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Bids sought for UK Community Renewal Fund projects to deliver local growth

Organisations across Sefton are being encouraged to bid for funding from the from the national £220 million UK Community Renewal Fund.

Aiming to “support people and communities in need across the UK,” the Fund will invest in skills, communities, businesses, and by supporting people into employment.

Local growth priorities

Bids should be for a minimum value of £500,000 and should show how they can deliver the key local growth priorities of:

  • Investment in skills.
  • Investment in local business.
  • Investment in communities and place.
  • Supporting people into employment.

Applications must be submitted by Noon on Monday 17th May 2021 and projects must be delivered, with all activity completed, by 31 March 2022. Confidence that funding will be spent within that time-frame will be another key criteria in assessment.

Revenue funding

As 90% of funding available through the UK Community Renewal Fund is revenue funding and only available in 2021/22, projects should be predominantly, or exclusively, revenue based.

The Government has introduced the fund as it prepares for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022 to replace EU Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

Successful projects

The Government has designated Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as a lead authority, responsible for selecting bids that will be sent to the Government for consideration and paying grants to successful projects and manging their performance. In selecting bids to be forwarded to be considered by the Government, the Combined Authority will prioritise projects that have the greatest potential to deliver the key local growth priorities.

Find out more about applying for UK Community Renewal Fund support.  

Players flocking back to Sefton’s re-opened golf courses where green fees have once again been frozen

Ninth green at Bootle Golf Course

Since Sefton’s Bootle and Southport courses re-opened last week almost 5,000 people have taken the opportunity to play a round.

Since the national lockdown restrictions were eased in March and the courses were able to reopen, 2,500 have played at Bootle Golf Course, while 2,300 have played at Southport Links.

Green fees frozen

For the second year running, green fees have been held at the same price. This means adult prices start from just £13 with Twilight Tickets from only £8.50. Twilight green fees kick in from 4pm at Bootle and at Southport where they are reduced even further from 6pm.

Over 60s can play for £9 Monday to Friday and a round for young people aged up to 16 is just £8.

Contract prices, which provide 12 months’ play, also remain frozen and start from just £110. As before and unlike some other clubs, if a further national lockdown has to be implemented, contracts are frozen, so members do not lose out.

Free junior membership

And, until the end of April 2021, under-16s can sign up for a free junior golf membership.

Junior memberships are worth £80 and provide them a year’s no-cost play at Bootle and Southport courses. To qualify, under-16s need to register at the Bootle Golf Club or Southport Golf Links shops. They need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must provide proof of age.

To help protect players and staff, card payments are preferred at both courses.

Photograpsh showing machinery working on the driving range site
Preparatory work on the driving range site.

Driving range

Work that started in March to build a new, 10-bay driving range at Bootle Golf Course is not affecting play.

The new driving range will include practice facilities and a dedicated coaching bay. Floodlighting will mean golfers can take advantage of evenings to practise their swing and technique during the winter months when it’s too dark to play on course.

Find out more about Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport Links courses and the offers available.

Notice: Manor Ward candidacy withdrawal

Voters in Manor Ward are being made aware of the following notice:

Andy Donegan, the Green Party Candidate for Manor Ward, has withdrawn his nomination from the ballot for the area.

However, the time has passed for him to do this, therefore, in accordance with the rules of the election, the election must continue and his name will still appear on ballot papers.

Mr Donegan will not be undertaking any campaigning activity and would not wish for anyone to vote for him.

Evensong service in Liverpool will commemorate HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

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 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.”

Sefton’s businesses and their customers asked to stay considerate and follow requirements to protect their safety

People eating and drinking outside in Southport

With the first weekend since the easing of national lockdown restrictions approaching, Sefton Council’s Environmental Health Team is urging the Borough’s businesses and their customers to follow the guidelines.


Peter Moore, Sefton Council’s Head of Highways & Public Protection said: “Since the restrictions eased on Monday, we have been working with Sefton’s businesses to provide help and advice and we have been pleased to see the thorough preparations the vast majority of them have made.

“With a busy weekend expected for our popular hospitality sector, we are asking business owners and managers to ensure they are familiar with the latest regulations.

“But we are also asking their customers to be considerate and to follow the requirements that are there to keep both them and the people serving them safe.”

Latest requirements

Among the latest requirements for people visiting bars and restaurants that are open because they have outdoor facilities, is the need for them to be seated while drinking and eating. The volume of any music or TVs should be kept to background levels so people don’t have to raise their voices to chat.

Also, the national regulations now mean everyone visiting a bar or restaurant needs to ‘check in’ by scanning the QR code at the entrance, for Test and Trace purposes. Previously, it was just one person from each group.


Mr Moore continued: “Despite the easing of restrictions and the good progress of the NHS vaccination programme, COVID-19 is still very much with us and while around a third of people, will show no symptoms, it can still present a serious or even lethal threat to some.

“Everyone is, therefore, required to scan in with the QR code so that they can be traced should any cases of coronavirus be detected.  This can help prevent them from passing on the virus accidentally.”

Details of how businesses can create a QR code for their premises are at


As well as these specific requirements, Sefton Council’s Environmental Health officers have been reminding local businesses about the need for continued distancing, wearing face coverings, maintaining ventilation where possible and washing their hands thoroughly and frequently.

Help and support for businesses available from Sefton Council’s Environmental Health team who can be contact at or by calling 0345 140 0345.

Also, the Government has produced 14 guides to help businesses keep their employees and customers safe They cover a wide range of different types of work and workplace, which can be found at

Considerate and conscious

Mr Moore added: “We want people and businesses to have a good and successful weekend and to enjoy their new-found freedoms, but we would also ask everyone to be considerate and conscious of their own safety and the safety of those around them at all times.”

Sefton Council is urging people who are out and about, going to a work environment or who will be returning to take regular rapid tests for coronavirus.

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