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Popular cycle chat returns to Ainsdale MeCycle cafe

Anyone with an interest in cycling is encouraged to attend the next Sefton Cycle Chat at the MeCycle Café on Station Road, Ainsdale.

The evening session, on Wednesday September 25, runs from 6pm until 8pm and is an ideal opportunity to talk about cycling issues and news around Sefton.

The latest of many regular meetings, a number of riders, enthusiasts and local groups are set to come together and debate the top topics that affect cyclists in the borough.

All local cyclists will be warmly welcomed at the March session and will be encouraged to engage with their ideas and thoughts on topical matters.

If you would like further information please email or call 0151 934 4541/4808


Jive head first in to freestyle dance show at Southport’s Floral Hall

Merseyside’s premier Jive group, Mersey Jive, are bringing a special evening of freestyle dance entertainment to Southport’s Floral Hall next week.

Taking place on Saturday, September 14 at the iconic Floral Hall Ballroom on the Promenade, Southport, the Modern Jive Freestyle evening is set to signal the return of dance entertainment to the Floral Hall, which is a historically iconic venue for many styles of dance over the years.

Tickets cost just £10 and people can pay on the door. The show starts at 7.30pm and a licensed bar will also be in operation. 

Mersey Jive is a combination of father and son team with a specific aim to produce modern Jive classes and free styles through out the Merseyside area.

For more information please call 07967 122 205

Southport Air Show hailed a soaring success for 2019

Southport Air Show has once again been hailed a soaring success with fascinating fireworks displays, awesome aerial stunts and much more.

Thousands of aviation enthusiasts and families visited the resort over the three day weekend (Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8) with displays from the RAF Typhoon, SAAB Viggen and the last ever public display of the Tucano team.

The busy weekend meant that business in the town centre was booming, with restaurant, shop and bar owners enjoying heavy footfall as part of the Southport Air Show.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “Once again the Southport Air Show was an amazing experience for everyone who attended.

“The weather held out as huge crowds were wowed with some fantastic displays including debut performances from the Norwegian and Swedish historical air forces.

“On Sunday another amazing line up was probably capped with the last ever display from the RAF Tucano and the Typhoon closing the show.

“The feedback we have received so far has been very positive and visitors seemed to have enjoyed a diverse range of displays.

“Thousands of visitors attended the resort over the three days which will have had a real positive impact on local businesses in and around the town.

“We remain wholly committed to putting on fabulous events like this for Southport and Sefton

“We are already looking forward to next year’s show and I would encourage everyone to get their tickets for the upcoming British Musical Fireworks Champions at Victoria Park from Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29.”

For more information about the British Musical Fireworks Championships and events around Southport visit

Sefton welcomes opportunity to bid for slice of £3.6bn town funding

Sefton Council is delighted to have received notification that Southport has been included within the Government’s invite list to bid for a share of £3.6b New Towns Funding.

This follows the recent exclusion of any Sefton towns within the Government’s recently announced £1b Future High Streets Fund.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “While we are delighted that we have not been overlooked this time, we look forward to understanding how Southport can actually get its hands on its share of this funding.

“Unfortunately, the announcement stops well short of a guarantee to allocate anything to Southport, moreover it simply offers Sefton Council an invitation to bid, and for a figure of up to a maximum of £25m.

“We intend to put the strongest case forward for consideration by Government noting that the early information encourages focus upon investment in transport, technology, skills and culture. All of which are consistent with our priorities and aspirations contained within the Southport Investment Framework, the Local Plan, and indeed a number of other initiatives being pursued by the Council and with partners such as Southport BID.

“While I am bitterly disappointed our other town centres such as Crosby and Bootle have been overlooked, we will continue to support and encourage opportunities for investment more widely, and will fight for a fair deal for all of our communities and towns centres right across the borough.”

Sefton Council to fly flag for the emergency services

Flags to support the emergency services will be raised at Bootle Town Hall and Southport Town Hall on Monday, 9 September in honour of Emergency Services (999) Day.

Now in its second year, 999 Day is part of the National Emergency Services Memorial which is trying to raise at least £3 million to build Britain’s first national cenotaph dedicated to all UK emergency services. The cenotaph will also honour more than 7000 personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty as well as giving thanks to over 2 million people working in the services today.

999 Day is also an opportunity to promote volunteering in the emergency services, educating the public about using the services responsibly, teaching life-saving skills, and promoting the work that the emergency services do on a daily basis.

The Council is also encouraging residents to take part in a 2 minute silence at 9am on 9 September to remember all who have been killed as a result of their service.

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