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British Masters 2019: Pictures & videos from the tournament

Professional golfers Matthew Baldwin and Oliver Wilson chipped in to help budding golfers improve their skills through free coaching sessions at Southport Muni.

The golfers, who are in the resort for the British Masters tournament at Hillside Golf Club, kindly gave up their time to offer the sessions as part of Sefton Council’s Festival of Golf.

Matthew, who started his career playing at Southport Golf Links, was joined by Oliver Wilson, who starred in the 2008 Ryder Cup, offering top tips to stars of the future.

They started on the putting practice and then shared advice and tactics on the driving range and chipping onto the green.

For more information on Sefton Council’s Festival of Golf click here

Southport Festival returns with more art, music and dance than ever before!

Southport Festival returns this May bringing a full weekend of music, art and colour to the town centre!

The festival, funded by Southport BID with Sefton Council, boasts a line-up packed with free family street theatre and live performance. Taking place 10th – 12th May, visitors to the Festival can expect interactive art demonstrations and creative zones designed for every generation to enjoy together.

Big name music acts for 2019 include Heather Small, Soul ll Soul and Elkie Brooks playing at The Waterfront.

For families, there are plenty of memories waiting to be made with magical street theatre including the Fabularium and three brilliant Mad Hatter’s Tea Party shows. There are comedy shows for both adults and children alike in the Atkinson and visitors should also look out for a huge interactive pavement draw with Urban Canvas.

The festival, now in it’s 4th year, will have plenty of entertainment for audiences of all ages with live dance, theatre and music in Chapel Street all weekend. Businesses throughout Southport are joining the fun with a day full of live music with Remedy and DJ’s in the Bandstand courtesy of The Vincent.

Southport Festival is brought together through collaboration; directed by a steering group of representatives from Southport BID, Sefton Council, Southport Contemporary Arts, The Atkinson and The SDC alongside passionate members of the local arts community. The event is backed by funding from the BID and Sefton Council.

Rob Uffendell, of both Southport BID and Southport Festival says of the event “Our aims were always to bring together communities, art forms, local talent and businesses to create a diverse festival that truly has something to offer everyone! We are really proud of the way the festival has grown.

There is a real sense of coming together in the planning of the event and the venues that participate and host events are what help it grow. We hope we have the opportunity to keep growing it further and putting on even more free activity going forward”

Check out southportfestival.com for full information about the many festival events taking place from Friday 10th-Sunday 12th May.

Dwayne Johnson to be Sefton Council’s new Chief Executive

Sefton Council has formally approved the appointment of Dwayne Johnson to be its new Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service.

The appointment, confirmed during last night’s Full Council meeting at Southport Town Hall (April 25) followed a rigorous selection process.

Dwayne, who is currently Director of Social Care and Health at Sefton and has been in post since 2014, will replace Margaret Carney when she retires on May 31 after 10 years at the helm.

Following confirmation of his appointment, Dwayne said: “I’m very proud and honoured to be appointed to the position of Chief Executive in Sefton. Having worked here for the last five years, I can see how much Sefton has to offer in supporting existing and attracting new businesses into our area, how engaged our communities are in what we are trying to deliver, and we have such a talented workforce to match. I am really looking forward to working with the Leader and Elected Members on delivering the vision of this wonderful Borough and so looking forward to starting the role in June.”

Congratulating Dwayne on his appointment, Sefton’s current CEO Margaret Carney said: “I am delighted that Dwayne has been appointed as my successor.  He has an excellent track record in local government across a wide range of services and has always been committed to improving outcomes for our communities.”

With an extensive background in social care, Dwayne started his career working with disabled and older people as a care assistant in Durham, before going on to manage a care home. After qualifying as a social worker, Dwayne held a number of roles in the sector before climbing the ladder to strategic director in Halton where he was responsible for social care, housing, waste, libraries, community safety, before joining Sefton.

Nationally, Dwayne sits on the Association Directors Adult Social Services (ADASS) which aims to further the interests of people in need of social care by promoting high standards of services and influencing the development of social care legislation.

Dwayne has been the forefront of influencing many legislation changes around improving older people’s services and safeguarding and protecting adults. He is also Vice Chair of Directors Children Services in the North West. On a more personal level, Dwayne is also a strong advocate for the role of foster carers having seen the benefits himself because of his mother, who herself was fostered as a child.

Dwayne takes the leadership role at Sefton a time when the vibrant local authority is on a journey of ambition and change as it works towards its exciting Vision 2030 with partners to ensure Sefton is a confident and connected borough – focussing on what is important for the borough and its communities in the future.

