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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 happens throughout Sefton to bring people together and tackle loneliness.

For further information contact Monica Gannon, Parish Administrator at HeartStone on 01704 577722


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 of the Cooke Telescope
  • June 22nd (Saturday) – Summer Solstice
  • July 20th (Saturday) – Apollo 11 (“The Eagle has Landed”)
  • August 25th (Sunday) – Southport AS formed in Aug 1927
  • September 22nd (Sunday) – Autumnal Equinox (23rd Sep)
  • October 27th (Sunday) – Uranus at Opposition
  • November 10th (Sunday) – Transit of Mercury (11th Nov)
  • December 1st (Sunday) – Jeremiah Horrocks: Transit of Venus
  • December 22nd (Sunday) – Winter Solstice

(Note: Where dates are not actual they are shown at LHS in brackets).

The observatory opens at 10.30 and closes at 17.00 (16.00 Oct to Dec).

Please be aware that occasionally changes may be necessary due to weather, illness, park management requirements, etc. Should changes be made, a notification will be displayed on

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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 Lydiate Village Centre from 12-2pm.

This is a chance for those who may be worried about their memory or those who have or care for someone with dementia to have a chat and a cuppa. Staff from the Alzheimer’s Society will be on hand to share information about dementia and the support available locally.

Finally, a dementia awareness talk will take place on Saturday 23 February, 10:30am to 1pm at the Kindfulness Café in Bootle. This is a chance to learn more about the symptoms and behaviours of dementia, risk factors and how to reduce them and local Alzheimer’s Society services.

To book a place please call the Kindfullness Café on 0151 287 2704 or 01704 539957.

Throughout 2019, Sefton is celebrating its Year of Friendship to help tackle loneliness and social isolation. These events are key to supporting residents who are living with dementia and their carers.

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 South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG said: “I urge everyone to make full use of their local pharmacist all year round; they use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to give you the best advice.

“Health services can often become really busy and overstretched over winter. By visiting your local pharmacy with any minor health concerns, you will avoid waiting for an appointment.

“Our pharmacists can advise you on what over the counter medicines you may need in this cold weather and let you know about any side effects of medication so it is beneficial to ask their advice.”

According to NHS England 27 per cent of GP appointments in England could potentially be treated elsewhere. You can simply walk into your pharmacy, without an appointment and they will be able to offer you advice.

Help us, help you, before it gets worse. Visit for more information.

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 to enter the building,” explained Wendy Andersen, Engagement Manager with Healthwatch Sefton.

Following their feedback reports, Healthwatch Sefton was in dialogue with the various NHS agencies over remedies to the situation and it was finally resolved in January when the automatic doors were installed.

The news has gone down a treat with local patient and wheelchair user, Jonathan Desmond, who also brought the issue to Maurice Byrne, Healthwatch Sefton locality representative for Maghull early on. He said: “The automatic doors are great and mean it is easier to use the centre.”

It is not only patients feeling the benefit because Gaynor Ferguson, receptionist at the centre, explained: “From a staff point of view it has made our jobs better because we no longer have to hold doors open for people which means we can get around quicker.

“I think it makes the centre feel more modern and that’s given us a nice boost. But it’s also better from a hygiene perspective.”

Wendy commented: “Thanks go to all those who spoke to us about this and other community services issues. And thanks also to the various NHS agencies we spoke to and helped to resolve the situation.”

To view the full Maghull Health Centre reports visit: and to contact Healthwatch Sefton ring 0800 206 1304.


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