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Southport Legion hosts special luncheon thanks to Sefton funding

Tickets have already sold out ahead of a special British Legion luncheon in Southport to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One.

The luncheon, funded by Sefton Council, is part of a series of events across the borough to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War and will take place at the Prince of Wales Hotel on Thursday  September 6.

During the luncheon Sefton’s Mayor, Cllr Dave Robinson, will give a welcome speech after the Exhortation is read by Sefton Royal British Legion Branch Chairman Colin Hughes.

Following the meal guests will be treated to a short and informative speech on World War One by Bill Sergeant, County Vice Chairman of the Royal British Legion.

Other events throughout the coming months will include poetry readings, armed forces nights 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.”

Intrepid volunteers conquer cathedral abseil for Sefton charity

Intrepid Sefton volunteers with a head for heights have been raising funds for a leading borough charity.

A team of 16 brave volunteers – including the Mayor of Sefton – abseiled down the outside of the main entrance of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in support of Sefton 4 Good.

As well as Cllr Dave Robinson and his son David, team members who took on the 150-foot free-fall drop over the main entrance to the iconic building included staff from Sefton Council, Sefton CVS, Sefton Carers Centre and the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA).

Sefton 4 Good was established by Sefton CVS in 2013 and provides grants to local voluntary community and faith groups across the borough, especially small groups or collaborative projects that include small organisations.

This year Sefton 4 Good has already awarded almost £15,000 in grants to 25 groups, with a particular focus on projects involving volunteers.

Sefton 4 Good staff say they are delighted at the response to this high-level fundraiser so far, but stress that people can still donate to the charity abseil by visiting their website – www.sefton4good.org.uk.

Mike Howlett, Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer with Sefton CVS, commented: “This was a very exciting event and we’re delighted that so many people supported our team and their fundraising efforts.

“And of course we’re especially grateful to Cllr Robinson and his fellow intrepid volunteers who actually took on this daunting challenge and completed the abseil.

“This project was an excellent example of people coming together to support groups that make a real difference to life in their local community, and often support some of the most vulnerable residents in the borough,” added Mr Howlett.

Huge donation set to boost Formby Pool

Formby Pool is set to benefit from an injection of almost £1 million thanks to a donation from the Freshfield Foundation.

The Formby Pool Trust (FPT) and Sefton Council can now announce that the donation will fund an extension of the facility which will include brand new studio space, a larger gym and overflow car park.

This will facilitate an increase in the volume and variety of classes available, while extending the footprint of the gym to allow for 13 pieces of additional equipment. This includes Technogym resistance and cardiovascular equipment, the same equipment used by athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the last two decades.

Work commenced on Monday 20th August with the new facilities planned to be opened to members and the community in Spring 2019.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“This is an incredible opportunity for the community in Formby and shows the true value of partnership work.

“This donation is set to open up a host of prospects for centre users and the wider Formby community who will all benefit from increased facilities, state of the art equipment and improved timetables and is a win win for all parties.”

Patrick Moores from the Freshfield Foundation, stated:

“We are delighted to give £920k to Formby Land Trust for the construction of the extension and the overflow car park.

“The gift is in recognition of the great job that FPT supported by Sefton Council has been doing in the last few years. The gift is also intended to help the pool to become more profitable and to reduce the financial support needed from Sefton Council.”

Dympna Edwards, Chairman of Formby Pool Trust, added:

“Our aim has always been to provide an outstanding environmentally and economically sustainable high-quality leisure facility, accessible and affordable to all, that improves local people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life.

“We warmly welcome this generous donation from the Freshfield Foundation and investment by Formby Land Trust in improving local facilities and services for the benefit of local people.”

David Kiernan, Head of Operations at FTP, said:

“The exciting project concerns a single storey extension to the southern end of the existing building to incorporate a purpose-built fitness studio, extension to the gym, and provision for additional overflow car parking.

“We’re looking forward to being able to offer more to our supporters. It is an opportunity to maximise our impact on the health and wellbeing of the community and to achieve its long-term objectives.”

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.

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