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Sefton Welcomes The Return Of The Open

The clock is ticking as Sefton gets ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

Millions of pounds is set to boost the local and regional economy as Sefton hosts the Championship at Royal Birkdale in July, 2017.

More than 200,000 people are expected at the global sporting event at one of the finest links courses in the UK and February 16 marks the 150th day until the practice rounds tee off.

It is the tenth time Royal Birkdale will host The Open and preparations are well underway to welcome sports fans from across the world to Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region.

Royal Birkdale last hosted The Open in 2008 and the links course forms part of England’s Golf Coast which also includes many other Sefton golfing venues.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “A lot of work has already taken place as we prepare to welcome the world’s best golfers, thousands of visitors and the many millions more watching on TV to our fabulous borough.

“We want to ensure we use The Open to really boost our local economy, grow employment opportunities and ensure our businesses reap the benefits of hosting one of the largest sporting events in the world.

“This really is an opportunity to put Sefton and the City Region in the global shop window with millions of pounds set to swell the local and regional economy.

“We want the world to see we are very much open for business and for everyone to marvel at all our assets and fantastic coastline which forms part of Royal Birkdale’s famous links course.

“Events like The Open attract enormous volumes of positive profile and we are determined we really tap into this.

“We want 2017 to leave a golfing legacy with as many people as possible from across Sefton getting involved in this wonderful sporting spectacle. It also ties in with 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast with us celebrating everything surrounding our unique coastline.

“July 2017 may seem a long way off but it will be here sooner than people think. Let us all really get behind the event and make Sefton proud and the perfect hosts.”

The famous Royal Birkdale course was first established in 1889, but was extensively redesigned in 1922 by Fred Hawtree and JH Taylor to create the current layout, which winds its way through the sand dunes towering over each of the fairways.

Since first hosting The Open in 1954, the course has been (alongside Royal Lytham) the most regular venue for the Championship other than St Andrews. At Birkdale’s first Open, Peter Thomson won the first of three in succession; he returned to the same course in 1965 to add his fifth and final title.

Practice days are from July 16-19 with the Championship running from July 20-23. For ticket information go to TheOpen.com/Tickets or call The Open Ticket office on 01334 460010.

Improving the customer offer for bus users

Bus passengers travelling around the Liverpool City Region can benefit from an improved ticket offer from this week. (Monday 30th January).

   The introduction of a new ticket and new way of buying existing ones, are a result of Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach working together through the Bus Alliance.

Arriva’s Merseyside Adult and Young Person’s Weekly Saver tickets and Stagecoach’s Adult and Young Person’s 7 day Merseyside Megarider plus+ tickets are now available to buy and renew on a Walrus Card on the bus.

There is no change to prices or validity and Walrus cards are reusable and allow customers to simply top it up on the bus when they need to.

This is all about the next stage in the journey to ensuring transport tickets are available on smart platforms. Customers are asked to retain their Walrus card for future use especially as there are plans to start an activation fee on all new cards in the near future.

On the same day, Merseytravel has also launched a new adult One Day Solo bus ticket. It’s available to buy on bus services within Merseyside and gives customers the freedom to travel on any bus, any time with just one ticket for £4.70. It is valid through peak times.

Arriva day saver tickets for £4.30 and Stagecoach dayrider tickets for £4 are unchanged and will remain accepted by either operator on Quality Bus Network journeys.

Smart card and multi operator ticketing are the key focus of the Bus Alliance a formal agreement between Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach (who together operate 90 per cent of commercial bus services in the Liverpool City Region) with the aim of getting more people travelling by bus and driving up investment for all who use them.

Significant investment in recent years has seen the customer experience on bus improved and we expect this progress to continue.

As 80 per cent of public transport journeys in the City Region are made by bus, there is potential for bus to play a much more significant role in growing our economy, better linking people with jobs and opportunities, education and leisure.

Said Cllr Liam Robinson Chair of the Merseytravel Committee:

“The Bus Alliance is transforming the approach to tickets and ticket buying to make the process more convenient and efficient for customers by making the most of technology and offering new products.

“The new Adult One Day Solo is an example of how we are improving the customer offer to help make bus a mode of choice rather than last resort.

