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Sefton gives £50,000 to help community groups in Southport and Crosby

Sefton Council has announced the latest projects to be approved as part of the Community Transition Fund.

The fund was established to assist community organisations in developing Sefton’s communities.

In order to qualify for capital from the £1,000,000 pot, any schemes must be linked to the council’s priorities, in particular the support of Sefton’s most vulnerable residents.

The latest projects to be approved are:

£25,000 for Birkdale Community Hub to help towards the cost of refurbishment works.

£25,000 for the Northern Club, Crosby to erect a security fence around an astroturf pitch.

Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sefton’s Community Transition Fund is a fantastic way for community organisations across our borough to access much needed funds to help kick start their work.

“Community organisations, volunteers and other groups are vital in creating resilient communities and it is important we do everything we can to help them.

“I am delighted that we have been able to support this latest group of projects and organisations.”

For more information visit sefton.gov.uk

Excitement grows for Sefton’s 2018 Allotment Fortnight!

Excitement is growing for Green Sefton’s Allotment Fortnight celebrations 2018!

For the second year running Green Sefton, the Local Authority’s team who look after parks, greenspaces and our coastline, have been busy sprouting plans for a two week celebration of all things allotments between August 27 and September 9.

Working along side self-managed sites, Allotment Fortnight will highlight various community projects, activities and food bank donation schemes across a number of allotments in the borough.

Community open days will take place at 14 allotments, including Altcar Road in Formby, Scape Lane, Crosby, Beach Road, Litherland and Gardener Avenue, Bootle.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Last years Allotment Fortnight was a huge success and we want this year to be even better.

“The event is a great way for us to really celebrate our fantastic communities and the work they do at allotments all across Sefton.

“We have more than 1,100 allotment plots over 14 sites across Sefton so they really are the cream of the crop!

“During Allotment Fortnight residents are invited to come down between 10.30am and 2.30pm on each open day and learn more about the sheer wealth of what we do at our sites.

“Council staff will be on hand throughout all the sites to meet with tenants and those interested in getting more involved with our allotments scheme.

“We’ll also be running a number of food bank collection points during each open day where we encourage anyone with spare fruit, vegetables and produce they may have grown to donate to a local good cause.

“Our allotments are not just about growing fruit and veg. They are a brilliant community resource.”

If you are a resident of Sefton and would like to rent an allotment call 0151 934 2943 for more information. Spaces are currently readily available at Browns Lane in Netherton.

Altcar Road, Formby – August 27
Blundell Lane, Southport – August 28 
Dunningsbridge Road, Bootle – August 29
Scape Lane, Crosby – August 30
Birkdale Irrigation, Birkdale – August 31
Hatton Hill, Litherland – September 1
Hoggs Hill, Formby – September 2
Sherwood Road, Crosby – September 3
Netherton Community Garden. – September 3
Browns Lane, Netherton – September 5
Town Lane, Southport – September 6
Beach Road, Litherland – September 7
Queensway, Crosby – September 8
Gardener Avenue, Bootle – September 9

August Bank Holiday: All you need to know about #MySefton

Thousands of people are expected to visit beautiful Sefton this Bank Holiday weekend (August 24-27) and we’ve put together a list of helpful tips to make the most out of the borough.

Transport

People are strongly advised to plan their journeys as roads are expected to be much busier than normal and we are urging as many people as possible to consider using the wealth of fantastic public transport options 

If you are driving through #MySefton, make sure you plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys and some queues can be expected.

Shopping

A visit to Sefton is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the borough. 

After taking in the fantastic sights each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Sefton has to offer? 

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street and Lord Street in Southport to the hustle and bustle of South Road, Sefton has it all.

The borough’s nightime scene comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while Sefton is also renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars.

Beaches

Unfortunately due to high tides and predicted wind conditions, Southport Beach car park MAY be closed between August 25 and September 1.

Rubbish

Sefton is home to many beautiful and picturesque spots 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.

 

Tips for looking after your health in Sefton this bank holiday

However you are planning to enjoy the long weekend, the local NHS has some useful information for how to take care of yourself in case of illness or injury.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse for NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“Most minor illnesses and ailments can be effectively treated at home with a well stocked medicine cabinet at any time of year but remember to store things like painkillers and antihistamines safely and out of the reach of young children. Your local pharmacist will be happy to advise you about the over the counter preparations that can help.”

She added:

“If you’re out and about over the bank holiday weekend, you could add a small first aid kit to your bag or the boot of the car, just in case. Drinking plenty of water and protecting yourself from the sun are also simple ways to take care of yourself.”

Although GP practices will not be open on Monday 27 August, some local pharmacies will be open if you do need help unexpectedly. Pharmacists can give advice and suggest treatments for a range of minor illnesses and injuries. With no appointment necessary, you can get back to enjoying your weekend rather than waiting to see a GP.

You can visit the CCG websites to see which pharmacies will be open this bank holiday:

You can also find details of other services that can help if you’re unwell, including walk in centres and NHS 111, which is available anytime and for free by calling 111 and also now available online at www.111.nhs.uk.

War hero’s family found in time for Victoria Cross commemoration

Genealogy detective work by Sefton Council has successfully led to finding the long lost family of a Victoria Cross hero from Seaforth.

Earlier this year the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, asked for help to trace the family of Arthur Evans VC ahead of a special event in his honour next month.

The appeal went global with potential family links being unearthed in Australia, but for Sefton’s super sleuths, the family tree trail ended in success a little closer to home.

Now Arthur Evans VC’s first cousin, twice removed, Stuart Kirkland from Aigburth, will join Mayor Robinson and members of the Armed Forces to pay tribute to the Seaforth war hero.

Arthur evans

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “Arthur is one of five local Victoria Cross recipients who are being honoured with a special commemorative stone and I am delighted that we have been able to find a family member to be part of this momentous occasion.

“Arthur’s stone will be laid at Bowersdale Park on Friday September 7. Present will also be members of the Duke of Lancaster’s (Kings) Regiment and also the Anglian Regiment, under which Arthur served.

“Arthur was a true hero and his actions on the battlefield of Etaing, France, are something of legend.”

All are welcome to attend the unveiling of the commemorative stone from 11am on September 7 at Bowersdale Park, Seaforth.

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