenge back to Southport – and it’s open for everyone.

On Sunday, September 9, the Aquathlon event will consist of a 250m swim at Dunes Splashworld, followed by a 2.5km run around Victoria Park.

The race will start in waves from 9am onwards and costs just £15 per entry. Active Workforce members pay a reduced rate of £10. Participants can also complete the event as a relay team of two, with one person completing the swim and the other completing the run.  

To register your place call the team on 0151 934 2079 or email Payments can be taken securely over the phone with credit or debit card details or alternatively at Dunes leisure centre reception.

Bullybusters’ Top Tips for Returning to School

It’s September and it’s back to school!  Here’s Bullybusters’ top tips for returning to school – whether you’re starting a  new school or going into a new year.  It’s great advice too for parents too who are looking for the best way to support  their children. 

Get to know the staff at your school 

It’s important to know who your learning mentor, pastoral support and head  of year are when returning to school. Getting to know the staff will make things much easier if you ever need to speak to them for any help or guidance throughout the school year. 

Remember your “Safe hands” 

Bullybusters are very passionate about talking about the idea of “Safe Hands”. These are the 5 people you can count off on one hand that you can trust and speak to when you’re in need of help.  Ideally at least 3 of them should be adults over 18.  For example you could have 3 teachers at school to choose from so there is always someone you could speak to.  The other 2 could be a friend, a sibling or even a pet. You can also use your “Safe Hands” at home when considering who to go to for help. 

Don’t be a Bystander  

The Bullybusters team often hear how no one wants to be a “snitch”. However, there’s a difference between being a ‘snitch’ and telling an adult what you have seen so that person can be helped. If you’re snitching on someone it’s to get them in trouble. Even if you feel as though you can’t tell the teacher, go and ask that person if they are okay and see if there is anything you can do. Encourage them to ask for some help.  

Use the 4 W’s 

If you witness bullying in the classroom or the playground, use the 4 W’s to tell an adult about it: 

Who was it? What happened? Where did it happen? When did it happen?

 Don’t blame yourself, it’s never your fault  – Always look to seek help and support if you are being bullied or having a hard time for whatever reason. Talking to someone about what is happening is the best way to resolve the issue.

Use Bullybusters’ Website and Helpline

The Bullybusters’ Website tells you all about the support available from Bullybusters as well as helpful and practical tips.

The Bullybuster’s helpline is open from 3 – 6pm Monday to Friday for children and young people, parents and teachers – 08001696928. 

Bullybusters is an anti-bullying initiative funded by Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley Council to deliver lessons,   assemblies and an anti-bullying helpline. It is operated by the charity, Local Solutions.




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.

Lost Castles project finalised for top community award

Sefton’s incredible Lost Castle project which saw Miller’s Castle rise above the Bootle skyline once more has now been nominated for a leading regional community accolade.

 The Lost Castles project, part of a collaborative effort between all local authorities in the Liverpool City Region and the Arts Council, saw hundreds of volunteers rebuild Miller’s Castle in North Park using only cardboard and sticky tape. 

 The end result saw a stunning cardboard castle take pride of place in the park before it was knocked down and recycled following a special family fun day for the community. 

 Now the Lost Castles Project has been finalised for the Liverpool Echo Awards ‘Community Event of the Year.’

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been finalised for this award and it emphasises just how good a job our volunteers, staff and communities did in building this massive structure.

 “Hundreds of people came to help recreate Miller’s Castle, using tons of cardboard, countless rolls of sticky tape and one or two plasters for paper cuts! 

“It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in the Lost Castles project that it has been shortlisted and we look forward to the finals.”

The winner of the award will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced at the awards ceremony on Friday September 14 at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool.

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