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MySefton Showcase

MySefton ShowcaseThe very first edition of the MySefton newsletter is now available and showcases just some of the great things that are happening across our borough. It highlights the work that Sefton Council and partners are doing to make Sefton a great place to live, work and have fun. 

As the festive season approaches there’s plenty of activities happening across Sefton to get you in the festive spirit. From Christmas lights switch-on events and seasonal markets to volunteering activities – there’s something for everyone. 

Christmas isn’t a great time for everyone though. There are families who are struggling to make ends meet, so spare a thought and give to one of the vital foodbanks across Sefton. It’s not just about foodbanks, having a cup of tea with someone who is feeling a bit lonely may be their best Christmas present so please take the time to wish people well and let them know about the many exciting opportunities in this newsletter as they may wish to join in. 

Watch out for news on the Mayor’s Toy Appeal in the next few weeks. 

Do make sure you stay well this winter, follow advice from our public health and our NHS partners – and don’t forget to get your flu jab. 

You can keep up with all the latest community news here on the MySefton.com news channel. Sefton Council have also just launched an email community messaging system so you can receive all the latest events and the Council’s important news straight to your inbox –sign up via www.merseynowsefton.org.

Remembrance Day Services take place across Sefton

The Mayor of Sefton, councillors and council officers will all attend Remembrance Day services taking place across the borough.

They will all remember those who died in conflict at services being held on Sunday, November 12.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, will attend a morning service at the War Memorial, King’s Gardens, Bootle at 10.55am and an afternoon service at Holy Trinity Church, Formby at 3pm.

Councillors and other Sefton Council representatives will be present at a total of 11 services being held on Sunday, November 12 throughout the borough.

These will be held at other locations in Aintree, Ainsdale, Crosby, Hightown, Ince Blundell, Litherland, Maghull, Southport and Waterloo. Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council’s Labour leader will be at the service at the War Memorial, Lord Street, Southport starting at 10.55am.

In previous years the number of members of the public attending the services has increased and people are advised to arrive in plenty of time.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said:

“Without fail every year councillors, council officers, members of the public and our armed forces are rightfully present at the many services taking place across the borough.

“As the Mayor of Sefton I am very proud to attend them and I hope as many people as possible will attend the services held in Sefton on this very important date.

“It gives us the opportunity to spend some time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women over the years in various conflicts.”

Cllr Bobby Brennan, Sefton Council’s Armed Forces champion, added:

“All the services taking place in Sefton and across the country are very important as we remember those who lost their lives in conflict past and present.

“They give us a chance for us all to remember how we owe a huge debt to every single one of them for the peace and freedom we currently enjoy today. As we pause to remember the fallen we are mindful of our serving men and women as they carry out their duties both at home and overseas.”

District Location Assembly Time Service Time Mayor/Mayor’s Representative
Aintree Junction of Brickwall Lane/Lunt Road/Bridges Lane, Opposite Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 10.30 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr John Sayers
Ainsdale War Memorial Village Green 10.30 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr Lynne Thompson
Bootle War Memorial
King’s Gardens, Stanley Road
10.25 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Mayor of Sefton – Cllr Dave Robinson
Waterloo War Memorial Five
Lamps, Gt George’s Road
10.30 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Paul Cummins
Crosby War Memorial Garden
Alexandra Park, Coronation Road
10.30 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Les Byrom
Formby Holy Trinity Church
Rosemary Lane, Formby
2.50 p.m. 3.00 p.m. Mayor of Sefton – Cllr Dave Robinson
Hightown War Memorial
St Stephens Road, Hightown
10.35 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr Steve McGinnity
Ince Blundell War Memorial
Lady Green Lane, Ince Blundell
12.05 p.m. 12.15 p.m. Cllr Catie Page
Litherland War Memorial
Town Hall, Sefton Road
10.30 a.m. 10.40 a.m. Cllr Ian Moncur
Maghull St Andrew’s Church
Damfield Lane
9.50 a.m. 10.00 a.m. Cllr Marion Atkinson
Southport War Memorial
Monument Square, Lord Street
10.25 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Ian Maher
(Leader of the Council)

The Atkinson in Southport 

Join us for an important series of talks and films that showcase Maghull and the Great War Remembered: Shell Shock –the impact and aftermath an ongoing project exploring the ground-breaking treatment of shell shock at Moss Side hospital during the First World War.  Explore Sefton’s First World War heritage through an exhibition of banners and you can do your own research as well as talk to our Volunteer researchers.

Supported by historians from Manchester Metropolitan University, archives consultant Kevin Bolton and staff from our Museum together with local volunteers from throughout Merseyside will be delivering a day of talks, presentations and activities focused on the pioneering wartime work, and post-war legacy, of the now disappeared Moss Side Military Hospital.

