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Foragers find floral treats in the heart of Bootle

Members of the highly successful One Pot Meal club at Bootle library had a hands on lesson in foraging recently.

The group, led by the Fairland Collective and Sefton Libraries, took a break from cooking up a homemade minestrone soup, to set about foraging for natural table decorations in and around Stanley Road.

Bootle Library assistant Louisa Harrison was on hand to lead a team of intrepid explorers around Bootle to find decorative flowers and plants that could easily be crafted into a bespoke table decoration. 

The initiative has already inspired a number of residents to join the Bootle Library’s Human Library scheme.

Thanks to a grant of almost £100,000 from Arts Council England – a brand new project will aim to support adults living in Bootle through the creation of a ‘human library’ where people can ‘gift’ their talents or experience to someone in need.

The concept is based around a place where real people are on loan instead of books. They provide gifts that might range from preparing and hosting a community meal or one to one sessions with someone living with a mental health condition.

A series of creative programmes will aim to uncover local talents which, in turn, will build a sustainable bank of volunteers who can pass their ‘gift’ or experiences on.

Calling all dog owners: your dogs are your duty

Sefton Council is calling upon dog owners to ensure that their dogs are kept under control in all public spaces.

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is now in place to keep Sefton’s public spaces safe and to protect the environment and wildlife throughout the borough.

In relation to the order, dog owners are required to pick up their dog’s mess, walk no more than 6 dogs at one time, keep dogs from entering enclosed playgrounds and prohibit dogs from entering marked or fenced sports pitches during specified times.

Dogs must also be kept on a lead within defined picnic sites and family areas in parks, within all public roads and footways, within all cemeteries and crematoria, and under any direction from an authorised officer.

It’s important to remember that dogs that are not under control can frighten people and young children and may have an adverse effect on those suffering with allergies.

Additionally, dog foul is not only an eyesore but also has damaging effects to the environment and dogs that are not on leads can unwittingly disturb protected wildlife.

The PSPO has been in place since 13 July 2017 and will continue to be enforced for the next 3 years.

Anybody who fails to comply with this order will be guilty of an offence and will face a fixed penalty notice of £75.

For more information and to see the PSPO in its entirety, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/dogs

Smithy Green Playground

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “The playground at Smithy Green, Formby is around 30 years old and while we have tried to sustain it with regular inspection and maintenance, the site has recently seen rapid deterioration.

 “As a result we have decided to close the facility and decommission the old equipment which was done with Cabinet Member approval with ward councillors and Formby Parish Council also notified.

 “While this is disappointing, the nearest alternative playground site to Smithy Green is at Alt Road which is just half a mile away. This site has received recent investment and along with nearby Duke Street Park, which also boasts a substantial playground, provision is still available for families to enjoy.”

Public welcome at NHS Trust board meeting

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Thursday 27 July 2017 at 9am. Please note this is a week earlier than previously advertised.

The meeting will be held in the Innovation Centre at Ormskirk and District General Hospital.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on 01704 704783.

The agenda will be available on the Trust website in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be made available on the day.

To reach the Innovation Centre (IT department): from the main entrance, leave the hospital building at the automatic doors before the restaurant; head towards the car park behind the restaurant and up a short flight steps; go across the car park and the Innovations Centre is the second of two buildings ahead on the right. Directions will be signposted from the main hospital building.

Do You Know A Citizen 4 Good?

A new recognition scheme, celebrating Sefton residents for being good citizens, is being launched by Sefton CVS and the Sefton Mayor’s Office.

Citizens 4 Good hopes to recognise local people for good deeds, kindness and support they provide to other members of their community. The scheme is a joint initiative between Sefton CVS and Sefton Council’s Mayor’s Office.

“While we already provide a recognition scheme for volunteers through the Volunteer Centre,” says Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS’ Volunteer & Citizenship Lead “But we know that there are lots of people across doing great things in their community, but who weren’t formal volunteers.”

“Anyone can nominate a Sefton resident who they think is a good citizen,” Mike continues “You might nominate someone who helped you out at a time of need or for simply being a good neighbour. They may organise informal events, like coffee mornings, book groups, etc.”

Nominations could come from a neighbour, friend, helper, school, Councillor, etc. who can nominate someone they think are making a difference locally, using a simple and short nomination form which can be downloaded from Sefton4good.org.uk.  

Citizens 4 Good is supported by the Mayor’s Office at Sefton Council and shortlisted nominees will be invited to an event where they can meet the Mayor and be presented with a certificate to recognise the good that they do.

“So much good takes place in Sefton,” says Cllr Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton “And we want to shine a spotlight on those people making a difference to their community.”

The deadline for nominations is Friday 4th August, with the celebration event taking place in the last week of August at 5.30pm.

If the Citizens 4 Good initiative proves popular, it is hoped that these celebrations events will take place regularly throughout the year.

For further information about Citizens 4 Goood call 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk

See here for more information and complete the nomination form 

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