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Additional Needs textile workshop is proving to be sew good!

A project that enables Sefton residents with a range of support needs to acquire the skills needed to make clothing accessories and soft furnishings is proving to be ‘sew’ successful.

The New Threads textile workshop – run by leading Sefton adult care provider, New Directions – is currently based on Dunningsbridge Road in Netherton.

Staff support around 25 service users from across the borough who have needs due to age, physical and learning disabilities or a mental health diagnosis, enabling them to develop sewing, dressmaking and embroidery skills

New Directions Threads New Creations proudly display Easter craft work

They learn how to produce the wide range of made-to-measure soft furnishing items supplied by New Threads including curtains, Roman blinds and cushions.

The project also supplies off-the-shelf items such as aprons, bags and runners, as well as a bespoke curtain and garment alteration service.

Seasonal items are also a speciality, particularly at Christmas and most recently at Easter with a select range of Easter bunnies and baskets.

In addition to acquiring sewing and dressmaking expertise, working on these items gives service users the chance to learn a range of useful craft skills, including cross stitch, patchwork, felt work and beading.

This in turn enables them to offer a helping hand to other New Directions activities, for example making costumes for the successful New Directions drama group, New Centre Stage.

Cathy Donnelly, who runs New Threads with colleague Jacky Cooney, commented: “Service users have been making some really excellent items over recent months, and we’re always on the lookout for new customers who may wish to buy them.

“They are justifiably proud when they see the demand there is for the items they have created, and all the revenue generated is ploughed back into the project’s future activities.”

* To find out more about opportunities to see the items created by New Threads, ring the project on 0151 363 7050.

Who’s In Court: Litter louts pay price for dropping rubbish

Litter louts who have been caught irresponsibly disposing of rubbish in Sefton have been convicted in court, leading to fines totaling more than £1,400.

Four people failed to appear at South Sefton Magistrates court on Tuesday, March 27 after they were caught littering by enforcement officers.

Thomas Elson of Thornton Road, Bootle was found guilty in absence and fined £640.55.

Rafal Janwa, 37, of Hawesside Street, Southport was found guilty in absence and fined £255.

Nehka Pymehoba of South Road, Waterloo was found guilty in absence and fined £255.

Georgina Ann Walls, 20, of Scot Lane, was found guilty in absence and fined £255.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “People need to think twice before just throwing their waste away and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught. Please take it home or use a bin or face a fine.”

For more information about litter, visit

Saddle up and gallop into Sefton after the Grand National

Visitors to the Aintree Grand National Festival should bet on an odds-on favourite and enjoy all that beautiful Sefton has to offer!

Once the racing has ended for the day, thousands of festival-goers are set to saddle up and check out the mane attractions throughout the borough.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Hear it from the horses’ mouth! Sefton is the place to be during the Aintree Festival weekend and we encourage all race-goers to explore our wonderful borough.

“From 22 miles of golden sands, the beauty of Formby’s National Trust pinewoods and the iconic Iron Men in Crosby, Sefton has it all.

“Visit Ainsdale and Birkdale beach to see the shores where Grand National hero Red Rum honed his skills then relax along Southport’s Lord Street shopping boulevard and the resort’s fine bars and restaurants.

“Take in the fascinating Vikings Legends exhibition at the Atkinson before a canter through Formby woods and dinner on Waterloo’s South Road to sample foods of the world.

“Finish off with a photo or two of our incredible Another Place – 100 spectacular cast-iron, life-size figures by Anthony Gormley spread across three miles of the foreshore and stretching almost one kilometre out to sea.

“Sefton is definitely the odds-on winner for a great day out.”

For more suggestions and ideas on where to visit and what to see in Sefton, visit the council’s instagram @sefton_council.

Of Dice & Men! Join Formby’s new games club

Formby Library are inviting table-top game lovers to join their new games group.

Staff at the Duke Street library are encouraging scrabble lovers, dominoes masters, monopoly wizards and more to sign up for ‘Of Dice and Men,’ a new board and table-top games group for adults.

Games including cards, scrabble, Connect4 and chess are available but members are encouraged to bring along their own games to play with the group.

‘Of Dice and Men’ takes place every Tuesday at Formby Library between 10.30am and 12pm.

Tea and coffee is also available.

For more information or to sign up please call 01704 874177.

Appeal to find information on Sefton’s World War One heroines

Sefton’s Library Service are appealing for help to find information on nine local heroines of World War One.

As part of the Beyond The War Memorials Project, Sefton Libraries are creating a special tribute to the men and women who are honoured on war memorials across the borough.

Now the team behind the project are appealing to local historians, families and the wider community to find out more about the heroines who gave their lives for their country.

Andrew Farthing, Sefton Council’s Libraries Development Manager, said: “There are a number of women listed on Sefton’s civic war memorials but very little is known about them.

We want to highlight these brave ladies who gave their lives during World War One for the freedom from oppression that we enjoy today.

Throughout the Beyond The War Memorials project we’ve been compiling information and photos on our heroes and heroines but we need the public’s help in delving deeper into their background. Information and particularly photographs of these women have proved difficult to locate.

The information will go towards creating a massive online biography for most, if not all, the heroic Sefton residents who are listed on our Civic War Memorials.”

Anyone with any information about Sefton heroines of World War One is asked to email or call 0151 934 4920.

The nine women found listed so far on Sefton’s Civic War Memorials are:

Munitions worker Mary Jane Gartside-Tipping joined the Women’s Emergency Canteens Service in 1917 and served on the Western Front. Four months into her service she was shot in the head and killed by a deranged French soldier. She was posthumously awarded the Croix De Guerre and buried with full military honours. 

Sister Janet Lois Griffiths volunteered for active service at the outbreak of WW1 and served in Alexandria, Egypt. She narrowly avoided being killed when a medical lorry she was travelling in collided with a train. Sadly during the rescue operation to save her fellow nurses, Janet was killed.

Delamere Road resident Stella Rose Boue-Blandy (1896-1919). At the outbreak of war, Stella joined Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Nursing Service, serving in France, Egypt, and Palestine.

Seaforth & Waterloo
Stewardess Agnes B Hird of Woodland Road, Seaforth left behind two sons when, at the age of 40, she was presumed lost at sea with her ship, the SS Ava, having been sunk by Axis forces.

Waterloo resident Elizabeth Kennedy and Seaforth’s Florence Jones are also listed on the Waterloo memorial, however little is known about either heroine.

Nurse May Wylie died at the age of 20 at a Military Hospital after serving faithfully with the Queen Mary Army Auxiliary Corps. She was given a military gun-carriage funeral at Anfield Cemetery.

Stewardesses Eleanor Dodwell and Christina Campbell-Rennie both served on the ill-fated RMS Lusitania which was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915. Both their names are also inscribed on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

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