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#CleanerSeas for Sefton

 Whether you swim, paddle, or simply enjoy a stroll on one of the Sefton beaches, you can be assured, once again, that the quality of the water is cleaner than at any time in the last 30 years.

   

  For the second year in a row the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that all 31 of the North West’s bathing waters meet the government’s required standards for water quality.

     The 2017 classifications of bathing waters in Sefton are;

  • Formby beach has been rated Excellent – the highest, cleanest class;
  • Southport and Ainsdale have been rated Good – generally good water quality.

Full classifications can be found here: www.environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

     A range of stakeholders have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local community.

You can continue to help maintain, and improve, these standards by making small changes at home and at the beach:

• Only flush the 3P’s down the toilet – poo, pee and paper. Everything else goes in the bin!

• Pour cooled kitchen fats in the bin, not down the sink – it can cause blockages and sewage to overflow.

• Pick up after your dog and put it in the bin.

• Don’t feed birds at the beach and keep outdoor areas free of food waste.

• Always put litter in the bin or take it home if it’s full. 

Black Friday advice for Businesses and Security staff

Black Friday has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year, when retailers reduce prices across their stock to kick-start the Christmas gift-buying season.
 
The National Business Crime Centre are advising retail stores to review their security and ensure they have adequate resources in place to respond to the increased demand. Retailers should provide their own security arrangements during the sales, and consider police assistance only as a ‘last resort’.
 
 
Last year, there were incidents of overcrowding and arrests were made as shoppers clashed over bargains. Think about how you can improve on what you did last year.
Things you can do:
  • Have sufficient staff to cope with the increased demand
  • Security officers should have a visible presence, clearly display ID badges and be briefed, crowded places can lead to more opportunities for pickpockets
  • Ensure staff are fully briefed to positively engage with customers
  • Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security or police
  • Review and communicate any emergency/evacuation procedures to staff, ensure all necessary equipment, including first aid supplies, are readily available
  • Have the ability to control access points in to your premises
  • If you have access to a ‘ShopWatch’ radio, ensure it is utilised
  • Check CCTV is fully operational and that you have available staff members who are trained to operate it
  • Contact your local police or Business Partnership if you have specific events which you feel they should be aware of
In the event of an emergency, always call 999.

Sign Up to News Alerts from Sefton Council

Residents and businesses can now sign up to receive the latest news, events and important information from Sefton Council via email.

Following the launch of Merseynow, users can access the latest details on a range of themes straight to their inbox. 

Topics will cover information on the latest news and events across the borough, as well as reminders about bin collections, activities during the school holidays or changes to Council services. 

You can even include multiple addresses making it an ideal way for people such as business owners, individuals looking after family members or landlords to keep up-to-date with news from specific postcode locations. 

The Merseynow system is already being used by Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council, and it is hoped that this will become a quick and efficient way for residents to receive communications that they are interested in from across the region. 

It’s completely free to register and all email addresses and personal data will be securely stored.

All you need to do is go to merseynowsefton.org and register your details to start receiving the alerts.

Sensational summer for Coast volunteers

Over the summer we’ve enjoyed spending time on the Sefton Coast with visitors to our dunes, woodlands, beaches and parks.

Over the summer (April – September), the Friends of Sefton Coast have had over 750 volunteer visits, giving more than 1500 hours of time to help clean up beaches, woodlands and parks, and  keeping access routes clear and carrying out wildlife surveys.

We held several Beach Clean Ups over the summer and our volunteers recovered over 550 bags of debris, they then separated the debris into recyclable and non-recyclable materials, this produced almost 100 bags recyclable plastics.

If you were one of the brilliant volunteers who helped out over the summer, we’d love to hear from you and capture your experiences of working along the Sefton coast. We would love to be able to share your feelings and experiences with people living and working in Sefton and hopefully inspire others to help maintain Sefton’s natural beauty and share in its huge capacity to improve health and wellbeing amongst our local communities.

Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols Local Nature Reserve are now under the management of the National Trust. For the Friends of Sefton Coast who volunteer at these sites, you may still do so, but you might want to discuss your voluntary contributions with the National Trust also. If you are happy for us to forward your contact details to the National Trust, please let us know.

All of our volunteers who have previously gone through the grazing animal’s welfare training will be aware that as winter approaches, the sheep and cattle will be back on the grazing enclosures at Ainsdale and Birkdale Local Nature Reserve. If you can help with welfare checks, please get in touch with us at the Ainsdale office and we will make arrangements with you. If you have not been through the stock animals training, but are still be interested in helping us to monitor the winter grazing animals, then please get in touch because we can arrange to provide you with suitable training.

 

Don’t forget that you can contact the Friends of Sefton Coast group or email Gordon White, Coast & Countryside Officer for Sefton Council – Email: Gordon.white@sefton.gov.uk at any time. Equally, if you know anyone who is interested in visiting, exploring and enjoying the coast, who might like to volunteer, then please ask them to get in touch, everyone is welcome.

Pioneering Egypt collection takes centre stage in new exhibition

From Nefertiti to Amelia Edwards and Mrs Goodison, Egypt has been a place of strong women.

The unique Atkinson exhibition; Adventures in Egypt: Mrs Goodison & Other Travellers tells the fascinating stories of some influential women in the early days of Egyptian archaeology and re-unites ancient masterpieces not seen together for over 120 years.

Celebrating 130 years since her first return from Egypt it combines objects from her own collection with masterpieces from international museums, including The British Museum and The National Portrait Gallery; all help provide a wider context for her life and travels.

Bronze ring inscribed with the name of Seth, Lord of Nubt, Dynasty 18, c1550BC

On display are incredible unseen letters written by Mrs Goodison herself (from the Brooklyn Museum USA), that shed new light on important discoveries and acquisitions in The Atkinson’s own collections and present us with new characters that offer new voices to the stories of the past .

The Atkinson’s 1000-strong Egyptian collection mainly comes from the collection of Anne Goodison, wife of a Merseyside civil engineer and friend of John Ruskin, who learned hieroglyphs and visited Egypt twice in 1886-7 and 1890-1.

Adventures in Egypt is the first exhibition to be dedicated to the histories of travelling to Egypt and collecting Egyptian objects, focusing on the pioneering female travellers and collectors like Mrs Goodison, Amelia Edwards, founder of the Egypt Exploration Society and Annie Barlow, benefactor of Bolton Museum.

Nineteenth century excavators were allowed to keep a proportion of their finds, with the rest staying in Egypt.

Excavators could distribute their finds among friends, colleagues, and funders to raise money, therefore separating objects among different collections. Here, pieces that have been separated in different collections since their discovery have been brought back together.

Star pieces include two heads from the excavations at the Temple of Mut in Luxor, excavated by female archaeologists Margaret Benson and Janet Gourlay; and objects from Tell el-Amarna, the capital of Tutankhamun’s parents Akhenaten and Nefertiti, excavated by Flinders Petrie and the young Howard Carter.

The Atkinson’s most recent acquisition; the Trial piece of Nefertiti, was originally excavated by Howard Carter for Lord Amherst and subsequently sold to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, before being deaccessioned in the 1950s. It now joins other images of Nefertiti from the same excavations all on display together.

Adventures in Egypt – Mrs Goodison & Other Travellers is on display at The Atkinson until March 10, 2018

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