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Sefton urged to keep safe and well during cold snap

With the Met Office issuing a weather warning for the North West, healthcare leaders in Sefton are sharing advice for keeping safe and well this weekend.

The weather warning means that from Friday evening through to Monday there is a high chance of very strong winds, cold temperatures, rain and sleet, which can be hazardous for vulnerable people or those with long term health conditions.

Sefton residents are being asked to look out for their relatives, friends and neighbours, and to follow the NHS advice on keeping safe and well, below.

Keep warm

If you are aged 65 or older, or have long term conditions such as heart or kidney disease, diabetes or breathing conditions, you should keep warm by heating your home to at least 18°C (65°F). You should also wear several layers of light clothes to keep warm, as multiple layers will trap warm air better than one bulky layer of clothing.

Keeping warm over the winter months can also help us all to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

If you do go outside during the wet and windy weather, remember to wear shoes with a good grip to prevent slips and fall. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.

Be prepared

Ensure you have stocked your cupboards with food and medications in advance, to avoid going out in the bad weather. There are a variety of items you can keep at home to keep healthy and treat minor illnesses, such as pain relief medications, lozenges, cold and cough syrups, antihistamines, and much more.

Susanne Lynch MBE, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“The cold weather can make us all more vulnerable to illness, but help is available from all local pharmacies in Sefton, who can advise on treatment for minor illnesses and what to keep in your medicine cabinet.”

“If you do become ill, we ask that you think about self-care, speaking to your local pharmacist, or calling NHS 111 for non-emergencies.”

Know where to get help

If you have an urgent medical problem, but not an emergency, get help from NHS 111 by visiting: online, or calling 111.

For help with treatment for common illnesses like coughs, colds or earache contact your local pharmacy who can give advice and recommend medicines and are happy to help. You can also access NHS advice and information at

Cllr Ian Moncur, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Sefton Council, said:

“During the poor weather this weekend we encourage everyone in our local communities to keep an eye out for vulnerable residents and neighbours, or anyone living alone who may need advice or support.”

“If you’re worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.”

Botanic Gardens lakeside mural to be repainted by its original artist Robert Newbiggin

Artist Robert Newbiggin has been given the green light from Sefton Council to create a replacement mural that will adorn the lakeside area of Southport’s Botanic Gardens.

The current mural was painted by Robert around 14 years ago and local students have added to it as part of their studies. It has weathered in the elements over the years and now Robert has offered his time, at no cost, to replace the mural. 

The new design will depict Victorian scenes within the park, reminding people of the history of the site and its inclusion on the Historic Parks and Gardens Register.

Pastel sketch of the proposed mural background. Victorian figures enjoying the scene will be included in the final design.
Pastel sketch of the proposed mural background. Victorian figures enjoying the scene will be included in the final design.

The initial concept and design have been signed-off by both Sefton Council and the Botanic Gardens Community Association (BGCA).

Robert will now begin the painting process in his studio across a series of boards, that once finished, will be put into position in the park. It is hoped that the project will be completed by spring 2022.  

The Council’s Green Sefton Service works in partnership with the dedicated volunteers of the BGCA to maintain the popular park. The materials required for the mural will be funded by the Association.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“I’m so pleased that we’re seeing another of the phased improvements planned for the Botanic Gardens lakeside area coming to fruition. The park has such a rich heritage and the new mural design will really showcase this to both visitors and park users.

“I’d like to thank Rob for offering his time at no cost to undertake the painting in his studio and to the volunteers of the Botanic Gardens Community Association for their contribution for the mural materials.

“I know that the community is very excited about the mural, as well as the wider park improvements, and can’t wait to see it take pride of place by the lake next year, which by that point will be fitted with new aerating fountains too.” 

Robert grew up in Southport and spent a huge part of his teenage years drawing and painting – often in the Botanic Gardens studying and sketching the flora and fauna. His career as a self-taught artist has taken him around the globe, but closer to home people may know him for his Southport town centre mural of Captain Sir Tom Moore that he painted last year.

Robert Newbiggin, said:

“I’m excited to start as I have the boards now, and the fact I’m the artist I am today will make all the difference.”

