Woodvale community market is the Place2Be

A weekly community market, Place2Be, is set to take place every Wednesday at the parish hall of St John Stone in Woodvale from 1pm until 3pm. The fantastic initiative is run entirely by volunteers and is organised thanks to the collaborative work of St Vincent De Paul, Nugent and Micah. Place2Be includes a weekly community market, a free bowl of homemade soup, a cuppa and a chat, together with access to very low cost items donated local retailers and major supermarkets. As Sefton celebrates it's Year of Friendship throughout 2019, events like Place2Be are a true reflection of the work that ...
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Stars have aligned for observatory open days

Southport Astronomical Society has announced its public open days for the Victorian observatory in Hesketh Park for 2019. Scheduled to mark specific historical and astronomical events, the open days present an opportunity for guests to explore the observatory and learn more about it’s history and the people who used it including how the Southport Astronomical Society still use it today for the benefit of schools, societies and the people of Sefton. Observatory Open Days and Timings March 17th (Sunday) - Vernal Equinox (20th Mar) April 21st (Easter Sunday) - Lyrid Meteor Shower (22nd Apr) May 26th (Sunday) - 150th Anniversary ...
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Southport shortlisted for prestigious national tourism award

Southport has been shortlisted as the UK’s most ‘Coach Friendly Destination’ in the British Coach Tourism Awards 2019 (BCTA) - just two years after winning the same award. The BCTA recognises excellence across destinations, visitor attractions, coach operators and tourism suppliers. The award for ‘Coach Friendly Destination’ recognises the way a town, city or region has enhanced the welcome it gives to coaches, coach groups and coach drivers. This year Southport faces stiff competition from Bournemouth & Poole, Burnham-On-Sea, Newmarket and Wells. Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council's Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “In 2017 we saw off ...
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Talented student photographers host ‘Beyond Bootle’ exhibit

First year Hugh Baird students studying Digital Imaging and Photography will be exhibiting their recent works at a special pop-up exhibit in Bootle Strand Shopping Centre. Ahead of the show, each student was allocated a grid on a map of Bootle and were tasked with capturing the very best emotive images from that area. The objectives of the project were to look beyond the more traditional views of Bootle and creatively respond to the space they have been assigned. Their finalised works will be on show at the shopping centre from February 26 to March 2, at which point it ...
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WATCH: Sefton schoolchildren hailed for anti-scrambler bike project

Sefton schoolchildren have been rewarded for their involvement in an anti-scrambler bike education project during the Autumn term of 2018. Now in its fourth year, the project was set up by Constable Alan Thompson from Bootle Neighbourhood team, with help from Sefton Council, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and aims to highlight the impact off-road bikes have on local communities in Sefton. The four schools involved are: St Oswalds Primary School, Netherton The Grange Primary School, Bootle Hatton Hill Primary School, Bootle Lander Road Primary School, Litherland Early in 2018, Year 5 pupils at the schools received education on the dangers ...
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Thousands benefit from InvestSefton business support

InvestSefton, Sefton Council's enterprise, business support and inward investment service, continues to support local enterprises and has engaged with more than 2,200 individual businesses. InvestSefton is one of the Liverpool City Region growth hubs working alongside the Local Enterprise Partnership, other local authorities, Chambers of Commerce and The Women’s Organisation. It is part of current UK Government funded activities delivered locally by Local Enterprise Partnerships. InvestSefton is also about to confirm the second phase of its European funded initiative-the Business Growth Programme which has already assisted over 255 businesses including 45 new enterprises in the borough. Sefton residents and entrepreneurs ...
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Dementia events heading to Sefton

Three events aimed at supporting residents living with dementia are heading to Sefton later this month. Side by Side, the Alzheimer’s Society’s volunteering service, is holding a volunteer recruitment event on Thursday 21 February, 11am-12.30pm at Lord Street Hotel. Side by Side is a service that helps people living with dementia to play an active part in their community so they can continue to lead an independent life. The event will provide more information about Side by Side and the range of volunteering opportunities available. Alzheimer’s Society Sefton will be holding a pop-up Memory Café on Friday 22 February at ...
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Help Us Help You by choosing pharmacy first

Sefton residents are being reminded they can get expert advice about any minor health concerns they may have from their local pharmacy, saving them a trip to their doctor’s surgery. That’s the message from health commissioners in the borough as part of the latest phase of the national ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign, focusing on the range of services and support available from pharmacies. Pharmacy teams offer a fast and convenient clinical service for minor health concerns with no appointment needed and use of a private consultation room should it be required. Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS ...
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Appeal for information following robbery of bike from teenage boy in Southport

Detectives are appealing for information following the robbery of a bike from a teenage boy in Southport in January. At 3.45pm on Wednesday 30 January, a 14-year-old boy was cycling through Southport Cemetery on Duke Street when he was approached by an unknown person who punched him and forced him from the bike, before stealing it. The suspect is described as wearing dark clothing with a hood up. Enquiries are ongoing. The bike is a Cannondale mountain bike with a sprayed black frame and yellow shock absorber. Since the image was taken, the handlebars are now gold in colour, and ...
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Healthwatch Sefton opens doors

Parents, people with a disability and older people are now finding it easier to get in to Maghull Health Centre after automatic doors have been fitted. Local patient consumer champion, Healthwatch Sefton, has worked in partnership with the NHS to resolve the daily problem of accessing the centre after it was raised as an issue by patients during engagement work. “Through a series of Enter & View visits to the health centre we listened to what people thought of the community services and, among other things, it kept coming up that they had difficulty using the double sets of doors ...
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