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Bootle to enter prestigious ‘In Bloom’ competition

Bootle is set to enter the prestigious national gardening competition run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Community groups in the town have teamed up with Sefton Council to enter Bootle into the Urban Community category of the well-known North West In Bloom event.

The desire to put Bootle forward for the competition came from a network of friends’ groups and community organisations involved in growing activities under the umbrella of the ‘Taking Root in Bootle’ network, which is supported by Well Sefton, a public health initiative.

With the help of the Green Sefton Team from the local authority and the Taking Root Co-ordinators, groups are already working hard to brighten up Bootle’s highways, parks and green spaces by planting plants and flowers and installing new artwork.

However, In Bloom isn’t just about flowers as it encourages volunteers and the local community to improve their environment by undertaking litter-picks, tackling grotspots and helping to improve parks and green spaces.

Ruth Livesey from social enterprise Regenerus, who co-ordinates the network, said: “There are many community groups and local volunteers already putting a lot of time and energy into planting food and flowers.

“Entering the In Bloom competition is a great way to celebrate their hard work and achievements, and to recognise how community growing brings people together.”

A series of fun days took place in local community gardens over Easter to launch Bootle in Bloom. These were held at North Park and South Park in Bootle and Netherton Community Garden.

They featured a range of fun activities such as face painting, cooking demonstrations and craft workshops, as well as opportunities for everyone in the community to get involved in planting and cleaning up the local area.

Mark Shaw, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton Manager, said: “This is another great example of our Council teams working with our local community to bring about improvements to the place we are all proud to live in.”

2019 has been designated Sefton’s Year of Friendship. Anyone interested in making new friends by getting involved in community growing and the Bootle in Bloom project can contact

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

‘Moving On’ event for disabled young people heading to Crosby

Sefton Council is holding a ‘Moving on’ event to help young people with a disability and their families find out more about their options when they leave school and approach adulthood.

The drop-in event will take place at Crosby Leisure Centre on Wednesday, 22 May from 10am to 2pm and is targeted at Sefton residents aged 14-25 years who have a disability or special educational need.

This is a great opportunity for young people and their parents or carers to find out about colleges, supported employment, volunteering, welfare rights, health, social service support and other local opportunities.

Over 35 providers have been confirmed for the drop-in event to help answer any questions and provide information. There will also be lots of fun and interactive things to do on the day.

Dwayne Johnson Director for Social Care and Health said: “Leaving school and becoming an adult can be a stressful time for any young person as they start making decisions about their future.

“Moving On will provide an opportunity for young people in Sefton to learn more about their options and help them make the right decisions about their future.”

For more information, contact Sefton Council’s Transition’s Coordinators Kevin Leavitt or Sonya Wall on 0151 934 4354 or 0151 934 3887 or email or

Sefton’s Year Of Friendship celebrates the fittest friendships in May!

The month of May marks Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship celebration of all things Active.

Throughout May we’ll be taking a look at a host of community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and much more!

From eager centenarians at the local authority’s very own Active Ageing classes to the mighty Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC making their mark on and off the field, Sefton is a hive of fitness inspired friendships.

Every year hundreds of new friendships are forged through various health and wellbeing clubs and sessions across Sefton and there has never been a better time to get involved in your community.

Keep checking this post for updates throughout May on a whole host of opportunities for you to get fit and make friends in our fantastic borough…

Amazing Bowling For Health scheme rolls out across #MySefton

Supported by the MSP (Merseyside Sports Partnership)’, Bowling For Health is a fantastic initiative, developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby. Now the scheme is bowling over many other clubs and residents across Sefton.

Bowling For Health was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby

Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, older adults are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by heading along to a Bowl for Health course near them.

Currently there are 3 sessions starting in Sefton. They are:

• Scarisbrick Bowling Club, Falkland Road, Southport. Sessions will run from 10.30am -11.30am from Friday, May 10 for eight weeks. Book a place by calling 07821 995055 or email

• Victoria Park Bowling Club, Esplanade, Southport. Sessions will be held from 10am starting on Saturday, May 11, for six weeks. To book a place call on 07816287273 or email

  • Botanic Gardens Bowling Club, Bankfield Lane, Southport. Sessions have already begun and run 10am to 11am for six weeks – to book your place please contact Rod Eckersley on 01704 224167 or email

To find out more and to keep abreast of future sessions, visit

Active Alma is still making friends at 100 years old!

Alma Jones is proving that age is just a number as she continues to impress instructors at Sefton’s Active Ageing sessions – at 100 years old!

Active Alma says her local health club helps fight off social isolation

Alma Jones, who celebrated her landmark birthday in March, is a familiar face at her local Active Ageing Falls Prevention class and she insists keeping active is key to fighting social isolation and keeping both her mind and body active.

Alma said: “Not only are the Active Ageing classes fantastic for keeping well and building up your muscle strength, they’re also a great opportunity for people to make friends and have a chat between exercises!”

Read more about Alma and her active adventures here.


European Parliamentary Elections: Registration deadline is looming

There are just days left for anyone in Sefton wishing to have their say in the European Parliamentary Elections to ensure they are registered to vote.

More than five million voters across the North West England region will go to the polls on Thursday 23 May to elect the region’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs.)

Vote being cast at a polling station

But in order to be able to vote, people must be on the Electoral Register by Tuesday, May 7. If you’re not registered already, visit as soon as possible.

European Union citizens living in the North West are eligible to vote in the United Kingdom or their country of origin but not both. To vote in the United Kingdom, they must be registered to vote and have completed an additional form available at by Tuesday, May 7.

Anyone who is already on the electoral register can also choose to register by post. Applications for a postal vote in this election must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, May 8.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday, May 15. To find out more visit

A full list of candidates for the European Parliamentary Elections is available at

Joanne Roney OBE, Regional Returning Officer for the European Elections in the North West, said: “We don’t want anyone who wants to have their say in these elections to miss out because they are not registered.”

The European Parliamentary Elections are run using a form of proportional representation. Voters have one vote only, and this can be cast for either a political party or an individual candidate. Each party puts forward a list of candidates for the North West and the allocation of the eight MEP positions will depend on the overall share of the vote that a party or individual candidate receives in the region.

MEPs represent the whole of the North West region and so everybody who is eligible to vote in the region will be voting from the same list of parties and candidates.

The North West region covers Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

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