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Crosby crowds lit up by incredible lightcloud!

Thousands of people were dazzled by a huge constellation that lit up Crosby Coastal Park at the weekend (November 8-10).

Huge crowds headed to see the Parabolic Lightcloud that signalled the start of preparations for Sefton’s Borough of Culture Year

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis.

2019 is currently Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to Sefton with a raft of new, existing and community led events planned for the year.

As part of the constellation switch on, local performers entertained the crowds over three nights (November 8-10) and visitors to the Coastal park were encouraged share images of the Parabolic Lightcloud.

Both the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns and the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Tony Smith, made speeches at the launch that were followed by the reading of a poem commissioned by Eleanor Rees, Lecturer in Creative Literature at Hope University, Liverpool.

This was read out by Grace Travers,14, a student at Holy Family Catholic High School and Aidan Challoner-Baker, also 14, and from Calday Grange Grammar School.

Following the poem, lollipop man Arthur Snellgrove, who works at St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, pressed the plunger to illuminate the Parabolic Lightcloud.

Dwayne Johnson, Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, said: “What a weekend and what a start to the beginning of Sefton’s Borough of Culture year.

“As Wirral’s amazing year draws to a close, the lighting of the Parabolic Lightcloud was a perfect way for Sefton to start ours.

“The constellation looked amazing in the wonderful setting of Crosby Coastal Park and over the course of the weekend, thousands of people made the time to come and see it in all its splendor.

“The Borough of Culture title for 2020 is one we are extremely proud of and can’t wait to showcase everything about our wonderful borough. The focus of our year will be on stories looking at two key elements, local history and the environment.

“This is just the start of an exciting 12 months of cultural activities tapping into new, existing and community led events across the whole of the borough. From later this month we will be looking to engage with communities and partners regarding the stories from our history and heritage on which they would wish to see focus in 2020, so watch this space!

“Thanks to all our guests who attended, our fabulous entertainment and most importantly those who made the time to marvel at the constellation.”

The Borough of Culture initiative is part of the Metro Mayor’s Culture programme that sees Liverpool City Region commit to spending the equivalent of 1% of its annual £30 million devolution funding from government to stimulate cultural and creative activities.

Constellations to come to earth and light up Liverpool City Region

An arts project designed to inspire local communities to rediscover their local neighbourhoods and spend time stargazing is being launched across Liverpool City Region.

Constellations Presents brings a different artist to Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral to present a work inspired by a specific constellation and its relationship to local stories.

It is the follow-on from the award winning ‘Lost Castles’ which saw six extraordinary cardboard box structures being built and then demolished by communities in locations across the six boroughs in 2018.

The project was instigated by Wirral’s Borough of Culture year, which will launch the season with a spectacular installation by Studio Joanie Lemercier in West Kirby between the 18-20 October.

The final project – in Knowsley – will see local artist Sam Wiehl reimagining local residents and community groups as stars in a disused shop in Huyton village centre between 21-23 November.

The six commissions are:

Constellations Presents – Studio Joanie Lemercier
West Kirby Marine Lake, Wirral
18-20 October 2019

Constellations Presents – Cetus
Mann Island, Liverpool
1-9 November 2019

Constellations Presents – The Creation
Sherdley Park, St Helens
5 November 2019

Constellations Presents – Parabolic Lightcloud
Crosby Coastal Park, Sefton
8-10 November 2019

Constellations Presents – Nova
Victoria Park, Widnes, Halton
15-17 November 2019

Constellations Presents – The Garish Sun
Huyton Village Centre, Knowsley
21-23 November 2019

To find out more about the six works and what is happening near you, go to www.constellationslcr.co.uk

Get your tickets for the Mayor of Sefton’s exciting events

Tickets are on sale for two nights of entertainment organised by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, with all proceeds going to the Mayor’s Charities.

 

The Mayor of Sefton’s Motown Night takes place Fri Nov 15, 7.30pm at Maghull Town Hall.

Enjoy music from a live band playing all of your favourite Motown classics.

Tickets are £6 in advance from the Mayor of Sefton’s Office via 0151 934 2062 or on the door.

 

 

Celebrate the New Year with a taste of the highlands at the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Burns Night.

This takes place, Sat Jan 25, 7pm at Bootle Town Hall

There’ll be Scottish food, live entertainment and a raffle.

