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Tommy’s Trip Down Memory Lane

Southport golfing sensation Tommy Fleetwood is a shining example of the Sefton Sports Awards.

The Awards, which take place on Wednesday (July 12) at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, celebrate sporting success and achievement from teams and individuals across the whole of the borough. 

They are organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio. 

In 2008, a young Tommy Fleetwood won the Young Male Sports Personality of the Year Award at the Sefton Sports Awards for his golfing achievements.

Since then Tommy has excelled in the sport and is now ranked as the 15th best golfer in the world and a hot favourite for the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale later this month.

Ahead of this year’s Sefton Sports Awards, Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Tommy Fleetwood’s talents were recognised in Sefton back in 2008 and since then he has become a household name on the global golfing circuit.

 “His success so far is a perfect example to sports people in any field on what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

 “Who knows at this year’s Sefton Sports Awards we may have another superstar right in our midst?

 “Hopefully Tommy will have another successful time at this years Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale and we wish him all the best for now and the future.”

New home for Crosby Village, Post Office gets Stamp of Approval with Sunday Opening


  • Post Office services available seven days a week
  • Convenient, quick service, open-plan layout
  • Extra 24 hours of Post Office service every week
  • Banking services for personal customers and small businesses
  • Bill payment, banking, benefits and travel money
  • Postage, home shopping returns, Local Collect

 The Post Office is opening a new main style Crosby Village Post Office at McColls Retail Group, 15 – 21 Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 2SA.

The new modernised Post Office will have four counter positions, three modern screened positions and a Post Office serving point at the retail counter offering selected services outside normal branch opening hours.

The branch itself will open from 9am – 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, with selected Post Office products and services available from the retail counter between 8am and 9am  and 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. The opening hours which will increase by an extra 24 hours a week will make the branch much more convenient.


Dave Thomas, Chief Operating Officer McColl’s Retail Group, said “We are delighted to be welcoming customers to our new Crosby Village Post Office, which will offer a wide range of Post Office services alongside our extensive retail offer. As a convenience store operator we are always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers and the additional Post Office services will be available for the full opening hours of the store in order to provide an excellent service for the local community.”


Customers will be able to access a wide range of Post Office and mails services, including Special Delivery, Local Collect, home shopping returns, online banking cash deposits and withdrawals, sending funds abroad using Moneygram, and customers can pay bills, pre-order travel money, apply for travel insurance and top up mobile phones.

As the traditional banking network declines, customers for the majority (95%) of UK banks can also use their post office for online banking cash deposits and withdrawals and bill payments.

The date for the relocation has yet to be confirmed. Posters will be displayed in the current Crosby Village Post Office at Unit 5, Telegraph House, Moor Lane, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 2SF to advise customers of when the move will take place.


Suzanne Richardson, Post Office Regional Network Manager said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.

She added: “We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office.”

New ‘Include-IT Mersey’ project aims to get people online

Include-IT Mersey is a new project, jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme.  The project will provide a personalised package of support to digitally excluded residents of the Liverpool City Region that are out of work to help improve their IT and online skills, confidence in using and practical access to digital technologies and, ultimately, support them towards and into employment.

The project will be delivered by a partnership of 23* not-for-profit and public sector partners spanning the six boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, with specific target areas in each borough.

Led by Sefton CVS, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium members, local Housing Associations and Local Authorities, this innovative multi-agency partnership is founded on partners that really care about their local communities.  It will ensure that those in need of support to help develop their IT skills, access to online services and digital technologies will receive the best possible service, whatever their starting point.  In addition to IT skills development, assistance will include employability and personal skills development to support people into or closer to employment.

Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding and it is an honour to be leading such an innovative partnership, spanning the voluntary, public and social housing sectors.  The online agenda is increasingly prevalent in people’s every day lives and can present an additional barrier to those people that are not online, not just in terms of their employment prospects and access to job opportunities, but in their private and social lives too. Developing IT skills and getting online can open up a whole new world to people in many different ways!  We very much look forward to working with our partners to offer this vital service to across the city region and to make a real difference to local people and communities”.   

The project is currently being set up and hopes to start being able to offer services to people from May 2017, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those already online, you can find out more and sign up to receive updates at

Seafront Gardens to unveil new Toposcope

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.

Image courtesy of Waterloo Seafront Gardens Facebook (Carl Davies)

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 or follow them on Facebook at For anyone wishing to donate online, the group have a local giving page at

The National Trust Celebrates Fifty Years In Fabulous Formby

The National Trust is celebrating 50 years caring for the coast at Formby.

The conservation charity has cared for 210 hectares of this special stretch of coast since 12 April 1967, when it was safeguarded through the Neptune Fund, set up specifically to purchase and protect coast around the UK.

The stretch of coast at Formby is an area of great importance for its mobile sand dunes – some of the best in the entire UK – and the wildlife that lives here, including rare Natterjack Toads, sand lizards and red squirrels in the pine woods. It is also much loved by locals and visitors with its stunning views that stretch out towards Wales, the Irish Sea and the Lake District.

Volunteers and staff marked the occasion by blowing out the candles on a 50th birthday cake created by local Formby-based cake designer Lisa Lill, who runs Cake Amour by Lisa and featuring sugar models of the iconic dunes, pine woods and wildlife.

Justin Matthews, Ranger for the National Trust at Formby, commented:

“50 years is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud to reach this milestone. We couldn’t do it without our dedicated staff and volunteers and the support of our local community who work so hard to help care for the coast, managing it and maintaining it for generations to come. We’re looking forward to the next 50 years and hope that everyone will join in the celebrations by coming along to one of our events happening throughout the year or just taking time out to enjoy this special place.”

2017 is particularly significant because it marks Sefton Council’s Year of the Coast. It was  also recently announced that the Trust is in conversations with the Council about the possibility of caring for an additional 204 hectares of land, currently managed by Sefton.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We know how important the coast is and reaching 50 years in Formby is a significant milestone for the National Trust.

“With 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and the positive discussions taking place between National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of land in Formby, there is so much to celebrate. Here’s to the next 50 years as well!”

For more information about the National Trust at Formby please visit

You can also find out more about The Year of Sefton’s Coast at 

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