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Julia Donaldson’s The Scarecrows’ Wedding comes to The Atkinson

Straight from London’s West End The Scarecrows Wedding comes to The Atkinson on Saturday 6 May as part of the Southport Festival.

Based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler this truly heart-warming adaptation is bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style (Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales) and promises wit, drama, and wedding bells.

Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows (they scare a lot of crows). Harry loves Betty, and Betty loves Harry, so they decide to get married and Harry sets off to search for their wedding day essentials including a dress of feathers, a bunch of flowers and a necklace made from shells.

However, when the farmer notices he is missing a scarecrow, he replaces Harry with the devilishly smooth but dangerous Reginald Rake. Dashing, daring and ever so cool, can Reginald persuade Betty that he is the scarecrow for her? Will Harry make it back in the nick of time before Reginald ruins their special day?

Director Eva Sampson comments, “I’m delighted that The Scarecrows’ Wedding will be heading out on tour again this year. It’s a great opportunity to bring the show to new audiences and share Harry and Betty’s epic love story!”

★★★★ Enchanting and hilarious. Bags of sheer family fun (The Stage).

Visit southportfestival.com or VisitSouthport.com for full information about the many festival events taking place from Friday 5-Sunday 7 May.

Tickets for The Scarecrows Wedding on Saturday 6 May at 2.30pm range from £9 -£5.

To book please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call Box Office on 01704 533333. Tickets are also available over the counter during opening hours.

Funding secured to support victims of domestic abuse

A multi-agency funding bid has secured just over £300,000 of funding to support victims of domestic abuse. The funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government was submitted on behalf of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral Councils and their respective Community Safety Partnerships to support victims of domestic abuse in a number of ways. Firstly it will help to support victims of domestic abuse by providing them with accommodation, suitable to individual needs, across the four local authority areas. In addition, an enhanced and extended therapeutic support offer will be provided to  children who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The funding will also support an extended sanctuary offer, enabling more victims of domestic abuse to remain in their own homes safely, through the installation of appropriate safety measures such as locks and external lighting, whilst also extending the use of the IT system across Merseyside to co-ordinate allocation and record demand for specialist accommodation. The total funding secured is £301,160 and this will support 37 units available for supported, dispersed accommodation, 180 children will benefit from therapeutic support and a minimum of 150 households will benefit from the sanctuary fund.  

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said “We know that domestic abuse happens, and can have a profound effect on victims as well as children who may witness incidents.  That’s why we have teamed up with our neighbouring authorities to tackle the issue over a wider geographical area to provide support and solutions that will have a real impact on those who are suffering from it.  This funding will help us to offer targeted support to victims, helping them to rebuild their lives.” Cllr Emily Spurrell, Mayoral Lead for Community Safety, Liverpool City Council, said “We are particularly delighted that this funding will not only increase the number of units of accommodation across the region but allow us to adopt a housing led approach whilst meeting the needs of groups that we have previously struggled to help. We will also, for the first time, be able to provide therapeutic support to children affected by domestic abuse”. Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, added: “Any funding to help tackle domestic abuse is welcomed. Domestic abuse is never acceptable and should not be a hidden issue in our communities. We need to create an environment where domestic abuse is understood better and accepted less and hopefully this money will help achieve this more across the region.” Cllr George Davies, Wirral Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said “Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that all too often remains hidden. In recognition of this, Wirral Council has pledged to treat domestic abuse with zero tolerance, which also means ensuring that victims are able to access appropriate housing, where they can feel safe and supported during times of crisis. I am therefore very pleased that this award of funding will enable Wirral, alongside our neighbouring councils, to adopt a housing-led approach to addressing the accommodation and support requirements of people fleeing domestic abuse, thereby enabling victims to rebuild their lives”

Crosby Village

Further improvement works in Crosby village are planned in the coming months. The next phase of environmental work is due to be completed by summer 2017 and will include replacement bins and benches, tidying of redundant street clutter and signage. The works have been funded through developer contributions from McCarthy + Stone and agreed through ward councillors in Crosby. On March 8, Sefton Council’s Planning Committee granted planning permission for the refurbishment of the 1930s Glenn Buildings on Moor Lane Crosby, including the replacement of the shop fronts. The scheme, submitted by St. Modwen, will see the creation of more flexible spaces on the ground floor and the refurbishment of the first floors. The existing retail unit next door will be demolished and redeveloped across two floors.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “We believe the agreed application will provide a significant investment within Crosby village and also lets everyone know that Sefton is open for business. “The approval will begin to deliver the vision of the Crosby Investment Strategy, as well as linking into the Vision for Sefton 2030. We will continue to work closely with potential investors to the town and the wider borough to bring the Vision to life.” “Linked to the environmental works people will begin to see improvements to the appearance and character of the village centre.” David Nuttall, Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: “Our plans for Crosby were given a welcome boost this month when our planning application to refurbish the Glenn Buildings South and construct a new unit at 10 Moor Lane was approved. “We are committed to Crosby and our plans will provide accommodation suitable for modern retailers, whilst maintaining the look and feel of the traditional high street. “We are delighted to have received considerable positive feedback from residents and retailers, and we hope to move forward with these works as soon as is practical.”

Other environmental improvement works completed to date in Crosby include: • New tree planting and removal of older trees • New power points for lighting • Street lighting – new lanterns and repainting columns • Relocation of CCTV camera • Installation of festoon lighting • Repaving central circle area • New Christmas lights

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