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Celebrate the New Year in Style at the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Burns Night

Celebrate the New Year with a taste of the Highlands at the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Burns Night.

Taking place at Bootle Town Hall on Saturday January 25, all money raised from the evening will go to the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund.

Starting at 7pm, there’ll be Scottish food, live entertainment and a raffle.

Tickets are now on sale at £20.

Mayor of Sefton, Councillor June Burns said “I am really looking forward to celebrating the New Year with guests who are attending the evening.

“With live entertainment, food and a raffle with great prizes, this event is sure to be a highlight in your social calendar. All money raised on the night will help so many wonderful charitable and voluntary organisations right across the borough.”

Tickets are available in advance from the Mayor of Sefton’s Office via 0151 934 2062 or on the door. For more information call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

Christmas arrives at Merseyrail with calendar of festive activities across the network

The festivities have well and truly begun on Merseyrail with Father Christmas and carol singers appearing up and down the network this December.

Father Christmas gift competition

On Monday Father Christmas delivered a special gift to Liverpool Central’s Mtogo store flanked by security, signalling the launch of a special competition across three stations.

Mystery gifts will be situated at Mtogo stores in Liverpool Central, Liverpool South Parkway and Southport stations. Passengers must guess what the gift is to be in with a chance of winning £200 worth of high street vouchers.

The competition will run December from 2 to 23  and passengers can enter by filling out a form in one of the three stations.

Father Christmas checking tickets

Father Christmas will be leaving his reindeer at home and travelling by Merseyrail trains on 7 and 8 December from 11:00 to 13:00, checking tickets and wishing all of our customers a very merry Christmas.

Carol choirs

Furthermore, carol singers will be performing your favourite Christmas songs at the following stations:

  • Liverpool Central
    • December 3 10:00-12:00 and 19:00-20:00
    • December 5 19:00 onwards
    • December 8, 19 & 20  times TBC
  • Hamilton Square
    •  December 5 & 19 17:00 onwards
  • Southport
    • December 22 throughout the day

Free Costa hot drinks

Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy a free Costa hot drink on Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 December at participating Costas across the network.

 

Great value and enhanced services

To add to the festive cheer across the Liverpool City Region, Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy late night and Boxing Day trains.

With return tickets from just £2.10 and Day Savers available to purchase online, Merseyrail is the perfect way to get around this Christmas.

The rail operator will be running a special service between 9:00am and 7:00pm on Boxing Day, calling at selected stations across the network.

There will also be late night trains on the two weekends before Christmas, helping passengers get home from festive events across the city.

For full timetable information, Christmas shopping and event guides passengers can visit www.merseyrail.org/christmas or the Destination Merseyside portal at https://www.merseyrail.org/destination-merseyside.

Our customer service team can also be contacted via Twitter @merseyrail or WhatsApp on 0151 555 1111 for service updates and information.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “Christmas is a very special time of year at Merseyrail and we want to make it as festive as possible for our passengers.

“These events across the network ensure passengers have a fun-filled journey complete with carols and appearances from Father Christmas as they travel to parties, visit family or do some Christmas shopping.”

To find out more about what is happening across Liverpool this festive season visit www.visitliverpool.com/christmas.

Merseyrail ticket fares still some of the lowest in the country following 2020 fare increase

Merseyrail ticket fares are still some of the lowest in the country, despite an average increase of 2.86 per cent for 2020.

The rail operator will protect its popular Family Ticket by freezing its price at £11 for the fourth consecutive year – ensuring families can enjoy affordable days out across the Liverpool City Region.

Return tickets for journeys within the Merseyrail network will rise by an average of 2.8 per cent. Railpass will also rise by 2.8 per cent for 2020.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “We are proud to offer the most affordable and punctual rail service in the country, continually improving our ticket offer with new products coming in the next 12 months such as the Merseyrail Only Railpass.

“While there is a rise in ticket prices, 98 per cent of fares are reinvested back into the railway, which allows us to improve the network and continue to provide our passengers with a reliable, high quality service.”

In the spring 2019 National Rail Passenger Survey, Merseyrail was voted as one of the most reliable networks offering some of the best value for money tickets in the country.

The operator has also been hailed as the most punctual rail operator in the country for the year-to-date of 2019.

Spare a gift for a child this year and get behind the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal

You can make Christmas extra special for some of Sefton’s vulnerable children by getting behind the Mayor’s Christmas Toy appeal.

Each year thousands of toys, gifts and stocking fillers are lovingly donated by kind hearted residents from across the borough and given to our most deserving families.

New gifts unwrapped for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle, Maghull or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library or leisure centre by Wednesday Dec 18.

Residents can also donate at the Asda store in Bootle and Southport. Gift tokens are particularly welcome to be given to older children.

All presents will then be distributed to children and young people throughout the borough by volunteers from Sefton Council and Sefton Children’s Trust on behalf of the Mayor.

Cllr June Burns, the Mayor of Sefton, said: “The generosity of the people of Sefton is amazing and every year thousands of people donate a present to the annual Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal.

“Putting smile on a little one’s face at Christmas is one of the best things a person could do and so I urge as many people as possible to get involved.

“Any donation is welcome and we are looking for gifts for all ages from babies and toddlers to teens.

“To ensure we can get the right gift to the right child may I please ask that the gifts be new and are left unwrapped.”

For further information on the Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal please call 07837863075.

Meet new friends at a special Tea Dance, and get hot tips on keeping warm this winter

Residents across Sefton are invited to come along to an event where they can get advice on keeping warm and healthy in their homes, meet new friends and take part in some fun activities.

The ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ Tea Dance will be held in The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport on Nov 25, 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

The Council have organised the information open day in partnership with Sefton OPERA (an older persons charity), with funding from National Energy Action (NEA). There will be stalls from a variety of other local organisations including welfare rights and Merseyside Fire & Rescue, as well as activities such as chair based exercises.

Fuel poverty is a growing concern, as it contributes to excess winter deaths and has a negative impact on both physical and mental health conditions. Thus, increasing the strain on the NHS and social services. It is a particular concern in Sefton due to a high level of hard to treat properties, an ageing population and high levels of unemployment and ill health.   

Christina Chislett, Sustainability Officer for Sefton Council said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is so important to us. We urge people to come along and gain some valuable advice on keeping warm and well at home, especially over the winter months.”

Adam Scorer at National Energy Action said: “It is a tragedy that so many people die or suffer the health impacts of living in a cold home when they are largely preventable. This is why NEA committed to provide funding to so many different organisations across the country. We anticipate that the funding will make it possible for Sefton Council and Sefton OPERA to provide much needed support for residents within the local area”.

If you need advice but can’t make the event, please call the Affordable Warmth Team on 0151 934 2222.

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