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All you need to know ahead of the 2019 Southport Flower Show

The Southport Flower show returns next weekend (Aug 15-18) and thousands of people are expected to flock to the town for the annual four day extravaganza.

A staple of the annual Southport events calendar, Southport Flower Show in Victoria Park is a huge crowd pleaser ahead of the Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championships both in September. 

As with other fantastic events, Southport is expected to be increasingly busy between August 15 & 18 and we are encouraging residents and visitors alike to plan their journeys in advance.

Traffic & Travel

Visitors to the Flower Show are advised to take advantage of public transport and a shuttle service operating from Southport Station. For more information about this shuttle service and additional transport information, click here

Residents who are not attending the Southport Flower Show are advised to plan ahead and travel via alternate routes around Southport. 

Signage will be in place to minimise as much disruption as possible.

Parking

Parking and directional routes to the Flower Show will be clearly signposted upon arrival into Southport.  Two main public parking areas will be made available for an all-day rate of £7 at both Princes Park and Birkdale Common. 

While Princes Park is within walking distance of the Southport Flower Show, Birkdale Common parking will accommodate a shuttle service with a drop off/pick up point at the Duke Street Gate entrance of Victoria Park.

Shopping

A visit to the Southport Flower Show is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the town. 

After taking in the show each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Southport has to offer? Lord Street is only a few minutes walk away from Victoria Park.

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street to the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street’s high street giants, Southport has it all. The town’s Northern Quarter comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while the town centre is renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars 

For additional ideas on what to do during your stay, check out Visit Southport.

Rubbish

Southport is one of many beautiful places across Sefton and we want to keep it that way. We actively encourage both visitors and residents alike to make sure they are responsible for their own rubbish and dispose of it in a sensible manner. 

If you cannot find a bin to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, please take it home with you.

Marine Lake plays host to first ever Active Sefton Southport 5K

A popular 5K challenge is coming to Southport for the first time next month with hundreds of participants expected to take part.

Sefton Council’s Active Sefton team will host the first ever Active Workforce 5K Challenge on Wednesday, September 18 around the Marine Lake.

The challenge, which is open to individuals or teams of 5, will see competitors run a single lap around the beautiful Marine Lake, with trophies for fastest male and female.

Competitors can run, walk or stroll at their leisure to complete the race and bottled water will be provided.

The cost for individual entries is £10 and £50 for a team of 5. All entries must be received by Friday, September 13.

Staff who are part of Active Workforce Organisations qualify for a discounted entry price of £7.

Participants are also welcome to raise money for a chosen charity.

To register a place for an individual runner or a team or for more information please email active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2079.

Trio of TV stars complete cast of By The Waters Of Liverpool

The final three cast members for the Spring 2020 UK Tour of Helen Forrester’s By The Waters Of Liverpool have been revealed.

After a hugely successful premiere run at the Liverpool Empire Theatre last Autumn, the play will now make its way round the country bringing Helen’s fascinating story to life on stage.

Star of stage and screen Sian Reeves is joining the tour. Sian is best known for her television roles in Emmerdale, Mount Pleasant, Still Open All Hours, Lunch Monkeys, Hope Springs, City Lights, Where The Heart Is, and Cutting It.

Hollyoaks’ Parry Glasspool and Lucy Dixon, from Waterloo Road and Hollyoaks, join Sian to complete the cast.

The cast also includes the recently announced Mark Moraghan and Eric Potts.

Mark Moraghan will play Helen’s Father. Mark previously played ‘Father’ in the 2007 and 2009 adaptations of Twopence To Cross The Mersey. He returned to play the role in By The Waters Of Liverpool in 2018. Mark is best known for his roles in Holby City, Coronation Street and Brookside.

Coronation Street and Doctor Who’s Eric Potts will play ‘Mr Ellis’, Helen’s fiery-tempered boss. Eric has also appeared in Peak Practice, Heartbeat, The Royal, Last Of The Summer Wine, and Steel River Blues.

Other confirmed cast members are Lynn Francis as the ‘Deaconess’; Danny O’Brien as ‘Harry O’Dwyer’; Chloe McDonald as ‘Fiona’ (Helen’s sister); and Roy Carruthers as ‘The Detective’.

By The Waters Of Liverpool is the stunning production from the team that brought you Helen Forrester’s timeless story, Twopence To Cross The Mersey.

To celebrate what would have been Helen Forrester’s 100th Birthday, the 11-week tour opens at New Brighton Floral Pavilion, in Wirral, from Tuesday 3 March to Sunday 8 March 2020 – just a few miles from where the writer was born.

