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Bootle Schools Come Together to Celebrate Local History

A digital map of Bootle’s captivating history has been developed by pupils of Bootle schools.

Each of the schools focused on a specific aspect of local history and found out about the history of their schools and their connections with famous people; they discovered about mysterious buildings on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, as well as Johnson’s dye-works.

The pupils did their own research and investigations into their chosen area, taking part in ‘History Days’, outdoor visits and engaging with re-enactors who brought aspects of the history to life in the classroom and provided artefacts for the children to handle.  For many it was the first time that they had been able to visit The Atkinson.

The Atkinson has supported this project as part of the programme of activities linked to the museum development, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery.  This has enabled the schools to work with leading web designers Fuzzy Duck in creating the Bootle History Website – which means the schools are able to digitalise the map and add new important discoveries  all the time.

The Strand Partnership is a collaborative of 24 schools in South Sefton, who work together to improve the training and development of staff, programmes for pupils and to develop collaborative working across the sites.  

Every year the Strand Partnership schools come together to work on a project and this year we are delighted that it was with The Atkinson, who were able to help them develop this incredible  map of historical events and places for their local area. This new digital resource will be added to for years to come and act as an educational resource to teach local heritage in schools whilst helping to instil a real sense of pride of place in their home town. 

David Atkin – Strand Facilitator said:

Everyone agreed that the project was a great success, but we also agreed that it was just a start!  There was plenty of work left to do, much more research to undertake, many more things to be discovered!

The Strand Schools Council History Project, ‘Our Bootle History’ has engaged pupils and staff across South Sefton and created a very modern new resource which will benefit our schools forever.”

Emma Anderson, Director, The Atkinson said:

“This has been a fabulous project for us to be involved in. The schools have worked incredibly hard and have developed something very special and that they can be proud of and develop further. Bootle has such an interesting and varied history that it is important that local pupils learn about it and can feel proud of where they come from.”

The Bootle History Map is being launched on 6 July at a special event at Bootle Cricket Club for everyone who has worked and been involved in the project.

To see what the pupils discovered check out the digital map at  ourbootlehistory.co.uk.

Grant Makes a New Splash in Sefton

Swimmers across Sefton are set to benefit from a huge cash injection to improve a number of facilities thanks to grant funding from Sport England.

Following an extensive consultation with over 3,000 people, Sefton Council is now leading the improvements that aim to get more people into the pool.

family swim

Plans now officially released reveal that Meadows, Bootle Leisure Centre and Dunes, Southport will share a significant amount of the grant of £531,000 to be spent over the next 12 months. 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “It has been a rigorous process to get this far ensuring we understood what local communities need and we are absolutely thrilled to share the good news about the grant from Sport England in order to complete the changes.

“We feel privileged to have been chosen as a pilot area, one of only 12 across the country, and to know that Sefton has been awarded this sum of money.

swim“The work will include making the pools more accessible, changing the timetables to suit different groups of swimmers, upgrading the changing facilities and cleanliness – and it’s going to make a huge difference for all swimmers.” 

Holly Hibbett, British Champion and European medallist has been impressed with the plans so far. She explains: “Having access to great facilities will be a huge boost for local people whether they are looking to enjoy a leisurely swim, improve their fitness, techniques or take part in a family splash.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the plans come to life and anything that helps to encourage more people to swim again has got to be a good thing, in my opinion.”

Lisa O’Keefe, Sport England’s Director of Insight, said: “Sport England is proud to be providing funding and support to Sefton to help more people get active through swimming.

“A lot of research has gone into the development of the Swim Local projects to make sure we’re giving the local community what they want and need. We know swimming is one of the ways many people prefer to get active.

“At Sport England we want everyone to enjoy the benefits that exercise brings, and hope people in Sefton take advantage of the exciting new swimming opportunities in the area.”

Justine Blomeley, Relationship Manager at Sport England, added: “Sefton have really listened to the feedback from people across the borough on how improvements can be made.

“Through this project, local people are shaping swimming in Sefton, which will hopefully result in more people enjoying the many benefits of swimming on a regular basis.”

For further information about the campaign visit sefton.gov.uk/getin or call into your local centre. 

