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Formby’s Home Front in WWI

The next in the series of monthly talks at Formby Library takes place on Tuesday, April 11 and is titled “The Home Front in Formby in WWI”.

Local historian, Tony Pawson from the Formby Civic Society, will be explaining how the people of Formby coped during WWI while so many young men were away at war; and how everyday life was changed in the village.

The talk starts at 2pm on Tuesday, April 11 and places are free, however booking is essential. To secure a place please phone Formby Library on 01704 874177 or email Formby.Library@sefton.gov.uk.

For more information about Sefton Libraries, log onto www.sefton.gov.uk/libraries

Longer hours for Merseyside Recycling Centres

Merseyside residents will have the opportunity to recycle more from Saturday 1 April as the region’s Household Waste Recycling Centres open for an extra three hours every day.

The 14 Recycling Centres, which are provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and operated by resource management company Veolia, will be switching to their summer opening hours, meaning they’ll be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm*, seven days a week.

The Recycling Centres are situated throughout the region with all 14 available to use for all Merseyside householders. They accept all sorts of household materials for recycling, from batteries, cans and cardboard, through to garden clippings, glass bottles, furniture, soil, timber, electrical items and white goods, plus much more.

A Van Permit scheme is in operation at all the sites meaning if you are planning to use a van or large trailer then you will need a Permit. Permits are free of charge.

Further details about Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres and the Permit Scheme can be found at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or by calling MRWA on 0151 255 1444

Easter Holiday Fun at The Atkinson, Southport

This Easter holiday come and Discover Ancient Egypt, uncover stories of the sea, meet the Easter Bunny and take a trip to the merry old Land of Oz! Taking place from Saturday 1 – Monday 17 April, there is something to keep everyone entertained with free activities and fun events for all ages.

Families and children aged 2 – 7 are invited to discover the truth behind the tale of the Easter Bunny and meet him afterwards to receive a special Easter present! Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure is taking place on Monday 10 April at 11.30am & 2.30pm.

Tickets £9 / £7.50 child / £28 family

Starring Coronation Street’s Steve Arnold, families and children aged 2+ can join Dorothy as she befriends a brainless Scarecrow, a loveable Tin Man and a cowardly Lion on their quest to thwart the evil powers of the Wicked Witch of the West! The Wizard of Oz on Tuesday 11 April, 2pm & 6pm. Tickets £12.50 / £10.50 under 16s / £28 family (3) / £40 family (4)

Over the two week holiday, families are encouraged to get involved with our latest exhibition, the Sefton Open and its fun, free activities. The Sefton Open is an annual, large and vibrant exhibition that showcases talent from across Sefton. Many of the artwork is for sale and with the new Own Art Scheme – is affordable! Speak to a member of our team.

Pick up one of our Arty Aprons during your visit and explore the galleries with tools, every day from 11am – 3pm (subject to availability).  Families can get creative in an activity inspired by the Sefton Open at Make It! on Monday 3 & 10 April at 1pm – 3pm. All Ages.

The popular monthly Construction Club is also returning on Saturday 1 April from 10.30am – 12.30pm where young inventors, creators and builders are invited to join us and build with Lego.  Ages 5+

Why not take a trip in our glass elevator to the second floor and explore local history and the ancient Egyptians in our Museum? Open every day with free admission.

Between Land and Sea: 10,000 Years of Sefton’s Coast explores the history of the Sefton coast from prehistoric times to the present day showcasing the development of Sefton’s towns from Bootle to Southport. With lots of interactive displays – its fun for all the family!

 

 

We invite you to Discover Ancient Egypt and see the stunning Mrs Goodison’s collection un-seen for over 40 years until 2014. Here visitors are taken on a journey through what life was like in ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs.

Come and handle some of our museum objects in the family Hands On! sessions Tuesday 4 & 11 April from 11am – 3pm.  Suitable for all Ages

To book your tickets please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call the Box Office team on 01704 533 333. Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office.

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Liverpool Icon and Award Winning Actress Alison Steadman to Support and Attend Clapperboard’s Award Ceremony

The work Sefton Council and partners do supporting people with Aspergers will be recognised at a special award ceremony.

Sefton Council has been working in an innovative group partnership with Sefton CCG’s, Sefton Carers Centre, Autism Initiatives, The Atkinson, Mersey Care and People First to establish and develop three ‘hubs’ for people with Aspergers living in Sefton. 

The hubs are in Sefton Carers Centre, The Atkinson and Autism Initiatives Cedars Centre.  

The first project the hubs ran was in film-making with ClapperboardUK.  The members joined the group to work together to make short films from script to screen. 