The production will then travel to Stockport, Warrington, St Helens, Lancaster, Crewe, Southport, Rhyl, Swansea, Darlington and Malvern. The second leg of the tour will be announced shortly.

Sian Reeves will play Helen’s Mother, Parry Glasspool will play Helen’s brother Alan, while Helen Forrester will be portrayed by Lucy Dixon.

West Bromwich born Sian Reeves is an original cast member of the 1985 stage production of Les Misérables. She also later appeared in the 25th anniversary performance at London’s O2.

Sian has already shared a stage with fellow cast member Mark Moraghan. They competed against each other on celebrity TV singing contest, Just The Two Of Us. Paired up with opera singer Russell Watson, Sian took the winning honours, while Mark was runner-up with Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton. The pair will be reunited on stage as Helen Forrester’s parents.

By The Waters Of Liverpool’s Spring 2020 UK Tour opens at New Brighton Floral Pavilion from 3 March to 8 March 2020, before heading to the Stockport Plaza (10 March to 12 March); Warrington Parr Hall (14 March and 15 March); St Helens Theatre Royal (17 March to 21 March); Lancaster Grand (23 March and 24 March); Crewe Lyceum (25 March and 26 March); Southport Theatre (27 March and 28 March); Rhyl Pavilion Theatre (31 March to 4 April); Swansea Grand Theatre (6 April and 7 April); Darlington Hippodrome (9 April to 11 April); followed by Malvern Theatres (14 April and 15 April).

Freshfields Animal Rescue launch appeal to help funding ‘crisis’

Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre in Sefton  is facing a funding crisis, which they say is threatening their  mission to rescue and rehome abused, neglected and unwanted animals.

Due to the never-ending stream of distressed animals who need their help, the centres in Ince Blundell and North Wales are always full to capacity with many more animals waiting to be admitted.

Despite the soaring costs and intense financial pressures this brings, most of the time we survive and thrive, thanks to your support over the past 40 years.

At this moment however, Freshfields is experiencing a serious cash flow crisis – like many charities, they rely on Legacies and Gifts in Wills for around 30% of their funding.

Emma Jensen, Fundraising Manager, said: “This is a worrying situation for us, and a real shame that this has happened in our 40th anniversary year. The last time we launched an appeal like this was February, 2017.

“We need to be here for the next 40 years to help the hundreds of animals and birds who need Freshfields every day.

“We need to buy food and medicines for over 600 animals, who get the care and love they so desperately need. We need to pay our bills, and avoid the need to close our doors to new admissions. It’s an ongoing battle, and we’re currently at crisis point.”

You can donate online by clicking here or you can call 0151 931 1604

Sefton Council lauds Kicks partnership with Police & LFC Foundation

On Friday (26 July), Merseyside Police attended Netherton Activity Centre in partnership with LFC Foundation and Sefton Council to confirm that the Premier League Kicks programme will continue to be provided to young people in Sefton.

Football coaching events have been run at the Glovers Lane centre every Friday, and a total of 18 sessions are run every week by the charity across high-need areas in Merseyside. This will now continue into next season, restarting in September.

Matt Parish, Director of LFC Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be delivering our Premier League Kicks programme in Sefton in collaboration with Merseyside Police and Sefton Council.

“Their support means that we can continue to provide free sessions that help to inspire young people using the power of football in some of the most high-need areas.

“Our Kicks programme is a huge success and has been running across the Liverpool City Region for over 10 years. Last season (2018/19) we engaged with over 1,600 young children and young people at the 15 sessions we run weekly.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “The Premier League Kicks programme is a wonderful initiative which keeps our young people active and engaged. It’s just what they need and they love having the opportunity to work with the LFC Foundation.

“I am proud of the effort that Merseyside Police continues to make to work alongside organisations like the LFC Foundation and Sefton Council for the benefit of our young people and I thank all those involved for the time and energy they are investing in a brighter future for the next generation.”

Merseyside Police Community Policing Sergeant Ray Mavrakakis said: “It’s great to see the success of the LFC Foundation’s programme of free sessions in Sefton, which will now continue into next season.

“This is all part of a co-ordinated national and local approach to tackling issues of serious and organised crime.

“Our local officers work closely with partners and the communities to help those who might be drawn into gangs, preventing them becoming involved in a life of crime and offering them different pathways and a more hopeful future.”
Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our sporty youngsters in South Sefton.

“Our ongoing partnership work with Merseyside Police and the LFC Foundation works incredibly well and I am delighted to see that this wonderful programme has returned to Sefton once again.”

You can find more information on LFC Foundation at: https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com/programmes/sports-and-health/premier-league-kicks

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