Tickets are £20 in advance from the Mayor of Sefton’s Office via 0151 934 2062 or on the door. For more information call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

 

A community festival in Sefton to show residents are standing together against crime

Sefton Council and residents from Thornton and Netherton are bringing communities together at a special music festival to show how they want to make positive changes in their area and stand together in the fight against crime.

In light of recent incidents in the area, Thornton Family Wellbeing Centre wanted to show all the positive activities happening locally and has joined forces with the community, volunteers and partner agencies to start up the Sefton Families Fighting Against Crime group.

As music is a great way to bring communities together, the group decided to organise their very first festival on August 30.

During the event, which takes place from 1 to 5pm at the centre on Stannyfield Drive, there will be stalls, entertainment and a music stage that will host local talent and performers.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This event is a great way to bring residents together and to reaffirm that strong sense of community which runs throughout the borough.

“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.

“The Council is committed to ensuring residents feel safe and I believe that uniting together will help us build a positive future for our thriving communities.”

Jess Hankin, 27, who lives in Thornton with her two children, said “Crime is impacting on our community but I do think our young people are negatively stereotyped because of a small number of gangs. This event is so important because it will bring our community together and make positive things happen. We need more events like this that bring us together.”

Mother-of-four Tracy Howard, 50, added: “People need to feel safe and we have lots of vulnerable people who live in our communities. The event will raise awareness of the impact crime is having on us and that as a community we will not take this and we will do something about it.”

For additional information or if you would like to get involved email event organisers  Leeann.doolin@sefton.gov.uk, Michelle.joyce-gillespie@sefton.gov.uk or Angela.Robinson@sefton.gov.uk. Alternatively call Thornton Family Wellbeing Centre on 0151 934 4991

Reviewing Officer Audrey celebrates 40 years at Sefton Council – and counting!

A Reviewing Officer from Sefton Council’s Adult Social Care team is celebrating after spending 40 years working for Sefton Council – and plans to continue until her retirement.

Audrey Forkings, 56, began her career with the authority as a carer in July 1979, helping vulnerable adults across Sefton.

She has since progressed to work as a Home Care Supervisor and on to her current role as Reviewing Officer with Sefton’s Adult Social Care team, providing help and support to people in the borough when they need it.

Her long career has seen her support individuals and families in the borough through difficult times and crises, and she has twice been nominated for a Sefton Council ‘STAR Award’ – awarded to employees who go the extra mile and achieve exceptional results in their roles.

Looking back on her 40 years Audrey, who has lived in Southport for most of her life and has three children aged 12, 16 and 22, says she feels “proud” to still be working in a job that makes a difference to peoples’ lives.

She said: “I am so lucky to be able to say I still love my job after all these years. Being able to help people going through tough times is a real privilege and never stops being rewarding.

“My job is so diverse and every day brings a new challenge and opportunity. I still go in to work each day looking forward to what the day will bring.

“I work with an amazing team and over the years I have worked with so many lovely colleagues who I now class as great friends.

“A career highlight was when my team and I were twice nominated for a STAR Award, which we won at last year’s event. It was a wonderful moment for us all, and we all felt very honoured.

“I still plan to stay in my role for many years yet and I look forward to what the future holds. I don’t have a set date in mind for retirement yet, but when I do I’ll look back on a job that’s made me feel very happy and fulfilled. I’m proud to have helped make a difference.”

Jerry O’Sullivan, Project Manager for Adult Social Care at Sefton Council and Audrey’s manager, says Audrey is a “great asset” to the team and continues to go the extra mile.

He said: “Audrey is a joy to work alongside. Not only is she conscientious and hard-working, she is also a brilliant practitioner who delivers everything with a smile.

“Even in very difficult situations, her warmth and understanding helps service users, their carers and families achieve the very best outcomes and she is regularly complemented for her compassion and support.

“She is a great asset to the team and she still goes the extra mile and gives 100%, even after 40 years. Her length of service, commitment, hard-work and dedication are all things she should be incredibly proud of. It’s a fantastic achievement.”

Deborah Butcher, Interim Director of Adult Social Care at Sefton Council, said: “We are incredibly lucky in Sefton to have such dedicated staff across all of our teams. Audrey is a great advocate for vulnerable people and their families in Sefton.”

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