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All you need to know ahead of the 2019 Southport Flower Show

The Southport Flower show returns next weekend (Aug 15-18) and thousands of people are expected to flock to the town for the annual four day extravaganza.

A staple of the annual Southport events calendar, Southport Flower Show in Victoria Park is a huge crowd pleaser ahead of the Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championships both in September. 

As with other fantastic events, Southport is expected to be increasingly busy between August 15 & 18 and we are encouraging residents and visitors alike to plan their journeys in advance.

Traffic & Travel

Visitors to the Flower Show are advised to take advantage of public transport and a shuttle service operating from Southport Station. For more information about this shuttle service and additional transport information, click here

Residents who are not attending the Southport Flower Show are advised to plan ahead and travel via alternate routes around Southport. 

Signage will be in place to minimise as much disruption as possible.

Parking

Parking and directional routes to the Flower Show will be clearly signposted upon arrival into Southport.  Two main public parking areas will be made available for an all-day rate of £7 at both Princes Park and Birkdale Common. 

While Princes Park is within walking distance of the Southport Flower Show, Birkdale Common parking will accommodate a shuttle service with a drop off/pick up point at the Duke Street Gate entrance of Victoria Park.

Shopping

A visit to the Southport Flower Show is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the town. 

After taking in the show each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Southport has to offer? Lord Street is only a few minutes walk away from Victoria Park.

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street to the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street’s high street giants, Southport has it all. The town’s Northern Quarter comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while the town centre is renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars 

For additional ideas on what to do during your stay, check out Visit Southport.

Rubbish

Southport is one of many beautiful places across Sefton and we want to keep it that way. We actively encourage both visitors and residents alike to make sure they are responsible for their own rubbish and dispose of it in a sensible manner. 

If you cannot find a bin to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, please take it home with you.

Police work to identify body found in Melling area

Merseyside Police can confirm enquiries are underway following the discovery of a man’s body in the River Alt in the Melling area this morning (Friday August 9).

Emergency services were called at around 7am and are currently working to identify the man.

Road closures remain in place on Brewery Lane, Melling.

Please avoid the area whilst officers deal with the incident.

Next of Kin: John Feely

Merseyside Police are appealing to trace the next of kin of a man who passed away from the Lydiate area.

John Feely, 70 sadly died at his home address in Nedens Grove, Lydiate on Tuesday 6th August.

His death is not being treated at suspicious.

If you knew John, his family or friends and could help us, please contact Coroner’s Office on 0151 777 1921 or HM Coroner’s Office on 0151 934 2746. 

CCGs back Red Box Project

Over the past few months, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been busy collecting sanitary product donations for women who struggle to access them as part of the Red Box Project – Sefton.

 The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing local schools with red boxes filled with free period products.

 It was founded in March 2017 by three friends who became aware of ‘period poverty’ through news reports. They were angered that some young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.

 Mandy Smith, Sefton coordinator at Red Box Project – Sefton, set up the service in Sefton. The initiative then sent the department the materials needed to set up a donation point in the kitchen at the Sefton CCG building.

 Mandy said: “This is a great initiative to support our community, it felt like an opportunity not to be missed. We have collected a box full of period product donations for local schools and are proud to be supporting young people throughout their periods.

“No child should miss out on their education because they cannot afford period products.”

 Martin McDowell, deputy chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, added: “This is a fantastic initiative and I want to thank Mandy for getting us all involved.

“We are keen to help tackle health inequalities and to create a progressive, supportive environment which is why we got involved with the project, we hope it helps.”

To find out more about the Red Box Project and get involved, visit: www.redboxproject.org   

 

Marine Lake plays host to first ever Active Sefton Southport 5K

A popular 5K challenge is coming to Southport for the first time next month with hundreds of participants expected to take part.

Sefton Council’s Active Sefton team will host the first ever Active Workforce 5K Challenge on Wednesday, September 18 around the Marine Lake.

The challenge, which is open to individuals or teams of 5, will see competitors run a single lap around the beautiful Marine Lake, with trophies for fastest male and female.

Competitors can run, walk or stroll at their leisure to complete the race and bottled water will be provided.

The cost for individual entries is £10 and £50 for a team of 5. All entries must be received by Friday, September 13.

Staff who are part of Active Workforce Organisations qualify for a discounted entry price of £7.

Participants are also welcome to raise money for a chosen charity.

To register a place for an individual runner or a team or for more information please email active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2079.

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