David Cobham, Botanic Gardens Community Association (BGCA), said:

“The Botanic Gardens Community Association volunteers have kept the existing mural going for the past few years with a new surround. But, time marches on and we are delighted that Rob has offered to carry out the artwork for free to add to his magnificent portfolio.

“The new mural will be far longer lasting, and we are equally delighted to fund the first-class infrastructure materials.”

The new and improved mural installation works follows last month’s news that two aeration fountains have been ordered as part of the first phase of lakeside improvements at the park.

The costs of the fountains have been met by recent fundraising efforts from the Make a Change for Ben group who have donated their funds raised to the BGCA for improvement projects and on-going maintenance within the park.

A longer-term vision to source a multi-million-pound investment for the park remains at the early stages of development. Next steps will include launching a public consultation in 2022.

Anyone interested in helping to shape the developing project, or would like to volunteer in the Botanic Gardens, can contact the Botanic Gardens Community Association at

Christmas is coming to Bootle Canalside

Blurred Xmas tree lightsA gingerbread extravaganza coming to Bootle Canalside with two pop-up events scheduled this Christmas.

Over the weekends of Friday 10th to Sunday 12th and Friday 17th to Sunday 19th December, Bootle Canalside will be decorated for the festive season, featuring a Christmas tree, cosy tipis and gingerbread people on stilts.


Food and drink will be served from Bootle Canalside’s trademark shipping containers in a nod to Bootle’s industrial past, and people will be seated in a cosy, covered tipis surrounded by barrels and benches in true Bavarian style.

There will be activities for all the family including crafts and storytelling to bring Christmas to Canalside. A gingerbread trail through the Strand will lead out onto the Canalside.


This Christmas extravaganza is the latest on the site after the successful August Bank Holiday pop-up market which saw thousands of people descend on the new Bootle destination.

Since then, improvements have been made to the site including the start of construction of a brand-new staircase giving access from Stanley Road, extensive utilities and resurfacing works to improve its look and feel.

These Christmas pop-up events will be yet another chance for the community to leave their feedback before the final design of the site is confirmed and installed in 2022. The August Bank Holiday event saw over 500 responses left and it is hoped local people will continue to shape the site and help guide its development into a true community space in the heart of Bootle.


Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said: “I am thrilled to see a fantastic festive community event planned for Bootle Canalside this Christmas.

“The last event we held on the site back in August was a great opportunity to hear from the community and really listen to what the people of Bootle want from the Canalside site. This event will give people another opportunity to be a part of Bootle Canalside’s future.

“Bootle has been hit hard in recent times, not least due to the impact of covid and the disappointing news that Government had rejected Bootle’s bid for Levelling up funding. Nevertheless, Sefton Council remains committed to building a thriving town centre that works for everyone. The regeneration of Bootle must put community at its heart and projects like this bring a renewed optimism to our town centre.

“I hope people will join me in following the gingerbread trail through the Strand and out onto Bootle Canalside for a hot mulled wine or a delicious, spiced latte!”

Sefton Council pledges support to Orange the World campaign against gender-based violence

Orange the World 2021, from 25 November until 10 December Sefton Council will be joining the 16 days of activism campaign against gender-based violenceToday, Thursday 25th November, Sefton Council is pledging its support to the United Nation’s ‘Orange the World’ campaign to raise awareness of gender-based violence in the UK.

‘Orange the World’ officially starts today, 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, and runs until Friday 10th December, which is international Human Rights Day.

This period is known as the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, where landmark buildings are lit orange to show solidarity and support of those facing violence.

Gender-based violence and abuse is a fundamental human rights violation, and it affects women and girls around the world.

Working alongside Savera UK and Zonta Club London, the Council is committed to raising the awareness of the different forms of violence women and girls face. These include, domestic violence and abuse, rape and harassment, as well as more hidden harmful practices like ‘honour’-based abuse, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “Women, girls and all those affected by gender-based violence have the right to live free of fear and discrimination. Death or abuse should never be the price to pay for your freedom and right to choose, or for simply walking home, as Sarah Everard was.

It is vital that we reassure people who are silently suffering or concerned for their safety that they are not alone, and that people in their communities care about them and are looking out for them.

