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Sefton switches on to Christmas!

Festive fun is just around the corner as town and village centres across Sefton get ready to switch on their Christmas lights.

Following a successful Christmas lights switch on at Bootle Strand at the weekend (November 11), events will be taking place in numerous village and town centres throughout the borough, with a range of festive fun for all the family.

The events are delivered through a partnership between business communities, local residents, voluntary and charity organisations, and Sefton Council.

Funding is secured through the private, voluntary and public sector to encourage people to shop local in the run up to Christmas.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Christmas lights switch-ons always prove to be popular events and are a great opportunity for local people and families to get into the festive spirit.

“We hope plenty of people will come out and support their local traders in the run up to Christmas and shop local, and we are very grateful for the hard work and community spirit which goes into these important events.”

Southport Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on Sunday November 19 from 1pm, with Lord Street boulevard and the Atkinson being lit up in a festive glow from 5.30pm.

Other locations include:

Kirkstone Park – Thursday, November 23 from 5pm
Thornton Village Centre – Friday, November 24 from 7pm
Crosby Village Centre – Saturday November 25 from 5pm
Formby Village Centre – Sunday, November 26 from 5pm
South Road, Waterloo – Thursday, November 30 from 5pm
Hightown Village Green – Thursday, November 30 from 6pm
Maghull Town Council – Friday, December 1 from 6:30pm
Seaforth Village Centre- Saturday, December 2 from 4:00pm
Lydiate Village Centre – Saturday December 9 with a festive fayre from 12pm & switch on from 4.30pm.

Christmas Trees will also be erected at Hightown Village Green, Amos Park, Marian Square, Birkdale, Crossens and Churchtown.

Sefton buildings to show support of Leave No One Behind campaign

Buildings across Sefton will light up orange in support of Leave No One Behind – a campaign to end violence against women and girls across the globe.

 From November 25 until December 10, Bootle Town Hall and Crosby Library will be bathed in an orange glow, the colour chosen to represent a United Nations led 16 day campaign to combat gender-based violence.

 Sefton Council employees have also joined together to film a powerful and emotive video calling on residents to support the campaign and help to end violence against women and girls. 

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:

“In Sefton we have a vision where girls and women live equally alongside men, free from harassment and abuse. 

 “The colour orange was chosen to symbolise a brighter future without violence and we are proud to be part of the call to action by lighting up our buildings.

 “More than 100,000 women and girls in the UK are at risk of abuse. This needs to stop. 

 “In Sefton we fully support the sixteen days of action to end all abuse against women and girls. 

 “We want everyone to join our call today, so that we may have a better tomorrow.”

For more information on local support for victims of abuse visit

CCTV appeal launched after Waterloo attempted burglary

Merseyside Police detectives have released CCTV stills of two men they believe may be able to assist an investigation into an attempted burglary in Waterloo on Wednesday, 13 September 2017.

Between 1.30 and 2.30am two male offenders broke into a property on Glenwyllin Road, by forcing entry through rear patio doors into the conservatory.

They then unsuccessfully attempted to gain access through a locked internal door. Nobody was injured and nothing was taken during the incident however property including a garden fence was damaged.

DI Robbie Moss said:  “I would urge neighbours in the area to consider if they saw anything which seemed suspicious before or after the attempted burglary to get in touch. I would also like to remind people to keep their doors and windows locked.

“We ask anyone who recognises the men pictured in the CCTV stills to come forward and tell us who they are. It is important that anyone who has any information in relation to the incident contacts the police so we can find those responsible and bring them to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 0517231032. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111 or via their online form:


Community Garden graduates look back to their roots

A south Sefton project which has been helping local volunteers to learn horticultural skills held a special event recently to celebrate the success of its graduates.

Regenerus, Bootle-based organisers of the Taking Root Project, hosted a picnic lunch and presentation ceremony at a community garden at Marian Way in Netherton to salute the achievements of the 26 participants aged from ten to 66.

The project was established by the regeneration specialists with the help of an Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Since December last year it has been working with local groups at Marian Way, Netherton Park Neighbourhood Centre and the Gateway Collective in North Park, Bootle.

Taking Root Co-ordinator Christine Leung has supported volunteers with designing and setting up their community gardens, and also delivered training to help participants learn how to grow fruit and vegetables.

Working with partners the Feelgood Factory in Netherton, the Taking Root Project has also developed a new learning module – accredited through Open Awards – which has been specially designed to reflect the range of skills that participants can gain through gardening.

