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Borough of Culture Shines on Sefton!

Crosby Coastal Park is set to be lit up with an amazing light constellation and high-octane entertainment to signal the start of Sefton’s build up to the Borough of Culture.

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis.

2019 is currently Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to Sefton with a raft of new, existing and community led events planned for the year.

To start the build-up to Sefton’s year, a huge light constellation – Parabolic Lightcloud – will be switched on in Crosby Coastal Park on Friday, November 8.

This forms part of a Liverpool City Region arts project designed to inspire local communities to rediscover their local neighbourhoods and spend time stargazing.

On November 8, there will be an evening of activities including local bands, choirs, food-stalls and Spark! Spark! are a street theatre show performed by five to seven characters that combines high-impact drumming, dynamic choreography and beautiful lighting design.

The constellation will be located at the bottom of South Road, Waterloo and will be there all weekend (November 8-10) along with entertainment from 4pm-8pm each evening.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, is the main sponsor for the Borough of Culture year. She said: “As Wirral’s amazing year draws to a close, we can’t wait to receive the Borough of Culture baton off them and launch Sefton’s.

“The Borough of Culture title for 2020 is one we are extremely proud of and can’t wait to showcase everything about our wonderful borough. The focus of our year will be on stories looking at two key elements, local history and the environment.

“To start the build-up, an impressive light constellation will be switched on in Crosby Coastal Park in an evening of celebrations. This is open to everyone and I hope as many people as possible attend the event and marvel at the constellation.

“If you can’t make the Friday, the display will be there all weekend and we want families and friends to get a photograph of the constellation and widely share it on social media tagging us in and using #Sefton2020.

“This is just the start of an exciting 12 months of cultural activities tapping into new, existing and community led events across the whole of the borough.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, added: “Culture and creativity are integral to our vision of the city region as a prosperous, fair and exciting place to live, work and invest.  The Borough of Culture award and the Constellations project, which is taking place both in Sefton and our other five boroughs, are part of our efforts to boost involvement in culture and creativity across the whole of the city region. 

“Just as the Wirral is reaching the culmination of what has been a brilliant year as our Borough of Culture it is very exciting to see Sefton start the build up to their year in the spotlight.”

The Borough of Culture initiative is part of the Metro Mayor’s Culture programme for the Liverpool City Region which includes investment in key cultural projects such as £10.55m for the construction of the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot and £5m support for the Liverpool 2018 celebrations, which brought the Giants back to the city region for the final time.

This investment is in addition to the activity around the annual Borough of Culture celebrations, and the 1% for Culture initiative, which saw Liverpool City Region become the first in the country to commit to spending the equivalent of 1% of its annual £30 million devolution funding from government to stimulate cultural and creative activities.

Activities will start in Crosby Coastal Park at 4pm on Friday, November 8 with the constellation switch on at about 6.15pm. The constellation display will be there until Sunday, November 10 with entertainment planned from 4pm-8pm on all three nights (November 8-10).

The event is free to attend although there are drop off points to welcome any foodbank donations on any day for South Sefton Foodbank. Please consider using public transport to attend as well.

Sefton Council approve Santander’s multi-million pound investment in Bootle

Sefton Council has formally approved plans for a £75m investment in Bootle.

The Council’s Planning Committee approved proposals by Santander UK to redevelop their Bootle campus and create a new, sustainable, state-of-the-art facility.

The multi-million pound complex will be home to over 2,500 staff and become the contact centre and operations hub for Santander UK.

A new public park and new pavilions will be created as part of the plans, which will be open to the local community.

The new building has been designed to be environmentally sustainable and support the health and wellbeing of its users. The building will accommodate sporting and social facilities, with a retail offer accessible to employees and the wider public.

The bank has been based at the Bridle Road site since 1968.

The new campus is scheduled to open in 2022.

Councillor Marion Atkinson, Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“I am delighted that Santander’s plans for a state-of-the-art, sustainable new campus have now been formally approved by the Planning Committee. The plans are a huge vote of confidence in the borough and the level of investment highlights what an attractive proposition Sefton is to major employers.”

Chair of Santander, Shriti Vadera, said:

“I’m delighted that we are celebrating 50 years in Bootle with this long term commitment to our people and the area. Bootle has been a significant part of Santander’s story and we see it as a crucial part of its future.”

Sefton to host Battle of Mons exhibition as part of twinning programme

The Atkinson, Southport, will host an exhibition of the Battle of Mons during 2022.

The announcement follows a visit from a delegation from Mons, Belguim, who are officially twinned with Sefton.

Claudine Stuaert, President of Mons Twinning Committee, Corentin Rousman, Curator of Mons Museum, and Catherine Houdart, Deputy Mayor of Mons, visited Sefton to increase their knowledge of the borough and outline a five-year programme of twinning projects which will begin in 2020.

As part of their visit the delegation toured The Atkinson where the exhibition will be housed.

The visitors were also invited to Bootle Town Hall as guests of the Mayor of Sefton and Bootle MP Peter Dowd. A comedy night at The Vincent Hotel, Southport, also featured on the tour.

Taking place in 1914, the Battle of Mons was one of the earliest stages of WWI as Allied and German forces clashed.

Many local servicemen from the King’s Regiment (Liverpool) fought alongside other British regiments against the invading German forces.

A formal twinning agreement was signed with Mons in 1964, 50 years after the battle took place.


Green volunteers sought to maintain Sefton’s coastline

Green Sefton are seeking volunteers to help preserve the borough’s unique coastline.

Help is sought to cut and drag Sea Buckthorn out of an area of dunes beside Ainsdale Discovery Centre.

Sea Buckthorn is not native to Sefton’s coastline and can shade out valuable habitats for rare plants, natterjack toads and sand lizards.

It was originally planted to stop sand blowing across grazing areas, crops and tracks.

Green Sefton will be staging three public ‘buckthorn bashing’ events in the coming weeks.

Volunteers will need to wear old clothing, stout footwear and bring sturdy gardening gloves.

The events will take place on:

  • Sunday, November 17th – 10am to 3pm
  • Saturday November 30th – 10.30am to 3pm
  • Saturday, December 7th – 10.30am to 3pm

If you are interested in registering to help at one of these events, please contact, or call 0151 934 2961.

Next of Kin appeal – Barry Stott

We are appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of a man who died in Southport.

Barry Stott, 70, was found deceased at his home address in Park Road on 3rd October 2019.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone who knows of Mr Stott’s next of kin or can help is asked to contact Coroner’s Investigation Officer Liam Moss on 0151 777 3752 or by emailing

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