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#SeftonSaysThanks – to our teachers

Here in Sefton we know that our teaching staff are doing an amazing job in continuing to work in schools across the borough, teaching vulnerable children and children of key workers.

Teachers and teaching assistants play a massive role in our children’s educational and emotional development and of course, many young people who are at home may now be missing them dearly.

So, to let them know how much we are missing them and to show we appreciate what they are doing, we’re asking your children to make a ‘Thank you’ card for their favourite teacher/s and teaching assistants remembering to include a special message.

Be it a painting or drawing, when it’s finished simply take a photo and share it with us.

You can email your picture to communications@sefton.gov.uk. You can also use our social media channels to share with us remembering to tag us, Facebook/ Sefton Council, Twitter/@seftoncouncil, Instagram/@sefton_council

When sharing via Social Media, please also use the hashtag #SeftonSaysThanks which will make sure we don’t miss any of your masterpieces!

Don’t forget to include your child’s name, the teacher’s name & what school they teach at so we can make sure your school and teachers will see them.

Cllr Hardy moves to reassure local people in the aftermath of recent events in Sefton

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing has spoken out to reassure local people in the aftermath of two recent murders and a shooting in Sefton.

Detectives are investigating two murders, which saw 18-year-old, Kyle Whitley killed after being stabbed in the chest on Vincent Road, in Litherland, on Easter Monday, 20-year-old Michael Rainsford shot dead in his kitchen on April 7th, as wel as incident where shots were fired at Rimrose Hope Primary School in Seaforth on Easter Sunday.

A 17-year-old arrested after Kyle’s murder is being questioned by police.

Cllr Hardy said: “We know the majority of residents living in Sefton are proud of where they live and won’t stand for serious crime on their doorstep.

“These are shocking incidents in our community and devastating for the families of those victims, at such an unsettled time for everyone.

“I want to reassure our residents that Sefton Council is working closely with Merseyside Police to support our communities and I would urge anyone with information about the incidents to contact Merseyside Police or Crime Stoppers”.

“We are committed to reducing and preventing crime and anti-social behaviour right across the borough in order to make our thriving communities even safer.

“As part of our collaborative approach to protect our communities, it’s important that we work closely with our partners, including Merseyside Police, to reduce crime in Sefton.”

People can contact Merseyside Police by calling 101 or by using the online reporting form.

Crimestoppers, a charity which is independent of police, on 0800 555 111. More about Crimestoppers.

Merseyside Police’s Sefton Area Commander Superintendent Graeme Robson said: “I hope those living in Sefton can find some reassurance knowing arrests have been made in connection with both of these tragic murders, and those arrested remain under investigation. Our policing activity will continue in the coming weeks to ensure government guidelines are being adhered to, our communities have the confidence to speak openly with us and the public are not being plagued with those intent on causing fear in our communities.

“I particularly want to assure those living in Litherland, Seaforth and the wider Sefton area that we will continue to target those we suspect are involved in serious and organised crime. We’re in the area today carrying our extensive enquiries in relation to the stabbing yesterday, and will continue to carry out warrants, seizures and arrests.

“Vital to this activity as always is people who live locally and know what is behind these incidents. To those staying at home or still out and about, working and making essential journeys, keep telling us what you know and we will keep sharing these positive results.”

Borough of Culture 2020 projects to go ahead digitally to help raise spirits in the face of Covid-19

Sefton Comedy HUB, detailed instructions of how to make an origami squirrel and Community by Nature play packs are among the re-profiled Sefton Borough of Culture 2020 projects going ahead in the face of Covid-19.

Members of Sefton Council’s Borough of Culture 2020 team worked swiftly with local arts, culture and community groups with successful grant applicants to adapt their projects for digital delivery. The aim is to enable people to enjoy and take part in the activities online or by post.

The Borough of Culture team awarded over £15,000 of one-off grants for cultural activities at the heart of its communities. The outbreak of the coronavirus meant successful bidders working closely with the council and its partners to change tack, while still creating fun, engaging things to do for residents everywhere.