Programme of Events

11am  – Two Minute Silence followed by Maghull Parish Handbell Ringers
11.15am – Welcome to Sefton Remembers
11.30am – Moss Side Hospital, Shell Shock & the Community. Kevin Bolton, Archives Consultant
12.15pm Not Forgotten, Shell Shock & the Centennial of the First World War. Dr Sam Edwards, Manchester Metropolitan University
1pm – Remembering Moss Side. Bill Esterson MP & Cllr June Burns, Mayor of Maghull
1.15pm – Veterans in Sefton: the work we do & the help we provide
Steve Calderbank, former Chief Petty Officer (Navy), & Dave Smith, former Sergeant Major (Army),
Founders of Veterans in Sefton.
2pm – Research stories. Adam Cree, Volunteer

Grants available to help your community flourish

Do you have an idea that could benefit your community? Wonder how you could do something to support people’s wellbeing? Then Living Well Sefton, the local collaboration of wellbeing partners, could help.

It launched the third round of its Community Resilience Grant recently at the Sefton CVS conference and is particularly keen to hear from individuals who want to improve their local community.

Karen Nolan, co-ordinator of Living Well Sefton, explains: “We have grants of £500 for small projects that are designed to increase people’s wellbeing and our partners can support individuals to deliver these projects.”

Already several individuals have been successful in securing a £500 grant. These include Bim Bam, which provides a place for families who don’t speak English to socialise and build friendships.

Another Southport individual project is Art for Arts Sake which received £500 towards therapeutic art classes for older people where they could brush up on their painting skills as well as meet other people.

Karen adds: “If someone has an idea but is unsure of what organisation they need to approach as a support partner then they should contact us and we would be happy to discuss this.”

In addition, there are grants available to organisations working in partnership to improve health and wellbeing. The maximum grant available is £5,000 per partnership. Deadline for all applications is Friday, 17 November 2017.

The Living Well Sefton team is looking forward to receiving your application. For further details of the grant visit the website: www.livingwellsefton.org.uk call the team direct on 0300 323 0181 or email LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk

 

Sign Up to News Alerts from Sefton Council

Residents and businesses can now sign up to receive the latest news, events and important information from Sefton Council via email.

Following the launch of Merseynow, users can access the latest details on a range of themes straight to their inbox. 

Topics will cover information on the latest news and events across the borough, as well as reminders about bin collections, activities during the school holidays or changes to Council services. 

You can even include multiple addresses making it an ideal way for people such as business owners, individuals looking after family members or landlords to keep up-to-date with news from specific postcode locations. 

The Merseynow system is already being used by Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council, and it is hoped that this will become a quick and efficient way for residents to receive communications that they are interested in from across the region. 

It’s completely free to register and all email addresses and personal data will be securely stored.

All you need to do is go to merseynowsefton.org and register your details to start receiving the alerts.

Sensational summer for Coast volunteers

Over the summer we’ve enjoyed spending time on the Sefton Coast with visitors to our dunes, woodlands, beaches and parks.

Over the summer (April – September), the Friends of Sefton Coast have had over 750 volunteer visits, giving more than 1500 hours of time to help clean up beaches, woodlands and parks, and  keeping access routes clear and carrying out wildlife surveys.

We held several Beach Clean Ups over the summer and our volunteers recovered over 550 bags of debris, they then separated the debris into recyclable and non-recyclable materials, this produced almost 100 bags recyclable plastics.

If you were one of the brilliant volunteers who helped out over the summer, we’d love to hear from you and capture your experiences of working along the Sefton coast. We would love to be able to share your feelings and experiences with people living and working in Sefton and hopefully inspire others to help maintain Sefton’s natural beauty and share in its huge capacity to improve health and wellbeing amongst our local communities.

Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols Local Nature Reserve are now under the management of the National Trust. For the Friends of Sefton Coast who volunteer at these sites, you may still do so, but you might want to discuss your voluntary contributions with the National Trust also. If you are happy for us to forward your contact details to the National Trust, please let us know.

All of our volunteers who have previously gone through the grazing animal’s welfare training will be aware that as winter approaches, the sheep and cattle will be back on the grazing enclosures at Ainsdale and Birkdale Local Nature Reserve. If you can help with welfare checks, please get in touch with us at the Ainsdale office and we will make arrangements with you. If you have not been through the stock animals training, but are still be interested in helping us to monitor the winter grazing animals, then please get in touch because we can arrange to provide you with suitable training.

 

Don’t forget that you can contact the Friends of Sefton Coast group or email Gordon White, Coast & Countryside Officer for Sefton Council – Email: Gordon.white@sefton.gov.uk at any time. Equally, if you know anyone who is interested in visiting, exploring and enjoying the coast, who might like to volunteer, then please ask them to get in touch, everyone is welcome.

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