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Sefton’s female leaders celebrate International Women’s Day

Sefton Council is proudly supporting International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8, advocating for gender parity.

To celebrate the annual event, Sefton Council is highlighting the work and efforts of the authority’s female leaders, including Chief Executive Margaret Carney, Executive Director Sarah Kemp and Cabinet Members Cllrs Marion Atkinson, Trish Hardy and Paulette Lappin.

Margaret Carney, Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, said: “I’m really proud to be a woman in a senior leadership position in local government.

“I started my career at 16 and believe it or not my first job was Post Girl! Some forty years later, nine of which as Chief Executive of Sefton Council, I’ve been really proud and privileged to work with some wonderful and inspiring people who have given me the opportunity to grow and develop.

“International Women’s Day is really time for us to celebrate the massive contribution that women make but it’s also a real opportunity for us to press for the change that would make equality a reality for everyone. It is after all a basic human right”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, added: “Women are more than 50% of the population so why wouldn’t women be at the table making decisions for Sefton Council?

“Having women in the council chamber is really important because we put things on the council agenda that wouldn’t naturally be there and have recently talked on key issues and services that women predominantly use.

“That’s massively important and I don’t think we’d be in that position if women weren’t part of that discussion.”

Throughout International Women’s Day Sefton Council will be sharing videos through our social media channels to inspire and educate future generations of influential female leaders.

 

Grand National Ladies Day Style Award Judging Panel Announced

Thursday 1st March 2018 – Aintree Racecourse is delighted to announce Love Island star Gabby Allen, and celebrity stylist, Lorraine McCulloch as judges for this year’s Style Award, alongside representatives from Outfit Fashion and Liverpool based celebrity salon, Barbara Daley Hair & Beauty.

This year brings one of the best ever Style Award prizes for the Randox Health Grand National Festival, racegoers have the chance of winning a brand new Range Rover Evoque 2.0 SE Tech, £1000 Outfit Fashion vouchers and a hamper from Barbara Daley Hair & Beauty.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Gabby Allen is most recently known for participating on last year’s ITV reality show, Love Island and since finishing the show, Gabby has moved to London progressing her career as a health and fitness instructor and her newly launched fitness app ‘Shape Up with Gabby Allen’.

 

Gabby Allen, said: “I’m so excited to be judging the Style Award. Ladies Day is a fabulous day in Liverpool’s social calendar – it’s all about expressing your individual style whilst having a great day out at one of the biggest horseracing Festivals of the year with your friends. As a Style Judge, it’s not necessarily about the latest trends, I will be looking for outfits with colour, style and personality.”

 

One of the best known and respected fashion stylists in the country, Lorraine McCulloch will head up the judges this year. Her portfolio spans 20 years and includes work with top female celebrities, styling countless shoots with fashion publications and most recently starring as the celebrity stylist on the brand new ITV1 daytime makeover series ‘Star Treatment’. In January, Lorraine styled a globally inspired photoshoot with Ladies Day ambassadors, Sam Quek, Laura Wright and Katie Walsh to announce the new style partnership with Outfit Fashion.

 

Loraine McCulloch said “I am absolutely delighted to be asked to be one of the judges for the Style Award for the internationally renowned Aintree Ladies Day this year. It is a fantastic prize for the winner, I will be looking for a racegoer who stands out from a huge crowd.

“Style isn’t just about wearing a certain label or necessarily spending a lot of money, it’s about being comfortable and confident with a head turning look.”

 

Alongside Gabby and Lorraine will be Marketing Manager, Charlotte Perini, who will be representing Aintree’s new style partner, Outfit Fashion, as well as Andrea Daley, Creative Director of the Liverpool based award-winning hair salon, Barbara Daley Hair & Beauty.

To enter the Style Award and a chance of winning the fantastic prizes on offer, ladies and gentleman must be photographed in front of the beautiful #FabulousFriday flower walls, located in the Red Rum Garden or spotted by one of the seven Style ambassadors across the racecourse.

 

Charlotte Perini, Marketing Manager for Outfit Fashion said “We are excited to be the official style sponsor and with £1000 shopping spree for the winner, they will be the best dressed this Spring/Summer. Ladies Day is the perfect opportunity to make a style statement. Spring is the season of COLOUR, so don’t be afraid to play with pastels, or dare to be different in vintage floral”

 

Tickets for Ladies Day are selling fast so make sure you do not miss out by purchasing your tickets via the website randoxhealthgrandnational.co.uk or by calling 0344 579 3001. Racegoers can also buy tickets directly from the sales office at Aintree Racecourse. Hospitality packages are currently available to purchase, please call 0151 522 2911 for more information.

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About Aintree Racecourse / The Jockey Club

Aintree is home to The Randox Health Grand National, the most famous horse race in the world which is the climax to a three-day Festival meeting in April every year.  The racecourse hosts five other fixtures and is a leading conference centre in the north west of England.  More information is available at aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

Aintree is part of About The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare. For more information visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

Key Timings for the Style Award

Please note, the below is subject to change:

10.30am – Gates open and the competition begins

2pm – Competition entries close

2.25pm – The finalists will be announced on the big screens (keep an eye out!)

