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Strand shopping centre goes Bug Crazy this February Half term!

The Strand shopping centre has unveiled it February Half term activity as it goes Creepy Crawly Crazy!

The Strand’s popular craft Zone will be open Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st of February from 11am – 2pm making bug crafts and is totally free just simply turn up and join in the fun!

On Wednesday 20th of February The Strand will welcome the brilliant Creepy Crawly Show. The Creepy Crawly Show will be bringing along a range of creatures for shoppers to touch and ask questions about. This interactive activity is also accompanied by a challenge get out and about and get bug hunting to enter the centre’s bug hunting competition.

Rowland Parry, Centre Manager commented ‘This year we are promoting our Well being theme and embarking on many projects for a wide range of shoppers and retailers alike to improve their general health and well-being. Our half term activity with The Creepy Crawly Show, we hope will not only be informative and fun but will encourage our shoppers and smaller visitors to the centre to get out and about and go on their very own bug hunt. They can bug hunt in their gardens or parks anywhere in the local area. We are looking forward to seeing the photos coming in on our social media as well as meeting some creepy crawlies in the centre.’

Simply visit The Strand and find out some amazing facts about the creatures on show, ask the experts and then go hunting for yourself. The Strand want to see your bug hunting pictures, simply send them to The Strand’s facebook page to be in with a chance to win a bug hunting goodie bag including your very own butterfly farm!

The Strand’s facebook competition opens on the 20th of February and you have until the 1st of March to get your photos sent into the page to be in with a chance of winning. One image will be selected by The Strand Management team as the winning picture.

Please find attached a selection of images for your publication.

For more information please contact Lucy Kirk to Tel – 07967498493

Take control of your energy bills with the Merseyside Collective Switch

Switching your energy tariff with the Merseyside Collective Switch is both quick and easy, and it could save you hundreds of pounds a year.

Run by local charity Energy Project Plus, in partnership with your local authority, the Merseyside Collective Switch aims to negotiate the cheapest energy tariff on the market, available exclusively to its members.

Once you’ve registered, you will be able to access exclusive offers and can make sure you’re not missing out on a great deal on your energy.

Most of the big suppliers have increased their prices this year. If you haven’t switched recently you may be on your suppliers most expensive tariff. There are savings to be made by shopping around, and you may find a better deal with your existing supplier with no disruption to your service or billing.

The winning tariffs have often been the cheapest on the market, so better than you could get elsewhere. Previous winners have included Big 6 suppliers such as British Gas, E.on, SSE and EDF Energy as well as smaller suppliers such as Ovo and Green Energy.

Offers have been included for prepayment meter (or pay as you go) customers as well as direct debit and pay on receipt of bill customers, so there’s something for everyone.

The Merseyside Collective Switch also includes a full market comparison, so if the winning deals aren’t right for you, you can find one that is.

The service is free, and there’s no obligation to switch if you decide not to.

It only takes 15 minutes to switch and members saved an average of £260 a year on their energy bills in our last Autumn Collective.

Registration for this round closes on 23rd October.  We will then contact you to let you know about the deals that have been negotiated for the group.

To join the Collective Switch visit or call the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone 0800 043 0151, where you can also get other free and impartial support to help you save energy at home.

Mayor’s Musings

Wednesday 1st August (10:30): Southport Charity Committee Coffee Morning

It is always a pleasure to be invited to the Southport Charity Committee Coffee Mornings and this one was no different! The Charity Committee Coffee Mornings are a great way to get to know and understand the hard work and dedication which gets unnoticed. It is also a fantastic way to keep up to date of how the charities are using the money and how we as a community are raising funds for the charities as well.

Thursday 2nd August (13:45): Princes Trust Team Presentation

The Prince’s Trust is a charity in the United Kingdom founded in 1976 to help young disadvantaged people. They run a range of training programmes, provide mentoring support and offer financial grants to build the confidence and motivation of disadvantaged young people. This presentation was to celebrate Southport Prince’s Trust team 2 for their success over the past 4 months. It was an honour to be invited to the presentation and I was thankful that I was given the opportunity to thank appreciate all the hard work which the members of team 2 have put into the program to be such a success.

Thursday 2nd August (19:45): United Voice Choir ‘Joseph’ Production

I accepted this invitation for the United Voice Choir ‘Joseph’ Production with great excitement and delight as I have heard many great things about the production, especially as it has been a community Choir that has been running for 10 years. The organisation has also been invited to participate in the next Armed Forces Day in the Diana Gardens which speaks volumes of how good they are and how well the production ran.