The highly-regarded Clapperboard Awards Ceremony is to return to Liverpool this year hosted by Liverpool actor, comedian and writer Neil Fitzmaurice (Going Off Big Time, Phoenix Nights, Peep Show, Mount Pleasant) and this year in attendance is special guest presenter Liverpool film and television icon Alison Steadman (Nuts in May, Abigail’s Party, Shirley Valentine, Topsy Turvey, Life is Sweet, Singing Detective, Fat Friends, Gavin and Stacey).

The prestigious awards ceremony will once again take place at Liverpool Hope University’s Capstone Theatre on Tuesday, April 4.

Young adults from across Merseyside, including Sefton, have been involved in a whole production process from script to screen to deliver a number of diverse short films exploring issues such as mental health and autism.  They come together with their families and friends to display their work and achievements with the chance of winning a Clapperboard Award and to meet their on-screen idols.

On the awards evening a host of actors from the world of film and television will give up their time to support the Clapperboard project and present an award to the young film-makers, including Ricky Tomlinson (Royle Family, Hillsborough), Kieron Bimpson (Justice, Vera, Being Keegan, Hunter Killer), John Henshaw (Early Doors, Angels Share, Looking for Eric) and Hollyoaks cast, The Loveday Family:  

Actress Alison Steadman said: “As a patron of Clapperboard and a huge fan of its charitable work across the North West, I’m delighted that I am able to attend this year’s Awards Ceremony to present the special Alison Steadman Award for active citizenship.  I’m also looking forward to visiting the wonderful City of my birth.”

Host actor/writer Neil Fitzmaurice said: “I’m extremely happy to be able to host this special event once again.  Clapperboard is a great award-winning community filmmaking charity tackling many difficult issues that young people and their communities face.  There should be no stigma attached to mental health or autism issues as many people either suffer from this or know someone who has.”

The Sefton members have been so excited about their new found love of filmmaking that they have gone on to develop their own media group based at The Atkinson which is developing their skills and striving to become a social enterprise in the future.

This year’s judges include acclaimed writer Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions, 24 Hour Party People, Dr Who) award-winning actor Ricky Tomlinson, Board Member, Perrilena Alleyne-Hughes (Teacher & Director of Sense of Sound) and ex Clapperboard volunteer and Hollyoaks Technical Runner Mari Jones.

This year’s partners and sponsors include: Big Lottery, PH Holt, Mersey Care/NHS, Sefton Council, Sefton CCG’s, Sefton Carers Centre, Sefton Creative Hubs, Autism Initiatives,  Atkinsons, Lime Pictures, Liverpool Echo, Liverpool Film Studios, Liverpool Film Office, Firestyle Magazine, Forward Culture, EventSinc, Ma Boyle’s, Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool Hope University,  Bill Elms Associates, Barclays, among others.

Southport Wins National Tourism Award

Sefton Council’s Tourism Team has been recognised after Southport was named the UK’s most coach-friendly destination at the British Coach Tourism Awards 2017.

The town saw off stiff competition from Beverley, Bournemouth, Plymouth, Poole and Wells to win the award for ‘Coach Friendly Destination of the Year’.

The award recognises a town, city or region that demonstrates a commitment to welcoming coaches, coach groups and coach drivers. Previous winners have included Liverpool, York, Burnham-on-Sea and the Isle of Man.

The judges praised ‘Southport Welcome’, a new initiative launched in 2016 to highlight and remind tour planners and coach operators why the traditional seaside destination is coach and group friendly.

At the heart of ‘Southport Welcome’ is husband and wife team Rod and Wendy Wright who, as the town’s Coach Welcome Hosts, meet and greet coaches arriving on day excursions between March and October.

In addition to promoting the many visitor attractions, festivals and other things to do in the town and surrounding area, ‘Southport Welcome’ also highlights the town’s dedicated, secure coach parking, and how coach parking charges have been reduced.

Steve Christian, Sefton Council’s Destination Development Manager with Visit Southport, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with winning this award. Across the UK’s coach tourism industry, Southport has long been recognised as being ‘coach friendly’.

“However, with so many towns, cities and other destinations competing for business from group visitors, it’s vital that we keep that message in front of tour planners and coach operators.

“Winning this award will mean the campaign receives even more publicity which, when combined with our other marketing activity, and the new Southport branding, looks set to encourage even more people to visit the town over the months to come.”

Helen Conway, group director at awards organiser Diversified UK, added: “Once again the sheer quality of this year’s awards entries has been outstanding.  It sends a strong signal that the domestic tourism sector is getting stronger every year and is a real testament to the strength of commitment of the individuals working within it.

“There are many tourism awards, but only the British Coach Tourism Awards specifically focuses on coach tourism. It is the most important annual celebration of the very best our industry has to offer.”

For more information about the ‘Southport Welcome’, go to www.visitsouthport.com. For more information about the British Coach Tourism Awards, go to www.britishcoachawards.co.uk

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