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Pupils Practice Their Putting Skills

Primary school pupils from across the borough got into full swing ahead of the Open Golf Championship heading to Southport later this month. 

Sixteen schools took part in a mini golf tournament at Greenbank High School, just a short pitch away from the famous Royal Birkdale course which will host the 146th Open in July. 

The special tournament was organised by Greenbank High School to leave a lasting legacy of the golf championship for young people across the borough. 

Schools involved included: St Philip’s CofE, Kew Woods, St Andrew’s CofE, Trinity St Peter’s, Norwood Primary, Our Lady of Lourdes, Thomas Grey, St Luke’s, Holy Trinity, St John’s Primary, Farnborough Road, Bishop David Sheppard, Holy Family, Churchtown Primary, Linaker Primary and Birkdale Primary.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said:

“It was great so many young people took part in the mini golf tournament at Greenbank High School – just yards away from Royal Birkdale. 

“We want the legacy of the Open Golf Championship to be a lasting memory for as many people as possible, especially young people.

“Playing in a tournament like this and seeing the world’s best golfers head to Royal Birkdale will hopefully ingrain a passion for the game or any other sport for many young people.” 

Following two golfing sessions on Greenbank’s astro-turf, run in partnership with Elite Sports Academy, St. Luke’s in Formby won the morning event and Holy Family Catholic Primary from Southport were crowned champions in the afternoon. 

Ian Raikes, headteacher at Greenbank High School, added:

“As part of Sefton’s commitment to ensuring a legacy is left to hosting The Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale, we thought it would be great way to bring schools together and celebrate this sporting spectacle.

“The mini tournament was an astounding success with pupils able to see the venue of this major world sporting event in the background giving them instant inspiration.” 

Children aged under 16 years of age will once again be admitted free of charge to The Open with a paying adult. For tickets visit

Sefton 4 Good Appeals for Support for Free Summer Holidays Meals for Children Scheme

A Sefton charity is appealing for community groups and individuals to support a scheme to provide free summer school holiday meals for children across the borough.

Fundraising initiative Sefton 4 Good, which is managed by Sefton CVS, says that many families find the holidays difficult because they rely on the free school meals their children receive during term time.

As a response to this situation, organisers are looking to co-oordinate a borough-wide network of local voluntary organisations and community venues who will be able to plug the gap by offering free meals to children and young people aged between five and 18 in the holidays.

Seven local organisations have already pledged their support to the scheme – two in Bootle, one in Litherland, two in Crosby and a further two in Southport.

Now Sefton 4 Good are appealing for specific support for this initiative and have set up a dedicated BT MyDonate page in a bid to generate crowdfunding support for the initiative. Donations can also be made by phone by texting SEFT44 followed by the amount to 70070.

Funds raised in these ways will help groups with purchasing supplies of food and drink, and organisers are also appealing for volunteers to help in the initiative. 

Volunteers are needed to help prepare and cook meals, and also to assist with running activities at the various centres across the borough.

Nigel Bellamy, Deputy Chief Executive Sefton CVS commented: “This scheme aims to provide much-needed support to disadvantaged families who can face real financial problems in the school holidays.

“We’re hoping for a really good response from community groups and individuals, to enable us to provide a free meals service in as many borough locations as possible.”

Organisers are also looking for support and donations from local businesses for specific food supplies and equipment, and those who can support are asked to contact Sefton 4 Good for full details of what is needed.

* Groups or individuals who want to get involved, or for those wishing to make a donation, can contact Sefton 4 Good by ringing 0151 920 0726 or by visiting

King’s Garden for The Senses

A new sensory garden has been created within the community area of King’s Gardens in Southport thanks to the hard work of local volunteers. 

The ‘Friends of King’s Gardens’ group worked together the Green Machine – which is made up of representatives from Holy Family, Holy Trinity, Meols Cop, and Linaker Primary School to plan, design and plant the garden for everyone to enjoy. 

As part of the project the children learnt about the five senses and how these could be applied to create a unique sensory garden. Sefton Council’s parks and greenspaces team supported the project and a detailed plan was developed.

The sensory garden includes grasses to make gentle sounds when the wind blows, herbs that smell of coca cola, curry, peppermint, and lavender, strawberries to taste, flowers to create a stunning visual effect, and touch boards that were made by the pupils with objects from Sefton’s coast.

The garden is open every day and can be easily accessed via a ramp at the end of the Lower Promenade. For more information about King’s Gardens visit or find the Friends of King’s Gardens Southport on Facebook

Next of Kin Appeal for Southport Woman

Sefton Coroners Office is asking for the family of Margaret Reymueller to come forward.

Ms Reymueller,, 89, of Manchester Road in Southport passed away on Sunday, 25 June.

There were no suspicious circumstances.

