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‘Get ‘Winter Ready’ with new checklist say Sefton health and community leaders

Sefton’s health and community leaders are urging people to help themselves, their loved ones and the people they care for stay well this winter with the help of an online winter ready checklist.

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“Staying well this winter is really important for your health and the health of older loved ones and neighbours. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to respiratory winter illnesses. It’s especially important for those aged 65 or older and people with long term conditions such as heart or kidney disease, diabetes or breathing conditions like COPD (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and asthma.”

Margaret Jones, director of public health at Sefton Council, said:

“The good news is there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter and lots of services and organisations that can support you whether it’s getting your flu and all your COVID-19 vaccines,  help to heat your home, keeping active, meeting people, improving your health and wellbeing, getting advice from a health professional, or choosing which service you need.”

To help people navigate the many organisations and services available in Sefton that could meet their needs to stay well this winter, healthcare and community partners have created an online checklist.

By focusing on a few simple questions this online tool can help provide advice or signpost people to services that may provide the solutions.

The checklist was presented to people who work with various community groups at a winter ready engagement event coordinated by NHS South Sefton and Southport and Formby CCGs, Sefton CVS and Healthwatch Sefton.

Diane Blair, Healthwatch Sefton manager, said:

“The checklist was very well received and is being used by various community leaders to help signpost people to the range of other services that may be useful for them and to help advise on how to stay well this winter and how to access health services should they become unwell.”

Angela White, chief executive of Sefton CVS, said:

“It’s always important to take stock of your health and ensure you have in place what you need to be ready for the cold winter months. This checklist makes you think about your health and wellbeing, or you could use it to speak to family members or neighbours who may be older or more vulnerable to see how they are and whether they’re prepared for winter. The checklist highlights local advice and support from across the health and VCF sectors’ that may be useful to them.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“If you do become unwell, the NHS is always here for you when you need it. If you need medical advice and aren’t sure where to go, use NHS 111 online or call 111 for assistance. Remember, your local pharmacists are health experts who can help with all sorts of conditions and treatments and GP practices are open and continuing to provide services, including face to face appointments where these are needed.

”Please use this checklist to help you and those around you have a happy and healthy Christmas.”

The ‘Winter Ready’ Checklist is available at:

Support with heating and energy bills

Anyone living in fuel poverty, or who knows someone who is, can be reassured that there is help and support available for those worried about keeping warm or paying energy bills.

To seek advice and information about the support available, people can call Sefton Council’s Affordable Warmth Service on 0151 934 2222 or the local Energy Advice line managed by the charity EPPlus Freephone 0800 043 0151. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

More information is available on the Sefton Council website:

Sefton once again showcases its green-fingered expertise at North West in Bloom competition

Netherton Community Garden who received a Thriving Award
Netherton Community Garden who received a Thriving Award

Community groups across the Borough have once again been recognised for their green-fingered expertise for the 2021 North West in Bloom competition.

Volunteer groups from Ainsdale, Bootle, Litherland, Netherton, Maghull, Crosby, Seaforth, Southport and Waterloo were enthusiastically involved in this year’s celebration following the cancellation of the official competition in 2020.

In July, the North West in Bloom judges visited each location to see for themselves the good work the volunteers have been doing, despite the difficulties posed by the continuation of some Covid-19 restrictions.

Despite the obstacles they faced, Sefton’s gardening enthusiasts have once again showcased their skills by maintaining flower beds, supporting community initiatives and creating wonderful displays.

So much so that 38 entrants were recognised by the judges with the following awards: Thriving, Advancing, Outstanding, Silver and Gold. Special recognition was also awarded to seven Sefton entrants:

  • Ainsdale in Bloom – Best Town, Gold Award
  • Botanic Gardens Community Association, Southport – Five Years Outstanding Award
  • Cheyne Close, Crosby – Five Years Outstanding Award
  • Crosby and Waterloo in Bloom – Silver Gilt, Clean Sweep Award
  • Maghull Station Volunteers – Best Railway Station, Outstanding Award
  • Southport in Bloom – Best Large Coastal Resort, Gold Award
  • Southport Model Engineering Club – Five Years Outstanding Award

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“The Green Sefton team has been absolutely bowled over by the determination and commitment of our green-fingered community groups and volunteers who’ve created such wonderful displays and been involved in great outdoor projects this year.

“Not only do their continued efforts help to make our Sefton greener, but they also help to bring communities together making them stronger and happier. We’ve all enjoyed spending time outdoors, perhaps more than ever in recent times, and having passionate gardeners across our Borough looking after our valued green spaces has really enhanced our time spent outdoors.

“What’s more is that many of these displays help to boost our Borough’s biodiversity, attracting many pollinators that are vital in the natural fight against climate change that we’ve heard so much about recently.”

Boyer Court Garden Club, Maghull, who received an Outstanding Award
Boyer Court Garden Club, Maghull, who received an Outstanding Award

North West in Bloom is the voluntary regional organisation that administers the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom competition in Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, and is one of the 18 regions and Nations that comprise Britain in Bloom.