2.45pm – Finalists to make themselves known to staff at the stage area in the Red Rum Garden

2.55pm – Interviews with the finalists

3.05pm – The winner of the Style Award is crowned

For more information about the Style Award, head to the Randox Health Grand National website here

About Randox / Randox Health

Randox Health is the largest healthcare diagnostics company from the UK, with 1400 employees of 44 different nationalities, including 300 research scientists and engineers. Established in 1982, Randox now has offices and distribution in over 145 countries and exports 95% of its products. It has four key manufacturing and R&D sites: in County Antrim, Northern Ireland; Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland; Bangalore, India, and in the Greater Washington DC area, USA. Every year over 370 million patients are diagnosed using Randox technology. With over 20% of the world’s major laboratories using Randox products and services, the company works across a range of settings, including hospitals, clinical, research and molecular labs, food testing, forensic toxicology, veterinary labs and life sciences.  Randox has more new tests in development than any other diagnostic company, and the unique patented Randox BioChip Array Technology is the world’s only diagnostic grade biochip.  The Randox Health check, the world’s most advanced preventative health check, is available in Randox Health clinics currently located in London and Belfast, with ambitious plans to roll out a number of new clinics across the UK over 2016-2017. More information on Randox products and services is available at www.randox.com, or for more information on the Randox Health Clinics visit www.randoxhealth.com

For further information please contact:

Please contact Grant Rowley, Regional Communications Manager, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07884 655990 email: grant.rowley@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Or

Nigel Payne, Press Officer for Aintree for The 2017 Randox Health Grand National on 07768 025265 email: nigel@earthsummit.demon.co.uk

 

St. Modwen’s Investment in Crosby Village Centre Near Completion

ST. MODWEN’S latest phase of investment in Crosby village centre is nearing completion and a local restaurant and bar occupier is secured.

In the coming weeks the hoardings will come down to reveal the sympathetic refurbishment of the art deco style Glenn Buildings and the new build edition to the high street of 10 Moor Lane.

The Blues Bar, a long standing local business, has expanded its premises adding a new bar and dining area – confirming its commitment to Crosby. The popular bar has agreed a deal to take Unit 1 in the Glenn Buildings North as well as extending its lease on their current premises in Unit 2.

Caddick Construction started on site with the redevelopment of the Glenn Buildings and construction of 10 Moor Lane in June 2017 after St. Modwen secured planning approval from Sefton Council for its plans to develop the 24,775 sq ft of retail, leisure and office space.

As the construction phase nears completion, Sefton Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Skills Cllr Marion Atkinson and councillors, whose wards neighbour the village centre, were given a hard hat tour to preview the redevelopment.

 

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “St. Modwen’s investment in Crosby village centre really represents a significant and welcome contribution in delivering the aims and objectives of the ‘Investment Strategy’ we published in 2015.

“It also sits within our 2030 Vision highlighting the fact that Sefton is open for business.

“This scheme has significantly improved the fabric and appearance of the village centre along Moor Lane, creating new futures for these buildings including a new unit at 10 Moor Lane and the Glenn Buildings North and South.

“Along with recent environmental improvements to the street scene this will help to create a vibrant and pleasant village centre for our communities, as new retail and leisure uses will increase footfall and activity and support local independents.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with St. Modwen and working with other investment interests in the future.”

David Nuttall, Senior Development Manager for St. Modwen, said: “We are close to completing the multi-million pound investment in the Glenn Buildings, which has also included adding a new 9,800 sq ft building to increase the offer for occupiers.

“The Blues Bar has been a long-standing fixture on the high street in Crosby and had previously faced an uncertain future. We are delighted that they have committed to renewing their lease and feel confident in extending their bar into an additional unit.

“We are in detailed negotiations with further occupiers for the scheme and we hope to be able to make further announcements soon.”

Keith Downs, owner of The Blues Bar, said: “I’m pleased to have extended Blues Bar lease with St. Modwen which provides us with the stability to invest further in the business going forward.

“This includes the investment in our new venture next door which we are sure will provide the local community with yet more choice and variety going forward.

“We are also looking forward to seeing new businesses come into the village and would like to thank St. Modwen for their vision and redevelopment.”

 

The newly refurbished retail and leisure units available to let range from 646 sq ft to 4,885 sq ft and are available to view. Lambert Smith Hampton is the agent.

Football Pitches

Following discussions with the managing agents from the district leagues, matches on all Sefton Council playing fields have been postponed this weekend (Saturday, February 10, and Sunday, February 11, 2018).

The decision has been taken due to the current ground conditions caused by the recent poor weather and the present forecast.

The managing agents will notify relevant clubs and leagues affected.

£115,000 waste prevention fund for Merseyside and Halton community groups

A share of £115,000 is up for grabs to help make the region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which has been running annually since 2006.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

The impact of the 2016/17 Fund saw 10 projects deliver 23 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 136 volunteers, 25,970 people directly engaged, 1345 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £134,500 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

– creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens

– the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes

– the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton

– cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton

– sewing classes in Knowsley

– timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool

– improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

This year bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card and metals.

The Liverpool-based Neighbourhood Services Company Ltd (NSC) – which operates Home Farm at Croxteth Park – is one organisation to have benefitted from the Community Fund. The project used money to rescue old and unwanted wood to renovate animal dwellings, as well as enlisting the help of adults with learning difficulties to transform the raw materials into new products which are available to buy in the Craft Shop at the farm.

 

Lisa Jennions, NSC Manager, said: “The ongoing support from MRWA has been invaluable in enabling us to deliver recycling and reuse activities at Home Farm. The project is extremely popular with visitors and it’s great to see new life breathed into what was previously ‘waste’.”

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “We’ve made this money available for new and existing projects which can have an impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.

“Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.”

 

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA. If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry. Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

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