Tuesday 7th August (10:00): Citizenship Ceremony

It always fills me with great pride when I get the chance to welcome new citizens into the United Kingdom on behalf of her Majesty, and Thursday was no different. It was a pleasure to present 8 new people their United Kingdom Citizenship. These 8 new citizens came from all over the global, from Asia all the way to Africa. These ceremonies are always very interesting as it gives me the opportunity to find out where some of the new Citizens came from and even sometimes I get the opportunity to find out how and why they came to the United Kingdom.



Friday 10th August (10:30): Athena Healthcare Coffee Morning

I always find the Charity Coffee Mornings very intriguing and fascinating as it gives me the opportunity to find out what goes on behind the scenes and it is a great reminder of how the community rallies together to aid others who need the support. Athena Healthcare gave me the opportunity to speak to both staff and residents about the fantastic job which is being done here and how the Athena Healthcare Centre is more than just somewhere people come and get treatment, it’s also a place where residents get the opportunity to take their minds off their health issues just for a little while and have a little laugh with friends and family.

Mayors Musings

I had a quieter yet still enjoyable week this week in which I had the pleasure of attending 4 engagements which varied from attending the Annual Ceremony of Signing of the High Sheriff Rolls to attending the S.A.F.E Meeting in Southport.

Monday 23rd July (11:30): StedyChefs Visit

It was with great delight that I accepted the invitation from StedyChefs Learning Centre. It was very pleasing and eye-opening to see what the new Learning Centre entailed and how the Staff aid adults with learning disabilities as well as courses for Hospitality Training and Work-Essential skills. It was fantastic to see the positive impact the Learning Centre has on the community. It was intriguing to see what the students had to say about how much the Learning Centre has such a positive impact on their lives.

Monday 23rd July (19:15): S.A.F.E Meeting

The S.A.F.E. (Southport Access For Everyone) meeting was an engagement which filled me which much excitement and interest about what the meeting was about as well as finding out more about S.A.F.E as an organisation. SAFE is a small voluntary organisation working to improve access for disabled people of all ages to both premises and services in the Southport area.  The S.A.F.E meeting was to review any problems between the last meeting and this meeting. It was a pleasure to be there and it was also an honour to give them a little insight of what my Mayoral job entails.

Tuesday 24th July (09:30): Signing of the High Sheriff Rolls

It was a pleasure yet again to be invited to another ceremony in which the High Sheriff sings the roll of High Sheriffs of the county in front of the High Court Judge and the other Judges. It is always such an honour to be invited to these engagements as it gives me the opportunity to meet other Mayors of the Boroughs of Merseyside.

Wednesday 25th July (17:45): Princes Trust Team 36 Presentation Evening

The prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week personals development programme, this is delivered by the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. It’s a great way for young people to build their confidence, and participate in work experience as well as to gain life skills. The presentation was to congratulate and celebrate all of the graduates who have completed the 12 week programme and it gave me the opportunity to congratulate and celebrate with the students as well as thank the staff for all of their hard work they have put in and to appreciate how much of a success this programme is.

Robin Windsor: The Farwell Tour Comes to The Atkinson

One of the all-time favourite Strictly pro dancers  bids you farewell…

BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s all-time favourite professional, Robin Windsor, has decided to hang up his dancing shoes, after a long and successful career and he plans to go out with a bang!

Come and say goodbye to Robin on his last tour at The Atkinson on Thursday 15 November.

Robin, who was part of the hit TV show for five years, and whose celebrity partners included Patsy Kensit, Anita Dobson, Lisa Riley, and Deborah Meaden, is excited to create a show that will be action packed and energetic to match his personality!

Robin is no stranger to touring, having been involved in many shows over the years including Burn the Floor, on Broadway and the West End, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Keep Dancing, and most recently Dance to the Music, with former Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff.

However, Windsor feels that now is the right time to concentrate on other things. One of which is visiting dance schools around the country, teaching people to dance because he says “Dancing is what makes people happy! My aim is to get the entire country up and dancing!”

 THE ALL FUN FAREWELL TOUR takes the popular dancer across the country, 29 shows over five weeks, and Robin says it will be “full of fun, cheeky chat, plenty of sparkles, and superb dancing!”

Tickets are £28 / £24 concessions and are available from The Atkinson by calling Box Office on 01704 53333 or by booking  online at or

There are also a limited number of VIP tickets (priced at £48) available at most venues, where people can meet Robin before the show and have photo opportunities.

Visit the website and join our mailing list to keep up to date with the full programme of events coming to the venue soon.

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