Sefton Council’s Green Sefton Service – who help co-ordinate North West in Bloom within the Borough – are encouraging residents to think ahead now to next year when it is hoped the competition will go ahead without any restrictions on activities.

Green Sefton officers are also keen for volunteer groups to think about the most environmentally friendly ways to maintain their future displays and arrangements. Ensuring that nature can thrive and act as natural mitigation to today’s climate concerns.


Anyone interested in becoming involved can email

For more information on taking a more active role in community gardening the RHS has lots of helpful resources, simply visit:

Running a successful family business: Communicate, consult, collaborate

Last week at Southport Market, InvestSefton and The Good Business Festival hosted the ‘Family Fortunes’ event.

Lots of Sefton businesses braved the weather and came along to explore how the business dynamic of working alongside those related to you may help, or occasionally hinder, growth and progression!

The Good Business Festival has put together an overview of the evening with some insight into running a successful family business.

Give it a read: 

Running a successful family business: Communicate, consult, collaborate

Our InvestSefton advisers can’t wait to work with The Good Business Festival again in the new year. Watch this space for more info on 2022 events.

In the meantime, sign-up to the InvestSefton mailing list to hear about our future business events and workshops. They are all free and open to all businesspeople as long as they are based in Sefton.

Email the team on and why not visit for even more?

Bootle-based Christmas business spread festive sparkle with magical tree

Decorators for Christmas tree taking pride of place in Bootle Town Hall's foyer
Decorators for Christmas tree taking pride of place in Bootle Town Hall’s foyer

Bootle-based business, Decorators for Christmas, has spread festive sparkle and cheer to Sefton Council’s Bootle Town Hall with the loan of a professionally decorated Christmas tree.

The tree, which is taking pride of place in the foyer of Bootle Town Hall, has been loaned by the business as a special thank you to Council staff for their continued support throughout the pandemic.

Decorators for Christmas said: “We love Christmas and our passion for the festive season is reflected in our beautiful decorations which we design, manufacture and install. It’s been an absolute pleasure to share one of our stunning Christmas trees with the Council this year as a small thank you for everything they have done to support Sefton businesses over the past 18 months or so.”

The Council’s InvestSefton and Business Rates teams would normally have been delivering business growth and inward investment support while administering and collecting business rates. Instead the focus during the pandemic has been on supporting businesses financially, ensuring they could access important grant payments and other means of support as the health crisis continued.

Colleagues from different departments such as Tourism, Corporate Resources, Housing, Planning, Sefton@Work, Early Years and Adult Care have supported this vital stream of work to ensure that grants were issued to all eligible businesses.

Similarly, officers have helped businesses with practical support, issuing them with PPE, providing vital infrastructure for Covid-19 testing and Environmental Health colleagues have supported the re-opening of the retail, hospitality and personal care sectors.

To find out how InvestSefton can help your business contact 0151 934 3452 or email or visit

Melling resident Mary celebrates milestone birthday, plus one!

Melling resident Mary Burgess was surprised with a very special birthday party on Wednesday 15th December, after her 100th birthday celebrations were curtailed due to Covid-19 restrictions in 2020.

Melling resident Mary Burgess celebrating turning 101
Melling resident Mary Burgess celebrating turning 101

Last year she could only mark becoming a centenarian on her doorstep.

So, Mary’s friends from her local pensioners club wanted to throw her a belated party to ensure they could all mark the magnificent milestone together.

Mary attends Cabinet Member Cllr Atkinson’s monthly health and wellbeing club, so she attended the Holy Rosary Parochial Club to join the surprise.

Mary’s granddaughter and great-granddaughter to the left, Mary in the middle with Cllr Marion Atkinson to the right and club organiser Bobby to the far right.
Mary’s granddaughter and great-granddaughter to the left, Mary in the middle with Cllr Marion Atkinson to the right and club organiser Bobby to the far right.

There was a spot of bingo, afternoon tea and plenty of birthday cake.

Cllr Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, and Molyneux ward councillor said:

“Mary is a fantastic member of the local community and always first in line for bingo tickets when she attends my monthly health and wellbeing classes.

“It was just brilliant to celebrate in a small way with Mary and I hope that she feels special as she marks this incredible milestone.”

Born in Liverpool on 15th December 1920, Mary has lived in Melling for more than 30 years. She has five children and more than 30 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In her 90s she overcame breast cancer and is still an active member of two local pensioners clubs. Once restrictions began to ease, Mary was one of the first to return to the local clubs and wellbeing group. Most recently she’s enjoyed visits to Boundary Mill with one of the groups and has just got back from her ‘Turkey & Tinsel’ holiday in Bournemouth.

Thankfully Mary got through the worst of the pandemic with very few problems and is said to be enjoying using her bus pass once again for shopping trips to Liverpool and doesn’t know what she would do without it.

Happy Birthday Marvellous Mary!

Melling resident Mary Burgess celebrating turning 100 on her doorstep in December 2020
Melling resident Mary Burgess celebrating turning 100 on her doorstep in December 2020

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