Launched already via Facebook, Sefton Comedy Hub is a chance for local residents to submit clips of themselves telling their favourite joke, recalling amusing anecdotes and humorous stories and reciting funny poems and comedy impressions.

Hosted by local comedian Bren Riley, the project is for people of all ages and ‘clean’ clips should be submitted to the page. There will be weekly feedback on the clips and e-vouchers provided for the funniest clips.

People will also be able to register to play Bingo via Zoom through the Sefton Comedy Hub Facebook Page. Tickets for the six sessions will be emailed to local residents and e-vouchers will be given as prizes.

Find out more about the Sefton Comedy Hub.

Through Origami Pulse, people will be able to follow a detailed video showing them how to make their very own red squirrel from folded paper. People will be invited to share pictures their squirrels online and these pictures will be used to create a large artwork at the Atkinson later in the year.

In conjunction with Venus, Community by Nature will be working with three artists to develop three ‘Playing In’ packs for vulnerable families, least likely to have access to art-making materials at home during the Covid-19 restrictions. Provided with food parcels, the packs will provide free, fun ways for families to enjoy themselves at home and to keep children occupied.

Downloadable versions of artist-designed play activities will also be available for wider use by anyone across the Borough as well as video and online workshops introducing creative play ideas via Facebook and Instagram. People will also be able to submit memories of games they have played in the past and photographs showing people playing out.

Birkdale Community Hub and will be running a photography competition that will see residents invited to take photographs of their gardens or what they can see out of their windows while they spend this time at home. Participants will be able to submit their snaps via email and social media and there will be a future exhibition at the HUB.

Through SING Plus, older people in the community who do not have access to the internet or social media will be provided with materials and maps to chronicle their recollections of Sefton. The memory boxes they create will be used as part of the local archive held at Crosby library.

Also, SING Plus will see young people asked to keep a diary of their thoughts and daily life at the present time and the effect of the current situation is having on them and their families. Activity boxes and snacks will also be provided for the young people taking part.

After the Covid-19 crisis is over both groups, old and young, will meet up after the need for social distancing has ended, to share memories.

Words of Wisdom is an inspirational project that will see young people being encouraged to keep in touch with the elderly community around them, online and through social media, as well as using simple pen, paper and telephone.

With the help of their parents and carers, the young people will be asking their elderly neighbours, family and friends to share their words of wisdom based on a lifetime of stories and experience. The best 100 lines of wisdom on topics such as family, fun, friendship, finance, fears, fulfilment, farewells, fitness and the future will be captured in a book as part of the legacy of the Sefton Borough of Culture 2020. People can find out more about Words of Wisdom by contacting Peter Hawkins at The Windmills Foundation on 01704 874 903 or pete@windmillsonline.co.uk.

Through Aintree Racecourse Sefton’s Borough of Culture 2020 Grand Poetry Competition, budding young poets are being asked to get creative and tell us what they are missing.

Entries are being invited for the 4 to 8-year-old, 9 to 12-year-old and 13 years and above categories and winners will win family tickets to Aintree Racecourse’s Family Day in October and Liverpool’s Day or Grand National Day in 2021. This follows the recent unveiling of the spectacular Red Rum wall mural in Southport, commissioned by the Sefton Borough of Culture programme and painted by Paul Curtis, to celebrate the three-time winner in the town in which he lived and trained.

Poems’ subject should be about something or someone they love, miss or find amazing. Poems, with a maximum of 200 words, should be handwritten and decorated and sent to GrandPoetry@thejockeyclub.co.uk in an emailed which includes the child’s full name and age.

Cllr Trish Hardy Sefton Council’s main Borough of Culture sponsor said: “At this time when it’s so important that people maintain social distancing to beat Covid-19, I am delighted that our Borough of Culture 2020 team has been able to work with these arts, culture and community groups to develop projects that will help lift local people’s spirits and provide fun things for people of all ages to do.

“I look forward to seeing all the creativity contained in our local communities expressed and on display through this exciting range of projects.