Anyone who can help the coroner identify and trace Ms Reymueller’s next of kin, should call 0151 777 3422 or email

Merseyflow tolling registration opens on 17th July

Registration for opens on Monday 17th July.

From 8am on Monday 17th July you will be able to register for the merseyflow tolling system that will operate on the new Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee bridges.

Merseyflow and Halton Council are urging people to register online as quickly as possible to ensure they don’t get caught in a last minute rush when the new bridge opens in the autumn.

Registering with merseyflow is the only way to get discounts or, if you qualify, free travel across the new bridge and the Silver Jubilee Bridge.

From the morning of 17th July anyone can visit and sign up for the merseyflow account that is right for them.

Signing-up online is the easiest way to register, but the locally based walk-in centre and the call-centre will also open at that point so anyone who wants to register in person or by phone will be able to do so.

Anyone who is eligible for the Halton residents’ discount scheme must register and pay their £10 annual fee in order to claim their free trips.

People will also be able to register for a pre-pay account, monthly pass or Blue Badge holder pass from next month, all of which give discounts on the full unregistered toll fee.

The free-flow tolling system will mean journeys across the Mersey in Halton will be quicker, easier and more reliable, because drivers won’t need to stop or use a toll booth bucket.

It will still be possible to cross the bridge without registering but, if you do, you will have to pay the full unregistered toll fee which is £2 per car per crossing, with additional charges for larger vehicles.

Anthony Alicastro, who is Chief Executive Officer of Emovis Operations (Mersey) Limited., a wholly owned subsidiary of emovis, which runs the merseyflow operation, said demand for registration is expected to be high as we approach the opening of the bridge, and urged people to register as soon as they can after 17th July, to avoid delays.


He said: “We’ve had a lot of enquiries from people wanting to know when they can register, so it is good to be able to confirm 17th July as our registration date. From 17th July you will be able to register to use the brand new Mersey Gateway Bridge, and – once refurbished – the Silver Jubilee Bridge.”

“If anyone isn’t sure what this means for them, I would encourage them to visit and look at all the detail there about different registration options to make sure they don’t miss out. Whilst there will be a range of ways to sign up, we’d like to encourage people to register using the merseyflow website, as this will be the quickest method.”

David Parr, Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council said,

“Anyone who wants to be ready to benefit from the improved connectivity and reduced journey times provided by the Mersey Gateway Bridge should sign up from Monday, 17th July.

“To provide everyone with plenty of time to sign up, registration is starting well ahead of the bridge opening in autumn this year,”

“It’s also really important that eligible Halton residents register in order to get the special discount deal the council has been able to fund for local people.

“It’s inevitable that there will be a last minute rush to register, so the best thing to do is sign up as early as possible so you don’t have to worry about doing this in the autumn.”


To be eligible for the Halton residents’ discount scheme, you must:

  • Hold a valid UK drivers licence showing your address in Halton
  • Live in Halton in a property with a council tax band of A-F
  • Have a vehicle (a car or a small van) registered in your name on the V5C vehicle registration document

All three documents must have the same address in Halton.

How to register 

To make the registration process as easy as possible there will be a range of sign up methods available, however registering on the merseyflow website – – will be the fastest method.

You can also register in person at merseyflow’s new walk-in centre, which will open soon in Runcorn.

Or register by telephone. If you choose to register over the phone, eligible Halton residents and Blue Badge holders will then need to email copies of your documents to merseyflow.

If you’re an eligible Halton resident and would like to register online, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Take photographs or scan copies of your driving licence, your council tax bill and your vehicle registration document (the red and green V5C form) to prove you are eligible.
  2. Visit, click on ‘Register Now’ and select ‘Halton residents’ account. Complete the registration process and upload the photographs/scans.
  3. Pay the annual £10 administration fee. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email and your special merseyflow sticker will be sent through the post.
  4. Display your merseyflow sticker in your vehicle, following the instructions provided.

If you’re a Blue Badge holder, and would like to register online, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Scan or take a photograph of both sides of your blue badge to prove you are eligible.
  2. Visit, click on ‘Register Now’ and select ‘Blue Badge holder’ account. Complete the registration process and upload a copy of both sides of your blue badge.
  3. Pay the £5 one-off registration fee. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email and your special merseyflow sticker will be sent through the post.
  4. Display your merseyflow sticker in your vehicle, following the instructions provided.

If you live outside Halton and would like to register for a pre-pay account, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Visit, click on ‘Register Now’ and select ‘Pre-pay’ account. Complete the registration process, entering all details as required.
  2. Pay the £5 one-off registration fee for each vehicle you register. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email and your special merseyflow sticker will be sent through the post.
  3. Display your merseyflow sticker in your vehicle, following the instructions provided.

The new bridge is scheduled to open in autumn 2017. When the new bridge opens the Silver Jubilee Bridge will be closed to road traffic for up to 12 months while it is refurbished.

During this time the Silver Jubilee Bridge will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

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