Nurse recruitment open evening at Southport hospital

Southport hospital is hosting a recruitment event for nurses interested in working at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. 

This open evening follows a number of successful events during the past year and is an opportunity for newly qualified and experienced nurses to meet other nurses and team members, and discover what opportunities are available. Nurses wanting to return to practice are also welcome. There are vacancies available across all specialties. 

Informal interviews will be held on the day, applicants are asked to bring along identification. 

The event will be held at Southport hospital Clinical Education Centre on Thursday 29 June between 3.30pm and 7pm. Light refreshments will be available for all those attending. 

To view all current vacancies at the Trust visit www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for Southport and Ormskirk.

One Vision Housing Fire Safety Update – Cygnet House and Wren House

One Vision Housing (OVH) has today (26/06/17) completed the removal of cladding from two high-rise blocks, Cygnet House and Wren House in Bootle.

Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London, OVH have been working closely with a number of Government Departments, Local Authorities as well as Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service regarding fire safety within all high-rise properties.

Part of this approach involved testing cladding through the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Tests concluded that elements of the cladding on Cygnet House and Wren House, whilst meeting building regulations, did not meet the latest Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) test criteria.

As a precautionary measure to ensure the continued safety of tenants, OVH took the decision to remove the cladding from the two blocks. Work began to remove the cladding early on Saturday morning, with staff on-site to ensure residents were fully informed throughout the process.

Work to replace the cladding will commence as soon as is practically possible and in consultation with stakeholders.

Stephanie Williams, who lives in Wren House said: One Vision have been really informative. I’ve had three letters explaining the situation. I’m glad they are doing something about it, and doing it so urgently.”

Roy Williams, Chief Executive – One Vision Housing commented: “Colleagues from OVH together with our partners at Merseyside Fire and Rescue have worked tirelessly over the weekend to ensure works were completed as quickly as possible with the safety of our residents being paramount and at the forefront of our thinking.”

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “Protecting our local communities is of massive importance to us and through this example of partnership working, this matter has been dealt with quickly and efficiently. Residents at both high rise blocks can feel much safer now this work has been carried out.”

 Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: “We have been working hard over the weekend with Sefton Council and OVH staff to quickly resolve cladding test failures at Cygnet House and Wren House. We are very pleased that thanks to the effective partnership working, professionalism and dedication of all concerned we have been able to deal with the issues without evacuating the blocks.”

New home for Crosby Village, Post Office gets Stamp of Approval with Sunday Opening

 

  • Post Office services available seven days a week
  • Convenient, quick service, open-plan layout
  • Extra 24 hours of Post Office service every week
  • Banking services for personal customers and small businesses
  • Bill payment, banking, benefits and travel money
  • Postage, home shopping returns, Local Collect

 The Post Office is opening a new main style Crosby Village Post Office at McColls Retail Group, 15 – 21 Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 2SA.

The new modernised Post Office will have four counter positions, three modern screened positions and a Post Office serving point at the retail counter offering selected services outside normal branch opening hours.

The branch itself will open from 9am – 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, with selected Post Office products and services available from the retail counter between 8am and 9am  and 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. The opening hours which will increase by an extra 24 hours a week will make the branch much more convenient.

 

Dave Thomas, Chief Operating Officer McColl’s Retail Group, said “We are delighted to be welcoming customers to our new Crosby Village Post Office, which will offer a wide range of Post Office services alongside our extensive retail offer. As a convenience store operator we are always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers and the additional Post Office services will be available for the full opening hours of the store in order to provide an excellent service for the local community.”

 

Customers will be able to access a wide range of Post Office and mails services, including Special Delivery, Local Collect, home shopping returns, online banking cash deposits and withdrawals, sending funds abroad using Moneygram, and customers can pay bills, pre-order travel money, apply for travel insurance and top up mobile phones.

As the traditional banking network declines, customers for the majority (95%) of UK banks can also use their post office for online banking cash deposits and withdrawals and bill payments.

The date for the relocation has yet to be confirmed. Posters will be displayed in the current Crosby Village Post Office at Unit 5, Telegraph House, Moor Lane, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 2SF to advise customers of when the move will take place.

 

Suzanne Richardson, Post Office Regional Network Manager said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.

She added: “We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office.”

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