“Taking culture to people’s homes, phones, laptops and tablets, they have created exciting activities that will keep people entertained and go a long way to helping them cope during periods of isolation, whether alone or as a family.”

Sefton residents urged to go green and ‘grow your own’

Sefton residents are being encouraged to ‘grow your own’ – and there are lots of ways to get involved, whether it’s at home or in one of our community gardens or allotment spaces.

Whether you’ve got a garden or even just a windowsill, growing your own food can be as simple or as complicated as you want.

Although outlets such as garden centres aren’t as accessible at the moment you can still purchase plants and seeds online or in your local supermarket.

Green Sefton’s Suzanne McCumiskey said: “Growing your own food can be as simple or as complicated as you want. One thing that is guaranteed is it’s fun and good for the heart, plus it gives you control over what you eat as you can eliminate fertilisers and chemicals from your food. You don’t need a big garden to grow fruit and vegetables and a small container on a patio or balcony is ideal for growing the likes of tomatoes and strawberries. Herbs are easy to grow and can be grown on a windowsill and seed packets can be picked up in most supermarkets. Chives make a lovely addition to a salad. Now that the weather is starting to get that bit warmer it’s a good time to get outdoors and get into growing. Some things to sow in April are beetroot, broccoli and lettuce.”

Allotments

Although residents will not be able to take up new allotment plots while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, they are a great thing to consider for budding gardeners when current restrictions are lifted.

Suzanne said: “Sefton’s allotments are a great way to meet new people in your community, to share ideas and help others! If you are interested in getting an allotment in the future you can email https://forms.sefton.gov.uk/Allotments/ to express an interest. In the meantime, visit the National Allotment Society for useful tips and information and find out what it really entails to have an allotment.”

Allotments still currently remain partially open to existing tenants, with users asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Wildlife

Green Sefton also have hints and tips to encourage wildlife into your garden. Suzanne said: “One way to attract wildlife into your garden is to plant the likes of buddleia and primrose, which will attract bees and butterflies that will pollinate the food you are trying to grow. Create a hole in your fence to allow hedgehogs to go about their business – but ask your neighbours first! Hedgehogs love to eat slugs and slugs love to eat the fruit and vegetables you are trying to grow!”

Green Sefton also has a useful educational guide, which families can download. The guide offers advice on how to make bee and bug hotels and lots more.

https://www.sefton.gov.uk/media/1480843/Communities-Growing-Together-Guide.pdf

Please be aware the community gardens in our lovely parks and greenspaces are currently closed to the public.

 

 

 

Funeral arrangements in Sefton – a message from Health Officials

Bereaved families in Sefton are being asked to continue with funeral arrangements as normal during this unprecedented time. 

Health officials and religious leaders across the Liverpool City Region have taken the difficult decision to urge all bereaved families to continue with any funeral arrangements rather than delay them.

Burial and Cremations services, as well as Registrar facilities, remain a key service provided by the Local Authority during this time and Sefton Council continues to offer as much support as possible to those who have lost their loved ones.

Regrettably due to vital social distancing measures, the number of people allowed to attend a burial or cremation service has been temporarily restricted to a maximum of 10 people.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We understand that this will be a very difficult time for anyone who has lost a loved one and our deepest sympathies go out to those who are bereaved.

“We understand that families will want to pay their respects to their loved ones and we are doing all we can to ensure those who have sadly passed away are given the respect and love they deserve. 

“While a funeral ceremony during this time may not be the traditional send off families would want for their loved ones, we will do everything in our power to allow families to hold a more traditional memorial service at a later date.”

In a joint letter to residents across the Liverpool City Region, Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt Reverend Paul Bayes and Archbishop of Liverpool, The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, wrote: “We realise these are challenging times for everybody, but especially for those who have experienced bereavement, whether or not this has been caused by COVID-19.”

They added: “It is imperative that funerals take place as soon as possible at the moment it is not an option to delay the funeral until after COVID-19 has been brought under control.”

For more information regarding burial and cremation services in Sefton, please visit www.sefton.gov.uk

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