Members of local community group Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens will be unveiling the latest addition to Adelaide Garden this week – a new toposcope which will take pride of place in the historic gardens.
Thanks to a generous donation from a local resident, and with the support of a local stone mason, the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens have organised a replacement for the long- lost toposcope
The original toposcope – which is a mounted directional plate, and similar in appearance to a sundial – was removed from the seafront gardens in the early 1970s. Volunteers were unable to locate any photographs of the original plate and have had to re-design the details.
The toposcope itself shows the directions and distances to local land marks and places further afield, with a Waterloo or Liverpool connection.
Cllr Veronica Webster will be unveiling the new version at the top of Adelaide Garden steps at 10.00am on Tuesday 25th April 2017.
Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens are inviting local residents to attend to the unveiling, and guests are welcome to join the group in at Waterloo Place café for refreshments afterwards.
If you wish to know more about the work of Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens, please visit their website at www.fowsg.co.uk or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofwaterlooseafrontgardens. For anyone wishing to donate online, the group have a local giving page at www.localgiving.com/charity/fowsg
Just under 500 entries were received as part of the 2017 – The Year of Sefton’s Coast Design a Mascot competition.
There were two categories in the competition (primary and secondary school) and the age range made for a brilliant array of designs. The judging panel consisted of representatives from Sefton Council, The Atkinson, Sefton Coast Lansdcape Partnership and Tick Media.
They sifted their way through some beautiful wildlife inspired mascots as well as some that took inspiration from the marine heritage of the 22 miles of Sefton coastline. Others gave a nod to Antony Gormley’s Another Place and marine life that you may find in our seas but the two winners really stood out for their celebratory nature.
The winner in the Primary category was Lydia Orvice-Gibson from St Oswald’s C of E Primary School in Netherton who came up with a wonderfully unique design which the panel agreed captured the nature of the whole coast. Her wave character stood out from the others from the word go due to the level of detail and the fun factor which she cleverly managed to weave in. Emma Murtagh, headteacher at St Oswald’s C of E Primary, said:
“When we saw this competition we couldn’t wait to get the children started and send in some entries so I am thrilled that a St Oswald’s student has won in the Primary category. Lydia is a lovely student who thoroughly enjoys art. Well done Lydia!”
Saskia Williams, a student from Maghull High was the winner in the Secondary category and again her design was unique and imaginative and the panel felt that they could use the design across a range of platforms and materials. Judges felt they could see her seagull character used across a range of materials and maybe even used as a flag or a kite as part of the celebrations.
Saskia’s art teacher, Hannah Jones encouraged her art students to enter the competition. Hannah said:
“Saskia is a joy to teach as she always puts in such effort and throws herself in to whatever challenges I put to her. I was so happy when I found out that she had won in the Secondary category, well done Saskia. Art is a big part of Maghull High School and we are proud of what you’ve achieved.”
Representatives from the Year of Sefton’s Coast surprised the shocked winners in front of teachers and class mates at their schools. Both winners were presented with their certificate and fantastic prizes which included a family pass to the Southport Air Show, the Southport Musical Fireworks Championship and an adventure on the Sefton Coast with the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.
Both winners were also invited to Bootle Town Hall with their families to meet Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne, The Mayor of Sefton, who took them on a tour around the Mayoral chamber.
Keep your eyes peeled for the mascots who will be making an appearance on various materials in the coming weeks and find out more about 2017, The Year of Sefton’s Coast at www.seftoncoast.co.uk
Yesterday Sefton Council, in partnership with Edge Hill University held a Child Criminal Exploitation conference, at Bootle Town Hall.
Industry leaders across Merseyside came together to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences about gangs, violence and exploitation.
The conference was a huge success and has continued this valuable conversation with the many partner organisations involved.