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Ditch Those Stabilisers

The Easter school holidays sees the return of the popular ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from Sefton Council’s Highway Safety Team, offer a range of practical advice to children and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential. They take place at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane (L21 7LA) on Tuesday, April 3 from 9am-12pm and Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive (PR8 2QZ) on Thursday, April 5, from 9am-12pm.

To register, call Sefton Council, on 0345 140 0845.

Meet the Easter Bunny & Receive a Chocolate Treat!

This Easter join Marty MacDonald, Henrietta the Hen and Professor Pinky as they enter the Easter Bunny’s singing competition – but who will Fluffy think has got The Eggs Factor?

From the team behind Marty MacDonald’s Farm and Santa’s Christmas Wish comes the most chocolatey Easter show ever…

Marty MacDonald, Henrietta the Hen and Professor Pinky are all going to enter, but can’t choose which song to sing… can you help them practice and see if YOU have The Eggs Factor too?

The prize is an exciting visit to the hidden Chocolate Factory – and a special chocolate treat from the Easter Bunny himself!

Come and join the fun, songs and laughter down at the Chocolate Factory in…Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor- then meet the Easter Bunny afterwards and receive a special Easter treat!

Songs include children’s favourites Old MacDonald Had A Farm, Wheels On The Bus, The Grand Old Duke Of York, The Hokey Cokey, I Am The Music Man, Jack And Jill, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush and more!

Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor comes to The Atkinson on Friday 30 March at 2pm. Tickets are 9.50 / £7.50 children / £30 family ticket.

This family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds and lasts for 40 minutes, followed by our popular meet, greet and treat with the Easter Bunny himself – includes a free Easter treat for every child.

Southport To Hold Club Launch Event At Floral Hall 20th March

Southport Football Club are pleased to confirm an event to showcase the club’s vision for the future, at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Tuesday, March 20 from 4pm to 9pm.

Central to the event will be the first unveiling of images of the proposed stadium renovations and Grandstand refurbishment being undertaken by the Frank Whittle Partnership.

The format for the event will be an informal walk-through, allowing visitors to view displays at their leisure, and ask questions to the on-site club staff.


Natalie Atkinson CEO said: “This is a date not to miss, this is a very exciting period in the Club’s history, we are very ambitious and have exciting plans that we want to share with the town. I am very much looking forward to unveiling our vision to not only our supporters but the wider community”


During the day, displays and features will also be presented on a range of initiatives including: the club’s college academy plans, youth development, our Community Programme and charitable status, the matchday experience and our future ticketing policy and season-ticket offers.

Also key to the event will be details of our corporate offerings and plans on how the club intends to maximise our relationships with our commercial partners.

Everyone at Southport FC is determined to make the club the very best it can be, and we’re truly excited to put our future vision on full display for the first time to the town.

We’d like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to every resident and business in the town of Southport. Over the next few years and beyond, our intention is to take the club on an incredible journey, and we hope as many people as possible want to be part of that.

We look forward to meeting you on March 20th.

Be proud to be a quitter with Smokefree Sefton (No Smoking Day, Wednesday 14th March)

On this year’s national No Smoking Day, the Smokefree Sefton team will be encouraging local smokers to join the hundreds of people in the borough who have successfully quit smoking with them.

Look out for the team – a partner of Living Well Sefton – on Wednesday, 14 March as they park up their Wellness on Wheels bus to chat with people about their quit attempt and the free support the team can offer to keep it going.

Smokefree Sefton, a service commissioned by Sefton Council Public Health and managed by Solutions4Health, have already been helping shoppers in Waterloo to become proud quitters.


People like Mark Flavell, from Litherland, who dropped in to see them on their Wow bus at the Co-Operative store and has stopped smoking for several weeks. And another proud quitter says: “I couldn’t have done it without the Smokefree Sefton team.”


The team and the WoW bus will be at the following venues:
Marian Square Netherton by Cash Convertors 9.30am-11.30am
Chapel Street, Southport (next to Café Nero) 1.30pm-3.30pm
And members will also be in the foyer at Asda Supermarket in Bootle 10am-4pm

If people can’t make it to see the team on Wednesday, 14 March then they can also seek support at the clinics. Call 0300 100 1000 to find your nearest.

Website Fraud

Sefton Council’s Trading Standards team are encouraging residents to be ‘web wise’ after the culmination of one of the UK’s largest ever online crime cases.

Six people have been sentenced to a total of more than 35 years in prison after being convicted of defrauding UK consumers out of over £37 million in a copycat website scam.

They operated a number of fake web pages, impersonating official government services in order to sell passports, driving licences and other key documents for vastly inflated prices.

Sefton residents played a part in uncovering the nationwide scandal, with Sefton Council’s Trading Standards team documenting a number of complaints about suspicious websites offering to sell driving licences and visas.


Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Online fraud can happen to anybody, especially if you’re not ‘web wise’ and our Trading Standards often receive complaints about bogus websites.

“Genuine websites that ask for personal information show an image of a padlock, usually in the address bar alongside the website address at the top of the page. However, some fake websites display a padlock on the webpage itself to try and convince the user that it is a secure site.

“If you’re not sure whether a site is genuine, click on the padlock and check the security certificate, which tells you if the site is authentic.

“Only valid certificates issued by approved authorities are trustworthy.”

If you see or find anything suspicious, please Report any concerns using the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

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