“This ticket could benefit those who don’t travel regularly or have different working patterns including part time workers, students and leisure travellers. Some of these bus users may be spending unnecessarily, on a weekly ticket or a season ticket or in a single day, or may have had to buy a number of different bus tickets across different services.”

 

Howard Farrall, Managing Director Arriva Merseyside said “The new one day multi-operator Solo ticket is a great step forward for the Bus Alliance, giving increased flexibility to the travelling public in Merseyside.

“By adding the Arriva Weekly Saver Ticket range to the already successful Walrus card, customers will have even more flexibility when choosing their best ticket option.”

Rob Jones, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “This is great news for bus users across the Liverpool City Region who will enjoy a more accessible ticket range as a direct result of the partnership between Arriva, Merseytravel and Stagecoach.

“Using technology is a great way to deliver greater convenience for passengers and we’re pleased that customers purchasing Stagecoach’s Adult and Young Person’s 7 day Merseyside Megarider plus+ tickets on the bus can now do so using the Walrus card.

“Dayrider tickets remain available on the bus or the Stagecoach bus app.”

The Treasures of Ancient Egypt come to Bootle

School children in Bootle are taking part in a unique project that brings Ancient Egypt to life … in their school.

The Atkinson is working in partnership with Christ Church Primary School on Writing Through Time, a project that uses the remarkable Goodison Egyptology collection to develop children’s writing and literacy.

As part of a celebration event in the school on Friday 10 February at 9am, The Atkinson will be unveiling a remarkable new acquisition Trial Piece of Akhenaten/Nefertiti, so that the teachers and children will be the first to see before it goes on show at The Atkinson.

Merseyside’s very own prize-winning poet Mandy Coe and Egyptologist Claire Ollett have been working with pupils at Christ Church primary school on Writing Through Time.   Mandy is helping the children to develop their ideas and understanding about Mrs Goodison and her superb collection of Egyptology. They have been finding out about this ancient civilisation and making a personal connection with the past.

Writing Through Time was funded by The Atkinson Development Trust and it aims to develop children’s writing skills and levels of literacy across the curriculum at Key Stage 2; it is hoped to share the project outcomes with all Bootle’s primary schools.

Mrs Goodison – the local enthusiast who put together an astonishing collection of over 1000 Ancient Egyptian objects – lived in Waterloo during the late 19th century and had a museum in her house.  So it is only right that school children learn about their local hero and use her collections to inspire their own creative writing.

Very little is known about Mrs Goodison, not even what she looked like.  But The Atkinson has done some sleuthing and discovered some of her letters in a museum in New York.  This has made Writing Through Time a brilliant opportunity for letters from the past to inspire stories about the journeys embedded in simple objects from long ago – and how these have ended up far from home – on Merseyside.

Trial piece of Akhenaten/Nefertiti was originally owned by The Met in New York and will have a central role in The Atkinson’s major exhibition later this year commemorating 130 years since Mrs Goodison first visited Egypt.

This important acquisition for The Atkinson was only possible because of the generous support from The Atkinson Development Trust, the Art Fund and the ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

Christine McGregor, Chair of The Atkinson Development Trust said:

“The Atkinson Development Trust is passionate about supporting access to these remarkable collections and to encourage their use to inspire children to enjoy writing and reading. Projects like this are vital if we are to test how children learn and engage and to see if we give them confidence and a love of words!

 The Atkinson Development Trust was set up to make a difference using The Atkinson and its collections, to work across communities and to be at the centre of learning for those who may not normally get the opportunity. This project has had amazing success and the children and teachers have been incredible. “

 Writing through Time has shown how Museum objects can be used to nurture young inquisitive minds and inspire imaginations as well as the project aiding children’s confidence in using words. The other side of the 5 week residency was to equip teachers with new knowledge and skills to apply in their teaching making it more fun for everyone!

For more information on this project or if you would like to support The Atkinson Development Trust and the work it delivers please visit theatkinson.co.uk.

If you would like to arrange a school visit to The Atkinson please email schools@theatlinson.co.uk . Workshops themed on our Egyptology Gallery are available.

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