Liverpool Cathedral’s Evensong service on Sunday 18th April will mark the life of HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The service, which is invitation only and starts at 3pm, will be attended by community representatives and political and civic leaders from across Liverpool City Region.
The service will be led by Dean of Liverpool the Very Revd Dr Sue Jones with the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mark Blundell. It will include personal reflections from Dame Lorna Muirhead, who held the role previously.
There will be prayers from the Archbishop of Liverpool – the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon – and the Bishop of Liverpool – the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, along with representatives from other Merseyside faith communities each leading a prayer in their own tradition.
Attendees will include the Lord Mayor and Mayors of local boroughs, military and ex-service representatives, organisations including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Royal Mersey Yacht Club, Merseyside Scouts, Boys Brigade and local forces cadets.
The Cathedral is the fifth largest in the world which means there is ample space for the congregation to be safely accommodated and to observe Covid-19 regulations, such as social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.
Well-wishers are asked not to congregate outside the Cathedral – but to watch the service online – via the Cathedral’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgTSAfIhhA0. The service will also be streamed by local authorities across their channels.
Lord Lieutenant, Mark Blundell, said: “The Service of Commemoration is a chance for representatives from communities across Liverpool City Region to come together and remember HRH Prince Philip.
“The Duke was a regular visitor to our area over many years, most recently in 2016 when he accompanied The Queen to the International Festival of Business and the opening of both the new Exhibition Centre and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
“During his decades of devoted public service, he touched the lives of many thousands of people, whether it was accompanying The Queen on engagements or his active involvement in many charities, organisations and causes close to his heart.
“Like Liverpool, he was tremendously proud of his close association with the Armed Forces.
“He leaves an incredible legacy, not just as Consort to Her Majesty, but also his work on the groundbreaking Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme which has helped the personal development of so many young people around the country over many decades.”
Polling station staff required for 2021 Sefton elections
Do you know of somebody who would like to work at a Sefton Polling Station?
Sefton has 132 polling stations in operation on polling day. Polling station staff work inside the station and are responsible for the conduct of the ballot and making sure that procedure for voting are followed.
The elections team are looking to appoint staff to work in Sefton Polling Stations for the Combined Elections on Thursday 6th May 2021.
There are a number of positions available such as Poll Clerks, staff to meet and greet electors on arrival at the polling station and staff to be on stand by for election day. The hours of work will be 6am – 10pm.
Staff will be expected to undertake Lateral Flow test before commencing work.
Tuesday, March 23 marks one year since Sefton went into lockdown.
In line with national events to mark this day, Sefton have put together a special film to honour, remember and thank all of our residents for a difficult and challenging year under COVID-19.
Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson and Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher have also issued the below letter to all Sefton communities.
Southport and Bootle Town Halls will be illuminated yellow this evening (March 23) from 7pm-9pm as a sign of reflection and remembrance to all those who have lost their lives through COVID-19.
To our residents,
This past year has been a year like no other.
March 23rd 2021 marks a year since the first national lockdown began as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We were asked to stay at home and reduce our contacts. For some, that has meant that they have not seen loved ones for over a year, some have not met new family members, or marked special occasions; others did not get a chance to say goodbye.
Our communities have been hit hard by this pandemic and we want to recognise the difficulties people continue to face as we slowly begin to emerge, a year later.
The impact of this pandemic will be felt for some time to come and it is important that we reflect on the challenges we have faced, and we consider how we will emerge stronger and face those difficulties ahead.
We could not let today pass without recognising the sacrifice and hardship faced by our community and to pause and take stock of the year that has gone by.
But there are some positives we can take from this past year.
It has been heart-warming and truly inspiring to see how our communities have come together to support each other during this time.
We have seen huge numbers of volunteers, supporting those who needed it, neighbours checking in on neighbours, and welfare visits through the window.
We’ve seen fundraising and charities pulling us all through and inspiring stories of people going the extra mile and showing what Sefton can do.
The spirit of our community continues to impress us, while we share an overwhelming sadness for those we have lost and pride in our community for how we are pushing through.
We know that many sacrifices have been made to drive the COVID infection rate down, and sadly, we have lost loved ones along the way.
They will be sadly missed and will not be forgotten.
We will look at options for a permanent memorial and long term commemorations when the time is right, but for now, we would urge everyone to pause, reflect and continue to work together as one community.
We must continue to stick to the rules as lockdown eases so that we can truly put this past year behind us.
We urge everyone to continue to reduce their contacts as much as possible and take precautionary measures as lockdown lifts.
Soon, we hope, we can hug our families again
Sefton Council will continue to support our MySefton community as we emerge from this pandemic and we would, once again, like to thank you for all that we have done over the past year.
We will emerge stronger.
Dwayne Johnson & Cllr Ian Maher.
Residents encouraged to consider Postal Voting this coming election
Thousands of residents across Sefton are set to receive letters in the coming days encouraging them to register for postal voting ahead of local elections in May.
With plans still in place for a nationwide election process to be held this summer, Sefton Council’s Elections Teams are currently encouraging all residents over the age of 76 to take up the option of submitting a postal vote.
16,000 residents aged 76 or over who have previously never used the postal voting system, will receive letters in the mail to explain how the safe and secure process works.
On May 6, 2021, a local election will be held in Sefton with 22 seats on the local authority being contested. By-elections will also take place for Blundellsands and Derby wards.
Residents will be voting for the seats which were set to be contested in the 2020 local elections process but were postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, said: “Absent voting is a key element of every election and it is not uncommon for thousands of postal and proxy votes to be submitted.
“However this years elections, should they proceed as planned, demonstrates an even greater need for residents to be able to cast their votes safely, securely and remotely.
“We are well aware by now of those vulnerable members of our community who must continue to take extra precautions over the the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we are encouraging residents to sign up for postal and proxy voting.
“It is important to ensure clear and transparent processes are put in place to maintain the integrity of the election and our teams are doing all they can to make certain every voice is heard.
“Your vote matters.”
Residents who wish to vote in the May 6 elections will be able to via the usual means of in-person voting, postal voting or voting by proxy.
For residents who wish to vote in person at a polling station a social distancing and COVID secure system will be in place to ensure both staff and voters are kept safe.
This may mean the process of submitting your vote may take slightly longer than usual.
The deadline for receipt of all postal vote applications is April 20, 2021 with those registered to vote remotely expected to receive their voting packs around April 24.
The 2021 elections run alongside voting processes for the Merseyside Police Area, Police & Crime Commissioner and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Mayor.