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Soaring success for the Southport Air Show

This Weekend saw Southport skies filled with the roar of jet engines and the sparkle of pyrotechnics. This year the Air show was extended to cover Friday evening, this enabled the many spectators to line Southport beach as the sky above was lit up by an array of fireworks, planes and the typhoons scorching afterburner.

 Over the course of the weekend thousands flocked to the Air Show to see a great flying programme that included The Lancaster Bomber, Sally B, and many more, both days came to a close by the mighty thunder of the Typhoon.

 Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “The Southport Air Show has been another amazing event in what has been an outstanding year for the resort and the whole borough. The fireworks on Friday evening were really special and gave the event a new twist.

 “Thousands of visitors attended the resort over the two days which will have had a real positive impact on local businesses in and around the town, this wouldn’t have been possible without Sefton Councils hard work and dedication to bring these exceptional events to our borough.”

 “The displays were incredible and an amazing experience for everybody in attendance. We already can’t wait for next year’s Air Show which will take place slightly earlier than normal from July 6-8, 2018.”

 Remember The British Musical Fireworks Championship take place on September 29/30 and October 1. The event will see 7 previous champions battle it out for the Champion of Champions crown, tickets now on sale from £4.50 at visitsouthport.com.

Free Blood Pressure Testing for Sefton residents as part of Know Your Numbers! Week

Sefton Council and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging local residents to get their blood pressure checked for free as part of Know Your Numbers! Week. This is the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country from September 18-24.

Shockingly, 30,0001 people in Sefton have high blood pressure and don’t know. High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms but it is linked to at least 50% of all strokes and heart attacks and increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia.

Some pharmacies across Sefton will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately. A blood pressure check is quick, free, painless and could save your life. You can also have a free blood pressure check in your GP surgery or use a home testing kit.

This year, Blood Pressure UK cautions that a poor diet and excess salt intake is leading more young people to develop high blood pressure putting them at risk of having an early stroke. Help to stop stroke and other illnesses by knowing your numbers just like you know your height and weight.

Figures show the proportion of strokes in working age people (those aged 25 to 64) has increased from 16.91% to 17.94% between 2013-2016 despite an overall drop in the number of strokes. Blood Pressure UK is urging people, regardless of age, to check their blood pressure as part of Know Your Numbers! Week.

Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle-related such as eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not taking enough exercise.

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

“The message to people is to take charge of their health and get their blood pressure checked. Blood pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains one of the leading causes of death. As an individual having your blood pressure checked is the most important step that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.”

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“It’s so important to get regular blood pressure checks and this week and throughout the year we remind people to do so. The fact that you can pop into some of Sefton’s pharmacies for a free test is ideal so we do hope Sefton residents take up this opportunity.

“Blood pressure can be lowered by changes to your lifestyle and if necessary taking medication as directed by your doctor. Your pharmacist can advise you following your test if you need to take further action.”

Some pharmacies in Sefton will be offering free blood pressure checks, to find your nearest pressure station please visit: http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/Freebpchecks/Findfreecheck

Excitement grows for Allotment Fortnight

Excitement is growing for Allotment Fortnight!

Sefton Council’s Parks and Greenspaces team have been busy sprouting plans for a two week celebration of all things allotments between September 25 and October 8.

Working along side self-managed sites, Allotment Fortnight will highlight various community projects, activities and food bank donation schemes across a number of allotments in the borough.

Community open days will take place at fourteen allotments, including Altcar Road in Formby, Scape Lane Crosby, Beach Road Litherland and Gardener Avenue, Bootle.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Allotment Fortnight is a great way for us to really celebrate our fantastic communities and the work they do at allotments all across Sefton.

“We have more than 1,100 allotment plots over 14 sites across Sefton so they really are the cream of the crop!

“During Allotment Fortnight residents are invited to come down between 10.30am and 2.30pm on each open day and learn more about the sheer wealth of what we do at our sites.

“Council staff will be on hand throughout all the sites to meet with tenants and those interested in getting more involved with our allotments scheme.

“We’ll also be running a number of food bank collection points during each open day where we encourage anyone with spare fruit, vegetables and produce they may have grown to donate to a local good cause.

“Our allotments are not just about growing fruit and veg. They are a brilliant community resource.”

If you are a resident of Sefton and would like to rent an allotment call 0151 934 2943 for more information. 

Alternatively click here for more information.

Coffee mornings at the Venus Centre

The Venus Centre in Bootle invites the women of Sefton to join them at its coffee mornings.

The coffee mornings are held every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm at Venus’ Linacre Road based centre.  This is the perfect opportunity for women to get together to talk, make friends and support one another.

Being social and sharing successes and concerns with other people is key to maintaining good mental wellbeing. Activities like coffee mornings are free and encourage people to get out and about for a few hours to spend time with friends and make new ones.

Lorraine Webb, Chief Executive at Venus, says:

“It’s not just coffee, its making sense of the world around us and helping us see that we are not the only ones who may be having a tough time.

To find out more about the Venus Charity and the services on offer visit www.venuscharity.org or call 0151 474 4744

Venus are supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

National Trust Takes On Care of Land at Formby Point

Transfer of land in Formby to the National TrustAn additional 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols in Formby, home to rare wildlife, is now safeguarded thanks to its formal transfer into the care of the National Trust. 

The official transfer documents were signed today, seeing responsibility for its guardianship pass from Sefton Council to the National Trust. As an independent conservation charity, the Trust has already been caring for 210 hectares at Formby for the past 50 years. 

The transfer means that the land is now protected forever for the enjoyment of the people who love this special place and the benefit of the wildlife that thrives here. Amongst the sand dunes and pine forests live Sand Lizards, Red Squirrels, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and Natterjack Toads. 

Jo Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented: 

“The land at Formby Point is absolutely exceptional, representing one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the entire UK. Its significance is shown by much of the land being designated as a Site of Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds.  We are extremely proud to be taking on the custodianship of this additional land and we cannot think of a more wonderful way to mark the milestone of our 50 years working at Formby. 

“We have an excellent team of Rangers, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to continuing our current hard work across this broader area. Our aim is to continue to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy everything that makes this place so exceptional.” 

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: 

“Residents and visitors to the borough made strong representation through the consultation process for the Sefton 2030 Vision for their desire to access and enjoy all the benefits the Sefton coast has to offer. 

“We believe through the land transfer it will enable the National Trust to develop a richer visitor experience with our local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline. 

“We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities, the many visitors to our borough, the local economy and the environment. 

“Working with the National Trust has been very productive and we hope to continue this relationship over the coming years in enhancing further this stretch of our amazing coastline.” 

In addition to the day-to-day management of the portfolio at Formby Point, the National Trust is also starting to look to the future and the next 50 years at Formby. Work has already started in talking to people about what they would like to see in terms of improvements to access and visitor facilities as well as how to help the rare wildlife to thrive. The Trust will continue to work closely with neighbours, stakeholders and people who love this special place to shape up these plans. 

To find out more about how to get involved with future plans, including the opportunity to chat to National Trust staff and volunteers about the care of the Formby Coast at Formby Library on 16 and 23 September please visit the National Trust website.

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