According to Christine Leung, the feedback from everyone who has been involved in Taking Root has been positive:

“As well as getting active and making new friends, our participants say that helping to establish new community gardens has given them real personal satisfaction.

“The project has also given everyone the opportunity to grow and eat their own food, and to gain a qualification recognising the skills they’ve acquired, which they’re obviously delighted about.”

Ruth Livesey of Regenerus added:

“A project like this one is about so much more than simply learning gardening skills.

“It’s also about upgrading the local environment, connecting people in local communities, boosting confidence and improving the general health and wellbeing of everyone who takes part.

“We’re very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for their support, and to the participants for the commitment and enthusiasm they’ve shown throughout the programme.  They should all be very proud of what they’ve achieved.”

Sefton blooms as NWiB judges heap praise on borough

Sefton is blooming lovely thanks to outstanding neighbourhood gardening projects.

 Sixteen community locations across Sefton have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ in the 2017 North West In Bloom (NWiB) and It’s Your Neighbourhood awards, with a further 12 being rated as ‘Thriving’.

 In the regional awards, Southport in Bloom was crowned Overall Winner in the Large Coastal Resort category, beating strong competition from across Britain.

 Elsewhere there was was triple Silver success with Ainsdale, Crosby & Waterloo and Melling in Bloom all announced as winners.

 Bridge In Community Farm’s work at Formby Train Station was commended as the winner of the ‘Best Railway Station’ Gold medal winner while Barford House in Southport won Gold in the Best Small Accommodation Category.

 Judges for the awards visited 41 various locations across the borough during the summer to see the excellent efforts made by local community groups, volunteers and various organisations.

 The groups, who have been supported by Sefton Council and its partners, were judged on horticultural achievement, along with ‘community involvement’ and ‘environmental responsibility.’

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

“I’m absolutely delighted that the efforts of our community groups, volunteers and Steering Groups have been recognised by the judges.

 “Green fingered groups and volunteers work tirelessly to make our borough sparkle and it is great to see such fantastic partnership working with the Council.

 “28 entries from our clean, green and beautiful borough were voted either ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Thriving’ which goes to show how much time, effort and care goes into making sure Sefton is blooming.

 “I would like to thank everyone for their efforts this year.”

A full list of winners is as follows:

I Improving

A Advancing

T Thriving

O Outstanding


Group Name Award Discretionary Award
Abbey Gardens Community Garden, Birkdale A  
Ainsdale in Bloom (Town Entry) Silver Gilt Medal
Ainsdale Village Church Community Garden O 5 Year Award Certificate
Ainsdale Village Park T  
Barford House (Best Small Accommodation) GOLD Medal
Birkdale Civic Society -Village and Railway Station T  
Botanic Gardens Community Association T  
Boyer Court, Maghull O  
Bridge Inn Community Farm O  
Bridge Inn Community Farm/Formby Train Station Best Railway Station Gold Medal and Winner
Cheyne Close O  
Crosby and District Lions Club A  
Crosby and Waterloo in Bloom (Small Coastal Entry) Silver Gilt Medal
Crosby and Waterloo in Bloom D’Bed A  
Dobbies Southport Little Seedlings Garden O  
Fairfield Communal Garden E  
Friends of Bedford Park T  
Friends of Rotten Row O 5 Year Award Certificate
Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens – Crescent Garden New Bed T  
Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens – Marine Garden Rockery A  
Hatton Hill Park Community Garden T  
Hazel Court Blooming Lovely O  
Hesketh Park Gardening Volunteers – Rose Garden Group T  
Kings Gardens Community Garden O  
Lord Street in Bloom O  
Maghull in Bloom – Central Square T  
Maghull in Bloom – Fruit Meadow T  
Maghull in Bloom – Leeds / Liverpool Canal T  
Maghull in Bloom – Meadows Carpark and Courtyard T  
Maghull in Bloom – Station Road O  
Maghull Station Volunteers O 5 Year Award Certificate
May Logan Centre, ‘Roots Project’ O  
Melling in Bloom (Large Village Entry) Silver Medal
North Park Community Garden, Bootle O  
Queensway Allotment Association O  
Rosemount (50 and 50a), Waterloo T  
Southport in Bloom (Large Coastal Entry) Gold Medal and Winner NWiB Trophy
Southport Model Engineering Club O  
St Luke’s Church, Crosby O Highly Commended Award
St Michael’s High School, Crosby Environmental Award for Schools

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