“There are support services in place to help and we urge anyone who is experiencing abuse, or who knows of someone who is, to get in touch immediately.”

Over the next 16 days, Sefton Council will be sharing videos, myth-busting information, and crucially, the support available for residents living in Sefton and wider North West region. The Council will share the various ways people can get involved in the campaign, through attending online events and becoming an ally.

People can follow the campaign coverage over the next 16 days by visiting Sefton Council’s social media channels and by following the hashtags #NoExcuseForAbuse and #16Days.

Twitter @Sefton_Council

Instagram @SeftonCouncil

Facebook @OneSefton

Useful contacts

If you, your child or anyone in your family are at immediate risk of harm from any kind of abuse you should contact the police urgently on 999.

If you are a Sefton resident and are experiencing domestic abuse, or believe someone you know is, contact Sefton Council’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Team on 0151 934 5142 or email

You can also contact Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid on 0151 922 8606 or visit

The National Domestic Violence Helpline is staffed 24 hours and can be reached at 0808 2000 247.   

Sefton businesses urged to sign up for The Good Business Festival event at Southport Market

A new event from The Good Business Festival, Family Fortunes, Southport Market 5pm on Tuesday 7th December 2021, sign up for free now
A new event from The Good Business Festival, Family Fortunes, Southport Market 5pm on Tuesday 7th December 2021, sign up for free now

Businesses across Sefton are invited to attend next month’s free The Good Business Festival event at Southport Market, in partnership with InvestSefton.

‘Family Fortunes’ takes place on Tuesday 7th December from 5pm. It will offer an insight into family-run businesses and explore how the business dynamic of working alongside those related to you may help, or occasionally hinder, growth and progression.

According to the Institute for Family Business, 87.6% of businesses in the UK are family businesses. They employ more than 14 million people nationwide and make up more than 50% of the private sector workforce.

All businesses based in Sefton, regardless of whether they are family-run or not, are welcome to attend the evening event. It will feature contributions from local entrepreneurs, leaders and family business owners. This will be followed by entertainment from Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell and then networking opportunities and refreshments.

Southport Market will host the event, taking place on Tuesday 7th December from 5pm. Interested businesses can sign up for the event by visiting the Eventbrite website:  

The event will run as follows:

  • 5pm to 5.15pm – registration
  • 15pm to 5.25pm – welcome and introductions
  • 25pmto 6.15pm – panel discussion
  • 15pm to 6.35pm – Q&A
  • 35pm to 6.50pm – comedy entertainment (act to be announced)
  • 50pm to 8pm – refreshments and networking

Contributors include:

  • Karen Potter – Managing Director, Karen Potter Ltd
  • Norman Wallis – Owner, Southport Pleasureland
  • Peter Salt – Director, Immersive Interactive Ltd
  • James Maddocks – Co-Director, Radwraps Ltd
  • Mark Catherall – Head of Tourism, Sefton Council

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“After an incredibly challenging year for our Sefton businesses, it’s so great to see events like The Good Business Festival reinvigorating and reshaping the way we do business in a really positive way.

“Holding the event here in Southport, where we’re just finalising our plans for the £37.5 million Town Deal transformation, sends a clear sign that Sefton is very much open for business.

“’Family Fortunes’ really is an outstanding opportunity for local businesses to come together to meet fellow entrepreneurs and industry experts, alongside our InvestSefton advisors who can support them with their future growth and expansion.”

Wayne Hemingway, Creative Director of The Good Business Festival, said:

“For us, being a family business means operating with a non-hierarchical structure and approach that prioritises quality of output over process. We are no doubt informal, if not unusual, in our setup. It means grandchildren are regularly in the office and family dogs barking at the post arriving interrupt meetings, but it makes, we hope, for a fun and lively working environment.”

InvestSefton leads on and supports economic growth in the Borough and is the Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service. To find out how InvestSefton can help your business contact 0151 934 3452, email or visit

Commissioned by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, The Good Business Festival, was postponed earlier this year due to Covid-19 restrictions but smaller events have been taking place across the Liverpool City Region throughout the autumn.

For more information about The Good Business Festival visit

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