Earlier this year, the Council was also praised for demonstrating real ambition for Sefton, for its strong track record of partnership working, place leadership and for having such a dedicated, passionate workforce by the Local Government Association’s (LGA) peer review team. This, Dwayne says, is a high standard to start the next chapter of his career on.

Bootle healthcare firm win top Queen’s Award for Enterprise

A Bootle based company has been honoured with a ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise’ in the International Trade category for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

Richardsons Healthcare Ltd. designs and manufactures operating table and birthing mattresses. The family owned private business, which is based in Bootle, started trading in 1988. The company supplies pressure relieving mattresses and accessories to some of the world’s largest medical device companies and are recognised industry leaders in the development of this type of patient support surface.

The prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:
• innovation
• international trade
• sustainable development
• promoting opportunity through social mobility

Despite a difficult economic trading environment for UK manufacturers, the company’s overseas earnings grew by 66% over a three-year period. Their main customer base includes Germany, France, Finland, Sweden and Italy. However the company has more recently expanded their export market to the USA and China.

Major investment in product innovation and quality assurance has led to great success with manufacturing contracts for medical class 2 products such as heated mattresses. The new product line offers great potential to grow sales in this sector overseas, particularly the United States.

On winning the Queens Award for Enterprise, Michael Gould, Managing Director, said: “This is wonderful recognition of the hard work and professionalism of our entire team.

“The award marks the next step in our drive to develop new products and expand our international customer base. We recognise that exporting is essential for the viability of our company, and British manufacturing in general.”

The award is going to be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside at the Company’s premises on Irlam Road, Bootle in the coming weeks. Mr. Gould will also attend a reception for award winners, hosted by Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace in June this year.

Richardsons Healthcare Ltd, has championed British-made manufacturing and exporting in Sefton for many years. This includes working with InvestSefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise and inward investment service on initiatives including chairing the Sefton Export Advisory Group, Sefton Economic Forum and the UK International Business Festival.

Margaret Carney, Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, added: “We are tremendously proud of this major achievement by a Sefton business. Richardsons Healthcare Ltd has shown a real commitment to investing in research and development, and developing new markets overseas which has now been recognised by this prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

“The company is flying the flag for the British manufacturing industry, and more importantly Sefton. They are positive about employing local residents and have worked with InvestSefton in encouraging other Sefton businesses to consider exporting.”

 

Sefton’s Festival of Golf tees off in style!

Sefton Council is hosting a fabulous festival of golf to coincide with the British Masters tournament at Hillside Golf Club.

As the borough prepares to welcome thousands of golf fans for the British Masters tournament, a week of golfing activities is taking place at Southport Golf Links and Bootle Golf Course from May 4-12.

The festival is to appeal to both beginners and existing golfers, of all ages and ability, and is supported by the European Tour and former Southport Golf Links junior member, Tommy Fleetwood.

Tommy, a Ryder Cup winner, is hosting the British Masters and his career began nearly 20 years ago at Sefton Council’s Municipal Golf Course on Park Road West, Southport.

Included in the festival is free junior golf, foot and disc golf, free coaching and a longest putt challenge.

All of this activity will centre on Southport Golf Links but the free junior golf will also run at Bootle Golf Course during the week.

There is also the unique opportunity for individuals to get involved in the lonely hearts golf where golfers can find a partner to play a round with. All the fun competitions will be free to enter and this includes a 3-club challenge with some excellent prizes too.

Mark Shaw, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton manager, said: “As Sefton prepares to welcome thousands of visitors to the British Masters in May, we thought we would celebrate this through our own festival.

“Southport Golf Links will be a hive of activity from May 4-12 and the course, hailed as one of the very best Municipal courses in the country, has helped produce top talent in Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Slattery and Matthew Baldwin.

“All three were members of Park Golf Club who use Southport Municipal as their course in an ongoing partnership with Sefton Council and the trio are supporting our festival as well.

“Through our own festival it’s a chance for anyone interested in the game to get involved no matter how old or your ability. There really is something for everyone with events taking place in Bootle as well.

“We want the British Masters and our own festival to leave a legacy especially amongst younger people, boys and girls, to enjoy this fabulous sport.”

The British Masters hosted by Tommy Fleetwood will mark the European Tour’s first visit to Hillside since 1982 when Tony Jacklin won the Sun Alliance PGA Championship – the precursor to the BMW PGA Championship – beating his fellow Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer in a play-off.

Tickets are still available for the British Masters at Hillside Golf Club and for more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/betfred-british-masters-hosted-by-tommy-fleetwood-2019-tickets-52081823135

For information about the Festival of Golf agenda, click here

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